Spring Airlines (9C, Shanghai Hongqiao) has shelved plans to begin budget flights to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, citing market conditions among other reasons. Having secured Chinese regulatory approval in January, the LCC was to have commenced 4x weekly flights from Shanghai Pudong in February.
According to an airline source who spoke to the Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity, the delay is due solely to capacity limitations and has nothing to do with the recent imposition ...
Spring Airlines (9C, Shanghai Hongqiao) has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for North Korean traffic rights which, if granted, would make it the first budget carrier to serve the reclusive state.
According to WCARN, Spring is planning to operate a 4x weekly Shanghai Pudong-Pyongyang service on-board A320-200 aircraft beginning in February of next year. A decision is expected before year-end.
Rossiya (FV, St. Petersburg) has temporarily withdrawn its fleet of six An-148-100s from revenue service with the type's last commercial flight performed by RA-61705 (msn 27015040005) on the morning of Thursday, April 9.
The Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) subsidiary told Russia's ATO that the decision was made on a purely commercial basis noting that the aircraft's cost-effectiveness was "lower than other types currently in operation in its fleet."