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Russia's Ural Airlines launches A321neo operations

12.11.2019 - 10:58 UTC
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Ural Airlines (U6, Ekaterinburg) took delivery of its first A321-200neo on November 1, 2019, and launched operations with the aircraft the day after, the airline said in a press release.

VP-BOP (msn 8955) was ferried directly from Hamburg Finkenwerder to Ekaterinburg, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows. The aircraft's first revenue service was to Moscow Domodedovo.

Ural Airlines originally planned to debut A321neo operations on September 18, 2019, although this was postponed due to delivery delays. The aircraft is...

Indonesia's Citilink begins cargo operationsch-aviation PRO exclusive

12.11.2019 - 09:34 UTC
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PNG's Tropicair to launch scheduled ops in New Britainch-aviation PRO exclusive

12.11.2019 - 07:59 UTC
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Spain's AlbaStar to have all-B737-800 fleet by end 2020ch-aviation PRO exclusive

12.11.2019 - 07:24 UTC
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Indonesia's Smart Aviation eyes Cessna 408s

12.11.2019 - 06:58 UTC
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Indonesia's Smart Aviation (Indonesia) is planning to add a Cessna (twin turboprop) 408 SkyCourier to its fleet of three Cessna (single turboprop) 208 Grand Caravans, the airline said on its website.

Smart Aviation launched in 2018 with the three Cessna 208s and provides aerial photography, medevac, cargo, and passenger charter across Indonesia. Its main base is at Smart Aviation's-owned airport in Semelagi in West Borneo. The airline is promoting the use of the airport, which it opened in March 2019, as a temporary facility until a larger airport in...

German Airways mulls own scheduled flightsch-aviation PRO exclusive

12.11.2019 - 06:04 UTC
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Lion Air next to find cracked pickle forks on B737NGs

12.11.2019 - 05:11 UTC
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Lion Air (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) has grounded two B737NG narrowbodies with less than 22,000 flight cycles each after having discovered cracks in the so-called pickle fork area connecting the wing and the fuselage, Reuters has reported.

The grounding is significant as it marks the first occurrence of pickle fork cracks on aircraft with less than 22,600 flight cycles. In its October 2 airworthiness directive, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered all airlines to immediately check all aircraft with over 30,000 accumulated...

Virgin Australia, Atlantic green-lighted to cooperate

12.11.2019 - 04:18 UTC
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The Australian Competition and Customer Commission (ACCC) has authorised closer cooperation between Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) and Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) on flights between Australia and the United Kingdom and Ireland via Los Angeles Int'l, Hong Kong Int'l, and any other future connecting points.

"The arrangements which have been authorised will not lessen competition on any route, and are likely to provide public benefits, including through improved scheduling and enhanced loyalty program...

Air Tanzania plots B787-8 fleet growth

12.11.2019 - 03:24 UTC
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The Tanzanian government has announced plans to increase the fleet of flag carrier Air Tanzania (TC, Dar es Salaam) by adding one more B787-8, the largest English-language daily The Citizen has reported.

The plans were announced at a press conference by the government spokesperson Hassan Abbas.

The Tanzanian flag carrier has recently taken delivery of its second B787-8. It uses one of the widebody twinjets, 5H-TCJ (msn 66133) to run 3x weekly services from Dar es Salaam to Mumbai Int'l while the...

Slovenian public fund draws business plan for new airlinech-aviation PRO exclusive

12.11.2019 - 02:31 UTC
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Lufthansa Cargo adds B777Fs as Lufthansa drops some B777X

12.11.2019 - 01:38 UTC
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Lufthansa Cargo (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) has announced in a press release that it had ordered a further two B777-Fs with deliveries scheduled for 2020. The carrier also confirmed that it will retire its MD-11(F)s by the end of 2020.

The cargo specialist said that thanks to the larger capacity and range of the B777-Fs, it will be able to carry the same volume of cargo on board nine Boeing freighters as it did on eighteen MD-11(F) in operation when the fleet rollover started.

The two incremental...

UK's Jet2 to increase A321 operations in summer 2020ch-aviation PRO exclusive

12.11.2019 - 00:44 UTC
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Air Macau studying widebody Airbus jetsch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.11.2019 - 23:51 UTC
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Oman's SalamAir on course for 2020 profit and future IPO

11.11.2019 - 22:58 UTC
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SalamAir (OV, Muscat) is expecting to carry 1.3 million passengers in 2019 and plans to more than double that figure to three million by 2020, with this traffic growth also expecting to see the Middle East low-cost carrier (LCC) deliver a profit next year.

Speaking to Middle East business journal Zawya, the LCC's Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Ahmed expects to turn the airline's financial figures from red to black soon. "This year we have managed to achieve a slight improvement in our budget, but we still have to finish this quarter. We...

Cathay Pacific Group optimises short-term fleet plan

11.11.2019 - 22:04 UTC
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The Cathay Pacific Group will optimise the fleet of its passenger airlines – Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Int'l), Cathay Dragon (KA, Hong Kong Int'l) and Hong Kong Express (UO, Hong Kong Int'l) – in a move that will maximise each airline's efficiency.

With 65 aircraft due for delivery before 2024 - including 21 B777-9s, 12 A350-900s and A350-1000s, as well as 32 A321neo - the headline news from the fleet optimisation plan is that Cathay Dragon will operate the first 16 A321neo, which are due for delivery between 2020 and 2022....

Brussels Airlines given 8% profit margin target by 2022

11.11.2019 - 21:11 UTC
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Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) has had an 8% profit margin target imposed by 2022 on it by its parent Lufthansa Group, according to a press release issued by the Cologne-based airline group.

The Brussels National-based carrier is not profitable enough for its German parent and has been instructed to review its network and to extract further synergies from working with other carriers in the group.

As part of the current review, Brussels Airlines has also been tasked with becoming more digitalised and...

COMAC plans ARJ21 freighter versionch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.11.2019 - 20:18 UTC
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Ni-Vanuatu politicians question safety of A220s

11.11.2019 - 19:24 UTC
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The leader of the parliamentary opposition in Vanuatu, Ishmael Kalsakau, has accused the government of rushing the order for A220s for Air Vanuatu (NF, Port Vila) despite questions related to the safety of the type's engines, the country's only daily newspaper The Daily Post has reported.

"The Government has hastily bulldozed its finances without Parliament endorsement and now, Air Vanuatu has gone ahead and signed the deal on the Airbus A220. The Opposition Office is not condemning the government and Vanuatu Tourism Office...

Israeli Air Force adds B767-300(ER) for VIP transport

11.11.2019 - 18:31 UTC
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The State of Israel has unveiled its first aircraft for VIP transport needs in the form of B767-300(ER) 4X-ISR (msn 30186). The aircraft will be operated by the Israeli Air Force (IAF, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion).

The aircraft is a 19.4-year-old unit which was delivered to Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) and in 2016, taken over by Cargo Aircraft Management for ABX Air (GB, Wilmington, OH), although it never operated for the American cargo specialist. It was ferried from Wilmington, OH to Tel Aviv...

Nepal Airlines' unveils cost saving recovery plan

11.11.2019 - 17:38 UTC
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Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) has drafted a cost optimisation plan to help deal with the lack of human resources, unpaid aircraft instalments, grounded aircraft, low traffic and fewer international destinations which are the main reasons being cited by the airline for its current financial crisis.

Speaking to The Himalayan Times on November 6, the Executive Director of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) Madan Kharel stated that the plan that has been divided into revenue maximisation and cost minimisation segments....

Colombia's EasyFly plans rapid network expansionch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.11.2019 - 16:44 UTC
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SriLankan to open Sydney, Ho Chi Minh, eyes Frankfurt, Paris

11.11.2019 - 15:51 UTC
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As it posted a first-half net loss trimmed by 11.6% year-on-year to USD76 million, SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) said in a statement posted on its website that it was forging ahead with its turnaround plan.

The airline said it would expand its presence in the Australian market with a new route to Sydney Kingsford Smith in 2020, launch a new service to Ho Chi Minh City, and continue to plot a return to Frankfurt Int'l and Paris CDG.

The cut in losses was achieved despite an overall decline in...

Israel's Arkia streamlines, to conduct layoffs and pay cuts

11.11.2019 - 14:58 UTC
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Employees at Arkia Israeli Airlines (IZ, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) will likely have to accept pay cuts and layoffs as part of cutbacks at the carrier, sources at the airline have told the business newspaper Globes. Arkia has around 700 employees, who hold 30% of the company's shares.

The management of the carrier, which was hit by the closure of Tel Aviv Sde Dov Airport in July, was reported to be in advanced talks with unions over the issue. Arkia currently operates 42x weekly to Eilat Ramon,...

KLM, Air France aim at simplified widebody fleets make-up

11.11.2019 - 14:04 UTC
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam Schiphol) plans to simplify its widebody fleet by retiring all B747s by the end of 2020 and all A330s by 2025, Chief Executive Pieter Elbers said during the Air France-KLM's investor day presentation.

The Dutch flag carrier currently operates three B747-400s and seven B747-400(M)s. In June 2019, Elbers told ch-aviation that the retirement plan was not yet finalised. At that time, KLM expected to phase out all the Boeing quadjets by 2021 at the latest. The investor...

Argentina's Andes Líneas Aéreas resumes opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

11.11.2019 - 13:11 UTC
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