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Russia's Nordavia wins ₽639mn court case vs WBT

14JUL2018

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FMI Air revealed to be Myanmar's stillborn Air Asia partner

14JUL2018
FMI Air (ND, Yangon) was involved in the ultimately failed joint-venture talks with the AirAsia Group regarding setting up a new low-cost carrier in Myanmar earlier in 2018, the Myanmar Times has revealed.

The South-East Asia low-cost group announced in March 2018 that it had entered into talks with an existing Myanmarese carrier but did not reveal the name of the prospective partner at that time. If successful, the talks would have lead to the establishment of a joint-venture under the ...

jetBlue, Air New Zealand partner to foster innovation

14JUL2018
jetBlue Technology Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK), has signed an agreement with Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) which will see the carriers joining forces under the umbrella of the International Innovation Partnership.

The carriers have announced that the new partnership, the first such undertaking on an international level in the aviation industry, will seek to boost innovation in the sector and support both already existing and newly ...
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American Airlines to relocate 150 pilots from St. Louis

14JUL2018
American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has officially notified the State of Missouri that it will relocate 150 pilot positions from its base at St. Louis Lambert Int'l to other bases in September 2018, KMOV has reported.

The pilots currently based out of St. Louis will have a choice of either relocating to other bases or commuting, the carrier has said.

American Airlines is due to close its St. Louis base as a part of the network realignment process coinciding with the planned ...

Air India seeks ₹21bn from gov't for short-term needs

14JUL2018
Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) is seeking a INR21 billion rupee (USD307 million) capital injection from the Indian government to meet its short-term operational needs, but will need further external financing in the mid-term.

"While the airline needs about INR2,100 crore [INR21 billion] to address its immediate working capital and other operational requirements, it could need a larger amount in the longer term to lease planes and expand operations to compete with other domestic and ...

Contour Airlines to resume AEAS ops to Page, AZ, in 3Q18

14JUL2018
Contour Airlines (LF, Tupelo) has been awarded the Alternate Essential Air Service (AEAS) contract at Page, Arizona, signalling the resumption of large-scale commercial services to the airport, Lake Powell Life has reported.

The carrier will provide 12x weekly public charter flights to either Phoenix Sky Harbor or Las Vegas McCarran using ERJ-135 equipment operated by its parent, Contour Aviation. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has already authorised the resumption of the AEAS ...

Airbus stalls A330 deliveries to HNA Group over non-payment

14JUL2018
Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has stalled the deliveries of at least six A330 twinjets for HNA Group carriers, including Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou), Capital Airlines (China) (JD, Beijing Capital), and Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin), due to a lack of payments received from the Chinese airlines, Reuters has reported.

According to the newswire, the six widebody jets are parked at Toulouse Blagnac. Airbus has reportedly decided to withdraw the deliveries for the time being as it did not want ...

India's TruJet to wet-lease ATR turboprops for growth

13JUL2018
TruJet (TRJ, Hyderabad Int'l) Chief Financial Officer, KG Vishwanath says the Indian regional specialist will wet-lease seven additional ATR turboprops by March 2019. TruJet currently operates three ATR72-500s and two -600s on scheduled flights to 14 cities across India's central and southern regions.

Speaking to The Hindu newspaper, Vishwanath said the use of wet-lease aircraft would allow TruJet to more rapidly expand its network. He did not specify from whom the aircraft, presumed ATR72s, ...

Nigeria's MaxAir begins scheduled pax ops

13JUL2018
MaxAir (Nigeria) (VM, Katsina) has commenced scheduled passenger services as of Thursday, July 12. An airline statement said it would offer multiple daily flights from its Kano base to each of Abuja and Lagos using its fleet of three ex-Southwest Airlines B737-300s.

Airline Vice Chairman/CEO, Alhaji Bashir Mangal, said MaxAir would role out service to other cities across Nigeria, such as Sokoto, Yola, Port Harcourt Omagwa, and Maiduguri in the near future.

Aside from these scheduled ...

Mayotte's EWA Air signs MOU for two ATR72-600s

13JUL2018
EWA Air (ZD, Dzaoudzi) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) for the acquisition of two ATR72-600s.

The turboprops will by year-end and will replace and upgrade the Air Austral (UU, St. Denis de la Réunion) unit's two ATR72-500s.

EWA Air is based out of Mayotte and currently serves Anjouan and Moroni Int'l in the Comoros, Antsiranana, Majunga, and Nossi-Be in Madagascar, Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, and Pemba in Mozambique.

EC greenlights Ryanair/LaudaMotion deal

13JUL2018
The European Commission says it has unconditionally approved Ryanair's proposed acquisition of Austrian carrier LaudaMotion (OE, Vienna) after an investigation revealed no anticompetitive concerns.

Ryanair announced in March that it would acquire a 75% controlling stake in LaudaMotion for EUR50 million (USD62 million). Under the proposal, it would initially buy 24.9% of the Austrian regional carrier before increasing that to 75% subject to EU competition approval. Ryanair also has the option ...

Iberia, Binter secure 4-year postal contract in Spain

13JUL2018

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Ukraine's YanAir briefly barred from Lviv due to debts

13JUL2018

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Aliblue Malta cancels scheduled ops due to low demand

13JUL2018

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Norwegian to open Copenhagen longhaul crew base in 4Q18

13JUL2018
Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) has announced it will open a new longhaul crew base at Copenhagen Kastrup with the start of the Winter 2018/19 season.

The Nordic budget carrier said in a statement that it would post eighty B787 pilots to the Danish capital with effect from October onwards.

"It was an obvious choice for us to establish a crew base in Copenhagen given the size of our Scandinavian long distance operation today. The base in Copenhagen will help to simplify and strengthen our ...

Air Botswana orders two ATR72-600s

13JUL2018
Air Botswana (BP, Gaborone) has signed a firm order agreement with Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) for two ATR72-600s.

According to the Franco-Italian manufacturer, the turboprops will be equipped with the latest navigation aids and will also feature a 70-seat, dual-class cabin.

Air Botswana currently operates a fleet of three ATR42-500s and one ATR72-500 on scheduled passenger flights connecting its Gaborone hub with Francistown, Maun, and Kasane domestically as well as ...

Guernsey's Aurigny inks LOI for three ATR72-600s

13JUL2018
Aurigny Air Services (GR, Guernsey) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) for three ATR72-600s.

According to ATR, the turboprops' acquisition is subject to approval from the States of Guernsey. If given as expected, they will be used to replace Aurigny's current fleet of three ATR72-500s.

Aurigny also operates one ATR42-500, four Do228s, and one EMB-195 on flights connecting Guernsey with fellow Channel isle Alderney, Dinard in France, ...

Bhutan's Drukair confirms ATR42-600 order

13JUL2018
Drukair (KB, Paro) has placed a firm order with Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) for one ATR42-600 which will deliver in July 2019. The acquisition was first announced as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in April this year.

Owned by the Bhutanese government's investment company, Druk Holding & Investments Ltd., Drukair currently operates a single ATR42-500 and three A319-100s. In tandem with the new ATR order, Drukair will also add a single A320neo during the first quarter ...

Air Saint-Pierre inks MOU for one ATR42-600

13JUL2018
Air Saint-Pierre (PJ, Saint Pierre) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) for the purchase of one ATR42-600. The new turboprop will replace the airline's sole ATR42-500 which has been in service since 2009.

Based in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a French overseas collectivity located south of the Canadian island of Newfoundland, Air Saint-Pierre offers regular flights to the Canadian destinations of Halifax, Îles de la Madeleine, ...

Azul to launch cargo unit in mid-4Q18

13JUL2018

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Thai Airways Int'l to order 23 jets in 2018 - Minister

13JUL2018
Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) is likely to place orders for a total of 23 jet aircraft by the end of 2018, including 13 widebodies and 10 narrowbodies, Thai Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has said.

The order is subject to governmental approval, expected this year. The new aircraft will come as a replacement for the current fleet of Thai Airways and its regional subsidiary, Thai Smile (WE, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi).

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Ural Airlines to add 7 aircraft in 2019, focus on China

13JUL2018

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Romanian fund seeks to sell ex-Romavia's Rombac 1-11

13JUL2018

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India's Supreme Airlines debuts ops at Sri Ganganagar

13JUL2018
Supreme Airlines (Jaipur) has launched maiden scheduled services out of Sri Ganganagar, an airstrip in northern India, connecting it with the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, IANS newswire has reported.

The route is operated 14x weekly with Cessna (single turboprop) 208 equipment.

According to the Supreme Airlines' website, the carrier also intends to operate flights out of Sri Ganganagar to Delhi Int'l, although it is unclear when these could be launched.

Under the state government-led ...

Former executive of Russia's Alrosa guilty of engine theft

13JUL2018

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