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Air New Zealand to end B767 ops in late 1Q17

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Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) has confirmed in an NZX stock market filing it will end commercial B767 operations by March of this year. The carrier currently operates two B767-300(ER)s on flights connecting Auckland Int'l, Melbourne Tullamarine, Rarotonga, and Sydney Kingsford Smith.

According to the ch-aviation aircraft database, ZK-NCG (msn 26912) and ZK-NCI (msn 26913) average twenty-three years of age and are powered by General Electric CF6-80C2B6s.

Air New Zealand has ...

AeroMéxico accepts Delta's revised bid

AeroMéxico (AM, México City) has announced that its board has accepted a Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) offer to acquire up to 32% of the Mexican carrier's total shareholding. Earlier this month, the US carrier said in a statement that it was prepared to pay MXN53.00 peso (USD2.66) per share, an offer AeroMexico described as fair.

"The members of the Board, shareholders and the general director, expressed their decision to participate in the offer, in the terms announced, ...
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Norwegian outlines proposed new TATL routes due from 2Q17

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) has formally confirmed it will begin transatlantic flights from cities in the United Kingdom and Ireland to the greater New York, Boston, and New England areas in the United States this summer. Operations are on-board the carrier's incoming fleet of B737 MAX 8s, for which it is the launch operator.

The LCC said in a statement it would begin direct services from Edinburgh to each of Newburgh (daily), Providence (4x weekly), and Hartford Bradley (3x weekly) ...

Kaliningrad airline talks interest Embraer, Komiaviatrans

The government of Kaliningrad is pushing ahead with plans to establish its own low-cost carrier with a high-level meeting held this week to discuss a potential model for a regional airline. The results of the meeting were announced in a government press release.

The tripartite group was composed of Kaliningrad Region Government representative Alexander Derkach, Regional Director of Embraer Igor Voznyuk, and General Director of carrier Komiaviatrans (KO, Syktyvkar) Alexander Ponomarev.

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Qantas defers A320neo deliveries

Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) has announced in an ASX filing that it will defer deliveries of the first A320neos to its Jetstar Airways (JQ, Melbourne Tullamarine) unit until its 2019 Financial Year.

The Australian carrier group has fifty-four A320neo and forty-five A321neo on order from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac). Deliveries were originally scheduled to run from the end of the current calendar year.

Qantas intends to use the A320neo Family jets to renew and expand ...

Iran's Chabahar Airlines adds maiden MD83

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Kenya Airways, Precision Air seek to expand partnership

Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has sought approval from the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) to amend its joint venture agreement with Tanzania's Precision Air (PW, Dar-es-Salaam), according to a Kenyan government gazette. The Kenyan carrier, which owns a 41.23% stake in Precision Air, is applying to be exempted from anti-competition regulations which prevent collusion on pricing.

In the gazette notice, the airlines signal their intention to align and coordinate routes, ...

SF Airlines' Ezhou cargo hub airport gets greenlight

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Skills shortage delays Thai AOC approvals

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has suspended issuing new Air Operator's Certificates (AOCs) due to a shortage of suitably qualified inspectors. AIN Online cites a confidential source who says that the CAAT is working to train more personnel in order to ensure that regulation and safety standards can be met.

An audit of Thailand's then-Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) – now the CAAT – carried out in January 2015 by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) found ...

China's Long Hao Aviation Group mulls ERJs, ATRs

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Kokshetau, Kazakhstan to resume int'l ops in mid-2Q17

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Colombo in final talks with TPG apropos SriLankan Airlines

The Sri Lankan government has selected US-based investment firm Texas Pacific Group (TPG) as the preferred candidate for further talks concerning a possible 49% stake in SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l).

Sri Lankan Deputy Minister for State Enterprise Development, Eran Wickramaratne, told the Daily Mirror newspaper that talks between the two sides were currently focussed on how TPG would manage the carrier given its apparent lack of hands-on airline management experience.

“They have ...

Korean Air adds maiden B787-9

Korean Air (KE, Seoul Incheon) has taken delivery of its maiden B787-9 following the hand-over of HL8081 (msn 34810) at Charleston, SC on Wednesday, February 22.

The General Electric GEnx-1B64-powered twinjet will shortly be positioned to South Korea where it will be deployed on flights between Seoul Gimpo and Jeju for one month for certification purposes. It features six seats in First, eighteen in Business, and 245 in Economy for a total of 269 seats.

In a statement, Korean Air said it ...

Pegasus Airlines denies Ukraine unit plans

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Maximus Air secures $500mn UAE Armed Forces contract

Maximus Air (MXU, Abu Dhabi Int'l) has secured a AED1.79 billion dirham (USD487 million) contract from the Ministry of Defense of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the purchase of an unspecified number of cargo aircraft.

Once delivered, the freighters will be used for commercial purposes.

According to the Gulf Times, the order is one of ten valued at AED6.91 billion (USD1.9 billion) awarded by the UAE Armed Forces during the International Defence Exhibition and Conference arms show ...

S7 Group approved for Russian space ops, rocket launch soon

S7 Group has announced that its aerospace company, S7 Space Transportation System (STS), has obtained a license to perform space operations in the Russian Federation. Its first operation will be the launch of a Zenit rocket later this year.

The Russian aeronautical holding group, which owns S7 Airlines (S7, Novosibirsk), purchased the Sea Launch Group in 2016, which included the acquisition of the Sea Launch Commander vessel with launch support equipment, ground support equipment at the home ...

Denmark's Nordic Seaplanes to resume flights this week

Nordic Seaplanes (Aarhus) is to resume operations this week following a near two-month suspension of all flights.

In a statement issued earlier this week, Nordic Seaplanes said flights between Aarhus and Copenhagen would resume on Wednesday, February 22.

It is recalled the Danish virtual carrier suspended all flights in December to allow DHC-6-300 OY-NSA (msn 577), which is wet-leased from Croatia's European Coastal Airlines (WL, Split), to undergo routine maintenance in Altenrhein, ...

Arik Air investment offer rejected by Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) has reportedly rejected an offer from the state-owned Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to take over management of struggling Arik Air (W3, Lagos) reports Business Day Online. AMCON recently took over Arik Air following mounting financial and operational issues, but has no interest in managing the airline in the long term.

Founder of Arik Air, Joseph Arumeni-Ikhide, was strongly opposed to the Nigerian airline being taken over by Ethiopian, ...

Zimbabwe's Rainbow Airlines to go int'l in late 1Q17

Rainbow Airlines (RAT, Harare Int'l) is provisionally set to make its international debut next month, a review of the Zimbabwean carrier's booking engine has revealed.

The start-up, which only commenced flights last month, plans to start a 3x weekly Harare Int'l-Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, South Africa, flight on Sunday, March 5, using its sole aircraft, a CRJ-100 leased from CemAir (5Z, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo).

Its debut route, Harare Int'l-Victoria Falls, currently operates as a weekly ...