Air Transport World

Europe. (airlines of Europe) (World Airline Report 1990)

Aberdeen: A partnership involving former Royal Jordanian CEO Ali Ghandour and Air Provence has been negotiating to take over the Scottish third-level carrier and move its base of operations to East Midlands. The acquisition would include Aberdeen's four Gulfstream G1s, two BAe 748s and two Cessna Titans. Meanwhile, Aberdeen apparently is continuing to serve several of its routes. in the first six months of 1990, the latest period for which numbers were available, it flew 21,495 passengers and 7.1 million RPKs.

Adria: As it predicted, the Yugoslav carrier engineered a major turnaround in 1990 with the addition of three A320s to its fleet and several new routes to its network. Passenger boardings rose 21.4% to 1,462,619, RPKs climbed 20.3% to 1.55 billion and FTKs surged 50% to 1.3 million.

The financial picture was not as bright, however. Although revenues rose 3% to $134.7 million, expenses soared 41.2% to produce an operating loss of $10.97 million and a net loss of $14.2 million. In 1989, Adria had an operating profit of $27.65 million and a net of $1.8 million.

In addition to A320s, the carrier flies four MD-82s, an MD-81, three DC-9s and two Dash 7s.

Aer Lingus: Passenger traffic growth slowed at the Irish carrier last year, with boardings rising 5% to 4,260,000 and RPKs staying level at 4.6 billion. Freight, however, climbed 9% to 128.7 million FTKs,

Aeroflot: The world's largest carrier continued to get bigger in 1990. It reported to ATW that it flew 137,741,700 passengers, up 4.2%, and that RPKs rose 6.5% to 243.8 billion. Freight, however, dipped once again, declining 3.1 % to 2.67 billion FTKs.

During spring and summer 1991, Aeroflot is engaged in a major expansion of services to the U.S. It is initiating flights between Leningrad and New York, Moscow and Miami, Moscow and San Francisco, Khabarovsk and Anchorage, and Kiev and New York.

Aero-Lloyd: The German carrier flew 231,147 passengers and 130.9 million RPKs in 1990. Comparative 1989 figures were not available.

Aeropostale: The new French carrier plans to launch service this summer with two Boeing 737-200s acquired from TAT. Aeropostale is owned jointly by TAT, Air France, Air Inter and La Poste.

Air Aquitaine: Services from Limoges to several other French cities with a Beech 90 are planned by this newly formed carrier.

Air Atlantique: The British carrier suffered a decline in passenger traffic in 1990, with boardings falling 11.1% to 12,000, but it anticipates growth of 25% this year. It also flew 7.8 million FTKs of freight last year but did not provide 1989 comparative numbers. It expects to carry only about half as much freight this year.

On the financial side, the company reported an operating profit of $4.5 million and a net of $1.1 million on revenues of $15 million. Air Atlantique flies two DC-6s, 10 DC-3s and seven Cessna twins.

Air Atlantis: Traffic growth slowed for the Portuguese carrier in 1990 but it managed to chalk up gains of 0.7% to 555,285 in passengers and 2.8% to just over 1 billion in RPKs. it expects its boardings to grow 15.9% this year, as it adds charter flights to Cairo and Tunis.

Air Belgium: The Belgian carrier flew 385,400 passengers and 737.9 million RPKs in 1990. Comparative 1989 figures were not available.

Air Bremen: The German regional, which initiated service in spring, 1989, could not make a go of its operation and closed its doors last August. It flew 25,000 passengers before ceasing.

Air Bridge: The British cargo carrier reported to ICAO that through the first eight months of 1990, it flew 11.3 million FTKs, down 12.6% from the 1989 period.

Air Dolomiti: Based in Trieste, the new regional launched service to Genoa in January. In March, it took delivery of its second Dash 8-300, with which it initiated service to Venice and Turin. A third Dash 8-300 is to join the fleet this month.

Air Europa: The Spanish charter carrier, which is planning to initiate scheduled service this year, posted mixed results in 1990.

On the traffic side, a new route to Brazil boosted RPKs by 59.7% to 6.8 billion but passenger boardings were down 11.8% during the year to 2,020,000. Meanwhile, revenues soared 57.1% to $269.3 million in fiscal 1990 but operating profit was off slightly, to $2.2 million from $2.5 million and net plunged to $377,918 from $3.2 million.

Air Europa flies four 757-200s and four 737-300s.

Air Europe: Despite carrying 3.7 million passengers in 1990 in its 29-aircraft fleet, the British scheduled and charter carrier and its parent, tour operator International Leisure Group, foundered on a too-high debt load early this year. Air Europe suspended service in early March, stranding thousands of passengers throughout the U.K. ILG and its carrier subsidiary placed the blame for their bankruptcy on the Gulf war, high interest rates and the current recession. Air Europe was flying six 757-200s, 12 737-300/400s and 11 Fokker 100s.

Air Europe Express: Like its parent, the Air Europe subsidiary, which was flying eight Shorts 360s, suspended service earlier this year, At this writing, Euroworld was negotiating to acquire the carrier and resume its services. Air Europe Express carried 212,100 passengers in 1989 but its 1990 results were not available.

Air Europe SpA: Management of the Italian member of the Air Europe family reportedly has bought out ILG's interest in the carrier and is attempting to keep it flying. Air Europe SpA launched operations at the end of 1989 with a Boeing 757.

Air Exel Belgium: The Liege-based carrier inaugurated service in mid-1990, flying to Paris with a Saab 340B. A second 340B has since been added. Traffic results for 1990 could not be obtained. Air Exel UK: The British member of the Air Exel Group finally got off the ground early this year, initiating Brasilia services from Luton Airport to Brussels, Paris and Edinburgh.

Air Foyle: The British carrier's major accomplishment in 1990 was signing of a wet-lease agreement with the U.S.S.R.'s Antonov Design Bureau for two giant An-124 Ruslan cargo aircraft. It is offering the AN-124s to customers around the world. Air Foyle also flies three 146-20OQTs, two 146-300QTs, a Piper Chieftain and a Beech King Air. It did not provide 1990 traffic results.

Air France: Unsettled world conditions produced a passenger traffic decline at the French flag carrier in 1990 but freight maintained its healthy growth rate. Boardings were down 2.3% for the year to 15,731,131, RPKs dipped 0.2% to 36.8 billion and FTKs rose 4.8% to 3.4 billion, the carrier reported.

On the financial front, Air France suffered a net loss of $149.6 million on a 1.2% decline to $5.8 billion in revenues, versus a net profit of $116 million in 1989. Consolidated results including Air Inter and UTA, of which Air France took control in January 1990, showed a net loss of $121.5 million on revenues of $9.6 billion. "Mr. Saddam Hussein cost the group $559 million" in 1990 and early 1991, said President Bernard Attali.

Air Holland: The Dutch independent carrier flew 277,000 inclusive-tour passengers in its 1991 fiscal year in two 767-200s leased from Britannia (ATW, 3/91), meanwhile leasing its own six 757s to other carriers. It achieved a $4.25 million post-tax profit, down slightly from $5 million the previous year.

Air Hudik: In preparation for deregulation in Sweden, Air Hudik acquired fellow regional Swedewings in mid-1990. it flies two Shorts 360s but its 1990 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air inter: Now owned by Air France, domestic carrier Air Inter suffered an operating loss of $91 million and a net loss of $31 million in 1990 despite the fact that its revenues jumped 30.2% to $1.8 billion. The results were a sharp turnaround from an operating profit of $21 million and a net of $18 million in 1989.

Traffic results were somewhat better, with increases of 3% to 1 6,1 63,000 in passenger boardings and 4% to 8.9 billion in RPKs. Freight was off slightly to 42.7 million FTKs. For 1991, Air Inter is forecasting growth of 3% in passengers, 5.4% in RPKs and 0.2% in FTKs.

Air Jet: The French third-level carrier flew 61,000 passengers in 1990 but anticipates its traffic will decline this year,

Air Liberte: The French charter carrier had an outstanding year in 1990, reporting to the European independent airline association that its passenger boardings rose 32% to 696,600 and its RPKs doubled to 1.87 billion. Owned by Club Med, Air Liberte has received authority to enter the scheduled market from Paris to Rome and Montreal.

Air Littoral: The French regional carrier had another stellar year in 1990, flying 420,000 passengers for an 11.7% increase over 1989. Revenues were up 34% to $97 million.

Earlier this year, new routes from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Dublin, Manchester and Amsterdam were awarded to Air Littoral. Air France was forced to relinquish the routes as a condition of its takeover of UTA and Air Inter. …

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