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PAWA Dominicana takes delivery of first Venezuelan DC-9

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PAWA Dominicana (7Y, Santo Domingo Las Américas) will acquire the last two DC-9-30s belonging to its sister carrier, Venezuela's Aserca Airlines (R7, Caracas Simón Bolivar), ch-aviation has learned.

According to exclusive sources, the Dominican start-up has already taken delivery of one of the aircraft, YV371T (msn 47235), at a ceremony held at Santo Domingo Las Américas. The other aircraft, YV1879 (msn 48139), is believed to still be operating for Aserca in Venezuela at this ...

Denim Air ACMI to add an ERJ-145 this summer

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Denim Air ACMI (J7, Amsterdam) is set to add an ERJ-145 to its fleet in July ch-aviation can exclusively reveal. According to the ACMI operator, the aircraft is N366DF (cn 145406), formerly with AeroMéxico Connect (5D, Monterrey General Mariano Escobedo) and currently in storage at Marana.

The twinjet will be deployed on ad-hoc charters as well as contracts for the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (Brindisi).

The Dutch ACMI specialist will also resume operating a single Fokker 100, ...

India's Jet Airways to use Sharjah during DXB runway works

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Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) will switch some of its current Delhi Int'l, Mangalore, and Mumbai Int'l to Dubai Int'l services, to Sharjah for the duration of runway Dubai Intl's runway upgrade works. The Indian carrier had reportedly applied for Dubai World Central slots but instead opted to use Sharjah.

ch-aviation schedule data shows that the routes will go live from May 1 and will end when the works are completed on July 20, 2014. The daily Mangalore flights will switch to Sharjah, ...

Kuwait's Jazeera Airways to switch Istanbul airports from May

Jazeera Airways (J9, Kuwait) is to move its current Istanbul operations from Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Istanbul Atatürk with effect from May 2. ch-aviation schedule data shows the Kuwaiti LCC's Sabiha Gökcen service will be terminated on April 30, 2014. Jazeera operates three weekly A320-200 services on the route right now.

Turkmenistan Airlines to buy more B737-800s; retire B737-300s

Turkmenistan Airlines (T5, Ashgabat) is set to acquire three more B737-800s from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) as part of its fleet modernization plans. A decree issued by Turkmenistani strongman, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, says the deal will also involve the sale of three current B737-300s to the US manufacturer, the funds from which will then go towards acquiring the first -800 series model.

The Turkmen national carrier uses its B737-300 fleet for flights from Ashgabat to Delhi Int'l and ...

A first B737 for Equatorial Guinea's Cronos Airlines

Cronos Airlines (C8, Malabo) will deploy its first B737-400, EC-LTC (msn 25439), into service later this month. Once in Central Africa, the twinjet, wet-leased from Spain's Calima Aviación (3C, Las Palmas), will join the Equatoguinean carrier's other aircraft which include an A320 wet-leased from SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga) and a BAe 146-200.

Cronos operates daily domestic flights between Malabo and Bata as well as weekly regional flights to Cotonou and Douala. Services to ...

Missouri-based Air Choice One wins Ironwood EAS contract

Air Choice One (3E, Farmington, MO) has been awarded a USD3.5million Essential Air Services (EAS) contract for Ironwood, Michigan to Chicago O'Hare flights effective June 1, 2014, through to May 31, 2016.

In its adjudication, the US Department of Transportation said Air Choice One would operate the route using either a Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan or a Piper (twin turboprop) Navajo with a total of 18 weekly roundtrip services on offer.

Founded in 1979 as a family-owned and ...

Etihad Regional plan a challenge for Etihad as BAZL investigates

Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) has not yet been able to get the desired benefits out of its most recent investment in Darwin Airline (F7, Lugano) (now doing business as Etihad Regional) because its proposed cooperation agreement is still subject to approval from the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (BAZL).

The regulator has officially confirmed to ch-aviation that, in its view, the application to sell joint Etihad/Etihad Regional itineraries is directly related to an inquest into ...

China's Shandong Airlines orders fifty B737s

Shandong Airlines (SC, Jinan) has placed a firm order with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for fifty B737s due for delivery between 2016 and 2020. In a statement, the Chinese carrier said the USD4.6billion order, consisting of sixteen Next-Generation B737s and thirty-four B737 MAXs, is subject to approval from the Chinese state.

Speaking at the event, Chairman Ma Chongxian said the airline aims to almost double its fleet from the current 73, to almost 140 by the end of 2020.

Currently, ...

Wizz Air Ukraine defers establishment of Lvov base

Wizz Air Ukraine (WU, Kiev Zhulyany) has announced further adjustments to its network and capacity, in response to continued low demand on domestic routes and a weaker Ukrainian Hryvnia.

In a statement, the Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) subsidiary said the planned opening of its Lvov base on April 30 has now been deferred until the market normalises. As a consequence, six new routes from Lviv to Barcelona El Prat, Naples Int'l, Kutaisi, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion, Rome Fiumicino and Valencia Manises have ...

Georgia, Russia to discuss resumption of scheduled flights

Georgian Airways (A9, Tbilisi) and Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) could soon resume direct scheduled flights between Russia and Georgia should talks between the two countries later this month yield results. Scheduled flights were suspended in 2008 following the South Ossetia War which pitted Georgia against Russia as well as the separatist states of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

In an interview with Georgian television, an aide in the Prime Minister's office told reporters that the talks ...

Brazil's Azul to lease A350s, A330s ahead of US flights next year

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Campinas Viracopos) has signed a lease agreement with the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) entailing five Airbus A350-900s and three A330-200s. According to the terms of the agreement, the A350-900s are scheduled to be delivered in 2017, while the A330-200s are expected later this year.

The Brazilian carrier says the aircraft will be used in launching its first international routes - Campinas Viracopos to the United States - in early ...

China's Yunnan Ying'An Airlines starts interregional flights

Yunnan Ying'An Airlines (YI, Guiyang) has launched its first domestic flights outside of its home Yunnan province. China's WCARN news portal says the carrier operated a Libo (Guizhou Province) to Chongqing via Guiyang service onboard its sole aircraft, an MA-60, B-3421 (cn 610), on Wednesday, April 23.

The Libo-Guiyang service will be operated 10x weekly while Guiyang-Chongqing will operate 3x a week.

With capital of USD12million, the carrier intends to operate ten MA-60s on flights ...

Chinese start-up, Fuzhou Airlines, sets October launch date

Fuzhou Airlines (Fuzhou) has set an October 1 launch date having recently begun the process of securing an Air Operators Certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The new full-service carrier hopes to complete the process and launch in time for China’s "Golden Week" holidays in October. TravelDaily Asia says the start-up will initially operate a fleet of Boeing 737s on major domestic trunk routes.

The carrier is a joint venture between Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) ...

Myanma Airways in talks to buy ATR72-600s

Myanma Airways (UB, Yangon) is planning to buy six ATR72-600s Managing Director Than Tun has disclosed. The Myanma national carrier currently operates two ATR72-200s, an ATR72-500 and an ATR42-320.

“Myanma Airways is negotiating with Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac), France for the purchase of six more ATR 72-600 aircraft. Moreover, a plan to build spare parts factory for ATR aircraft is being negotiated,” Than told Myanmar's Eleven newspaper.

The airline recently signed a ...

Helvetic mulls Fokker 100 replacement; EMB-195 a strong contender

Helvetic Airways (2L, Zurich) is currently evaluating its options for a replacement for its ageing fleet of six Fokker 100s, Chief Financial Officer Tobias Pogorevc has exclusively told ch-aviation.

In his interview, Pogorevc denied reports in the Swiss aviation community that five EMB-195s had already been selected, stating that no decision had yet been made. He did, however, note that Embraer (São José dos Campos) was among the carrier's preferred options.

According to the ch-aviation ...

Greenland Express to launch flights in June

Greenland Express (Aalborg) has wet-leased a Fokker 100 from Dutch lease specialists Denim Air ACMI (J7, Amsterdam) ahead of its planned launch on June 2. According to Denim Air ACMI, the aircraft to be used on the operation will likely be ex-OLT Express Germany (OL, Bremen Neuenland) Fokker 100 D-AFKE (msn 11505). The Danish start-up said in a press release that initial services will cover Aalborg and Copenhagen Kastrup to Kangerlussuaq and Narsarsuaq in Greenland, and Reykjavik Keflavik in ...

Air Cargo cartel to reach $35mn settlement in Australia

Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok) along with Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingford Smith), British Airways (BA, London Heathrow), Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) and Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) are set to reach a AUD38million (USD35.4million) settlement with petitioners in Australia involving a long-running air-cargo cartel class action lawsuit.

The price fixing class action began in 2007 and was taken up on behalf of purchasers of international airfreight services, including ...

Chinese start-up, Guilin Airlines, on track for May launch

Guilin Airlines (Guilin) is on track to launch operations next month should it secure approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). A joint venture between Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) parent, HNA Group, and the Guilin Municipal government, the start-up intends to commence flights using three aircraft which is set to grow to thirty by 2017.

The airline is intended to boost the regional profile of Guilin with particular emphasis on the tourism sector.

South Korea's Air Incheon to boost regional presence shortly

Air Incheon (KJ, Seoul Incheon) is looking to expand its operations with the start of new scheduled cargo services to China, Japan and Russia in the coming weeks.

According to the Yonhap news agency, the cargo specialist will, on April 30, begin a 6x weekly service from its Seoul Incheon hub to Tokyo Narita followed by a 3x weekly flight to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the largest city on Sakhalin Island, Russia. Thereafter, on May 8, a 3x weekly service to Yantai will also launch.

At present, Air ...

CEIBA Intercontinental deploys first B737 into service

CEIBA Intercontinental (C2, Malabo) has deployed its first B737-800, 3C-LLY (msn 41157), into revenue service one month after it was delivered from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare). The Equatoguinean press says the aircraft was deployed on the Malabo to Bata domestic route on April 16. It is also scheduled to make its regional début in the next few months.

CEIBA has an additional two B737s on order from the US manufacturer adding to its other fleet of ATR42s and 72s, a B767-300(ER), and a ...

CAAB threatens to revoke United's licence over outstanding fees

United Airways (4H, Dhaka) could have its operational licence suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) over BDT77million (USD0.99million) in outstanding service charges.

The Daily Star reports that the CAAB has now renewed United's Air Services Licence for only three months - up to June 29 - instead of a usual one-year term and has also imposed a one-year moratorium on the airline buying or selling aircraft until it clears all current and outstanding debts.

"If the ...

Italy's ENAC excludes Darwin from Sicilian PSO tender

Darwin Airline (F7, Lugano) is set to lose its Sicilian Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract after the Italian civil aviation authority (L'Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile - ENAC) forbade the Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) affiliate from bidding.

Though the airline currently operates flights between Sicily and the islands of Lampedusa and Pantelleria, Austrian Aviation Net reports that as of the tender's closing last week, only one other "unknown" operator had applied for the ...

Austria's Air Alps in talks with mysterious new investor

Air Alps (A6, Innsbruck) could be rescued from the scrap heap with news that a new investor has expressed interest in reviving the carrier. In its report, Austrian Aviation Net said the carrier was still in early talks with the potential buyer whose identity is still unknown.

The Austrian carrier officially suspended its own scheduled operations late last year after talks with prospective investors, said to have included REFCA, a Russian investment group, and an undisclosed European ...

Air India to sell off last three B777-200(LR)s

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) is to sell its last three remaining B777-200(LR)s - VT-ALF (msn 36305), VT-ALG (msn 36306) and VT-ALH (msn 36307) - to help raise cash needed to pay off maturing debts. Air India recently sold five of the type for USD335million to Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) which will shortly use them in opening up long-haul flights to Los Angeles Int'l.

The Indian national carrier is in the process of phasing in its fleet of B787-8s to make up for the operational ...