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– KLM is starting service to Freetown, Sierra Leone and Monrovia, Liberia in March 2017
Both destinations had seen a wave of cancellations during the Ebola epidemic and the recovery has been slow.
– no end in sight for the annoying Lufthansa pilot strike – apparently Thursday and Friday will see many cancellations as well
– Ethiopian is restarting service to Livingstone (LVI) Airport from Addis Abeba – a great alternative to connecting in Johannesburg
– more details from the joint venture between TUI and Etihad emerge – code name Blue Sky
The new holding company will be based in Austria, with Etihad holding a 25% stake and TUI taking a 24.8% stake. The remaining 50.2% share is expected to be held by an Austrian foundation to ensure Austrian majority ownership and maintain international traffic rights. The airline will operate aircraft from TUI Group’s TUIFly airline and FlyNiki, an Austrian subsidiary of airberlin, which is an Etihad Partner carrier.
The new leisure airline, which will need regulatory approval, expects to operate about 60 aircraft on point-to-point services in European tourist markets. The board met in Hannover, Germany, Nov. 23 and confirmed its intent to pursue the project, codenamed Blue Sky.