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Russian MoD: S-400 data shows 4 x Israeli F-16D “Barak” fighter jets hiding behind Russian Il-20 (militarized 1950’s IL-18) to avoid Syrian missile which struck the Russian aircraft and killed 15 Russian airmen. This has strained Russian-Israeli relations and Russia is now sending its S-300 anti-aircraft missile batteries to Syria, maybe S-400’s? Israel needs to learn what international law is and that is just cannot keep attacking its own people in Gaza and neighbouring states from the air against without just cause and consequences its just too arrogant to accept any blame on itself for anything, always someone else’s fault? angels they ain’t!

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Published time: 24 Sep, 2018 17:11Edited time: 24 Sep, 2018 18:46 Get short URL IL-20 is base don the IL-18 (NATO: “Coot”) 676 built between 1956 and 1985. The IL-18 could carry up to 120 passengers, pilots loved it, I talked to several CSA pilots and they thought the world of … Continue reading

I called this one when it was first announced. After lots of BS from Air Belgium from the start about flights to China, US and cargo flights from Charleroi Airport (Belgium) it now will just concentrate on ACMI work with its 4 x A340-300, the business model never made sense from the beginning. Anything that involves China flights you need to run, VLM Airlines had some weird plan for such flights from Maribor, Slovenia? feeding it with lots of A320’s from all over Europe? Too many “BS artists” out there selling airline scams that don’t make sense, and sadly “Common Sense” is no longer common in aviation, and ‘suckers’ fall for the false dreams.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   Air Belgium will announce the end of its flights between Charleroi and Hong Kong, according to the newspaper, L’Avenir.     The paper noted that an official company announcement will be made today. The route, which had just started on 6 June, was the first long-distance connection from the Charleroi airport. The … Continue reading

Transatlantic Fuel Efficiency in 2017 was won by Norwegian Air Shuttle at 33% above average, the worst was British Airways 22% below average, time for more fuel efficient aircraft at BA to get competitive? Meanwhile Norwegians huge new aircraft acquisition strategy is really paying off now.

      https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Survey reveals disparity in transatlantic fuel efficiency   Sep 12, 2018  Alan Dron| ATW Plus     Norwegian Air Shuttle was the most fuel-efficient airline on North Atlantic routes in 2017, according to a new study. The LCC turned a 63% better fuel-burn figure than the worst operator, British Airways (BA). The survey, … Continue reading

St. Lucia enters the 21st century with the airport its visitors need – and deserve. Once again a small nation is using Taiwanese foreign aid to fund some big project. Taiwan has lost diplomatic ties with El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Burkina Faso this year alone, and is now down to 17 small states globally that recognize Taiwan (Republic of China) in the UN over the PRC (People’s Republic of China). Sadly Taiwan is desperate and cannot match the economic might of the PRC so it sticks with mostly small island nations in the Caribbean and the Pacific (plus Paraguay, Swaziland, Holy See-Vatican City) which take advantage of Taiwan’s deteriorating diplomatic isolation by “milking” Taiwan’s foreign aid on big projects in exchange for their UN recognition of the island state, which is considered to be a “renegade” Province by the PRC, that will be reunited with the mainland one day “hell or high water”.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     St Lucia enters the 21st century with the airport its visitors need – and deserve  Antonia Windsor, destination expert – The Telegraph – 12 SEPTEMBER 2018 • It has been a project 20 years in the planning with a number of false starts, but a redevelopment of St Lucia’s international airport is finally … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/       INTERVIEW: Pedro Heilbron, chief executive, Copa Airlines 12 SEPTEMBER, 2018 SOURCE: FLIGHT AIRLINE BUSINESS BY: GHIM-LAY YEO PANAMA CITY   Tomas’s Comment: COPA’s CEO Pedro Heilbron has done a great job with COPA, he is one of the best airline CEO’s in the world for sure. He shows what good … Continue reading

Opinion: China’s Misguided Grab For Aerospace IP

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   China’s new 5th generation fighter, J-20   Opinion: China’s Misguided Grab For Aerospace IP May 2, 2018  – Richard Aboulafia| Aviation Week & Space Technology   The U.S.’s biggest aerospace export market is China. It also has an extraordinary and growing aerospace trade surplus with China. According to U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) numbers, … Continue reading

Elite Airways Returns to Long Island While Frontier Enhances Florida Service

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A new low cost carrier being formed out of Basel, Switzerland, Swiss Skies? In 2017, 79 new airlines were started in Europe while 25 shut down, some of them few even noticed (e.g. Fly Kiss, Sea Air and Citywing), it is a tough business, but they keep coming with big dreams, it is all good, dream big but be realistic and take it step by step, it is not a race, go too fast and you risk failure as routes take time to become profitable.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Europe may be getting a new budget airline (with a Ryanair pilot at the helm) Basel is said to be the base of the new budget carrier   Hugh Morris, travel news editor – The Telegraph -10 SEPTEMBER 2018     A part-time Ryanair pilot is looking to launch a … Continue reading

Six ERJ-145 regional jets are joining the eight EMB-120 at Inter-Caribbean Airways of the Turks & Caicos

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   SIX NEW JETS FOR InterCARIBBEAN By Hayden Boyce & Todeline Defralien – The Sun – September 9, 2018       Over 60 airlines have failed in the Caribbean since 1981:  Aero Wings  Carib Aviation  Caribbean Star  RedJet  Trans Island Air 2000  Air Monserrat  Air Caribbean … Continue reading

Moldova held liable for 3 air cargo companies (Tiramavia, Valan International Cargo Charter and Grixona) rights violations when it cancelled their AOC’s in 2007, without properly explaining its reasons or giving the companies time to respond, but dodges serious damages and pays just EUR 5,500 each and not the EUR 3 million sought?

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Moldova held liable for cargo companies’ rights violations, but dodges serious damages   News – 06 September 2018 by Richard Woolley – Getting The Deal Through   The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has found that the government of Moldova infringed the rights of three air freight carriers when it arbitrarily … Continue reading

We had two VLM Airlines, and a joint AOC between Belgium and Slovenia, each with its own AOC, but VLM Airlines (Belgium) with 2 x A320’s under the old Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium AOC, which they bought and VLM (Antwerp) with 5 x F50’s? When the company is confusing, you know the business model is as well. The operation is owned by SHS Aviation (Netherlands) which is 60% Dutch owned and 40% Chinese owned and its business model was confusing as hell from the start. It is why they are now closing VLM (Antwerp), as that old VLM business model did not work before and did not work this time around either. Fokker F-50’s to London City, Aberdeen, Cologne, Rostock, Munich, Marbor and Birmingham and a planned big hub at Maribor, Slovenia from where regular flights to China would take place from, very similar to Air Belgium’s (4 x A340-300) plan to fly to China from Charleroi, and also a confusing business model, flying to China for China’s U-Tour, freighter aircraft, flights to the US, ACMI, now flying for BA, etc.? One thing you spot quickly on a start up is its focus or lack of, if it’s all over the place with its strategy, run! they are not focused, and trying to be everything and anything, is a recipe for failure everytime.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/         RŪTA BURBAITĖ – Aerotime News Hub – 4th September 2018 VLM Airlines (Brussels) unaffected by VLM (Antwerp) liquidation       VLM Airlines (Belgium) is to be dissolved and enter into liquidation. That was the decision made by SHS Aviation (Netherlands), the majority shareholder of SHS Antwerp Aviation … Continue reading

Blockchain technology is coming to aviation fast, its time to get up to speed on what it is and how it can be used.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/         Gazprom Neft and S7 Airlines become the first companies in Russia to move to blockchain technology in aviation refuelling   September 3, 2018       Gazpromneft-Aero, operator of the Gazprom Neft aviation refuelling business and S7 Airlines have developed and implemented blockchain-based joint smart-contracts (aviation fuel smart contracts … Continue reading

American Airlines will phase out its 23 remaining B767-300ER’s by 2020 as more B787-8/9’s arrive. By next year all MD-80’s will be gone as will 20 E190’s by 2020. This will improve AA’s unit costs per ASM as will its acceptance of 100 A321neo and 100 B737-8’s and a B787 fleet that will as of now go to 89 aircraft. Out with the old and in with the new, will make AA more competitive against DL and UA.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/         AMERICAN AIRLINES CONFIRMS BOEING 767-300ER RETIREMENT DATES by Enrique Perrella – Airways     In an internal memo, American Airlines (AA) confirmed that its fleet of 23 Boeing 767-300(ER)s will be phased out in 2021.   Ryan Travis, Managing Director of Fleet Planning at AA, confirmed that “The 767 … Continue reading