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Argentine ULCC start-up Flybondi selects the B737-800

16MAR2017
Flybondi (Buenos Aires El Palomar) has confirmed it will use the B737-800 from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for the launch of operations, slated for September of this year.

In a statement, the start-up LCC said the aircraft will be configured with 189 seats for the lowest seat unit cost in the market. In addition, it said it has already reviewed the economics of the B737 MAX 200 and will soon start negotiations for an order of up to fifty of the type.

In a meeting today in Buenos Aires, ...

Alitalia unveils new board-approved business plan

16MAR2017
Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) says its Board of Directors has approved a business turnaround plan aimed at reducing costs by EUR1 billion (USD1.06 billion) through 2019 while boosting revenues by 30% from EUR2.9 billion (USD3.1 billion) to EUR3.7 billion (USD3.9 billion) over the same period.

In a statement, the Italian carrier said it will achieve the cuts through a reduction in operating costs and manpower. While no specific number of lay-offs was quoted, Italy's Corriere della Sera ...

MIAT Mongolian Airlines studying Oceania market

16MAR2017

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Russia's NordStar to lease in ATR equipment this summer

16MAR2017

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Cyprus's Orion Airways in ownership change ahead of launch

16MAR2017

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Kaliningrad govt engages Czech consultancy over airline plan

16MAR2017

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Air Berlin's Niki/Etihad deal hamstrung by regulators

15MAR2017

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India's Captain Gopinath to launch new passenger airline

15MAR2017
Indian aviation entrepreneur Captain Gopinath is keen to re-enter the commercial passenger business and is on the lookout for 20-seater aircraft to launch on regional routes. Speaking with the Mumbai Mirror, Gopinath said he is using his charter airline Deccan Charters (Bangalore Int'l) to bid on routes for Tier III and Tier IV cities.

Gopinath launched India's first low cost carrier, Air Deccan (DN, Bangalore Int'l), in 2003 which grew to become the country's second largest carrier by 2007. ...

Solomon Airlines suspends Santa Cruz services

15MAR2017
Solomons - Solomon Airlines (IE, Honiara) has suspended all flights to Santa Cruz/Graciosa Bay/Luova, effective immediately, due to a dispute between the landowners and the government. The service usually runs 2x weekly using DHC-6 equipment. Solomons had pulled their Dash 8-100 from the route earlier due to the poor condition of the runway.

Located in the easternmost part of Solomon Islands, the Santa Cruz region is now effectively cut-off as it takes weeks to travel there by ship, reports ...

Thailand's Kan Air seeks strategic partners for int'l growth

15MAR2017
The President of Thailand's Kan Air (K8, Chiang Mai) is in talks with potential investors to help with his ambitious plans for the airline's growth. Speaking with the Bangkok Post, Somphong Sooksanguan says that the increasingly tough domestic market means he is looking for international expansion in order to grow the business.

Sooksanguan is set to increase Kan Air's fleet from three – one ATR72-500, one Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208B, and one Hawker Beechcraft Premier I – to ...

Russia's Nordavia boosts flights from St Petersburg

15MAR2017
Nordavia (5N, Arkhangelsk) is to develop its St. Petersburg network, announcing that its summer schedule will include flights to Samara Kurumoch, Volgograd, Voronezh Chertovitskoye, Kazan Int'l, Chelyabinsk, Anapa, and Kaliningrad. All but Samara are new destinations for the summer.

Nordavia operates a fleet of nine B737-500s on flights throughout western Russia. On the new cities, it will compete with Pobeda on the Volgograd route, RusLine on the Vorenezh route, and Aeroflot subsidiary ...

Colombo Int'l completes runway works ahead of schedule

15MAR2017
Colombo Int'l Airport will return to normal operations ahead of schedule at the end of this month, following upgrades to its 3,350-metre main runway 04/22. Since January 6, the Sri Lankan capital gateway has been closed to all traffic between 08h30L and 16h30L daily to allow for resurfacing work.

While most airlines won't be able to adjust their schedules for the earlier-than-expected reopening, the Sri Lankan government has said in an announcement that it hopes that ...

Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine to close for runway maintenance

15MAR2017

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Airkenya adds a Eurocopter AS350

15MAR2017
Airkenya (P2, Nairobi Wilson) has acquired a Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters (Marseilles) with 5Y-HNB (msn 4108) having arrived in East Africa this week.

Airline general manager Dino Bisleti said in a statement the helicopter will bolster the carrier's operations, as it continues to offer scheduled flights to major game parks and beach resorts in the country.

“The new helicopter can fly with both doors open offering the ultimate scenic flight for photographers and ...

Lufthansa CityLine to close Cologne MRO base

15MAR2017

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Wings of Alaska ceases operations

15MAR2017
Wings of Alaska (Juneau Int'l) has ceased all operations several weeks after flights were originally suspended, the Juneau-based carrier's managing partner Aldwin Harder has confirmed.

“The decision is primarily an economic one," he told the Juneau Empire newspaper. "This is a difficult business to make money in. A difficult business to be in."

Harder said Wings of Alaska had been formed “just to bring some competition to the aviation market,” but that it has struggled since its sale from ...

Taiwan warns FEAT, Mandarin Airlines of ATR approval delays

15MAR2017

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Ghana to review 5th Freedom traffic right allocations

15MAR2017
The Ghanaian government has plans to review the allocation of the 5th Freedom traffic rights granted to foreign carriers, Minister of Aviation Cecilia Dapaah has said.

“The Fifth Freedom Traffic Rights are for a specified period," Dapaah told the B&FT newspaper. "We will renegotiate and get the best for Ghana.”

Following the demise of Ghana Airways (GH, Accra) in 2004 and its successor Ghana International Airlines (G0, Accra) in 2010, the Ghanaian government began allocating the traffic ...

Silver Airways, Frontier confirm Cuban market withdrawals

15MAR2017
Silver Airways (3M, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) and Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) have announced their intention to withdraw from Cuba later this year citing overcapacity in the fledgling market.

The two were among the eleven US passenger and cargo carriers granted US-Cuba route authorities last year. For its part, Silver Airways offers regular flights from Fort Lauderdale Int'l to each of Camagüey, Cayo Coco, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo Sierra Maestra, Santa Clara de Cuba, ...

Thomas Cook UK to wet-lease a B757, more A320s this summer

15MAR2017

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Switzerland's Helvetic ends A319 operations

15MAR2017

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Canada's Sky Regional Airlines ends turboprop operations

15MAR2017

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Canada's Buffalo Airways ends regular DC3 pax ops

15MAR2017

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Mexico's VivaAeroBus denies transatlantic launch plan claims

15MAR2017

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Air Zimbabwe to cut senior staff in restructuring drive

15MAR2017
The Chief Executive of Air Zimbabwe (UM, Harare Int'l) has spoken before a parliamentary committee, outlining a restructuring plan which will see the loss of top management positions, the government-controlled Herald newspaper reports. Ripton Muzenda told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development last month that the restructuring process would be complete by December 31, 2017.

Muzenda's commitment to trim back senior positions is a reiteration of what ...