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Fastjet Zimbabwe secures its AOC; to launch flights

Fastjet Zimbabwe (Harare Int'l) has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) following demonstration flights around the country last week.

The airline, which obtained its Air Service Licence from the Zimbabwean Ministry of Transport in March, can now apply for international route allocations as a Zimbabwean carrier.

In the interim, operations are expected to launch on October 28 with a 3x weekly Harare Int'l-Victoria Falls rotation ...

Finnair takes delivery of maiden A350

Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) took delivery of its maiden A350-900 on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. The aircraft, OH-LWA (cn 18), was ferried from Toulouse Blagnac to Helsinki Vantaa following a hand-over ceremony at the Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) factory in France.

The Finnish carrier has a total of nineteen A350-900s on order from the Europeans with the first four aircraft expected to arrive between now and year-end. Another seven will be delivered in 2016 and 2017 while the ...

TNT Express shareholders vote in favour of FedEx offer

FedEx Corporation's EUR4.4 billion (USD4.8 billion) bid to acquire TNT Express N.V. outright took another step closer to finalization after the Dutch logistics firm's shareholders voted in favour of the offer.

During the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on October 5, shareholders discussed and voted to accept the recommended public offer by FedEx Acquisition B.V., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, for all issued and outstanding ordinary shares including ordinary ...

Croatia Airlines converts A319 orders to A320neo

Croatia Airlines (OU, Zagreb) has converted an outstanding order for four A319-100s into A320neo jets a review of Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) order numbers for September has revealed.

The aircraft, originally ordered in 2008 and to have been delivered almost two years ago, are now scheduled to arrive in 2021.

The Croatian carrier operates four A319-100s, two A320-200s, and six Dash 8-400s and is scheduled to lease a pair of EMB-190s from Montenegro Airlines (YM, Podgorica) ...

Mesa to ramp up United Express fleet with added EMB175s

Mesa Airlines (YV, Phoenix Sky Harbor) has signed an agreement with United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) to add fifteen EMB-175s to Mesa’s United Express fleet. The move will bring the total number of Embraer aircraft Mesa operates for United Express to forty-five.

“We are very pleased to expand our relationship with United with the addition of these fifteen new Embraer EMB-175 jets,” Mesa Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said. “Mesa has proven itself as a quality operator of this aircraft ...

Venezuela's Estelar Latinoamerica resecures AOC

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Emirates mulls serving secondary Australian cities

Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) is planning to expand the parameters of an existing joint venture agreement it has with Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingford Smith). Under the terms of the original ten-year long deal signed in 2012, Qantas shifted its hub for European flights to Dubai Int'l and as such, serves London Heathrow from Sydney Kingford Smith and Melbourne Tullamarine using Dubai as a stopover. On the other hand, Emirates serves Adelaide, Brisbane Int'l, Sydney, Melbourne, and ...

Arke Fly kicks off TUI Group rebranding exercise

Arke Fly (OR, Amsterdam) has become the first carrier in the TUI Group's stable of airlines to rebrand under its international oneBrand campaign.

Effective October 1, the Dutch leisure operator now operates as TUIfly (Netherlands) (OR, Amsterdam) with B787-8 PH-TFL (msn 37228) the first aircraft in its fleet to sport a revised livery.

In May this year, the German multinational travel and tourism firm said it would rebrand all of its five carriers - Arke Fly, ...

Ljubljana sees strong demand for stake in Adria Airways

Adria Airways (JP, Ljubljana) has garnered interest from 'several' keen investors insofar as its privatization process is concerned.

Since advertising the sale of their combined 91.58% stake in the carrier earlier this year, Slovenia's Sovereign Holding (Slovenski Državni Holding - SDH), the Bank Asset Management Company (Družba za Upravljanje Terjatev Bank - DUTB), and the PDP restructuring firm (Posebna Družba za Podjetniško) have announced that several bids have now been ...

Danish Air Transport to phase out last MD-87

DAT - Danish Air Transport (DX, Kolding) will end MD-87 operations at the end of next month the airline said in its newsletter.

The Danish ACMI/charter specialist is left with one remaining aircraft of the type - OY-JRU (msn 49403). However, despite OY-JRU's departure, DAT will continue to operate McDonnell Douglas aircraft in the form of MD-83 OY-RUE (msn 49936).

DAT also operates five A320-200s (two of which are leased from DOT - Danu oro transportas (R6, Kaunas)), two ATR42-300s, and ...

AirAsia Japan v2.0 secures AOC

AirAsia Japan (JW, Nagoya Chu-bu) has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau division of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) ahead of its planned launch early next year.

The start-up said in a statement that it would commence operations in Spring 2016 with flights from its Nagoya Chu-bu base to Sapporo Chitose, Sendai, and Taipei Taoyuan in Taiwan.

“We are very excited to be back in Japan. We have fantastic ...

Pakistan's Iconair to launch operations this month

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easyJet outlines Venice Marco Polo base plans

easyJet (U2, London Luton) has outlined its plans for its third Italian base - Venice Marco Polo - wherein four A319-100s will be based during the first quarter of next year.

At a press conference held on Tuesday, October 6 the head of easyJet (Italy), Frances Ouseley, said his airline would roll out new flights to Bordeaux, Bristol Int'l, Copenhagen Kastrup, Edinburgh, Mykonos, Santorini, Menorca, Olbia, Prague and Stuttgart Echterdingen between February and March of next year. Existing ...

French court orders CEIBA Intercontinental B777 released

Cameroonian millionaire and founder of the Commercial Bank Guinea Ecuatorial (CBGE), Yves-Michel Fotso, has lost a bid to retain control of a B777-200(LR) seized from Equatoguinean carrier CEIBA Intercontinental (C2, Malabo) in late July. The aircraft - 3C-MAB (msn 60116) - was undergoing a VIP refitment at Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg with Amac Aerospace Switzerland when it was impounded.

CBGE's dispute with Equatorial Guinea goes back to 2002 when the country's government refused to licence the ...

Estonian Air takes delivery of maiden CRJ-700

Estonian Air (OV, Tallinn Lennart Meri) took delivery of its maiden CRJ-700 on October 2. The ex-Lufthansa CityLine (CL, Munich) machine ES-ACF (cn 10083) was ferried from Ljubljana, where it had been in storage, to Tallinn Lennart Meri. A second of the type is expected to arrive later this week with both aircraft on two year-long leases.

Estonian is using the Bombardier jets to replace its fleet of four EMB-170s which are in the process of being returned to lessor ...

Thai Airways Int'l to retain A380s, B747s

Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) has no plans to dispose of its fleet of A380-800s and will continue to operate them on key flagship routes to London Heathrow, Frankfurt Int'l, Paris CDG, and Tokyo Narita.

Airline president Charamporn Jotikasthira told the Bangkok Post in an interview that despite an ongoing review of the loss making carrier's fleet, the twindeck aircraft made financial sense so long as all 507 seats are filled.

Since the beginning of the year, Thai ...

Congo Airways to launch flights this week

Congo Airways (Kinshasa N'Djili) will commence operations on Friday, October 9 the airline has announced via social media. The airline's inaugural route has yet to be disclosed though press reports indicate it will likely be Kinshasa N'Djili-Lubumbashi.

Operations are on-board a pair of A320-200s with a pair of turboprops (likely Dash 8-400s) expected to join the fleet in due course.

Initially, the carrier is expected to serve Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Goma, Mbuji Mayi, Kananga, Kindu and ...

Iraq's FlyBaghdad to lease a South African A320

Fly Baghdad (IF, Baghdad) is set to add to its growing fleet of leased aircraft with the imminent arrival of its second A320-200 - ZS-GAS (cn 76) sourced from South Africa's Global Aviation Operations (QG, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo). Skyliner Aviation reports the aircraft was recently seen at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo in the Iraqi LCC's livery ahead of delivery to Baghdad.

The carrier also leases another A320-200 from Royal Falcon (RL, Amman Queen Alia), three CRJ-200ERs (two of which sourced ...

Cityjet in talks with Sukhoi over Superjets?

Cityjet (WX, Dublin Int'l) is in talks with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) over the possible acquisition of five SSJ 100-95s the RIA news agency has reported quoting sources in the Russian Ministry of Trade and Industry. Last week, Minister for Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, told reporters in Sochi that the Superjet's western European launch operator would be a "British airline."

Cityjet is in the process of selecting a suitable replacement for its ageing ARJ-85s fleet with ...

Lufthansa to use PrivatAir B737-700 for Nairobi relaunch

Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) is set to replace its planned in-house A340-300 service between Frankfurt Int'l and Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya with a 3x weekly B737-700 service operated by PrivatAir (Switzerland) (PV, Geneva).

According to Airline Route, the two-class, 86-seater service is still on track to commence on October 25. During peak demand days, the A340-300s will be used on the route as originally scheduled.

PrivatAir operates a similar service on behalf of the German carrier ...

Air Astana to lease more A320neo family jets from ALC

Air Astana (KC, Astana) has expanded its Air Lease Corporation (ALC) portfolio with the recent signing of a lease agreement for three A321neo and one A320neo aircraft.

The aircraft add to the seven Airbus A320neo family aircraft, comprising two A320neo, one A321neo and four A321neo Long Range(LR) the Kazakh carrier committed to leasing from the US firm earlier in June this year.

The first of those aircraft - an A320neo - is scheduled for delivery in spring 2016, with the remaining six ...