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Myanmar's Air Mandalay to resume ops in late 4Q17

15NOV2017

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EgyptAir to lease fifteen A320neo from AerCap

15NOV2017
EgyptAir Holding has announced it has reached an agreement with AerCap for the long-term operating lease of fifteen A320neo aircraft.

The aircraft, which are to be powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engine, are sourced from AerCap’s Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) order book and are scheduled to deliver to EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int'l) in 2020.

The jets will be used to replace the Egyptian carrier's existing fleet of four A320-200s and four A321-200s which are to be retired and disposed of ...

flydubai commits to 225 B737 MAX

15NOV2017
flydubai (FZ, Dubai Int'l) has signed an agreement with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for 225 B737 MAX representing the largest-ever single-aisle jet order – by number of aeroplanes and total value – from a Middle East carrier.

Announced during the 2017 Dubai Airshow, the agreement includes a commitment for 175 MAX aeroplanes with purchase rights for an additional fifty. Though the balance of the initial order will be made up of B737 MAX 8 and 9s, more than fifty of the first 175 aircraft will ...
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Indigo Partners inks MOU for 430 A320neo Family jets

15NOV2017
Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with four airlines overseen by US low-cost carrier investment specialists, Indigo Partners LLC.

In a statement, the European manufacturer said the order, once finalized, would total 430 additional A320neo Family aircraft to be allocated to each of Frontier Airlines (United States), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary).

According to Volaris, its tentative order extends to ...

EgyptAir to lease six B787s from AerCap

15NOV2017
EgyptAir Holding has signed longterm lease agreements with AerCap involving six B787-9s. Powered by Rolls-Royce engines, the aircraft are sourced from the lessor's Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) order book and will deliver in 2019.

The announcement was made during the 2017 Dubai Airshow in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation, Sherif Fathi, EgyptAir Holding Chairman and CEO Safwat Musallam, EgyptAir Chairman and CEO Captain Sherif Ezzat, AerCap CEO Aengus Kelly, and AerCap ...

Wizz Air orders 146 A320neo Family jets

15NOV2017
Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for the purchase of a further 146 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft entailing seventy-two A320neo and seventy-four A321neo.

In a statement, the Hungarian LCC said that while deliveries will start in 2022, the bulk of this order's aircraft will be delivered in 2025 and 2026, following on from the delivery of the 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft ordered by Wizz Air in 2015. It ...

Bolivia's Amaszonas eyes 2018 launch for Argentine unit

15NOV2017

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SprintAir quits Radom, stops scheduled passenger flights

15NOV2017
SprintAir (P8, Warsaw Chopin) has performed its last flight to Radom on October 29 after the contract with the municipal authorities there had expired.

Sprint Air was contracted by the local government to operate services to Gdansk (2x weekly), Lviv (2x weekly) and Prague (1x weekly) using a Saab 340A since April 2016. Previously the charter and cargo specialist also operated from Radom to Wroclaw and Berlin Tegel, but these services have been discontinued.

The carrier will now focus on ...

Micronesia takes delivery of first Y12E

15NOV2017

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AirAsia pitches LCC proposal to Sri Lankan govt

15NOV2017
AirAsia Group has approached the Sri Lankan government over a proposed new budget carrier - AirAsia Sri Lanka (Colombo Int'l) - in which the island's state would hold a majority 51% stake.

According to Sri Lanka's Sunday Times newspaper, the Malaysian budget carrier group made an hour-long presentation to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) last week. Among the team was Dilhan Haradasa, AirAsia’s Group Head of Network and Regulatory Affairs.

According to a source who ...

flydubai in talks for new aircraft order

15NOV2017
flydubai (FZ, Dubai Int'l) is in talks with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) and Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) over a potential new order for up to 175 aircraft, industry sources have told Reuters. Although chief executive Ghaith al-Ghaith confirmed the discussions, he declined to mention numbers or preferred type.

The Emirati budget carrier currently operates fifty-six B737-800s which will be gradually replaced with a fleet of seventy-five B737 MAX 8s, the first of which is due to enter service ...

Gulf Air to lease five B787-9s from DAE

14NOV2017
Gulf Air (GF, Bahrain Int'l) has signed a lease agreement with DAE Capital (DAE) involving five B787-9s due to enter the Bahraini carrier’s fleet next year. The airline plans to use the aircraft to facilitate future network development, it said.

“The incoming aircraft represent an important step in our strategic direction toward furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernization process, enhancing passenger comfort and broadening our network as we look to strengthen our presence across the globe,” ...

Air Arabia confirms A321neo (LR) lease plans

14NOV2017
Air Arabia (G9, Sharjah) has confirmed a 2016 deal with Air Lease Corporation for six A321neo is based entirely on the LR (Long Range) variant. The type will enable the Sharjah-based LCC to boost capacity on existing high-demand routes while opening up new destinations within an 8-hour radius.

"In 8 hours, you can reach China, Thailand, South Africa, Central Africa, Morocco, Eastern Europe and Russia," Adel Al Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia, told the Khaleej Times.

Deliveries are expected to ...

Bombardier in talks to revise Delta C-Series deliveries

14NOV2017
Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) President (Commercial Aircraft), Fred Cromer, has confirmed the Canadian manufacturer is looking to revise its Delta Air Lines CS100 delivery schedule given concerns the US International Trade Commission (ITC) could approve, in early 2018, a recent US Department of Commerce decision to slap a 300% duty on the aircraft.

"We are looking at alternative opportunities for aircraft to be delivered to other customers," Cromer told Reuters at the Dubai ...

Thailand expecting surge in applications for licences

14NOV2017
The director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has confirmed two start-up carriers have submitted applications for Air Operator's Licences (AOL) to the regulator.

Speaking to The Bangkok Post, Chula said the applicants are looking at offering domestic services and as such, their requests will be considered later this month by a committee. Thereafter, they will be forwarded to Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith for confirmation.

If granted, the entrants ...

Samoa Airways adds maiden aircraft, launches

14NOV2017
Samoa Airways (OL, Apia Fagali'i) has commenced jet operations following the arrival of its first jet aircraft, B737-800 I-NEOS (msn 32733), in the South Pacific this past weekend.

On wet-lease from Italy's Neos (NO, Milan Malpensa), the twinjet was deployed into service on its maiden flight - OL731 Apia Faleolo-Auckland Int'l - on Monday, November 14. Samoa Airways will run the route 6x weekly alongside a 2x weekly Apia-Sydney Kingsford Smith service.

The carrier's launch also coincides ...

EgyptAir eyes 12+12 CS300s; Iraqi Airways still keen

14NOV2017
EgyptAir Holding has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) for twelve firm CS300s with purchase rights for an additional twelve of the type. The aircraft are to be powered by Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofans (GTF).

"We undertook a thorough evaluation process of our fleet and realized that the CS300 would fit perfectly into our business plans and growth strategy,” Safwat Musallam, Chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company, said in a statement issued during ...

Kuwait's Wataniya Airways to add twenty-five A320neo

14NOV2017
Wataniya Airways (Q9, Kuwait) is set to introduce A320neo metal after its exclusive aircraft provider, Golden Falcon Aviation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for twenty-five of the type.

The agreement was signed at the Dubai Airshow 2017 by Dr. Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, the Chairman of Golden Falcon Aviation, and John Leahy, Airbus's Chief Operating Officer, in the presence of Ali Al Fouzan, Chairman of Wataniya Airways.

Wataniya Airways resumed ...

Ethiopian orders more B777 freighters; warms to B797

14NOV2017
Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) has ordered four more B777-Fs US manufacturer Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) has announced. In a statement, Boeing said the aircraft entail a new order for two freighters as well as two more the airline announced as a commitment in June that were only recently firmed.

Ethiopian currently operates six B777 freighters alongside two B757-200(PF)s.

Separately, Ethiopian's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam, has told Reuters his airline is ...

Yemenia secures Saudi nod, resumes operations

14NOV2017

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Myanmar seeks funding to pay off defunct MA-60 fleet

14NOV2017
Myanmar's Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications, U Kyaw Myo, has confirmed the country's government is scouting for funds to pay off a CNY399 million yuan (USD60.1 million) loan, secured from China EXIM Bank, for three now inoperative MA-60s.

According to The Myanmar Times, U Kyaw Myo told a parliamentary hearing last week that while partial loan repayments have been made, the outstanding principal and interest payment amount is still in excess of CNY300 million. As such, though ...

China's Uni-Top Airlines to develop Tianjin, Kunming hub ops

14NOV2017

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China's Northern Airlines eyes Thai carrier acquisition

14NOV2017

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Myanmar's APEX Airlines temporarily suspends operations

14NOV2017

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Eurowings to add CRJ capacity in 1Q18

14NOV2017

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