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Kenya's Fly County Airlines commences operations

Fly County Airlines commenced domestic Kenyan operations on Monday, September 21 with 3x weekly flights from its Nairobi Wilson base to Voi Ikanga airstrip which is located approximately 10km northwest of the town of Voi in southern Kenya.

The start-up plans to extend the flight to include an onward sector to Mombasa as early as next month.

A virtual carrier, Fly County Airlines charters aircraft from partner Skyward International Aviation (Nairobi Wilson). Thus far it has been operating ...

Chinese, German investors set sights on Latvia's Air Baltic

Air Baltic (BT, Riga) has attracted attention from Chinese investors Latvia's State Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, Kaspars Ozoliņš, has disclosed.

In an interview with Latvian Radio this week, Ozoliņš described the investors simply as owners of a variety of aircraft manufacturing firms. He added that talks took place last month during the finalization of details for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for transport cooperation between Latvia and Chengdu municipality.

"Yes, we have ...

SAS to sell Blue 1 to Cityjet

SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup) has announced it will sell 100% of its shareholding in Finnish subsidiary Blue 1 (KF, Helsinki Vantaa) to Irish carrier Cityjet (WX, Dublin Int'l). With the absorption of Blue 1, Cityjet will then begin providing the Scandinavian carrier with capacity from March of next year onwards.

“We are looking forward to working with Cityjet to further expand our regional route network and thereby strengthen SAS’s offering to frequent travelers," ...

China Eastern seeks to dispose of remaining Joy Air stock

China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) has announced it will dispose of its remaining 5% stake in JoyAir (JR, Xi'an Xianyang) citing a lack of compatibility between the carriers. According to Reuters, the airline is looking to get at least CNY35 million (USD5.5 million) for the shareholding.

"We only have a 5% symbolic stake in Joy Air now," China Eastern's Board Secretary said. "And the carrier is not a good match for us in terms of market position or business model."

JoyAir was ...

Malaysia's Malindo Air secures Australian traffic rights

Malindo Air (OD, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) will make its Australian market debut later next month having secured regulatory approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia.

The Lion Airlines (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) subsidiary said in a statement that it would connect Kuala Lumpur Int'l with Perth Int'l with effect from November 11. Flights will operate up to 11x weekly on-board B737-900(ER) equipment.

Using a fleet of eleven ATR72-600s, seven B737-800s, and six B737-900(ER)s, ...

Transaero to file for bankruptcy shortly?

Transaero Airlines (UN, Moscow Vnukovo) is facing imminent bankruptcy after a deal for Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) to acquire 75% and 1 additional share in the ailing Russian carrier has fallen through because not enough of Transaero’s shareholders have agreed with the plan by September 28. According to a report by Russian news agency TASS, Aeroflot has suspended payments for fuel purchased for Transaero flights starting today and several Transaero aircraft have already been left stranded ...

Cebu Pacific, Tigerair JV secures Singaporean antitrust nod

Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) and Tigerair (TR, Singapore Changi) have secured Singaporean anti-trust regulatory approval for their enhanced joint venture on flights between the Philippines and Singapore.

Under their original agreement filed in September of last year, the two carriers proposed jointly operating common routes between the two countries (Singapore to Manila, Clark, and Cebu in particular) and other markets that may emerge, on a metal-neutral basis. In addition, they intended to ...

American Airlines files $1mn suit against Zodiac

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has filed a USD1 million breach-of-contract suit against the US subsidiary of French seat manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace following lengthy delays in the delivery of business class seats for American's Dreamliner and B777-200ER fleets, the latter of which is being refurbished.

The Dallas-based carrier is seeking a court order stating that it properly terminated its December 2010 purchase agreement with Zodiac Seats US LLC as a result of the delays. AA ...

Cebgo Philippines ends jet operations

Cebgo (DG, Manila) has ceased jet operations with the return of its sole remaining A320-200 - RP-C3270 (cn 5320) - to parent Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) this past week.

For its part, Cebu is in turn expected to cease turboprop operations later this month with its last ATR72-500 flight scheduled for October 5. Eight of the type are due to be transferred to Cebgo in due course.

Cebu Pacific began transferring all its domestic turoprop route network to its LCC subsidiary on September 25 ...

Russia bans Ukrainian carriers in tit-for-tat move

The Russian government has announced retaliatory measures against Ukrainian carriers, a week after Kiev announced it would bar Russian carriers from landing on its territory with effect from October 25.

Acting on a directive from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's office, the Ministry said it had instructed the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) to inform all Ukrainian airlines planning to serve Russian airports post October 25 that their permissions had been revoked ...

Deadline for Aeroflot offer for Transero expires

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Norwegian's Kjos says interline deal with Ryanair 'close'

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bjørn Kjos has confirmed that his airline is in cooperation talks with fellow budget operator and rival, Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l).

Kjos told Bloomberg news in an interview that the negotiations pertain to the Irish LCC providing feeder traffic to Norwegian Long Haul (DU, Oslo Gardermoen) at its bases around Europe. A deal could be concluded “shortly,” he said.

Kjos's comments confirm Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary's ...

Japan's ANA All Nippon to end A320ceo operations

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Japan's Ryukyu Air Commuter orders five Q400 cargo combis

RAC - Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC, Okinawa Naha) is the launch customer for the Dash 8-400 cargo-combi having signed a firm order agreement for five of the type at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2014 manufacturer Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) announced today.

As previously announced by the Canadians, based on Q400 list prices, the transaction is valued at approximately USD168 million.

Launched last year, the combi offers up to 3,720kgs of cargo capacity and up to 32.56 cubic metres of ...

Cargolux sees Chinese unit launching in 2017; mulls B747-8Fs

Cargolux (CV, Luxembourg) Chief Executive Officer Dirk Reich has told Reuters that he expects plans for the carrier's Cargolux China (Zhengzhou) joint-venture to be finalized before the end of the year with maiden operations to launch in early 2017. The plan will take into consideration a feasibility study which was launched earlier in the year.

According to Reich, Cargolux is currently in talks with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) over the possible purchase of five B747-8(F)s which would be ...

South Korea's Jeju Air outlines conditions for IPO

Jeju Air (7C, Jeju) says it is planning to issue a total of 5.5 million shares to the public during its IPO on the KRX (Korea Exchange) later this month. According to its prospectus, the LCC is looking to raise between KRW126.5 trillion (USD106 million) and KRW154 trillion (USD128 million) which will be used to bolster its growth plans.

To increase the likelihood of a strong public debut, the airline had planned to rename itself "AK Jeju Air" to more closely identify itself with parent firm ...

Air Berlin ends in-house B737-700 operations

Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has ended in-house B737-700 operations with the last airframe of the type - D-ABLD (msn 36117) - having been disposed to Ruili Airlines (DR, Kunming Changshui) where it is now B-6110 on the Chinese registry.

The German carrier continues to operate the -700 albeit with a fleet of six aircraft that are wet-leased from TUIfly (Germany) (X3, Hanover) as part of a ten-year lease agreement signed in 2009. The agreement also covers nine B737-800s.

As part of its ...

Iraq's Al-Rafedain Falcon Airlines adds maiden Il-76

Al-Rafedain Falcon Airlines (Najaf) has taken delivery of its first of two Il-76TDs Skyliner Aviation has shown. YI-BAC (cn 83483502) was recently seen in service on flights between Yerevan and Sulaymaniyah late last month.

According to its site, the start-up plans to offer cargo services between Iraq and the region at large.

Golden Wings South Africa adds first Q300 to fleet

Golden Wings Aviation (South Africa) (Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has secured its maiden Dash 8-300 on dry-lease from Canadian firm, Avmax. The turboprop - cn 414 - is the company's first of the type.

Based out of Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, Golden Wings also operates a Fokker 70 - ZS-SKA (cn 11559) - for its affiliate Golden Wings Aviation (Sudan) (Juba).

Condor to abandon Paderborn/Lippstadt base this month

Condor (DE, Frankfurt Int'l) is to end base operations at the German airport of Paderborn/Lippstadt later this month. German portal states the leisure specialist has justified the move for economic reasons and intends to redeploy the newly freed up aircraft to sister carrier Thomas Cook Airlines UK (MT, Manchester Int'l) on other more economically attractive routes.

Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has reportedly stepped in to cover the loss in connectivity.

Currently, Condor ...

U.S subscription carrier Wheels Up eyes Euro ops in 2016

Wheels Up (Teterboro) is planning to venture into the European market in late 2016 using part of the USD115 million in additional capital it successfully raised from funds and trusts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Fidelity Management and Research Company, and NEA.

Europe is attracting a number of subscription-based start-ups such as Take Air (Antwerp) in Belgium as well as Texas-based firm Rise (Dallas Love Field) which plans to set up a Rise Europe (London City) subsidiary early ...

Limitless Airways eyes Dubrovnik-Zagreb scheduled flights

Limitless Airways (LIM, Rijeka) is planning to commence twice-daily return flights between the coastal town of Dubrovnik and the capital Zagreb with effect from November.

The Dubrovniknet website states the charter carrier has held talks with Dubrovnik's mayor concerning the route's subsidization. The airline is reportedly willing to sell tickets for the route at HRK600 (USD87.61) with government providing a HRK250 (USD36.50) subsidy per passenger per flight.

Late last month, the Croatian ...

China's YTO Express Airlines begins freight operations

YTO Express Airlines (HYT, Hangzhou) has commenced commercial freight operations with its maiden flight - Hangzhou-Chengdu - having occurred on Saturday, September 26.

China's WCARN news reports operations are on-board one of the start-up's two B737-300(F)s - B-2505 (msn 28657). A second and third airframe of the same type are expected to begin active flights in November and December respectively. The carrier is licenced to operate domestic as well as international freight flights.

YTO ...

AirAsia set to consolidate Philippines operations

AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) is on track to consolidate its two Filipino operations - AirAsia Philippines (PQ, Manila) and AirAsia Zest (Z2, Manila) - into one single, unified entity. Having secured the go-ahead from the Filipino senate earlier in the year, Philippines AirAsia CEO Joy Caneba told CAPA that final approval to merge the brands was recently secured with the AirAsia Zest brand to be phased out in due course.

In February, AirAsia Philippines moved to acquire a majority 51% ...