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Guyana's Roraima Airways eyes St. Vincent hub

Roraima Airways (ROR, Georgetown Ogle) is planning to establish a pan-Caribbean hub out of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines later this year.

Airline president and CEO, Gerald Gouveia, said in a recorded statement that the Guyanese carrier would make use of new Argyle International Airport, located on the main island of Saint Vincent, which is scheduled to open to commercial traffic early next month.

Gouveia did not specify any timelines or particular destinations that would be served, ...

Norway's Fly Viking eyes late 1Q17 launch

Fly Viking (FVK, Tromsø) says it expects to complete its AOC certification with the Norwegian civil aviation authority (Luftfartstilsynet) early next month in time for a tentative March launch.

In a statement, the start-up said that while its initial services would focus on connecting the Norwegian coastal towns of Hammerfest, Alta, Tromsø, and Bodø, it would also evaluate new routes to cities and towns such as Vadsø, Kirkenes, Mo i Rana, Sandnessjøen, Brønnøysund, Orsta-Volda, and ...

India's SpiceJet orders 100+50 B737 MAX

SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) has ramped up its B737 MAX order portfolio following the signing of a commitment with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for up to 155 additional aircraft of the type.

The US manufacturer reports the new order, booked late last year, entails 100 firm order jets with purchase rights for an additional fifty. Complimenting this, the Indian LCC has also been revealed as the unidentified customer for thirteen more B737 MAX.

Inclusive of a previous order for forty-two B737 ...
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Maine Aviation set to secure commuter authority

Maine Aviation Aircraft Charter (MAAC) is set to secure a commuter air carrier authority after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a determination of fitness on December 28, 2016. As previously reported, the US business charter specialist originally applied in mid-2016 for authority to provide scheduled passenger operations.

If all regulatory hurdles are cleared, MAAC plans to run 7x weekly round trips between White Plains (New York) and Fort Lauderdale Int'l, Florida using its ...

Air India owed $110 million by Indian Government

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) is owed INR7.5 billion (USD110 million) by the Indian Government for air services relating to defence and the transport of Very Very Important Persons (VVIPs), reports the Business Standard.

The outstanding payments are for services such as ferrying Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior ministers, as well as evacuation operations. Some of the bills have been unpaid since June 2014. The national airline uses two of its B747-400s for VVIP operations, which ...

Corporate Flight Management awarded $4m Macon AEAS contract

Corporate Flight Management (LF, Smyrna) has been awarded the Alternate Essential Air Service (AEAS) contract for the community of Macon, Georgia, USA, following a new call for proposals in September 2015. Corporate Flight Management will run a 12x weekly service to Washington Dulles using a 30-seat Jetstream 41. The flights will operate via its subsidiary Contour Airlines (LF, Tupelo).

The AEAS is a modified version of the standard EAS, which allows a community more flexibility in choosing a ...

India's FlyEasy to assume control of Air Pegasus

Stalled Indian start-up FlyEasy (Bangalore Int'l) has taken a giant leap towards the launch of operations following the signing of an agreement to acquire up to 74% of Air Pegasus (OP, Bangalore Int'l), a stalled, albeit already certificated, scheduled operator.

Air Pegasus Managing Director Shyson Thomas said in a statement issued to the Indian press this week that while the final shareholdings had yet to be finalized, he would own the minority stake in the carrier.

Of the transaction ...

Belfast Int'l transatlantic flights end, 3 airlines in talks

Flight UA76 using B757-200 N14106 (msn 27296) departed Belfast Int'l for Newark for the last time on January 9, 2017, ending direct flights between the Northern Irish city and the United States. The flight also marks the end of long-haul flights from Belfast.

According to the Londonderry Sentinel, three other airlines are in discussions to replace the New York route, including Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen).

United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) made the decision to pull out of the ...

DOT downs Transcarga over Venezuela market disparity

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has rejected an application by Transcarga International Airways (T7, Caracas Simón Bolivar) for authority to conduct certain extra-bilateral all-cargo charter flights between Venezuela and points in the United States.

The Venezuelan freight specialist submitted the application in June last year requesting additional authority to ply various charters from Venezuela to each of Aguadilla/San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin in Puerto Rico, Houston, Miami and New ...

Indonesia bans Tigerair Australia's Bali flights

Tigerair Australia (TT, Melbourne Tullamarine) has been given until Monday, January 16, 2017, to repatriate 2,000 Australian customers stranded in Denpasar after Indonesian authorities banned the carrier earlier this week.

The Australian LCC said in a statement that the embargo against it was a "sudden" decision by the Indonesian government to impose new administrative requirements for the operation of its flights between Bali and Australia.

The head of Cooperation and Public Relations in ...

Croatia Airlines volte-faces on LHR slot sale plan

Croatia Airlines (OU, Zagreb) has made a volte-face on previous plans to retain its nine London Heathrow slots.

Airline spokesman Davor Janušić told ch-aviation in a statement that the state-owned Croatian carrier had indeed sold five of its London Heathrow morning slots to Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson). He did not comment on the value of the transaction.

A report in the Vecernji List newspaper, referencing airline sources, indicates the transfer will come into effect ...

Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding Co. confirms flynas order

Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), one of the key investors in Saudi LCC flynas (XY, Riyadh), has confirmed the placement of an order with Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) worth USD8.9 billion.

Though the statement did not explicitly state the exact number of aircraft purchased, Reuters has indicated it consists of firm orders for over sixty A320neo with options for 100 more.

A formal announcement will be made on Monday, January 16, 2017.

TransAsia Airways shareholders okay dissolution, liquidation

TransAsia Airways (GE, Taipei Sung Shan) shareholders voted in favour of management's decision to dissolve the company during an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) called in Taipei on Wednesday, January 11.

Founded in 1951, TransAsia Airways was Taiwan's oldest airline until it suspended all operations on Tuesday, November 22. At the time, it cited prolonged financial difficulties brought on by the crashes of flights GE222 and GE235 in 2014/15.

A Taipei Stock Exchange filing said that ...

Suriname's Fly All Ways to suspend scheduled ops

Fly All Ways Airlines (8W, Paramaribo Int'l) will transition to a charter operator following the suspension of scheduled services with effect from January 15 onwards.

Airline chief executive officer (CEO) Amichand Jhauw said in a statement to the Surinamese press that during its downtime, the carrier will reconsider its business model as well as its operational base.

“Flights which originate from Paramaribo and then to Guyana and Barbados and Haiti are done on a scheduled basis twice ...

FedEx acquires two ex-Belgian B777 freighters

FedEx Express (FX, Memphis Int'l) has acquired a pair of B777-Fs from Europe's ASL Aviation Group Skyliner Aviation has reported.

The two ships, OO-TSC (msn 37138) and OO-TSB (msn 39286), are ex-ASL Airlines Belgium (3V, Liège) machines and both are in the process of being ferried to Singapore Changi for eventual handover to FedEx. They are owned by Titan Aviation Holdings.

The ch-aviation aircraft database shows that at present, FedEx operates twenty-seven B777 freighters all of which it ...

Future of Switzerland's Belair hangs in balance

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United to end scheduled B747 ops in 4Q17

United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) has announced it will accelerate the retirement of its remaining B747-400s from scheduled service with the type's last commercial flight now slated for the final quarter of the year. Previous plans had called for a late 2018 phase out.

The carrier's president Scott Kirby said in a press release issued Wednesday, January 11, that the B747-400 was no longer a cost-effective option for the long haul scheduled market.

"Today, there are more fuel-efficient, ...

Gabon's Afrijet to lease a Lebanese B737 for AFCON

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Interjet begins returning affected SuperJets to service

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Ramenskoye) says it has completed repairs on six of the eleven Interjet (4O, Toluca) SSJ 100-95s grounded last month owing to structural defects in their stabiliser attachment bands.

The Russian aircraft manufacturer said its technical teams had carried out the repairs in-situ in Mexico.

"The troubleshooting procedure was agreed to with the Russian aviation authorities (Federal Air Transport Agency) and carried out under the control of the Mexican aviation ...

Surinam Airways outlines ambitious growth plans

Surinam Airways (PY, Paramaribo Int'l) has ambitious expansion plans chief executive Robbi Lachmising has revealed to Caribbean News Now.

In an interview, Lachmising said the Surinamese national carrier plans to expand its Georgetown Cheddi Jagan, Guyana hub with flights to Havana Int'l and New York JFK later this year. Surinam Airways, or SLM as it is colloquially known, currently serves Miami Int'l through Georgetown.

Insofar as fleet renewal is concerned, the CEO said the airline may ...

China's Air Changan gets nod to expand operations

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted Air Changan (9H, Xi'an Xianyang) permission to expand its operational scope following an application filed late last year.

A regulatory filing released this week indicates that as per its request, the HNA Group unit is now able to operate passenger and cargo flights from beyond the confines of Shaanxi Province. Until now, Air Changan was restricted to using its three B737-800s to operate flights that originated from its ...

Iran's Mahan Air eyes Australia flights

Mahan Air (W5, Tehran Mehrabad) will, next month, open talks with authorities in Australia over the proposed launch of flights the Iranian Ambassador to Australia, Abdolhossein Vahaji, has announced.

A statement issued by the Iranian Embassy in Canberra said the talks would occur in the wake of a recently concluded bilateral air services agreement. Canberra is expected to ratify the agreement at the end of this month thus paving the way for Mahan Air's talks, Vahaji said.

While exact ...