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SaudiGulf Airlines eyes Boeing widebody jets

SaudiGulf Airlines (6S, Dammam) has penned an agreement with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) concerning the proposed purchase of widebody aircraft. The signing ceremony between Boeing President and Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Muilenburg, and his counterpart at SaudiGulf, Tariq Al-Qahtani, took place in Riyadh this weekend during U.S. President Donald Trump's first visit to Saudi Arabia.

Though the US manufacturer has thus far only alluded to talks concerning the acquisition of sixteen ...

Spain's Wamos Air secures summer ACMI contracts


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Maldivian to be launch operator at Kudahuvadhoo


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Russia's Orenburzhye eyes first international route


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Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines tie-up approved

A charter alliance agreement between Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l), Virgin Australia Regional (OZW, Perth Int'l) (VARA) and Alliance Airlines (QQ, Brisbane Int'l) has been approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The agreement allows the carriers to work together to attract corporate charter customers for the provision of fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) air services across Australia.

The Charter Alliance additionally extends to cooperation across aircraft ...

AirAsia China shows interest in COMAC's C919

AirAsia China (Zhengzhou) - the newly announced start-up joint venture back by Malaysia's AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) Group - has shown interest in China's C919 aircraft which flew its maiden test flight last week.

As previously reported, AirAsia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Everbright and Henan Government Working Group to establish a low-cost carrier at Zhengzhou. Speaking at that event, AirAsia Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said the airline was working ...

Alaska Airlines to commence scheduled ops from Paine Field

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) has announced that it will operate flights out of Everett Paine Field airport starting in 2018. It will be the first commercial operations for the airfield, which is home to Boeing's Everett factory and an MRO facility operated by Aviation Technical Services.

Alaska says it plans to operate nine daily flights from Paine Field with a mixture of B737 and EMB-175 aircraft, although route details are not yet available.

"But I can tell you they won't ...

Andes Lineas Aereas takes delivery of first B737-800

Andes Líneas Aéreas (OY, Salta) has taken delivery of the first of two ex-Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) B737-800s. The addition is part of its previously announced fleet renewal plans as it moves more into a low-cost carrier model.

The aircraft, registered LV-GWL (msn 30007), joins Andes' fleet of five MD-83s and one MD-88s. The older McDonnell Douglas aircraft are expected to be phased out, although the definite timeline is not known.

The Argentine carrier currently serves ...

EU Safety List removes Benin & Mozambique; adds 4 airlines

The European Union has updated its Air Safety List, removing all carriers from Benin and Mozambique from operational restrictions. Four individual airlines were added – Med-View Airline (VL, Kano), Mustique Airways (MAW, St. Vincent Argyle Int'l), Air Urga (3N, Kirovohrad) and Air Zimbabwe (UM, Harare Int'l).

The removal of Benin and Mozambique from the blacklist are a result of the improvement of aviation safety regulations in the two African nations, an EU statement says.

"I am glad ...

National Airlines to provide round-the-world cargo ops

National Airlines (N8, Orlando Sanford) has announced that it will operate scheduled round-the-world charter operations in conjunction with Navitrans USA, starting June 1.

The flights will run from Chicago O'Hare via Liège, Baku, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok, Tokyo Narita and Anchorage Ted Stevens back to Chicago O'Hare. Additionally, National will operate a 2x weekly flight for Navitrans between the US and China.

In anticipation of the global route, National Airlines applied to the Department ...

Singapore Airlines to reintegrate cargo subsidiary SIA Cargo

Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has announced that it will re-integrate its cargo subsidiary Singapore Airlines Cargo (SQ, Singapore Changi) in a bid to streamline operations across the SIA Group. The reintegration is slated for completion by mid-2018 with the company saying there will be no effect on customers.

SIA Cargo will resume its former status of 'Cargo Division' within the Group, a position it held until July 1, 2001 when it was spun out into its own business. At its peak ...

Juneyao Airlines becomes Star Alliance 'Connecting Partner'

Juneyao Airlines (HO, Shanghai Hongqiao) is now scheduled to join Star Alliance as a 'Connecting Partner' next week, reports Australian Business Traveller. Benefits to passengers using the Shanghai-based carrier include access for Star Alliance Gold members to lounges, fast-track security, additional baggage, and priority check-in, boarding, standby and baggage delivery. The perks are only available for flights connecting with a Star Alliance flight.

"We are looking forward to providing Star ...

WOW Air to commence one-stop US-Israel flights

Iceland's WOW air (WW, Reykjavik Keflavik) has announced that it will commence flights from Reykjavik to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion starting September 12, 2017. The new route will be the carrier's first service to a destination in the Middle East and use Wow Air's fleet of A321-200s operating four times weekly.

Flights are mainly targeting demand between the United States and Israel with Wow Air saying that from the eastern US cities of Boston, Newark, Baltimore Thurgood Marshall, Pittsburgh Int'l ...

TAG Aviation Europe exists Spanish market

TAG Aviation España (TGM, Madrid Torrejón) will be dismantled, its parent company TAG Aviation (FPG, Geneva) has announced. The decision to exit from the Spanish market is part of a move to consolidate its operations. CEO Daniel Christe said that the limited market in Spain "no longer justified the cost to support a stand-alone AOC".

Parent company TAG Aviation is a Swiss-based business and executive jet specialist which operates under several AOCs through its units which include ...

Maldivian to switch airports at Bangkok


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Allegiant Air takes delivery of first brand-new A320

Allegiant Air (G4, Las Vegas McCarran) has taken delivery of the first of twelve A320-200 (sl)s on order from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac). Powered by CFM International CFM56-5B engines, N246NV is the first factory-new Airbus for the US scheduled carrier which has previously relied on used aircraft.

According to ch-aviation fleets seating data, the aircraft is configured with 159 economy-class and eighteen premium economy seats with seat pitch of 30 inches and 34 inches ...

Argentine bus companies consider moving into aviation


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Etihad to end A340 ops by October 2017

Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) will phase out its A340 aircraft by the end of October according to Airline Route.

The carrier will deploy its last A340-500 A6-EHD (msn 783) on the route Abu Dhabi Int'l to Rabat on July 28. The flight will then be switched to an A330-300 on August 2. Etihad's fleet of seven remaining A340-600s will stay in service until October 28, 2017.

Etihad has previously committed to phasing out its entire A340 fleet by the end of 2017.

"We want to invest ...

easyJet upgauges A320neo order to A321neo

easyJet (U2, London Luton) will convert thirty of its ordered A320neo aircraft to the larger A321neo, the carrier announced this week. The 235-seat configured A321neos will provide 26% greater capacity over the 186-seat A320neo. easyJet also anticipates significant fuel efficiencies contributing to overall cost savings of 8 to 9%.

"These new aircraft will help us deliver our strategy of securing and growing our number one positions at Europe's leading airports, which are generally slot ...

Tarom takes delivery of first of two B737-800s

Tarom (RO, Bucharest Otopeni) has taken delivery of the first of two B737-800s it plans to lease from lessor Air Lease Corporation this summer season. The first aircraft registered YR-BGJ (msn 63701) left Seattle Boeing Field on delivery to East Midlands via Reykjavik Keflavik on May 16.

It joins Tarom's narrowbody fleet of four A318-100s, four B737-300s and five B737-700s. The second aircraft YR-BGK (msn 63702) is expected to be delivered in June.

The two new B737-800s are replacing ...

BOC Aviation leases five A320-200s to China's Loong Air

Loong Air (GJ, Hangzhou) has entered into an agreement to lease five A320-200 aircraft from Singapore based lessor BOC Aviation. All five aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to the Chinese operator during the course of 2017.

Loong currently already operates twenty A320-200s from its main base in Hangzhou operating on a network including forty-four domestic destinations in China. It also operates three B737-300(F) freighters.

It is a new customer for BOC Aviation which will source the ...

Mexico's Interjet to lease ten A320s from ACG

Interjet (4O, Toluca) will acquire ten A320 family aircraft from Aviation Capital Group (ACG) on long-term leases, with the first to be delivered in July 2017. ACG confirmed that the aircraft will come from its order book commitment with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac).

Jose Luis Garza, CEO of Interjet, has said the fleet addition will allow the Mexican low-cost carrier to expand its offerings.

"With this agreement, we will have the opportunity to continue our route expansion plan in order ...

Air Canada outlines B737 MAX fleet plans

Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) has outlined its proposed plans for the deployment of two B737 MAX aircraft due to enter its fleet by the end of 2017. The new narrow-bodies are likely to be used on routes from Victoria Int'l to Toronto Pearson and Montréal Trudeau, and between Calgary and Halifax, reports Skies Mag.

Duncan Bureau, Air Canada’s vice-president of global sales, also suggested that the airline would look at routes into the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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VIM assigned traffic rights for US routes


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Nepal Airlines to wet-lease A320 from Himalaya Airlines

Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) is likely to wet-lease an A320 from Himalaya Airlines (H9, Kathmandu) from July 16, reports Nagarik News. The short-term lease is for a period of 45 days, extendable to 60 days, while Nepal's sole B757-200 9N-ACB (msn 182) is in Singapore undergoing a C-Check.

The aircraft is required for flights serving Bangalore Int'l, Delhi Int'l and Kuala Lumpur Int'l on 3x weekly flights, and Doha Hamad Int'l on 4x weekly flights, according to Aviation Nepal.

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