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Swiss Space Systems to shift operations to Croatia?

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Iceland's WOW Air to decide on first int'l base this summer

WOW air (WW, Reykjavik Keflavik) will only make a decision on its first international base later this summer the Icelandic LCC's chief executive Skúli Mogensen has revealed.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last week, Mogensen said that the list had now been whittled down to three candidate cities.

"Dublin Int'l is a contender," he said. "I hope to make that decision by the summer and hopefully we can initiate something by next year. I like Dublin for a number of reasons. It has ...
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Russia's KrasAvia rejects bankruptcy claims

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Canada's First Air to boost fleet with Summit Air ATR72(F)s

First Air (7F, Carp) will wet-lease in ATR 72-200(F) capacity from fellow Canadian operator Summit Air Charters (Yellowknife) as part of their recently expanded commercial partnership agreement.

In a statement confirming the extension of their existing tie-up by a further four years, First Air said it would use the Avions de Transport Régional turboprop freighters to supplement its own ATR42-300(QC)s as and where needed.

First Air currently wet-leases Summit Air's pair of ARJ-85s for use ...

Sukhumi, Abkhazia to see scheduled pax ops in 2Q17?

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Russia inches towards resuming Egyptian pax flights

Russia's Minister of Transport, Maxim Sokolov, says proposals concerning the resumption of passenger flights to Egypt have been dispatched to the North African state's government.

Russia terminated all flights between the two countries following the fatal bombing of a MetroJet (Russia) A321-200 over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015. Since then, Moscow has demanded Cairo dramatically improve the overall quality of safety annd security oversight at Egypt's airports before passenger flights ...

Ireland's CityJet confirms Cimber purchase from SAS

CityJet (WX, Dublin Int'l) has acquired Danish production company Cimber (QA, Sønderborg) from parent SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup) as part of the Scandinavian carrier's push to reduce costs by simplifying its fleet operations.

SAS said in a statement that the transaction, whose value was not disclosed, is set to close on January 31.

"The divestment of Cimber is in line with our strategy to simplify and focus on SAS's own production platform," Rickard Gustafson, SAS's ...

Emirates secures Athens 5th Freedom rights with Newark route

Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) has secured 5th Freedom traffic rights from the Greek government ahead of the launch of Athens Int'l-Newark, United States, flights later this quarter.

The Emirati carrier said in a press release the daily Dubai Int'l-Newark via Athens service would commence on March 12 using B777-300(ER) equipment.

“The Greek Government and Athens International Airport approached Emirates some time ago to consider serving the route between Athens and New York," Timothy Clark, ...

Canada's Air Transat eyes A310 replacement options

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Finnair to start int'l flights out of Lapland in late 4Q17

Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) will start regular international flights out of the northern Finnish resort towns of Kittila and Ivalo during the last quarter of this year.

The carrier said in a statement that from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018, it would offer weekly flights to Kittilä from each of Zurich, Frankfurt Int'l, and Paris CDG using a combination of A320 and A321 aircraft. For its part, Ivalo will see a 2x weekly flight from London Gatwick.

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Sri Lanka shortlists three for 49% stake in carrier

The Sri Lankan government has whittled down the list of prospective strategic partners for national carrier SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) from nine to three State Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim has announced.

Speaking at a press conference late last week, Hashim said the three shortlisted bidders included Texas Pacific Group (TPG), PeaceAir Pvt Ltd, and the Maldivian company Super Group Partners.

Each of the candidates' proposals for a 49% stake in SriLankan ...

Iran Air inks codeshare with Lufthansa

Iran Air (IR, Tehran Mehrabad) has announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) the carrier's press service has announced.

According to the official IRNA news agency, the agreement covers Lufthansa's flights from each of Frankfurt Int'l and Munich to Tehran Imam Khomeini and will come into effect from February 1.

It is recalled that the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding in March last year covering the fields of airline IT, aerial ...

China's Loong Air inks AerCap lease deal

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Russia resumes government Tu-154 operations

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DOT greenlights Air Austral charter ops

Air Austral (UU, St. Denis de la Réunion) has been granted Exemption Authority as well as a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) following the lodging of an application roughly a month ago.

In its final determination published last week, the DOT agreed to allow the European Union-registered carrier to conduct charter flights ferrying persons and property from any point or points behind any EU Member State via any point or points in any Member State ...