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Antonov secures contract for fifty An-178s

18 minutes ago

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Air Niugini ends Q400 operations

2 hours ago
Air Niugini (PX, Port Moresby) has ended Dash 8-400/Q400 operations following the return of its last remaining aircraft of the type to its owner, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd, this week.

According to Skyliner Aviation, P2-PXS (msn 4262) was ferried to Abu Dhabi Bateen on June 22.

Air Niugini is replacing the Bombardier turboprops with Fokker 70s and 100s of which it currently operates five and seven respectively. A further four Fokker 70 aircraft are due this ...

PIA Pakistan's Leipzig-New York service shelved

4 hours ago

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SkyWork to scale back Berne ops from 4Q17

5 hours ago

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Yasouj, Iran to close for runway works this summer

7 hours ago

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ATR reveals additional orders placed in 2017

8 hours ago
European turboprop manufacturer Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) has revealed several previously undisclosed orders recorded since January 1, 2017.

The firm said in a statement Sweden's BRA - Braathens Regional Airlines (TF, Stockholm Bromma) has ordered one ATR72-600, Air Tahiti (VT, Papeete) one ATR72-600, and an undisclosed customer has ordered one ATR42-600 and one ATR72-600.

Other (tentative) orders that have already been publicized and reported on include ...

Undisclosed airline to lease six CS300s from IFC

10 hours ago
The Ilyushin Finance Co. has announced it has signed a framework agreement with an undisclosed airline for the lease of six CS300s. A firm contract is expected to be signed by mid-August.

Sourced from the Russian lessor's Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) order book, the aircraft will deliver on twelve-year leases beginning in 2019-20. They will feature an all-economy lay-out of 150 seats.

SpiceJet and IndiGo disagree about India's RCS exclusivity

12 hours ago
As India prepares to offer a second round of routes on its regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik, or "let every citizen fly"), IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) has come out against a three-year exclusivity clause contained in the contracts. The Financial Chronicle quotes an official source as saying that IndiGo believes the clause could lead to monopolies on certain routes, and would like to see it limited to one year or abolished altogether. However ...

China's Capital Airlines sues over Mariana closure

13 hours ago
Capital Airlines (China) (JD, Beijing Capital) has filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth Ports Authority of the Northern Mariana Islands, over a decision to suspend all new international flights for a period of 60 days. As previously reported, the government of the islands has placed a moratorium on new flights coming into the US territory due to a concern that infrastructure cannot keep pace with an influx of tourists.

The airline was to launch a 2x weekly service from Hangzhou to Saipan, ...

Iran's Qeshm Air eyes B737 MAX, NG order

15 hours ago

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Clarksburg, WV seeks new EAS provider

16 hours ago
Officials of Clarksburg North Central West Virginia Airport are once again on the lookout for a provider of Essential Air Services (EAS), with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) approving the airport's request to cancel its alternate EAS with ViaAir (VC, Orlando Int'l).

As previously reported, Clarksburg served a termination notice on former EAS provider ViaAir after experiencing a "disappointing" service. The airline offered flights to Beckley, Charlotte, Lewisburg, Parkersburg and ...

Fiji Airways mulls widebody fleet renewal options

17 hours ago
Fiji Airways (FJ, Nadi) has begun reviewing its widebody fleet renewal options CAPA has reported referencing airline sources. Operating a fleet of three A330-200s and one A330-300, the Fijian carrier is said to be looking at both the A350 from Airbus and B787 from Boeing for its future requirements.

Fiji Airways currently uses its A330s to serve New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, the US mainland, Australia, and Tonga. However, the addition of the new widebody jets would enable growth into the ...

Alitalia administrators whittle down EOIs to fifteen

19 hours ago

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Spain's AlbaStar to retire B737 Classic fleet by late 2018

21 hours ago

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Norrköping, Sweden to see Africa flights from mid-4Q17

23 hours ago

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Emirates to deepen flydubai ties, delays DWC hub move

23 hours ago
Dubai's two mainline carriers, the full-service Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) and its low-cost sister flydubai (FZ, Dubai Int'l), are set to boost their commercial ties over the next eighteen months as their owner, the Government of Dubai, seeks to improve their profitability.

According to Reuters, Emirates President Tim Clark told reporters this week that among the initiatives being considered are coordinated feeder flights with either carrier tapping into the other's passenger traffic. A ...

Maldives CAA works towards reintroducing helicopter ops

23JUN2017
The Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) will review the Maldives CAA's helicopter regulatory oversight capability.

Helicopter operations ceased on the Maldives fifteen years ago, following two fatal accidents involving Hummingbird Island Helicopters (Malé) and Maldivian Air Taxi (Malé). Both operators transitioned to all-fixed-wing aircraft in late 1999, and merged in 2013 under Trans Maldivian Airways (HUM, Malé). It is now the ...

Manitoba's Southern Air Ambulance service grounded

23JUN2017
The Southern Air Ambulance service, which provides medevac services to the Province of Manitoba, Canada, has been suspended ostensibly due to a pilot shortage, with half of its eight pilot positions currently empty.

However, the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU) believes the service was purposely left to founder, in order to lead to its privatisation.

Commenting in the Winnipeg Sun, MGEU president Michelle Gawronsky says the service could have been retained had it ...

Chile won't review passenger boarding fees despite call

22JUN2017

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Japan's Sky Trek Airlines partners Royal Pacific Air

22JUN2017

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Fiji Airways boss outlines details of planned Samoan venture

22JUN2017
Fiji Airways (FJ, Nadi) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andre Viljoen has confirmed his carrier has moved closer to the Samoan government concerning the latter's plans to establish a new airline following the dissolution of Virgin Samoa (PBL, Apia Faleolo) later this year.

Last month, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi said his government had turned to the Fijians for assistance in reestablishing Polynesian Airlines (OL, Apia Fagali'i) as a full-scale international operator once a ...

Vietnam Airlines eyes early A330 retirements

22JUN2017
Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) is planning to phase out its fleet of seven A330-200s in 2019, airline CEO Duong Tri Thanh has told CAPA.

In an interview, Duong said that while its last two of the type are slated for retirement in two years time, they may be phased out earlier if possible.

Vietnam Airlines is replacing its outgoing B777-200(ER)s and A330s with A350-900s and a combination of B787-9/-10s. At present, it operates seven A350s and eleven B787-9s.

Ryanair unveils Bergamo as next Connecting Flights hub

22JUN2017
Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has extended its Connecting Flights hub service to Milan Orio al Serio in northern Italy. Unveiled earlier this year using its Rome Fiumicino base as a test hub, the scheme makes it possible for customers to book transfer connections across Ryanair's network at each hub city.

In a statement, Ryanair said that from July 3 onwards, its customers will be able to book connecting flights on the first twenty-five (of up to 300 new routes) via Milan Bergamo to/from ...

Tata Group eyes control of one-time asset, Air India

22JUN2017
Indian conglomerate Tata Group has been linked to talks with the Indian state concerning the purchase of a majority stake in Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l).

Local reports indicate Narendra Modi's government this month approved plans to privatize the heavily-indebted carrier in a bid to ease perennial demands for state-backed bailouts.

According to The Times of India, Tata Group chairman N Chandrasekaran has held informal talks with government about taking back control of the airline. The ...

Qatar Airways seeks 10% stake in American Airlines

22JUN2017
Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) is planning to acquire a 10% stake in American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth), the US carrier has disclosed in a recent SEC filing.

American Airlines Group said Thursday, June 22, it had received an unsolicited notice from the Qatari carrier indicating its intention to make a "significant investment" in American Airlines. Qatar Airways has indicated that its purchase would be made on the open market and would target at least USD808 million worth of ...