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Court issues, then suspends arrest warrants for PIA execs

18.04.2019 - 22:44 UTC

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

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...

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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

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...

American, United cancel more B737 MAX flights

18.04.2019 - 16:38 UTC

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has joined Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) in announcing that it has now cancelled all B737-8 flights up to August 2019. The two airlines combined cancelled approximately 275 flights per day as a result of the type's grounding, Seeking Alpha has reported.

While Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) is working on certifying a software fix to its Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), operators around the world are forced to either cancel flights, defer the...

AirAsia "amicably" terminates Vietnam JV

18.04.2019 - 15:43 UTC

AirAsia Group has put its proposed Vietnamese joint-venture on hold but said it remains interested in operating a low-cost carrier in the country.

"The Company wishes to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary AirAsia Investment Limited, together with Gumin Company Limited and Hai Au Aviation Joint Stock Company, have amicably agreed to terminate and release each other from all obligations under the transaction agreements in relation to the proposed joint venture in Vietnam, effective 17 April 2019," the Malaysian group said in a...

India's DGCA audits IndiGo over A320neo engines

18.04.2019 - 14:48 UTC

The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched an extraordinary audit of the country's biggest LCC, IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l), related to the maintenance of Pratt & Whitney PW1000G engines, PTI has reported.

The authority has also served show-cause notices to the carrier's COO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer and head of engineering SC Gupta.

IndiGo confirmed that the DGCA is currently conducting an extraordinary audit in parallel with its scheduled annual check of the airline. The airline,...

Sberbank rejects write-off of UTair's debtch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.04.2019 - 13:52 UTC

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TAAG and Heli Malongo removed from EU Air Safety List

18.04.2019 - 12:57 UTC

TAAG Angola Airlines (DT, Luanda) and Heli Malongo (Luanda) have been removed from the European Union's Air Safety List effective April 16 giving them unrestricted access to European Union airspace again. The two carriers have only had access to the EU with some of their aircraft since November 2008.

All other Angolan carriers remain banned from operating to the European Union.

In its statement, the European Commission also said it has now decided to ban all Moldovan carriers from operating to the European Union with...

Switzerland's Germania Flug adjusts networkch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.04.2019 - 11:45 UTC

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FlyBosnia to launch scheduled flights in late 2Q19

18.04.2019 - 10:29 UTC

FlyBosnia (FBS, Sarajevo) will launch its first scheduled route from Sarajevo to Kuwait on June 4, 2019, EX-YU Aviation has reported.

The Bosnian privately-owned start-up will operate the route 3x weekly using an A319-100 aircraft. It plans to announce further destinations shortly.

The airline currently has one A319, E7-FBA (msn 1808), a 16.7-year old aircraft dry-leased from AerCap. The unit is currently operating domestic test flights between Sarajevo, Banja Luka, and Mostar. In March, the...

jetBlue, Atlas Air, FedEx defend Qatar-Air Italy tie-up

18.04.2019 - 09:14 UTC

jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK), FedEx, and Atlas Air (5Y, New York JFK) have appealed to the US government not to restrict either Air Italy (IG, Milan Malpensa) or Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) from flying to the country, contradicting an earlier campaign by the Big Three legacy US airlines.

"Should the US breach the US-Qatar agreement by restricting Qatar Airways’ rights into the US, or the US-EU agreement by restricting Air Italy flights, we can expect to see a rapid unraveling of hard-fought aviation rights around...

Transportes AĆ©reos Bolivianos seeks new-gen freighterch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.04.2019 - 04:07 UTC

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China's Donghai to introduce Quang Ninh int'l link

18.04.2019 - 03:05 UTC

Donghai Airlines (DZ, Shenzhen) has announced plans to launch 2x weekly flights from its Shenzhen base to Quang Ninh, Vietnam, becoming the first international carrier to offer flights to the recently opened Van Don International airport.

The new service will operate using B737-800s and will initially be offered 2x weekly.

The airport serving the Ha Long region in Northern Vietnam was opened to scheduled traffic on December 30, 2018, and currently sees flights to Ho Chi Minh City exclusively....

Canada's WestJet mulls merging mainline, Encore MROs

18.04.2019 - 02:02 UTC

WestJet (WS, Calgary) is considering merging the maintenance units of the mainline unit and regional subsidiary WestJet Encore (WR, Calgary), Flightglobal has reported.

The airline appointed Seabury Consulting to analyse the potential benefits of such a move.

Meanwhile, MRO Network has reported that the airline reactivated eight B737NGs previously slated for cabin refurbishment to mitigate the effects of the B737-8 grounding. The Canadian carrier currently plans to resume cabin upgrades of the...

Russia's UTair, IrAero fight over SSJs duesch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.04.2019 - 00:59 UTC

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Gov't extends deadline for Air India ground handler sale

17.04.2019 - 23:57 UTC

The Indian government extended the deadline for submitting bids for Air India's ground handling subsidiary Air India Air Transport Services (AIATSL) by one month to May 16, 2019, The Economic Times has reported.

Last year, the government transferred AIATSL to a new special purpose vehicle, Air India Assets Holding (AIAHL). The new firm also took INR29 billion rupee (UDS418 million) debt held by the flag carrier. AIAHL has been tasked with selling AIATSL and other non-core subsidiaries of Air India in order to repay as much as possible of the...

ANA asks US gov't to force Hawaiian to continue interlining

17.04.2019 - 22:54 UTC

ANA - All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda) has asked the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to order Hawaiian Airlines (HA, Honolulu) to continue interlining with ANA "on terms at least as favorable as terms offered to JAL - Japan Airlines (JL, Tokyo Haneda)".

The Japanese carrier has voiced its concern about the proposed joint venture between Hawaiian Airlines and JAL, warning that once allowed, it could potentially significantly worsen ANA's competitive position.

"ANA is also JAL's largest...

Russian gov't to impose VAT on foreign-registered aircraftch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.04.2019 - 21:52 UTC

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Argentina's LASA to switch from E145s to E190sch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.04.2019 - 20:49 UTC

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GTLK sues Russia's Azimuth for $9.6mnch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.04.2019 - 19:46 UTC

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Polish tour operators mull move from Warsaw Chopin to Modlinch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.04.2019 - 18:44 UTC

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India's Supreme Airlines to launch Vijayawada ops

17.04.2019 - 17:41 UTC

Supreme Airlines (Jaipur) has secured permission from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to launch services from Vijayawada and will do so as soon as the restrictions imposed during the ongoing elections are lifted, The Hans India has reported.

"Supreme Airlines will operate nine-seat flights to Puttaparthi and Nagarjuna Sagar as soon as the election code of conduct is lifted. The airlines got all the necessary permissions to operate mini-flights. We are waiting for the lifting of election code of conduct," Andhra Pradesh Airports...

Uganda Airlines takes delivery of initial CRJ-900

17.04.2019 - 16:39 UTC

Uganda Airlines (Entebbe/Kampala) has taken delivery of the first two of four CRJ-900 it has on order from Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau). The aircraft, msn 15457 and 15461, have yet to actually leave Canada to be delivered to Entebbe/Kampala next week.

Earlier this month, the country's Works and Transport minister Monica Azuba Ntege told the Daily Monitor that Uganda Airlines would require up to three months to complete its certification drive. The start-up will be required to operate demonstration flights to neighbouring...