Manta Air (Maldives) is set to launch domestic service in October 2018, with four seaplanes and three ATR72s, flying from Male to Kudahuvadhoo, Ifuru, Dharavandhoo and Thimarafushi.
Yakutia (Russia) to take delivery of one B737-800, on an eight-year lease from AirOpCo I Sd Ireland, in late September 2018.
TAROM (Romania) plans to launch long-haul flights in 2019 with widebodies, with its eye on China and the US. Carrier is also looking to form a partnership with LOT Polish Airlines to expand even further. Additionally, B737 MAX order is under consideration, with ATRs being replaced.
Japan Air Commuter and ATR announced the conversion into an ATR72-600 of one of five remaining ATR42-600s that JAC currently has on order. The delivery of the ATR72-600 is expected before the end of 2018.
Airstream (UK) arranged the sale of an ATR42-300F, serial 121, on behalf of ASL Aviation Holdings (Ireland). The aircraft was sold to Fleetair (Hungary).
Iran Air expects to take delivery of 11 new aircraft – eight ATRs and three Airbus planes – in 2018, ahead of sanctions in early August 2018.