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Puma Air (Brazil) obtains approval to begin flights from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to Luanda, Angola.

posted Aug 26, 2010, 1:32 AM by Rowan Hewitt

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GreenStone Aviation (Ireland) appoints Deutsche Capital Securities (Germany) to raise more than US$1 billion in equity and debt.

IATA reports 9.2 percent increase in passengers in July 2010 from year earlier, while cargo up 22.7 percent.

Hong Kong Aviation Capital (China) appoints Richard Cherney as Head of Commercial and Technical. He comes to HKAC from his position as EVP of Aviation Capital Group (US). 25AUG2010

Baltia Air Lines (US) enters into agreement with EKN Financial Services (US) in hopes of raising up to US$4 million in private equity capital.

Puma Air (Brazil) obtains approval to begin flights from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to Luanda, Angola.

Nigerian government releases US$2 billion of allocated US$3.3 billion to boost investment in its power and aviation industries.

Libyan Airlines to take delivery soon of its first new A320 direct from Airbus.

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines reports Asia Pacific-based airlines carried record 17.2 million international passengers in July 2010, up 20.4 percent up from same month last year.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 lands in Italy for first time at Torino Caselle Airport. Prototype SN 950004 to be involved in several tests, including noise community and high intensity radiated field tests. Overall aircraft program is about 70 percent completed, with 18 serial aircraft in production at different stages of completion.

Startup LAMIA (Venezuela) plans to launch operations in September 2010 with leased ATR72-500 from Swiftair (Spain). Carrier plans to increase ATR fleet to six by end of 2010, and eventually launch regional routes.

AirNigeria takes delivery of fifth B737-300 in Lagos.

Firefly (Malaysia) looks to double its fleet of ATR72-500s from seven to 14 by 2012. Carrier to take delivery of three more ATRs between December 2010 and January 2011, with negotiations ongoing for additional four ATRs, according to managing director Datuk Eddy Leong. Firefly may also begin adding four B737-400s by end of 2010.

AIG (US) says it plans to hold on to its aircraft leasing subsidiary ILFC (US) for time being.

CAA of India to temporarily stop granting Jet Airways (India) new codeshare agreements with foreign carriers belonging to Star Alliance until Air India joins alliance in 2011.

Vic Falls Airways (Zimbabwe) seeks US$29 million to finance its working capital obligations once AOC granted. Carrier in talks with Airline Capital Leasing (US) to acquire four aircraft, including one leased B767.

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