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Singapore Airlines to start 5th Freedom Jakarta-Sydney route

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Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) will launch 5th Freedom flights from Indonesia to Australia in November, boosting its number of services from Singapore Changi to both Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta and Sydney Kingsford Smith, the carrier said in a statement.

Pending government approval, Singapore Airlines will introduce a three times weekly Singapore-Jakarta-Sydney route starting November 26. Flights will be maintained with a B777-200. Jakarta is Singapore Airlines’ busiest route in terms ...

Delta mulls new regional jet order

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) is considering purchasing up to fifty 70-76 seater regional jets in a bid to overhaul its shorthaul fleet and to add capacity, Bloomberg reports. The carrier estimates the list value of the deal could reach USD2.3 billion. The figure is based on aircraft produced within the desired range by Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) and Embraer (São José dos Campos).

Delta will first have to secure approval from the pilot union to renew its regional ...

US venture capital firms eye SriLankan Airlines stake

US private equity firms BlackRock and TPG Capital have submitted Expressions of Interest (EOI) in acquiring a stake in SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) Sri Lanka's Minister of International Trade & Development Strategies, Malik Samarawickrama, has said.

Speaking to Lanka Business News, Samarawickrama said proposals had also been received from several Chinese carriers, one of which has been reported to be HNA Group.

The deadline for submissions was September 23 having been extended ...
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Mozambican anti-corruption watchdog goes after ex-LAM execs

The Mozambican anti-corruption task-force (Gabinete Central do Combate à Corrupção - GCCC) is investigating several former LAM - Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (TM, Maputo) executives over allegations of improper conduct during their tenure at the state-owned airline.

In a bulletin issued earlier this week, the GCCC fingered a former LAM financial director (name not supplied) for awarding twenty-five contracts worth MZN5.3 million meticais (USD190,000) to a construction firm linked to a blood ...

St. Lucia's Go Fly eyes funding for island-hopper flights

Go Fly Airlines (St. Lucia Vigie) is a St. Lucia-based start-up looking to offer inter-island flights using a fleet of Cessna (single turboprop) 208B Grand Caravans.

Mario Reyes, Go Fly's founder, told HTS St. Lucia TV in an interview that although the start-up currently has one Caravan on its books, it is looking for investors to acquire a further four. Once in place, the aircraft will be used to offer regular commuter flights between St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, St. Vincent & the ...

Qatar Airways to enhance British Airways cooperation

Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) and IAG International Airlines Group have announced a joint business agreement wherein the former and the latter's British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) unit will enhance their existing commercial ties.

Under the deal, which comes into effect from October 30, 2016, the two airlines will code-share on all non-stop flights between the United Kingdom and Doha Hamad Int'l, thereby offering customers a combined route network that will serve more than seventy ...

Romania's Cobrex Trans secures Kosovo charter contract

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Kapolei, Hawai'i ends scheduled commercial services

Mokulele Airlines (MW, Kona) has terminated scheduled services to Kapolei as of September 6 following sustained losses.

Up until the station's closure, the Hawaiian island-hopper specialist had offered four daily return flights from Kalaeloa to Kahului using Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208Bs.

Although the airfield no longer enjoys scheduled commercial services, it is still active with the US Coast Guard, the Hawaii Community College Flight Program, the Hawaii National Guard, ...

China's Lucky Air to develop Chengdu into major hub

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Air Berlin confirms Lufthansa Group leasing plans; job cuts

Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has confirmed that pending government approval, it will be supplying up to forty aircraft to the Lufthansa Group as part of a vast restructuring plan aimed at cutting excess capacity and overheads.

The ailing carrier said in a press release Wednesday that under the deal, up to thirty-eight of the aircraft would be operated for the Group under a six-year wet-lease/ACMIO agreement beginning summer 2017.

As such, of the remaining seventy-five aircraft in its ...

Avianca Brasil seeking sale of at least 20% stake

Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S/A, the Brazilian carrier which operates under licence as Avianca Brasil (O6, Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont), has hired UBS Group AG to advise it on the proposed sale of at least 20% of its stock to an undisclosed firm.

Sources who spoke to Bloomberg on condition of anonymity said the stake is valued at at least USD150 million with the sale process already under way.

In an interview, Oceanair CEO, José Efromovich, said the airline and Colombia's Avianca Holdings SA, ...

France's Wijet acquires UK's Blink air-taxi service

French bizjet operator Wijet (Paris Le Bourget) will merge with its British counterpart Blink (Blackbushe) to form the Wijet Group, becoming the world’s largest air-taxi service provider. In a statement, the company said its enterprise value will amount to EUR45 million (USD50.4 million)

The Wijet Group has been established as a holding company and will have a joint Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The company plans to increase its combined revenues from EUR16 million in 2016 to EUR28 million ...

Russia's S7 Group to acquire Sea Launch

The parent company of S7 Airlines (S7, Novosibirsk), the S7 Group, has signalled its entry into the space industry following the acquisition of assets owned by the Sea Launch Group from the United States in a deal worth USD150 million. In a statement, the Russian conglomerate said it sees long-term prospects in the space sector.

Under the deal, the S7 Group has acquired the Sea Launch Commander vessel with launch support equipment, as well as ground support equipment at the home port ...

First CS300 for Latvia's airBaltic now due in mid-4Q2016

airBaltic (BT, Riga) will take delivery of its first of twenty CS300s on order from Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) in November the Canadian manufacturer's Vice President & General Manager (CSeries), Rob Dewar, has said.

Speaking in Riga where the CS300 testbed has arrived for its European route-proving flights, Dewar told the Kasjauns daily that the delay in delivery of the jet to launch operator airBaltic had been caused by delays in the supply of engine components by Pratt & Whitney. ...

Lufthansa Group okays Brussels Airlines takeover

Lufthansa Group is set to acquire full control of Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) after the move secured Group Supervisory Board approval.

A decision was to have been taken by the beginning of June but was subsequently postponed in the wake of April's terrorist attacks at Brussels National Airport.

In a statement, the German carrier said it would now exercise its call option to acquire the outstanding 55% of Brussels Airlines' parent, SN Airholding, that it does not own.

SN ...

Hong Kong Airlines to make African debut in 1Q2017

Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) is joining a growing number of Asian carriers eager to tap into the African market following reports it will begin flights to Mauritius early next year.

The Mauritian Minister of Tourism, Xavier-Luc Duval, told Zinfos 974 news that the HNA Group subsidiary's service would replace that of China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou), which ceased flights to the Indian Ocean island last year.

Hong Kong Airlines currently serves seventeen ...

RwandAir adds maiden widebody aircraft, an A330

RwandAir (WB, Kigali) has taken delivery of its first widebody aircraft following the arrival of 9XR-WN (cn 1741) in Kigali on Wednesday, September 28.

The A330-200 is one of two A330s the Rwandan national carrier ordered from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) in 2015, the other being A330-300 9XR-WP (cn 1759) which is scheduled to arrive in Central Africa in November.

As part of its plan to leverage Kigali's ideal positioning for a Central African hub, RwandAir plans to use its ...

Venezuela's Avior outlines initial A340 operations

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Alaska Airlines, Virgin America delay final acquisition date

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) parent, Alaska Air Group, Inc., and Virgin America (VX, San Francisco, CA) have announced that each carrier has agreed with the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to extend the date of their timing agreement.

In a joint statement issued Monday, September 26, the parties said they would not consummate the acquisition prior to October 17, unless the DOJ provides written concurrence to close within a shorter period.

The ...

Algeria's Tassili Airlines secures Krechba charter contract

Tassili Airlines (SF, Algier) parent firm Sonatrach Group has signed an agreement with In Salah Gas (ISG) for the provision of charter flights to the firm's Sahara-based gas processing plants.

Under the terms of the three-year contract, Tassili Airlines will operate weekly Dash 8-400 flights to Krechba, located deep in the Sahara desert about 1,200kilometres south of Algiers, from Algiers on two different routes; one via Oran with the other via Constantine. The annual capacity of the flights ...

Indonesia's Sriwijaya Air eyes 1Q2017 IPO; trio of B777s

Sriwijaya Air (SJ, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) is planning to hold an IPO in March next year owner and group chief executive Chandra Lie has said.

According to Reuters, while Lie did not disclose the size of the planned share sale, he did confirm that financial institutions/underwriters have already been chosen.

Sriwijaya Air has ordered three B777-200s for use on Hajj charter flights. Vice director of finance Lukcimo Jahjato told Reuters the widebody jets would arrive next year and would be ...

Tibet Airlines to start longhaul ops in mid-4Q2016

Tibet Airlines (TV, Lhasa) has announced it will commence longhaul operations later this year.

According to Routes Online, the Air China (CA, Beijing Capital) subsidiary will offer daily return flights from Sanya, China to Adler/Sochi, Russia via Chengdu beginning November. Operations are on-board Tibet Airlines sole A330-200.

Until now, Tibet Airlines has operated fourteen A319-100s and three A320-200s on flights throughout China as well as to Thailand. Its A330-200 is currently mainly ...