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Airbus's December 2016 order book changes revealed

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Finnair mulls A350 order revision over strong Asia demand

Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) is considering revising its Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) order book given surging demand for travel from the carrier's Asian markets.

According to Finland's public broadcaster, YLE, Finnair's partnership with Chinese online travel portal and Alibaba Group subsidiary, Alitrip, has proven so successful that demand has outstripped anticipated figures.

The two had only expected 3,000 Chinese tourists to head to Finland to observe the Aurora Borealis ...
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Burundi certifies MA-60, to enter commercial service?

Over four years after its first aircraft of the type arrived in Bujumbura, Air Burundi (8Y, Bujumbura) may, at last, deploy the MA-60 into commercial service after the Burundian civil aviation authority (Autorite de l'Aviation Civil du Burundi - AACB) granted the aircraft its Validation of Type Certificate (VTC).

A Burundi government press statement indicates the conveyance of the certificate occurred in early December as confirmed by the country's Minister of Transport, Jean Bosco ...

Russia's Nordwind to diversify widebody fleet?

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Saudi Arabia's flynas orders up to 120 A320neo

flynas (XY, Riyadh) has signed a firm order agreement with Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for sixty A320neo Family aircraft with purchase rights for an additional forty airframes.

The Saudi LCC said in a statement that in addition to these sixty aircraft, it has also converted twenty A320ceo from a previous order to A320neo bringing its total firm order to eighty A320neo.

Deliveries of the firm-order aircraft are scheduled to run from 2018 through to 2026.

Excluding its ...

Nanning, China sees maiden inc'l ops

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Norway's Wideroe inks deal with Embraer for 3+12 E-Jet E2s

Wideroe (WF, Bodø) has signed a firm order agreement with Embraer (São José dos Campos) for up to fifteen E2 Family jets. The Brazilian manufacturer said in a statement the contract consists of three firm ordered EMB190-E2s with purchase rights for twelve further E2 family aircraft including the EMB175-E2, EMB190-E2, and EMB195-E2 variants.

The firm-ordered aircraft, which are scheduled to deliver in 2018, will be configured in a single-class layout with 114 seats.

Given Wideroe's ...

JC Cambodia Int'l Airlines set for maiden aircraft, an A320

JC (Cambodia) International Airlines (Phnom Penh) will shortly take delivery fo its maiden aircraft, identified by Skyliner Aviation as A320-200 XU-998 (msn 7224). Formerly D-ABNZ with Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel), the twinjet was ferried from Berlin Schönefeld to Manchester Int'l for painting last week.

A unit of China's Yunnan Jingcheng Group, JC Cambodia International Airlines will offer passenger flights from Cambodia to Malaysia, Singapore, and China.

Delivery of Air India's maiden A320neo delayed to mid 1Q17

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani has confirmed the carrier will take delivery of its maiden pair of A320neo a month late owing to unspecified issues with their CFM International LEAP-1A26 powerplants.

In a statement to the Indian Express, Lohani said: “The delivery of A320neo has been deferred to February by the lessors due to some engine issues."

The aircraft are part of a longterm dry-lease contract signed with Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO in March ...

Niger Airways eyes scheduled services launch

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Alaska SkyWest to also resume CRJ-200 ops

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Fly Jamaica Airways to launch Guyana charters to Cuba, JFK

Fly Jamaica Airways (OJ, Kingston Norman Manley) is set to launch charter flights from Georgetown Cheddi Jagan, Guyana to Cuba and New York JFK in February through its Air Guyana (Georgetown Cheddi Jagan) brand, reports News Source. The airline also plans to add scheduled flights in the future. Fly Jamaica already operates under its own brand between Georgetown and New York JFK as well as from Georgetown to Kingston Norman Manley using its single B757-200.

As Guyana is a Category II country, ...

Ghana to open new domestic airports at Ho and Wa

Two new domestic airports are set to open in Ghana, as part of the government's plan to ensure each of the country's ten regions has an airport. Ho Airport, in the Volta Region of Ghana's south east, is a brand new facility, while Wa, in the Upper West Region, has undergone extensive renovations.

Work on the USD25 million Ho Airport commenced in September 2015 and, when completed,it will have a runway of 1900 metres and a terminal building capable of handling 150,000 passengers a ...

Thailand's Nakhon Si Thammarat airport reopens after floods

Thailand's Nakhon Si Thammarat airport has resume operations on Friday 18:00 after being closed for a week following flood damage, according to The Bangkok Post.

Heavy monsoon rains in the first week of 2017 led to flooding in southern Thailand, with thirty-six people killed. Authorities made the decision to close Nakhon Si Thammarat airport after floodwater spilled onto the main runway. Landing lights and the terminal were also damaged.

Attempts to survey the airport and establish its ...

Spain's Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas squeezed in LatAm market

Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas (PU, Madrid Barajas) has announced it will shortly end its Madrid Barajas-Santo Domingo Las Américas, Dominican Republic service amid increasing tough competition with established carriers Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas) and Air Europa (UX, Palma Son Sant Joan) in the South American market. The service, which launched in July last year as a 2x weekly service, was reduced to a weekly flight in October on the grounds, Spanish tourism news agency Preferente claims, of poor ...

Qatar Airways to IPO by 2027 as US3 eye Trump benefits

Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) will be privatised within the next ten years airline chief executive Akbar al Baker has told France's La Tribune newspaper.

During his interview, published last week, al Baker said the move would only occur once Qatar Airways is "in a position of strength." He also valued the wholly state-owned carrier at "more than USD10 billion".

Qatar Airways had previously planned to IPO in 2010 only to scrap those plans in the wake of the global financial crisis. ...

South Africa's Airlink set for maiden EMB-190

Airlink (South Africa) (4Z, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) will shortly add a maiden EMB-190 to its fleet Skyliner Aviation has reported. Formerly N177HQ (msn 19000481) with Republic Airlines (YX, Indianapolis Int'l), the twinjet was recently seen at Fort Worth Meacham sporting the carrier's livery ahead of its delivery to South Africa.

Last year, Airlink CEO Rodger Foster said the Embraer Regional Jet was one of four types under consideration for the replacement of its ageing fleet of ...

easyJet to retain Malpensa-Fiumicino after Alitalia cancels

easyJet (U2, London Luton) has revised previously announced plans to abandon the Milan Malpensa-Rome Fiumicino market later this quarter.

Following Alitalia's decision to withdraw from the route from January 31, 2017, onwards, the UK-based budget carrier has now announced that it will continue to connect the two airports through March 27 and into the summer 2017 season.

"In the actual context of the market, we want to maintain flights between Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino as it offers ...

PlaneSense named PC-24 launch operator

US fractional aircraft ownership firm, PlaneSense (Portsmouth), has been named the PC-24's launch operator with delivery of its first jet scheduled for the last quarter of the current year. The firm said in a statement that it has already agreed to purchase another five aircraft of the type from Pilatus Aircraft (PCH, Buochs).

“We are pleased to build upon our longstanding relationship with Pilatus by adding jets to our fleet, and we highly anticipate the honor of acquiring the first PC-24 ...

India's Alliance Air ends CRJ-700 operations

Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) has ended Bombardier CRJ-700 operations with its last remaining aircraft of the type having now been ferried to Europe.

Skyliner Aviation reports VT-RJE (msn 10029) was ferried from Delhi Int'l to North America via Abu Dhabi Int'l, Larnaca, London Southend and Reykjavik Keflavik this week.

As it stands, the Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) unit is now an all-Avions de Transport Régional operation employing two ATR42-300s and eight ATR72-600s on ...

Avianca Argentina adds maiden aircraft, an ATR72

Avian Líneas Aéreas (A0, Buenos Aires Aeroparque) has taken delivery of its first of eighteen ATR72-600s on order from Avions de Transport Régional following the arrival of LV-GUG (msn 1343) in Argentina on Sunday, January 15.

Operating as Avianca Argentina, the start-up expects to complete its launch formalities and begin regular passenger flights from its Buenos Aires Aeroparque and Córdoba Int'l hubs later this quarter.

Last year, the carrier applied to the Argentine government for ...