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France's XL Airways suspends ticket sales

19.09.2019 - 20:57 UTC

XL Airways France (SE, Paris CDG) has announced on its website that it has been forced to suspend ticket sales effective immediately for flights starting September 20 due to financial difficulties.

The French long-haul low-cost carrier said that some of its future flights might be cancelled as a result of its current financial situation, but operations are currently scheduled to continue with passengers being asked to check the carrier's flight status page. According to French news agency AFP, XL said in a press statement that after having tried to...

Amazon shifts two B767(F)s from Atlas Air to ATIch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 18:25 UTC

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LOT Polish Airlines "open to Airbus order" - CEOch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 17:30 UTC

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JetSMART rethinks Argentina presence after El Palomar rulingch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 16:34 UTC

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Vietravel Airlines targets mid-4Q 2020 for maiden flight

19.09.2019 - 15:39 UTC

Vietravel Airlines (Hue Phu Bai Int'l) chief executive, Vu Duc Bien, has told Reuters news agency that the start-up carrier expects to launch its maiden charter flight in November 2020.

He hopes to order A321neo or B737 aircraft at the Singapore Airshow in February, for delivery by 2025. The company, owned by the country’s leading tour operator Vietravel, will start with three to four leased aircraft. It anticipates a fleet of six by 2021, eight to ten within five years, and eventually 20 to 30....

Armenia Airways gives up A310 plansch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 14:43 UTC

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Air Malta's N America routes may be operated by Malta MedAir

19.09.2019 - 14:30 UTC

Air Malta (KM, Malta Int'l) may not operate planned routes to New York and Toronto Pearson if its relations with its pilots turn sour, Konrad Mizzi, the country's minister for tourism, has warned.

The state-owned airline has experienced a wave of pilots calling in sick as pressure builds to sign a new collective agreement with them, with 12 pilots doing so on September 14 and 13 pilots on September 9, the minister revealed. He described them as “abnormal levels of sickness”, the Times of Malta reported....

TUI eyes partnership with Condorch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 13:42 UTC

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Virgin Australia eyes Haneda for Japanese debut

19.09.2019 - 12:54 UTC

Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) has applied for one daily slot at Tokyo Haneda out of two recently allocated to Australian carriers, Reuters has reported. Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) has applied for both slots at the Tokyo gateway.

Virgin Australia did not disclose from which Australian hub it would like to serve Haneda and has not yet lodged an application with the International Air Services Commission (IASC). The airline does not currently serve Japan, the ch-aviation schedules...

Kazakhstan's FlyArystan to base two A320s in Aktobe in 2Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 12:06 UTC

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Asiana to cut Heathrow flights, swap slots to Kuwait

19.09.2019 - 11:18 UTC

Asiana Airlines (OZ, Seoul Incheon) will reduce the frequency of services to London Heathrow as of October 27, 2019, from the current daily flights to 5x weekly. The Korean carrier has leased its slots at the British gateway to Kuwait Airways (KU, Kuwait).

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, Asiana Airlines will continue to serve Heathrow with A350-900 equipment.

The Korean carrier executed a slot swap with Kuwait Airways at the end of July 2019, according to a request filed with airport coordinator ACL...

South Korea's Eastar Jet tells crew to take unpaid leave

19.09.2019 - 10:30 UTC

Eastar Jet (ZE, Seoul Gimpo) has asked cabin crew to take unpaid leave as part of an emergency cost-cutting plan, as the Boycott Japan movement, the grounding of its two B737-8s, and a weak currency bring mounting losses. From October to December, 500 flight attendants will have to take up to one month of unpaid leave, the Korea Times reported.

Eastar has suffered tens of billions of won in losses, according to Reuters. It is facing its “biggest crisis” since it launched operations in January 2009, CEO Choi Jong-gu said in an...

Hong Kong Airlines cuts capacity by 7% until year-end

19.09.2019 - 09:42 UTC

Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Int'l) aims to pull back capacity by 7% until the end of 2019 and cut the number of available fares for sale by 9%, as it responds to a decline demand that has accentuated its financial problems, the South China Morning Post has reported.

The move is an attempt to limit losses after thousands of customers have cancelled travel to Hong Kong Int'l, the HNA Group and Hainan Airlines subsidiary said, following what has now been 15 consecutive weekends of demonstrations. Around...

Aeroflot nears deal for 22 SSJs as Sukhoi mulls rebrandingch-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 07:19 UTC

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Royal Jordanian suspends freighter ops for maintenancech-aviation PRO exclusive

19.09.2019 - 06:15 UTC

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French court sentences ex-One-Two-Go CEO to 4 years in jail

18.09.2019 - 17:27 UTC

A French court has sentenced the ex-chief executive officer of One-Two-Go Airlines (OG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi), Udom Tantiprasongchai, to four years in jail and handed him a EUR75,000 euro (USD82,600) fine over a 2007 crash at Phuket airport, AFP newswire has reported.

Tantiprasongchai never showed up in the court and was not arrested, despite an international arrest warrant issued. As such, he was tried and sentenced in absentia.

The 2007 crash of a MD-82 HS-OMG (msn 49183) killed 85 passengers and...

Caribbean Airlines may extend leases of its twelve B737-800s

18.09.2019 - 16:35 UTC

Colm Imbert, Trinidad and Tobago’s acting prime minister, has refused to say whether Caribbean Airlines (BW, Port of Spain) would cancel a lease arrangement for twelve B737-8s. But he said that arrangements had been made to extend the leases of its current fleet of B737-800s, Trinidad & Tobago Express has reported.

The airline announced the commitment to the MAX aircraft last year and had been due to start taking deliveries of the first four units on dry-lease from Air Lease Corporation in the...

Minister considers replacing Thai Airways board

18.09.2019 - 15:44 UTC

Thai Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has suggested that the government is contemplating replacing the board of loss-making flag carrier Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi), the English-language daily the Bangkok Post has reported.

Saksayam pointed out that the apparent underperformance of the current board, headed by Chairman Ekniti Nitithanprapas, was a sufficient reason for replacement.

Ekniti assumed the chairmanship of Thai Airways in mid-2018. From June 2018 to June 2019, the...

Guinea Airlines to launch by YE19 - ministerch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 14:53 UTC

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Netherlands' AIS mulls B737 routes from Lelystad basech-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 14:01 UTC

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Cayman Airways defers B737-300 sale due to MAX grounding

18.09.2019 - 13:10 UTC

Cayman Airways (KX, Grand Cayman Island) has said it will not sell any of its three B737-300s before 2020 as the aircraft are required to cover for the grounded B737-8s, the Cayman News Service has reported.

"Despite the ongoing delay, CAL still intends to retire and sell its 737-300 jet fleet, though no aircraft are expected to be sold before 2020," a spokesperson said.

Originally, the carrier hoped to sell all three B737 Classics by the end of 2019. It intended to replace them with B737-8s. It...

Colombia's Wingo to launch fifth-freedom ops from Panama

18.09.2019 - 12:18 UTC

Wingo (Colombia) (P5, Bogotá) will launch a new route from Balboa in Panama to Havana Int'l on November 2, 2019, Routes Online has first reported.

The service will be operated 2x weekly using B737-700 equipment. It will be Wingo's first fifth-freedom service not touching Colombia. The LCC already serves Havana 3x weekly from Bogotá, the ch-aviation schedules module shows.

Copa Holdings, the parent of Wingo, recently deferred plans to launch Wingo (Panama) (Panamá City Tocumen Int'l) to the second...

Cameroon's Camair-Co staff demand overdue wagesch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 11:27 UTC

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South Korea's Air Premia receives amended OLch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.09.2019 - 10:35 UTC

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American Airlines loses 26% of China Southern investment

18.09.2019 - 09:44 UTC

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) saw the value of its investment in China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) substantially decrease by the second quarter of 2019, Gary Leff has said in his travel business blog View from the Wing citing an internal communication.

The airline reportedly told its employees: “Non-operating special items principally included USD52 million of mark-to-market net unrealised losses primarily associated with the company’s equity investment in China Southern Airlines.”...