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India'sTata Sons, Singapore Airlines boost Vistara's capital

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Indian conglomerate Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) have agreed to inject an additional INR1.5 billion (USD22.35 million) into their Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) joint-venture.

Quoting Indian regulatory filings, the Business Standard newspaper says the decision to boost the carrier's capital base was taken back in June. Tata Sons owns 51% of Vistara with the Singaporeans owning the rest.

It is recalled that during the same month, Tata Sons and Malaysia's AirAsia Group ...

Estonia's Avies eyes service resumption

Avies (U3, Tallinn Lennart Meri) President and Chief Executive Officer, Allan Soll, says he hopes to see the carrier resume operations in the coming weeks.

Speaking to the Baltic News Service (BNS), Soll said that in the four months since the Estonian Civil Aviation Administration (Lennuamet) had suspended Avies's AOC over safety concerns, the airline had undertaken various improvements to its operations.

Aside from a staff-reduction programme aimed at cutting costs, the airline has also ...

Yemenia shifts hub operations to Aden

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Uzbekistan Airways adds first B787

Uzbekistan Airways (HY, Tashkent Yuzhny) has taken delivery of its first of two B787-8s on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare). UK78701 (msn 38363) was ferried from Everett to Tashkent Yuzhny, Uzbekistan on Tuesday, August 30 and will be followed by msn 38364 in November.

Crew familiarization flights will commence on September 5 with flights between Tashkent, Urgench, Bukhara, and Nukus. Thereafter, the aircraft will eventually be used on the carrier's Tashkent Yuzhny-New York JFK ...

Spain's Aeronova concludes scheduled ATR42 operations

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Dominican Republic's Sky High adds maiden Beech 1900D

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Antonov to resume An-225 Mriya production in China

Ukraine's Antonov Design Bureau (Gostomel) is set to resume production of the An-225 "Mriya" ultraheavy transport aircraft after it signed a joint-cooperation agreement with the Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) earlier this week.

Under the first phase of the agreement, the partially finished hull of the second aircraft of the type will be completed ahead of its handover to the AICC. Under the second phase, full-scale production of the type will then be resumed in China under ...

Nigeria's Aero Contractors suspends scheduled operations

Aero Contractors (NG, Lagos) has become the first official airline casualty of Nigeria's worsening economic crisis after it announced it would suspend all scheduled operations with effect from September 1.

In a statement issued Wednesday, August 31, management said the depreciation of the Nigerian naira coupled with a chronic jet fuel and US dollar shortage had severely impacted its operations over the past six months.

"The impact of the external environment has been very harsh on our ...

Panama Airways eyes cargo flights to Colombia

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Samara Airlines adds an A300 freighter

Samara Airlines (Georgia) (Sharjah) has taken delivery of an A300-600 freighter Skyliner Aviation has reported.

4L-BAK was delivered to the Georgian carrier's Sharjah hub from Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen on August 27.

Emirates adds Ghana sector as Nigeria fuel crisis bites

Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) has added an additional sector to its Dubai Int'l-Abuja, Nigeria-Dubai Int'l route amid an ongoing jetfuel shortage in Nigeria.

The carrier said in a statement that since August 18 and until September 7, the return sector to Dubai has incorporated a technical stop in Accra, Ghana to allow the operating B777-200(ER) to take on additional fuel.

Airlines serving Nigeria have been facing difficulties obtaining aviation fuel owing to a shortage of US dollars on the ...

Nepal's Shree Airlines eyes maiden passenger jets

Shree Airlines (Kathmandu) is planning to venture into the fixed-wing aviation sector Aviation Nepal news has reported.

One of the Himalayan kingdom's largest helicopter operators, Shree is reportedly planning to acquire three CRJ-200s and three ERJ-145s for passenger operations.

Once in service, Shree will become Embraer's first Nepalese customer. According to the ch-aviation fleets database, the only known operator of Bombardier equipment in Nepal is Saurya Airlines (S1, Kathmandu) with ...

China Southern outlines B737, B757, B777 retirement plans

China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) has announced that by 2021, it will have retired its remaining B737-300, B757-200, and B777-200s as part of its 13th Five-year Plan. Once gone, they will be replaced with A320neo, B737 MAX, and B787-9s among other types.

According to the ch-aviation fleets database, China Southern currently operates three B737-300s, ten B757-200s, and four B777-200s.

Auditor casts doubt on Precision Air's going-concern status

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has cast doubt on Precision Air's ability to remain a going concern after the domestic Tanzanian operator and its associated subsidiaries (Precision Handling, its ground-handling unit, and Precise Systems which is Galileo's distributor in Tanzania) recorded a TZS91.67 billion (USD41.57 million) net loss for the financial year ending March 31, 2016, up from TZS83.9 billion recorded the year previous.

In a filing to the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, the auditor ...

Congo's Serve Air Cargo adds a maiden B737 freighter

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LATAM Airlines Group adds maiden A320neo

LATAM Airlines Group has taken delivery of its first A320neo following the handing over of PT-TMN (cn 7126) to its LATAM Airlines Brasil (JJ, São Paulo Congonhas) unit on Monday, August 29.

The twinjet is the first of twenty-two the South American conglomerate will take delivery of from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac).

As previously reported, the A320neo will initially be used on domestic Brazilian flights serving destinations including Brasilia, Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves, ...

Thai Airways Int'l adds maiden A350

Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) has taken delivery of its first A350-900 following the recent arrival of HS-THB (cn 44) in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. The carrier is expecting a total of twelve of the type of which four are direct orders from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) with the remainder on lease.

In September, this particular aircraft, on lease from CIT Aerospace, will be deployed on crew training flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Chiang Mai and Phuket ...

India okays transpacific flightpaths for Air India

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given the greenlight to Indian carriers to begin transpacific flights provided they meet all regulatory and operational requirements.

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) has hailed the move which, it says, will help it improve flying times on its Delhi Int'l-San Francisco, CA route.

Quoting members of the airline's pilots corps, India's Deccan Chronicle said transiting the Pacific, while further than flying over the Arctic as it presently ...

Japan's ANA All Nippon outlines A321 operational plans

ANA - All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda) has outlined its provisional A321-200 (sl) operational plans ch-aviation analysis of schedule data has revealed.

Effective November 15, the first of four aircraft on order from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) will be deployed on flights to Hiroshima Int'l, Takamatsu, and Kagoshima from its Tokyo Haneda hub.

Thereafter, on November 17, a second aircraft of the type will begin Miyazaki and Hiroshima return flights with an additional ...

Russia officially okays charter flights to Turkey

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has rescinded a ban on charter flights to Turkey effective immediately.

A press release carried by the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) says various carriers have already begun filing flight plans with the first services scheduled for September 2 onwards.

Russia terminated all charter air services with Turkey in October last year following the downing of a Russian Air Force Su-24 jet fighter by a Turkish F-16 near the Syrian ...

Iran's Mahan Air eyes African market debut

Mahan Air (W5, Tehran Mehrabad) is considering entering the African market after it filed an application to begin flights to South Africa The Gulf News has reported.

The Iranian airline is seeking a Scheduled Foreign Operator's Permit (SFOP) from the South African Department of Transport for a planned 2x weekly Tehran Imam Khomeini-Johannesburg O.R. Tambo service. No anticipated launch date has yet been disclosed.

During a state visit to Iran in April this year, South African President ...

Venezuela's Laser to lease in MD-83 for US flights

Laser Airlines (QL, Caracas Simón Bolivar) will wet-lease an MD-83 from US-based ACMI/charter specialist, World Atlantic Airlines (K8, Miami Int'l), for US flights effective November 1.

The McDonnell Douglas twinjet will be used on the Venezuelan carrier's 3x weekly Caracas Simón Bolivar-Miami Int'l route and possibly to Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Laser currently operates five MD-81s and six MD-82s on scheduled passenger flights to Porlamar, El Vigía, Barcelona José Antonio Anzoategui, Maracaibo, ...