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India's FlyEasy set for delivery of maiden aircraft

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Nigeria's Med-View set to add an ex-AeroMéxico B767 shortly

Med-View Airline (VL, Kano) will shortly take delivery of a former AeroMéxico (AM, México City) B767-300 under a lease-purchase deal signed with Dutch lessor, Aercap, earlier this year. According to Skyliner Aviation, 5N-BQN (msn 26261) was recently spotted at Goodyear featuring the Nigerian carrier's livery ahead of its ferry flight to West Africa.

Med-View is planning to use the aircraft, set to become its first owned widebody aircraft, on long touted flights from Abuja to Dubai Int'l via ...

Ryanair to close Copenhagen base over labour dispute

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has announced it is to stop basing aircraft in Denmark following a Danish Labour Court (Arbejdsretten) ruling which allows the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisationen i Danmark - LO) to take industrial action against the budget carrier.

"We will continue to operate 12 routes to/from Copenhagen Kastrup but on aircraft based outside of Denmark, as we are determined to grow Danish tourism and jobs, at a time when ...

Slovenia formally puts Adria Airways stake up for sale

Adria Airways (JP, Ljubljana) has officially been put up for sale after the Slovenian government issued a request for Expressions of Interests (EOI) in a majority stake in the carrier on Wednesday, July 1. This is the former Yugoslav Republic's second attempt at privatizing the airline after a previous one in 2012 failed to garner any viable responses.

Ljubljana said in a statement that state-controlled enterprises including the Slovenian Sovereign Holding (Slovenski Državni Holding - SDH), ...

Lufthansa looking to sell off Luxair stake

Luxembourg's Infrastructure Minister Francois Bausch has confirmed local media reports that Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) is looking to dispose of its 13% stake in Luxair (LG, Luxembourg).

Speaking before the country's parliament on Wednesday, Bausch said he had indeed received a letter from the German carrier stating its intention to sell. According to Luxembourg's Wort newspaper, Lufthansa is in the process of reorganising its portfolio and is looking to sell its stake given that it does ...

Cyprus' Tus Airways aiming to launch this month

Tus Airways (Larnaca) is planning to commence scheduled passenger operations later this month using a Saab 340B, formerly in service with Golden Air (Sweden) (DC, Trollhättan) as SE-F67 (cn 167).

Beginning July 8, the start-up will offer a twice-weekly Paphos-Haifa service to be followed on July 15 by a string of new routes out of Larnaca to Beirut, Haifa, Kos and Samos. Thereafter, on July 18, Larnaca-Karpathos flights will also launch.

The status of Tus Airways's AOC certification bid ...

Titan Airways to begin London-Gambia flights this October

Titan Airways (ZT, London Stansted) is to shift one of its three London Stansted-based A320-200s to London Gatwick for use on flights to Banjul, Gambia beginning later on in winter this year.

Operating in partnership with tour operator, The Gambia Experience, the flights will operate up to 3x weekly from mid-October 2015 up to the end of April 2016.

Gambia last saw direct scheduled flights to the United Kingdom through the now defunct Gambia Bird (3G, Banjul) subsidiary of ...

Kuwait Airways to end A300, A310 operations this year

Kuwait Airways (KU, Kuwait) is to retire its fleet of five A300-600s and three A310-300s at the end of the year the airline's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rasha Al Roumi has revealed. The types are currently used on flights throughout the Gulf, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and the Indian subcontinent.

Al Roumi told a press conference last week that the removal of older jets would coincide with the arrival of new aircraft the most recent of which was an A330-200 - the first of five ...

China's HNA Group eyes Spain's Air Europa

China's HNA Group, parent firm to Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) among others, is in talks to acquire Air Europa (UX, Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spanish firm Globalia Corporación, local paper El Confidencial has reported.

Sources who spoke to the paper on condition of anonymity claim talks between the two sides have already commenced and are being handled through the N+1 and Rothschild financial advisory firms.

However, despite initial progress, disputes ...

Lufthansa to cut back Düsseldorf longhaul ops this winter

Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) is to scale back longhaul operations out of its third largest German base - Dusseldorf - this coming winter German aviation news portal, Airliners.de, has reported.

Airline sources who spoke to the site confirmed the carrier's plans to terminate its current 6x weekly service to Chicago O'Hare on October 24 while its other intercontinental flight out of Dusseldorf - a daily A340-300 service to Newark - will be switched to an A330-300. In a further blow to the ...

China's Ningxia Cargo Airlines on track for late 3Q launch

Ningxia Cargo Airlines (Yinchuan) has completed its AOC certification with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in time for a September launch.

Quoting local media outlets, China's WCARN news says the freight start-up's fleet of three ex-Zhejiang Loong Airlines (GJ, Hangzhou) B737-300(F)s - B-2954 (msn 27518), B-2949 (msn 27372), and B-2584 (msn 25891) - will exit the paint shop in August.

Ningxia plans to operate domestic and international freight flights using a fleet of ...

Ryanair to open Gothenburg base in September

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) is to open its 74th base in Europe at Gothenburg Landvetter this September using one B737-800. The Irish LCC plans to expand its services out of Sweden's second largest city with the addition of more frequencies to London Stansted.

Currently, Ryanair connects Gothenburg with Alghero, Alicante, Edinburgh, London Stansted, Malaga, Malta, Marseilles, Milan Orio al Serio, Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan, Paris Beauvais, Pisa, Rome Ciampino, Zadar.

SAS leasing a Portuguese A340 for New York flights

SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup) has leased an A340-500, CS-TFX (cn 912), from Hi Fly (5K, Lisbon) to cover a temporary capacity shortfall on its Copenhagen Kastrup-Newark route. According to Danish aviation portal check-in.dk, the quadjet is filling in for a SAS A340-300, OY-KBI (cn 430), which usually operates the route but which recently developed a technical fault.

Canada's Cargojet, First Air strengthen cooperation

Cargojet Airways (W8, Hamilton, ON) and First Air (7F, Carp) have expanded an existing commercial co-operation agreement effective July 1, 2015 while extending their Transportation Agreement through to June 30, 2025.

Under the terms of their Cooperation Agreement signed in June last year, Cargojet took over the lease on First Air’s B767-200(F), C-GKLY (msn 22314), before deploying it on 3x weekly cargo flights from Ottawa Int'l and Winnipeg Int'l to Iqaluit on behalf of First Air.

However, ...

Pakistan Int'l Airlines to replace B747 with leased B767s

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) chairman Nasser Jaffer says his airline is to withdraw its sole remaining B747 from revenue service by the end of July. The 27-year old B747-300, AP-BFY (msn 23920), is currently used on flights between Karachi Int'l and Jeddah.

Local Pakistani news reports state PIA is in talks to replace the B747 with a pair of B767-300(ER)s wet-leased from Mega Maldives Air (LV, Malé) on 10 week-long contracts. The first of the aircraft, 8Q-MEE ...

Sarajevo to shut down B&H Airlines citing mounting debts

B&H Airlines (JA, Sarajevo) is to be closed down and liquidated following a decision by its sole shareholder, the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnian prime minister Fadil Novalić told the local Vijesti newspaper that the carrier's financial crisis had become untenable with debts amounting to BAM35 million (USD17.7 million).

"The government of the Federation has BAM6.2 million marks to solve this problem, and the problem is BAM35 million. If anyone has BAM35 million marks to give to ...

Spain's Air Europa to lease an ex-Skymark A330?

Air Europa (UX, Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan) is in talks to lease an A330 for use on its North American passenger flights as well as troop movement flights for the Spanish Armed Forces. Quoting informed sources who wished to remain anonymous, Spain's Preferente newspaper says the aircraft is a 'recent manufacture' and was originally destined for a 'now bankrupt Asian carrier.'

Based on this description, it is presumed the aircraft in question is an A330-300 that was destined for ...

Austria's Niki ends Embraer operations

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Spain's León Airlines ceases operations just eight weeks in

León Airlines (León) has ceased operations just eight weeks after it commenced them. In a statement, the start-up said its flights had failed to attract adequate demand while state funding promised to it by the company managing Burgos airport - Consorcio del Aeropuerto de Villafría - had also not lived up to expected levels.

The start-up has struggled to compete with High Speed Rail services which reportedly cost it almost 30% of its customer-base on the Burgos-Barcelona El Prat route during ...

Huatugou, China opens to commercial traffic

Huatugou Airport, situated in the Gobi Desert in China's northwestern Qinghai Province, opened to commercial traffic on Friday, June 26. Local media reports state China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) inaugurated the facility with A319-100-operated flights to Xining.

Built at an altitude of 2,906m, the airfield will help improve connectivity to the remote outpost whose nearest major urban settlement is roughly 500km away.

Vietnam Airlines to commence A350 ops this week

Following the arrival of VN-A886 (cn 014) in Hanoi on Tuesday, June 30, Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) has announced it will begin commercial A350-900 operations on Friday, July 3 with flights between the Vietnamese capital and Ho Chi Minh City. Once training flights have been completed, the twinjet will then be deployed on the flag carrier's Paris CDG and Seoul Incheon services.

Vietnam Airlines has a total of fourteen A350-900s on order, including ten on order from ...

Turkey's Pegasus Airlines to lease two A320s from CALC

Pegasus Airlines (PC, Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen) has signed a Letter of Intent with the China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) for two A320-200 (sl)s which are scheduled for delivery in June 2016. Upon finalization of a firm leasing agreement, the Turkish LCC will become CALC’s first customer in Europe.

“We are delighted to be welcoming the addition of CALC's 2 new Airbus A320ceo aircraft to our young and growing fleet. The new aircraft will be the first A320 Aircraft with a 186-seat capacity to ...

Flybe. leasing an additional ATR72 for SAS operations

Flybe. (BE, Exeter) has signed a lease agreement with Singapore-based lessor Avation involving one new ATR72-600 which will be delivered toward the end of the year. The turboprop will join four other Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) aircraft the British carrier plans to operate on behalf of SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup).

“Flybe has established a strong relationship with Avation PLC," Flybe CEO Saad Hammad said. "This helped to secure the new contract for a ...

Garuda to partner Cardigair on Indonesian freight flights

Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) has signed a freight partnership agreement with fellow Indonesian operator Cardigair (8F, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) involving the joint marketing and promotion of freight capacity on each other's flights.

During the initial stages of the deal which come into effect next month, Garuda will be able to sell freight space aboard Cardigair flights to Surabaya, East Java, Denpasar, Bali, and Dili in Timor Leste, while Cardig will have the rights to sell ...