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US DOT opens Slot Assignment Proceeding for MEX, JFK slots

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has formally instituted a Slot Assignment Proceeding to allocate slots at New York JFK and México City which Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) and AeroMéxico (AM, México City) agreed to relinquish as part of the antitrust immunity conditions laid down for their joint venture.

In a series of rulings published late last year, the DOT required both carriers to divest a total of twenty-four México City and four New York JFK slot pairs to ...

Allegiant to open Destin-Fort Walton Beach base in mid-2Q17

Allegiant Air (G4, Las Vegas McCarran) has announced it will open a base at Destin-Fort Walton Beach later this summer.

In a press release, the ULCC said effective May 3, 2017, it would begin rolling out regular services from the Floridian town to Kansas City Int'l, Austin Bergstrom Int'l, Cleveland Hopkins, Peoria, Louisville Int'l, Columbus Rickenbacher, OH, Springfield, MO, Indianapolis Int'l, Baltimore Thurgood Marshall, Pittsburgh Int'l, and Newark. Existing Allegiant services from the ...
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China's GX Airlines restrategizes, aims for 2017 int'l debut

GX Airlines (GX, Nanning) will venture into the international market this year having postponed previous plans for a 2016 debut.

Airline sources told the Xinhua News Agency in an interview that initial operations will cover Nanning to key leisure destinations in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Thereafter, additional routes to other ASEAN nations will be considered.

Launched almost two years ago, GX Airlines is a 70/30 joint venture between Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) and the Beibu Gulf ...

Austria's Niki expects late 1Q carrier consolidation

Niki (HG, Vienna) chief executive Oliver Lackmann says that regulatory concerns aside, he expects the carrier's amalgamation into a new European leisure airline group to be concluded ahead of schedule.

Last year, Niki's parent, Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel), confirmed it would sell its 49.8% stake in the Austrian carrier to Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) for EUR300 million (USD318 million). Thereafter, the Emirati carrier will contribute this shareholding to the new European leisure ...

China's HNA Group seeks London Heathrow access

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Miami Air Int'l leasing a Belgian B737 for Apple contract

Miami Air International (LL, Miami Int'l) has leased a B737-800 from TUIfly (Belgium) (TB, Brussels National) ch-aviation research has revealed.

According to FlightRadar24 ADS-B data, OO-JAA (msn 29660) was positioned to Lansing, Michigan this past weekend as part of a maiden contract with Apple Vacations.

A statement said that between December 26, 2016, and April 17, 2017, MAI will run a total of ninety departures from Lansing to each of Punta Cana, Cancún, and Puerto Vallarta.

Apple ...

Sweden's Novair to lease a Latvian A321 in late 1Q17

Novair (N9, Stockholm Arlanda) will wet-lease an A321-200 from Latvian ACMI/charter specialist SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga) on a four-week long contract later this year.

A statement said YL-LCQ (msn 2211) would be deployed to the Swedish leisure specialist's Stockholm Arlanda hub between March and April of this year.

Novair currently operates a single A321-200 and an A320-200 leased from Titan Airways (ZT, London Stansted). Both machines are currently deployed on Novair's services from ...

Boeing's December 2016 order book changes revealed

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India's SpiceJet set to order B737s for fleet expansion plan

SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) has chosen Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for its fleet renewal needs airline sources have told Bloomberg news. The Indian LCC had previously indicated it was weighing up the A320neo from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) and the B737 MAX from Boeing for its future growth and expansion needs.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said the Indian LCC would order "at least" ninety-two (92) B737s with a deal set to be closed within the next few weeks. ...

ViaAir set to resume Lewisburg, WV flights

ViaAir (VC, Orlando Int'l) has announced it will resume scheduled passenger services at Lewisburg Greenbrier Valley Airport, West Virginia, later this week.

The Floridian carrier was forced to suspend operations shortly before New Year following an airport management decision to close the aerodrome to its flights.

However, ViaAir's Vice President (Operations), Matthew Macri, said in a statement that it now had managed to address all outstanding issues with representatives from the airport ...

Oman's Salalah Air eyes Embraer Regional Jets from 2018 on

Salalah Air (Salalah) is planning to introduce its first jet equipment as early as next year. Airline chief executive Sam Owen told Arabian Aerospace in an interview that the start-up is aiming to lease in ERJ-135 equipment as early as January of next year.

The privately-owned start-up was to have commenced revenue operations last year with flights from its Salalah base to Bossaso in northeastern Somalia. However, this was contingent on it securing its AOC from the Omani Public Authority for ...

Swiss to commence CS300 ops in early 4Q17

Swiss (LX, Zurich) is planning to commence scheduled CS300 operations from October 9, 2017, onwards ch-aviation analysis of schedule data has revealed.

Operated by its Swiss Global Air Lines (LZ, Zurich) unit, the first of the Bombardier CS300 twinjets will be deployed on flights from Zurich to Naples Int'l, Dusseldorf, Paris CDG, Venice Marco Polo, Kraków, Brussels National, Bari, Palermo, Prague, Hanover, Budapest, Brindisi, Sofia, and Nice through to October 25.

Thereafter, effective ...

Frontier enlists banks ahead of IPO

Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) could go public later this year The New York Times has reported quoting people familiar with the matter.

The report indicates the LCC has enlisted Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Evercore to manage the listing. Through the sale of a 25% stake, Frontier hopes to raise USD500 million.

Prior to its takeover by Republic Airlines (YX, Indianapolis Int'l) in 2009, Frontier was listed on the NASDAQ.

It is currently owned by Arizona-based private ...

Iran Air takes ownership of first new-build Western aircraft

Iran Air (IR, Tehran Mehrabad) has taken ownership of its first A321-200 (sl) marking the first official delivery of a new aircraft to Iran by a Western manufacturer since 1994.

According to Reuters, Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) confirmed the official transfer of EP-IFA (msn 7418) to the Iranian registry in a statement issued on Sunday, January 8. The twinjet will be positioned to Iran later this week.

The aircraft is part of an order for 100 aircraft signed between the ...

Malta returns hijacked Afriqiyah A320

The Maltese government has returned an A320-200 to Afriqiyah Airways (8U, Tripoli Mitiga) two weeks after it was hijacked during an internal Libyan flight between Sebha and Tripoli Mitiga.

In a press release, Libya's Government of National Reconciliation confirmed the arrival of 5A-ONB (msn 3236) from Malta on Friday, December 6. All 109 passengers and six crew were released shortly after the aircraft was diverted to Malta on December 23.

Afriqiyah had earlier requested the release of ...

KLM to lease in B737 capacity in mid-1Q17

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Alaska SkyWest to resume CRJ-700 ops

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Denmark's Nordic Seaplanes temporarily suspends ops

Nordic Seaplanes (Aarhus) has announced on its website that it has suspended commercial operations until mid-February owing to its only aircraft requiring mandatory maintenance.

Flightradar24 ADS-B data indicates DHC-6-300 OY-NSA (msn 577), which is wet-leased from Croatia's European Coastal Airlines (WL, Split), was ferried to Altenrhein, Switzerland, on December 28, 2016.

"The major overhaul takes about a month, and hence we expect to be in the air again in mid-February, but it depends ...

Chile's LAW secures own AOC; to induct three B737s

LAW - Latin American Wings (Santiago de Chile Int'l) has attained its own Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) thus ending its operations as a virtual carrier.

The carrier, which until now had conducted scheduled charter flights using a B737-300 wet-leased from Chilejet (H8, Santiago de Chile Int'l), said in a statement to the Chilean press that it would shortly induct three B737-300s - presumably CC-AQL (msn 26301), CC-ARQ (msn 28869), and CX-OAA (msn 28569) - into service. The trio of jets has ...

Mossoró, Brazil hopeful of resuming commercial pax ops

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Campinas Viracopos) management has reconnoitred Mossoró Governador Dix-Sept Rosado Airport, in northeastern Brazil, as part of plans to resume operating from the dormant facility Mossoro Hoje news has reported.

The airfield was closed to commercial traffic in January 2016 by the Brazilian civil aviation authority (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil - ANAC) citing various safety code violations. Among the issues mentioned included the absence of signage, ...