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FTI Touristik to add El Gouna flights, inks Belair contract


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Chilean court seizes four of LAW's B737s


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EU opens probe into Ryanair-Montpellier marketing deals

On July 4 the European Commission has launched a probe into the marketing deals signed between Ryanair and the Association for the Promotion of Touristic and Economic Flows (Association de Promotion des Flux Touristiques et Economiques - APFTE) concerning the carrier's operations at Montpellier.

"We will investigate whether regional and local authorities in France granted an undue economic advantage to Ryanair over its competitors, potentially harming other European airlines and having ...
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ACE Belgium Freighters to launch in early 4Q18

ACE Belgium Freighters (Liège) is planning to commence cargo services out of Liège in Belgium in October 2018, using a single B747-400(F), Air Cargo News has reported.

The cargo start-up has earlier applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for exemption authority and a foreign air carrier permit. It plans to operate on behalf of other airlines to points in the United States including New York JFK, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Chicago O'Hare, subject to the ...

Pakistan's Shaheen Air's sees Dubai rights nixed, cuts fleet


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Canada relaxes rules on foreign airline ownership

The Canadian government has raised the threshold for foreign ownership of Canadian-registered airlines to 49%, although a single international investor still cannot own more than 25% of shares, CNW has reported.

Under the new rules, which have already entered into force, foreign investors will continue to be limited to a 25% share in the case of speciality air service providers, such as air ambulance providers.

While foreign investors are now allowed to hold a 49% stake in general, ...

Shenzhen Airlines to launch inc'l ops in early 4Q18

Shenzhen Airlines (ZH, Shenzhen) will launch a 3x weekly Shenzhen-London Heathrow route, its maiden intercontinental service, on October 30, 2018, Business Traveller has reported.

The flights will be operated with A330-300 equipment. Shenzhen Airlines currently operates four units of the type, the ch-aviation fleets module shows.

According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Shenzhen Airlines' international network currently includes mostly regional destinations in East and South-East ...

Seletar, Singapore, on track to open in 2018 for Firefly ops

Singapore Seletar airport is on track to open a new passenger terminal by the end of 2018, allowing Malaysia's Firefly (FY, Penang) to relocate its turboprop services from Singapore Changi, Changi Airport Group has said in a press release.

The secondary civilian airport serving Singapore has not seen any scheduled services since Berjaya Air (J8, Kuala Lumpur Subang) relocated to Changi in 2010. Seletar is currently used for general aviation, flight training, and charter operations. It also ...

Russia's Aerobratsk fights ₽3bn debt repayment in court


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Myanmar National to seek foreign funds for fleet upgrade

Myanmar National Airlines (UB, Yangon) will seek foreign investors to finance the upgrade of the carrier's international fleet and it has also approached the Myanma Port Authority in this regard, Director U Myint Aung has told The Myanmar Times.

The Myanmarese flag carrier has been unprofitable since its corporatisation in 2013 but hopes to post its first profit in 2019. In order to achieve that, the carrier needs to boost its load factors on international flights, which currently hover at ...

Turkish Airlines in talks over Venezuela base - Maduro


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Trade union calls off SAA Business Rescue push - for now

South African trade union Solidarity says it has suspended its bid to have South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) placed into Business Rescue after the carrier's leadership gave it a written undertaking that it would immediately begin the process of seeking out a strategic partner.

Given SAA's dire financial standing, the union had warned in April that it would seek to have the state-owned carrier placed into the South African equivalent of US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection ...

Korea's Air Incheon in hot soup over foreign board members


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bmi regional rebrands as flybmi

bmi regional (BM, Aberdeen Dyce) has rebranded as flybmi (BM, Aberdeen Dyce), adjusting the name to the website domain used, the carrier has said in a statement.

The website and booking engine have also been updated and simplified. The carrier's new logo continues to reference the legacy of the bmi brand and has not been designed anew.

The new booking engine has been developed by Germanys' 2e Systems.

bmi regional itself was rebranded from British Midland Commuter in 2001. The ...

jetBlue to order 60+60 A220s, converts A320neo to A321neo

jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) has announced it has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Airbus-controlled C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) for sixty firm-ordered A220-300s – formerly CS300s – with options for an additional sixty aircraft of the type.

In a statement, the New York-based budget carrier said the first five firm-ordered aircraft would deliver in 2020 followed by four in 2021, eight in 2022, 19 in 2023, 22 in 2024, and two in 2025. The optioned ...

Airbus formally rebrands C Series as the A220 Family

Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has formally rebranded the C Series as the A220 after it assumed control of the product line from Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) on July 1.

During a ceremony at Toulouse Blagnac on Tuesday, July 10, the European manufacturer said that going forward, the CS100 and CS300 would now be known as the A220-100 and A220-300 respectively.

“I pay tribute to all the women and men at Bombardier and the supply chain who have strived over the past years to bring this ...

Aeroflot in talks to add more A350s - report

Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) is in talks with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) over a possible increase in its current order for fourteen A350-900s, the first of which is now due in February 2020.

Sources familiar with the talks told Reuters the new order, if placed, could potentially see the Russian carrier's A350 order backlog grow to up to 25 aircraft.

Neither Aeroflot nor Airbus chose to comment on the report.

Meanwhile, schedule data indicates Aeroflot will expand its Dubai ...

Ethiopian to acquire Eritrean Airlines equity - report

Unconfirmed reports in the Ethiopian and Eritrean press have claimed Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) intends to acquire a 20% stake in Eritrean Airlines (B8, Asmara).

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Eritrea this past weekend ending years of hostilities between the two countries. At the end of the visit, Abiy signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship with his Eritrean counterpart, Isaias Afwerki, in which they pledged to reopen embassies in each other's countries. ...

Ukraine's Fanair adds A320s, secures route authorities


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Cambodia Airways secures AOC, launches

Cambodia Airways (KR, Phnom Penh) has commenced flight operations following the awarding of its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) by Cambodia's Secretariat of State Civil Aviation (SSCA) on July 6.

Using a pair of A319-100s (msn 3853 and 3872) on dry-lease from Doric Asset Finance, Cambodia Airways began regular flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap on Tuesday, July 10. Thereafter, on July 14 and 21, it will open up flights from the Cambodian capital to Sihanoukville and Macau Int'l ...

Eurowings preps for European carrier consolidation

Lufthansa Group has restructured its Eurowings Group with Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) to be responsible for longhaul operations while shorthaul will now fall under the purview of Eurowings (EW, Dusseldorf).

Eurowings Group said in a statement that the delegation of roles would allow it to better harness each carrier's respective expertise and resources. The full-on implementation of the new setup is planned for 2019.

As such, Brussels Airlines will become a long-haul ...

China's Shenzhen Airlines adds first A320neo

Shenzhen Airlines (ZH, Shenzhen) has taken delivery of its first A320neo with B-300N (msn 8208) having been handed over to the carrier on Saturday, July 6.

The Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered twinjet underwent completion at the Airbus plant in Tianjin prior to hand over.

Shenzhen Airlines has a total of twenty-six A320neo Family jets on order. Once delivered, the aircraft will operate alongside its current fleet of ten A319-100s, eighty A320ceo, four A330-300s, one B737-700, eighty-two ...

Germany's DC Aviation opens a French office

DC Aviation (DCS, Stuttgart Echterdingen) has opened an office in Paris, its fifth foreign bureau, as it aims to attract more customers in the country in the wake of Brexit, the business charter specialist has said in a statement.

"Against the background of Brexit, a noticeable concentration of operators on the one hand, and a highly fragmented market on the other hand, especially in France, we are convinced that these markets have a real need for our services," says Laurent Détroyat, head ...

Mozambican gov't to accelerate LAM reforms


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India's Wings Aviation mulls scheduled ops in 2019

Wings Aviation (India) (Hyderabad Begumpet) is planning to invest INR1.5 billion rupees (USD21.85 million) in its fleet with an eye on launching scheduled regional flights in 2019, Telangana Today has reported.

The passenger charter, air ambulance, general aviation, and training specialist intends to add five unspecified helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft in the coming months, Chairman and Managing Director Y Prabhakar Reddy has said. The newly added aircraft will be used first for the ...