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France's Regourd Aviation adds first ATR72-600

12.04.2019 - 08:55 UTC
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Regourd Aviation (Paris Le Bourget) has taken delivery of its first ATR72-600, msn 1259 formerly 9M-FIF with Firefly (FY, Penang) in Malaysia. The 3.8-year-old Avions de Transport Régional turboprop is owned by Nordic Aviation Capital.

The French charter specialist currently operates one ATR42-300 (on lease to HOP!), one ATR72-200 (stored), three E135s (of which one is an Embraer Legacy 600), five E145s, one Falcon 10, one Falcon 900EX, and one Eurocopter AS.365-N1.

Aside from its France-based...

China Eastern formalizes ARJ21 induction plansch-aviation PRO exclusive

12.04.2019 - 07:19 UTC
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Arctic Aviation Assets defers more A320/1neo

12.04.2019 - 06:45 UTC
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Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) says its Arctic Aviation Assets subsidiary has reached an agreement with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for the rescheduling of part of its order book, including an unspecified number of A320neo and A321neo aircraft.

The postponement is expected to reduce the Nordic LCC's capital expenditure commitments for 2019 and 2020 by around USD570 million in total.

The Nordic LCC had announced in February that AAA had also deferred four A321neo(LR) from 2019 to 2020. It has also reached an...

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Russia's Arktika Airlines to fly to Norway, Finlandch-aviation PRO exclusive

12.04.2019 - 04:57 UTC
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United adds A321neo(XLR) to evaluation list

12.04.2019 - 04:02 UTC
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United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) is forecasting it will need thirty-forty mid-market aircraft to replace its ageing B757s and B767s from mid-2020 and includes A321-200neo(XLR) in the studies, President Scott Kirby told employees in a televised speech seen by Flightglobal.

"We feel really good about the bulk of the narrowbody, the bulk of the widebody fleet. That thirty to forty airplanes for 757, 767 replacements we don't have a good answer for," Kirby said.

In terms of its older generation...

SBI extends deadline for Jet bids as groundings continue

12.04.2019 - 03:06 UTC
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State Bank of India has extended the deadline for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for a stake in Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) by two days to April 12, the TNN newswire has reported.

ET Now has reported that Naresh Goyal, the founder and ex-Chairman of the airline, is likely to submit an EoI. Business Standard has reported that Etihad Airways, government-backed National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), TPG Capital, and Indigo Partners have also expressed interest. The Economic Times has written...

Ex-CEO of Tajik Air arrested in Dushanbech-aviation PRO exclusive

12.04.2019 - 02:11 UTC
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JetSmarter settles for $3mn, sold to Vista Global

12.04.2019 - 01:16 UTC
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JetSmarter (Fort Lauderdale Int'l) has agreed to pay USD3 million to settle a class action lawsuit in which some of its members alleged that the company engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, CNBC has reported.

The service provider connecting passengers and business charter operators did not admit wrongdoing and said that it "wishes to put this matter behind it and move forward to serve its members as best as possible." It also maintained that it complied with all applicable laws and the membership agreements....

Canada's KD Air voluntarily suspends operations

12.04.2019 - 00:20 UTC
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KD Air (KDC, Qualicum) voluntarily shut down operations in February 2019 and plans to restart after an inspection scheduled for late April.

"The company will continue its temporary closure of operations until mid-April, due to completing our aircraft reliability improvements, and continuation of revamping our overall flight scheduling services, booking systems, and customer communication experience," President Steve Foley said in a letter dated late March.

In a subsequent update posted on April 3,...

Russia's UTair asks to restructure $200mn+ bondsch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.04.2019 - 23:25 UTC
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jetBlue to launch TATL ops in 2021

11.04.2019 - 22:30 UTC
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jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) has announced it will launch transatlantic flights from New York JFK and Boston to London in 2021 using A321-200neo(LR) aircraft.

The carrier said it will fly "multiple times daily" from both American airports. It is still evaluating which London airport to serve.

jetBlue said it will convert thirteen of its eighty-five A321-200neo on firm order from Airbus into the LR variant, "with the ability to convert more".

The American carrier has been mulling over the...

Air Serbia delays narrowbody refleeting to 2022-25ch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.04.2019 - 21:34 UTC
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TransAviaBaltika to add ATR42 for Kuressaare ops

11.04.2019 - 20:39 UTC
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TransAviaBaltika (KTB, Kaunas) has been awarded a five-year Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract covering Kärdla and Kuressaare in Estonia and will add an ATR42-300 for the latter route, public broadcaster ERR has reported.

The airline will add the Avions de Transport Régional turboprop due to the government's requirement that the route to Kuressaare is served with an aircraft equipped with at least 40 seats.

The PSO award is not yet final and could be a subject of an appeal. TransAviaBaltica declined to...

Nigeria's Med-View Airline courting investorsch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.04.2019 - 19:43 UTC
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Air Côte d'Ivoire eyeing B777 metal for Euro ops - reportch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.04.2019 - 18:48 UTC
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Sudan military closes airspace following al Bashir ouster

11.04.2019 - 17:53 UTC
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The Sudanese military has closed the country's airspace, airports, and other points of entry/exit following a coup which ousted strongman Omar Al Bashir.

According to Al Jazeera, Sudanese Defense Minister Awad bin Auf said in a televised speech on Thursday, April 11, that Bashir, who himself came to power via a coup in 1989, had been arrested along with other members of his government.

The closure of all points of entry and the imposition of a month-long curfew from 2000L to 0400L is aimed at ensuring stability...

Moldovan CAA revokes AOCs, suspends carriers' Euro opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.04.2019 - 16:57 UTC
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Indonesia mulls consolidating aviation SOEs under one holdcoch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.04.2019 - 14:54 UTC
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Golden Myanmar Airlines' cleared for fuel sales

11.04.2019 - 13:51 UTC
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Golden Myanmar Airlines (Y5, Yangon) has received permission from the Myanmar Investment Commission to engage in fuel distribution, The Myanmar Times has reported. The move will break the monopoly on jet fuel sales.

The permission covers airports at Mandalay Int'l, Tachilek, Kawthaung, Bagan/Nyaung-u, Heho, Sittwe, and Myitkyina, as well as a jetty terminal in southern Yangon. It does not, however, include the country's main gateway in Yangon.

Yangon Aerodrome, the airport operator, confirmed that it...

Japan's Skymark Airlines eyes US, Europe flightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.04.2019 - 12:48 UTC
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Cayman Airways considering options regarding MAX 8s

11.04.2019 - 11:46 UTC
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Cayman Airways (KX, Grand Cayman Island) is considering "all options" regarding the future of its B737-8s, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said amid concerns from the MPs.

As reported by the Cayman Compass, Kirkconnell said that it would be premature to discuss the future of the type right now.

Cayman Airways took delivery of two B737 MAX 8s prior to the type's grounding in early March 2019. The second unit, VP-CIX (msn 63561) was delivered on March 7 and did not operate a single revenue flight. The airline is due to take the third MAX...

Spring Airlines Japan to rebrandch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.04.2019 - 10:43 UTC
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Iraqi Airways eyes widebody fleet renewal, US ops

11.04.2019 - 09:41 UTC
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Iraqi Airways (IA, Baghdad) is planning to renew its widebody fleet and is considering either B777s or A330neo for this purpose, Assistant Director General (Commercial Affairs) Sana Al-Khayyat said.

Al-Khayyat told Arabian Aerospace in late 2018 that the carrier was planning to retire all its Boeing widebodies in 2019, subject to government approval of the plan.

According to the ch-aviation fleets module, the Iraqi carrier's widebody fleet currently includes two B747-400s, one B777-200LR, and...

Kumho Asiana pledges airline sale if turnaround failsch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.04.2019 - 08:38 UTC
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Gov't halts plans to concession airport to Kenya Airways

11.04.2019 - 07:35 UTC
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The Kenyan government has put plants to merge Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) and Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport operator on a back burner, the Business Daily has reported.

"Following concerns that have been raised by the public, we are now exploring other opinions of delivering the objectives of the government to consolidate our aviation sector," Transport Secretary James Macharia said before the National Assembly’s Transport committee.

The plan foresaw granting a 30-year concession for the...

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