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AirAsia Group seeking $100mn in damages from MAHB

The AirAsia Group says it has served a letter of demand to Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn. Bhd. (MAHB) claiming MYR409 million (USD106 million) for losses and damages incurred during operations at Kuala Lumpur Int'l's LCC Terminal as well as at the newer klia2.

Aside from alleged contractual breaches that have caused losses to the airline, AirAsia Group is also claiming damages for harm done to its brand and reputation as public perception, it says, "is ...

Grupo Aeromexico eyes possible 2017 Club Premier IPO

Grupo Aeromexico SAB is planning to partially float Premier Loyalty & Marketing, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (PLM), the firm that runs its frequent flyer programme, Club Premier.

According to sources who spoke to Bloomberg news on condition of anonymity, the IPO will likely occur in 2017 with PLM valued at approximately USD1 billion.

Grupo Aeromexico spun off Club Premier into PLM in September 2010 with Aimia, a Montreal-based data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company, acquiring a 29% ...

Pakistan's Shaheen Air to start China flights in mid-4Q

Shaheen Air International (NL, Karachi Int'l) has announced plans to enter the Pakistan-China market during the last quarter of the year. According to the carrier's website, a 3x weekly Lahore-Guangzhou service is scheduled to begin on November 1. Flights are on-board Shaheen's A330-300s.

Currently, flights between the two countries are dominated by PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) which serves Beijing Capital from Lahore and Islamabad, and by ...

Scoot to assume SilkAir's Hangzhou service from October

Scoot (TZ, Singapore Changi) will assume fellow Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) affiliate SilkAir's 4x weekly Singapore Changi-Hangzhou operation with effect from October 25. Once under the LCC's control, the route will graduate to a 5x weekly B787-8-operated service from December 1.

"With Scoot operating the Singapore-Hangzhou route, this will better optimise the utilisation of the SIA Group’s resources and present a better match of capacity to demand," SilkAir said in a ...

Loganair, bmi regional brought under one umbrella firm

Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) and bmi regional (BM, Aberdeen Dyce) have been brought together under the Airline Investments Limited (AIL) Group. AIL is backed by Stephen and Peter Bond who previously owned Bond Offshore Helicopters (Aberdeen Dyce) parent Bond Aviation in the UK and were the original investors behind Alliance Airlines (QQ, Brisbane Int'l) in Australia.

The pair collectively paid GBP8 million (USD13.1 million) for BMI regional while Stephen Bond, a minority shareholder in ...

UAE cargo carrier Midex Airlines ceases operations

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Vietnam Airlines takes delivery of maiden B787

Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) took delivery of its first B787-9 - VN-A861 (msn 35151) - on Saturday, August 1 following a ferry flight routed Everett-Hanoi. The aircraft will be used on flights to Ho Chi Minh City initially followed by Frankfurt Int'l and London Heathrow later on.

The Vietnamese national carrier has eight B787-9s on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) with a further five due to be delivered by the end of this year with the remainder due by 2018.

Eight larger B787-10s, ...

Myanmar National Airlines accepts first ATR72-600

Myanmar National Airlines (UB, Yangon) took delivery of its maiden ATR72-600 - XY-AJY (cn 1267) - on Monday, August 3. The turboprop is the first of an order for six placed with Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) in 2014 which also includes six options.

"The arrival of these new aircraft will provide the additional seat capacity and further enhanced service required to meet the booming demand for tourism and business travel across the country," the carrier said in a ...

JetGo Australia to add more ERJ-145s

JetGo Australia (JG, Brisbane Int'l) Managing Director Paul Bredereck says his airline has signed an agreement to take delivery of an undisclosed number of ERJ-145s. Speaking at CAPA's Airport Innovation Summit, Bredereck said deliveries of the twinjets are scheduled for next year.

It will also add three ex-Chautauqua Airlines (RP, Indianapolis Int'l) ERJ-140LRs to its fleet once the aircraft have completed certification with Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

JetGo ...

IAG to firm up A330-200, A350 options for Iberia expansion

The International Airlines Group (IAG) says it is planning to firm up options for up to five A330-200s and eight A350-900s to expand and renew the long haul fleet of its Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas) subsidiary.

"This announcement is a confirmation of our commitment to global growth, though always under the premise that sustained profitability is the key criteria," Iberia’s Executive Chairman Luis Gallego said. "Also crucial is the support of our customers, employees, and IAG ...

Hong Kong Airlines sets January date for Australia flights

Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) has set a January 6, 2016 date for its resumption of longhaul operations with flights to Australia. Li Dianchun, Commercial Director of Hong Kong Airlines, said that subject to regulatory approval, his airline would operate a 3x weekly Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok-Coolangatta/Gold Coast-Cairns-Hong Kong service on-board A330-300 equipment.

"Leveraging our connectivity in Asia via the international hub Hong Kong, we believe the new service will be well ...

Southwest considering more takeovers?

Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) may be considering an additional acquisition just eight months after it successfully completed its take over of AirTran Airways (FL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson). Industry sources who spoke to the Chicago Business Journal have indicated the move could occur in the not too distant future.

"Many of us are just sitting back waiting to see if it will be Hawaiian Airlines (HA, Honolulu), Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) or ...

Air Europa to configure ex-Skymark A330 with premium seats

Air Europa (UX, Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan) is configuring its most recent acquisition, an ex-Skymark Airlines (BC, Tokyo Haneda) A330-300, with an all-premium layout airline sources have told Spain's Ultima Hora Noticias.

Once reconfiguration is complete, EC-MHL (cn 1574) will then be proffered to the charter market targeting football teams, luxury travel and VIP groups, as well as Spanish Defence Force and United Nations troop movement contracts.

The twinjet is leased from US-based ...

LAN Airlines to begin Brazil-Italy flights from mid 4Q

LAN Airlines (LA, Santiago de Chile Int'l) will commence a daily Santiago de Chile Int'l-São Paulo Guarulhos-Milan Malpensa return service with effect from November 4 of this year.

According to Airline Route, the B787-8-operated service will replace sister carrier TAM Linhas Aéreas's existing Sao Paulo–Milan sector, currently operated with an A330-200.

Citing the country's weakening economy and sliding Real, LATAM last month announced it would be scaling back its Brazilian operations and ...

Romania's Blue Air to open Iasi base this winter

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Romania's Ten Airways renews CasaSky contract

Ten Airways (X5, Bucharest Baneasa) has again been contracted by online travel agency Casa Sky to operate flights between Cologne/Bonn and Nador, Morocco this summer.

One of the Romanian ACMI/charter specialist's MD-82s - YR-OTL (msn 48079) - was recently spotted at Bucharest Otopeni sporting the firm's titles on its fuselage.

Florida's ViaAir adds maiden ERJ-145 for collegiate charters

ViaAir (VC, Orlando Int'l) has taken delivery of its first of nine ERJ-145s with the arrival of ex-Trans States Airlines (AX, St. Louis Lambert Int'l) machine N802HK (cn 145066) on Thursday, July 30. Of the nine aircraft, five have been bought outright while the rest are on lease.

The Floridian scheduled operator plans to use the Embraer (São José dos Campos) Regional Jets to enhance an existing collegiate sports team travel contract with PASS Charters.

ViaAir also operates five EMB-120s ...

Air Canada adds maiden B787-9

Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) took delivery of its first of twenty-nine B787-9s on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) at a ceremony held at Toronto Pearson on Thursday, July 31.

C-FNOE (msn 35265) will be used on flights between Toronto and Vancouver Int'l this month before starting international operations to Munich and Milan Malpensa in September and October respectively. Services to Mumbai Int'l, India and Dubai Int'l, United Arab Emirates are slated to launch in November.

The ...

Russia's Pobeda set to commence int'l ops this winter

Pobeda (DP, Moscow Vnukovo) will indeed make its international debut this year after the CEO of Bratislava Airport, Ivan Trhlík, announced his airport would be among the first destinations the LCC may serve effective this winter.

Speaking to local media last week, Trhlík indicated that the LCC's entry into the Moscow Vnukovo-Bratislava market had been facilitated by the withdrawal of UTair (UT, Khanty-Mansiysk) earlier this year. Back then, full-service carrier UTAir pointed to a dramatic ...

Luftline Georgia commences operations following 4 year wait

Luftline Georgia (GX, Tbilisi) has commenced operations four years on after securing its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency. Russia's ATO news reports that the start-up's maiden commercial flight was on July 14 operating charter flights to Iceland on behalf of Azerbaijani football club, Inter Baku PIK.

Managing Director Vasily Dzhambazishvili said in an interview that for now, his airline would remain a charter operation pending the delivery of additional ...

Romanian airports come under EC state-aid scrutiny

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EC launches anti-trust inquest into FedEx/TNT tie-up

The European Commission (EC) says it is concerned that the proposed takeover of Dutch logistics firm TNT Express by FedEx Express (FX, Memphis Int'l) could negatively impact competition in the bloc's market.

Announcing an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed takeover is in line with EU Merger Regulations, the EC said its concerns focus on a number of European markets where the merged entity would face insufficient competitive constraints from the only two remaining players ...

IAG delays Aer Lingus offer acceptance to mid-month

The International Airlines Group (IAG) has deferred the deadline for Aer Lingus Group plc shareholders to accept its revised proposal, to Tuesday, August 18. The announcement comes after Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) delayed formally accepting the IAG's bid for its 29.8% shareholding in its local rival despite the expiry of the original July 31 deadline.

“We don’t expect to receive any proceeds from the sale of our stake in Aer Lingus until September and so we plan to formally submit our ...

Atlantic Star delays ticket sales for St. Helena route

Atlantic Star Airlines (London Luton) says the collapse with talks with Titan Airways (ZT, London Stansted) have forced it to defer the sale of tickets for its London Stansted-St. Helena charter flights due to launch in March 2016.

In a statement, the start-up said following the conclusion of negotiations, it had reached a draft agreement with Titan Airways to use its B757-200s to operate the route.

"However we received notification this week that Titan have unilaterally declared all ...

China's HNA Group acquires Swissport for $2.8bn

Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) parent, HNA Group, has agreed to acquire global ground-handling and cargo services firm Swissport from French private equity firm PAI Partners for CHF2.73 billion (USD2.82 billion). The transaction is expected to close by year-end subject to customary anti-trust approvals and approval by the Chinese authorities.

“HNA is excited to support Swissport's world class management team as they continue to provide the highest quality service to the airline industry and ...