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Japan's Skymark eyes more regional airport connectivitych-aviation PRO exclusive

17.02.2020 - 03:06 UTC

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Nigeria's Green Africa Airways signs MOU for 50 A220-300s

17.02.2020 - 02:26 UTC

Green Africa Airways (Q9, Lagos), a Nigerian start-up, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus covering fifty A220-300s.

No tentative delivery schedule was announced. If firmed, the order will become the largest commitment for the A220 programme in Africa.

"Together with Airbus, we are incredibly proud to announce the largest order ever for the A220 from the African continent. The Green Africa story is a story of entrepreneurial boldness, strategic foresight and an unwavering commitment to using the power of air travel...

Thai AirAsia X to launch European charters in late 1Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

17.02.2020 - 01:46 UTC

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Ohio's Castle Aviation takes first Saab 340 freighters

17.02.2020 - 01:06 UTC

Castle Aviation (CSJ, Akron/Canton) took delivery of its first two Saab 340(F)s on dry-lease from Jetstream Aviation Capital, the lessor announced in a press release.

N431BC (msn 340B-620), a 28.5-year-old turboprop previously operated by IBC Airways (II, Miami Int'l), was ferried to Akron/Canton on November 21, 2019, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows. The second unit, N329AE (msn 340B-329), a 27.2-year-old aircraft formerly with American Eagle Airlines (MQ, Dallas/Fort Worth), arrived in Akron on...

Biman Bangladesh outlines fleet, network, cargo growth plans

17.02.2020 - 00:26 UTC

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG, Dhaka) is planning to increase its fleet from the current 18 aircraft to 50 by 2030 as its network expansion including routes to the United States and Japan, Chief Executive Mokabbir Hossain told local daily New Age.

Mokabbir underlined in an interview that the state-owned airline will consider all manufacturers despite its current reliance on Boeing equipment.

Short-term fleet adjustments will include the replacement of two leased Dash 8-400s with three aircraft of...

Solomons Airlines renews A320 fleetch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.02.2020 - 23:46 UTC

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Philippines' Skyjet Air eyes expansion with ATR72s

16.02.2020 - 23:06 UTC

Skyjet Air (M8, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) has taken delivery of its first ATR72-500, RP-C7868 (msn 748), and plans to add a further two of the type to expand its network in the Philippines, Aviation Updates Philippines has reported.

The 12.8-year-old turboprop, formerly operated by Stobart Air (RE, Dublin Int'l), was ferried from storage at Mönchengladbach in early February and arrived at Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l on February 8, 2020. It is the first turboprop for Skyjet Air which also operates three...

Thailand's Siam Seaplane outlines operational plansch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.02.2020 - 07:00 UTC

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Turkey's AtlasGlobal to file for bankruptcych-aviation PRO exclusive

16.02.2020 - 06:10 UTC

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UK's Jet2 receives its first A321ch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.02.2020 - 10:16 UTC

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Former AeroSur owner returns to Bolivia in search of fleetch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.02.2020 - 09:16 UTC

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Prosecutors probe Etihad's former involvement with Alitaliach-aviation PRO exclusive

14.02.2020 - 08:16 UTC

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Aer Lingus to reconsider transatlantic flights from Cork

14.02.2020 - 07:16 UTC

Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) will consider launching transatlantic services from Cork from 2022 using new-generation narrowbody aircraft, Chief Executive Sean Doyle told the Irish Examiner.

"If you asked me six years ago would it work, I would say no, but looking at the technology there today, we will evaluate it. Narrowbody technology makes the economics a lot better," he said.

The Irish flag carrier could use either A321-200neo(LR)s or (XLR)s on these routes. Aer Lingus already operates three LRs and...

Florida's Sky Palace Airways' launch slips to late 2Q20

14.02.2020 - 06:16 UTC

Sky Palace Airways (Tampa Int'l) has clarified to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that it will not be able to launch operations until June 2020, with the start-up needing to take "extra steps" due to recent "changes in the FAA certification procedure." It adds that dates for the delivery of its initial fleet of three B777-200(ER)s, "still under negotiation with Boeing", may also impact on this revised start-up schedule.

This new information on Sky Palace's intended launch date comes as a result of...

Referendum to decide on closure of Lugano, Switzerlandch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.02.2020 - 05:16 UTC

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Austrian Airlines cuts 90 out of 300 executive positionsch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.02.2020 - 04:16 UTC

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India's IndiGo Airlines, Vistara secure London Gatwick slotsch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.02.2020 - 03:16 UTC

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Brazil's Connect Linhas Aéreas suspends flight opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.02.2020 - 02:16 UTC

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FAA admits to lax safety oversight of Southwest

14.02.2020 - 01:16 UTC

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has admitted in its response to an audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that it did not carry out safety oversight of Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) "in accordance with existing guidelines".

"We agree that the Southwest Airlines (SWA) FAA Certificate Management Office (CMO) did not perform in accordance with existing guidance by allowing 88 aircraft (the 'Skyline' aircraft) to enter service through SWA's conformity...

Gov't fund disposes of 18.56 million shares in AirAsia Group

14.02.2020 - 00:16 UTC

Malaysia's Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is no longer a substantial shareholder in AirAsia Group after disposing of 18.56 million shares on February 6, a Bursa Malaysia filing clarified on February 12.

The fund, a federal statutory body under the country's Ministry of Finance that manages savings and pensions, has been cutting its stake in the group in recent weeks. On February 6, the business daily Malaysian Reserve revealed that the EPF had disposed of 14.4 million shares.

As previously...

Ascension Island to reopen to widebody traffic by 2022

13.02.2020 - 23:16 UTC

The runway at Georgetown Wideawake Airport on Ascencion Island will be repaired by 2022 allowing AirTanker-operated A330-200 flights to return, Fluor, the company which won the contract, said in a statement. The USD170 million-dollar deal to upgrade the 3,054 x 46-meter asphalt runway 13/31 was awarded to the engineering and construction firm by the United States Air Force Installation Contracting Agency. The work is scheduled to be completed in 28 months, following a February 2020 start.


Star Perú to start Dash 8-400 ops in mid-1Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.02.2020 - 22:16 UTC

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Arizona's iAero Airways takes first B737-800 freighter

13.02.2020 - 21:16 UTC

iAero Airways (WQ, Greensboro) has taken delivery of its first B737-800(BDSF) converted freighter in the form of N916SC (msn 30498), Skyliner Aviation reported.

The aircraft was converted at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion by Israel Aerospace Industries in 2019. According to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, it was ferried via Shannon and Portland Int'l Jetport to Lake City over the course of December 15-16, 2019, repositioned to Miami Opa-Locka in mid-January 2020, and subsequently ferried back to Tel Aviv via Shannon on...

SA Express loses appeal, placed under bankruptcy protection

13.02.2020 - 20:16 UTC

South African Express (SA Express) has been placed under bankruptcy protection, having lost an appeal on February 13 against a Gauteng High Court judgement that placed the regional carrier into a business rescue one week ago.

The application had been brought by global logistics company Ziegler in January, which claims it is owed ZAR11.3 million (USD770,000), as it believes the airline is technically insolvent and unable to pay its debts.

Losing its appeal confirms that the state-owned carrier is now under...

Lithuania's KlasJet ends Challenger 850 opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.02.2020 - 18:31 UTC

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