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Mexico's MCS Aerocarga awaiting delivery of first freighter

MCS AeroCarga (México City) is awaiting delivery of its first aircraft - a CRJ(F) C-FWSC (cn 7120) formerly in service with Jazz Air (QK, Halifax) prior to its conversion into a freighter.

A part of Mexican logistics group, MCS Delivery Express, MCS Aerocarga will specialize in ad-hoc charter flights to compliment the other members of the group.

Sweden's Höga Kusten Flyg to charter an Estonian E170

Höga Kusten Flyg (Örnsköldsvik) will charter an EMB-170 from Estonian Air (OV, Tallinn Lennart Meri) covering the period April 1 to May 1 ch-aviation has learned.

The twinjet, to be used on the Swedish virtual carrier's Stockholm Arlanda to Örnsköldsvik service, will replace an ATR72-200 currently chartered from Cimber (QA, Sønderborg).

AirAsia X eyes Hawaiian, New Zealand markets

AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) is applying for US traffic rights in order to serve Hawaii the founder and CEO of the AirAsia Group, Tony Fernandes, has said. Commenting on social media about the Group's longhaul plans, Fernandes added that a resumption of flights to Europe is also on the cards.

"AirAsia X is closing in on European routes including London and also application process starting (sic) to Hawaii," he said via Twitter.

Other longhaul destinations being studied include New ...

Southwest grounds B737-700s over inspection lapse

Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) has been given a dispensation by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowing 128 B737-700s, voluntarily grounded by the carrier earlier this week, to remain in service so long as they undergo mandatory inspections of a backup rudder hydraulic system within the next five days.

Upon discovering the jets had flown beyond their required inspection hours, the Texan LCC, on Tuesday, grounded the affected aircraft before informing the FAA of the ...

Boeing to sell Terrible Teen B787s to Ethiopian

Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) is reportedly in talks with 10 separate buyers concerning the sale of early-model B787-8s, commonly referred to as "Terrible Teens" in the parlance of our times.

Informed sources told Bloomberg news that among the buyers are Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) which is reportedly in advanced discussions regarding eight jets. The Ethiopians were among the first operators of the Dreamliners on its commercial début in 2012.

As previously reported, ...

Aer Lingus considering the A321neo LR for Transatlantic flights

Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) is considering the A321neo Long Range for transatlantic operations the Irish carrier revealed in a presentation for its 2014 financial results.

The Irish carrier says the type represents "an opportunity" for the airline both in terms of augmenting as well as ultimately replacing, its fleet of three leased Air Contractors B757-200s currently used on transatlantic flights to the United States.

On its launch in January this year, ...

Havana Air chartering an Aruban MD-82

Havana Air (Miami Int'l) has chartered an MD-82 from Insel Air Aruba (8I, Aruba) for use on its Miami Int'l to Camagüey and Santa Clara de Cuba services. P4-MDD (msn 49972) was recently spotted in Curacao sporting the Floridian virtual carrier's titles and logo.

Havana Air operates 4x weekly charter flights between Miami and Havana as well as to twice weekly flights to Camagüey and Santa Clara de Cuba.

Australia's Walker Corp. orders one Twin Otter from Viking Air

Viking Air (VKN, Victoria Int'l) says it has signed a firm order agreement with Australian property development firm, Walker Corporation, for one DHC-6-400. Once delivered during the second quarter of this year, the turboprop will be equipped with floats before being deployed to Fiji where it will act as a luxury transport for resort guests.

“We are opening a luxury six star resort later this year on Yaukuve Island in Fiji, and want guests to enjoy every aspect of their stay from start to ...

India's Vistara eyes longhaul flights on 5/20 rule abolition

Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) would venture into the intercontinental market should the Indian government move ahead with plans to withdraw existing "5/20" legislation. The rule currently limits start-up airlines from operating international flights until they have a been in service for at least 5 years and operate at least 20 aircraft.

"Almost 70% of India's outbound traffic is west-bound. US will be interesting for us, especially routes like New York JFK and Washington Dulles," Giam Ming Toh, ...

Mihin Lanka switches ALC lease deal from B737s to A320neo

Mihin Lanka (MJ, Colombo Int'l) has revised a lease agreement, signed with the Air Lease Corporation (ALC) early last year, concerning two B737-800s which were to have been delivered in June and July of this year.

Sri Lanka's Sunday Times quotes the airline's former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nishantha Ranatunga, as saying that after protracted negotiations, the US lessor agreed to switch out the B737s in favour of two A320neo and one A319-100. According to Ranatunga, Mihin management ...

VLM introduces flights from Liège

VLM (VG, Antwerp) has announced a new base in Liège. From May 1, the carrier will introduce new flights from there to Avignon (4 times a week), Bologna (4 times a week), Nice (5 times a week) and Venice Marco Polo (5 times a week). In total, the carrier intends to operate 18 weekly departures from the airport in Eastern Belgium. All services will be operated with own Fokker 50 aircraft.

The announcement just comes days after the airline said it would launch new routes from Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel ...

Australia's FlyPelican to become a scheduled carrier

FlyPelican (Newcastle Williamtown) has announced plans to start scheduled services. Currently using a fleet of two Jetstream 32 (VH-OTD and VH-OTE) on charter services, the airline wants to use both aircraft on scheduled flights between Newcastle Williamtown and Canberra. The route has been left unserved since Brindabella Airlines (FQ, Canberra) ceased operations in December 2013.

The carrier plans to launch flights on April 27 and to initially offer up to two daily frequencies per day. ...

Syrian start-up FlyDamas sets April 1 launch date

FlyDamas (FDK, Damascus) is planning to make its début on April 1 with flights to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Kuwait.

ch-aviation schedule data shows the start-up will use a single B737 to offer 4x weekly flights to Jeddah, 2x weekly flights to Najaf, and weekly flights to Baghdad initially. Then, beginning May 1, FlyDamas will offer 2x weekly services to Kuwait and Riyadh followed by weekly flights to Amman Queen Alia and Dubai Int'l via Latakia in early June.

As of ...

Austria's InterSky to wet lease a Swiss Dornier 328

InterSky (3L, Friedrichshafen) is to wet-lease a Do328-100 from Swiss operator SkyWork Airlines (SX, Berne) once a week for the period May 2 until July 4.

Exclusive sources inform ch-aviation the twinprop will be used on the Saturday rotation of the Austrian carrier's Elba to Munich route. SkyWork operates an own service from Berne to Elba on Saturdays and will operate to Munich for InterSky in between.

France's Aigle Azur to wet-lease a Latvian A320 this summer

Aigle Azur (ZI, Paris Orly) will wet-lease an A320-200 from Latvian ACMI specialist, SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga), for the upcoming summer season ch-aviation can exclusively reveal.

Beginning July 1, the twinjet will be based out of Paris Orly and used on flights to Annaba, Algier, Tlemcen, Constantine, Oran, and Setif until October 4.

Spain's Air Europa outsources Senegal flights to Privilege Style

Air Europa (UX, Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan) is set to outsource its Madrid Barajas-Dakar operations to Spanish ACMI specialist, Privilege Style (P6, Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan), beginning this April ch-aviation has learned.

According to information at hand, beginning April 2, Privilege Style will operate a weekly B757-200 on the route which will then be substituted by a B767-300(ER) from May 2 until October 24. The B767 will operate the route once weekly until June 2 following which ...

Orenair to base B777-200(ER) in Simferopol

Orenair (R2, Orenburg) will return its fleet of three B777-200(ER)s back to scheduled service analysis of ch-aviation schedule data has revealed.

Effective June 1, the Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) subsidiary will base one of the twinjets out of Simferopol for use on weekly flights to Vladivostok, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk while Moscow Domodedovo will be served twice daily during weekends.

South African Express secures $98mn lifeline from government

South African Express (XZ, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has secured a ZAR1.1 billion (USD98 million) guarantee from its sole shareholder, the South African government, to help solidify its finances ahead of the implementation of a cost-cutting programme.

The announcement comes after CEO Inati Ntshanga told a parliamentary fact-finding mission in November that the insolvent airline had failed to secure funding through commercial bank loans as it could not supply the requisite shareholder ...

Montenegro Airlines, Etihad set to sign cooperation deal in June

Montenegro Airlines (YM, Podgorica) is to sign a strategic cooperation agreement with Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) in June this year CEO Daliborka Pejović has said. The announcement comes a week after Serbia’s Deputy President for Cooperation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mladjan Dinkić, helped facilitate talks between Emirati and Montengrin officials in Abu Dhabi.

According to EX-YU Aviation News, Pejović says the deal, which will entail codesharing, will also allow her ...

Emirates to resume Baghdad flights in March

Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) is to resume scheduled services to Baghdad on March 1 following a 5 week suspension. The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) recently lifted a moratorium on flights to the Iraqi capital, enforced after a flydubai (FZ, Dubai Int'l) B737-800 was fired on while on approach into the airport in late January.

Emirates will resume its 6x weekly service operated on board 3-class A330-200 aircraft.

Thus far, Air Arabia (G9, Sharjah) and flydubai have resumed ...

Nepalese start-up, Himalaya Airways, leasing a Jetstream 41

Himalaya Airways (Kathmandu) has reportedly leased a Jetstream 41 from Yeti Airlines (YT, Kathmandu) with plans to use the aircraft on proving flights to either Bhutan or India. The flights are pre-requisite for the start-up to secure its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

As such, Himalaya Airways plans to use the Jetstream 41 to offer charter flights to Bhutan and India initially before leasing three A320 Family jets for use in opening up ...

Jet Airways to lease three A330 freighters from Etihad?

Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) is reportedly planning to lease three A330-200(F)s from equity partner Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) ahead of its entry into the dedicated-freight market.

India's Business Standard newspaper says the aircraft will allow Jet to take on rival Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) in the India-United Arab Emirates cargo market.

Etihad is currently leasing three B777-300(ER)s from Jet with a fourth due for delivery later this year.

Flybe. to lease four ATR72-600s from Avation

Flybe. (BE, Exeter) will take delivery of its first Avions de Transport Régional turboprops later this year Avation has announced. The carrier signed 6-year contracts with the Singaporean lessor for four ATR72-600s whose deliveries will run from this year through to the next.

Flybe. is a predominantly Bombardier operator with forty-seven Dash 8-400s, eleven EMB-175s, and four EMB-195s used on scheduled flights throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

The ATR72-600s will be operated for ...

Australia's Jetstar to end A330 longhaul ops in September

Jetstar Airways (JQ, Melbourne Tullamarine) will transition its longhaul operations to its B787-8 fleet with effect from September 14. According to Australian Aviation, the budget carrier expects to receive its final three B787s during the second half of this year following which they will assume control of all long range flights.

The last A330-200-operated services are slated to be Melbourne Tullamarine-Honolulu and Brisbane Int'l-Honolulu on September 13 following which the aircraft will be ...

Spanish ACMI specialist, Privilege Style, expecting maiden B777

Privilege Style (P6, Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan) has announced the upcoming addition of a first B777-200(ER) to its fleet of two B757-200s, one B767-300(ER), and two ERJ-145s.

In a brochure shared with ch-aviation, the Spanish charter and ACMI specialist said it expects the 13-year old twinjet to be available for service in January 2016.