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Rossiya (FV, St. Petersburg) has temporarily withdrawn its fleet of six An-148-100s from revenue service with the type's last commercial flight performed by RA-61705 (msn 27015040005) on the morning of Thursday,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."
Syrianair (RB, Damascus) and Air Koryo (JS, Pyongyang) could partner on each other's flights should North Korea ratify a proportional allotment agreement proposed by the Syrians during a Syrian-DPRK Joint Economic Committee meeting held in June.
According to North Korean watchdog site, NK News, Damascus claims the proposed agreement will bring numerous economic benefits. The deal will allow for the block booking of an allotment of seats or space on either airline, which can be reserved for ...