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Malaysia to unsubsidize six RAS routes

Malaysia's Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, has announced MASwings (MY, Kota Kinabalu) will terminate six routes in Sabah and Sarawak later this year after a study showed they could now be operated on a fully commercial basis.

Speaking to The Star newspaper, Lai said a Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) study on the country's subsidized rural air services (RAS) had shown the six routes - Kota Kinabalu to each of Sandakan, Tawau, and Miri, and from Kuching to each of ...

Mozambique issues RFP for consultants in LAM's restructuring

LAM - Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (TM, Maputo) has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the recruitment of an advisory firm to assist in the majority state-owned carrier's restructuring.

“The consulting firm should be independent of LAM and any member of its management, directors and managers of the company, as well as institutions with interests in the company or other airlines with commercial activity in Mozambique,” it said.

According to the Lusa news agency, Mozambique's government ...

Airbus's October 2017 order book changes revealed


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Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos resumes ops using own aircraft


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Thailand's Nok Air raises ฿1.7bn from existing shareholders

Nok Air (DD, Bangkok Don Mueang) has successfully raised THB1.7 billion baht (USD51.3 million) in fresh capital from its existing shareholders, including Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi).

A total of 1.135 billion new shares, offered to existing shareholders, were reportedly oversubscribed at a price of THB1.50 each (USD0.05). The low-cost airline will use cash to cover a total of nearly THB5 billion (USD15.1 million) in losses incurred from 2014 to June 2017.

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Aracaju, Brazil sees maiden scheduled int'l ops in 4Q17

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (G3, São Paulo Congonhas) has begun scheduled international flights out of Aracaju marking the northeastern Brazilian port city's first such services.

Effective November 4, the budget carrier has been running a weekly return service to Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Argentina, via Salvador. Operations are onboard B737-800 equipment.

Other operators serving the airfield include LATAM Airlines Brasil, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, and Avianca Brasil, all with domestic ...

Langkawi, Malaysia to see inc'l ops in mid 4Q18

Langkawi International Airport will see intercontinental services during the 2018/2019 winter season, European tour operator TUI Group has revealed.

Catering to the firm's Marella Cruises unit and its Southeast Asian voyages, TUI Airways (BY, London Luton) will offer weekly services from Manchester Int'l and from either Birmingham Int'l or London Gatwick to the Malaysian resort town using B787-9 metal.

At present, AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) and ...

Ryanair mulls expansion at Warsaw Chopin airport


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Taiwan's EVA Air adds maiden B777 freighter

EVA Air (BR, Taipei Taoyuan) has taken delivery of its first B777-F following the arrival of B-16781 (msn 62824) in Taipei Taoyuan from Everett on Wednesday, November 8. The freighter will be deployed into service on routes to Asia and North America in late November.

EVA Air has a further four of the type on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) with deliveries due by September 2019. Altogether, the B777s will replace EVA Air's current fleet of two B747-400(BDSF)s and three B747-400(FSCD)s ...

Former Air Berlin staff hope to reactivate LTU


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Spain's Volotea to open a base in Bilbao in late 1Q18

Volotea (V7, Asturias) has announced it will open a base at Bilbao, in northern Spain, with effect from March 2018.

Using a single B717-200, the Spanish LCC said it will open up new services to Vienna (from March 29), Malta (from March 24), Palermo (from June 26), and Malaga (from March 23) while boosting those to existing destinations Seville, Venice Marco Polo, Palma Son Sant Joan, and Ibiza. As demand grows, the B717 will likely be switched out for an A319-100.

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LEVEL to start Madrid base ops?


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Monarch loses UK slot court case, to appeal

A UK High Court has ordered Monarch Airlines (ZB, London Luton) to return its slots at various UK airports to the UK's Airport Coordination Ltd. (ACL).

According to a court ruling issued on Wednesday, November 8, Lord Justice Gross and Mr Justice Lewis rejected Monarch's claim that the ACL was under a duty to allocate Summer 2018 slots to Monarch "by reason of historical precedence ('grandfather rights')".

The Justices said that in Monarch's case, the ACL was no longer entitled to reserve ...

DOT threatens to revoke Baltia's foreign scheduled authority

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has warned Baltia Air Lines (BTL, New York JFK) that it risks losing its foreign scheduled passenger authority, granted to it in 2009.

The regulator said in a letter to the near 40-year-old start-up, now trading as USGlobal Airways (BTL, Newburgh), that it could find no more good cause to grant it further extensions.

Under current rules, the effectiveness of a carrier's authority is conditioned on it fulfilling several conditions, including ...

Venezuela's Conviasa switches Panamanian ops


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British Airways to spend £4.5b on product upgrades thru 2021

British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) will invest a total of GBP4.5 billion (USD5.9 billion) into a revamp programme which will cover the purchase of new aircraft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alex Cruz has revealed.

Speaking at the World Travel Market in London this week, Cruz said that over the coming five years, the IAG International Airlines Group unit would acquire seventy-two new aircraft. Of those seventy-two, Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) order numbers show British Airways has ...

South Korea's Asiana Airlines to dispose of Daewoo E&H stake


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Lion Air Group inks partnership with West Java Int'l Airport

Indonesia's Lion Air Group has announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with PT West Java International Airport (BIJB) following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week by PT BIJB President Director, Virda Dimas Ekaputra, and Lion Air Group President Director, Edward Sirait.

Located on the northeast coast of West Java, West Java Kertajati International Airport will replace Bandung Husein Sastranegara Airport as the region's primary gateway. Upon its ...

Meridiana considering rebranding as Air Italy

Meridiana fly (IG, Olbia) is considering rebranding itself as Air Italy (I9, Milan Malpensa) with no firm decision having yet been taken an airline spokeswoman has told ch-aviation.

"Meridiana clarifies that the issue is still under analysis," Loredana de Filippo said in an e-mailed statement. "In any case, it regards the brand and not the corporate assets of the Group."

The comments come after Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) chief executive Akbar al Baker this week said that the ...

Air Canada extends Sky Regional CPA deal

Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) and Sky Regional Airlines (RS, Montréal Trudeau) have announced they have concluded a ten-year extension to their existing capacity purchase agreement (CPA), effective April 1, 2017.

"This 10-year extension to the existing capacity purchase agreement with Sky Regional Airlines underscores our confidence in our Air Canada Express partner to provide a seamless operation and customer experience on behalf of Air Canada in a number of our key domestic and ...

Oman's Al Sharqiya Aviation to enter helicopter market

Al Sharqiya Aviation (Muscat) has modified its business model with the start-up now looking to introduce Oman's first commercial helicopter services.

In a statement issued via social media, Al Sharqiya said services would be launched "soon".

Al Sharqiya Aviation, along with Salalah Air (Salalah), were awarded No Objection Certificates (NOC) by Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) in July last year. It is a subsidiary of Omani conglomerate, MB Holding Co., whose key interests ...

China's Northeastern Airlines to undergo shareholder shakeup


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United Airlines ends B747 operations; Delta to follow

United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) has concluded all B747 operations following its B747-400 fleet's final service on Tuesday, November 7.

Having concluded scheduled flight operations on Sunday, October 29 with flight UA892 Seoul Incheon-San Francisco, CA, the carrier conducted a farewell service - UA747 San Francisco, CA-Honolulu - on Tuesday, November 7 using N118UA (msn 28811).

According to the ch-aviation aircraft database, since the delivery of N4703U (msn 19753) on June 30, 1970, ...

Bangladesh's Regent Airways seeks investment for growth

Regent Airways (RX, Dhaka) has announced plans to pursue USD40 million in growth capital financing as it seeks to expand its current operations - on the international front in particular. To that end, the Bangladeshi carrier has enlisted California-based investment banking specialist DelMorgan & Co. to advise on strategic alternatives.

"With the infusion of USD40 million of additional capital from lenders or other investors, Regent will have the funds to pursue its near-term growth plans, ...

Kuwait Airways set for additional gov't financial aid


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