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Poland's Enter Air ends B737 Classic operations

14OCT2017
Enter Air (E4, Warsaw Chopin) has confirmed it has ended B737 Classic operations following the retirement of SP-ENI (msn 28489) on Monday, October 2.

The Polish carrier's last remaining B737-400, SP-ENI's last commercial service was flight E4 1048 - Seville-Poznan - following which it was ferried to Katowice. Seven other B737-400s left Enter Air's fleet late last year.

"The objective of the fleet replacement process is to increase the Group's profitability and operational capabilities," ...

TUI fly expands at Tegel to fill Air Berlin void

13OCT2017

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Trudeau talks tough with Trump over Bombardier tariff

13OCT2017
Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has threatened to stop making any military procurements from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) if the US doesn't back down on its proposed 300% tariff on Bombardier C Series aircraft. Trudeau made the comments to US President Donald Trump this week, during talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"I highlighted to the president how we disagree vehemently with Commerce's decision to bring in countervailing and anti-dumping duties against ...
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OneJet to add Cessna Citation CJ4s in 1Q18

13OCT2017
OneJet (J1, Pittsburgh Int'l) has announced it will add Cessna Citation CJ4 aircraft to its fleet during the first quarter of 2018.

The Pennsylvania-based virtual carrier said in a statement its initial program with Textron Aviation Inc., the firm which oversees Cessna Aircraft Company, will use aircraft from the company's Pre-Owned Direct inventory and focus on a base-specific roll out. Once delivered, the aircraft will be operated by OneJet's technical partner, ...

Caribbean Airlines to briefly use Georgetown Ogle for ops

13OCT2017
Caribbean Airlines (BW, Port of Spain) has announced it will briefly transfer select Georgetown, Guyana, services from the current Georgetown Cheddi Jagan to Georgetown Ogle over the period October 13 to November 3, 2017.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority advised all carriers using Cheddi airfield this week that, owing to expansion works, the airport would be closed to traffic between 1800L and 0600L from Friday October 13 through November 2.

As such, the Trinidadian carrier said in a ...

Austria's JetClass utilises AI for new bizjet charter model

13OCT2017

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India's Jet Airways confirms talks for 75 more narrowbodies

13OCT2017
Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) has confirmed previous speculative reports linking the Indian full-service carrier to a new narrowbody order.

Prior to the 2017 Paris Airshow, Jet Airways was linked to talks with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) over a possible order for at least fifty B737 MAX 10 aircraft to add to an existing one for seventy-five B737 MAX.

As such, in a statement to Reuters, the carrier confirmed a decision on the addition of seventy-five more narrowbody aircraft "will be made ...

China's Qingdao Airlines inks JV for new MRO firm

13OCT2017

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China Air Cargo commences operations

13OCT2017

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Zimbabwe govt minister in legal battle over Rainbow Airlines

13OCT2017
Zimbabwean Minister for Information Communication Technology, Supa Mandiwanzira, has been taken to court by a fellow shareholder of local start-up carrier, Rainbow Airlines (RAT, Harare Int'l), citing breach of contract.

Quoting High Court documents, NewsDay reports Frank Humbe, through his firm, Day Investments (Pvt) Ltd, has issued summons against the minister's company, AB Communications (Pvt) Ltd, together with Rainbow Airlines (Pvt) Ltd.

Humbe said in his declaration that he had ...

Southwest confirms plans to serve Hawaii

13OCT2017
Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) has confirmed plans to start service to Hawaii in 2018 following months of speculation.

Addressing airline staff in California this week, the Texan LCC's Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said: "Hawaii is an important place for Southwest Airlines because so many people count on us to take them everywhere they want to go reliably and affordably. We're ready and excited to address a request we've heard for years."

Southwest will now seek ETOPS ...

Aer Lingus bumps A321neo lease portfolio

13OCT2017
Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) has increased its A321neo (Long Range) fleet portfolio with the addition of an eighth aircraft.

In a statement, Air Lease Corporation said the IAG International Airlines Group unit would take delivery of the aircraft in June 2019. The other seven aircraft, also leased from ALC, will deliver between 2019 and 2020 and are sourced from the lessor's Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) order book.

Aer Lingus will use the twinjets to replace its current fleet of four ...

Washington formally removes sanctions against Sudan Airways

13OCT2017
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has formally removed Sudan Airways (SD, Khartoum) and other Sudanese government-owned and linked companies from its Specially Designated Nationals List following Washington's decision last week to revoke economic sanctions with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan under Executive Orders 13067 and 13412.

The North African state has been under extensive US economic sanctions since 1997 given Washington's suspicions that Omar al Basheer's ...

Thomas Cook UK outlines own Monarch capacity void remedy

13OCT2017

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Condor to open Cologne base in 2Q18

13OCT2017

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Russia's Pegas Fly to add maiden Embraer capacity

13OCT2017

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Ghana's Starbow Airlines to add ATR72 equipment

13OCT2017

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Delhi terminal upgrade hampered as IndiGo refuses to move

13OCT2017
IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) has informed Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) that it will not move part of its operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 as requested, saying that to do so will cause confusion for its passengers, reports the Press Trust of India. The move is needed for DIAL to increase capacity at T1, which is already over-burdened.

DIAL has been working on plans to upgrade Delhi Int'l airport, doubling capacity at T1 from 20 million to 40 million. During the ...

Singapore Airlines Cargo shifts from Schiphol to Brussels

13OCT2017
Singapore Airlines Cargo (SQ, Singapore Changi) will transfer its operations from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels National at the end of October, after being forced out of over-capacity Amsterdam, reports De Tijd. The carrier had previously planned to cut its Brussels routes because of increasing noise sanctions at the airport.

Amsterdam's capacity crunch has hit cargo operators in particular. An agreement between the airport and local residents limits movements at Schiphol to 500,000 per ...

AirBridge Cargo to move some Amsterdam ops to Liege

13OCT2017
AirBridge Cargo (RU, Ulyanovsk Vostochny) will move some of its scheduled flights to Liège as it faces the possibility of losing slots at Amsterdam Schiphol, reports CargoFacts. Liège is located 192 kilometres away in neighbouring Belgium, and the Russian carrier is in talks with its road network providers to accommodate the move.

"With significant improvement of our inland options and building a mutually beneficial collaboration with our trucking partners, we are optimistic about ABC's ...

Carriers keen on Monarch slots, but is sale legal?

12OCT2017
Several airlines are reportedly keen on picking up the slots of failed British carrier Monarch Airlines (ZB, London Luton), which went into administration earlier this month. However, questions have been raised about whether administrator KPMG is legally allowed to sell the slots to raise cash, or whether they should revert to the slot pool and be allocated by the independent body Airport Coordination Limited (ACL).

The sale of Monarch's 20 slot pairs at London Gatwick could raise as much ...

Brazil's Azul expands Recife network; adds Argentina & USA

12OCT2017
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Campinas Viracopos) has announced the expansion of flights from its Recife hub, with the addition of flights to Serra Talhada and Caruaru domestically, Rosario, SF and Córdoba Int'l in Argentina, and Fort Lauderdale Int'l in the USA. The new flights are scheduled to start in 2018.

The new Argentinean flights will be offered 1x weekly aboard A320neo aircraft, of which Azul has eight, while the 2x weekly Fort Lauderdale flights will use A330-200 equipment, of ...

Chile's Aerodesierto to restart as low-cost charter

12OCT2017

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New Caledonia's Aircalin firms up A320neo, A330neo order

12OCT2017
Aircalin (SB, Nouméa La Tontouta) has firmed up its order for two A320neos and two A330-900neo announced in November last year as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under its Aircalin 2021 growth plan.

According to Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac), the A320neo are powered by Pratt & Whitney and are equipped with 168 seats. The first of the type is due in the second quarter of 2020 with the second due in 2021. The A330neo are Rolls-Royce-powered and feature 26 seats in Business, 21 in Premium ...

Dominican Republic's Air Century to spend $5mn on growth

12OCT2017

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