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Jet Airways to consider 2nd round of India's RCS scheme

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Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) will consider participating in the Indian government's second round of its regional connectivity scheme – known locally as UDAN – which is currently underway. The Hindu reports that during its recent investor conference call, Jet Airways said it will evaluate the economic side before making a decision.

The UDAN scheme seeks to connect Tier II and III cities in India to improve regional connectivity. After a successful first round earlier this year – which Jet ...

Chile's Sky Airline considers funding options apropos growth

2 hours ago

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Samoa Airways eyes B737 MAX equipment down the line

3 hours ago
Samoa Airways (OL, Apia Fagali'i) is looking at adding B737 MAX aircraft to its fleet in the future Samoan Minister for Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, has said.

In a statement confirming the delivery of its maiden aircraft, a B737-800 which is wet-leased from Italy's Neos (NO, Milan Malpensa) through a deal brokered by Icelandair unit Loftleidir Icelandic, for November 12, Purcell said Samoa Airways was already looking ahead at future capacity requirements.

"Down the ...
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Switzerland's SkyWork secures Kosovo military contract

6 hours ago
SkyWork Airlines (SX, Berne) has been awarded a contract to ferry Swiss Army personnel to Kosovo as part of their deployment under NATO's KFOR deployment in the region.

Beginning in October, SkyWork will run 2x weekly return flights between Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg, CH and Pristina with a stopover in Sarajevo offered every fortnight. It is recalled Swiss troops have also been deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Since spring 1996 these flights have been carried out by ...

Ex-Jade Cargo Int'l B747 freighters put up for sale

7 hours ago

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Aeroflot disposes of 5% stake for $168mn

9 hours ago
Aeroflot Finance LLC has announced it has successfully disposed of 53.7 million quasi-treasury shares equivalent to a 4.84% stake in parent firm, Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo).

The Russian carrier said in a statement the disposal had raised approximately RUB9.8 billion (USD168.4 million) to be used for general corporate purposes. Goldman Sachs International and J.P. Morgan Securities plc acted as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners. The buyers were only identified as ...

Brussels Airlines outlines Thomas Cook ops in 4Q17

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Niki dismisses bankruptcy report

12 hours ago
Niki (HG, Vienna) has dismissed a bankruptcy claim brought against it by a tour operator, saying that the bill in question has been paid.

"We have reviewed the relevant post, and the claim has been settled. We thus assume that the proceedings can be closed," the airline told Reuters.

The claim from the unnamed tour operator is for the relatively small sum of EUR116,391 (USD140,000). However, Austria's Kurier reports that Niki has EUR69 million (USD83 million) tied up with its parent ...

Sichuan Airlines to assist Garze Prefecture SOE restructure

14 hours ago

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Ryanair to open Burgas base in late 1Q18

15 hours ago
Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has announced it will open a base at Burgas Airport in southeastern Bulgaria in early 2018. The Irish carrier said it would deploy a single B737-800 to the base, its second in Bulgaria after Sofia, from the end of March 2018.

Once there, the aircraft will be used to operate flights to ten destinations in six countries including Bratislava (2x week), Dusseldorf Weeze (2x weekly), Frankfurt Hahn (2x weekly), Kraków (2x weekly), Memmingen (2x weekly), Milan Bergamo (2x ...

Tianjin Airlines adds maiden China-finished A330

17 hours ago
Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) has taken delivery of the first A330-200 to roll out Airbus's A330 Completion and Delivery Center (C&DC) in Tianjin. As previously reported, the facility was built primarily for aircraft heading to Chinese operators. It will aim to deliver one jet per month, rising to two per month in 2018-2019.

For its part, B-8596 (msn 1805) is the HNA Group unit's fifth such aircraft and will be deployed on Chinese trunk routes as well as international services from Tianjin ...

Lufthansa accelerates germanwings' production carrier shift

19 hours ago

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Nepal's Himalaya Airlines to modify Dubai ops in 4Q17

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Canada's Alkan Air opens Nanaimo base

21 hours ago
Alkan Air (Whitehorse) has established a maintenance and operations base at Nanaimo, BC, a city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. According to the Times Colonist newspaper, the facility features an 840sqm hangar and MRO facility to cater to the three aircraft based in Nanaimo - a Beech (twin turboprop) King Air 200 and Beech 1900D used for charters and a King Air 300 used for air ambulance services.

In terms of services, Alkan Air's Nanaimo services include medevac (offered in ...

Gama Aviation embroiled in legal fiasco with ex-director

23 hours ago
Private luxury jet charter operator Gama Aviation (GMA, Farnborough) is currently engaged in a legal dispute with a former director, Dustin Dryden. The Times reports that Gama sued two of Dryden's companies in November 2016 for more than GBP400,000 (USD540,000) for losses sustained due to Dryden's "conduct as a director".

According to The Times report, Dryden had procured services and parts from Gama, but did not pay for them in full. Dryden has responded that the services were not carried ...

Air India plans to rationalise routes & contracts

Air India's new chairman and managing director, Rajiv Bansal, has outlined his plans to help turn the national airline around ahead of its planned privatisation. Speaking with The Press Trust of India, Bansal has said that routes operated by the carrier and its subsidiaries – Air India Express (IX, Mumbai Int'l) and Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) – will be rationalised, to avoid competition within the group and cut costs.

"We have to ensure that we don't compete which means that it ...

Aruba Airlines to add turboprop metal in 4Q17


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Norwegian, Ryanair confirm partnership talks off

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) has confirmed comments attributed to Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael O'Leary that talks over a possible traffic feed partnership between the two European budget carriers have fallen through.

Ryanair had long mentioned ongoing talks about feeding its regional European traffic into the Scandinavian LCC's longhaul network via their mutual London Gatwick hub.

However, after its announcement last week confirming its participation ...

Condor, Eurowings outline Dusseldorf-Caribbean ops in 4Q17


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Air Malta confirms ground-handling unit to be unbundled

The Maltese government has set in motion its restructuring plan for Air Malta (KM, Malta) with the announcement that the carrier's Ground Handling operations are to be hived off into a separate state-owned enterprise.

In a statement, the administration said the move had come after an agreement with the General Workers’ Union was reached and signed this week. Under the deal, workers in affected sections, which include Ground Handling Service Operations, Ground Equipment Maintenance, and Cargo ...

Germany's TUI fly considers €30mn in cost-savings

TUI fly (Germany) (X3, Hanover) has outlined early details of a cost-cutting plan aimed at allowing the carrier to absorb the financial impact of the impending return of fourteen B737NextGens currently in service for Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) unit, Niki (HG, Vienna).

According to Reuters, the plan is looking at saving at least EUR30 million (USD36 million) of which EUR20 million would come from more flexible working hours for its nearly 500 pilots.

TUIfly has five B737-700s and nine ...

Canada's Porter Airlines to open Thunder Bay base in 1Q18

Porter Airlines (PD, Toronto City Centre) has announced it will open a crew base at Thunder Bay in January 2018. The facility will enable further growth for the carrier in Northern Ontario.

"Thunder Bay is a significant Northern Ontario centre that is very important to Porter's network," Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, said. "The ability to base crew there allows us to hire people who value their northern connections and also want an opportunity to fly larger aircraft to ...

Mexico's TAR Aerolíneas eyes own MRO hangar facility in 2018


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China's Capital Airlines to open base at new Beijing airport


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Travel agent brings bankruptcy proceedings against Niki


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