South Africa needs a state owned airline, SAA ‘can be run on a sound basis’: Finance Minister

South Africa‘s Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba said South African Airways (SAA) has “many inefficiencies” but “can be run on a sound basis” (moneyweb.co.za, 28-Aug-2017). Mr Gigaba…..

Sweden Government grants five airlines permit to operate domestic services

Sweden Transport Agency granted (25-Aug-2017) five airlines permits to operate domestic services in Sweden. Airlines include Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, SAS, Sparrow Aviation, Högkusten Flyg AB and BRA – Braathens…..

Air Mauritius outlines initial A350 deployment from Oct-2017

Air Mauritius plans to introduce A350-900 equipment on Mauritius-Johannesburg service, effective 19-Oct-2017, Mauritius-London Heathrow service, effective 04-Nov-2017 to 15-Nov-2017, and Mauritius-Paris CDG service, effective 01-Dec-2017 (Airline Route, 27-Aug-2017). As…..

Armenia and Turkmenistan sign agreement; consider launch of nonstop service

Armenia‘s President Serzh Sargsyan and Turkmenistan‘s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed (24-Aug-2017) a cooperation in the field of tourism. Armenia and Turkmenistan confirmed their readiness for joint…..

Modlin Airport expecting 2.9m pax in 2017, construction could ‘double the capacity’ of terminal

Warsaw Modlin Airport forecast to handle around 2.9 million passengers in 2017 (rynek-lotniczy.pl, 25-Aug-2017). As previously reported by CAPA, the airport’s EUR11.8 million development aspirations include modernisation of…..

Samoa Airways confirms plan to launch services from 14-Nov-2017, with Apia-Auckland service

Samoa Airways, via its official Facebook account, outlined (24-Aug-2017) the planned launch of operations and initial schedule. The carrier plans to launch Apia-Auckland service from…..

Qantas teases possible nonstop services from Sydney & Melbourne to UK and US East Coast

Qantas Airways Group announced (25-Aug-2017) it is investigating nonstop services from the east coast of Australia to London and New York by 2022. The carrier stated a “challenge…..

Air New Zealand launches first global brand campaign

Air New Zealand announced (25-Aug-2017) it will launch its first ever global brand campaign ‘A Better Way to Fly to New Zealand‘, in the US. The carrier will…..

Viking Air confirms more details of Fiji Airways order for three Series 400 Twin Otters

Viking Air confirmed (24-Aug-2017) an order with Fiji Airways for three Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft for use as regional commuter aircraft on domestic routes. An option for…..

Alliance Aviation Services awarded new charter services contract by Minerals and Metals Group

Alliance Aviation Services signed (24-Aug-2017) an contract with Minerals and Metals Group (MMG) Dugald River covering the provision of air charter services between Townsville and Cloncurry……

Corporate Travel Management projects 22%-27.5% profit growth for FY2018

Corporate Travel Management (CTM) reported (Aug-2017) it expects full-year underlying EBITDA for FY18 to be in the range of AUD120-125 million (USD94.8-98.7 million), representing growth of…..