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Cebu Pacific disposes of 60% stake in groundhandling unit

Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) has announced it has disposed of a 60% stake in its wholly-owned 1Aviation (1AV) Groundhandling Services company to Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions (PAGSS) and PAGSS shareholder, Jefferson G. Cheng.

According to a stock exchange filing, Cebu Pacific sold 690,000 shares for an undisclosed cash sum.

"The transaction will allow 1AV to become a world-class ground handling company through the entry of the new strategic partner," Cebu ...

Gulf Air, Etihad eye alliance oppurtunities

Gulf Air (GF, Bahrain Int'l) is considering joining an airline alliance, chief executive Krešimir Kučko has told AIN.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ACI Europe & World general assembly, Kučko said the Bahrain-based carrier's five-year plan calls for an increase in cooperation with other airlines, including the possibility of joining an alliance.

“We are evaluating the possibilities and will start the process of approaching the groups at the end of the summer,” he said without mentioning ...

Cabo Verde Airlines to be privatized by YE18 - Minister


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South Africa's Sahara African Aviation adds two ERJ-145s

Sahara African Aviation (Nelspruit) has announced it has acquired a pair of ERJ-145s, the first jet aircraft to feature in its fleet of nine EMB-120s.

“Sahara Aviation has for many years enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Embraer with our existing EMB-120 fleet," Trevor Brotherton, Sahara Aviation’s managing director, said. "As the needs of our clients grew in wanting bigger capacity aircraft, Sahara had no hesitation in turning to Embraer for our ERJ-145 acquisitions."

Sahara African ...

PIA survives only on gov't funds - CEO

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) survives solely thanks to the government funds it receives, making its financial model unsustainable but also very difficult to change in the short-term, CEO Musharraf Rasool Cyan has said during Supreme Court proceedings related to the proposed privatisation of the Pakistani flag carrier.

According to The Nation, the chief executive has said that the carrier is in need of an "urgent turnaround and strategically-driven business ...

Irkutsk, Russia, fined ₽3mn for abuse of market position


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Norway's LEAP adds Jetstream 32 chartered capacity


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Mexico's MCS AeroCarga adds first B737 freighter

MCS AeroCarga (T8, México City) is set to add a first Boeing narrowbody freighter to its fleet that, until now, had consisted of four CRJ-200ER(F)s.

Skyliner Aviation reports the Mexican cargo carrier will shortly take delivery of B737-300(QC) XA-MCF (msn 25159), formerly TI-BGV with Air Costa Rica (RI, San José Juan Santamaría).

The 27-year-old twinjet is currently at Celaya awaiting its deployment into service for MCS on scheduled and chartered flights across Mexico.

Russia seeks to change aircraft certification setup


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ANA scrubs select domestic Japan ops over Trent 1000 issues

ANA - All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda) has announced it will cancel over 100 domestic Japanese flights over the period July 6 to 13 owing to a drawn-out Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 inspection schedule.

The carrier said in a statement on July 4 that the decision to withdraw select B787s from service follows an update from Rolls-Royce, issued last month, which warned that an Intermediate Pressure Compressor durability issue had been identified on a small number of high life Trent 1000 Package B ...

Netherlands' Zeusch Aviation to launch medevac ops

Zeusch Aviation (Lelystad) has added a maiden Beech (twin turboprop) 200, which will supplement the existing fleet of two Beechcraft C90As in the carrier's fleet, and has announced it would enter the air ambulance market in Europe.

The new unit will be operated by fellow medevac specialist and an AOC holder, IAS Medical (Durham Tees Valley). The turboprop will be configured as a dual-purpose aircraft for both passenger charter and medevac operations, with the reconfiguration possible in just ...

Planet Nine adds Falcon 7X, gets Part 135 certificate

Planet Nine Private Air (Van Nuys) has secured a Part 135 operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and has added a maiden Falcon 7X which will be deployed on ultra-long-haul charters by the company.

In a statement, the carrier has added that by year-end, it plans to operate four Falcon 7X business jets, configured for 11-16 passengers or for up to six passengers in an overnight configuration. The carrier will provide Wi-Fi connectivity onboard, complimentary in ...

Airbus to miss delivery target for A320neos in 2018

Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) will miss the delivery target for A320neo family units powered by Pratt & Whitney 1100G engines due to the delays caused by the issues with the powerplants, Bloomberg has reported.

Airbus has denied to confirm that it will miss the delivery target and has reiterated that its target for the type's deliveries for 2018 remains at 800 units.

Originally, the European manufacturer had planned to deliver around 210 PW1100G-powered A320neos during the remainder of ...

Lipetsk, Russia, loses int'l traffic


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Condor to close Berlin MRO base in early 4Q18


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Air Italy eyes B767-300s retirement by 2022


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Ukraine's Anda Air adds maiden MD-82

Anda Air (DM, Kiev Igor Sikorsky) has acquired its first MD-82, Skyliner Aviation has reported.

UR-CRX (msn 49798) was recently deployed into service for the Ukrainian passenger charter specialist, joining its existing fleet of two MD-83s.

Anda Air currently specializes in running charter flights for Ukrainian domestic tour operators to Montenegro, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Albania, Cyprus and other countries.

Turkish Airlines to start B737 MAX 9 ops in late 1Q19

Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) has named Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan as its tentative launch destination for B737 MAX 9 operations.

According to ch-aviation analysis of schedule data, Turkish Airlines plans to deploy its incoming MAX 9s to run daily flights to the Kyrgyz capital from March 31, 2019, onwards.

Turkish Airlines' financials show it expects five B737 MAX 9s to deliver from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) in 2019 followed by five more in 2020. In 2018, it will take delivery of ...

Russia's Ilyushin eyes Uzbek Il-114s


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Israir adds wet-leased B737NG capacity in Summer 2018


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Ukraine gov't considers ageing aircraft laws in 2019


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Etihad revises corporate structure, to seek new partnerships

Etihad Aviation Group has announced it has restructured its organizational layout and operating model as part of its ongoing transformation plan.

The Abu Dhabi-based carrier said in a statement that the reorganisation drive is the next step in ensuring it is a people-focused business driven by innovation, safety and sustainability, supporting Abu Dhabi’s vision for the future.

Under the new structure, the group will be reorganised into seven business divisions – Operations, Commercial, ...

Star Marianas Air to resume Rota-Guam ops in early 3Q18

Star Marianas Air (Tinian) has announced it will resume Guam Int'l-Rota flights on July 10, 2018, taking over the route terminated by United Airlines at the end of May 2018.

The regional specialist will operate the service 7x weekly using its Piper (twin piston) PA-31 and PA-32 aircraft. Star Marianas Air is currently the sole scheduled carrier serving Rota, operating 21x weekly flights to Saipan.

Rota has not seen scheduled traffic to Guam since May 31, when ...

China's Qingdao Airlines to open Jiaodong base


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Indian gov't to "wait and watch" re Air India privatisation

The Indian government has decided to adopt a "wait and watch" strategy towards the privatisation of Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) after the initial procedure targeting the sale of 76% of the carrier's shares failed to attract any bidders, The Economic Times has reported.

A senior government official has told the newspaper that for the next three to four months, the authorities will not take any new actions. The prevailing view among the cabinet members is that the carrier should remain under ...