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Paperwork complete, Namibia flyafrica prepares to launch

Namibia flyafrica (Windhoek Int'l) last week secured its Foreign Air Operator Permit (FAOP) from the Namibian Directorate of Civil Aviation paving the way for it to launch operations later this month the Windhoek Observer newspaper has reported.

The start-up had planned to commence commercial operations in March only to defer the date indefinitely as it had yet to secure all requisite documentation.

According to Clifford Strydom, the CEO of Namibia Flyafrica's local parent ...

Croatia's Sea Air delays launch until June

Sea Air (Osijek) has delayed its launch date from the previously announced May 18, to June 1. No explanation has been given for the postponement.

Sea Air plans to offer scheduled flights from its Osijek base to Munich, Frankfurt Int'l, and Vienna using a combination of chartered MD-82 and B737-500 metal. Previous plans to source the aircraft from Romania's Ten Airways (X5, Bucharest Baneasa) are currently on hold according to the Romanian operator.

Croatia Airlines to lease two EMB-190s, mulls MRJ90s

Croatia Airlines (OU, Zagreb) will lease two EMB-190s from neighbouring carrier Montenegro Airlines (YM, Podgorica) next year as it contemplates its options insofar as the 100-seater jet market is concerned.

EX-YU Aviation News says the agreement between the two ex-Yugoslav operators has been structured in such as way as to allow the Croatians to study the Embraer (São José dos Campos) Regional Jets' performance before the aircraft are formally deployed into service.

Once in Zagreb, ...

AirTanker begins A330 TATL ops for Thomas Cook

AirTanker (Brize Norton) deployed its A330-200, G-VYGK (cn 1498 ), into commercial service with Thomas Cook Airlines UK (MT, Manchester Int'l) on transatlantic leisure flights on May 1.

The military operator, which is using its civilian Air Operators Certificate (AOC) to ply the flights, will connect Glasgow Int'l, Manchester Int'l and London Stansted to Las Vegas McCarran and Orlando Int'l, as well as Manchester to Miami Int'l and New York JFK, for the duration of its three year contract ...

Skywest ends EMB-120 operations; now an all-jet carrier

Skywest Airlines (USA) (OO, Salt Lake City) has transitioned to an all-jet operation with its last EMB-120-operated commercial flight on Tuesday, May 5. Research shows the type's last revenue flights, all under the United Express banner, were from Los Angeles Int'l to Fresno Yosemite, Palm Springs Int'l, San Diego Int'l, and Santa Maria, CA and from San Francisco, CA to Bakersfield and Fresno Yosemite.

Announcing the move last year, Skywest blamed, in part, increased costs associated with new ...

Avianca Holdings finalizes order for 100 A320neo Family jets

Avianca Holdings has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for 100 A320neo Family aircraft including its A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo variants. The first jets are scheduled to begin operations in 2019.

Avianca Holdings will use the jets to renew the fleets of its AeroGal (2K, Quito Int'l), LACSA Costa Rica (LR, San José Juan Santamaría), TACA International Airlines (TA, San Salvador Int'l), Avianca, and Trans American Airlines (T0, Lima) ...

India's Air Costa to raise capital through equity sell off

Lingamaneni Rajasekhar, the Managing Director & CEO of Indian conglomerate, LEPL Group, says his firm is planning to dispose of a stake in its Air Costa (LB, Vijayawada) subsidiary to help raise funds for the purchase of three EMB-190s, scheduled to arrive between September 2015 and January 2016.

According to India's Economic Times, Air Costa is in the process of being spun off off from LEPL in anticipation of an undisclosed private equity investor buying into the carrier in the next three ...

Oman government issues RFI for planned new budget carrier

The Omani government, through the Public Authority For Civil Aviation, has issued a Request For Information (RFI) from parties interested in forming a Low Cost Carrier that will be based in the Sultanate and which will operate both domestically and internationally.

Last year, Oman's Minister of Transport and Communications, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim Al Futaisi, said the venture would operate as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) wherein suitable partners/investors identified during the ...

Falcon Air Express eyes scheduled service out of Lakeland FL

Falcon Air Express (6F, Miami Int'l) is in talks with the operator of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida over the possibility of its commencing scheduled services there. Located in Central Florida, the airfield last saw scheduled services in 2013 when Direct Air (D1, Myrtle Beach) offered flights to Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls, and Springfield, IL.

The Ledger newspaper reports the ACMI/charter specialist has already ferried four of its seven MD-83s to the airport for storage.

It ...

Monarch Airlines ends A330, charter operations

Monarch Airlines (ZB, London Luton) has ended widebody and charter operations with G-EOMA (cn 265) plying the carrier's last A330-200 flight from London Gatwick to Birmingham Int'l on Thursday, April 30.

As such, the carrier is now a fully scheduled operation no longer offering charter flights as has been its mainstay since its establishment back in 1968.

Following its acquisition by Greybull Capital LLP in October last year, Monarch announced it would transition into a "premium ...

China Eastern ends A340-600 revenue operations

China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) ended A340-600 commercial operations on Sunday, May 3 when B-6055 (cn 586) completed its last revenue flight from Tokyo Narita to Shanghai Pudong. The quadjet was not only the last of the type in service with China Eastern, but the last in service in China as a whole. The aircraft was used on flights from Shnaghai to Tokyo as well as to Singapore Changi and Toronto Pearson.

As with its A340-500 sister type, the number of commercial operators of ...

Dominican Wings takes delivery of maiden aircraft

Dominican Wings (Santo Domingo Las Américas) took delivery of its maiden aircraft, an A320-200, on Sunday, May 3 following a ferry flight routed Budapest-Reykjavik Keflavik-Montréal Mirabel-Santo Domingo Las Américas Skyliner Aviation has reported.

Formerly LY-VEP (cn 561) with its Lithuanian parent Avion Express (X9, Vilnius), HI-968 will be used to complete the carrier's certification with the Dominican Republic's national aeronautical watchdog (Instituto Dominicano de Aviación Civil - ...

Swiss finalizes order for three more B777s

Swiss (LX, Zurich) has finalized an order with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for three more B777-300(ER)s valued at USD990 million at current list prices. Overall, the Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) subsidiary now has nine of the type on firm order from the US manufacturer.

The first of the aircraft, HB-JNA (msn 44582), is slated to arrive in January of next year and, regulatory requirements aside, will be operated under wet-lease by Swiss Global Air Lines (SWU, Zurich) on the ...

Spain's Air Horizont delays launch pending right paperwork

Air Horizont (Zaragoza) has postponed its planned launch date by approximately one month citing regulatory delays. Using a chartered Maltese B737-400, the start-up had planned to commence scheduled Zaragoza-Rome Fiumicino flights on May 14 but has yet to secure the necessary operating permits.

In addition to refunding tickets of passengers who have already booked, the virtual carrier is also offering them a 25% discount on any future flights with Air Horizont.

"Once we are absolutely ...

Meridiana, unions in deal to retain jobs for 12 more months

Meridiana (IG, Olbia) management has signed an agreement with the airline's trade unions guaranteeing the carrier's 1,634 employees an additional twelve months of government benefits while staving off impending lay-offs.

The Italian Ministry of Economic Development, which facilitated the deal, said the agreement would allow Meridiana administration staff, pilots, and flight attendants as well as those working at its Olbia MRO base, to remain at their jobs while allowing the carrier to ...

Hawaii's Island Air to cut costs, fleet, and staff

Island Air (USA) (WP, Honolulu) says it will discontinue its six daily Honolulu to Lihue services as it pushes to consolidate and streamline its operations following a string of recent financial losses.

In a letter to employees, CEO Dave Pflieger said the airline had lost more than USD21 million during its latest financial year and would therefore undertake a staff reduction and a network and fleet rationalization program to cut costs.

Effective June 1, the airline's workforce is to be ...

Kuwait's Jazeera Airways close to deal for own terminal

The Chairman of the Jazeera Airways (J9, Kuwait) Group, Marwan Boodai, says his company is close to finalizing a deal with the Kuwaiti government to build a dedicated terminal at Kuwait International Airport.

First announced some three years ago, the budget carrier has already held talks with Kuwait's Directorate General of Civil Aviation for the position and location of the terminal. Boodai told journalists during the carrier's quarterly financial review that the structure, which will cost ...

Malaysia Airlines in talks with 'several parties' over A380s

Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) says it is in preliminary discussions with several parties insofar as its A380-800 fleet plans are concerned. Last week, international media reported the carrier would either sell off or lease out its six A380s as part of parent Khazanah's restructuring plans.

In a statement issued to AINOnline, the Malaysian carrier said it would ground two A380s, currently used on its Kuala Lumpur Int'l-Paris CDG route, early next month replacing them with ...

Southwest in talks with Boeing over B737-700 order switch

Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) is in talks with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) about the possible amendment of its B737-700 order book Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven told Bloomberg news in an interview recently. The airline's 700-strong fleet is currently dominated by the -700 of which it currently operates 458.

According to Van de Ven, Southwest is considering converting some or all of its fifty-six outstanding -700 order slots to the larger B737-800. The latter has proven ...

Slovenia's Adria Airways to boost Tirana, Maribor operations

Adria Airways (JP, Ljubljana) is planning to ramp up its Tirana, Albania and Maribor, Slovenia operations next year CEO Mark Anžur has disclosed. According to EX-YU Aviation News, Anžur told local media outlet Sierra5 that his airline would base an aircraft out of the Albanian capital next year to supplement its existing services to Brussels National, Paris CDG, Frankfurt Int'l, and Ljubljana.

“We have a 5% market share in Tirana and we are the third busiest carrier (there). Albania is fast ...