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Radom, Poland to see first scheduled services this autumn

Located 100 kilometres south of Poland's capital, Warsaw, the airport at Radom has announced it will see its first scheduled operations in autumn of this year.

In a press release, operator Port Lotniczy Radom SA said that Latvian carrier Air Baltic (BT, Riga) would commence a 3x weekly service to Riga beginning September 1. All flights are on-board Q400 turboprop aircraft.

Air Baltic will also start operating a weekly B737-300 service from Warsaw Chopin to Poprad/Tatry on a seasonal basis ...

Pakistan's Air Indus to dry lease three A320s

Air Indus (I6, Karachi Int'l) has entered into talks with an undisclosed party concerning the dry-lease of three 2004-vintage A320-200s the Pakistan Tribune has reported.

The additional aircraft will allow the domestic carrier to expand into the Saudi Arabian and Middle Eastern markets as Pakistani law requires all international operators to maintain a fleet of at least five aircraft.

Air Indus was granted a two-year grace period allowing it to continue operating its ageing fleet of four ...

Saudia begins B777 freighter operations

Saudia (SV, Jeddah) recently deployed its maiden B777-F into revenue service. Having arrived in-country direct from the United States on April 2, the Saudi Arabian national carrier says HZ-AK71 (msn 60337) was first deployed on cargo flights to Mumbai Int'l, Milan Malpensa and various points around the Middle East on May 7.

The new B777F is scheduled to operate twice weekly on the route from Mumbai to Jeddah and beyond.

Saudia will take delivery of three more of the type from ...

Air Panama to end Boeing operations by early Q3

Air Panama (7P, Panamá City Paitilla) will have ended Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) operations by this July with the return of its sole remaining B737-300(QC), HP-1796PST (msn 26851), to its lessor. Air Panama had a fleet of two B737-300(QC) aircraft with the first one having been returned to its lessor earlier this year already.

The Panamanian operator will then be left with a fleet of five Fokker 100s, four Fokker 50s, and two Saab 340Bs used to ply a predominantly domestic network as well ...

BizAir Shuttle to start Carlsbad, CA - LAX flights

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Saudi Gulf Airlines focussing on November launch date

Group president and senior adviser to start-up Saudi Gulf Airlines (Dammam), Samer Majali, has told Reuters that regulatory approvals aside, the airline now plans to begin operations in November of this year.

"We are working with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in preparation for starting operations to obtain the technical licence," he said.

A spokesman for the GACA, Wael Al Sarhan, confirmed the start-up had presented its operational readiness plans for a proposed November ...

Israel's El Al confirms talks to merge Sun d'Or with Israir

El Al Israel Airlines (LY, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) has confirmed it is in early talks to merge its Sun d'Or International Airlines (2U, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) subsidiary into that of the IDB Development Corporation Ltd., Israir (6H, Tel Aviv Sde Dov).

The Israeli flag carrier said in a filing with the Tel Aviv bourse that, depending on a market valuation of the two carriers, it would receive an undisclosed number of Israir shares in return for Sun D'Or's absorption into Israir.

In order for ...

Air Djibouti selects Cardiff Aviation as strategic partner

The government of Djibouti has selected Welsh-based aircraft services and MRO provider, Cardiff Aviation, to partner its planned new national carrier, Air Djibouti (Djibouti). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed last week between the two parties with chairman Aboubaker Omar Hadi acting on Air Djibouti's behalf and chairman Bruce Dickinson, acting on Cardiff Aviation's behalf.

Under the agreement, Cardiff Aviation will secure and manage a European-level Air Operators Certificate ...

Avia Solutions Group favourite for Adria Airways Tehnika

Lithuanian aircraft management and MRO firm, Avia Solutions Group, has been shortlisted as a strong favourite in the race to acquire Adria Airways Tehnika. But, according to the Slovenian daily Dnevnik, while a favourite, the firm was forced to revise its initial offer which was rejected by Adria Airways Tehnika's shareholders Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport and government-backed financial house PDP, as insufficient.

Other bidders that submitted proposals include German firm ...

Delta applies for Orlando-São Paulo, Brazil traffic rights

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for regulatory permission to operate a direct 4x weekly Orlando Int'l-São Paulo Guarulhos, Brazil service with effect from December 19 of this year. Operations would be on-board B767-300(ER) equipment.

Should the route authority be granted, it would mark Delta's first longhaul international flight out of the Floridian tech and entertainment hub.

According to the ch-aviation route ...

Russia's Red Wings in talks to lease five more SuperJets

Red Wings (Russia) (WZ, Moscow Vnukovo) is in the process of finalizing a lease agreement for five more SSJ 100-95s with local lessor Ilyushin Finance.

Chief Commercial Officer Evgeny Klyucharev told the RIA Novosti news agency that the jets would likely be delivered by the end of next year by which time the airline's fleet of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) aircraft would number ten.

Red Wings currently operates three ex-Moskovia Airlines (3R, Moscow Zhukovsky) Sukhoi Super Jets ...

Yemenia resumes limited operations

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euroAtlantic US FACP amended to include scheduled services

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Portuguese ACMI/charter specialist euroAtlantic Airways (YU, Lisbon) an amended Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) thereby allowing it to offer scheduled as well as charter flights involving the carriage of persons, property, and mail between the European Common Aviation Area (ECA) and the United States.

Until now, euroAtlantic had only been allowed to operate charter flights between the US and the ECA.

The only scheduled services ...

Havana Air inks B737 charter deal with Eastern Air Lines

Havana Air (Miami Int'l) has announced that ACMI/charter start-up Eastern Air Lines (EAL, Miami Int'l) will provide it will capacity on flights between the United States and Cuba. HavanaAir already has similar arrangements with Vision Airlines (USA) (V2, Las Vegas McCarran) and Insel Air Aruba (8I, Aruba) chartering a B737-400 and an MD-82 respectively.

Under the terms of their agreement, Eastern will operate 65 flights per month for HavanaAir including a twice daily service from Miami Int'l ...

Florida's Choice Aire commences operations

Choice Aire (Miami Int'l) commenced operations on Thursday, May 21 with the launch of flights from Atlantic City to its Miami Int'l hub. Operations are on-board a B737-300, N529AU (msn 24411), chartered from Swift Air (USA) (Q7, Phoenix Sky Harbor).

The virtual carrier has announced additional plans to serve Nashville Int'l, Orlando Int'l, and Baltimore Thurgood Marshall domestically as well as Havana Int'l and Santa Clara de Cuba in Cuba and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Flights are ...

Russia's Transaero on track for maiden A380 this summer

Transaero Airlines (UN, Moscow Domodedovo) will indeed take delivery of two A380-800s later this summer the governor of Primorsky Krai in Russia's Far East, Vladimir Miklushevskiy, has disclosed. The carrier has four of the type on order from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac).

"Currently, services to the region are operated using different equipment. In summer 2015, services will also be operated using the largest aircraft in the world, the A380, and our runway can accommodate this," ...

European carriers scramble to carve up Air Lituanica carcass

Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) says it will assist any passengers left stranded by the recent collapse of Air Lituanica (LT, Vilnius) through its recently launched Rescue Fare which applies to flights between Vilnius and Paris Beauvais and Eindhoven.

The Hungarian LCC said in a statement that Air Lituanica passengers who have booked to travel between Vilnius and Paris CDG and Amsterdam from now until June 30 will be able to book new Wizz Air flights for a nominal fee of EUR19.99.

Latvian carrier ...

Wizz Air announces maiden lease deal with ALC for one A320

Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has signed its maiden lease agreement with the Air Lease Corporation (ALC) involving one A320-200 to be delivered in July. Once in service, the twinjet will be the Hungarian LCC's sixty-third A320.