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Florida's Orange Air eyes resumption of service


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Elite Airways eyes Canada, Bahamas flights in mid-2Q17

Elite Airways (7Q, Portland, ME) has announced plans to begin scheduled international passenger flights to Canada and the Bahamas during the second quarter of the year.

In its application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for exemption and designation to provide foreign scheduled flights ferrying persons, property, and mail, the Maine-based carrier said it aimed to start a 3x weekly return service to Bimini Int'l, the Bahamas, from each of Newark and Melbourne, FL beginning in May ...

LATAM Airlines Group to further cut cargo capacity

LATAM Airlines Group has announced it will further reduce its freighter fleet capacity given continued declines in cargo revenue. In its consolidated financial results for 4Q16, the South American carrier conglomerate said its cargo operation's full-year revenue had declined by 16.5% from approximately USD1.329 billion in 2015, to approximately USD1.110 billion in 2016.

The Group said that while it had been affected by the slowdown in the export of salmon, flowers, and asparagus among other ...

Cathay Pacific to cut HQ workforce by 30%

Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) will cut up to 30% of its administrative staff as it begins a streamlining exercise aimed at improving its overall cost-base as well as corporate agility.

According to an internal memo seen by Reuters and confirmed by the Hong Kong-based carrier, initial cuts will target middle and senior management roles at Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong head office.

"The outlook remains challenging and we do not expect to see any fundamental shift due to the ...

Nigeria's Aero Contractors to cut 900 staff

Aero Contractors (NG, Lagos) has announced that as part of its restructuring plans, it will lay-off 60% of its workforce or 900 employees.

According to Nigerian media reports, the carrier issued a statement last week confirming the move which, it said, would allow it to adjust its staff compliment to better suit the number of aircraft it currently operates. The carrier estimates that its aircraft-to-employee ratio currently stands at 1:500.

“The current situation where over a thousand ...

Italy's Fly Ernest takes delivery of maiden aircraft

Fly Ernest (Florence Peretola) has taken delivery of its maiden aircraft, an A319-100, which was delivered late last week. Skyliner Aviation reports EI-FVG (msn 1362) was positioned from Madrid Barajas to Milan Malpensa on March 15. The aircraft is leased from ECAF I.

Until now, FlyErnest had operated as a virtual carrier relying on capacity sourced from Mistral Air (M4, Rome Fiumicino) to conduct flights between Italy and Albania.

As part of its transition away from virtual operations, ...

China's Xiamen Airlines disposes of six B737-700s to ARI


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Horizon Air adds maiden EMB-175

Horizon Air (QX, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) has taken delivery of its maiden EMB-175 Skyliner Aviation has reported. N620QX (msn 17000640) was ferried from São José dos Campos to Oklahoma City Will Rogers World via Manaus and Fort Lauderdale Int'l last week ahead of its deployment into service likely early in the next quarter.

The Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) subsidiary has thirty-three of the type on order from Embraer (São José dos Campos) with options for thirty more. Of the ...

Nepal's Gorkha Airlines eyes ERJs, Dorniers to resume ops

Gorkha Airlines (Kathmandu) is planning to resume operations five years after it formally terminated all operations. To that end, Aviation Nepal reports airline chairman Prajjwal Shrestha signed a joint venture agreement with the Managing Director of India's Virgo Air, Sikander Rizvi, on March 12, 2017.

Gorkha Airlines is already liaising with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) with a view to starting flights later this year, the report said. Should the greenlight be given and an ...

India's IndiGo mulls A321neo order conversion

IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) President Aditya Ghosh says the Indian budget carrier is considering converting some of its A320neo orders to the larger A321neo.

Speaking to Reuters last week, Ghosh said the larger capacity twinjets would allow IndiGo to make more effective use of slots at congested airports such as Mumbai Int'l and Delhi Int'l.

Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) indicates that IndiGo has a total of 410 A320neo on order of which seventeen have thus far been ...

Alitalia boss confirms 2,000 jobs to go under new plan

Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) trade unions have rebuffed management's proposed 2017-2021 business turnaround plan following a formal presentation by CEO Cramer Ball last week.

Confirming previous reports in the Italian press, Ball said 2,037 out of Alitalia's 12,500-strong workforce would be laid off. The layoffs, which affect both temporary and permanent staff, will see the Italian carrier's administrative staff cut by 51% while staff in non-flying operational roles will be reduced by 20%. ...

Iran Air ATR order in quandary over Canadian engine order

Iran's Deputy Transport Minister Asghar Fakhrieh-Kashan has confirmed delays in the finalization of a contract between Iran Air (IR, Tehran Mehrabad) and Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) relate to a dispute with engine manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Speaking to the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) earlier this month, Fakhrieh-Kashan said several outstanding issues were still being negotiated with the Canadians given their concerns about how the PW127M powerplants ...

Air Kyrgyzstan mulls IPO despite operational concerns


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Myanmar's MAI resumes A320 operations


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Greece's Air Mediterranean eyes widebodies, int'l flights


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Lebanon's MEA ends A321 operations


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Kaliningrad, Russia under restrictions due to works


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MASwings looks to fleet upgrades, confidence building

MASwings (MY, Kota Kinabalu) will spend 2017 upgrading its fleet, improving performance and working on its reputation, airline CEO Aminuddin Zakaria has disclosed. The Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) unit will also work with the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) on the route network and subsidisation system of the country's rural connectivity scheme.

In an interview with The Daily Express, Zakaria said the 'year of repair' is necessary given the carrier's current Rural Air ...

Finnair chairman calls for less govt ownership

The Chair of Finnair's Board of Directors, Klaus Heinemann, has called on the Finnish government to change legislation which obliges the state to hold a majority stake in the airline.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting 2017, Heinemann said that changing Finnair's ownership structure could help mitigate risks of marginalization.

The comments echo those made last week by Chief Executive Pekka Vauramo. Speaking with The Financial Times, Vauramo said that changing the rules would help ...

Greece's orange2fly to launch Pristina flights

orange2fly (OTF, Athens Int'l) has secured a charter contract to conduct regular flights from the Kosovar capital, Pristina, to select destinations in Switzerland and Germany this summer season.

According to Reisebüro Prishtina, the contracting agency, the flights will serve each of Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg, CH in Switzerland, and Dusseldorf, Munich and Stuttgart Echterdingen in Germany.

Service is on board A320-200 SX-ORG (msn 1407).

The Greek ACMI/charter specialist is led by former ...

Helicopters allowed to resume use of Abuja airport

The Nigerian government has rescinded a ban on helicopter traffic to Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport announced earlier this week by the West African state's National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno.

According to ThisDay, Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, told a press conference this week the decision to revoke the ban came after a review of the airport's security protocols.

While rotary-wing aircraft can now resume service to the Nigerian capital airport, ...

Pakistan's Rayyan Air eyes resumption of operations


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