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Onex acquires WestJet, Swoop following agency approval

14.12.2019 - 03:21 UTC
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Onex has completed its transaction of acquiring WestJet (WS, Calgary) and its ULCC subsidiary Swoop (WO, Hamilton, ON), valued at around CAD5 billion Canadian dollars (USD3.8 million) including assumed debt, the investment management group confirmed in a statement dated December 11.

The closing of the deal came after Onex received final regulatory approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CAT) on December 10 that the two carriers would continue to meet Canadian ownership and control requirements as part of the group....

Delta Air Lines offloads its GOL stake

14.12.2019 - 02:09 UTC
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As part of its new strategy for the South American market, Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) has offloaded its 9% stake in GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (G3, São Paulo Congonhas), said the Brazilian carrier in a stock market filing.

Delta valued its stake in GOL at about USD256 million dollars when it announced it was planning to sell at the end of September. The two carriers are expected to end their codeshare, frequent flyer and lounge partnerships, as the Delta-LATAM Airlines...

Wizz Air applies for St. Petersburg seventh freedom rightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.12.2019 - 00:57 UTC
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Virtual airline objects to German Airways' name and brandch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 23:45 UTC
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Pakistan Int'l Airlines eyes up to 16 SSJ 100/95s

13.12.2019 - 22:33 UTC
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PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) is considering adding between six and sixteen SSJ 100/95s as a part of an investment deal offered by the Russian government to Pakistan, Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov told the media during a visit to the Asian country.

"We interact directly with Pakistan International Airlines. We have agreed that in January we will continue working on it, taking into account the fact that we must work out the destination network together with our colleagues,"...

Eastern Airlines to launch scheduled US-Ecuador ops in 1Q20

13.12.2019 - 21:21 UTC
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Eastern Airlines has announced it will launch scheduled flights from New York JFK to Guayaquil in Ecuador on January 13, 2020, a month beyond the original schedule.

The airline initially planned to debut the route on December 5, 2019. Flights will initially operate 1x weekly using B767-300(ER) aircraft. The carrier's permission to launch the route from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) expires on January 15, 2020.

The New York JFK-Guayaquil route is currently served daily by jetBlue...

Oman's SalamAir plans Phuket city pair

13.12.2019 - 20:09 UTC
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SalamAir (OV, Muscat) is commencing a 3x weekly service to Phuket from December 24, its first destination in Southeast Asia, according to an airline press release on December 12.

No other carrier currently operates the city pair, however, Oman Air (WY, Muscat) (18x weekly) and Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) (3x weekly) both operate from Muscat to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

The SalamAir Phuket flights will depart the carrier's Muscat base at 0400L before arriving in Thailand at 1300L. The...

PublicCharters reapplies for commuter authorisation

13.12.2019 - 18:57 UTC
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Having had its Commuter Air Carrier Authorisation (CACA) revoked by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on November 21 for reasons of dormancy, PublicCharters (P1, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) has reapplied for its authorisation on December 12. The operator was issued its original CACA in May 2017.

Within its submitted paperwork, the operator has indicated a possible new route that it is proposing to fly with a scheduled commuter service:

Spirit Airlines sues DOT over vacant Southwest Newark slots

13.12.2019 - 17:45 UTC
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Spirit Airlines (NK, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) after the agency decided to withhold peak-period slots at New York Newark that previously belonged to Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field).

Southwest announced on July 25 that it would cease operations at the airport by November 3, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has since received requests from a number of carriers, including Spirit, seeking approval for new operations to replace...

Vietnam Airlines urges removal of domestic fare price capsch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 16:33 UTC
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China's SF Airlines gains US approval for cargo flights

13.12.2019 - 15:21 UTC
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SF Airlines (O3, Shenzhen) has received approval from the US Department for Transportation (DOT) to conduct scheduled and or charter freight flights between any point in China and any point in the US.

While SF Airlines is headquartered in Shenzhen, it also operates freight hubs in Hangzhou and Beijing Capital, and it was from Hangzhou that the carrier intended to launch a 3x weekly B747-400(F)s service to New York JFK, originally planned to commence in September. Plans for its initial schedule have yet to be...

Icelandair secures $35mn in financing from CIT Groupch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 14:09 UTC
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Brazil's competition watchdog probes MAP/VoePass tie-upch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 12:57 UTC
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Qantas selects A350-1000(ULR) for Project Sunrise

13.12.2019 - 11:45 UTC
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Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) has selected the A350-1000(ULR) for its proposed Project Sunrise ultra-long-haul operations but has still not finalised the decision to launch such flights, the Australian airline said in a press release.

Qantas said that while no firm order has been placed yet, it "will work closely with Airbus to prepare contract terms for up to 12 aircraft ahead of a final decision by the Qantas Board", which is expected in March 2020.

The A350-1000(ULR) will be equipped with...

CAA manpower shortage threatens Vietnamese fleet growthch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 09:20 UTC
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Lelystad, Netherlands must accept new airlines - Gov'tch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 08:32 UTC
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Mexico's TAR secures $680k in funding, targets US in 2020ch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 07:44 UTC
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Tigerair Taiwan stock set to debut on emerging board

13.12.2019 - 06:56 UTC
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Taiwan's China Airlines (CI, Taipei Taoyuan) will debut stock in its low-cost subsidiary Tigerair Taiwan (IT, Taipei Taoyuan) on the Taipei Exchange’s Emerging Stock Board on December 16, at TWD41 new dollars (USD1.35) per share. It will be the first budget carrier to be listed on the bourse, spokesman Bernard Hsu said at a press conference on December 11.

The emerging board is a preparatory stock market for Taiwan’s two main bourses and is not open to public subscription. The plan is to move the shares to the Taiwan Stock...

Kazakhstan grants SCAT, Qazaq Air domestic route subsidiesch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 06:08 UTC
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Lufthansa concludes sale of LSG Group's European unit

13.12.2019 - 05:20 UTC
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Lufthansa Group and gategroup finalised the purchase of the European business of LSG Group on December 9, after the sale had been approved by the German airline group's Executive Board on November 26. According to the group press release, the financial details of the transaction have not been made public, and the sale will need to gain the relevant approval from the competition authorities.

As well as the European catering operations, gategroup will also pick-up LSG's lounge business, retail convenience food...

Tata Group, AirAsia inject ₹4.7bn into AirAsia India

13.12.2019 - 04:32 UTC
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AirAsia India (I5, Chennai) has received a fresh capital injection of INR4.7 billion rupees (USD65.6 million) from its two owners, Tata Group and AirAsia Group, the Financial Express has reported citing Ministry of Corporate Affairs filings.

The two owners split the investment proportional to their shareholdings in the company, with Tata Group injecting 51% of the funding - INR2.4 billion (USD33.5 million) - and AirAsia Group injecting 49% or INR2.3 billion (USD32.3 million).

It is the second large...

Malta MedAir, Six West partner to form a JV in Malta

13.12.2019 - 03:44 UTC
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Malta MedAir (MM, Malta Int'l) and Six West Services have established a joint-venture providing flight operations solutions to the leasing industry, Six West Malta, a support services company, said in a press release.

The new company aims "to position Malta as an attractive jurisdiction for the aircraft leasing industry through the provision of both a niche service which optimises aircraft use in between leases and ACMI services".

The JV will offer airlines and aircraft owners the chance to place their...

Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance resumes full servicech-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 02:56 UTC
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Moldovan CAA continues safety crackdown on operatorsch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 02:08 UTC
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Indonesia's Citilink considers Melbourne Avalon service

13.12.2019 - 01:20 UTC
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A stir in the Indonesia to Australia market has been caused by recent job adverts which seem to suggest that Indonesian carrier Citilink (QG, Surabaya) is considering launching flights to Melbourne Avalon. With Open Skies between the two nations, there are no regulatory issues for the low-cost carrier to overcome before it is able to commence services.

The adverts to hire a part-time Citilink Services Administrator, among other roles, which was posted by Australian General Sales Agency (GSA) Aviation Online, and...

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