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Swiss worried about Zurich airport slot addition plansch-aviation PRO exclusive

24.09.2018 - 20:11 UTC

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SpiceJet adds first extra capacity 90-seat Q400

24.09.2018 - 19:18 UTC

SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) has taken delivery of its first 90-seat Dash 8-400, becoming the first operator of the extra-capacity version of the Bombardier turboprop.

"The additional seats and performance improvements will result in substantial reduction in unit costs and also we will enable us to address our market needs in the regional space," SpiceJet's Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said.

The aircraft, VT-SQA (msn 4583) left Toronto Downsview on September 21 on delivery to India via...

Zimex wins Swiss Army contract for Kosovo and Bosnia flightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

24.09.2018 - 18:24 UTC

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Air France wet-leases additional EMB-190 capacitych-aviation PRO exclusive

24.09.2018 - 16:56 UTC

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Singapore Airlines takes first ever delivered A350-900ULR

24.09.2018 - 16:00 UTC

Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has taken delivery of the first of seven A350-900ULR aircraft it has on order from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac). The carrier thus became the first ever operator of the ULR variant globally.

The aircraft, 9V-SGA (msn 220) left Toulouse in the evening of September 22 operating on a polar route to showcase its long-haul capabilities. It arrived at Singapore's Changi airport on September 23 in the afternoon after a 16 hour 28-minute delivery flight, FlightRadar24 ADS-B data shows....

First A320neo delivered to China's Chongqing Airlinesch-aviation PRO exclusive

24.09.2018 - 15:02 UTC

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Shanghai Airlines takes maiden B787-9

24.09.2018 - 13:10 UTC

Shanghai Airlines (FM, Shanghai Hongqiao) took delivery of its maiden B787-9 on September 22, following the delivery of the Boeing widebody from Everett to Shanghai Hongqiao.

The aircraft, B-1111 (msn 63706), comes from the order for fifteen B787-9s placed by parent China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) and is powered by General Electric GEnx-1B64 engines. It seats a total of 285 passengers, including 30 in Business Class, 28 in Premium Economy, and 227 in Economy.

According to...

Tonga's Fly Niu eyes restart, flights to Auckland

24.09.2018 - 11:58 UTC

Fly Niu Airlines (Tongatapu) is hoping to restart operations after a 14-year hiatus and fly between Tongatapu and Auckland Int'l, Kaniva Tonga News has reported.

The airline's founder and owner ‘Atu Fīnau has already met with the Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva and presented his idea for the resumption of operations. Fly Niu Airlines would initially operate with two as of yet unspecified aircraft.

Finau, an aviation consultant and engineer, said he had access to aircraft from Iceland and Canada, but did...

Gov't ponders bailout, debt waiver for Air India

24.09.2018 - 10:46 UTC

The Indian Ministry of Finance has dismissed a proposal put forward by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to waive Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) INR300 billion rupee (USD4.15 billion) debt in one go, The Economic Times has reported. The government is, however, still debating a new bailout for the carrier.

"The money will not come in one go but could come in instalments. Air India needs to get rid of its debt trap and a one-time support by the government would have helped AI," an aviation ministry official said....

Hainan Airlines to sell Beijing property subsidiarych-aviation PRO exclusive

24.09.2018 - 09:34 UTC

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Italy's competition watchdog probes Ryanair for bags policy

24.09.2018 - 08:22 UTC

Italian competition watchdog (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato - AGCM) has launched a probe into Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) to check whether the recent changes in the low-cost carrier's hand baggage policy violate passengers' rights, AFP has reported.

The AGCM said that hand luggage is an "essential item" for passengers and they should be allowed to take it on board with them for free.

The probe was launched after the ACGM had received multiple complaints from individual passengers and...

Turks and Caicos' interCaribbean mulls InselAir investment

24.09.2018 - 05:00 UTC

InselAir (7I, Curacao) has confirmed that its administrators, the government of Curaçao, and fellow Caribbean carrier interCaribbean Airways (JY, Providenciales) are in talks regarding a potential investment into the financially struggling Curaçaoan airline.

interCaribbean's chief executive Trevor Sadler has said he was in talks with the administrators of InselAir. The Curaçaoan airline is currently operating under the local version of bankruptcy protection, essentially a creditor payment moratorium....

Germania to add two A320s on long-term wet-leasech-aviation PRO exclusive

24.09.2018 - 04:08 UTC

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Egypt's AMC Airlines acquires A320-200sch-aviation PRO exclusive

24.09.2018 - 03:17 UTC

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Vista Global acquires US business aviation specialist XOjet

24.09.2018 - 02:25 UTC

Vista Global announced, on September 20, that it is acquiring XOJET's fleet and commercial aviations.

XOjet itself will continue to operate as a joint venture under "US control and leadership, in accordance with US Department of Transportation criteria", Vista Global has announced in a press release.

The US operator currently operates forty-three aircraft including Challenger 300s and Cessna 750s.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Vista Global is a recently...

Lufthansa, Eurowings announce long-haul network changes

24.09.2018 - 01:34 UTC

Eurowings (EW, Düsseldorf Int'l) is set to complete the takeover of the Düsseldorf Int'l-based operations of its parent Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) on December 1, when it would assume the 6x weekly route to Newark, the Lufthansa Group carriers have announced.

The service to Newark is currently still operated by Lufthansa with A330-300s. Its LCC unit will deploy A330-300s operated by Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) on the route, complementing its existing 6x weekly A340-300 service...

Small Planet to add A319, looking for investors in Germanych-aviation PRO exclusive

24.09.2018 - 00:43 UTC

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Air Namibia needs N$3 billion investment to get profitable

23.09.2018 - 23:51 UTC

Air Namibia (SW, Windhoek Int'l) General Manager (Commercial Services) Xavier Masule told a Namibian parliamentary committee that the national carrier required between NAD2.5 billion and NAD3 billion dollars (USD175-210 million) investment from the government to restore profitability.

According to a report by Namibia's New Era, Masule told the committee members that a capital injection would be much more sustainable than subsidies.

The former would essentially be covering operating expenses such as...

Air Belgium suspends Hong Kong service, will serve mainland

23.09.2018 - 23:00 UTC

Air Belgium (KF, Brussels Charleroi) has announced it would suspend its only current scheduled route from Charleroi to Hong Kong Int'l between October 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019. The airline said that its Chinese partner Utour had not fulfilled its obligations regarding both pricing and traffic volume.

"Under these conditions, Air Belgium is unwilling to carry out the winter program as initially planned and to endanger its financial position. In good faith we’ve tried to find a solution for our partner’s defaulting situation to...

Aerolineas Argentinas struggles with cash but not with LFsch-aviation airside exclusive

23.09.2018 - 08:20 UTC

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Osaka Kansai fully reopens after Typhoon Jebi damage

22.09.2018 - 17:05 UTC

Osaka Kansai fully reopened on September 21, 2018, following 16 days of operational problems caused by serious damage the airport suffered during the Typhoon Jebi on September 4, The Japan Times has reported.

The airport initially closed completely on September 5 after the only bridge connecting the airport, which is located on a man-made island, with the mainland was damaged by a tanker ship. Heavy rainfall also led to a flooding of both terminals and one of two runways.

Terminal 2, normally...

WestJet defends Swoop, JVs, B787-9s choicesch-aviation airside exclusive

22.09.2018 - 16:40 UTC

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Sukhoi's factory sanctioned by US but civil part excludedch-aviation PRO exclusive

22.09.2018 - 15:14 UTC

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Unions warn of potential Ryanair's Alghero base closurech-aviation PRO exclusive

22.09.2018 - 13:23 UTC

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AirAsia sets up Indian IT consulting subsidiary

22.09.2018 - 09:38 UTC

AirAsia Group has incorporated a new subsidiary in India, AirAsia Technology Centre India Private Ltd. The group said in a stock market filing that the new unit would provide consultancy and services in the area of IT.

The authorised share capital of the new subsidiary is INR10 million rupees (USD140,000). The Asian LCC group already runs one of its airlines, AirAsia India (I5, Chennai), in India. It has also recently incorporated a new consultancy subsidiary in Thailand.