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Spain's AlbaStar adds maiden pair of B737-800s

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AlbaStar (AP, Palma Son Sant Joan) has added a pair of B737-800s to its fleet inventory with an aircraft of leased from each of Apollo Aviation Group and Castlelake.

According to Skyliner Aviation, EI-GAT (msn 32920) has been transferred to the Slovak registry as OM-MAS where it is being operated for the Spanish carrier by local ACMI/charter specialist Air Explore (ED, Bratislava). The aircraft is based out of Milan Malpensa while a second of the type, EI-IAS (msn 27992), is understood to be ...

Fernandes rejects reports of AirAsia, AirAsia X merger

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AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes has flatly rejected reports in the Malaysian media suggesting AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) and its longhaul sister carrier AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) could be about to merge.

During a press conference to mark the Group's AGM in Kuala Lumpur last week, Fernandes said the two carrier's operating models were too diverse for such a proposal to be feasible.

“AirAsia’s position is very clear, the board has never discussed this ...

Czechia's Travel Service leasing a Greek A320

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Travel Service Airlines (QS, Prague) has wet-leased an A320-200 from Greek ACMI/charter operator orange2fly (OTF, Athens Int'l) ch-aviation analysis of Flightradar24 ADS-B data has revealed.

SX-ORG (msn 1407) has been running flights for the Czech operator's Smartwings (QS, Prague) brand since May 20 focussing on connecting the Czech cities of Brno and Ostrava with the Egyptian Red Sea resort towns of Hurghada and Marsa Alam.
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Belgium's ASL airtaxi partners Avionix.fr for medevac ops

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ASL airtaxi (BNJ, Liège) and French aircraft broker Avionix.fr have established a partnership regarding the management and operation of a medically-equipped Beech (twin turboprop) 350 Super King Air based out of Paris Le Bourget. The aircraft is owned by Avionix.fr and has been modified in order to perform medical missions (evasan, medevac, organ and transplant).

The Belgian operator said in a statement that as a result of the partnership, it would add the turboprop type to its operations ...

Zimbabwe flyafrica says buy B737NGs for 3Q17 relaunch

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Zimbabwe flyafrica (Z7, Harare Int'l) has acquired two B737-700s in anticipation of relaunching commercial flight operations during the next quarter, the Zimbabwean budget carrier's executive chairman Cassidy Mugwagwa has claimed.

Speaking to The Daily News, Mugwagwa said the two aircraft were currently undergoing pre-delivery maintenance checks with Lufthansa Technik in Germany ahead of their delivery to Harare Int'l.

Having resecured its Air Services Permit (ASP) from the Zimbabwean ...

Buryatia considers merging carriers in bid to resume service

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Puerto Iguazú, Argentina set for maiden inc'l pax services

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China Postal Airlines to make European debut?

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Kaduna State gov't seeks COMAC planes for Nigerian carriers

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The government of the northwest Nigerian state of Kaduna has opened talks with Chinese aircraft manufacturer COMAC (Shanghai Pudong) over the proposed supply of aircraft to Nigerian carriers willing to use Kaduna International Airport as a base.

A statement issued to the country's press last week said the unspecified aircraft, once leased, would allow operators, such as Med-View Airline (VL, Kano), to boost their throughput at the Kaduna International Airport.

No specific aircraft types ...

No takers for TAME Ecuador

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Norwegian to challenge Iberia, Air Europa's Madrid dominance

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China's Yunnan Jingcheng Group adds more B737s, A320s

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VASCO transformation into SkyViet questioned by minister

27MAY2017

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Aeroflot sues Sukhoi over SSJ100 leases

26MAY2017
Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) has filed a lawsuit against Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Ramenskoye) in the Moscow Arbitration Court, reports Vedomosti. The case relates to state subsidies for a RUB576 million (USD10.1 million) contract for the lease of ten SSJ 100-95s in June, 2011.

Quoting sources close to the claim, Vedomosti says that an agreement was signed between Sukhoi Civil Aviation, Aeroflot and VEB-Leasing, under which Aeroflot was to receive subsidies for the lease of ten SuperJets. ...

Sudan Airways inks deal for two A320s

26MAY2017

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TAP Portugal to lease six Airbus aircraft from BOC Aviation

26MAY2017
TAP Portugal (TP, Lisbon) is set to take delivery of four new A320neo family aircraft and two A330-900s between 2018 and 2020, leased from BOC Aviation. All six aircraft will be sourced from BOC's orderbook with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac).

The lease agreement opens up a new customer for BOC.

"TAP Portugal represents yet another new European customer and we are delighted to begin our partnership with this national carrier, which will expand our globally diversified customer portfolio ...

Germania to establish Eastern European ACMI unit

26MAY2017

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Swiss adds maiden CS300; commercial debut due on June 1

26MAY2017
Swiss (LX, Zurich) has taken possession of its maiden CS300 following the handing over of HB-JCA (msn 55010) on Friday, May 26.

The aircraft will shortly be positioned to the carrier's Geneva hub ahead of its entry into service on June 1 on flights to London Heathrow.

With eight out of ten CS100s on order from Bombardier already in service, Swiss expects to complete the delivery of its entire complement of twenty CS300s by late 2018.

"We are delighted that, having successfully ...

Hendell Aviation and Fly7 keen on UK base for PC-12s

26MAY2017
Finland's Hendell Aviation says the UK is 'ripe for commercial operations' and is considering setting up a base there. The PC-12 specialist, which works closely with Switzerland's Fly 7 Executive Aviation (Lausanne), is looking to capitalise on the EU's recent decision to allow single-engined turbine aircraft to conduct commercial flights at night or in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

“Our aim is to create a bridge between Switzerland, France and the UK,” said Hendell Chairman ...

Estonia's Airest proffers a Saab340 to Mediterranean market

26MAY2017
Airest (AEG, Tallinn Lennart Meri) has proffered its sole passenger-configured Saab 340A - ES-LSF (msn 144) - to the Mediterranean market for use on summer flights.

Romania-based air charter broker Total Fly said in a statement it has been awarded an exclusive mandate by the Estonian operator Airest to remarket the turboprop to the Italian and Maltese markets.

“This is an opportunity for Total Fly to offer capacity of a safe and small turboprop aircraft with reduced operational costs in a ...

Finland secures added Trans-Siberian corridor rights

26MAY2017
Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) is set to expand its Asian network offerings after Russia agreed to grant Finland additional Trans-Siberian corridor transit rights.

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications said in a statement on Friday, May 26, that following consultative talks in Novosibirsk, Russia, this week, Finland's Trans-Siberian quota has been increased from sixty-five (65) weekly scheduled flights, to eighty (80).

The added slots will allow Finnair to add flights to ...

Corendon Airlines unveils new Maltese charter unit

26MAY2017

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Wings of Lebanon modifies summer A321 wet-lease plans

26MAY2017

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Guernsey air taxi Waves orders one Cessna Grand Caravan EX

26MAY2017
Waves (Guernsey) has formally ordered a single Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan EX from Cessna Aircraft Company (Wichita Cessna Aircraft Field) the Wichita-based manufacturer has disclosed. In a statement pubished at EBACE, Cessna revealed the utility turboprop is expected to deliver in the coming months and will support the launch of Waves’ new ad-hoc, user-driven air taxi service across the UK Channel Islands.

“We are thrilled Waves has chosen the robust Grand Caravan EX platform to ...

Air Iceland rebrands as Air Iceland Connect

26MAY2017
Air Iceland (NY, Reykjavik Domestic) has announced it has rebranded itself as Air Iceland Connect as of Wednesday, May 24. The Icelandic regional specialist said in a statement that it had decided to modify its name owing to a myriad of factors including increased exposure to foreign markets and therefore tourist traffic, increased co-operation with Icelandair (FI, Reykjavik Keflavik) and to simplify marketing, as the company’s dual name system has meant a significant increase in costs and has ...