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easyJet upscales its focus on business, customer and digital with new roles

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has driven significant success from focusing on business fliers, the customer experience and digital innovation. We have now decided to restructure the team around these key areas, promoting Ian Cairns to a newly created role of Director of Customer and James Millett to a newly combined Director of Digital and Marketing. A key part of Ian’s new rol...

Rolls-Royce announces agreements in principle with investigating authorities

Rolls-Royce announces that it has in principle reached a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which was the subject of a preliminary court ruling today. The proposed DPA is subject to final judicial approval and the SFO and Rolls-Royce will appear at court on 17 January 2017 to seek this approval. In addition to the agreement with the&...

Magnetic MRO Signs a Component Maintenance Agreement with airBaltic

Magnetic MRO, Estonian-headquartered Total Technical Care organization and long standing partner of airBaltic, the flag carrier of Latvia, have signed a new maintenance agreement in respect of the wheels & brakes of Q400 and the wheels of CS300. Due to the new and advanced technologies u...

BACA: The Air Charter Association partners with ACE for first ever conference and exhibition

As part of its drive to deliver ever greater value to its members and to enhance the profile and reputation of the air charter industry generally, BACA has teamed up with Air Charter Expo (ACE) to deliver the Association’s first ever conference and exhibition. ACE ‘17 takes pla...

Daher delivers 54 TBM aircraft in 2016 and prepares new integrated flight deck for TBM 900 version

Daher’s Airplane Business Unit announced the delivery of 54 TBM 900/TBM 930s in 2016, underscoring the success for these latest members of its very fast turboprop aircraft family – which continue to benefit from system enhancements. Two-thirds of the 2016 deliveries involved the TBM 9...

Flynas orders 60 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s leading low-cost carrier, has signed an agreement with Airbus for 60 A320neo Family aircraft. In addition to the 60 aircraft, Flynas has converted 20 A320ceo from a previous order to A320neo bringing the airline’s total firm order to 80 A320neo. The deliveries a...

News Feed Flight recorder recovered at crash site of cargo Boeing-747 near Bishkek

One of the flight recorders has been recovered at the crash site of the cargo jet Boeing-747 near Kyrgyz capital Bishkek’s Manas airport, a source in the Kyrgyz Emergencies Ministry told TASS. "The search for the other recorder is in progress. Both will be handed over to Interstate Avi...

Emirates Brings Daily A380 Service to Sao Paulo

Emirates, voted the World’s Best Airline in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, announced that it will operate the first ever scheduled commercial Airbus A380 flight to South America when it upgrades its Dubai (DXB) – Sao Paulo (GRU) service on March 26, 2017. Replacing the existin...

ST Engineering's Aerospace Arm Secures New Contracts Worth About $840M

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace), secured new contracts worth about $840m in the fourth quarter (4Q) of 2016 for services ranging from line and airframe maintenance to component repair and...

Rolls-Royce announces agreements in principle with investigating authorities

Rolls-Royce announces that it has in principle reached a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which was the subject of a preliminary court ruling today. The proposed DPA is subject to final judicial approval and the SFO and Rolls-Royce will appear at court on 17 January 2017 to seek this approval. In addition to the agreement with the&...

Daher delivers 54 TBM aircraft in 2016 and prepares new integrated flight deck for TBM 900 version

Daher’s Airplane Business Unit announced the delivery of 54 TBM 900/TBM 930s in 2016, underscoring the success for these latest members of its very fast turboprop aircraft family – which continue to benefit from system enhancements. Two-thirds of the 2016 deliveries involved the TBM 930 version, which incorporate Garmin’s G3000 flight deck with the first-ever touchscreen-contr...

Flynas orders 60 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s leading low-cost carrier, has signed an agreement with Airbus for 60 A320neo Family aircraft. In addition to the 60 aircraft, Flynas has converted 20 A320ceo from a previous order to A320neo bringing the airline’s total firm order to 80 A320neo. The deliveries a...

Bell Helicopter and Simrik Air celebrate first Bell 407GXP delivery in Nepal

Bell Helicopter announced the delivery of the first Bell 407GXP to Nepal with customer Simrik Air. This is the customer’s first Bell helicopter and is outfitted for multi-mission capabilities, including travel and tourism and search and rescue. Bell Helicopter and Simrik Air commemorated the d...

Airbus’ new centre wing box design holds great promise for future aircraft

Underscoring its role as an innovation leader, Airbus has created the first-ever single-piece composite centre wing box – representing an important evolution of this vital structural component that provides support and rigidity for an aircraft’s wings.  It was designed by researc...

Lockheed assures Trump it will cut F-35 fighter jet costs

Lockheed Martin’s chief has told the president-elect Donald Trump it is close to a deal with the Pentagon to lower costs "significantly" for the next production lot of its F-35 fighter jet and will boost hiring at the Texas factory where the advanced aircraft is made. Marillyn Hew...

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News Feed Flight recorder recovered at crash site of cargo Boeing-747 near Bishkek

One of the flight recorders has been recovered at the crash site of the cargo jet Boeing-747 near Kyrgyz capital Bishkek’s Manas airport, a source in the Kyrgyz Emergencies Ministry told TASS. "The search for the other recorder is in progress. Both will be handed over to Interstate Aviation Committee specialists, due to arrive tomorrow, for data retrieval and interpretation," th...

Emirates Brings Daily A380 Service to Sao Paulo

Emirates, voted the World’s Best Airline in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, announced that it will operate the first ever scheduled commercial Airbus A380 flight to South America when it upgrades its Dubai (DXB) – Sao Paulo (GRU) service on March 26, 2017. Replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER used on this route, the A380 service will mark the airline’s 10th year of o...

Plane makes emergency landing in Istanbul after fistfight at 30,000 ft

An ugly fistfight erupted on a packed London-bound flight at 30,000 feet after an air hostess was assaulted, prompting an emergency landing in Istanbul. The Middle East Airlines flight from Beirut was forced to make the emergency landing in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after the argument broke out...

German jet lands in Kuwait over hoax bomb threat

Initial investigations confirm no explosives on the plane that was carrying 299 passengers. A Germany-bound Eurowings passenger flight from Oman landed in Kuwait on Sunday over a bomb threat but no explosives were found on board, authorities said. The plane from Salalah heading to Cologne was...

AirBaltic: CS300 performance ‘exceeding expectations’

Latvian carrier airBaltic reported its Bombardier CS300 operation performance is exceeding expectations since launching scheduled flights in December. The CS300 launch customer took delivery of the aircraft Nov. 28, 2016, and launched its first flight from Riga to Amsterdam Dec. 14. It...

Qatar Airways Confirms Its Ambitions For France In 2017

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, officially opened the new and luxurious Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, on Thursday 12 January in the presence of honoured VIP guests. At an official ribbon cutting ceremony held wit...

London City Airport breaks passenger records in 2016

London City Airport (LCY) welcomed 4,319,521 passengers in 2015, an 18.38% increase on 2014, to set a new passenger number record. The only London airport actually in London enjoyed its fifth consecutive year of growth to beat the previous record of 3.6 million, boosted by British Airways’ busiest ever summer; the first full year of services by Flybe; added rotations on a number of routes...

Florida shooting highlights limits of U.S. airport security

The deadly shooting at a Florida airport on Friday is likely to rekindle an ongoing debate over whether screening systems should be even more exacting. But experts say preventing attacks like the one on Friday, when a gunman opened fire in a baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, is almost impossible given the large public areas at U.S. airports, despite the bill...

Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport record in 2016

Heydar Aliyev International Airport handled 3.26 million passengers in 2016, which is a record in the history of civil aviation of Azerbaijan. 83.5% of passenger traffic was international traffic. In 2016 28 passenger airlines were flying to Azerbaijan's capital, including national carrier &q...

Emirates A380 Returns to Narita, Japan

Emirates will resume its flagship A380 service between Dubai and Narita from 26 March 2017. This follows the airline’s recent A380 deployment to Moscow, and will take place after the upcoming launch of A380 services to Johannesburg. It will also coincide with the launch of A380 services betwee...

Nigeria wants to close airport in capital for runway repairs

Nigeria's government has proposed closing the airport in its capital, Abuja, for six weeks to repair runways that some airlines have described as dangerous. The government wants to close Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, the country's second busiest, for most of February and March. Wo...

How fog caused recent flight disruptions at UAE airports

Fog has been the cause of flight delays, diversions and cancellations in recent days, which prompts the question, why? Most people would assume that fog would not pose much of a hindrance to technologically advanced aircraft, but that has been disproved. At Abu Dhabi International Airport on N...

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Dassault to provide special event support at World Economic Forum

Dassault Aviation will offer an expanded range of on-ground services to support customers at this year’s World Economic Forum. In addition to standard onsite troubleshooting provided by the Falcon Command Centers, special events support will include technical team assistance and offsite resources provided through the company’s Authorized Service Center network and its Falcon Respons...

RUAG marks delivery of 15,000 flight data recorders

RUAG Aviation announces the completion of over 15,000 flight data recorder (FDR) maintenance events. This latest milestone for the industry leader in aircraft component MRO was achieved in the final quarter of 2016. RUAG Aviation’s one-stop shop services at its Munich location, features a dedicated, in-house component service centre for business aircraft industry. The centre guarantees a tur...

Department of Health of Puerto Rico selects Bell 429 for medical operations

Bell Helicopter announced the sale and delivery of a Bell 429 to the Department of Health, Puerto Rico. The aircraft is configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and equipped to conduct medical rescue missions throughout the region. “The Bell 429 has proven its c...

Jet Aviation completes first Honeywell Primus ELITE DU-875 Upgrade in Geneva

Jet Aviation celebrates another milestone in Geneva, where its maintenance center has recently completed its first Honeywell DU-875 ELITE cockpit display upgrade  in combination with a 120-month heavy check on a Global Express XRS. Jet Aviation’s MRO facility in Geneva recent...

Bizav Flying Up in North America, but Part 91 Lags

Business aircraft activity inched up 1.4 percent year-over-year last month in North America, but was hampered by an unexpected downturn in Part 91 flying, according to TraqPak data released on Friday by Argus International. This also fell short of the company’s projected 4.1 percent uptick for...

Babcock to provide helicopter support to world's biggest offshore wind farm

Babcock Mission Critical Services (MCS) Onshore has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by DONG Energy to provide specialist helicopter support to the new Walney Extension offshore wind farm. The windfarm will be the largest in the world when it becomes operational in 2018, with 87 turbin...

ST Engineering's Aerospace Arm Secures New Contracts Worth About $840M

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace), secured new contracts worth about $840m in the fourth quarter (4Q) of 2016 for services ranging from line and airframe maintenance to component repair and overhaul. New contracts The total contract value includes an agreement with Alaska Airlines t...

FAA grants RUAG approvals for Gulfstream G550 maintenance at Munich location

RUAG Aviation has extended their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approvals to include full maintenance services for Gulfstream G550 aircraft at their Munich-based facilities. FAA registered aircraft are now able to benefit from the comprehensive portfolio of support services available from RUAG Aviation. This announcement follows the recent extension of the EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organisa...

KLM UK Engineering Signs Virtual Learning Environment Contract for Part 66 Exams

KLM UK Engineering is delighted to announce the signing of a long term partnership with Kris Sakti Aviation (Malaysia) for the provision of EASA Part 147 exams supported by KLM UK Engineering’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) software. Under the agreement, K...

Women in Corporate Aviation Announces Inaugural TAG Aviation Scholarships

To celebrate its 10-year anniversary of providing global pilot and cabin crew training, TAG Aviation has selected Women in Corporate Aviation’s scholarship program (WCA-intl.org) as a means to launch two inaugural scholarships. Current WCA members – age 18 and older – are encourage...

RUAG names new Dornier 228 Authorised Service Centre in Bern-Belp, Switzerland

Dornier 228 aircraft are now able to take advantage of full Authorised Service Centre (ASC) services and capabilities at the RUAG Aviation location in Bern-Belp, Switzerland. The announcement, by original equipment manufacturer (OEM) RUAG Aviation, confirms the availability of full services in suppo...

Strata reinforces the “Made in UAE” brand with its 51% Emirati workforce

The latest batch of talented graduates from Strata’s Aerostructures Training Program now means that over half of its employees are UAE National talent, supporting the national ambition of building a global aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi’s eastern city of Al Ain. The milestone wa...

AOPA Statement on the Release of the Final Third Class Medical Reform Rule and Effective Date

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) issued the following after the FAA released its final rule for third class medical reform which the agency has named BasicMed: Teams of AOPA experts are now examining the regulations, which at first look appear to closely mirror the legislation signed into law on July 15, 2016. Pilots should note that BasicMed will not be effective until May 1,...

Dubai HeliConference debuting in 2017 to address challenges of Middle East's helicopter industry

The inaugural Dubai HeliConference is set to take place from April 17 to 18, 2017 at the Al Maktoum International Airport, planned to be the world's largest airport located in Dubai World Central, the venue for the World Expo 2020. The new symposium is supported by the Dubai Helishow, the biennial Helicopter Technology and Operations Exhibition held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed...

Musk’s spaceship back on launchpad after inquiry concludes

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company has been cleared to resume flying following a launch pad explosion four months ago, the US federal aviation Administration (FAA) said at the weekend. The decision clears SpaceX to attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 Iridium Communications satell...

Amazon Plans To Build Flying Warehouses For Drone Deliveries

Amazon has been experimenting with drone deliveries for quite some time and now it seems that the e-commerce behemoth is keen to go beyond the hustle and bustle of land-based shipments to exploit the potential offered by the open skies. In the latest,  Amazon plans to build a giant flying wa...

Government commission considering seven versions of Tu-154 crash

The commission investigating the crash of the Tu-154 aircraft is considering seven versions of the tragedy, including human error, technical malfunction, wind shift and bird collision, but there is no priority version, head of Russia’s Air Force flights safety service Sergey Bainetov told TASS...

Deciphering of Tu-154 flight recorder to begin on Tuesday, transport minister says

The deciphering of the crashed Tu-154 flight recorder will begin on Tuesday, Russia’s Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov told the Rossiya 24 TV channel. "It is one of the black boxes, the one that was recording the flight parameters. It has been delivered to Moscow and handed over to th...

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Alsace's air gate - point of view of Catherine Trautmann

It is always a special honour to find out most important on development tendencies from people who have significant experience luggage. This time we had an amazing opportunity to meet Mrs Catherine Trautmann, former mayor of Strasbourg, who is now Vice-president of Eurometropole, In charge of economic development and the international influence of Strasbourg European Coordinator for the TEN-T Nort...

airberlin Board appoints new CEO

airberlin has announced that Thomas Winkelmann (57) will become the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of airberlin group. Mr. Winkelmann will take over as CEO of Air Berlin PLC from 1 February, 2017, assuming full accountability for all group activities. He will succeed Stefan Pichler, who decided to leave the company after working for two years on the strategic turnaround o...

Dassault Aviation Appoints Damien Farret Director, Falcon Customer Relations and Field Service

Dassault Aviation has appointed Damien Farret, Director Customer Relations and Field Service. He replaces Eloi Dufour, who was named, Director Aircraft Delivery & Pre-Owned Management. In his new position, Farret will lead the entire front line customer support organization for Europe, Mid...

Godspeed, John Glenn

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation founder, former Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the age of 95.  Glenn was the last remaining member of the Mercury Seven – the iconic group of astronauts known for their charismatic charm and adventurous s...

Designer of Soviet MiG jet fighters Mikoyan dies at 89

Vano Mikoyan, one of the developers of the MiG fighter jets for the Soviet and then Russian air force, has died at the age of 89, aircraft maker MiG said on Friday. Mikoyan is best-known for engineering the MiG-29 jet fighter, a warplane that entered service in the 1980s as the Soviet counte...

Richard Branson is bringing us the next supersonic passenger aircraft

On Tuesday, the founder of Virgin Group is joining forces with Boom— an aircraft production startup — to unveil the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, a prototype supersonic passenger airliner. The aircraft will reportedly provide 3.5-hour flights between New York and London for the &...

AIR FRANCE - KLM finalizes the transaction to sell 49.99% of the Servair share capital

Air France-KLM finalizes the transaction to sell 49.99% of the Servair share capital and transfer its operational control to airline catering company gategroup. Following the acquisition of gategroup by HNA on 22 December 2016, Air France and gategroup yesterday finalized the agreement for the sale to gategroup of 49.99% of the Servair share capital and the transfer of its operat...

Lufthansa issues 1.2 billion euro promissory note

For the second time this year, Deutsche Lufthansa AG has placed a large-volume promissory note. The note was issued with maturities of five, seven and ten years. As a result, the group has secured a total of 1.2 billion euros in funding. Approximately half a billion euros of this amount has already been paid out in December 2016; Lufthansa will receive the remaining funds in January 2017. The f...

Research from Global Jet Capital identifies $939 million of mid to large sized private jets for sale in Middle East

New research from Global Jet Capital, a global provider of financing solutions for corporate aircraft, reveals there are around 73 aircraft of this size for sale in the Middle East, with a combined value of around $939 million. Some 26 of these aircraft are registered in the United Arab Emirate...

ADGM moves to bring in aviation finance industry

Abu Dhabi Global Market has launched two initiatives to accelerate growth at the UAE’s newest free zone. It has adapted its rule book to encourage the aviation finance industry to set up on ADGM’s Al Maryah Island base; and it is to host a global summit on financial technology in supp...

Bombardier Announces Closing of its New Issuance of Senior Notes due 2021

Bombardier Inc. announced that it has successfully closed its offering of US$1.4 billion aggregate principal amount of new Senior Notes due December 1, 2021 which carry a coupon of 8.750% per annum and were sold at 99.001% of par (the “Notes”). Bombardier intends to use the net p...

Air BP and BP Ventures announce investment of $30 million in biojet producer, Fulcrum

BP announced the creation of a strategic partnership between its BP Ventures and Air BP businesses with Fulcrum BioEnergy, a pioneer in the development and production of low-carbon jet fuel, in which BP will invest $30 million. As an equity investor, BP has secured a 10 year offtake agreemen...