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Venezuela's Costa Airlines outlines initial route network

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Air Lituanica creditors reject non-judicial bankruptcy move

Air Lituanica (LT, Vilnius) creditors rejected a bid to open non-judicial bankruptcy proceedings at a meeting held on Thursday, June 25. Having suspended operations in May, the carrier then initiated bankruptcy proceedings this month after a review of its finances showed it had neither the capital nor the assets to cover all its liabilities.

As such, the company required 75% of creditor approval to move ahead with its out-of-court bankruptcy plan though this was thwarted by Vilniaus Šilumos ...

Greenland Express to relaunch this week

Greenland Express (Aalborg) is planning to resume operations on July 2 with flights between Billund and Copenhagen Kastrup in Denmark and Kangerlussuaq and Narsarsuaq in Greenland. The Danish virtual carrier suspended flights in September last year after its relationship with Denim Air ACMI (J7, Amsterdam) - from which it had chartered a Fokker 100 - broke down. According to the Airfinance Journal, the Danish virtual carrier has now wet-leased an A319-100 from ...

Air Freight New Zealand to dispose of Convair 580 fleet

Air Freight NZ (Auckland Int'l) will replace its fleet of five CV-580(F)s with B737-400(F)s between February and May 2016 parent firm Freightways has disclosed.

In a statement, the New Zealand logistics firm said the trio of jets would be dry-leased from Airwork (PST, Auckland Int'l) whose parent, Airwork Holdings Limited (AWK), will form a joint-venture company with Air Freight NZ's parent, Fieldair Holdings Limited (FAH).

"Customers of the JV company will be Freightways' express package ...

South Korea's Air Incheon eyes maiden widebody freighter

Air Incheon (KJ, Seoul Incheon) is planning to acquire a B767-300(ER) for conversion into a B767-300(F) CargoFacts has reported. According to the publication, the carrier was granted exemption by Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) from recently enacted regulation forbidding Korean air carriers from operating aircraft over
twenty years old.

Once delivered in early 2016, the aircraft will become the first widebody freighter in the South Korea operator's fleet, which ...

Salalah, Oman opens new international airport

Salalah Airport, situated on Oman's south-west coast, has closed to traffic following the recent opening of the new Salalah International Airport. The old airport's last flight - QR1143 - operated on Monday, June 14 to Doha Hamad Int'l following which all commercial operations were transferred to the new airfield.

Built at a cost of OMR300 million (USD778 million), the new airport is aimed at fostering the region's tourism appeal and as such, features a terminal capable of handling 2million ...

Atlas Air to acquire one more B747-8 freighter

Atlas Air (5Y, New York JFK) says it has reached an agreement with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) in which it will acquire a B747-8(F) from the US manufacturer with delivery scheduled for November 2015. Once delivered, Atlas intends to charter out the freighter prior to its expected placement in longer-term ACMI service.

With the arrival, the freight specialist will operate a total of ten B747-8(F)s of which six are currently in service with its Polar Air Cargo (PO, New York JFK) subsidiary. ...

Curaçao's Insel Air eyes four more ex-KLM Fokker 70s

Insel Air (7I, Curacao) is planning to acquire four more Fokker 70s from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam) this year adding to the three it bought in July 2014. CEO Albert Kluyver told CAPA in an interview that the Curaçaoan carrier's board is still considering the purchase which, if concluded, would see two delivered in early 2016 and two more in early 2017.

The CEO added that Insel Air is also planning to acquire one more MD80 series aircraft adding to the four MD-82s and three ...

Wilmington, DE loses only scheduled service

Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) has officially terminated its Wilmington, DE services roughly two months after its last commercial flight operated there. An airline spokesman told local newspaper Delaware Online that flights to the Delawarean town were no longer commercially viable but that should the market outlook there change, they may be resumed. The move now leaves Wilmington void of any scheduled flights.

Launched in July 2013, Frontier had offered flights from Wilmington to ...

Revamped Fly540 Ghana to resume operations shortly

Fly540 Ghana (5G, Accra) will shortly resume operations under a revised brand - Royal Fly540 - the Acting Deputy Director General (Technical) of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Martey Boye Atoklo, has said.

“Fly 540 has had a change of name, but the Board of Directors remains the same. It’s now been renamed Royal fly540 and we expect them to soon start operations," he told Ghana's BF&T newspaper. "There are plans to bring new aircraft and start operations; it’s all about the ...

Greece's Ellinair adds first A319

Ellinair (EL, Thessaloniki) has taken delivery of its first Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) equipment with the recent arrival of an ex-Volaris (Y4, Toluca) A319-100, SX-EMB (cn 3705), in Thessaloniki on Saturday, June 27.

Backed by one of Greece's largest tour operators, Mouzenidis Travel, Ellinair two ARJ-85s and two B737-300s, wet-leased from Grand Cru Airlines (GCA, Vilnius), on leisure flights from Greece to Russia, Ukraine, and Latvia.

EU removes all Filipino carriers from Banned Operators List

Air Juan (Manila) and all other Filipino carriers have been removed from the European Union's Banned Operators List the bloc said in a statement issued last week. The EU banned all Filipino carriers from operating in its airspace in March 2010 after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) issued a Serious Safety Concern (SSC) against the Philippines for failing a Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) inspection.

Though Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila) and ...

United to acquire a 5% stake in Brazil's Azul

United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) is to acquire a 5% stake (approximately) in Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Campinas Viracopos) for USD100 million the two carriers said in a joint statement last week. United will also gain one seat on the Brazilian carrier's board.

As part of their strategic cooperation agreement, the two carriers will also begin codesharing on each other's flights, subject to government approval. United plans to put its "UA" flightcode on Azul domestic flights out ...

Tour operators mount Tunisia evacuation flights

German tour operator TUI has begun evacuating thousands of tourists stranded in Tunisia following attacks on hotels in Port el Kantaoui last week. Dressed in beach attire, Saif Rezgui opened fire on the beach of the Imperial Marhaba hotel on Friday, picking out foreigners and leaving Tunisians alive. A total of 37 people were killed.

As such, TUI Group airlines Jetairfly (TB, Brussels National) and Thomson Airways (BY, London Luton) have already availed aircraft to ferry tourists back to ...

Norwegian to end B737-300 operations in August

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Slovenia's Solinair ends Boeing operations

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Southwest, Delta in temporary truce over Love Field gates

Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) has agreed to allow Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) to continue using one of its Dallas Love Field gates pending the outcome of a court case to determine the latter's right of access to the metropolitan airport.

According to the Dallas News, Delta petitioned a US District Court in Dallas to issue a preliminary injunction blocking a Southwest Airlines restraining order which would evict Delta from Love Field when their agreement ...

Air Madagascar risks ruin if strike continues - Minister

Air Madagascar (MD, Antananarivo) is teetering on the brink of collapse following a 10 day-old strike by disgruntled staff the Malagasy Minister of Transport and Tourism, Ulrich Andriatiana, has warned.

Unable to operate all but a few flights, Andriatiana told the Madagascar-Tribune that Air Madagascar had racked up losses of USD3.5 million since the industrial action began. The added burden comes at a time when the carrier is already unable to meet its financial obligations on time, among ...

Japan's Solaseed Air to change corporate name during 4Q

Solaseed Air (6J, Miyazaki) has announced it will change its corporate name from Skynet Asia Airways Co., Ltd., to Solaseed Air Ltd. with effect from December 1 of this year. Formerly trading as SNA - Skynet Asia Airways (LQ, Miyazaki), the LCC rebranded to Solaseed Air in 2011.

Allied with ANA - All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda), Solaseed Air uses a fleet of twelve B737-800s to service a route network that spans the Japanese archipelago.

Start-up Originair to serve New Zealand domestic market

Air Nelson (RLK, Nelson) founder Robert Inglis has announced plans to re-enter the New Zealand aviation market with the launch of his latest start-up, Originair, in August this year. The announcement comes days after Kiwi Regional Airlines (Hamilton) announced it too would be making its local market debut - during September.

Based in Nelson, Originair plans to offer double-daily return flights to Palmerston North beginning August 12. A Nelson-Wellington return route has also been added, with ...

Transport Canada fines Air Transat for safety oversights

Air Transat (TS, Montréal Trudeau) has been fined CAD150,000 (USD122,000) by Transport Canada for safety violations that occurred during 2014.

The Canadian leisure operator said in a statement that it had authorized six engineers to sign off "for technical work without having updated their mandatory non-technical training, due to procedural shortcomings."

The deficiency was subsequently corrected, the airline added.

Air Transat operates a fleet of nine A310-300s, six A330-200s, four ...

Three Chinese freight operators set to merge

Three of China's largest cargo carriers - China Cargo Airlines (CK, Shanghai Hongqiao), Air China Cargo (CAO, Beijing Capital), and the cargo division of China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) - are to merge the deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has told the Xinhua news agency.

According to Zhou Laizhen, the resulting carrier will be Asia's largest air-freight transport company. He offered no possible timelines for the merger.

A 70/30 joint venture ...