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Emirates hits back at UK's CAA over pax rights violations

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Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) has hit back at the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) over claims it denied compensation to delayed passengers, saying that the CAA's handling of the matter has been unprofessional, reports The Gulf News.

As recently reported, the CAA has begun enforcement action against Emirates as well as American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth), Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l), Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) and Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) for ...

Dynamic withdraws application for regular Dominican flights

Dynamic International Airways (2D, Greensboro) has withdrawn its application for an exemption to engage in scheduled foreign air transport between the United States and the Dominican Republic, citing its reason as a "a change in its operations".

The North Carolina-based carrier applied for the exemption in June 2016. It launched non-stop direct sale public charters between New York JFK and Punta Cana on June 7, 2016, but these ended shortly after on August 21. It had anticipated converting ...
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Lufthansa planning new longhaul LCC subsidiary?

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CEO of Kenya's Baracuda Airways arrested for fraud

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kenyan start-up Baracuda Airways (Nairobi Wilson) has been arrested on allegations of fraud. John Majiwa was tracked down and taken into custody this past weekend and has been charged with scamming more than forty investors out of KES200 million (USD1.9 million), reports Kenyan newspaper The Star.

According to the Kenyan Flying Squad, which deals with serious crimes, Majiwa used the names of prominent Kenyans to scam investors. He claimed that Deputy ...

Kazakhstan's Air Astana mulls new narrowbody order

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Russia's Orenburzhye eyes Embraers for fleet expansion

Orenburzhye (O7, Orenburg) is considering using Embraer Regional Jets to anchor its fleet expansion plans.

According to ATO.ru, airline management told Vestirama news the Orenburg-based carrier is currently deciding on whether to lease in three 97-seater Embraers as it prepares to expand into foreign markets. This spring, Orenburzhye will offer services to Tbilisi, Batumi, and Kutaisi in Georgia. A concept for the start of flights to Kazakhstan and North China has also been drawn up, they ...

LOT to develop non-Warsaw int'l ops this summer

LOT Polish Airlines (LO, Warsaw Chopin) has announced it will use its incoming fleet of B737-800s to develop international connections from several Polish towns and cities this coming summer season.

In a statement, the carrier said flights from Lublin (2x weekly), Gdansk (1x weekly), Poznan (1x weekly), and Wroclaw (2x weekly) to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion, Israel, will commence in June.

LOT has historically operated the bulk of its international services via its Warsaw Chopin hub. But, as part ...

Kuwait's Wataniya Airways nears total debt settlement

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Stobart Group gains total control over Stobart Air, lessor

Stobart Group has announced it has gained total control of Everdeal Holdings Limited, the holding company of Stobart Air (RE, Dublin Int'l), after it acquired the remaining 19% interest.

In October last year, Stobart Group increased its shareholding in Everdeal "to beyond 80%" after it acquired a stake of "up to 40%" from Invesco Asset Management Limited for over GBP500,000 (USD615,092).

In the same announcement, Stobart Group said it has now also taken full control of Propius Holdings ...

Latvia's airBaltic to resume UAE flights in 4Q17

airBaltic (BT, Riga) has announced it will commence non-stop intercontinental flights during the 2017/18 winter season using its growing fleet of CS300s.

The Latvian carrier said in a statement this week that 4x weekly Riga-Abu Dhabi Int'l, United Arab Emirates (UAE), direct flights would begin on October 29, 2017. Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) will be its codeshare partner on the route.

airBaltic previously operated the route using an A319-100 leased from ...

Aqaba, Jordan seeks budget carrier services

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Uzbekistan Airways mulls own LCC unit

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Tunisia's Express Air Cargo commences operations

Express Air Cargo (7A, Enfidha) has begun commercial operations following the launch of its inaugural flight, 7A1110 Tunis-Paris CDG, France, on Saturday, February 25. Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows service, as expected, was conducted with B737-300(QC) TS-ICA (msn 23836).

A second B737 freighter, TS-ICB (msn 24710), will be delivered shortly from Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen thus paving the way for the launch of flights to Cologne/Bonn, Milan Orio al Serio, Malta, Casablanca Int'l, Algiers, and ...

Sweden's BRA freezes C-Series order over climate tax

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Deutsche Bank acquires stake in IAG

Deutsche Bank has acquired a 5.16% stake in the IAG International Airlines Group, the Spanish press have reported.

As it stands, the German bank owns 3.06% of IAG's shares and has acquired another 2.1% through swaps making it the fifth largest shareholder behind Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) (20%), Capital Research (9.96%), Standard Life (5.87%), and Europacific Growth (5.26%).

On the back of an annual operating profit of EUR2.5 billion euros (USD2.64 billion) for FY2016, the ...

Ethiopian to serve Kaduna for duration of Abuja downtime

Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) will run daily flights between Addis Ababa and Kaduna, Nigeria, for the duration of runway works at Abuja.

Firiehiwot Mekonnen, Ethiopian's Traffic and Sales Manager (Nigeria), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview last week that the Star Alliance carrier had inspected Kaduna's facilities but had urged government to improve its facilities before the March 8 deadline. The route will operate on-board B787-8 equipment, she said.

Abuja ...

Italy's Meridiana cedes two Milan Linate slots to BA

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Chile's Sky Airline confirms A320neo to arrive in 2018

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Kenya granted IASA Category 1 status

Kenya has secured a Category 1 rating under the US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, which means the East African state complies with international safety standards as laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

A Kenyan Ministry of Transportation press release issued last week states the conferment took place following an audit late last year.

"Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) will immediately ...

US arrests three in Syrianair sanctions busting ring

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) says three people have been arrested and charged with exporting prohibited articles to Syrian Arab Airlines, also known as Syrianair (RB, Damascus).

The DOJ said in a statement last week Ali Caby, a/k/a “Alex Caby,” 40, a U.S. permanent resident currently residing in Bulgaria; Arash Caby, a/k/a “Axel Caby,” 43, of Miami, Florida; and Marjan Caby, 34, of Miami, Florida, were charged with violating the Syria trade embargo, commerce regulations, and a U.S. ...

CityWing chartering in capacity after VAN Air incident

Citywing (V9, Isle of Man) has been forced to charter in capacity from each of Titan Airways (ZT, London Stansted) and Denmark's North Flying (NFA, Aalborg) after the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) suspended Czech passenger carrier VAN Air Europe's operating permit late last week. VAN AIR Europe (V9, Brno) operates Let 410s for and on behalf of CityWing.

On Thursday, February 23, a VAN Air Let 410 OK-LAZ (msn 902504), operating as flight V9502 from the Isle of Man to Belfast City, was ...