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Air China takes delivery of its 50th A330

China’s flag carrier Air China has taken delivery of its 50th A330 in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, an A330-300 is the first 242 tonnes maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) version to be operated by a Chinese airline. The increased MTOW allows airlines to operate longer range at improved oper...

Salalah to welcome Oman Air's first Dreamliner

Oman Air is to receive its first state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner in October. The B787 will fly from the Omani capital of Muscat to the southern city of Salalah following its delivery to Oman Air.  The flight will be hosted by members of Oman Air’s senior management team, and...


U.S.-Cuban aviation deal possible this year, official says

Cuba and the United States advanced toward restoring scheduled airline service during two days of talks that concluded in Havana on Tuesday, with the potential to reach a deal this year, a U.S. official said. "One more meeting might be enough to finalize an arrangement. I can't be sure," said the U.S. official, who was familiar with the talks and spoke on the condition of anonymit...

Canadian firm seeks partner for Indonesian seaplane venture

Indonesian start-up BlueWater Seaplanes is planning to commence operations in the near future. Gilles Cardinal, head of the start-up's Canadian partner and existing seaplane operator Cardinal Aviation, says the airline will focus on the tourist market in and around Bali and its numerous surrounding islands. It will also offer ad-hoc charters to remote outlying communities as well as medevac an...

Transaero confirms it will consolidate around Moscow Vnukovo

Transaero Airlines (UN, Moscow, Domodedovo) has confirmed that with effect from October 25 of this year, it will be consolidating its Moscow operations out of Moscow Vnukovo. The carrier currently operates also out of Moscow, Domodedovo. Moscow Sheremetyevo operations ended last year. Transaero said in a statement that the move would bring with it not only commercial and logistic...

American Airlines Secretly Adds Free Real-Time Bag Tracking

American Airlines in recent weeks has quietly added free real-time online luggage tracking for checked bags, allowing customers to determine where their bag is - from check-in counter to baggage carousel pickup. The service is useful not only for curious travelers, but in case a checked bag hasn't arrived at your destination. You'll know right away that your luggage is on...

Qantas Group and GE Aviation sign strategic Flight Efficiency Services agreement

The Qantas Group and GE Aviation have signed a comprehensive agreement for GE’s Flight Efficiency Services, which will help Qantas and Jetstar increase operational flexibility and fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by drawing on GE’s industry-leading navigation services, data and analytics expertise. The agreement includes flight efficiency and Flight Operations Quality Assura...

Air France nears decision on cuts

Air France and its trade unions will reach a deadline Sept. 30 on whether cuts to its long-haul services can be averted. The loss-making airline said Sept. 8 that it could drop 10% of its long-haul services and proceed with redundancies if it does not reach an agreement with all its unions over implementing itsPerform 2020 turnaround plan. The airline’s Central Works Council...

Russia closes airspace to Ukraine airlines from Oct 25

Russia said it would close its airspace to Ukrainian airlines from October 25 in reprisal for a ban that Ukraine has slapped on Russian airlines. Acting on instructions from Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, the federal transport agency "has been asked to inform (Ukrainian) air companies providing flights to Russia that they will be forbidden to use Russian airspace from Oc...

China Express Airlines to Spread Wings Abroad

China Express Airlines (G5), a Chongqing-based regional carrier, has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for expansion of its business scope, in a bid to spread wings abroad, according to its brand release on Sep. 25, which was devoted to the company's nine-year anniversary. Since its maiden flight in Sep. 2006, China Express Airlines has be...

China Airlines Chosen as No. 2 in Top Online Passenger Choice Airline Brands

China Airlines (CAL) was placed second among a top 10 passenger choice airline brands for 2015, according to Design Air, a leading site for airline product news and reviews. Design Air said that it was surprised to see China Airlines so high on the list, but "there seems to be a lot of love for the carrier in Taiwan, maybe due to its next-generation program, which has seen new un...

Blaming the Airlines for Flight Delays – And An Idea to Fix Them

Who is to blame for flight delays? Airlines are happy to suggest that weather and the Air Traffic Control system are the primary culprits. There is another view on the topic voiced at the recent International Aviation Forecast Summit and the airlines are squarely in the crosshairs. For Captain Michael R. Baiada, CEO of ATH Group and a retired pilot, this fight has become something of...

Tigerair Australia Recognised as "Australian International Airline"; Gets Official Nod to Fly to Bali Amid Qantas' Objections

Virgin's subsidiary Tigerair will soon fly to Bali. This follows the recognition of a government body that Tigerair Australia is an "Australian international airline." The official nod came despite concerns raised by rival airline Qantas. The ruling from International Air Services Commission gave the much needed tag of "Australian international airline" to Tige...

Fastjet take delivery of owned A319

Fastjet has taken delivery of its first owned aircraft last week, after announcing intent to purchase in August. Ed Winter, CEO of Fastjet, said: “I am particularly pleased that we have purchased this aircraft from BBAM who showed confidence in the Company by leasing the first aircraft to fastjet in 2012. This aircraft has been earmarked to be the first in the fastjet Zambia fleet and f...

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