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Djibouti's Daallo Airlines leasing a Fokker 50

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Canada's Kasper Aviation has AOC suspended

Kasper Aviation has had its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) suspended by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), reports CBC News.

The passenger charter carrier, based out of Thunder Bay in southern Ontario, was issued with the notice on December 14, 2016, and has one year to address the requirements or risk the outright cancellation of its AOC. The violations are in regard to having an aviation document in respect of the service provided.

Kasper was awarded a certificate for domestic ...
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Watermakers Air secures scheduled authority for Bahamas

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted a Commuter Air Authorisation to Nealco Air Charter Services, trading as Watermakers Air. The air taxi business is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale Executive, Florida, and offers public chartered services to the Bahamas using three Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208Bs and one Piper (single piston) PA-32-300 aircraft.

In its original application, Watermakers indicated that it would run 2x daily scheduled round trips between ...

Iran Air outlines proposed A321 operations

Iran Air (IR, Tehran Mehrabad) has outlined its proposed A321-200 (sl) operations following the arrival of its maiden aircraft of the type, EP-IFA (msn 7418), from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) last week.

According to Airline Route, effective January 21, the twin-jet will be gradually deployed on scheduled flights from Tehran Mehrabad to each of Abadan, Ahwaz, Bandar Abbas, Bushehr, Kermanshah, Mashad, Tabriz, and Zahedan.

As recently reported, Iran Air has penned agreements for ...

Evacuations begin over Gambia unrest

Tourists in Gambia are hurriedly being repatriated to their respective countries and tour operators are cancelling flights to the west African nation as regional tensions over President Yahya Jammeh's unwillingness to step down continue to escalate.

Gambia has been in a state of uncertainty following elections last month which saw incumbent Jammeh losing to Adama Barrow. Citing voters' roll irregularities, Jammeh has refused to step down despite diplomatic pressure from neighbouring African ...

China's Okay Airways to set up Xi'an base

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Etihad rejects Lufthansa equity purchase claims

Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) has denied reports in the Italian press linking it to the proposed purchase of equity in Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l).

On Tuesday, January 17, Italy's Il Messaggero newspaper cited unspecified sources as saying the Emirati carrier's management had engaged their counterparts at Lufthansa to discuss the possibility of Etihad acquiring a stake of "between 30 and 40%" in the German carrier group via a capital increase. A second phase would entail a complete ...

Jet2 accelerates B737 freighter fleet phase out

Jet2 (LS, Leeds/Bradford) has ended dedicated B737 freighter operations after its only remaining B737-300(F) was withdrawn from commercial service this week.

According to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, G-CELW (msn 23659) was ferried to Kemble Cotswold Airport on Tuesday, January 17.

Jet2 used the aircraft, along with its dwindling fleet of B737-300(QC)s, to carry out overnight flights throughout the United Kingdom for and on behalf of Royal Mail under a contract which expired this month.

The ...

Air Greenland to deploy widebody metal on Iceland flights

Air Greenland (GL, Nuuk) is planning to deploy its only widebody aircraft, A330-200 OY-GRN (msn 230), on scheduled passenger flights between Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and Reykjavik Keflavik, Iceland later this summer.

ch-aviation analysis of schedule data indicates the move will come into effect from August 7 until September 2 with the A330 operating weekly.

At present, the aircraft is primarily used on the Greenlandic carrier's flights from Pituffik and Kangerlussuaq to ...

Cathay Pacific confirms workforce layoffs

Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) has confirmed plans to proceed with a staff reduction exercise aimed at reducing costs while at the same time improving its agility in responding and adapting to changing customer requirements.

The change was first announced during the last quarter of 2016 when, following weak sales and declining demand, airline Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ivan Chu conceded the "very tough" operating environment Cathay Pacific found itself in. In particular, he ...

Greece's Air Mediterranean granted AOC

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RwandAir to serve Mumbai direct using B737-800s

RwandAir (WB, Kigali) is planning to commence non-stop flights between Kigali and Mumbai Int'l, India, this April using B737-800 metal. According to Airline Route, the 3x weekly route's outbound sector would be one of the type's longest commercial services in the world at eight hours.

John Mirenge, the maverick CEO of the Rwandan national airline, told The East African news site that the paperwork has been completed and he hopes to "ease market access for both countries and boost our tourism ...

Florida's Aztec Airways increases scheduled Bahamas flights

Florida based Aztec Airways (AJ, Fort Lauderdale Executive) has been awarded a Commuter Air Carrier Authorisation by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). In its original filing, Aztec proposed operating a 5x weekly round trip service between Fort Lauderdale Executive and the Bahamian ports of North Eleuthera and Governors Harbour, an additional two flights to its current schedule.

The commuter routes will be run using its two Piper (twin piston) PA-31-350s, which can seat nine ...

Saudi Arabian LCC flyadeal to lease six A320s

flyadeal (Jeddah) will lease six A320-200 jets ahead of its launch later in the year Airbus's Managing Director (Middle East), Fouad Attar, has told Reuters.

The aircraft, supplied by an unspecified lessor, will arrive in time for the LCC's inaugural flights, scheduled for the middle of the year.

Unveiled last year, flyadeal will form part of parent carrier Saudia's SV2020 strategic plan. It aims to operate fifty aircraft by 2020.

HK Express boss denies IPO plans

HK Express (UO, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) chief executive Andrew Cowen has denied reports circulating in the Chinese press that the Hong Kong-based LCC is pursuing an IPO.

Last month, the Hong Kong Economic Times quoted company sources as saying parent firm HNA Group, through its Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) unit, had been in contact with several investment banks over a planned listing on the Hong Kong bourse. They claimed the budget carrier was looking to raise between USD300-400 million for ...

Kenya's Jambojet chartering an Emirati Q400

Jambojet (JX, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has leased a Dash 8-400 from Abu Dhabi Aviation (AXU, Abu Dhabi Int'l) to cover the absence of one of two Q400s it has chartered from DAC East Africa (JX, Nairobi Wilson).

The ch-aviation aircraft database shows 5Y-QHW (cn 4052) is currently away in Exeter where it has been since late last year. Its prolonged absence has caused severe disruptions to the LCC brand's operations.

"The delivery of the plane is expected to help the no-frills airline address ...

PM demands report over Montenegro Airlines malaise

Montenegro's Prime Minister, Duško Marković, has instructed the country's Minister of Transport and Maritime Affairs, Osman Nurković, to promptly prepare and submit to government, a detailed report on the current financial status of national carrier, Montenegro Airlines (YM, Podgorica).

The directive follows reports in the local press that co-pilots at the state-owned airline staged an unofficial strike last week in protest at unpaid salaries. According to a statement to Radio Television of ...

bmi regional to establish Birmingham base in mid-1Q17

bmi regional (BM, Aberdeen Dyce) has announced it will open a base at Birmingham Int'l later this quarter.

According to a Birmingham airport statement, the UK regional carrier will start with 2x weekly flights to Graz, Austria, on February 27 followed by 6x weekly services to each of Gothenburg Landvetter and Nuremberg in early May.

“We are delighted to be introducing flights from Birmingham as part of our ongoing growth strategy to connect key business regions," Jochen Schnadt, Chief ...

IAG to use Iberia Express for longhaul LCC project?

The IAG International Airlines Group has reportedly settled on using Iberia Express (I2, Madrid Barajas) for its longhaul budget carrier project due this summer.

Referencing unspecified sources, Spanish aviation news portal Fly News said the airline conglomerate's finalised study proposed equipping the LCC with two A330s leased from parent Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas). Flight crews would be sourced from Iberia with cabin crew provided by Iberia Express.

The aircraft would then be based out ...