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China's DeerJet secures AOC; adds VIP B787-8

Deer Jet Beijing (DF, Beijing Capital) has secured its Part 135 Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its new Deer Jet Beijing subsidiary. It also has AOCs in Shanghai and a Hong Kong based subsidiary Hong Kong Jet (Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok).

The Chinese business aviation specialist operates a fleet of various VIP configured jets including: the Hawker 900XP; the Gulfstream II/III/IV/V; one A319(CJ) (in service for ...

Germany's Hahn Air orders a Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign

Hahn Air (HR, Frankfurt Int'l) has ordered a second Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign from the Cessna Aircraft Company (Wichita Cessna Aircraft Field) with delivery scheduled for June of this year. The German carrier currently operates two Cessna 525 Citation CJ4s and a Citation Sovereign on regular flights between Dusseldorf and Luxembourg as well as charter services.

Founded in 1994, Hahn Air has specialised in distribution services for other airlines since 1999. As the world's largest company ...

Germany's Air Hamburg orders an Embraer Legacy 650

Air Hamburg (HH, Heist) has ordered a Legacy 650 executive jet from Embraer (São José dos Campos) delivery of which is scheduled for the third quarter of this year.

Announced during the opening of the 16th European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, the new acquisition brings to nine the total number of Embraer business jets in the German business aviation specialist's fleet.

Other types include seven Legacy 600/650s, one Phenom 300, six ...
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Kazakhstan's Bek Air to rebrand itself

Bek Air (Z9, Almaty) is in the process of rebranding itself as Halyk Air (Z9, Almaty) with the transition expected to be completed by the end of the year. Halyk ("Халық" in Kazakh) means 'People' and reflects the airline's resolve to reposition itself as "The Airline of the People".

Founded in 1999 as Berkut Air (BEK, Almaty), the Kazakh carrier renamed itself Bek Air in 2011. It currently operates eight Fokker 100s on regular flights throughout Kazakhstan.

Malaysia Airlines to partner Lufthansa in MRO facility

Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad (MAG) is planning to partner Lufthansa Technik AG in the establishment of a regional MRO facility at the carrier's Kuala Lumpur Int'l base.

Under the terms of the strategic partnership, the facility is scheduled to come online in 2017 and will use Malaysia Airlines' existing infrastructure. Once operational, it will specialize in the servicing of the A320 and B737 families of aircraft.

“We are excited about the tangible benefits of the JV. Lufthansa Technik ...

GlobeAir, JetSuite in transatlantic partnership

GlobeAir (GAC, Linz) has partnered US firm JetSuite (Santa Ana, CA) in the creation of a transatlantic business joint venture.

Under the terms of the agreement, announced during the recent EBACE 2016 expo in Geneva, Switzerland, each carrier will provide the other's customers with last mile connectivity when flying within the United States (JetSuite) or within Europe (Globe Air).

Based in Austria, GlobeAir operates fourteen Cessna 510 Mustang VLJ Corporate Jets while JetSuite employs a ...

Mexico's Across orders 23 Embraer biz jets

Mexican business aviation services provider, Across (Toluca), has signed a firm order with Embraer (São José dos Campos) for a mixed fleet of twenty-three business jets.

Announced during the recent EBACE 2016 expo in Geneva, Switzerland, the order comprises eight EMB 550 Legacy 500s, eight EMB-505 Phenom 300s, and seven EMB-500 Phenom 100E jets. There is also the option to double the order Across CEO Pedro Corsi Amerlinck said during the signing ceremony.

The jets will replace Across's ...

Iceland's WOW Air to lease five A320 Family jets from ALC

WOW air (WW, Reykjavik Keflavik) has signed agreements with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) concerning the longterm lease of three new A321-200 (sl)s, one A321neo and one A320neo.

Of the aircraft, one A321-200 was recently delivered, with the remaining two to deliver during the third and fourth quarter of the year. The A320neo and A321neo are slated to arrive during the first quarter's of next year and the year after, respectively.

The US lessor says it purchased three of the aircraft from ...

Finnair confirms A340 phase-out plans; to retain A330s

Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) has confirmed it will complete the retirement of its A340-300 fleet by the end of next year. Of its original seven-strong fleet, Finnair now operates three on regular flights to Delhi Int'l, Nagoya Chubu, Osaka Kansai, and Singapore Changi. Once their service life is completed, the aircraft will be sold back to Airbus.

In an Investors' prospectus, Finnair said despite the loss of the three aircraft, it would continue to grow its longhaul fleet by retaining two of ...

Fort McMurray, Canada to reopen to regular traffic in June

Fort McMurray will tentatively reopen to commercial traffic on June 10, 2016 following a near month-long closure brought about by recent severe forest fires in the area.

The Airport Authority said in a statement that while it is working closely with the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC), the resumption of commercial flights is dependent on several factors, including the airspace requirements of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to continue to battle the wildfire. ...

United Airlines to pull out of Africa

United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) is set to pull out of the African market with effect from next month.

The US carrier will discontinue its daily Houston Intc'l-Lagos, Nigeria service, operated using B787-8 equipment, with effect from June 30. The move is in response to a decline in the petroleum market as well as difficulties in expatriating ticket revenue.

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) is the only one of the US Big Four legacy carriers to serve the US-Africa market ...

Citilink inks Wanda contract for China-Indonesia charters

Citilink (QG, Surabaya) has signed an agreement with Chinese entertainment conglomerate Wanda Group for the provision of scheduled charter flights between China and Indonesia.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Indonesian LCC will provide flights from various cities in northern China to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, Denpasar, and Singapore Changi. From there, Chinese tourists will then be able to easily reach more remote Indonesian resorts located in Bintan, Batam, Yogyakarta, Manado, and ...

VRL Logistics boss clarifies Indian regional start-up plans

Vijay Sankeshwar, the chairman of Indian firm, VRL Logistics, has denied reports in the country's press linking the company to a proposed new regional airline. The announcement this week sent VRL's shares down almost 20% necessitating the chairman's rebuttal.

In a filing to the Mumbai Stock Exchange, Sankeshwar said that while VRL was not involved in the project, he was and only in his personal capacity.

"I wish to clarify that the proposed entry into the airline business is a personal ...

Russia's Direct Avia to operate Tu-204 freighters

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AirAsia X confirms African market entry in early 4Q

AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has confirmed previous reports it will indeed enter the African market later this year.

The AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) longhaul subsidiary said in a statement issued Wednesday that its 3x weekly Kuala Lumpur Int'l-Mauritius service would launch on October 4 using A330-300 equipment.

The LCC also offers regular flights to Australia, China, India, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.

Instantair to offer Euro flights using subscription model

Instantair (Amsterdam) is a Dutch carrier planning to begin offering regional European flights using a subscription-based business model during the second half of this year.

Founders Yannick and Alexander Janssens state their airline will operate 8- to 18-seater turboprop aircraft initially. While it will focus on Europe's financial hubs, it will seek to avoid the congestion of larger facilities and instead focus on serving General Aviation airfields. Among the examples cited are: ...

Pakistan's Galaxy Aviation to use Twin Otters

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Comlux Aviation to operate Crystal Cruises' VIP B777

Comlux Aviation (CLA, Zurich) says its VIP airline division, Fly Comlux, has signed an aircraft management contract with Crystal AirCruises (Los Angeles Int'l) for the operation of their incoming VIP-configured B777-200(LR), P4-XTL (msn 40955). The contract was announced during the EBACE tradeshow in Geneva earlier this week.

The former Air Austral (UU, St. Denis de la Réunion) aircraft is currently at Victorville where it is undergoing reconfiguration to accommodate eighty-eight guests with ...

Comlux orders a Bombardier Global 6000

Comlux Aviation (CLA, Zurich) has ordered a Global Express 6000 business jet from Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) for its VIP charter division, FlyComlux, the two parties have announced at EBACE in Geneva.

FlyComlux currently operates a total of six Bombardier business aircraft including Challenger 605s, Challenger 850s, Global 5000s, and Global 6000s. It also employs A318CJs, A319CJs, A320CJs, A330CJs, B767-200(ER)s, BBJs, and SSJ 100-95s across its Comlux Aruba (CXB, Aruba), ...

Egypt's Nile Air takes delivery of first A321

Nile Air (NP, Cairo Int'l) has taken delivery of its maiden A321-200 Skyliner Aviation has reported. Formerly SE-RDP with Novair (N9, Stockholm Arlanda), SU-BQL (cn 2410) was ferried from Woensdrecht to Cairo Int'l on Wednesday, May 25.

The Egyptian leisure specialist currently operates four A320-200s with two A321-200 (sl)s on order from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac). It currently offers regular flights to destinations across Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Sudan. It will also ...

TAP Portugal begins EMB-190 operations

TAP Portugal (TP, Lisbon) has begun scheduled EMB-190 operations following the completion of the type's maiden commercial flights from Lisbon to Nice, Barcelona El Prat, and Toulouse Blagnac on Monday, May 23.

The Portuguese carrier will induct a total of nine of the Embraer Regional Jets into its TAP Express fleet, which operates on the AOC of its PGA Portugalia Airlines (NI, Lisbon) unit. Sourced from Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Campinas Viracopos), the EMB-190s will replace ...

Indonesia awards Hajj charter contracts

Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) and Saudia (SV, Jeddah) have been awarded Indonesian government contracts to conduct Hajj flights this year.

Officials in Indonesia's General Directorate of Hajj and Umrah in the Ministry of Religious Affairs officials told the Republika newspaper that the contracts will be signed in June this year.

In January, Garuda CEO Arif Wibowo announced plans to establish a new subsidiary to market and charter aircraft to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj ...

Cook Islands' Air Rarotonga to add a Cessna Citation

Air Rarotonga (GZ, Rarotonga) has acquired a maiden Cessna Citation II for use in expanding its domestic Cook Islands, as well as regional, medevac and charter operations.

The 37 year-old twinjet, known to be VH-FOJ (cn 5500057) with Flight Options (Australia) (Sunshine Coast), will arrive in Rarotonga this August once it has completed pre-delivery maintenance checks and gravel-kit fitment in Sydney, Australia. In the meantime, a licence application for the new aircraft has been made to the ...