Cypriot budget airline Cobalt has suspended operations

Cobalt has cancelled all flights from midnight on October 17th according to a statement on its website.

The carrier, which has operated flights in and out of Cyprus since 2016 – including flying UK holiday-makers to the island – has suspended operations.

Local media said Cobalt had failed to reach a deal with a potential new investor.

The Cyprus Mail said the airline’s main backer is China’s Avic Joy Air. The airline’s statement said future flights would not operate due to “indefinite suspension of Cobalt’s operations“, and advised passengers not to go to the airport. 

Etihad cuts losses despite failure of European partnerships 

Etihad Airways managed to reduce its loss by $432 million to $1.52 billion last year despite its European equity partners Alitalia and airberlin entering administration. 

The airline said other challenges during 2017 included ‘significant’ fuel price increases. 

Revenues from core operations were up 1.9 per cent to $6.1 billion.

Both passenger and cargo yields improved following an increased focus on point-to-point traffic and improving market conditions. It carried 18.6 million passengers last year at a 78.5 per cent load factor. Unit costs were down 7.3 per cent despite the higher fuel costs, which the airline put down to a strong focus on efficiency. 

SAS to create new subsidiary in Ireland

SAS is the latest European airline to create a new airline / subsidiary. They are creating an Irish subsidiary – also called SAS – to fly some shorter routes because that’s the only way it can compete on costs with discounters like Norwegian Air, Ryanair and easyJet on certain competitive routes

The airline’s foreign competitors do not use a Scandinavian operating certificate on short international flights that touch SAS’ hubs in Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, giving them a labour cost advantage. 

But even Oslo-based Norwegian Air, its most fierce competitor, operates many European flights under an Irish certificate, rather than a Norwegian one thus enabling the airline to pursue a much lower cost base than some of its competitors such as SAS. 


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Cover Letter Examples

Example Cover Letters for Pilots

Written specifically for individual airlines

Don’t let a poorly written Cover Letter hold back your application!

When applying to an airline, you need to ensure your application contains a well written, highly specific Covering Letter that addresses the airline’s ethos and operation, matching them with your skills and attributes.

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Each Pilot Cover Letter (other than the generic one) considers the airline’s type of operation, fleet, ethos and history. This attention to detail demonstrates a few highly desirable attributes to a prospective employer:

  • You are highly motivated
  • You understand the airline’s operation
  • You have spent time researching the job you are applying to
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*Important* – The example letters should be used as a guide to demonstrate how to customise your letter. You should take the time to amend your cover letter to ensure it is unique and genuinely reflects your application.

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This combo package provides excellent value for money with example Covering Letters for 5 airlines included. The package includes example Cover Letters, suitable for First Officer or Low Hour pilots, for the following airlines:

  • Ryanair
  • Wizz Air
  • Jet2
  • Generic Covering Letter (suitable for all airlines)
  • Flybe (now defunct)

Generic Airline Example Cover Letter

Updated 1st September 2020.

Extract from the Generic Pilot Cover Letter:

‘I make decisions in a reasoned and analytical manner, taking into account of a range of options and including all team members in the option generation process. I believe this allows me to make well thought out decisions, and support others to do so, which is absolutely vital when operating a commercial aircraft. I am prepared to adapt and change my decisions if required, as circumstances change and new feedback is received.’ Pilot Assessment Guide Example Cover Letter

Updated September 2020. Suitable for Low Hour Pilots & First Officers.

Extract from the Cover Letter:

‘ has built up an excellent reputation for the level of customer service it delivers, which is supported by the fact that won the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award in 2019. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, has been able to weather the storm due to its resilience and the Dart Group’s strong financial position which is testament to the leadership demonstrated over the last two decades.’

Ryanair Example Cover Letter

Suitable for Low Hour Pilots & First Officers. Updated 1st September 2020 to reflect the Covid-19 circumstances.

Wizz Air Example Cover Letter

Suitable for Low Hour Pilots, First Officers & Captains. Updated 1st September 2020 to reflect the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Flybe (now defunct) Example Cover Letter

Despite Flybe being defunct, this document is an effective example of a Covering Letter for a turbo-prop airline. Suitable for Low Hour Pilots & First Officers.