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World Sonic Air secures Aruban AOC, to fly B787(BBJ)

20.04.2019 - 01:49 UTC
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World Sonic Air (Aruba) has secured an Air Operator's Certificate in Aruba and is planning to operate a single VIP-configured B787-8(BBJ), AINonline has reported.

The carrier is a wholly-owned subsidiary of business charter specialist Hongkong Jet (Hong Kong Int'l).

Hongkong Jet itself does not currently operate B787-8s. However, its sister airline BAS Guernsey (Guernsey) operates a single unit of the type, 2-DEER (msn 35309). The Boeing widebody is owned by Deer Jet Beijing (BDJ, Beijing...

Air India warns it lacks $1.3bn for debts due shortly

20.04.2019 - 00:44 UTC
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Just days after the grounding of Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) due to massive debts, fellow Indian airline Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) said it lacked as much as INR90 billion rupees (USD1.3 billion) needed for the repayment of debt due in the current fiscal year.

The Economic Times has reported that the airline appealed to the government for another bailout which is its only way to find the required amount. However, a decision is not expected before a new government takes power after the ongoing elections....

Privatisation of Russia's Pskovavia in dangerch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.04.2019 - 23:38 UTC
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TAAG Angola Airlines seeks help to obtain US clearancech-aviation PRO exclusive

19.04.2019 - 22:33 UTC
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Sukhoi backtracks on shorter SSJch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.04.2019 - 21:27 UTC
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SmartLynx awarded Maltese air operator's certificatech-aviation PRO exclusive

19.04.2019 - 20:22 UTC
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Dutch and Belgian TUI fly units wet-lease A321sch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.04.2019 - 19:16 UTC
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Viet Nam's Hai Au Aviation to launch coastal air taxis

19.04.2019 - 18:11 UTC
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Hai Au Aviation (HAI, Hanoi) will launch scheduled air taxi flights between Hue Phu Bai Int'l and Da Nang on Viet Nam's central coast on April 25, 2019.

According to the carrier's website, flights will operate daily with Cessna (single turboprop) 208EX Grand Caravan seaplanes.

The carrier also operates scheduled daily flights between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay via Haiphong and Tuan Chau Island in northern Viet Nam, as well as scenic and charter flights.

Hai Au Aviation was due to become AirAsia...

Russia's Alrosa scoops another ₽98mn in subsidiesch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.04.2019 - 17:05 UTC
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Hungarian gov't asks Wizz Air to launch ops to Transylvaniach-aviation PRO exclusive

19.04.2019 - 16:00 UTC
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Air India, SpiceJet eye fleet growth after Jet's grounding

19.04.2019 - 14:12 UTC
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Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) has applied to State Bank of India to lease five B777-300(ER)s previously operated by inactive Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l), Times of India has reported.

The privately-owned carrier operated ten Boeing widebodies. Although it formally owned the aircraft, US EXIM Bank issued a notice to repossess them in early April. The ten units were acquired with the American institution's financial guarantees.

Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows that Jet Airways suspended B777 operations...

SCAT to set up temporary An-24 airbridge to Kostanaych-aviation PRO exclusive

19.04.2019 - 13:03 UTC
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Italian gov't considers another extension for Alitalia bidsch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.04.2019 - 11:00 UTC
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Air France-KLM adds capacity to India after Jet's collapse

19.04.2019 - 07:44 UTC
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Air France-KLM said it will add capacity to India to minimise travel disruptions for passengers originally booked on the group's commercial partner Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l), which suspended operations on April 17.

"Depending on their operational capacities and needs, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are increasing the number of seats available to and from India by operating higher capacity aircraft or increasing the number of frequencies," the Franco-Dutch holding said in a statement....

HK Bellawings Jet doubles firm order for Global 7500s

19.04.2019 - 06:01 UTC
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HK Bellawings Jet (BWJ, Hong Kong Int'l) has firmed up an order for four Bombardier Global 7500 business jets on top of four units it already firmed in September 2018.

The business charter specialist also has two Global 6500s on firm order from the Canadian manufacturer for a total of ten aircraft. In 2018, it signed a Letter of Intent covering up to eighteen Global 6500 and 7500s in total.

The first Global 7500 was delivered to its launch customer, Stonebriar Commercial, in December 2018. The 5500 and 6500...

AirAsia India gets $72mn for int'l growth

19.04.2019 - 03:58 UTC
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AirAsia India (I5, Chennai) has received a INR5 billion rupee (USD72 million) capital injection to finance its upcoming international expansion as Tata Group increased its stake in the airline to 51%, The Economic Times has reported.

Until recently, Tata Group and AirAsia Group each held a 49% stake in the carrier with the remaining 2% owned by Tata Trusts managing partner R Venkataramanan and group executive S Ramadorai. Following the change in the shareholders' structure, the airline is now majority-controlled by Tata Group with a 51%...

Russia's Nordwind eyes Canada flightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.04.2019 - 02:55 UTC
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US adds Cuba's Aerogaviota to sanctions list

19.04.2019 - 01:52 UTC
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The United States government will add Cuba's state-owned regional carrier Aerogaviota (GTV, Havana Int'l) to the list of sanctioned enterprises, national security advisor John Bolton said.

As reported by Reuters, Bolton announced the tightening of US sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela during a meeting with the veterans of the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

Aerogaviota is fully owned by the Cuban military and has been added to the list of sanctioned firms due to this link to the regime. It operates four ATR42-500...

Singapore to trial electric air taxis in 2019

19.04.2019 - 00:50 UTC
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The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is planning to launch trials of manned electric vertical take-off and landing air taxis later this year, Channel News Asia has reported.

The trials will be conducted in cooperation with German manufacturer Velocopter which is now developing and certifying a prototype of its electric rotorcraft. The manufacturer will bring a unit to Singapore in the upcoming months and plans to launch the trials at some point in the second half of 2019.

"For the...

Shareholders dispute control over Hong Kong Airlines

18.04.2019 - 23:47 UTC
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Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Int'l) has become the object of a shareholder dispute on April 17 with two persons separately claiming to be the indebted airline's chairmen and holding control over it.

Reuters reported that early during the day, ex-director Zhong Guosong has been appointed Chairman after a decision by the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to expand the carrier's board. Zhong together with Chinese private equity firm Frontier Investment Partner then said they executed effective control over the airline with a...

Court issues, then suspends arrest warrants for PIA execs

18.04.2019 - 22:44 UTC
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On April 16, a court in Lahore suspended an arrest warrant which it had issued earlier the same day for PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) CEO Arshad Malik and three other officials for contempt of court.

ARY News has reported that the court decided to take into account a petition to suspend the arrest warrant until the PIA executives have had the opportunity to respond to the charges.

Malik, Director (Flight Operations) Aziz Khan, Chief Human Resource Officer Subhan Wazir, and Chief...

Aigle Azur gives up on China resumption plans for nowch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.04.2019 - 21:42 UTC
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Liberia, Costa Rica to get first regular inc'l service

18.04.2019 - 20:39 UTC
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam Schiphol) has announced plans to add Liberia as a stop to its 4x weekly Amsterdam Schiphol-San José Juan Santamaría service starting October 27.

The Dutch carrier has been operating to Costa Rica on a seasonal basis in the winter season 2017/2018 and has so far only served the capital's Juan Santamaría airport.

From this winter, it will now offer a triangle routing from Amsterdam via San José and Liberia back to Amsterdam using its B787-9s.

KLM's new service...

Aquiline Austria to operate B737-300 and B747-400 freightersch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.04.2019 - 19:37 UTC
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Cathay to focus on Chinese route expansion with A321neos

18.04.2019 - 17:34 UTC
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Cathay Dragon (KA, Hong Kong Int'l) is expecting to initially use its fleet of thirty-two incoming A321-200neo aircraft on routes linking its Hong Kong hub with Chinese cities, the group Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg told Bloomberg in an interview.

Back in August 2017, Cathay inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for the new generation narrowbody aircraft that are due to be delivered to Hong Kong between 2020 and 2023.

Hogg said that as part of its restructuring...

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