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The Moroccan low-fare carrier Air Arabia Maroc is launching a second service from Basel to Morocco.

The new service connecting Basel to Agadir will start on 29 October 2018, joining the Basel – Casablanca route which has been operating since 2010.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of our second service from Basel Airport,” said Adel Al Ali, Group chief executive officer of Air Arabia. “After seven years of operations to Casablanca, we have decided to offer our customers a new value for money option to fly directly to the sunny city of Agadir.”

The new service is currently on sale and will operate once a week on Mondays.

This is the latest in a series of new routes announced by the Moroccan airline this year, including plans announced earlier this year to launch a new service from Birmingham to Agadir which commences on 28 October.

In July the LCC took delivery of two new Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing its total operating fleet to 53 aircraft and with Adel Al Ali calling it a “significant step in the development of our fleet expansion strategy.”

The airline plans to accept delivery of Air Arabia’s first A321 neo LR early next year, the carrier believes adding the aircraft will enable it to extend its fleet reach and therefore enter new markets, as well as better serve existing high-density routes.


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  1. Aeromexico crash investigations continue
  2. ATR delivers Iran Air turboprops
  3. Japan Airlines to establish mid-to long-haul LCC 
  4. Certification granted for 90-seat Q400
  5. Volaris and Frontier’s codeshare kicks off

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Though the long summer heatwave experienced by the UK may now be drawing to its end, the sun seems to be shining on FL Technics this week as the MRO celebrates a series of achievements.

Marking a milestone in the company’s expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, FL Technics Indonesia earned Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part-145 Air Repair Station certification.

The certificate allows FL Technics Indonesia to provide MRO services for aircraft registered in the United States in accordance with 14 CFR Part-145, with Martynas Grigalavicius, CEO of FL Technics Indonesia, commenting: “This is a great opportunity for our business in Jakarta to open the door for further expansion and welcome many more opportunities in the region.”

FL Technics also signed an agreement with domestic airline operator Comair Limited to provide extended base maintenance services, Zilvinas Lapinskas (pictured), CEO at FL Technics said: “The first aircraft, a Kulula.com Boeing B737-800 is being completed a 6YR C Check.”

Meanwhile, Chorus Aviation revealed its second quarter 2018 results, reporting an adjusted EBITDA of $84.6 million, an increase of $18.8 million or 28.6% on the same period in 2017, with the company attributing the uplift primarily to a $14.9 million increase due to the growth in third party regional aircraft leasing, as well as improved aircraft leasing revenue under the CPA among other factors.

“Our business delivered solid performance in the second quarter of this year,” Joe Randell, president and chief executive officer for Chorus, said.
“We continue to build our regional aircraft leasing business and have executed new term sheets with various customers for the acquisition of several regional aircraft that are either currently on lease or will be placed on lease pursuant to sale and lease back transactions.”

Randell went on to comment: “The pipeline of opportunities is strong, and I’m confident in the growth potential of our leasing business.”

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is seeing its market penetration in Africa “continue to intensify” according to Jean-Paul Boutibou, vice-president, sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, welcoming PassionAir as the first commercial airline operating a Bombardier regional aircraft in the Republic of Ghana.

Three pre-owned Q400 turboprop aircraft have been placed with the airline to be operated on domestic routes, acquired through a dry-lease with a third party.

While the sun seems to be shining, the threat of rain clouds is never far away with many regional and low-fare airlines revealing results for the second quarter of the year and highlighting the impact of rising fuel costs on operations.

FL Technics has signed an agreement with domestic airline operator Comair Limited to provide extended Base maintenance services.

Comair Limited offers scheduled and non-scheduled airline services within South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, operating under its low-fare airline brand kulula.com as well as under the British Airways livery as part of a licence agreement.

Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO at FL Technics said: “The first aircraft, a Kulula.com Boeing B737-800 is being completed a 6YR C Check.”


FL Technics has also recently achieved a milestone in its expansion within the Asia-Pacific region, earning Federal Aviation Association (FAA) Part-145 Air Repair Station certification.

“This is a great opportunity for our business in Jakarta to open the door for further expansion and welcome many more opportunities in the region,” said Martynas Grigalavicius, CEO of FL Technics Indonesia. “From now on FL Technics Indonesia will be certified to accept hundreds of new aircraft at our hangar and provide effective MRO services to every possible regional client.”

The certificate allows FL Technics Indonesia to provide MRO services for aircraft registered in the United States in accordance with 14 CFR Part-145.


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