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Colombian virtual LCC Wingo to launch in December

Copa Airlines Colombia (P5, Bogotá) has unveiled a new low cost operation named Wingo (Colombia) (P5, Bogotá) which will commence revenue operations on December 1.

Using Copa Colombia's AOC, Wingo will offer budget flights connecting Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, San Andrés, Barranquilla, and Cali domestically as well as Aruba, Caracas Simón Bolivar, Cancún, Havana Int'l, México City, Panamá City Tocumen Int'l, Punta Cana, Quito Int'l, and San José Juan Santamaría ...

China's Capital Airlines secures DOT nod for Saipan flights

Capital Airlines (China) (JD, Beijing Capital) has been granted exemption authority and a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) ahead of the start of regular flights to the Northern Mariana Islands.

In its original application, the HNA Group carrier said it planned to operate regular Hangzhou-Saipan flights using A330-200 equipment during the second quarter of next year.

The DOT said in a decision issued this week that in line with Capital ...
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flybe to extend London City-Cardiff service on strong demand

flybe. (BE, Exeter) has announced it will continue its London City-Cardiff, Wales relief service given the strong demand seen on the route.

The service was introduced as an alternative way to get to London during the closure of the Severn Tunnel for rail electrification works.

However, while it was only supposed to run from September 12 through to October 21, the carrier says it has seen such a high level of demand that it has decided to retain the service while there exists a need for ...

Villa O'Higgins, Chile seeking scheduled services

The southern Chilean town of Villa O'Higgins has been left without scheduled passenger services after Aerocord (Puerto Montt Int'l) operated its last flight - to Coyhayque - on September 30.

According to the Diario de Aysen newspaper, the town signed a new contract with a new firm, Wings of Patagonia (Puerto Montt Int'l), in July to continue the subsidized service with effect from October 18.

However, a few days prior to the launch of flights, the airline contacted the town's officials ...

Russia's Saratov Airlines to set up a base in Kaluga

Saratov Airlines (6W, Saratov Tsentralny) has announced the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement with Kaluga Grabtsevo Airport in southwest Russia.

The tie-up will lead to Saratov Airlines developing the airfield into a base for both domestic Russian as well as international flights leveraging the airfield's discounted service charges.

Among the destinations being touted include: St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad as well as Adler/Sochi and Simferopol in summer.

Currently, Kaluga ...

TUI to charter two B737s from Jet Time this winter

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US LCC Frontier set for maiden A320neo

Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) is set to take delivery of its first of sixty-two A320neo on order from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac). Powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, N301FR (cn 7141) has already been handed over to the ultra low-cost carrier but yet to fly to the United States.

As it stands, Frontier operates twenty-six A319-100s, twenty-five A320-200s, and thirteen A321-200s with an additional eighteen A319neo, two A320ceo, sixty-one A320neo, and six A321ceo ...

Jetairfly rebrands as TUIfly Belgium

Jetairfly (TB, Brussels National) has rebranded itself as TUIfly (Belgium) (TB, Brussels National) with effect from Wednesday, October 19. The move is part of parent firm TUI AG's decision to create a singular brand name across four of its carriers.

The first stage of the project saw Arke Fly (OR, Amsterdam) rebranded as TUIfly (Netherlands) (OR, Amsterdam) followed by Jetairfly's transformation into TUIfly (Belgium). The second stage will see TUIfly Nordic (6B, Stockholm Arlanda) and ...

Rectrix Aviation set to make scheduled debut

Rectrix Aviation (Bedford, MA) has announced it will begin scheduled passenger operations on Thursday, October 20 with multiple daily return shuttles between Hyannis and Nantucket. Operations are on-board Beech (twin turboprop) Super King Air 350is.

“We are thrilled passengers traveling between Hyannis and Nantucket will have another option for travel between the two airports," Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault, said. "The service has always proved to be very popular for summer ...

UK's Stobart Group boosts control over Stobart Air

UK-based logistics giant Stobart Group has announced it will shortly increase its shareholding in Stobart Air (RE, Dublin Int'l) in what has been seen as a precursory move ahead of a possible sale of the airline to CityJet (WX, Dublin Int'l).

The firm said in a filing with the London Stock Exchange that it had agreed to pay Invesco Asset Management Limited over GBP500,000 (USD615,092) for a stake of up to 40% in Everdeal, Stobart Air's holding company. The Group's shareholding in Everdeal ...

Turkish Airlines suspends flights to several Iraqi cities

Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) has suspended flights to the Iraqi cities of Najaf, Sulaymaniyah, and Basrah until further notice.

The ban came into effect on Monday, October 17, and coincides with the Iraqi government's decision to attempt to retake the city of Mosul from IS using military action.

The carrier has, however, decided to continue with its double-daily return services to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Dembidollo, Kabri Dar, Ethiopia reopen to commercial traffic

Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) has announced the resumption of scheduled passenger services to each of the Ethiopian towns of Dembidollo and Kabri Dar.

The flights, which began during the first half of this month, operate 3x weekly from Addis Ababa using Dash 8-400 equipment.

Dembidolo is a market town located in south-western Ethiopia whose airfield was recently upgraded to feature a compacted gravel runway.

For its part, Kabri Dar is located in the Ogaden region of eastern ...

Ryanair looking to snap up surplus B737-800 capacity

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael O'Leary says the Irish LCC is on the hunt for additional B737-800 capacity both on the new and second-hand markets.

Speaking to Reuters, O'Leary said although he did not see any extra aircraft coming available in 2017 on either of the markets, he would be open to taking on more aircraft in 2018 or 2019 'as long as the pricing was right'.

Last month, the CEO said Ryanair was also keen to snap up any B737-800 delivery slots ...

Luxair ends ERJ-145 scheduled operations

Luxair (LG, Luxembourg) has ended scheduled ERJ-145 operations with the type's last commercial service - LG6998 Milan Malpensa-Luxembourg - on Wednesday, October 19.

The flight was operated by the carrier's one of two remaining aircraft of the type, LX-LGX (cn 145147). For its part, sistership LX-LGZ (cn 145258) has been parked since October 14.

As it stands, Luxair's fleet now consists of two B737-700s, four B737-800s, and ten Dash 8-400s.

Avolon suing Avianca Brasil over breach of contract

Avianca Brasil (O6, Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont) Irish lessor Avolon has taken Avianca Brasil (O6, Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont) and parent firm, Synergy Aerospace Corporation, to court for breach of contract involving the lease of an A330 jet N508AV (msn 1508). The aircraft has been parked in Victorville since January 26, 2016.

According to court documents seen by Reuters, Avolon alleges the two firms defaulted on the aircraft's two-year lease agreement and is now seeking USD5 million in ...

India's GoAir leasing in added A320 capacity

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Alitalia denies Lufthansa Group, Etihad talks

Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) has denied any talks between its senior board-members and representatives from Lufthansa Group over the German carrier's possible acquisition of a stake in the Italian airline.

Italy's Messaggero newspaper reported Tuesday that Alitalia's CEO Cramer Ball and CFO Duncan Naysmith held talks with their counterparts from Lufthansa under the guidance of James Hogan, the ‎President and CEO of the Etihad Aviation Group.

Among the topics reportedly discussed was the ...

Emirates, Kenya Airways to axe Abuja, Nigeria routes

Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) and Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) have both announced they will be pulling out of the Abuja, Nigeria market in the coming weeks citing the country's worsening foreign currency shortage.

Emirates said its withdrawal from the Nigerian capital would occur on Saturday, October 22 while Kenya Airways will exit from November 15 onwards. Other foreign operators that have withdrawn from the Nigerian market in past six months include Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas) ...

Vietnam Airlines to lease twelve A321neo from ALC

Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) has agreed longterm leasing contracts with Air Lease Corporation involving twelve A321neo aircraft. The state-owned carrier will take delivery of the first six in 2018 with the remainder due a year later.

Vietnam Airlines currently operates fifty-four A321-200s with a further two of the type due for delivery.

In terms of its dealings with ALC, Vietnam Airlines leases two A330-200s from the US firm with eight B787-10s due to arrive between 2019 and 2021.

Spain's Air Nostrum pitches jets to Cubana for US flights

Air Nostrum (YW, Valencia Manises) has pitched the use of its aircraft to the Cuban government in order to allow Cubana (CU, Havana Int'l) to begin commercial services to the United States.

During a working visit to Havana last week, the Spanish carrier's president Carlos Bertomeu presented his proposal to the Cuban authorities under which Air Nostrum will operate flights from Cuba to the United States and other Caribbean islands using its aircraft.

Though US-Cuba relations have improved ...