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Ghana's Africa World Airlines builds fortress Accrach-aviation PRO exclusive

16.11.2019 - 09:57 UTC

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Avianca Holdings agrees with “large majority” of creditorsch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.11.2019 - 03:19 UTC

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Panama's Copa Airlines to phase-out E190s by mid-2021

16.11.2019 - 02:28 UTC

Copa Airlines (CM, Panamá City Tocumen Int'l) is planning to retire all fourteen E190ARs in the next 18 months as it seeks to transition to a Boeing-only fleet, Chief Executive Pedro Heilbron said during the Panamanian carrier's quarterly investor briefing.

"We have made the decision to exit our remaining E190s, as we see significant cost and revenue benefits from operating a single Boeing fleet. So while we will most likely end up taking a significant number of MAX aircraft next year, most of them will be used to replace the outgoing 100-seat...

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SAS to take first A321neo(LR) in late 3Q20

16.11.2019 - 01:37 UTC

SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup) has announced in a press release that it will begin A321-200neo(LR) operations on September 18, 2020, with Copenhagen Kastrup-Boston to be the type's inaugural route.

SAS plans to take three A321neo(LR)s initially to test customer response to the narrowbody long-haul jets. The trio is leased from Air Lease Corporation.

The Scandinavian carrier said it will equip the Airbus narrowbodies with 157 seats, including 22 lie-flat business class seats, 12 premium...

US start-up FLOAT hopes to bypass Los Angeles traffic

16.11.2019 - 00:45 UTC

New air taxi operator FLOAT - which stands for Fly Over All Traffic - is planning to help Southern California (SoCal) commuters avoid the infamous traffic around Los Angeles.

It is targetting what it calls "super commuters" which are driving for more than 90 minutes daily. Some of the higher-density areas where FLOAT is witnessing demand for routes include the westside of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Orange County, and the Inland Empire - densely populated areas of Southern California that can take commuters hours to travel between....

Novaport buys Russia's Avialinii Mordoviich-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2019 - 23:54 UTC

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Cathay Pacific Group curbs fleet growth in 2020

15.11.2019 - 23:02 UTC

Cathay Pacific Group will grow its fleet by seven aircraft in 2020, down by six from the original plan, as it adjusts capacity to the ongoing crisis in Hong Kong, the holding said in an analysts' briefing on November 14, 2019.

According to the updated plan, the group deferred one A320-200neo delivery to HK Express (UO, Hong Kong Int'l) and three A321-200neo deliveries to Cathay Dragon (KA, Hong Kong Int'l), initially scheduled for 2020. As such, the group will add seventeen aircraft in the next year, including...

Kyrgyz Airlines Plus launched as new Bishkek cargo airline

15.11.2019 - 22:11 UTC

A new cargo operator has been established in Bishkek using the name Kyrgyz Airlines Plus (Bishkek). According to the Kyrgyz Ministry of Justice, Kyrgyz Airlines Plus LLC was re-registered on October 24, 2019, with its founders listed as Almaz Matmusaev and Jenish Orozbaev, the latter being the head of the company.

The company will initially put into service a single 44-ton payload A300F, registered as 4L-BAK (msn 183), and is targetting destinations in Russia, Turkey, China, Iran, UAE and Southeast Asia....

Nepal Airlines cuts price of B757 to entice bidders

15.11.2019 - 21:19 UTC

Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) has almost halved the minimum selling price of its last B757-200(M), 9N-ACB (msn 23863), after two previous attempts to sell the 31.4-year-old Boeing twinjet failed to attract any valid bids.

The Nepalese flag carrier posted an invitation to engage in direct negotiations regarding the sale of the aircraft with a minimum price of USD4.25 million on its website. Prospective buyers have until midday on November 27, 2019, to submit their offers to Nepal Airlines.


Branson eyes a stake in Russia's Pobeda - reportch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2019 - 20:28 UTC

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Airlink threatens legal action in SA Express route dispute

15.11.2019 - 19:37 UTC

Airlink (South Africa) (4Z, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) will apply to the Pretoria High Court to review a decision by the South African Department of Transport to award more international route authorities to South African Express (XZ, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) on the grounds that the state-backed carrier lacked the legally mandated provisions to operate them, privately-owned Airlink declared in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

In early October, SA Express announced it had been granted route...

Fly Louie Alliance to unite over 2,000 Part 135 operators

15.11.2019 - 18:45 UTC

Fly Louie (White Plains) has announced the launch of the Fly Louie Alliance, which intends to promote growth amongst the more than 2,000 private air charter operators in the US by creating operational efficiencies.

The private air charter industry is heavily fragmented, but through this alliance, Fly Louie is seeking to prove the economics of this segment of air travel for its operators and passengers. The alliance believes that by having scale it can help solve some of the issues that private charter operators have, like rising fuel costs,...

China's Air Travel takes on Hunan gov't as new shareholderch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2019 - 17:54 UTC

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South African Airways warns it might not survive strike

15.11.2019 - 17:02 UTC

South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has warned its striking staff that their walk-out could jeopardise the struggling airline's survival, as the action will cost the flag carrier around ZAR50 million rand (USD3.39 million) per day.

According to reports from Reuters, the strike, which started on November 15 by unions representing more than half of its workforce - The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) - is ongoing and would continue indefinitely until the...

Russian gov't mulls Khabarovsk-based SSJ operator

15.11.2019 - 15:14 UTC

The Russian Ministry of Development of the Far East and the Arctic is considering launching a new airline based out of Khabarovsk and serving Russia's Far East with a fleet of SSJ 100/95s, regional news website DV-Novosti has reported.

While details are scarce for the time being, the government clearly stated that the airline would be flying only in the Far East and will not offer cross-country services to Moscow.

Russian-language newspaper The Moscow Post has further reported that the project is backed by...

Estonia's Diamond Sky acquires first BN Islanderch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2019 - 14:02 UTC

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Five bidders for assets of Slovenia's Adria Airwaysch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2019 - 12:50 UTC

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Silver Airways announces codeshare with Delta Air Lines

15.11.2019 - 11:38 UTC

Silver Airways (3M, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) has signed a codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson), as the two carriers continue to expand their commercial relationship.

Silver's robust presence in the Carribean market will have no doubt been the main attraction for the US major. Passengers from Silver destinations will also be easily able to connect to Delta’s global network.

The regional airline is based in Fort Lauderdale Int'l, where it is the seventh-largest...

Air Namibia in secret gov't bailout talks - report

15.11.2019 - 10:26 UTC

Despite repeated denials of a government bailout in recent weeks, Namibian cabinet members have reportedly met secretly with Air Namibia’s management to discuss the indebted carrier's predicament, sources close to the matter told the newspaper The Patriot.

Now under the leadership of Escher Luanda who took on the position of chairman on September 9, the airline has secured a sum of NAD500 million Namibian dollars (USD33.66 million) from the government to help it to settle some of its debts. The bailout was to have been announced after the...

Congo Airways studying B777 freightersch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2019 - 09:14 UTC

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Congo Airways goes for Embraer; also targets A220sch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2019 - 09:11 UTC

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Hawaiian, JAL woo US DOT with enhanced JV proposal

15.11.2019 - 09:07 UTC

Hawaiian Airlines (HA, Honolulu) and JAL - Japan Airlines (JL, Tokyo Haneda) have broadened their proposed joint venture to include additional Asia-Pacific connections as well as India and Russia, hoping that the changes will prompt the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to reverse an earlier tentative decision denying antitrust immunity (ATI) to the two carriers.

As previously reported, in October the DOT approved an agreement by the airlines to operate a joint venture between Hawaii and Japan but declined their...

Air New Zealand to integrate Air Nelson, Mount Cook Airlinech-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2019 - 08:01 UTC

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WF Aviation eyes A220-100 for Wallis-based opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2019 - 07:53 UTC

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AirAsia X and AirAsia sign PSA on KL-Singapore route

15.11.2019 - 02:10 UTC

AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has inked a one-year Profit Share Agreement (PSA) with its parent AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) in relation to the transfer of two slots on the lucrative Kuala Lumpur Int'l to Singapore Changi route, following an investor announcement by the two airlines on November 11.

As part of the PSA, both airlines agree to share 50% of the net operating profit on the services for the duration of the deal. The net operating profit is derived by calculating the total ticket revenue plus total ancillary revenue...