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Montenegro Airlines to serve Germany from Tivat

18NOV2017
Montenegro Airlines (YM, Podgorica) will launch two new routes between Tivat and Germany in May 2018 in cooperation with FTI Group tour operator.

The Montenegrin carrier will operate from the country's main seaside resort to Leipzig/Halle and Munich. Both routes will be served 2x weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from May 3 through October 27, the tour operator announced.

FTI Group will also purchase capacity on Montenegro Airlines services from Podgorica, the country capital, to ...

Russian tour operator claims RUB30 million from VIM AIrlines

18NOV2017

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David Neeleman acquires 32% stake in France's Aigle Azur

18NOV2017
French conglomerate Weaving Group has announced it has sold its 32% stake in Aigle Azur (ZI, Paris Orly) to US aviation entrepreneur, David Neeleman, for an undisclosed sum.

"Our requirement in the selection of the new partner was twofold: on the one hand, to give the company new ways to start a new chapter in its history, and on the other hand, to entrust it to a new shareholder who knows the sector and who will be able to sustain the business. These conditions have now been met," the ...
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Vueling gets EUR900,000 for Asturias-London flights

18NOV2017
Vueling Airlines (VY, Barcelona El Prat) has received a EUR900,000 (USD1.06 million) contract for Asturias-London Gatwick services from the local Spanish government.

According to the tender documentation made public in the European Union database on November 11, 2017, the contract with the Spanish low-cost carrier was awarded on October 1, 2016 and is valid for 24 months. The total value is split into EUR83.333 in 2016, EUR500.000 in 2017 and EUR416.667 in 2018.

The carrier is tasked with ...

TUI Group attempts to find buyers for Corsair

17NOV2017

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Embraer in talks with Middle Eastern carriers

17NOV2017
Embraer (São José dos Campos) is talking to Middle Eastern carriers regarding orders for jets which could be used on regional routes, manufacturer's CEO John Slattery told The National.

"I believe we’re at the point where those airlines could consider more cost-effective intra-regional feed for the wide-bodies, and we are essentially creating an origin and destination market for the region," Slattery told the major English-language newspaper in the UAE.

According to him, regional jets ...

China's Tianjin Cargo Airlines eyes early 2018 launch

17NOV2017

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Ex-CEO of Polish 4YOU Airlines indicted for fraud

17NOV2017

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Thomas Cook Airlines UK concludes Boeing widebody ops

17NOV2017

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Alitalia admins start talks with Lufthansa over low-ball bid

17NOV2017

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Air Santo Domingo eyes US flights

17NOV2017
Air Santo Domingo (SDO, Santo Domingo La Isabela) has announced plans to start scheduled and chartered commercial flights to the United States.

In its application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a renewal of exemption authority, the resurgent Dominican carrier said it aimed to offer scheduled flights from the Caribbean island to Miami and New York in the United States as well as Puerto Rico. It also aims to offer Part 212-compliant charters to the US.

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Nairobi aims to find investor for Kenya Airways beyond 2027

17NOV2017
The Kenyan government has signalled its intention to handover Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) to a strategic investor once it has completed a ten-year stint at the helm of the carrier.

As part of a debt-to-equity plan, the state recently acquired an additional 19.1% of the ordinary voting shares in Kenya Airways' share capital resulting in its overall stake in the airline rising from 29.8% to 48.9%.

Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury, Henry Rotich, said in a ...

UTair to expand regional network in Western Siberia

17NOV2017

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Sudan Airways outlines A300 deployment plans

17NOV2017

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Bolivia's Amaszonas adds turboprops once more

17NOV2017

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Wizz Air denies BoraJet equity purchase reports

17NOV2017

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Alaska Airlines joins Cuba exodus in 1Q18

17NOV2017
Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) has joined the growing list of US carriers withdrawing from the Cuban market citing a lack of demand as well as recent changes in rules governing the condition under which US citizens can visit Cuba.

In a statement, Alaska Airlines said it will end its daily Los Angeles Int'l-Havana Int'l service on January 22. adding that the B737-800 used would be redeployed to markets with higher demand.

"About 80% of Alaska's flyers to Havana visited under a ...

Aer Lingus boss dispels notion of Oneworld return in 2018

17NOV2017
Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) has no plans to rejoin the Oneworld alliance Chief Executive Officer Stephen Kavanagh has said.

Speaking to The Irish Independent, Kavanagh said that even if there were such designs, the Irish carrier would "still have to do the business case for joining" the alliance.

Earlier this year, Willie Walsh, the CEO of the carrier's parent, IAG International Airlines Group, said that 2018 would see the likely return of Aer Lingus to Oneworld.

However, he did ...

Venezuelan regulator suspends Estelar Latinoamerica's AOC

17NOV2017

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Russian authorities seeking an investor for Pskovavia

16NOV2017

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Ukraine's Dniproavia declared bankrupt

16NOV2017

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ExecuJet to transfer Dubai FBO, MRO ops

16NOV2017
ExecuJet Middle East (EJO, Dubai World Central) has unveiled plans to relocate its Dubai FBO and MRO operations to a single facility located at Dubai World Central.

The Luxaviation Group unit said in a statement construction of the facility is due to commence early next year with an estimated completion date set for the end of 2019, in time for the start of Dubai Expo 2020.

"The brand new 25,700sqm facility will be ExecuJet's regional HQ for the Middle East, home to an FBO, MRO services ...

Tajikistan's Somon Air to acquire a B787, eyes US flights

16NOV2017
Somon Air (SZ, Dushanbe) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for the acquisition of one B787-8. According to a joint statement, the widebody jet will be delivered during the first quarter of 2018.

Somon Air is a privately-owned Tajik carrier. It currently operates two B737-300s, two B737-800s, and two B737-900(ER)s on scheduled passenger flights throughout Tajikistan as well as to Russia, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates ...

Kazakhstan's SCAT orders 6+5 B737 MAX 8s

16NOV2017
SCAT Airlines (DV, Shimkent) has signed a firm order agreement with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for six B737 MAX 8s with options for an additional five of the type.

“The 737 MAX 8 fits our network strategy as we expand our network to include destinations in Europe, Russia and the Far East,” Vladimir Denssov, President, SCAT Airlines, told a press conference during the 2017 Dubai Airshow.

Inclusive of its Sunday Airlines unit, the Kazakh carrier currently operates three B737-300s, three ...

Air Sénégal orders 2+2 A330neo

16NOV2017
Air Sénégal (Dakar) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for two A330-900neo with options for a further two. The start-up does plan to use the widebody jets, its first, to develop its medium- and long-haul network with deliveries scheduled for January 2019.

Air Sénégal is the Senegalese government's latest attempt at a national carrier following the collapse of Senegal Airlines (DN, Dakar) last year. It is expected to take ...