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Denmark's Sun-Air eyes US market entry

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Germany's SundAir rejigs fleeting plan

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South Korea's Asiana Airlines to begin A350 ops in mid-2Q17

Asiana Airlines (OZ, Seoul Incheon) has announced it will commence scheduled A350-900 operations during the second quarter of the current year.

An airline statement to the Yonhap news agency said effective May 15, the twinjet will be provisionally deployed on flights from Seoul Incheon to each of Osaka Kansai (7x weekly) and Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l (6x weekly). During the second half of the year, longhaul operations will commence with flights to San Francisco, CA and London Heathrow ...
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Russia's Red Wings eyes A321s from mid-2017 onwards

Red Wings (Russia) (WZ, Moscow Vnukovo) is planning to introduce A321-200s into its fleet later this year, airline sources have told Russia's Vedomosti news.

According to the report, four Airbus Industrie twinjets may arrive between June and December of this year on short-term lease contracts (five-year duration) with a further four due thereafter. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the carrier's parent firm and lessor, the Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC), Aleksandr Rubtsov later confirmed the ...

China's Ruili Airlines given nod to start int'l flights

Ruili Airlines (DR, Kunming Changshui) has secured official approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to expand its operational scope to include international air passenger and cargo transportation.

The confirmation was announced in a government statement issued this week.

Privately-owned Ruili Airlines operates a fleet of six B737-700s and three B737-800s on regular flights to twenty-three destinations throughout China. It has alluded to the launch of international ...

Aeroflot files bankruptcy proceedings against Donavia

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Mexican antitrust regulator awards AM-DL's México City slots

Mexico's Anti-Monopolies Commission (Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica - COFECE) is set to allocate the eight México City slot pairings AeroMéxico (AM, México City) and Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) were required to divest in order to garner antitrust approval for their proposed joint-venture.

According to El Economista newspaper, a decision reached this week shows COFECE has allocated jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) three slot pairs, ...

China's SF Express stocks rise 10% on trading debut

Chinese delivery service SF Express (parent of SF Airlines (O3, Shenzhen)) made its trading debut on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange last week, leading to a 10% increase (the daily maximum) in its stocks, reports the South China Morning Post.

SF Express had entered the market via a backdoor listing through its acquisition of Maanshan Dingtai Rare Earth & New Material Company. Backdoor listings are a popular move with Chinese firms as there is a significant backlog of companies seeking to do ...

Guadeloupe's Air Caraïbes adds maiden A350

Air Caraïbes (TX, Pointe à Pitre) has taken delivery of its first of three A350-900s on lease from AerCap. F-HHAV (msn 82) was handed over to the Guadeloupe-based carrier at Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) headquarters on Tuesday, February 28. As with its fleet of two A330-200s and four A330-300s, Air Caraïbes' A350s are operated for it by Air Caraïbes Atlantique (CAJ, Paris Orly).

Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 motors, the widebody jets feature eighteen seats in Business Class, ...

Ukrainian CAA suspends Dart Airlines' AOC

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Saudi GACA gives own side of the Al Maha Airways saga

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Bangkok Airways completes recertification, eyes expansion

Bangkok Airways (PG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) has become the first Thai commercial carrier to complete its AOC recertification according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand's (CAAT) revised, ICAO-compliant standards.

The CAAT said in a press release Monday, February 27, that it is conducting the exercise for all Thai commercial carriers with CAA International (CAAi), part of the International Directorate of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), providing assistance.

“Bangkok ...

Innovative settles suit with Delta over cockpit upgrades

Avionics provider Innovative Systems and Services (IS&S) has announced that it has settled a lawsuit with Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) over the termination of a contract to develop and deploy aftermarket cockpit upgrades. Under the terms of the settlement, Delta will pay IS&S USD7.75 million.

Delta signed a contract in March 2013 to upgrade its fleet of MD-88s and MD-90s with complete RNP systems integration, dual GPS navigation and cockpit avionics. Following a ...

Thomas Cook and TUIfly to resume Tunisia flights

Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (HQ, Brussels National) has announced that it will resume flights from Belgium to holiday destinations in Tunisia on April 8, following a relaxing of travel advice to the Mediterranean North African country. The holiday specialist will start by offering a weekly service to Enfidha on the eastern coast.

Flights were suspended in mid-2015 following terrorist attacks at resorts near Sousse in which 38 people, mostly British tourists, were killed. A report in the ...

Luxaviation launches VIP helicopter unit

Business aviation group Luxaviation (LXA, Luxembourg) has launched a dedicated helicopter division. In a press statement, the Luxembourg-based conglomerate announced that Luxaviation Helicopters (Luxembourg) will look after all helicopter management across Luxaviation's regional divisions.

Launching in spring 2017, the new business will manage VIP and VVIP helicopters for private and business clients.

"Luxaviation Helicopters will bring the luxury service standards of business jets into ...

Alaska Airlines opposes 300% increase in fuel tax

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) has come out against a proposed hike in state fuel tax, saying the measure amounts to double-dipping, reports Juneau Empire. Revenue raised from the tax increase is earmarked for airport upgrades, but Alaska Airlines says that it is already investing USD100 million in aviation infrastructure improvements and will be unfairly taxed twice.

The measure will raise fuel tax from 8 cents per gallon to 24 cents per gallon over a period of three years and is ...

Aeroflot mulls leasing ten B737-800s to Pobeda

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Air Arabia Maroc to set up Fez base in late 2Q17

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SMC Philippines mulls airline industry comeback

Filipino food, beverage and packaging multinational San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is considering returning to the airline business, CAPA has reported.

According to company sources, SMC is looking at establishing its own carrier to ply domestic and international routes from Caticlan Airport near Boracay.

Operationally, SMC is already in talks with Boeing over its B737 MAX 7 offering, with pitches from each of Bombardier and Embraer likely to focus on the C-Series and EMB-190 ...

Sale of Iran's Qeshm Air attracts low-ball bids

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Oman Air adds maiden B787-9

Oman Air (WY, Muscat) has taken delivery of its maiden B787-9 with A4O-SC (msn 37168) arriving in Muscat direct from Everett on February 24.

In addition to this airframe, which is leased from CIT Aerospace and equipped with 258 Economy and 30 Business Class seats, Oman Air will lease three more B787-9s from Air Lease Corporation with deliveries to run from 2018 through to 2020.

A4O-SC will be used on Oman Air’s European and Far-Eastern sectors. As previously reported, schedule data ...

Virgin Australia scraps Perth intercontinental plans

Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) has announced it has canceled plans to launch intercontinental flights between Perth Int'l and Abu Dhabi Int'l in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later this year.

The 3x weekly service was to have begun on June 9 but, according to an airline press release, has now been scrubbed given a change in market conditions that have made the route no longer viable.

Virgin Australia said customers can continue to book travel on alliance partner Etihad Airways’ ...