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Kazakhstan's SCAT Airlines approved for Saudi flights

23MAY2017
SCAT Airlines (DV, Shimkent) has been approved to conduct flights to Saudi Arabia, including the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Madinah, with permission also granted for the Hajj season. The announcement was made by the Kazakh Minister of Industry and Development, Zhenis Kassymbek, on his Facebook page.

Currently, there are no direct flights between Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia, although relations between the two countries are friendly. Despite being part of the Soviet Union from 1936 ...

Samoan government to end JV with Virgin Samoa

23MAY2017
The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says that a joint venture with Virgin Samoa (PBL, Apia Faleolo) will end on December 5 this year, reports Samoa Observer.

"Following numerous extensive discussions and negotiations held between V.A. and the Committee members of the Special Negotiating Team ("S.N.T."), Cabinet has unanimously decided not to re-new the Joint Venture ("JV")," Tuilaepa said in a letter seen by the Observer.

The joint venture between the government ...

Pakistan's PIA unveils successful dry-lease RFP bids

23MAY2017

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Ryanair to supply Air Europa with feeder traffic in 2H17

23MAY2017
Air Europa (UX, Palma Son Sant Joan) has announced it has entered into a commercial partnership agreement with Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l).

During a press conference on Tuesday, May 23, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said secret talks between the two sides have been going on for the past several months ahead of this agreement.

The deal is to be implemented in two stages: the first will see Ryanair selling tickets for Air Europa's transatlantic flights to Latin and North ...

Singapore Airlines to retire four A380s by 2Q18

23MAY2017
Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) will retire four of its A380-800s by March of next year, ahead of the expected delivery of three new aircraft of the same type. The fleet change plans were highlighted in its annual report which was released last week.

Other aircraft to be removed from the fleet are two A330-300s, two B777-200s and one B777-200(ER). Their removal will make way for the addition of ten A350-900s as well as the afore-mentioned A380-800s.

Presumably, Singapore will be ...

Jordan's Royal Wings to lease in capacity this summer

23MAY2017

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Brussels Airlines goes with the A330-300 for fleet renewal

23MAY2017
Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) has announced plans to renew its widebody fleet over the course of 2018 and 2019.

The Lufthansa Group carrier said in a statement that it had chosen the A330-300 as the backbone of the plan following a comprehensive study on the replacement of seven older A330-200s and A330-300 aircraft that are close to the end of their leasing period.

"Based on this study, the Brussels Airlines Board has recently approved the purchase of seven Airbus A330-300 ...

Germany's Air Hamburg orders three Embraer Legacy 650Es

23MAY2017
Air Hamburg (AHO, Hamburg Helmut Schmidt) has placed an order for three new Legacy 650E executive jets with Embraer (São José dos Campos) thus becoming the type's launch customer. Announced during the ongoing 17th European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, the aircraft are scheduled to deliver during the third quarter of this year.

“The Legacy 650E is an obvious choice, considering the unparalleled experience that our current fleet of Legacy 600/650 ...

KLM to boost cooperation with TUI Netherlands

23MAY2017
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam) and TUI Netherlands have announced that they will expand their existing partnership framework by cooperating on various routes while at the same time substantially expanding their combined capacity on routes they already serve together.

The two Dutch firms said in a statement that as part of the plan, TUI will restore Kenya to its range of destinations. As such, from November of this year onwards, TUI will offer capacity on KLM's new 3x weekly return ...

Romania's Tarom outlines initial B737-800 operations

23MAY2017
Tarom (RO, Bucharest Otopeni) is planning to begin commercial B737-800 operations towards the end of the current quarter, ch-aviation analysis of schedule data has revealed.

Having signed a contract earlier this month for the lease of two B737-800s, Tarom now plans to deploy the type into service from June 17 onwards. Initial services out of Bucharest Otopeni include: Alicante (2x weekly), Amsterdam (6x weekly), Cluj-Napoca (5x weekly), Madrid Barajas (11x weekly), Tel Aviv Ben Gurion (5x ...

Italy's Ernest Airlines schedules a late 2Q17 relaunch

23MAY2017

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Switzerland's TAG Aviation adds maiden Challenger 350

23MAY2017
TAG Aviation (FPG, Geneva) has added a maiden Bombardier Challenger 350 executive jet to its fleet with the aircraft in question having already been deployed into service earlier this month.

“The Challenger 350 business jet’s powerful performance and impressively wide cabin design, combined with class-leading comfort, make it the perfect aircraft for typical European charters," Florent Sériès, Vice President Sales and Marketing, TAG Aviation Europe, said in a press release issued at EBACE in ...

First A321 delivered to Russia's Red Wings

22MAY2017

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Malindo outlines initial B737 MAX 8 operations

22MAY2017
Malindo Air (OD, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) launched commercial B737 MAX 8 operations earlier today, May 22, operating the world's first B737 MAX 8 scheduled service from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore Changi.

Its first aircraft, 9M-LRC (msn 42985), arrived in Malaysia on May 18 and is on an operating lease from Avolon. The 180-seat single class aircraft will initially be deployed on routes from KLIA to Dhaka, Lahore Int'l, Langkawi and Singapore's Changi airport according to Airline Route.

Malindo's ...

SaudiGulf Airlines eyes Boeing widebody jets

22MAY2017
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

22MAY2017

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Maldivian to be launch operator at Kudahuvadhoo

22MAY2017

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Russia's Orenburzhye eyes first international route

22MAY2017

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Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines tie-up approved

22MAY2017
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

22MAY2017
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

22MAY2017
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

22MAY2017
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

20MAY2017
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

20MAY2017
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

19MAY2017
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 ...