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Start ups: new entrants continue to be launched, despite challenging economic environment


Like moths to the flame, start-up carriers are taking to the skies, seizing on lower fuel and aircraft prices, and high cost rivals that are struggling amid the global economic downturn. Several carrier are replacements for others that have failed in the current downturn. [2324 words]

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  • Ethiopia: Air Ethiopia becomes operational
  • Mauritania: Government approves establishment of new national airline
  • Morocco: Air Arabia Maroc to launch in April
  • Morocco: Royal Air Maroc to launch regional subsidiary carrier
  • China: Kunming Airlines commences operations in Feb-2009
  • India: Deccan Cargo Express Logistics to launch operations in May-2009
  • India: North East Airlines to acquire ATR aircraft for launch
  • India: Star Aviation to launch this month
  • Japan: Fuji Dream Airlines to commence operations in Jun-2009
  • Japan: Launch of ANA LCC to be delayed?
  • MIDDLE East
  • UAE: flydubai taking off to Beirut and Amman in Jun-2009
  • Lithuania: Government reportedly planning to establish new local aviation company
  • Russia: Government defers the establishment of Rosavia
  • Bolivia: BoA leases two B737-300s ahead of planned launch
  • Colombia: LAN CARGO's affiliate in Colombia receives cleared for launch
  • Mexico: Mexicana launches regional airline subsidiary, MexicanaLink

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  • Air Ethiopia livery
  • FlyDubai B737NG
  • Boliviana de Aviacion livery
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