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India's Regional Connectivity Scheme hampered by slot crunch

The operators of Mumbai Int'l and Delhi Int'l airports may not be able to provide enough slot capacity to carriers under the government's Regional Connectivity Scheme which launched this week. The Economic Times of India reports that twenty-four slots at Delhi and twenty slots at Mumbai are needed for the RCS flights, but both airports are struggling with capacity.

In mid-March, The Times of India reported that Delhi airport will not be able to add any additional flights between 07h00L and ...

VietJetAir to launch dedicated cargo unit in 4Q17

VietJetAir (VJ, Hanoi) has established a dedicated cargo unit which has plans to begin commercial operations during the second half fo the year.

Vietjet Air Cargo Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Do Xuan Quang said he expects to commence operations in October this year using an unspecified cargo aircraft. According to Do, the bellyhold capacity onboard VietJetAir's A320/A321ceo fleet is insufficient for their needs hence the acquisition of a dedicated freighter.

“We are planning to buy or ...

Uzbekistan Airways to start inc'l B787 ops in mid-2Q17

Uzbekistan Airways (HY, Tashkent Yuzhny) has announced it will deploy its two B787-8s onto intercontinental services with effect from May 18.

The aircraft, which have been kept on regional European and Asian services since they arrived in August and November of last year, will make their longhaul debut to New York JFK via Riga on May 18. Thereafter, a statement said, they will omit the Latvian stopover with effect from July 27.

The flagship New York JFK route is currently operated 2x ...
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Belavia studying more Embraer acquisitions


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Russia's Simargl sold, rebranded


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Kenya Airways eyes own flights to US in early 2Q18

Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has formally unveiled plans to make its United States debut, using its own metal, in April 2018.

In its application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for exemption authority and a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP), the Skyteam member carrier says that prior to the launch of said service, it plans to serve the United States via a codeshare agreement with what it termed, "a duly authorized and properly supervised U.S. or foreign air ...

Russia's S7 Airlines adds maiden EMB-170

S7 Airlines (S7, Novosibirsk) has taken delivery of its maiden EMB-170 following the arrival of VQ-BBO (msn 17000013) at Moscow Domodedovo this week. The Embraer twinjet is one of seventeen the Russian carrier has agreed to lease from GECAS.

As previously reported, the fleet will be deployed to three S7 bases - Moscow Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, and St. Petersburg - with domestic Russian and regional European operations set to commence later this quarter.

Spirit Airlines scrubs A320neo deliveries in 2018

Spirit Airlines (NK, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) has confirmed it has abandoned plans to take delivery of any more A320neos until 2019.

The Ultra low-cost carrier said in an SEC filing on Friday, April 28, that of the four A320neo it had intended to take delivery of in 2018, two have been converted to A320ceo (for delivery this year) with the remaining two now deferred until 2019. The renegotiated contract was finalized during the first quarter of the year, it said.

As it stands, Spirit's ...

Haiti's Sunrise Airways to resume A320 ops in mid-2Q17


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Spain's Wamos Air to lease an A330 from AerCap

Wamos Air (EB, Madrid Barajas) has announced it has signed an agreement with AerCap for the lease of a single A330-200. According to the Dutch lessor, the Rolls-Royce-powered aircraft is fourteen-years-old and is due for delivery in June this year.

Specializing in both ACMI/charter as well as scheduled passenger flights, Wamos Air operates a fleet of seven aircraft; two A330-200s leased from Altavair and five B747-400s of which three are owned and two are leased from AerSale.

US considers banning laptops on European flights

The US Department of Homeland Security is considering extending a ban on large electronic devices in cabins to flights originating from Europe and the United Kingdom, The Guardian has reported.

The restrictions on cabin electronics were introduced in late March and currently apply to flights from Cairo Int'l, Istanbul Atatürk, Kuwait, Doha Int'l, Casablanca Int'l, Amman Queen Alia, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai Int'l and Abu Dhabi Int'l. The UK followed up with a similar directive, which applied to ...

Kenya's Jambojet to lease two Q400s from IFC

Jambojet (JM, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has signed a lease agreement with the Ilyushin Finance Co. for two Dash 8-400s. The aircraft are sourced directly from the Russian lessor's Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) order book. The first is due for delivery in May 2017 with the other due later in the year.

The budget unit of Kenya Airways specializes in scheduled passenger flights throughout Kenya with service connecting Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta with each of Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Malindi, Mombasa, ...

Lufthansa says has no interest in acquiring Alitalia


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American Airlines firms up four EMB-175 options

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has firmed up options with Embraer (São José dos Campos) for four EMB-175s. According to the US carrier, the aircraft are part of a 2013 order placed with the Brazilian manufacturer for sixty firm E175 jets alongside options for another ninety of the type. These aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in November and December of this year.

Once delivered, the aircraft may be operated by wholly-owned regional subsidiaries or leased to third-party ...

Japan's Skymark Airlines eyes 2017 int'l debut


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South Atlantic Airbridge ops at Ascension Island suspended

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MOD) has advised that it has suspended South Atlantic Airbridge operations at Ascension Island's Georgetown Wideawake airfield, due to the condition of the runway there.

The island is used as a stopover for the Royal Air Force's South Atlantic Airbridge which connects Mount Pleasant, in the Falkland Islands, with Brize Norton on the United Kingdom mainland. The flights operate using AirTanker (9L, Brize Norton) A330-200s and, according to ...

Qantas strongly opposed to cabotage in Australian market

Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) has expressed its strong opposition to the opening up of cabotage in the Australian domestic aviation market. In a statement to a government committee looking into the proposal, Qantas spokesman Andrew Parker said that the policy would be a disaster.

The Australian government is currently holding a senate committee enquiry – the Red Tape Committee – into the effects of red tape (or burdensome regulations) on Australian businesses. One of the specific topics ...

American Airlines defers A350, B787 deliveries

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced it entered into an agreement with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) on April 24 to revise the delivery schedule of the twenty-two A350-900s it currently has on order.

Whereas the carrier had previously planned to take delivery of two aircraft in 2018, five in 2019, five in 2020, five in 2021 and five in 2022 and beyond, the order has now been revised to two in 2020, five in 2021, with the remaining fifteen now due from 2022 onwards.

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flybe. to axe only intra-European route in mid-4Q17


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Germany's Azur Air revises launch plans to late 2Q17


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India's Air Carnival ceases operations during sale talks

Air Carnival (2S, Coimbatore) has ceased operations as its owners attempt to sell off the low-cost carrier, reports The Hindu Business Online. Analysis of Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows that Air Carnival's sole aircraft – ATR72-500 VT-CMA (msn 0767) – has not operated since April 5. The aircraft is leased from Elix Aviation Capital, which is apparently now trying to regain possession of it.

Promoter Coimbatore Marine College (CMC) said earlier this month that it wanted to sell its 100% stake ...

Spain's Iberia plans for 1000 staff redundancies

Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas) could lay off 1000 staff by mid-2017, reports Reuters, citing Chief Executive Officer Luis Gallego. The outcome will depend on discussions with unions in the near future. Gallego made the comments while on a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

As previously reported, Iberia recently signed an agreement with its unions allowing it to create a new low-cost long-haul carrier. The project had met with resistance from cabin crew who were concerned that the ...

jetBlue outlines fleet renewal apropos A321neo, E190 plans


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Pakistan's Shaheen Air at risk of suspension by regulator

Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has warned Shaheen Air International (NL, Karachi Int'l) that it faces suspension for failing to properly complete its Regular Public Transport documents, reports The Express Tribune. The CAA has also said that Shaheen cannot operate its planned Multan - Muscat route, due to commence this week, as it has not been approved.

The CAA additionally claims that Shaheen Air owes the regulator PKR48 million (USD4.5 million) in fees and taxes, and has reduced ...

Iran Air's plan to acquire Turkish B777 falls through


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