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Cargolux eyes ACMI market entry

Cargolux (CV, Luxembourg) is planning to venture into the ACMI/wet-lease cargo segment as it seeks out new revenue sources to supplement its mainline dedicated-freighter operations.

In an interview with Lloyd’s Loading List, an airline spokeswoman said the Luxembourg-based operator had already conducted a study into the wet-lease market with the project set to proceed this year.

" is a project that we have initiated and that will be developed this year. We are currently in the ...

bmi regional to wet-lease in SuperJet capacity

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Shuttle America's operator's certificates formally cancelled

Shuttle America (S5, Fort Wayne) has completed its merger into parent, Republic Airlines (YX, Indianapolis Int'l), after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) formally cancelled the carrier's interstate certificate on Friday, February 17.

The move follows the surrender of Shuttle America's Air Carrier Certificate (ACC) to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on February 3.

As recently reported, with Shuttle's absorption into Republic, the latter's fleet now consists of ...

Bhubaneswar, India inks deal with AirAsia for int'l ops

The capital of the east Indian state of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, is set to see its maiden international flights after the state government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) last week.

According to a press release, the agreement will see the Malaysian LCC launch regular direct flights between Bhubaneswar and Kuala Lumpur Int'l in the near future.

“We will soon start the operations and the dates will be announced very soon,” Aireen Omar, CEO, Air ...

Iran Aseman eyes lease of three B737s from TUI

Iran Aseman Airlines (EP, Tehran Mehrabad) is in talks with German carrier TUIfly (Germany) (X3, Hanover) over the proposed lease of three B737-800s, Iran's Ministry of Roads and Urban Development has said.

According to an official statement issued last week, the contract being negotiated is for three years. No timeframes were revealed although, should the contract be finalized, it will be Iran Aseman's first B737NextGen aircraft.

At present, it operates three A320-200s, one A340-300, six ...

Virgin Australia delays B737 MAX delivery to late 4Q19

Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) has announced that it will defer delivery of its first of forty B737 MAX until the final quarter of the 2019 calendar year.

The carrier said in a 1H2016/17 Financial Year earnings report the move would shift over AUD350 million dollars (USD268 million) of expenditure associated with the Group's B737 MAX program, to beyond its 2018/19 Financial Year. As such, it added that in order to ensure continued adequate capacity support, lease agreements on "some" ...

Air Mauritius confirms A330neo lease, defers A350s

Air Mauritius (MK, Mauritius) has signed longterm lease agreements with Air Lease Corporation for two new A330-900neo aircraft. The Mauritian national carrier said in a statement the aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 motors and are scheduled to be delivered in September and October 2018. Their arrival, it said, will coincide with the retirement of two A340-300Es whose leases will expire in November and December 2018. The A330neo will initially serve the medium haul routes of ...

Yemen's Felix Airways adds leased B737 capacity

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Sweden's BRA leasing in ATR42 capacity

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St. Vincent Argyle Int'l airport opens to commercial traffic

St. Vincent Argyle Int'l on the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines opened to commercial traffic this week after years of construction, delays and controversy. The first flight to arrive was a chartered Sunwing Airlines (WG, Toronto Pearson) B737-800 from Toronto Pearson. Other flights at the inaugural day were a LIAT (LI, Antigua) inter-Caribbean scheduled flight, and a Dynamic International Airways (2D, Greensboro) charter, reports the Curacao Chronicle.

Construction of the ...

Brazil's Rio Linhas Aéreas ends B737 freighter ops

Rio Linhas Aéreas (RIO, Curitiba) has ended B737-400(F) operations following the transfer of its sole remaining aircraft of the type to fellow Brazilian carrier, Sideral Air Cargo (SID, Curitiba).

Skyliner Aviation indicates PP-WSA (msn 25375) will shortly be transferred to Sideral. The move marks the second exchange of aircraft between the two Brazilian cargo operators this year with Sideral Air Cargo having leased a B727-200(F) from Rio Linhas Aéreas beginning last month.

As it stands, ...

Spain says Gibraltar must be excluded from Brexit agreements

Spain has signalled that it will not accept any deals brokered between the EU and the UK which grant Gibraltar the same rights as UK mainland airports, reports the Financial Times. The stance may complicate Britain's aviation negotiations with the EU.

Spain refuses to acknowledge the UK's de-facto right to the land where Gibraltar airport is situated, claiming that it is occupied illegaly. "A deal that is applicable to the airport of Gibraltar would imply recognition of the legal right of ...

Dutch Antilles Express to make a comeback?

Failed carrier Dutch Antilles Express (9H, Curacao) is hoping to restart operations in the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao (the ABC islands), reports the Curaçao Chronicle. Former owner Nelson Ramiz has said in an interview that the new government of Curaçao, which was elected in December, has an opportunity to reinstate the carrier's Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and allow him to relaunch the airline.

Ramiz criticised the current services provided by ...

Boutique Air to provide EAS to Massena, New York

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected Boutique Air (4B, San Francisco, CA) to provide Essential Air Services (EAS) to Massena, New York for two years until March 31, 2019. Boutique will replace Cape Air (9K, Hyannis), which has operated the contract since 2008 using Cessna (twin piston) 402 aircraft.

In making its decision, the DOT took into consideration the community's concerns that all flights be operated with two pilots. Cape Air is currently not in a position ...

UAE bans Afghan B767 from FIR over safety concerns

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Moscow awards more Ramenskoye China, Europe rights

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Iran's Kish Air to add maiden EMB-195s

Kish Air (Y9, Tehran Mehrabad) will add a total of five Embraer Regional Jets to its fleet over the coming six weeks the airline's Managing Director, Mohammad-Taqi Jadidi, has said.

In an interview with the official IRNA news agency, Jadidi said one EMB-195 would arrive imminently to be followed by a further four by March 21 (Iranian New Year).

“These aircraft are light, 108-seaters and were made in 2008 and 2010,” he added.

Kish Air operates two A320-200s (leased from ...