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Dispute over Male's seaplane terminal continues

19.01.2020 - 21:44 UTC

The operation of a seaplane terminal currently being built in Malé could soon be transferred to Trans Maldivian Airways (HUM, Malé) despite the move lacking parliamentary approval, lawmaker Yaugoob Abdulla has warned.

Abdulla, who represents the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), said in a tweet that the government would incur losses as a result of the move. This would then require a Finance Committee portfolio inquiry which could veto the transfer. He tagged the Anti-Corruption Commission of the Maldives in his tweet....

Local Pskov gov't ditches plans to privatise Pskovaviach-aviation PRO exclusive

19.01.2020 - 21:06 UTC

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17.01.2020 - 17:19 UTC

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China's Xiamen Airlines issues RFP for 10 A321neoch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.01.2020 - 16:19 UTC

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Malta's Air Horizont again eyes scheduled ops from Zaragozach-aviation PRO exclusive

17.01.2020 - 15:19 UTC

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FAA grants exemptions for cargo carriers on Middle East ops

17.01.2020 - 14:19 UTC

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has eased rules on US cargo carriers flying in select Middle Eastern airspace.

The shift comes after numerous cargo and express package operators requested relief from NOTAM A0003/20, which was issued on January 7 restricting all US carriers from operating in overwater airspace above the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

The FAA has now written to Atlas Air (and its subsidiaries Polar Air Cargo and Southern Air), FedEx Express, Kalitta Air...

China's Qingdao Airlines plans N Korea flights in early 4Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.01.2020 - 13:19 UTC

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Malaysia Airlines defers 2020 B737 MAX deliveries

17.01.2020 - 12:19 UTC

Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has suspended B737 MAX deliveries from Boeing, due to the delayed return to service of the aircraft type since it was grounded globally last year.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, the Malaysian flag carrier had been expecting a total of fifteen B737-8s and ten B737-10s. The airline said that deliveries had been due to start in July with five to be delivered in 2020.

“In view of the production stoppage and the delayed return to service of the 737...

Melbourne Avalon gains first Indonesia route with Citilink

17.01.2020 - 11:19 UTC

Melbourne Avalon will gain its first flight to Indonesia on January 24, when Citilink (QG, Surabaya) will launch a daily service from Denpasar, according to a press release issued by the Australian airport. The city pair is only the facility's second international route, adding to AirAsia X's existing service to Kuala Lumpur Int'l.

The Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) subsidiary began flying between Perth Int'l and Denpasar in November last year, but this will be the airline's first service to...

Viet Nam's Bamboo Airways to debut European ops by mid-2Q20

17.01.2020 - 10:19 UTC

Bamboo Airways (QH, Hanoi) plans to start its first service to Europe this spring, the airline said on January 14. Its overseas network currently includes services to Taiwan, Macao, and South Korea only.

"We are working hard to quickly complete procedures, officially bringing the [Hanoi], Vietnam - Prague Ruzyne direct route into operation by April 2020," Bui Quang Dung, Deputy General Director of Bamboo Airways, said in a Facebook post.

The airline intends to launch the service with its growing...

Romania's Animawings to launch charter ops in 2Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.01.2020 - 08:43 UTC

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Turkish Airlines withdraws from Sabiha Gökcen int'l routes

17.01.2020 - 06:20 UTC

Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul New) has signalled its intention to step away from international services at Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen, transferring its overseas network to subsidiary AnadoluJet (TK, Ankara Esenboga), according to the Turkish Anadolu news agency.

The move makes sense for the Star Alliance carrier, as it will seek to concentrate its efforts on building its east-west hub at nearby Istanbul New. By contrast, Sabiha Gökcen is primarily a point-to-point airport, although, given the scale of Turkish...

Venezuela demands foreign airlines pay for fuel in petros

17.01.2020 - 05:35 UTC

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has signed a decree wherein the state-owned oil and gas company PDVSA must sell its products using the petro, a cryptocurrency launched by the government of Venezuela in February 2018.

The digital asset, which is not available at virtual exchange houses besides bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to assess its current value and is vetoed by the United States, is intended to supplement the country's plummeting bolívar fuerte currency, dodging US sanctions while accessing international financing....

Synergy Aerospace, Prudent ARC submit EOIs for Jet Airways

17.01.2020 - 04:50 UTC

Synergy Aerospace and little known Delhi-based firm Prudent Asset Reconstruction Company submitted Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the acquisition of Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) ahead of the January 15 deadline, Indian media have reported.

Two other prospective bidders, Indian industrial conglomerate Hinduja Group and an unnamed Dubai-based fund, did not submit EOIs after analysing the defunct carrier's data room.

While Prudent ARC would be able to take control of Jet Airways, Synergy Aerospace would...

SriLankan Airlines to retrofit oddball A330-200

17.01.2020 - 04:05 UTC

SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) will finally retrofit one of its seven A330-200s, 4R-ALS (msn 1008), in order to standardize its cabin in line with the rest of the carrier's A330-200 longhaul fleet, The Sunday Morning newspaper has reported.

"The seats have been ordered for the refurbishment of the cabin and we expect the seats to arrive in about four to five months. Once the seats arrive, we will immediately refurbish and fit the necessary seats, and then it will be operational for long-haul flights," Chief Executive Officer Vipula...

Réunion's Air Austral to ground other B787 in mid-1Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.01.2020 - 03:20 UTC

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Samoa Airways seeks cabotage rights for US mainland ops

17.01.2020 - 02:35 UTC

The Governor of American Samoa, Lolo Moliga, has written a letter to US President Donald Trump, supporting Samoa Airways' plan to operate direct flights to Hawaii and then onwards to the US mainland, Radio New Zealand has reported.

The Samoan carrier currently holds cabotage rights albeit to operate within American Samoa, specifically from the capital, Pago Pago, to Ofu and Fitiuta. However, it would need extended cabotage rights to operate directly between American Samoa, a US territory, and the US proper....

KLM schedules final B747 Combi flight for early 1Q21

17.01.2020 - 01:50 UTC

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam Schiphol) has scheduled its final B747-400(M)-operated commercial service for early 2021, although the airline's all-passenger version of the type will continue flying beyond that date, Routes Online has reported.

At this stage, the Combi's final flight will be as KL644 New York JFK-Amsterdam Schiphol, on January 4, 2021. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, the airline still has six of the variant in operation - namely PH-BFH (msn 24518), PH-BFS (msn 28195),...

Kremlin looks to transform Aurora's operational modelch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.01.2020 - 01:05 UTC

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Bonaire's EZAir launches first route outside of ABC islands

17.01.2020 - 00:20 UTC

EZAir (7Z, Bonaire) has launched its first scheduled route to mainland South America, to Barranquilla in Colombia.

The first flight from Curacao operated on January 14, 2020. EZAir plans to run the route 2x weekly initially but plans to double this going forward. All flights are onboard Beech 1900D turboprops. EZAir spokesperson Sueyenne Dammermam said that depending on the success of its flights to Barranquilla, the airline could contemplate scheduled flights to other destinations on the Colombian coast....

South African Airways puts nine A340s for sale

16.01.2020 - 23:35 UTC

South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale of five A340-300s and four A340-600s, as well as 15 spare engines and four APU units.

According to tender documentation seen by ch-aviation, the A340-300s are ZS-SXD (msn 643), ZS-SXE (msn 646), ZS-SXF (msn 651), ZS-SXG (msn 378), and ZS-SXH (msn 197). The airline is also selling the following -600s: ZS-SNC (msn 426), ZS-SND (msn 531), ZS-SNF (msn 547), and ZS-SNG (msn 557). According to the...

Indonesia's Batik Air to add A320neo in early 1Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.01.2020 - 22:50 UTC

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Ethiopian Airlines to invest $5bn in new airport - CEO

16.01.2020 - 22:05 UTC

Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) plans to start building a new airport near Addis Ababa and intends to invest up to USD5 billion in the project, Chief Executive Tewolde GebreMariam told the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency.

"Addis Ababa Bole Airport is not going to accommodate us; we have a beautiful expansion project. The airport looks very beautiful and very large but with the way that we are growing, in about three or four years we are going to be full," Tewolde said.

The new airport will be...

Indian gov't ensures Air India ops during disinvestment

16.01.2020 - 21:20 UTC

The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) said that it would ensure that national carrier Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) continues to fly and also improve its operations during the government's ongoing disinvestment process.

In a social media post, the ministry reiterated "that the government, while going ahead with the disinvestment, would ensure that Air India continues to operate uninterruptedly and also improves its operations. There is no cause for worry to any of its stakeholders."


Ukraine's SkyUp Airlines also eyes Ernest capacity void

16.01.2020 - 20:35 UTC

SkyUp Airlines (PQ, Kyiv Boryspil) has announced it will launch six new routes between Ukraine and Italy this spring, aiming to fill the service void which has been left following the demise of Ernest Airlines (EG, Milan Malpensa), on January 13.

From March 29, the Ukrainian carrier will commence 3x weekly flights from Kyiv Boryspil to Bologna, Rome Fiumicino and Milan Bergamo. On the same day, SkyUp will start a 3x weekly route between Lviv and Fiumicino. On March 30, the airline will open flights from...