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Founded in and started operations in 2016. Regional and international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Cyprus was established in 1960, covers an area of 5,896 sq km,and its population is 0.6 million. The capital city is Nicosia and the official language is Greek.
April 2016: The 1st Cobalt Air (FCB) A320-200 was delivered. According to Chairman Gregory Diacou, (FCB) planned to receive another 3 aircraft by the end of June 2016.
May 2016: Cobalt Air (FCB) was granted an air operator's certificate (AOC) on May 18, 2016 following a test flight between Larnaca and Heraklion.
June 2016: Cobalt Air (FCB) began flying from Larnaca to Dublin, Athens, Heraklion, Thessaloniki, London, and Manchester.
July 2016: Cobalt Air (FCB) is an airline based at Larnaca International Airport in Larnaca, Cyprus. (FCB) operated its 1st commercial flight on July 7 2016 from Larnaca to Athens. It is the 2nd Cypriot airline (after Tus Airways) to be established since the dissolution of Cyprus Airways (CYP) in 2015. It is planning on turning Larnaca into a hub and offering Cyprus' 1st non-stop flights to China in 2017.
(IATA) Code: CO. (ICAO) Code: FCB. (Callsign: APOLLO).
Main Base: Larnaca International Airport. Larnaca, Cyprus.
Belgium: Brussels to Brussels Airport (begins April 2017).
France: Paris to Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Greece: Athens to Athens International Airport.
Chania to Chania International Airport.
Heraklion to Heraklion International Airport.
Thessaloniki to Thessaloniki Airport.
Ireland: Dublin to Dublin Airport (Seasonal).
Israel: Tel Aviv to Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins March 26 2017).
Spain: Madrid to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (begins 4 April 2017)
United Kingdom: Birmingham to Birmingham Airport.
London to London Stansted Airport.
Manchester to Manchester Airport.
August 2016: Cobalt Air (FCB) now has 4 airplanes, flies to 13 destinations, on 12 routes, on 10 daily flights,
September 2016: A320-200 (415, LY-SPC), Grand Cru Airlines (GCA, Vilnius wet-lsd) (ACMI)/chgarter specialist. 1 other A320-200 wet-leased from EverJets (EVJ, Porto).
November 2016: A319-112 (2662, 5B-DCU - SEE PHOTO), EX-(N266CT), Jet MidWest leased.
February 2017: Cobalt Air (FCB) studying Paphos hub.
A320-214 (2920, 5B-DCY), ex-(VP-BQV), (ICBC) Leasing leased.
May 2017: Cobalt Air (FCB) has started its 2nd route from Athens (ATH), beginning a 3x-weekly service to Paphos (PFO), complementing (FCB)’s existing service between Larnaca and the Greek capital. Launched May 2, the 843 km sector will be served by (FCB) on its fleet of A319s, with it being the only airline offering direct flights between the 2 airports.
The route from Athens to Paphos was last served by Ryanair (RYR) which ended its 6x-weekly service on March 25. With this launch, it means that Cobalt (FCB) is now serving both commercial airports on the Greek side of Cyprus.
In total, (FCB) now has 6 aircraft in its fleet made-up of 2 A319s and 4 A320s, with the aircraft serving 15 routes from Cyprus (14 from Larnaca and 1 from Paphos).
Looking at (FCB)’s booking engine on its website, the next routes that (FCB) will launch from Larnaca will be to Moscow Sheremetyevo and St Petersburg in Russia, and Tehran in Iran.
August 2017: News Item A-1: Cobalt Air (FCB) is planning to move into the long-haul market, taking advantage of its substantial Chinese shareholder base. As a European Union (EU)-based airline, by law (FCB) must have a majority of (EU)-based shareholders. However, 49% of (FCB), the Larnaca-based carrier, is held by Chinese state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). “The Chinese investor group is very eager to connect us with China,” (FCB) (CEO) Andrew Madar said.
News Item A-2: Cobalt Air (FCB) is to fit its fleet of Airbus A320-family aircraft with an on board Wi-Fi system to allow passengers to download content onto their personal electronic devices (PED)s. The development is part of a move away from (FCB)'s original low-cost approach to more of a full-service model, (CEO) Andrew Madar said. (FCB), which has just marked its 1st year of operation, has a fleet of 4 A320s and 2 A319s.
January 2018: Cobalt Air (FCB) will launch daily, Larnaca to London Heathrow (LHR) Airbus A320 service from March 27.
February 2018: News Item A-1: Cobalt Air (FCB) will start 3x-weekly Abu Dhabi to Larnaca service from February 25. (FCB) will start 2x-weekly Larnaca to Dusseldorf Airbus A320 service from May 3.