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Hessen gov't considers fining Ryanair for delays

16APR2018

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Zimbabwe's Sol Air nears deal for $100mn in funding

16APR2018
Sol Air (Zimbabwe) (ZS, Harare Int'l) is set to secure investment worth USD100 million from a Hong Kong-based investor amid plans to launch domestic Zimbabwean as well as regional operations.

Sol Air Managing Director Nkosilathi Sibanda told The Zimbabwe Independent last week that he had signed an initial agreement with Yaya Sun in early 2017 wherein USD55 million would have been used to get Sol Air beyond the drawing board and into the skies.

However, Yaya is said to have developed cold ...

Canada's Air Transat adds maiden A321ceo

16APR2018
Air Transat (TS, Montréal Trudeau) has taken delivery of its first A321-200 following the handing over of C-GEZD (msn 4099) on a ten-year lease from AviaAM Leasing. According to the Polish lessor, the former Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) jet recently completed a pre-EIS C-check.

The aircraft is one of two the Canadian leisure specialist signed for during the first quarter of the current calendar year. ch-aviation analysis of schedule data shows the aircraft is due to be deployed int ...
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Taiwan tightens up airline shut-down regulations

16APR2018

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Swaziland to proffer VIP A340 to charter market

16APR2018
The Government of Swaziland has announced the delivery of its VIP-configured A340-300, 3DC-SDF (msn 406), formerly B-18802 with China Airlines (CI, Taipei Taoyuan). The 17-year-old quadjet was ferried from Hamburg Helmut Schmidt to Manzini King Mswati III Int'l on Friday, April 13.

The aircraft will be placed under the purview of the rejuvenated Royal Swazi Airways (Manzini King Mswati III Int'l) and, aside from VIP trips for King Mswati III, will be proffered to the international charter ...

Emirates to firm up A380 options as pilot shortage hurts

16APR2018
Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) President Tim Clark says the carrier will exercise options for 16 additional A380-800s, announced as part of a firm order for twenty of the type in February this year.

“We will exercise them sooner rather than later,” he was quoted by Reuters in Hamburg last week.

According to Clark, Emirates is still evaluating potential engine manufacturers for the twenty firm aircraft, due to arrive from 2020 onwards.

Commenting on the carrier's summer network plans, Clark ...

Norwegian boss denies any plans to sell carrier

16APR2018
Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and major shareholder, Bjorn Kjos, says he has no intention of selling the company despite IAG International Airlines Group's surprise announcement that it intends to court the Scandinavian low-cost carrier over a possible buyout.

Last week, IAG said it had acquired a 4.61% stake in Norwegian as a springboard for talks that may extend to a takeover.

However, Kjos told a media gathering at Norwegian's AGM that although IAG was ...

LATAM Airlines Group to establish Chilean LCC - report

16APR2018
LATAM Airlines Group has initiated the process of establishing a low-cost carrier, Chile's El Mercurio newspaper has reported citing government documents.

According to the report, the South American carrier group has submitted a letter of intent to the Chilean civil aviation authority (Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil - DGAC) in March informing it of its intention to pursue a new AOC.

During an earnings call last month, LANChile's Chief Financial Officer Ramiro Alfonsin confirmed ...

Pobeda tries to wrest Batumi route rights from Red Wings

16APR2018

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Malawi's Kwacha Airlines secures ASL, eyes 3Q18 launch

16APR2018
The Malawian Ministry of Transport and Public Works has announced it has awarded Kwacha Airlines (Lilongwe) an Air Services Licence (ASL) to operate both domestic and international passenger and cargo flights.

According to The Malawi Post, the start-up is backed by three locals namely James Makunje Jnr, Chris Kapanga Jnr and Noel Chalamanda.

The carrier has since issued a statement indicating it plans to complete certification and launch on September 1, 2018, using B737-700 equipment. ...

Czechia's Aeropartner acquires Air Prague

16APR2018

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Andorra Airlines resurrects launch plans; in talks for funds

16APR2018

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Multinational Balkan-based carrier initiative unveiled

16APR2018

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Rolls Royce Trent 1000 headaches persist, more ops affected

16APR2018
Rolls-Royce has warned of further operational disruptions to airlines which use its Trent 1000 Package C engines. In a statement issued on Friday, April 13, the UK-based manufacturer said it had recommended increased inspection frequencies given improved understanding of the issues affecting the durability of the Trent 1000 Package C compressor, in particular the IPC Rotor 1 and Rotor 2 blades where cracks have been found on select units.

"This will, unfortunately, lead to additional ...

Kuwait Airways resumes Beirut ops post Syria attacks

16APR2018
Kuwait Airways (KU, Kuwait) has resumed flights to Beirut, Lebanon, as of Sunday, April 15, following this past weekend's military action in Syria.

In a statement to the KUNA news agency, Kuwait Airways said the reasons for its suspension of service to the Lebanese capital have since abated. It had stopped flights on Thursday, April 12, amid a Eurocontrol warning of potential military traffic/ordnance in the vicinity of Syria through late Friday.

MEA - Middle East Airlines (ME, Beirut) has ...

Saudi Arabia's flynas secures leased A320 capacity

16APR2018

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Germany's SundAir scrubs A319 plans

16APR2018

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Malta MedAir secures AOC

14APR2018

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Ukraine seeks to fine UK's Gama Aviation for Crimea ops

14APR2018

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RusLine to pay ₽85mn fine for evading customs

14APR2018

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Poland's Enter Air inks €27.4mn charter contract

14APR2018

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Denmark's DAT wins PSO contract in southern Italy

13APR2018
DAT - Danish Air Transport (DX, Kolding) has been awarded a EUR38.6 million euro (USD47.6 million) Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract in southern Italy for flights connecting the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa with airports in Sicily.

According to the records of the Italian civil aviation authority (Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile - ENAC), the contract will run from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2021.

The PSO covers routes out of Pantelleria to each of Trapani (14x ...

VLM Belgium's Maribor ops in question as ownership changes

13APR2018

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Iran's Taftan Airlines close to Antonov deal

13APR2018

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Bristow Nigeria inks MOU with Bayelsa State for Yenagoa ops

13APR2018
Bristow Helicopters Nigeria (BHN, Lagos) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bayelsa state government for the provision of dedicated passenger charter flights between the state capital Yenagoa and various destinations across Nigeria.

Once all modalities, scope, and safety risk assessments have been agreed upon with the state government and the regulatory authorities, flights to Lagos and Port Harcourt Omagwa are expected to commence during the first quarter of 2019. ...