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Certification issues with E170s cause delays at Air Botswana

16.04.2019 - 16:29 UTC
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Air Botswana (BP, Gaborone) has been forced to delay flights and temporarily cancel some of its routes due to certification delays with the carrier's first of two E170s, Botswana's Sunday Standard has reported.

Air Botswana's fleet currently consists of a single ATR42-500 and two ATR72-600s. The first of two ex-Saudi Aramco Aviation (Dammam) E170s was delivered to Gaborone on December 31, 2018, while the other is still stored at Toronto Pearson.

Transport Minister, Dorcas Makgato explained in the...

Prosecution questions Izhavia's management outsourcingch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.04.2019 - 15:45 UTC
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AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines to launch first African routech-aviation PRO exclusive

16.04.2019 - 14:48 UTC
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Jet Airways stops jet flights as lenders waver about aid

16.04.2019 - 14:28 UTC
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Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) has suspended all jet flights and currently operates only seven ATR72-500 turboprops, ch-aviation research has indicated. Meanwhile, the urgently-needed rescue aid from banks is still not confirmed as lenders cannot agree as to the best course of action.

According to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, Jet Airways has not operated any of its jet aircraft since Friday, April 12, 2019. Currently, the carrier only operates short-haul flights from Delhi Int'l using the seven...

SriLankan Airlines plans to switch A350 order for A330neo

16.04.2019 - 13:39 UTC
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SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) is planning to convert its existing order for four A350-900s to A330-900s as a part of its restructuring plan, CEO Vipula Gunatilleka told Air Transport World.

Besides the conversion, the carrier also plans to grow its fleet in both the narrowbody and widebody segments.

"Our fleet would grow from current twenty-seven to thirty-four and we would end up by 2023-2024 with nineteen widebody and fifteen narrowbody aircraft," Gunatilleka said.

According to the...

EU court dismisses Lufthansa's appeal against Hahn subsidies

16.04.2019 - 12:39 UTC
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The European Union General Court has dismissed an appeal brought by Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) against a 2014 decision permitting state aid to Frankfurt Hahn and clearing the airport's contracts with Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l).

The Court said that Lufthansa did not have the title to bring the action before the court and as such, it did not look into the merit of the appeal.

The original decision established that while certain funds transferred to Hahn airport by the regional authorities and Fraport until...

Russia's SmartAvia, Red Wings offer to manage Arktikach-aviation PRO exclusive

16.04.2019 - 11:39 UTC
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jetBlue announces Guayaquil as an A321neo destination

16.04.2019 - 10:39 UTC
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jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) has announced that it will launch direct non-stop flights from New York JFK to Guayaquil in Ecuador on December 5, 2019, using its new A321-200neo aircraft.

"The introduction of the A321neo to our fleet opens up a world of new possibilities as we think about the future of our growing network, building out our focus cities, and offering new and unique nonstop routes to our customers," director route planning Andrea Lusso said.

The carrier will operate the route...

CAA to order external review of Adria Airways' booksch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.04.2019 - 08:43 UTC
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Tata Sons, SQ pump $130mn into Vistara

16.04.2019 - 06:07 UTC
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Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Group injected additional INR9 billion rupees (USD130 million) into their 51/49 joint venture Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) to finance the airline's fleet growth and international expansion, Live Mint has reported.

The Indian conglomerate provided INR4.6 billion rupees (USD66.3 million), while the Singaporean group injected INR4.4 billion rupees (USD63.4 million). The refinancing was conducted through two separate new share issues in December 2018 and March 2019.

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Chilean competition watchdog wants to ban LATAM's JBAch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.04.2019 - 05:07 UTC
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Spain's AlbaStar applies for US authorisation

16.04.2019 - 04:07 UTC
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AlbaStar (AP, Palma de Mallorca) has applied to the US Department of Transportation for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit and an exemption authority.

In its application, the carrier did not disclose its specific plans to operate to the US. It only said that it seeks to exercise "the full rights available to EU Member State air carriers pursuant to the Air Transport Agreement between the United States and the European Union and its Member States".

AlbaStar operates two B737-400s and three B737-800s...

TAME Ecuador winds up its Amazonia subsidiarych-aviation PRO exclusive

16.04.2019 - 03:07 UTC
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Ethiopian Airlines to add JFK flights in late 2Q19

16.04.2019 - 02:07 UTC
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Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) will relocate its New York services operated via Abidjan from New York Newark to New York JFK on June 17, 2019, ch-aviation schedule analysis has revealed.

The Ethiopian flag carrier currently operates from Addis Ababa via Abidjan to Newark 2x weekly. After the relocation, the service will continue to be operated via Abidjan but the frequency will increase to 3x weekly.

The carrier will continue to serve Newark 4x weekly via Lomé.

Ethiopian Airlines' US...

Turkey's AtlasGlobal to relocate Moscow opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.04.2019 - 01:07 UTC
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AirAsia to resume int'l route to Tarutung Silangit

16.04.2019 - 00:07 UTC
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AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) will resume its route from Kuala Lumpur Int'l to Tarutung in Indonesia, the only international service to the latter airport.

ch-aviation schedule analysis has revealed that the Malaysian LCC intends to fly to Tarutung, an airport in northern Sumatra, 4x weekly using A320-200 aircraft, starting on May 24, 2019. It has previously operated to the airport serving Lake Toba from October 28, 2018 to February 27, 2019.

Tarutung currently sees 46 scheduled flights weekly to...

Delta considers accelerating MD-90 phase-out

15.04.2019 - 23:07 UTC
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Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) is considering accelerating the retirement of its MD-90 Family jets, Executive Vice President and CFO Paul Jacobson said during the quarterly investor call.

"We expect to accelerate the retirement of our MD-90 fleet... We expect to make that announcement in the quarter at which point we can provide more details on exact timing, replacement, etc.," Jacobson said.

According to the ch-aviation fleets module, the carrier currently operates seventy-nine...

Angolan gov't orders Beech 1900D, Twin Otter asset salech-aviation PRO exclusive

15.04.2019 - 22:07 UTC
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Togo's ASKY Airlines to resume South Africa flights in 2Q19

15.04.2019 - 21:07 UTC
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ASKY Airlines (KP, Lomé) has announced plans to resume flights to South Africa in June this year.

According to the carrier, flights from Lomé to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo will operate daily beginning on June 15. However, 4x a week, flights to Southern Africa will be routed Lomé-Lagos (Nigeria)-Libreville (Gabon)-Johannesburg and vv. while 3x a week, they will be routed Lomé-Lagos (Nigeria)-Douala (Cameroon)-Johannesburg and vv. All operations are on-board B737-700 equipment.

The Togolese carrier...

AeroMéxico reactivates B737NGs to make up for MAX groundingch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.04.2019 - 20:07 UTC
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South Sudan imposes ageing aircraft laws for pax ops

15.04.2019 - 19:07 UTC
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The South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority (SSCAA) has instituted ageing aircraft laws in the interests of boosting public safety.

According to African Daily Voice, Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth told a press conference in Juba earlier this month that from now on, aircraft older than 20 years of age would be restricted to cargo operations.

“Antonov planes flying in South Sudan will no longer transport people but only transport cargo. It is decided that all Antonov (planes) which are 20 years old or more should...

Air Albania to launch own ops in early 2Q19ch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.04.2019 - 17:51 UTC
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ViaAir to relocate ops in Mobile, ALch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.04.2019 - 17:39 UTC
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Italy's Neos to operate scheduled charters from Keflavikch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.04.2019 - 17:06 UTC
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Bolivia courts Turkish Airlines over Viru Viru hub projectch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.04.2019 - 16:58 UTC
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