Chair Airlines Leases Enter Air 737 To Plug Capacity Gap

The small Swiss airline, Chair Airlines, has announced plans to lease one Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Polish airline…

Chair Airlines Leases Enter Air 737 To Plug Capacity Gap

The small Swiss airline, Chair Airlines, has announced plans to lease one Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Polish airline Enter Air. This comes as flights services resume after the pandemic, but Chair Airlines finds itself missing one of its three Airbus A319s following a maintenance accident in 2020.

Chair Airlines operates just two A319 aircraft – these will be joined over summer by one 737-800. Photo: Firat Cimenli via Wikimedia

Chair Airlines and the A319

Chair Airlines is a leisure carrier based at Zurich airport. It started service in 2014, under the brand Germania Flug. Since 2019, and after the bankruptcy of Germania, it rebranded as Chair Airlines. This was certainly a quirky choice of name. According to the airline, it represents both the seat that you book and the Swiss connection with the ‘ch.’

Germania A319
HB-JOG was operated by Germania in 2015. Photo: dxme via Wikimedia

The airline operates scheduled flights from Switzerland to several holiday destinations across Europe, as well as Egypt and Tunisia (10 destinations in total according to ch-aviation.com). Fleet-wise it operates just two Airbus A319-100 aircraft – with registrations HB-JOG and HB-JOJ. These were both acquired second-hand by Germania before being taken on by Chair Airlines.

Loosing one Airbus aircraft in 2020

Before the pandemic, Chair Airlines had a slightly larger fleet of thee A319 aircraft. A third aircraft with registration HB-JOH had a similar history but was lost in July 2020. This was the result of an unfortunate accident when undergoing maintenance at Naples airport. According to the airline, this happened following an impact with the door of a maintenance hangar, and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Chair Airlines A319
HB-JOH was the A319 written off in 2020. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia

Leasing a Boeing 737-800

Dropping to a fleet of two aircraft would clearly be impactful for such a small airline. With the slowdown in traffic seen in 2020, there was no immediate need to replace it. This has changed now that traffic is once again increasing.

Chair Airlines is leasing one Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Polish airline Enter Air. According to aeroTELEGRAPH, the 737, with registration SP-ESE, will occasionally fly over the summer on a wet lease arrangement. The Enter Air branding will be temporarily covered with the Chair Airlines logo. The aircraft was ferried to Zurich on July 21st and flew its first service the same day (from Zurich to Skopje).

Enter Air 737-800
An Enter Air 737-800 – similar to that being leased. Photo: Mark Harkin via Wikimedia

Chair Airlines and Enter Air

The choice of airline to lease from is no coincidence. Enter Air owns 49% of the shares in Chair Airlines. It is likewise a leisure airline, based in Warsaw and founded in just 2009. It took a share in struggling Germania Flug in March 2019.

Enter Air operates an all-Boeing fleet, with 24 Boeing 737-800 and two 737 MAX 8 aircraft (according to ch-aviation.com). It has a further six 737 MAX 8 aircraft on order.

Simple Flying reached out to Chair Airlines for further details on its plans for the 737-800 aircraft but had not heard back at the time of publication.

Have you ever flown with Chair Airlines and its small A319 fleet? Do you think this wet lease deal will work for the airline, or will it look to purchase its own aircraft as the market picks up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Covid Positive Passenger Dresses As Wife To Avoid Virus Checks

A COVID-positive man in Indonesia recently decided he could not wait to travel until he was free of…

Covid Positive Passenger Dresses As Wife To Avoid Virus Checks

A COVID-positive man in Indonesia recently decided he could not wait to travel until he was free of the virus. Therefore, he took his wife’s ID and her negative test certificate, dressed up in her niqab, and boarded a plane. He may have gotten away with it had he not decided to change into his own clothes halfway through the flight.

A passenger traveling on a Citilink flight from Jakarta to Ternate dressed up in his wife’s niqab to be able to fly after having tested positive for COVID-19. Photo: Getty Images

There have been plenty of reports of fake COVID test certificates. Or a group of Belgian youngsters getting on a plane home from their holiday while suspecting they could very well have been infected. However, instances of people knowing they are COVID positive and still doing their utmost to travel have fortunately been few and far between – as far as we know.

A whole new passenger on board

Meanwhile, a man in Indonesia went to great lengths to be allowed on board a domestic Citilink flight from Jakarta to Ternate. The man, who is referred to by officials only by his initials ‘DW”, dressed in his wife’s niqab, covering him from head to toe. He also grabbed her passport, negative COVID-19 test certificate, and took off for the airport.

Boarding agents at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta suspected nothing. The man’s ruse might have remained successful had he not thought it a good idea to change back to his own clothes mid-flight. A cabin crew member saw a fully-covered and veiled person enter the lavatory, only to emerge minutes later wearing entirely different clothing.

Ternate Airport Runway
The man was detained upon arrival at Ternate Airport. Photo: Fabio Achilli via Flickr

Isolated and could be facing arrest

The crew member notified the authorities at the arrival destination of Ternate, and the passenger was detained after deboarding. An on-duty health officer immediately tested the man for COVID-19, and the results came back positive. The man is now in self-isolation and could face arrest.

“He bought the plane ticket with his wife’s name and brought the identity card, the PCR test result, and the vaccination card with his wife’s name,” Ternate police chief Aditya Laksimada said after arresting the man, as reported by USA Today Travel.

Authorities have tightened restrictions on non-essential travel during the Eid al-Adha holiday this week, as virus cases in the country continue to surge with over 50,000 new cases per day.

Citilink A320
Citilink operates Airbus A320s and A320neos between Jakarta and Ternate. Photo: PK-REN via Wikimedia Commons

Citilink is the low-cost brand of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia. The carrier operates a daily service between Jakarta and Ternate, deploying either an Airbus A320 or A320neo on the route.

Thanks to modern aircraft’s state-of-the-art ventilation systems (who had ever known HEPA filters were to become such a hot topic), the risk of catching COVID on board a plane is minuscule. The wearing of face masks reduced the risk even more. However, being seated within three rows of an infected person still presents a perilous situation.

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