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Iran's Taban Air adds a maiden B737-300

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India's Air Pegasus in talks to sell 30% stake

Air Pegasus (OP, Bangalore Int'l) Managing Director, Shyson Thomas, says talks are currently ongoing with an undisclosed Singaporean private-equity fund over the possible sale of a 30% stake in the struggling airline.

In an interview with The Economic Times, Thomas said he still expects the carrier, which is owned by Bangalore-based ground-handling services firm Decor Aviation, to resume operations in the coming weeks.

Talks with lessors Elix Aviation Capital and Nordic Aviation Capital ...

Turkey to resume Sharm el Sheikh flights in late 3Q

Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) has announced it will resume flights to the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm el Sheikh early next month.

The carrier, as with many other international airlines, withdrew from the market in November last year shortly after a MetroJet (Russia) (7K, Moscow Domodedovo) A321-200 was brought down over the Sinai Peninsula by a bomb believed to have been placed on-board by Islamic State-affiliated terrorists.

As such, Turkish Airlines says its 4x ...
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Belarus's Belavia to be the first into Ramenskoye

Belavia (B2, Minsk National) will become the first international carrier to offer scheduled passenger flights to Russia's newest gateway, Ramenskoye, with the launch of a daily return service to its Minsk National hub on September 12.

According to statements in a press release issued by the carrier, Managing Director Anatoly Gusarov, even though the Belarus national carrier already serves Moscow through its Moscow Domodedovo gateway, Ramenskoye, through its cheaper operating costs, will allow ...

Papua New Guinea's PNG Air to resume int'l ops in 4Q

PNG Air (CG, Port Moresby) is planning to resume international operations by the end of the current year airline Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Muralee Siva has told CAPA.

In an interview, Siva said the Papua New Guinean carrier was eyeing Jayapura in Indonesia for its maiden forray abroad since the closure of its Port Moresby-Cairns, Australia route in late 2013. Currently, it offers scheduled flights to twenty-three destinations around Papua New Guinea.

The CEO also disclosed that, in ...

China's Hebei Airlines eyes int'l operations

Hebei Airlines (NS, Shijiazhuang) has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for permission to expand its operational scope beyond the Chinese domestic market.

A regulatory filing shows the Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen) unit is now looking to operate international passenger and cargo flights.

At present, Hebei Airlines operates two B737-700s, nine B737-800s, and six EMB-190s on regular flights to thirty-seven destinations across China.

Nepal Airlines to resume Y12E operations

Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) will shortly return its sole Y12E, 9N-AKS, to active service for the first time in ten months.

The Himalaya Times reports the turboprop was mothballed in September last year owing to a lack of suitability qualified flight crew. However, with a new Tongan type-certified chief pilot now in the company's employ, the aircraft will be used alongside Nepal Airlines' two DHC-6-300s and MA-60 for the Dashain festival, set to run between October 2 and 16.

The ...

China's Tianjin Airlines confirmed for Oceania debut in 4Q

Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) has confirmed it will indeed make its Oceania debut during the last quarter of the year.

Effective December of this year, the Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) subsidiary will offer a 3x weekly Tianjin to Auckland Int'l, New Zealand via Chongqing service using A330-200 widebody equipment. The route will operate year-round.

“Regional China is a rapidly developing source market for New Zealand tourism and these new routes flying directly to Auckland provide another ...

Indonesia's Lion Air to place A321neo with Batik Air

Lion Air (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) will place an unspecified number of A321neo twinjets with its Batik Air (ID, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) subsidiary CAPA has reported. The aircraft will be used to aid the carrier's Australian market debut given that its range will allow the carrier to reach destinations such as Sydney Kingsford Smith and Melbourne Tullamarine from Denpasar.

Regulatory approvals are currently being sought from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

At ...

Xiamen Airlines schedules US East Coast debut for 1Q2017

Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen) is set to take delivery of its first of six B787-9s on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) in December of this year. The aircraft, msn 63040, will be used to inaugurate the carrier's maiden US East Coast services during the first quarter of next year.

At a press conference this week, Xiamen Airlines announced its 3x weekly Fuzhou-New York JFK service would commence on February 15. The B787-9s will feature four seats in First class, eighteen in Business, and ...

Tajikistan's Somon Air mulls possible SuperJet purchase

Somon Air (SZ, Dushanbe) has opened preliminary discussions with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Ramenskoye) over the possible acquisition of an undisclosed number of SSJ 100-95s.

The Tajik carrier said in a statement issued this week that a decision on any purchase will only be taken once the Russian aircraft manufacturer has submitted its proposal.

Somon Air operates an all-Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) fleet of two B737-300s, two B737-800s, and two B737-900(ER)s on flights to seventeen ...

Israel's El Al leasing in A340 metal for US flights

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Cyprus's Charlie Airlines to add maiden aircraft

Charlie Airlines (Larnaca) will shortly add a maiden aircraft to its books in the form of an ex-Royal Brunei Airlines (BI, Bandar Seri Begawan) A319-100 OE-IEJ (cn 1515) Skyliner Aviation has reported.

The twinjet, owned by lessor CIT Aerospace, will likely be used by the start-up for AOC certification purposes with the Cypriot authorities. It has already announced an anticipated launch date of autumn 2016.

As previously reported, Charlie Airlines is a 40/60 joint-venture between ...

Sky Prime Aviation secures GACAR Part 121 certification

Sky Prime Aviation Services (UY, Riyadh) has been granted GACAR Part 121 authorization by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of Saudi Arabia.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia unveiled a raft of changes to its Civil Aviation Regulations (GACAR), one of which required private aircraft, registered in the kingdom and operated for compensation or hire, to be licensed and operated in accordance with Part 121 Special Unscheduled Rules.

As previously reported, Sky Prime Aviation ...

Iraq reneges on proposed private carrier ban

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Afghanistan's Ariana leasing in B747 capacity

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Air India pitches debt-to-equity deals to creditor firms

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) has opened talks with creditor banks over the possible conversion of INR100 billion (USD1.49 billion) worth of debt to equity airline sources have told India's Economic Times.

In its report, the paper says Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani has been holding meetings with a 26-member consortium of lenders that includes the State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, and the Central Bank of India.

The talks fall under the auspices of the Reserve ...

SAA denies Hong Kong service in jeopardy

South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has denied reports in the South African press claiming its Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok services are in jeopardy. This weekend, The Sunday Times claimed authorities in the Chinese autonomous territory had given the carrier until September 6 to submit its 2016 annual financial statements or face possible deregistration.

“The airline has not been deregistered and is unlikely to be deregistered," SAA spokesman Tlali Tlali told The Mercury newspaper. ...

India's Jetsmart eyes late 3Q launch date

Jetsmart (Bangalore Int'l) is an Indian regional start-up planning to begin scheduled charter operations on Thursday, September 1.

According to its website, the carrier will offer daily Ludhiana-Delhi Int'l return flights using a single Beech (twin turboprop) King Air 200C, VT-SRC (cn BL-139).

Additional destinations are expected to be added in future.

American retires twenty Mad Dogs in one go

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has retired twenty MD-82 and MD-83 airframes as part of greater plans to remove a total of forty-five from its fleet this year.

According to the FlightRadar24 blog, the aircraft were simultaneously ferried to Roswell from airfields all over the United States, including Chicago O'Hare, Salt Lake City, Tampa Int'l, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Raleigh/Durham, Pittsburgh Int'l, and Dallas/Fort Worth on August 23.

On arrival at the New Mexico storage ...

Atlas Air secures five-year FedEx capacity deal

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. says it has entered into a five-year agreement with FedEx Express (FX, Memphis Int'l) to provide it with five B747-400(F)s for peak flying seasons beginning in 2017 and lasting through 2021.

According to the US capacity provider, peak season flying generally occurs in the month of December and, in some cases, even earlier.

An agreement to provide five aircraft for the 2016 peak season is already in place.

Atlas Air also provides B767 and B747 ...