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Malta's galistair secures AOC, OL

29.01.2020 - 01:53 UTC

Transport Malta has granted galistair (Malta) (GTR, Malta Int'l) an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and Operating Licence (OL), the carrier said in a statement.

The Maltese carrier is a subsidiary of Spanish virtual carrier galistair (Madrid Barajas).

According to the statement, galistair (Malta) has added A321-200 CS-TKU (msn 1607) to the Maltese register as 9H-VTB which will shortly begin operations under its "GTR" flight code.

Until now, galistair had relied on Portuguese ACMI/charter specialist...

Turkey's AtlasGlobal suspends A330 operations

29.01.2020 - 00:57 UTC

AtlasGlobal (KK, Istanbul New) has suspended widebody operations after both its A330-200s were ferried to Shannon on January 25, 2020, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows.

TC-AGD (msn 819) ended revenue operations on January 7, while TC-AGF (msn 900) continued to fly for AtlasGlobal until January 17. After a period of storage at Istanbul New, both aircraft were eventually ferried to Shannon.

Both aircraft are dry-leased from Carlyle Aviation Partners, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows.


Indonesia's Citilink to add more ATR72-600s in 2020ch-aviation PRO exclusive

29.01.2020 - 00:02 UTC

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Bahrain's Gulf Air ends A330 operations

28.01.2020 - 23:06 UTC

Gulf Air (GF, Bahrain Int'l) ended A330-200 operations on January 20, 2020, when its last unit of the type, A9C-KE (msn 334), operated its last commercial flight as GF251 Dhaka-Bahrain Int'l.

"This A330 aircraft served the national carrier for almost 20 years and supported our growth during the last two decades. Gulf Air started its fleet modernization programme in 2018 which began with the delivery of the B787-9 Dreamliner. As of today, all our long haul routes are operated exclusively by Dreamliners," Chief...

India's Vistara mulls more aircraft to expand to Europe, US

28.01.2020 - 22:11 UTC

Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) is planning to add more B787s to expand into Europe and the United States as its parent Singapore Airlines Group looks to exert more competitive pressure on the Gulf carriers, Bloomberg has reported.

The Indian full-service carrier, a 51/49 joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Group, is still in the early stages of planning its proposed acquisition, sources close to developments told the news wire. The exact size of the potential order will, however, be predicated on, among others, the airline's...

Pakistan's Vision Air International secures EASA TCO

28.01.2020 - 21:16 UTC

Vision Air International (Pakistan) (VIS, Karachi Int'l) has become the first Pakistani charter airline to secure a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Third-Country Operator (TCO) permit, according to a media release by the airline. The certificate was issued on January 23.

The achievement will enable Vision Air to further grow its global charter business by offering flights to the EU and will be vital as it looks to commence scheduled operations later this year.

Vision Air's Chairman...

India's GoAir suspends flights; blames A320neo delays

28.01.2020 - 20:20 UTC

GoAir (G8, Mumbai Int'l) has been forced to temporarily ‘suspend certain flights’ due to the unplanned grounding of existing aircraft and delays in the delivery of its A320-200neo. However, the airline reiterated that it remains on track to meet capacity expansion targets, according to customer note posted on its official Facebook account.

Over the last four weeks, it has suffered from unscheduled aircraft groundings. In addition, it has now be informed by Airbus and Pratt & Whitney of "their...

FlyBosnia plans charter flights from mid-2Q20

28.01.2020 - 19:25 UTC

FlyBosnia (6W, Sarajevo) plans to operate regular charter flights to Turkey, Egypt, and Italy during the 2020 summer season, with charter routes to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states also expected, according to a report in the Sarajevo Times. The airline’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tarik Bilalbegović recently said the carrier has “endless charter requests for the high season."

Beginning on May 25, the start-up carrier will run flights until mid-October from Sarajevo to Antalya and...

Contour Airlines eyes more E145s for growthch-aviation PRO exclusive

28.01.2020 - 18:30 UTC

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Lufthansa mulls minority IPO for Lufthansa Technik - report

28.01.2020 - 13:33 UTC

Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) is considering an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of its maintenance business Lufthansa Technik to fund future expansion at the unit and help boost the market value of Lufthansa Group, Bloomberg reported on January 22 citing sources familiar with the matter.

The process is still at an early stage and no firm decision has been made. A partial spinoff to shareholders is also being considered, but a minority IPO is the more likely option, the anonymous sources said. Lufthansa declined to comment to Bloomberg....

French Polynesian court upholds Air Moorea execs' sentences

28.01.2020 - 12:48 UTC

The French Polynesia Court of Appeal has confirmed the prison sentences of three former executives and one other employee of Air Moorea (TAH, Papeete) for the deaths of the 20 occupants of a DHC-6-300, F-OIQI (msn 608), that crashed shortly after takeoff from Moorea on August 9, 2007, the AFP news agency has reported.

The court considered on January 23 that loss of control due to the deterioration and eventual snapping of a pitch control cable killed the 19 passengers and one pilot. Five of the bodies have never been found....

China suspends overseas tours due to Coronavirus

28.01.2020 - 12:03 UTC

Starting on January 27, the Chinese authorities have suspended all tour groups as well as the sale of flight and hotel packages for Chinese citizens travelling abroad, according to a report in the New York Times. Tour groups which were in the middle of their trips have been permitted to continue, but should closely monitor travellers' health.

In a media briefing held on January 26, Ma Xiaowei, Director of the National Health Committee and Secretary of the Party Group revealed the seven measures that the Chinese government...

Florida's Sky Palace Airways to miss early 2Q20 launch

28.01.2020 - 11:18 UTC

Sky Palace Airways (Tampa Int'l) was informed by the US Department for Transportation (DOT) on January 23 that it requires further information on the start-up's application to conduct interstate and foreign charter flights.

The additional information request can be broadly summarised into the following areas:

  • Sky Palace needs to provide further detail on its current ownership and capital contributions;
  • The airline's application has discrepancies in job titles, periods of employment and roles of named...

Colombia's ADA AerolĂ­nea de Antioquia goes into liquidationch-aviation PRO exclusive

28.01.2020 - 10:33 UTC

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Bratislava, Slovakia to briefly close its runways in 2Q20

28.01.2020 - 09:48 UTC

Bratislava Milan Rastislav Stefánik Airport will close to all traffic from April 21 to May 1, 2020, due to renovation works on the intersection between runways 04/22 (2,900 metres in length) and 13/31 (3,190 metres).

According to an airport press release, during this period, no flights will take place, with serving carriers informed in advance and advised to not sell tickets during the closure.

Both runways were redesigned in the 1980s with a lifespan of approximately 30 years. As a result, they now require...

France's Corsair switches New York airport

28.01.2020 - 09:03 UTC

Having originally launched its New York service to New York Newark, French leisure airline Corsair International (SS, Paris Orly) has decided to commence its flights to New York JFK instead, ch-aviation schedule analysis has revealed. The A330-200-operated service was originally announced in September 2019 from Paris Orly.

The 5x weekly route will still commence on June 10, 2020. As with the airline's initial plan, the city pair will increase to daily from June 23 over the peak season until September 7. The New York service will...

Azores Airlines' privatisation planned after early 2Q20ch-aviation PRO exclusive

28.01.2020 - 08:18 UTC

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Rennes, France to close for runway works in late 1Q20

28.01.2020 - 07:33 UTC

Rennes St. Jacques Airport will temporarily close its 2,100-metre-long runway 10/28 between March 2 and March 28 (inclusive) for "renovation and compliance work", according to a statement on the airport's website. While no flights will be available from the airport during that period, its terminal, including its shops and restaurants, will remain open.

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, the airport's biggest customer, with 69% of weekly capacity, is Air France (AF, Paris CDG) through...

UK's Eastern Airways to open Teesside base from late 1Q20

28.01.2020 - 06:48 UTC

Eastern Airways (T3, Humberside) will open a base at Teesside this summer season as part of plans to increase its presence at the airfield, located just east of Darlington in County Durham, north-east England.

According to press releases issued by Eastern and the airport, the flybe. (BE, Exeter) franchise operator will deploy three aircraft - one 50-seat Saab 2000 and two 29-seat Jetstream 41s - to Teesside to operate the following new routes:

Ukraine's Windrose Airlines to expand domestic ops with ATRch-aviation PRO exclusive

28.01.2020 - 06:03 UTC

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Samoa Airways looks beyond Twin Otters; mulls 50-seater

28.01.2020 - 05:18 UTC

Samoa Airways (OL, Apia Faleolo) is evaluating adding a 50-seater aircraft to replace its ageing DHC-6-300s and at the same time, expand its regional network, Minister for Public Enterprise Lautafi Fio Purcell said during a parliamentary debate.

"There are plans in place for a bigger aircraft for 50 passengers and to remove the two smaller aircraft, which have been in service for a while. Those are the plans looking ahead, so we can fly within the region, from here to Tonga, Fiji, Tokelau, and others," the Samoa Observer quoted Lautafi as saying....

Air Atlanta Icelandic to add two A330-200s, touts B777s

28.01.2020 - 04:33 UTC

Air Atlanta Icelandic (CC, Reykjavik Keflavik) is in the process of adding two A330-200s, its first units of the type, for onward placement with Saudia (SV, Jeddah) under dry-lease.

According to Gatwick Spotters, the two Airbus widebodies will be delivered in April 2020; msn 749 will be registered as TF-EAC and msn 745 as TF-EAD.

Both units are 13.8 years old and are owned by GECAS. They were retired by Air Europa (UX, Palma de Mallorca) in September and October 2019 and subsequently stored at several...

Sukhoi claims Mexico's Interjet still indebtedch-aviation PRO exclusive

28.01.2020 - 03:48 UTC

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Italy's Blue Panorama wet-leasing an A330-200ch-aviation PRO exclusive

28.01.2020 - 03:03 UTC

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Pakistan's Air Sial secures launch window extension

28.01.2020 - 02:18 UTC

The Pakistani Government has extended the window that Air Sial (SIF, Sialkot) has to secure its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and launch operations and has also waived a penalty for the start-up's failure to launch within two years of obtaining its Regular Public Transport (RPT) licence, The Business Recorder has reported.

Air Sial was granted its RPT in 2017 and had, by law, two years to secure the AOC and launch. However, in September 2019, the start-up applied for an extension to allow it enough time to take delivery of the...