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Korean Air firms up plans to add thirty B787s

23.07.2019 - 15:40 UTC
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Korean Air (KE, Seoul Incheon) has firmed up plans to induct thirty B787 Family aircraft announced as Memoranda of Understandings (MOU) during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget.

In a stock exchange filing, the airline said it had now formally committed to purchasing ten new B787-10s and ten additional B787-9s from Boeing. Deliveries of the -9s will start in 2020 while the -10s will start to arrive in 2021. The entire order will be completed in 2025.

In addition, it will also lease ten...

Budapest Aircraft Service to operate Finnish domestic route

23.07.2019 - 14:45 UTC
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The municipality of Pori on Finland's western coast has approved an offer by Hungary's Budapest Aircraft Services (RP, Budapest) to operate a 3x weekdaily Public Service Obligation (PSO) route to Helsinki Vantaa using E120 equipment, the regional newspaper Satakunnan Kansa has reported.

Starting on August 1, three frequencies have been scheduled every weekday in a service aimed at business travellers. The E120 will be able to carry up to thirty passengers. The contract period will be covered by the PSO until the end of 2022 and runs under...

AeroMéxico urges gov't to reverse Emirates' fifth freedom

23.07.2019 - 13:49 UTC
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AeroMéxico (AM, México City Int'l) has urged its government to reverse a decision giving Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) fifth-freedom rights between México City Int'l and Barcelona El Prat and is prepared to bolster its own new route on the city pair to show its commitment.

“During the second quarter, we started direct flights from Mexico City to Barcelona, broadening our network proposition to Europe, where we now operate to five cities. We have made a decision to increase our operation to a daily service,” CEO Andrés Conesa Labastida said...

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Australian regulator grounds GippsAero GA8s after crash

23.07.2019 - 12:54 UTC
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Civil aviation authorities in Australia, New Zealand, and China have grounded their countries' respective GA8 fleets following the crash of GA8-TC320 SE-MES (msn 178) in Umeå, Sweden on July 14.

The aircraft was operated by Skydive Umeå and had just taken off for a parachuting run when it entered into a steep nose-down dive at around 12,000 feet (3658m) above ground level before impacting the ground. All 9 passengers and crew on board were killed. Initial reports have suggested that one of the aircraft's wings had partially separated prior to the crash....

Inactive B737-8s force AeroMéxico to suspend five routes

23.07.2019 - 11:59 UTC
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AeroMéxico (AM, México City Int'l) will suspend services to Guayaquil (3x weekly from México City Int'l), and Cali (4x weekly from Mexico City), as well as three 2x weekly AeroMéxico Connect E190 routes launched last November, to Belize City Int'l, Liberia in Costa Rica, and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, due to the ongoing global grounding of the B737 MAX.

CEO Andrés Conesa Labastida made the revelation during an earnings conference call to analysts on July 17 to present the company's second-quarter results....

LATAM to move Brazil-US flights to LA codech-aviation PRO exclusive

23.07.2019 - 11:03 UTC
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Slovenia's Adria Airways in talks with US investor

23.07.2019 - 10:08 UTC
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Adria Airways (JP, Ljubljana) is in talks with an unnamed United States-based investor, the Slovenian flag carrier told EX-YU Aviation.

The carrier's current owner, German investment fund 4K Invest, would continue to be a shareholder even if a new investor comes on board. Results of the talks with the American investor are expected within a month.

Adria Airways said recently that it continues its search for a strategic investor. CEO Holger Kowarsch underlined during a press conference that external capital injection...

Avianca Holdings starts talks with creditors, bondholdersch-aviation PRO exclusive

23.07.2019 - 09:12 UTC
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Italy's Blue Panorama to wet-lease A340 capacitych-aviation PRO exclusive

23.07.2019 - 06:59 UTC
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Russia's Turuhan Airlines moves HQ to Tyumench-aviation PRO exclusive

23.07.2019 - 04:55 UTC
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Malaysia's SKS Airways eyes Twin Otters for regional flights

23.07.2019 - 04:10 UTC
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SKS Airways (Johor Bahru) is aiming to launch operations with an initial fleet of four DHC-6-300s as soon as it gains its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), which is just weeks away, spokesman Nidzam Norwani told Smart Aviation Asia-Pacific.

Although the startup, a subsidiary of property developer SKS Group, is based at Johor Bahru at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, neighbouring Singapore, it will most likely fly from Kuala Lumpur Subang and Singapore Seletar.

The strategy is to connect them...

Creditors reopen call for bids for Jet Airways

23.07.2019 - 03:25 UTC
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Financial creditors have issued a new call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) in Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) with a deadline for submissions set for August 3, 2019.

According to documents posted on the grounded carrier's website on July 20, potential investors have to demonstrate a net worth of at least INR10 billion rupees (USD145 million) for strategic investors and INR20 billion rupees (USD290 million) for financial investors.

Following the period for potential objections, the creditors plan to...

Local gov't gives up on Pskovavia revivalch-aviation PRO exclusive

23.07.2019 - 02:40 UTC
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IndiGo expects short-term boost from Jet Airways collapse

23.07.2019 - 01:55 UTC
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IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) owner InterGlobe Aviation said in a conference call with analysts on July 19 that the collapse of Jet Airways, which suspended all flight operations on April 17, would enable it to increase its passenger capacity by almost a third during the current fiscal year which ends on March 31, 2020.

Interglobe posted a record profit after tax of INR12 billion rupees (USD174 million) for the first quarter of the fiscal year as the "cessation of services of Jet Airways positively impacted the profits this...

Gov't adopts strategy for Montenegro Airlines restructuringch-aviation PRO exclusive

23.07.2019 - 01:10 UTC
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Bhutan set to welcome first foreign carrier - report

23.07.2019 - 00:25 UTC
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GoAir (G8, Mumbai Int'l) is planning to launch flights from Delhi Int'l to Paro in Bhutan, with an announcement expected shortly, Indian news agency PTI has reported citing internal sources.

Once the flights are confirmed, GoAir will become the first foreign carrier to operate to Bhutan.

The Himalayan landlocked kingdom is largely inaccessible due to extremely challenging terrain that limits the size of aircraft capable of operating to and from Paro. Special pilot training is also required for approaches. According to the...

Khabarovsk Avia to run postal flights in northern Russiach-aviation PRO exclusive

22.07.2019 - 23:40 UTC
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ALC recovers impounded ex-WOW air A321 from Icelandch-aviation PRO exclusive

22.07.2019 - 22:55 UTC
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Court orders AirAsia to pay overdue passenger fees at KUL

22.07.2019 - 22:10 UTC
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The Kuala Lumpur High Court has ordered AirAsia Group to pay MYR40.7 million ringgits (USD9.9 million) in overdue passenger charges to Malaysia Airports, the operator of Kuala Lumpur Int'l airport said in a stock market filing on July 18, 2019.

Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB) said that the court sided with the airport operator in all three civil suits filed against AirAsia and AirAsia X.

The judges also slapped an additional MYR792,381 ringgit (USD192,500) late payment penalty on AirAsia....

Ecuador's Citiair de Aviación granted an air taxi OLch-aviation PRO exclusive

22.07.2019 - 19:32 UTC
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Air Panama drops Colombia services from networkch-aviation PRO exclusive

22.07.2019 - 18:32 UTC
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Air Tanzania orders two more aircraft from Airbus

22.07.2019 - 17:32 UTC
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Air Tanzania (TC, Dar es Salaam) will acquire two more aircraft from Airbus, The Office of President John Magufuli has announced.

In a statement issued last week, Magufuli said only that two more aircraft had been ordered alongside a previously disclosed Dash 8-400 from De Havilland Aircraft of Canada. The state-owned airline currently operates two A220-300s in addition to one B787-8 (to be joined by a second by year-end) and three Dash 8-400s. All aircraft are leased from TGF - Tanzania...

Three SOEs to inject $4.5bn into China Southern Holding

22.07.2019 - 16:32 UTC
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China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) parent firm China Southern Air Holding has announced it will shortly embark on a shareholder diversification drive.

According to a group statement issued on Saturday, July 20, during a signing ceremony in Beijing on July 20, three province and city-level state-owned entites - the Guangdong Hengjian Investment Holding Co. (owned by Guangdong Province), the Guangzhou Urban Construction Investment Group Co. (owned by the Guangzhou municipality), and the Shenzhen Penghang Equity Investment Fund (owned by the Shenzhen...

Venezuela's Conviasa spruces up fleet amid restructuringch-aviation PRO exclusive

22.07.2019 - 15:32 UTC
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Austrian Airlines to end Dash 8-400 ops in 2021

22.07.2019 - 14:32 UTC
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Austrian Airlines (OS, Vienna) will tentatively retire its eighteen wholly-owned Dash 8-400s by the end of 2021 as it looks to transition to an all-jet fleet.

The Lufthansa Group subsidiary said in a statement that of its eighteen Dash 8-400s, two out of three that will be phased out in 2019, have already been decommissioned. Thereafter, a further nine will follow in 2020 with the remaining six to go in 2021.

As the De Havilland Aircraft of Canada turboprops' are withdrawn, so Austrian Airlines will...

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