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Delta to retain fourteen B757s past 2017

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) will retain fourteen of its 111 B757-200s past their original 2017 retirement date following the collapse in July of talks with its pilot corps over a tentative Collective Labour Agreement (CLA). Delta, which had tied the purchase of twenty EMB-190s and forty B737-900(ER)s to the CLA's ratification, had planned to replace the B757s with the newer B737s.

Airline spokesman Michael Thomas told Bloomberg news this week that given the change in ...

Belo Horizonte Pampulha set to resume jet operations

Belo Horizonte Pampulha is set to resume commercial jet operations for the first time since a ban on large aircraft (50+ seats) was instituted in 2005 on the grounds of noise abatement. All such operations were subsequently transferred to Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves which, unlike the centrally located Pampulha, is situated 40km outside of town.

This past week, representatives from Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (G3, São Paulo Congonhas), ...

Three carriers confirm Chengdu Tianfu operations from 2019

Sichuan Airlines (3U, Chengdu) along with Air China's Southwest Branch and China Eastern Airlines' Sichuan Branch have confirmed they will operate out of Chengdu's new Tianfu International Airport once it opens sometime in 2019.

According to WCARN, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has already authorised their planned operations there.

Located 51 kilometres east of downtown Chengdu, Tianfu International Airport is budgeted to cost CNY69.26 billion (USD10.84 billion) and ...

Norwegian ends B737 Classic operations

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Canada's WestJet to lease a pair of US B767s this Christmas

WestJet (WS, Calgary) will wet-lease a pair of B767s from US ACMI/charter specialist Omni Air International (OY, Tulsa Int'l) to operate Canada-Hawaii flights over the period December 11, 2015 to January 9, 2016 because of the delayed delivery of WestJet's own B767s.

Under the agreement, a B767-200(ER) will operate 2x weekly Calgary-Honolulu and Calgary-Kahului return services for the duration of the contract. A B767-300(ER) will also operate 2x weekly Calgary-Kahului flights as well as a 2x ...

Russia's UTair restructures $650mn debt with creditor banks

UTair (UT, Khanty-Mansiysk) has signed two agreements with eleven creditor banks to restructure RUB43 billion (USD657.9 million) worth of debt. The first agreement involves a syndicated loan for RUB18.9 billion (USD287.2 million) for a period of seven years while the second is for RUB24.1 billion (USD366.2 million) over 12 years.

However, sources who spoke to Russia's Vedomosti newspaper said UTair is required to restructure RUB1.5 billion (USD22.8 million) in debt (already partially ...

Russia's Uktus Avia ends Pilatus operations

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Iraq's Al-Naser leasing a Ukrainian A320

Al-Naser Airlines (NR, Baghdad) has wet-leased an A320-200 from Ukrainian firm Dart Airlines (DAT, Kiev Zhulyany). Skyliner Aviation reports UR-CMV (cn 342) was ferried from Beirut to Baghdad earlier this week. The twinjet has since been used on flights from Baghdad and Najaf to Beirut and Istanbul Atatürk.

The airline, which in the past has been used as a proxy-agent for Iran to acquire aircraft in contravention of international sanctions, also operates one B737-400.

Iran's Taban Air adds first B757 to fleet

Taban Air (HH, Mashad) has wet-leased a B757-200 from Tajik Air (7J, Dushanbe) with the aircraft - EY-752 (msn 27599) - having been ferried from Dushanbe to Tehran Imam Khomeini late last week.

Taban Air also operates an A310-300, an ARJ-85, five MD-88s. It operates scheduled flights across Iran as well as to Damascus, Istanbul Atatürk, Dubai Int'l, Baghdad, and Riyadh.

Piedmont outlines tentative ERJ-145 operations

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Skydive Dubai adds maiden Twin Otter-400

Skydive Dubai has taken delivery of its maiden DHC-6-400 following a ferry flight from McMinnville to the Gulf last week. The twinprop - N903VK (cn 920) - will play a key role in the World Air Games being hosted by Skydive Dubai and which begin this weekend.

Skydive Dubai also operates legacy Twin Otter-300s, Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208Bs and a PC-6.

LC Perú begins Q400 commercial operations

LC Perú (W4, Lima Int'l) has deployed its maiden Dash 8-400 into commercial service following its arrival in Peru late last month. N689AC (cn 4036) began flights from Lima Int'l to Huánuco and Jauja earlier this month replacing the current Dash 8-200s on each route.

A second of the type is expected later next year ahead of a push further into South American regional market.

Cebu Pacific to start US operations in late 1Q2016

Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) has announced Guam Int'l as its maiden destination in the United States with a 4x weekly service from Manila set to commence on March 15, 2016. Operations are on-board an A320-200.

“Having Guam in our network sets us off on another expansion path across the Pacific. With the launch of Guam, we offer fares that are up to 83% lower than other airlines. Fares this low can only mean more tourists to both countries, more Filipinos visiting home, and more opportunities ...

Three European carriers eye stake in Croatia Airlines

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank unit tasked by the Croatian government to find a suitable partner for Croatia Airlines (OU, Zagreb), has located three firms willing to invest in the airline.

According to EX-YU Aviation News, sources close to the privatization process told the Večernji list newspaper that the firms include Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l), Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk), and Aegean Airlines (A3, Athens Int'l). Though ...

Australia's Alliance Air buys Austrian's entire Fokker fleet

Alliance Airlines (QQ, Brisbane Int'l) parent firm, Alliance Aviation Services, has announced it will acquire Austrian Airlines' entire fleet of twenty-one Fokker Aircraft (Woensdrecht) for a total consideration of USD15 million.

Under the deal, fifteen Fokker 100s and six Fokker 70s will be delivered to and owned by Alliance Aviation Slovakia (Bratislava) - a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliance Aviation Services. The aircraft will be delivered and purchased progressively over a twenty-six ...

Mexico's Interjet secures three more US route allocations

Interjet (4O, Toluca) is set to increase its coverage of the United States after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) recently granted the LCC three international route allocations previously reserved for the now defunct Mexicana (MX, México City).

With the ruling, Interjet is now able to operate Cancún-Los Angeles; Cancun-New York; and Mexico City-Dallas/Fort Worth though it would have to relinquish the newly allocated routes in the event Mexicana does resume operations. That, however, ...

Bolivia's TAM ordered to complete certification

Bolivia's Minister of Public Works, Milton Claros, has warned local operator Transporte Aéreo Militar - TAM (La Paz El Alto) that it must secure an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the country's civil aviation authority (Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil - DGAC) by the end of the year or risk being grounded.

According to Bolivia's Los Tiempos newspaper, Claros warned the carrier, which plies domestic passenger flights for passengers and on behalf of owner ...

SaudiGulf, Al Maha Airways' launch now delayed to 2016

The launch of start-ups SaudiGulf Airlines (Dammam) and Al Maha Airways (Riyadh) has been delayed yet again Saudi Arabia's vice president for Safety & Air Transport Abdul Hakeem Al-Badr has said. The airlines were selected by Riyadh in 2012 to bring in competition to the Saudi domestic market as part of a series of reforms. They have, however, struggled to get airborne amid continuous delays in completing their certification.

In a brief statement issued to the Al Watan newspaper, Al-Badr ...

South African Airways botches suspension of CCO

South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has retracted a statement announcing the suspension of its Chief Commercial Officer, Sylvain Bosc, after it later emerged he had not been informed of an impending disciplinary enquiry.

The original statement, issued early on Friday, said a forensic investigation had shown Bosc had manipulated feasibility figures relating to the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo-Abu Dhabi Int'l route in favour of its launch. SAA had sought to maintain services to ...

China's Capital Airlines applies for North American rights

Capital Airlines (China) (JD, Beijing Capital) is looking to begin service to North America following a recent application to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Canadian traffic rights.

Having recently applied for permission to start Qingdao-Melbourne Tullamarine, Australia flights next July, the Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) subsidiary has sought permission to start Hangzhou-Vancouver Int'l via Qingdao flights from November 2016 onwards. Operations are on-board an ...

French carriers resume Mali flights following Bamako attack

Air France (AF, Paris CDG) and Aigle Azur (ZI, Paris Orly) have resumed scheduled services to Bamako following an Islamist terrorist attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel last week which killed twenty-two people including six Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VI, Ulyanovsk Vostochny) crew that had been staying there.

Speaking to The Telegraph, a Malian hotel source, who was present when the attack occurred, said the gunmen had demanded to know on which floor the Air France crew were staying. A security guard ...