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Jetstar heading to the Cook Islands

Jetstar is expanding its international network from New Zealand beyond trans-Tasman routes with new flights to the Cook Islands starting in March 2016. The three times a week service between Auckland and Rarotonga will be operated by Airbus A320s and is Jetstar’s first non-Australian international destination from NZ since it dropped direct Auckland-Singapore services in July 2014. The...

Air NZ forecasts $400mln first half pre-tax profit

Air New Zealand expects to almost double pre-tax profit in the first half of 2015/16 as the airline benefits from lower fuel prices, a simplified fleet and a “buoyant” tourism market. The Star Alliance carrier had guided the market to expect “significant earnings growth” in the current year at its 2014/15 results presentation in August and chairman Tony Carter...

Collins debuts Pro Line Fusion at Helitech

Rockwell Collins displayed a Pro Line Fusion avionics system demonstrator for helicopter cockpits for the first time the Helitech International Helicopter Expo and Conference in London. The Helitech debut follows the system’s commercial launch earlier this year. Airbus Helicopters and Vector Aerospace will develop and market Pro Line Fusion as a cockpit upgrade. All Airbus Helicopters pla...

Finnair Readies for First A350 Delivery; Eyes Asia Market Expansion

Finnair will take delivery Oct. 7 of the first of 19 Airbus A350 XWBs it has on order, becoming the third airline to receive an A350 and the first European operator. The oneworld airline will receive the seventh A350 off the production line in Toulouse Oct. 7, following deliveries earlier this year to launch customer Qatar Airways and Vietnam Airlines. Senior executives at Finnair, including...

Accident: Starbow B463 at Tamale on Oct. 6th, Overran Runway, Nose Gear Collapsed

A Starbow Airlines British Aerospace BAe 146-300, registration 9G-SBB performing flight S9-110 from Accra to Tamale (Ghana) with 76 passengers, landed on Tamale's runway 23 at 08:31L (08:31Z) but overran the end of the runway, broke through a barrier and came to a stop with the nose gear collasped on pavement being prepared to become a runway extension. There were no injuries, the oc...

UTC Aerospace Systems Celebrates 200th A380 Landing Gear Delivery

UTC Aerospace Systems today welcomed Airbus to its landing gear production facility in Oakville, Ontario, to celebrate two program milestones. As the supplier of the body and wing landing gear for the Airbus A380, the event commemorated the pending delivery of the 200th shipset of gear. It was also an opportunity to recognize the upcoming delivery of the first shipset of main landing gear for the...

Fatality-free 2015 U.S. Bizjet Accident Streak Ends

On August 16, one of the longest streaks without a fatal accident among U.S.-registered business jets came to an end. On that day, a Rockwell Sabreliner and a Cessna 172 collided in airspace near San Diego, killing all four aboard the jet and the sole-occupant pilot in the Skyhawk. Until this event, the January through mid-August time frame of this year witnessed no fatal crashes involving N-numbe...

Woman Says Airline Suggested Pumping Breast Milk in Pet Area

A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says staff with United Airlines at Dulles Airport suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area. Liz Meagher Cooper is the mom of a 4-month-old. She tells WFXT-TV in Boston that after she left the plane early Monday at Washington's Dulles Airport, she asked a woman at the counter where she could pump. Cooper says the woman told her s...

GE Probing Similar Engine Parts in Wake of BA Plane Fire

General Electric Co said on Tuesday it was inspecting out-of-service versions of the engine component involved in a fire with a British Airways plane last month to further determine the cause of the engine failure. On Sep. 8, a British Airways plane, a Boeing 777, caught fire upon take-off from Las Vegas to London; all 157 passengers and 13 crew members escaped, with only a few minor...

Estonian Air takes delivery of maiden CRJ-700

Estonian Air (OV, Tallinn Lennart Meri) took delivery of its maiden CRJ-700  on October 2. The exLufthansa CityLine (CL, Munich) machine ES-ACF (cn 10083) was ferried from Ljubljana, where it had been in storage, to Tallinn Lennart Meri. A second of the type is expected to arrive later this week with both aircraft on two year-long leases. Estonian is using the Bombardie...

Pilot Who Became Ill Aboard Flight Died of Natural Causes

A New York medical examiner says an American Airlines pilot who became ill while flying from Phoenix to Boston died from natural causes. The Onondaga County medical examiner's office on Monday night announced the determination in the death of 57-year-old Capt. Michael Johnston. Officials say the determination was made after an autopsy and preliminary toxicology tests. No other det...

Flight Cancelled? Airline Says It Couldn't Fly Without Refueling

A Chinese traveler surnamed Liu has planned to travel from Fuzhou to Kathmandu, Nepal via Guangzhou and booked a ticket for October 15. However, he was informed Tuesday by China Southern Airlines (CZ) that his flight, numbered CZ3067, from Guangzhou to Kathmandu was suspended. It is learned that the Guangzhou-based carrier has cancelled its flights from Guangzhou to Kathmandu from Oct...