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Gulf Air, Etihad ink partnership MOU

16.11.2018 - 16:35 UTC
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Gulf Air (GF, Bahrain Int'l) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) wherein the two Gulf-based carriers have pledged to enhance their commercial and operational ties.

Announced during the 2018 Bahrain International Airshow, the wide-ranging MOU has scope for the introduction of joint codeshare operations between Abu Dhabi Int'l and Bahrain Int'l, as well as on the global flight networks beyond the two carriers’ GCC hubs.

The MOU also contains plans...

Jet Airways to cut unprofitable routes, consolidate network

16.11.2018 - 15:37 UTC
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Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) has announced it would undertake a "comprehensive review" of its network in order to trim unprofitable routes and improve the financial results.

"The strategy includes concentration of capacity, enhancing frequency, density and hub connectivity. The measures will include rationalisation of operations on select, uneconomic routes and the redeployment of these assets to more productive and economically efficient international as well as domestic sectors," the Indian carrier said in a statement....

Egypt's Air Cairo to enter scheduled domestic marketch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.11.2018 - 14:40 UTC
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Fuzhou Airlines to become China's E-Jet E2 launch operatorch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.11.2018 - 13:42 UTC
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Air Nostrum's pilots to strike over planned Medavia shiftch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.11.2018 - 12:45 UTC
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Slovakia's Go2Sky ends B737 Classic ops

16.11.2018 - 11:47 UTC
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Go2Sky (6G, Bratislava) has announced it has formally ended B737 Classic operations following the sale of its last remaining B737-400, OM-GTB (msn 28882), to Air Vega Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian lessor has already placed the 22-year-old twinjet with Cargo Air (CGF, Sofia) which is using it to run ACMI passenger flights before being converted into a freighter.

As it stands, Go2Sky is now an all-B737-800 operator employing three of the type on ACMI/charter flights. The carrier is currently in advanced discussions to...

Kidnapped Afriqiyah executives releasedch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.11.2018 - 10:49 UTC
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Avianca to dispose of smaller, non-core carriers

16.11.2018 - 09:52 UTC
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Avianca Holdings is in talks with its respective regional partners over the proposed divestiture of select Central American carriers.

Executive Vice President Gerardo Grajales said in a quarterly earnings call that Avianca had taken the decision to refocus itself on its most important core business units namely its loyalty and cargo operations which alone account for around 70% of the holdings' total revenue.

"Therefore, we are analyzing those partnerships in which we have either 50% participation and the...

China Southern's Xiongan Airlines set to gain greenlightch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.11.2018 - 08:46 UTC
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SaudiGulf Airlines orders 10+10 A320neo Family jets

15.11.2018 - 23:33 UTC
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SaudiGulf Airlines (6S, Dammam) has signed a firm order agreement with Airbus for up to twenty A320neo Family jets.

Announced during the 2018 Bahrain International Airshow, the carrier said in a statement the order entails ten firm and ten optioned aircraft which are a mix of both A320neo and A321neo. Deliveries will start during the second half of 2019 and will see between 6 and 8 jets deliver every year through 2022.

SaudiGulf is the second Saudi carrier to commit to the A321neo after Saudia...

NZ's Air Auckland to launch scheduled ops in late 4Q18

15.11.2018 - 22:38 UTC
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Air Auckland (Ardmore) is set to launch its maiden scheduled routes from Ardmore near Auckland to Whitianga and Great Barrier Island on December 3, 2019, The Informer has reported.

Flights will operate daily onboard Cessna (single piston) 172 and Piper (twin piston) PA-23 Aztec aircraft.

Previously branded as Flight Hauraki (Ardmore), Air Auckland used to focus on charter and sightseeing flights out of Waiheke Island.

"Flying scheduled services will be in addition to our charter business, which remains...

IAG in talks with Spain over post-Brexit ownership status

15.11.2018 - 21:42 UTC
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IAG International Airlines Group has reportedly been talking with the Spanish authorities for a few weeks already to ensure that the holding retains its EU-based status after the United Kingdom leaves the bloc in March 2019, El Pais has reported.

Under EU rules, in order to access the bloc's Open Skies airspace, an airline needs to be owned and controlled by EU entities or citizens, effectively meaning that the majority of shares must be held by such entities or citizens.

IAG, the parent of...

China Southern to exit Skyteam, considers Oneworld

15.11.2018 - 20:47 UTC
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China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) has announced it will leave Skyteam next year as it pursues an independent development strategy. The carrier joined the alliance back in November 2007.

In a statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange, China Southern said that in light of its development strategy and to better align with increased global cooperation throughout the aviation industry, its board of directors had decided against renewing its membership of Skyteam effective January 1, 2019.

The...

Swiss to lease more E190s from Helvetic instead of Q400s

15.11.2018 - 19:51 UTC
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Swiss (LX, Zurich) will wet-lease up to eight E190-E2s "or similar equipment" from fellow Swiss carrier Helvetic Airways (2L, Zurich) in Summer 2019, the airline said in a statement. It will thus double the capacity permanently wet-leased from Helvetic and replace the three Dash 8-400s it currently wet-leases from Austrian Airlines (OS, Vienna).

Austrian Airlines, Swiss' sister Lufthansa Group unit, is planning to relocate the three Bombardier turboprops back to Vienna and deploy them on its own...

Russia's Izhavia goes to court with buyer of its An-26ch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2018 - 18:56 UTC
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TUI fly to wet-lease A321 for Leipzig/Halle ops in 1Q19ch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2018 - 17:56 UTC
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Tajikistan's Somon Air eyes adding B737 MAX in 2019ch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2018 - 17:48 UTC
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Vueling to consolidate domestic ops at Tenerife Nortech-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2018 - 17:47 UTC
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Vietnam Airlines adds first A321neo

15.11.2018 - 15:32 UTC
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Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) has taken delivery of its first A321neo following the handing over of VN-A618 (msn 8589) on Wednesday, November 13. The twinjet is the first of six on longterm lease from Aviation Capital Group and sourced from the lessor's Airbus order book.

Nguyen Thai Trung, the airline's Deputy General Director, said the aircraft would be deployed on domestic flights as well as services to Indochina and Southeast Asia.

"The A321neo will really be a breakthrough for Vietnam Airlines," he...

Bonaire's EZAir adds first Beech 1900D

15.11.2018 - 14:12 UTC
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EZAir (EZR, Bonaire) has acquired its first Beech 1900D with PJ-EZA (msn UE-207) having been ferried to the Caribbean from the United States earlier this month.

The 22-year-old turboprop will be joined by a second of the type - PJ-EZY (msn UE-209) - at month-end. Together, they will be used to run scheduled flights from Curacao to Bonaire and Aruba.

Until now, EZAir had operated two BN-2 Islanders on regional charter flights.

Chile's Infinity Airlines eyes LCC nichech-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2018 - 12:52 UTC
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AeroMéxico to effect job cutsch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2018 - 11:32 UTC
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France's Twin Jet to open Lille base in 2Q19

15.11.2018 - 10:12 UTC
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Twin Jet (T7, Marseilles) has announced it will open a base at Lille in April 2019 following HOP!'s announcement that it will withdraw from the airfield.

In a statement, the French regional carrier said it would deploy one of its twelve Beech 1900Ds to Lille to run weekday-only shuttle flights to Strasbourg and will also open up a new route to Clermont-Ferrand. Thereafter, plans are already in the pipeline to open two more routes from Lille to western France and another to the south.

"This line,...

Cobalt elicits interest from Greek investorch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2018 - 08:52 UTC
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Kyrgyzstan's Air Manas suspends B737NextGen opsch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.11.2018 - 07:32 UTC
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