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Poland's LOT secures leased B737NG capacity through mid-4Q18

LOT Polish Airlines (LO, Warsaw Chopin) has wet-leased two B737-800s from Blue Air (Romania) (0B, Bucharest Otopeni) on a 9.5 month-long contract. According to Routes Online, YR-BMK (msn 40876) and YR-BMN (msn 40728) will operate select European regional services on LOT's behalf over the period covering January 8, 2018, through to October 27, 2018.

For the remainder of the current Winter 2017/18 season, the twinjet will be deployed on regular services from Warsaw Chopin to each of Amsterdam, ...

Hainan Airlines mulls restructuring, suspends share trading

Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) suspended the trading of its shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange on January 10 as a precursor to a major restructuring, potentially to relieve the debt burden of its parent HNA Group.

On January 12, Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co., another HNA Group subsidiary, also suspended trading.

Both the airline and the shipping company said in their respective regulatory filings that the suspension is pending a major announcement regarding assets restructuring.

HNA ...

Fly Jamaica secures leased B757 capacity


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Air France-KLM denies tendering bid for Alitalia

Air France-KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has denied having submitted a bid for Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) days after Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said it had teamed up with easyJet (U2, London Luton) for a joint proposal.

The Franco-Dutch carrier group said in a statement to the Paris bourse earlier this week that contrary to Calenda's words, it had not participated in the sale process for ailing Alitalia nor had it had access to any confidential information.

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easyJet joins forces with AF-KLM in Alitalia takeover


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Russia's Polar Airlines seeks to collect ₽118mn debt


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Nepal's Buddha Air eyes int'l launch in late-3Q18

Buddha Air (U4, Kathmandu) is planning to launch its first international service out of Kathmandu to Kolkata Int'l on September 1, 2018, Managing Director Birendra Bahadur Basnet has told Republica.

The Nepalese carrier intends to operate the route 3x weekly using ATR72-500 equipment. It hopes to attract Indian tourists visiting Nepal as the main target group of customers.

According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Air India is currently the sole airline on the Kathmandu-Kolkata ...

BDE confirms no exposure to Seaborne Airlines bankruptcy


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Virgin America, Alaska Airlines transition to an SOC

Alaska Air Group has confirmed that as of January 11, 2018, its Virgin America (VX, San Francisco, CA) and Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) units have consolidated their operations onto a Single Operator's Certificate (SOC).

Alaska closed its purchase of Virgin America in December 2016. Since then, the firm has worked to align the two carriers' operating policies and procedures, which is part of the thorough regulatory requirements established by the US Federal Aviation ...

Argentine judge bars commercial ops at El Palomar


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Kenya Airways to make North American debut in mid-4Q18

Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has announced it will make its North American debut during the last quarter of this year.

The Kenyan carrier said daily non-stop flights between Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta and New York JFK would start from October 28, 2018. Operations are on-board B787-8 equipment.

“This is an exciting moment for us,” Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz said in a statement. "It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism ...

Ireland's Stobart Air mulls acquisitions, new partners

Stobart Air (RE, Dublin Int'l) is evaluating its options regarding expansion in Europe, which include both acquisitions and new franchise agreements, non-executive Chairman Conor McCarthy has told The Belfast Telegraph.

The Irish production carrier currently operates for Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) under a franchise agreement, chiefly on services between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, although it also operates two domestic services in Ireland connecting Dublin Int'l with ...

SkyWork eyes additional Saab 2000 ahead of Lugano ops


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Niki brand to be retained post-IAG takeover


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Russian court dismisses IATA's suit against Transaero


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Criminal case launched over unpaid wages at Pskovavia


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SaudiGulf Airlines to make int'l debut in late 1Q18


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Taipei warns Chinese carriers against using border routes

The Taiwanese Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) has warned Chinese carriers not to use four air routes unilaterally opened by China over the Taiwan Strait as operations there can pose a safety danger, The Taipei Times has reported.

The CAA said that by allowing northbound traffic to use the M503 route, as well as by unilaterally opening the three extension routes W121, W122, and W123 to air traffic, China has violated the terms of a 2015 agreement between Beijing and Taipei.

While ...

Ethiopian Airlines to start Ivory Coast longhaul ops in 2Q18

Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) is set to begin longhaul operations out of Abidjan following the signing of an agreement with the Ivorian government earlier this week.

In a statement to the Agence Ivoirienne de Presse (AIP), Ivory Coast Minister of Transport Amadou Koné said 4x weekly flights to the United States would start from mid-May onwards.

The US cities to be served include New York, Washington Dulles, and a third unspecified point. Operations will be onboard B787-8 ...

Maltese gov't sets up new carrier to hold Air Malta slots

The Maltese government has confirmed it has incorporated a new wholly-owned company, Malta Air Travel Limited, which will assume ownership of the slots Air Malta (KM, Malta) owns at various airports.

In a statement, the government said the company would have an authorised share capital of EUR70 million (USD84 million). Given its intention to acquire landing and take-off slots, the firm is legally required to pursue an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC).

"This strategy supports the ...

jetBlue postpones decision on EMB-190s replacement

jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) has decided to postpone its decision on the EMB-190 replacement order until the future of Bombardier and Embraer programmes becomes more clear, Chief Financial Officer Steve Priest has told Bloomberg.

The American carrier had planned to decide on the potential replacement of its sixty EMB-190s by the end of 2017, choosing among Bombardier CSeries, Embraer E2s or smaller Airbus jets. However, given the acquisition of the CSeries programme by Airbus and ...

Romanian court voids 2013 Blue Air sale


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Kansas City to see first inc'l ops in 2Q18

Icelandair (FI, Reykjavik Keflavik) will launch a new Reykjavik Keflavik-Kansas City Int'l service on May 25, 2018, thus becoming the Missourian gateway's maiden intercontinental route.

The Icelandic carrier said in a statement flights will operate 3x weekly with B757-200 equipment and are scheduled as a seasonal summer service.

According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Icelandair currently operates 50 weekly flights to nine airports in the United States: Boston, New York JFK, ...

Rosaviatsia rejects updated VIM Airlines rescue plan


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Albanian Airways' certification in quandary


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