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JetSMART Wants An AOC To Begin Domestic Flights In Peru

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This week, the Chilean low-cost carrier JetSMART started a process to obtain its third Air Operator Certificate (AOC). Now, the airline is looking to launch domestic flights in Peru at some point later this year or in 2022. What else do we know?

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JetSMART wants to operate domestic flights in Peru. Photo: JetSMART

The Peruvian plans

Currently, JetSMART operates domestic flights in Chile and Argentina. The low-cost airline started running in Argentina following the exit of Norwegian a few years ago.

Nevertheless, Estuardo Ortiz, JetSMART’s CEO, believes there’s plenty of opportunity across South America following the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, JetSMART will look for new territories to expand, and Peru is its first destination.

In a statement, the airline said,

“As part of the growth of the ultra-low-cost carrier JetSMART Airlines in the region, the company officially filed a letter requesting an AOC to the Civil Aviation General Directorate (DGAC) in Peru.”

The airline is not new to the Peruvian market. JetSMART launched international flights from Santiago de Chile to Lima, Arequipa, and Trujillo in 2017. So, why Peru? Estuardo Ortiz added,

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“During the pandemic, we’ve been looking for growth opportunities, and we believe the Peruvian domestic market is one of them. It is time to start our certification process as a domestic carrier in Peru. We hope the market recovery will accelerate during the second half of 2021, and in 2022, to be able to bring the SMART travel brand to all the Peruvians.”

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JetSMART currently flies in Chile and Argentina. Photo: Getty Images

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The current status of the Peruvian market

Peru is an odd market. It doesn’t have a proper national carrier. Currently, there are four different airlines operating in the country, LATAM Peru, Viva Air Peru, Sky Airline Peru, and the only Peruvian, Atsa Airlines, according to Cirium data. Nevertheless, Atsa is the smallest of them all, offering below 4% of the current domestic flights in the country.

This lack of a Peruvian airline has led to the proposal of a State carrier, for instance. But it has also led to the expansion of the low-cost movement into the country. If JetSMART enters the market, there will be three low-cost airlines against one legacy (Avianca exited Peru in 2020).

Plus, JetSMART is a point-to-point airline, and Peru needs that. Both LATAM and Sky operate almost exclusively out of Lima. Only Viva Air has routes from secondary cities like Arequipa-Cuzco, Cajamarca-Trujillo, or Ilo-Cuzco.

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JetSMART is one of the many low-cost airlines in South America. Photo: Getty Images.

How’s JetSMART doing in Chile and Argentina?

Estuardo Ortiz stated,

“Since our launch, we’ve been setting a before and an after; we’ve made traveling by airplane more accessible, offering low prices and SMART routes, connecting secondary cities.”

Currently, JetSmart has 18 Airbus A320 family airplanes. Plus, it has an order for 47 A320neo and 12 A321XLR.

In 2020, JetSMART carried 1.2 million passengers both domestically and internationally from Chile. The carrier suffered a 53% decrease in traffic compared to the previous year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, in 2021, the impact has been more challenging. Internationally, JetSMART has carried 34,146 passengers, a 75.8% decrease. Those results will be even worse in April, following the Chilean Government’s decision to close borders. Domestically, the low-cost carrier has carried 306,011 passengers, a 53% decrease.

In Argentina, the airline carried 234,000 passengers in 2020, an 54% decrease compared to the previous year. So far, 2021 has been worse. The airline has already carried 100,000 passengers, a 72% decrease compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Would you expect JetSMART to succeed in Peru? Let us know in the comments. 

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/jetsmart-peru-domestic-flight/

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Throwback: easyJet’s Summer Of Boeing 757 Operations

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When it comes to the orange-clad UK low-cost carrier easyJet, aircraft from the Airbus A320 family often spring to mind. You may also remember that, in its early years, its fleet consisted entirely of Boeing 737s. However, did you know that easyJet has also operated the Boeing 757? In the summer of 2010, it took four of these classic aircraft on short-term leases.

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The Boeing 757-200 remains the largest aircraft that easyJet has operated. Four examples of the type graced its fleet during the summer of 2010. Photo: Pedro Aragão via Wikimedia Commons

OH-AFJ

According to Planespotters.net, the first of the four 757-200s drafted in to provide extra capacity on easyJet‘s busy summer leisure routes bore the registration OH-AFJ. This 219-seater arrived from Nordic leisure operator Air Finland on June 11th, 2010. By this time, the aircraft was 16 years old. It had previously flown for Baikal Airlines (Russia, 1994-1996).

It also served Avianca (Colombia, 1996-2003) before joining Air Finland. Despite only being with the airline for around three months, OH-AFJ and the other 757s that were leased to easyJet sported its orange paint scheme during their tenure, as seen above. After a busy summer, OH-AFJ returned to Air Finland on September 27th, 2010.

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OH-AFJ was one of two 757s leased to easyJet by Air Finland. Photo: Maarten Visser via Flickr

The carrier eventually filed for bankruptcy in June 2012, marking the end of the aircraft’s passenger-carrying days. Since then, it has flown as a converted cargo aircraft for FedEx. Here, it bears the registration N967FD, and the name Jessi. RadarBox.com shows that it last flew on May 13th, operating a service from Tokyo, Japan to Guangzhou, China.

G-OJIB

Unlike the first example, the second 757 to arrive at easyJet (on June 14th, 2010) bore a British registration. G-OJIB joined the airline from UK leisure and charter carrier Astraeus. This 21-year old aircraft had initially entered service with Air 2000 in March 1989. For the first decade of its career, Air 2000 frequently leased this aircraft to Canada 3000 Airlines.

It also enjoyed brief periods at Spanair, Skyservice Airlines, Ghana International Airlines, BMI, and Saudi Arabian Airlines. A month after Astraeus folded in November 2011, the aircraft joined cargo giant FedEx. Its most recent flight took place on April 9th, according to RadarBox.com. This saw it travel from Memphis, Tennessee to Mobile, Alabama.

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Two of easyJet’s leased 757s now fly cargo for FedEx. Photo: Ian Gratton via Flickr

G-ZAPX

G-ZAPX arrived at easyJet hot on the heels of the first two 757s, on June 16th, 2010. This 195-seat aircraft also bore a Britsh registration, having been leased to the carrier from Stansted-based Titan Airways. Its tenure at easyJet concluded on September 27th, 2010.

The aircraft spent its first six years (2000-2006) flying for Spanish flag carrier Iberia before joining Titan. It did so under the registration EC-HIS, and the name Bolivia. It still flies for Titan today, albeit with a slightly altered 202-seat configuration. RadarBox.com reports that it last flew yesterday evening, from Accra, Ghana to its base at London Stansted.

OH-AFI

easyJet’s four and final 757 arrived more than a month later than its first three, on July 30th, 2010. Registered as OH-AFI, this was the second example to join the carrier from Air Finland. However, unlike its counterpart OH-AFJ, it featured winglets, as seen below.

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OH-AFI also featured bright orange winglets. Photo: Pedro Aragão via Wikimedia Commons

OH-AFI entered service with Dutch low-cost carrier and KLM subsidiary Transavia in 1996. It has also flown for Air Transat (Canada), TAESA (Mexico), Livingston (Italy), and Safi Airways (Afghanistan). More recently, it has undergone a premium heavy conversion. Indeed, for six years between 2014 and 2020, it flew for UK-based TAG Aviation Ltd.

During this time, it featured a configuration of just 52 to 78 business class seats. After being stored in Marana, Arizona between July 2020 and April 2021, it has since joined Russia’s Azur Air under the registration VQ-BZE. For avgeeks who want a memento of easyJet’s 757 summer, JC Wings/AMS has even produced a 1/200 scale model of OH-AFI!

Did you know that easyJet briefly operated the Boeing 757? Perhaps you even went on one yourself in the summer of 2010? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

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Breeze Receives Government Approval, Remains Mum On Routes

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Breeze Airways has received final approval from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The airline stated it received its Air Carrier Certificate on May 14th. However, the airline remains quiet on where it will fly as the summer season closes in fast.

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Breeze Airways has been very quiet about its launch plans. Photo: Breeze Airways

Breeze Airways cleared for takeoff

The United States government has indicated that Breeze Airways is ready to go for launching flights. With an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), the airline can engage in interstate air transport of passengers and cargo. It has, however, not revealed many details.

Receiving an AOC is a major milestone for new airline startups. Receiving federal approval is not always guaranteed, nor is it easy. Breeze has spent the last few years getting everything to receive government approval.

No other news on routes

When it comes to routes and services, very little is actually known about the airline. So far, the few details that have come out are that the airline wants to start flying between Tampa and Charleston.

Aside from that route, the carrier will be flying 49 nonstop routes. In addition, it will start flying out of 15 cities, including Nashville, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh, with a focus on connecting the Rust Belt with the Sun Belt.

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Breeze is the brainchild of David Neeleman. Photo: Breeze Airways

There is no indication of what Breeze’s frequencies or schedules will look like, nor beyond those 49 routes, what more the airline will be servicing. However, according to CEO David Neeleman, the airline will serve mostly underserved routes. Almost 80% of the carrier’s nonstop routes will have no competition.

Summer is almost here

Summer travel is starting to appear. Travel will pick up, and the summer season will begin in earnest from around May 27th, ahead of the Memorial Day long weekend in the United States. Memorial Day weekend is only around two weeks away.

This could be the week when Breeze Airways announces some details about the new routes and services. However, when those flights go on sale is a different story. It is possible that Breeze Airways could still benefit from the Memorial Day weekend, though it will not have as much time to sell tickets and fill its planes.

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Passengers are coming back to the skies, and the summer season is fast approaching. Photo: Getty Images

Why the delay?

The one thing that could benefit Breeze Airways is the booking curve. The curve is significantly compressed, and most passengers are booking travel only a few weeks out. As such, Breeze Airways may be able to get away with launching flights in a couple of weeks and make them a success.

Another aspect is whether Breeze Airways has the right staffing to launch flights. The airline’s job listings show openings for flight attendants, first officers, engineers, maintenance technicians, and some other administrative positions.

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Breeze Airways has been vocal about its nonstop flight itineraries, though the full slate of routes remains unpublished. Photo: Breeze Airways

Breeze may want to do some more hiring before it launches flights. Being understaffed can lead to operations nightmares. Delta, which has suffered from some crew shortages, has seen some operations meltdowns around major holidays.

Breeze Airways is a hotly anticipated startup, though it is taking its time to launch operations. The summer season is fast approaching, and Breeze Airways is in a bit of a time crunch to launch operations ahead of the busiest travel season in the US.

Are you going to fly Breeze after they launch? Let us know in the comments!

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PLAY Receives Air Operators Certificate Ahead Of June Flight Launch

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Icelandic low-cost carrier PLAY has received its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) today. The airline is preparing to commence flights on June 24th, so this update is a significant step for the company.

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PLAY will receive its first aircraft early next month. Photo: PLAY Airline

Another step closer

Simple Flying reported earlier today that the first service for the new airline will be to Stansted. The carrier is keen to serve popular markets around Europe from this summer before expanding to the United States East Coast in 2022. So, the securement of the AOC from the Icelandic Transport Authority will undoubtedly bring joy to the executives of the company as they can tick this significant task off the list.

Altogether, an AOC is the approval granted by the aviation authority of a country to an operator to allow it to deploy aircraft for commercial activity. Notably, a prospective airline has to have the right personnel, equipment, and structure in place to be given the green light.

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PLAY’s COO, Arnar Már Magnússon shares that there was great cooperation with Icelandic authorities to acquire the certificate. He adds that the firm also received support from major industry figures such as AerCap and Airbus, which has been valuable since these institutions know the market inside out.

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PLAY’s personnel are rearing to go. Photo: PLAY Airline

The right time

The airline’s CEO, Birgir Jónsson, shares that this progress marks a turnaround for the travel sector in Iceland. Overall, the whole board is grateful for the efforts that the staff of the company and its stakeholders have put in since the airline’s founding in 2019. The work put in has led to the airline being well positioned in the new climate.

“After the pandemic, the opportunity actually just got a lot bigger. If you’re well funded like we are now with $50 million in the pocket, you can actually do it on your own terms. I mean, it’s a very good time to lease aircraft, and you can basically pick and choose the right kind of aircraft, in our case, the A321neos. Additionally, you have great access to a lot of highly qualified and trained staff crew,” Jónsson told Simple Flying this weekend.

“Also, a lot of the competition is weak. It’s damaged. I mean we can see here, our competition like Icelandair, and other airlines, are having huge operational and business problems. So to come into that market well funded with no burden of debt, you can basically set up a company, at a point in time, where everything is beneficial to you. That’s a huge reason why we think we will succeed.”

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Jónsson is clear about the airline’s approach. Photo: PLAY Airline

The next stage

Altogether, PLAY is excited to welcome its passengers on board its new A321neos, which are arriving from the beginning of next month. There will be three units of these narrowbodies with the airline this summer to transport passengers across the skies with what are billed to be highly competitive prices.

What are your thoughts about PLAY’s progress over the last few months? Are you looking forward to flying with the airline after services commence? Let us know what you think of the carrier and its plans in the comment section.

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American Airlines welcomes all customers on quarantine-free flights to Italy

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American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N829AN (msn 40651) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944766.

American Airlines has offered customers quarantine-free flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Milan (MXP) since April 2 and on flights from JFK to Rome (FCO) as of May 8. With the recent change in Italy’s travel restrictions, any customers, whether traveling for leisure or essential business, are eligible to fly on American’s flights from New York to Italy starting May 16.

Prior to travel, customers will need to provide proof of the required negative COVID-19 test and also upon arrival in Milan or Rome. After taking a second test at the airport producing a negative result, travelers will not need to quarantine in Italy.

American currently offers daily flights between JFK and MXP and three-times weekly service to FCO. American also operates four-times weekly service between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and FCO and expects those flights to become quarantine-free and open to all travelers in the coming days.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N829AN (msn 40651) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944766.

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