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Dublin could okay IAG's Aer Lingus bid with added LHR guarantees

Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) shareholder, the Irish government, could commit to a deal with the International Airlines Group (IAG) should the IAG commit to retaining Aer Lingus's London Heathrow slots for 'seven or eight years'.

Last week, the government said it would not commit to the sale of its 25.11% stake in the airline unless "market conditions were favourable, the terms of the sale were satisfactory to the Government and an acceptable price could be secured."

Among the additional ...

Biman Bangladesh to resume domestic operations next month

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG, Dhaka) is planning to resume scheduled internal flights using its incoming Dash 8-400 fleet effective April 6. The Bangladeshi national carrier will begin service to Sylhet initially, followed thereafter by Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Jessore, Saidpur, Rajshahi, and Barisal. The Q400 will also be deployed on regional services to Yangon and Kolkata.

"These are considerable positive improvements to the schedule that we will offer to current and new customers flying ...

Canadian start-up, JetLines, in talks with new potential partners

Jetlines (Vancouver Int'l) is in talks with a Canadian carrier as well as another undisclosed international firm concerning possible partnership arrangements Canada's Financial Post has reported.

The start-up last month announced the termination of an amalgamation agreement with Vancouver-based capital-pool company, Inovent Capital, following its expiration in January. The move lead Inovent to threaten legal proceedings against Jetlines for breach of contract.

Despite the messy divorce, ...

Indonesia's Citilink defers international expansion plans

Citilink (QG, Surabaya) has again deferred maintaining a scheduled international presence amid reports it has now set reaching longterm profitability as this year's primary objective.

According to CAPA, though the Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) budget subsidiary did in fact begin international operations from Surabaya to Johor Bahru in Malaysia in March last year, it abandoned the route after only a month. Thereafter, plans to connect Surabaya with Kuala Lumpur Int'l and ...

Indonesian regulator sanctions Lion Air for excess flight delays

Lion Airlines (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) has been reprimanded by Indonesia's Directorate General Of Civil Aviation (DGCA) after a series of extensive flight delays affected more than 3,000 passengers over the period February 18 to 20.

In addition to the reprimand, the regulatory body said it would ensure the airline adequately reimbursed the affected passengers as required under the airline's Conditions of Carriage. Other measures taken include a ban on any further applications for new ...

Nigeria's Arik Air eyes potential regional hub in Cotonou

Arik Air (W3, Lagos) Deputy Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi, says his airline is considering developing Cotonou into a regional West African hub. Speaking during the launch of Arik's newest regional service - Lagos to Abidjan via Cotonou - Sanusi said the Béninoise capital could be developed into a hub to rival that of Lomé, home to Ethiopian Airlines's West African operation, ASKY Airlines (KP, Lomé).

“We are not flying through Lomé Airport for strategic reasons. Besides, we want to ...

Spanish start-up, Air Horizont, aiming for late April launch

Air Horizont (Zaragoza) is planning to start operations during the second half of next month using a B737-400. The FlightConsulting blog says initial services will involve 2x weekly flights to Seville, Munich, Alicante, and Rome Fiumicino with a second aircraft to arrive later on during the summer high season.

The 162-seater jet will offer a two-class configuration with business class seats aimed primarily at the German market.

Founded in 2011, the start-up is backed by two pilots - Juan ...

Dutch ACMI specialist, Denim Air, set for maiden ATR42

Denim Air ACMI (J7, Amsterdam) will introduce its first Avions de Transport Régional equipment into its fleet later this month with the arrival of an ATR42. Currently, its fleet consists of one ERJ-145 and one Fokker 50 (both leased out to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service), and two Fokker 100s (one of which is destined for Air Panama).

Effective March 9, the turboprop will be based in Amsterdam and will be used for ACMI contracts and (ad-hoc) charters. It will be operated in close ...

Thailand's Asia Atlantic Airlines applies for US route authority

Asia Atlantic Airlines (HB, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) has applied to the US Department of Transportation for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit as well as route exemption which would allow it to conduct freight as well as passenger charter flights to the United States from Thailand or via third countries.

Though it did not mention any specifics in terms of dates or proposed routings, the flights would be operated as either charters or wet-leases using the carrier's fleet of two B767-300(ER)s.

A ...

Turkish denies A380 rumours; confirms SAS Heathrow slot purchase

Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) will not be operating any A380-800s this year the airline's board has decided. In February, the carrier was reportedly considering opening up dialogue with Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) over the possible lease of two A380s to be used for the upcoming summer season.

"There is no Board decision regarding the purchase or lease of an A380 aircraft. Turkish Airlines will not be operating an A380 aircraft in 2015," a filing with the Borsa ...

Canada's Kelowna Flightcraft to rebrand, set up Toronto cargo hub

Kelowna Flightcraft (KW, Kelowna) is set to rebrand its cargo operation as KF Cargo as it moves to revitalize its operations following the loss of its Canada Post and Purolator contracts to rival, Cargojet Airways (W8, Hamilton, ON).

The Canadian freight specialist is to move its one of its two bases of operations from Hamilton, ON airport to Toronto Pearson in line with plans to develop the latter into an intercontinental hub for traffic to Europe and Asia.

"We've lost our single source ...

Swiss start-up, Germania Flug, takes delivery of first aircraft

Germania Flug (GSW, Zurich) took delivery of its first aircraft, an A319-100, at a ceremony held at Zurich on February 25. The jet, D-AHIL (cn 3589), is set to be re-registered as HB-JOH before being deployed on scheduled flights to Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece for HolidayJet (Zurich) later this month.

In terms of operations, GermaniaFlug is a joint-venture between Germania (ST, Berlin Schönefeld) and Swiss tour operator, Hotelplan, which will, in-turn, charter the aircraft out ...

Taron Avia takes over Air Armenia's only B737

Taron Avia (TRV, Erebuni) has taken delivery of its first Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) machinery - a B737-500 EK-73797 (msn 26297) formerly in service with Air Armenia (QN, Yerevan).

Skyliner Aviation reports the twinjet was recently spotted in Yerevan sporting Taron Avia's livery. Taron-Avia also operates an An-12BP freighter.

Montenegro Airlines not moving to Belgrade says government

Montenegro Airlines (YM, Podgorica) backer, the Montenegrin government, has rubbished reports in the local press claiming the national carrier is planning to relocate to Belgrade in a bid to cut costs.

The local “Dnevne novine” newspaper had claimed the carrier was considering the switch, alongside plans to slash its workforce by half, as part of a strategic partnership agreement to be inked with Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) this summer.

According to EX-YU Aviation News, Podgorica ...

Romania's Ten Airways files for insolvency protection

Ten Airways (X5, Bucharest Baneasa) has filed for insolvency protection with a Bucharest court which, if granted on March 5, will allow the airline to restructure and resume operations. The carrier recently had its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) reinstated by the Romanian civil aviation authority (Autoritatea Aeronautică Civilă Română - AACR) roughly a month after it was initially revoked, the carrier's managing director Dumitru Pupescu has confirmed to ch-aviation.

The Mediafax news agency ...

Condor to start Caribbean flights from Sweden this winter?

Condor (DE, Frankfurt Int'l) is to commence long haul charter flights out of Stockholm Arlanda beginning in December this year.

ch-aviation schedule data analysis reveals the German leisure specialist is considering offering weekly services to Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic, and Varadero, in Cuba, using B767-300 equipment operated by its Thomas Cook Airlines UK (MT, Manchester Int'l) sister carrier.

A carrier spokesperson did not confirm the plans but said Condor was still ...

Interjet firms up Sukhoi options, mulls Havana hub in longterm

Interjet (4O, Toluca) has approved the firming up of options for an additional ten SSJ 100-95s Russia's RU Aviation News reports. The move follows talks between the airline's board and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) executives late last year and, according to Interjet CEO Jose Luis Garza, will culminate in an agreement being signed in Venice, Italy later this year.

The Mexican LCC operates eleven of the type on flights throughout Mexico as well as to Houston Intc'l and ...

Finnair Cargo signs up for the IAG's Partner Plus Program

Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) says its freight subsidiary, Finnair Cargo, has signed an agreement with the International Airlines Group (IAG) to participate in its IAG Cargo Partner Plus Program. Six airlines currently make up the program including Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l), JAL - Japan Airlines (JL, Tokyo Haneda), the Avianca group, and American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth).

“This closer cooperation with IAG Cargo will provide our customers better access to many markets beyond ...

Austria's Niki reintroduces the A319 into its fleet

Niki (HG, Vienna) has received a pair of A319-100 formerly in service with parent Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel). The two six-year-old aircraft, OE-LNA (cn 3661) and OE-LNB (cn 3447), have already been re-registered in Austria and are configured with 150 seats each. Niki operated the type up until 2013.

As it currently stands, the twinjets will also be used on Niki's existing route network as well as on its new Slovakian flights from Bratislava to Brussels National and Vienna starting October ...

Allegiant Air to acquire two A320s from Philippine Airlines

Allegiant Air (G4, Las Vegas McCarran) has announced the acquisition of additional A320 Family aircraft with two A320-200s, currently in service with Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila), set to arrive in the United States towards the end of the year.

“These A320s will have 177 seats in the same configuration as our current A320s. As with our other aircraft transactions, we are able to purchase these aircraft for cash," Jude Bricker, senior vice president of planning, said.

The Nevada-based ...

Pakistan International receives two Ukrainian ATR72s

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) has reportedly leased two ATR 72-500 aircraft from ABRIC Leasing. The two aircraft, cn 994 and cn 1029, are currently registered as UR-UTH and UR-UTJ and were formerly in service with UTair-Ukraine (QU, Lugansk). The ch-aviation aircraft database shows both turboprops are currently undergoing pre-delivery maintenance checks at Toulouse Francazal.

PIA already operates six ATR42-500s on domestic services throughout Pakistan and ...

American selects Mesa for CRJ-900 operations; mulls 100-seat jets

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has selected Mesa Airlines (YV, Phoenix Sky Harbor) to operate seven new CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft for a 10-year term under the American Eagle brand.

Earlier this month, the Texan-based operator announced it had reached an agreement in principle with Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) to acquire the jets with options for an undisclosed number of additional airframes of the same type.

The 76-seat jets feature a two-class configuration with 12 First ...

Air Tahiti Nui selects the B787 for its fleet renewal needs

Air Tahiti Nui (TN, Papeete) has selected Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) over Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for its fleet renewal requirements following intense boardroom deliberations the Tahitian press has reported. Despite a last-minute push by the Europeans with their A350-900 and A330 products, the carrier's board reportedly stuck with their initial decision to go with the Americans.

A key factor in the airline's decision is Paris's continued dalliance on whether or not it will ...

China Eastern's Jiangsu branch applies for international rights

China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) says its Jiangsu operation has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to expand the parameters of its Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

According to WCARN news, the carrier wants to include the operation of domestic cargo and passenger services - including Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok, Macau Int'l and Taiwan - as well as international cargo and passenger services into its licence.

Currently, the carrier's AOC is restricted to ...

Australia's REX to start Bamaga, QLD services next month

REX - Regional Express (ZL, Wagga Wagga) says it has reached an agreement with the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC) paving the way for the launch of flights from Cairns to Bamaga, a town near the northern tip of the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

"Rex announced on January 14 this year that it was prepared to fill the void left by the collapse of Skytrans (Q6, Cairns) and invited interested Cape communities to express their interests," Cairns-based Rex Queensland State ...