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Dutch Safety Board will publish final MH17 report in October

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) has said on Oct. 13, 2015, it will publish its final report on the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. It said that, in September, relatives of those who died in the crash would receive invitations to a closed meeting, at which the...

Major U.S. Carriers Air Further Charges in Subsidies Dispute

The top three U.S. airlines this week aired new allegations in their ongoing campaign against Persian Gulf carriers. The lobbying group representing United, American and Delta airlines charged that United Arab Emirates government bodies unequivocally prop up their respective stat...


HK Express - One of 17 Airlines Representing The Global Aviation Industry in Key IATA Slot Policy Working Group

Hong Kong, 28 August 2015 HK Express has become the only low-cost carrier to join the prestigious Slot Policy Working Group (SPWG) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This group of 17 airlines represents the global air industry in setting policy in the vital area of managing airport slot distribution. According to IATA, its Director General appoints the working group fro...

Skygreece Airlines - Important Message

SkyGreece Airlines would like to apologize to all of its passengers who have been affected as a result of the Company’s current operational crisis. The founders, managers and employees of SkyGreece care deeply about their passengers and have been working around the clock to resolve the problem. Shortly after launching scheduled international service in May, SkyGreece suffered financial se...

Republic teetering after pilot union refuses to allow vote

Republic Airways Holdings said stalled labor talks with its pilots could force it down “an alternative path” that may include a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Indianapolis-based Republic, the parent company of regional carriers Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, has presented its “last, best and final”contract offer to its more than 2,000 pilots, who are represen...

Filipino, Russian carriers look to expand market

Following the signing of an upgraded air services agreement (ASA) between Russia and the Philippines, at least five carriers have flagged interest in operating new schedules between the two countries. “We were able to come to an understanding that is mutually beneficial and . . . that significantly expands cooperation between our countries,” said Philippines’ Transportati...

China Express Airlines Takes Delivery of 19th CRJ900NG

A brand new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional aircraft touched down at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) at 12:35 p.m. on Friday, and officially joined the fleet of China Express Airlines (G5). This is the 7th CRJ900NG introduced by the regional airline in 2015 and the 19th CRJ900NG in its fleet.  The arrival of the new aircraft increases it...

Etihad Airways Appoints Lindsay White Vice President Australia and Asia Pacific

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Mr Lindsay White to the new position of Vice President for Australia and Asia Pacific. In this role, Mr White will assume responsibility for the entire Asia Pacific region, adding China, Japan, Korea and Thailand to his current portfolio of Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and...

Turkish Airlines and LOT to partnership towards future joint venture agreement

Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines have agreed on a major expansion of commercial ties. Both sides have signed a letter of understanding, which will initiate an enhanced cooperation between relevant Polish, Turkish and beyond markets and also deepen commercial cooperation on the existing ones.   Recognising the great significance of deepening the cooperation and desiring to create...

Emirates forms strategic partnership MCI

mirates and MCI have announced a global alliance which will see Emirates becoming the official airline of its large and international events. MCI in turn will be the preferred Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) for Emirates. The strategic partnership will help Emirates build a strong MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition) commercial brand in the meetings industry and bette...

Mohamed Bouderbala steps up as new chief executive for Air Algerie

Air Algerie is hoping to draw a line in the sand with the appointment of new chief executive Mohamed Bouderbala. Martin Rivers and Vincent Chappard look at the challenges facing Algeria's flag-carrier.  Mohamed Bouderbala takes to the helm of Air Algerie following a tumultuous period at the state-owned flag-carrier, which suffered its worst ever disaster in 2014 and is coming under inc...

New European Union regulation to affect Middle East aviation

A new European reporting regulation is intended to encourage an open aviation safety culture and has implications for Middle East organisations aligned to European standards. Chuck Grieve reports. The ancient Greek historian, Plutarch, recognised the folly of killing the messenger who brought bad news. Despite ample evidence to support that view, some modern cultures continue to punish peopl...

Pacific Rim ANSPs implement 14-minute oceanic flight tracking

Pacific Rim air navigation services providers (ANSPs) Airservices Australia, Airways New Zealand and FAA are now using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) technology to track aircraft across the Pacific Ocean every 14 minutes.  This more than halves the previous tracking interval of every 30-40 minutes, and brings the region into compliance with ICAO recommendations ...

The Drink Coupon That Made Southwest Pay $1.65 Million to Lawyers

A federal appeals court has upheld a settlement in which Southwest Airlines passengers got free drink vouchers but lawyers who sued the airline got $1.65 million in cash. The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago last week upheld a lower-court ruling. Southwest includes a drink coupon when passengers buy a higher-priced Business Select ticket. In 2010, the airline started requiring th...

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First highly efficient A330neo delivered to Delta Air Lines

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Hybrid and electric aircraft research agreement between Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines

Airbus has signed  a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SAS Scandinavian Airlines for hybrid and electric aircraft eco-system and infrastructure requirements research. The MoU was signed b...