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Air India asks for ₹24bn state guarantee

16.12.2019 - 03:48 UTC

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) has requested a INR24 billion rupee (USD340 million) state guarantee to raise funds needed to cover current operational expenses, Indian news agency PTI has reported.

Unnamed representatives of the airline said the guarantee was part of a previously pledged package of INR76 billion (USD1.1 billion) that Air India was supposed to receive in state-backed funding during the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2020.

Meanwhile, the state continues to work on the details of Air...

Canada's Harbour Air starts electric test flights

16.12.2019 - 03:03 UTC

Harbour Air Seaplanes (Vancouver Coal Harbour) operated its first electric test flight last week when a battery-powered 62-year-old, six-passenger DHC-2 Beaver seaplane flew along the Fraser River near Vancouver Int'l airport for 15 minutes.

Retrofitted with a 750hp electric motor, C-FJOS (msn 1030) took flight on December 11 and was piloted by Greg McDougall, Harbour Air's founder and chief executive, the AFP news agency reported.

“For me, that flight was just like flying a Beaver, but it was a Beaver on...

Air Serbia returns Heathrow slots to Etihad Airways

16.12.2019 - 02:18 UTC

Air Serbia (JU, Belgrade) has returned one of its daily pair of slots at London Heathrow to 49%-owner Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) for the Summer 2020 season, slot coordinator Airport Coordination Ltd's records have shown.

The slots will be returned to Etihad Airways effective March 29, 2020.

The Serbian carrier previously leased the slot pair from Etihad Airways for the Summer 2019 season to almost double its frequency to the London gateway. It operated these additional flights using an A320-200 wet-leased from its...

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Austria's Lauda to open Zadar base in early 2Q20

16.12.2019 - 01:33 UTC

Lauda (OE, Vienna) will open a base in the Croatian city of Zadar in April next year, the airline's fifth base overall and allowing it to add a further 11 new routes to its existing network of 20 city pairs.

An airport press release said the three aircraft base is expected to carry a total of 672,000 passengers annually.

The 11 new city pairs which will start from the base next summer are:

Korea's Fly Gangwon starts crowdfunding drivech-aviation PRO exclusive

16.12.2019 - 00:48 UTC

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South African regulator okays Comair, Star Air merger

16.12.2019 - 00:03 UTC

South Africa's Competition Commission (CC) has approved Comair (South Africa)'s push to acquire the entire share capital of Star Air (South Africa) (BRH, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) (SAC) along with its aircraft repair business Star Air Maintenance (SAM).

Although concerns relating to the transaction have been raised by third parties, the CC said in a statement last week that it has recommended that the proposed merger be approved without conditions.

Comair said in May that had entered into an agreement with...

El Salvador woos Qatar Airways to assist with new airportch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.12.2019 - 23:18 UTC

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SKY Airline Peru eyes US, Canadian routes with A321neo(XLR)sch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.12.2019 - 22:33 UTC

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Onex acquires WestJet, Swoop following agency approval

14.12.2019 - 03:21 UTC

Onex has completed its transaction of acquiring WestJet (WS, Calgary) and its ULCC subsidiary Swoop (WO, Hamilton, ON), valued at around CAD5 billion Canadian dollars (USD3.8 billion) including assumed debt, the investment management group confirmed in a statement dated December 11.

The closing of the deal came after Onex received final regulatory approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CAT) on December 10 that the two carriers would continue to meet Canadian ownership and control requirements as part of the group....

Delta Air Lines offloads its GOL stake

14.12.2019 - 02:09 UTC

As part of its new strategy for the South American market, Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) has offloaded its 9% stake in GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (G3, São Paulo Congonhas), said the Brazilian carrier in a stock market filing.

Delta valued its stake in GOL at about USD256 million dollars when it announced it was planning to sell at the end of September. The two carriers are expected to end their codeshare, frequent flyer and lounge partnerships, as the Delta-LATAM Airlines...

Wizz Air applies for St. Petersburg seventh freedom rightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.12.2019 - 00:57 UTC

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Virtual airline objects to German Airways' name and brandch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 23:45 UTC

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Pakistan Int'l Airlines eyes up to 16 SSJ 100/95s

13.12.2019 - 22:33 UTC

PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) is considering adding between six and sixteen SSJ 100/95s as a part of an investment deal offered by the Russian government to Pakistan, Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov told the media during a visit to the Asian country.

"We interact directly with Pakistan International Airlines. We have agreed that in January we will continue working on it, taking into account the fact that we must work out the destination network together with our colleagues,"...

Eastern Airlines to launch scheduled US-Ecuador ops in 1Q20

13.12.2019 - 21:21 UTC

Eastern Airlines has announced it will launch scheduled flights from New York JFK to Guayaquil in Ecuador on January 13, 2020, a month beyond the original schedule.

The airline initially planned to debut the route on December 5, 2019. Flights will initially operate 1x weekly using B767-300(ER) aircraft. The carrier's permission to launch the route from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) expires on January 15, 2020.

The New York JFK-Guayaquil route is currently served daily by jetBlue...

Oman's SalamAir plans Phuket city pair

13.12.2019 - 20:09 UTC

SalamAir (OV, Muscat) is commencing a 3x weekly service to Phuket from December 24, its first destination in Southeast Asia, according to an airline press release on December 12.

No other carrier currently operates the city pair, however, Oman Air (WY, Muscat) (18x weekly) and Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) (3x weekly) both operate from Muscat to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

The SalamAir Phuket flights will depart the carrier's Muscat base at 0400L before arriving in Thailand at 1300L. The...

PublicCharters reapplies for commuter authorisation

13.12.2019 - 18:57 UTC

Having had its Commuter Air Carrier Authorisation (CACA) revoked by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on November 21 for reasons of dormancy, PublicCharters (P1, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) has reapplied for its authorisation on December 12. The operator was issued its original CACA in May 2017.

Within its submitted paperwork, the operator has indicated a possible new route that it is proposing to fly with a scheduled commuter service:

Spirit Airlines sues DOT over vacant Southwest Newark slots

13.12.2019 - 17:45 UTC

Spirit Airlines (NK, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) after the agency decided to withhold peak-period slots at New York Newark that previously belonged to Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field).

Southwest announced on July 25 that it would cease operations at the airport by November 3, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has since received requests from a number of carriers, including Spirit, seeking approval for new operations to replace...

Vietnam Airlines urges removal of domestic fare price capsch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 16:33 UTC

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China's SF Airlines gains US approval for cargo flights

13.12.2019 - 15:21 UTC

SF Airlines (O3, Shenzhen) has received approval from the US Department for Transportation (DOT) to conduct scheduled and or charter freight flights between any point in China and any point in the US.

While SF Airlines is headquartered in Shenzhen, it also operates freight hubs in Hangzhou and Beijing Capital, and it was from Hangzhou that the carrier intended to launch a 3x weekly B747-400(F)s service to New York JFK, originally planned to commence in September. Plans for its initial schedule have yet to be...

Icelandair secures $35mn in financing from CIT Groupch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 14:09 UTC

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Brazil's competition watchdog probes MAP/VoePass tie-upch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 12:57 UTC

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Qantas selects A350-1000(ULR) for Project Sunrise

13.12.2019 - 11:45 UTC

Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) has selected the A350-1000(ULR) for its proposed Project Sunrise ultra-long-haul operations but has still not finalised the decision to launch such flights, the Australian airline said in a press release.

Qantas said that while no firm order has been placed yet, it "will work closely with Airbus to prepare contract terms for up to 12 aircraft ahead of a final decision by the Qantas Board", which is expected in March 2020.

The A350-1000(ULR) will be equipped with...

CAA manpower shortage threatens Vietnamese fleet growthch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 09:20 UTC

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Lelystad, Netherlands must accept new airlines - Gov'tch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 08:32 UTC

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Mexico's TAR secures $680k in funding, targets US in 2020ch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.12.2019 - 07:44 UTC

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