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Moscow touts Aeroflot as possible privatization candidate

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Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) is among several state-owned entities the Russian government is currently considering as part of its accelerated privatization plans for the year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin last week convened a meeting with Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev and other state bureaucrats to begin finalizing a list of firms and shareholdings that could be sold off. The Kremlin is looking to raise over RUB1 trillion (USD12.8 billion) through the disposals at a time when ...

Singapore Airlines set to take control of Tigerair

Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) is set to take full control of Tigerair (TR, Singapore Changi) after more than 90% of the budget carrier's shareholders voted to accept its revised offer of SGD0.45 (USD0.32) per share up from SGD0.41 (USD0.29) offered in November last year.

As it currently stands, the deadline for acceptance of the offer has now been extended to February 19 following which trade in Tigerair shares will be suspended.

Tigerair shareholders who accept the offer will ...

Estonia's Regional Jet secures AOC

The Nordic Aviation Group says its Regional Jet (Tallinn Lennart Meri) subsidiary has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Estonian civil aviation authority (Lennuamet).

As such, Nordic Aviation (Tallinn Lennart Meri) will charter aircraft from Regional Jet, which will now take over a trio of stored CRJ-900s as well as two CRJ-700s all of which are former Estonian Air (OV, Tallinn Lennart Meri) stock.
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Garuda to start Jakarta Pondok Cabe ops next month

Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) is planning to begin scheduled commercial operations out of Jakarta Pondok Cabe as early as next month.

The announcement follows the signing of a partnership agreement with Pelita Air (6D, Jakarta Halim) last year wherein Garuda agreed to operate a number of short-haul flights from Pondok Cabe to destinations such as Lubuklinggau, Palembang, Bandar Lampung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Pangkalanbun and Ketapang. Cilacap and Cepu are also on the ...

Gabon's Afric Aviation eyes maiden Boeing narrowbody

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Ryanair confirms Hamburg base plans from 4Q

A day after it announced Nuremberg as its seventh German base, Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has now unveiled Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel as its eighth.

Effective November 1, the Irish LCC will base two B737-800s at the Hanseatic airport with plans to open up new routes to: Brussels National, Dublin Int'l, Las Palmas, London Stansted, Manchester Int'l, Milan Orio al Serio and Sofia, as well as a new winter service to Palma Son Sant Joan.

Ryanair's existing Hamburg operations entail: Alicante, ...

Samoa's Talofa Airways eyes early 2Q launch

Talofa Airways (Apia Faleolo) is planning to commence revenue operations in April using a pair of Aero Design and Engineering Company Turbo Commander 690s - N690GG (cn 11411) and N121ML (cn 11526).

Owned by aviation baron Jeffrey Hunter, the start-up plans to operate domestic scheduled passenger flights between Apia Faleolo, Apia Fagali'i, Maota Savai'i Island and Asau initially before expanding to Pago Pago in American Samoa, Tonga and Niue during the second half of the year.

Austria's Amira Air to be rebranded LaudaMotion

Amira Air (Vienna) is to be rebranded LaudaMotion (Vienna) following its takeover by ex-Formula 1 driver and aviation pioneer Niki Lauda. As previously reported, Lauda acquired the Austrian VIP/business charter operator from former owner Ronny Pecik earlier this year for an undisclosed sum.

Amira Air currently operates a fleet of fourteen aircraft including one Citation Jet CJ2, nine Challenger 300s, and four Bombardier Global Express 5000/6000s.

Colombia's SAN-TA eyes mid-2Q launch date

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DOT okays Island Air take over

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has given Ohana Airlines Holdings, LLC (OAH) the go-ahead to sell a controlling interest in Hawai'i Island Air, Inc. (Island Air (USA) (WP, Honolulu)) to PacifiCap, a Hawaii-based venture capital firm managed by PaCap Aviation Finance, LLC and Malama Investments, LLC.

Under the terms of the deal, OAH, owned by tech billionaire Larry Ellison, will retain a non-controlling interest in Island Air and will continue to partner with the new local owners ...

Cyprus' Cobalt secures Chinese funding ahead of launch

Cobalt (Larnaca) has secured an unspecified amount of capital from an undisclosed Hong Kong-based investor airline chairman Gregory Diacou has said.

“This broadens our investor base to include both Cypriot and Chinese capital and is a major boost to our plan to launch operations this year as Cyprus’ new flag carrier,” he told the Cyprus Business Mail earlier this week.

Leveraging the geographical location of its Larnaca hub, Cobalt plans to launch budget operations later this spring using ...

Air China & Co in $50mn cargo cartel suit settlement

Air China (CA, Beijing Capital) and Air China Cargo (CAO, Beijing Capital) have agreed to a USD50 million settlement as part of the ongoing Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation suit which alleges they conspired with other air freight carriers to fix the prices of cargo shipments between January 2000 and September 2006.

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) and Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) have held out against settling and are now preparing for a September 2016 trial against ...

Dominican Republic's Air Century to start int'l pax ops

Air Century (Santo Domingo La Isabela) is planning to commence scheduled international operations on February 15 with the launch of Santo Domingo La Isabela-Port au Prince, Haiti return flights. Operations are on-board a combination of Saab 340B and/or Jetstream 31/32 turboprop equipment.

The Dominican charter specialist also operates a Gulfstream IIB and a Cessna Citation 550 executive jet.

Pakistan's Air Indus to wet-lease two B737-800s

Air Indus (I6, Karachi Int'l) has leased a pair of B737-800s as it prepares to resume operations following a seven-month hiatus Pakistan's Tribune newspaper has reported.

Grounded in June last year for alleged safety violations, the carrier has already engaged the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PkCAA) to inspect and certify the two aircraft, which are reportedly in Moscow awaiting delivery.

Norwegian to open Rome Fiumicino base next month

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) will open its fifteenth European base at Rome Fiumicino on March 27, 2016. The LCC’s first Italian base will create a total of sixty jobs for pilots and cabin crew.

Norwegian currently serves seven destinations from the Italian capital including: Bergen and Oslo Gardermoen in Norway; Copenhagen Kastrup in Denmark; Gothenburg Landvetter and Stockholm Arlanda in Sweden; Helsinki Vantaa in Finland and London Gatwick in the United Kingdom.

British Airways to start London Stansted ops in mid 2Q

British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) has announced plans to begin operations out of its fourth London gateway - London Stansted - on May 28. In a statement, the carrier said it would use its BA CityFlyer (CJ, London City) unit to operate flights to Faro, Malaga, Palma Son Sant Joan, and Ibiza using its fleet of EMB-190 twinjets.

"I'm sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing east of England region who are looking to head off on ...

Zambia to choose Airbus for national carrier project?

France has pledged to assist Zambia in setting up its proposed new national carrier - Zambia Airways (Lusaka) - using Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) as a conduit.

During Zambian president Edgar Lungu's three day state visit to France last week, French president Francois Hollande reportedly pledged to use the European aircraft manufacturer to "help train Zambian pilots, provide technical support and supply aircraft for the new airline."

Hollande went on to add that once Lusaka ...

Ryanair to open Nuremberg base in mid-4Q

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has announced it will open a base at Nuremberg effective November 1. Using one B737-800, the Irish LCC will increase flights to London Stansted while adding new destinations including: Budapest (daily), Malta (2x weekly), Manchester Int'l (daily), Milan Orio al Serio (daily) and Rome Ciampino (daily).

Nuremburg is Ryanair's seventh German base alongside: Berlin Schönefeld, Bremen Neuenland, Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, and Dusseldorf Weeze.

Alaska Airlines set to order 30+30 EMB-175s

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) is planning to place a firm order with Embraer (São José dos Campos) for thirty EMB-175s with options for an additional thirty of the same type The Wall Street Journal has reported quoting internal company sources.

Late last month, Alaska chief financial officer (CFO) Brandon Pedersen said his airline was looking to replace fifteen Dash 8-400s coming off lease at its Horizon Air (QX, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) subsidiary in 2018, with thirty 76-seater ...

Germany's Air Berlin to lease three Q400s from GECAS

Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has signed a firm lease agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) concerning three Dash 8-400s. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in September with the other two to follow in October and November. The aircraft are part of GECAS’ existing order book with Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau).

“The Bombardier Q400 turboprop is a perfect choice for our regional routes,” said Stefan Pichler, Chief Executive Officer, Air Berlin. “It has replaced ...

Tajik Air to lease two B767s

Tajik Air (7J, Dushanbe) is planning to lease two B767-200(ER)s as part of its fleet expansion plans Central Asian Aero News has reported. The aircraft are scheduled to arrive during the current half of the year.

At present, the state-owned airline's operational fleet consists of one B737-300, two B737-400s, three B757-200s, one MA-60, two An-28s, one An-26, and three Mil Helicopters.

Polish rail firm rejects talk of merger with LOT

Polish rail freight haulage firm PKP Cargo has rejected reports in local daily Rzeczpospolita linking it to a possible merger with fellow state-owned entity LOT Polish Airlines (LO, Warsaw Chopin).

Quoting sources in the Polish Treasury, the paper said last week that Warsaw was considering merging LOT with either PKP Cargo or its passenger equivalent PKP Intercity as a means of improving the airline's longterm survival prospects. Consolidating the two firms would allow the profitable ...

AMCON fires Aero Contractor's board; prepares for audit

The Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) has fired the board of directors at Aero Contractors (NG, Lagos) amid plans to undertake a forensic audit of the airline’s accounts over the last five years.

In a statement, AMCON said the removal of the current board was in the interests of the company.

“The management of AMCON decided to make changes in the management of the airline to protect the brand heritage of the airline, a very well cherished value,” it said. “An industry-based ...

Tianjin Airlines secures longhaul nod from CAAC

Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) has secured official approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to begin longhaul operations as of summer this year.

In a statement, CAAC said it had approved the Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) subsidiary's requests from the following route allocations:

- 4x weekly Chongqing to Vancouver Int'l, Canada via Tianjin;
- 2x weekly Chongqing to London via Tianjin;
- 1x weekly Tianjin-Moscow;
- 1x weekly Chongqing-Moscow.

Operations are ...

Shiyan, China opens to commercial traffic

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