Defunct Airlines

On this day 70 years ago a Sabena Douglas DC-4-1009 crashed into a forest near Libenge, Congo

The crash happened exactly 70 years ago, on 12 May 1948 at 11:00. The Douglas DC-4, OO-CBE, operated on a flight from Léopoldville (now...

Court dismisses case against fourteen ex-heads of Swissair

A Zurich court has rejected a case brought by the liquidators of former airline Swissair demanding that 14 ex-directors in the company be held...

Christian Vanbuggenhout: “Sabena could have been saved”

Christian Vanbuggenhout, who is still managing the curatorship of Sabena, strongly believes that with extra money, a good restructuring and lower wages, the airline...

Mitsubishi loses 20 orders for Mitsubishi Regional Jet from Eastern Air Lines

The new owners of Eastern Airlines have cancelled an order for 20 Mitsubishi MRJ90s and waived purchase rights on another 20. “The cancellation has been...

Former Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda buys back the airline he founded

Through his company Lauda Co, Niki Lauda, former Formula 1 world champion has won the sales process to buy back the airline he founded...

IAG buys Niki for €20 million and will integrate it as a new Austrian Vueling subsidiary

IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling, announced Friday evening the acquisition of Niki, the Austrian charter company subsidiary of the...

The first airline that will suspend its operations in 2018 is … FlyViking, a Norwegian regional airline

During a board meeting on 20 December it was decided that Norwegian FlyViking would suspend its operations on 12 January 2018. The airline only...

Belair threatened by insolvency, employees still waiting for their salary

Belair Airlines, the Swiss airline headquartered in Glattbrugg operating out of Zürich Airport and Basel–Mulhouse airport is threatened by insolvency. The employees of the...

European Commission approves Lufthansa’s acquisition of Air Berlin subsidiary LGW, to be integrated into Eurowings

33 more aircraft (20 Q400s and 13 A320s) to be integrated into the Eurowings Group Eurowings to take over all LGW personnel Formal...

No consequences for Air Berlin pilot after spectacular go-around manoeuvre on last long-haul flight

The Langen-based Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services, the German national supervisory authority for civil air navigation services (or Bundesaufsichtsamt für Flugsicherung -...

Lufthansa Technik continues training of Air Berlin Technik’s trainees

The Christmas season brings good news: Effective 1 January 2018, Lufthansa Technik AG will be the new training organization for approximately a dozen young people who...

easyJet confirms acquisition of Air Berlin operations at Tegel: 25 aircraft, slots and staff

easyJet statement on acquisition of Air Berlin operations easyJet can confirm that it has acquired part of Air Berlin's operations at Berlin Tegel Airport. The...

SkyWork Airlines has submitted a request to operate flights between Geneva and Lugano

After the bankruptcy of Darwin Airline, SkyWork Airlines has submitted a request to the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) to operate flights...

Austrian low-cost (fly)Niki ceases all operations on 14 December 2017

Austrian low-cost airline Niki (or flyNiki) headquartered at Vienna Airport has ceased all operations from 14 December 2017. The airline was operating scheduled and...

Lufthansa’s takeover of Niki no longer pursued, makes further concessions to EU commission

Lufthansa has made further concessions today in the course of the intended acquisition of parts of the Air Berlin Group. The transaction is currently...

European Commission approves acquisition of Air Berlin assets by easyJet

The European Commission has approved unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of certain assets of Air Berlin by easyJet. The Commission...

Swiss regional airline Darwin Airline (Adria Airways Switzerland) has been declared bankrupt

Darwin Airline, the Swiss regional airline with its head office in Bioggio, Lugano and flying under the brand name Adria Airways Switzerland has been...

RwandAir is planning to take on the two Air Berlin Airbus A330neo slots

RwandAir, the Rwandan flag carrier that connects Kigali with 26 destinations - including London Gatwick and Brussels Airport (thrice-weekly) in Europe - is planning...

Are the three big Middle East carriers distorting the international aviation market ?

More and more organisations, airlines and experts in trade, economics and aviation have shown concern over the massive expansion of the three Middle East...

easyJet takes over 25 Air Berlin aircraft based at Berlin Tegel

easyJet today signed an agreement with Air Berlin to acquire part of its operations at Berlin Tegel Airport easyJet signed an agreement with...