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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...

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...


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...

Metal band Iron Maiden to fly with Air Atlanta Icelandic

British heavy metal band Iron Maiden have announced they will be chartering a B747-400(F) fromAir Atlanta Icelandic (CC, Reykjavik Keflavik) for their upcoming 2016 The Book of Souls World Tour. Unlike previous tours which used a B757-200 chartered from Astraeus (5W, London Gatwick), TF-AMI (msn 27066) will not require extensive reconfiguration. &quo...

Asia Pacific Airlines Traffic Results - July 2015

Preliminary traffic figures for the month of July released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed further robust growth in international passenger numbers, whereas air cargo demand has weakened. Taken together, airlines based in the Asian region carried 23.7 million international passengers in July, a 6.5% increase compared to the same month last year. In revenue passen...

Cargojet & UPS Enter Into Long-Term Air Cargo Services Agreement

Cargojet announced today they have entered into a new Air Cargo Service Agreement with United Parcel Service Canada Ltd. (UPS). This Agreement replaces the agreement originally entered into in 2003 to provide domestic overnight air cargo services throughout Canada. “Cargojet is extremely pleased to have successfully extended our long-standing business relationship as the primary domestic...

Emirates Confirms Billions in Government Subsidy for Airport Terminal

The United Arab Emirates spent a staggering $7.8 billion to build an opulent, 11-story air terminal at Dubai International Airport for the sole benefit of its airline, Emirates, according to documents the airline filed with the U.S. government that confirmed one of the most excessive and unapologetic violations of Open Skies policy to date. In papers recently submitted to the Obama administrati...

Transaero Airlines sees recovery of its cargo traffic

Transaero Airlines’ cargo traffic started to recover in July after the earlier decline amid the economic headwinds. In July 2015, Transaero delivered 5,742.2 tonnes of cargo, a 3% increase over July of 2014. Revenue cargo tonne kilometres grew to 31,837,600 tkm, 1% up on July 2014. Transaero carried most of the cargo on domestic routes. The airline primarily ensures air cargo delive...

LCCs face strict visibility regulations at Delhi

New entrant low-cost carriers (LCCs) to India, including SIA-backed Vistara and AirAsia India, are facing potential schedule disruptions at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi. Both airlines have been flagged as having likely takeoff and landing limitations imposed during low-visibility days at the Delhi hub this winter. Delhi—frequently a victim of severe smogs&...

Rosneft and Viking Air signed a contract for delivery of 10 aircraft

RN-Aircraft (part of Rosneft Group) and Viking Air Limited (Canada) signed a contract for delivery of 10 aircraft, TASS reports with reference to a press release of the Russian Company. “One of Rosneft’s top-priority objectives is to ensure efficient and reliable provision of aviation services in hard-to-reach regions on behalf of the company. DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter multi-role...

Saudia Cargo Resumes Freighter Operations to JFK

Saudi Airlines Cargo Co. will start operating freighter flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport starting on September 4 in response to the size of the growing demand for shipping operations. The scheduled weekly freighter flight will run from Jeddah to New York City. Acting VP Commercial, Rainer Mueller, stressed that “this step will enhance the activity of air cargo operations t...

Norwegian increases its long-haul fleet and acquires two new Dreamliners

Norwegian has signed an agreement to acquire an additional two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, enabling the company to launch even more long-haul routes. Both aircraft are scheduled to enter service in summer 2017. The 787-9 is larger than the eight 787-8s that Norwegian currently operates on its long-haul routes. With this new agreement, the long-haul fleet will consist of 19 Dreamliners by 2018....

Swiss eyes boost in Asian capacity

Switzerland's flag carrier SWISS will spend up to SFR6 billion ($6.4 billion) over the next two years to increase capacity, with a significant proportion of that in Asia. Following its upgraded order for nine Boeing 777-300ERsin May this year, it will replace its aging Airbus A340-300s on several Asian direct routes with the new aircraft. The first to see the B777 upgrades will be i...

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Congratulations Japan Airlines, first A350 XWB delivered

Japan Airlines (JAL) has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB at Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France. The A350-900 is the first aircraft produced by Airbus for JAL. The milestone event was attende...

Aircraft data and enhance predictive maintenance capabilities - Airbus and United Airlines

United Airlines has become the latest U.S. airline to connect to Airbus’ open-data platform, Skywise, following an agreement recently signed between the airline and Airbus. United will leverage...

The inaugural transatlantic flight of La Compagnie’s first A321neo

Congratulations! The first single-aisle A321neo destined for La Compagnie, an exclusively business-class French airline operating scheduled transatlantic flights, will commence transatlantic servi...

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Congratulations Japan Airlines, first A350 XWB delivered

Japan Airlines (JAL) has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB at Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France. The A350-900 is the first aircraft produced by Airbus for JAL. The milestone event was attende...

Aircraft data and enhance predictive maintenance capabilities - Airbus and United Airlines

United Airlines has become the latest U.S. airline to connect to Airbus’ open-data platform, Skywise, following an agreement recently signed between the airline and Airbus. United will leverage...

Did You Know How Expensive is Flying?

By G.Ziemelis  Over the last decade, with the rise of low-cost airlines, flying became accessible to the masses - over 4.3 billion passengers were carried on scheduled flights in 2018 and the...

Norwegian Inaugurates Chicago to Barcelona Route

Norwegian launched its first flight from Chicago to Barcelona on June 7. The new Barcelona service operates four times per week, with fares starting at $169.90 in Economy and $669.90 in...

Etihad Airways partners with Swae to launch artificial intelligence powered crowd sourcing and engagement platform

Etihad Airways and Swae have partnered to launch iFikra, an artificial intelligence-powered platform aimed at unlocking the full potential of Etihad’s workforce by enabling every emplo...