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Jet Airways rejects claims B737-800 order cancelled

Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) has rejected Indian media reports it has cancelled an order for seventeen B737-800 WIN.s on the back of financing concerns. India's Economic Times quoted sources close to Jet Airways' as saying the January 2012 order was cancelled when Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) asked it to make its first Pre-Delivery Payments (PDP). It also claimed that orders for ten B787-8s had now been deferred.

However, The Wall Street Journal has now reported that the airline has in fact ...

Swiss European to operate B777s following union talks collapse

Swiss European Air Lines (SWU, Zurich) will operate B777-300(ER)s on behalf of parent Swiss (LX, Zurich) when they begin arriving in 2016 following the collapse of labour agreement talks with Swiss' two main rival pilot unions, IPG and Aeropers.

Schweiz am Sonntag reports that Swiss has since 2012 been in talks with both unions in a bid to see both camps operating under one universal labour contract. IPG, which is aligned towards Swiss European Airlines, and Aeropers, which is aligned ...

China's Hainan Airlines parks its last three A340-600s

Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) has withdrawn its last three remaining A340-600s - B-6508 (cn 436), B-6509 (cn 453) and B-6510 (cn 475) - into storage ch-aviation has learned. The quadjets were retired from revenue service on April 15.

The Chinese carrier's longhaul fleet now constitutes seven A330-200s, seven A330-300s, three B767-300(ER)s and six B787-8s.

Monarch Airlines retires the A300 from revenue service

Monarch Airlines (ZB, London Luton) officially retired the A300-600R from its fleet on 13 April. Local news reports state that having completed its last flight from London Gatwick to Birmingham Int'l, G-OJMR (cn 605) is now destined to be scrapped in Tupelo, Mississippi.

The Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) passenger jet was the last of its type to operate in Europe.

The ch-aviation aircraft database shows that globally, Mahan Air (W5, Tehran Mehrabad), ...

Afghanistan's East Horizon deploys Tajik MA-60 into service

East Horizon Airlines (EE, Kabul) has now officially deployed its MA-60, EY-201, into service on flights throughout Afghanistan. The aircraft, on wet-lease from Tajik Air (7J, Dushanbe), is on a one-year contract.

It is to be recalled that following a series of incidents involving the Xian Aircraft Company (Xi'an Yanliang) turboprop last year, the Tajik Civil Aviation Department forbade the aircraft from operating within the confines of Tajikistan indefinitely.

Its Hello "Envoy" as American Eagle Airlines brand is retired

American Eagle Airlines (MQ, Dallas/Fort Worth) has officially transmogrified itself into Envoy Air (MQ, Dallas/Fort Worth) as of April 15. Using its fleet of forty-seven CRJ-700s, fifty-nine ERJ-140s and 118 ERJ-145s, the airline has now joined the likes of ExpressJet Airlines (EV, Houston Intc'l), Republic Airlines (YX, Chicago O'Hare), and Skywest Airlines (USA) (OO, Salt Lake City) in operating American Eagle services on behalf of American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth).

Marking the ...

Atlasjet UA takes delivery of its first A320s ahead of May launch

Atlasjet UA (UJX, Kiev Borispol) has parked its first two A320-200s, UR-AJA (cn 1213) and UR-AJB (cn 733), in Lvov following their delivery earlier this month. Despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the Atlasjet Airlines (KK, Antalya) subsidiary has yet to amend its proposed May 1 launch date in contrast to other Ukrainian carriers which have already scaled back their local operations.

Atlasjet UA has outlined plans to connect various points in Russia, Turkey and the CIS with the Ukraine.

Tigerair returns first of two A319s to service

Tigerair (TR, Singapore Changi) has returned the first of two Airbus A319-100s, 9V-TRA (cn 3757), formerly with its Filipino subsidiary Tigerair Philippines (DG, Clark), into revenue service. The second aircraft, 9V-TRB (cn 3801), is currently in storage.

The aircraft were returned to their parent after Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) reached an agreement with the Singaporean LCC in January this year to acquire Tigerair Philippines outright.

Etihad, Alitalia talks stall over jobcuts, debt overhang

Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) management has reportedly put off a tentative deal with Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) until the latter resolves issues relating to overstaffing and outstanding debts.

Anonymous sources close to the talks told Reuters newswire that the Emirati carrier has demanded that 1'000 Alitalia with permanent contracts be let go, while the remaining 1'000 be put on temporary layoff schemes partially supported by the state.

“It’s part of negotiations… It in no way ...

Philippine Airlines to deploy B777s on flights to the US

Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila) will deploy its fleet of new B777-300(ER)s on flights to the United States following the country's re-classification to Category 1 by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

In a statement, the Filipino national carrier said it would deploy six Boeing 777-300ERs on flights to Los Angeles Int'l and San Francisco, CA in the United States within a month’s time. Services currently operate onboard a B747-400. For its flights to Honolulu and Guam Int'l, PAL will ...

Maldivian expecting first DHC-6 Twin Otter shortly

Maldivian (Q2, Malé) is expecting its first DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, 8Q-IAL (cn 358), to be delivered from Calgary on April 17. The turboprop, while the first for the airline, is not the first of its kind in the country given that rivals Trans Maldivian Airways (M8, Malé) and Maldivian Air Taxi (Malé) operate the type on local routes.

South African LCC, FlySafair, secures its ASL - again

FlySafair (FA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has once more been granted a domestic air service licence by the South African Air Services Council (ASLC). The licence will allow the Safair (FA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) subsidiary to operate scheduled domestic operations.

The carrier's initial licence was revoked last year after rivals Comair (South Africa) (MN, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) and SkyWise (SW, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) successfully petitioned a Pretoria High Court on the grounds that the ...

China's Qingdao Airlines takes delivery of first A320

Qingdao Airlines (QW, Qingdao) has taken delivery of its first A320-200 (sl), B-9955 (cn 6061), on lease from the China Aircraft Leasing Company Ltd following a delivery flight from Hamburg Finkenwerder to Qingdao last week.

The aircraft forms part of an August 2013 lease-agreement between CALC and Qingdao Airlines for the delivery of five A320s in both 2014 and 2015.

The aircraft is expected to begin operations later this month.

Qingdao will also use two CRJ-700s, B-3079 (cn 10118) and ...

Kinshasa officially launches Congo Airways initiative

Congo Airways (Kinshasa N'Djili) has officially been launched by the Congo's Transport ministry at a ceremony held in the capital, Kinshasa, last week. In his address, Minister of Transport, Justin Kalumba, said Congo Airways would be distinct from LAC - Lignes Aériennes Congolaises (4V, Kinshasa N'Djili), which is currently undergoing liquidation.

Although he did not disclose any operational or fleeting plans, Kalumba said the carrier would operate "the latest generation aircraft" beginning ...

Germany's Lübeck Airport facing uncertain future

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) and Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) could be forced to abandon their Lübeck, Germany operations following reports the airport is now facing serious viability problems. Germany's NDR says Egyptian investor Mohamad Rady Amar has sold his shares in logistics and project management firm, 3Y Logistic und Projektbetreuung GmbH, which is responsible for running the facility. Amar is also alleged to have "disappeared".

3Y's parent firm, Yasmina Flughafenmanagement GmbH, itself is ...

PIA Pakistan to retire B747-300s following Hajj season

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) is to ground its remaining four B747-300s following the conclusion of the Hajj charter season in late October.

Pakistani Minister of State for Cabinet Secretariat and Parliamentary Affairs, Aftab Sheikh, told parliament that following their grounding, the B747s would be put up for sale. The ch-aviation aircraft database lists the airline's B747-300 fleet as: AP-BFU (msn 23392), AP-BFV (msn 23534), AP-BFY (msn 23920) and AP-BGG (msn ...

Air Marshall Islands limps back into the air following grounding

Air Marshall Islands (CW, Majuro) has resumed limited domestic operations after both its aircraft - a Dash 8-100 and a Do228 - were grounded last week.

Marshallese newswire, Islands Business, says the Dash 8 was grounded by the country's Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) after it rejected another extension of time for the installation of a rudder-pressure caution indicator. Despite a cash crunch, the government-backed carrier was able to secure funding to buy the part thereby allowing the ...

Biman Bangladesh postpones New York flights to August

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG, Dhaka) has postponed the resumption of its flights to New York JFK from June to August after management failed to settle on a suitable ACMI provider.

The Dhaka Tribune reports that eight international operators responded to a tender issued last month namely: China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou), Omni Air International (OY, Tulsa Int'l), White (WI, Lisbon), Air Atlanta Icelandic (CC, Reykjavik Keflavik), Atlas Air (5Y, New York JFK), ...

Air France-KLM mulls exiting the dedicated freighter market

Air France (AF, Paris CDG) and partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam) could exit the dedicated-freighter sector as the Franco-Dutch carriers forge ahead with cost-cutting plans.

Quoting anonymous sources familiar with the carriers' operations, Bloomberg newswire says a decision on whether to exit the dedicated freight sector is to be taken at a board meeting later this month.

Despite reporting an operating profit of EUR130million (USD178million) in 2013, the Group's cargo ...

Canberra to court Emirates over possible Qantas investment

Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) will be courted as a potential investor for Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingford Smith) Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, has said. Al Arabiya News quotes Robb as saying he would personally raise the possibility of an Emirati investment in the Australian national carrier during high-level talks with Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed al-Maktoum, chairman of Emirates.

“In time, it’s the only solution to make sure that the Qantas brand and its viability remains ...

No plans to merge InterSky and Cityjet; InterSky future uncertain

InterSky (3L, Friedrichshafen) and Cityjet (WX, Dublin Int'l) will continue to operate as separate entities Intro Aviation president Hans Rudolf Wöhrl told journalists at the Luftfahrt-Presseclub in Berlin. Air France (AF, Paris CDG) and partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam) recently agreed to Intro aviation's offer for Cityjet and its subsidiary, VLM (VG, Antwerp), but did not disclose its value.

According to airliners.de, Wöhrl said the airlines could not be merged into a single ...

Air India secures $200mn in financing for three B787s

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) has secured USD200million in funding from the State Bank of India and the Bank of India (BoI) for the purchase of three B787-8s from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare). As previously reported, once acquired, the Dreamliners will then be proffered to leasing companies on a sale and leaseback basis.

Quoting unnamed sources, the Times of India said Air India has also received a credit of USD288million from Standard Chartered Bank to pay off fuel debts as well as ...

Australia's REX completes purchase of 25 leased Saab 340Bs

REX - Regional Express (ZL, Wagga Wagga) has purchased eighteen Saab 340Bs following the expiration of their leases in late March. According to the carrier, these aircraft were part of a group of 25 turboprops it had leased previously. The other seven Saabs were purchased when their leases expired on July 1, 2013.

“Rex committed to leasing these aircraft in late 2006 as part of its fleet modernisation and expansion programme. Upon lease expiry we had the opportunity of purchasing them at ...

Australian operators welcome plans for new Sydney airport

Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingford Smith) and other Australian operators have welcomed government's decision to go ahead with a new AUD2.5billion (USD2.4billion) airport to compliment Sydney's existing international gateway, Sydney Kingford Smith. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the plan on Tuesday, saying he expects work at Badgerys Creek in Western Sydney, 60 kilometers from the city centre, to begin in 2016. The first flights are expected to launch in roughly ten years time.

“The role of ...

Russia's UAC disposes of stake in the Ilyushin Finance Co.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) parent, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), has been given the go-ahead by the Russian government to dispose of a 48.4% stake in lessor the Ilyushin Finance Co.

The Kommersant says the buyer is another state-backed entity namely Russia's development bank, Vnesheconombank (VEB bank).

The exact value of the transaction has not yet been disclosed given that a current evaluation of the shares has yet to be undertaken. The Kremlin has instructed that ...