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Mexico's Aeromar goes it alone, discards Synergy tie-upch-aviation PRO exclusive

10.06.2019 - 12:04 UTC

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10.06.2019 - 11:14 UTC

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Spirit Airlines drops E2 from future fleet considerations

10.06.2019 - 09:35 UTC

Spirit Airlines (NK, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) has dropped Embraer E2 regional jets from the future fleet considerations and will now analyse only Airbus and Boeing aircraft, CEO Ted Christie told Flightglobal.

"We think the Embraer product is very good. But, for now, we had to tailor ourselves down to just where we are in a Boeing/Airbus world," Christie said.

The American ultra-low-cost carrier is in the final stages of evaluation and wants to place an order within the next few months. The contract could include more than...

Libyan Airlines looking to commit to Airbus dealch-aviation PRO exclusive

10.06.2019 - 08:45 UTC

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India's SpiceJet attracts investors

10.06.2019 - 07:56 UTC

SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) has received offers from a number of investors but does not currently need external financing and will only consider "strategic" bids, Chairman and CEO Ajay Singh told Bloomberg.

"SpiceJet has enough cash. We have to see if this serves SpiceJet's long-term interests, and when we come to that determination, we’ll do something. These are typical in a situation when an airline is doing well and the market is as promising as India," Singh said.

Singh currently controls a 59.6%...

Ukrainian court orders seizure of 5 Volga-Dnepr An-124s

10.06.2019 - 07:06 UTC

The Podolsky District Court of Kiev ordered the seizure of five An-124s operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VI, Ulyanovsk Vostochny) for the alleged unauthorised maintenance checks performed by the Russian airline.

"According to Antonov Design Bureau (ADB, Gostomel), the investigators, and the court, the admission of the An-124 to the further operation is a violation of the provisions of the ICAO Convention on International Civil Aviation and Airworthiness Guidelines. The seizure of property is allowed in order to ensure the safety of...

Royal Jordanian secures B737 ACMI capacity in Summer 2019ch-aviation PRO exclusive

10.06.2019 - 06:10 UTC

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Air Malta studies regional jets for Italian basesch-aviation PRO exclusive

10.06.2019 - 04:57 UTC

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SmartLynx Airlines Malta applies for US traffic rightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

08.06.2019 - 07:28 UTC

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Australia's Regional Express eyes N Territory expansion

08.06.2019 - 06:20 UTC

REX - Regional Express (ZL, Wagga Wagga) is looking at launching passenger services in the Northern Territory (NT) based out of Darwin, the regional carrier said in a statement posted on its website on June 3.

The resolution by the airline's board came as uncertainty over the future of Airnorth (Australia) (TL, Alice Springs) continues. Airnorth's parent Bristow Group, a Houston-based industrial aviation services provider, filed for bankruptcy protection of its United States and Cayman Islands entities at the US...

Turkey's Corendon Airlines seeks compensation from Boeingch-aviation PRO exclusive

08.06.2019 - 05:11 UTC

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HK$95mn damages demanded in Hong Kong Airlines court case

08.06.2019 - 04:03 UTC

An internal battle for control of Hong Kong Airlines has intensified in the courts. Lawyers for Hou Wei, listed on the airline's website as chairman, and Sun Jianfeng, appointed chief executive in May, lodged a demand on June 5 for HKD95 million dollar (USD12.2 million) in damages if a court rules in their favour against Zhong Guosong, who also claims to be chairman, the South China Morning Post has reported.

The tussle at Hong Kong's High Court is over an injunction order sought by Zhong, who one group of...

Ex-Air Berlin unit Leisure Cargo files for insolvencych-aviation PRO exclusive

08.06.2019 - 02:54 UTC

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India's Vistara launches B737-800 ops

08.06.2019 - 01:45 UTC

Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) launched B737-800 operations on May 31, 2019, using the first of four aircraft of the type it plans to take over from Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l).

The first aircraft, VT-TGB (msn 39058), was test flown on May 30 prior to commencing revenue operations the day after. Its first flight was UK695 from Delhi Int'l to Amritsar, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows.

Since then, Vistara has also inducted a second ex-Jet B737-800, VT-TGA (msn 39053), and will shortly add VT-TGD (msn 37960)....

Finnair gears for narrowbody replacement order

08.06.2019 - 00:37 UTC

Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) is preparing to evaluate the future of its narrowbody fleet with an eventual order poised to be "the biggest investment in the next decade," CEO Topi Manner told Air Transport World.

Currently, the Finnish flag carrier's narrowbody fleet includes eight A319-100s with an average age of 18 years, ten A320-200s (17 years), and nineteen A321-200 (8 years). The airline also wet-leases a single A320 from GetJet Airlines (GW, Vilnius).

According to the ch-aviation fleets...

SAS ends agreement with Flybe, hires Regional Jetch-aviation PRO exclusive

07.06.2019 - 23:28 UTC

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Air Corsica launches Airbus shuttle in mainland France

07.06.2019 - 22:20 UTC

Air Corsica (XK, Ajaccio) launched ATR42-500 operations on June 3, 2019, when it began operating shuttle flights for Airbus SE between Toulouse Blagnac, Nantes, and St. Nazaire.

The carrier will deploy its only ATR42-500, F-HAIB (msn 637), on the route. The ex-CSA Czech Airlines unit was ferried from Ajaccio on June 2. Air Corsica replaced HOP!, which operated the shuttle previously. As the Airbus shuttle is operated 9x weekly on working days only, the aircraft will also be deployed on routes from Corsica during the...

Portugal's Hi Fly joins the race for Thomas Cook Airlines

07.06.2019 - 21:11 UTC

Portugal's Hi Fly (5K, Lisbon) has made a non-binding offer to acquire the airline business from Thomas Cook Group, the Mail on Sunday has reported.

The Portuguese ACMI/charter specialist did not confirm the bid.

Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, and Indigo Partners have previously been reported as interested in buying Thomas Cook's airlines. The German group has confirmed that it had placed a bid for Condor only. An equity fund Triton is reportedly eyeing Thomas Cook's Nordic business.

The British...

Argentina's Avian Líneas Aéreas suspends scheduled flightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

07.06.2019 - 20:03 UTC

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Colombia's Avianca adds first B787-9

07.06.2019 - 19:58 UTC

Avianca (AV, Bogotá) has taken delivery of its first B787-9 following the handing over of N797AV (msn 43983). According to SMBC Aviation Capital, the handover took place on May 30.

The aircraft is the first of three the Colombian carrier is taking on sales/lease-back from SMBC, the second and third being due in 2021.

The trio will feature Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-D2 motors.

Avianca is an existing B787 operator with thirteen B787-8s currently in service.

SuperJet-based charter carrier to launch in 2019 - reportch-aviation PRO exclusive

07.06.2019 - 18:53 UTC

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Delta Air Lines retires last domestic B767-300

07.06.2019 - 18:51 UTC

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) retired its last domestic B767-300 on June 2, 2019, the Airways Magazine has reported.

The last aircraft of the type in Delta's fleet, N1402A (msn 25989), operated last revenue service on June 2 between Salt Lake City and Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson as DL1802. It was subsequently ferried to Blytheville on June 3.

The Boeing widebody is a 26-year-old aircraft which has accumulated 85,258 flight hours and 30,521 cycles through the end of March 2019, the...

Venezuela's Transcarga looks to resume US flights

07.06.2019 - 17:53 UTC

Transcarga International Airways (T7, Caracas Simón Bolivar) is hoping to resume cargo flights between Venezuela and the United States using a third-country stopover.

Last month, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) banned all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the troubled South American state and the United States and v.v. citing safety and security risks associated with serving Venezuela.

However, in an application for exemption to the DOT filed June 5, Transcarga said it planned to...

Philippine Airlines in talks over B777X acquisition

07.06.2019 - 16:49 UTC

Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) is looking to acquire new Boeing widebodies to replace others it would start to phase out. The two sides are in talks about a possible order for two B777Xs, PAL President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jaime Bautista has said at a news conference.

Bautista said that Boeing had recently presented its new B777X to the airline to replace two of the carrier's existing B777s, the Manila Standard reported. The carrier currently operates ten...