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Paramount Airways is denied from adding five Bombardier aircraft, remains grounded

Paramount Airways (Chennai) remains grounded in India as its AOC still remains suspended. According to this report by The Financial Express, the airline has been rejected in its application by the DGCA seeking the import of at least five Bombardier regional jets. The company is also appealing in the Madras High Court the decision by the DGCA to suspend its AOC.

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Embraer ERJ 170-100LR PT-SZN (msn 17000005) passed through Faro on delivery before it became VT-PAB.

Allegiant Air to start Savannah-Fort Lauderdale service

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new, nonstop jet service between Savannah/Hilton Head Island and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood will begin on November 18.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), with service Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Savannah/Hilton Head at 11:05 a.m. (1105) arriving in Fort Lauderdale at 12:30 p.m. (1230). Flights leaving Fort Lauderdale will depart at 9 a.m. (0900) arriving in Savannah/Hilton Head at 10:25 a.m. (1025) (all flight times are local). The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat DC-9-80 (MD-80) jet aircraft on the route.

In addition, the company also announced new, nonstop jet service between Moline/Quad Cities, IL, and Mesa, AZ (near Phoenix) will begin also on November 18.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between the Quad City International Airport (MLI) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) with service on Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Moline/Quad Cities at 1:25 p.m. (1325) arriving in Phoenix-Mesa at 3:40 p.m. (1540). Flights leaving Mesa will depart at 8:50 a.m. (0850) arriving in Moline/Quad Cities at 12:45 p.m. (1245) (all flight times are local). The company will begin nonstop service to Las Vegas on October 14.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N405NV (msn 49623) dressed in the promotional markings of the Blue Man Group arrives at the Las Vegas base.

Allegiant Air to start Fort Collins-Mesa service

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) announced new, nonstop jet service between Mesa, AZ (near Phoenix) and Fort Collins-Loveland, CO, will begin on October 8.

The new flights will operate two times weekly between Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (FNL) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) with service on Monday and Friday. Flights will depart Fort Collins-Loveland at 11:10 a.m. (1110) arriving in Phoenix-Mesa at 12:05 p.m. (1205). Flights leaving Phoenix-Mesa will depart at 7:40 a.m. (0740) arriving in Fort Collins-Loveland at 10:30 a.m. (1030) (all flight times are local).

Allegiant will utilize 150-seat, DC-9-80 (MD-80) series, jet-aircraft on the route. Allegiant Air began nonstop service to Las Vegas on July 31, 2003 from Fort Collins.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N405NV (msn 49623) in the Blue Man Group motif arrives at Las Vegas.

Mexicana stops selling tickets as it negotiates a settlement with its unions

Mexicana (Compañía Mexicana de Aviación-CMA) (Mexico City) announced that as of 6:00 p.m. (1800) central time yesterday (August 4) all ticket sales will be suspended and that no tickets will be issued until further notice.

The decision affects only Compañía Mexicana de Aviación ticket sales. MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink are independent carriers and will therefore continue to sell and operate domestic flights as normal.

Per the company, Compañía Mexicana de Aviación will continue to operate its international flights in the interests of:

Protecting passengers who have already purchased flights.

Ongoing union negotiations in the hope of a positive outcome.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Airbus A320-231 N368MX (msn 368) taxies at Los Angeles in the 2008 livery.

Finnair to lease two Airbus A340-300s from ILFC

Finnair (Helsinki) will lease two 270-seat Airbus A340-300 wide-bodied aircraft for four years from the leasing company ILFC. The aircraft will join the Finnair fleet in late 2010 and early 2011.

Finnair currently has 12 Airbus long-haul aircraft, which fly to nine
destinations in Asia as well as to New York in North America. At the end of this year, one further new Airbus A330 aircraft, ordered earlier, will join the fleet. With the coming additions, Finnair’s long-haul fleet will grow to a total 15 Airbus aircraft by the beginning of next year.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. A splendid view of Airbus A340-313E OH-LQE (msn 938) at the HEL hub in the Oneworld scheme.

Next May, Finnair will open a daily direct route to Singapore.

LAN Airlines reports a 2Q net profit of $60.6 million

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) reported net income of $60.6 million (US) for the second quarter compared to $4.2 million in the same period in 2009.

As previously reported, In July 2010, LAN signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purchase of 50 Airbus A320 family aircraft to be delivered between 2012 and 2016. The new aircraft will operate regional and domestic flights within Latin America.

LAN also signed an agreement in July with Boeing to adjust the delivery of 2 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft to 2012. This modification to LAN’s fleet plan will allow the company to receive a total of 5 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft in 2012. This is in addition to the anticipated delivery of 10 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner already announced in March 2010. As a result, LAN will be the first airline in the western hemisphere to take delivery of this new and modern aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. This beautiful composure showcases LAN Cargo’s Boeing 777-F6N N772LA (msn 37708) taxiing at Amsterdam.

Continental and United are discussing a possible merger

Continental Airlines (Houston) has restarted merger talks with United Airlines (Chicago), two years after walking away from almost sealing a deal, a source briefed (probably from United) on the matter said yesterday according to this Reuters report.

Reuters reports the talks are in very early stages, though much of the groundwork was laid in 2008, the source said. United and Continental came very close to merging at the time, but the talks fell apart as Continental chose to pursue an alliance instead. Both Continental and United are in the Star Alliance.

The talks come as United is in similar discussions with US Airways (Phoenix), but those talks are much farther along, the source said. US Airways and United are in talks that could create the second-largest U.S. carrier. Those discussions, aimed at cutting costs and competing with the now combined Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Northwest Airlines, have been going on for months, the sources said.

How much of these media “leaks” are being stirred up by United which has been itching for a merger for a long time?

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Continental’s first aircraft to wear the Star Alliance livery is this Boeing 757-224 registered N14120 (msn 27562) pictured at Amsterdam.

Germanwings to start Cologne-Tel Aviv flights on March 30

Germanwings (2nd) (Cologne/Bonn) will add a new route on March 30 connecting the CGN hub with Tel Aviv. The twice-weekly route will be operated with Airbus A319 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Airbus A319-112 D-AKNU (msn 2628) is pictured in action at Palma de Mallorca.

Denim Air ceases all operations

Denim Air (Amsterdam) ceased all operations on February 18, 2010. The company was established in 1996 and commenced operations on April 26, 1996. Air Nostrum acquired the company in January 1999 however in October 2002 the management of Denim Air acquired the all of the shares. The company specialized in ACMI operations and was flying for Air Nostrum and Arik Air and other agencies and companies. It was operating 10 Bombardier DHC-8-300s (Q300s), 10 Fokker F.27 Mk. 050s (Fokker 50s) and three Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100s (Fokker 100s) at the end.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) PH-LNE (msn 11322) is seen at Maastricht.

Paramount Airways gets into dispute with GECAS over three ERJs

Paramount Airways (Chennai) is in a dispute with lessor GECAS over payments concerning three Embraer E-Jets.

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.