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easyJet secures €450k subsidy for Menorca opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

29.09.2018 - 08:45 UTC
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Qatar Airways bullish despite "toughest year" everch-aviation airside exclusive

29.09.2018 - 05:09 UTC
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Nepal Airlines under probe regarding A330 procurementch-aviation PRO exclusive

29.09.2018 - 01:27 UTC
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Russia's Azur Air to relocate from Domodedovo to Vnukovoch-aviation PRO exclusive

29.09.2018 - 00:27 UTC
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Portugália Airlines mulls adding larger jets in 2020

28.09.2018 - 23:27 UTC
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Portugália Airlines (NI, Lisbon) is considering its fleet growth options and might choose to replace its EMB-190s and EMB-195s with a larger type seating between 110 and 140 passengers, CEO Valter Fernandes told MRO Network.

"I hope to have a larger regional jet in the future - in the 110-140-seat bracket to keep it below the A319-100. We will definitely keep one fleet type only because we are not big enough to justify multiple manufacturers, so we will try to maximise our capacity in the sub-140-seat range. I don’t think we’ll...

Air Namibia suspected of anticompetitive pricing

28.09.2018 - 22:27 UTC
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The Namibian Competition Commission has tentatively ruled that Air Namibia (SW, Windhoek Int'l) has been abusing its market position by setting prices on its trunk Windhoek Int'l-Cape Town route below costs to drive out competitors, The Namibian has reported.

The finding is preliminary and still subject to appeals both from the carrier and from other affected parties. If found guilty, Air Namibia would face a penalty up to 10% of its global annual revenue. The NCC also has the authority to order the carrier to change its pricing....

Grant Aviation wins three EAS contracts in Alaska

28.09.2018 - 21:27 UTC
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Grant Aviation (GV, Bethel) has won a new two-year Essential Air Service (EAS) contract at Saint George, AK and will also continue operating EAS routes out of Atka and Nikolski.

The regional specialist will connect Saint George with Dutch Harbor using a nine-seat Beech (twin turboprop) King Air 3x weekly for an annual subsidy of USD888,787 in the first year and USD910,867 for the second year.

Saint George is currently served by PenAir (KS, Anchorage Ted Stevens) which flies 2x weekly to...

Adria Airways, Croatia Airlines win Slovenian mail tender

28.09.2018 - 20:27 UTC
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Adria Airways (JP, Ljubljana), Croatia Airlines (OU, Zagreb), and Hong Kong-based Airmail Limited won 12-month tenders for postal carriage organised by the Slovenian post (Pošta Slovenije).

According to the information published in the official European Union tender register, Adria Airways will receive EUR127,897 euros (USD149,000) for its part of the contract, while the Croatian flag carrier will receive EUR121,979 euros (USD142,000). Airmail Limited scooped the biggest lot of the three with its offer for EUR230,894 euros (USD270,000).

South African denies asset sale, eyes profit in 2021

28.09.2018 - 19:27 UTC
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South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) said in a statement that it had not yet taken a decision to sell any of its assets, despite previous media reports which relayed such information. The carrier underlined that its turnaround was progressing and it would not file for bankruptcy, although profitability would only be possible in 2021.

"At a recently held Board strategy session on 11-12 September 2018, the executive management presented to the Board a comprehensive strategy update reflecting on the...

Turkish Airlines incorporates new investment unit

28.09.2018 - 17:53 UTC
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Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) has incorporated a new wholly-owned investment subsidiary THY Uluslararasi Yatırım ve Taşımacılık A.Ş. (THY International Investment and Transportation Inc.), the carrier said in a stock market filing.

"[The unit was established] in order to invest abroad and domestically, principally in the fields of cargo and courier transportation," the carrier said.

The new subsidiary has a share capital of TRY10 million liras (USD1.7 million).

India's Jet Airways defers 25% of salaries

28.09.2018 - 17:02 UTC
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Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) has deferred the payment of 25% of wages for August by up to two weeks, the Times of India has reported. The cash-strapped carrier had already delayed the payments from September 11 to September 26.

The airline said earlier this month that only half of the salaries of pilots, engineers, and other senior staff would be paid on time on September 11. The other half was due for transfer on September 26, but half of this instalment - or a quarter of the entire salary - has now been postponed further....

Lufthansa focuses on Munich hub growth, to add Asian routes

28.09.2018 - 16:10 UTC
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Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) has announced plans to accelerate its growth of its second hub in Munich as part of its hub optimization strategy. The German carrier intends to grow its capacity at the Bavarian gateway by adding more flights to Asia including a new daily service linking Munich with Bangkok Suvarnabhumi starting from March 2019.

Lufthansa will also move its daily Frankfurt-Osaka Kansai route to Munich starting next summer with plans to potentially move more than the five A380-800...

Lufthansa Group converts 27 A320/A321neo options

28.09.2018 - 15:19 UTC
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Lufthansa Group has announced it has firmed options for twenty-seven A320neo Family narrowbodies, including twenty-four A320neo and three A321neo. The deliveries are scheduled for 2023 and 2024.

Out of the twenty-seven units, ten - including seven A320neo and all three A321neo - will be delivered to Swiss (LX, Zurich). The remaining seventeen units will operate for other units of the group, which have so far not been named.

Including the newly firmed options, Lufthansa Group ordered a total of 149 A320neo...

South Africa's Comair thrives despite tough environmentch-aviation airside exclusive

28.09.2018 - 14:53 UTC
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Argentina's SAPSA cleared for 39 routes, including Europeanch-aviation PRO exclusive

28.09.2018 - 14:23 UTC
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Ryanair to restore French bases at Marseille, Bordeaux

28.09.2018 - 13:35 UTC
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Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has announced it would open bases at Marseilles and Bordeaux as of March 2019. The decision marks the return of the low-cost carrier to stationing its B737-800s in France, where it has not had any bases since early 2011.

Ryanair said that it would base two B737-800 at each of the airports.

Out of Bordeaux, the carrier will launch 16 new routes, namely to: Bari (2x weekly), Cologne/Bonn (3x weekly), Copenhagen Kastrup (3x weekly), Dublin Int'l (2x weekly), Fes (2x...

Air New Zealand to launch A321neo ops in mid-4Q18

28.09.2018 - 12:47 UTC
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Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) has announced it expected to deploy its first A321neo in commercial service in mid-November 2018. According to Airline Route, the type would initially operate predominantly trans-Tasman services to Australia.

The type will debut on November 12, 2018, on the Auckland Int'l-Sydney Kingsford Smith route. Subsequently, the A321neo will be deployed to Coolangatta/Gold Coast (from November 13), Brisbane Int'l (November 18), Melbourne Tullamarine (November 25),...

Spain's Volotea to open base in Cagliari, Italych-aviation PRO exclusive

28.09.2018 - 11:59 UTC
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British Airways to axe Hong Kong crew base in 4Q18

28.09.2018 - 11:11 UTC
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British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) has confirmed it would close its Hong Kong Int'l crew base in October 2018 and instead operate its services to and from the city with London-based staff. South China Morning Post has reported that 57 of the British carrier's 87 employees in Hong Kong have already been laid off.

Another 24 employees will be terminated at the end of October. The local staff called the move "ugly" and would appeal to the UK-based labour unions.

"While we are really grateful to our...

Russian court formally recognises VIM as bankruptch-aviation PRO exclusive

28.09.2018 - 10:23 UTC
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German MPs vie to strip Kuwait Airways traffic rightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

28.09.2018 - 09:10 UTC
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Saudia, Emirates, Air India eye widebody ops from Kozhikode

28.09.2018 - 08:20 UTC
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Saudia (SV, Jeddah) is set to become the first carrier to resume deploying widebody aircraft to Kozhikode in the southern Indian state of Kerala after the authorities cleared the airport for such operations again, The Hindu has reported.

The Saudi flag carrier plans to operate the service to Kozhikode with either a B777-200(ER) or an A330-300. Is not yet clear whether it intends to fly from Riyadh or Jeddah, although flights could be launched as soon as October 2018.

Emirates is also reportedly...

Panama's Copa continues to post record marginsch-aviation airside exclusive

28.09.2018 - 00:36 UTC
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Argentina's Flybondi heads to Uruguay in int'l debutch-aviation PRO exclusive

27.09.2018 - 23:39 UTC
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Lithuania's DOT LT retires its last Saab 340ch-aviation PRO exclusive

27.09.2018 - 22:55 UTC
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