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Zimbabwe's Rainbow Airlines defers launch plans

Rainbow Airlines (RA, Harare Int'l) has indefinitely deferred its launch date following complications with its regulatory paperwork. The start-up had planned to launch with Harare Int'l-Johannesburg O.R. Tambo flights on Wednesday, August 26 using a B737-300 on wet-lease from Star Air (South Africa) (BRH, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo).

“This has come about through some changes in legislature which has directly affected issuance of Rainbow Airlines’ documents for operational purposes," the airline ...

PAL Express looking to renew Bombardier turboprop fleet

PAL Express (2P, Manila) is looking to replace its existing fleets of Dash 8-300s and Dash 8-400s with newer models of the same type.

Jaime Bautista, the President and Chief Operating Officer of the airline's parent firm, PAL Holdings, Inc., told Reuters in an interview that PAL Express is looking to either lease or acquire nine of the Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) turboprops.

According to the ch-aviation aircraft database, PAL Express operates four Q300s averaging 9.2 years of age ...

Envoy to maintain limited ERJ-140 ops through 2016

Envoy Air (MQ, Dallas/Fort Worth) President and Chief Executive Officer Pedro Fábregas says his airline has reconsidered its ERJ-140 fleet-retirement plans. In a letter to employees, Fábregas said parent American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) had requested the subsidiary to continue operating the Embraer (São José dos Campos) twinjets through January 2016 - their previous retirement date.

"Previously, American’s plan was to phase out Envoy’s Embraer 140 (E140) flying in early January," the ...

Iberia eyes Europe-Latin American alliance

Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas) is considering establishing an alliance to operate in the Europe-Latin American market airline Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Luis Gallego Martin has revealed.

Speaking to Airline Business, Gallego said the IAG subsidiary is looking to replicate the trans-Atlantic joint venture which sees fellow Oneworld alliance members Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa), American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth), British Airways (BA, London Heathrow), and Iberia cooperate on ...

All-You-Can-Fly startup Beacon sets September launch date

Beacon (Boston) has scheduled a September 15 launch date for its maiden commercial operations. Beacon will initially operate in the New York-Boston market operating from White Plains to serve New York City before expanding into other regional markets.

Founded by former Surf Air (URF, Palo Alto) CEO Wade Eyerly, the All-You-Can-Fly carrier is partnering Dynamic Aviation (DYA, Bridgewater) wherein Dynamic Aviation will provide twenty-seven mid-sized executive aircraft to Beacon over the next ...

Skygreece temporarily suspends operations

Skygreece Airlines (GW, Athens Int'l) has temporarily suspended operations following a series of transatlantic flight cancellations that began last week and which have lasted until now.

The carrier said in a statement that the Greek economic crisis has impacted its operations resulting in an immediate and dramatic reduction in ticket sales.

"Unfortunately, as a result of recent technical issues, the Company is now facing a system-wide multi-day delay and significant additional expenses," ...

Slovenia's Solinair takes delivery of A300-600 freighter

Solinair (SOP, Portoroz) has taken delivery of an ex-China Cargo Airlines (CK, Shanghai Hongqiao) A300-600(F) (msn 532) originally expected to be delivered to sister carrier MNG Airlines (MB, Istanbul Atatürk) of Turkey.

According to Skyliner Aviation the aircraft registered N532UK arrived in Ljubljana from Istanbul Atatürk on Wednesday, August 26. The Slovenian freight specialist had last operated a Saab 340(F) and a pair of B737-400(F)s that have since been placed with ...

Libyan carriers resume Tunisia flights

Direct flights between western Libya and Tunisia have once more resumed following a year-long suspension. Research shows Ghadames Air Transport (0G, Tripoli Int'l) and Libyan Airlines (LN, Tripoli Int'l) began flights between Tripoli Mitiga and Tunis this week.

Tunisia allowed the resumption of flights, which covers the whole of Libya (flights in the past were restricted to eastern Libya), following an extensive investigation of the country's security and safety mechanisms.

While flights ...

Norwegian to lease two B787-9s from sister firm AAA

Norwegian Long Haul (DU, Oslo Gardermoen) has signed an agreement with Norwegian sister firm Arctic Aviation Assets (AAA) for two B787-9s. Both aircraft are scheduled to enter service in summer 2017.

“In order to make our long-haul operation even more competitive, we are dependent on more brand new cost-efficient aircraft," Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos, said. "Our long-haul routes have been very popular and I´m very satisfied to have secured more Dreamliners. This will enable us to launch even ...

Russia's Bural to lease fifteen Superjets from GTLK

Bural (U4, Ulan-Ude) has signed a firm agreement with Russia's State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) for the lease of fifteen SSJ 100-95s.

Announced during the ongoing MAKS Airshow at Moscow Zhukovsky, the order will see seven of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) Superjets arriving before year-end with the remainder due between 2016 and 2018.

Based in Buryatia near Russia's Lake Baikal, Bural operates a variety of An-2s, An-24s, and Mil Helicopters on flights throughout the ...

Rossiya to debut SuperJet operations in 2Q2016

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Flybe. outlines SAS ATR72-600 contract operations

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Vueling to open Paris CDG base from 2Q2016

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Russian petroleum giant Rosneft acquires ten Twin Otter-400s

Viking Air (VKN, Victoria Int'l) has signed a firm order agreement with RN-Aircraft, a division of Russian petroleum giant Rosneft, for ten DHC-6-400s. The order was announced during the ongoing MAKS 2015 Air Show at Moscow Zhukovsky.

Rosneft intends to use the twinprop aircraft, which are scheduled to arrive between November 2015 and February 2017, on cargo and passenger flights to the more remote parts of the Krasnoyarsk Region.

Korean Air takes delivery of maiden B747-8

Korean Air (KE, Seoul Incheon) has taken delivery of its maiden B747-8 following the arrival of HL7630 (msn 40905) at Seoul Incheon from Everett on Wednesday, August 25. The quadjet is the first of ten on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) of which a further three are scheduled for delivery this year. The remaining six will arrive over the course of 2016 and 2017.

Korean plans to initially deploy its B747-8s on flights from Incheon to Frankfurt Int'l, Singapore Changi, and ...

Metal band Iron Maiden to fly with Air Atlanta Icelandic

British heavy metal band Iron Maiden have announced they will be chartering a B747-400(F) from Air Atlanta Icelandic (CC, Reykjavik Keflavik) for their upcoming 2016 The Book of Souls World Tour. Unlike previous tours which used a B757-200 chartered from Astraeus (5W, London Gatwick), TF-AMI (msn 27066) will not require extensive reconfiguration.

"The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all ...

African LCC fastjet to acquire maiden aircraft

fastjet plc is on track to purchase its first aircraft - an A319-100 - which will be placed with its nascent Fastjet Zambia (Lusaka) subsidiary. In a statement, the LCC said it had signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the purchase of the jet which is expected to be ready for operations by the end of September this year.

The Zambian operation is one of two Southern African start-ups the London-listed LCC is pursuing this year. the other, Fastjet Zimbabwe (Harare Int'l) is also expected to ...

Israel to engage AA over decision to axe Tel Aviv flights

The Israeli government is planning to engage American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) over the carrier's recent decision to scrap its only Israel-bound service - Philadelphia Int'l-Tel Aviv Ben Gurion - from January 2016 onwards.

Since AA's announcement, Israeli papers have been rife with speculation that the the withdrawal was based on political reasons, an accusation American has rejected claiming the route has run at a loss since its launch in 2009. Quoting unnamed sources, The Market ...

Cambodia's Sky Angkor Airlines to lease Superjets

Sky Angkor Airlines (ZA, Phnom Penh) will wet-lease its maiden SSJ 100-95 from Red Wings (Russia) (WZ, Moscow Vnukovo) as part of a tripartite lease agreement signed with Russian lessor Ilyushin Finance & Co. (IFC) during the ongoing MAKS 2015 Air Show at Moscow Zhukovsky.

The aircraft is scheduled to arrive in December this year and, on successful completion of the contract, will lead to two SSJ-100LRs being leased from the IFC next year.

Founded in 2014 as a joint-venture between Korean ...

Russia's GTLK to place SSJ100s with Scat, Red Wings, Yamal

Russia's State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) has signed a firm order agreement with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) for thirty-two SSJ 100-95s with options for an additional twenty-eight of the type.

Announced during the ongoing MAKS 2015 Air Show at Moscow Zhukovsky, the first of the jets will be delivered in May 2016.

Of the order, fifteen will head to Kazakhstan's Scat (DV, Shimkent) as part of a larger Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which includes five options, while ...

Air Zimbabwe reinstates incarcerated ex-acting MD

Air Zimbabwe (UM, Harare Int'l) has reinstated former acting managing director, Grace Pfumbidzayi, after a Zimbabwean labour arbitration tribunal ruled her dismissal to be procedural.

“In view of the facts and arguments, I award the following: The claimant was unfairly dismissed and should, therefore, be reinstated from date of unfair dismissal without loss of salary and benefits," arbitrator T Zimbudzana ruled. “The matter is remitted to the respondent (Air Zimbabwe) for the procedural ...

Taiwan's TransAsia Airways to lease two more A330s

TransAsia Airways (GE, Taipei Sung Shan) is set to lease a pair of ex-Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) A330-300s from Irish firm Lease Corporation International (LCI) the Airfinance Journal has reported.

The twinjets will join the Taiwanese carrier's existing pair of in-house A330-300s used on flights to Asahikawa, Hakodate, Osaka Kansai, Sapporo Chitose, and Tokyo Narita in Japan and Shanghai Pudong in China.

Vietnam Airlines formally abandons A380 plans

Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) has formally dropped the A380-800 from its five-year operational plans local Vietnamese media have indicated. While the state-backed carrier had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) covering four A380s back in late 2009, it had put off a firm commitment pending further studies into the type's role in its future fleet and network expansion plans. As a result, it did not renew the MOU on its expiration in ...