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FedEx Express orders up one more B767 freighter

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FedEx Express (FX, Memphis Int'l) has ordered one more B767-300(F) from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) the US manufacturer's latest order book figures have revealed. The US freight and logistics specialist now has thirty-nine of the type on order with sixteen of them already in revenue service.

FedEx says the B767 freighter is approximately 30% more fuel efficient and has unit operating costs that are more than 20% lower than the MD-10s it is replacing.

Belgium's Jetairfly to take delivery of Arke Fly B767

Arke Fly (OR, Amsterdam) will transfer its last remaining B767 to sister carrier, Jetairfly (TB, Brussels National), in the coming weeks airline sources have informed ch-aviation. Once in-country, B767-300(ER) PH-OYJ (msn 29384) will become OO-JNL on the Belgian register.

The Belgian leisure specialist currently operates a single widebody aircraft - a B787-8 OO-JDL (msn 34425) - on flights connecting Brussels National with Amsterdam, Miami Int'l, Punta Cana, Orlando Sanford, ...

Qantas to resume scheduled int'l flights out of Perth in June

Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingford Smith) will resume international services out of Perth Int'l later on in June Qantas International Chief Executive Officer Gareth Evans has said.

Using B737-800 equipment, the airline will offer a 5x weekly flight to Singapore Changi beginning June 26.

“We know how important it is for West Australian business travellers to have seamless access to Asia so we’re delighted to be able to offer the Perth-Singapore route with a schedule and aircraft type that will ...

Air New Zealand sets tentative Q3 date for last B737 service

Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) has set a tentative date of September 6 for its B737-300 fleet's last scheduled commercial flight. AirlineRoute reports the type's last route will be Auckland Int'l-Christchurch.

As previously reported, the B737s will be replaced with the airline's incoming fleet of A320ceo and neo twinjets.

Air New Zealand has operated the B737 for almost 50 years taking delivery of its first of nine B737-200Advs in September 1968.

Sicily asks Alitalia, Ryanair to start internal flights

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) and Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) have been asked by authorities in Sicily to begin flights between Catania and Palermo after a landslide forced the closure of a section of the main A19 highway which connects the two cities.

The ItaliaVola flight blog states that as train service provider, Trenitalia, has been overwhelmed by demand, so the two carriers have been approached to help restore the 191 kilometre-long sector that is critical to the island's ...

Air Vallée to roll out new domestic Italian flights this summer

Air Vallée (VK, Genoa) has unveiled a set of new internal Italian flights it plans to roll out during the course of this summer. The ItaliaVola flight blog reports the airline will start Brindisi-Catania flights on April 28 followed by Bari-Naples Int'l and Naples-Ancona on June 2, and Brindisi-Zakinthos, Greece on July 18.

The Italian leisure carrier uses a Fokker 50 leased from Sweden Amapola Flyg (HP, Stockholm Arlanda) to ply its routes which include charter flights from various stations ...

Tibet Airlines applies for international traffic rights

Tibet Airlines (TV, Lhasa) has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to expand its operational parameters to include the carriage of cargo and passengers to neighbouring countries.

Currently, it is restricted to operating cargo and passenger services within China including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. It does not currently serve the three markets yet though.

The Air China (CA, Beijing Capital) subsidiary currently operates twelve A319-100s on flights throughout China ...

Latvian government to complete Air Baltic share capital increase

Air Baltic (BT, Riga) shareholders voted to finalise an increase in the company’s share capital during an AGM on Tuesday, April 14. As such, on the back of previous injections, its share capital now stands at EUR82,634,635 (USD89.29 million) with government holding 99.8% or 82,633,604 shares.

In a statement, the Latvian carrier said that in line with its European Commission-approved restructuring plan, it had begun the process of increasing its share capital in 2011 but that a series of ...

DOT greenlights Alaska/AA LAX-MEX route transfer

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) has secured tentative approval from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to transfer its Los Angeles Int'l-México City route authority to American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth). Alaska Airlines intends to codeshare on American's planned double-daily B737-800 return service, scheduled to begin on June 4.

In an attempt to prove that the transfer was not in the public's interest, Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) said the move ...

Comoros' AB Aviation leasing a South African EMB-120

AB Aviation (AYD, Moroni Int'l) has taken delivery of an EMB-120 sourced from South Africa's Sahara African Aviation (Nelspruit) company executives have exclusively revealed to ch-aviation.

Initially on a wet-lease, CEO Ayad Bourhane says ZS-OTD (cn 230) will soon transition to a dry-lease contract and will be used to enhance the carrier's domestic capacity, which is also served by two Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208Bs and a Let 410.

Though its services are currently ...

Camair to acquire B737 Classics as part of fleet expansion drive

Camair-Co (QC, Douala) has secured a XAF30 billion (USD50 million) loan from Pan-African financing house, Ecobank, ahead of the implementation of its restructuring programme.

Camair-Co general manager Jean Paul Nana Sandjo told a press conference last week that the funds would be put towards fleet renewal, the establishment of MRO workshops, and IT infrastructure.

Alongside its current fleet of one B767-300(ER), two B737-700s, and two MA60s, the national airline intends to acquire an ...

ANA All Nippon nearing deal with Skymark

ANA - All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda) is reportedly close to finalizing a possible investment deal with Skymark Airlines (BC, Tokyo Haneda) Japanese media reports have said.

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper quotes unnamed airline sources as saying ANA would likely assist the struggling LCC in ways including a code-sharing arrangement and taking on MRO work. It may also appoint executives to serve on the Skymark board, it said. However, in order for Skymark to retain its thirty-six ...

LATAM Group to establish north-eastern Brazilian hub

TAM Linhas Aéreas (JJ, São Paulo Congonhas) CEO Claudia Sender says the carrier's parent firm, LATAM Airlines Group SA, is to develop a new hub in Brazil's north-east to compliment its São Paulo Guarulhos, Rio de Janeiro Int'l, and Brasilia operations in the country's south. In addition to opening up the country's less accessible north to new domestic flights, the project will also allow for increased connectivity with other Latin American countries as well as major European cities.

"The ...

Surinam's Fly Allways to set up Guyana base

Fly AllWays (Paramaribo Int'l) will open bases in both Surinam and Guyana ahead of plans to commence scheduled flights throughout South America as well as to islands in the Caribbean.

The Curaçao Chronicle newspaper says the Blue Wing Airlines (BWI, Paramaribo Zorg en Hoop) subsidiary will base one of its two ex-KLM cityhopper Fokker 70s at Paramaribo Int'l, Surinam while the other will be based out of Georgetown Cheddi Jagan, Guyana, from where it will offer flights to Barbados among other ...

Asiana suspends Hiroshima flights pending safety investigation

Asiana Airlines (OZ, Seoul Incheon) says it has suspended its flights to Hiroshima Int'l until the end of the month pending the completion of a safety review. The announcement comes after an Asiana A320-200, operating as flight OZ162 from Seoul Incheon on April 14, touched down roughly 300m short of runway 10, impacting the ILS-LOC antenna before skidding off the runway about 1500 meters past the runway threshold.

Of the eighty-two passengers and crew on board, two cabin crew and twenty-five ...

Royal Jordanian to seek shareholder approval for capital cuts

Royal Jordanian (RJ, Amman Queen Alia) management is planning to present a plan to cut the carrier's overall capital by JOD37.9 million (USD53.50 million) at an AGM to be held on May 2. The Jordan News Agency reports the AGM will also seek shareholder approval for the airline's 2015 budget and business plan.

The carrier said in a filing with the Amman Stock Exchange that reducing its total capital from JOD84.3 million (USD119.0 million) to JD46.4 million (USD65.5 million) would help write ...

Yamal Airlines mulls transitioning to an all-Russian fleet

Yamal Airlines (YC, Salekhard) is to place a "substantial order" for SSJ 100-95s with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) the Governor of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Dmitry Kobylkin, has said following a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The Interfax newswire quotes Kobylkin as saying the jets would be used to replace Yamal's fleet of Western-made aircraft used on short-haul domestic flights by 2021. The ch-aviation aircraft database shows Yamal currently operates ...

Bolivia's Amaszonas to acquire Uruguay's BQB; eyes Paraguay

BQB Líneas Aéreas (5Q, Montevideo) is set to resume operations on May 4 following the successful conclusion of take over talks between founder and CEO, Juan Carlos López Mena, and Amaszonas (Z8, La Paz El Alto) management. BQB suspended operations on April 10 threatening the jobs of over ninety employees.

A joint communique issued on Friday last week said the finalization of the deal would lead to the continuity of the airline therein guaranteeing Uruguay's connectivity with other countries ...

Start-up Giævair eyes Norwegian seaplane market

Giaevair (Tromsø) is a Norwegian start-up founded and backed by former Wideroe (WF, Bodø) pilot, Ola Giæver. Not much is known about the airline except that Giæver reportedly plans to equip it with DHC-6-400 seaplanes with Tromsø its primary hub.

South African Airways in talks with Chinese over partnership

South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) executives have held preliminary talks with Air China (CA, Beijing Capital) and Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) over a possible partnership airline sources who spoke to Bloomberg news on condition of anonymity have said.

The news wire says a possible tie up with the Chinese could pave the way for the establishment of new African bases and even a possible stake acquisition. The move would bode well for the two Star Alliance carriers given that ...

AtlasGlobal's Ukrainian subsidiary set for May launch

Atlasjet UA (UH, Lvov) is planning to commence commercial operations later in May following months of legal wrangling with the Ukrainian authorities over the allocation of international traffic rights.

"At present we're submitting documents to receive permits to service charter flights and plan to start flying in May this year," Atlasjet Ukraine General Manager Sergei Podgorodetski told Interfax-Ukraine. "We're also waiting for proposals to change the procedure, under which the airline will ...

Paris court orders seized Gabonese Presidential B777 be released

Force Aérienne Gabonaise (Libreville) is set to take repossession of the Gabonese presidential jet that was impounded at Paris Orly in late February following a Paris court ruling which stated the aircraft could not be seized as it is diplomatically immune.

Swiss firm Travcon AG seized the aircraft, ex-Varig B777-200(ER) TR-KPR (msn 27108), at Paris Orly on February 25 claiming it was still owed USD8 million by the Gabonese state for VIP-outfitting work done.

The move soon triggered a ...

LCCs, cargo carriers may be forced to exit Shanghai airports

Spring Airlines (9C, Shanghai Hongqiao) and other budget and cargo carriers serving the economic hub of Shanghai could soon be forced to relocate their operations away from the city's two main airports - Shanghai Hongqiao and Shanghai Pudong - as they struggle to cope with rapidly increasing traffic demand.

With the two airports' combined annual passenger traffic expected to grow by 50% over the next five years to 120 million, Jiang Huaiyu, a director of the East China Civil Aviation ...

Cebu Pacific mulls partnerships with Middle Eastern LCCs

Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila) is considering partnerships with Emirati and Saudi budget carriers to act as feeders for its longhaul services into the Middle East.

CAPA says the Filipino longhaul LCC is planning to add Sharjah as a permanent fixture to its intercontinental network in a bid to leverage the Emirati city's Air Arabia (G9, Sharjah) connections. Cebu commenced temporary services to Sharjah during Dubai Int'l's runway works last year and during operations there, saw a number of ...

AirAsia India to establish Delhi base

AirAsia India (I5, Chennai) CEO Mittu Chandilya has announced that Delhi Int'l will be the carrier's next base following its Bangalore Int'l primary hub. Currently, the Indian capital is a base to two other LCCs - IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) and Spicejet (SG, Delhi Int'l).

"Excited to announce 1st of our newest destinations - New Delhi. Will also be our Northern Hub. Opening for sales soon!" he said via his official Twitter account.

The Hindu newspaper reports the budget carrier will ...