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BA outlines A320neo ops for Summer 2018

Following the delivery of its maiden Airbus A320neo on April 10, British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) plans to deploy the type out of London Heathrow to each of Lisbon, Warsaw Chopin, and Budapest during the Summer 2018 season, Routes Online has reported.

The aircraft, G-TTNA (msn 8108), entered revenue service on behalf of the British flag carrier on April 15, 2018, on flight BA502 to Lisbon.

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, the carrier plans to deploy the type 7x weekly ...

Russia's UTair wet-leases 3 SSJs from IrAero


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Mexico's Volaris adds first A321neo

Volaris (Y4, Toluca) has taken delivery of its first A321neo. Flightradar24 ADS-B data indicates N534VL (msn 7941) was positioned to México City from Hamburg Finkenwerder via each of Reykjavik Keflavik and Bangor this past weekend.

According to its 1Q18 earnings report, the Mexican budget carrier is expecting to add six A321neo from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) this year. It has a total of thirty-four on order alongside seventy-six A320neo of which six have been delivered thus ...
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Singapore's OJets acquires Slovenia's Elit'Avia

Singapore-based start-up Ojets (Singapore Seletar) has announced it has acquired Slovenian business aircraft management, charter and services operator Elit'Avia (EAV, Ljubljana) for an undisclosed sum.

In a statement, OJets said the acquisition is a strategic move that allows it to leverage the Slovenian firm's operational experience and reputation for professionalism.

"Thanks to it, OJets’ operations are managed under the Maltese AOC that Elit’Avia has held for years, ...

BAA Jet Management, Easternjet set for closer ties


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China's Bowin Airline inks JV with Minsheng


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China's Emper Aviation adds first Cessna Citation 680s


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Malta's Maleth-Aero set for maiden A340-600

Maleth-Aero (MLT, Malta) has announced it has acquired a maiden A340-600 in the form of 9H-PGS (msn 1030), formerly A6-EHK with Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l).

The Maltese ACMI/charter specialist's chief executive, Michael O'Brien, said in a statement the aircraft will feature eight seats in First, 32 in Business, and 276 in Economy class.

"We are very pleased to be introducing this product to our managed fleet and expect 9H-PGS to be on the ramp by August," he said.

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Surinam Airways adds first B737-700


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Russia's Volga-Dnepr to end NATO military cooperation

Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VI, Ulyanovsk Vostochny) announced, on April 12, its decision to terminate its participation in Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS), a partnership with the NATO covering transporting military and humanitarian supplies, Cargo Forwarder has reported.

Formally, the Russian cargo specialist has justified its decision saying that it wants to focus on civilian goods. However, the step can be put in the context of growing geopolitical tensions between the NATO and ...

CargoLogicAir upholds UK market loyalty amid EU move reports

CargoLogicAir (P3, London Stansted) has reaffirmed its commitment to the UK market on the back of reports in the German press that it is planning to relocate its operations to Germany.

Earlier this week, a report in the Deutsche-Verkehrszeitung (DVZ) business magazine claimed the UK-based carrier had begun shifting its main hub to Leipzig/Halle and had also applied for an Air Operator's Licence (AOL) from the German authorities. The move was reportedly being undertaken at the behest of ...

Air Italy inks codeshare with Qatar Airways; eyes India

Air Italy (IG, Milan Malpensa) has inked a code-share agreement with its equity partner Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) covering a total of seven domestic routes in Italy, effective April 24, 2018.

The deal includes services out of Milan Malpensa to each of Catania, Rome Fiumicino, Naples Int'l, Olbia, Palermo, and Lamezia Terme, as well as out of Rome Fiumicino to Olbia.

The code-share agreement between the carriers will also include Qatar Airways-operated routes from Italy to ...

Philippines Airlines to launch maiden India ops in 2018

Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) is looking to enter India by the fourth quarter of 2018 with two new planned services out of Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l to each of Delhi Int'l and Mumbai Int'l, the Business World has reported. The carrier also plans to launch new direct services to New York JFK and Sapporo Chitose.

Currently, no airline operates direct scheduled services between the Philippines and India.

The decision to launch these routes follows an appeal by Tourism ...

AirAsia X will not buy A350s - Fernandes

AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) will not buy ten A350-900s it ordered in 2009 as it sees the aircraft as too expensive, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has been reported as saying by Reuters.

"The A350 is not an aircraft we will buy," Fernandes has stressed. AirAsia X currently also has sixty-six A330-900s on order with Airbus.

According to Reuters, the carrier is also still engaged in negotiations with Boeing regarding the potential purchase of B787-10s. A final decision on the ...

AA resumed Russia overflights after a short-lived break

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) resumed flights through Russian airspace on April 15 after a one-day interruption due to geopolitical tensions the day before, Reuters has reported. The short-lived disruption affected three transpacific flights which were rerouted through Los Angeles Int'l.

The American carrier decided to reroute the otherwise non-stop flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to each of Beijing Capital and Hong Kong Int'l, as well as from Chicago O'Hare to Beijing Capital ...

Air Timor suspends Transnusa partnership due to low demand


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Philippines Airlines to add new aircraft to regional hubs

Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) has announced it will place the twenty-one aircraft it is expecting to take in 2018 and 2019 mainly at regional hubs around the country, namely Cebu, Clark, and Davao, as a part of its strategy to boost connectivity in the Philippines, the Manila Standard Business has reported.

"We are no longer just a Manila-centric airline," President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista has said.

The Filipino flag carrier is set to take delivery ...

Bhutan's Druk Air orders one A320neo, ATR42-600

Drukair (KB, Paro) has set its fleet renewal plan in motion following the signing of separate agreements with each of Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) and Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac).

In a statement, the Bhutanese carrier said it had signed a purchase agreement with Airbus on April 11, 2018, for one A320neo due for delivery during the first quarter of 2019. The aircraft will be configured with 20 Business and 120 Economy seats.

Concerning ATR, Druk Air has signed a ...

Norwegian turns to wet-leased B777 capacity on B787 downtime


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China's Shanghai Airlines to lease an A320 from 1Q19


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KLM to add a Fokker 100 for Summer 2018 ops


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Thomas Cook UK secures widebody capacity for summer Euro ops


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Montenegro Airlines leasing a B737-500 for Summer 2018

Montenegro Airlines (YM, Podgorica) has announced it has wet-leased a B737-500 from Maltese ACMI/charter specialist AirX Charter (AXY, Malta).

Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows 9H-OME (msn 24274) was positioned to Podgorica on April 14 and has since been deployed into service for the Montenegrin carrier on flights to Zurich, Paris CDG, and Belgrade. An airline statement indicates the contract is due to run for the duration of the summer season.

Montenegro Airlines operates an in-house fleet ...

Venezuela's Aeropostal acquires an MD-82


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Royal Air Maroc adds maiden B767 freighter

Royal Air Maroc (AT, Casablanca Int'l) has taken re-delivery of its first B767-300(BCF) following the conversion and return of CN-ROW (msn 30008) to Casablanca Int'l on April 15.

The 19-year-old jet is the first widebody freighter in the Moroccan carrier's fleet of dedicated freighters that has, until now, consisted of one B737-300(F).

RAM intends to use the B767 to boost its cargo capacity, in addition to expanding its niche services to include the transport of livestock and ...