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Air Southwest News Update

Air Southwest (SZ, Plymouth) has announced that it will operate a weekly Plymouth-Newquay-Grenoble service as of December 20 instead of a similar flight to Chambery as previously announced.

Alitalia News Update

Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) has converted the 300 million EUR government loan into equity in early June to avoid bankruptcy. The European Commission has ruled that the loan is considered as illegitimate state aid. Its financial advisor Intesa Saopaulo is still working on a new business plan that could include up to 7000 job cuts and trying to secure new financing from Italian investors for the ailing carrier. It has reportedly also seen interest from several Italian investment groups to ...

Carpatair News Update

Carpatair (V3, Timisoara) will launch weekdaily Saab 2000 service from Timisoara to Vienna on September 15. It has however already suspended its Timisoara-Satu Mare route on June 14.
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Niki News Update

Niki (HG, Vienna) has placed an order for five EMB-190 and has also secured options for another five aircraft of the same type. It will launch three times daily A319-100/A320-200 service between Vienna and Innsbruck on November 2.

Cyprus Airways News Update

Cyprus Airways (1947) (CY, Larnaca) has wet-leased an A320-200 from Hellas Jet (HJ/Athens) for the summer season.

Icelandair News Update

Icelandair (FI, Reykjavik Keflavik) has announced plans to cut capacity by 14% and staff by 190 by the end of the summer timetable. It will give up its Reykjavik Keflavik-Halifax route on October 20 and will also not operate to Berlin Schönefeld, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Toronto Pearson during the winter timetable period but will resume these routes next spring.

UTair News Update

UTair (UT, Khanty-Mansiysk) has added new routes to its growing network:
Moscow Vnukovo-Palanga: 2x weekly ATR 42-300 service launched on June 30 operated by UTair-Express (8J/Syktyvkar)
Moscow Vnukovo-Volgograd: daily Tu-134 service launched on June 30
Surgut-Nizhnekamsk: 2x weekly ATR 72-200 service launched on June 12 operated by UTair-Express

Georgian Airways News Update

Georgian Airways (A9, Tbilisi) has added an ex-Thomsonfly (BY/London Luton) B737-500. It has started to operate two of its CRJ-200s on behalf of the United Nations. It will launch weekly B737 service between Batumi and Moscow Vnukovo on July 27. Georgian has entered into a codeshare agreement with Rossiya (FV/St. Petersburg) for the Tbilisi-St. Petersburg route on which both carriers operate a weekly service each.

Vueling Airlines News Update

Vueling Airlines (VY, Barcelona El Prat) will most likely be the surviving name for the new carrier that will emerge as a result of the merger with Clickair (XG/Barcelona). The merger is expected to be completed in March 2009 and Iberia (IB/Madrid) will become the largest shareholder holding approximately 45% in the new carrier. The two LCCs have however already started coordinating schedules and Vueling will give up its Granada-Rome Fiumicino route on September 6 and its Valencia-Milan Malpensa ...

Clickair News Update

Clickair (XG, Barcelona El Prat) and has announced new services:
Barcelona-Ljubljana: 2x weekly A320-200 service (already launched)
Bilbao-Paris Orly: daily A320-200 service starting on September 1 (replacing CDG service)

CCM Airlines News Update

CCM Airlines (XK, Ajaccio) has launched weekly seasonal ATR 72-500 service between Ajaccio and Montpellier. The last service on the route will operate on September 6.

Georgian National Airlines News Update

Georgian National Airlines (QB, Tbilisi) has added an ex-Khors Aircompany (KHO/Kiev Borispol) DC-9-30 to resume scheduled operations:
Batumi-Moscow Vnukovo: weekly service starting on July 18
Kutaisi-Moscow Vnukovo: 2x weekly service launched on June 28
Tbilisi-Batumi: weekly service starting on July 18
Tbilisi-Moscow Vnukovo: 3x weekly service launched on June 19

Red Wings News Update

Red Wings Airlines (WZ, Moscow Vnukovo) is reportedly planning to launch a first scheduled route between Moscow Vnukovo and Adler/Sochi.

dba News Update

dba (Germany) (DI, Munich) will be fully integrated into Air Berlin at the end of the summer timetable in October.

Lufthansa News Update

Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) has signed a Letter of Interest for 30 aircraft (and 30 options) to become the launch customer of the new Bombardier CSeries aircraft program, it has not made a decision on the split between the 110- and 130-seat version of the aircraft yet. Deliveries will start in 2013. It will transfer two A330-200s back from Swiss (LX/Zurich) to Lufthansa that it plans to replace later with two new A330-300 it has ordered. I has announced plans to transfer some new A320-200s ...

LOT Polish Airlines News Update

LOT Polish Airlines (LO, Warsaw Chopin) has appointed JPMorgan and Unicredit as advisors for its initial public offering. The Polish government wants to sell its 68% majority stake in the carrier. It has launched twice weekly EMB-170 service between Warsaw and Beirut. It has however given up its Gdansk-Hamburg route.

Sterling Airlines News Update

Sterling Airlines (NB, Copenhagen Kastrup) and Norwegian have announced that they will also cooperate on routes from Oslo Gardermoen to Alicante, Barcelona, Faro, Malaga, Nice and Tenerife Sur and from Stockholm Arlanda to Alicante, Las Palmas, Malaga and Nice as of November. While schedules have not been finalized yet, it is expected that Sterling will operate the majority of the routes from Stockholm while Norwegian will operate the Oslo routes. The two carriers currently compete on all of ...

Air France News Update

Air France (AF, Paris CDG) has placed an order for four additional B777-300ERs, nine more A320-200s and five A321-200s. It has entered into a codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways (KQ/Nairobi Intl) for the Paris CDG-Nairobi Intl and Nairobi Intl-Dzaoudzi routes. It has also resumed codesharing on Royal Air Maroc (AT/Casablanca) services from Lyon, Marseilles and Toulouse to Casablanca. Air France is considering launching own high-speed rail services in 2010 and has reportedly entered into talks ...

AviTrans Nordic News Update

AviTrans Nordic (2Q, Stockholm Bromma) will add three ex-Avion Express (N9/Vilnius) Saab 340s in August. Two of the aircraft are currently operating on behalf of Air Aland (Mariehamn) and the third one for Wingo (Tampere). It will continue to operate the aircraft on the same wet-lease contracts. Avitrans has also wet-leased a Saab 340 to Nextjet (2N/Stockholm Arlanda).

Air Alps News Update

Air Alps (A6, Innsbruck) has launched twice weekly seasonal Do328-110 service between Ancona and Olbia.

Swiftair News Update

Swiftair (WT, Madrid Barajas) has leased two more ex-Kitty Hawk Air Cargo B737-300F freighters.

Orenburg Airlines News Update

Orenburg Airlines (R2, Orenburg) has added a first ex-Ryanair (FR/Dublin) B737-800 last month. It will also lease two more ex-ATA Airlines B737-800s.

Wind Rose Aviation News Update

Windrose Airlines (7W, Kiev Boryspil) has wet-leased a B737-400 from Centralwings (C0/Warsaw) and a MD-83 from PMT Air (U4/Phnom Penh). It has also added another ex-Alaska Airlines (AS/Seattle/Tacoma) MD-83.

Euroline Airlines News Update

Euroline Airlines (4L, Batumi) has leased an ex-Falcon Air Express (6F/Miami) B727-200 for VIP charters. It has launched several scheduled services:
Batumi-Adler/Sochi: weekly An-24 service (already launched)
Kutaisi-Adler/Sochi: weekly An-24 service (already launched)
Kutaisi-Kharkov: weekly Tu-134 service starting on July 29
Kutaisi-Kiev Borispol: weekly Tu-134 service starting on July 27
Kutaisi-Minsk Intl 1: weekly Tu-134 service starting on July 30
Kutaisi-Moscow Domodedovo: 2x weekly ...

Nextjet News Update

NextJet (2N, Stockholm Arlanda) will add at least three BAe ATPs for new domestic public service obligation routes in Sweden as of October 26:
Östersund-Umea (replacing Nordic Regional (6N/Umea))
Stockholm Arlanda-Gällivare (replacing Nordic Regional)
Stockholm Arlanda-Lycksele-Arvidsjaur (replacing Skyways Express (JZ/Stockholm Arlanda))
Stockholm Arlanda-Vilhelmina-Hemavan (replacing Skyways Express)