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Aeroflot is going to establish a joint carrier Rossiya with the participation of three of its subsidiaries

Aeroflot is establishing a joint carrier – Rossiya, with the participation of three of its subsidiaries; the carrier will work in a “medium” segment, RIA Novosti reports with reference to Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Savelyev. “We are going to consolidate all of our subsidiaries on the basis of Rossiya, except for Aurora and Pobeda: Rossiya, Donavia and Orenburg Airlines (Orenair...

Transaero was going to suspend flights in Russia on October 15th

Transaero was going to suspend transportation of passengers, who already have tickets, to foreign countries on October 5th and suspend flights within the territory of Russia on October 15th, Interfax reported with reference to Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Savelyev. According to him, passengers would have been transported only from foreign countries back to Russia. The passengers, who have tickets f...

BOC Aviation selects CF6 engines for new A330-300 aircraft

BOC Aviation Pte. Ltd. (“BOC Aviation”) has selected GE Aviation’s CF6 engines to power two new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, to be delivered in 2017. The two aircraft have been placed on long-term lease with EVA Airways Corporation. “Our choice of GE Aviation’s CF6 engines demonstrates our confidence in the reliability and proven strong operational performance of...

Air France may cut 5,000 more jobs in new restructuring

Air France will cut a further 5,000 jobs if a second phase of its cost-cutting plan goes ahead, on top of an already announced plan to cut 2,900 jobs.  Air France, having failed to secure pilots' agreement for a plan to increase working hours for the same pay, had to come up with a more draconian one earlier this week, unveiling 2,900 job cuts and prompting violent protests among staff...

Spaceport Colorado submitting FAA license application this month

Spaceport Colorado intends to submit its application for a commercial spaceport license by the end of the month with the aim of securing approval in the second quarter of 2016, says air and spaceport director David Ruppel. If successful, Spaceport Colorado can begin offering horizontal launch services in what is becoming an increasingly crowded market, with 10 US sites already approved by the F...

Bond hands over first upgraded EC135 T2 to UK NPAS

Bond Air Services has handed over to the UK’s National Police Air Service (NPAS) the first of an eventual seven upgraded Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2+ rotorcraft. Featuring a custom mission system including a L3 Wescam MX-10 electro-optical/infrared camera, upgraded communications suite, and new digital mapping featuring augmented reality, the modification work has been performed...

Airbus Helicopters to begin Arrano tests for H160 shortly

Airbus Helicopters will shortly begin trials on its Dynamic Helicopter Zero test rig of the first pair of Turbomeca Arrano engines destined for the H160 programme. Following recent delivery of the two 1,100-1,300shp (820-969kW) turboshafts to the airframer’s Marignane facility in the south of France, they were briefly installed on the second H160 prototype for ground evaluations, says Aur...

Jetgo headed to Melbourne Avalon

Regional carrier Jetgo has confirmed it will be able to begin flights between Dubbo and Melbourne on October 27 after securing access to Avalon Airport. Jetgo had planned to fly to Melbourne Tullamarine but said recently it was unable to get terminal space. Moves to operate into nearby Essendon Airport then hit a roadblock because of a lack of passenger screening facilities and regulatory...

Qantas’s Joyce named airline CEO of the year

Aviation consulting house CAPA – Centre For Aviation has recognised Qantas and its chief executive Alan Joyce for the airline’s recent revival. Qantas received the airline turnaround of the year award, while Joyce was named airline chief executive of the year, at the World Aviation Summit held in Helsinki. CAPA executive chairman Peter Harbison described Qantas’s retur...

Cathay Pacific Hurt by Runway Delay in Hong Kong with Rivals Expanding

Hong Kong has a plan to counter growing competition from airports in North Asia. It starts in 2023. That's how long Asia's busiest international airfield must wait before opening a third runway after a near 10-year delay in winning approval for the extension. In the meantime, airports from Guangzhou to Taipei are expanding and adding more direct flights, taking business from H...

Are Airline Passengers Ready to Climb into Flying Bunk Beds?

Airlines and aircraft manufacturers keep coming up with wackier ideas for squeezing more people into airplanes. Remember the saddle-seat? And the hexagon sardine scheme? The latest zany proposal is outlined in a patent filed in Europe by aircraft manufacturer Airbus to offer passengers a flying version of bunk beds. Passengers would climb stairs or a ladder to reach the upper le...

Delta Is Removing Seats to Make Flight Attendants More Comfortable

Delta Air Lines Inc. is removing seats from 179 jets to make things less cramped - for flight attendants, not the passengers. The removal of two or three seats, depending on the aircraft model, reverses some of the carrier's seat additions of recent years. The action provides more space in the galleys, spokesman Michael Thomas said. "This is an investment to give our fligh...