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EgyptAir in talks with Sukhoi over possible SuperJet order

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) is in talks to sell a pair of SSJ 100-95s to EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int'l) Russia's Ria Novosti has reported. The announcement comes roughly a month after the Russian aircraft manufacturer lead a United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) sales delegation to Egypt.

Though the source, who spoke to the newswire on condition of anonymity, did confirm the talks, he did not specify the number of jets that may be acquired.

During May's sales pitch, Egyptian Minister ...

United inks sustainable fuel deal with Fulcrum BioEnergy

United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) says it has acquired an undisclosed shareholding in US-based alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., for USD30 million. Fulcrum specializes in the development and commercialization of converting municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation biofuel.

"Investing in alternative fuels is not only good for the environment, it's a smart move for our company as biofuels have the potential to hedge against future oil price volatility and ...

Khanidanda, Nepal to reopen to commercial traffic

Simrik Airlines (RMK, Kathmandu) and Tara Air (Kathmandu) have announced plans to resume services to Khanidanda Airport in Nepal's eastern Khotang District. The airfield has been closed for the past six months to allow for the resurfacing of the 590x20m runway.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has labelled the NPR70.24 million (USD0.69 million) project as urgent given the region's proneness to being cut off from the rest of the country during the monsoon season.

China's Yunnan Hongtu Airlines aiming for 4Q launch date

Yunnan Hongtu Airlines (Kunming Changshui) president Tang Longcheng says his airline is to commence domestic operations during the last quarter of this year should the arrival of three A320-200s go according to schedule.

According to WCARN, the carrier is still pursuing its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) with Tang aiming for a launch in October at the earliest or December at the latest.

With CNY600 million (USD96.6 million) in initial ...

Thailand's NewGen Airways set for maiden B737-800

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Indonesia gives ultimatum to 13 airlines over poor finances

The Indonesian Ministry of Transport has given thirteen of the country's carriers until the end of the month to improve their financial standings or risk revocation of their operator's licences.

The carriers affected include: Indonesia AirAsia (QZ, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta), Batik Air (ID, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) (part of the Lion Group), Cardigair (8F, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta), Transwisata Air (TWT, Jakarta Halim), EastIndo (ESD, Jakarta Halim), Survai Udara Penas (Jakarta Halim), ...

IndiGo's parent InterGlobe files plan for $400mn IPO

IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) parent, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, has filed a preliminary IPO prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) ahead of a proposed debut on the Mumbai Stock Exchange later in the year.

According to the document, the firm is planning to raise up to USD400 million through the sale of up to INR12.7 billion (USD199.64 million) worth of new shares, and the sale of up to 30.15 million of existing shares. Overall, approximately 12% of InterGlobe's ...

Ryanair to redeploy Copenhagen-based B737 to Lithuania

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) says it will transfer its sole Copenhagen Kastrup-based B737-800 to Lithuania with effect from July 14 in retaliation for last week's Danish Labour Court (Arbejdsretten) ruling which allows the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisationen i Danmark - LO) to take industrial action against the budget carrier. Defiant, the airline maintains that it will continue with its normal Copenhagen operations as its non-based aircraft cannot be blockaded or interfered ...

Austrian picks initial EMB-195 network

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VietJetAir inks A321 lease deal with AWAS

VietJetAir (VJ, Hanoi) has signed long-term lease agreements with Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services (AWAS) for two A321-200 (sl)s due for delivery later this year. The Vietnamese LCC currently operates one of the type with an additional thirteen on order from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac).

“Vietjet has grown faster than expected in the last few years and our previous purchasing plans for new aircraft could not keep up with developing demand," Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, President ...

Armenia's Taron Avia eyes Russia flights from late 3Q

Taron Avia (TRV, Erebuni) is planning to deploy its fleet of three B737-500s on scheduled flights to Russia later this quarter airline chairman Garnik Papikyan has told ATO news in an interview.

Papikyan says he sees strong potential in the Armenia-Russia market.

"We will be based in Yerevan," he said. "From the Armenian capital, we mainly want to fly to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov, Krasnodar, Adler/Sochi, Volgograd, Voronezh Chertovitskoye and others."

Presently, ...

Russia's MetroJet to bring entire A321 fleet in-house

MetroJet (Russia) (7K, Kogalym) has announced it has signed a contract to acquire four of its five leased A321-200s. The fifth aircraft has already been acquired and will begin operations for local tour operator Brisco (ex-Lagina Travel) this summer, it said.

Founded in 2012, MetroJet is a joint venture between TUI Russia & CIS and Kolavia (7K, Kogalym).

Estonian court declares Avies bankrupt

A northern Estonian court has declared Avies (U3, Tallinn Lennart Meri) bankrupt following a petition submitted by two of the carrier's Swedish business partners, SwedeWings AB and Bromma Air Maintenance AB.

The firms filed a bankruptcy motion after the Estonian carrier failed to settle their claims and was late in discounting assets on its balance sheet.

The carrier had earlier told the LETA news agency that despite plummeting revenue inflows, it itself did not see any danger of ...

Indonesia Lion Air gets nod to resume route applications

Lion Airlines (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) has submitted applications to the Indonesian Directorate General Of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for forty-four new routes after a four-month long ban was lifted on June 25.

Hadi M Djuraid, a senior advisor to the Indonesian Ministry of Transport, told the Kompass newspaper that while the LCC had indeed submitted its applications, the Ministry had not yet approved them. He said Lion Air had not furnished the Ministry with details concerning requested ...

Pakistan's Air Indus overturns CAA's grounding order

Air Indus (I6, Karachi Int'l) has been given the go-ahead to maintain operations after a Sindh High Court overturned a Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PkCAA) directive grounding the carrier from Wednesday, July 1.

According to Pakistan's Dawn News, the PkCAA had invoked the country's National Aviation Policy 2015 legislation to order Air Indus to suspend operations claiming the carrier operated under "unsafe conditions" and "persistently violated air safety regulations".

“Despite ...

Congo Airways acquires two ex-Alitalia A320s

Congo Airways (Kinshasa N'Djili) has acquired two A320-200s from Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) a Congolese government source has told the Agence France-Presse (AFP). Though the start-up had planned to begin operations at the end of June, Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo has now set an August launch date with the first of the A320s scheduled to arrive this month while the other will de delivered later next month.

From its Kinshasa N'Djili hub, Congo Airways will initially offer ...

Cebu Pacific to transform Cebgo into an all-prop operation

Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lance Gokongwei, has outlined the airline's longterm plans which will see all jet operations eventually being consolidated under Cebu Pacific while all turboprop operations will be placed under its Cebgo (DG, Manila) subsidiary.

Speaking at Cebu's annual stockholders meeting in Manila this week, Gokongwei said that between now and 2022, the Filipino carrier would retire a total of twenty-one aircraft including six ...

SAA refutes Emirates deal walk-out; claims talks still on

South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has refuted reports in the local press claiming the carrier had walked out of a strategic partnership agreement with Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) at the eleventh hour.

Late last month, South Africa's Times newspaper claimed SAA executives had failed to pitch up for the signing of an expanded code-share agreement with the Dubai-based carrier. Emirates president, Tim Clark, was reportedly to have signed on his airline's behalf at the ceremony ...

Virgin Atlantic to cut 500 white-collar jobs

Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) says it will trim 500 support and managerial posts over the next few months as it aims to achieve what it terms 'record levels of sustained profitability by 2018.' Cuts will be achieved through a combination of natural attrition, redeployment and redundancies.

Virgin says the drive to reduce non-fuel costs are part of a transformation plan whose overall objective is to produce a simpler, more efficient hierarchy featuring fewer management layers. By ...