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Spain's Volotea targets 9mn passengers in 2020

19.11.2019 - 16:06 UTC
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Volotea (V7, Asturias) has launched its 2020 programme, which boasts a total of nine million seats, and will see the airline operate 62,000 flights on 346 routes to 90 destinations. This includes the opening of 53 new routes and new A319-100 bases in Naples Capodichino, Lyon St. Exupéry and Hamburg Finkenwerder. These impressive growth figures also include operations to eight new airports, and its first flights to Bulgaria, namely to Varna.

The airline expects to carry between 8.5 million and 9.0 million...

Saudi Arabia's flynas firms A321neo(XLR) order

19.11.2019 - 15:08 UTC
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flynas (XY, Riyadh) has firmed up a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) covering the purchase of ten A321neo(XLR)s. The tentative agreement was first announced during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget in June. Deliveries of the XLRs are due to start from 2025 onwards, flynas said in a statement.

Overall, the Saudi carrier's Airbus order backlog now spans 120 aircraft including 90 firm and 30 optioned jets. The commitment includes the full spread of A320neo Family aircraft...

Air Sénégal signs MoU for 8 A220-300s

19.11.2019 - 14:24 UTC
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Air Sénégal (HC, Dakar Blaise Diagne Int'l) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for eight A220-300s during the ongoing Dubai Airshow 2019.

The airline hopes to strengthen its regional feeder network into Dakar Blaise Diagne Int'l using the Airbus Canada jets.

"These new A220 aircraft will contribute to developing our long-haul network to Europe and our regional network in Africa. Combined with our recent A330-900 aircraft, this new Airbus fleet reveals Air Senegal's ambition to...

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Ghana set to order B787s, Dash 8-400s for new flag carrier

19.11.2019 - 14:11 UTC
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The Ghanaian Government has set in motion plans to establish a new national carrier following the signing of tentative aircraft order commitments during the ongoing Dubai Airshow 2019.

During the event, Ghanaian Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for the purchase of three B787-9s. At the same time, he signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with De Havilland Aircraft of Canada (Toronto Downsview) for six Dash 8-400s.

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easyJet firms 12 A320neo options, defers 2021 deliveries

19.11.2019 - 13:52 UTC
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easyJet (U2, London Luton) has firmed options for twelve incremental A320-200neo, increasing the total number of aircraft of the type order from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) to 129.

According to the UK-headquartered LCC, the 12 jets will deliver in 2024 under an existing 2013 agreement. In tandem with this move, easyJet deferred nine A320neo and three A321neo from 2021 to 2023 and beyond. Overall, its 2021 deliveries will reduce by 12 aircraft.

"The agreement secures valuable delivery slots in 2024...

Kazakhstan's FlyArystan eyes thirty B737 MAX

19.11.2019 - 13:21 UTC
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Air Astana (KC, Nur-Sultan) has signed a Letter of Intent for thirty B737-8s for placement with its low-cost carrier division FlyArystan (KC, Nur-Sultan), Boeing said in a press release issued during the ongoing 2019 Dubai Airshow.

The aircraft are tentatively scheduled to start delivering in late 2021, although this timeline is subject to the ungrounding of the B737 MAX. Chief Planning Officer Alma Aliguzhinova told Flightglobal that Air Astana intends to own half of the 30 jets and lease the rest....

Singapore's CCCS approves Emirates' Brisbane withdrawal

19.11.2019 - 12:49 UTC
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The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) approved Emirates' application to remove its capacity commitments for its Singapore Changi to Brisbane Int'l route on November 14.

Emirates currently flies a daily B777-300(ER) service between the two cities, equivalent to 4,956 seats per week, and at the time of writing, flight EK432, the service in question, remains on sale. Other operators on the 3,316-nautical mile (6,142-kilometre) sector include Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith...

Garuda Indonesia takes maiden A330-900

19.11.2019 - 11:40 UTC
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Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) took delivery of its maiden A330-900, PK-GHE (msn 1947) on November 16, 2019, Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) said in a press release.

The aircraft flew directly from Toulouse Blagnac to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta on delivery, landing on the morning of November 17, 2019, local time, Radarbox24 ADS-B data shows.

Garuda Indonesia's A330-900 is configured for 301 passengers with 24 business class seats and 277 in economy. It is the first of fourteen aircraft of the type ordered by the...

Romania's Blue Air may close Iasi base - reportch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.11.2019 - 09:15 UTC
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China's GX Airlines plans 18% stake in insurer for $187mnch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.11.2019 - 07:31 UTC
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Boeing's October 2019 order book changes revealedch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.11.2019 - 06:40 UTC
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SAA to save $122mn by renegotiating contracts

19.11.2019 - 05:48 UTC
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South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has outlined a plan in which renegotiated contracts could help it to cumulatively save ZAR1.8 billion rand (USD122 million), IOL News has reported.

South African Airways has been reviewing its contracts, SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali revealed on November 18, explaining that some existing agreements had not allowed for maximum value and benefit.

A contract with one of the global distribution systems had already been renegotiated with resulting savings, he said,...

LAM Mozambique secures South African Dash 8 ACMI capacitych-aviation PRO exclusive

19.11.2019 - 04:57 UTC
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Uzbekistan Airways mulls 5th freedoms via St Petersburgch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.11.2019 - 04:06 UTC
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Allegiant Air to open Des Moines base in 2Q20

19.11.2019 - 03:14 UTC
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Allegiant Air (G4, Las Vegas McCarran) has announced that it will open a base, in Des Moines, Iowa, with the operation scheduled to commence on May 14, 2020.

The ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) will base two A320-200s at Iowa state's capital city airport, which it said represents a USD50 million investment.

"For Allegiant to select Des Moines International Airport as a base is a historic day for Des Moines, our airport and the two-and-a-half million passengers who fly through our city each year," Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said....

Synergy Aerospace asks for more time to finalise Jet bid

19.11.2019 - 02:23 UTC
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Synergy Aerospace has requested more time to finalise its bid for Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) after it missed a court-imposed deadline of November 15, 2019, Indian media have reported.

According to Live Mint, the South American holding requested an extension of the deadline through December 2019, while the Business Standard reported that it sought an extension through February 2020. Both cited insider sources but lacked an official statement.

Jet Airways' creditor committee is due to meet and decide...

Germany's FAI Rent-A-Jet to close FlyAlpha unit

19.11.2019 - 01:31 UTC
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FAI Rent-A-Jet (IFA, Nuremberg) has said in a press release that it will "discontinue the AOC of one of its charter businesses", FlyAlpha (Nuremberg), and merge it into the main FAI company.

"Economically, it makes no sense to operate two German AOCs in parallel, therefore we have taken the decision to give up the second AOC and enrol Fly Alpha's aircraft into FAI's fleet which now totals 25 business jets and one turboprop," Chairman Siegfried Axtmann said.

FlyAlpha operated one Beechcraft Premier 1A...

China's Longhao Airlines plans regional passenger unitch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.11.2019 - 00:40 UTC
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French Polynesia's Islands Airline to add Dash 8-400sch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.11.2019 - 23:48 UTC
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Oman's SalamAir to add two A321neo

18.11.2019 - 22:57 UTC
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SalamAir (OV, Muscat) will dry-lease two A321-200neo from GECAS, the lessor said in a press release.

"Our expanding network and growing operations rely on the fuel-efficient neo, and as an airline, we appreciate the environmental performance and appreciably improved carbon footprint the neo afford," Chief Executive Mohammed Ahmed said.

The delivery timeline was not disclosed. The A321neo will complement SalamAir's fleet of smaller Airbus narrowbodies, consisting of three A320-200s and four...

Aircalin sends A330-900 back to Toulouse for inspections

18.11.2019 - 22:06 UTC
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Aircalin (SB, Nouméa La Tontouta) has temporarily withdrawn one A330-900 from service and ferried it back to Toulouse Blagnac for checks due to a strong oil smell in the cabin, AFP has reported.

F-ONET (msn 1938), an aircraft delivered to Aircalin in early October 2019, was withdrawn from revenue flights on October 29, 2019, after operating from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Nouméa La Tontouta, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows. After operating a pair of test flights around Nouméa, it was subsequently flown via...

IndiGo, GoAir given extra time to replace A320neo engines

18.11.2019 - 19:32 UTC
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The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended by five days to November 24, 2019, the deadline for IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l) and GoAir (G8, Mumbai Int'l) to replace engines on a total of twelve A320-200neo aircraft, the Indian media have reported.

According to the Economic Times, the DGCA said that IndiGo Airlines has so far replaced engines on 15 out of 23 aircraft it was mandated to upgrade before the November 19 deadline. For GoAir, the number stands at nine out of 13....

Vietnam Airlines seeks A321 for half-year wet-lease

18.11.2019 - 18:44 UTC
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Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) has announced a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the wet-lease of one A321-200 for six months, tentatively starting in December 2019.

The carrier did not disclose any further details via its official procurement website.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Vietnam Airlines currently operates forty-seven active in-house A321-200s. The carrier's fleet also includes fifteen A321-200neo, fourteen A350-900s, three B787-10s, and eleven B787-9s. VASCO -...

China's Zhongzhou Airlines adds first aircraft, a B737

18.11.2019 - 17:56 UTC
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Zhongzhou Airlines (Zhengzhou) has taken delivery of its inaugural aircraft, sources on Chinese microblogger website Weibo have said.

Formerly in service with Suparna Airlines (Y8, Shanghai Hongqiao), B737-300(F) B-2119 (msn 25998) arrived at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport last week as part of the start-up's certification drive.

Zhongzhou Airlines is owned by two directors, Zhan Yang and Song Shengli, each with 30% stakes and the Henan Zhongzhou Tengfei International Freight Forwarding Co. a Zhengzhou-based...

Egypt's CIAF Leasing secures three E190sch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.11.2019 - 17:08 UTC
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