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    Madagascar Airlines becomes initial lease customer for A340 start-up USC


    German long-haul start-up operator USC has conducted an initial wet-lease assignment for Madagascar Airlines, having recently secured approval for flights. Frankfurt-based USC carried out the flight, MD51, between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Antananarivo on 5 September using an Airbus A340-300. The aircraft (D-AUSC) operated the return service, MD50, the ...

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    Revenues power airlines above 2019 benchmark despite lagging traffic and capacity


    The latest Airline Business Index shows the second quarter of this year was marked by soaring revenue and a jump in passenger numbers, as the industry exceeded the 2019 benchmark index score for the first time since the pandemic.

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    Weak currency and legacy debt hampering Kenya Airways’ recovery: chief


    Kenya Airways has turned in a half-year operating profit, but foreign-exchange effects overwhelmingly wiped out the improvement and led to heavy losses in the six-month period. The airline says it generated an interim KShs998 million ($6.8 million) operating profit which contrasted with a previous KShs5 billion loss. Revenues for the ...

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    Ethiopian Airlines reaches industrial agreement to produce aerospace components


    Ethiopia’s government has unveiled a co-operation agreement through which a division of Ethiopian Airlines will produce aerospace components for Boeing. Through its official social media channels, the Ethiopian Investment Commission – an autonomous promotional institution – states that it has signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the project with the ...

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    SAA restoring Star codeshares with Lufthansa Group carriers


    South African Airways is restoring its Star Alliance codeshare relationship with Lufthansa Group, with a new agreement centred on Frankfurt services. The African carrier says the codeshare will provide access to the German hub as well as connections to several European destinations. SAA adds that it aims to introduce a ...

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    Royal Air Maroc to take more 737 Max jets under lease agreement


    Royal Air Maroc is to introduce another batch of Boeing 737 Max jets, as part of a package of aircraft acquired through US-based Air Lease. The Moroccan flag-carrier is to take four 737 Max 8s and a single 737-800 under the long-term lease agreement. Air Lease says the twinjets will ...

  • First Tunisian T-6C

    Tunisian air force launches pilot training with complete T-6C fleet


    Tunisia’s air force has received its eighth and final T-6C Texan II trainer from Textron Aviation Defense, with the asset now operational with its 13 Sqn at Sfax air base.

  • South African C-130B in UK

    Marshall Aerospace launches ADS-B Out update for South Africa’s C-130B fleet


    South Africa’s first veteran Lockheed Martin C-130 to undergo a key avionics update has arrived in the UK for adaptation by Marshall Aerospace. The B-model Hercules touched down at the MRO specialist’s Cambridge airport site on 11 August. Cirium fleets data shows that the South African Air Force (SAAF) tactical ...

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    Ethiopian to complement London Heathrow service with revived Gatwick route


    Star Alliance carrier Ethiopian Airlines is to reinforce its operations to the UK, with a new service to London Gatwick which will commence in winter this year. Ethiopian Airlines says it will serve the route from Addis Ababa three-times weekly from 21 November. The carrier will use Airbus A350-900s on ...

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    Airline Business

    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: August 2023 update


    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

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    Niger airspace closes as political unrest continues


    Authorities in Niger have closed the country’s airspace, as the African state experiences continuing political unrest. The closure has been confirmed in a NOTAM for the Niamey flight information region which took effect on 6 August. It states that the republic’s airspace is “closed for all flights”, from the ground ...

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    ITA and MedSky A320 flights mark reinstatement of Italy-Libya air links


    Italian and Libyan carriers have conducted services between their countries’ respective capitals, to mark a reinstatement of air links absent for a decade. ITA Airways operated the Rome Fiumicino-Tripoli route with an Airbus A320 on 24 July, while Libya’s MedSky Airways carried out a reciprocal service on the same day, ...

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    Vinci takes over Cape Verde airports after financing agreement reached


    Seven airports in the Cape Verde archipelago have come under the management of specialist Vinci Airports, after financing arrangements for the 40-year concession were finalised. The finalisation follows a provisional concession agreement reached with the government a year ago. Vinci Airports says it has secured €60 million ($66 million) in ...

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    Iraqi Airways to auction old 747s parked at Tunisian airport


    Iraqi Airways is putting up for auction a pair of Boeing 747s which have been parked at Tozeur-Nefta airport in western Tunisia. One of the two is a 747SP (YI-ALM) while the other is a 747-200 (YI-AGP). Both aircraft were manufactured in 1982 and are fitted with Pratt & Whitney ...

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    Cabo Verde Airlines receives first 737 Max


    African operator Cabo Verde Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max, to support post-pandemic restoration of its network. The airline operates from hubs at Praia and Sal in the Cape Verde archipelago off the West African coast. Chief executive Sara Pires says the Max 8 twinjet will ...

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    Nigeria’s Max Air and fuel supplier clash over contamination allegations


    Nigerian operator Max Air is claiming it was supplied with contaminated fuel before the suspension of its Boeing 737 operations, a claim which fuel provider Octavus is firmly denying. Max Air says it conducted an internal investigation which revealed the carrier was supplied with “adulterated fuel”, prompting an in-house audit. ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: July 2023 update


    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

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    Royal Air Maroc sets out ambitious plan for fleet of 200 aircraft


    Royal Air Maroc has outlined plans to expand its fleet to 200 aircraft over the next 15 years, under a partnership programme with the country’s government. The programme covers the period to 2037. The carrier signed an agreement with the Moroccan prime minister, Aziz Akhannouch, on 11 July in Rabat, ...

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    Nigerian regulator urges tighter refuelling procedures after water-contamination incidents


    Nigerian regulators are urging tighter adherence to refuelling procedures, over concerns centred on water contamination incidents. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority states that it has been receiving mandatory occurrence reports from carriers relating to water being found in fuel tanks. These include a “recent” event in which a “significant amount” ...

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    The Airline Strategy Awards 2023: winning stories


    Alaska Airlines’ Ben Minicucci, Pegasus’ Guliz Ozturk and Singapore Airlines’ Goh Choon Phong were among those recognised at this year’s Airline Strategy Awards on 16 July in London, alongside former American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker.