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Taking to the skies aboard the Eurofighter Typhoon

A pilot’s-eye view from the combat aircraft’s cockpit A brand-new video takes viewers into the cockpit of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, providing a fly-along perspective with Spanish Air Force pilots operating from Morón Air Base southeast of Seville, Spain. With 360-degree high-resolution cameras mounted inside the cockpit canopies – using strong suction...

HNA General Aviation Set to Help Alleviate Poverty in China

Chinese General Aviation has received a new revamp after Chinese key political leaders announced new norms for socioeconomic development at the closing of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The new norms are aimed to alleviate poverty in China by promoting investment in neglected economic sectors and encouraging private businesses to shift efforts and prioritize in s...

SR Technics inaugurates new line station at Manchester Airport

SR Technics, a world leading MRO service provider, is pleased to announce the opening of its new Manchester Line Station. The new operations, which are part of a larger growth strategy in Line Maintenance, started already in November 2017 and are off to an excellent start, having received visits by...

Falcon Aviation and Leonardo Helicopters partner for new helicopter offshore and onshore contract for Kuwait Oil Company

Falcon Aviation, one of the UAE’s leading aviation companies specialising in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, confirmed today (17th January 2018) at the Kuwait Aviation Show that three new Leonardo AW169 helicopters (signed for at the recent Dubai Airshow) will...

Passenger claim proves Vueling’s “technical issue” wrong

While aviation industry keeps expanding, its shortcomings are only getting worse – Eurocontrol 2017 data reveals increasing flight delays. Stuck in Barcelona waiting for her Vueling flight, Selin recounts herself and fellow stranded travellers to be stressed and anxious over their plans for th...

The Year 2017 Brought Lithuanian Airports a Record-Breaking Abundance of Passengers and Flights

A reconstruction of the runway of Vilnius Airport that lasted for 35 summer days did not impede the Lithuanian Airports to reach a new record in 2017. Last year, three airports of the country serviced more than 5.2 million passengers in total, whereas the number of flights exceeded 55 thousand. Kaun...

Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s

Commitment to grow its flagship A380 fleet Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman...

Mont Blanc Hélicoptères becomes official air transporter for F1 Grand Prix de France

Today Mont Blanc Hélicopères, a part of HBG Helicopter Group, became official air transporter for Formula 1 Grand Prix de France which will take place 21 to 24 of Juin 2018 at Le Castellet. We had a quick interview on the phone with HBG Group Vice president Sales & Marketing...

Airbus will maintain its commercial aircraft market leadership

Airbus benefits from the strengths of employees and a global industrial system Airbus will continue its commercial aircraft leadership in 2018 and beyond – building on the company’s record 718 jetliner deliveries in 2017 and 1,109 net orders logged during the past year. This was th...

Falcon Aviation and Leonardo Helicopters partner for new helicopter offshore and onshore contract for Kuwait Oil Company

Falcon Aviation, one of the UAE’s leading aviation companies specialising in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, confirmed today (17th January 2018) at the Kuwait Aviation Show that three new Leonardo AW169 helicopters (signed for at the recent Dubai Airshow) will be deployed on a five-year contract with The Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).  The helicopters will p...

Mont Blanc Hélicoptères becomes official air transporter for F1 Grand Prix de France

Today Mont Blanc Hélicopères, a part of HBG Helicopter Group, became official air transporter for Formula 1 Grand Prix de France which will take place 21 to 24 of Juin 2018 at Le Castellet. We had a quick interview on the phone with HBG Group Vice president Sales & Marketing Stéphane Woitok: Q. MBH becoming the official air transport operator for F1 Grand Prix de...

EBASCON 2018 - Defining new levels of Safety in Business Aviation

Top-ranked international industry experts and visionaries to meet at Europe’s key Business Aviation Safety Conference in Vienna Now in its eighth year, the industry’s key European Business Aviation Safety Conference EBASCON is ready to open its doors in Vienna from February 20 to 21,...

A Daher TBM 910 owner’s birthday present: formation flight with a World War II-era Spitfire

Dr. John C. Taylor, OBE, owner of a Daher TBM 910 very fast turboprop aircraft, received a special present for his birthday last month: a formation flight with one of World War II’s most renowned fighter aircraft: the Spitfire Mark 1a.   This unique photo shoot was arranged by David Fab...

AfBAA celebrates successful first AfBAC EXPO

The AfBAC EXPO, Africa’s first three-day event dedicated to business aviation and RPAS, exceeded organiser’s expectations with just under 1000 delegates registering to attend the event held in Johannesburg, 29 November to 1 December. Attendees came from as far afield as New Zealand, Cana...

Global Jet Capital: African business aviation market set for growth

160 new aircraft set to be delivered to continent by 2025 To coincide with Africa’s first African business aviation conference and exhibition (AfBAC), which runs from 29th November to 1st December in Johannesburg, South Africa, new analysis of industry data by Global Jet Capital, a global...

Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s

Commitment to grow its flagship A380 fleet Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers,...

Airbus will maintain its commercial aircraft market leadership

Airbus benefits from the strengths of employees and a global industrial system Airbus will continue its commercial aircraft leadership in 2018 and beyond – building on the company’s record 718 jetliner deliveries in 2017 and 1,109 net orders logged during the past year. This was the key message from today’s 2017 year-in-review webcast, during which achievements of the past...

Russia and Brasilia want to promote exports of Russian helicopters

The Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport and Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency expressed mutual interest in signing in the near future a memorandum of understanding aimed at supporting exports of Russian helicopters, the Russian authority said in a statement. This reported by Sputnik....

Boeing, Adient Launch New Company to Design and Build Airplane Seats

Adient Aerospace will develop, manufacture and sell a portfolio of seating products to airlines and leasing companies Boeing and Adient announced the formation of Adient Aerospace, a joint venture that will develop, manufacture and sell a portfolio of seating products to airlines and aircraf...

Embraer reaches 2017 delivery outlook

Embraer delivered a total of 210 jets in 2017, of which 101 were commercial aircraft and 109 were executive jets (72 light and 37 large). The deliveries were within the outlook ranges for the year of 97 to 102 commercial jets, 70 to 80 light business jets and 35 to 45 large business jets. In th...

Flexing its muscles: the A400M Atlas is proven in service as Germany’s 15th aircraft is delivered

Versatility, range and payload lift demonstrated in varied missions With 56 A400M multi-role military transporters delivered to date by Airbus – including last friday’s handover of the German Air Force’s 15th from 53 on order – the workhorse aircraft is receiving...

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Gogo Business Aviation Now Offers 30 Digital Magazine Titles and Adds Bloomberg News

Gogo Business Aviation, the leading provider of broadband connectivity products and services for business aviation, is expanding its industry-leading wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) service, Gogo Vision, by introducing digital magazine content and a broader selection of business news. Gogo Business Aviation customers who are on theGogo AVANCE platform or who have Gogo Vision onb...

A Year of Incredible Growth for the Global Business Aviation Unicorn

VistaJet ideally positioned to seize even larger market share in 2018 Flew over 50,000 passengers in one year for the first time Investment from Rhône Capital values company’s equity at over $2.5bn – making VistaJet one of the only companies in the business aviation market to be valued in excess of $1bn and one of Europe’s most valuable “Unicorns” Doub...

Gogo AVANCE L3 delivers affordable, customizable broadband connectivity to business aviation

Gogo Business Aviation unveils Gogo AVANCE L3, an innovative new inflight connectivity system that delivers the benefits of the Gogo AVANCE platform to passengers and flight departments in a small, lightweight form factor, with the most affordable pricing options in business aviation. Gogo&rsqu...

My Sky named as one of Europe’s best in first ever ‘Ones to Watch’ list

My Sky, the Swiss company specialized in business aviation financial control since 2015, has been named as ‘One to Watch’ in Europe in a list of business excellence published by the European Business Awards sponsored by RSM. My Sky was chosen as it demonstrates exceptional achievement in...

Piper M500 and M350 Certified with Garmin G1000 NXi

Piper Aircraft has announced FAA certification of the G1000 NXi next generation integrated flight deck on both the M500 single engine turboprop and M350 pressurized, single-engine piston and is set to offer it as a retrofit option (via STC) for fielded G1000 equipped Matrix, Mirage (M350), and Merid...

Honeywell Expands Flight Services to Offer Future Air Navigation System Testing

            Honeywell’s GoDirect Datalink service now includes Future Air Navigation System testing for general and business aviation customers             Honeywell launched a new Future Air Navigatio...

Air BP expands into Iceland and starts supplying fuel at Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has further extended its reach in the Nordics and is now present at Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport (KEF/BIKF), Iceland’s largest airport. This marks the first location for Air BP in Iceland and comes in response to increased customer demand from both the business and commercial aviation sectors. Commenting on...

Heydar Aliyev International Airport hits new record - 4 million passengers a year

In 2017, Heydar Aliyev International Airport – the main air gate of Azerbaijan’s capital - hit a new record. In 2017 4.06 million passengers were served. It exceeded last year's figure by 23 percent. In 2017 a total of 55 airlines carried out regular and charter flights. Heydar Aliyev International Airport welcomed 8 new air carriers - Air Arabia, Wataniya Airways, ISR Air, Maha...

In Record Year 2017 The Most Operated Destination from Václav Havel Airport Prague was London

Václav Havel Airport Prague achieved a historic record of 15 million checked passengers. The greatest number of passengers, over 64 thousand, passed through the airport gates on 23 June 2017 and made it the busiest day of the year from the airport operations perspective. During 2017, Prague h...

TAG Farnborough Airport launches Flying Scholarship 2018

TAG Farnborough Airport has today launched the TAG Flying Scholarship 2018. Each year, under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, TAG Farnborough Airport grants one young person a scholarship with the aim of supporting individuals who migh...

easyJet Wins the Title of Quietest Airline at Václav Havel Airport Prague

The British air carrier, easyJet, has won this year’s QUIETEST AIRLINE contest organised by Prague Airport in co-operation with the Prague 6 Municipality. The trophy, in the form of glass swallows, was presented to the winner by Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Dire...

Václav Havel Airport Prague Reached Historic Milestone when handled 15 Million Passengers

Close after midnight today, Prague Airport reached the 15 million serviced passengers milestone which is the greatest number in 80-year-long history. The largest airport in the Czech Republic has thus beat the year-old record from December 2016 when announced the 13 millionth serviced passenger. In...

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airBaltic Serves Over 3.5 Million Passengers In 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic in 2017 has transported a total of 3 523 300 passengers or 22% more than last year to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. It is the highest number of passengers carried in airline’s history. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “2017 was an outstanding year for airBaltic. We launched 13 new destinati...

Ryanair New Cabin Bag Policy Goes Live

Ryanair’s new bag policy went live today (15 Jan) offering: – Lower check-in bag fees (down from €/£35 to €/£25 per check-in bag) – Bigger check-in bag allowances (up from 15kg to 20kg) – 2 free carry-on bag allowance for all customers continues – Non-priority customers can bring 2 free carry-on bags but will be required to put the bigger o...

Flight delayed due to extraordinary circumstances: what if airline is wrong?

Consumer watchdog Which? analysis reveals than in UK on average every fourth flight is late to reach its destination. Extraordinary circumstances have become favorite airlines’ excuse to avoid paying out flight compensations, yet Eurocontrol analysis reveals carriers’ operations to have...

airBaltic Carries 99% Transfer Passengers on Time in 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic carried over 900 000 transfer passengers in 2017 out of whom only 1.08% lost their connection due to different circumstances, including delays caused by strikes in European airports and weather conditions. Laura Vecvanaga-Puķīte, Vice President Ground Operations...

Unprecedented network growth for the Hahn Air Group in 2017

Reporting network growth of over 16%, the year 2017 proved successful for the Hahn Air Group. Despite the challenging times for the industry, the distribution specialist integrated a total of 46 new carriers into its network of air, rail and shuttle partners, enabling them to be ticketed on the Hahn...

Austrian Airlines Looking to Hire 600 New Employees

Growth planned in the long-haul segment following expansion of medium-haul fleet 2018: flight service to Japan and South Africa planned Austrian Airlines can look back at a successful year in 2017. Close to 12.9 million passengers flew with Austria’s red-white-red national carrier la...

Finance news Featured by MySky

Diamond Aircraft Group acquired by Wanfeng Aviation Industry

Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH (Austria) and Wanfeng Aviation Industry Co., Ltd., are delighted to jointly announce the completion of the acquisition of Diamond Aircraft Group by Wanfeng Aviation Industry Co., Ltd. This acquisition assures the continued long term future of the Diamond brand, with plans to increase global sales volume, expansion of the distribution and support networks, and conti...

Boeing Board Raises Dividend 20 Percent, Establishes $18 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization

The Boeing board of directors declared the company's quarterly dividend will increase 20 percent to $1.71 per share. The board also replaced the existing share repurchase program with a new $18 billionauthorization. "Boeing's strong and growing cash flow allows us to deepen our commitment to provide competitive returns to our shareholders, while continuing to in...

Rolls-Royce obtains final approval for acquisition of ITP

Rolls-Royce has obtained the approval of all the relevant authorities for the acquisition of the outstanding 53.1% shareholding in Industria de Turbo Propulsores SA (“ITP”) owned by SENER Grupo de Ingeniería SA (“SENER”). Approval from the authorities in Spain paves th...

GECAS Takes Delivery of Its 394th – and Last – Next-Generation 737

Culminating a 20-year history of new orders for the type, GECAS has received its 394th and final skyline order of Boeing’s Next Generation 737. Just over a month prior to Boeing delivering its first 737 MAX to GECAS in January, the lessor took delivery of its final skyline NG order last w...

Boeing Forecasts Stable Growth and Funding Diversification for Aircraft Financing in 2018

Approximately $139 billion in new aircraft funding needed in 2018, up $17 billion from 2017 Innovations in aircraft finance bolster customer choices in a healthy financing market Boeing anticipates diverse markets and participants will continue the upward trend in availability of efficien...

VistaJet achieves highest third quarter revenue in its history

Record results as company continues to gain market share across all markets Program Membership flights up 38% year-over-year Record number of Program Membership hours flown, up 32% year-over-year 25% of Program Membership growth from North American market EBITDA grew 24% year-over-year...

The Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) grants airworthiness certification to SR Technics in Malaysia

SR Technics, a world leading MRO service provider is pleased to announce that in late November, its Malaysia operations received the airworthiness certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of China. With the certification, SR Technics Malaysia will be able to certify components for customers on the Chinese market. Additionally, SR Technics Switzerland renewed the existing CAAC certification...

Swedish Stoflight Academy signs for an ALSIM AL42 Flight Simulator

ALSIM is very happy to announce the sale of an AL42 FNPT II flight simulator to the Stoflight Academy, based in Stockholm Vasteras Airport, Sweden. The simulator will be delivered at the beginning of this year. Stoflight’s Head of Training, Diako Rad says, "We have been looking for a capable simulator to meet our needs for a while now and after trying a few of them, we...

HNA General Aviation Invests in Future Generations of Aviators

China is set to become one of the largest General Aviation markets in the world after the release of new guidelines by the Chinese State Council promoting investment and easing technicalities for operators. In a country with 1.3 million people and the largest consumer market in the world, only 300 g...

Czech Airlines Technics has implemented safety management system

  Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group providing aircraft repair and maintenance services, has decided to voluntarily implement a Safety Management System (SMS). The existing legislation governing aircraft maintenance providers in Europe[1] does n...

RUAG chosen by AeroGeo for complex onsite aircraft repair events in Siberia

RUAG Aviation successfully resolved three separate and highly exacting aircraft maintenance and repair events on behalf of Russian operator AeroGeo Airlines, during 2017. The aircraft, two Pilatus PC-12 and one Cessna Caravan 208, remained at a standstill in Siberia and were in need of signific...

Business MRO in China – rise of trade in rotables

With an average fleet age of 8 years, most Chinese business aircraft operators are still covered by aircraft warranty. If, however, they find themselves in need of acquiring new parts, these tend to come from relatively young fleets. As these fleets are inevitably aging, in the near future the rotab...

Personalities news Featured by WEB EMBASSY

Safran Helicopter Engines appoints Olivier Le Merrer executive vice-president, support and services

Safran Helicopter Engines has appointed Olivier Le Merrer as Executive Vice-President, Support and & Services. Olivier succeeds Franck Saudo who has been appointed CEO of Safran Transmissions Systems. Olivier Le Merrer (57) joined Safran Aircraft Engines in 1982, fulfilling various roles in Engineering, Program Management, Manufacturing Operations, and Business Unit Management.  In...

Gediminas Ziemelis: 2017 was interesting, but 2018 will blow our minds

The air transport industry in 2017 was definitely a ride to remember: travel bans, laptop bans, a handful of bankruptcies, all at the backdrop of unprecedented financial results for airlines. In this end-of-year post, I’d like to go back to several events that made history. This list does not intend to be complete or objective, call it a personal reading, if you may. China spreading w...

Airbus Board of Directors Announces Top Management Succession Plan

CEO Tom Enders seeks no further mandate beyond April 2019 ·         COO and President Commercial Aircraft Fabrice Brégier to step down in February 2018 ·         Guillaume Faury, currently CEO...

Exclusive NBAA-BACE 2017 Q&A with Inmarsat Aviation’s Kurt Weidemeyer

Twice per year business aviation celebrates “Christmas” - EBACE and NBAA-BACE. In your opinion, to what extent has the industry changed between these two events? It’s a very fast moving industry, so we’re seeing a lot of change even in the months since EBACE earlier this y...

Dave Edwards appointed as BACA CEO

BACA - The Air Charter Association makes a series of appointments to drive the ambitious development of the Association Dave Edwards has been appointed to the role of BACA CEO. The part-time appointment is part of BACA’s strategy to drive the Association forward. In addition to Edwards&rsqu...

Mikhail Vasilenko topped the rating of top-managers of transport companies

Managers of JSC Sheremetyevo International Airport took leading positions in the 18-th annual TOP-1000 Russian Managers rating compiled by the Association of Russian Managers and the Kommersant Publishing House. The General Director of JSC Sheremetyevo International Airport topped the rating of top-...