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LATAM Airlines Brasil to invest $40 mn in new MRO centre


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Turkish Airlines inks MOU for 20+5 A350s

Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for the proposed order of twenty A350-900s with options for an additional five of the type.

The agreement was signed during Turkish President Recep Erdoğan's official visit to France.

The chairman of Turkish Airlines' board, İlker Ayci, said in a statement the addition of the Airbus widebodies would allow the carrier to fulfil its 2023 growth targets.

"We declare ...

Sweden's NextJet wet-leases a BAe 146 from Astra Airlines


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Estonia's Nordica seeks to hive off sales, marketing unit

Nordica (EE, Tallinn Lennart Meri) intends to hive off its sales, marketing and tour operatpr departments and to partially privatise this unit in 2018, CEO Jaan Tamm said.

"Effectively, the new business would be like a travel agency, which orders flights, does the pricing and marketing, and works with customers. Ideally, the potential partner should have a profile such as this," Tamm said, quoted by the BNS newswire.

The state-owned virtual carrier will most likely only partially ...

Zambia's Mahogany Air eyes int'l ops in 1H18

Mahogany Air (Lusaka) is planning to expand its operational network to include international services, the Zambian carrier's chief executive Jim Belemu has said.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, Belemu said plans were currently underway to launch flights to each of Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta, Lubumbashi, and Dar-es-Salaam during the first half of 2018.

"Mahogany Air promises to offer even more exciting services in 2018 and beyond as we expand our operations," he ...

UK's Loganair starts fleet simplification programme

Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) chairman David Harrison has confirmed the Scottish carrier is in the process of reducing its fleet complexity as it seeks to lean down operational overheads.

Announcing a pre-tax profit of GBP3.06 million (USD4.14 million) for the year ended March 31, 2017, Harrison said the plan was still in its early stages.

According to the ch-aviation fleets module, Loganair operates twenty-seven aircraft spread across seven different types including one DHC-6-300, two ...

Jet2 to lease a Latvian A321 from mid-2Q18

Jet2 (LS, Leeds/Bradford) has signed a long-term damp lease agreement with Latvian ACMI/charter specialist SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga) covering the provision of A321ceo capacity this summer.

In a statement, SmartLynx said Airbus twinjet YL-LCV (msn 2216) would be deployed to Jet2's Birmingham Int'l base between May 15 and October 31. From there, it will operate on services to each of Rhodes, Tenerife Sur, Fuerteventura, Larnaca, Palma Son Sant Joan, Malaga, Ibiza, Menorca, and Lanzarote ...

China's Shandong Airlines to open new Qingdao base in 2019


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Berlin's court refers Niki deal challenge to higher instance

The district court in Berlin Charlottenburg rejected a challenge to Niki (HG, Vienna) insolvency proceedings filed by FairPlane and forwarded the case to a higher instance on January 4, Reuters reported.

The German passenger claims company filed a motion to relocate the Austrian airline's proceeding from the Berlin court to Korneuburg regional court in Austria, which would invalidate all decisions taken earlier, including the takeover by IAG International Airlines Group. FairPlane believes ...

South Korea's Air Pohang eyes mid-1Q18 launch


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jetBlue mulls TATL flights to Ireland - report

jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) is reportedly mulling entering the transatlantic market with flights from the United States East Coast to Ireland, the Irish Independent wrote.

jetBlue is currently conducting a fleet review and might upgrade some of its sixty ordered AirBlue A321neo to the LR variant and deploy those aircraft on its first European services, the newspaper reported.

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, the only airline offering year-round transatlantic services ...

Svenskt Ambulansflyg orders six PC-24s


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Kazakhstan's Air Astana adds maiden A321neo

Air Astana (KC, Astana) has taken delivery of its first A321neo from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac). P4-KDC (msn 7567) was positioned from Hamburg Finkenwerder to Astana on Saturday, December 30, 2017.

On lease from AerCap, the twinjet is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G motors and features 28 seats in business class and 151 in economy class.

The Kazakh carrier is expected to operate a total of seven A321neo as well as four LR variants come 2020. A total of three A321neo and one A320neo ...

British Airways eyes Qatar Airways wet-leases in late 1Q18

British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) is planning to once more lease in A320 Family capacity from fellow Oneworld member carrier Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) documents filed with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in December have revealed.

In its application, British Airways sought permission to wet-lease in A320-200s A7-LAA through LAF for use on unspecified routes across Europe between February 9 and April 9, inclusive.

British Airways previously turned to the Qataris last ...

Guernsey's Waves to revise business model

Waves (Guernsey) is set to modify its operational model in the wake of Blue Islands' decision to pursue legal action against the Guernsey Transport Licensing Authority (GTLA) last month.

In its December filing, Blue Islands had contended that Waves, formally an air taxi company and thus subject to less stringent licensing laws, is, in reality, a scheduled operator and should, therefore, undergo full certification procedures.

In light of the case, the Guernsey Press reports that following ...

Delta Air Lines ends B747 operations

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) has concluded commercial B747 flight operations following the withdrawal from service of its last remaining active B747-400 on January 2, 2018.

N674US (msn 30269) was ferried from Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson to Marana on Wednesday, January 3. The ch-aviation aircraft database indicates sisterships N666US (msn 23821), N669US (msn 24224), and N670US (msn 24225) have already been retired and are currently parked at Marana.

The now-retired Boeing ...

Transaero Airlines sues Russian MoF for ₽215 mn


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Maiden service to Crotone, Italy postponed until late 1Q18


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Air Berlin Aviation sold to Thomas Cook Group


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Southwest settles price-fixing law suit for $15mn

Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) has reached a USD15 million settlement in price-fixing litigation and agreed to "significantly cooperate" in proceedings against the other three defendants, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, Law360 has reported.

The four major US-based carriers were sued in 2015 by a group of travellers over the alleged price-fixing case from 2009. The claim stipulates that the airlines colluded to limit the availability of seats on domestic ...

Israel's El Al to drop UP budget brand

El Al Israel Airlines (LY, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) has announced it will discontinue its UP by El Al (LY, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) budget brand as part of a revision of its European market business model. UP was launched in March 2014 and was used to serve Berlin Schönefeld, Budapest, Kiev Boryspil, Prague, and Larnaca using a fleet of four El Al B737-800s.

"After four years of operating this brand, we will discontinue it because holding several brands creates difficulties," Vice President ...

Aerolineas Argentinas to decide on new widebodies in 4Q18


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Pax rights company sues Niki, may block IAG takeover

FairPlane, a German company specialised in passenger compensation claims, has taken legal action seeking to relocate Niki (HG, Vienna) bankruptcy proceedings from Germany to Austria, threatening to block the IAG International Airlines Group takeover, Kurier reported.

The company believes that the bankruptcy proceedings for the Vienna-based airline should be conducted by the Austrian Korneuburg regional court rather than by the Berlin Charlottenburg court which handles Air Berlin's ...

Polish gov't set to establish lessor, consolidate LOT, MRO


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Air Berlin terminated all wet-lease ops for Eurowings


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