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Nepal's Simrik Airlines secures ASL renewal; resumes ops

Simrik Airlines (RMK, Kathmandu) has resumed operations after the Nepali cabinet approved the renewal of its expired Air Service License (ASL). The country's Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation then proceeded with the renewal despite earlier concerns legal hurdles could protract the process.

Simrik Airlines was forced to suspend flights earlier this month after its ASL was found expired by more than fourteen months. In a statement issued at the time, it said it had intended to ...

ADI axes Youngstown flights after funding cut

ADI Aerodynamics (4A, Pontiac) has terminated its Youngstown/Warren-Chicago O'Hare scheduled service after the Western Reserve Port Authority (WRPA) announced it had ceased funding for it.

The route, ADI's first scheduled service, launched last month under its Great Lakes Jet Express (Youngstown/Warren) brand.

In a statement issued to the Tribune Chronicle newspaper, the WRPA said its decision to defund the service stemmed from several unresolved issues with ADI among which were the ...
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Southern Airways Express secures more EAS contracts

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Southern Airways Express (9X, Memphis Int'l) new Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts for several communities in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia.

Concerning Altoona, Pennsylvania, Southern will provide 26 weekly nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh Int'l at an annual subsidy of USD2,371,942. Service is on-board Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208B equipment. The contract runs from October 1, 2016, through to ...

Falcon Air Express loses bid to resume ops

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) says it has revoked a Notice to Resume operations filed by Falcon Air Express (6F, Miami Int'l) on the grounds of dormancy.

The carrier suspended all operations and returned its Part 121 Air Operators Certificate (AOC) to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on June 5 last year. It then filed for bankruptcy.

The DOT says it informed the carrier shortly afterwards that its certificates of public convenience and necessity permitting it to ...

Colombo, Sri Lanka to partially close in 1Q2017

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) has announced Colombo Int'l Airport's main runway, the 3,350metre-long 04/22, will partially close to all traffic over the period January 6, 2017 to April 6, 2017 on account of resurfacing works.

For the duration of the works, flights will not be permitted to use the airfield between 08h30L and 16h30L.

The closure is expected to cost SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) USD50 million in lost revenue Sri Lanka's Economy Next magazine has ...

New Zealand's Eagle Airways closes after 47 years

Eagle Airways (Hamilton) has concluded operations following its last commercial flight - Wellington to Hamilton via Palmerston North - on Friday, August 26.

Parent firm Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) made the decision to discontinue the carrier's operations back in November 2014 after a review of Eagle Airways' books showed its fleet of Beech 1900Ds incurring heavy losses on its domestic commuter flights.

Since then, Air New Zealand has set about introducing larger, more ...

Venezuela's Avior to switch operational hubs

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Kuwait Airways studying possible LCC unit

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Uganda's SKA Air to add a maiden B727 freighter

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Iran's Taban Air adds a maiden B737-300

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India's Air Pegasus in talks to sell 30% stake

Air Pegasus (OP, Bangalore Int'l) Managing Director, Shyson Thomas, says talks are currently ongoing with an undisclosed Singaporean private-equity fund over the possible sale of a 30% stake in the struggling airline.

In an interview with The Economic Times, Thomas said he still expects the carrier, which is owned by Bangalore-based ground-handling services firm Decor Aviation, to resume operations in the coming weeks.

Talks with lessors Elix Aviation Capital and Nordic Aviation Capital ...

Turkey to resume Sharm el Sheikh flights in late 3Q

Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) has announced it will resume flights to the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm el Sheikh early next month.

The carrier, as with many other international airlines, withdrew from the market in November last year shortly after a MetroJet (Russia) (7K, Moscow Domodedovo) A321-200 was brought down over the Sinai Peninsula by a bomb believed to have been placed on-board by Islamic State-affiliated terrorists.

As such, Turkish Airlines says its 4x ...

Belarus's Belavia to be the first into Ramenskoye

Belavia (B2, Minsk National) will become the first international carrier to offer scheduled passenger flights to Russia's newest gateway, Ramenskoye, with the launch of a daily return service to its Minsk National hub on September 12.

According to statements in a press release issued by the carrier, Managing Director Anatoly Gusarov, even though the Belarus national carrier already serves Moscow through its Moscow Domodedovo gateway, Ramenskoye, through its cheaper operating costs, will allow ...

Papua New Guinea's PNG Air to resume int'l ops in 4Q

PNG Air (CG, Port Moresby) is planning to resume international operations by the end of the current year airline Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Muralee Siva has told CAPA.

In an interview, Siva said the Papua New Guinean carrier was eyeing Jayapura in Indonesia for its maiden forray abroad since the closure of its Port Moresby-Cairns, Australia route in late 2013. Currently, it offers scheduled flights to twenty-three destinations around Papua New Guinea.

The CEO also disclosed that, in ...

China's Hebei Airlines eyes int'l operations

Hebei Airlines (NS, Shijiazhuang) has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for permission to expand its operational scope beyond the Chinese domestic market.

A regulatory filing shows the Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen) unit is now looking to operate international passenger and cargo flights.

At present, Hebei Airlines operates two B737-700s, nine B737-800s, and six EMB-190s on regular flights to thirty-seven destinations across China.

Nepal Airlines to resume Y12E operations

Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) will shortly return its sole Y12E, 9N-AKS, to active service for the first time in ten months.

The Himalaya Times reports the turboprop was mothballed in September last year owing to a lack of suitability qualified flight crew. However, with a new Tongan type-certified chief pilot now in the company's employ, the aircraft will be used alongside Nepal Airlines' two DHC-6-300s and MA-60 for the Dashain festival, set to run between October 2 and 16.

The ...

China's Tianjin Airlines confirmed for Oceania debut in 4Q

Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) has confirmed it will indeed make its Oceania debut during the last quarter of the year.

Effective December of this year, the Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) subsidiary will offer a 3x weekly Tianjin to Auckland Int'l, New Zealand via Chongqing service using A330-200 widebody equipment. The route will operate year-round.

“Regional China is a rapidly developing source market for New Zealand tourism and these new routes flying directly to Auckland provide another ...

Indonesia's Lion Air to place A321neo with Batik Air

Lion Air (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) will place an unspecified number of A321neo twinjets with its Batik Air (ID, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) subsidiary CAPA has reported. The aircraft will be used to aid the carrier's Australian market debut given that its range will allow the carrier to reach destinations such as Sydney Kingsford Smith and Melbourne Tullamarine from Denpasar.

Regulatory approvals are currently being sought from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

At ...

Xiamen Airlines schedules US East Coast debut for 1Q2017

Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen) is set to take delivery of its first of six B787-9s on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) in December of this year. The aircraft, msn 63040, will be used to inaugurate the carrier's maiden US East Coast services during the first quarter of next year.

At a press conference this week, Xiamen Airlines announced its 3x weekly Fuzhou-New York JFK service would commence on February 15. The B787-9s will feature four seats in First class, eighteen in Business, and ...

Tajikistan's Somon Air mulls possible SuperJet purchase

Somon Air (SZ, Dushanbe) has opened preliminary discussions with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Ramenskoye) over the possible acquisition of an undisclosed number of SSJ 100-95s.

The Tajik carrier said in a statement issued this week that a decision on any purchase will only be taken once the Russian aircraft manufacturer has submitted its proposal.

Somon Air operates an all-Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) fleet of two B737-300s, two B737-800s, and two B737-900(ER)s on flights to seventeen ...

Cyprus's Charlie Airlines to add maiden aircraft

Charlie Airlines (Larnaca) will shortly add a maiden aircraft to its books in the form of an ex-Royal Brunei Airlines (BI, Bandar Seri Begawan) A319-100 OE-IEJ (cn 1515) Skyliner Aviation has reported.

The twinjet, owned by lessor CIT Aerospace, will likely be used by the start-up for AOC certification purposes with the Cypriot authorities. It has already announced an anticipated launch date of autumn 2016.

As previously reported, Charlie Airlines is a 40/60 joint-venture between ...