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Alas Uruguay denies plans to shift to charter ops only

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Rome Ciampino to close for two weeks in October

Aeroporti di Roma (AdR), the firm responsible for managing Rome's airports, has announced that Rome Ciampino will close to all traffic for a period of two weeks later this autumn.

Between October 14 and 29, sections of the airfield's runway 15/33 along with various taxiways and junctions will undergo necessary maintenance work.

As such, for the duration of the works, Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) and Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) will shift the majority of their respective Ciampino operations to ...

PIA Pakistan to use SriLankan A330s for premium service

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) says it plans to use wet-leased A330-300s to launch its new premier service operation on August 14 with flights to London Heathrow.

Airline CEO Bernd Hildenbrand was recently in Colombo to discuss the previously reported move to source the aircraft from SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) which has been struggling with surplus widebody capacity.

"With new aircraft, more professional crew and improved service standards, the new ...
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China's Xiamen Airlines orders six B787-9s

Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen) has ordered six B787-9s from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) parent firm China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) has announced.

In a filing with the Shanghai Stock Exchange, China Southern said the aircraft are scheduled for delivery between now and 2018.

Xiamen Airlines currently operates six B787-8s with two B787-9s - msn 63040 and 63041 - destined for the carrier. It uses the widebodies on regular longhaul routes to Amsterdam, Melbourne Tullamarine, ...

ASL Switzerland to lease an ATR42 freighter in 4Q

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India's Air Pegasus temporarily suspends operations

Air Pegasus (OP, Bangalore Int'l) has temporarily suspended flights with effect from July 26. ch-aviation analysis of ADS-B data indicates the Indian regional operator last used its only one of three operational ATR72-500s - VT-APA (cn 699) - on Tuesday, July 26.

While a review of its web booking portal shows all flights for July 28 are cancelled, Air Pegasus is currently selling tickets for some sectors starting July 29.

Though no official statement has yet been issued, informed sources ...

US Virgin Islands' Hummingbird Air resumes operations

Hummingbird Air (St. Croix Henry E. Rohlsen) has resumed both passenger and cargo operations with multiple weekly flights from St. Croix Henry E. Rohlsen to each of Dominica Douglas-Charles and Basseterre. Additional destinations are expected to roll out later this summer airline president Samuel Raphael said.

The US Virgin Islands-based carrier was forced to suspend flights in November last year following a string of incidents involving its fleet of Beech C99s. In the six months that ...

Nigeria's Med-View Airline to lease an Icelandic B747

Med-View Airline (VL, Kano) will shortly take delivery of a B747-400 on wet-lease from Air Atlanta Icelandic (CC, Reykjavik Keflavik) Skyliner Aviation has reported.

TF-AMV (msn 28022) will be deployed onto the Nigerian carrier's scheduled services to London Gatwick and Jeddah as well as on its upcoming Hajj charter operations.

Med-View also operates one B767-300(ER), one B737-500, and two B737-400s on regular flights throughout Nigeria, Ghana, and Saudi Arabia.

Canadian budget virtual carrier NewLeaf launches

NewLeaf (Winnipeg Int'l) commenced operations on Monday, July 25 with regular passenger flights between Hamilton, ON and Winnipeg Int'l.

Using B737-400s chartered from technical partner Flair Airlines (F8, Kelowna), the virtual budget carrier is planning to roll out flights to Abbotsford, Halifax, Kelowna, Kamloops, Moncton, Regina, Saskatoon, and Victoria Int'l in the coming days.

OneJet to open Louisville, KY base in 4Q

OneJet (J1, Indianapolis Int'l) has announced it will open a new base at Louisville Int'l later this year.

Effective October 17, the virtual carrier will position one Hawker 400, chartered from partner Corporate Flight Management (LF, Smyrna), at the Kentuckian airfield for use on existing flights to its main hub Pittsburgh Int'l and on new routes to Raleigh/Durham and Kansas City Int'l (from October 24).

Virgin America shareholders okay Alaska Airlines buy-out

Virgin America (VX, San Francisco, CA) says a majority of its shareholders have approved a planned merger with Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Inc.

In April this year, Alaska Air Group agreed to pay USD57 per Virgin America share bringing the overall value of the transaction, inclusive of existing Virgin America indebtedness and capitalized aircraft operating leases, to approximately USD4 billion.

The two airlines anticipate they will obtain ...

EC seeks arbitration over Norwegian Air Int'l's FACP

The European Commission (EC) is set to seek arbitration to settle a dispute between Norwegian Air International (D8, Dublin Int'l) and the United States over the latter's protracted dalliance in awarding the former a Foreign Air Carrier's Permit (FACP).

Sources who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc had sent a letter to US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx informing him of the EC's decision to resolve the impasse through ...

21 Air set to begin domestic US charter flights

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South Korean LCC Eastar Jet joins U-Fly alliance

South Korea's Eastar Jet (ZE, Seoul Gimpo) has become the latest Asian budget carrier and the first non-HNA Group member to join the U-Fly alliance.

"The new airline will open up more destinations across Northern Asia and enable travellers to access U-Fly Alliance connections in Seoul Incheon, Busan, Jeju and many more exciting cities," a press release said.

Eastar Jet currently operates three B737-700s and fourteen B737-800s on flights connecting twenty-two cities across South Korea, ...

Amerijet Int'l sold to new investor

US private equity firm HIG Capital says it has sold its portfolio company, Amerijet International (M6, Fort Lauderdale Int'l), to an affiliate of ZS Fund L.P., a middle-market focused private equity firm, for an undisclosed sum.

“HIG has been an ideal and patient partner over the past fifteen years,” David Bassett, the founder of Amerijet, said. “HIG supported Amerijet through numerous strategic initiatives since investing in the company in 2001, enabling Amerijet to access new markets, ...

Malaysia Airlines orders up to fifty B737 MAX

Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has placed a firm order with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for twenty-five B737 MAX 8s. The order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer, also includes purchase rights for a further twenty-five B737 MAX 8 and 9s. Deliveries will commence in 2019.

The Malaysian national carrier currently operates fifty-six B737-800s with an overall average age of 4.3 years.

Canadian North to lease an ATR42 in late 3Q

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Siam Air temporarily suspends Macau flights

Siam Air (O8, Bangkok Don Mueang) was ordered to suspend its daily Bangkok Don Mueang-Macau Int'l service for not meeting Macau's minimum capitalization requirements.

The Macau Business Daily reports the suspension was effected on Friday, July 22 after the carrier failed to settle dues owed to the Macau International Airport Company Ltd. However, ch-aviation analysis of flightradar24 ADS-B data show the flights have once more resumed.

Siam Air operates a fleet of two B737-300s and two ...

Kenya Airways mulls debt-to-equity deals to ease pain

Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) is considering debt-to-equity deals as one of the possible solutions to its ongoing financial woes. The revelation comes as the struggling carrier's financial standing worsened last week after it reported its fourth straight annual loss.

For the year ending March 31, 2016, Kenya Airways posted a net loss of USD262 million which it blamed on a strengthening US dollar, increased borrowing costs as well as fuel hedge losses. In all, its state of ...

Germany's 4K invest assumes full ownership of Adria Airways

Adria Airways (JP, Ljubljana) majority shareholder and 4K Invest subsidiary, AA International Aviation Holding, says it has acquired the remaining 0.86% in outstanding Adria stock that it did not control originally.

The transaction, valued at EUR9,900 (USD10,800), now gives the German-run private equity firm full control of the carrier's shareholding.

According to the Slovenian Press Agency (STA), the move will allow for the further simplification of management which should translate into ...

Brazil's Flyways Linhas Aéreas sold off

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Utility Aviation eyes NY ad-hoc heli-charter market

Utility Aviation (Fort Collins) has applied to US Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to conduct scheduled passenger operations as a commuter air carrier.

In its application, the Colorado-based helicopter operator says it intends to deploy twelve Eurocopter AS355s on regular flights to various FAA-approved helipads in New York City as well as: Kearny, NJ; Montauk; East Hampton Bistrians Heliport, New York JFK; Newark; New York La Guardia; Teterboro; White Plains; and Temple, TX. ...

Air India studying Pune base for Maharashtra state ops

Mukesh Bhatia, Air India's western region (India) director, says the carrier is considering using Pune as a possible base for its Maharashtra state operations given Mumbai Int'l's growing lack of available slots.

Speaking to DNA news, Bhatia said Pune, at just 120 kilometres from Mumbai, could be used as an alternative hub to serve other regions in the state such as Nanded, Amravati, Nashik and Shirdi.

"We may connect these cities may be by using Pune as our base and connecting it once ...

jetBlue ramps up A321 order; confirms A321neo LR plans

jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) says it has amended its purchase agreement with Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) to bring thirty additional A321 aircraft into its fleet over a seven-year period beginning next year.

Under the terms of the amendment, the LCC will take delivery of fifteen A321ceo beginning with five in 2017, four in 2018, and six in 2019. Then, beginning in 2020, it will take delivery of the first three of fifteen A321neo followed by four more in each of 2021, 2022, ...