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Iran's Qeshm Air adds maiden A319

22MAR2017
Qeshm Airlines (QB, Tehran Mehrabad) has taken delivery of its maiden A319-100 in the form of EP-SAS (msn 2091) Skyliner Aviation has reported.

Formerly UR-COP with Ukraine's Khors Aircompany (KO, Kiev Boryspil), the thirteen year-old airframe was recently tracked in service between Tehran Mehrabad and Mashad.

The Iranian carrier also operates five A300-600(F)Rs, three A320-200s, four ARJ-100s, one ARJ-85, four Fokker 100s, and four Fokker 50s.

Czechia's Travel Service to establish three French bases

22MAR2017

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Sanctions force Aeroflot to axe Air Koryo interline deal

22MAR2017

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Wizz Air to lease two A320s, two A321s from Vermillion

22MAR2017
Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has signed agreements with Vermillion Aviation Holdings for the lease of two A321-200s and two A320-200s. Powered by International Aero Engines V2500 motors, the aircraft are new and will be delivered over the period covering July 2017 to March 2018.

The Hungarian LCC currently operates seventy-nine aircraft comprising sixty-three A320-200s and sixteen A321-200s. Of those, three A320-200s are leased from Vermillion.

Philippine Airlines to lease two more B777s from Intrepid

22MAR2017
Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) has signed long-term lease agreements with Connecticut-based Intrepid Aviation for two B777-300(ER)s. Sourced from its Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) order book, Intrepid will place the aircraft with the Filipino carrier in December 2017.

According to the ch-aviation aircraft database, Intrepid currently has three B777-300(ER)s in service with Philippine Airlines. They are currently used for flights from Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l to ...

Brazil's Gol to add maiden B737 MAX in early 3Q18

22MAR2017

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LATAM Airlines Chile concludes scheduled B767 pax ops

22MAR2017
LATAM Airlines Chile (LA, Santiago de Chile Int'l) has tentatively concluded scheduled B767 operations with the type's last commercial service last week.

According to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, B767-300(ER) CC-BDD (msn 40799) conducted the Chilean carrier's last flight - LA535 New York JFK-Santiago de Chile Int'l - on March 17.

While several of the aircraft are still active, they are in service for fellow LATAM Airlines Group units, LATAM Airlines Perú (LP, Lima Int'l), ...

Solomon Airlines resumes Santa Cruz services

22MAR2017
Solomons - Solomon Airlines (IE, Honiara) has resumed a regular 2x weekly service to Santa Cruz/Graciosa Bay/Luova almost a week after it was first suspended over a dispute between the landowners and the government.

The carrier said in a statement that it had decided to restart the route after it received letters from both the Santa Cruz landowners and the Santa Cruz Police department advising the landowners were keen to see a full resumption of air services as soon as possible.

"The ...

Bulgaria's BH Air provisionally ends A330 operations

22MAR2017
BH Air - Balkan Holidays Air (8H, Sofia) has ended Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) widebody operations for the meantime following the return of its sole A330-200 to AWAS last week. According to Skyliner Aviation, LZ-AWA (msn 255) was ferried from Sofia to St. Athan late last week.

Founded in 2001, BH Air now operates a fleet of one A319-100, five A320-200s, and one A321-200. Operationally, it offers scheduled passenger flights between Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria and various destinations in ...

Air Mauritius outlines initial A350 ops due in mid-4Q17

22MAR2017
Air Mauritius (MK, Mauritius) is planning to begin commercial A350-900 operations during the last quarter of the year. Airline Route reports the Mauritian national carrier will deploy the type into service from November 18 onwards with a 3x weekly Mauritius-Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, South Africa, service initially. Thereafter, 3x weekly A350 flights to London Heathrow will begin on December 2 (through to December 15) followed by a daily service to Paris CDG starting December 16.

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India's Alliance Air considering int'l ops

22MAR2017
Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) is planning to make its international debut in the coming months with flights to Sri Lanka.

The regional director of parent carrier Air India's southern region, Captain S Arulman, told The New Indian Express flights from Madurai to Colombo Int'l are currently in the planning process.

Alliance Air currently operates two ATR42-300s and eight ATR72-600s on scheduled passenger flights to thirty-four destinations across India.

Hong Kong Airlines invests in Chek Lap Kok groundhandling

22MAR2017
Singapore Changi-based ground-handling and in-flight catering service provider SATS has entered into sale and share purchase agreements with Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) through its wholly-owned investment units Voltaire Capital Investment Limited (VCIL) and Holistic Capital Investment Limited (HCIL).

Filings with the Singapore Stock Exchange indicate the agreements pertain to the sale of issued shares in SATS’ Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok-based subsidiary SATS HK and its ...

Taxman goes after Air Armenia for $3mn in unpaid duties

22MAR2017

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AKFED seeks to exit Air Burkina

22MAR2017

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Latvia's airBaltic considers Q400 replacement options

21MAR2017

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China Express Airlines' IPO secures regulatory nod

21MAR2017

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Brescia, Italy set for maiden scheduled int'l cargo flights

21MAR2017

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Russia's Izhavia secures five-year Rosneft contract

21MAR2017

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Camair-Co eyes Q400s, B777s, B787s for fleet renewal

21MAR2017

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Domestic flights to resume at Weeze airport

21MAR2017

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Air Berlin to wet-lease Alitalia A320s, loses mail contract

21MAR2017

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Malaysia's Malindo Air named B737 MAX 8 launch operator

21MAR2017
Malindo Air (OD, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) chief executive Chandran Rama Muthy has announced his carrier will be the B737 MAX 8's launch operator beating out Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) and Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field).

“Malindo Air is very honoured and proud to be the world’s first carrier to fly passengers on this state-of-the-art innovation,” he said in a statement issued during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’17). "This new aircraft, which ...

Southwest outlines initial B737 MAX ops due in early 4Q17

21MAR2017
Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) is planning to begin scheduled B737 MAX 8 operations during the last quarter of the year.

Airline Route reports the Texan LCC will deploy nine aircraft of the type into service from October 1, 2017, from cities that include Albuquerque, Baltimore Thurgood Marshall, Boston, Chicago Midway, Columbus John Glenn, OH, Dallas Love Field, Denver Int'l, Houston Hobby, Las Vegas McCarran, Los Angeles Int'l, Nashville Int'l, Orlando Int'l, Phoenix Sky Harbor, ...

Iraqi Airways to resume new-build Boeing deliveries

21MAR2017

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Virgin Australia selects Melbourne for Chinese market debut

21MAR2017
Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) has confirmed Melbourne Tullamarine as the first city in Australia it will connect with Greater China when it launches flights to Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok later this year.

Having secured interim approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for its proposed alliance with HNA Group unit HNA Aviation, Hong Kong Airlines, and HK Express, Virgin Australia said in a statement its 5x weekly service would commence on July 5 with sales ...