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Air Vanuatu set to order four A220s - report

18.02.2019 - 21:35 UTC
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Air Vanuatu (NF, Port Vila) is set to put down a VUV850 million vatu (USD7.46 million) deposit on four Airbus narrowbodies. According to The Daily Post, Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Gaetan Pikioune, and Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Derek Nice, signed the instrument on February 15.

The aircraft are 133-seaters - presumably A220-300s - the first of which is to deliver by June 2020.

According to Nice, the jets will be based out of Vanuatu and used to serve destinations in Australia, New...

Eagle Air Iceland resumes Do328 operationsch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.02.2019 - 20:16 UTC
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Fiji Airways retires last Twin Otter-300ch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.02.2019 - 20:15 UTC
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XL Airways France to modify New York ops in 3Q19ch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.02.2019 - 20:11 UTC
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Operators start taking over flybmi's route networkch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.02.2019 - 20:10 UTC
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Air Tahiti to add leased ATR72 capacity from 2Q19ch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.02.2019 - 20:05 UTC
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Aruba Airlines/HavanaAir charter plans thwartedch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.02.2019 - 12:52 UTC
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Bahamasair takes delivery of first B737-700

18.02.2019 - 12:06 UTC
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Bahamasair (UP, Nassau Int'l) has taken delivery of its first B737-700 with C6-BFX (msn 30662) having been ferried to Nassau Int'l on Thursday, February 14.

Bahamasair chairman Tommy Turnquest said during a presentation ceremony the USD11.4 million investment had been financed via the sale of the state-owned carrier's now retired fleet of Dash 8-300s (of which six have been parked in Nassau since decommissioning).

“This new aircraft should be used to develop new markets for the Bahamas, and once developed to the...

VistaJet completes XOJET acquisition

18.02.2019 - 11:19 UTC
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Vista Global Holding finalised the takeover of XOJET (XOJ, Sacramento Mc Clellan) by the end of 2018, Private Jet Card Comparisons has reported.

The business charter holding confirmed the transaction but did not go into any details.

Bloomberg previously reported that the value of the transaction, financed by JP Morgan Chase Bank, decreased during the negotiations from the initial USD280 million to USD210 million.

Vista Global was established in 2018 as a Dubai-based holding controlling...

Vietnam secures FAA Category 1 status

18.02.2019 - 10:33 UTC
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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Vietnam a Category 1 rating under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.

A Category 1 rating means Vietnam’s civil aviation authority meets ICAO standards for personnel licensing, operations, and airworthiness. With the Category 1 rating, Vietnamese air carriers will be able to open direct service to the United States and codeshare with US carriers.

The assessment was based on an August 2018 FAA audit of the Civil...

SAA settles Comair suit; to fork out $78mn

18.02.2019 - 09:46 UTC
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South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has agreed to pay rival carrier Comair (South Africa) (MN, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) ZAR1.1 billion rand (USD78 million) to settle a longrunning anti-competition case.

The case pertained to SAA's system of "override incentive schemes" wherein between April 2000 and May 2001 as well as between June 2001 and March 2005, travel agents were paid "considerable sums of money" to book passengers on SAA rather than on rival airlines such as Comair and the defunct Nationwide. This, a South Gauteng high court...

CuraƧao CAA holds off renewing InselAir's AOCch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.02.2019 - 09:00 UTC
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Russia's Yakutia to resume int'l ops in late 1Q19ch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.02.2019 - 08:13 UTC
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Romania's Blue Air to drop Liverpool base, cut Turin opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

18.02.2019 - 07:23 UTC
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UK's flybmi ceases operations, files for administration

16.02.2019 - 18:49 UTC
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flybmi (BM, Aberdeen Dyce) has announced it has ceased all operations as of Saturday, February 16 and filed for administration.

In a statement, the UK-based regional carrier blamed recent spikes in fuel costs and uncertainty surrounding the UK's impending departure from the European Union.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have made this unavoidable announcement today," a spokesman said.

"The airline has faced several difficulties, including recent spikes in fuel and carbon costs, the latter arising from the EU’s...

Gov't eyes privatisation of Air India's ground handling unit

16.02.2019 - 02:50 UTC
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The Indian government is planning to sell a 100% stake in ground handling firm Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL), PTI newswire has reported.

According to an official memorandum published by the government, 98% of shares will be earmarked for sale to a private investor, while the remaining 2% would be distributed to the firm's employees upon the conclusion of the former transaction.

Air India Assets Holding Limited, the government-owned special purpose vehicle managing most of Air India's assets,...

LaudaMotion in talks over A320neoch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.02.2019 - 01:25 UTC
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US DOT selects SkyWest for South Dakota EAS

16.02.2019 - 00:00 UTC
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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected SkyWest Airlines (United States of America) (OO, Salt Lake City) for the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract covering services from Denver Int'l to Pierre, SD, and Watertown, SD.

The carrier will receive a total of USD6.88 million per year for a contract running from February 13, 2019, through March 31, 2021. SkyWest will operate 12x weekly to each of the South Dakotan communities using CRJ-200 equipment under the United Express brand.

In...

TUI fly to wet-lease A319 from SundAir for Baden-Baden opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 22:35 UTC
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Russian oligarch plans SSJ-based business charter airlinech-aviation PRO exclusive

15.02.2019 - 21:11 UTC
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Norwegian to withdraw from the Caribbean

15.02.2019 - 19:46 UTC
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Norwegian Air International (D8, Dublin Int'l) will not resume its seasonal winter-only services to the Caribbean in the Winter 2019/20 season and will terminate all routes to the market permanently at the end of March 2019, Air Transport World has reported.

"We will withdraw all routes serving the French Caribbean from March 31, 2019. Our strategic focus is transitioning from growth to profitability and, following a review of our French Caribbean services, we have decided to withdraw these operations as they were not financially...

Air Belgium to resume scheduled ops in late 1Q19

15.02.2019 - 17:36 UTC
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Air Belgium (KF, Brussels Charleroi) is planning to resume scheduled operations on March 31, 2019, with a 3x weekly service between Brussels Charleroi and Hong Kong Int'l.

The carrier has already launched ticket sales via its website. Flights will be operated with A340-300 equipment.

Air Belgium suspended its flights to Hong Kong on October 1, 2018, citing the non-fulfilment of obligations regarding pricing and traffic volume by its Chinese tour operator partner Utour. Subsequently, the airline touted flying to mainland China,...

Pakistan gov't to keep PIA in state hands

15.02.2019 - 16:33 UTC
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The Pakistani government has no intention of privatising the struggling flag carrier PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) and will present a new restructuring plan for the airline by the end of March 2019, Dawn has reported.

"Privatisation of the national flag carrier is not in the manifesto of the PTI government and therefore it has initiated a reform process to overcome losses being incurred by the airline," Prime Minister Imran Khan said at a meeting devoted to the situation at the airline....

Dominican Republic's flycana selects Santo Domingo base

15.02.2019 - 15:30 UTC
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flycana (DW, Santo Domingo Las Américas) has signed an agreement with Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom) over the use of Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport (AILA) as a base.

The start-up said in a statement that it is currently in the process of finalising an investment of USD80 million ahead of a planned launch during the last quarter of the year.

"We are very excited to announce the selection of AILA as the base airport for our operations," airline founder and president, Victor Pacheco Méndez,...

Brazil's CADE okays Azul/Correios deal, dismisses objections

15.02.2019 - 14:28 UTC
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Brazil's antitrust watchdog (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica - CADE) has formally approved a joint-venture between Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras and Brazil's national postal service, Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos (ECT).

In its ruling issued on Wednesday, February 13, CADE upheld an earlier decision handed down by its supreme organ, the Superintendent General's Office, in December which had concluded the tie-up would not result in any competitive or economic concerns despite objections lodged by...

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