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Cargojet renews UPS Canada air cargo agreement

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Cargojet Airways (W8, Hamilton, ON) says it has signed a new Air Cargo Service Agreement with United Parcel Service Canada Ltd. (UPS) replacing one entered into in 2003 to provide domestic overnight air cargo services throughout Canada.

“Cargojet is extremely pleased to have successfully extended our long-standing business relationship as the primary domestic air cargo service provider to UPS in Canada," Ajay Virmani President and CEO of Cargojet, said. "Cargojet will continue to provide ...

French bizjet operator Wijet eyes €15mn in fundraising drive

Wijet (Paris Le Bourget) has launched a fund raising initiative aimed at securing EUR15 million (USD16.5 million) in fresh capital needed for its ambitious growth plans.

While the French air-taxi service currently operates a fleet of six Cessna Citation Mustangs (a VLJ (Very Light Jet) that seats 4 people) it plans to add a new aircraft every three months by 2017 thus bringing its overall fleet to twelve jets.

According to founders Corentin Denoeud and Alexandre Azoulay, the added ...

PIA Pakistan eyes strategic partners for MRO business

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) Director of MRO operations, Amir Ali, says the Pakistani national carrier is in talks with a number of potential investors keen to partner PIA in upgrading its engineering facilities.

Among the parties approached include aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) and Dutch carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam).

“We are also trying to attract Chinese investment in MRO (workshops) that are planned at ...

Greenland Express abandons plans to resume flights this year

Greenland Express (Aalborg) has formally abandoned plans to resume operations this year following a series of delayed relaunch dates.

"It is with great regret that we are unfortunately forced to cancel all flights between Denmark and Greenland for the rest of 2015," the airline told customers in statement. "This means, unfortunately, that we cannot provide the transport service you have purchased from us."

Having suspended operations in September last year, the virtual carrier had planned ...

Shandong Airlines to offload 20% stake in Qingdao Air

Qingdao Airlines (QW, Qingdao) shareholder Shandong Airlines (SC, Jinan) says it will dispose of its 20% stake in the carrier via a public listing. While the identity of the proposed purchaser has yet to be disclosed, the equity has been linked to New Nanshan International Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of Qingdao Air's largest shareholder, Nanshan Group, which is in the process of taking the airline private.

Shandong Airlines has valued the shareholding at at least CNY200.8 million (USD31.4 ...

Huangyan, China reopens to commercial traffic

Huangyan airport, located in the eastern coastal town of Taizhou in China's Zhejiang Province, has reopened to commercial traffic after the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) ordered it closed in late July citing significant security loopholes.

In July, a knife-wielding male passenger attempted to set fire to a curtain and newspaper during a Shenzhen Airlines (ZH, Shenzhen) flight from Huangyan to Guangzhou. Flaws in the airport's security procedures during a subsequent review led ...

Sukhoi pitches SuperJet to Iranian carriers

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) has held talks with Iranian operators Caspian Airlines (IV, Tehran Mehrabad), Kish Air (Y9, Tehran Mehrabad), and Zagros Airlines (Iran) (ZV, Abadan) concerning the possible sale of the manufacturer's SSJ 100-95 regional jet.

“Iranian aviation companies are interested in having it since it is a very low-cost aircraft while there is no Airbus in the 100-seat size,” Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology, Dr. Sorena Sattari, was quoted by the ...

germanwings to operate Eurowings A330s in October

germanwings (4U, Cologne/Bonn) will operate a trio of A330-200s, destined for sister carrier Eurowings (EW, Dusseldorf), on flights from Cologne/Bonn and Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel to Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan this October.

Wet-leased from Sun Express Deutschland (XG, Frankfurt Int'l), the twinjets will operate both routes over the period October 12 to 31. Thereafter, they will begin longhaul budget operations for Eurowings in November starting with flights from Cologne to Varadero, Cuba and ...

Russia's Tuva Airlines to lease ten SuperJets from GTLK

Tuva Airlines (TIV, Kyzyl) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Russia's State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) for the lease of ten SSJ 100-95s. Announced during the recently ended MAKS Airshow 2015 at Moscow Zhukovsky, the arrival of the first jets is slated for next year with the last scheduled to arrive in 2018.

As one of Russia's southern-most republics straddling the border with Mongolia, the state-backed carrier plans to use the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) SuperJets to ...

Kazakhstan's Qazaq Air commences operations

Qazaq Air (IQ, Almaty) commenced revenue operations on Thursday, August 27 with flights between Almaty and Astana.

As previously reported, the start-up plans to roll out additional domestic services to Pavlodar, Shimkent, Kzyl-Orda, Kostanay, and Aktyubinsk in the coming weeks. Operations are on-board a trio of Dash 8-400s on lease from Falcon Aviation Services (FVS, Abu Dhabi Bateen).

South Korea's T'way Air secures US FACP

T'way Air (TW, Cheong Ju) has secured its Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) following an application lodged in February of this year.

The South Korean LCC is now permitted to offer both scheduled and chartered, passenger and freight flights between South Korea and the United States and beyond.

The arrival of the permit, however, comes a month after T'Way had intended to begin scheduled Seoul Incheon-Guam Int'l flights using one of its ten ...

Sweden's Kalmarflyg to swap Saab 2000 for an ATR72 in 1Q2016

Kalmarflyg (Kalmar) will replace its sole aircraft, a Saab 2000, with an ATR72-500 as it gears up for consolidation into the soon-to-be established BRA - Braathens Regional Airlines (Stockholm Bromma) brand.

Airline Managing Director Anna Soltorp told Radio Sweden that the upgauging exercise would begin in January with the Saab to be fully withdrawn from service by April. In line with the increase in capacity, Kalmarklyg will also begin hiring new staff, she said.

In January Swedish ...

Bulgaria's Air Via begins A321 operations

Air Via (VL, Sofia) has begun A321-200 revenue operations following the arrival of LZ-PMZ (cn 1060) - its first of the type - earlier this month.

The former Kolavia (7K, Kogalym) twinjet replaces one of the Bulgarian ACMI/charter specialist's five A320-200s - LZ-MDA (cn 2732) - and was recently tracked in service between Dusseldorf and Varna on August 29.

Russia's Orenair to end B777 operations in November

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Boeing reveals Poland's Enter Air as customer for one B737

Enter Air (E4, Warsaw Chopin) has been revealed as an Unidentified Customer which ordered an additional B737 from US manufacturer Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare).

The Polish carrier announced plans to acquire two B737-800s and two B737 MAX 8 aircraft during the Paris Air Show 2015 at Paris Le Bourget. The order, worth more than USD400 million at current list prices, had also been attributed to an unidentified customer prior to that announcement.

Qantas, JAL to pump additional $41mn into Jetstar Japan

Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingford Smith) and JAL - Japan Airlines (JL, Tokyo Haneda) are to inject a further JPY5 billion (USD41.07 million) each into their Jetstar Japan (GK, Tokyo Narita) joint venture, two months after they contributed JPY4 billion (USD32.86 million).

The Sydney Morning Herald indicates the carriers' first tranche of JPY3.5 billion (USD28.75 million) each will be paid in the near future with the remaining JPY1.5 billion (USD12.32 million) to be disbursed at a later ...

Malaysia Airlines' new holding company secures AOC

Malaysia Airlines Berhad has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the country's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in time for a September 1 'relaunch' of Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l). Launched in July, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (NewCo) is a vehicle for the migration of Malaysia Airlines' relevant operations, assets and liabilities after its predecessor Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) was placed into receivership in May.

“We would like to thank the Director ...

Ryanair to establish Milan Malpensa base this winter

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) is set to announce plans to develop Milan Malpensa into its twelfth Italian and second Milan base after Milan Orio al Serio.

According to the Eco di Bergamo newspaper, the Irish LCC will commence flights to London Stansted (3x daily), Madrid Barajas (daily), and Naples Int'l (daily) this winter following an improvement in available capacity.

The move will put Ryanair into direct competition with rival easyJet (U2, London Luton) which is currently Malpensa's ...

Gabon flyafrica officially unveiled

Gabon flyafrica (Libreville) was officially unveiled to the public at a ceremony held in Libreville on Saturday, August 29. A statement issued by President Ali Bongo's office said the project is a joint venture between the Gabonese government and Paramount Group, a South African arms manufacturer owned by Lithuania-born Ivor Ichikowitz.

As with Zimbabwe flyafrica (Z7, Harare Int'l), Namibia flyafrica (N6, Windhoek Int'l), and Mozambique flyafrica (Maputo), it is assumed flyafrica Ltd, the ...

Canada's WestJet takes delivery of first B767

WestJet (WS, Calgary) took delivery of its first of four ex-Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingford Smith) B767-300(ER)s - C-FOGJ (msn 25274) - at a ceremony held at Calgary last week.

The four aircraft will arrive separately over the next eight months with C-FOGJ beginning Toronto Pearson-Calgary flights early next month.

The next two wide-bodies will arrive this autumn and will be used on flights from Calgary and Edmonton Int'l in Alberta to Honolulu and Kahului in Hawaii, and from Toronto to ...

Canada's Laird Air acquires first Cessna Caravan I

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Zimbabwe's Rainbow Airlines defers launch plans

Rainbow Airlines (RA, Harare Int'l) has indefinitely deferred its launch date following complications with its regulatory paperwork. The start-up had planned to launch with Harare Int'l-Johannesburg O.R. Tambo flights on Wednesday, August 26 using a B737-300 on wet-lease from Star Air (South Africa) (BRH, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo).

“This has come about through some changes in legislature which has directly affected issuance of Rainbow Airlines’ documents for operational purposes," the airline ...

PAL Express looking to renew Bombardier turboprop fleet

PAL Express (2P, Manila) is looking to replace its existing fleets of Dash 8-300s and Dash 8-400s with newer models of the same type.

Jaime Bautista, the President and Chief Operating Officer of the airline's parent firm, PAL Holdings, Inc., told Reuters in an interview that PAL Express is looking to either lease or acquire nine of the Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) turboprops.

According to the ch-aviation aircraft database, PAL Express operates four Q300s averaging 9.2 years of age ...

Envoy to maintain limited ERJ-140 ops through 2016

Envoy Air (MQ, Dallas/Fort Worth) President and Chief Executive Officer Pedro Fábregas says his airline has reconsidered its ERJ-140 fleet-retirement plans. In a letter to employees, Fábregas said parent American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) had requested the subsidiary to continue operating the Embraer (São José dos Campos) twinjets through January 2016 - their previous retirement date.

"Previously, American’s plan was to phase out Envoy’s Embraer 140 (E140) flying in early January," the ...