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Government approves privatisation of Air India

09.01.2020 - 22:59 UTC

India's government, on January 7, approved a proposal to privatise Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l), pledging that an expression of interest (EOI) document would be issued later this month.

A group of ministers led by Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah approved the EOI for prospective suitors, and a public announcement via media advertising will be made within two weeks, officials involved in the sale process said, according to India's Business Standard.

The ministers also expressed approval to transfer an...

Italy's Sky Alps to finalise Dash 8-400 plan in early 1Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

09.01.2020 - 22:03 UTC

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Boeing recommends B737 MAX simulator training

09.01.2020 - 21:08 UTC

Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) has backtracked on its earlier insistence that computer-based training alone is sufficient for B737 MAX pilots and is now recommending full simulator training for all cockpit crew.

"Public, customer and stakeholder confidence in the 737 MAX is critically important to us and with that focus Boeing has decided to recommend MAX simulator training combined with computer-based training for all pilots prior to returning the MAX safely to service." interim Chief Executive Greg Smith said in a press release....

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The Gangwals seek to amend IndiGo's articles of association

09.01.2020 - 20:13 UTC

RG Group, an investment vehicle for co-founder Rakesh Gangwal and his family, has called an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for shareholders of IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l), in which it is seeking to change rules governing share transactions.

The Indian low-cost carrier said in a stock market filing that the EGM is scheduled to take place on January 29, 2020. In it, RG Group is proposing to amend the airline's Articles of Association, effectively making it easier for existing shareholders to sell or buy shares in the company....

Airlines reroute flights to avoid Middle East unrest

09.01.2020 - 18:08 UTC

Numerous airlines have announced they are altering their respective flight plans following security threats in Iraq and the crash of a Ukrainian B737 in Iran.

This month, Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on airbases housing US forces in Iraq, in retaliation for the US killing of Qasem Soleimani, a general in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on January 3. This was followed on January 8 by the crash of a Ukraine International Airlines (PS, Kyiv Boryspil) B737-800 shortly...

China's Tianjin Air Cargo opens first international route

09.01.2020 - 17:03 UTC

Tianjin Air Cargo (HT, Tianjin) launched its first international all-cargo route on January 8, as it commenced a once-weekly B737-800(BCF) service from Zhengzhou to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, according to a report by the Sina news agency.

The 23-tonne payload aircraft will fly to and from Thailand within a day, and as a result of this operation it will allow for Thai seafood to be distributed within Zhengzhou and the Central Plains region on the same day it has been caught. From Zhengzhou, logistics providers will be targeting delivering Chinese goods...

Ukraine bans Iraq, Iran overflights, audits UIAch-aviation PRO exclusive

09.01.2020 - 15:08 UTC

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Russia's Izhavia appeals against multiple lawsuitsch-aviation PRO exclusive

09.01.2020 - 11:12 UTC

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Bucaramanga, Colombia gains first inc'l route in 2Q20

09.01.2020 - 09:42 UTC

Spirit Airlines (NK, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) will provide Bucaramanga with its first direct scheduled intercontinental service, when it launches a 3x weekly route from Fort Lauderdale Int'l on April 22, a press release said. The eastern Colombian airport's existing network is currently limited to domestic flights and a service to Panamá City Tocumen Int'l with Copa Airlines.

The Floridian ULCC will also link the US airport with Barranquilla from April 23, and both routes join its existing Colombian services...

Germany's Condor to use two Omni Air B767s in Summer 2020ch-aviation PRO exclusive

09.01.2020 - 08:12 UTC

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China's Central Airlines ends business licence prep workch-aviation PRO exclusive

09.01.2020 - 06:00 UTC

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UK's Jet2 to wet-lease A321 capacity in Summer 2020ch-aviation PRO exclusive

09.01.2020 - 05:05 UTC

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Syria's Cham Wings says ops continue despite funds seizurech-aviation PRO exclusive

09.01.2020 - 04:09 UTC

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Turkish Airlines, AA, Aeroméxico secure MAX compensation

09.01.2020 - 03:14 UTC

Turkish Airlines, American Airlines, and Aeroméxico have reached individual agreements with Boeing over compensation relating to the grounding of B737 MAX aircraft.

Turkish Airlines said in a stock market filing that it "came to an agreement concerning compensation for certain losses caused by the grounded and undelivered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft". It has has eleven B737-8s and one B737-9s on the ground and a further fifty-four -8s and nine -9s on order.

For its part, American Airlines said in its own...

Norwegian gov't eases provincial airfield chargesch-aviation PRO exclusive

09.01.2020 - 01:23 UTC

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royalair philippines adds first A320-200

09.01.2020 - 00:28 UTC

royalair philippines (RW, Clark) has added its first A320-200 in the form of RP-C9799 (msn 2529), ch-aviation research has revealed.

The aircraft is 14.4 years old is owned by Minsheng Financial Leasing, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows, and was last in service for Lanmei Airlines (LQ, Phnom Penh) which retired it at the end of the Summer 2019 season. Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows it was subsequently flown to Clark for maintenance on October 31, 2019, before returning to Phnom Penh...

Lufthansa alliance could boost Alitalia coffers by €100mn/yrch-aviation PRO exclusive

08.01.2020 - 23:33 UTC

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Canada's Enerjet selected B737 MAX 8 for ULCC relaunchch-aviation PRO exclusive

08.01.2020 - 22:37 UTC

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PNG's Air Niugini to resume Dash 8-400 ops

08.01.2020 - 21:42 UTC

Air Niugini (PX, Port Moresby) is set to resume Dash 8-400 operations after an almost three-year hiatus with two of the type due to deliver to the Papuan carrier shortly.

"We are pleased to announce that we will be getting two new Q400s back to the Air Niugini operations,” Managing Director Alan Milne told local daily The National.

He clarified that the two De Havilland Aircraft of Canada turboprops will be used to expand the fleet rather than replace other aircraft as they can operate from remote airports which...

Israel's CAL Cargo Air Lines targets pax charter nichech-aviation PRO exclusive

08.01.2020 - 20:46 UTC

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El Al Israel Airlines to wet-lease B747 freighter

08.01.2020 - 19:51 UTC

El Al Israel Airlines (LY, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) will wet-lease a B747-400(F) freighter from Atlas Air (5Y, New York JFK) to operate its trunk Liège-Tel Aviv Ben Gurion cargo route starting this month, the US carrier announced.

"This strategic initiative with Atlas Air enables us to provide our customers with a stable and high-quality operation for all types of cargo. Atlas Air's fleet of 747 aircraft is well-suited to support El Al's operations and schedules," the Head of El Al's Cargo Division, Ronen Spira, said....

Kazakhstan's Euro-Asia Air retires only CRJ-700ch-aviation PRO exclusive

08.01.2020 - 17:44 UTC

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Avianca Holdings defers A320neo, restructures orders

08.01.2020 - 16:47 UTC

Avianca Holdings has announced in a stock market filing that it has reached separate agreements with each of Airbus and Boeing regarding changes to its aircraft order backlog with either manufacturer.

According to the agreement with Airbus, the Panama-based holding firm has reduced its order for A320neo Family jets from 108 to 88. All deliveries scheduled up to and including 2024 have been cancelled or deferred, with the current timeline foreseeing 20 deliveries per year from 2025 through 2028 and eight in 2029....

Cabo Verde Airlines briefly delays, but meets December wages

08.01.2020 - 15:49 UTC

Cabo Verde Airlines (VR, Praia) confirmed it experienced a brief delay in paying salaries for the month of December 2019 due to unspecified “reasons beyond the company's control”, its president and chief executive told Portugal's Lusa News Agency.

Jens Bjarnason said in a statement to Lusa: “Cabo Verde Airlines regrets that it has not paid its employees their December wages before Christmas”, adding that it was not the first time this had happened.

The company “took the necessary measures to secure...

Sky Bahamas secures interim injunction blocking asset sale

08.01.2020 - 13:09 UTC

Sky Bahamas (SBM, Nassau Int'l) has secured an interim injunction against AOG Maintenance Company, blocking the property owner from selling any of the grounded carrier's assets held at Nassau Int'l Airport, the broadcaster EyeWitness News has reported.

The airline ceased flight operations on July 8, 2019, pending the renewal of its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) by the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). It was then evicted from its airport premises in early August, and on August 17, it also found itself locked out of its office in the...