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TACV leasing a Spanish ATR72

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India's Air Odisha to start interstate ops in mid-3Q

Air Odisha (Bhubaneswar) is planning to begin regional interstate operations a month after the government of the Northeast Indian state of Odisha withdrew a domestic services contract.

As such, the passenger charter specialist has now secured official approval from the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to commence flights from Bhubaneswar to Ranchi (Jharkhand), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), and Nagpur (Maharashtra) with effect from August 15.

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Ryanair delays Luxembourg debut to 4Q

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has delayed its Luxembourg debut from September 1 to October 30 owing to operational delays related to Aviapartner, the LCC's chosen groundhandling company.

The exact nature of the delay has not been disclosed. Ryanair will serve London Stansted and Porto from Luxembourg.
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Russia's Globus to add maiden corporate jet

Globus (GH, Novosibirsk) has added a maiden business jet to its fleet in the form of VP-BNF (cn 5011). The thirteen year-old Gulfstream G550 was ferried to Moscow Domodedovo last week where it is undergoing official scrutiny prior to being added to Globus's AOC. It will then be proffered to the corporate/VIP charter market.

Globus operates nineteen B737-800s on regular passenger flights throughout Russia as well as to Germany, Italy, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, Montenegro, and Armenia for ...

Russia's Azur Air secures China rights

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Telluride, CO to resume commercial flights in 4Q

Great Lakes Airlines (ZK, Cheyenne) will resume services to Telluride, Colorado at the end of this year following a near two year-long hiatus. The leisure resort has, since then, been without any regular passenger flights.

The Colorado Flights Alliance, a consortium of regional governments and businesses that advocates for more flights to mountain towns like Montrose and Telluride, said in a statement that it had been able to reach an agreement with Great Lakes thus paving the way for flights ...

Cyprus's Tus Airways begins Saab 2000 operations

Tus Airways (U8, Larnaca) has begun Saab 2000 operations following the delivery and entry into service of SE-LTU (cn 2000-062) earlier this month.

The turboprop, as with sistership SE-KXK (cn 12), is operated for the Cypriot carrier by Braathens Regional (DC, Trollhättan).

Tus Airways also operates a pair of Saab 340Bs on regular passenger services from Larnaca to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion, Haifa, Heraklion, Rhodes, Kos, and Samos.

Iran's Pars Air eyes passenger charter market

Pars Air (Tehran Mehrabad) is an Iranian start-up planning to operate in the passenger charter market.

Preliminary details are still scant at best although Aviation Iran reports the carrier is currently undergoing certification amid plans to operate a trio of A320-200s.

Cameroon to recapitalize Camair-Co; absorb debts

Cameroonian president, Paul Biya, has approved a multi-million dollar bailout for struggling national carrier Camair-Co (QC, Douala) Minister of Transport, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo'o, told state radio this week.

The assistance will entail a XAF60 billion (USD101.4 million) injection while government will also arrange for a restructuring of XAF35 billion (USD59.17 million) worth of debt of which XAF20 billion (USD33.81 million) is owed to state-owned enterprises such as telecom operator Camtel ...

Afrijet Chad rebrands; eyes scheduled ops

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Venezuela's SBA Airlines leasing an MD-83

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Canada's R1 Airlines adds maiden CRJ-700

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Rectrix Aviation set to begin Nantucket flights

Rectrix Aviation (Bedford, MA) is set to begin regular passenger flights between Hyannis and Nantucket after it secured a commuter air service operator permit from the Department of Transportation (DOT).

In its application, Rectrix said it planned to operate the route using a pair of leased Beech (twin turboprop) King Air 350i aircraft.

Rectrix has operated as an ad-hoc charter provider since 2010. Its current fleet, available for said services, includes five Learjet 45 and two Bombardier ...

Etihad commits to Virgin Australia cash call

Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) will retain its current shareholding in Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) after it agreed to participate in the carrier's underwritten rights issue worth AUD852 million (USD628 million).

In a statement issued shortly before a July 27 confirmation deadline, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said: “The Etihad Aviation Group board has endorsed a proposal to take up its pro-rata entitlement in the Non-Renounceable Entitlement Offer for new shares in Virgin ...

Argentina's LADE to start Antarctic flights in 1Q2018

LADE - Lineas Aéreas del Estado (Buenos Aires Aeroparque) is planning to begin commercial flights to Marambio base, a permanent, all year-round Argentine Antarctic base, in January 2018.

The Argentine Ministry of Defense has confirmed it will equip the airfield to allow civilian aircraft to operate there. In addition, it will also purchase unspecified aircraft for LADE, a unit of the Fuerza Aérea Argentina (Buenos Aires El Palomar), to offer summer time sightseeing flights.

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LATAM Airlines Brasil outlines initial A320neo ops

LATAM Airlines Brasil (JJ, São Paulo Congonhas) has announced that it will use its maiden A320neo, due from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) later this quarter, to operate domestic Brazilian flights initially.

The LATAM Airlines Group unit said in a statement that it would use PT-TMN (cn 7126) to service the following destinations: Brasilia, São Paulo Guarulhos, São Paulo Congonhas, Rio de Janeiro Int'l, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves, Salvador, Florianopolis, ...

Frontier to shift three Fort Myers routes to Punta Gorda

Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) has announced it will shift three routes from Fort Myers Southwest Florida to the nearby Punta Gorda, FL later this autumn.

The affected routes include: Trenton, NJ; Chicago O'Hare; and Philadelphia Int'l. The shift will occur from October 30 onwards. Ultra low-cost carrier Allegiant Air (G4, Las Vegas McCarran) is currently the only other carrier serving Punta Gorda, offering 29 destinations from the Floridian airport.

Thailand's NewGen Airways eyes late 4Q IPO

NewGen Airways (E3, Bangkok Don Mueang) is looking to raise at least THB8 billion (USD228.6 million) through an IPO it is planning to hold either at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year.

Airline chief executive Jarurnpong Sornprasit told The Bangkok Post that it is consulting Ernst & Young and Bualuang Securities for its listing on the Bangkok bourse. Proceeds will go towards the setting up of an facility for training pilots, flight crew and aircraft technicians.

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Lugano, Sion to close for runway works this autumn

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