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Poland's Enter Air sets mid-December date for IPO

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Enter Air (E4, Warsaw Chopin) has now set a December 14 date for its planned debut on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Though it was forced to scrap earlier plans for an IPO during the third quarter of the year, the Polish carrier has left its offering untouched and is still looking to raise up to PLN110 million (USD27.28 million) through the sale of 7 million newly issued shares or up to 39.9% of increased share capital.

In terms of allotment, Enter Air says that individual investors will be ...

ALE studying use of commercial jets for Antarctica flights

Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) says it is studying the use of conventional passenger aircraft for its flights from Punta Arenas in Chile to Union Glacier airstrip in Antarctica.

Though flights to the blue-ice airfield are usually operated by Il-76TDs and Lockheed Hercules L-382Gs, the firm, in partnership with Loftleidir Icelandic (Reykjavik Keflavik), was able to successfully land a B757-200(ER), TF-FIN (msn 28989), there last week.

"The B757-200(ER) flight was undertaken to ...

Korea Express Air adds maiden jet aircraft

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Chengdu Airlines takes delivery of first ARJ21

Chengdu Airlines (EU, Chengdu) took delivery of its maiden ARJ21-700 - B-3321 (cn 106) - on Sunday, November 29.

As the ARJ21-700's launch operator, the Sichuan Airlines (3U, Chengdu) subsidiary has thirty of the type on order from COMAC with plans to deploy it into commercial service from Chengdu to Beijing Capital, Shanghai Pudong, and Guangzhou during the first quarter of next year.

China's first homegrown commercial aircraft, the ARJ21 has so far garnered orders for three hundred ...

Austerity forces Zambia to defer new national airline

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Air Baltic commited to C-Series, no plans for Sukhoi - Gauss

Air Baltic (BT, Riga) Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Martin Gauss has reiterated his airline's plans to base its future fleet around the Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) C-Series despite recent reports linking it to a possible order with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky).

“Bombardier's C-Series will be the backbone of our jet fleet beyond 2016," he said during a CS100 static display event in Riga last week. "Bombardier’s CS300 airliners are integral to the execution of Air ...

Russian sanctions on Turkey focus on air travel, trade

The Russian government has barred Ural Airlines (U6, Ekaterinburg) and other Russian carriers from operating charter flights to Turkey as part of a raft of punitive economic sanctions announced by Moscow this past weekend.

The move is in retaliation for Türk Hava Kuvvetleri F-16s downing a Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 for reportedly violating Turkish airspace near the border with Syria last week. One of the two pilots was shot dead by Syrian Turkmen rebels as he parachuted to ...

TAAG Angola to undertake hefty cuts as oil slump hits home

The slump in global oil prices has severely impacted the petro-dependent Angolan economy with state-backed national carrier TAAG Angola Airlines (DT, Luanda) now facing the "greatest financial crisis in its history,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Hill has said.

The Lusa newswire says Hill made the disclosure in a presentation made to the board of directors last week. During the meeting, the newly appointed CEO said the airline's owner, the Angolan government, could no longer absorb the ...

Delta to retain fourteen B757s past 2017

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) will retain fourteen of its 111 B757-200s past their original 2017 retirement date following the collapse in July of talks with its pilot corps over a tentative Collective Labour Agreement (CLA). Delta, which had tied the purchase of twenty EMB-190s and forty B737-900(ER)s to the CLA's ratification, had planned to replace the B757s with the newer B737s.

Airline spokesman Michael Thomas told Bloomberg news this week that given the change in ...

Belo Horizonte Pampulha set to resume jet operations

Belo Horizonte Pampulha is set to resume commercial jet operations for the first time since a ban on large aircraft (50+ seats) was instituted in 2005 on the grounds of noise abatement. All such operations were subsequently transferred to Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves which, unlike the centrally located Pampulha, is situated 40km outside of town.

This past week, representatives from Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (G3, São Paulo Congonhas), ...

Three carriers confirm Chengdu Tianfu operations from 2019

Sichuan Airlines (3U, Chengdu) along with Air China's Southwest Branch and China Eastern Airlines' Sichuan Branch have confirmed they will operate out of Chengdu's new Tianfu International Airport once it opens sometime in 2019.

According to WCARN, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has already authorised their planned operations there.

Located 51 kilometres east of downtown Chengdu, Tianfu International Airport is budgeted to cost CNY69.26 billion (USD10.84 billion) and ...

Norwegian ends B737 Classic operations

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Canada's WestJet to lease a pair of US B767s this Christmas

WestJet (WS, Calgary) will wet-lease a pair of B767s from US ACMI/charter specialist Omni Air International (OY, Tulsa Int'l) to operate Canada-Hawaii flights over the period December 11, 2015 to January 9, 2016 because of the delayed delivery of WestJet's own B767s.

Under the agreement, a B767-200(ER) will operate 2x weekly Calgary-Honolulu and Calgary-Kahului return services for the duration of the contract. A B767-300(ER) will also operate 2x weekly Calgary-Kahului flights as well as a 2x ...

Russia's UTair restructures $650mn debt with creditor banks

UTair (UT, Khanty-Mansiysk) has signed two agreements with eleven creditor banks to restructure RUB43 billion (USD657.9 million) worth of debt. The first agreement involves a syndicated loan for RUB18.9 billion (USD287.2 million) for a period of seven years while the second is for RUB24.1 billion (USD366.2 million) over 12 years.

However, sources who spoke to Russia's Vedomosti newspaper said UTair is required to restructure RUB1.5 billion (USD22.8 million) in debt (already partially ...

Russia's Uktus Avia ends Pilatus operations

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Iraq's Al-Naser leasing a Ukrainian A320

Al-Naser Airlines (NR, Baghdad) has wet-leased an A320-200 from Ukrainian firm Dart Airlines (DAT, Kiev Zhulyany). Skyliner Aviation reports UR-CMV (cn 342) was ferried from Beirut to Baghdad earlier this week. The twinjet has since been used on flights from Baghdad and Najaf to Beirut and Istanbul Atatürk.

The airline, which in the past has been used as a proxy-agent for Iran to acquire aircraft in contravention of international sanctions, also operates one B737-400.

Iran's Taban Air adds first B757 to fleet

Taban Air (HH, Mashad) has wet-leased a B757-200 from Tajik Air (7J, Dushanbe) with the aircraft - EY-752 (msn 27599) - having been ferried from Dushanbe to Tehran Imam Khomeini late last week.

Taban Air also operates an A310-300, an ARJ-85, five MD-88s. It operates scheduled flights across Iran as well as to Damascus, Istanbul Atatürk, Dubai Int'l, Baghdad, and Riyadh.

Piedmont outlines tentative ERJ-145 operations

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Skydive Dubai adds maiden Twin Otter-400

Skydive Dubai has taken delivery of its maiden DHC-6-400 following a ferry flight from McMinnville to the Gulf last week. The twinprop - N903VK (cn 920) - will play a key role in the World Air Games being hosted by Skydive Dubai and which begin this weekend.

Skydive Dubai also operates legacy Twin Otter-300s, Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208Bs and a PC-6.

LC Perú begins Q400 commercial operations

LC Perú (W4, Lima Int'l) has deployed its maiden Dash 8-400 into commercial service following its arrival in Peru late last month. N689AC (cn 4036) began flights from Lima Int'l to Huánuco and Jauja earlier this month replacing the current Dash 8-200s on each route.

A second of the type is expected later next year ahead of a push further into South American regional market.

Cebu Pacific to start US operations in late 1Q2016

Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) has announced Guam Int'l as its maiden destination in the United States with a 4x weekly service from Manila set to commence on March 15, 2016. Operations are on-board an A320-200.

“Having Guam in our network sets us off on another expansion path across the Pacific. With the launch of Guam, we offer fares that are up to 83% lower than other airlines. Fares this low can only mean more tourists to both countries, more Filipinos visiting home, and more opportunities ...

Three European carriers eye stake in Croatia Airlines

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank unit tasked by the Croatian government to find a suitable partner for Croatia Airlines (OU, Zagreb), has located three firms willing to invest in the airline.

According to EX-YU Aviation News, sources close to the privatization process told the Večernji list newspaper that the firms include Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l), Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk), and Aegean Airlines (A3, Athens Int'l). Though ...