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BAM eyes Rise flight ops in Texas

Business Air Management (Denton) has announced plans to commence operations for California-based subscription carrier Surf Air (AN, Santa Monica) and its Texan unit, Rise (Dallas Love Field).

In its application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to operate scheduled passenger flights as a commuter air carrier, BAM said it would provide ad-hoc flight services to Rise which will then use the capacity to run regular daily flights between Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby, ...

Air Alderney applies for Guernsey route authority

Air Alderney (Alderney) has applied to the local Transport Licencing Authority for a licence to operate cargo services between Alderney and Guernsey, ITV News has reported.

The Alderney-based start-up intends to operate the service using Islander 2-BILL (msn 2119) which it acquired in August 2017.

The States of Alderney has already granted the airline route authorities to conduct scheduled passenger and cargo services from Alderney to Jersey, Cherbourg in France, and Shoreham by Sea. Air ...

BA to boost leisure flights from Gatwick

British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) has announced it will boost its capacity at London Gatwick by some 15% compared to last year's summer on the basis of slots it has acquired from Monarch Airlines. The airline will mainly expand its Mediterranean services targeted at leisure passengers.

The IAG International Airlines Group subsidiary plans to add around 150 weekly flights out of Gatwick in Summer 2018 on top of some 1000 weekly departures in the Summer 2017 schedule. British Airways will ...
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Korean Air to fly to Yangyang during the Olympics

Korean Air (KE, Seoul Incheon) will launch a new domestic service between Seoul Incheon and Yangyang on February 1, 2018, in order to facilitate better access to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The service will terminate on February 27.

Tickets will only be available for passengers connecting from or to the airline's international routes via Seoul Incheon.

The service will be operated with a variable frequency, but mostly 3x daily, using a mix of B737-800s and B737-900s. On February ...

Matahora, Indonesia sees maiden scheduled ops


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Winair drops planned intra-Dutch Caribbean shuttle

Winair (WM, St. Maarten) has backed out of the agreement with the government agency of the Caribbean Netherlands (Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland - RCN) to launch a service connecting Bonaire, Saint Eustatius, and Saba, Curacao Chronicle reported.

Under the terms of the agreement with the RCN, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Ministry Infrastructure and Water Management, the airline was supposed to launch the service dubbed as CN Express in early January, using ...

Poland's Enter Air mulls foreign acquisitions


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Kzyl-Orda, Kazakhstan to see maiden int'l ops with Aeroflot


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Syrian businessman seeks to establish own airline

Kuwait-based Syrian businessman Mazen al Tarazi has announced plans to establish a commercial carrier in Syria.

According to the Economist magazine, the ownership of the yet-to-be-named carrier will be split between al Tarazi and his sons (85/15) and will have a share capital of SYP70 million (USD136,000).

The US Office of Foreign Asset Control sanctioned al Tarazi in 2015 for his connections with Bashar al Assad's regime.

There are currently three active airlines in Syria - ...

Cambodia Airways eyes 1Q18 launch


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Denmark's Sun-Air partners Air Greenland for medevac ops


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Kenya's DAC to lease four C295s from Stellwagen

DAC East Africa (JX, Nairobi Wilson) has signed agreements with Stellwagen Group concerning the lease of four Airbus C295 turboprops. A statement said two of the aircraft would operate humanitarian relief services across Africa during the current quarter of the year.

"We greatly appreciate this opportunity and partnership with our friends from Stellwagen," Emmanuel Anassis, Chairman of DAC Aviation, said. "Introducing the Airbus C295 and its tremendous capabilities into our operations will ...

Brussels, Eurowings explore synergies, no merger plans yet


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Austria extends Niki's AOC for three months

The Austrian Ministry of Transport has extended the validity of Niki's air operator's certificate (AOC) for three months through April 3, 2018, ORF has reported. The decision will allow the airline to keep all its slots until the takeover by IAG International Airlines Group is finalised.

The carrier's AOC was valid only until January 3 due to the fact that Niki filed for bankruptcy in mid-December, after the takeover bid by Lufthansa Group was blocked by the European Commission on ...

LATAM Airlines Brasil to invest $40 mn in new MRO centre


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Turkish Airlines inks MOU for 20+5 A350s

Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for the proposed order of twenty A350-900s with options for an additional five of the type.

The agreement was signed during Turkish President Recep Erdoğan's official visit to France.

The chairman of Turkish Airlines' board, İlker Ayci, said in a statement the addition of the Airbus widebodies would allow the carrier to fulfil its 2023 growth targets.

"We declare ...

Sweden's NextJet wet-leases a BAe 146 from Astra Airlines


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Estonia's Nordica seeks to hive off sales, marketing unit

Nordica (EE, Tallinn Lennart Meri) intends to hive off its sales, marketing and tour operatpr departments and to partially privatise this unit in 2018, CEO Jaan Tamm said.

"Effectively, the new business would be like a travel agency, which orders flights, does the pricing and marketing, and works with customers. Ideally, the potential partner should have a profile such as this," Tamm said, quoted by the BNS newswire.

The state-owned virtual carrier will most likely only partially ...

Zambia's Mahogany Air eyes int'l ops in 1H18

Mahogany Air (Lusaka) is planning to expand its operational network to include international services, the Zambian carrier's chief executive Jim Belemu has said.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, Belemu said plans were currently underway to launch flights to each of Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta, Lubumbashi, and Dar-es-Salaam during the first half of 2018.

"Mahogany Air promises to offer even more exciting services in 2018 and beyond as we expand our operations," he ...

UK's Loganair starts fleet simplification programme

Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) chairman David Harrison has confirmed the Scottish carrier is in the process of reducing its fleet complexity as it seeks to lean down operational overheads.

Announcing a pre-tax profit of GBP3.06 million (USD4.14 million) for the year ended March 31, 2017, Harrison said the plan was still in its early stages.

According to the ch-aviation fleets module, Loganair operates twenty-seven aircraft spread across seven different types including one DHC-6-300, two ...

Jet2 to lease a Latvian A321 from mid-2Q18

Jet2 (LS, Leeds/Bradford) has signed a long-term damp lease agreement with Latvian ACMI/charter specialist SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga) covering the provision of A321ceo capacity this summer.

In a statement, SmartLynx said Airbus twinjet YL-LCV (msn 2216) would be deployed to Jet2's Birmingham Int'l base between May 15 and October 31. From there, it will operate on services to each of Rhodes, Tenerife Sur, Fuerteventura, Larnaca, Palma Son Sant Joan, Malaga, Ibiza, Menorca, and Lanzarote ...

China's Shandong Airlines to open new Qingdao base in 2019


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Berlin's court refers Niki deal challenge to higher instance

The district court in Berlin Charlottenburg rejected a challenge to Niki (HG, Vienna) insolvency proceedings filed by FairPlane and forwarded the case to a higher instance on January 4, Reuters reported.

The German passenger claims company filed a motion to relocate the Austrian airline's proceeding from the Berlin court to Korneuburg regional court in Austria, which would invalidate all decisions taken earlier, including the takeover by IAG International Airlines Group. FairPlane believes ...

South Korea's Air Pohang eyes mid-1Q18 launch


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jetBlue mulls TATL flights to Ireland - report

jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) is reportedly mulling entering the transatlantic market with flights from the United States East Coast to Ireland, the Irish Independent wrote.

jetBlue is currently conducting a fleet review and might upgrade some of its sixty ordered AirBlue A321neo to the LR variant and deploy those aircraft on its first European services, the newspaper reported.

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, the only airline offering year-round transatlantic services ...