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Ariana Afghan Airlines issues 6-month ACMI RFP

17.06.2019 - 11:12 UTC
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Ariana Afghan Airlines (FG, Kabul) has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the wet-lease of one aircraft - either an A310-300, A321, B757, or B767 - on a near six-month-long contract.

According to tender documents seen by ch-aviation, the aircraft are to be wet-leased over the period running from July 25, 2019 through to January 25, 2020, with 200 Minimum monthly Guaranteed Hours (MGH). However, depending on the final requirement, the required flight hours may increase to more than 1200 hours over the six-month timeframe....

Virgin Atlantic secures 14+6 A330neo

17.06.2019 - 10:03 UTC
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Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) says it has selected the A330neo to replace its existing fleet of two A330-200s and eight A330-300s from 2021 onwards.

In a statement issued during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, the UK carrier said it had secured fourteen A330-900s with options for six additional aircraft. Deliveries will run from 2021 to 2024.

Of the 14 jets, eight are direct orders from Airbus with the remaining six to be leased from Air Lease Corporation.

Virgin Atlantic...

Windhoek pledges to intervene in Air Namibia's funding woes

17.06.2019 - 09:43 UTC
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Namibia's Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste, says government is preparing to act in the matter between Air Namibia (SW, Windhoek Int'l) and the Namibia Airports Company (NAC).

Last week, NAC informed Air Namibia that it will not renew the national carrier's groundhandling concession at Windhoek Int'l Hosea Kutako International Airport citing non-compliance with a number of clauses in their agreement.

In a letter dated May 22, 2019, and seen by New Era newspaper, NAC’s newly appointed Chief Executive...

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Airbus formally presents its A321neo(XLR) variant

17.06.2019 - 08:31 UTC
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Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has formally unveiled an ultra-long-range variant of its A321neo family of jets.

In a statement issued during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, the European manufacturer said its A321neo(XLR) would be capable of sectors of up to 4,700 nautical miles (around 8,700 kilometers), around 15% more than the A321neo(LR) which can reach 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 kilometres).

The single-aisle jet will offer 180-220 seats in a two-class configuration. In terms of...

Oman Air boss tires of Boeing, warns of Airbus switch

17.06.2019 - 07:32 UTC
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Oman Air (WY, Muscat) has warned he will start negotiations with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) if Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) fails to provide a promised support and recovery plan for its grounded B737 MAX by the start of the Paris Airshow 2019 on Monday, June 17.

In a statement issued on Friday, June 14, chief executive Abdulaziz Al Raisi said Oman Air had suffered "a major financial impact" as a result of the MAX's absence which, he said, had forced the airline to curtail its growth plans for 2019. This, in turn, had impacted the...

China's Sichuan Airlines secures ten A321neo from ALC

17.06.2019 - 07:00 UTC
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Sichuan Airlines (3U, Chengdu) has secured ten more A321-200neo after signing longterm lease agreements with Air Lease Corporation.

According to a lessor statement issued during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, the narrowbody jets are sourced from its Airbus order book and will deliver from 2021 through to 2022.

Sichuan Airlines currently employs eleven A321neo (of which one is leased from ALC) alongside forty-three A321ceo.

It also operates twenty A319-100s, fifty-three A320ceo, five...

China's Colorful Guizhou Airlines to add A320neo from 4Q19

17.06.2019 - 06:49 UTC
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Colorful Guizhou Airlines (GY, Guiyang) has signed lease agreements with GECAS involving four A320neo that will deliver from late 2019 through 2020. Announced during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget, the narrowbody jets are the Chinese regional carrier's first and are sourced from the lessor's Airbus order book.

"To integrate the operation on regional and trunk routes, Colorful Guizhou Airlines will provide the service for passengers in Guizhou and southwest region of China to connect the rest of the country and the...

France's Groupe Dubreuil to lease four A350s from ALC

17.06.2019 - 06:49 UTC
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French Bee (BF, Paris Orly) and fellow Groupe Dubreuil subsidiary Air Caraibes (TX, Pointe à Pitre) have signed longterm lease agreements with Air Lease Corporation involving three A350-900s and one A350-1000 all four of which are sourced from the lessor's Airbus order book.

Announced during the Paris Air Show 2019 at Paris Le Bourget, ALC said the three A350-900s are scheduled to deliver to Air Caraïbes starting in 2019 through 2020, the first of which delivered to the airline on June 12, 2019, on lease to FrenchBee. The...

France's Corsair to put more focus on business marketsch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.06.2019 - 06:18 UTC
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Michigan's Kalitta Air secures first B777 freighterch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.06.2019 - 05:56 UTC
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Helvetic Airways ends Fokker 100 ops in late 2Q19

15.06.2019 - 10:37 UTC
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Helvetic Airways (2L, Zurich) has permanently ended Fokker 100 operations on June 14, 2019. The carrier is replacing the ageing jets with Embraer equipment.

Helvetic Airways only operated two remaining F100s, both of which are nearly 26 years old. HB-JVF (msn 11466) has been inactive since June 9 and HB-JVG (msn 11478) since June 8, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows. Both have now been ferried to Bratislava, HB-JVG following a last farewell flight. The units are owned by Helvetic Airways and, according to the...

Argentina's ANAC slapped with Flybondi night-flight lawsuitch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.06.2019 - 09:25 UTC
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Peru's Indecopi initiates sanctions against six airlinesch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.06.2019 - 08:13 UTC
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Transport Canada suspends Wabusk Air’s AOC

15.06.2019 - 07:01 UTC
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Wabusk Air (Moosonee) had its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) cancelled by Transport Canada on June 8, prohibiting it from providing any commercial air services. In a statement, the regulator said it had taken "this serious safety action" because of "Wabusk Air’s demonstrated inability to safely operate in accordance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations".

Before the move, the department said it had used various measures such as "certificate action and enhanced monitoring" to ensure the carrier operated its commercial...

Indigo Partners in talks re A321neo(XLR) - sources

15.06.2019 - 05:49 UTC
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American fund Indigo Partners is in talks with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) about an order for A321-200neo(XLR) aircraft for its low-cost carriers, Reuters has reported citing sources.

Airbus is expected to formally confirm the launch of the ultra-long-haul variant of the A321neo during the upcoming Paris Air Show.

During the 2017 Paris Air Show, Indigo Partners placed a record order for 430 A320neo Family aircraft, including 273 A320-200neo and 157 A321neo. The aircraft will deliver to four LCCs in...

Congo Airways to replace Q400s with regional jetsch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.06.2019 - 04:37 UTC
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Plans for Arktika Airlines in Russia put on holdch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.06.2019 - 03:25 UTC
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Great Dane Airlines secures AOC 18 hours before first flightch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.06.2019 - 02:13 UTC
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Filipino airlines agree to shift turboprops to Sangley

15.06.2019 - 01:01 UTC
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The Philippines' Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that local airlines have agreed to shift their turboprop traffic away from congested Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l to Manila Sangley, GMA News has reported.

The airlines are expected to sign a formal pledge on June 24. Sangley and Clark will also host all general aviation traffic to the Filipino capital going forward.

"Airlines expressed their willingness and commitment to support the government’s thrust to utilize Sangley Airport. This is a solid...

Nauru Airlines to wet-lease B737 capacity to Real Tonga

14.06.2019 - 23:49 UTC
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Nauru Airlines (ON, Nauru) and Real Tonga Airlines (RLT, Tongatapu) have entered a wet-lease arrangement under which the Nauru flag carrier will provide aircraft capacity for flights from Tongatapu to Nadi and Auckland Int'l, the airlines have revealed in a joint statement.

The initial schedule to commence in November 2019 will include 2x weekly flights, with the intention to increase to 3x weekly "as soon as possible". Other destinations such as Brisbane Int'l and other Australian cities may follow,...

Air Austral to wet-lease two A330sch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.06.2019 - 22:37 UTC
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Lithuania's GetJet Airlines to add maiden A319

14.06.2019 - 21:25 UTC
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GetJet Airlines (GW, Vilnius) is in the process of adding its maiden A319-100, an ex-Germania (ST, Berlin Schönefeld) unit previously registered as D-ASTA (msn 4663).

Photos have emerged online of the aircraft at Prague Ruzyne painted white with its new registration LY-KIT.

The 8.2-year-old aircraft was grounded in Erfurt when Germania collapsed on February 4, 2019. It was subsequently ferried to Prague on April 24, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows.

The Lithuanian ACMI/charter specialist is also due to...

Chair Airlines to upgauge rather than grow fleetch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.06.2019 - 20:04 UTC
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Congo Airways eyes intercontinental ops to Europe, Asiach-aviation PRO exclusive

14.06.2019 - 19:58 UTC
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Spain's Air Europa to exit Canary Islands domestic marketch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.06.2019 - 14:32 UTC
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