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Air Canada buys back its shares for $36.7 million

Air Canada announced that since commencing its normal course issuer bid on May 29th, 2015, it has purchased, for cancellation, a total of 3,185,735 Class A variable voting shares and Class B voting shares (collectively the "Shares") at an average Share price of $11.53 for an aggregate cons...

Aegean Airlines, passenger traffic grows by 30% in July-August, 2015

AEGEAN's international passenger traffic in July-August 2015 marked a 30% increase over the corresponding period of 2014. Overall, in two months, the company carried 3 million passengers on its domestic and international flights. AEGEAN’s significant expansion to new destinati...


Malaysia Airlines and Air Lease sign agreement for 4 Airbus A350s

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) and Air Lease Corporation signed long-term lease agreements for four (4) new AirbusA350-900s. The transaction also includes a lease option for two additional A350-900s and two A330-900neo aircraft. Powered by two Rolls Royce Trent XWB-84 engines, the A350-900 aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Airbus and will be delivered between the fourth quar...

Aeroflot confirms commitment to transport all Transaero passengers

Aeroflot Group is currently in the process of integrating OJSC Transaero Airlines. During the integration period, PJSC Aeroflot, with the support of the Federal Agency for Air Transport (RosAviation), will ensure that all obligations to ticketed Transaero passengers are met in full. Transaero continues to sell tickets, and all passengers with tickets will be transported to their destinations...

American Airlines Group Reports Record August Trafic, Capacity and Load Factor

American Airlines Group today reported August 2015 and year-to-date traffic results. American Airlines Group's total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were 21.0 billion, up 5.0 percent versus August 2014. Total capacity was 24.3 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 2.7 percent versus August 2014. Total passenger load factor was 86.5 percent, up 1.9 percentage points versus August...

Chinese Airlines Lures South Korean Pilots with Better Working Conditions

More South Korean pilots are leaving local airlines, data showed Friday, apparently for better salaries and working conditions abroad. According to the data by the transportation ministry, the number of pilots who left top flag carrier Korean Air Lines Co. during the January-July period stood at 42. This is compared with 26 pilots leaving the company in 2013 and 27 in 2014, the dat...

China, Grenada Sign MOU on Air Transport Cooperation

China and Grenada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on air transport cooperation on September 11, according to a statement on the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)'s website. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, visited the Chinese aviation regulator after he attended the 7th World Economic Forum, also known as the Summer Davos Forum, which was launched in Northea...

Qatar Airways announced 'most like airline on Facebook'

Qatar Airways has become the world's first to pass the 10-million-fan mark on Facebook, reaffirming its position as the world's most popular airline on the most popular social media network. The airline first became the most popular carrier ever on Facebook when it passed eight million fans in December 2014, and has held the title consistently since. Qatar Airways Group chief executi...

Etihad Airways and Ministry of Environment and Water host wildlife trafficking workshops

Etihad Airways and the Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW) this week hosted two days of workshops about the growing threat of illegal wildlife smuggling. The workshops, focused on potential trafficking through the airport environment, were attended by representatives from the airline, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company, and the General Administration of Customs.  Etihad Airways and MOE...

Estonian Air, passenger traffic grows by 16.4% in August, 2015

In August 2015, Estonia's national carrier Estonian Air carried 62,355 passengers, out of which 58,628 on regular flights; the number of passengers increased 16.4%, out of which 16.1% on regular flights compared to the same period last year, informs LETA. In the first eight months, Estonian Air carried altogether 404,109 passengers, out of which 388,808 on regular flights. The total number...

Loong Air Receives Its 9th A320 Airliner

Zhejiang Loong Airlines (GJ) took delivery of a brand new Airbus A320 airliner at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) on September 10, which is the Hangzhou-based carrier's ninth A320 aircraft. Equipped with sharklets and CFM-56 engines, the newly-received A320 aircraft -- Registration B-8146 -- is configured with 174 all economy seats (including prem...

Chengdu Airlines to Start First Int'l Service This Year

Southwest China's Chengdu Airlines (EU) is set to launch its first international service linking Chengdu with Lahore in Pakistan. The Chengdu-based carrier has actively cooperated with Sichuan Safety Supervision Bureau in expanding its business range toward international services, in order to adapt to China's "One Belt and One Road" initiative and strengthen Chengdu...

Beijing Capital Helicopter Appointed Airbus Helicopters' Service Center in China

Beijing Capital Helicopter (BCH), a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines Group, has been appointed as Airbus Helicopters' service center in China. It will carry out maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work on the H125 and H135 - two of the most popular light helicopters operating in the country today. Already a customer of Airbus Helicopters owning a fleet of 4 H125 and 3 H135, t...

Etihad Airways introduces new baggage policy

Etihad Airways will introduce sweeping new baggage policy enhancements in conjunction with the launch of its new Fare Choices tariff structure, effective for tickets issued on or after 14 September 2015, providing more choice and clarity to its guests.   The new policy has been introduced to respond to individual customer needs with greater flexibility and to more closely align Etihad Air...

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