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AF-KLM, China Eastern sign MoU to add Virgin to JV

18.10.2019 - 20:17 UTC
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Air France-KLM and China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) to include the British carrier in an existing joint-venture on services between China and Europe.

"Scheduled to enter into force in spring 2020, the cooperation will offer customers an increased number of flights and itineraries between Europe and China, further facilitated by mutual code-sharing, as well as competitive joint commercial propositions," the Franco-Dutch holding...

Garuda Indonesia to lease two B737-800 freighters from GECAS

18.10.2019 - 16:28 UTC
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Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) has entered into a lease agreement with GECAS for two B737-800 Boeing-converted freighters (BCF).

The P2F-converted aircraft are slated to be phased in around mid-2020 and will provide additional capacity to Cargo Garuda Indonesia, the Indonesian National carrier’s strategic business unit.

At present, the carrier uses three B737-300(F)s from My Indo Airlines (2Y, Jakarta Halim).

As previously reported, Garuda intends to place eight dedicated freighters with...

IAI partners GECAS for B777-300(ER) P2F line

18.10.2019 - 15:33 UTC
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Israel Aerospace Industries (Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) has partnered GECAS for the launch of the first B777-300(ER) P2F-converted freighter line.

Under the "Big Twin" deal, IAI said GECAS had committed to 15 firm converted aircraft, with an option for 15 more. The Israeli firm will undertake the conversions itself with deliveries expected to start in 2022.

The conversion of initial aircraft is expected to take place in Tel Aviv Ben Gurion with additional conversion lines contemplated in other locations...

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Somalia's Jubba Airways resumes flight operationsch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.10.2019 - 14:37 UTC
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EASA restores Turkmenistan Airlines' TCO certificate

18.10.2019 - 13:42 UTC
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Turkmenistan Airlines (T5, Ashgabat) will resume commercial flight operations to the European Union (EU) after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) restored its Third Country Operator (TCO) certificate last week. The state-owned carrier was banned from the bloc's airspace in February this year after an EASA audit revealed serious safety concerns. Its Third Country Operator (TCO) certificate was subsequently revoked.

Lufthansa Consulting, which helped shepherd Turkmenistan Airlines through the...

Tunisia's V Fly Air starts AOC drive, outlines business planch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.10.2019 - 12:46 UTC
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Norwegian, jetBlue ink partnership LOI

18.10.2019 - 11:51 UTC
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Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) and jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) have announced the signing a Letter of Intent (LOI) for an interline agreement.

In a joint statement, the carriers said the partnership will allow customers to make a single booking for connecting flights between Europe and the Americas. The actual agreement itself will be bookable in early 2020 in time for travel during the Summer 2020 season.

The partnership will connect more than 60 US and nearly 40 Caribbean and Latin American cities to...

Ryanair to shut Hamburg base in early 1Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.10.2019 - 10:56 UTC
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Tehran court orders seizure, sale of Sahand Air jetch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.10.2019 - 10:00 UTC
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China's Tianjin Airlines to undergo shareholder changech-aviation PRO exclusive

18.10.2019 - 09:05 UTC
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Indonesia's Merpati inks partnership deals with Garuda, SOEsch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.10.2019 - 08:09 UTC
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Azul eyes joining United/Avianca/Copa JBA

18.10.2019 - 07:14 UTC
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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Sao Paulo Viracopos) is in discussions to join the proposed Latin American joint business agreement between Star Alliance member airlines United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare), Avianca (AV, Bogotá), and Copa Airlines (CM, Panamá City Tocumen Int'l), the carrier said in a statement relayed by Reuters.

No further details were available, although United from its side also mentioned adding Azul to the partnership.

"We have been working really hard with a great set of...

Garuda, Sriwijaya Air ground B737-800s due to cracks

18.10.2019 - 02:12 UTC
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Sriwijaya Air (SJ, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) and Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) have grounded two and one B737-800 respectively after inspections revealed structural cracks in the area joining the wing and the fuselage known as the "pickle fork".

The Indonesian civil aviation authority (Direktorat Jenderal Perhubungan Udara DJPU) said in a press release that inspections were conducted after the FAA issued an airworthiness directive mandating such checks. It added that out of 213 B737NGs operated in Indonesia, eight have...

UK's CargoLogicAir eyes freighter diversification

18.10.2019 - 01:28 UTC
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CargoLogicAir (P3, London Stansted) is evaluating adding freighter types other than B747s due to the tight second-hand market for the Boeing quadjets, the British cargo specialist said in a financial release distributed to industry media.

"The airline is actively working with partners to mitigate [the problems arising from a constrained market for B747s] and may also assess the merits of other aircraft types in future," it said.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, CargoLogicAir, a...

Eastern Airlines eyes scheduled ops in late 4Q19

18.10.2019 - 00:44 UTC
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Eastern Airlines (2D, Kansas City Int'l) is planning to launch scheduled passenger flights on December 5, 2019, operating from New York JFK to Guayaquil in Ecuador, subject to government approval, the carrier said in a press release.

The airline plans to operate the service 2x weekly using a B767-300(ER) equipped with 242 passenger seats, including 30 in premium class and 212 in economy. Eastern Airlines will announce exact schedules and fares shortly.

On October 11, the airline also petitioned the US...

flybe. to rebrand as Virgin Connect in 2020

18.10.2019 - 00:01 UTC
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flybe. (BE, Exeter) will rebrand as Virgin Connect following the acquisition of the regional carrier by Connect Airways, a consortium including Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow), Stobart Group, and Cyrus Capital.

"At its heart, Virgin Connect will be passionately focused on becoming Europe's most loved and successful regional airline. It will offer travel that is simple and convenient with a personal touch. Our customers will naturally expect the same exceptional travel experience as they do with other Virgin-related brands," Connect...

Air Greenland considers B787s, A330s, electric aircraftch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.10.2019 - 23:17 UTC
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LOT Polish Airlines defers Daxing launch over Trent issuesch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.10.2019 - 22:34 UTC
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India's GoAir mulls order for 200 narrow- and 20 wide-bodies

17.10.2019 - 21:50 UTC
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GoAir (G8, Mumbai Int'l) has reportedly invited Airbus and Boeing to submit bids for a total of 20 wide- and 200 narrow-body aircraft, the Business Standard has written.

Managing Director Jeh Wadia said that the LCC was planning to add one aircraft every month going forward.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, GoAir currently operates sixteen A320-200s and thirty-seven A320-200neo. The airline has a further 107 A320neo on firm order from Airbus. The LCC is in the process of replacing all its A320ceo...

Air Iceland Connect to sell one Dash 8-200, one Dash 8-400ch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.10.2019 - 16:30 UTC
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Sweden's BRA to expand internationallych-aviation PRO exclusive

17.10.2019 - 15:32 UTC
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Italy's Blue Panorama to add A330sch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.10.2019 - 14:35 UTC
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Etihad partners Air Arabia for Abu Dhabi-based LCC

17.10.2019 - 13:37 UTC
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Etihad Aviation Group has partnered Air Arabia (G9, Sharjah) in the launch of Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, an independent low-cost carrier based out of Abu Dhabi Int'l.

A statement issued on Wednesday, October 16 said the new LCC will complement Etihad Airways' services from Abu Dhabi and will cater to the growing low-cost travel market segment in the region. The new company's board of directors will consist of members nominated by Etihad and Air Arabia who will collectively steer the company’s independent strategy and business mandate....

FS, Atlantia reaffirm interest in Alitalia relaunchch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.10.2019 - 12:40 UTC
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Thai Eastar Jet to launch in late 4Q19

17.10.2019 - 11:42 UTC
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Thai Eastar Jet (ESS) is planning to launch scheduled flights on December 20, 2019, initially operating daily from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Malé, ch-aviation schedule analysis has revealed.

The Thai LCC will then add its second route, to Kaohsiung, on January 20, 2020. Flights will be onboard B737-800s equipped with 189 seats and the filed schedules indicate that the carrier will need two such aircraft as of January 20. Its first Boeing narrowbody, HS-SJB (msn 36802), is already undergoing pre-launch...

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