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Venezuela slaps 90-day ban on Panama's Copa Airlines

09APR2018
Venezuela has stepped up efforts to further isolate itself from the international community following a government decision on April 5 that has suspended all economic and commercial ties with Panama for a renewable period of ninety (90) days effective April 6 and valid through until July 6.

The Venezuelan civil aviation authority (Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil - INAC) targetted Copa Airlines (CM, Panamá City Tocumen Int'l) in an official statement accusing it of being one of many ...

Croatia's Trade Air to lease L410 from VAN AIR Europe

09APR2018

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Cook Islands' Air Rarotonga to modernize Saab fleet

09APR2018

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Air Sénégal to leverage Dakar hub for transatlantic ops

09APR2018

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New Zealand's Sunair Aviation to resume ops in early 2Q18

07APR2018
Sunair Aviation (Tauranga) has announced via its Facebook profile that it is "operational" again and is planning to relaunch flights as soon as it is "up an running". According to Stuff magazine, the carrier could launch its first scheduled services on April 21, although it would take it significantly longer to restore its full schedule.

"We want to thank everyone for their patience over the past 203 days, who's been counting!! We look forward to taking bookings in the very near future, we ...

Nalchik, Russia closes for repairs following carrier uproar

07APR2018

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Italy's PeopleFly to launch scheduled ops in late 2Q18

07APR2018

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Ryanair Sun secures its AOC

07APR2018

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American orders B787s, defers B737 MAX, axes A350s

07APR2018
American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced it has effected significant changes to its existing Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) and Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) order books.

In a statement issued on April 6, the carrier said it was ordering forty-seven B787 Family aircraft from Boeing consisting of twenty-two B787-8s, due to begin arriving in 2020, and twenty-five B787-9s, due to begin arriving in 2023. Among the contenders for the order had been the B787 as well as the A330neo and ...

Thomas Cook eyes axing LaudaMotion cooperation - reports

07APR2018

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Southwest mulls large B737 MAX order

07APR2018
Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) is mulling placing a large new order for "more than a handful" Boeing B737 MAX Family aircraft to both replace the ageing aircraft and grow its fleet as it benefits from tax cuts and growing demand for travel, Bloomberg has reported.

"I don’t expect that we would have access to any more deliveries this year, so it probably would begin no earlier than next year. With the extra capital, we are working on ways to better serve our customers and the ...

Ex-Air Berlin loyalty programme eyes new investor

06APR2018

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Italian gov't to extend Alitalia bids deadline until 4Q18

06APR2018

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Russia's UTair inks LOI for two B737 MAX 8s

06APR2018
UTair (UT, Khanty-Mansiysk) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Air Lease Corporation for the delivery of two B737 MAX 8s.

According to the carrier's 2017 financial results, a finalized agreement will be signed once talks have been concluded.

Last year, the carrier's president, told Russia's ATO.ru that UTair intended to begin fleet renewal in 2019 with up to five new aircraft to be added to its fleet annually through to 2025.

UTair's jet fleet is currently an all-Boeing affair ...

Germany's WDL Aviation acquires one BAe 146-200

06APR2018

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Eastern Airways to assume flybe's Aberdeen-London City route

06APR2018
Eastern Airways (T3, Humberside) has announced it will be taking over the operation of its franchisor flybe.'s Aberdeen Dyce-London City route with effect from Monday, May 7, 2018.

Eastern Airways said it would maintain the same weekday frequency of two flights a day in each direction and also a Sunday service. Operations will, however, shift from a Flybe Dash 8-400 to a 50-seater Saab 2000 initially, before growing to a 76-seat EMB-170 jet in the longterm.

“We welcome the opportunity as a ...

Aurora to acquire five Twin Otter-400s for Sakhalin ops

06APR2018

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Jersey's Clear Harbour Airways eyes 2Q18 launch

06APR2018
Clear Harbour Airways (Jersey) has been granted authorization to operate commercially in the Channel Islands using a foreign Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), airline founder Benjamin Hill has told ch-aviation in an emailed statement.

The start-up is now in the process of applying for its Air Transport Licence (ATL) from the Guernsey Transport Licensing Authority (GTLA). Earlier this week, Hill told the Guernsey Press that Clear Harbour Airways would initially focus on the Guernsey-Jersey ...

Russia, Tajikistan agree to lift restrictions on air traffic

06APR2018

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Seychelles' Zil Air orders one P2012 Traveller

06APR2018
ZilAir (SYZ, Mahé) has placed an order with Costruzioni Aeronautiche TECNAM (Capua) for one P2012 Traveller aircraft, and is in further talks of extending the purchase to a second aircraft in the following year.

According to the Italian aircraft manufacturer, the firm ordered aircraft is due to deliver in July 2019 with service entry expected to take place later that year.

"The Tecnam P2012 Traveller is the perfect aeroplane to help our business grow and enables us to meet the Seychelles' ...

Fastjet secures ATR72 funding; induction due in late 2Q18

06APR2018
Fastjet Group is set to add a trio of ATR72-600s following a disclosure that it intends to fund their induction through a USD12 million loan from equity partner, Solenta Aviation Group.

The aircraft, known to be msn 1047 and 1060 (leased from Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras) and msn 1072 (leased from ATR Leasing), are part of a Letter of Intent (LOI), signed with ABRIC Leasing Limited, in September last year, wherein the Tanzania-based low-fare airline would secure the turboprops on a 10-year ...

IndiGo distances self from Air India bidding

06APR2018
IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) has ruled itself out of the running for Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) a week after the Indian government called for expressions of interest in a 76% stake in the airline as well as 100% of its Air India Express (IX, Mumbai Int'l) unit.

Indi's largest budget carrier, IndiGo had expressed an interest in acquiring Air India's longhaul operations as a means of accelerating its international growth.

“From day one, IndiGo has expressed its interest primarily in ...

Romania's Just Us Air secures AOC, commences ops

06APR2018

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Jersey's Blue Islands drops London plans as subsidy denied

06APR2018
Blue Islands (SI, Jersey) has dropped plans to operate services out of Guernsey to each of London City, London Luton, and Dublin Int'l as the Committee for Economic Development of the States of Guernsey rejected the carrier's bid for a subsidy, the Guernsey Press has reported.

"Following Aurigny Air Services' cessation of the Guernsey to London City route late last year, Blue Islands engaged with the Committee for Economic Development when it was in discussion with other operators about ...

Tanjung Pandan to see maiden int'l ops with Batik Air

06APR2018

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