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Apr 21, 2008

European Commission issued a revision of its list of banned airlines, the seventh update since establishment of the blacklist in March 2006. Newcomers are Ukraine Cargo Airways (the third Ukrainian airline after Volare Airlines and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines) and Hewa Bora Airways of DR Congo. HBA previously was allowed to operate a single aircraft under a special arrangement that has ended. Garuda Indonesia also remains on the list. Following the update, nine individual airlines and all carriers from Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and DR Congo are prohibited from operating in the EU. Apr 14, 2008


Aeroflot will launch four-times-weekly Sochi-Novosibirsk on April 30 and twice-weekly Moscow (airport unidentified)-Bratislava on May 27, both aboard Tu-154Ms. Apr 15, 2008

British Airways

British Airways will start in October daily short-haul routes from Gatwick to Oporto, Portugal[sup.1]s second largest city, and Valencia, Spain. Second daily services to Alicante and Turin will be added from the end of that month. Apr 18, 2008

British Airways

British Airways will suspend its daily flights from Manchester to New York JFK in October because of increasingly poor performance on the route. It will move the Boeing 767 aircraft which operated it to Heathrow, and switch a 777 to Gatwick to fly daily services from there to JFK on 27 October. This will boost the carrier[sup.1]s capacity from the capital to JFK to 62 flights a week, with 55 already going from Heathrow. The four-class 777 will offer First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller. British Air still has a daily service to Chicago from Manchester. Apr 18, 2008


Flybaboo announced the launch of flights from Geneva to St. Petersburg (thrice-weekly), Kiev (thrice-weekly), Sofia (thrice-weekly) and Vienna (weekdays), plus a third daily frequency to Nice and a second daily to Venice. All new flights will begin May 26-July 1. It also will add seasonal flights to Biarritz, St. Tropez, Tangiers and Ibiza. The Swiss carrier currently operates two Q400s and is taking delivery of three E-190s in May and June. An additional two E-190s are scheduled to join the fleet next year. Apr 17, 2008

Hewa Bora Airways, Boeing

Hewa Bora Airways Boeing Douglas DC-9 crash Tuesday remained under investigation as the confirmed death toll reached 40, according to the BBC. Most of the dead likely were on the ground, according to reports, as the aircraft was unable to lift off the shortened runway at Goma International and crashed through a wall into nearby shops and houses. Provincial Governor Julien Mpaluku told CNN that the runway was shortened six years ago following a volcanic eruption and the national government had declined to fix it. More than 100, including the pilot, were recovered from the burning aircraft and hospitalized with injuries. There were 79 passengers and five crew members onboard. Apr 17, 2008

Lufthansa, PrivatAir

Lufthansa said there are new destinations on the way, the airline is studying expanding its service to oil-producing countries, especially in Africa, and this summer will operate a six-times-weekly flight to Pune aboard a wet-leased PrivatAir all-business-class Airbus A319LR. Apr 18, 2008

Montenegro Airlines

Montenegro Airlines launched weekly Tivat-Moscow Domodedovo aboard an F100. Route becomes twice-weekly on June 3 and eventually will be operated four-times-weekly. Apr 17, 2008


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