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Maltese gov't sets up new carrier to hold Air Malta slots

12JAN2018
The Maltese government has confirmed it has incorporated a new wholly-owned company, Malta Air Travel Limited, which will assume ownership of the slots Air Malta (KM, Malta) owns at various airports.

In a statement, the government said the company would have an authorised share capital of EUR70 million (USD84 million). Given its intention to acquire landing and take-off slots, the firm is legally required to pursue an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC).

"This strategy supports the ...

jetBlue postpones decision on EMB-190s replacement

12JAN2018
jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) has decided to postpone its decision on the EMB-190 replacement order until the future of Bombardier and Embraer programmes becomes more clear, Chief Financial Officer Steve Priest has told Bloomberg.

The American carrier had planned to decide on the potential replacement of its sixty EMB-190s by the end of 2017, choosing among Bombardier CSeries, Embraer E2s or smaller Airbus jets. However, given the acquisition of the CSeries programme by Airbus and ...

Romanian court voids 2013 Blue Air sale

12JAN2018

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Kansas City to see first inc'l ops in 2Q18

12JAN2018
Icelandair (FI, Reykjavik Keflavik) will launch a new Reykjavik Keflavik-Kansas City Int'l service on May 25, 2018, thus becoming the Missourian gateway's maiden intercontinental route.

The Icelandic carrier said in a statement flights will operate 3x weekly with B757-200 equipment and are scheduled as a seasonal summer service.

According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Icelandair currently operates 50 weekly flights to nine airports in the United States: Boston, New York JFK, ...

Rosaviatsia rejects updated VIM Airlines rescue plan

12JAN2018

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Albanian Airways' certification in quandary

12JAN2018

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Hanamaki, Japan set for regular int'l pax ops

12JAN2018

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Tunisia's Express Air Cargo to invest $65mn in growth drive

12JAN2018

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Israeli regulator blocks El Al/Israir tie-up

11JAN2018

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Air Deccan ordered to launch Jamshedpur ops in mid-1Q18

11JAN2018
Air Deccan (Mumbai Int'l) has been ordered by the Indian Ministry of State for Civil Aviation to launch its planned Kolkata Int'l-Jamshedpur service by February 15, 2018, or otherwise it will be stripped of its traffic rights for this route, the Times of India has reported.

If Air Deccan fails to meet the deadline, the ministry will transfer the route authority to another operator.

The Indian LCC, a new iteration of Air Deccan (2003) which had been the largest Indian LCC before a ...

Estonian court sides with Nordica against Estonian Air staff

11JAN2018
An Estonian court has denied a motion filed by a group of former Estonian Air employees seeking to block around EUR1.7 million (USD2.04 million) held by Nordica (EE, Tallinn Lennart Meri). The group had planned to use the funds to settle defunct Estonian Air's outstanding severance and vacation pay as well as redundancy benefits owed to staff, the BNS newswire said.

The court found on December 22, 2017, that blocking such a sum would jeopardise Nordica's operations and could even lead to ...

EgyptAir, Aeroflot set to resume Moscow-Cairo services

11JAN2018

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Norwegian to upgrade Trent 1000s on 21 B787s

11JAN2018
Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) has confirmed that twenty-one of its B787s will have to have their Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powerplants upgraded.

In a statement to ch-aviation, Norwegian's Vice President (Communications), Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen, said the changes would take place during scheduled maintenance.

"Norwegian will - as planned and previously stated - upgrade the engines on thirteen B787-9s to a newer version (Trent TEN), not a new 'engine type'," he said. "The company's eight ...

AirAsia Group seeks to take Indian unit public - Fernandes

11JAN2018
AirAsia Group is looking to take its AirAsia India (I5, Chennai) unit public, Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes has announced.

In a series of tweets, Fernandes said the Malaysia-based low-cost airline conglomerate would seek approval to select a "banker to start the preliminary process" during the next AirAsia India board meeting.

"Very valuable asset with huge growth potential," he added.

AirAsia India is a joint-venture between AirAsia Berhad (49%), Tata Sons (49%), and two Tata ...

Niki Lauda keen to bid for Niki if court cancels IAG deal

11JAN2018

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Ukraine Int'l loses court cases over Ryanair's entry

11JAN2018

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SkyWest challenges DOT over Decatur, IL EAS decision

11JAN2018
SkyWest Airlines (USA) (OO, Salt Lake City) has filed a petition asking the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to reconsider its decision awarding an essential air service (EAS) contract at Decatur, Illinois, to Cape Air (9K, Hyannis).

Cape Air was awarded the contract covering 24x weekly return flights from Decatur to Chicago O'Hare and 12x weekly return flights to St. Louis Lambert Int'l commencing February 1, 2018, and running through to January 31, 2020. The airline will receive a ...

FedEx opens new Shanghai Pudong hub; to boost Memphis

11JAN2018
FedEx Express (FX, Memphis Int'l) opened a new cargo facility at Shanghai Pudong on January 8, aiming to improve service for customers in eastern China shipping goods to the United States and Europe.

The new 134,000-square-metre hub can process up to 36,000 packages an hour and besides sorting facilities, it also includes dedicated areas for China Customs and China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ), a cold chain centre providing temperature-controlled storage for, among others, ...

Andal, India, expected to see return of scheduled ops

11JAN2018
Air Deccan (Mumbai Int'l) is reportedly planning to launch flights between Kolkata Int'l and Durgapur which would become the first scheduled operations out of the latter airport after an hiatus of more than six months.

The Times of India reports the service is expected to be operated with Beech 1900D equipment and could be extended to Bagdogra at a later date. Air Deccan was granted the route authority during the first round of the UDAN scheme, an Indian government plan to subsidise ...

Luxair wet-leasing a CRJ-700 for domestic German ops

11JAN2018

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Saudi Arabia's flynas to add maiden A320neo in 3Q18

11JAN2018

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Khabarovsk Avia under criminal investigations

11JAN2018

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Parsabad, Iran reopens to commercial traffic in 1Q18

11JAN2018

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CSA Czech Airlines to-lease in A321 capacity from 2Q18

11JAN2018

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Ethiopian to lease two B737-800(SF)s from GECAS

10JAN2018
Ethiopian Aviation Holding Group has announced that its Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services unit has committed to lease two B737-800(SF)s from GECAS. The aircraft, which will undergo conversion with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), will deliver in June 2018 and January 2019 respectively.

Ethiopian's last B737 freighter, B737-400(F) ET-AQV (msn 28493), was written off in January 2015 following a landing incident at Accra, Ghana.

Ethiopian Cargo currently operates a fleet of six ...