• Belavia Embraer-c-Belavia

    Belavia rethinks fleet sourcing as EU imposes sanctions over Lukashenko support


    Belarusian flag-carrier Belavia is looking for alternative fleet arrangements as political issues put additional pressure on the airline’s operations, already strained by the impact of the pandemic. Belavia is among 11 entities against which restrictive sanctions have been imposed by the European Council, which has accused the Belarusian government of ...

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    ITA firms Airbus order for 28 aircraft


    New Italian national carrier ITA Airways has firmed its commitment for 28 new Airbus aircraft.

  • Breeze Airways First A220-300

    Neeleman sees flexibility from A220 configurations, eyes extended range


    David Neeleman expects US start-up Breeze Airways to launch Airbus A220 flights with around five aircraft when it is approved to begin operations with the type next year.

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    SpiceJet set to receive two 777-200ERs


    Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet is to receive a pair of Boeing 777-200ERs, with Indian media suggesting the aircraft are part of its compensation from Boeing for the long grounding of the 737 Max 8.

  • Norwegian Boeing 737 Max at Edinburgh

    Norwegian goes back to Max under new lease deal


    Low-cost carrier Norwegian has struck a deal to lease two Boeing 737 Max 8s, several months after emerging from the pandemic as a restructured 737-800-only operator.

  • Qatar A350-1000 A7-ANO-c-Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways chief keeps pressure on Airbus over A350 fuselage issue


    Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker is keeping pressure on Airbus over a fuselage-degradation issue that grounded 20 of its A350s, while continuing to mull widebody freighter orders.

  • SAS A321neo-c-Airbus

    SAS looks at fleet options for thinner network demand


    Scandinavia’s SAS is evaluating fleet options to address lower demand on the company’s network, and is closing in on a decision. Speaking during a full-year briefing, chief executive Anko van der Werff said the company was assessing “what we can do, what we want to get” and was “nearing the ...

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    Resurrected Flybe takes delivery of first Dash 8-400


    Relaunched UK regional carrier Flybe has taken delivery of its first De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 twin-turboprop at its new Birmingham airport home. The aircraft is the first of 12 of the type to be leased from Nordic Aviation Capital, Flybe said on 26 November. Cirium fleets data shows that ...

  • Air Ocean An-148-c-Air Ocean Airlines

    Ukrainian start-up Air Ocean begins flights with An-148 fleet


    Ukrainian carrier Air Ocean Airlines has commenced commercial services, operating an initial network of domestic routes using Antonov An-148 twinjets. The airline, which secured an air operator’s certificate on 23 October, has opened sales for scheduled services to Lviv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia and Chernivtsi. It carried out its first flight – ...

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    Ukrainian government outlines plan to create new national airline


    Ukraine’s government is to invest in creating a new state carrier, under the working name of Ukrainian National Airlines, as part of a programme of economic development. President Volodymyr Zelensky unveiled the plan during a forum on aviation and tourism, stating that the government was “moving to practical implementation”. “This ...

  • SmartLynx A320-c-SmartLynx

    SmartLynx to operate A320s for Nigeria’s Air Peace


    Nigerian carrier Air Peace is to introduce a pair of Airbus A320s through Latvian-based wet-lease specialist SmartLynx Airlines. Air Peace will become a new customer for the operator, says SmartLynx. It will station a pair of A320s in Lagos until mid-May next year. Air Peace chief operating officer Oluwatoyin Olajide ...

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    Airline Business Index shows industry nearing three-quarters of pre-Covid size


    The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry is nearing three-quarters of its pre-Covid size, driven by rapidly returning passengers and revenue in the third quarter. The overall score of 72 (2019 = 100) represents an increase of six from the score on 30 June 2021, 12 ...

  • Yakutia SSJ auction-c-AHRF

    Accident-damaged Yakutia Superjet put up for auction


    Trading platform Auction House of the Russian Federation has started accepting bids for a Yakutia Sukhoi Superjet 100 which suffered a landing accident at Yakutsk in October 2018. The aircraft (RA-89011) landed on an icy runway and failed to decelerate sufficiently, overrunning into a buffer zone before striking a protruding ...

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    CMA CGM second to commit to A350 freighter


    French logistics firm CMA CGM Group has become the second customer for the new Airbus A350 freighter after signing a memorandum of understanding covering the purchase of four of the type.

  • CALC A320neo-c-Airbus

    Iceland’s Play signs for A320neos from Chinese lessor


    Icelandic start-up Play has signed for another pair of Airbus A320neo twinjets, sourcing them from Chinese lessor CALC. The airline is set to take delivery of the jets in March next year. It says the A320neo are new and will be delivered directly from Airbus. Hong Kong-based CALC has orders ...

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    Dubai air show reinforces pandemic recovery themes among airlines


    Organisers and visitors alike will be hoping that the biennial Dubai air show has bookended the worst of the Covid-19 crisis, proving the maxim that ‘timing is everything’.

  • Brussels A319 title-c-Brussels Airlines

    Brussels Airlines unveils new ‘diversity’ livery for post-crisis recovery


    Lufthansa Group carrier Brussels Airlines has unveiled a new colour scheme and logo as it embarks on the post-crisis recovery track. The Belgian airline says the livery is a “visual token” of its “new chapter”. Brussels Airlines has opted for a largely white fuselage, dropping the dark blue vertical fin. ...

  • 777X-c-Boeing

    Boeing had pitched Air Lease on 777X Freighter


    Boeing pitched a freighter version of its 777X to aircraft lessor Air Lease before that company decided instead to become launch customer for Airbus’s newly announced A350F.

  • Air Baltic

    Air Baltic navigates Latvia lockdown with capacity and IPO plan intact


    Latvia-based Air Baltic made it through its home country’s recent four-week lockdown without adjusting its capacity – or its plans for an IPO in the coming years.

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    Cargojet order launches Mammoth 777-200LR freighter programme


    Canadian carrier Cargojet Airways has emerged as the launch customer for the Boeing 777-200LR freighter conversion initiated by US-based Mammoth Freighters. Cargojet is to take a pair of the converted twinjets, and will hold options on another pair – as well as options for two conversions of the larger 777-300ER. ...