Air Transport World

Europe. (1991 World Airline Report)

Aberdeen: Traffic was down sharply at the Scottish carrier through September, the latest period for which figures were available at this writing. Passenger boardings were off 25.4% to 24,356 and RPKs had fallen 29.9% to 9.2 million.

Aberdeen successfully emerged from bankruptcy last November.

Adalbanair: An Albanian state project financed by French investors, this carrier launched service between Tirana and Bari with a single Bandeirante in autumn, 1991.

A second Bandeirante acquired late in the year is used for charter flights and two more are scheduled to join the fleet this year. Traffic results for 1991 could not be obtained.

Adria: The disintegration of Yugoslavia into its constituent republics and the summer war in Slovenia resulted in the virtual collapse of Adria Airways last June and its grounding by the federal government in October.

The airline is re-establishing itself gradually as the national carrier of Slovenia but reports that "the nature of our new operation will be in great part influenced by the crisis in other parts of Yugoslavia."

Last year saw passenger boardings plunge 52.3% to 697,053 and RPKs dive 62.9% to 576.7 million. FTKs were down only 6.6% to 1.2 million.

Revenues, meanwhile, fell 35.5% to $86.9 million and Adria suffered an operating loss of $29 million.

Aegean: The Athens-based charter operator is laying plans to launch scheduled services linking islands in the Aegean Sea in hopes that the greek government will agree to allow competition with Olympic soon. The company flies seven Piper twins.

Aer Lingus: Traffic turned downward at Ireland's flag carrier in 1991 as the Gulf War and recession took their toll. In scheduled service, passenger boardings fell 1.2% to 4,019,600, RPKs were off 9.6% to 3.8 billion and FTKs declined 10.1% to 115 million.

On the financial front, Aer Lingus has announced an expected loss of $64.4 million for 1991.

Aer Lingus Commuter: The Aer Lingus subsidiary operates most of its parent's cross-Channel services and flies domestically between regional airports and the Dublin hub. It flies six Fokker 50s and four Saab 340s, and is looking at small jets. It expects to carry 700,000 passengers this year but efforts to obtain its 1991 results were not successful.

AerobaltService: The new Russian cargo carrier launched charter service last year with an An-32. Its traffic results could not be obtained.

Aeroflot: The breakup of the U.S.S.R. took its toll on Aeroflot last year. At this writing, traffic results only through September were available, and they showed declines of 6.3% to 99,910,700 in passengers, 11.3% to 175.9 billion in RPKs and 7.8% to 1.9 billion in FTKs.

The new Commonwealth of Independent States reported to ICAO this spring that it is in the process of dismantling Aeroflot and "setting up over 40 airlines" running the gamut from government-owned to private and multinational. About 30 of them will become int'l carriers, said Vasily Afanasiev of the Academy of Civil Aviation.

Aero Licht: One of the clutch of new Russian airlines, this carrier started service last year between Moscow and Tel Aviv, carrying Jewish immigrants. Its 1991 traffic results could not be obtained.

Aero-Lloyd: The German carrier agreed in March to a takeover by Lufthansa and shut down its last remaining scheduled route, Frankfurt-Berlin.

Aero-Lloyd reported to ICAO that it flew 266,603 passengers, up 15.3%, and 122.6 million RPKs, down 6.3%, in 1991, and achieved a load factor of 47.5%.

Aerovolga: This is one of the new airlines that Aeroflot has announced is being created to serve parts of what used to be the U.S.S.R.

Agderfly: The Norwegian carrier, which flew charters and a single scheduled route with two Dornier 228s, closed down and filed for bankruptcy in December.

Air Atlantis: The Portuguese carrier posted healthy traffic growth in 1991, with increases of 5.1% to 583,502 in passengers and 5.5% to 1.08 billion in RPKs.

Air Belgium: In the first half of 1991, the latest period for which results were available, the Belgian carrier flew 122,000 passengers and 393 million RPKs.

Air Bridge: The British cargo carrier reported to ICAO that through October, its traffic was up 32.5% to 19.5 million FTKs.

Airbritan: The British hopeful has applied for licenses to operate scheduled services into Ireland.

Air Capitol: The Rome-based air taxi launched scheduled service last summer, with two Rockwell Commander 690s to Cuneo and is studying expansion. Its 1991 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Corbiere/Air Atlantique: The British carrier, which operates passenger services under the Air Corbiere name and freight services as Air Atlantique, flew 4,500 passengers and 1.75 million FTKs last year.

Chairman Mike Collett expects passenger traffic to triple this year as service is launched from Jersey/Guernsey to Liverpool, Swansea and Rennes and frequencies are boosted on the Coventry and Gloucester routes. Good growth also is foreseen in freight. A Metro III will be added to a fleet that includes two DC-6s, 10 DC-3s, two Caravans and four other Cessna twins.

On the financial front, the company posted an operating profit of $3.5 million and a net of $1.2 million in 1991 on revenues of $16 million.

Air Dolomiti: The Italian regional, which launched service at the beginning of 1991, flew 25,000 passengers during the year in its three Dash 8-300s on routes from Trieste to Genoa, Venice and Turin.

This year, it is looking for 100,000 boardings as it expands its network to Budapest, Munich, Prague and Florence. Revenues totaled $4.86 million in 1991 and the carrier said it made "a small profit."

Air Europa: Initiation of service from Madrid and Barcelona to Delhi and Varadero highlighted 1991 for the Spanish carrier.

Passenger boardings rose 5.8% to 2,138,362 last year but RPKs fell 23.1% to 5.2 billion. Growth of 3% in passengers and 34% in RPKs is anticipated this year.

Although revenues dropped 8.6% to $207.5 million, Air Europa posted an operating profit of $4.6 million and a net of $2.1 million. In 1990, it had an operating loss of $8.6 million and a net profit of $4.7 million.

The carrier flies four 757-200s and seven 737-300s primarily in charter service.

Air Exel Belgium: Blaming pressure from Sabena for its inability to recapitalize, the third-level carrier ceased operations in December. Established in 1990, Air Exel Belgium flew two Saab 340s and a Brasilia.

Air Exel France: The Lyon-based third-level carrier was combined with three others into a single company called Regional Airlines at the beginning of this year. Its 1991 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Exel Netherlands: The carrier launched services from Maastricht to Amsterdam with a Brasilia last summer and later took delivery of a second, with which it began service to London. Its 1991 traffic results were not available.

Air Exel SA: Although it carried 21,000 passengers on its sole scheduled route between Paris-Orly and Valence in 1991, the French third-level carrier shut down the money-losing operation early this year. It had been flying four Brasilias.

Air Exel UK: After its failure to win rights to serve Antwerp and Rotterdam last year, the carrier decided to concentrate on charter services and abandon its efforts to enter the scheduled market for now.

Air France: Traffic was down sharply at the French flag carrier in 1991, according to results it reported to ICAO. Passenger boardings fell 15.8% to 13,228,380, RPKs declined 8.1% to 33.8 billion and FTKs were down 5.5% to 3.24 billion.

On the financial front, President Bernard Attali said Air France had a loss of $123 million for the year, down from the 1990 loss of $128 million, on a 1.4% increase to $10.3 billion in revenues.

This year, Air France is acquiring a 37.5% interest in Sabena.

Air Holland: After an unsuccessful effort to secure additional capital, the Dutch independent carrier ceased operations last fall and filed for bankruptcy protection.

Air Inter: Traffic at the French carrier, which is owned by Air France, was virtually flat in 1991. Passenger boardings were down 2.2% to 15,801,000, RPKs were off 0.3% to 8.9 billion and FTKs were up 0.7% to 37.3 million. The company suffered a loss for the year but the amount was not announced.

Air Jet: The French cargo carrier added a BAe 146-200QC to its fleet last year. Its 1991 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Kilroe: The Manchester-based charter operator has applied for licenses to operate scheduled service to Southampton and Shannon.

Airlec: The Bordeaux-based regional is one of four French carriers that were combined to form Regional Airlines at the beginning of this year. Its 1991 traffic results were not available.

Air Littoral: Another good year was put into the books by the French regional last year, as passenger boardings rose 14.3% to 480,000. Air Littoral expects to carry between 550,000 and 580,000 passengers this year.

The financial picture at the carrier, which is 35% owned by KLM, was not as bright. It recorded a loss of $18 million on revenues of $110 million in the 15-month financial year that ended March 31. It is changing its fiscal year to match that of KLM.

Air Littoral took delivery of its first ATR 72 this spring. A second will arrive next May.

Air Malta: Passenger traffic was down once again last year at the Maltese carrier. But freight grew 17.3% to 5.6 million FTKs. Passenger boardings and RPKs both dipped 2%, to 995,672 and 1.77 billion.

Air Mercury: The Brussels-based cargo charter carrier, which flies a 707 to East Africa, the Middle East and the Far East, has applied for authority to serve the U.S. Its 1991 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Meuse: The operating arm of Sabena subsidiary DAT Wallonie, this carrier operates a BAe 146 from Brussels on behalf of Sabena. Its 1991 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Outre Mer: The French carrier, which became a part of AOM French Airlines on Jan. …

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