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Ryanair labour disputes must be heard locally – ECJ

15SEP2017
Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has been told by the European Court of Justice that labour disputes must be heard in the country where the employee is based, rather than in Ireland. In its ruling, the ECJ said that the clause which determines under which jurisdiction labour grievances will be heard – "the place where the employee habitually carries out his work" – should be interpreted to mean the employee's place of work, not where the employer's contract is sited.

The Irish low-cost carrier has ...

Embraer susses out airlines over possible regional turboprop

15SEP2017

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French Polynesian start-up, Islands, eyes late 2Q18 launch

15SEP2017

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Brazil's Modern Logistics commences scheduled cargo ops

15SEP2017

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Thai VietJetAir anticipates resuming int'l ops in 4Q17

15SEP2017

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Thailand's Wisdom Airways to launch in late 4Q17

15SEP2017
Wisdom Airways is a planned new Thai domestic carrier looking to operate inter-provincial flights from Chiang Mai. According to The Bangkok Post, the start-up will commence operations on December 1 of this year serving each of Pai, Nan, and Chiang Rai. Operations are onboard a pair of Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208Bs leased from the United States.

CEO Picharn Kwangchuchai added that in the second year of operations, Wisdom Airways will add a maiden DHC-6 to foster further ...

National Airlines secures 747 ACMI contract with China's BST

15SEP2017
National Airlines (N8, Orlando Sanford) has announced it has placed two B747-400(F)s with China's BST Logistics via a wet-lease agreement that began last month. As of August, BST Logistics has also deepened its cooperation with China Aerospace International Holdings Ltd. for its ACMI operations.

“It is our plan to develop charter business in civil aviation operating services. With BST’s rich experience in air charter and ACMI operation, as well as National Airlines' professional team in air ...

Atlas Air secures DHL 747 wet-lease contract

15SEP2017
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has announced it has placed a B747-400(F) with DHL Global Forwarding, the world’s largest airfreight forwarding company and a division of the Deutsche Post DHL Group.

The aircraft will be operated by its Atlas Air (5Y, New York JFK) unit and will fly on behalf of DHL Global Forwarding through an ACMI agreement.

The new service will commence this month and will serve routes between the United States, Europe, and Asia.

China's Okay Airways begins IPO process

15SEP2017

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Perugia airport grilled as Fly Volare still not OK to fly

15SEP2017

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Air Djibouti eyes 70-seaters, B737 freighters

15SEP2017
Air Djibouti (2F, Djibouti) is preparing for its next stage of growth the chairman of technical partner, Cardiff Aviation, has revealed.

Launched in August 2015 using a Fokker 27(F) chartered from Astral Aviation (8V, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta), Air Djibouti eventually branched into the passenger services niche using a single B737-400 chartered from VVB Aviation Malta (IV, Malta). Its only passenger aircraft, at present, is a BAe 146-300 wet-leased from South Africa's Fair Aviation (2F, Lanseria) ...

Cambodia's Lanmei Airlines eyes Macau-Palau ops

15SEP2017
Lanmei Airlines (LQ, Phnom Penh) is looking to operate 5th Freedom flights between Macau Int'l and Koror, Palau, ch-aviation analysis of schedule data has revealed.

The Cambodian start-up has filed plans to run the route 3x weekly effective September 29, 2017, using A319-100 equipment.

Lanmei Airlines is a Chinese-backed venture looking to commence operations later this month with Phnom Penh-Siem Reap flights. It is believed to be in the process of securing its Air Operator's Certificate ...

Ethiopian set to become major Mozambique market player

15SEP2017

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Libya's Buraq Air set to resume ops

15SEP2017

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Papua New Guinea may revive Air Niugini privatization plans

15SEP2017
Papua New Guinea's parliament could resume the process of drafting legislation that will set the tone for the privatization of Air Niugini (PX, Port Moresby).

In an interview with Australia's ABC, the airline's chairman, Frederick Reiher, said the government would retain at least 50% ownership of the carrier with the other 50% open to investors, including those from abroad. This, however, will require an Act of Parliament the legislation for which was drafted during the previous 9th PNG ...

New Zealand CAA suspends Sunair's AOC

14SEP2017
Sunair Aviation (Tauranga) has been grounded as of Friday, September 8, after the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) suspended its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) for the second time in almost twelve months.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the carrier's Certificate of Airworthiness was also suspended in a move that will initially keep the carrier grounded for a 10-day period. The exact cause for the suspension of the AOC was not specified.

During the previous occurrence ...

Burkina Faso gov't to restructure, grow Air Burkina's ops

14SEP2017

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Tibet Airlines to open Xi'an base

14SEP2017

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OFAC blacklists Ukraine's Dart Airlines, Khors Aircompany

14SEP2017
The US Department of the Treasury has announced the addition of Ukrainian ACMI/charter operators Dart Airlines (D4, Kiev Zhuliany) and Khors Aircompany (KHO, Kiev Boryspil) to its Specially Designated Nationals list for their respective dealings with Iran.

In its latest SDN update, the bureau responsible for administering and enforcing US economic and trade sanctions, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), said the two were also subject to secondary sanctions. Typically, the measures ...

Air Canada to use B737 MAX for transatlantic ops

14SEP2017
Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) has confirmed it will use its incoming fleet of B737 MAX 8s for transatlantic services with effect from summer 2018.

In a statement, the carrier said it would deploy the MAX on expanded seasonal services to Ireland - Toronto Pearson-Shannon and Montréal Trudeau-Dublin Int'l - from March 2018 onwards. Both routes will operate 4x weekly.

The Canadian carrier is expecting to take delivery of two B737 MAX 8s this year with a further sixteen due by year-end ...

Turkish Airlines eyeing B787s, A350s; mulls China growth

14SEP2017

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Norfolk Island Airlines cancels Auckland route amid fee hike

14SEP2017
Norfolk Island Airlines (Norfolk Island) will cancel its Auckland Int'l flights as at January 14, 2018, the airline has announced. The route was only launched in June this year, but the carrier says that increased taxes have rendered the route unprofitable.

In June 2017, the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) approved its 2017-18 operational plan, which agreed to increase passenger embarkation & disembarkation fees from AUD23.10 (USD18.50) to AUD45.00 (USD36.00). The increased fee would ...

Russia's Kosmos negotiates for two Tu-214s

14SEP2017

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Philippines AirAsia IPO back on for 2018

14SEP2017
Despite suggesting that it might be moved forward to 4Q17, Philippine AirAsia's IPO is now back on track for 2018.

As early as 2015, the newly founded Philippines AirAsia (Z2, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) said it would go public in 2018, with then-CEO Joy Caneba saying the airline would secure its market presence in the Philippines first. Late last year, however, Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of parent company AirAsia Berhad, said the IPO could be moved forward to late 2017.

"I'm going to do ...

Swedish consumer watchdog censures NextJet for ticket sales

14SEP2017

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