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Spain's CanaryFly switches ATR72 capacity providers

19 minutes ago
CanaryFly (PM, Las Palmas) has switched ATR72 ACMI operators following the return of OY-RUG (msn 509) to DAT - Danish Air Transport (DX, Kolding) last week.

Skyliner Aviation reports the turboprop has since been replaced with ATR72-500 EC-MIY (msn 498) which is operated by Swiftair (WT, Madrid Barajas).

CanaryFly also operates three in-house ATR72-500s on scheduled passenger flights among the Canary Islands.

United schedules final B747 commercial service for mid-4Q17

2 hours ago
United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) has confirmed it will end scheduled B747-400 operations on Sunday, October 29 with its last service set as UA892 Seoul Incheon-San Francisco, CA.

The carrier said in a statement the service would then be followed by a one-off farewell flight on Tuesday, November 7, - UA747 San Francisco, CA-Honolulu.

Aside from scheduled passenger flights, United also uses its remaining fleet of thirteen B747-400s to conduct military charters for and on behalf of the ...

Russia's Transaero delisted following bankruptcy ruling

3 hours ago

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China's Colorful Guizhou Airlines inks EMB-190 lease deal

5 hours ago

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Zetta Jet enters Chapter 11 after MD fraud scandal

6 hours ago
US charter specialist Zetta Jet (USA) (ETA, Burbank) and its parent company Zetta Jet PTE Ltd have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the Central District of California, LA division. In a press release, Zetta says that it needs to restructure its debt following the discovery that former Managing Director, Geoffrey Cassidy, had committed fraudulent acts, including the misappropriation of company funds.

The airline has also filed a lawsuit against Cassidy, and has appointed Michael ...

Ethiopian nearing early JV deal for new Zambian carrier

7 hours ago
Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) is set to tighten its stranglehold on the Southern African market following comments by CEO Tewolde Gebremariam that a deal with the Zambian government over its Zambia Airways (Lusaka) project could be reached in the coming weeks.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Gebremariam said the tentative joint-venture carrier would feature the Zambian government and private-equity investors as additional shareholders. The signing of an outline plan in the coming ...

South Korea's FlyYangYang inks B737 deal

9 hours ago

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Monarch considering return to longhaul ops

11 hours ago
Monarch Airlines (ZB, London Luton) is considering shifting its focus to the longhaul market as part of a massive restructuring of the UK leisure carrier's operations.

According to Sky News, over the past several months, Monarch and KPMG have been looking at various options which include the sale or restructuring of its short-haul services through a joint venture or feeder deal with another airline.

Sources told the UK television channel that Monarch had wanted to wrap up a potential deal ...

Frontier fined $1.5 million for Denver tarmac delays

14 hours ago
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) USD1.5 million for lengthy tarmac delays following a snowstorm in Denver Int'l last December. Of the total fine, the DOT has waived USD900,000 because of compensation already paid by the airline to passengers.

Under DOT regulations, aircraft with more than 30 passenger seats are not permitted to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours without allowing passengers to deplane, except where it is ...

Horizon Airlines exits Colorado Springs over pilot shortage

15 hours ago
Horizon Air (QX, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) - operating for Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) - will cancel its 1x daily Seattle service from Colorado Springs due to a pilot shortage. The service is expected to end on November 4, the airport has announced.

Horizon's operations have been severely hampered this year by a lack of qualified pilots for its fleet of fifty-two Dash 8-400s and ten EMB-175s. Portland Int'l, OR and Seattle Tacoma Int'l services were reduced in July following the ...

Azul executes new post-IPO shareholders agreement

17 hours ago
Following its initial public offering (IPO) in April this year, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Campinas Viracopos) has now executed a new shareholder's agreement among majority holders David Gary Neeleman, Trip Participações S.A., Trip Investimentos Ltda., Rio Novo Locações Ltda., CALFINCO, Inc. and Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd.

Launched in 2008 by jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) founder David Neeleman, Azul had made repeated attempts to go public since 2013. It finally succeeded earlier ...

Switzerland's SkyWork to suspend Do328 ops in late 1Q18

18 hours ago

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Air Canada, pilot corps reach deal on rouge scope changes

19 hours ago
Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) is set to expand its low-cost unit Air Canada rouge's fleet after successfully negotiating amendments to an existing 2014 ten-year labour agreement with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA).

Established in 2012, Air Canada rouge (RV, Toronto Pearson) was originally limited to a fleet of fifty aircraft split evenly between the B767 and A320 Family of jets. At present, it operates twenty-four B767-300(ER)s, twenty A319-100s ...

DOT dismisses Avatar Airlines' licencing request

20 hours ago
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced it has dismissed an application filed by Avatar Airlines (Las Vegas McCarran) for permission to operate scheduled interstate flights.

Having failed to secure the same authority back in 1993 under its then name Family Airlines (Las Vegas McCarran), Avatar Airlines filed a renewed application in 2008 for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to conduct scheduled, interstate flights ferrying persons, property, and mail.

At ...

Air Berlin tallies bids; at least 1 received for Belair unit

21 hours ago
Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has confirmed that at least one proposal has been made for its Belair Airlines (4T, Zurich) unit following the passing of a September 15 deadline for the submission of bids.

The notice was contained in an internal company memo seen by the Nordwestschweiz newspaper. The bid will be considered during an upcoming creditors' meeting scheduled for September 21. During the meeting, the fate of the bankrupt carrier and its various assets will be decided.

According ...

Colombia's EasyFly adds maiden ATR42-600

22 hours ago
Easyfly (Colombia) (VE, Bogotá) has added its first of two ATR42-600s after HK-5236 (msn 1002) was positioned to Bogotá from Toulouse Blagnac last week.

According to an airline statement, the turboprop will be followed by sistership HK-5237 (msn 1005) in the next few days. Together, they will be deployed to the southwest of Colombia to serve Cali, Pasto, Tumaco, and Acandí.

EasyFly is an existing Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) operator employing five ATR42-500s alongside ...

Fly Africa Zimbabwe's launch drags on amid new court case

23 hours ago
Fly Africa Zimbabwe (ZC, Harare Int'l) may be forced to further delay its full operational launch following the initiation of a lawsuit by the former majority shareholders of the carrier's predecessor, Nu-Aero (Pvt) Ltd, trading as Zimbabwe flyafrica.

It is recalled that Nu-Aero (Pvt) Ltd was a 49/51 joint-venture between flyafrica Ltd, a Mauritius-based investment vehicle, and Nu.com (Pvt) Ltd, a Zimbabwean company owned by the politically-connected Chakanyuka Karase. The partnership ended ...

Eurasian Economic Union eyes Open Skies from 2025

18SEP2017

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Surinam Airways settles on B737 NextGen for -300 replacement

18SEP2017

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Small Planet Germany to operate up to 10 planes next summer

18SEP2017

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Russia's Azimuth launches with charter flights

18SEP2017
Azimuth (A4, Krasnodar) has begun commercial operations following the completion of its first passenger charter flights last week.

In a statement, the start-up said its first commercial flight was Rostov-Krasnodar-Ufa-Krasnodar on September 9/10 in support of a local football team. Operations are on-board SSJ 100/95 RA-89079 (msn 95128).

As previously reported, scheduled passenger flights from Rostov to Moscow Vnukovo will start on September 21. Thereafter, regular service to ...

Swift Air completes Eastern Air Lines' fleet transfer

18SEP2017

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Malaysia Airlines still keen on A330 despite B787 order

18SEP2017
Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) is still in talks with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) about its widebody requirements despite last week's placement of an order with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for nine B787-9s.

Speaking to Bloomberg, airline Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Bellew said negotiations with the Europeans will continue this week with focus on the A330neo. If ordered, the aircraft would then be operated alongside the B787s as part of the carrier's fleet renewal ...

Australia's Rossair Charter to resume ops, partners AusJet

18SEP2017
Rossair Charter (RFS, Adelaide) has announced it will shortly resume operations following a near four-month suspension of services brought on by the crash of one of its Cessna (twin turboprop) 441 Conquest IIs near Renmark, South Australia, in May.

In a statement issued last week, the passenger charter specialist announced it had entered into a joint venture with Melbourne-based AusJet Aviation which would allow it to resume flights in the South Australian market effective ...

American given okay for Sao Paulo MRO hangar

18SEP2017
American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has been given the go-ahead by the Brazilian government to proceed with plans to construct an MRO hangar at São Paulo Guarulhos Airport.

A Brazilian Ministry of Transport gazette, issued last week, said the lease contract would be for a term of 39 (thirty-nine) years.

According to Reuters, Amercian will use the facility to carry out maintenance on its fleet of aircraft that frequently visit Sao Paulo. It will reportedly feature two bays for a total ...