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Virgin Australia eyes Haneda for Japanese debut

19.09.2019 - 12:54 UTC
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Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) has applied for one daily slot at Tokyo Haneda out of two recently allocated to Australian carriers, Reuters has reported. Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) has applied for both slots at the Tokyo gateway.

Virgin Australia did not disclose from which Australian hub it would like to serve Haneda and has not yet lodged an application with the International Air Services Commission (IASC). The airline does not currently serve Japan, the ch-aviation schedules...

Kazakhstan's FlyArystan to base two A320s in Aktobe in 2Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 12:06 UTC
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Asiana to cut Heathrow flights, swap slots to Kuwait

19.09.2019 - 11:18 UTC
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Asiana Airlines (OZ, Seoul Incheon) will reduce the frequency of services to London Heathrow as of October 27, 2019, from the current daily flights to 5x weekly. The Korean carrier has leased its slots at the British gateway to Kuwait Airways (KU, Kuwait).

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, Asiana Airlines will continue to serve Heathrow with A350-900 equipment.

The Korean carrier executed a slot swap with Kuwait Airways at the end of July 2019, according to a request filed with airport coordinator ACL...

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South Korea's Eastar Jet tells crew to take unpaid leave

19.09.2019 - 10:30 UTC
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Eastar Jet (ZE, Seoul Gimpo) has asked cabin crew to take unpaid leave as part of an emergency cost-cutting plan, as the Boycott Japan movement, the grounding of its two B737-8s, and a weak currency bring mounting losses. From October to December, 500 flight attendants will have to take up to one month of unpaid leave, the Korea Times reported.

Eastar has suffered tens of billions of won in losses, according to Reuters. It is facing its “biggest crisis” since it launched operations in January 2009, CEO Choi Jong-gu said in an...

Hong Kong Airlines cuts capacity by 7% until year-end

19.09.2019 - 09:42 UTC
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Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Int'l) aims to pull back capacity by 7% until the end of 2019 and cut the number of available fares for sale by 9%, as it responds to a decline demand that has accentuated its financial problems, the South China Morning Post has reported.

The move is an attempt to limit losses after thousands of customers have cancelled travel to Hong Kong Int'l, the HNA Group and Hainan Airlines subsidiary said, following what has now been 15 consecutive weekends of demonstrations. Around...

Aeroflot nears deal for 22 SSJs as Sukhoi mulls rebrandingch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 07:19 UTC
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Royal Jordanian suspends freighter ops for maintenancech-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 06:15 UTC
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French court sentences ex-One-Two-Go CEO to 4 years in jail

18.09.2019 - 17:27 UTC
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A French court has sentenced the ex-chief executive officer of One-Two-Go Airlines (OG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi), Udom Tantiprasongchai, to four years in jail and handed him a EUR75,000 euro (USD82,600) fine over a 2007 crash at Phuket airport, AFP newswire has reported.

Tantiprasongchai never showed up in the court and was not arrested, despite an international arrest warrant issued. As such, he was tried and sentenced in absentia.

The 2007 crash of a MD-82 HS-OMG (msn 49183) killed 85 passengers and...

Caribbean Airlines may extend leases of its twelve B737-800s

18.09.2019 - 16:35 UTC
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Colm Imbert, Trinidad and Tobago’s acting prime minister, has refused to say whether Caribbean Airlines (BW, Port of Spain) would cancel a lease arrangement for twelve B737-8s. But he said that arrangements had been made to extend the leases of its current fleet of B737-800s, Trinidad & Tobago Express has reported.

The airline announced the commitment to the MAX aircraft last year and had been due to start taking deliveries of the first four units on dry-lease from Air Lease Corporation in the...

Minister considers replacing Thai Airways board

18.09.2019 - 15:44 UTC
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Thai Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has suggested that the government is contemplating replacing the board of loss-making flag carrier Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi), the English-language daily the Bangkok Post has reported.

Saksayam pointed out that the apparent underperformance of the current board, headed by Chairman Ekniti Nitithanprapas, was a sufficient reason for replacement.

Ekniti assumed the chairmanship of Thai Airways in mid-2018. From June 2018 to June 2019, the...

Guinea Airlines to launch by YE19 - ministerch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 14:53 UTC
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Netherlands' AIS mulls B737 routes from Lelystad basech-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 14:01 UTC
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Cayman Airways defers B737-300 sale due to MAX grounding

18.09.2019 - 13:10 UTC
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Cayman Airways (KX, Grand Cayman Island) has said it will not sell any of its three B737-300s before 2020 as the aircraft are required to cover for the grounded B737-8s, the Cayman News Service has reported.

"Despite the ongoing delay, CAL still intends to retire and sell its 737-300 jet fleet, though no aircraft are expected to be sold before 2020," a spokesperson said.

Originally, the carrier hoped to sell all three B737 Classics by the end of 2019. It intended to replace them with B737-8s. It...

Colombia's Wingo to launch fifth-freedom ops from Panama

18.09.2019 - 12:18 UTC
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Wingo (Colombia) (P5, Bogotá) will launch a new route from Balboa in Panama to Havana Int'l on November 2, 2019, Routes Online has first reported.

The service will be operated 2x weekly using B737-700 equipment. It will be Wingo's first fifth-freedom service not touching Colombia. The LCC already serves Havana 3x weekly from Bogotá, the ch-aviation schedules module shows.

Copa Holdings, the parent of Wingo, recently deferred plans to launch Wingo (Panama) (Panamá City Tocumen Int'l) to the second...

Cameroon's Camair-Co staff demand overdue wagesch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 11:27 UTC
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South Korea's Air Premia receives amended OLch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 10:35 UTC
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American Airlines loses 26% of China Southern investment

18.09.2019 - 09:44 UTC
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American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) saw the value of its investment in China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) substantially decrease by the second quarter of 2019, Gary Leff has said in his travel business blog View from the Wing citing an internal communication.

The airline reportedly told its employees: “Non-operating special items principally included USD52 million of mark-to-market net unrealised losses primarily associated with the company’s equity investment in China Southern Airlines.”...

Alliance Air, IndiGo mull Jaffna ops

18.09.2019 - 08:53 UTC
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Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka is due to open for international services on October 16, with India's Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) and IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) reportedly eyeing flights to the city, Sri Lankan Daily News has reported.

Airport officials said that so far no firm decisions had been taken. Sri Lanka is currently trying to rebuild its image as a safe tourist destination after Easter bombing attacks killed 259 people. The Controller General of the Immigration and Emigration Department Pasan Ratnayake said that...

Thomas Cook files for bankruptcy protection in the US

18.09.2019 - 08:01 UTC
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Thomas Cook Group has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the Southern District Court of New York, seeking protection from US creditors as it undergoes restructuring in the United Kingdom, Bloomberg has reported.

The petition was filed on September 16. Chapter 15 bankruptcy effectively means that EUR1.15 billion euro (USD1.3 billion) worth of bonds issued in the United States are shielded from local claims and can be a part of restructuring agreed under British law.

The move came after US-based...

India's Heritage Aviation to debut Hindon ops in early 4Q19

18.09.2019 - 08:01 UTC
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Heritage Aviation (Delhi Int'l) will launch the first scheduled route out of Hindon, a converted military airport designed to relieve congestion at Delhi Int'l, on October 8, 2019, the Times News Network agency has reported.

The regional specialist said it would launch daily services to Pithoragarh in the country's extreme north in October using a Beech (twin turboprop) King Air 350. Going forward, it plans to increase the frequency to double daily. For its part, Star Air (India) (OG, Belgaum) is...

China's SF Airlines launches scheduled cargo route to Europech-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 07:09 UTC
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Turkey's Onur Air to fly A321neo under Holiday Europe codech-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 06:18 UTC
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Kuwait's Jazeera Airways sees horizons open up with A320neoch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 06:08 UTC
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Alitalia secures €18mn for Alghero-Rome opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.09.2019 - 20:29 UTC
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Cook Islands' Air Rarotonga to launch int'l ops

17.09.2019 - 19:49 UTC
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Air Rarotonga (GZ, Rarotonga) is considering launching its first international charter services, to Papeete and Niue, once it takes delivery of its second active Saab 340, Radio New Zealand has reported.

The carrier currently operates one Saab 340B(Plus) and it plans to add another unit of the type in October 2019. E5-EFS (msn 340B-365) is currently undergoing maintenance at Bangor airport.

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, the carrier currently operates the Saab 340 on a single route...

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