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Rosaviatsia restores Saratov Airlines int'l flying rights

Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) has uplifted an embargo placed on Saratov Airlines (6W, Saratov Tsentralny) last year forbidding the carrier from operating internationally.

The agency said in a communique that the upliftment was effective April 29. Saratov Airlines, in turn, announced that it had already opened talks with Russian tour operators over the start of flights to Greece and Bulgaria.

Rosaviatsia revoked the Southern Russian carrier's international flight ...

LATAM Airlines drops Colombian hub plans for now

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Indonesia's Aviastar drops Central Kalimantan flights

Aviastar Mandiri (MV, Jakarta Halim) has been forced to suspend operations in Central Kalimantan province on the Indonesian part of Borneo, after the local government there withdrew subsidies to the carrier.

Indonesia's Republika newspaper reports that officials in the province's transportation department have expressed concern at the move which will severely affect the accessibility to various remote parts of the province.

AviaStar had operated regular flights to Muara Teweh, Kuala ...

Wings of Lebanon leasing a Slovak B737 this summer

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Mexico's COFECE lays down conditions for Delta-AeroMexico JV

Mexico's Anti-Monopolies Commission (Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica - COFECE) says it has tentatively approved a proposed USD1.5 billion joint-venture between AeroMéxico (AM, México City) and Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) to operate flights between Mexico and the United States, albeit with several conditions attached.

Through the proposed joint venture, the airlines will offer an expanded network within Mexico and connections to US business centres in Los ...

Avianca revises Airbus delivery arrangements

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VietJetAir leasing in Turkish capacity

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Aeroflot relinquishes rights to 13 route allocations

The Aeroflot Group says it has voluntarily relinquished thirteen international route allocations awarded to it by Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) following the collapse of Transaero Airlines (UN, Moscow Vnukovo) late last year.

The company said in a statement that the decision reflects its commitment to the principle of 'fair competition' as well as its unwillingness to occupy 'a dominant position on the Russian market'.

As such, the routes affected for ...

LAM Mozambique revises Boeing order book

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Qantas Freight to set up dedicated fleet for Australia Post

Qantas Freight (XM, Sydney Kingsford Smith) has announced the establishment of a fleet of six freighters to operate domestic Australian routes for and on behalf of Australia Post and its StarTrack unit.

Qantas Freight said in a statement that the fleet will constitute one B737-400(F) (an additional aircraft to be operated by Express Freighters Australia (EFA, Sydney Kingsford Smith), Qantas Freight’s wholly-owned freighter management subsidiary) and two B737-300(F)s and three BAe 146-300(QT)s ...

Air India eyes Star Alliance's CPM for its two subsidiaries

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) is considering having its Air India Express (IX, Mumbai Int'l) and Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) subsidiaries join Star Alliance's Connecting Partner Model (CPM) programme India's LiveMint news has reported.

According to airline sources who spoke to the paper on condition of anonymity, the process will start with Air India Express's accession first followed by Alliance Air's. For its part, Air India only joined Star Alliance in July 2014 following a ...

Russia's Royal Flight in talks to lease an Il-96

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Hong Kong Airlines secures FACP ahead of Saipan route launch

Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) has been granted its Foreign Air Carriers Permit and route exemption from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) following an application lodged late last year.

As it stands, the HNA Group carrier is now licensed to operate: scheduled flights ferrying persons, property, and mail from Hong Kong via intermediate points, to a point or points in the United States, and beyond; and Charter foreign air transportation of persons, property, and mail ...

AirAsia considering Thai, Indonesian unit merger

AirAsia Group is considering merging its Thai AirAsia (FD, Bangkok Don Mueang) and Indonesia AirAsia (QZ, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) operations into a single company which could be listed on both the Malay and Thai stock markets Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has said.

According to Reuters, Somkid made the remarks following a meeting with the Malaysian group's founder and CEO, Tony Fernandes, in Bangkok last week. Fernandes is said to have alluded to using Thailand as the ...

Norwegian outlines initial summer lease plans

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Romania's Air Bucharest ends B737-400 ops for now

Air Bucharest (BUR, Bucharest Baneasa) has disposed of its only B737-400 Skyliner Aviation has reported. YR-SKI (msn 27213) was recently ferried from Bucharest Baneasa, via Reykjavik Keflavik and Bangor, to Dothan, Alabama where it will undergo conversion into a freighter with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. as part of an order by Vallair for four cargo conversions.

The Romanian carrier still operates a single B737-300, dry-leased from Tiriac Air (TIH, Bucharest Otopeni), on passenger charter ...

Congo's Air Kasai resumes passenger operations

Air Kasaï (Kinshasa N'Djili) has announced the resumption of scheduled passenger operations following a two-year long hiatus.

The Kinshasa N'Djili-based carrier took delivery of B737-200Adv ZS-EVE (msn 22123) on lease from Gryphon Airlines SA (Y3, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) earlier this month in line with plans to serve Mbandaka, Gemena, Gbadolite, Mbuji Mayi, and Kananga domestically.

With the arrival of this aircraft, Air Kasai now operates five aircraft.

Afghan carriers' tough times getting tougher

The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) has threatened several of the country's scheduled carriers with closure for allegedly flouting local ageing-aircraft regulations and for tax evasion.

The Wall Street Journal says that of Afghanistan's carriers, the ACAA has singled out Safi Airways (4Q, Kabul), Kam Air (RQ, Kabul), and East Horizon Airlines (EA, Kabul) as the most prominent violators of local regulations.

ACAA has reportedly demanded Safi Airways pay USD16 million in ...

Saudi Arabia's flynas rules out C Series from fleet order

flynas (XY, Riyadh) chief executive Paul Byrne says the Saudi LCC has ruled out Bombardier's C Series from the list of contenders for its upcoming narrowbody fleet order.

Speaking to Reuters, Byrne said flynas did not want to be the CS300's "launch customer" adding that attention was now on Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) and Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) products. flynas has already issued RFPs to either manufacturer for sixty firm order aircraft with options for forty more, he ...

Atlantic Star defers St. Helena launch plans once more

Atlantic Star Airlines (London Luton) has postponed the launch of flights to the remote British Overseas Territory of St. Helena following delays in the airfield's certification.

Following the arrival of a Comair (South Africa) (MN, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) B737-800 on the island from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo last week, it was discovered that further safety and operational work would be required ahead of the airfield's opening, originally scheduled for May 22.

"One outcome of the ...