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easyJet unveils own connecting hub initiative

13SEP2017
easyJet (U2, London Luton) has unveiled its own connecting hub project - Worldwide by easyJet - with Norwegian, Loganair, and Canada's WestJet its first partner carriers.

The budget carrier said in a statement the Worldwide by easyJet initiative would allow passengers to connect their easyJet flight with partner airline flights.

"Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures – with Worldwide by easyJet ...

South Korean regulator defers start-ups' licencing

13SEP2017

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Malaysia Airlines inks MOU for B787s, B737 MAX

13SEP2017
Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for an order potentially totaling sixteen aircraft.

In a statement issued during the state visit of Malaysian Prime Minister Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak to the United States, the carrier said the agreement includes eight additional B737 MAX 8 purchase rights and eight B787-9s. The latter are converted existing B737 MAX order rights. Malaysia ...
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Zambia's Mahogany Air secures own AOC

13SEP2017

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Canada's Flair Airlines to develop Edmonton hub

13SEP2017
Flair Airlines (F8, Kelowna) has announced it has chosen Edmonton Int'l to be its main transfer hub ahead of a planned network expansion.

The Canadian budget carrier said in a statement that effective December 15, it will include the Albertan metropolis in a network of flights emanating from Toronto Pearson, Vancouver Int'l, and Kelowna.

"This is just the beginning of many more announcements such as this," Flair Airlines' Vice President (Commercial Operations), Christopher Lapointe, said. ...

India's IndiGo in talks to wet-lease in A320 capacity

13SEP2017
IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) is in talks with multiple operators over plans to wet-lease in A320 capacity for the upcoming 2017/18 winter season.

According to India's Business Standard, the Indian LCC is in talks with Alitalia, Air Berlin, and Small Planet Airlines for the lease of at least seven A320 aircraft.

The agreements, if secured, will only cover the winter season which ends in March 2018.

IndiGo currently operates 114 A320-200s (of which three are undergoing maintenance) ...

Aegean cancels Larnaca – Heathrow flights over slot costs

13SEP2017
Aegean Airlines (A3, Athens Int'l) plans to cancel its LarnacaLondon Heathrow flights due to the high cost of using London's main airport, reports In Cyprus. The Greek carrier currently offers a 7x weekly service on this route but does not offer any other services between the UK and Cyprus.

The only other airline to connect Larnaca directly with Heathrow is British Airways (BA, London Heathrow), with 14x weekly flights. However, most major airports in the United Kingdom offer direct ...

Belgian regulator okays Brussels Airlines/TCAB deal

12SEP2017
The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) has announced it has given its consent to Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) to acquire the assets of rival carrier Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (HQ, Brussels National).

In March this year, Brussels Airlines unveiled an enhanced partnership agreement with UK-based global travel firm Thomas Cook Group wherein the Lufthansa Group carrier would absorb Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCAB) to become the leading carrier for Thomas Cook ...

Frontier bumps A320neo order book

12SEP2017
Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) has booked an additional A320neo, Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has reported in its latest update. As of August 2017, the Colorado-based budget carrier's order book stands at sixty-two of the type of which nine have thus far been delivered. It also has orders for eighteen A319neo.

At present, Frontier operates eighteen A319-100s, twenty-four A320-200s, and seventeen A321-200s on flights spanning sixty-eight destinations across the United States, Mexico, ...

Comoros' AB Aviation adds Brasilia metal to resume ops

12SEP2017

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Tajik fuel supplier denies Jet A1 shortage; blames airlines

12SEP2017

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Zhukovsky, Russia eyes domestic ops by year end

12SEP2017

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China Southern to establish Sichuan branch

12SEP2017

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AerCap to take back Air Berlin A330-200s

12SEP2017

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Air India puts off A320neo delivery over CFM engine issues

12SEP2017
Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) has delayed delivery of its next A320neo aircraft owing to issues with its CFM International LEAP-1A26 powerplants, reports The Press Trust of India quoting unnamed sources. This is similar to a situation in January which saw the Indian carrier defer delivery of its maiden pair of A320neos by one month again over CFM engine issues.

Air India currently has eight A320neos in its fleet, three of which are dry-leased from Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO. The ALAFCO aircraft are ...

Mozambique's TTA outlines proposed fleet, network plans

12SEP2017

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Air France to lease in Fokker 100 capacity in early 4Q17

12SEP2017

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Spain's Air Nostrum to add ATR72 capacity in 4Q17

12SEP2017

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Poland's LOT leasing in B737 capacity through late 3Q17

12SEP2017

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Spain's Vueling to add turboprop capacity from late 3Q17

12SEP2017

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Greece's Air Mediterranean to start scheduled ops in 4Q17

12SEP2017

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Orient Thai temporarily suspends flight operations

12SEP2017

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Slovenia's Adria Airways leasing in ATR, Saab capacity

12SEP2017

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Air New Zealand eyes New York direct with new widebodies

12SEP2017
Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) would look to start serving destinations on the US East Coast using aircraft sourced from a tentative widebody order, set to be announced next year.

In June, airline Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Christopher Luxon said studies focussing on the A350-1000 and A350-900(ULR) from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) and the B787-10 and B777X from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) would be begin this year. Once delivered, the jets would be used to develop ultra-longhaul ...

China's Tianjin Airlines adds maiden A320neo

12SEP2017
Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) has taken delivery of B-8952 (msn 7333), its maiden A320neo. The Pratt & Whitney PW1127G-powered twinjet arrived at Tianjin on Friday, September 8, and will be joined by a second of the type before month-end.

The HNA Group unit is an existing Airbus operator employing twenty-four A320-200s, one A321-200, and three A330-200s.