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Kazakhstan's SCAT cools on SuperJet order


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Conviasa's new management seeks to kickstart ops - again


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South Africa's Angel Gabriel to develop Limpopo Valley hub


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China's Hongtu Airlines to expand Yunnan ancillary ops


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Indian LCC SpiceJet weighs up A350, B787 for longhaul ops

SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) is studying the A350-1000 from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) and the B787-10 from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) ahead of its proposed venture into the longhaul lowcost niche market.

Speaking to Bloomberg during the recently concluded Aviation Festival in London, airline chairman Ajay Singh said that studies currently focused on the economics of either aircraft.

If the Boeing offering is chosen, SpiceJet could convert some of the fifty order slots it has with the ...

Thailand's NewGen Airways defers IPO to 1H19

NewGen Airways (E3, Bangkok Don Mueang) chief executive Jarurnpong Sornprasit has confirmed the Thai scheduled charter specialist has deferred plans to go public by two years.

Speaking to The Bangkok Post this week, Jarurnpong said the offering, which was originally slated for the last quarter of this year, will likely occur during the first half of 2019.

The justification given is that NewGen Airways failed to post a profit in 2016 whereas Thai listing rules require an entity to record ...

Norwegian would consider leasing unit disposal

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) would consider disposing of its Arctic Aviation Assets leasing unit should it need to raise liquidity.

According to Bloomberg, Norwegian Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Tore Ostby told reporters last week that while potential buyers have expressed interest, the Scandinavian LCC would be unlikely to undertake any deal until AAA has taken delivery of its complement of A320/321neo aircraft. This, he said, is unlikely to occur before 2019 or 2020.

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Bolivia's Amaszonas eyes southern Chile market


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Oman's Salalah Air inks MOU with RUAG for six Do228NGs

Salalah Air (Salalah) has announced it has entered into a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Switzerland's RUAG Aerospace (Lucerne) for the supply of six Do228NextGen aircraft.

Signed late last month, the turboprops are due to begin delivery in the coming months, the Omani start-up's chief executive Mohammed al Arasha said.

“Initially we will start with a domestic charter operation and depending upon our licence upgradation, our regional and other broader operations will start. Our ...

Lack of funding stifling Zimbabwe Airways B777 lease plan

An Air Zimbabwe (UM, Harare Int'l) plan to lease a quartet of B777-200(ER)s from a Malaysia-based lessor is in jeopardy over a lack of financing Zimbabwe's NewsDay has reported.

Quoting sources close to the deal, the paper reports the Zimbabwean government-owned carrier has failed to source the requisite foreign currency needed to secure the aircraft and thus deploy them into service under the Zimbabwe Airways (Harare Int'l) brand.

“Most of the groundwork had been done and what was left ...

Nigeria's Arik Air sues government over Ethiopian takeover

Arik Air (W3, Lagos) has filed a suit against the Nigerian government over plans for the airline to be taken over by Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa), reports the News Agency of Nigeria. The suit, filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos, asks that Ethiopian Airlines and the Federal Ministry of Transportation be restrained from takeover negotiations.

Arik Air has been under the control of the government through its Asset Management Corporation (AMCON) since February. After months of ...

South Africa's Airlink outlines Central, West African plans


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Garuda's GMF AeroAsia unit sets IPO date


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Indian LCC Spicejet eyes amphibian operations

SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) is set to further diversify its business model through the proposed introduction of amphibian/seaplane operations.

According to The Times of India, the Indian budget carrier is scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Japan’s Setouchi Holdings during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit next week. The terms of the deal were not revealed.

In addition to owning the Idaho-based manufacturer of the Quest Kodiak 100, Quest Aircraft (Sandpoint), ...

Air Malta, Ryanair in talks over connecting partners project

Malta's Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi has confirmed talks about a commercial and strategic cooperation venture between Air Malta (KM, Malta) and Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) are currently underway.

Speaking at a press conference in Valletta where the Irish budget carrier announced plans to add twelve new routes to its Malta base next summer, Mizzi said the talks would focus on sales and commercial aspects, the sales of Air Malta's tickets via Ryanair's website, as well as Air Malta's possible ...

Peru's SkyBus Cargo seeks to offer DC-8 freighter ops to US

SkyBus Cargo Charters (Lima Int'l) has announced plans to begin commercial flights to the United States using its DC-8-73 freighter.

The Peruvian cargo specialist said in its application for a foreign air carrier permit to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that it would initially operate ad-hoc charters to and from the United States. No dates or tentative routes were disclosed.

Operational since November 2016, SkyBus operates a single DC-8-73(F), OB-2059P (msn 45990), which it ...

India's Jet Airways enhances services to Tier II cities

Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) has announced the introduction of new routes to Tier II cities, as it moves to focus on connectivity between emerging and regional cities in India.

The Indian carrier will introduce daily flights PuneKolkata Int'lGuwahati, Pune–Coimbatore, and will also link Bangalore Int'l with Silchar and Delhi Int'l with Jorhat.

Additional frequencies will also be added on the Delhi–Guwahati, Delhi–Chennai, and Jaipur–Delhi routes.

“Introducing the new flights and ...

Emirates seeks assurance for A380's future before committing

It's not the news that Airbus was hoping to hear, but Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) wants assurances from the manufacturer about the future of its A380-800 program before it commits to ordering more of the double-decker, reports Bloomberg.

As previously reported, Airbus is relying on Emirates to put in an order of at least twenty A380s at the Dubai Air Show next month in order to keep the superjumbo in production. Anything less will reduce its output to fewer than twelve frames per year.

But ...

Ukraine's Aerovis eyes US market with An-12 freighters

AeroVis Airlines (VIZ, Rivne) has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a foreign air carrier permit to engage in scheduled and charter foreign air transportation of property and mail to and from the United States.

The carrier plans to initially start with ad-hoc cargo charters in the autumn of 2017, eventually providing eight flights per month using its two An-12A aircraft. UR-CBF (msn 2340507) is leased from Aviaoptim (which is owned by Aerovis Director Sergii ...

CAAC inks deal to develop Sichuan hub operations


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Brussels Airlines to end ARJ-100 ops in mid-4Q17

Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) has announced it will end commercial ARJ-100 operations with the onset of the Winter 2017/18 season.

The Lufthansa Group unit said in a statement the type's last flight has been scheduled for Saturday, October 28, as flight SN2720 Geneva-Brussels National.

According to the ch-aviation aircraft database, Brussels Airlines has operated a total of twenty-four ARJ-100s over the years, all of which were ex-Delta Air Transport (QG, Brussels National) ...

India's Vistara seeks to bring forward int'l debut

Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) has accelerated the delivery of aircraft in a bid to bring forward its planned international debut to the first half of next year.

Vistara's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Phee Teik Yeoh, told a press conference in Delhi this week that the full-service carrier would reach the twenty aircraft threshold in March next year as opposed to the originally envisaged June.

"March 2018 is when we will be able to apply for a permit to fly abroad," he was quoted by The Hindu ...

Emirates defers A350/B787 order decision

Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) has deferred plans to place a new widebody order this year, the Dubai-based carrier's president, Tim Clark, has confirmed.

Speaking during the Aviation Festival in London this week, Clark told a press conference that a much-anticipated order for either the A350 or B787 was off the table for now.

Earlier this year, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, hinted that a decision could be announced during the ...

Cambodia's Bassaka Air eyes SuperJets


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Russia's Azimuth to launch in late 3Q17

Azimuth (A4, Krasnodar) has announced it will commence scheduled passenger operations on Thursday, September 21, with flights from Rostov to Moscow Vnukovo and from Moscow to Omsk. Operations are onboard SSJ 100/95 equipment.

Other destinations that are slated to roll out in the coming months include Krasnodar, Makhachkala, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Samara Kurumoch, and Ekaterinburg. By the end of the year, Azimuth expects to begin operations from the new Platov International Airport, ...