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SKYTRAX WORLD AIRLINE AWARDS NAMES AIR ASTANA A WINNER SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW

Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, has been recognised for 4 Star service excellence, retaining the accolade of ‘Best Airline in Central Asia and India’ in the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the seventh consecutive year.  The prestigious...

Embraer, Helvetic Airways Sign Letter of Intent for Up to 24 E2s

Embraer announced at the Farnborough Air Show that Zurich based Helvetic Airways has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for 12 E190-E2 and purchase rights for a further 12, with conversion rights to the E195-E2. If all purchase rights are exercised, the deal has a list price of USD 1.5 billion. Th...

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"Azerbaijan Airlines" was once again awarded the prestigious Skytrax Award

Azerbaijani national air carrier was once again confirmed the prestigious "4 Star" rating by the world’s leading assessor of airline and airport service quality British consulting company Skytrax. This means that Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) is rated along with recognized leaders of the global aviation market in terms of service quality. In addition, Azerbaijan Airlines became...

Caribbean aviation taxes may cause economic strangulation

If an airport in the Caribbean wishes to be an international hub, or even a regional hub, it is probably well advised to drop departure taxes and other passenger taxes. Passenger taxation is ‘swamp taxation’ because no one besides the receiver wants it, and it sucks.  “Dutch Government ditches passenger ticket tax in efforts to halt declining traffic at Amsterdam Internat...

Airbus delivers the first A321neo in Cabin Flex configuration to Turkish Airlines

More flexible cabin configurations for the largest member of the A320 Family Turkish Airlines (THY) took delivery of the first A321neo in Cabin Flex configuration at the Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany. This version is the latest addition to the successful A320 Family. By applying modifications to the fuselage, it enables flexible cabin configurations for up to 240 passengers. Turkish Air...

Aircraft Marks Last Delivery of a Fleet of Six Neos to the Flag Carrier

CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (“CDB Aviation”), a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (“CDB Leasing”), announced the last delivery of a fleet of six Airbus A320-200neo aircraft to Scandinavia’s largest airline, SAS, as part of a sale and leaseback transaction commenced in March 2017. “We are delighted to con...

The big To-Do about failing Caribbean airlift

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert In past three weeks, politicians and industry leaders at a number of summits in the Caribbean have expressed the urgent need for better air connections and more reasonable prices. Sorry folks. That’s an old hat to say the least. There may even be a skeleton in the closet. In 2007, Ministers of Civil Aviation in the Caribbean and other tourism and travel offici...

Flydubai launches ‘Surf and drive’ offer to its passengers

This summer, Flydubai has launched a special ‘Surf and drive’ offer for its passengers to enjoy unlimited connectivity for only USD 08 per flight, and have the chance to win one of two new Toyota Rush SUVs.​ The promotion is available onflydubai all Flydubai WiFi enabled aircraft until 30 September 2018. To enter the draw, simply purchase a WiFi package on board a flydubai flight an...

Austrian Airlines Restructures Route Network and Increases Frequencies

· Unprofitable flight connections to be removed from the airline’s offering · More flights to New York, Chicago, Beijing and other international destinations · AIRail’s high passenger growth Austrian Airlines is restructuring its route network. Beginning October 2018, Austrian Airlines will remove certain connections from its winter schedule, such as Hong Kong...

Lufthansa Cargo Triple Seven fleet grows

Lufthansa Cargo to operate two new Boeing freighters Lufthansa Group’s decision-making bodies have approved Lufthansa Cargo’s operation of two brand-new Boeing 777F freighters. Lufthansa Cargo ordered two brand-new Boeing 777F freighters in May of this year. The question of who would manage and operate these was left open initially. The jets are expected to be ferried from the Boein...

IATA: Passenger Demand Continues Strong Growth in May

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for May showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 6.1% compared to the same month in 2017, which was a slight pickup from 6.0% year-over-year growth for April 2018. Capacity climbed 5.9% and load factor rose 0.1 percentage point to 80.1%.  "May was another s...

Restrictions on powdered substances in hand luggage on flights to/from the US

In accordance with the order of Transport Security Administration (TSA) the passengers flying to/from the US will be banned from carrying powdered substances exceeding 350 ml in their hand luggage.  Examples of powdered substances are flour, sugar, coffee, spices, powder milk and other similar products. If the passenger is not required such substances during the flight passengers are advis...

ETIHAD AVIATION GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW STRUCTURE

Robust organisational structure to deliver transformation of the group New leadership team announced: promotion of Mohammad Al Bulooki to Chief Operating Officer, appointment of Robin Kamark as Chief Commercial Officer, and Ibrahim Nassir as Chief Human Resources & Organisational Development Officer, as part of new seven-strong C-suite Almost half of the leadership team are UAE national...

Boeing delivers first 737 MAX for Ethiopian Airlines

Africa's largest and fastest-growing airline expands Boeing fleet with new and improved 737 jet Delivery is first of 30 MAX jets for Ethiopian and will be largest 737 MAX fleet in the Continent Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines celebrated the delivery of the first of 30 737 MAX jets for Africa's largest and fastest-growing commercial airline. The flag carrier of Ethiopi...

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Caribbean aviation taxes may cause economic strangulation

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The big To-Do about failing Caribbean airlift

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert In past three weeks, politicians and industry leaders at a number of summits in the Caribbean have expressed the urgent need for better air connections and more reasonable...

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SKYTRAX WORLD AIRLINE AWARDS NAMES AIR ASTANA A WINNER SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW

Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, has been recognised for 4 Star service excellence, retaining the accolade of ‘Best Airline in Central Asia and India’ in the...

Embraer, Helvetic Airways Sign Letter of Intent for Up to 24 E2s

Embraer announced at the Farnborough Air Show that Zurich based Helvetic Airways has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for 12 E190-E2 and purchase rights for a further 12, with conversion rights to...

Boeing, VietJet Sign Agreement for 100 737 MAX Airplanes

Agreement includes 80 737 MAX 10s, which would be largest commitment in Asia Deal to double Vietnamese carrier's 737 MAX fleet to 200 Boeing and VietJet signed a Memorandum of Unde...

"Azerbaijan Airlines" was once again awarded the prestigious Skytrax Award

Azerbaijani national air carrier was once again confirmed the prestigious "4 Star" rating by the world’s leading assessor of airline and airport service quality British consulting comp...

Airbus delivers the first A321neo in Cabin Flex configuration to Turkish Airlines

More flexible cabin configurations for the largest member of the A320 Family Turkish Airlines (THY) took delivery of the first A321neo in Cabin Flex configuration at the Airbus facilities in Hambur...

The big To-Do about failing Caribbean airlift

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert In past three weeks, politicians and industry leaders at a number of summits in the Caribbean have expressed the urgent need for better air connections and more reasonable...

Caribbean aviation taxes may cause economic strangulation

If an airport in the Caribbean wishes to be an international hub, or even a regional hub, it is probably well advised to drop departure taxes and other passenger taxes. Passenger taxation is ‘sw...