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Gulf Air Group Holding ups stake in Bahrain Airport to 44%

22.01.2020 - 04:10 UTC

Gulf Air Group Holding Company, founded in 2010 to consolidate the aviation assets of Mumtalakat, Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund, has increased its shareholding in Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) to 44%.

The move coincides with a concession agreement that will see BAS continue its role at Bahrain Int'l Airport’s new passenger terminal until 2034. This complements a previous contract signed during the 2018 Bahrain International Airshow. The terminal is due to open in the first quarter of 2020.


San Marino's Sorens Aero adds first A320neo(ACJ)ch-aviation PRO exclusive

22.01.2020 - 03:04 UTC

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SAA curtails ops as gov't scrambles to find R2bn

22.01.2020 - 01:59 UTC

South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has been forced to cancel select flights between Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, Cape Town, and Durban King Shaka locally and to Munich internationally over the period January 20 to 24 as the government scrambles to find ways to inject ZAR2 billion rand (USD137 million) in funding into the embattled national carrier.

“These decisions are in line with SAA’s usual policy of reviewing flights and consolidating services with low demand. Furthermore, during the current process...

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Slovakia's Air Explore to add first A320 in late 1Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

22.01.2020 - 00:53 UTC

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Transavia France secures ex-Aigle Azur rightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

21.01.2020 - 23:48 UTC

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Air India Airbus grounded at Vadodara over tax dues

21.01.2020 - 22:42 UTC

An Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) jet has been grounded at Vadodara airport since late last year as a Goods and Services Tax (GST) overhang has prevented the debt-ridden carrier from importing a spare engine from Delhi Int'l, The Times of India has reported.

According to Indian law, shipments exceeding INR50,000 (USD700) in value require an e-way bill, which can only be issued to firms without tax debts. Air India's GST backlog is said to stand at around INR1 billion rupees (USD14 million).


Kazakh CAA extends suspension of Bek Air's AOC indefinitely

21.01.2020 - 21:37 UTC

The Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan (AAK) has extended until further notice, the suspension of Bek Air's Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) after a post-crash audit revealed multiple problems with the airline's safety and maintenance procedures.

According to an AAK statement, the audit revealed that Bek Air did not keep proper maintenance logbooks and often transferred parts between aircraft without properly recording the changes. The practice, which made it virtually impossible to track each part's hours and cycles, implied the...

Court orders HK Airlines to pay $27mn ALAFCO debtch-aviation PRO exclusive

21.01.2020 - 20:31 UTC

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Portugália Airlines plans to offer charter capacitych-aviation PRO exclusive

21.01.2020 - 19:26 UTC

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Nigeria's Med-View Airline threatened with liquidation

21.01.2020 - 18:21 UTC

Asharami Synergy has filed a petition at the Federal High Court in Lagos for the liquidation of Med-View Airline (VL, Kano) over its perceived inability to pay debts totalling NGN43.5 million naira (USD120,000), The Independent newspaper reported.

The Lagos-based oil and gas company alleged it supplied Med-View with fuel between January 2018 and August 2018 reaching this amount. The petitioner said it made various demands for payment after August 31, 2018, but to no avail. This included a meeting between the two parties where the carrier...

UK's flybe secures £9mn from Stobart; Ryanair complains

21.01.2020 - 14:44 UTC

Stobart Group, one of the owners of the Connect Airways consortium which acquired the assets of flybe. (BE, Exeter) last year, has committed to providing the UK regional airline with further short-term funding of up to GBP9 million (USD11.7 million), according to a statement to its investors. The shareholder life support money for the ailing carrier comes as Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael O'Leary threatens to take the UK government to court over its Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax...

UK's flybe. to return Newquay-London flight to Gatwick

21.01.2020 - 12:41 UTC

flybe. (BE, Exeter) has announced it will move its Newquay to London service from London Heathrow back to London Gatwick from March 29. In a related network planning move, the airline has also announced it will commence flights from Heathrow to Düsseldorf Int'l, presumably using some of the slots vacated by the 4x daily flight to Newquay, according to a report in the UK newspaper The Telegraph.

Both decisions have been made because flybe. is now free to use the slots on services to short-haul international...

Denmark's Global Reach, Copenhagen AirTaxi to share AOCch-aviation PRO exclusive

21.01.2020 - 11:46 UTC

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Emirates adds tech stops on select US flights

21.01.2020 - 10:50 UTC

Owing to flight path deviations being made on flights through the tension-filled Middle East, Iran in particular, Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) has been forced to make unplanned fuel stops on some of its longer US sectors, ch-aviation analysis of Flightradar24 ADS-B data has revealed. Despite these revised flight paths and technical stops, which have already been built into the airline's schedules, the UAE-based carrier has continued to serve Tehran Imam Khomeini daily.

The first Emirates flight to be...

Israeli court approves cargo cartel class action suitch-aviation PRO exclusive

21.01.2020 - 09:55 UTC

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LOT Polish Airlines ends B737 Classic operationsch-aviation PRO exclusive

21.01.2020 - 09:00 UTC

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Alitalia mulls smaller fleet and a thousand layoffsch-aviation PRO exclusive

21.01.2020 - 08:04 UTC

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interCaribbean Airways adds ATR, to restart Twin Otter opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

21.01.2020 - 07:09 UTC

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Air Algérie to expand northern Algerian network from 2Q20

21.01.2020 - 06:13 UTC

Air Algérie (AH, Algiers) will start regular flights to the northern Algerian towns of Boussada, Tiaret, El Bayadh, and Mechria later this summer, ch-aviation schedule analysis has revealed.

The Algerian flag carrier will serve Boussada 2x weekly from Algiers as an intermediate point on its existing flights to Laghouat and Touggourt (weekly each). Direct services from the capital to Tiaret will operate 2x weekly while flights to El Bayadh and Mechria will operate 1x weekly each from Oran Ahmed Ben...

UK's Titan Airways selects A321neo(LR) for B757 replacement

21.01.2020 - 05:18 UTC

Titan Airways (ZT, London Stansted) has announced that it will take delivery of two A321-200neo(LR)s later this year to replace its ageing B757-200s.

"The brand new aircraft are scheduled for delivery in late summer and will enter revenue service in the autumn, following custom outfitting by Airbus Corporate Jets for maximum passenger comfort in a variety of cabin configurations," the British charter ACMI/specialist said in a statement.

To reflect Titan's broad range of customers, the aircraft will be...

Switzerland's flyBAIR to launch despite missing funding goalch-aviation PRO exclusive

21.01.2020 - 04:23 UTC

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Russia's Transaero seeks Ilyushin Finance's bankruptcych-aviation PRO exclusive

21.01.2020 - 03:27 UTC

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KLM buys Jet Airways' Dutch assets, including stranded B777

21.01.2020 - 02:32 UTC

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam Schiphol) has agreed to acquire the Dutch assets of bankrupt Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l), including a B777-300(ER) seized at Amsterdam Schiphol over unpaid debts, as well as slots at the airport.

"[Jet Airways] and a Dutch Trustee entered into a conditional sale & purchase agreement with Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V., on January 13, 2020, for the proposed resolution of business activities of the Company in the Netherlands as approved by the Committee of Creditors. The proposed...

Air India to transfer B747s to Alliance Air - report

21.01.2020 - 01:37 UTC

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) will likely transfer the ownership of four B747-400s, used for VIP transport, to its wholly-owned subsidiary Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) as a part of the state-owned carrier's ongoing privatisation process, CNBC TV18 has reported citing unnamed sources.

While the aircraft will be formally transferred to Alliance Air, Air India will continue to operate them until they are replaced by newer B777-300(ER)s, procured by the government, which are expected to deliver by...

Bahrain's Gulf Air confirms first A321neo due in 2Q20

21.01.2020 - 00:41 UTC

Gulf Air (GF, Bahrain Int'l) has confirmed it will take delivery of its first A321-200neo in June this year, as the initial schedule for the new variant becomes clearer. One destination from Bahrain Int'l which will feature the new type will be the new 2x weekly service to Nice, that will be launched on July 2 using the 166-seat aircraft, according to a press release issued by the airline on January 15.

The Bahraini airline has eight A321neo and nine A321neo(XLR)s on order from Airbus, according...