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Virgin Atlantic eyes more UK consolidation

25.06.2019 - 12:31 UTC

Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) plans further acquisitions of regional carriers in the United Kingdom following the take over of flybe. (BE, Exeter), CEO Shai Weiss told Bloomberg TV.

"I’m talking about the consolidation of smaller operators in the short-haul market under the banner of 'Virgin something' to provide more feed," Weiss said.

The takeover of flybe. by Connect Airways, a consortium of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group, and Cyrus Capital Partners, is still awaiting regulatory approval....

airBaltic CEO to study A321neo(XLR) for future growth

25.06.2019 - 11:25 UTC

airBaltic (BT, Riga) could potentially use the newly-announced A321-200neo(XLR) to launch long-haul flights from Riga in the future, although these plans are long-term, CEO Martin Gauss told Air Transport World.

"[The A321neo(XLR)] puts our main Riga hub in a different place, because this aircraft can go from Riga or the other Baltic capitals to cities in the US. For us, it’s an interesting development because - in a couple of years’ time when we have done our development - that might be the right thing to come," he said....

Brazil's Azul to add A321neoch-aviation PRO exclusive

25.06.2019 - 10:20 UTC

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Canada's R1 Airlines ceases flight opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

25.06.2019 - 09:15 UTC

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Uzbekistan Airways to add Regional Jets; eyes own LCCch-aviation PRO exclusive

25.06.2019 - 08:09 UTC

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Estonia's Nordica to end own ops, LOT to take over routes

25.06.2019 - 07:04 UTC

Nordica (EE, Tallinn Lennart Meri) has signed a new cooperation agreement with LOT Polish Airlines (LO, Warsaw Chopin), wherein the Polish flag carrier will assume the commercial risk of all operations of the Estonian virtual carrier with effect from July 1, 2019.

"Strong competition and oversupply of seats on Tallinn Lennart Meri routes do not allow us to operate profitably, today. In order to maintain readiness and our ability to provide the necessary regional air connections to Estonia in the future, Nordica will continue...

Taiwan's EVA Air adds first B787-10

24.06.2019 - 17:58 UTC

EVA Air (BR, Taipei Taoyuan) has taken delivery of its first B787-10 after B-17801 (msn 63510) arrived at Taipei Taoyuan on June 20.

According to an airline statement to the Taiwanese press, the 342-seater twinjet will be deployed into commercial service on June 28 on flights to Hong Kong Int'l with Hangzhou, Osaka Kansai, and Shenzhen to follow in July. Thereafter, it expects to use the jet on routes throughout South East Asia as well as to Australia.

EVA Air's first two B787-10s are leased from...

Nigeria's Air Peace to make Middle East debut in early 3Q19

24.06.2019 - 16:42 UTC

Air Peace (P4, Lagos) is planning to make its longhaul debut on July 5 with a 3x weekly Lagos-Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) non-stop service. Operations are onboard one of the Nigerian carrier's three B777s (two B777-300s and one -200(ER)).

Air Peace currently operates a fleet of eight B737-300s, five B737-500s, and one Do328-300. Its Air Peace Hopper (APL, Lagos) subsidiary also operates six E145s of which five are known to be active. In terms of network, it serves various cities across Nigeria with...

Libyan Air Cargo An-124 destroyed during fighting in Tripoli

24.06.2019 - 15:26 UTC

Libyan Air Cargo (LCR, Tripoli Int'l) has lost An-124 5A-DKN (msn 19530502792) after the parked freighter was destroyed during heavy fighting at Tripoli Int'l Airport between jihadist factions loyal to the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), and the General Khalifa Haftar-led Libyan National Army (LNA) on Saturday, June 22.

According to local media reports, the Antonov Design Bureau quadjet was hit by either a rocket-propelled grenade or by heavy mortar after GNA forces suspected it of...

Eurowings to consolidate AOCs, fleet in cost-cutting drive

24.06.2019 - 14:10 UTC

Lufthansa Group has outlined its turnaround plans for Eurowings (EW, Düsseldorf Int'l) with the low-cost platform to embrace a more orthodox, streamlined business model based on LCC fundamentals. Last week, the German carrier holding blamed sustained overcapacity in the European market for its decision to cut its full-year profit forecast from the previously anticipated 6.5% to 8%, to 5.5 to 6.6%. It singled out Eurowings as needing additional restructuring.

According to a Capital Markets Day...

Saudi Arabia flyadeal set to drop B737 MAX plansch-aviation PRO exclusive

24.06.2019 - 13:46 UTC

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Surinam Airways to lease a B777, eyes B787 - reportch-aviation PRO exclusive

24.06.2019 - 12:26 UTC

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South Africa's Mango issues ACMI operator RFPch-aviation PRO exclusive

24.06.2019 - 11:06 UTC

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Russia set to sever commercial air ties with Georgia

24.06.2019 - 09:46 UTC

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning flights between Russia and Georgia with effect from July 8 onwards. Anti-Russian protests broke out in Tbilisi last week after Russian parliamentarians visited Georgia for a meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. The body was established by the Greek parliament in 1993 to foster relations between Christian Orthodox lawmakers.

However, according to Tass, the session was cancelled after Georgian MPs refused to allow Russian...

Carriers avoid Tehran FIR over heightened US-Iran tensions

24.06.2019 - 08:26 UTC

International carriers have begun rerouting their flights away from the Tehran Flight Information Region (FIR) following an escalation in tensions between Iran and the United States.

On Thursday, June 20, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a US Northrop RQ-4A Global Hawk BAMS-D surveillance drone that it claimed had violated Iranian airspace. It added that it could have also downed a surveillance-gathering Boeing P-8 Poseidon that had been in the area at the time. US Central Command (CENTCOM) in turn rejected Tehran's claims...

Romania's Tarom orders nine ATR72s

24.06.2019 - 06:43 UTC

Tarom (RO, Bucharest Otopeni) is set to acquire nine ATR72-600s, Romanian Transport Minister Răzvan Cuc has announced.

In a social media post, Cuc said the Avions de Transport Régional turboprops would be used to replace the state-owned carrier's existing fleet of seven ATR42-500s (average around 21 years of age) and two ATR72-500s (which average 10 years of age) used on domestic Romanian routes as well as shorthaul regional flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Turkey, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine, Greece,...

Scotland's Loganair secures longterm Saab 340 capacitych-aviation PRO exclusive

24.06.2019 - 05:22 UTC

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Air India gears up for Africa return; Express eyes more jets

22.06.2019 - 00:53 UTC

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) will resume scheduled passenger flights to Africa later this quarter, Indian Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri has announced.

In a tweet, Puri said 4x weekly Mumbai Int'l-Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya flights would start from September 27. The service, which will reportedly be onboard B787-8 equipment, will help to bolster ties between India and Kenya.

The state-owned flag carrier offers regular flights throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America....

Aruba Airlines adds first CRJ-200

21.06.2019 - 23:33 UTC

Aruba Airlines (AG, Aruba) has taken delivery of its first CRJ-200 following the arrival of P4-CRA (msn 7796) in Aruba earlier this week.

The 16-year-old Bombardier Aerospace twinjet, which was recently in service with SkyWest Airlines (United States of America) as N507CA, will be joined by a second of the type later in the year. Both are leased from Avmax Aircraft Leasing. The new aircraft will primarily be used on flights connecting Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao as well as other short-haul regional...

Cargolux shows interest in B777X, A350 freightersch-aviation PRO exclusive

21.06.2019 - 22:13 UTC

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Aeroflot to launch A350 ops in late 1Q20

21.06.2019 - 20:53 UTC

Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) will launch scheduled A350-900 operations on March 29, 2020, initially deploying it from Moscow Sheremetyevo to New York JFK, the carrier's online booking system shows.

First reported by AirlineFlyer, the subsequent routes for the new Airbus widebody will be to Beijing Capital (from May 1), Seoul Incheon (from June 1), and Miami Int'l (from June 2).

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, currently, the Russian flag carrier uses a mix of A330-200s,...

Ukraine's Anda Air adds first A320-200

21.06.2019 - 19:33 UTC

Anda Air (DM, Kiev Igor Sikorsky) has acquired its first A320-200 following the addition of UR-CST (msn 814) to the Ukrainian register earlier this month.

The 21-year-old jet was previously JY-JRG with Royal Falcon (RL, Amman Queen Alia) and is currently at Amman Queen Alia undergoing pre-delivery maintenance checks.

Anda Air is an ACMI/charter specialist whose existing fleet entails one A319-100 and, soon, one A321-200. Its only MD-83, UR-CPB (msn 53182), is currently stored at Kiev Igor Sikorsky...

Delta Air Lines buys 4.3% stake in Korean Air owner

21.06.2019 - 18:13 UTC

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) has acquired a 4.3% stake in Hanjin-KAL, the largest shareholder of Korean Air (KE, Seoul Incheon), and plans to eventually increase the stake to 10% after receiving regulatory approval.

"We have a vision to deliver the world's leading trans-Pacific joint venture for our shared customers, offering the strongest network, the best service and the finest experience connecting the US with Asia. This is already one of our fastest-integrating and most successful partnerships, and experience tells...

Eurowings, Brussels Airlines set for further restructuring

21.06.2019 - 16:53 UTC

Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) and Eurowings (EW, Düsseldorf Int'l) are expected to announce new cost cutting measures after parent firm Lufthansa Group issued a full-year profit warning earlier this week.

The German holding had previously planned to earn EUR2.4-3 billion euros (USD2.7-3.4 billion) but has now lowered its forecast to EUR2-2.4 billion euros (USD2.3-2.7 billion) citing a challenging short-haul market among other factors.

"Yields in the European short-haul market, in...

Canadian gov't okays First Air, Canadian North merger

21.06.2019 - 15:33 UTC

The Canadian Government has announced it has formally approved a merger between First Air (7F, Carp) and Canadian North (5T, Yellowknife) just under a year after their respective parent firms, Makivik Corporation (Makivik) and the Inuvialuit Corporate Group (ICG), signed an agreement.

It is recalled that the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB) had raised numerous concerns about a "substantial" lessening of competition in the provision of passenger travel and cargo services to Canada's remote Nunavut and Northwest Territories. The...