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Gov't eyes privatisation of Air India's ground handling unit

16.02.2019 - 02:50 UTC

The Indian government is planning to sell a 100% stake in ground handling firm Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL), PTI newswire has reported.

According to an official memorandum published by the government, 98% of shares will be earmarked for sale to a private investor, while the remaining 2% would be distributed to the firm's employees upon the conclusion of the former transaction.

Air India Assets Holding Limited, the government-owned special purpose vehicle managing most of Air India's assets,...

LaudaMotion in talks over A320neoch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.02.2019 - 01:25 UTC

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US DOT selects SkyWest for South Dakota EAS

16.02.2019 - 00:00 UTC

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected SkyWest Airlines (United States of America) (OO, Salt Lake City) for the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract covering services from Denver Int'l to Pierre, SD, and Watertown, SD.

The carrier will receive a total of USD6.88 million per year for a contract running from February 13, 2019, through March 31, 2021. SkyWest will operate 12x weekly to each of the South Dakotan communities using CRJ-200 equipment under the United Express brand.


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TUI fly to wet-lease A319 from SundAir for Baden-Baden opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 22:35 UTC

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Russian oligarch plans SSJ-based business charter airlinech-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 21:11 UTC

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Norwegian to withdraw from the Caribbean

15.02.2019 - 19:46 UTC

Norwegian Air International (D8, Dublin Int'l) will not resume its seasonal winter-only services to the Caribbean in the Winter 2019/20 season and will terminate all routes to the market permanently at the end of March 2019, Air Transport World has reported.

"We will withdraw all routes serving the French Caribbean from March 31, 2019. Our strategic focus is transitioning from growth to profitability and, following a review of our French Caribbean services, we have decided to withdraw these operations as they were not financially...

Air Belgium to resume scheduled ops in late 1Q19

15.02.2019 - 17:36 UTC

Air Belgium (KF, Brussels Charleroi) is planning to resume scheduled operations on March 31, 2019, with a 3x weekly service between Brussels Charleroi and Hong Kong Int'l.

The carrier has already launched ticket sales via its website. Flights will be operated with A340-300 equipment.

Air Belgium suspended its flights to Hong Kong on October 1, 2018, citing the non-fulfilment of obligations regarding pricing and traffic volume by its Chinese tour operator partner Utour. Subsequently, the airline touted flying to mainland China,...

Pakistan gov't to keep PIA in state hands

15.02.2019 - 16:33 UTC

The Pakistani government has no intention of privatising the struggling flag carrier PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) and will present a new restructuring plan for the airline by the end of March 2019, Dawn has reported.

"Privatisation of the national flag carrier is not in the manifesto of the PTI government and therefore it has initiated a reform process to overcome losses being incurred by the airline," Prime Minister Imran Khan said at a meeting devoted to the situation at the airline....

Dominican Republic's flycana selects Santo Domingo base

15.02.2019 - 15:30 UTC

flycana (DW, Santo Domingo Las Américas) has signed an agreement with Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom) over the use of Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport (AILA) as a base.

The start-up said in a statement that it is currently in the process of finalising an investment of USD80 million ahead of a planned launch during the last quarter of the year.

"We are very excited to announce the selection of AILA as the base airport for our operations," airline founder and president, Victor Pacheco Méndez,...

Brazil's CADE okays Azul/Correios deal, dismisses objections

15.02.2019 - 14:28 UTC

Brazil's antitrust watchdog (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica - CADE) has formally approved a joint-venture between Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras and Brazil's national postal service, Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos (ECT).

In its ruling issued on Wednesday, February 13, CADE upheld an earlier decision handed down by its supreme organ, the Superintendent General's Office, in December which had concluded the tie-up would not result in any competitive or economic concerns despite objections lodged by...

Ryanair eyes Thomas Cook Group airport slots

15.02.2019 - 13:25 UTC

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) would be interested in acquiring airport slots currently held by Thomas Cook Group Airlines should they come up for sale.

Earlier this month, parent firm Thomas Cook Group began a strategic review of its airline subsidiary given plans to focus more on its more profitable own-brand hotel portfolio.

“If it goes that way and it gets broken up, are we interested in slots at certain airports? We would be," Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's Chief Marketing Officer, told The Irish Times....

Air Nostrum, CemAir, AAT axe Bombardier ordersch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 12:23 UTC

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Italian gov't renews plans to gain foothold in new Alitaliach-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 11:20 UTC

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Etihad restructures Airbus, Boeing order books

15.02.2019 - 10:17 UTC

Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) says it has reached agreements with each of Airbus and Boeing to restructure its order backlog with either manufacturer.

As of January 31, 2019, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier had twenty-six A321neo, twenty-two A350-1000s, and forty A350-900s due from the Europeans while from the Americans, it was expecting eight B777-8s, seventeen B777-9s, twenty-five B787-10s, and eighteen B787-9s.

However, in a statement issued on Thursday, February 14, Etihad said that “following a...

Romania's Aviro Air returns only aircraft, seeks new fleetch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 07:59 UTC

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China's Suparna Airlines to debut B787 ops in 1Q19ch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 07:57 UTC

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Proflight Zambia revises Q300 deployment plansch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 07:55 UTC

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Creditors of Russia's UTair agree to defer interest paymentsch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 07:00 UTC

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Myanmar's Asian Wings Airways suspended operations

15.02.2019 - 06:07 UTC

Asian Wings Airways (YJ, Yangon) suspended all operations on January 1, 2019, ch-aviation schedule analysis has revealed. CAPA has reported that the carrier still retains its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC).

The airline suspended its last route from Yangon to Kyaukpyu on January 1, 2019. A day earlier, it terminated services to Nyaung-u via Heho.

Prior to the suspension of the flights, Asian Wings Airways had operated two 20-year-old ATR72-500s, XY-AIS (msn 626) and XY-AIU (msn 557). The airline owns both aircraft....

Ryanair, Air Europa sales partnership endsch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 05:13 UTC

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Germany's SundAir to open a base at Bremen in mid-3Q19ch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 04:20 UTC

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Nok Air raises $73mn but Thai Airways dillutes its stake

15.02.2019 - 03:27 UTC

Nok Air (DD, Bangkok Don Mueang) has raised THB2.3 billion bahts (USD73.3 million) from existing shareholders, short of its intended goal of THB2.5 billion bahts (USD79.7 million) as Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) did not participate in the capital increase.

The Thai LCC said in a stock market filing that it allocated 836.5 million new shares to existing stakeholders at a price of THB2.75 bahts (USD0.09) per share. It originally planned to allocate 908.8 million new shares....

Qatar Airways to retire A380s from 2024

15.02.2019 - 02:33 UTC

Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) plans to retire its A380-800s on the "tenth anniversary" of their flying for the carrier, which falls in 2024, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker told the Aviation Analyst.

"For the A380s, on the tenth anniversary, we will retire them. Once we have paid our financial obligations, they will go. We don’t see any secondary market opportunity," Al Baker said.

The Qatari carrier currently operates ten owned A380-800s. The airline took delivery of the first...

Turkey's Corendon Airlines to base B737 at Munsterch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 01:40 UTC

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Gov't adopts restructuring plan for Tajik Airch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 00:47 UTC

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