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NZ's aviation regulator hit by conflict of interest claims

34 minutes ago
New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority is facing scrutiny after its Deputy Chairman was found to have revealed information about a rival carrier to an airline in which he has a stake, reports Newsroom. Peter Griffiths, who has an interest in Great Barrier Airlines (GBA, Auckland Int'l), informed that airline about the impending grounding of competitor carrier Sunair Aviation (Tauranga) in a situation the CAA has called an 'error of judgement'.

Griffiths apologised to Sunair and has now ...

Zetta shareholders unhappy about Chapter 11; response

2 hours ago
The majority shareholders of Zetta Jet (USA) (ETA, Burbank) have released a statement claiming that the charter carrier's Chapter 11 bankruptcy application was done without their permission. Through their companies Asia Aviation Holdings and Truly Great Global, Geoffrey Cassidy and LiQi own 64% of Zetta Jet Pte Ltd of which Zetta Jet is a wholly owned subsidiary.

They claim that Zetta Jet CEO, Michael Maher, launched the bankruptcy protection proceedings without the authority of the majority ...

Air Hong Kong leasing in B767 capacity

3 hours ago

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Astana and Shymkent airports restricted during runway works

5 hours ago
Kazakhstan's Astana and Shimkent airports will run to restricted timetables while work is carried out on their respective runways.

For Astana, which serves the Kazakh capital, the airport will be closed to air traffic between 09:00 to 16:00 from September 15 to 24. Most carriers have rescheduled the flights to accommodate the scheduled closure. Astana sees approximately 120 arrivals and departures each day.

Shimkent, capital of the South Kazakhstan Region, will have restrictions in place ...

Nok Air okayed for recapitalisation after CEO resigns

6 hours ago
Nok Air (DD, Bangkok Don Mueang) has gotten the go-ahead from the board of Thai Airways International (THAI) to pursue a new recapitalisation and business plan. The Nation newspaper reports the approval comes just days after Nok Air's CEO, Patee Sarasin, left the post.

Patee has been at the helm of Nok Air since its inception in 2004. He has been facing increasing pressure to resign amid Nok Air's financial performance, but has told The Bangkok Post that his surprise decision was a personal ...

Auckland, New Zealand ops disrupted over fuel shortages

7 hours ago
Auckland Int'l Airport has warned of severe flight delays and cancellations following the closure of a fuel delivery pipeline this past weekend.

The airfield said in a statement that Refining New Zealand, which owns the Marsden Point fuel refinery, closed the pipeline to allow for repairs to a damaged section. The refinery supplies refined petroleum products to Wiri Oil Services Ltd in Auckland, which in turns supplies airlines with aviation fuel at the airport.

"Oil companies are ...

Ryanair to cut domestic Polish routes from Warsaw

9 hours ago

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Libya's Global Aviation to lease an A300 freighter

10 hours ago
Global Aviation (Libya) (5S, Tripoli Mitiga) will shortly wet-lease an A300C4 freighter from Moldova's Air Stork (MSB, Chisinau). According to Skyliner Aviation, ER-ABE (msn 212) has already been painted in the Libyan cargo specialist's livery ahead of deployment into service.

Global Aviation and Service Group (GASG) is a privately owned airline. It was founded in 2003 and acquired its first Air Operator Certificate (AOC) on January 4, 2006, permitting it to operate as an international cargo ...

Iran's ATA Airlines acquires a maiden B737-500

12 hours ago
ATA Airlines (Iran) (TBZ, Tabriz) has acquired a B737-500 from Ukrainian ACMI/charter operator Khors Aircompany (KHO, Kiev Boryspil). According to Skyliner Aviation, UR-CPJ (msn 28927) was sold to the Iranian carrier as EP-TAG having formerly been in service for ATA on a wet-lease contract.

As it stands, ATA's owned fleet consists of three A320-200s, one B737-300, and six MD-83s. It also wet-leases two more MD-83s from Bukovyna Airlines (BKV, Chernivtsi) as well as two B737-300s and a ...

Spain's CanaryFly switches ATR72 capacity providers

13 hours ago
CanaryFly (PM, Las Palmas) has switched ATR72 ACMI operators following the return of OY-RUG (msn 509) to DAT - Danish Air Transport (DX, Kolding) last week.

Skyliner Aviation reports the turboprop has since been replaced with ATR72-500 EC-MIY (msn 498) which is operated by Swiftair (WT, Madrid Barajas).

CanaryFly also operates three in-house ATR72-500s on scheduled passenger flights among the Canary Islands.

United schedules final B747 commercial service for mid-4Q17

15 hours ago
United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) has confirmed it will end scheduled B747-400 operations on Sunday, October 29 with its last service set as UA892 Seoul Incheon-San Francisco, CA.

The carrier said in a statement the service would then be followed by a one-off farewell flight on Tuesday, November 7, - UA747 San Francisco, CA-Honolulu.

Aside from scheduled passenger flights, United also uses its remaining fleet of thirteen B747-400s to conduct military charters for and on behalf of the ...

Russia's Transaero delisted following bankruptcy ruling

16 hours ago

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China's Colorful Guizhou Airlines inks EMB-190 lease deal

17 hours ago

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Zetta Jet enters Chapter 11 after MD fraud scandal

19 hours ago
US charter specialist Zetta Jet (USA) (ETA, Burbank) and its parent company Zetta Jet PTE Ltd have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the Central District of California, LA division. In a press release, Zetta says that it needs to restructure its debt following the discovery that former Managing Director, Geoffrey Cassidy, had committed fraudulent acts, including the misappropriation of company funds.

The airline has also filed a lawsuit against Cassidy, and has appointed Michael ...

Ethiopian nearing early JV deal for new Zambian carrier

20 hours ago
Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) is set to tighten its stranglehold on the Southern African market following comments by CEO Tewolde Gebremariam that a deal with the Zambian government over its Zambia Airways (Lusaka) project could be reached in the coming weeks.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Gebremariam said the tentative joint-venture carrier would feature the Zambian government and private-equity investors as additional shareholders. The signing of an outline plan in the coming ...

South Korea's FlyYangYang inks B737 deal

22 hours ago

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Monarch considering return to longhaul ops

Monarch Airlines (ZB, London Luton) is considering shifting its focus to the longhaul market as part of a massive restructuring of the UK leisure carrier's operations.

According to Sky News, over the past several months, Monarch and KPMG have been looking at various options which include the sale or restructuring of its short-haul services through a joint venture or feeder deal with another airline.

Sources told the UK television channel that Monarch had wanted to wrap up a potential deal ...

Frontier fined $1.5 million for Denver tarmac delays

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) USD1.5 million for lengthy tarmac delays following a snowstorm in Denver Int'l last December. Of the total fine, the DOT has waived USD900,000 because of compensation already paid by the airline to passengers.

Under DOT regulations, aircraft with more than 30 passenger seats are not permitted to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours without allowing passengers to deplane, except where it is ...

Horizon Airlines exits Colorado Springs over pilot shortage

Horizon Air (QX, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) - operating for Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) - will cancel its 1x daily Seattle service from Colorado Springs due to a pilot shortage. The service is expected to end on November 4, the airport has announced.

Horizon's operations have been severely hampered this year by a lack of qualified pilots for its fleet of fifty-two Dash 8-400s and ten EMB-175s. Portland Int'l, OR and Seattle Tacoma Int'l services were reduced in July following the ...

Azul executes new post-IPO shareholders agreement

Following its initial public offering (IPO) in April this year, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Campinas Viracopos) has now executed a new shareholder's agreement among majority holders David Gary Neeleman, Trip Participações S.A., Trip Investimentos Ltda., Rio Novo Locações Ltda., CALFINCO, Inc. and Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd.

Launched in 2008 by jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) founder David Neeleman, Azul had made repeated attempts to go public since 2013. It finally succeeded earlier ...

Switzerland's SkyWork to suspend Do328 ops in late 1Q18


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Air Canada, pilot corps reach deal on rouge scope changes

Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) is set to expand its low-cost unit Air Canada rouge's fleet after successfully negotiating amendments to an existing 2014 ten-year labour agreement with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA).

Established in 2012, Air Canada rouge (RV, Toronto Pearson) was originally limited to a fleet of fifty aircraft split evenly between the B767 and A320 Family of jets. At present, it operates twenty-four B767-300(ER)s, twenty A319-100s ...

DOT dismisses Avatar Airlines' licencing request

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced it has dismissed an application filed by Avatar Airlines (Las Vegas McCarran) for permission to operate scheduled interstate flights.

Having failed to secure the same authority back in 1993 under its then name Family Airlines (Las Vegas McCarran), Avatar Airlines filed a renewed application in 2008 for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to conduct scheduled, interstate flights ferrying persons, property, and mail.

At ...

Air Berlin tallies bids; at least 1 received for Belair unit

Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has confirmed that at least one proposal has been made for its Belair Airlines (4T, Zurich) unit following the passing of a September 15 deadline for the submission of bids.

The notice was contained in an internal company memo seen by the Nordwestschweiz newspaper. The bid will be considered during an upcoming creditors' meeting scheduled for September 21. During the meeting, the fate of the bankrupt carrier and its various assets will be decided.

According ...

Colombia's EasyFly adds maiden ATR42-600

Easyfly (Colombia) (VE, Bogotá) has added its first of two ATR42-600s after HK-5236 (msn 1002) was positioned to Bogotá from Toulouse Blagnac last week.

According to an airline statement, the turboprop will be followed by sistership HK-5237 (msn 1005) in the next few days. Together, they will be deployed to the southwest of Colombia to serve Cali, Pasto, Tumaco, and Acandí.

EasyFly is an existing Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) operator employing five ATR42-500s alongside ...