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There is some intriguing news out of Japan today.  ANA seems to have won the battle for Skymark with Airbus’ help.  This gives ANA a very strong hand at Haneda.

Intrepid, which had backed Delta for a Skymark plan, offered this take on the news:

Intrepid Aviation (“Intrepid”) can confirm that the majority of creditors of Skymark Airlines Inc. (“Skymark”) have voted in favor of the Debtor’s Rehabilitation Plan for Skymark, on both a numerical and value of voting rights basis.

As a result, the Tokyo District Court plans has issued a confirmation order for the Debtor’s Rehabilitation Plan.

The results of the vote were announced by the Tokyo District Court at a creditors meeting held at the Court today. In June, the Tokyo District Court approved two plans—the Creditors’ Rehabilitation Plan and the Debtor’s Rehabilitation Plan—to be put forward for vote by Skymark creditors. To be successfully approved… Continue reading

0841881News from Icelandair announces the retirement of two old 757s and the bringing back of the 767.  It has been ten years since the 767 last flew for the airline.

The airline plans to acquire two 767-300ERs and they will be used between London and JFK over Keflavik from April.

If one looks at the airline’s route network, the planned 737MAXs on order cannot deliver the payload or the range for a number of destinations.  Icelandair is one of those airlines for whom the 757 was and remains ideal.  The 767 offers the extra payload and range to reach destinations beyond the reach of the MAX.

The 767 offers the airline a lot of commonality for pilots.  As the airline up-gauges, consider that it is staying loyal to Boeing.  One might have thought it would lease the 787 rather than go back to the 767.  But the 787 is probably… Continue reading

2014 was an interesting year in aviation, with the launch of the A330neo and first delivery of the 787-9, continued high demand for the A320neo and 737MAX narrow-body families, and a return to record profitability for the major US airlines, particularly as fuel prices decreased in the fourth quarter. Let’s revisit some of the key events in 2014, player by player.

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