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15 September 2017

Adria Airways Switzerland is seeking to expand as an ACMI provider – and is mulling the possibility of becoming a Star Alliance member – following its takeover Adria Airways (Slovenia).

Aero Contractors (Nigeria) says it has received its first certification from Nigeria’s CAA to handle C-checks on B737-300, B737-400 and B737-500 aircraft.

Air Burkina is meeting with Bombardier for potential purchase of aircraft, the the new government owners of the airline aim to increase the fleet.

Air Canada appointed Catherine Dyer as Chief Information Officer.

Air China introduced one B787-9, one B777-300ER, two B737-800s, one A321, and one A330 in August 2017, and retired four B737-800s and one A321, ending fleet with 637 aircraft.

Air China reports August 2017 ASKs up 4.5%, RPKs up 2.4%, passenger numbers up 2.2% to 9.0 million, and PLF down 1.7 points to 82.9%.

Air China reports Group interim 1H 2017 revenues up 8.8% to US$8.9 billion, with net profit down 3.6% to $509.7 million. CapEx was $1.7 billion.

Air France plans to start new service to Brazil in 2018, likely to Recife, Salvador or Fortaleza.

Air New Zealand COO Bruce Parton disposed of 65,302 shares in the carrier, 20.86% of his total holdings. Mr Parton still holds 247,777 shares in the carrier.

Air Niugini (Papua New Guinea) is expected to be partially privatized, says the government.

Air Senegal took delivery of the first of two ATR72-600s, serial 1427, from ATR.

AirAsia (Malaysia) started service from Kuala Lumpur to Nha Trang on 14 September 2017.

ALTA reports Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 23.2 million passengers in July 2017, up 6.1%, with RPKs up 11.6%, ASKs up 10.9%, and load factor up 0.6 points to 85.4%.

Asiana Airlines (South Korea) extended planned Seoul Incheon – Phu Quoc charter service til 28 February 2018, with A321.

Atlas Air (US) announced the ACMI placement of a B747-400F with DHL Global Forwarding (Germany). The new service will commence in September 2017 and serve routes between the US, Europe, and Asia.

AtlasGlobal (Turkey) plans to start new service to Rostov-on-Don, St Petersburg, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Berlin and Munich in 2018.

Aviation Partners Boeing (US) announced that Hainan Airlines (China) committed to install Split Scimitar Winglets on 36 of its B737-800 fleet.

Avolon Holdings (Ireland) announces the pricing of a private offering by its wholly owned subsidiary, Park Aerospace Holdings, of US$950 million aggregate principal amount of 4.500% Senior Notes due 2023, at par, and $300 million aggregate principal amount of 3.625% Senior Notes due 2021, at par. The Notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Avolon and by certain of the aircraft-owning subsidiaries of Park Aerospace.

Azul (Brazil) announces pricing of US$362.3 million global offering by its selling shareholders of 40,630,186 of Azul’s preferred shares. The preferred shares are being offered directly or in the form of American depositary shares.

Azul (Brazil) proposed maximum aggregate offering price of preferred shares worth US$404.1 million.

BOC Aviation (Singapore) delivered the second of five A321-200s to Juneyao Airlines (China), from the company’s existing order book.

Buraq Air (Libya) to resume international and local services in the next few days, after one of its two B737s flew back to Tripoli from Istanbul following a four-month overhaul.

Cargolux (Luxembourg) flights to and from Dubai World Central to be handled by Emirates SkyCargo (UAE) from early September 2017, following the cooperation agreement between the two companies signed earlier in 2017.

China Airlines (Taiwan) took delivery of one new A350-900, serial 138.

China Eastern reports August 2017 ASKs up 8.6%, RPKs up 5.9%, passenger numbers up 5.0% to 10.1 million, and PLF down 2.1 points to 83.2%.

China Southern reports August 2017 RPKs up 4.9%, ASKs up 4.6%, passenger numbers up 4.6% to 10.0 million, and PLF up 0.2 points to 83.9%.

CityJet (Ireland) took delivery of one new CRJ900, serial 15435, leased from Falko (UK).

Embraer is planning to become the market leader in aircraft under 150 seats and is consulting with airlines about a new turboprop family.

FAA (US) to award US$264 million in airport infrastructure grants to 95 airports in 31 states across the US as part of its Airport Improvement Program.

Finnair (Finland) plans to add service from Madrid and Barcelona to Helsinki in summer 2018.

Finnair (Finland) to add additional frequency from Helsinki to Berlin on 26 March 2018, as well as across its German network.

Flyafrica Zimbabwe former CEO Chakanyuka Karase and his company are challenging the takeover by Flyafrica (Mauritius). They are seeking a court order declaring their ouster a illegal and insist that they still control a 51% stake in the airline.

Hawaiian Airlines (US) plans to launch A321neo service in January 2018 and become the first North American operator of the P&W-powered A321neo.

Hawaiian Holdings (US) appointed Abhi Dhar to its boards of directors, effective immediately.

IATA reports jet fuel price at US$1.71 per gallon and $568 per metric tonne as of 08 September 2017, up 24.6% from year earlier.

Icelandair to start new B757-200 service from Dallas Fort Worth to Reykjavik on 30 May 2018.

IndiGo (India) took delivery of one A320-200, serial 2584, leased from Goshawk (Ireland).

Jackson Square Aviation Ireland announced delivery of one new A320neo on lease to GoAir (India), the second A320neo JSAI has delivered to the carrier.

Juneyao Airlines (China) took delivery of one new A321-200, serial 7882.

Nextjet (Sweden) is not allowed to fly after 17 November 2017, due to losing its license. Despite that, the company is reportedly selling tickets without telling its customers.

Nok Air (Thailand) CEO Patee Sarasin stepped down from his position, replaced by NokScoot (Thailand) CEO Piya Yodmani.

Pratt & Whitney (US) commissioned a new fan blade manufacturing facility at its AutoAir plant in Lansing, Michigan.

Ryanair (Ireland) is preparing a binding takeover bid for Alitalia (Italy) – for which it would order new Airbus or Boeing planes – but has no interest in Air Berlin (Germany), according to CEO Michael O’Leary.

S&P Global Ratings (US) upgraded Avolon (Ireland) issue-level rating on the senior unsecured notes due 2022 and 2024 issued by Park Aerospace Holdings from BB- to BB, with a stable outlook. S&P maintains its BB+ corporate credit rating on Avolon, with a stable outlook.

S7 Airlines (Russia) to start new A320 service from Moscow Domodedovo to Cagliari on 03 June 2018.

Southwest Airlines (US) took delivery of one new B737 MAX 8, serial 36979.

Spirit Airlines (US) reports August 2017 RPMs up 20.6%, ASMs uip 21.9%, and LF down 0.9 points to 86.2%.

Thai Airways International took delivery of its first B787-9, serial 38777.

Turkish Airlines plans to start service to Sydney and Mexico City in 2018.

United Engine Corporation (Russia) began flight testing the TV7-117ST turboprop engine developed by Klimov (Russia), which is being built to equip the IL114-300.

United Technologies (US) is working to resolve the issues that led to delays in supplying its P&W engines to Airbus.

Virgin Australia took delivery of one new B737-800, serial 41042.

Volaris (Mexico) to launch new A319 service from Puerto Vallarta to Los Angeles on 17 November 2017.

Xiamen Airlines (China) took delivery of one new B787-9, serial 63042.

Yamal Airlines (Russia) recently started A320 service from Moscow to Enfida.

Brazil’s competition regulator Cade recommended the approval of the joint business agreement between American Airlines (US) and LATAM (Chile). The airlines’ JBA was already approved by Uruguay and Colombia.