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Delta to debut A350 ops in early 4Q17


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TUI fly Belgium to begin B737 MAX ops due in 1Q18


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Romania's Blue Air in talks to acquire B737 MAX

Blue Air (Romania) (0B, Bucharest Otopeni) is in talks with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) over a possible B737 MAX order, Bloomberg has reported quoting sources close to the negotiations.

According to the report, the Romanian LCC's order could tally up to fifty jets including at least twenty firm orders with the remainder options. An announcement may be made during the course of this week's Paris Airshow, the sources said.

Blue Air currently operates a fleet of thirty B737 jets including ...
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Nigeria's First Nation appeals safety violation fine

First Nation Airways (FRN, Lagos) has appealed a fine imposed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over the failure of one of its pilots to renew his medical certificate. As previously reported, First Nation and the pilot were fined NGN32 million (USD100,000) and NGN1.5 million (USD4,700) respectively when a routine inspection found that the pilot operated a total of sixteen flights after his medical certificate expired in November 2016.

The NCAA announced this week that it has ...

SilkAir to deploy B737 MAX on Cairns flights

Singapore Airlines subsidiary SilkAir (MI, Singapore Changi) is to increase its flights to Cairns, Australia from 4x to 5x weekly and will deploy its new B737 MAX 8 aircraft on the route. SilkAir CEO Foo Chai Wai told CAPA that the MAX 8s will also replace B737-800s on routes from Singapore to Hyderabad Int'l and Bangalore Int'l.

SilkAir has operated the Singapore – Cairns route since May 2015, originally offered with a stop in Darwin. The direct flight is the longest in SilkAir's route ...

ADI sues Youngstown airport over cancelled Chicago flights

ADI Aerodynamics (4A, Pontiac) has filed a counterclaim against the Western Reserve Port Authority (WRPA) a year after it ceased operating a Chicago O'Hare flight from Youngstown/Warren airport because of cut subsidies. The airline says that claims that it misled the Authority over interline agreements are false, and it is calling for almost USD300,000 in outstanding invoices and damages, reports Business Journal Daily.

In 2016, WRPA awarded a subsidy agreement to ADI whereby the airline ...

Aeroflot reduces claim in suit against Sukhoi


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Chile looks to fill gaps in low cost carrier market


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Mariana Islands suspends new international flights

The Commonwealth Ports Authority (CPA) of the Northern Mariana Islands has suspended all new international flights into the territory for 60 days to allow the government to assess local infrastructure capacity against an increase in passenger numbers. The moratorium is dependent on the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) approving the move, reports the Saipan Tribune.

The Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) has come out in support of the suspension, saying that tourism growth must ...

Berlin govt to reject Air Berlin aid appeal?


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CAAC penalizes Emirates for flight ops infractions

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has fined Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) CNY29,000 yuan (USD4,270) and barred from adding new routes and frequencies into China for six months.

The regulator said in a statement on Wednesday, June 14, that the sanctions were imposed in relation to two operational incidents that occurred in April and May of this year.

In the first incident occurred during an Emirates flight on April 17 where crew misunderstood air traffic control instructions ...

China Southern eyes Africa, South America expansion

China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) is planning to expand into South America and Africa over the next five years the carrier's Senior Vice President (Marketing) Wu Guoxiang has told the South China Morning Post.

In an interview, Wu said the carrier was looking at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo for its next African destination after Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta, which it currently serves from Guangzhou 2x weekly using A330-200 metal. In South America, China Southern is looking at developing services to ...

ICAO called in to mediate Gulf air embargo crisis

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has agreed to broker a meeting between senior representatives from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain concerning the impact of an air embargo imposed by the latter four Arab states against Qatar on June 5.

The group of four, along with multiple other states including Libya, Yemen, the Comoros, Mauritania, and the Maldives collectively accuse Qatar of having supported terrorism and siding with ...

Venezuela's Estelar Latinoamerica eyes regional growth


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Ivory Coast to see maiden US flights in late 3Q17?


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Blue Panorama secures new capacity provider for Albania ops


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Eurowings Europe adds maiden A319 to its fleet

Eurowings Europe (E2, Vienna) has added a maiden A319-100 to its AOC's operations specifications Skyliner Aviation has reported. A319-100 D-AGWP was last week added to the Austrian register as OE-LYZ (msn 4227) to be followed by D-AGWQ (msn 4256).

According to schedule data at hand, one of the jets will be based out of Salzburg, the other out of Vienna.

From Salzburg, the former aircraft will be deployed on flights to Split, Olbia, Thessaloniki, Palma Son Sant Joan, Paris CDG, ...

Russia's Red Wings adds maiden A320s

Red Wings Airlines (WZ, Moscow Vnukovo) has begun adding A320-200 capacity to its fleet, Skyliner Aviation has reported. Of the four twinjets to be added, VP-BWZ (msn 2084) was positioned to Moscow Domodedovo this week with VP-BWY (msn 2193) to follow in due course. The remaining two ships - msn 2372 and 2393 - will likely arrive later this summer.

As previously reported, one of the aircraft will be based out of Adler/Sochi for use in serving Chelyabinsk, Moscow Domodedovo, Nizhniy Novgorod, ...

Transavia Airlines adds B737NG capacity this summer

Transavia Airlines (HV, Amsterdam) has dry-leased a B737-800 from UAE-based budget carrier flydubai (FZ, Dubai Int'l) to supplement its summer capacity.

According to Skyliner Aviation, A6-FDF (msn 40236) was recently added to the Dutch register as PH-HSR following maintenance checks at Norwich.

The budget wing of Air France-KLM, Transavia Airlines operates eight B737-700s and thirty-five B737-800s on scheduled flights to ninety-seven destinations across Scandinavia, mainland Europe, the ...

Malaysia Airlines to deploy A380s on Seoul, Tokyo routes

Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has announced it will be using its A380-800s to meet an expected surge in demand for flights to Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Narita during the third quarter of the year.

In its 1Q17 report, the carrier said the services would be mounted on an ad-hoc basis with the A380s continuing to ply their double-daily Kuala Lumpur Int'l-London Heathrow services during this time. However, owing to runway restrictions, its services to Jeddah will be operated using the ...

Hungary's RonanAir eyes ATR72s for regional Euro ops


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Eq. Guinea seeks to resolve crisis blocking CEIBA's Euro ops


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Aircalin close to securing funding for A320neo, A330neo


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Bristow Group announces structural changes, asset sale

The Bristow Group has announced it will undergo a major restructure to make its business leaner and more regionally focused. The US-based group has stakes in various helicopter and search and rescue companies across the globe, including Bristow Helicopters, Airnorth (Australia), Bristow Helicopters Nigeria, Bristow US, Eastern Airways, Cougar Helicopters (Canada), Petroleum Air Services, Pan African Airlines (Nigeria), Aviashelf, Turkmenistan Helicopters, and Líder Aviação. Under its ...

Garuda & Air NZ lose cargo cartel appeal in Australia

The High Court of Australia has rejected an appeal from Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) and Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) over allegations of air cargo price-fixing between 2002 and 2006. The case will now move to the Federal Court which will determine penalties.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) found that the two airlines – along with 13 others – had colluded on air cargo surcharges. The other airlines – Qantas, British Airways, Air France & ...