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Iraq's Al-Naser leasing a Ukrainian A320

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Al-Naser Airlines (NR, Baghdad) has wet-leased an A320-200 from Ukrainian firm Dart Airlines (DAT, Kiev Zhulyany). Skyliner Aviation reports UR-CMV (cn 342) was ferried from Beirut to Baghdad earlier this week. The twinjet has since been used on flights from Baghdad and Najaf to Beirut and Istanbul Atatürk.

The airline, which in the past has been used as a proxy-agent for Iran to acquire aircraft in contravention of international sanctions, also operates one B737-400.

Iran's Taban Air adds first B757 to fleet; readies for A340s

Taban Air (HH, Mashad) has wet-leased a B757-200 from Tajik Air (7J, Dushanbe) with the aircraft - EY-752 (msn 27599) - having been ferried from Dushanbe to Tehran Imam Khomeini late last week.

Taban Air also operates an A310-300, an ARJ-85, five MD-88s. It operates scheduled flights across Iran as well as to Damascus, Istanbul Atatürk, Dubai Int'l, Baghdad, and Riyadh.

Russia's Aurora eyes Tokyo for maiden Q400 operations

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Piedmont outlines tentative ERJ-145 operations

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Skydive Dubai adds maiden Twin Otter-400

Skydive Dubai has taken delivery of its maiden DHC-6-400 following a ferry flight from McMinnville to the Gulf last week. The twinprop - N903VK (cn 920) - will play a key role in the World Air Games being hosted by Skydive Dubai and which begin this weekend.

Skydive Dubai also operates legacy Twin Otter-300s, Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208Bs and a PC-6.

LC Perú begins Q400 commercial operations

LC Perú (W4, Lima Int'l) has deployed its maiden Dash 8-400 into commercial service following its arrival in Peru late last month. N689AC (cn 4036) began flights from Lima Int'l to Huánuco and Jauja earlier this month replacing the current Dash 8-200s on each route.

A second of the type is expected later next year ahead of a push further into South American regional market.

Cebu Pacific to start US operations in late 1Q2016

Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) has announced Guam Int'l as its maiden destination in the United States with a 4x weekly service from Manila set to commence on March 15, 2016. Operations are on-board an A320-200.

“Having Guam in our network sets us off on another expansion path across the Pacific. With the launch of Guam, we offer fares that are up to 83% lower than other airlines. Fares this low can only mean more tourists to both countries, more Filipinos visiting home, and more opportunities ...

Three European carriers eye stake in Croatia Airlines

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank unit tasked by the Croatian government to find a suitable partner for Croatia Airlines (OU, Zagreb), has located three firms willing to invest in the airline.

According to EX-YU Aviation News, sources close to the privatization process told the Večernji list newspaper that the firms include Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l), Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk), and Aegean Airlines (A3, Athens Int'l). Though ...

Australia's Alliance Air buys Austrian's entire Fokker fleet

Alliance Airlines (QQ, Brisbane Int'l) parent firm, Alliance Aviation Services, has announced it will acquire Austrian Airlines' entire fleet of twenty-one Fokker Aircraft (Woensdrecht) for a total consideration of USD15 million.

Under the deal, fifteen Fokker 100s and six Fokker 70s will be delivered to and owned by Alliance Aviation Slovakia (Bratislava) - a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliance Aviation Services. The aircraft will be delivered and purchased progressively over a twenty-six ...

Mexico's Interjet secures three more US route allocations

Interjet (4O, Toluca) is set to increase its coverage of the United States after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) recently granted the LCC three international route allocations previously reserved for the now defunct Mexicana (MX, México City).

With the ruling, Interjet is now able to operate Cancún-Los Angeles; Cancun-New York; and Mexico City-Dallas/Fort Worth though it would have to relinquish the newly allocated routes in the event Mexicana does resume operations. That, however, ...

Bolivia's TAM ordered to complete certification

Bolivia's Minister of Public Works, Milton Claros, has warned local operator Transporte Aéreo Militar - TAM (La Paz El Alto) that it must secure an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the country's civil aviation authority (Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil - DGAC) by the end of the year or risk being grounded.

According to Bolivia's Los Tiempos newspaper, Claros warned the carrier, which plies domestic passenger flights for passengers and on behalf of owner ...

SaudiGulf, Al Maha Airways' launch now delayed to 2016

The launch of start-ups SaudiGulf Airlines (Dammam) and Al Maha Airways (Riyadh) has been delayed yet again Saudi Arabia's vice president for Safety & Air Transport Abdul Hakeem Al-Badr has said. The airlines were selected by Riyadh in 2012 to bring in competition to the Saudi domestic market as part of a series of reforms. They have, however, struggled to get airborne amid continuous delays in completing their certification.

In a brief statement issued to the Al Watan newspaper, Al-Badr ...

People's Viennaline to lease a Fokker 100 in 1Q2016

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South African Airways botches suspension of CCO

South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has retracted a statement announcing the suspension of its Chief Commercial Officer, Sylvain Bosc, after it later emerged he had not been informed of an impending disciplinary enquiry.

The original statement, issued early on Friday, said a forensic investigation had shown Bosc had manipulated feasibility figures relating to the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo-Abu Dhabi Int'l route in favour of its launch. SAA had sought to maintain services to ...

China's Capital Airlines applies for North American rights

Capital Airlines (China) (JD, Beijing Capital) is looking to begin service to North America following a recent application to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Canadian traffic rights.

Having recently applied for permission to start Qingdao-Melbourne Tullamarine, Australia flights next July, the Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) subsidiary has sought permission to start Hangzhou-Vancouver Int'l via Qingdao flights from November 2016 onwards. Operations are on-board an ...

French carriers resume Mali flights following Bamako attack

Air France (AF, Paris CDG) and Aigle Azur (ZI, Paris Orly) have resumed scheduled services to Bamako following an Islamist terrorist attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel last week which killed twenty-two people including six Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VI, Ulyanovsk Vostochny) crew that had been staying there.

Speaking to The Telegraph, a Malian hotel source, who was present when the attack occurred, said the gunmen had demanded to know on which floor the Air France crew were staying. A security guard ...

Malaysia's Malindo Air eyes Saudi Arabia flights in 2016

Malindo Air (OD, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) is planning to enter the longhaul market with flights to Saudi Arabia which, pending government approval, could launch later next year.

"We have got the approval to fly to Jeddah from the Malaysian government and are now working with the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia to get the landing permit," airline CEO Chandran Rama Muthy told Bernama news.

The Lion Airlines (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) subsidiary, which currently serves ...

Poland's Enter Air revives IPO plans

Enter Air (E4, Warsaw Chopin) has revived plans to go public after weak market conditions attributed to the Greek economic crisis forced it to withdraw from a third-quarter IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Poland's Financial Supervision Authority (Komisja Nadzoru Finansowego - KNF) said in a statement that the carrier filed a new prospectus which has now been approved. No dates or valuations were disclosed.

Under previous plans, Enter Air had planned to raise up to PLN110 million ...

Russia's Yamal Airlines sees delays in delivery of SuperJets

Yamal Airlines (YC, Salekhard) has delayed delivery of its first SSJ 100-95 - RA-89034 (msn 95062) - until the first quarter of next year owing to funding constraints. The Ural-based carrier agreed to lease twenty-five SuperJets from Russia's State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) at this year's MAKS 2015 Air Show with the first aircraft to have arrived this month.

However, managing director Vasiliy Kryuk told Russia's ATO news that GTLK had failed to initiate a registered capital increase ...

Priester Aviation secures VistaJet Challenger 350 contract

Priester Aviation (PWA, Chicago Executive) has secured a contract from global business aviation firm VistaJet to operate its US-based fleet of Bombardier Challenger 350 jets. Service began in June 2015 and there are currently three VistaJet (Austria) (VJS, Salzburg) Challenger 350 jets in operation with Priester Aviation.

“We’re proud to be selected as VistaJet’s operator of choice for their U.S.-based Challenger 350 aircraft,” said Andy Priester, president and CEO for Priester Aviation. ...

China's Spring Airlines sets up Hebei branch

Spring Airlines (9C, Shanghai Hongqiao) has set up a branch in Hebei using Shijiazhuang as a base. China's WCARN reports the budget carrier is the third airline to use the facility as a base after Hebei Airlines (NS, Shijiazhuang) and China United Airlines (KN, Beijing Nanyuan).

Using four A320-200s based at the airport, Spring Airlines currently serves nineteen destinations throughout China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, and Japan.

China's Jiangxi Airlines looks to early 1Q2016 launch

Jiangxi Airlines (RY, Nanchang) has set its sights on securing its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) before year-end in time for an early 2016 launch.

Using an initial fleet of five B737-800s acquired from co-owner Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen), the start-up plans to serve Xi'an Xianyang, Urumqi, Chongqing, Beijing Capital, Shanghai Pudong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen from its Nanchang hub. In terms of its expansion plans, Jiangxi ...

Indonesia's Dimonim Air leasing two Twin Otter-300s

Dimonim Air (Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) has leased a pair of DHC-6-300s from US-based firm, CAAMS Leasing. PK-HVM (cn 620) and PK-HVN (cn 389) arrived in Indonesia in September just prior to the implementation of a new Ageing Aircraft Law which requires aircraft going onto the Indonesian register to be 10 years old or less.

Dimonim Air specializes in flights throughout Papua connecting Manokwari with Nabire, Wamena, Tanahmerah, Tembagapura and Balikpapan. Its fleet also includes six ...

Papua New Guinea's Helifix adds maiden Twin Otter

Helifix (Port Moresby) has taken delivery of its maiden DHC-6-400 following the arrival of HB-LPY (cn 851) in Port Moresby last week.

On delivery from Switzerland's Zimex Aviation (C4, Zurich), the twinprop will compliment the Papua New Guinean operator's existing fleet of Bell Helicopters and a single Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208B used to support local oil and gas exploration.