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Air France Hires French PM's Aide as HR Head in Turbulent Times

Air France said on Wednesday that French Prime Minister Manuel Valls' industrial relations adviser was taking over as head of human resources at the airline as conflict over planned cost and job cuts rages between management and pilots. Current HR head Xavier Broseta, who had his shirt ripped off as angry employees hounded him out of a meeting about job losses last week, will take up a...

Jet Aborts Takeoff When Car Makes Wrong Turn onto Runway

Federal officials say a plane carrying 78 people was forced to abort a takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport when a car made a wrong turn onto a runway. The Federal Aviation Administration says the incident shortly before noon Tuesday involved a Compass Airlines twin-engine jet bound for Kansas City. The Los Angeles Times reports an alarm sounded in the control tower when a...

Incident: Sky A319 at Santiago on Oct. 14, Engine Access Door Separated in Flight

A Sky Airline Airbus A319-100, registration CC-AIC performing flight H2-112 from Santiago to Copiapo (Chile) with 137 passengers, was climbing out of Santiago's runway 35R when engine access doors of the left hand engine (CFM56) opened and separated from the aircraft. The crew stopped the climb at FL150 and returned to Santiago for a safe landing on runway 35L about 25 minutes after depar...

Russian Officials Banned from Flying with Foreign Airlines on Business Trips

Russian officials and State Duma deputies can no longer fly with international airlines on business trips, under an amendment to a presidential decree published Wednesday. From now on, official trips can only use Russian carriers or the airlines of other members of the Eurasian Economic Union, which comprises Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. Officials can only dodge the patr...

JetBlue Wants to Be the Only Airline with Free Wi-Fi on Every Flight

When JetBlue recently introduced checked baggage fees, it gave the title of Only Large U.S. Airline With Free Checked Bags to Southwest. (I just made that title up, but Southwest is very proud of the distinction.) But JetBlue might have a way to make it up to passengers. On Wednesday, the carrier announced progress in making free in-flight Wi-Fi -- the carrier calls its service Fly-Fi ...

Air France A380 Declares Emergency After Crew Realise 2 Passengers Are Missing

An Air France flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Johannesburg, South Africa was forced to declare an emergency and turn around 45 minutes into its journey, after crew discovered that two passengers were missing. Crew onboard the Boeing A380 triggered the security alert after realising that the passenger list and baggage did not match - with four bags loaded without their o...

Birmingham-Bound Monarch Holiday Flight Intercepted by Fighter Jet

Passengers have told of their panic after a Monarch Airlines holiday flight travelling from Madeira, Portugal, to Birmingham was intercepted by a French fighter jet. The fighter jet flew so close to the plane, passengers said they could see the pilot in the other cockpit. The Monarch flight ZB983 reportedly lost communications over French airspace, and the jet was sent to inte...

Russia’s Aeroflot sues Transaero Airlines

Russia’s Aeroflot has sued Transaero Airlines for RUB5 billion ($79.3 million) in the Moscow City Arbitration Court, which did not disclose details. Aeroflot Group stated it will hire half of Transaero’s 12,000 staff and is ready to offer jobs to 700 pilots; 2,800 flight attendants; 1,000 members of engineering and technical personnel; 1,200 employees of ground handling division; an...

Airbus completes painting of Singapore Airlines’ first A350 XWB

The first A350-900 for Singapore Airlines has been revealed in the airline’s livery following completion of painting in Toulouse. The aircraft is now set to move to the next stages of production, including the installation of engines and cabin furnishing, before starting ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Singapore Airlines in the first quarter of 2016. Sin...

Viability of Aviation Biofuels Remains Distant, Say Experts

Biofuels for aviation continue to face multiple challenges, the most daunting of which centers on ways to make production economical, according to a recent report jointly released by the French Académie des Technologies and Académie de l'Air et de l'Espace. The experts admit the environmental benefit, although proven in principle, is difficult to quantify. They consider hydro...

Pre-owned Gulfstream Market Holds Steady, Report Notes

The pre-owned market for in-production large-cabin Gulftreams is holding steady, though prices on early modelG650s are likely to dip below $60 million over the next 12 months, according to an inaugural Gulfstream quarterly market update report from Hagerty Jet Group. The Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft broker, which specializes in Gulfstreams, completed nine Gulfstream transactions worth $260 million...

UAE carriers will continue to fly over Iranian airspace

The UAE’s two leading airlines have decided not to follow Cathay Pacific’s lead and will continue to fly over Iranian airspace, despite concerns over Russian air strikes on Syrian targets. Russia has been firing long-range missiles at Syrian targets from warships in the Caspian Sea. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued a warning that the missiles “crossed airspace in Ira...