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Air India pitches debt-to-equity deals to creditor firms

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) has opened talks with creditor banks over the possible conversion of INR100 billion (USD1.49 billion) worth of debt to equity airline sources have told India's Economic Times.

In its report, the paper says Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani has been holding meetings with a 26-member consortium of lenders that includes the State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, and the Central Bank of India.

The talks fall under the auspices of the Reserve ...

SAA denies Hong Kong service in jeopardy

South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has denied reports in the South African press claiming its Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok services are in jeopardy. This weekend, The Sunday Times claimed authorities in the Chinese autonomous territory had given the carrier until September 6 to submit its 2016 annual financial statements or face possible deregistration.

“The airline has not been deregistered and is unlikely to be deregistered," SAA spokesman Tlali Tlali told The Mercury newspaper. ...

India's Jetsmart eyes late 3Q launch date

Jetsmart (Bangalore Int'l) is an Indian regional start-up planning to begin scheduled charter operations on Thursday, September 1.

According to its website, the carrier will offer daily Ludhiana-Delhi Int'l return flights using a single Beech (twin turboprop) King Air 200C, VT-SRC (cn BL-139).

Additional destinations are expected to be added in future.

American retires twenty Mad Dogs in one go

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has retired twenty MD-82 and MD-83 airframes as part of greater plans to remove a total of forty-five from its fleet this year.

According to the FlightRadar24 blog, the aircraft were simultaneously ferried to Roswell from airfields all over the United States, including Chicago O'Hare, Salt Lake City, Tampa Int'l, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Raleigh/Durham, Pittsburgh Int'l, and Dallas/Fort Worth on August 23.

On arrival at the New Mexico storage ...

China's HAMG to set up new carrier, Zhongnan Airlines

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Atlas Air secures five-year FedEx capacity deal

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. says it has entered into a five-year agreement with FedEx Express (FX, Memphis Int'l) to provide it with five B747-400(F)s for peak flying seasons beginning in 2017 and lasting through 2021.

According to the US capacity provider, peak season flying generally occurs in the month of December and, in some cases, even earlier.

An agreement to provide five aircraft for the 2016 peak season is already in place.

Atlas Air also provides B767 and B747 ...

Kyrgyzstan's Air KG tenders for one ATR72

Air KG (Bishkek) has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to all aircraft suppliers for the purchase of one ATR72-500.

According to tender documents seen by Central Asian Aero News, the carrier has budgeted approximately USD10 million for the purchase.

Thus far, ninety firms have already submitted proposals ahead of the September 15 deadline.

Air KG commenced operations last year using a VIP-configured Yak-40 - EX-00007 (cn 9530342).

Dominican Wings to debut US flights in late 3Q

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China's CASL adds maiden MA-60

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Thailand's NokScoot to anchor fleet renewal on used B777s

NokScoot (XW, Bangkok Don Mueang) has revised its fleet expansion plans and has now opted to purchase more used B777s widebodies as opposed to the previously announced plan to acquire either A330neo or B787s.

In an interview with CAPA earlier this month, NokScoot chairman Patee Sarasin said the Nok Air/Scoot joint-venture is now planning to acquire seven more B777-200s to compliment its current trio of the type. The shift away from acquiring new aircraft was driven primarily by cost ...

Colombia's Aerocivil launches consumer rights investigation

Colombia's civil aviation authority (Unidad Administrativa Especial de Aeronáutica Civil - Aerocivil) has announced it has opened an investigation into four local carriers and four local travel agencies over their alleged failures to adequately inform customers of fees charged for ticket changes and cancellations.

The carriers affected include Avianca (AV, Bogotá), Easyfly (Colombia) (VE, Bogotá), ADA - Aerolínea de Antioquia (ANQ, Medellín Olaya Herrera), and Satena (9R, Bogotá) while the ...

SpiceJet to ramp up Q400 fleet for Northeast Indian ops

SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) is expecting four more Dash 8-400s to join its fleet this winter season with plans to base them out of Kolkata.

Airline sources who spoke to India's Hindustan Times said the turboprops would be used on the LCC's existing Northeastern services to Guwahati and Agartala as well as to start flights to Silchar, Aizawl and Gorakhpur this October.

SpiceJet currently operates a fleet of fourteen Q400s the bulk of which are leased from Maple Leaf Financial Services with ...

Eurowings to pull out of Russia from mid-4Q

Eurowings (EW, Dusseldorf) will terminate its Russian services at the end of the current summer season Russia's Kommersant newspaper has reported.

A source for the LCC told the paper that its daily Berlin Tegel-Moscow Domodedovo route, launched in October 2015, had not lived up to expectations in terms of demand and revenue.

The budget brand of the Lufthansa Group, Eurowings offers regular flights across Europe, as well as to the Indian Ocean, the Gulf, North America, the Caribbean, and ...

Brazil's Brascoota set to be unveiled in September

Brascoota (Belém) has announced it will hold a formal unveiling ceremony on September 20 at Lins airport in the state of São Paulo.

The start-up recently took delivery of its maiden aircraft, DC-8-73(F) PP-BEL (msn 46047), with plans to use it to haul fresh produce and meat around the country.

It is uncertain when the airline will formally inaugurate revenue flights.

Finnair to start regular Kemi-Tornio ops in 2Q2017

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Ukraine's BJTA begins CRJ200 operations

Business Jet Travel Airline (BTT, Kiev Boryspil) has deployed its maiden Bombardier Challenger 850 into revenue service Skyliner Aviation has reported.

UR-ICD (cn 8072) was recently tracked in service for the Ukrainian VIP charter operator plying flights to Cologne/Bonn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Barcelona El Prat, and Kiev Zhuliany.

ch-aviation research shows BJTA also operates two Raytheon Premier Is.

Russia's Sky Gates Airlines to add maiden aircraft

Sky Gates Airlines (Ramenskoye) will shortly take delivery of its maiden aircraft, a B747-400(F) formerly in service for Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) as B-HUO (msn 32571), Skyliner Aviation has reported.

As prevously reported, Sky Gates Airlines is a Russian cargo start-up looking to launch operations later this year. It will focus on the Russian market and on South East Asia and plans to develop Ramenskoye as its primary hub.

Brazilian VIP charter operator CB Air acquires rival Global

CB Air Táxi Aéreo (Sorocaba) has agreed to acquire rival operator Global Táxi Aéreo (São Paulo Congonhas) in a deal valued at BRR38 million reais (USD11.9 million) the two carriers have jointly announced.

Following the closure of the transaction, which requires government approval, CB Air's fleet will grow from the current twelve aircraft to thirty-two.

The VIP charter specialists both operate a variety of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft including ERJ-135BJs (Legacy 600 and 650s), G-450s ...

Takengon, Indonesia begins commercial operations

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