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Iran Aseman eyes lease of three B737s from TUI

Iran Aseman Airlines (EP, Tehran Mehrabad) is in talks with German carrier TUIfly (Germany) (X3, Hanover) over the proposed lease of three B737-800s, Iran's Ministry of Roads and Urban Development has said.

According to an official statement issued last week, the contract being negotiated is for three years. No timeframes were revealed although, should the contract be finalized, it will be Iran Aseman's first B737NextGen aircraft.

At present, it operates three A320-200s, one A340-300, six ...

Virgin Australia delays B737 MAX delivery to late 4Q19

Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) has announced that it will defer delivery of its first of forty B737 MAX until the final quarter of the 2019 calendar year.

The carrier said in a 1H2016/17 Financial Year earnings report the move would shift over AUD350 million dollars (USD268 million) of expenditure associated with the Group's B737 MAX program, to beyond its 2018/19 Financial Year. As such, it added that in order to ensure continued adequate capacity support, lease agreements on "some" ...

Air Mauritius confirms A330neo lease, defers A350s

Air Mauritius (MK, Mauritius) has signed longterm lease agreements with Air Lease Corporation for two new A330-900neo aircraft. The Mauritian national carrier said in a statement the aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 motors and are scheduled to be delivered in September and October 2018. Their arrival, it said, will coincide with the retirement of two A340-300Es whose leases will expire in November and December 2018. The A330neo will initially serve the medium haul routes of ...

Yemen's Felix Airways adds leased B737 capacity

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Sweden's BRA leasing in ATR42 capacity

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St. Vincent Argyle Int'l airport opens to commercial traffic

St. Vincent Argyle Int'l on the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines opened to commercial traffic this week after years of construction, delays and controversy. The first flight to arrive was a chartered Sunwing Airlines (WG, Toronto Pearson) B737-800 from Toronto Pearson. Other flights at the inaugural day were a LIAT (LI, Antigua) inter-Caribbean scheduled flight, and a Dynamic International Airways (2D, Greensboro) charter, reports the Curacao Chronicle.

Construction of the ...

Brazil's Rio Linhas Aéreas ends B737 freighter ops

Rio Linhas Aéreas (RIO, Curitiba) has ended B737-400(F) operations following the transfer of its sole remaining aircraft of the type to fellow Brazilian carrier, Sideral Air Cargo (SID, Curitiba).

Skyliner Aviation indicates PP-WSA (msn 25375) will shortly be transferred to Sideral. The move marks the second exchange of aircraft between the two Brazilian cargo operators this year with Sideral Air Cargo having leased a B727-200(F) from Rio Linhas Aéreas beginning last month.

As it stands, ...

Spain says Gibraltar must be excluded from Brexit agreements

Spain has signalled that it will not accept any deals brokered between the EU and the UK which grant Gibraltar the same rights as UK mainland airports, reports the Financial Times. The stance may complicate Britain's aviation negotiations with the EU.

Spain refuses to acknowledge the UK's de-facto right to the land where Gibraltar airport is situated, claiming that it is occupied illegaly. "A deal that is applicable to the airport of Gibraltar would imply recognition of the legal right of ...

Dutch Antilles Express to make a comeback?

Failed carrier Dutch Antilles Express (9H, Curacao) is hoping to restart operations in the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao (the ABC islands), reports the Curaçao Chronicle. Former owner Nelson Ramiz has said in an interview that the new government of Curaçao, which was elected in December, has an opportunity to reinstate the carrier's Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and allow him to relaunch the airline.

Ramiz criticised the current services provided by ...

Boutique Air to provide EAS to Massena, New York

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected Boutique Air (4B, San Francisco, CA) to provide Essential Air Services (EAS) to Massena, New York for two years until March 31, 2019. Boutique will replace Cape Air (9K, Hyannis), which has operated the contract since 2008 using Cessna (twin piston) 402 aircraft.

In making its decision, the DOT took into consideration the community's concerns that all flights be operated with two pilots. Cape Air is currently not in a position ...

UAE bans Afghan B767 from FIR over safety concerns

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Moscow awards more Ramenskoye China, Europe rights

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Iran's Kish Air to add maiden EMB-195s

Kish Air (Y9, Tehran Mehrabad) will add a total of five Embraer Regional Jets to its fleet over the coming six weeks the airline's Managing Director, Mohammad-Taqi Jadidi, has said.

In an interview with the official IRNA news agency, Jadidi said one EMB-195 would arrive imminently to be followed by a further four by March 21 (Iranian New Year).

“These aircraft are light, 108-seaters and were made in 2008 and 2010,” he added.

Kish Air operates two A320-200s (leased from ...

South Africa's Comair to submit EOI for Air Botswana

South Africa's Comair (South Africa) (MN, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has confirmed it will be submitting a proposal to the Botswana government concerning its privatization of Air Botswana (BP, Gaborone).

As reported earlier this week, Gaborone called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from all parties keen to participate in the struggling carrier's restructuring and turnaround.

“We’ll make a submission and see if they are interested in our approach,” Comair chief executive Erik Venter told ...

China's Juneyao Airlines commits to 5+5 B787-9s

Juneyao Airlines (HO, Shanghai Hongqiao) has signed a firm order agreement with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for five B787-9s with options for an additional five of the same type. The purchase represents the carrier's first widebody order.

Of the firm-ordered aircraft, three are due in 2018 with two due in 2019. Of the options, one is available to deliver in 2019, the other four in 2020.

"Our strategic vision is to develop into an international airline that provides high quality service ...

Icelandair to retrofit B757s with Scimitar Blended Winglets

Icelandair (FI, Reykjavik Keflavik) will become the first airline in Europe to retrofit its fleet of twenty-five B757-200s with Scimitar Blended Winglets (SBW).

The firm undertaking the fitment, Aviation Partners Boeing (APB), said in a press release the Scimitar Blended Winglet modification reduces B757-200 fuel burn by up to an additional 1.1% over the Blended Winglets alone; together they can reduce fuel burn by more than 6%.

“Here at Icelandair we take our commitment for greener ...

LCC Eurowings ends CRJ-900 operations

Eurowings (EW, Dusseldorf) has transitioned to an all-Airbus Industrie in-house fleet following the retirement of its last four remaining Bombardier CRJ-900 twinjets from scheduled service this past week.

In a statement confirming the move, the budget carrier said D-ACNM (msn 15253) conducted the type's last scheduled service - EW 4187 Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden-Hamburg Helmut Schmidt - on Wednesday, February 15 thus ending a near sixteen-year relationship with the CRJ series of Regional Jets. The ...

Air India adds maiden A320neo

Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) has taken delivery of its maiden A320neo following the arrival of VT-EXF (msn 7459) at Delhi Int'l from Toulouse Blagnac on Thursday, February 16. Delivery of the aircraft was to have taken place last month but was delayed owing to unspecified issues with its CFM International LEAP-1A26 powerplants.

The twinjet is one of fourteen the state-owned carrier will lease from Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO. The remainder are to be delivered between now and March 2018.

Thailand's Siam Air ends B737 Next Gen operations

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