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Volaris Costa Rica eyes US debut in late 3Q17

18 hours ago
Volaris Costa Rica (Q6, San José Juan Santamaría) has announced plans to begin regular flights to the continental United States during the third quarter of this year.

According to its application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) and Exemption Authority, Volaris Costa Rica plans to start flights to the United States in or about September 2017. Initial destinations will include Houston Intc'l, Los Angeles Int'l, and New York.

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Indonesia's Batik Air suspends int'l plans over slot issues

20 hours ago

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Kuwait Airways to switch US service stopover in early 2Q17

21 hours ago
Kuwait Airways (KU, Kuwait) will switch its transatlantic stop from Shannon, Ireland, to London Stansted in the United Kingdom later next month.

According to Airline Route, the Kuwaiti national carrier's Kuwait-New York JFK service will begin using the London airfield from April 21 onwards. Flights are on-board B777-300(ER) equipment.

The return service between the United States and Kuwait operates non-stop due to favourable tailwinds.
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Libyan Airlines axes Sebha flights after a week

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Falkland Islands rejects prospect of regular Argentina ops

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Tel Aviv Sde Dov to see civilian flights through 2019

The Israeli Knesset has approved a bill that will keep Tel Aviv Sde Dov Airport open to civilian traffic through to 2019.

According to Globes, the bill, which was sponsored by Itzik Shmuli (Zionist Union) and Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home Party), was endorsed by an overwhelming majority of seventy parliamentarians during its final reading on Wednesday, March 22.

The Sde Dov law states that as long as the airport is used for aerial reconnaissance and landing for military aviation, so civil ...

Russia's Nordavia to rebrand?


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PAWA Dominicana unveils new commuter brand


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Beijing Capital to undergo runway works in early 2Q17

Beijing Capital Airport will partially restrict operations next month on account of the closure of one of its three runways - 18L/36R - owing to necessary resurfacing works.

A NOTAM issued earlier this month indicates the closure will run from April 2 to 29 with most traffic being diverted to the airfield's two other tracks, 18R/36L and 01/19. Additional aircraft movement delays are expected given night-time restrictions in force on runway 01/19, the notice said.

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Indian regulator removes Air Costa's E190s from register

Lessor GECAS has moved to recover its property from Air Costa (LB, Vijayawada) with the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) having struck off two of its three EMB-190s from the Indian registry.

ch-aviation research shows that so far, VT-LPB (msn 19000217) has been re-registered as M-ABKU in the Isle of Man.

Air Costa suspended operations on Tuesday, February 28, citing unspecified “financial issues” with GECAS. A subsequent March 15 relaunch date later lapsed with Indian ...

Bolivia's TAM engages creditors as late 2Q17 deadline looms


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Swiss begins Geneva base fleet transformation

Swiss (LX, Zurich) has announced it will transition its entire Geneva base operation over to the C-Series beginning this month with a single CS100.

According to a press release, the aircraft will commence operations out the French-Swiss city on March 26 with flights to London Heathrow, Dublin Int'l, and Athens Int'l. The carrier's maiden CS300, due in May, will also be based out of Geneva.

Eventually, the Lufthansa Group's entire Geneva operation will be turned over to the C-Series once ...

MIAT Mongolian Airlines to lease two B737 MAX 8s


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China's HNA Group inks cooperation LOI with Serbia


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EC greenlights Qatar Airways/Meridiana tie-up

The European Commission (EC) has given the proposed tie-up between Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) and Meridiana fly (IG, Olbia) the go-ahead a circular sent by management to the Italian carrier's workforce has said.

According to Reuters, the EC said it found no antitrust concerns with the partnership which is now expected to close by month-end.

"The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition does not raise competition concerns because the overlap in routes is either very ...

Alaska Airlines confirms Virgin America brand to go

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) has confirmed it will discontinue the Virgin America (VX, San Francisco, CA) name "likely sometime in 2019". On the announcement of its buy-out of Virgin late last year, Alaskan Airlines was coy about the future of the iconic brand which has attracted a loyal customer base in the San Francisco area.

However, in a statement this week, Alaska Airlines said that after careful consideration, it had decided that the newly merged company would adopt ...

Estonia's Regional Jet to add ATR72s for SAS ACMI contract

Regional Jet (EE, Tallinn Lennart Meri) has unveiled plans to introduce four maiden Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) turboprops into its fleet for use on a long-term ACMI contract with SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup).

According to a press release, the Estonian production carrier will operate four ATR72-600s for the Scandinavian airline from its Copenhagen Kastrup base beginning in August. The white-label contract runs for six years but can be terminated after three if ...

Estonia's Nordica to make Russian debut in mid-2Q17

Nordica (Tallinn Lennart Meri) will make its Russian market debut during the second quarter of the year with a 13x weekly Tallinn Lennart Meri-St. Petersburg service. According to a Pulkovo Airport press release, the route will start on May 15 and will operate onboard CRJ-900 equipment.

“This route is certainly long-awaited for both business and holiday travelers,” Nordica’s Chief Commercial Officer Kristel Penu said. “The flights also open up transit opportunities for flying from ...

Finnair to suspend Miami flights this summer

Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) has announced that, owing to a protracted shortage of crew and aircraft, it will suspend its Helsinki Vantaa-Miami Int'l, United States, service between May 4 and September 29. In the same vein, the carrier will also axe its Chicago O'Hare service albeit only for the month of May.

“We are very sorry about the disruption this is causing our customers, and we are doing our best to offer suitable alternative routings for them,” Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial ...

Iran's ATA Airlines leasing another Ukrainian MD-83

ATA Airlines (Iran) (I3, Tabriz) has wet-leased another MD-83 from ACMI/charter operator Bravo Airways (Ukraine) (BAY, Kiev Boryspil) Skyliner Aviation has reported. UR-CQC (msn 53625) was positioned from Kiev Boryspil to Tabriz earlier this week.

ATA Airlines operates eight MD-83s (of which one other is leased from Bravo with three leased from Khors Aircompany (KO, Kiev Boryspil)), three A320-200s, one B737-300s, and two ERJ-145s (undergoing maintenance at Istanbul Atatürk) on scheduled ...

Tibet Airlines to open Mianyang base


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Italy's Neos switches China summer charter flights to Milan


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SriLankan Airlines ends A319 operations


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China's Fuzhou Airlines eyes Harbin branch company


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Amazon to use DHL facilities at Cincinnati Int'l hub

23MAR2017 has confirmed it will use DHL Express facilities at Cincinnati Int'l while the construction of its new 280,000 sqm handling facility at Cincinnati Int'l International Airport is underway.

According to CargoFacts, the first of the global online retailer's fleet of Prime Air-branded B767 freighters will begin using the Kentuckian airfield later this spring.

The report indicates that aside from using DHL's Cincinnati Int'l ramp space, Amazon will also make use of DHL's sorting ...