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New Payment Method for Air Tickets Successfully Demonstrated

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the successful completion of the first “IATA Pay” ticket purchase transaction in a live test environment. The transaction was conducted in partnership with ipagoo, a UK-based fintech company.  IATA Pay is an industry-supported initiative to develop a new payment option for consumers when purchasing a ticket directly f...

Hong Kong Airlines tops On-Time Performance in Asia Pacific; one of three most punctual airlines globally in 2018

Hong Kong Airlines has once again achieved the highest On-Time Performance (OTP) in Asia Pacific and retained its position in the top three most punctual airlines globally for 2018. The results were revealed in the latest "OAG Punctuality League 2019" report, which tracks on-time performance for airlines and airports based on data from last year. Hong Kong Airlines' 2018...

Full-scale Design of Air Taxi unveiled by Bell

Bell Helicopter revealed the configuration and full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle today during CES 2019. The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans that are designed to safely and efficiently redefine air travel. BELL NEXUS&n...

Qatar Airways Cargo Commences Transpacific Freighter Service to Guadalajara from Macau

Qatar Airways Cargo has commenced freighter services to Guadalajara, Mexico, expanding its network in the Americas region. The new destination is being served by the airline’s Boeing 777 freighter. Guadalajara has been added as a new destination on the cargo carrier’s high demand transpacific freighter route, commencing 6 January 2019. The twice-weekly freighter departs directly fro...

LifeKey agreement signed between Rolls-Royce and Avolon

Rolls-Royce has announced Avolon as a new customer for LifeKey, its pioneering asset management offering, available exclusively to its LessorCare customers. LifeKey is a central component of LessorCare, which was launched a year ago offering a single, comprehensive agreement for all Trent engine types. LessorCare provides faster and easier access to lessor services, offers the incorporation of...

Renewed Wyvern Wingman Operating Status for TAG Aviation (UK)

TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd has successfully received renewed accreditation to the Wyvern Wingman safety program following a rigorous on- site safety audit conducted by Wyvern. The Wyvern Wingman standard is globally acknowledged as the industry’s benchmarkin aviation safety and reflects a commitment to current aviation best practice and the highest level of safety and protocol. Wingman op...

Boom Supersonic Closes $100 Million to Develop its Mach-2.2 Airliner

Boom Supersonic has closed a $100 million Series B investment round, bringing total funding to over $141 million. Investors, led by Emerson Collective, include Y Combinator Continuity, Caffeinated Capital, and SV Angel as well as founders and early backers of transformativecompanies like Google, Airbnb, Stripe, and Dropbox. The proceeds of Boom’s Series B round, whichinclude $56 million...

Braathens Regional Airlines starts optimal fleet management with ATR Global Maintenance Agreement

The Swedish regional airline Braathens Regional Airlines, BRA, started the implementation of its new ATR Global Maintenance Agreement on first of January, following the signature of this milestone agreement with ATR in June 2018 that further strengthens the strong relationship between the two companies. Covering Braathens Regional Airlines entire ATR fleet of ten ATR 72-600s, this customized full-...

London City Airport releases images of New Terminal Interior

New concept images depict what the inside of the new airport will look like in 2022, once its £500 million development is complete London City Airport has released concept images depicting the interior of its 51,000m² new terminal. The images show how the customer experience at London’s most central airport will be completely transformed, once its £500m development is com...

Acquisition Of 5.00% Of China Southern Airlines by Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C. announced that as part of its strategy to invest in the strongest airlines around the world and continue enhancing operations and network connectivity, on 28 December 2018, it has completed an on-market purchase of certain A shares and H shares of China Southern Airlines Company Limited ("China Southern Airlines"), resulting in our aggregate holding of approx...

The Entire Spanish Chinook Helicopter Fleet will be modernized by Boeing

Will remanufacture 17 CH-47D Chinooks to the CH-47F configuration for Spain’s Army Boeing will upgrade all 17 of Spain’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration, adding features such as the digital automatic flight control system, common avionics architecture system and advanced cargo handling to align that country’s fleet with those of other nations. This i...

Second Saab GlobalEye Takes to the Sky

Saab completed a successful first flight with the second GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft on 3 January. The second GlobalEye aircraft took off for the first time at 11.00 am on 3 January from Saab’s airfield in Linköping. GlobalEye, which is based on a modified Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft with a suite of advanced sensors including the Eriey...