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Qatar Airways launches codeshare with Deutsche Bahn

16.01.2020 - 17:47 UTC
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Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) has announced a codeshare partnership with Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German railway operator, offering its passengers connections to and from eight key destinations in Germany, according to a press release issued by the airline.

The Oneworld carrier currently operates 35 weekly flights between Doha Hamad Int'l and the German cities of Frankfurt Int'l (2x daily), Munich (2x daily), and Berlin Tegel (1x daily). Under the DB deal, Qatar Airways passengers will be able to...

Gruber returns to Greece from Graz with Croatia's Trade Airch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.01.2020 - 12:58 UTC
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Mexican gov't fails to sell B787(BBJ), launches new auctionch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.01.2020 - 11:55 UTC
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Armenia Airways resumes Tehran route

16.01.2020 - 10:53 UTC
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Armenia Airways (6A, Yerevan) recommenced its services from Yerevan to Tehran Imam Khomeini on January 14, following a statement made by the Civil Aviation Committee of Armenia on using Iranian airspace, according to a post on the airline's Facebook page.

The carrier had previously cancelled its flights to the Iranian capital on January 12 and 13 "due to safety reasons" as a result of the ongoing unrest in the Middle East.

"Our airline has requested and received from the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of...

Senegalese gov't in conflict on planned Air Sénégal US route

16.01.2020 - 09:50 UTC
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Air Sénégal (HC, Dakar Blaise Diagne Int'l) has long-held plans to serve the United States, including starting the application process with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but internal conflicts within the government of Senegal's President Macky Sall could put the breaks on the airline's transatlantic ambitions, according to local media reports.

The carrier has plans to start flights from Dakar Blaise Diagne Int'l to New York JFK via Washington Dulles from this summer. However, in a meeting...

IAG files EU complaint over UK gov't’s flybe rescue

16.01.2020 - 08:43 UTC
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IAG International Airlines Group has filed a complaint with the European Union’s Directorate-General for Competition over the UK government's rescue of flybe. (BE, Exeter), asking it to look into whether the support breaches EU rules on state aid.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of the British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) parent, has publicly criticised the bailout agreed by the UK government on January 14, saying that UK taxpayers were footing the bill for the consequences of flybe.'s mismanagement....

Ryanair cuts 200 jobs in Spain, eyes earlier MAX deliveries

16.01.2020 - 07:08 UTC
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Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has confirmed it has sacked more than 200 employees as it closes three bases in the Canary Islands, a number that is nonetheless fewer than the 512 positions unions had feared would be lost, the news agency AFP reported.

Darrell Hughes, the carrier's director of human resources, said during a press conference in Madrid that the dismissals only included pilots and cabin crew.

Ryanair revealed in August that it would close its bases at Las Palmas, Lanzarote, and Tenerife...

Jet Edge acquires JetSelect to expand private charter fleet

16.01.2020 - 06:11 UTC
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Jet Edge (EDG, Van Nuys) has acquired Columbus-based rival JetSelect Aviation (Columbus John Glenn, OH), expanding its fleet of large-cabin and long-range private aircraft to include a bolstered range in the super-midsize cabin class, it said in a statement dated January 14.

Jet Edge, which provides services to aircraft owners including operations, charter services, in-house maintenance, and assistance with sales and acquisitions, currently manages a fleet of more than 85 Gulfstream Aerospace,...

Ohio's NetJets Aviation takes its first Citation Longitude

16.01.2020 - 05:13 UTC
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NetJets Aviation (1I, Columbus John Glenn, OH) welcomed the first Cessna Citation Longitude to its fleet on December 31. The super-midsize business jet is expected to enter service in the coming weeks, according to a press release issued by the operator. Longitudes form part of an order that the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary placed with Cessna Aircraft Company (Wichita Cessna Aircraft Field) in October 2018 for up to 175 of the type including options.

NetJets has a long relationship with Cessna, as...

Madagascar's GS Aviation begins scheduled domestic flightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.01.2020 - 04:15 UTC
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Former SVP of Netherlands' Martinair extradited to USA

16.01.2020 - 03:18 UTC
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After a decade of evading justice, a former Senior Vice President (Cargo Sales and Marketing) at Martinair (MP, Amsterdam Schiphol), has been extradited to the United States to face charges related to allegedly participating in a price-fixing cartel, the US Department of Justice has announced in a press release.

Dutch national Maria Christina “Meta” Ullings was originally indicted by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in 2010. She was arrested while visiting Sicily in July. She had tried to...

Kenya's Silverstone wet-leases to Somali carriers - report

16.01.2020 - 02:20 UTC
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Two months after suspending passenger operations, Silverstone Air Services (K5, Nairobi Wilson) is on the brink of collapse, the Kenyan newspaper The Star has reported. Some of its remaining fleet have been wet-leased out to Mogadishu-based domestic Somali carriers Salaam Air Express, SomAir, and Maandeeq Air, according to the report.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) temporarily suspended the airline's Dash 8 series flights on November 12 following a series of mishaps. When the suspension was lifted, on November...

Japan's Oriental Air Bridge defers fleet renewal decisionch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.01.2020 - 00:32 UTC
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South Korea's Aero K readies to take first A320

15.01.2020 - 23:47 UTC
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Aero K (EOK, Cheong Ju) is nearing the delivery of its first aircraft, with A320-200 N631VA (msn 3135) already repainted in the South Korean start-up's livery, according to photos available online.

The aircraft is a 12.7-year-old unit owned by Carlyle Aviation Partners, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows. It was previously operated by Alaska Airlines (after the takeover of Virgin America, the earlier operator) and, according to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, was retired from revenue service on October 6,...

Air Djibouti charters A320 for Saudi Arabia opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.01.2020 - 23:02 UTC
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Brazil's Azul to acquire Gol partner TwoFlex for $50mn

15.01.2020 - 22:17 UTC
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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Sao Paulo Viracopos) has announced that it will acquire a 100% stake in Brazilian air taxi operator TwoFlex Táxi Aéreo Inteligente (OWT, Jundiaí) for BRL123 million real (USD29.8 million).

"Our goal is to continue bringing critical air service to new and diverse parts of Brazil, and TwoFlex will be the perfect way to reach these cities and communities. This acquisition will help Azul in giving these customers access to the largest domestic network in Latin America and further grow the Brazilian aviation market....

Germany's Lübeck Air to launch in late 2Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.01.2020 - 21:32 UTC
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Iraq's UR Airlines ends Jonika wet-lease amid crisisch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.01.2020 - 20:47 UTC
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Korea's Jin Air to resume dialogue over sanctions - reportch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.01.2020 - 20:02 UTC
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Austrian Airlines suspends Tehran flights until January 20

15.01.2020 - 19:17 UTC
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Austrian Airlines (OS, Vienna) has taken the decision to temporarily suspend its daily service from Vienna to Tehran Imam Khomeini until January 20 as a result of the ongoing unrest in the Middle East. It made the announcement on its Twitter account on January 10.

Earlier this month, Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on airbases housing US forces in Iraq in retaliation for the US killing of Qasem Soleimani, a general in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on January 3. This was followed on January 8 by the crash of a...

Aruba Airlines says Curaçao-Miami route not cancelledch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.01.2020 - 18:32 UTC
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Eastern Airlines gains US DOT authority for Mexico flights

15.01.2020 - 17:47 UTC
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Eastern Airlines (2D, Miami Int'l) has been granted authority by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to fly to three points in Mexico, following its application on December 9, 2019, according to Notice of Action Taken filed by the DOT on January 10.

The airline has been granted the rights to operate scheduled flights from Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio Int'l to México City Int'l, Acapulco, and Toluca, and beyond, to points in Panama and beyond. In addition, it will now be able to fly from...

Maine's Elite Airways' operations at Vero Beach up for vote

15.01.2020 - 17:02 UTC
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Elite Airways (7Q, Portland Int'l Jetport) will find out on January 21 after a Vero Beach City Council meeting whether it will still be operating from the city's airport, Vero Beach, according to a report on Vero News. This follows a unanimous decision by the airport commission's advisory board earlier this month recommending that Elite's new three-year contract should be terminated.

The rationale for this decision, removing the airport's only regular serving airline, having served the facility since 2015, is...

Tripoli Mitiga, Libya reopens amid fragile truce

15.01.2020 - 16:17 UTC
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Tripoli Mitiga Airport reopened on January 13, having been closed for more than a week, according to the Tripoli-based Libya Herald and the news agency AFP.

The Ministry of Transport, aligned to the internationally recognised Libyan government, announced the reopening following a new truce that came into force at midnight on January 12 after nine months of fighting for control of the country's capital.

The airport had closed, reopened, and then closed again last week after the vicinity suffered more incoming...

Alitalia given six months to repay €400mn state loanch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.01.2020 - 14:51 UTC
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