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Proflight to phase out Jetstream 32s by end of next year

Proflight Air Services (P0, Lusaka ) commercial director Keira Irwin has told Flightglobal on the sidelines of the World Routes conference in Durban King Shaka that the Zambian carrier is planning to retire its fleet of four Jetstream 32  turboprops by the end of 2016. Proflight currently dry-leases a single CRJ-100 from South Africa's CemAir (5Z, Johannesburg...

Ukraine International postpones launch of Ashgabat route

Ukraine International Airlines (PS, Kiev Borispol) has been forced to indefinitely postpone the resumption of scheduled services linking its Kiev Borispol hub with Ashgabat, originally scheduled for September 21. Turkmenistan and Ukraine have been arguing about their bilateral air service agreement for several months with Ukraine barring Turkmenistan Airlines (T5, ...

Virgin Australia director Joshua Bayliss steps down

The Virgin Group’s representative on the Virgin Australia board Joshua Bayliss has stepped down from the airline’s board after almost four and a half years as a director. Virgin Australia said on Wednesday Bayliss has been replaced as the Virgin Group’s representative by John Patrick Moorhead, who is chief financial officer at the Virgin Group and had been Bayliss’s alte...

Boeing May Set First Overseas Factory in Zhoushan, China

A scheme to build Boeing's assembly plant in East China's Zhoushan city, Zhejiang province has been reported to the State Council recently, and new progress will be made this week at the soonest, Shanghai Securities News reported. To win over this Boeing program, Zhoushan city has prepared for over two years, planning an aviation industrial park. What's more, president of Boeing Chi...

World Routes 2016 to Take Place in Chengdu, China

As another successful World Routes draws to a close on the African continent, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, has officially handed the event over to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, China for 2016. Speaking at the close of the 21st World Route Development Forum in Durban today, Mr Huang Ping, Minister of Chengdu Municipal Government, says: "Hostin...

ICBC Leasing Orders 30 Boeing 737-800NG Aircraft

Chinese lessor ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. placed an order for 30 Boeing 737-800NG aircraft on the first day of President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States, which is the first aircraft deal signed during this visit. President Xi arrived in Seattle on Tuesday morning for his first state visit to the United States. Chinese airlines and aircraft leasing firms will order up...

Lufthansa to Trial Inflight High-Speed Internet for Passengers

High-speed internet access via smartphones could become a feature on European airline flights following a deal involving the German carrier Lufthansa - but voice calls will be blocked at first. Lufthansa will offer Wi-Fi on its short- and medium-haul flights from 2017, provided by the satellite firm Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom. The companies claim their venture, which combin...

Tigerair, Cebu Pacific Get Green Light for Collaboration on Flight Routes

Airlines Cebu Pacific and Tigerair have received the green light for a collaboration on flight routes, following changes to their proposed alliance, said the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) on Tuesday (Sep. 22). In the revised agreement, the budget carriers will coordinate connecting times in their booking systems for interline journeys, where passengers need to travel on multipl...

Boeing Machinists in U.S. Fear Job Loss from China Factory

The head of Boeing Co's largest union said on Tuesday that his members fear a Boeing factory in China will cause job losses in the Seattle area, and he said the union would use legal and legislative means to try to stem losses. Boeing said Tuesday it is negotiating to put a 737 finishing factory in China, to gain airplane orders. Chinese state media reported earlier in the day that Boeing h...

U.S., Cuba to Hold Talks on Normalizing Airline Service: U.S. Official

The United States and Cuba plan to hold talks in Havana next week on normalizing airline service, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a step that could benefit U.S. carriers if the island becomes open to American tourism. The talks will take place Sep. 28-29, the official said, as Washington and Havana inch toward normal relations after more than half a century of hostility that followed...

Accident: airberlin A321 at Dusseldorf on Sep. 19, 2015, Burst Tyre on Takeoff

An airberlin Airbus A321-200, registration D-ABCK performing flight AB-3156 from Dusseldorf (Germany) to Kos (Greece) with 171 passengers and 7 crew, departed Dusseldorf's runway 23L and was climbing out of Dusseldorf when tyre debris was found on the runway. The crew of D-ABCK was informed about the debris, stopped the climb at FL270, descended the aircraft to FL100 and diverted to Munich (Ge...

Greenland Express is going to purchase 5 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft

Greenland Express (Iceland) is going to purchase five Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft. It was stated by the carrier’s CEO Gert Brask. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC, manufacturer of SSJ100 liners) confirmed that it negotiated with the Icelandic carrier, but declined to unveil any details, Izvestiya reports. «We have been negotiating with SCAC for several months, Brask sa...

UAC: orders placed by Kazan Helicopters with AeroComposit will not affect MS-21 project

An order for production of parts placed by Kazan Helicopters with Ulyanovsk-based AeroComposite enterprise will not hinder MS-21 project, President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slusar told TASS at Aviation Expo China 2015. “We are pleased to see some kind of diversification of the order backlog. There are no risks; a synergistic effect connected with the fact that the enterpr...

A deal for selling Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft to Europe may be closed in 2015

A deal for selling Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ 100) aircraft to Europe will likely be closed in 2015, RIA Novosti reports with reference to VEB Head of Export Finance Department Daniil Agulyan. “A memorandum was signed at MAKS airshow and we hope that we will be able to close the deal this year,” he said. The name of an airline or a country will be announced later, probably in a month,...

Irkut Corporation is interested in deliveries of MS-21 aircraft to Brazil

Irkut Corporation is interested in starting deliveries of the latest MS-21 airliners to Brazil as well as launching production of the jet’s components in this country, RIA Novosti reports with reference to press-services of VEB and Irkut Corporation. “Irkut Corporation is entering Latin American market … a memorandum of understanding and cooperation agreement between Parana s...

Diamond prepares first DA62 piston twins for service entry

Diamond Aircraft is preparing to deliver the first DA62 piston-twins in October, to two unnamed German owners. The first four customer aircraft – serial numbers 5 to 9 – are destined for European operators, says Christian Dries, chief executive of the Austrianairframer. Serial number 10, now under construction at Diamond's Wiener Neustadt headquarters, is the first DA62 bui...

Bizav Braces for Looming U.S. Government Shutdown

The aviation community is bracing for the prospect of another government shutdown as Congress remains deadlocked over Planned Parenthood funding. The U.S. government is funded through September 30, leaving Congress little time to clear appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on October 1. House and Senate lawmakers have drafted a stopgap measure that would temporarily fund the...

FAA Asks Operators to Increase Safety Margins When Landing on Wet Runways

A recent FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) emphasizes the need for flight crews to take a conservative approach when landing on water-slickened surfaces, going beyond the manufacturer's published landing distances and advisory data, and even the agency's own prior guidance on the matter. Last year, the FAA published Advisory Circular 91-79A, which offered information to assist p...

Tunisia’s Tunis Airport to close Oct. 14-16 for runway work

Tunisia’s Tunis-Carthage International Airport will close Oct. 14-16 for maintenance work on both runways. Tunisia’s National flag carrier Tunisair reported that all its flights to and from Tunis during this time period will be rescheduled to Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport, 175 km south of Tunis. According to several media reports, many foreign carriers...

Russia suspends AOC for Center-South Airlines

Russia’s federal air transport agency, Rosaviatsia, suspended the air operator’s certificate (AOC) for Center-South Airlines, effective Oct. 1, due to multiple violations. The decision was made after an unscheduled inspection on Sept. 15. Rosaviatsia said in a statement the Belgorod-based carrier operated scheduled flights without the required number of aircraft. Russian law...

Five Questions for New NBAA International Ops Committee Chair Craig Hanlon

Craig Hanlon, chief pilot of Dupont Aviation and the new chairman of NBAA’s International Operations Committee, recently outlined his priorities for the committee during his two-year term as chair, and spoke about international business aviation trends. What have you identified as priorities for the committee for the next two years? The International Operations Committee’s to...