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LATAM Airlines Group adds maiden A320neo

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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 ...

Taiwan's TransAsia Airways drops V air merger plans

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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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has rescinded a ban on charter flights to Turkey effective immediately.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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Equatorial Guinea's Air Annobón seeks partner for LCC

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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 ...

Nepal's Simrik Airlines secures ASL renewal; resumes ops

Simrik Airlines (RMK, Kathmandu) has resumed operations after the Nepali cabinet approved the renewal of its expired Air Service License (ASL). The country's Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation then proceeded with the renewal despite earlier concerns legal hurdles could protract the process.

Simrik Airlines was forced to suspend flights earlier this month after its ASL was found expired by more than fourteen months. In a statement issued at the time, it said it had intended to ...

ADI axes Youngstown flights after funding cut

ADI Aerodynamics (4A, Pontiac) has terminated its Youngstown/Warren-Chicago O'Hare scheduled service after the Western Reserve Port Authority (WRPA) announced it had ceased funding for it.

The route, ADI's first scheduled service, launched last month under its Great Lakes Jet Express (Youngstown/Warren) brand.

In a statement issued to the Tribune Chronicle newspaper, the WRPA said its decision to defund the service stemmed from several unresolved issues with ADI among which were the ...

Southern Airways Express secures more EAS contracts

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Southern Airways Express (9X, Memphis Int'l) new Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts for several communities in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia.

Concerning Altoona, Pennsylvania, Southern will provide 26 weekly nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh Int'l at an annual subsidy of USD2,371,942. Service is on-board Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208B equipment. The contract runs from October 1, 2016, through to ...

Falcon Air Express loses bid to resume ops

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) says it has revoked a Notice to Resume operations filed by Falcon Air Express (6F, Miami Int'l) on the grounds of dormancy.

The carrier suspended all operations and returned its Part 121 Air Operators Certificate (AOC) to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on June 5 last year. It then filed for bankruptcy.

The DOT says it informed the carrier shortly afterwards that its certificates of public convenience and necessity permitting it to ...

Colombo, Sri Lanka to partially close in 1Q2017

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) has announced Colombo Int'l Airport's main runway, the 3,350metre-long 04/22, will partially close to all traffic over the period January 6, 2017 to April 6, 2017 on account of resurfacing works.

For the duration of the works, flights will not be permitted to use the airfield between 08h30L and 16h30L.

The closure is expected to cost SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) USD50 million in lost revenue Sri Lanka's Economy Next magazine has ...