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Germany's Express Airways leasing an ATR72 from NAC

Express Airways (EPR, Dusseldorf) has taken delivery of OY-YAN (cn 570), an ATR72-500 formerly in service with Uruguay's BQB Líneas Aéreas (5Q, Punta del Este). On lease from Nordic Aviation Capital, the turboprop will be used on leisure flights between Germany, Austria and Croatia.

Delta to offer exec jet service upgrade to elite FF members

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved plans that will allow Delta Private Jets (Cincinnati Int'l) to carry commercial mainline Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) passengers.

Under its patent-pending upgrade program launched this week, Delta will allow its “Medallion” frequent fliers (those who fly more than 25,000 miles annually on the airline) to upgrade to private jets at a cost of between USD300 and USD800, depending on the destination.

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PIA Pakistan awards B777 tender to AerCap

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) will dry lease three B777-200(ER)s from Dutch firm AerCap following a tender floated in May of this year. According to evaluation results, the aircraft are Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) airframes - msn 32717, 32716, and 28688 - all of which will be used to replace the Pakistani carrier's outgoing B747-300 fleet.

Other bidders for the tender included the California-based LLFC Corporation which had put forward three Kenya Airways machines ...

Slovenia's Lipican Aer adds first Saab 340 freighter

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Singaporean LCC Scoot mulls Europe, Middle East flights

Scoot (TZ, Singapore Changi) is considering expanding its network reach into the Middle East and Europe airline Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Campbell Wilson has revealed.

In an interview with Singapore's Today newspaper, Wilson said that while several destinations are under scrutiny, their launch would not be rushed given what he termed 'abundant opportunities' within the Asia-Pacific market.

“The West is definitely on our cards," he said. "We are exploring some options at the moment. We ...

Financially ailing Syphax Airlines suspends operations

Syphax Airlines (FS, Sfax) has announced the grounding of its A319-100 fleet effective Thursday evening. According to an AFP report, a company lawyer said the airline was experiencing "financial difficulties" and that flights had been "temporarily" suspended "until solutions are found."

IATA instructed airlines and travel agencies to stop doing business with Syphax on Wednesday after the Tunisian carrier was unable to settle its dues with the industry association.

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Condor to lease a Belgian A320 during October

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Frontier outlines initial A321 operations

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Russia's UVT aero commences operations

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Loganair secures Scottish PSO contract

Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) has been awarded a Scottish government Public Services Obligation (PSO) contract to operate flights from Glasgow Int'l to Campbeltown, Tiree and Barra.

Scottish Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay, said in a statement that the new contract, which will feature significantly enhanced service on all three routes, will commence in October and run for the next four years.

“The routes will also be served by our new DHC-6-400 aircraft, which entered ...

Emirates ends B777-200 operations

Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) says it has concluded B777-200 operations with the retirement of A6-EMF (msn 27249). The 19 year-old aircraft departed Dubai Int'l for Marana, Arizona via Boston for de-registration and storage on July 14.

The withdrawal is part of Emirates's fleet renewal plan aimed at ensuring it operates one of the world’s most modern and efficient fleet of aircraft, with an average age of less than 75 months.

“In order to keep our fleet modern, efficient and appealing to our ...

Titan Airways to partner Celebrity Cruises for VIP flights

Titan Airways (ZT, London Stansted) will partner Celebrity Cruises in launching a new premium charter flight service during summer 2016. Under their agreement, the US-based luxury cruise firm will charter a Titan B737-300 for their new luxury Jet Set Sail packages.

“Launching the VIP charter is our latest investment in delivering guests a luxury holiday experience," Jo Rzymowska, managing director UK and Ireland, Celebrity Cruises, said. "We are committed to offering a superior service both ...

CAAC orders Huangyan airport closed over arson attack

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) ordered the temporary closure of Huangyan airport following an arson attack onboard a Shenzhen Airlines (ZH, Shenzhen) flight to Guangzhou airport on Sunday.

The incident, which occurred on Sunday, July 26, involved a knife-wielding male passenger who had attempted to set fire to a curtain and newspaper during the flight from Huangyan.

Authorities told the official Xinhua news agency that a subsequent investigation of Huangyan's security ...

China's Uni-Top takes delivery of first A300 freighter

Uni-Top Airlines (UW, Wuhan) has taken delivery of its first A300-600(F), B-2330 (cn 763), following P2F conversion with EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EADS EFW) in Dresden, Germany.

The aircraft is the first of seven ex-China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) A300-600s the freight specialist acquired last year, to complete conversion. The other six are currently works in progress.

Earlier this year, reports indicated the freighters would be deployed on flights from Shanghai Pudong to ...

China's 9 Air leasing two B737s from GECAS

9 Air (AQ, Guangzhou) has leased a pair of B737-800s from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The aircraft - B-6990 (msn 41259) and B-6989 (msn 38041) - were formerly in service with India's Spicejet (SG, Delhi Int'l).

A further two of the type - msn 41260 and 41261 - are currently undergoing pre-delivery maintenance checks at Singapore Seletar ahead of their delivery to the Chinese budget carrier.

Once all aircraft are in service, the Juneyao Airlines (HO, Shanghai Hongqiao) subsidiary ...

China Eastern, Qantas in bid to secure joint-venture nod

China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) has offered various concessions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in a bid to secure a five-year authorization for its planned joint-venture with Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingford Smith) for flights between Australia and China.

The ACCC warned in March that it may deny granting the venture regulatory approval over concerns the tie-up could harm competition on the Sydney Kingford Smith-Shanghai Pudong route. Aside from ...

American Airlines announces new $2bn share buyback drive

The Board of Directors at the American Airlines Group has authorized another round of share buy-backs with USD2 billion in stock to be reacquired by December 31, 2016.

The move adds to a similar USD2 billion initiative launched in January of this year and which has so far seen USD943 million worth of shares being bought back through the first half of the year.

AAG announced its highest quarterly earnings ever, posting a 2Q profit of USD1.7 billion.

Other US carriers to offer similar ...

Royal Air Maroc leasing a Jordanian A320

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Singapore Airlines relinquishes seven A350 production slots

Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) says it has relinquished seven A350-900 production slots at the request of Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac). The move now leaves the Singaporean carrier with sixty-three firm orders for the type. An additional twenty order options, exchangeable for the larger A350-1000, are still intact.

"It will not materially affect SIA’s fleet renewal or growth plans, as adjustments have been made to bring forward deliveries of other A350-900 aircraft on ...

Nigeria's Dana Air eyes maiden regional flights

Dana Air (9J, Lagos) is planning to commence international services with flights to Accra, Ghana. Airline officials were recently in the Ghanaian capital assisting the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GhCAA) in the validation of their Nigerian Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

Using a fleet of five MD-83s and one MD-82, Dana Air currently operates exclusively within the confines of Nigeria connecting Abuja and Port Harcourt Omagwa with its Lagos hub.

AirAsia to recapitalize Indonesian unit

Tony Fernandes, the founder and CEO of AirAsia Group, says his firm will recapitalize its Indonesia AirAsia (QZ, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) subsidiary ahead of a July 31 deadline to improve its overall financial standing.

The Indonesian Ministry of Transport (MOT) earlier this month gave thirteen local carriers - Indonesia AirAsia, Batik Air (part of the Lion Group), Cardigair, Transwisata Air, EastIndo, Survai Udara Penas, Air Pacific (Indonesia), Jhonlin Air Transport, ...