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British Virgin Islands' BVI Airways commences flights

BVI Airways (4V, Beef Island) has inaugurated operations following its maiden commercial service on Wednesday, April 11.

The start-up said in a statement the flight - Beef Island-Curacao - operated onboard one of its two ARJ-100s, VP-LOS (msn E3282), in support of the British Virgin Islands Athletics team.

Having secured its revised Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from Air Safety Support International, the UK regulator responsible for the British Overseas Territories, in January, BVI ...

Mexico's Interjet adds maiden A320neo

Interjet (4O, Toluca) has taken delivery of its maiden A320neo following the arrival of XA-JRM (msn 7523) in Toluca on Wednesday, April 12.

According to Skyliner Aviation, the twinjet was positioned to Toluca from Toulouse Blagnac via Reykjavik Keflavik and Bangor.

The Mexican LCC has forty A320neo on order from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac). They are all powered by CFM International Leap 1A motors.

Interjet currently operates forty-five A320-200s, three A321-200s, and twenty-two ...

Lithuania's Small Planet Airlines to reopen Paris base


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Cathay Pacific ends A340 operations


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Hong Kong Jet secures Guernsey AOC

Hong Kong Jet (Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) has announced it has secured an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from Guernsey's Director of Civil Aviation (DCA).

According to a DCA press release, the first aircraft added to the Channel Islands' register is parent firm Deer Jet Beijing's BBJB787-8 2-DEER (msn 35309) now on the certificate of subsidiary BAS Guernsey (Guernsey). Four more business jets will be added by year-end followed by another five in 2018.

The Hong Kong-based business aviation ...

Pakistan's Shaheen Air Int'l ends A330-300 ops

Shaheen Air International (NL, Karachi Int'l) has provisionally ended A330-300 operations Skyliner Aviation has revealed. AP-BKL (msn 55) was ferried from Karachi Int'l to Phoenix Sky Harbor via Amsterdam earlier this week.

The type was used on flights connecting Lahore Int'l, Peshawar, and Karachi Int'l with Dammam and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia as well as Guangzhou in China.

As it stands, the Pakistani carrier's widebody fleet now constitutes four A330-200s.

Haiti's Sunrise AIrways eyes US debut in 4Q17

Sunrise Airways (S6, Port au Prince) has announced plans to make its North American mainland debut during the last quarter of the year.

The Haitian carrier said in a statement issued this week that, subject to government approval, it plans to start a 3x weekly Port au Prince-Orlando Int'l, United States service from October 17 onwards.

Operations would be onboard A320-200 equipment, wet-leased from a third party operator. Given Haiti is not an International Aviation Safety Assessment ...

Air Berlin leasing in ATR72 equipment


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Turkish Airlines leasing a B747 freighter


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Nordavia and Red Wings announce codeshare agreement


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Comoros to recertify all local operators


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Lufthansa Cargo to begin fleet renewal studies


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Thai Smile to resume operating flights for Thai Airways Intl

Thai Smile (WE, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) is set to resume Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Kuala Lumpur Int'l, Malaysia flights later next month using parent carrier Thai Airways International' route authorities.

According to Airline Route, Thai Smile's daily service will commence on May 25 and operate using Thai Airways International TG-coded flight numbers.

Until this development, Thai Airways Int'l had curbed the use of its boutique subsidiary to operate flights on highly competitive routes following ...

San Bernardino, CA to see scheduled pax ops in late 2Q17

San Bernardino International Airport will see its maiden scheduled international passenger services later this quarter Mexican budget carrier Volaris (Y4, Toluca) has announced.

Volaris said in a statement this week that a 2x weekly service from Guadalajara, Mexico, to San Bernardino, located 110 kilometres east of Los Angeles Int'l, would commence from June 29 onwards.

“The launch of these new routes strengthens our presence in the Greater Los Angeles Area and provides our customers with ...

Foreign operators eye Brazilian domestic market


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Dutch gov't disposes of VIP Fokker 70 to Alliance Airlines

The Dutch government has announced it has sold a VIP-configured Fokker 70, currently used for Royal Family and VIP politician flights, to Australia's Alliance Airlines (QQ, Brisbane Int'l) for EUR3.7 million (USD3.9 million).

A press release issued this week said PH-KBX (msn 11547), which is operated by KLM cityhopper for Rijksluchtvaartdienst, will be withdrawn from service at the end of May. It will then be replaced by a Boeing Business Jet B737 which is due to arrive in ...

China's Okay Airways to lease two B737 freighters from ATSG

Okay Airways (BK, Tianjin) will lease two B737-400(F)s from the leasing subsidiary of US-based Air Transport Services Group.

In a press release issued this week, ATSG said it had acquired two B737-400s for conversion into freighters by its PEMCO World Air Services unit. Once completed, the aircraft will be placed on seven-year lease agreements with Okay Airways through ATSG West Leasing Ltd.

The converted aircraft are expected to deliver in late 2017. Okay Airways will operate them in ...

Afriqiyah serves Benghazi for first time in four years

Afriqiyah Airways (8U, Tripoli Mitiga) has announced it conducted its first commercial service to the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday, April 10. The move follows a declaration by the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority (LyCAA) last week reopening Benghazi to medevac and cargo flights.

In a statement, the carrier said it had operated its first cargo service to Benghazi four years after the outbreak of civil war. Service was onboard the carrier's only A300-600(F) and, according to ...

US DOT finalizes AM-DL's México City, New York JFK slots

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a Final Order concerning the reallocation of the twenty-four México City and four New York JFK slot pairs AeroMéxico (AM, México City) and Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) agreed to relinquish as a condition for the granting of antitrust immunity for their joint-venture.

The DOT required the divestment to placate its concerns about any possible anti-competitive impact the AeroMéxico-Delta partnership may have in the New ...

Vietstar Airlines' licence put on hold indefinitely


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Ariana Afghanistan puts bulk of mothballed fleet up for sale

Ariana Afghan Airlines (FG, Kabul) has put multiple stored aircraft and associated sundry spare parts up for sale with prospective buyers requested to submit offers by April 30, 2017.

According to tender documents seen by ch-aviation, the following stored aircraft have been put up for sale:

- 1 x A300B4-203 - YA-BAB (msn 180);
- 3 x An-24s - YA-CAH (msn 37308605), YA-CAJ (msn 87310810), and YA-DAL (msn 57310409);
- 1 x B737-400 - YA-PIE (msn 26086);
- 1 x B737-200 - YA-PIR (msn ...

Scotland's Loganair leasing an ATR42


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Georgian Airways to modify Kiev ops shortly


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SpiceJet chairman settles with regulator for rule violations

Ajay Singh, the Chairman of Indian low cost carrier SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l), has settled with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for violations of takeover regulations, reports the Economic Times of India.

The matter goes back to Singh's takeover of SpiceJet in February 2015. At that time, Singh and SpiceJet failed to file a disclosure to stock exchanges within four days of the transaction. The filing only occurred in September 2016, more than a year and a half ...

Romania's Aviro Air denies stranding Italian pilgrims


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