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Air Belgium starts flight ops; reveals shareholder structure

02APR2018
Air Belgium (KF, Brussels Charleroi) has commenced commercial flight operations following the completion of a one-off charter flight for Surinam Airways (PY, Paramaribo Int'l) on Thursday, March 29.

Chief executive Niky Terzakis told ch-aviation in a statement that although Air Belgium may operate ad-hoc charters as and when spare capacity permits, its focus is still the scheduled services niche in which it is due to commence operations on April 30 with 4x weekly ...

Jordan Aviation resumes scheduled pax flights to Europe

02APR2018
Jordan Aviation (R5, Amman Queen Alia) has resumed scheduled passenger flights to Europe with a 2x weekly Amman Queen Alia-Kiev Zhuliany, Ukraine service having started on March 18. Operations are on-board B737-300 equipment.

The Jordanian carrier, which is more renowned for its ACMI/charter operations, operated the route until 2016 when intense competition from Ukraine International Airlines (PS, Kiev Boryspil) and UM Air (UKM, Kiev Boryspil) forced its exit from the market.

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Japan's ANA to uphold LCC's managerial independence

02APR2018

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South Korea's FlyYangyang rebrands ahead of reapplication

02APR2018

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China's Hainan Airlines ends B767 operations

02APR2018

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South Korea's T'way Air applies for a 2H18 IPO

02APR2018

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US DOT fines Qantas $125,000 for breaking cabotage rules

02APR2018
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) imposed USD125,000 civil penalties on Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) for unauthorised transportation of passengers on its intra-US Los Angeles Int'l-New York JFK flights in 2015 and 2016.

The penalty includes USD62,500 payable within a month and another USD62,500 suspended pending the carrier's compliance with the order.

While the Australian carrier is authorised to operate services out of Australia via Los Angeles to New York, it is not ...

Russia cuts Somon Air's route rights as conflict continues

02APR2018

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Russia's Ural Airlines cuts fleet growth plan for 2018

02APR2018

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DOT reallocates returned Havana, Cuba rights

02APR2018
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has outlined its proposed distribution of Havana Int'l, Cuba traffic rights following the launch of a frequency allocation proceeding in August last year.

Last year, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Alaska Airlines either terminated or scaled back their respective Havana services following weak uptake for travel to the Communist-run island, due, in part, to Washington's tightened travel measures. A total of four daily and six weekly ...

American, Delta, United nix Great Lakes' interline contracts

02APR2018
ADI Aerodynamics (4A, Pontiac) has confirmed that American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have cancelled their respective interline agreements with Great Lakes Airlines (ZK, Cheyenne) following its decision to terminate operations late last month.

Prior to its sudden collapse, Great Lakes Airlines had sold tickets for ADI-operated scheduled flights between its Denver Int'l hub and each of Watertown, SD and Pierre. The Great Lakes Jet Express -branded flights, which were ...

Russia protests as the UK searches Aeroflot aircraft

02APR2018

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Greece's Air Mediterranean resumes flight operations

02APR2018

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Centurion Air Cargo urges DOT mercy amid investor talks

02APR2018
Centurion Air Cargo (WE, Miami Int'l) has petitioned the US Department of Transportation (DOT) not to revoke its economic authority despite the passing of a three-month deadline for it to comply with fitness requirements.

The regulator had earlier given the dormant Florida-based cargo operator until March 31 to provide evidence to demonstrate it still meets the Department's fitness criteria or that it is taking necessary steps to return its US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-issued ...

Kenyan firm acquires Swedish BAe ATPs

02APR2018

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Venezuela's Turpial Airlines eyes B737NextGen equipment

02APR2018

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Virgin Australia seeks closer ties with HNA Group

31MAR2018

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RusLine to launch 6 routes from Crimea as new terminal opens

31MAR2018

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Russia's S7 Airlines mulls SSJ 75 to replace Embraers

31MAR2018

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Jersey's Blue Islands to cut routes as Waves launches

31MAR2018
Blue Islands (SI, Jersey) is planning to terminate some of its flights connecting Jersey and Guernsey following the granting of an air transport licence to a local competitor, Waves (Guernsey), Guernsey Press has reported.

"We remain of the view there was already ample competition on the route between Blue Islands and flybe. The oversupply into the market was already vast, with Blue Islands’ services running, on average, half full," Blue Islands CEO Rob Veron has said.

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Ruoqiang, China opens to commercial traffic in late 1Q18

31MAR2018

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Nepal regulator seeks to delay BB Airways' relaunch

31MAR2018
BB Airways (BBW, Kathmandu) could face a protracted recertification procedure after the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) recently requested the country's government to delay issuing BB Airways an Operator's Licence until expansion works at Siddharthanagar Gautam Buddha Airport have been completed.

The Kathmandu Post reports the regulator has expressed concern about growing congestion, both in Nepal's skies as well as at its airports - Kathmandu in particular, given the increasing ...

Kazakhstan's SCAT adds maiden B737 MAX 8

30MAR2018
SCAT Airlines (DV, Shimkent) has taken delivery of its first B737 MAX 8 following the handing over of UP-B3720 (msn 61737) on Wednesday, March 28.

The twinjet is the first of six the Kazakh carrier has on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) along with five more options.

Inclusive of its Sunday Airlines (Shimkent) unit, SCAT currently operates three B737-300s, three B737-500s, one B737-700, four B757-200s, one B767-300(ER), seven CRJ-200s, and several An-24s.

France's Aigle Azur outlines longhaul growth plans

30MAR2018
Aigle Azur (ZI, Paris Orly) President Frantz Yvelin has mapped out the company's growth plan following US aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman's accession to the carrier's shareholding late last year.

France's second-largest carrier currently operates one A319-100 (wet-leased to TAP Air Portugal) and nine A320-200s (of which one is wet-leased to TAP) on scheduled flights from cities across France to 10 countries including Algeria, Mali, Germany, Russia, Portugal, Lebanon, and ...

Niger Airlines denies acquiring a Tunisian ATR72

30MAR2018
Niger Airlines (NIN, Niamey) has denied acquiring an ATR72-200 TS-LBC (msn 281) from Tunisair Express (UG, Tunis).

Tunisair chief executive Ilyes Mnakbi told Arabian Aerospace last month the acquisition has been agreed as part of a wider-ranging renewal of its Express fleet's two ATR72-500s and a CRJ-900.

However, the Nigerien carrier's chief executive, Abdul Aziz Larabou, has since denied Mnakbi's claims stating that while there was an attempt to acquire the aircraft back in 2015, those ...