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Thai CAA sanctions Asian Air, Business Air, City Airways

A renewed, muscular Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has sanctioned Asian Air (DM, Bangkok Don Mueang), City Airways (E8, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) and tightened existing measures taken against Business Air (Thailand) (8B, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) for violating the country's civil aviation regulations.

The Bangkok Post reports that last week, the CAAT grounded Asian Air after the Central Bankruptcy Court in Bangkok ordered the airline's assets frozen at the behest of an undisclosed ...

WestJet to defer Bombardier, Boeing deliveries

WestJet (WS, Calgary) CEO Gregg Saretsky says his airline has held talks with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) and Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) concerning the proposed revised delivery of new aircraft. The carrier suffered a fourth quarter slump on the back of a slowing Alberta economy, hit hard by falling oil prices. Approximately 25% of the airline’s business originates from the region.

Speaking to the Financial Post, Saretsky said talks with Bombardier had focussed on slowing the ...

Ukraine's Anda Air to focus on charter market with B737s

Former Dart Airlines (DAT, Kiev Zhulyany) executives Sergei Shamenko and Georgy Avanesov have founded a new Ukrainian start-up - Anda Air (Kiev Zhulyany) - which aims to commence passenger charter operations later this summer.

Though currently completing its certification with the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine (SAAU), Anda Air plans to serve leisure destinations in Turkey, Egypt, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, and Greece using a fleet of three B737s initially.

Avanesov told ...
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Three firms vie for Visalia, El Centro CA EAS contracts

Great Lakes Airlines (ZK, Cheyenne) along with Boutique Air (4B, San Francisco, CA) and Mokulele Airlines (MW, Kona) have submitted separate proposals to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) concerning the Visalia and El Centro Essential Air Services contracts that were vacated by SeaPort Airlines (K5, Portland Int'l, OR) late last month.

In its proposal, Great Lakes proposed a double-daily return service (weekdays) coupled with two weekend roundtrips to its Los Angeles Int'l hub from ...

Sukhoi pitches SuperJet to Hungarians for new carrier

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) has held talks with Hungary’s Ministry of National Development over a proposed new Hungarian national carrier whose initial fleet would consist of six SSJ 100-95s.

The semi-official Hirado news agency says talks between the two sides began in October last year with the Russians offering technical as well as financial support. Tasó László, Hungary's Minister of State for Transport Policy, says the proposal will be closely studied in light of the ...

Air Berlin to open Graz, Austria base this summer

Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) is planning to open a base in Graz, Austria with effect from April 13.

According to Austrian Aviation Net, the German carrier will base a single Dash 8-400, operated by its partner LGW - Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter (HE, Dortmund), out of the south-east Austrian town for use on increased multiple daily flights to Berlin Tegel.

Moscow Zhukovsky to open to commercial traffic on March 15

Moscow Zhukovsky is set to become the Russian capital's fourth official gateway on its opening to commercial traffic next month.

Thomas Vaishvila, CEO of the Ramport airport management company, told the Gazeta.ru news site that the airfield's new 17,600sqm modular passenger terminal would open on Tuesday, March 15. iFly Airlines (H5, Moscow Vnukovo) has reportedly committed itself to operating the airfield's maiden commercial flight.

The building constitutes the first of Ramport's ...

SEAir Int'l Philippines acquires a Gambian A320

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Moscow touts Aeroflot as possible privatization candidate

Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) is among several state-owned entities the Russian government is currently considering as part of its accelerated privatization plans for the year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin last week convened a meeting with Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev and other state bureaucrats to begin finalizing a list of firms and shareholdings that could be sold off. The Kremlin is looking to raise over RUB1 trillion (USD12.8 billion) through the disposals at a time when ...

Singapore Airlines set to take control of Tigerair

Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) is set to take full control of Tigerair (TR, Singapore Changi) after more than 90% of the budget carrier's shareholders voted to accept its revised offer of SGD0.45 (USD0.32) per share up from SGD0.41 (USD0.29) offered in November last year.

As it currently stands, the deadline for acceptance of the offer has now been extended to February 19 following which trade in Tigerair shares will be suspended.

Tigerair shareholders who accept the offer will ...

Estonia's Regional Jet secures AOC

The Nordic Aviation Group says its Regional Jet (Tallinn Lennart Meri) subsidiary has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Estonian civil aviation authority (Lennuamet).

As such, Nordic Aviation (Tallinn Lennart Meri) will charter aircraft from Regional Jet, which will now take over a trio of stored CRJ-900s as well as two CRJ-700s all of which are former Estonian Air (OV, Tallinn Lennart Meri) stock.

Garuda to start Jakarta Pondok Cabe ops next month

Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) is planning to begin scheduled commercial operations out of Jakarta Pondok Cabe as early as next month.

The announcement follows the signing of a partnership agreement with Pelita Air (6D, Jakarta Halim) last year wherein Garuda agreed to operate a number of short-haul flights from Pondok Cabe to destinations such as Lubuklinggau, Palembang, Bandar Lampung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Pangkalanbun and Ketapang. Cilacap and Cepu are also on the ...

Ryanair confirms Hamburg base plans from 4Q

A day after it announced Nuremberg as its seventh German base, Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has now unveiled Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel as its eighth.

Effective November 1, the Irish LCC will base two B737-800s at the Hanseatic airport with plans to open up new routes to: Brussels National, Dublin Int'l, Las Palmas, London Stansted, Manchester Int'l, Milan Orio al Serio and Sofia, as well as a new winter service to Palma Son Sant Joan.

Ryanair's existing Hamburg operations entail: Alicante, ...

Samoa's Talofa Airways eyes early 2Q launch

Talofa Airways (Apia Faleolo) is planning to commence revenue operations in April using a pair of Aero Design and Engineering Company Turbo Commander 690s - N690GG (cn 11411) and N121ML (cn 11526).

Owned by aviation baron Jeffrey Hunter, the start-up plans to operate domestic scheduled passenger flights between Apia Faleolo, Apia Fagali'i, Maota Savai'i Island and Asau initially before expanding to Pago Pago in American Samoa, Tonga and Niue during the second half of the year.

Austria's Amira Air to be rebranded LaudaMotion

Amira Air (Vienna) is to be rebranded LaudaMotion (Vienna) following its takeover by ex-Formula 1 driver and aviation pioneer Niki Lauda. As previously reported, Lauda acquired the Austrian VIP/business charter operator from former owner Ronny Pecik earlier this year for an undisclosed sum.

Amira Air currently operates a fleet of fourteen aircraft including one Citation Jet CJ2, nine Challenger 300s, and four Bombardier Global Express 5000/6000s.

Colombia's SAN-TA eyes mid-2Q launch date

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DOT okays Island Air take over

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has given Ohana Airlines Holdings, LLC (OAH) the go-ahead to sell a controlling interest in Hawai'i Island Air, Inc. (Island Air (USA) (WP, Honolulu)) to PacifiCap, a Hawaii-based venture capital firm managed by PaCap Aviation Finance, LLC and Malama Investments, LLC.

Under the terms of the deal, OAH, owned by tech billionaire Larry Ellison, will retain a non-controlling interest in Island Air and will continue to partner with the new local owners ...

Cyprus' Cobalt secures Chinese funding ahead of launch

Cobalt (Larnaca) has secured an unspecified amount of capital from an undisclosed Hong Kong-based investor airline chairman Gregory Diacou has said.

“This broadens our investor base to include both Cypriot and Chinese capital and is a major boost to our plan to launch operations this year as Cyprus’ new flag carrier,” he told the Cyprus Business Mail earlier this week.

Leveraging the geographical location of its Larnaca hub, Cobalt plans to launch budget operations later this spring using ...

Air China & Co in $50mn cargo cartel suit settlement

Air China (CA, Beijing Capital) and Air China Cargo (CAO, Beijing Capital) have agreed to a USD50 million settlement as part of the ongoing Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation suit which alleges they conspired with other air freight carriers to fix the prices of cargo shipments between January 2000 and September 2006.

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) and Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) have held out against settling and are now preparing for a September 2016 trial against ...

Dominican Republic's Air Century to start int'l pax ops

Air Century (Santo Domingo La Isabela) is planning to commence scheduled international operations on February 15 with the launch of Santo Domingo La Isabela-Port au Prince, Haiti return flights. Operations are on-board a combination of Saab 340B and/or Jetstream 31/32 turboprop equipment.

The Dominican charter specialist also operates a Gulfstream IIB and a Cessna Citation 550 executive jet.

Pakistan's Air Indus to wet-lease two B737-800s

Air Indus (I6, Karachi Int'l) has leased a pair of B737-800s as it prepares to resume operations following a seven-month hiatus Pakistan's Tribune newspaper has reported.

Grounded in June last year for alleged safety violations, the carrier has already engaged the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PkCAA) to inspect and certify the two aircraft, which are reportedly in Moscow awaiting delivery.