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Russia and China eye new air corridors for civil aircraft

Russia and China discuss opening new air corridors over the border between the two countries, a move to optimize air travel, sources from the Civil Aviation Administration of China told TASS. It said last week representatives of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia), the State Air Traffic Management Corporation of the Russian Federation and the Chinese Civil Aviation Administra...

Russia's major air carrier plans to purchase 50 MC-21 aircraft

Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot is working on contract for the purchase of 50 MC-21 aircraft and 20 Sukhoi Superjet aircraft, Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "We are now on the stage of considering a contract for additional 20 Sukhoi Superjet aircraft and a contract for fifty MC-21 aircraft," he said. He added that the company may rece...

Etihad partner airberlin to undergo restructuring as it eyes long-haul growth

Etihad Airways partner airberlin is set to undergo a "far-reaching" restructuring including up to 1,200 job cuts and giving its rival Lufthansa up to 40 of its aircraft. Germany’s second-largest airline said late on Wednesday that it would become a "leaner, fitter, stronger&q...

World’s first 4-seater hydrogen fuel-cell plane takes off in Germany

Aircraft engineers in Germany have tested the world’s first four-seater plane that uses emission-free hybrid fuel cells to fly. The 10-minute test flight on Thursday at Stuttgart Airport in southwestern Germany involved two pilots and two dummy passengers. The twin-cabin plane, known as...

Airbus Helicopters delivers first AS565 MBe Panther to the Mexican Navy

The Mexican Navy yesterday took delivery of the first of the ten AS565 MBe Panther helicopters it purchased in 2014, becoming the first customer in the world to receive the new version of this multi-role, medium-class military rotorcraft. The Navy will receive three other units before the end of the...

Duncan Aviation aircraft sales team releases latest Business Jet Model/Market Summary

Duncan Aviation recently compiled and published a new edition of its Business Jet Model/Market Summary. The 3Q 2016 Edition of this quick reference guide is compiled to show the most recent published market pricing/valuation information from 2Q 2016 in an easy-to-use and easy-to-compare format. ...

Polish flight school Smart Aviation acquires Alsim ALX simulator

ALSIM is very pleased to announce the sale of an ALX simulator to Smart Aviation, ATO based in Poznan, Poland. The ALX, FNPT II MCC simulator, is a state of the art training tool that covers up to 4 different aircraft types and 10 different flight models in one device. This scalable device offers...

Nomad Aviation adds Beechcraft Premier 1 business jet to charter fleet

Nomad Aviation has added a Beechcraft Premier 1 business jet to its charter fleet. The aircraft will be available to customers at the end of September 2016.   The Swiss registered Premier 1 is a light jet well suited to be used on short haul trips across Europe. It offers the most spacious ca...

Lockheed Martin to Deliver New Simulation-Based F-16 Training Environment to Royal Jordanian Air Force

Lockheed Martin will deliver a new simulation-based F-16 training environment for the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) under a contract valued at nearly $40 million. The family of training systems includes a comprehensive suite of full mission trainers and combat tactics trainers that can be network...

World’s first 4-seater hydrogen fuel-cell plane takes off in Germany

Aircraft engineers in Germany have tested the world’s first four-seater plane that uses emission-free hybrid fuel cells to fly. The 10-minute test flight on Thursday at Stuttgart Airport in southwestern Germany involved two pilots and two dummy passengers. The twin-cabin plane, known as HY4, was developed by the aircraft maker Pipistrel, the fuel cell specialist Hydrogenics, the Univer...

Airbus Helicopters delivers first AS565 MBe Panther to the Mexican Navy

The Mexican Navy yesterday took delivery of the first of the ten AS565 MBe Panther helicopters it purchased in 2014, becoming the first customer in the world to receive the new version of this multi-role, medium-class military rotorcraft. The Navy will receive three other units before the end of the year and the remaining six by early 2018. The helicopters will be operated by the Naval Aviation...

Boeing agreement set to create thousands of jobs in Morocco

Morocco has signed an agreement that Boeing will seek to attract its suppliers to boost the kingdom’s aeronautics industry. The "Boeing ecosystem" project aims to bring around 120 suppliers of the company to help raise Morocco’s aeronautics exports by US$1 billion and create...

Gulfstream sells final G150, marks end of 10-year production run

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced it has sold the last Gulfstream G150, marking the end of the mid-size aircraft's more than 10-year production run. The final G150 will be delivered to a customer in mid-2017. “The G150 has had a distinguished history, spanning more than a decade...

Bell Helicopter and Mecaer Aviation Group introduce MAGnificent interior for Bell 525 Relentless

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, and Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG), an acclaimed designer and manufacturer of high-end cabin comfort systems, have unveiled the MAGnificent interior for the Bell 525 Relentless.  As part of Bell Helicopter’s luxury helicopter line, this new innovat...

First A330neo starts its final assembly in Toulouse

Airbus has commenced the final assembly of its first A330neo, an A330-900, at its Final Assembly Line in Toulouse with the joining of the wings to the centre fuselage at station 40.  As the newest member of the world’s most popular A330 wide-body family the A330neo builds on the Family...

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Russia's major air carrier plans to purchase 50 MC-21 aircraft

Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot is working on contract for the purchase of 50 MC-21 aircraft and 20 Sukhoi Superjet aircraft, Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "We are now on the stage of considering a contract for additional 20 Sukhoi Superjet aircraft and a contract for fifty MC-21 aircraft," he said. He added that the company may rece...

Etihad partner airberlin to undergo restructuring as it eyes long-haul growth

Etihad Airways partner airberlin is set to undergo a "far-reaching" restructuring including up to 1,200 job cuts and giving its rival Lufthansa up to 40 of its aircraft. Germany’s second-largest airline said late on Wednesday that it would become a "leaner, fitter, stronger" carrier operating from its two key hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf, with a core fleet of 75 aircr...

Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers Are Starting to Text Each Other

It sure beats using the radio and spelling everything OscarUniform Tango. Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent...

IATA: Collaboration needed to stem unruly passenger incidents

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released figures showing that reports of unruly passenger incidents onboard aircraft increased in 2015. Some 10,854 unruly passenger incidents were reported to IATA by airlines worldwide last year. This equates to one incident for every 1,...

Lufthansa Supervisory Board approves full acquisition of Brussels Airlines

Remaining 55% of SN Airholding to be acquired through exercise of call option – transaction to be concluded beginning of 2017 The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG approved the exercising of a call option to acquire the remaining 55% of shares in SN Airholding, the parent company o...

Air Canada Announces Pricing of C$1.25 Billion Refinancing

Air Canada announced that it has priced a private offering of senior secured notes and received commitments from lenders for a new credit facility in connection with its C$1.25 billion refinancing transaction. As part of its refinancing transaction, Air Canada entered into a purchase agreement wi...

Air show displays North Korea's flight skills, new airport

North Korea opened an air festival featuring sky diving, air force demonstrations and lots of beer Saturday to promote a newly renovated and upgraded airport in the coastal city of Wonsan, an area where it hopes to draw more foreign tourists. The two-day International Friendship Air Festival has been touted for months by the North as part of its ongoing effort to draw more tourists. The Wonsan...

Bell Unveils 'Vigilant' Unmanned Tiltrotor for U.S. Marine Corps

Bell Helicopter unveiled a new unmanned tiltrotor aircraft—the V-247 Vigilant—it is proposing for the U.S. Marine Corps. The manufacturer displayed a one-eighth-scale model of the aircraft with a working swiveling wing at a briefing September 22 in Washington, D.C. Bell has designed the Vigilant to meet a need expressed in the 2016 Marine Aviation Plan for a large, “sea-baseab...

Russian Knights aerobatic team reportedly received first Su-30SM fighter jet

The Russian Knights aerobatic team based in Kubinka near Moscow has started receiving the first Sukhoi Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) multipurpose fighter jets, some Russian Internet sources recently said. According to public sources, the Irkutsk Aircraft-Manufacturing Plant, part of th...

Russian Emergencies Ministry confirms its helicopter’s crash in Moscow region

The Russian Emergencies Ministry has confirmed the crash of its helicopter in the Moscow region. "A Mi-8 helicopter of the Russian Emergencies Ministry crashed during a training flight when the crew was drilling rescue operations in extremely difficult conditions in the Lubertsy district,&qu...

IATA Achieves Key NewGen ISS Milestone

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the IATA Passenger Agency Conference (PAConf) adopted Resolutions supporting the development of the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS). “IATA Settlement Systems are the financ...

First flight of a solar-powered, piloted helicopter

A University of Maryland student team has once again achieved new aviation heights, this time by successfully lifting a helicopter and passenger through the sole use of solar power. After successfully completing the longest duration flight for a human-powered helicopter in fall of 2013, the UMD G...

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Nomad Aviation adds Beechcraft Premier 1 business jet to charter fleet

Nomad Aviation has added a Beechcraft Premier 1 business jet to its charter fleet. The aircraft will be available to customers at the end of September 2016.   The Swiss registered Premier 1 is a light jet well suited to be used on short haul trips across Europe. It offers the most spacious cabin in its class and comfortably seats five passengers. The Premier 1 cruises at a speed in excess o...

Zetta Jet grows fleet with Bombardier Global 6000 Jet featuring industry leading passenger amenities

An additional Bombardier Global 6000 jet has joined the fleet of fast-growing, Singapore-based charter operator, Zetta Jet. The delivery ceremony took place at Bombardier Business Aircraft’s Global Completion Centre in Montréal. This latest Global aircraft to join Zetta Jet’s all Global fleet is slated to operate out of Zetta Jet’s North Ameri...

Wijet acquires Blink to create world's largest air taxi service

Wijet today announces that it is acquiring Blink to create the world’s largest air taxi company, with an enterprise value of €45m. The transaction will see the respective fleets being brought together into the same company and based all across Europs. With the scale that fifteen Cessna Mu...

Air Charter Service Russia sees signs of return to growth in charter market

Following a steady decline in Russian charter flight volumes over the past two years, leading aircraft charter provider, Air Charter Service, has reported that it is starting to see the shoots of recovery in private jet bookings from its Moscow operation in the last few months. Azat Mulgimov, man...

Rockwell Collins and Stellar Labs partner to develop transformational flight operations management platform for business aviation

Aircraft operators and flight departments will have access to an end-to-end aircraft management solution through mobile devices, tablets and web browsers as a result of a recently signed agreement between Rockwell Collins and Stellar Labs. Under the agreement, the companies will co-develop a next...

Fig Air Signs for a Sikorsky S-76D™ VIP Helicopter

Fig Air Inc., a Toronto-based VIP and corporate helicopter operator, has signed for a Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter.  This sale will result in the first delivery of the Sikorsky S-76D helicopter to a Canadian helicopter operator. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT). Cha...

Lockheed Martin to Deliver New Simulation-Based F-16 Training Environment to Royal Jordanian Air Force

Lockheed Martin will deliver a new simulation-based F-16 training environment for the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) under a contract valued at nearly $40 million. The family of training systems includes a comprehensive suite of full mission trainers and combat tactics trainers that can be networked together, aligning technologies to deliver advanced training while meeting affordability goals....

Pratt & Whitney’s Singapore Engine Center Achieves 7,600 Engine Overhaul Milestone

Pratt & Whitney has overhauled more than 7,600 engines at its Singapore engine center, marking a significant milestone in the center’s history. The engine center, Pratt & Whitney Eagle Services Asia, is a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and SIA Engineering Company. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Over three decad...

Lufthansa Technik strengthens its commitment to Asia

Lufthansa Technik is strengthening its commitment to the growth market of Asia with the founding of Lufthansa Technik Component Services Asia Pacific. At the same time, a new location for component supply in Hong Kong has been established. The new warehouse offers a wide-spanning network for custome...

Sabena technics: Global support for Air KBZ fleet

Sabena technics, the French MRO provider, will provide Air KBZ, the largest domestic carrier in Myanmar, global support of their fleet of ATR 72-600 and ATR 72-500 aircraft until 2021. Within the scope of this five-year contract, Air KBZ will benefit f...

JetBlue becomes launch customer of Airbus’ Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer solution

JetBlue has become the launch customer for the first module of Airbus’ “Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer”, following a successful prototyping and demonstration of value. This application, focusing on Long Term Planning, is part of the Airbus Smarter FleetTM solutions. ...

First ATR 72-600 High Capacity delivered to Cebu Pacific

Cebu Pacific,  the Philippines’ largest airline , took delivery of the very first ATR 72-600 High Capacity. Configured with 78 seats, this brand new option of the ATR 72 has ten additional seats compared to the standard configuration of the aircraft (68). &nb...

Austrian airline to launch the world's shortest international flight

A contender for the world’s shortest international flight – covering just 13 miles and lasting as little as eight minutes – has been launched by an Austrian airline. People’s Viennaline, founded in 2010 but with just four destinations on its route map, has announced plans to link St. Gallen–Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland with Friedrichshafen Airport in Germ...

Virgin Australia - Melbourne – Los Angeles And Perth – Abu Dhabi Flights

Virgin Australia will launch services from Melbourne to Los Angeles and Perth to Abu Dhabi in 2017, increasing competition and choice for Australian travellers. On 4 April 2017, Virgin Australia will introduce five services each week between Melbourne and Los Angeles using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.* On 9 June 2017, Virgin Australia will introduce three services each week between Perth and Abu...

Heathrow, world’s first ‘dementia-friendly’ airport

Heathrow Airport has declared itself the world’s first dementia-friendly airport after launching a programme that will train airport staff on how to help travellers suffering from cognitive decline. Air travel can be a stressful experience for even the seasoned frequent flyer. But add to that...

Qatar Airways Starts Flying A380 To Sydney Due To Increase In Passenger Demand

Sydney has become Qatar Airways’ first destination in Australia to be served by the super-jumbo A380 aircraft, just six months after it joined the carrier’s global network. Following the route’s inauguration with the Boeing 777-300 on 1 March 2016, Qatar Airways has seen a steady...

Turkmenistan opens $2bn bird-shaped international airport

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Saturday hailed his country's "solid transit potential" as he unveiled an international airport worth over $2 billion in the capital Ashgabat. Berdymukhamedov said the new airport's two passenger terminals would have the...

easyJet announces new route to Ljubljana from London Gatwick

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has announced a new route from London Gatwick to Ljubljana. The new year round service commences 5th December 2016 with flights on sale now at www.easyjet.com. Flights will operate four times per week Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday with fares starting...

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Special guest - Director Comlux Russia & CIS Mikhail Kirillov

The Comlux brand is strongly associated for business aviation customers with amazingservice quality. As the name of the company - comfort and luxury, as it is encrypted some of basic principles Comlux is operating with already over 20 years. We could discuss the brand and comany long enough, but it makes sence to listen to a professional. Welcome our quest today - Director Coml...

TAG Asia Appoints Jolie Howard as Chief Executive Officer

TAG Aviation Asia announced the appointment of Jolie Howard as Chief Executive Officer of TAG Aviation Asia, effective November 2016. Ms Howard was the very first employee to be engaged by TAG Asia when the company commenced its business in the region in 2006. Serving as the Director of Business Development until 2013 Ms Howard was a catalyst in helping to build the managed aircraft fleet to over...

Alexandre de Juniac Takes the Reins at IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Alexandre de Juniac has officially taken on the role of Director General and CEO of the organization. He succeeds Tony Tyler, who served as IATA DG and CEO since 2011 and had announced his retirement....

Joe Sutter, 'Father of the Boeing 747', dies

Joe Sutter, the man who led development of Boeing's 747 jumbo jet, has died aged 95. Boeing's commercial aircraft boss Ray Conner said Sutter was "an inspiration" not just to Boeing but "to the entire aerospace industry". The 747, which ushered in the long-haul trav...

Russian business Aviation, All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws

Today we have a unique possibility to talk with Mikhail Titov, who can be considered involved in the creation of the young Russian business aviation industry which was born in Russia at the middle of ninetieth. General Manager of "RUSAERO", the largest Russian business aviation handli...

UAE’s first female A380 pilot aims to fly high

Her sister is the country’s first female fighter pilot. Her brother flies a helicopter. So it is no surprise that Aisha Al Mansouri has become the UAE’s first female pilot of an A380. Ms Al Mansouri watched brother Ali earn his flying credentials and join Abu Dhabi Police, then saw...

Iran urges U.S. to unblock aircraft deals, seeks investors

Iran urged the United States on Sunday to remove remaining obstacles to it buying passenger planes following the lifting of international sanctions and spread out the welcome mat to foreign investors as it seeks to boost its aviation sector. Iran provisionally agreed earlier this year to buy over 200 jets worth $50 billion at list prices from Airbus and Boeing under an agreement between Tehran...

Turtles in space and jetpacks for all a target for Chinese tech pioneer

KuangChi Science, a Chinese technology company hoping to send tourists – and turtles – into space, could soon go on a US$600 million investment spurt. Later this year, it intends to send mice and turtles into near-space, up to 100km above sea level, via a capsule hooked up to balloons. If that works, KuangChi can begin exploring sending humans aloft. Despite having few products o...

XTI Aircraft Company launches Series B financing

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) today launched the next phase of its funding strategy to bring the TriFan 600 to market. In addition to its ongoing equity crowdfunding campaign, XTI entered into an engagement agreement with the New York investment bank Primary Capital LLC, for XTI's $20 million Series B...

Safi Airways operations suspended due to AFN 1.15 billion outstanding debts

The operations of a major airline in Afghanistan, Safi Airways, was suspended due to a large outstanding debt and taxes payable by the airline, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) said Sunday. According to a statement by Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA), the decision to sus...

China’s Three Biggest Airlines Face $1.3 Billion Currency Losses

China’s three biggest airlines are poised to report losses totaling 8.5 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) from currency swings this year as a weaker yuan proves a drag amid rising traffic and cheaper fuel. The silver lining: The losses are narrowing. Flagship carrier Air China Ltd. may face...

Ryanair says profit guidance unchanged despite weaker fares

Ryanair does not plan to change its profit guidance despite seeing weaker than expected average fares over the summer months, the airline said on Friday after a briefing for industry analysts. Average fares in the six months to the end of September are likely to have fallen between 8 and 9 p...