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Samara Airlines adds an A300 freighter

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Samara Airlines (Georgia) (Sharjah) has taken delivery of an A300B4 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 ...
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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, ...

SAA seeks $1.1bn in private funding

South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to local financial institutions for ZAR16 billion (USD1.1 billion) worth of rand-denominated secured and unsecured long term funding.

A tender document, published by The Sunday Times, says the funds will be used to shore up the carrier's working and capital expenditure and to help manage outstanding debt. Proposals involving a three- to fifteen-year tenure are due in by September 16. SAA wants to ...

Romania's Cobrex Trans adds maiden passenger jet

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Air Zimbabwe leasing a South African B737

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DC-9 era comes to a close in Venezuela

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Medavia's ownership comes under EC scrutiny

The European Commission (EC) has launched an investigation into Medavia (N5, Malta) to determine whether the Malta-based carrier's ownership and shareholding conforms to bloc regulations.

The Times of Malta says the EC has information which shows Medavia is now owned by the Libyan Foreign Investment Co. (LAFICO). In addition, Brussels also has concerns over the fact that of the airline's board, six are Libyans while only one is Maltese and therefore a European national.

EC laws cap ...