CityJet orders 6+4 CRJ-900s

A CRJ-900. Photo copyright: Aktug Ates

CityJet has announced a sign for a purchase agreement with Bombardier for six CRJ-900 aircraft with options for an additional four more.

The airline currently operates a fleet of eight CRJ-900s, wet-leased to SAS under a white-label service agreement.

The airline is going to take delivery of four new CRJ-900 aircraft in early 2017. Once delivered, the CityJet’s CRJ-900 fleet will increase to twelve of these planes.

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TAP Portugal announces new routes for S17

The Portuguese airline will expand its network for the next summer season 2017, including some service resumptions.

A TAP Portugal Airbus A320 taxiing at Frankfurt Airport. Photo copyright: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt

TAP Portugal has announced the past days a number of new routes to be opened the next summer 2017, including a new route to North America, some cities in Europe and the network expansion of routes already operated by the airline:

• Lisbon – Toronto: starting next June 10th, operated by an Airbus A330-200, five times a week. 

• Lisbon – Alicante: starting next June 10th, the new route to the Spanish leisure city will be operated on a daily basis, with ATR72.

• Lisbon – Bucharest: starting next July 2nd, the airline will restart this route (last time operated: March 2016) with 6 flights/week, with Airbus A319/A320.

• Lisbon – Budapest: starting next July 1st, it’ll be served 7 times/week, with Airbus A319.

• Lisbon – Las Palmas: starting next June 10th, the new route to the Spanish city in Canary Islands, will be served on a daily basis, with an Embraer E190.

• Lisbon – Stuttgart: starting next June 10th, the new route to the German city will be served 2 times/day, with an Embraer E190.

TAP Portugal has also announced expansion on the Manchester route (from 1 to 2 daily) and on the Moscow Domodedovo route (from 5 weekly to 7 weekly).

Air Tanzania orders one B787-8 

A B787-8. Image copyright: Boeing

Air Tanzania will add a maiden B787-8 to its fleet next year, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has announced.
“Our government has already made an initial payment for the aircraft, which is expected to be delivered on June 18, 2017”, has added Magufuli, following a meeting with Boeing in Chicago.

Magufuli also said that he expected Air Tanzania to use its renewed fleet to begin longhaul flights to the United States, China and Russia.

This order follows the confirmed order with Bombardier the last weekend entailing two CS300s and one Dash 8-400.

Ryanair announces a new base in Naples for S17

A Ryanair B737-800. Image copyright: Aldo Bidini on Wikimedia

Ryanair announced last 1st December that it would start flying to Naples, for first time, in 2017. The airport will immediately become a base, with three B737-800s. A total of 17 routes will be launched between the end of March and early May.

easyJet made Naplesabase back in S14 and this summer served 32 destinations from the airport, but Ryanair appears not to be looking for direct confrontation with its pan-European rival as none of its 17 new routes compete directly.

The new destinations are the following:

 – Milan Bergamo (BGY) – 3 daily

 – Venice Treviso (TSF) – 2 daily

 – Copenhagen (CPH), East Midlands (EMA), Lisbon (LIS) and Manchester (MAN) – 3 weekly

 – Bremen (BRE), Eindhoven (EIN), Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), Gdansk (GDN), Kaunas (KUN), Madrid (MAD), Seville (SVQ), Stockholm Skavsta (NYO), Toulouse (TLS), Warsaw Modlin (WMI) and Valencia (VLC) – 2 weekly

airBaltic takes delivery of maiden CS300

airBaltic CS300. Photo copyright: airBaltic
airBaltic has taken delivery of the world’s first CS300 after the handover ceremony at Montreal Mirabel on Monday, November 28.

YL-CSA (cn 55003) will be flying to Riga on Thursday, December 1, in time for its commercial debut on the Amsterdam service on Wednesday, December -4.

The carrier is the launch operator of the type and has a total of twenty CS300s on order from Bombardier, which will be used to replace airBaltic’s current fleet of seven B737-300s and five B737-500s.

U.S Treasury reassures Brazil banks trade with Iran OK

​The U.S Treasury has reassured Brazilian banks they can finance trade with Iran without fear of sanctions.

Embraer E-195. Photo copyright: Embraer
This is opening the way to billions of dollars in potential exports of jet planes, buses and equipment, a seni

Rodrigo Azeredo, Brazil’s top diplomat for trade, has said: “Sanctions on non-U.S entities doing business with Iranian companies were lifted with implementation in January of nuclear accord with Iran, but Brazilian banks remained worried they could still face repercussions”

“They feared U.S. and European banks could react by cancelling their credit lines”

That is expected to change after Treasury officials explained to executives of Brazil’s larhest banks in São Paulo last week that they can deal with Iranian banks (in dollars or any other currency) don’t go through the U.S. banking system and do not involve blacklisted Iranian companies.

The assurances from the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) should remove a financial hurdle to Brazil’s plan to expand trade with Iran to $5 billion last year, the Brazilian foreign ministry official said.

Embraer still requires a U.S. licence for the sale to Iran of sensitive jet engine technology in its planes.

An Embraer spokesman said the company was hopeful it will get the go-ahead following similar licences granted recently to European planemaker Airbus to sell commercial planes to Iran.

Azeredo said Iranian companies were seeking Brazilian equipment ranging from tractors and electrical generators to hospital and dental equipment.

AirAsia X mulls long haul debut in 2017

AirAsia X is drawing up plans for a possible longhaul debut in Europe as early as next year.

Copyright: Airbus

In an interview with CAPA, the chief executive Officer (CEO) of Thai AirAsia, Tassapon Bijleveld, says the LCC’ longhaul sister, Thai AirAsia X, was currently looking at starting flights to Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw Chopin. Central and Eastern Europe, while important source markets for Thailand, are relatively underserved with the majority of travelers forced to transit via hubs in Western Europe, the Middle East or Russia.

Currently, Thai AirAsia X’s operations are limited to China, Oman, Japan, South Korea, and Iran which it serves using six A330-300s. AirAsia X has allued to the launch of longhaul flight to Europe at some point in 2017.