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Iran's AWA Airways adds maiden B737s

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Iran's Sahand Asia Airlines adds MD83s

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Biman Bangladesh to acquire three Q400s

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG, Dhaka) is planning to acquire three Dash 8-400s from Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) following positive performance reviews of the two Q400s it has leased from Egypt's Smart Aviation (SME, Cairo Int'l).

According to the New Daily Nation, Biman had also considered the ATR72 from Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) before settling on the Canadian-manufactured turboprop. Airline sources said that given that Biman is a state-owned enterprise (SOE), ...

EgyptAir lease RFP garners strong response

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Dexter's AOC restrictions lifted by Rosaviatsia

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) has lifted restrictions on the validity of the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) of Avia Management Group, trading as Dexter Air Taxi (DXT, Ramenskoye).

The restrictions had been in place since December 12 due to the group's financial situation not meeting the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations.

Dexter Air Taxi offers air taxi flights connecting Izhevsk, Samara Kurumoch, Nizhniy Novgorod, Kirov, Kazan Int'l, Penza, ...

Nepal Airlines slated to auction B757-200 for $1.7mn

A Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) B757-200 9N-ACA (msn 23850) is set to go to auction in the near future, reports the Kathmandu Post. The 30-year-old aircraft, which was withdrawn from service in mid-2016, has apparently been valued at USD1.7 million. The proposal to sell the aircraft is currently before the airline's board.

Delivered direct from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) to Nepal Airlines' predecessor Royal Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) in September 1987, the twinjet is equipped with ...

Board of Air Methods faces criticism by major shareholder

A major shareholder of Air Methods (Denver Centennial), Voce Capital Management LLC, has issued a statement criticising the helicopter operator's board, saying that it "lacks [a] credible plan to create stockholder value". The statement further calls the board "over-tenured, under-skilled and mis-aligned" and recommends four members to be nominated to the board.

Voce's strongly-worded criticism comes after a third year of stockholder losses for the medevac specialist. The investment group ...

Wheels Up to launch NY-Florida shuttle with Talon Air

Wheels Up (Teterboro) will partner with Talon Air (Farmingdale) to offer a scheduled per-seat shuttle service between White Plains (New York) and Fort Lauderdale Executive (Florida), reports AIN Online. The subscription-based carrier will take advantage of Talon's Hawker 4000s for the weekender service.

The route will join Wheels Up's other shuttle services which launched last summer. These include New York Teterboro and Boston to Nantucket, Boston – Teterboro, Teterboro – Washington D.C., ...

Nairobi caps foreign carriers to aid Kenya Airways

The government of Kenya has delayed issuing licenses to thirty-five airlines which wish to increase their frequencies to Nairobi, as it moves to protect Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta), reports The East African. As previously reported, the government also recently withdrew a license granted to Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) to increase its weekly frequencies on the Dubai Int'l-Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta route to twenty-one per week.

The protectionist move has been defended by Kenya's ...

Philippine Airlines seeks strategic investor ahead of re-IPO

The President and Chief Operating Officer of Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l), Jaime Bautista, has confirmed that the airline will finalise a deal with a strategic investor to buy up to 40% of the airline, reports Business World Online. Bautista also suggested that he is considering a re-IPO if further funding is needed.

Discussions with the strategic investor are ongoing with Bautista hopeful that a deal can be reached this year. "It takes time for a strategic investor to ...

AirAsia X mulls UK, Japan stopovers for US flights

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IAG to place CS300 order?

The IAG International Airlines Group is reportedly set to announce an order with Bombardier for an unspecified number of C-Series twinjets.

According to The Belfast Telegraph, the order includes an unspecified number of CS300s for British Airways (presumably for placement with its BA CityFlyer unit), Vueling Airlines, and Aer Lingus.

Neither the airline conglomerate nor the Canadian manufacturer chose to comment on the report.

Should the order indeed materialize, it would be the first ...

Virgin Australia inks HNA Group alliance

Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) has announced it plans to introduce flights between Australia and Hong Kong in the middle of the year provided it can secure all the necessary regulatory and slot allocations in time.

The carrier said in a filing to the ASX exchange last week that, as part of its proposed alliance with China's HNA Group and its HNA Aviation units Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) and HK Express (UO, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok), Virgin will serve Hong Kong ...

Iran's ATA Airlines set to add maiden Embraers

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Tunisia's Express Air Cargo schedules launch date

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Swiss sigh of relief as Eurowings denies Geneva base plans

Eurowings (EW, Dusseldorf) Chief Officer, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, has confirmed the Lufthansa Group budget carrier has no immediate plans to establish a hub at Geneva Cointrin Airport.

Garnadt's comments to Swiss aviation portal aeroTELEGRAPH in an interview earlier this month come at a time when many in the French part of Switzerland have expressed concern over the LCC's possible arrival in Geneva.

It is recalled that in August last year, Lufthansa Group warned Swiss (LX, Zurich) that ...

Sylhet, Bangladesh set to resume int'l pax traffic

Sylhet Osmani International Airport, located in eastern Bangladesh, is set to resume international operations after the United News of Bangladesh (UNB) agency said in a report last week flydubai (FZ, Dubai Int'l) had secured approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) to commence flights.

“We have taken the necessary preparations to start direct flight operations on March 18," Masum Mia, flydubai's Sylhet station manager said. "In the first three months, flights will run ...

British Airways to run Dublin-Ibiza flights this summer

British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) has announced it will begin flights from Dublin Int'l, Ireland, to Ibiza, in the Spanish Balearic Islands, later this summer season.

Using its BA CityFlyer (CJ, London City) subsidiary, British Airways will offer weekly flights to the resort island using EMB-190 equipment. The service will start on May 19 and end on September 29.

Fellow IAG International Airlines Group member Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) last ran the route in February 2016 only to ...