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Bulgaria's BH Air provisionally ends A319 operations

BH Air - Balkan Holidays Air (8H, Sofia) has ended commercial A319-100 operations for the meantime following the disposal of LZ-AOA (msn 3139) last month. ch-aviation analysis of Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows the aircraft's last flight for the Bulgarians was in early March. According to Skyliner Aviation, the jet has now become D-ASTQ with Germania (ST, Berlin Schönefeld).

BH Air operates a fleet of five A320-200s and one A321-200. In terms of scheduled passenger flights, it offers regular ...

MIAT Mongolian Airlines to lease two more B737 MAX 8s

MIAT - Mongolian Airlines (OM, Ulaanbaatar) will lease two B737 MAX 8s from Air Lease Corporation. The US-based lessor said in a statement the aircraft are sourced from its Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) order book with deliveries due in late 2019 and early 2020.

The two jets will add to two other B737 MAX 8s which the Mongolian carrier will lease from Avolon. Their deliveries are scheduled for the first and second quarters of 2019 respectively.

MIAT currently operates three B737-800s and ...

TAP Portugal to begin EMB-195 ops in mid-2Q17

TAP Portugal (TP, Lisbon) is set to commence commercial EMB-195 operations later this quarter. The Portuguese carrier is expected to take delivery of four aircraft of the type during the current half of year for onward placement with its Portugália Airlines (NI, Lisbon) unit.

Operating under its TAP Express brand, the Embraer Regional Jets will be deployed on flights from Lyon St. Exupéry and Marseilles from May 18 onwards. Thereafter, according to Airline Route, services will include ...
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Air Malta set to make scheduled Middle Eastern debut

Air Malta (KM, Malta) has confirmed it will begin its maiden scheduled services to the Middle East later this week. According to an airline press release, the Maltese carrier will begin 3x weekly Malta-Tel Aviv Ben Gurion, Israel, flights from April 21 onwards. The flight will operate for the duration of the summer season.

“We are thrilled that we can announce Tel Aviv as our new destination for this season. We have been operating regularly on this route offering Malta as a charter ...

Romania's Star East Airlines to add maiden aircraft

Star East Airlines (Bucharest Baneasa) is set to take delivery of its maiden aircraft Skyliner Aviation has reported.

A320-200 YR-SEA (msn 357) was recently seen at Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen sporting the start-up's full livery ahead of its delivery to Romania. No further details concerning the carrier's operational plans are currently known.

Abuja, Nigeria reopens to all traffic

Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport has reopened to all traffic following the completion of runway resurfacing works. Local media reports indicate the first carrier to use the facility was Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) on Tuesday, April 18.

Other foreign operators set to resume flights to the Nigerian capital include Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l), due from April 20. Local operators Dana Air, Med-View Airline, and Air Peace are due to start flights from April 19 onwards.

Oman's SalamAir eyes added capacity for regional expansion


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Ex-EVA Air boss sets plans in motion for new carrier


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flynas outlines fleet renewal plan; issues A320neo lease RFP


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Moldova's FlyOne to add A319 capacity in late 2Q17


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Condor to lease in Lithuanian A320 Family metal this summer


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Latvia's airBaltic to expand B737 fleet with leased metal


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Royal Air Maroc to lease a Slovak B737 this summer


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Ukraine's Bravo Air to start regular Georgia flights

Bravo Airways (Ukraine) (BAY, Kiev Boryspil) is to commence regular flights between Kiev and Batumi, Georgia, with the 2x weekly flights starting June 17.

According to Ukraine's Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, the carrier will deploy its B737-500 and MD-83 aircraft on the flights.

Currently only YanAir (YE, Kiev Zhuliany) serves this route with a weekly capacity of 268 seats.

Bravo was additionally awarded scheduled route authorities to destinations in Tunisia, ...

US carrier Dynamic fined for flight cancellations

Dynamic Airways (2D, Greensboro) has come under fire for failing to promptly notify passengers about flight cancellations, and for not providing refunds to passengers in a timely manner. The North Carolina-based carrier has been fined USD120,000 by the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

Following a number of complaints in 2016, the DOT carried out an investigation of Dynamic's operations. It found that Dynamic regularly failed to provide refunds in a timely manner to passengers affected ...

Air India Express to launch Surat-Dubai flights

Officials from Air India Express (IX, Mumbai Int'l) will visit Surat airport on April 14 to conduct a security and safety survey, ahead of plans to launch direct flights to Dubai Int'l.

Speaking with The Times of India, local parliamentarian C R Paatil said that the budget airline's team will inspect the terminal building, runway and security facilities. "The modification at the terminal building to accommodate the international and domestic passengers as well as the customs facility is ...

G Jets eyes NY commuter flights using PC12s

G Jets (White Plains) has applied to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for commuter air carrier authorisation. The New York-based carrier proposes to run scheduled commuter operations between Hyannis and Nantucket, and between White Plains and Nantucket, using G Jets' existing PC-12 N1211A (msn 663) and a planned additional Cessna (twin piston) 402 aircraft.

The Hyannis – Nantucket route intends to tap into the business market. It will be competing directly against ...

Business Aviation Asia partners with Europe's Luxaviation

BAA Jet Management and Luxaviation (LXA, Luxembourg) have signed a deal which will see the two business jet management specialists working together more closely in Asia and Europe.

"We are proud to have the opportunity to deliver our expertise to the fast-growing Asian and specifically the Chinese business jet market and support BAA to further improve its client services in the region," Luxaviation Asia's managing director, Tom Künsch, said, as quoted in AIN Online.

BAA is wholly owned by ...

Air Berlin to pull plug on Belair in mid-4Q17


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Panama's Uniworld Air Cargo adds maiden B727 freighter

Uniworld Air Cargo (U7, Panamá City Tocumen Int'l) has taken delivery of its maiden B727 freighter Skyliner Aviation has reported. Formerly N287SC (msn 21345) with Capital Cargo International Airlines (PT, Orlando Int'l), the B727-200(F) was positioned from San Bernardino to Panamá City Tocumen Int'l via Tucson Int'l on April 16.

It joins Uniworld's only other aircraft, a near fifty-year-old DC-9-30(F), in service on cargo flights throughout Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.

AeroGround problems delay Air Berlin's SFO & LAX plans


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Lufthansa's A320neo plans delayed due to P&W engine shortage


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India's Alliance Air wants additional aid for Shimla flights

Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) is due to resume flights from Shimla to Delhi Int'l after being awarded the route under the Indian government's Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). However, The Times of India reports that Alliance is seeking additional financial support from the regional government.

Shimla is the capital of the north Indian state Himachal Pradesh in the Himalayan foothills and is the country's only state capital with no flights. Virtual carrier Airhimalayas (Kulu) ...

PIA Pakistan considers using parked A310s for Hajj ops

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) is considering resuming A310-300 operations as part of its 2017 Hajj charter programme. Urdu private news channel Abb Takk quotes an airline application to the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority (PkCAA) seeking a one-time exemption from the country's aging aircraft rules which currently limit commercial aircraft to a maximum of twenty years of age.

The application shows the state-backed carrier plans to return two A310s to service ...

Compass Airlines to close Minneapolis crew base by late 4Q17

Compass Airlines (USA) (CP, Washington Dulles) has confirmed it will close its Minneapolis/St. Paul crew base by the end of the current year. The Washington-based capacity provider said in a press statement issued to local media that while its Minneapolis-based pilots, flight attendants and mechanics would be moved to the company's other crew bases at Seattle Tacoma Int'l and Los Angeles Int'l, its corporate office would remain in the Twin Cities.

"The majority of our flying is already on the ...