Iran Air increased aircraft order
April 30, 2017
Iran’s state carrier, Iran Air, has now placed firm orders for over 100 new aircraft. As part of the nation’s aviation modernisation initiative, a number of Iranian airlines received approval from the United States Department of Treasury to purchase both Boeing and Airbus aircraft in late 2016. Iran Air had initially placed orders for 20 new ATR turboprop aircraft. However reports in April 2017 indicate the order now exceeds 100 aircraft which includes 16 Airbus 350s, each carrying a list price over USD350 million.

BoraJet Suspends Operations
April 30, 2017
Turkish regional operator, Borajet, announced in late April that it will be suspending operations due to the lack of serviceable aircraft. The airline stated it was experiencing a shortage of operational aircraft after spare parts could not be sourced for six of the Embraer aircraft. As a result, the current schedule could not be maintained with only four aircraft and therefore services were suspended on the 24th of April and will not resume until 2018. Fellow Turkish airline; AnadoluJet will perform flights for Borajet passengers until June 2017.

Lion Air cautioned by Ministry of Transport
April 30, 2017
Indonesian budget carrier, Lion Air, has been cautioned by the State Ministry of Transport (MOT) due to a number of operational concerns and mistakes. The MOT has given the airline two months to improve its operational conduct or be faced with sanctions and fines. The airline has reportedly committed a number of operational errors and breaches of conduct, including aircraft departing without all passengers, regularly delayed flight services, incorrect passenger manifests and an instance of a Boeing 737 aircraft leaking fuel onto the tarmac whilst parked in gate.


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