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Cathay Pacific denies reports of merger with Cathay Dragon


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Nigeria's Air Peace seeks gov't help over foreign access

Allen Onyema, the chairman of Nigerian carrier Air Peace (P4, Lagos), has berated the governments of neighbouring West African states for their unwillingness to grant Nigerian airlines access to their markets.

Speaking in Lagos this week, The Daily Trust newspaper says Onyema called on the Nigerian government to protect the country's airlines as it was in the national interest to assist them in branching into new markets.

“Nigeria gave us right to fly into many African countries but we ...

China's Air Guilin adds maiden A320

Air Guilin (GT, Guilin) has taken delivery of its maiden A320-200 following the arrival of ex-TransAsia Airways (GE, Taipei Sung Shan) machine B-8663 (msn 7356) at Guilin on Tuesday, April 25.

A Guilin local government statement issued to mark the occasion says a further two of the type will arrive by the end of June. As it stands, B-8663 will be used to connect Guilin to each of Jinan, Yangzhou, Xuzhou, and Kaili.

Air Guilin's fleet also includes three A319-100s leased from ...
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Eritrean Airlines leasing a B737-500

Eritrean Airlines (B8, Asmara) has wet-leased a B737-500 from Egyptian ACMI/charter operator Alexandria Airlines (KHH, Cairo Int'l). Skyliner Aviation reports JY-JAI (msn 26438), which is itself leased by Alexandria Airlines from Jordan Aviation (R5, Amman Queen Alia), was positioned from Cairo Int'l to Asmara last week.

With its only owned aircraft, a B767-200(ER), is currently in storage, Eritrean Airlines has been forced to rely on leased capacity. Prior to the B737-500 arriving, it had ...

Malaysia Airlines eyes Alitalia widebody leases

Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has offered to lease up to eight widebody jets from Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) the Malaysian carrier's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Bellew has said.

Speaking to Reuters this week, Bellew said Malaysia Airlines wants to lease as many as eight A330-200s or B777-200(ER)s for use from 2018 and possibly a further nine from 2019. As it stands, Malaysia Airlines expects to finalize most of those leases in the next four to six weeks, he said. ...

Cubana curtails An-158 operations


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Eastern Air Logistics to pursue mixed ownership


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St. Maarten's Winair seeks jet equipment for regional ops


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Qantas London – Perth route to go on sale this week

Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) is expected to officially launch its London HeathrowPerth Int'l route this week, with tickets to go on sale for the March 2018 flights.

The Independent speculates that the flight will depart Heathrow at 10am, arriving at Perth at midday the following day, before continuing on to Melbourne Tullamarine. Connecting flights from Perth's to-be-upgraded domestic terminal will carry passengers to other cities on Australia's east coast.

The 14,498 kilometre ...

Delta, American, Southwest apply for Cuba frequencies

Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines have joined jetBlue Airways in applying to use the Havana Int'l, Cuba frequencies set to be relinquished by Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines. The two Ultra Low-Cost Carriers (ULCC) have already confirmed their impending withdrawal from the Cuban market later this quarter citing insufficient demand.

In its application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT), Delta requested one daily US-Havana frequency for use in expanding ...

Louisiana's GLO files for Chapter 11; to continue ops

GLO (VTE, New Orleans Int'l) has filed for US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection citing at least twenty unsecured creditors the airline owes more than USD3 million.

Documents lodged with a US Federal bankruptcy court in New Orleans on Sunday, April 24, show the decision to file for bankruptcy came after operating carrier Corporate Flight Management (LF, Smyrna) threatened to terminate its contract with GLO from Thursday, April 27, onwards citing USD350,000 in unpaid invoices dating back to ...

Air Koryo diversifies revenue streams as isolation grows

Air Koryo (JS, Pyongyang) has begun diversifying its revenue streams as North Korea's international isolation continues to grow amid rapidly deteriorating relations with Washington, Seoul, Tokyo, and even longtime ally, Beijing.

According to Reuters, to help offset the impact of United Nations-backed economic sanctions, imposed in the wake of the reclusive state's recent missile and nuclear tests, Air Koryo has now ventured into the retail market. The state-owned carrier reportedly has its ...

IAG invests in travel tech start-ups, plans more

IAG International Airlines Group - which owns British Airways and Iberia - has announced that it has invested in two travel technology start-ups, following its first in-house accelerator program "Hangar 51". Of five companies which participated in Hangar 51, Esplorio and Vchain have been selected for further investment.

According to its website, Esplorio is an app which records and shares travel experiences by connecting to users' social media accounts and collating information.

VChain ...

Russia's Nordavia confirms rebrand as SmartAvia, new livery

Nordavia (5N, Arkhangelsk) has confirmed to Russian news site Vedemosti that it will change its name to SmartAvia (5N, Arkhangelsk) from the end of October. It also unveiled plans for a new livery.

On the name, Nordavia owner Sergei Kuznetsov says it will help the company to position itself in the market. "The brand reflects the message of passengers; we want to ensure that our services are smart," he is reported as saying.

The airline is also hoping that by removing 'north' from its ...

Spain's Globalia fined $33 million for subsidy fraud


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Russian Tax Service files bankruptcy suit against MetroJet


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flydubai eyes B737 MAX debut in 3Q17


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South Korea's Jin Air outlines post-IPO growth plans


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Security shortage curbs Israeli carriers' growth plans


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Carlsbad, CA set to resume scheduled traffic in late 2Q17

Great Lakes Airlines (ZK, Cheyenne) is in talks over the start of start of scheduled passenger flights out of Carlsbad, CA McClellan Palomar airport.

KBPS TV news quotes airport manager Olivier Brackett as saying Great Lakes Airlines could start commercial flights to Los Angeles Int'l as soon as June. United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare), the airfield's last large scale commercial carrier, last served Palomar using SkyWest Airlines (USA) (OO, Salt Lake City) in 2015. The airfield's allure is ...

South Africa's Airlink adds maiden EMB-190

Airlink (South Africa) (4Z, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has taken delivery of its maiden EMB-190 following the arrival of N193NC (msn 19000193) in South Africa earlier this week.

The twinjet, formerly VH-ZPF with Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l), was positioned to South Africa from Nashville Int'l via each of Bangor, Reykjavik Keflavik, Skopje, Aswan, and Entebbe/Kampala Skyliner Aviation reports.

The aircraft is one of two contracted through Nordic Aviation Capital as part of the ...

France's XL Airways considers fleet renewal options


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Air Malta to resume African operations in late-2Q17

Air Malta (KM, Malta) has announced it will resume scheduled passenger services to North Africa towards the end of the current quarter of the year.

In a statement, Air Malta said flights to Tunis, Tunisia, would start from June 26, 2017 onwards.

“We have been following the situation in North Africa every day," Paul Sies, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer, said. "Now that the situation in Tunisia has stabilised, we want to be amongst the first airlines to connect Europe with the country ...

China Southern orders twenty A350-900s

China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) has announced it has signed a firm order agreement with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for twenty A350-900s.

A disclosure to the Shanghai Stock Exchange made on Wednesday, April 26, said that of the twenty widebody jets, six would be delivered in 2019, six in 2020, four in 2021, and four in 2022.

China Southern will fund the purchase, which is subject to Beijing's final approval, through a combination of internal company resources and commercial ...

Bahrain's Texel Air orders PEMCO B737-700P2Fs

Texel Air (XLR, Bahrain Int'l) has been named the launch customer for PEMCO's B737-700 Passenger-to-FlexCombi and Passenger-to-Freighter conversion program.

“We have also worked with PEMCO as the end customer for four previous B737-300 conversions including the current two aircraft in the Texel fleet," George Chisholm, the CEO of the Bahrain-based logistics specialist's parent firm, Chisholm Enterprises said in a statement. "We have benefited from the trouble-free PEMCO cargo system since ...