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Delivery of Air India's maiden A320neo delayed to mid 1Q17

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani has confirmed the carrier will take delivery of its maiden pair of A320neo a month late owing to unspecified issues with their CFM International LEAP-1A26 powerplants.

In a statement to the Indian Express, Lohani said: “The delivery of A320neo has been deferred to February by the lessors due to some engine issues."

The aircraft are part of a longterm dry-lease contract signed with Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO in March ...

Niger Airways eyes scheduled services launch

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Alaska SkyWest to also resume CRJ-200 ops

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Fly Jamaica Airways to launch Guyana charters to Cuba, JFK

Fly Jamaica Airways (OJ, Kingston Norman Manley) is set to launch charter flights from Georgetown Cheddi Jagan, Guyana to Cuba and New York JFK in February through its Air Guyana (Georgetown Cheddi Jagan) brand, reports News Source. The airline also plans to add scheduled flights in the future. Fly Jamaica already operates under its own brand between Georgetown and New York JFK as well as from Georgetown to Kingston Norman Manley using its single B757-200.

As Guyana is a Category II country, ...

Ghana to open new domestic airports at Ho and Wa

Two new domestic airports are set to open in Ghana, as part of the government's plan to ensure each of the country's ten regions has an airport. Ho Airport, in the Volta Region of Ghana's south east, is a brand new facility, while Wa, in the Upper West Region, has undergone extensive renovations.

Work on the USD25 million Ho Airport commenced in September 2015 and, when completed,it will have a runway of 1900 metres and a terminal building capable of handling 150,000 passengers a ...

Thailand's Nakhon Si Thammarat airport reopens after floods

Thailand's Nakhon Si Thammarat airport has resume operations on Friday 18:00 after being closed for a week following flood damage, according to The Bangkok Post.

Heavy monsoon rains in the first week of 2017 led to flooding in southern Thailand, with thirty-six people killed. Authorities made the decision to close Nakhon Si Thammarat airport after floodwater spilled onto the main runway. Landing lights and the terminal were also damaged.

Attempts to survey the airport and establish its ...

Spain's Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas squeezed in LatAm market

Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas (PU, Madrid Barajas) has announced it will shortly end its Madrid Barajas-Santo Domingo Las Américas, Dominican Republic service amid increasing tough competition with established carriers Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas) and Air Europa (UX, Palma Son Sant Joan) in the South American market. The service, which launched in July last year as a 2x weekly service, was reduced to a weekly flight in October on the grounds, Spanish tourism news agency Preferente claims, of poor ...

Qatar Airways to IPO by 2027 as US3 eye Trump benefits

Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) will be privatised within the next ten years airline chief executive Akbar al Baker has told France's La Tribune newspaper.

During his interview, published last week, al Baker said the move would only occur once Qatar Airways is "in a position of strength." He also valued the wholly state-owned carrier at "more than USD10 billion".

Qatar Airways had previously planned to IPO in 2010 only to scrap those plans in the wake of the global financial crisis. ...

South Africa's Airlink set for maiden EMB-190

Airlink (South Africa) (4Z, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) will shortly add a maiden EMB-190 to its fleet Skyliner Aviation has reported. Formerly N177HQ (msn 19000481) with Republic Airlines (YX, Indianapolis Int'l), the twinjet was recently seen at Fort Worth Meacham sporting the carrier's livery ahead of its delivery to South Africa.

Last year, Airlink CEO Rodger Foster said the Embraer Regional Jet was one of four types under consideration for the replacement of its ageing fleet of ...

easyJet to retain Malpensa-Fiumicino after Alitalia cancels

easyJet (U2, London Luton) has revised previously announced plans to abandon the Milan Malpensa-Rome Fiumicino market later this quarter.

Following Alitalia's decision to withdraw from the route from January 31, 2017, onwards, the UK-based budget carrier has now announced that it will continue to connect the two airports through March 27 and into the summer 2017 season.

"In the actual context of the market, we want to maintain flights between Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino as it offers ...

PlaneSense named PC-24 launch operator

US fractional aircraft ownership firm, PlaneSense (Portsmouth), has been named the PC-24's launch operator with delivery of its first jet scheduled for the last quarter of the current year. The firm said in a statement that it has already agreed to purchase another five aircraft of the type from Pilatus Aircraft (PCH, Buochs).

“We are pleased to build upon our longstanding relationship with Pilatus by adding jets to our fleet, and we highly anticipate the honor of acquiring the first PC-24 ...

India's Alliance Air ends CRJ-700 operations

Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) has ended Bombardier CRJ-700 operations with its last remaining aircraft of the type having now been ferried to Europe.

Skyliner Aviation reports VT-RJE (msn 10029) was ferried from Delhi Int'l to North America via Abu Dhabi Int'l, Larnaca, London Southend and Reykjavik Keflavik this week.

As it stands, the Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) unit is now an all-Avions de Transport Régional operation employing two ATR42-300s and eight ATR72-600s on ...

Avianca Argentina adds maiden aircraft, an ATR72

Avian Líneas Aéreas (A0, Buenos Aires Aeroparque) has taken delivery of its first of eighteen ATR72-600s on order from Avions de Transport Régional following the arrival of LV-GUG (msn 1343) in Argentina on Sunday, January 15.

Operating as Avianca Argentina, the start-up expects to complete its launch formalities and begin regular passenger flights from its Buenos Aires Aeroparque and Córdoba Int'l hubs later this quarter.

Last year, the carrier applied to the Argentine government for ...

Gert Brask sets up yet another Danish carrier

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ASL Aviation Group maps out way forward for 2017

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Air Berlin and Niki announce new restructured network

Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) and Niki (HG, Vienna) have jointly announced the final details of their summer schedule networks as part of the restructuring exercise to transfer leisure focused routes from Air Berlin to Niki.

Air Berlin will focus on intercontinental services as well as more business oriented routes within Europe and in the German domestic market while Niki will assume various leisure oriented routes as it becomes part of Blue Sky, a new European leisure carrier group to be ...

VietJetAir considering int'l listing after domestic IPO

VietJetAir (VJ, Hanoi) has set its sights on an international listing following its domestic initial public offering (IPO), reports Reuters. Options for the international listing are likely to be Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo.

The Vietnamese LCC plans to debut on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange on February 23, after a successful offering in late 2016 which was oversubscribed by almost two times. Reports suggest that the 44.8 million shares booked by institutional investors values the company ...

Elite Airways may lose Naples, FL, subsidies of $75k

Elite Airways (7Q, Portland, ME) may lose subsidies worth USD75,000 which it currently enjoys at Naples, FL airport after the airline suspended direct flights to Newark, reports The Naples Daily News.

Under the terms of a contract signed last February, Elite Airways agreed to offer regular scheduled flights to a major hub. In exchange, the Naples Airport Authority waived terminal rent and provided ground-service assistance, to a value of about USD24,000. Additionally, the authority spent ...

New Japan Aviation eyes Kodiak 100s

New Japan Aviation (NJA, Kagoshima) is planning to introduce an unspecified number of Quest Aircraft Kodiak 100 turboprop aircraft into its fleet a flight and ground crew recruitment advertisement has disclosed.

Neither the scale of the order nor its proposed delivery dates were revealed.

Founded in 1969, New Japan Aviation operates four Cessna (single piston) 172s, one Piper (twin piston) PA34-200T Seneca II, and one Islander on passenger charter flights, as well as pilot training, ...

India's SpiceJet to venture into longhaul budget segment?

SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) could become India's first long haul low-cost carrier following claims it has optioned B787s as part of its latest order with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for 100 B737 MAXs.

The Times of India reports the LCC will first lease in B787 metal as an initial test of the market's waters. Should the experiment prove successful, it may then decide to firm up the type's options.

SpiceJet declined to comment on the claims.

According to the ch-aviation route database, ...

Air Malta, Alitalia officially confirm end to equity talks

Air Malta (KM, Malta) and Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) have officially confirmed talks over the Italian carrier's proposed purchase of a 49% stake in the Maltese national airline have now ended with no agreement reached.

Alitalia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the board of directors of Air Malta and the Maltese government in April 2016 wherein it pledged to complete a comprehensive due diligence of Air Malta with the intention of becoming a 49% shareholder. The assessment was due ...

Tunisia's Express Air Cargo adds maiden aircraft

Express Air Cargo (XRC, Enfidha) has taken delivery of its maiden aircraft the AeroTunisie flight blog has confirmed.

B737-300(QC) TS-ICA (msn 23836) was positioned from Vilnius to Tunis Carthage International Airport on Friday, January 13. Configured in an all-freight layout, the twenty-nine year-old aircraft is powered by CFM56-3B2 motors. It will shortly be joined by B737-300(F) msn 24710 which is currently at Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen undergoing pre-delivery maintenance checks.

As ...