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Rectrix Aviation set to begin Nantucket flights

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Rectrix Aviation (Bedford, MA) is set to begin regular passenger flights between Hyannis and Nantucket after it secured a commuter air service operator permit from the Department of Transportation (DOT).

In its application, Rectrix said it planned to operate the route using a pair of leased Beech (twin turboprop) King Air 350i aircraft.

Rectrix has operated as an ad-hoc charter provider since 2010. Its current fleet, available for said services, includes five Learjet 45 and two Bombardier ...

Etihad commits to Virgin Australia cash call

Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) will retain its current shareholding in Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) after it agreed to participate in the carrier's underwritten rights issue worth AUD852 million (USD628 million).

In a statement issued shortly before a July 27 confirmation deadline, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said: “The Etihad Aviation Group board has endorsed a proposal to take up its pro-rata entitlement in the Non-Renounceable Entitlement Offer for new shares in Virgin ...

Argentina's LADE to start Antarctic flights in 1Q2018

LADE - Lineas Aéreas del Estado (Buenos Aires Aeroparque) is planning to begin commercial flights to Marambio base, a permanent, all year-round Argentine Antarctic base, in January 2018.

The Argentine Ministry of Defense has confirmed it will equip the airfield to allow civilian aircraft to operate there. In addition, it will also purchase unspecified aircraft for LADE, a unit of the Fuerza Aérea Argentina (Buenos Aires El Palomar), to offer summer time sightseeing flights.

Currently, ...
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LATAM Airlines Brasil outlines initial A320neo ops

LATAM Airlines Brasil (JJ, São Paulo Congonhas) has announced that it will use its maiden A320neo, due from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) later this quarter, to operate domestic Brazilian flights initially.

The LATAM Airlines Group unit said in a statement that it would use PT-TMN (cn 7126) to service the following destinations: Brasilia, São Paulo Guarulhos, São Paulo Congonhas, Rio de Janeiro Int'l, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves, Salvador, Florianopolis, ...

Frontier to shift three Fort Myers routes to Punta Gorda

Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) has announced it will shift three routes from Fort Myers Southwest Florida to the nearby Punta Gorda, FL later this autumn.

The affected routes include: Trenton, NJ; Chicago O'Hare; and Philadelphia Int'l. The shift will occur from October 30 onwards. Ultra low-cost carrier Allegiant Air (G4, Las Vegas McCarran) is currently the only other carrier serving Punta Gorda, offering 29 destinations from the Floridian airport.

Thailand's NewGen Airways eyes late 4Q IPO

NewGen Airways (E3, Bangkok Don Mueang) is looking to raise at least THB8 billion (USD228.6 million) through an IPO it is planning to hold either at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year.

Airline chief executive Jarurnpong Sornprasit told The Bangkok Post that it is consulting Ernst & Young and Bualuang Securities for its listing on the Bangkok bourse. Proceeds will go towards the setting up of an facility for training pilots, flight crew and aircraft technicians.

Earlier ...

Lugano, Sion to close for runway works this autumn

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LATAM fined $22mn+ for illegal Argentina dealings

LATAM Airlines Group has agreed to pay the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) more than USD22 million to settle parallel civil and criminal cases related to improper payments it authorized during a dispute between its pre-merger LAN Airlines (LA, Santiago de Chile Int'l) unit and its union employees in Argentina.

The SEC said in a statement that an investigation found that at the time when LAN encountered problems negotiating labour agreements with the unions, it was contacted by a ...

Congo Airways secures AOC ahead of int'l debut

Congo Airways (CGA, Kinshasa N'Djili) has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Congolese civil aviation authority (Autorité de l'Aviation Civile du Congo - AACC).

In 2013, the AACC embarked on a large-scale, IATA-backed recertification programme of all locally-registered carriers in a bid to improve the Democratic Republic of Congo's overall aviation safety record and to extricate the country from the European Union's banned operators' list.

In its capacity as a state-owned ...

Barra do Garças, Brazil to see commercial service from 4Q

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Campinas Viracopos) will begin regular passenger flights out of Barra do Garças, located in the central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, later this year.

The service, the airport's only known commercial at present, will consist of a 6x weekly return flight to Cuiabá using ATR72-600 equipment. Its scheduled date of commencement is October 20.

Azul fined $400,000 for factual omissions

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Turkish Airlines fires 200+ in wake of failed coup

Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) has fired 211 staff, including management and cabin crew, for their alleged links to the Islamic scholar and secularist, Fethullah Gulen, and his alleged organization, FETÖ. The most prominent employee fired is THY's chief financial officer Coskun Kilic who has now been replaced by Murat Seker.

President Tayyip Erdogan's government claims the US-based cleric to have been behind this month's failed military coup and has undertaken a country-wide purge of ...

Alas Uruguay denies plans to shift to charter ops only

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Rome Ciampino to close for two weeks in October

Aeroporti di Roma (AdR), the firm responsible for managing Rome's airports, has announced that Rome Ciampino will close to all traffic for a period of two weeks later this autumn.

Between October 14 and 29, sections of the airfield's runway 15/33 along with various taxiways and junctions will undergo necessary maintenance work.

As such, for the duration of the works, Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) and Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) will shift the majority of their respective Ciampino operations to ...

PIA Pakistan to use SriLankan A330s for premium service

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) says it plans to use wet-leased A330-300s to launch its new premier service operation on August 14 with flights to London Heathrow.

Airline CEO Bernd Hildenbrand was recently in Colombo to discuss the previously reported move to source the aircraft from SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) which has been struggling with surplus widebody capacity.

"With new aircraft, more professional crew and improved service standards, the new ...

China's Xiamen Airlines orders six B787-9s

Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen) has ordered six B787-9s from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) parent firm China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) has announced.

In a filing with the Shanghai Stock Exchange, China Southern said the aircraft are scheduled for delivery between now and 2018.

Xiamen Airlines currently operates six B787-8s with two B787-9s - msn 63040 and 63041 - destined for the carrier. It uses the widebodies on regular longhaul routes to Amsterdam, Melbourne Tullamarine, ...

ASL Switzerland to lease an ATR42 freighter in 4Q

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India's Air Pegasus temporarily suspends operations

Air Pegasus (OP, Bangalore Int'l) has temporarily suspended flights with effect from July 26. ch-aviation analysis of ADS-B data indicates the Indian regional operator last used its only one of three operational ATR72-500s - VT-APA (cn 699) - on Tuesday, July 26.

While a review of its web booking portal shows all flights for July 28 are cancelled, Air Pegasus is currently selling tickets for some sectors starting July 29.

Though no official statement has yet been issued, informed sources ...

US Virgin Islands' Hummingbird Air resumes operations

Hummingbird Air (St. Croix Henry E. Rohlsen) has resumed both passenger and cargo operations with multiple weekly flights from St. Croix Henry E. Rohlsen to each of Dominica Douglas-Charles and Basseterre. Additional destinations are expected to roll out later this summer airline president Samuel Raphael said.

The US Virgin Islands-based carrier was forced to suspend flights in November last year following a string of incidents involving its fleet of Beech C99s. In the six months that ...

Nigeria's Med-View Airline to lease an Icelandic B747

Med-View Airline (VL, Kano) will shortly take delivery of a B747-400 on wet-lease from Air Atlanta Icelandic (CC, Reykjavik Keflavik) Skyliner Aviation has reported.

TF-AMV (msn 28022) will be deployed onto the Nigerian carrier's scheduled services to London Gatwick and Jeddah as well as on its upcoming Hajj charter operations.

Med-View also operates one B767-300(ER), one B737-500, and two B737-400s on regular flights throughout Nigeria, Ghana, and Saudi Arabia.

Canadian budget virtual carrier NewLeaf launches

NewLeaf (Winnipeg Int'l) commenced operations on Monday, July 25 with regular passenger flights between Hamilton, ON and Winnipeg Int'l.

Using B737-400s chartered from technical partner Flair Airlines (F8, Kelowna), the virtual budget carrier is planning to roll out flights to Abbotsford, Halifax, Kelowna, Kamloops, Moncton, Regina, Saskatoon, and Victoria Int'l in the coming days.