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Ryanair, LOT in legal battles over Warsaw airports expansion

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Norway to tender for electric flights, launch by 2025

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Norway is planning to launch a tender for the first commercial route operated with an electric-powered aircraft in the near future and hopes to launch such a service by 2025, the head of the country's airports' operator told AFP last week.

Avinor, the publicly-owned agency operating most of Norway's airports, is eyeing a short-haul service operated with a 19-seat aircraft as the maiden fully electric passenger operation. Eventually, Norway plans to completely phase-out fossil-powered ...

Wizz Air to close Prague base in late 2Q18

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Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) will close its base at Prague effective June 14, 2018, coinciding with the opening of a new base at Vienna on the same day.

The LCC currently bases one of its A320s out of Prague.

The carrier will also cut its network from the Czech capital from the current eight routes to only three by mid-June. Routes from the Czech gateway to Milan Bergamo, Naples Int'l, Reykjavik Keflavik, Venice Treviso, and Eilat Ovda Int'l will be terminated. The airline will continue to ...
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Niki Lauda to retake Niki as creditors reject IAG bid

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Niki Lauda, the company's founder, will retake ownership of Niki (HG, Vienna) after a surprising decision by the airline's creditors committee on January 23, Kurier reported.

The Austrian-appointed administrator Ulla Reisch together with her German counterpart Lucas Flöther announced the decision in a joint statement, overturning the takeover deal signed between the airberlin group bankruptcy administrators and IAG International Airlines Group at the end of December.

"From a transparent ...

Delta set to grow at Salt Lake City

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Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) declared its readiness last week to cover some of the expansion costs of Salt Lake City airport in return for a 10-year extension of its lease at the terminal in a sign of long-term commitment to the base, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The airline is reportedly willing to cover any shortfall in interest payments of the USD1 billion bond the airport operator issued to fund the expansion, worth USD3.6 billion in total.

If finalised, the ...

Taliban attack claims Kam Air expat crew lives; suspends ops

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Kam Air (RQ, Kabul) has partially suspended operations after nine of its crew were shot dead during a Taliban attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in the in Bagh-e-Bala area of Kabul this past weekend that killed over twenty people.

The Afghan carrier's chief executive, Samadi Osman Samadi, told Deutsche Welle on Monday that 40 Kam Air staff were present in the hotel at the time the attack took place, many of them crew.

"Of the employees that were crew, nine of them were killed, including ...

China's XAC secures orders for two MA-60s for Angola

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Bahrain's Gulf Air to start B787 ops in 2Q18

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Endeavor Air to start CRJ-700 ops for Delta in late 1Q18

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Krasnoyarsk Krai mulls KrasAvia, local airports merger

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Qatar Airways offered 25% stake in a US airline

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Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) has been offered a 25% share in an unnamed United States-based start-up airline, CEO Akbar al Baker said during a press conference in Kuwait.

He did not specify any details regarding the airline nor did he confirm if Qatar Airways is at all interested in taking up the offer. The only thing which has been revealed is that the start-up is a privately held company.

According to a Reuters report, Al Baker also said he believes that the Qatari government, ...

San Vicente del Caguán, Colombia, resumes scheduled pax ops

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Ryanair mulls four French bases by 2020

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Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) is in talks with French regional airports and may open up to four bases in the country by 2020, with the first one potentially operational already in winter 2018/2019, Chief Commercial Officer David O'Brien said during a press conference in Paris.

The move follows a recent change in the low-cost carrier's employment policy as it recognised trade unions at the end of 2017, following a pilot shortage in autumn. Ryanair is also talking to the French pilot union SNPL ...

Russia's S7 Holdings boosts control over S7 Airlines

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Alitalia starts courting Air France-KLM - report

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Air France-KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has engaged Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) in early exploratory talks, sources close to the discussions have told the official ANSA news agency.

According to the report, the negotiations kicked off in Paris on Thursday, January 18. The Franco Dutch carrier, which was Alitalia's leading shareholder with a 25% stake back in 2013, was granted access to the bankrupt Italian carrier's data room "so that it may have access to information it did not previously ...

Angola holding $500mn+ worth of unpaid remittances - IATA

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Angola is withholding over USD500 million worth of unremitted ticket sales from foreign carriers IATA Director General, Alexandre de Juniac, has said.

Speaking during a visit to Luanda for Aviation Day last week, de Juniac said the organization had engaged the Angolan central bank to help deal with the backlog.

"To protect aviation's economic benefits, the government must categorize aviation among the high priority industry sectors and ensure that the accumulated backlog of funds, some ...

Air Arabia Egypt set for European debut in mid-2Q18

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Air Arabia Egypt (E5, Alexandria Borg el Arab) will make its European debut during the second quarter of this year with 2x weekly flights between Alexandria Borg el Arab and Milan Bergamo, Italy. According to an airline press communique, the service will start on May 4.

"The launch of this service from our hub in Alexandria marks a new chapter in the growth of travel demand in Egypt," Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, said. "This venture into Milan strengthens our commitment to ...

American to expand Shuttle service to Chicago from 2Q18

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American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) is set to expand its metropolitan shuttle service to include Chicago. The carrier said in a press release that effective April 4, 2018, it would run fifteen flights each weekday between New York La Guardia and Chicago O'Hare. Operations are onboard B737-800 equipment. Given the flights are aimed at the business segment, complimentary beer and wine will be served in the Main Cabin.

“When you fly frequently for work, anything that can make the regular ...

Albawings to add maiden B737-400

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Libyan Wings eyes A320 capacity as demand soars

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Libyan Wings (YL, Tripoli Mitiga) is planning to either lease or purchase an A320 to add to its existing fleet of two A319-100s. Speaking to Arabian Aerospace, CEO Edgardo Badiali said despite the loads it has been seeing, Libyan Wings would also take an A319 or an A321. The latter type would be suitable for religious tourism traffic to Saudi Arabia, among other uses.

“In some ways, an A321 would be ideal, but we prefer to be a little more conservative – despite the load factors we’re ...

Surf Air Europe to offer St. Moritz flights through 1Q18

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Surf Air Europe (FLJ, London Luton) has announced it has partnered Swiss business aviation deal facilitators STM Aircraft to offer limited winter-only flights between London City and the Alpine resort town of St. Moritz.

The 2x weekly flights, which will operate from mid-January through to April 1, will operate on-board eight-seater executive jets.

The Surf Air (AN, Santa Monica) unit also operates from London City to Zurich and Cannes Mandelieu with plans to add Munich, Milan, Ibiza, ...

China's Lucky Air to develop Kunming hub ops from 2Q18

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Tripoli Mitiga, Libya reopens to commercial traffic

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New Delhi to spin off Air India into 4 units ahead of sale

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The Indian government will spin off four of Air India Ltd.'s subsidiaries into separate companies ahead of the sale of a 51% stake in each of them.

Junior Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha told Bloomberg last week that as per previous reports, Air India and Air India Express will be combined into one company while domestic carrier Alliance Air (India) will occupy another entity. Groundhandling firm Air India Air Transport Service Ltd (AIATSL) and MRO unit, Air India Engineering Services Ltd ...

China's JD.com partners Air China Cargo in strategic JV

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