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The world is now seeing the evil that is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a nation that got away with knowing about 9-11, support of Taliban and IS and bullying of Qatar to follow the Saudi line. Then in Yemen we see the bombings of school buses, schools, hospitals, wedding, funerals, and the us eof food as a weapon, so now 13 million face starvation. Its time for we in the West to stand up to these spoiled Royals who have used money to get their way for too long. We don’t need their oil, they need food imports, and we can hurt them more than they can hurt us. For too long the murderous medieval Kingdom has bought our politicians, lobbyists and PR firms with petro dollars to hide the evil that lies in Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism and their Jihadists. With Saudi money they bought the West to rescue them in 1991 from Saddam Hussein, our men and women died for those savages? and gain in Aghnsitan putting down the Taliban? then again fighting ISIS? and now they want us to fight Iran for them, may they go to hell and see Allah! Let them fight the Iranians and see what death and destruction war bring, its time they experienced it. Do not let them buy our men and women for another war, let them die alone, they can’t even beat the Houthi tribesmen in 4 years in Yemen with the best equipped military in the world, they are useless cowards beating up a small nation.

      Mohammed bin Salman: The dark side of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince   Touted as Saudi Arabia’s progressive reformer, Mohammed bin Salman has an ominous human rights record.   Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto leader of the kingdom, has been on a quick rise to power [Cliff Owen/AP] The disappearance of Saudi … Continue reading

Scandal filled Korean Air Lines (KAL) Chairman and CEO Cho Yang-ho has been charged with embezzlement, tax evasion and breach of trust, for $17.4 million in “brokered” deals for aircraft (A220-300?) and inflight good and $134 million in medical benefits from National Health Insurance by running a pharmacy without a license. His misbehaved daughters have become infamous for their anger management issues with Korean Air staff, and now Korean Air Lines’s LCC Jin Air (22 x B737-800 and 4 x B777-200ER) may lose its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) due to the fallout from an alleged incident involving the daughter of the airlines’ controlling family, who served on the budget carrier’s board of directors for six years despite being ineligible for the post, a government investigation has discovered. Just a bad example of the disgusting behaviour of the rich in Korea, time to put more into jail and clean up the corruption in Korea! it has become a disgrace on the nation.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     RŪTA BURBAITĖ –  on 15th October 2018 – Aerotime News Hub   Korean Air: from raging heiresses to chief’s embezzlement probe   Another scandal hits the largest airline and flag carrier of South Korea, and this time it involves the man at the top. Korean Air Lines Chairman and CEO, Cho … 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

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

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

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

A rare Caribbean airline success story, Turks and Caicos based inter-Caribbean Airways (8 x EMB-120, 4 x DHC-6, 1 x BN2 and soon 2 x ERJ-145’s) under the leadership of Chairman Mr. Lyndon R. Gardiner and CEO Trevor Sadler is planning to set up an AOC in the Dominican Republic with several used ERJ-145’s, as the 26 year old airline continues its impressive Caribbean expansion from Nassau, Havana, Kingston, Tortola all the way to Dominica. This Dominican Republic move would make it the second foreign airline that plans to do so, as two months back Laser Airlines of Venezuela announced it will fill the void left by the demise of PAWA Dominicana. Dominican ownership would be just 35%, it may be enough locally, but under most bilateral air service agreements (BASA) it requires majority ownership and control, so traffic rights could be an issue. No one has yet used the 50 seat regional jets in the Caribbean, though PAWA Dominicana did plan on operating 6 x CRJ-200’s, while fast they have a high unit cost (CSAK) and need a much higher yield to breakeven than what PAWA Dominicana was getting with its MD-80’s, and this will be interesting in a low yield market like the Caribbean.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InterCaribbean_Airways     Foreign airline manages to become Dominican?     ~ and covers routes within the Caribbean (translated)     Eugenio De Marchena Sunday, 26 August 2018     InterCaribbean Turks and Caicos have initiated the process that demands the Dominican State with the aim of becoming a … Continue reading

Will domestic airlines benefit from Single African market? Well so far only 23 nations out of 55 have signed SAATM, and we have a rush by 10 new state-owned airlines coming to the market in the next 2 to 10 months, and that will hurt a domestic airlines in those countries. We also have non-signing SAATM state airlines abusing the liberalization by competing with 5th freedoms in foreign countries, which is not right. How do you get the other 33 states to sign SAATM when you allow them to compete directly with local private airlines? you don’t! You need to take a tough stand on bilateral air service agreements (BASA) between SAATM signing states and non-signing states, and limit their access to SAATM signing states markets, which do represent 75% of Africa’s air transport market.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/       Will domestic airlines benefit from Single African market?     MUYIWA LUCAS – The Nation – August 27, 2018       Tomas’s Comment:   When we have new state-owned airlines being formed right now in 10 African countries Senegal, Guinea, Ghana, Chad, Eritrea, Djibouti, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Gabon, CAR?   On … Continue reading

Embattled Jet Airways is seeking financial help where it can, and Boeing is ready to help the airline to save its 225 x B737Max and 10 x B787-9 orders. OEM’s do help strategic airline customers every now and then, but it is a gamble and when you support one airline what do the airline competitors think of that? does it not distort competition? in this case say SpiceJet? What happens when some of the big order LCC’s in Asia get into trouble, and some surely will with their highly speculative orders that exceed their current fleets by 100% to +300%? will the OEM’s come to their rescue to? It is a slippery slope that OEM’s need to be careful going down.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Boeing gives Jet Airways a helping hand   August 21, 2018 Rediff.com     ‘Boeing has returned some cash to the airline which will help it improve the current liquidity crisis.’ Arindam Majumder and Aneesh Phadnis report.       Tomas’s Comment:   When commercial aircraft OEM’s help out a struggling … Continue reading

The “new” Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC) is in trouble, as the Government of Guyana removed the privately-owned Guyana Airways Corporation Inc. (GAC) from the Companies Register two years after the entity was duly registered because the name is identical to two previous companies. Now out of the blue just 2 months away from starting with 2 x B737’s there is a problem with the name? This is a classic political “shakedown” of a new company by someone high up in the Government looking for bribe, nothing else makes sense with this, the nation has waited 15 years to have its own airline, and the now that it almost has one, someone wants to pillage it before it gets off the ground. GAC (aka Guyana Airways II) is already facing challenges, as Guyana is a FAA Category 2 country, so no carrier from Guyana can fly directly to the US, where a large Guyanese diaspora lives, especially in New York. Guyana Airways now plans to just serve Port of Spain, Barbados and Havana, going up against Caribbean Airlines (CAL) will not be easy, but then a JKF service may have to face JetBlue soon and this October American will start Miami to Georgetown, as a start-up you do not want to face the BIG airlines head on right from the start, many that have, died quickly.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   Starbroek – August 25, 2018   Boeing B707 of Guyana Airways after the 2001 bankruptcy, a sad cannibalized aircraft rotting in Georgetown       Start of new local airline delayed over name-company deregistered by commercial registry Millions in losses loom for a new local airline as the start of operations … Continue reading

The European Court of Justice has said that liability for delayed flights under Regulation EC 261/2004 doesn’t extend to airlines that wet lease/ACMI aircraft and crew to other carriers.

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/       Lessors don’t count as “operating air carriers” under Reg 261, ECJ rules News – 05 July 2018 by Naomi Smith       The European Court of Justice has said that liability for delayed flights under Regulation EC 261/2004 doesn’t extend to airlines … Continue reading

Jet Airways seeking $400 million from global equity firms to stay alive while Turkish Airlines had a good year, but the collapse of the Turkish Lira versus the $US, will create major problems this year for Turkish, 2 big airlines now in trouble for different reasons, and add to that Air India which has 23% of its 118 aircraft, grounded at any given time due to a lack of spare parts, yes $US 3.6 billion in assets parked waiting!

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/       Airline Economics  August 13, 2018         Jet Airways is reported to have begun a formal stake-sale process to raise $350-400 million from global private equity firms.     Local media sources suggest that Blackstone, TPG, Cerberus Capital Management and Indigo … Continue reading

The Canada-Saudi Arabia Spat Raises a Big Question About America

    Insights, analysis and must reads from CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and the Global Public Square team, compiled by Global Briefing editor Jason Miks. August 10, 2018 The Canada Spat Raises a Big Question About America The Trump administration’s refusal to stand by Canada in its row with Saudi Arabia is another example of its failure to exercise moral … Continue reading

The sad Rise and Fall of Curacao based InselAir took another “dubious” twist 2 weeks ago, in line with the ‘disappeared’ $US 97 million in Venezuela “mystery” that brought the airline down in the first place. The the Curacao Government and 51% owner (after a $US18.3 million loan) of what is left of the airline (1 operational Fokker F50), selected One Laser Group LLC of Miami, to be Insel Air’s 49% strategic partner. The Government claims that ‘InselAir is Bankrupt Without One Laser Group’. The Group is to invest $US 11.1 million into InselAir’s revival, yet the problem is, that there is NO information on the company, executives, history, business dealings, press releases, not even a web page, just a Florida based LLC (limited liability company), basically a “shell company with 1 key person. The company claims it is a “conglomerate of companies that invest in various sectors like air freight, logistics in food & pharmaceuticals and oil supply”? whatever! What the hell is Curacao thinking? I am sorry, but I believe this is just another BS airline scam in the works, like the recent BVI Airways, PAWA Dominicana, Baltia Air Lines/USGlobal Airways and others I have covered and exposed. With 4 CEO’s since January, 2017 it says novels about the ‘fiasco’ within InselAir today.

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/               Tomas’s Comment:   This industry is never dull, always something and sadly too often I find some funny business going on, as this industry due to its high asset value seems to attract a lot dubious entrepreneurs, executives and … Continue reading

Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is on a roll with is domination of the African skies as it takes equity positions in many new state owned airlines, the latest being tiny Eritrean Airlines (1 x ACMI leased B737-500), now that peace has come at least between the two neighbours. Ethiopian Airlines has for years had minority ownerships in ASky of Togo (40%) and Malawian Airlines (49%), but now it has gone on a binge of ownerships and partnerships from new national carrier start-ups and existing state carriers like Zambia Airways II (45%) to Guinea, Ghana, Chad, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, DRC and now possibly newly announced Nigeria Air. As Africa’s biggest and best managed airline (private and state owned) in Africa, ET is well positioned to dominate the continent with its equity and partnership ‘alliance’ strategy. Helping local airlines like Malawian Airlines (ex-Air Malawi) is very good, but when you start controlling a dozen plus airlines, it begins to be worrying, competition is being limited, and that is something Africa needs more of, not less. Now, new start-ups that plan to compete with Ethiopian, especially in long-haul, like Air Tanzania and Uganda Airlines and to a lesser degree for now, Senegal Airlines II face a mighty competitor that is going to pull traffic from all corners of Africa, N.A., Europe, Middle East and Asia with 100+ aircraft through Addis Ababa, and the small carriers will find it very hard to compete on costs, price, schedules, network to service. It is a very tough business to be entering today.

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/     Ethiopian Airlines confirms it is eying stake in Eritrean Airlines   Avitrader – July 20, 2018       Tomas’s Comment:   This peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea, (a country of 5.5 million people) is good news for sure, the first flight in years … Continue reading

EC approval of Ryanair and LaudaMotion deal, where Irish Rynair is buying 75% of LaudaMotion (up from existing 24.9%) sparks war of words with Lufthansa, which was forced to drop its bid for NIKI in December, 2017 after the EC’s Directorate General for Competition warned that the tie-up would have harmed passengers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. NIKI was part of airBerlin and had been kept going through a combination of as much as 10 million euros ($12 million) in weekly support from Lufthansa and a 150 million-euro government loan granted to Air Berlin in August to prevent a wholesale grounding of flights. Lufthansa was successful in acquiring some other Air Berlin assets, including multiple aircraft, crew and slots, as well as regional air carrier LGW, subject to conditions set by the EC to avoid competition “distortions”. These included a reduction of Lufthansa’s project acquisition of slots at Dusseldorf airport and the transfer of 11 aircraft to LaudaMotion.

    Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/         EC approval of Ryanair/LaudaMotion deal sparks war of words with Lufthansa   19 July 2018 by Naomi Smith – Getting The Deal Through           Lawyers from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have helped Ryanair win unconditional … Continue reading

Two of Europe’s biggest regional airlines, Air Nostrum and CityJet aim for closer cooperation , with a combined fleet of 88 aircraft and up to Euro 700 million in revenue from wet lease and franchise contracts they are out to conquer the regional market in Europe? Yet they are both over dependent on 1 major customer each for their survival, CityJet on SAS and Air Nostrum on Iberia Regional, they both have a large fleet of what I call “loser” aircraft programs as CityJet has 7 (+8 on order) of the 95 passenger Russian Sukhoi SSJ100’s, the ONLY operator in Western Europe, and only the 2nd western airline to operate it commercially (after Mexico’s Interjet), its cheap and it is about to get the boot from LH’s Brussels Airlines for poor dispatch reliability! Air Nostrum has 27 of the 60 delivered (just 68 ordered in 8 years of production) 100 passenger CRJ1000’s (a 18.2 meter stretch of the 1970’s CL-600 Challenger business jet), that airlines just don’t want or need, it is a very long tube from the back, and noone is buying it, airlines know best as to what is good and bad, it is why aircraft orders say novels about any aircraft no matter what an OEM says or thinks!

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/     July 17, 2018   100 passenger CRJ1000 of Air Nostrum (Spain)   95 passenger Sukhoi SSJ100-95 of CityJet (Ireland)       Tomas’ Comment:   Interesting development, but no surprise, CityJet has been looking to buy other other operators as it looks for M&A … Continue reading

SUMMARY: DAY #1 at Farnborough International Airshow – July 16, 2018

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/         July 16, 2018,  Airfinance Journal:        Day One of Farnborough 2018 belonged firmly to Boeing in terms of firm orders, although the US manufacturer saved up many of its largest announcements from deals done earlier in the year.   Airbus, meanwhile, … Continue reading

The Caribbean wide aviation reform (aka “Bang On” to some) which targets air service liberalization for better connectivity, high air ticket taxes and high airport charges, which are all holding back the development of a profitable Caribbean air transport system today. The Bahamas alone can have a $415 million gross domestic product (GDP) expansion and the creation of over 16,000 jobs. It estimated that air arrivals to this nation would increase by 1.058 million or 42 percent above baseline, with the majority – 901,035 – coming from abroad and representing the high-spending stopover tourists the Bahamas is targeting. None of this is new, it is old hat for decades, we need new young politicians to step forward and push for REAL changes, instead of talking about them over and over again! Time for big political change like in Barbados 2 months ago! out with old inept ‘dinosaurs’ politicians and in with the new young visionaries that want to make real changes for the betterment of the good people of the Caribbean, no more excuses. Money losing state owned inefficient airlines need to kick the addiction of using public money to stay afloat, swim or sink and make room for private capital to takeover from where the state has failed for 50+ years in the region!

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/       ‘Bang On’ Over $415m Aviation Boost For GDP As of Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Tribune 242 – By NEIL HARTNELL           #Research showing The Bahamas will enjoy a $415m economic boost if it participates in Caribbean-wide aviation reform … Continue reading

Oman Air Targets Africa for Potential Network Expansion, another non-African airline moving into Africa competing with local airlines for traffic out of Africa. If African airlines do not meet the challenges soon, foreign carriers (Emirates, Qatar, Turkish, Saudia, flyDubai, etc.), will dominate flights out of Africa to their respective 1-stop hubs and local African carriers will struggle to make their non-stop long haul services profitable, as the BIG players have much lower costs, and feed to and from many different destinations to fill their flights.

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/   Oman Air Targets Africa for Potential Network Expansion Aviation Tribune – July 11, 2018           Oman Air (47 aircraft, 4 x A330-200, 6 x A330-300, 23 x B737-800, 3 x B737-8, 5 x B737-900ER, 4 x B787-8, 3 x B787-9, plus … Continue reading