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India's SpiceJet to lease in B787s for longhaul debut

SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) has confirmed previous speculative reports pointing to its anticipated venture into the longhaul low-cost market.

The Indian budget carrier's chairman Ajay Singh told The Times of India in an interview last week that SpiceJet would lease two B787s, said to be B787-8s, for use in serving cities in Europe among other destinations.

"We are looking at starting the service by this winter," he said. "Two Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be leased and we may fly to cities in ...

Krivyi Rih, Ukraine to again see commercial summer flights

The airport serving the southwestern Ukrainian city of Krivyi Rih will again see commercial passenger flights after Anda Air (SSV, Kiev Zhuliany) announced the launch of a weekly return service to Batumi, Georgia.

Georgia's Agenda newspaper reports the route will operate onboard the Ukrainian charter specialist's MD-83 aircraft, a second and third of which are due later this year. The flights will run from June 21 until August 30.

Fellow charter operator ...

China's YTO Airlines in talks to acquire B757s

YTO Express Airlines (YG, Hangzhou) is shopping for B757 passenger jets for use in converting to freighters, CargoFacts has reported quoting informed sources familiar with the situation.

According to the report, the Chinese logistics specialist is in talks with an unspecified third party over the proposed acquisition of nine B757s. The carrier is believed to have also reached a deal with China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) to acquire five of its outgoing B757s. The report also dispelled ...
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Avianca Argentina outlines plans for early 3Q17 launch


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Qantas Freight inks US mail contract with China's Sai Cheng

Qantas Freight (XME, Sydney Kingsford Smith) has announced it has entered into a one-year agreement with Sai Cheng Logistics International (Sai Cheng) to fly airmail out of China to the United States on a weekly basis.

Sai Cheng is a joint venture company between Australia Post and China Post, which provides an integrated logistics solution for Chinese customers to overseas markets including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US, Europe, and South America.

Under this contract, Qantas ...

Kazakhstan's Bek Air aircraft detained at Astana airport

An aircraft operated by Bek Air (Z9, Almaty) was detained at Astana airport for fifteen hours last week, due to safety and technical reasons, the carrier has disclosed. It is preparing to sue local authorities over the matter.

The Fokker 100 UP-F1009 operating as scheduled flight Z9-2013 on the route Almaty-Astana-Aktobe returned to Astana following a failure to lock the landing gear after takeoff. The carrier performed a safety check and decided to ferry the aircraft back to its base at ...

Air Greenland CEO resigns with immediate effect


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Nigeria accuses Ethiopian Airlines of charging illegal fees

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has criticised Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) for forcing Nigerian passengers bound for South Africa to pay a 'deportation fee'.

General Manager of Public Relations for the NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, said that the authority had cautioned the Ethiopian carrier to stop the collection of a fee of USD75 from passengers before allowing them to board flights from Lagos to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo via Addis Ababa. The fee goes up to USD150 for layovers ...

Islamabad considers PIA Pakistan's future prospects

The government of Pakistan is weighing up its options as it considers how to save ailing PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) – with some even calling for the national carrier to be shut down altogether, reports local news site Dawn.

A Senate Special Committee on the Performance of PIA convened this week to discuss the future of the airline. The Prime Minister's Advisor on Aviation, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, said that there were three options: carry on operating at a loss, ...

Colombia's Pacifica de Aviación begins Let 410 ops


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Sudan's Badr Airlines partners Aloor Airlines for Juba ops

Badr Airlines (J4, Khartoum) has resumed flights to South Sudan following the signing of a partnership agreement with South Sudanese operator Aloor Airlines (Juba).

The Sudan Tribune reports Badr Airlines is slated to operate flights between the South Sudanese towns of Wau and Juba with an onward sector to the North Sudanese capital Khartoum. The first such service took place early last week using B737 equipment.

Badr Airlines last served Juba between 2004 and 2011 when the city was still ...

Northern Cyprus set for new Lefkosa-based carrier


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Kenya's Fly540 adds maiden Q300

Fly540 (5H, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has taken delivery of its maiden Dash 8-300 following the arrival of 5Y-CGH (msn 525). According to Skyliner Aviation, the former InterSky (3L, Friedrichshafen) turboprop was positioned from Maastricht to Kenya via Montpellier, Malta, and Alexandria Borg el Arab this past weekend. The deal was facilitated by Airstream International Group.

Fly540 is a Kenyan low-cost carrier operating two CRJ-100s, two CRJ-200s, and one Dash 8-100 on scheduled passenger ...

India's Jet Airways to phase out ATR fleet

Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) is planning to transition its fleet to an all-jet composition following reports it is looking to retire its fleet of Avions de Transport Régional turboprops.

The Indian carrier currently operates fifteen ATR72-500s and three -600s on scheduled passenger flights connecting India's Tier I cities with smaller Tier II and III towns.

However, sources familiar with the matter told India's Business Standard newspaper that the aircraft are being withdrawn given Jet ...

Alaska's Tanana Air Service begins Dillingham base ops


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China's Tianjin Airlines revises Moscow operational plans

Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) has revised its proposed Moscow operational plans set to commence early next month ch-aviation analysis of schedule data has revealed.

Effective June 7, the HNA Group unit will connect each of Tianjin and Chongqing with Moscow Sheremetyevo and not Moscow Domodedovo as previously announced. Operations remain on-board A330-200 equipment.

Malta's Maleth-Aero strikes partnership deal with Oryx Jet

Maleth-Aero (MLT, Malta) has announced it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with UK-based executive aviation specialist Oryx Jet (London Luton) wherein the two will combine their respective industry expertise to further their B737 VIP charter operations and ACMI activities.

Under the terms of the deal, disclosed last week in a press communique, Malta-based Maleth-Aero said it would focus on a wide range of services including aircraft management and charters while Oryx Jet would ...

Nigeria's Azman Air begins int'l ops; eyes widebody jets

Azman Air (AZM, Kano) has selected Saudi Arabia for its maiden international and intercontinental services. The Nigerian carrier said in a statement 2x weekly return flights between Kano and Jeddah began on May 12. Operations are onboard Azman Air's fleet of two B737-300s and two B737-500s.

Until this development, Azman Air had focussed exclusively on the Nigerian domestic market connecting Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt Omagwa, Kano, Birmin Kebbi, Gombe, Maiduguri, and Yola.

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Southwest edges towards starting flights to Hawaii

Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) sees the launch of flights to Hawaii as a priority, the Texan LCC's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gary Kelly has disclosed.

According to USAtoday, Kelly told a press conference following Southwest's annual shareholders meeting last week that the Pacific island archipelago was among the prospective destinations being looked at.

"We're deciding what our plans are for 2018 and Hawaii is important to us," he said.

However, when pushed to confirm ...

Japan's Peach Aviation to open Sendai base in late 3Q17

Peach Aviation (MM, Osaka Kansai) has confirmed it will open a new base in Sendai towards the end of the third quarter of this year.

The ANA Holdings budget carrier said in a statement that effective September 24, it will develop new services from the eastern Japanese seaboard city to each of Sapporo Chitose and Taipei Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Together with its Sendai-Osaka Kansai flights that opened in April 2013, these new services will expand the Peach network out of Sendai to two domestic ...

Cathay Pacific slashes 600 jobs in 'transformation program'

Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) has announced that it is cutting 600 jobs at its Group's Hong Kong head office, following a disastrous year that saw a full-year loss of HKD575 million (USD73.9 million).

Rumours of the cuts circulated earlier this year, with a memo seen by Reuters saying that the companies - including its passenger subsidiary Cathay Dragon (KA, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) - had become stagnant. "Our airlines have not seen a review of the business or restructured our ...

Hainan Airlines plans fleet expansion through bond issue

Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) has announced that it plans to purchase nineteen aircraft, reports Reuters. In a Shanghai Stock Exchange filing, Hainan said that it planned to partly fund the CNY28.9 billion (USD4.19 billion) fleet expansion through the issue of CNY15 billion (USD2.18 billion) in convertible bonds.

According to Reuters, Hainan Airlines says that the addition of nineteen aircraft is expected to increase revenue by CNY5.14 billion (USD746 million) annually.

According to ...

Jambojet takes delivery of Q400 leased from IFC

Jambojet (JM, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has taken delivery of a new Dash 8-400 with registration 5Y-JXB (msn 4555). The Q400 is the first of two the Kenya Airways low-cost subsidiary is leasing from Ilyushin Finance this year, both of which are sourced directly from the Russian lessor's Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) order book.

Jambojet specialises in scheduled passenger flights throughout Kenya with services connecting Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta with Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Malindi, Mombasa and ...

AerFin acquires Saudia's Embraer fleet

AerFin is set to acquire Saudia's fleet of fifteen EMB-170 aircraft, the end-of-life specialist has announced. The Saudia (SV, Jeddah) fleet was retired during the course of 2016, with the last commercial flight occurring on December 19, 2016.

The acquisition, which was remarketed by Airstream International Group, includes all the spare parts, engines, tooling and equipment that goes along with supporting the fleet.

In its statement, AerFin says that it plans to lease out some of the ...

Volaris Costa Rica plans international expansion


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