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Iraq's UR Airlines seeks B737s ahead of launchch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.02.2019 - 09:07 UTC

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US-Bangla Airlines to add B737 MAX in 1Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.02.2019 - 08:58 UTC

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Airbus to end A380 production in 2021, Emirates cuts order

14.02.2019 - 05:57 UTC

Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has announced it will end the production of A380-800s in 2021 as the programme's last remaining customer, Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l), has reduced its order by thirty-nine units.

The Emirati carrier reduced its order for A380s from 162 to 123 units and will take the delivery of the remaining fourteen aircraft over the next two years.

"As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines...

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Eurowings to phase-out A340s by autumn 2019ch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.02.2019 - 00:41 UTC

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Flexjet goes after NetJets pilots' union for intimidation

13.02.2019 - 23:35 UTC

Flexjet (LXJ, Cleveland Cuyahoga Country) has said that its lawsuit against the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) will go forward after a court denied the defendants' motion to dismiss the case.

Flexjet accused the union and some of its operatives of menacing and intimidation during the 2018 union decertification election campaign at the airline. The fractional business jet ownership specialist said that its managers and employees received "hundreds" of vulgar, threatening, and malicious messages....

Local German gov't eyes Sylt-mainland air bridgech-aviation PRO exclusive

13.02.2019 - 22:30 UTC

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Gov't to seek advisors for Croatia Airlines privatisationch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.02.2019 - 21:24 UTC

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IAG caps non-EU shareholding, easyJet Brexit-proofs holdings

13.02.2019 - 18:05 UTC

easyJet (U2, London Luton) has warned that it might have to suspend voting rights of a "small percentage" of shareholders from the United Kingdom or other non-European Union states in case of hard Brexit with no transition period.

The LCC simultaneously revealed in a stock market filing that it is currently 49%-owned by entities from the EU (excluding the UK), Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, or Switzerland. As such, it falls just marginally short of the 50% plus one share requirement for EU control and ownership....

S7 Airlines eyes resumption of Baikonur scheduled opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.02.2019 - 16:49 UTC

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EC okays Air France-KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Delta tie-up

13.02.2019 - 15:33 UTC

The European Commission (EC) says it has approved the proposed acquisition of joint control over Virgin Atlantic by Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines, and Virgin Group on the grounds the deal would raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area.

Finalized in May 2018, the agreement will see Air France-KLM Royal Dutch Airlines acquire a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic currently held by Virgin Group for GBP220 million pounds (USD283 million). Virgin Group will retain a 20% stake and Chairmanship of Virgin Atlantic with Delta...

JetSMART Argentina outlines launch plans due in early 2Q19

13.02.2019 - 14:17 UTC

JetSMART Argentina (Buenos Aires El Palomar) has outlined its planned operational launch plans having completed its Argentine certification drive in December last year.

The nascent low-cost carrier and Indigo Partners subsidiary said in a statement that flights would commmence on April 8 with the following routes to roll out thereafter:

Cathay Pacific to close Toronto crew base

13.02.2019 - 13:02 UTC

Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Int'l) has announced that it will close its cabin crew base at Toronto Pearson as part of an ongoing cost-reduction programme.

According to an airline memo seen by the South China Morning Post, the carrier's management said the base's commercial viability had been a concern for some time and that it had now become "unsustainable".

In a follow-up statement, Cathay Pacific said that it had yet to decide how many of the 120 cabin crew positions located at the Canadian airport would be affected. It...

Kazakhstan's SCAT Airlines orders two B737 MAX 9s

13.02.2019 - 11:46 UTC

SCAT Airlines (DV, Shimkent) has announced it has ordered two B737-9s. In a statement, the privately-owned airline said it would take delivery of the jets direct from Boeing in May of this year.

They will arrive in time to operate Summer 2019 flights and will be configured with 189 seats, including 16 business class seats.

SCAT already has one B737-8 in service out of an order for six of the type. It also had options for five more B737 MAX.

The Kazakh carrier also operates four B737-300s, three...

Romania's Blue Air confirms Zeitfracht acquires 10% stake

13.02.2019 - 10:30 UTC

Blue Air (Romania) (0B, Bucharest Otopeni) has confirmed Zeitfracht Gruppe has taken a 10% shareholding in the carrier. Though the German logistics specialist has previously confirmed it has acquired a foothold in the Romanian budget carrier, it did not disclose the precise size of the stake acquired.

In a statement to local Romanian media clarifying the tie-up, Blue Air said negotiations began at the end of 2018, while the actual share transfer documents were signed on December 12, 2018.


Tunisair eyes debt-to-equity conversion in turnaround planch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.02.2019 - 09:14 UTC

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Southern Airways Express acquires Mokulele Airlines

13.02.2019 - 07:59 UTC

Southern Airways Express (9X, Memphis Int'l) has announced it has acquired Mokulele Airlines (MW, Kona) from current owner, Transpac Aviation, Inc., for an undisclosed sum.

In a US government filing, SAE said that its holding company, Southern Airways Corporation (SAC), had negotiated an agreement with Transpac Aviation, Inc., the holding firm of Mokulele Flight Service (MFS), Inc. d/b/a Mokulele Airlines, whereby Southern Airways Pacific, LLC (SAP), a newly formed subsidiary of SAC, would acquire substantially all of MFS's assets....

DGCA rejects request to restore ETOPS for A320neo, B737 MAX

13.02.2019 - 04:50 UTC

The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has rejected a request by Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) to restore extended range twin engined operations certification to B737-8s, The Economic Times has reported. The A320-200neo remains similarly limited.

"We have rejected Jet Airways’ request to relax the Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) limit for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft because we are concerned about the performance of the aircraft, and would like operations to continue with restrictions," a...

Nepal Airlines delays Osaka launch due to safety checks

13.02.2019 - 03:38 UTC

Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) was forced to delay the launch of its services from Kathmandu to Osaka Kansai from February 2019 to at least late March due to the safety checks required by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), The Kathmandu Post has reported.

"We are not sure how long the safety checking process will take, but we are all ready to start service," Executive Chairman Madan Kharel said.

The checks itself are a routine procedure before the JCAB can approve a foreign airline for operations to Japan....

Italy's HelloFly plans ops from Salerno as a virtual carrierch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.02.2019 - 02:26 UTC

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SkyWest secures EAS at Massena & Ogdensburg, NY

13.02.2019 - 01:14 UTC

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded SkyWest Airlines (United States of America) (OO, Salt Lake City) the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract at Massena, NY and Ogdensburg, NY from April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2021.

The three-year contract is worth USD6 million per annum in subsidies.

The carrier will operate 12x weekly to each of the cities from Chicago O'Hare and Washington Dulles using CRJ-200 aircraft under the United Express brand.

Currently, Ogdensburg is served 21x weekly...

Ukraine's SkyUp Airlines to launch Middle East opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.02.2019 - 00:02 UTC

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Norwegian inks a LOI with Asian firm re aircraft salech-aviation PRO exclusive

12.02.2019 - 22:50 UTC

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Etihad injects $35mn into Jet Airways via loyalty programme

12.02.2019 - 21:38 UTC

Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) has injected an additional USD35 million into Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) by pre-purchasing tickets for redemption by members of the Jet Privilege loyalty programme, The Economic Times has reported.

The Emirati carrier owns 24% of the airline itself but controls the loyalty programme in which it has a 50.1% stake.

Eithad Airways did not confirm the transaction.

Meanwhile, the talks between Etihad Airways and Jet Airways regarding long-term capital investment and...

Canada's WestJet defers MAX 7 deliveries, mulls conversion

12.02.2019 - 20:26 UTC

WestJet (WS, Calgary) has deferred the deliveries of the initial five B737-7s from 2019 to 2021 amid decreasing interest in operating the smallest B737 MAX type, CEO Ed Sims told Bloomberg.

"We are really focusing now on the B737-8, which has got extended range and greater seat capacity. We really converted on our initial options and our interest in the MAX 7 into the MAX 8, and we’re now evaluating the next generation of MAX, which is the B737-10", Sims said.

The Canadian carrier has twenty-three...

Mongolia's Hunnu Air to lease four E190s

12.02.2019 - 19:14 UTC

Hunnu Air (MR, Ulaanbaatar) has signed an agreement with CDB Leasing for the lease of four E190s.

A lessor statement said the E190s would be configured in a two-class layout featuring 92 economy and 6 business class seats. Deliveries will take place in May 2019, and in 2020 and 2021.

“Hunnu Air has taken on a new direction, more committed than ever to providing convenient domestic and regional flights options to travellers," Hunnu Air Chief Executive Officer Munkhjargal Purevjal said. "In conjunction with our growing fleet by these...