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Algerian MOT confirms bids submitted re cargo market tender

21 minutes ago

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Air Wisconsin concludes American Eagle ops

one hour ago
Air Wisconsin (ZW, Appleton) has concluded CRJ-200 operations for American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) as of February 14.

The move is part of the winding down of the Wisconsin-based carrier's partnership with American Airlines as it shifts its focus to United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) and its United Express contract.

As it stands, Air Wisconsin currently operates forty-nine CRJ-200s for United Express with more of the Bombardier to be added in due course.

Nigeria's Overland Airways gears up for West African ops

2 hours ago
Overland Airways (OF, Lagos) is planning to start international flights later this year, airline Chief Operating Officer Aanu Benson has told the Aviation Business Journal.

In an interview, Benson said tentative destinations from its Lagos hub include Cotonou (Benin), Lomé (Togo), and Niamey (Niger). Although the city-pairs currently feature on the carrier's online reservation portal, they are currently not bookable.

Overland Airways currently operates three ATR42-300s, one ATR42-300(QC), ...
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Swaziland seeks to diversify network through subsidized ops

3 hours ago

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Sweden's BRA to expand cooperation with Finnair

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United Airlines to commence B737 MAX 9 ops in late 2Q18

5 hours ago
United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) has announced it expects to begin commercial B737 MAX 9 operations during the second quarter of this year.

Following the US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) decision to award the model an amended type certificate earlier this week, United said it expected to begin MAX 9 operations on June 7 with flights from its Houston Intc'l hub to Anchorage Ted Stevens, Austin Bergstrom Int'l, Fort Lauderdale Int'l, Orlando Int'l, and San Diego Int'l.

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TAME Ecuador outlines leasing plans, to focus on local ops

6 hours ago
TAME Ecuador (EQ, Quito Int'l) will seek to lease two ATR72-500s, three ATR42-500s, and six A320 Family aircraft by the end of 2018 in a bid to strengthen its domestic network in Ecuador and regain profitability, President Ignacio Vallejo has told Flightglobal.

Some of the aircraft will replace TAME's retired fleet, as it looks to sell two EMB-190ARs and three ATR 42-500s in 2018. These five aircraft are currently the only ones owned by the state-owned carrier, as the remainder of the fleet ...

Air Canada mulls rouge fleet growth options

7 hours ago
Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) has floated the idea of converting Air Canada rouge's narrowbody fleet into a high-density single-class layout, and may decide to move B737 MAX 8 aircraft to the low-cost unit.

"rouge is very competitive but now we have the dual class cabin. That's working for us from a larger perspective. It's very easy for us to convert them to a single class as we mentioned in the past which makes us even more competitive," President (Passenger Airlines), Benjamin Smith, ...

Russia's Pobeda launches first int'l ops from St. Petersburg

8 hours ago

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Aeroflot, EgyptAir delay resumption of Moscow-Cairo ops

9 hours ago

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Finnair mulls order for 20-30 narrowbodies

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Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) is preparing to place an order for as many as twenty to thirty narrowbody aircraft for long-term fleet replacement, although the announcement is not to be expected this year, Air Transport World has reported.

Finnair will commence initial analysis "sometime this year", but actual negotiations with manufacturers will only start once the airline finalises specifications, the carrier's CEO Pekka Vauramo has told Air Transport World. The talks can begin towards the ...

Air Canada to retire EMB-190s by 3Q19

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Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) will retire its remaining twenty-five EMB-190IGWs prior to the commencement of CS300 deliveries scheduled for late 2019, Chief Financial Officer Mike Rousseau said during an FY2017 earnings call on February 16.

"We have made decisions to accelerate the removal of the EMB-190s from our mainline fleet. To do this we will retain the A319-100 aircraft a little bit longer than initially planned at the bridge to the deliveries of the Bombardier CSeries scheduled ...

Thailand's Nok Air outlines early B737 MAX plans from 4Q19

12 hours ago

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Launch operator Qatar Airways adds maiden A350-1000

13 hours ago
Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) has taken delivery of its first A350-1000 following a ceremony held at Toulouse Blagnac on Tuesday, February 20. A7-ANA (msn 88) will be positioned to Doha Hamad Int'l later this week ahead of its deployment into service on February 24 on the London Heathrow route.

In terms of specifications, the aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 powerplants and seats a total of 327 passengers.

The Gulf-based carrier currently has thirty-seven -1000s on ...

Thai Lion Air set to debut B737 MAX 9 ops in 2Q18

15 hours ago

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Pakistan's Vision Air Int'l secures courier contract

18 hours ago

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Namibia's Westair Aviation mulls scheduled pax ops in 2Q18

19 hours ago

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Canberra okays extended cooperation among Jetstar JVs

20 hours ago
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) re-authorised cooperation between Jetstar Airways (JQ, Melbourne Tullamarine) and its three Asian joint-ventures operating under the Jetstar brand on February 16.

"The ACCC considers that continuing this coordination should lead to public benefits, such as better products and services, and more convenient flight times for consumers," ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston said.

The carriers received an initial authorisation to ...

LaudaMotion to launch ops in late-1Q18, partner with Condor

22 hours ago

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AF-KLM keen to keep Alitalia in Skyteam without equity bid

23 hours ago
Air France-KLM is interested in keeping Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) afloat as a member of Skyteam alliance and a transatlantic joint-venture with Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, but wants to avoid direct capital investment in the Italian flag carrier, the ANSA newswire has reported.

"We are studying various possibilities to keep Alitalia in the Skyteam family without Air France-KLM being Alitalia's buyer," the group's CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac said on February 16. ...

EgyptAir outlines early Cairo Sphinx operational plans

20FEB2018

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No LEVEL ops out of UK due to APD tax - Walsh

20FEB2018
LEVEL (Barcelona El Prat) will not operate out of the United Kingdom as the steep air passenger duty (APD) tax makes its low-cost long-haul operations unviable, IAG International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh warned in a letter to British Members of Parliament last week.

"If APD was axed, IAG could open new routes and operate LEVEL from regional airports", Walsh said. Possible airports include Birmingham Int'l, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Manchester Int'l".

Currently, every passenger ...

Ukraine's YanAir to launch EU ops in mid-2Q18

20FEB2018

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US targets Turkish entities in Iran sanctions-busting raid

20FEB2018
The US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), on February 5, temporarily suspended the export privileges of Turkish national Gulnihal Yegane and three affiliated companies for allegedly illegally transferring US-made engines and spare parts to Iran's Mahan Air (W5, Tehran Mehrabad).

According to the BIS, Yegane, her company Trigron Lojistik Kargo Limited Sirketi, as well as affiliated firms Ufuk Avia Lojistik Limited Sirketi and RA Havacilik Lojistik Ve Tasimacilik ...

Norwegian keen to grow at Gatwick but lacks slots

20FEB2018
Norwegian UK (DI, London Gatwick) would be eager to grow at London Gatwick but is blocked by the lack of availability of appropriate slots, Norwegian Group CEO Bjorn Kjos has been reported as saying by Air Transport World.

The Norwegian LCC plans to base twelve B787-9s out of London Gatwick in Summer 2018 as it prepares to transfer all long-haul services from this gateway, currently still operated mostly by the main unit Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen), to its UK-based subsidiary from March ...