segunda-feira, 16 de outubro de 2017

Anda Air - MD-83 - UR-COU

Yura Tanchyn  - Lvov - UKLL  - Ukraine


Anda Air operates the following services (as of January 2017):

Tirana - Tirana International Airport

Marsa Alam - Marsa Alam International Airport

Batumi - Batumi International Airport

Aqaba - King Hussein International Airport

Antalya - Antalya Airport

Chernivtsi - Chernivtsi International Airport
Kiev - Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) Base
Kryvyi Rih - Kryvyi Rih Airport


Paul Bannwarth

AIR SENEGAL - ATR 72-600 - F-WWEZ msn 1452

Alain Charpentier - TLS

Zimbabwe govt minister in legal battle over Rainbow Airlines

Zimbabwean Minister for Information Communication Technology, Supa Mandiwanzira, has been taken to court by a fellow shareholder of local start-up carrier, Rainbow Airlines (RAT, Harare Int'l), citing breach of contract.
Quoting High Court documents, NewsDay reports Frank Humbe, through his firm, Day Investments (Pvt) Ltd, has issued summons against the minister's company, AB Communications (Pvt) Ltd, together with Rainbow Airlines (Pvt) Ltd.

Humbe said in his declaration that he had entered into an agreement with Mandiwanzira with the aim of launching Rainbow Airlines.

However, when this failed, Humbe said he concluded a concluded a sale agreement with Mandiwanzira in respect of his 700 shares in Rainbow Airlines, which constitute 70% of the airline’s issued share capital.

Mandiwanzira, through his AB Communications vehicle, was to have paid Humbe, through Day Investments, USD355,419.43. However, when Mandiwanzira failed to make the payment by on February 12, 2017, Humbe cancelled the deal. Humbe added that in subsequent discussions, Mandiwanzira’s firm made a compromise offer for the same shares, offering to pay off the full amount in monthly installments of USD10,000.

“In breach of the compromise agreement, first defendant has failed, refused and/or neglected to either pay the agreed installments or liquidate the sum in full ... The first defendant has on the basis of the agreement whose terms it has not complied with taken its position in second defendant and is now solely running that entity,” Humbe said.

AB Communications has since countered Humbe's claims stating that the talks concerning the installment plan were without prejudice and that no binding consensus was ever reached on the matter.

“The defendants further aver that the parties were and still are to reach consensus on the terms of payment as discussions are underway and have not yet yielded any binding terms. Plaintiffs are, therefore, put to the strictest proof of the alleged binding compromise.”
Rainbow Airlines declined to comment on the matter when contacted by ch-aviation.

The carrier has yet to commence scheduled passenger operations despite plans to start regular Harare Int'l-Johannesburg O.R. Tambo flights earlier this year. A CRJ-100, that was wet-leased from CemAir (5Z, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo), has since been returned to the South African ACMI/charter operator leaving Rainbow with no known aircraft.

Meanwhile, fellow start-up Fly Africa Zimbabwe (ZC, Harare Int'l) has been given an ultimatum by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) to either commence operations or risk losing its AOC. Sources in Harare state that as of Thursday, October 12, the carrier had wet-leased a B737-500 from Africa Charter Airline (FSK, Lancer) to conduct an urgent charter flight ahead of an impending deadline. As with Rainbow Airlines, FlyAfrica Zimbabwe, too, has been faced with launch difficulties owing to a legal dispute between present and past shareholders over the ownership of company stock.
ch aviation

SICHUAN AIRLINES - A330-300 - F-WWYJ msn 1825 /

Alain Charpentier - TLS

Southwest unveils "Coco"- Themed Boeing 737-700 Aircraft, Celebrating Disney/Pixar's All-New Adventure in High-Flying Style

Joint Effort Includes Opportunity for Family of Four to Win a Trip to the Hollywood Premiere of “Coco”—In Theaters this Thanksgiving

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) celebrates Disney/Pixar's all-new, big-screen adventure "Coco" in high-flying style this fall with a comprehensive program that includes a Boeing 737-700 aircraft emblazoned with the vibrant "Coco" logo and artwork inspired by the film. The aircraft will fly among the carrier's nearly 100 destinations throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean through the end of 2017. As the largest domestic carrier in the U.S. serving more than 115 million passengers yearly*, Southwest Airlines connects People every day to what is important in their lives. With Disney/Pixar's "Coco," Southwest connects its Customers to an all-new story that's both exciting and inspiring. The film opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

*Based on latest U.S. Dept of Transportation data of O&D passengers.

"Southwest specializes in bringing unique and meaningful moments to our Customers," said Southwest Airlines Vice President Controller and California Executive Leah Koontz at the aircraft unveiling event in Oakland. "Disney/Pixar's "Coco" centers on the universal themes of Heart and family, core values we celebrate every day with our Employees and Customers."

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 "Coco" is about a boy with big dreams and a strong connection to his family," says Director Lee Unkrich. "These themes really lend themselves to teaming up with a company like Southwest. And after working for nearly six years to bring this story to life, we were all so excited to see "Coco" on the side of an airplane."
Customers are encouraged to spot the "Coco" plane and share their photos using #CocoAndSouthwest.  Southwest is also giving families the opportunity to enter for a chance to send their family on an adventure of a lifetime by entering the Southwest Family Flyaway sweepstakes between October 1-25, 2017, to win roundtrip air travel for four to Los Angeles; four tickets to the Disney∙Pixar "Coco" U.S. premiere and party on November 8, 2017; a two-night stay at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood; and a $1,000 VISA® gift card for travel expenses.  To view the full rules and to enter, visit
Additionally, Southwest is sharing the adventures of "Coco" with Customers onboard flights beginning Nov. 1, with the launch of the Disney/Pixar "Coco" OnDemand Channel, featuring complimentary movie clips and trailers to get everyone excited about "Coco" in 3D this Thanksgiving. Be sure to tune-in ahead of the film's Nov. 22 theatrical debut.
Later this fall, the music of "Coco" will come to life onboard the "Coco" aircraft with a Live at 35® inflight concert performance by Anthony Gonzalez, who voices Miguel in the movie. Customers will experience the sounds and culture up-close and in-the-moment as Anthony sings a song from the upcoming film accompanied by a guitarist.
For images and video of the Southwest Airlines "Coco"-themed 737-700 aircraft, visit

airmalta schedules new routes in S18

airmalta in summer 2018 season plans to offer additional 5 routes, including 4 routes previously served by the carrier. Planned service as follow.

Malta – Lisbon eff 25MAR18 2 weekly A320 (last served in September 2006)
Malta – Malaga eff 26MAR18 2 weekly A320
Malta – St. Petersburg eff 30MAR18 1 weekly A320 (last served in October 2014)
Malta – Stockholm Arlanda eff 01MAY18 1 weekly A320 (last served in November 2007)
Malta – Venice eff 26MAR18 3 weekly A320 (last served in September 2015)
By Jim Liu - Routes Online

CITILINK - A320 NEO - F-WWBF msn 7834 "50th A 320"

Alain Charpentier - TLS

Air Mauritius updates A350 European service from Nov 2017

Air Mauritius in last week’s schedule update adjusted planned Airbus A350 operation to Europe, including London Heathrow and Paris. As of 13OCT17, latest update as follow.

Mauritius – London Heathrow 12NOV17 – 24NOV17 3 weekly (Previously re-scheduled as 3 flights only)
Mauritius – Paris CDG eff 25NOV17 1 daily (Previously scheduled from 02DEC17)
Reported last week, Air Mauritius is moving its A350 inaugural to 23OCT17, operating Mauritius – 

Singapore – Kuala Lumpur on 23 and 25OCT17 (inbound the following day), switching to Mauritius – Johannesburg from 27OCT17.

By Jim Liu

Ukraine International outlines Boeing 777 service from 1Q18

Ukraine International Airlines in the first quarter of 1Q18 is launching Boeing 777 service, including the 3-4-3 layout in Economy Class. Planned 777 operation as follow.

Kiev Borispil – Bangkok 17FEB18 – 24MAR18 4 weekly
PS271 KBP1925 – 1005+1BKK 777 x245
PS272 BKK1205 – 1825KBP 777 x356

Kiev Borispil – Beijing eff 01MAY18 1 daily
PS287 KBP1025 – 0110+1PEK 777 D
PS288 PEK0240 – 0835KBP 777 D

Kiev Borispil – New York JFK eff 25MAR18 1 daily
PS231 KBP1100 – 1420JFK 777 D
PS232 JFK0030 – 1720KBP 777 D

Kiev Borispil – Tel Aviv eff 06FEB18 PS777/778 1 daily (schedule below effective 06FEB18 – 16FEB18)
PS777 KBP2000 – 2310TLV 777 D
PS778 TLV0530 – 0840KBP 777 D

Operational schedule for Beijing and New York listed above is valid during peak season.
By Jim Liu

fastjet to start Mozambican operations in mid-4Q17

fastjet has announced its entry into the Mozambican market will take place on Friday, November 3. Solenta Aviation (SET, Lanseria) was one of seven carriers awarded domestic Mozambican route authorities last month, the others being CFM - Transportes e Trabalhos Aéreos, TTA - Sociedade de Transporte e Trabalho Aéreo, Ethiopian Airlines, Malawian Airlines, and incumbents LAM - Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique and MEX - Mocambique Expresso.

In a statement, the African low-fare carrier said its virtual Fastjet Mozambique (Maputo) unit would connect Maputo with each of Beira (9x weekly), Tete (4x weekly), and Nampula (7x weekly) using ERJ-145 equipment operated by technical partner Solenta Aviation Mozambique.

With the launch of Mozambican services, fastjet will have a direct operational presence in three African countries alongside Fastjet in Tanzania and Fastjet Zimbabwe. Entry into the South African market using the Fastjet South Africa vehicle will be undertaken by Federal Air.

Prior to the delivery of its first two EMB-190s to Fastjet for its Tanzanian operations, it has temporarily wet-leased a B737-300 from Star Air (South Africa) (BRH, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) until the end of this month, the latter's chief executive Peter Annear has confirmed to ch-aviation.

Russian tycoon leases A340 as presidential transport to Uzbekistan Airways

The airliner is registered on the Isle of Man (Artyom Anikeyev /

Uzbekistan Airways has leased an Airbus A340 business jet owned by Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbek flight carrier reported on October 14. The aircraft will be used as an official long-range transport for the country’s head of state.

The A340, registration code M-IABU, is registered on the Isle of Man. It was previously operated by the European bizav carrier Global Jet.

Uzbekistan Airways is leasing the airliner from Usmanov’s business Klaret Aviation, which is registered in the Cayman Islands. In its statement the carrier thanks the tycoon “for his agreement to lease out, and his readiness to make immediately available, the Airbus 340 M-IABU to the Uzbek president Uzbekistan’s president”.

According to Flightradar24, since September 14 the aircraft has been operated exclusively from Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent.

Registered on the Isle of Man in 2008, the airliner bears the first name of Usmanov’s father, Bourkhan.

The A340-300’s passenger version has a flight range of 12,400 km. Production of A340 quads was discontinued in 2011; Airbus currently manufactures the A330, which is a two-engined variant.

Uzbekistan Airways’ fleet includes Boeing 787s, which have a range of 12,700 km. These, however, have as two-class passenger cabin.

sábado, 14 de outubro de 2017

Aer Lingus bumps A321neo lease portfolio

Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) has increased its A321neo (Long Range) fleet portfolio with the addition of an eighth aircraft.
In a statement, Air Lease Corporation said the IAG International Airlines Group unit would take delivery of the aircraft in June 2019. The other seven aircraft, also leased from ALC, will deliver between 2019 and 2020 and are sourced from the lessor's Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) order book.
Aer Lingus will use the twinjets to replace its current fleet of four B757-200s, wet-leased from ASL Airlines Ireland (ABR, Dublin Int'l) and that are used to service some of its North American transatlantic routes.
ch aviation


Marco Moutinho

Azerbaijan carriers to purchase more Boeing aircraft

Azerbaijan’s two largest airlines will buy another six Boeing aircraft by the end of 2017, the US Embassy of Azerbaijan has announced.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) plans to sign a contract to buy four 787s, while Silk Way Airlines will acquire two more 747-8 freighters. These new purchases are Azerbaijan’s fourth major investment in Boeing aircraft since 2015.

Azerbaijan US ambassador Elin Suleymanov said the order will mark “the latest investment by our country in American-made products, the American economy and in American workers.”

In 2015, AZAL—Azerbaijan’s flagship carrier and largest airline—acquired its first 787, assembled at Boeing’s Charleston, South Carolina plant, which employs 7,500 workers.

In April of this year, Azerbaijan’s Silk Way Airlines purchased 10 new 737-MAX 8 aircraft to be built at the Boeing’s assembly plant in Renton, Washington, which employs more than 12,000 workers. These aircraft will begin flying in 2018. In 2015, Silk Way purchased three Boeing 747-8Fs manufactured at Boeing’s Everett, Washington, plant, home to 30,000 employees.

Azerbaijan Airlines and Silk Way Airlines operate direct passenger and cargo flights between Baku and New York, as well as direct cargo flights between Baku and Chicago.

Linda Blachly

ALLEGIANT AIR - A320 SL - F-WWDM msn 7838

Alain Charpentier - TLS

Emirates to be launch Boeing 777X operator

Emirates Airline will be the first operator of the Boeing 777X and expects to take delivery of the first aircraft in early 2020, Emirates president Tim Clark says.

The delivery, which a Boeing spokesperson confirmed, means that Emirates will skip ahead of 777X launch customer Lufthansa and become the widebody’s launch operator.

“I believe we will be the first to receive the aircraft in early 2020.It will replace the 777-300ER as they retire,” Clark wrote in an email to ATW.

Lufthansa ordered 34 777-9X in September, 2013, with deliveries anticipated between 2020 and 2025.

At the Dubai Air Show in November 2013, Emirates and the two other major Gulf carriers each announced commitments for large numbers of 777Xs – Emirates for 150 aircraft plus 50 purchase rights, Etihad Airways for 25, and Qatar Airways for 50.

Dubai-based Emirates finalized its order, for 115 777-9Xs and 35 longer-range 777-8Xs, in July, 2014. The order, valued at $56 billion at 2014 list prices, was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history. If all options are confirmed, the value of the deal could increase to around $75 billion.

“Lufthansa is one of the launch customers of the 777X. Which airline gets the very first aircraft is a question for Boeing,” a Lufthansa spokesperson in Frankfurt told ATW.

Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway


Alain Charpentier - TLS

Final assembly for first Qantas 787 about to commence

The first Qantas 787’s nose and rear fuselage is unloaded at Everett. (Boeing)
Final assembly of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for Qantas is about to begin after the aircraft’s major components arrived at Boeing’s Everett facility last week.

Qantas currently has eight 787-9s on order (11 787-8s are already in service with subsidiary Jetstar), with the first aircraft planned for delivery in mid-October.

Major components for that aircraft, comprising its nose, tail, fuselage and wings, arrived from their suppliers at Everett last week via Boeing’s 747-400LCF Dreamlifter aircraft ahead of final assembly commencing next Monday.

The final assembly process is expected to take 18 working days, with the aircraft planned to roll off the production line by the end of the month before entering the paint shop.

Typically the aircraft would then undertake two test flights with Boeing and then one or two customer acceptance flights ahead of formal handover to Qantas.
The centre fuselage is unloaded from a Dreamlifter. (Qantas)
The wings arrive at Everett. (Qantas)
Qantas 787s fast facts

Qantas announced the names for its first eight 787s in June: Boomerang, Dreamtime, Great Barrier Reef, Great Southern Land, Quokka, Skippy, Uluru and Waltzing Matilda;
Qantas 787-9s will feature a premium-heavy 236-seat interior: 42 seats in business class (in a 1-2-1 configuration), 28 in premium economy (at 2-3-2 abreast) and 166 in economy (at nine abreast);
Melbourne will become the hub for the first four Qantas 787s, with the first two aircraft to operate the Melbourne-Los Angeles route six times weekly from December with the third and fourth aircraft allowing the operation of Melbourne-Perth-London;
The 787s are expected to be registered in the VH-ZN_ block, with the first aircraft expected to be VH-ZNA.
Qantas confirmed its order for eight 787-9s in August 2015 after it returned to profitability in the 2014/15 financial year.
Australian Aviation

India's Jet Airways Confirms Order for 75 Boeing Aircraft

Jet Airways said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy 75 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, and that it could purchase another 75 to help it expand in a booming Indian market.

Jet said in a statement that deliveries of the single aisle jets are expected to start in mid-2018. and a decision on adding an equal number of narrow-body aircraft "will be made over the coming few months".

An order for 75 737 MAX 10 jets would be worth as much as US$9.3 billion based on list prices, although airlines typically get discounts for large orders.
Reuters reported in June that Jet, which is part owned by Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, was in talks to buy either Boeing's 737 MAX planes or aircraft from Airbus SE's A320neo family.
Airlines in India have hundreds of aircraft on order as they look to tap into a market growing by nearly 20 percent a year thanks to rising incomes and low cost fares.
Jet Airways has the second largest market share in India behind InterGlobe Aviation's IndiGo.
Tommy Wilkes, Reuters

quinta-feira, 12 de outubro de 2017

China United Airlines - B737-86D(WL) - B-5470 (cn 35774 / 3010)

KIMI - Guangzhou Baiyun (CAN / ZGGG) , China


ILGAZ DEGER -  Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International (SAW / LTFJ), Turkey

Boeing, Air India Celebrate Airline's 125th Delivery

National carrier takes delivery of 27th 787 Dreamliner

EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Air India celebrated today the delivery of the airline's 125th airplane from Boeing. The airplane is the 27th 787-8 Dreamliner for the national carrier.

"Boeing airplanes are, and always have been, the foundation of Air India's fleet, providing us with the very best in economics, fuel efficiency, flexibility and passenger comfort," said Rajiv Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India. "Taking delivery of our 125th Boeing airplane and 27th 787 Dreamliner marks an important day for Air India. The 787 has been integral to our expansion and competiveness, enabling us to open numerous new and nonstop routes and provide our customers with an unrivalled flying experience."

Air India was an original member of the 787 Dreamliner launch group and took delivery of its first 787-8 in 2012. In all, the airline now operates 27 787-8 Dreamliners, along with 777-200LRs (Longer Range), 777-300ER (Extended Range), and 747-400s.

"Boeing and Air India have been strong partners in aviation for more than 70 years and it is a proud moment in our shared partnership to deliver their 125th airplane," said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The Air India 787 Dreamliners offer a host of passengers-pleasing features such as large overhead bins, comfortable reclining seats, LED lighting, cleaner air, larger dimmable windows and an exclusive in-flight entertainment experience to passengers.

Air India operates the 787 Dreamliner to all its destinations in Europe and to other cities in the Gulf, Asia and Australia. The non-stop, direct operations of Air India with the state-of-the-art Dreamliner airplane - to both its international and domestic network - have become very popular to passengers in India and abroad.

The 787 Dreamliner family is the most innovative and efficient airplane family flying today. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 196 million people on more than 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 18 billion pounds of fuel.

Beijing Capital moves Qingdao – London Heathrow launch to Nov

Beijing Capital Airlines in latest schedule update revised planned service launch on Qingdao – London Heathrow route, previously scheduled from 30OCT17. Latest adjustment sees the inaugural flight scheduled on 17NOV17, operating twice weekly with A330-200. At time this post goes to press, only full fare C/Y-class fare remains available for reservation.

JD431 TAO1505 – 1950LHR 330 15
JD432 LHR2200 – 1730+1TAO 330 15

Iraqi Airways Germany / Russia service changes from Oct 2017

Iraqi Airways in recent OAG Schedules Analyser update filed changes to selected Germany and Russia service, with flights departing from Baghdad from October 2017, instead of Erbil and/or Sulaymaniyah. Filed operational schedule as follow.

Baghdad – Berlin Tegel eff 06OCT17 1 weekly
IA263 BGW1100 – 1500TXL 320 5
IA264 TXL1630 – 2230BGW 320 5

Baghdad – Dusseldorf eff 03OCT17 2 weekly
IA233 BGW0950 – 1405DUS 320 2
IA245 BGW1000 – 1420DUS 320 3
IA234 DUS1535 – 2150BGW 320 2
IA246 DUS1550 – 2215BGW 320 3

Baghdad – Moscow Vnukovo eff 04OCT17 1 weekly
IA241 BGW0900 – 1300VKO 737 3
IA242 VKO1400 – 1700BGW 737 3
Jim Liu  - Airlineroute, Routesonline

Smartwings schedules new routes in S18

Smartwings in summer 2018 season plans to offer 3 new routes from Czech Republic and Slovakia, on board Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Planned new routes and schedule as follow.

Brno – Fuerteventura eff 23APR18 1 weekly A320
QS2014 BRQ1200 – 1610FUE 320 1
QS2015 FUE1700 – 2310BRQ 320 1

Bratislava – Catania 13JUN18 – 19SEP18 2 weekly 737-800
QS1536 BTS1150 – 1410CTA 73H 7
QS1536 BTS1815 – 2030CTA 73H 3
QS1537 CTA2120 – 2330BTS 73H 37

Kosice – Larnaca 11JUN18 – 27SEP18 2 weekly 737-800
QS1610 KSC1900 – 2305LCA 73H 14
QS1611 LCA1605 – 1810KSC 73H 14
By Jim Liu - Routes Online
Photo:FPP - LPPT


Paul Bannwarth