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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 ...

Tangará da Serra, Brazil sees maiden scheduled pax ops


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Kalitta Air ends B747 Classic operations


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Thai partners Navy for new Utapao MRO facility

Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Royal Thai Navy over the first phase of the Special Eastern Economic Corridor development.

According to a press release, the two entities will cooperate and exchange information, in addition to conducting a joint study, involving the development of an Aircraft Maintenance Center & Air Cargo and Logistics Centre at Utapao International Airport.

The announcement follows a similar ...

Taiwan's China Airlines mulls A320neo for narrowbody fleet

China Airlines (CI, Taipei Taoyuan) is considering its options insofar as replacements for its fleet of B737-800s six of which are now approaching twenty years of age.

According to CAPA, among its options, the Taiwanese carrier is considering the A320neo as it believes an order with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) could curry enough favour with the French government to grant it Paris traffic rights. This would then allow it to compete with rival EVA Air (BR, Taipei Taoyuan) which already ...

Scotland's Standard Life further reduces IAG shareholding

Scottish insurer Standard Life has disposed of a 1.4% stake in IAG International Airlines Group Spain's Expansion newspaper has reported. The sale marks the firm's continued divestment from the European airline conglomerate. In 2014, its shareholding in IAG exceeded 6%. However, this has since declined to 5.8% and then to 4.96% in March this year and now to 3.53%.

Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) is IAG's largest shareholder with a 20% stake. Then follows Capital Research with 10% and ...

Lithuania's KlasJet adds a maiden B737-500

KlasJet (Vilnius) has announced it has added a maiden B737-500 to its fleet in the form of LY-KLJ (msn 28923). The VIP-configured jet features seating for fifty-six passengers and was refurbished earlier this year.

Based out of Lithuania, KlasJet specializes in aircraft management solutions, as well as private and corporate charter flights. Aside from the B737-500, it also operates a VIP-configured CRJ-200, Challenger 850, and Hawker 850XP from its base at Vilnius as well as other airports ...

Iraqi Airways forced to abandon Nasiriyah int'l ops for now


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Malaysia Airlines' stand-alone Hajj unit eyes 4Q18 launch

Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) Chief Executive Officer, Peter Bellew, says he expects the carrier's dedicated Hajj and Umrah charter unit to be up and running by the end of next year.

Speaking to the official Bernama news agency this week, Bellew said the stand-alone charter unit, currently known as "Project Hope", would operate Malaysia Airlines' unwanted A380-800s. As it stands, the six aircraft are to be refitted in the middle of 2018 with the first available for Umrah flights ...

Martinique's Ava Air dismisses AvA Airways' naming claims


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Ukraine's Dart Airlines resumes A319 ops

Dart Airlines (DAT, Kiev Zhuliany) has, once more, added the A319-100 to its fleet inventory Skyliner Aviation has reported. Formerly OH-LVG with Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa), UR-CQG (msn 1916) was positioned from Montpellier to Kiev Zhuliany late last week.

The fourteen-year-old twinjet joins the rest of the Ukrainian operator's fleet of two A320-200s, one B737-300, and one Learjet 60 used to carry out passenger charter flights as well as scheduled services.

Wings of Lebanon leasing a Greek A321

WOL - Wings of Lebanon (W7, Beirut) has wet-leased an A321-200 from Greek ACMI/charter specialist Olympus Airways (OLY, Athens Int'l). Skyliner Aviation indicates SX-BHT (msn 666) arrived in Beirut from Athens Int'l on April 12. Since then, it has been deployed into service on flights to the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm el Sheikh. ch-aviation understands the contract will run until January 18, 2018.

WOL's only in-house aircraft - B737-300 OD-HAJ (msn 26313) - is currently away on ...

Tunisair boosts B737 capacity with leased metal

Tunisair (TU, Tunis) has wet-leased a B737-400 from Lithuanian ACMI/charter operator Grand Cru Airlines (GCA, Vilnius). According to Skyliner Aviation, LY-CGC (msn 23870) was deployed into service on April 13 and has since been used on flights from Tunis to each of Lyon St. Exupéry and Cairo Int'l.

The majority state-owned Tunisian carrier's narrowbody fleet currently entails four A319-100s, seventeen A320-200s, and seven B737-600s used on regional North African and Continental European ...

Egypt's AMC Airlines begins B737 Classic operations

AMC Airlines (AMV, Cairo Int'l) has begun commercial B737-500 operations just over six months after its acquired three aircraft of the type - SU-GBH (msn 25084), SU-GBK (msn 26052) and SU-GBL (msn 26051) - from EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int'l).

Skyliner Aviation research indicates SU-GBK (msn 26052) was recently deployed into service on flights connecting Beirut with the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el Sheikh.

Aside from the three B737-500s, AMC Airlines also operates a single B737-800, SU-BPZ ...

Air Moldova leasing a Ukrainian B737


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Spirit joins list of US carriers withdrawing from Cuba

Spirit Airlines (NK, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) has become the third US carrier to announce its impending withdrawal from the Cuban market. As with Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) and Silver Airways (3M, Fort Lauderdale Int'l), the Ultra Low-Cost Carrier blamed insufficient loads to warrant continued flights.

The Floridian carrier began a 2x daily Fort Lauderdale Int'l-Havana Int'l service on December 1 last year. However, Spirit President and CEO Bob Fornaro told the Sun Sentinel last week ...

Korean gov't scrutinizes foreign capital's role in start-ups


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Japan Airlines inks French private jet partnership deal

JAL - Japan Airlines (JL, Tokyo Haneda) has signed a partnership agreement with Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) for the provision of private jet flights out of Paris.

In an announcement issued on Tuesday, April 18, the carrier said its JAL Falcon Business Jet Service would come into effect from May 1 with passengers arriving on JAL flights at Paris CDG being transferred to DFS's main base at Paris Le Bourget. Return flights to countries such as the Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, South Africa, and ...

Chile's LAW eyes Star Perú merger


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