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Delta Sues Regional Airline After Pilot Action Grounds Planes

Delta Air Lines Inc. is suing Republic Airways Holdings Inc., claiming that the regional airline company failed to fly some Delta Connection flights. Republic has said it curtailed flying for regional affiliates of Delta, American and United because of a pilot shortage that it has blamed partly on a labor dispute with pilots. Delta sued Republic in a state court in Atlanta on Monday. In the...

Jennifer Aniston’s Emirates Advertising Debut Is a Passenger Experience Nightmare

Jennifer Aniston has made her debut as the face of Emirates Airlines’ latest campaign with a quirky and humorous video that highlights the nightmare of air travel in anything but luxury. In the video, Aniston dreams that she’s on a plane with no shower or bar, and is mocked by flight attendants for asking. Fortunately, she wakes up in First Class on an Emirates A380, so all is well...

World's Fastest In-flight Broadband Coming to Lufthansa

For those who cherish escaping the constant deluge of emails that flying 35,000 feet above ground affords, peace and quiet might soon be shattered. British satellite company Inmarsat has partnered with Deutsche Telekom to bring super-fast Internet to fliers in Europe, enabling them to use their smartphones at same speed in the air as they do on the ground. The service will be the fastest on...

VEB and VTB may establish a new carrier on the basis of Transaero

Bankruptcy of Transaero Airlines is only one of the possible scenarios; VEB is negotiating establishment of a new carrier on the basis of the airline, VEB Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told Russia 24 TV channel, TASS reports. “We are considering the possibility of a soft landing in this difficult situation in the form of controlled bankruptcy. But now I would like to admit that bankruptcy is...

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...