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China's Ningxia Cargo Airlines begins certification

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Ningxia Cargo Airlines (Yinchuan) commenced certification with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on May 8 the WCARN news portal has reported.

Based in the Ningxia Autonomous Region, the cargo carrier's shareholders include Shan'xi Tongyang Investment Management (53%) and Xi'an Huijie Logistics Co. (44%) with the remaining 3% shared among the Shannxi Xiangyu Logistics Co., Shanghai Chongda International Freight Co., and Shan'xi International Air Freight.

With a registered ...

Croatia's Limitless Airways commences flights

Limitless Airways (LIM, Rijeka) commenced operations on Saturday, May 23 with charter flights between Rijeka, Croatia and Gothenburg Landvetter, Sweden and Kokkola/Pietersaari, Finland.

Flights are operated in conjunction with Swedish tour operator Scandjet using an A320-200 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), 9A-SLA (cn 828).

Indian start-up TruJet defers launch to early July

TruJet (TRJ, Hyderabad Int'l) has again deferred its planned launch date, this time to the first week of July, as its bid to secure and Air Operators Permit (AOP) from the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) continues to drag on.

In anticipation of its launch, the start-up recently took delivery of its first of three ATR72-500s on lease from an undisclosed Irish firm. Former Berjaya Air (J8, Kuala Lumpur Subang) machine 9M-TAG (cn 858) was ferried from Kuala Lumpur Subang to ...

All eyes on Ryanair as Dublin accepts IAG bid for Aer Lingus

The Irish government has accepted the International Airlines Group's (IAG) offer of EUR2.55 per share in Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) (or EUR1.36 billion in total) in return for various concessions and guarantees. Though it will retain 1 share, Dublin will receive a total of EUR335 million (USD364.64 million) for its 25.11% stake in the Irish national carrier.

As noted during the IAG's original pitch earlier in the year, it is conditional on not less than 90% of AERL Holding Limited ...

Thomson Airways to add four B787-9s next year

Thomson Airways (BY, London Luton) has announced it will add up to four B787-9s to its widebody fleet of four B767-300s and nine B787-8s.

The leisure carrier said in a communique issued last week that it has converted two existing B787-8s (slated for delivery in summer 2016) orders with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) to larger B787-9s. It has also ordered a third B787-9 with an option to purchase a fourth.

The B787-9s will be configured with 345 seats including 63 Premium Club ...

American to phase in A321s on LAX-Hawaii route from August

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) is planning to convert two of its three B757-200-operated flights between Los Angeles Int'l and Honolulu to the A321-200 AirlineRoute has reported.

The switch is scheduled to come into effect from August 18 onwards and will mark the first such use of A320 Family metal on flights between the US mainland and Hawaii.

During the last quarter of the year, Virgin America (VX, San Francisco, CA) will roll out its own flights from San Francisco, CA to ...

Lubuklinggau, Indonesia sees maiden scheduled operations

Nam Air (NM, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) will launch scheduled flights from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta to Lubuklinggau, a city in South Sumatra.

The return flight, Lubuklinggau's only such flight, will operate daily starting May 30 on-board either of the Sriwijaya Air (SJ, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) subsidiary's fleet of two B737-500s.

Hainan Airlines denies plans to acquire PIA Pakistan stake

Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) vice president Pu Ming has rejected reports in the mainstream Chinese media which claimed the Chinese carrier was considering acquiring a 24% stake in PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l).

The reports said Hainan wanted to use its foothold in the Pakistani national carrier to enhance its access to Africa as well as Australia, a claim Pu said he had no knowledge of.

China's Xi Jinping paid a state-visit to Pakistan last month during which ...

China's Shenzhen Airlines to acquire forty-six B737s

The Board of Directors for Shenzhen Airlines (ZH, Shenzhen) has approved a plan to acquire forty-six B737 aircraft a company press release said. No specifics concerning the make, cost, or manner of the order, which will require Beijing's consent before finalization, were revealed.

The Air China (CA, Beijing Capital) subsidiary operates an all-narrowbody fleet of five A319-100s, sity-six A320-200s, four B737-700s, seventy-five B737-800s, and five B737-900s on flights throughout China as well ...

Chinese start-up Duocai Guizhou Airlines eyes EMB-190s

Duocai Guizhou Airlines (Guiyang) is a Chinese start-up planning to operate scheduled domestic passenger flights out of its Guiyang hub using a fleet of EMB-190 aircraft. It is currently undergoing certification with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

A joint-venture between Guizhou Industrial Investment Group (90%) and Weining County Construction Investment Group (10%), Duocai Guizhou has an initial capital base of CNY1 billion (USD156.3 million).

Radom, Poland to see first scheduled services this autumn

Located 100 kilometres south of Poland's capital, Warsaw, the airport at Radom has announced it will see its first scheduled operations in autumn of this year.

In a press release, operator Port Lotniczy Radom SA said that Latvian carrier Air Baltic (BT, Riga) would commence a 3x weekly service to Riga beginning September 1. All flights are on-board Q400 turboprop aircraft.

Air Baltic will also start operating a weekly B737-300 service from Warsaw Chopin to Poprad/Tatry on a seasonal basis ...

Pakistan's Air Indus to dry lease three A320s

Air Indus (I6, Karachi Int'l) has entered into talks with an undisclosed party concerning the dry-lease of three 2004-vintage A320-200s the Pakistan Tribune has reported.

The additional aircraft will allow the domestic carrier to expand into the Saudi Arabian and Middle Eastern markets as Pakistani law requires all international operators to maintain a fleet of at least five aircraft.

Air Indus was granted a two-year grace period allowing it to continue operating its ageing fleet of four ...

Saudia begins B777 freighter operations

Saudia (SV, Jeddah) recently deployed its maiden B777-F into revenue service. Having arrived in-country direct from the United States on April 2, the Saudi Arabian national carrier says HZ-AK71 (msn 60337) was first deployed on cargo flights to Mumbai Int'l, Milan Malpensa and various points around the Middle East on May 7.

The new B777F is scheduled to operate twice weekly on the route from Mumbai to Jeddah and beyond.

Saudia will take delivery of three more of the type from ...

Air Panama to end Boeing operations by early Q3

Air Panama (7P, Panamá City Paitilla) will have ended Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) operations by this July with the return of its sole remaining B737-300(QC), HP-1796PST (msn 26851), to its lessor. Air Panama had a fleet of two B737-300(QC) aircraft with the first one having been returned to its lessor earlier this year already.

The Panamanian operator will then be left with a fleet of five Fokker 100s, four Fokker 50s, and two Saab 340Bs used to ply a predominantly domestic network as well ...

BizAir Shuttle to start Carlsbad, CA - LAX flights

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Saudi Gulf Airlines focussing on November launch date

Group president and senior adviser to start-up Saudi Gulf Airlines (Dammam), Samer Majali, has told Reuters that regulatory approvals aside, the airline now plans to begin operations in November of this year.

"We are working with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in preparation for starting operations to obtain the technical licence," he said.

A spokesman for the GACA, Wael Al Sarhan, confirmed the start-up had presented its operational readiness plans for a proposed November ...

Israel's El Al confirms talks to merge Sun d'Or with Israir

El Al Israel Airlines (LY, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) has confirmed it is in early talks to merge its Sun d'Or International Airlines (2U, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) subsidiary into that of the IDB Development Corporation Ltd., Israir (6H, Tel Aviv Sde Dov).

The Israeli flag carrier said in a filing with the Tel Aviv bourse that, depending on a market valuation of the two carriers, it would receive an undisclosed number of Israir shares in return for Sun D'Or's absorption into Israir.

In order for ...

Air Djibouti selects Cardiff Aviation as strategic partner

The government of Djibouti has selected Welsh-based aircraft services and MRO provider, Cardiff Aviation, to partner its planned new national carrier, Air Djibouti (Djibouti). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed last week between the two parties with chairman Aboubaker Omar Hadi acting on Air Djibouti's behalf and chairman Bruce Dickinson, acting on Cardiff Aviation's behalf.

Under the agreement, Cardiff Aviation will secure and manage a European-level Air Operators Certificate ...

Avia Solutions Group favourite for Adria Airways Tehnika

Lithuanian aircraft management and MRO firm, Avia Solutions Group, has been shortlisted as a strong favourite in the race to acquire Adria Airways Tehnika. But, according to the Slovenian daily Dnevnik, while a favourite, the firm was forced to revise its initial offer which was rejected by Adria Airways Tehnika's shareholders Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport and government-backed financial house PDP, as insufficient.

Other bidders that submitted proposals include German firm ...