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Minister blames B&H Air's poor state of affairs on the Turks

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B&H Airlines (JA, Sarajevo) and its current poor state of affairs is the result of a failed Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) experiment Bosnia and Herzegovina's Minister for Transport and Communication, Enver Bijedić, has said. With the national carrier now a pale shadow of its former self, EX-YU Aviation News quotes the minister as telling local television that the Turks had used the airline as a proverbial guinea-pig.

“B&H was used as a guinea pig by Turkish to test the market. In ...

US start-up, Eastern Air Lines, to get first B737 this Summer

Eastern Air Lines (Miami Int'l) says it will take delivery of its first aircraft - a B737-800 - in late summer 2014. Previously, the start-up had alluded to plans to lease Airbus A320 aircraft for its initial services.

Eastern Air Lines filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation in January for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, and plans on commencing its Part 121 certification with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in due course.

AeroLap Paraguay Airlines eyes June launch date

AeroLap Paraguay Airlines (Asuncion) expects to secure its Air Operators Certificate from the Paraguayan civil aviation authority (Dirección Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil - DINAC) in early May ahead of a possible late June/early July launch.

Speaking to Paraguayan newspaper, ABC, AeroLap executive Juan Carlos Ruiz said the airline would shortly ferry its two B767-300(ER)s from the United States to Asuncion ahead of their inspection and eventual certification. The director-general of DINAC, ...

AeroMéxico to lease three EMB-190s from BOC Aviation

AeroMéxico Connect (5D, Monterrey General Mariano Escobedo) will lease three new EMB-190s from Singapore based lessor, BOC Aviation, with delivery due between April and June of this year. The AeroMéxico (AM, México City) subsidiary already operates twenty-one EMB-190s.

“The E190 has been, for several years, a growth driver for AeroMéxico. We now operate 21 E190 aircraft, which has allowed us to cover important domestic and international routes in the United States and Central America,” ...

Rostock Airways plans to establish Rostock hub evaporate

Rostock Airways (Rostock) plans to operate flights out of Rostock have officially fallen through the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has noted. During a recent debate among MPs, airliners.de notes that the Ministry of Transport for the north-German state said Rostock Airways was no longer active in seeking to operate flights to Copenhagen Kastrup, Munich and Zurich as previously planned. The virtual airline had intended to uplift over 100'000 pax/annum in its original business ...

Canada's Regional 1 now R1 Airlines; outlines new CRJ100 routes

Regional 1 Airlines (TSH, Calgary) has been rebranded as R1 Airlines (TSH, Calgary) having completed its joint venture with Air Georgian (ZX, Toronto Pearson) earlier in the year. The rebranding will allow the newly merged carrier to improve its market share in the specialized air charter sector, with particular attention paid to the transportation needs of Canada’s resource sector.

R1 will also continue to focus on its international operations, specializing in ACMI contracts in remote ...

SriLankan to introduce Sharjah flights during DXB runway works

SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) will switch one of its seven weekly flights from Colombo Int'l to Dubai Int'l, to Sharjah for the duration of runway upgrades there. Airline Route reports that the exceptional service will operate on Wednesdays onboard an A320-200.

The runway upgrade project at Dubai International is set to launch on May 1, 2014 and will last for 80 days during which the tracks will be closed alternatively – the southern runway from May 1 to May 31 and the northern ...

Operators drop Manston flights over uncertainty

KLM cityhopper (WA, Amsterdam) has suspended its flights from Amsterdam to London Manston Airport with effect from April 10. In a statement, the Dutch carrier blamed the move on the "continuous uncertainty surrounding the airport's future."

As the airport's only scheduled passenger operator, the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam) subsidiary was also joined by travel firm, Newmarket Holidays, which said it would be moving its summer charters from Manston to Naples Int'l and Verona, to ...

Small Planet Airlines to offer Sweden - Somalia flights

Small Planet Airlines (S5, Vilnius) is to begin a weekly Stockholm Arlanda to Mogadishu via Hurghada service beginning May 26. Catering to the Somali diaspora in Scandinavia, the flights will operate on-board an A320-200.

The Lithuanian ACMI specialist's Polish subsidiary, Small Planet Airlines Polska (P7, Warsaw Chopin), is also active in the North African market operating daily flights from Tripoli Int'l to Dusseldorf, London Gatwick and Paris CDG on behalf of ...

Caymanian start-up, BlueSky Airlines, to lease Polish Q400s

BlueSky Airlines (Grand Cayman Island) will wet-lease two Dash 8-400s from EuroLOT (K2, Warsaw Chopin) effective October 2014 to November 2015 with options to extend the contract if need be. In its report, Polish aviation portal, pasazer.com, said a technical team comprising Eurolot flight crew and Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) experts will be deployed to the Caribbean shortly to assist the Caymanian start-up in establishing operations as well as obtaining its Air Operators ...

Lufthansa outlines next round of germanwings transfers

Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) has outlined the next round of transfers to its subsidiary, germanwings (4U, Cologne/Bonn), set to occur in autumn of this year.

Airline Route reports that effective September 18, the following Dusseldorf routes will be moved to germanwings: Birmingham Int'l, Manchester Int'l, Newcastle and Paris CDG. Effective October 8, Vienna will move while from October 26 London Heathrow, Malaga, Moscow Vnukovo, Naples Int'l, and Nice flights will switch to the low cost ...

France's Aigle Azur orders two A330s for use on Beijing flights

Aigle Azur (ZI, Paris Orly) has signed a Letter of Intent with the Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) relating to two A330-200s (cn 874 and 939) due for delivery in December this year as well as in January next year. The agreement forms part of the carrier's new long-haul business development strategy as laid down in its partnership with the HNA Group, which in October 2012 acquired a 48% stake in Aigle Azur.

The aircraft will be configured with a two-class layout with 18 seats in business ...

Fly Jamaica to lease a B767 to boost international reach

Fly Jamaica Airways (OJ, Kingston Norman Manley) is to lease a B767-300(ER) from Wings Aviation as part of plans to expand its international network. The ch-aviation aircraft database shows the aircraft, N762NA (msn 24876), was formerly with North American Airlines (NA, New York JFK) and is currently in storage in Goodyear.

The Jamaican airline also leases another Wings Aviation aircraft, a B757-200, for use on scheduled and charter services between Georgetown Cheddi Jagan, Guyana, ...

AirAsia to move into KLIA2 despite outstanding qualms

AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has announced it will move its operations to Kuala Lumpur Int'l's new Low Cost Carrier terminal, KLIA2, by May 9 despite reservations about the facility's readiness and safety among other issues.

After weeks of acrimonious press releases and arguments with the Malaysian government and the Malaysia Airport Holding Berhad (MAHB), the airline welcomed a move to enlist the expertise of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to further evaluate KLIA2 ...

Former Thai Airways Int'l exec urges full privatization

Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) former executive, Banyong Pongpanich, has voiced his support for the total privatization of the heavily indebted airline. Speaking to the Bangkok Post, the now CEO of Phatra Security Plc warned that the state-backed airline could not go on given heavy local and international competition as well as a lack of technocratic know-how on the carrier's board.

To remedy the situation, he proposed the total privatization of the airline which, ...

Kyrgyzstan's Pegasus Asia begins Krasnoyarsk flights

Pegasus Asia (ZM, Bishkek) has begun flights from Osh and Bishkek to Krasnoyarsk in Russia. The services operate multiple times weekly onboard the airline's B737-400. According to Central Asian Aero News, the routes are also serviced by Air Kyrgyzstan (QH, Bishkek) and Avia Traffic Company (YK, Bishkek). Pegasus Asia currently operates domestically between Bishkek and Osh and from Bishkek to Moscow Domodedovo and Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen.

Congo moves ahead with shakeup of local aviation scene

Korongo Airlines (ZC, Lubumbashi) has entered into talks with the Congolese government after Kinshasa unilaterally revoked all local airlines' international traffic rights. The DR Congo Airline news blog says Korongo has denied its Johannesburg O.R. Tambo route has been affected by the move, which should also impact CAA - Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation (BU, Kinshasa D'Dolo) and its own Johannesburg flights.

At this point, both CAA and Korongo continue to sell tickets for their flights ...

Cebu Pacific eyes Guam, Saipan, Hawaii flights before year-end

Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) is planning to launch flights to US islands in the Pacific - including Guam Int'l, Saipan, and Honolulu - before the end of 2014. According to the Philippine Flight Network, the airline only begin to service mainland US and European destinations once it has acquired long-haul aircraft.

Both the US and the European Union recently lifted sanctions on the Philippines allowing the country's airlines unfettered access to destinations in each bloc.

"Given our fleet ...

21 Air targets ACMI and charter cargo markets with B767-200(F)s

21 Air (Greensboro) is a new cargo carrier looking to serve the international ACMI and charter markets in the United States as well as in North, Central and South America. Operations are onboard two ex-TAMPA Cargo (QT, Medellín José Maria Córdova) B767-200(F)s, N881YV (msn 23803) and N999YV (msn 23801) operated on the AOC of Dynamic Airways (D2, Greensboro).

Nevada-based start-up, Airline 4.0, dreams big

Airline4.0 (Las Vegas McCarran) is a Nevada-based start-up looking to become the United States' fourth largest carrier after American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth), United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) and Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson). A self-styled "Next Generation" carrier, Airline 4.0 is currently in the seeding stage of the start-up process. In the coming months, Airline 4.0 will court prospective airports, equipment suppliers, and other industry-related services ...

India's Mehair begins seaplane services from Mumbai

Mehair (MW, Mumbai Int'l) in conjunction with the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has launched India’s first seaplane service with flights between Mumbai Juhu and Aamby Valley City, a gated high-income community located 120km away.

Using Cessna (single piston) 206 and Cessna (single turboprop) 208 amphibian aircraft, Mehair will launch services to Gangapur Dam in Nashik, Mula Dam in Shirdi, Pawna dam in Lonavala, Varasgaon Dam in Lavasa (Pune district) and Dhoom Dam in ...

Slovak start-up Quick Duck eyes ACMI market with an ATR72

Quick Duck (Bratislava) is a Slovakian start-up backed by local investors to the tune of EUR5million (USD6.91million). According to Austrian Aviation Net, the airline will employ former DanubeWings (V5, Bratislava) staff with plans to offer an ATR72 up for ACMI operations. Quick Duck does not appear to plan to use ex-DanubeWings aircraft though.

Indian start-up, Skyfisher Airways, eyes North-western market

Skyfisher Airways (Delhi Int'l) is an Indian charter carrier looking to serve Patna, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Varanasi on a scheduled basis initially with services to Kolkata and Bagdogra to follow thereafter. Operations will be onboard Cessna (single turboprop) 208Bs.

The start-up had planned to launch operations in May 2013 but was forced to postpone its maiden flight for unknown reasons.

Floridian start-up Global Air Jets eyes Jamaican routes

Global Air Jets (West Palm Beach Int'l) is a public charter start-up that has started offering weekly flights between West Palm Beach Int'l and Montego Bay with effect from April 20. Flights to Kingston Norman Manley are scheduled to begin on May 18 with additional destinations planned for in the future. Operations are handled by Swift Air (USA) (Q7, Phoenix Sky Harbor) with B737-400s.

bmi regional to start Karlstad to Frankfurt flights from May

bmi regional (BM, Aberdeen Dyce) is set to launch a 6x weekly Karlstad to Frankfurt Int'l service effective May 26. The service will be the first direct scheduled air link between the southern-Swedish town and Germany.

Cathal O’Connell, CEO of bmi, said the route is part of the airline's new business strategy of expanding into markets with strong growth possibilities - Scandinavia in particular.

"The compelling business case presented to us by the airport, combined with the growth ...