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Qatar considers cutting Auckland over laptop restrictions

Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) has said it will consider cutting flights to New Zealand if the government implements plans to ban laptops on flights originating from the Middle East, reports Reuters.

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has said that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is assessing whether or not to ban large electronic devices on certain flights.

"With this particular proposition there’s a balance between inconvenience for passengers, many of whom live off their ...

Germany's SundAir outlines 3Q17 launch plans


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Mozambique opens up market to foreign carriers; issues RFP


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Italian gov't dispels Alitalia renationalization rumours

Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Giuliano Poletti, has dispelled any notion that Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) could be renationalized after staff voted on Monday to reject a restructuring programme.

The ratification of the agreement was crucial to Alitalia securing a EUR2 billion euro capital increase, including EUR900 million euros of fresh funds, from shareholders that include Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) and a variety of Italian banks. According to local media ...

PIA Pakistan CEO Hildenbrand sacked

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l), Bernd Hildenbrand, has been relieved from his post, reports Pakistani media. Chief Financial Officer, Nayyar Hayat, who has been acting CEO while Hildenbrand has been on leave, will take on CEO duties.

Over the past year, Hildenbrand has been the subject of a number of accusations. Among these are that he sold an airworthy A310-300 to a museum for below its market price, and that he made a bad ...

Saratov Airlines secures right to use Izhevsk airport


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Thai Airways, Nok Air, Thai Smile work on strategic plan

Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) and its two affiliates, Nok Air (DD, Bangkok Don Mueang) and Thai Smile (WE, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi), will meet at the end of this month to create a plan to streamline management of all three airlines under the entity THAI Group.

The joint framework will include flight routes, maintenance and group services, aircraft parking, and joint marketing, reports The Bangkok Post. Under THAI Group, the three airlines will have just one board of ...

Russia's S7 to relaunch base at Novosibirsk, Siberia

S7 Airlines (S7, Novosibirsk) is to base six EMB-170s at Novosibirsk airport this summer as it rebuilds its base in the Siberian region, reports Russian Aviation Insider. The base will provide feeder flights to nearby Siberia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Novosibirsk was S7's original home, however it currently operates considerably more flights from Moscow Domodedovo.

S7 penned a deal with GECAS late last year for seventeen E170s, and the aircraft are due to start coming into operation this ...

South Korea's Asiana Airlines adds maiden A350

Asiana Airlines (OZ, Seoul Incheon) has taken delivery of its maiden A350-900 following a handing-over ceremony at Toulouse Blagnac on Monday, April 24.

On lease from SMBC Aviation Capital, HL8078 (msn 94) is one of four aircraft of the type that will be delivered from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) to the South Korean carrier this year. A further two are due in 2018.

The type's maiden service is scheduled for May 15 with flights between Seoul Incheon and Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l. ...

Cardiff, Wales set for Asian inc'l debut in 2018

Cardiff International Airport will see its maiden intercontinental services to the Middle East during 2018.

Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Akbar al Baker said in a statement the service, whose launch date was not revealed, would stimulate the Wales and south west England tourism markets through increased global arrivals delivered via the carrier's Doha Hamad Int'l hub.

“This is a ‘game changing’ announcement for Cardiff Airport and for Wales,"
Roger ...

SAA eyes more African inc'l 5th Freedom routes

Given the success it has seen at its West African hub in Accra, Ghana, South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) is seeking to expand its 5th Freedom business model to include more destinations across Africa.

The Star Alliance carrier began operations out of the Ghanaian capital to each of Abidjan and Washington Dulles in August 2015 by virtue of the country's liberal policy of awarding foreign carriers 5th Freedom traffic rights. Similar rights have since been secured from the ...

Taiwan's TransAsia Airways disposes of A321, A330 fleets

TransAsia Airways (GE, Taipei Sung Shan) has announced it has tentatively found a buyer for its parked fleet of two A321-200s and two A330-300s.

In a statement to Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) this week, the defunct carrier said that following a tender issued earlier this year, it had received multiple bids from various interested parties. However, at the time of sale, the highest bidder agreed to defer the sale to the second highest bidder given the inordinate lengths of time it would ...

Myanmar's Air KBZ takes delivery of first Fokker 70

Air KBZ (K7, Yangon) has taken delivery of its maiden Fokker 70 following the arrival of PH-KZE (msn 11576) this past weekend. According to Skyliner Aviation, the ex-KLM cityhopper (WA, Amsterdam) twinjet arrived in Southeast Asia this past weekend following a positioning flight routed Maastricht, Luxembourg, Trabzon, Al Ain, Nagpur, Yangon, and Naypyitaw.

As previously reported, a second of the type, PH-KZC (msn 11566), is due to arrive in the coming weeks. Until the Fokker Aircraft arrived, ...

Viva Nepal granted an ASL, eyes B737s, ATR72s

Viva Nepal Airways (Kathmandu) has been granted an Air Services Licence (ASL), valid for one year, from the Nepali government ahead of plans to begin operations later this year.

Quoting government officials, the Kathmandu Post reports the start-up has been allocated route authorities to connect Kathmandu with each of Delhi Int'l, Doha Hamad Int'l, Dubai Int'l, Kuala Lumpur Int'l, and Dhaka. It plans to bring in four B737-800s and two ATR72-500s to service the routes. Of the six aircraft, four ...

Kuwait Airways' privatization once more on the cards


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Kazakhstan's SkyBus resumes operations


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Russia's iFly Airlines adds maiden A330-200

iFly Airlines (RSY, Moscow Vnukovo) has added a maiden A330-200 to its current fleet of two A330-300s and two B757-200s. Skyliner Aviation reports EI-FSF (msn 295) was delivered to the Russian passenger charter specialist on Friday, April 21.

iFly Airlines operates charter flights to leisure destinations in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Thailand, Spain, China, Italy, and Turkey for and on behalf of the TEZ-Tour agency.

Air Serbia considers fleet update as part of 5-year plan

Air Serbia (JU, Belgrade) is considering several decisions regarding its fleet, according to EX-YU Aviation.

As part of a five-year development plan, the carrier plans to renew its regional fleet of six ATR72s, although it is likely to stick with the type.

"There are a few options we are looking at as part of the five-year plan," CEO Dane Kondic is reported as saying. "We are still wedded to the ATRs as an aircraft type, that's for sure, because the ATR has great economics. It is not as ...

Clarksburg axes ViaAir contract; airport seeks new carrier

Clarksburg North Central West Virginia Airport officials have served notice on ViaAir (VC, Orlando Int'l) to cease operations at the airport, following disappointing service, reports The Exponent Telegram. The airport is now on the lookout for a new carrier.

"Service from Via has deteriorated dramatically," said Senator Mike Romano, following a meeting of the Benedum Airport Authority which manages the facility. The Authority says that ViaAir's flights were frequently delayed and ...

Thai Air Asia recertified by Thai aviation authority

Thai AirAsia (FD, Bangkok Don Mueang) is the second Thai commercial carrier to complete its AOC recertification according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand's (CAAT) revised, ICAO-compliant standards. In a statement, Thai Air Asia CEO Tassapon Bijleveld said the budget carrier is determined to adhere to international safety standards.

"Thai AirAsia is ready to continue to work for the nation to remove the red flags placed upon its airline industry as planned," Bijleveld said.

As ...

Aero Contractors' previous owners keen to take back control

The previous owners of Nigeria's Aero Contractors (NIG, Lagos) are keen to take back control from current majority owners, the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), reports news site This Day.

Previous to AMCON stepping in, Aero Contractors was 100% owned by the Ibru family. AMCON acquired a 60% stake in late 2012 after the carrier found itself unable to pay its debts. At the time, then Managing Director of AMCON, Mustafa Chike-Obi, said the government body would be happy to sell its ...

Thailand's Kan Air suspends ops due to grounded fleet

Kan Air (K8, Chiang Mai) has ceased all operations as of April 21 after being forced to ground its aircraft due to technical difficulties. Kan Air President Somphong Sooksanguan says that the airline will not close down altogether, but he expects to be operational again in the next few weeks.

Kan Air's ATR72-500 has been grounded since March 20 due to a problem with its propeller. The carrier's Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208B has now also been grounded, leaving Kan Air with no ...

Canada's Summit Air Charters to open Calgary base

Summit Air Charters (Yellowknife) has announced that it will be opening an operating base at Calgary to support its growing footprint in Western Canada. The Canadian passenger charter specialist provides Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) crew movement solutions to a number of mining clients in Canada’s north, using its fleet of Alberta-based jet and turboprop aircraft. 

“Adding Calgary as an operational base will facilitate further growth into the southern markets not currently serviced by Summit Air ...

Egyptair Cargo kicks off fleet renewal process


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Delta orders ten more B737-900(ER)s

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) has ordered ten B737-900(ER)s from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) a recent SEC filing has revealed.

Delta states the aircraft are Incremental as defined under its existing purchase agreement with the US manufacturer. They are being used to replace older, less cost-effective B757-200 aircraft of which it operates 104.

The ch-aviation aircraft database shows Delta currently operates seventy-six B737-900(ER)s.

The carrier's ...