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Will Airlines Get Onboard With Easy-Boarding Side-Slip Seat?

The slip-sliding, aisle-widening Side-Slip seat is back, and one step closer to launch. Denver-based Molon Labe Designs LLC, developers of the Side-Slip Seat, which would ease aircraft boarding, took some time to go back to the drawing board after the product’s debut at the A...

Largest Airline Caterer to Fire 300 Workers as In-Flight Trends Trigger Wider Loss

Gategroup Holding AG, vying with Deutsche Lufthansa AG to be the biggest airline caterer, posted a wider loss and said it will cut 300 jobs as it adopts a new strategy, sending the stock to the steepest drop in three years. Gategroup slumped 15 percent to 28 Swiss francs Thursday, the most since...


China's CEFC adds to Czech buying spree with airline, brewery deals

China's sixth largest private company CEFC added to a weeklong buying spree in the Czech Republic on Saturday, announcing deals to buy a majority stake in a top brewery group and a share in an airline company in the central European country. The Czechs have sought more investment ties with the world's second largest economy. This week President Milos Zeman was the only Western leader to...

Will the Transaero Airlines brand be retired and merged into Aeroflot?

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has agreed to acquire 75 percent of the shares of failingTransaero Airlines (Moscow). Aeroflot is buying out its main competitor (and its $1.6 billion debt) for the symbolic price of one ruble. Transaero Airlines is the second largest airline in Russia and has lately been failing and building up a large debt. According to Reuters, “Transae...

What is business class, in the age of longhaul LCCs?

What does longhaul business class mean to you? Is it a flat (or nearly flat) bed? Lounge access? Better food and drinks? The diversification of both hard and soft product, together with the increase in ancillary options in recent years — even in premium cabins — is a benefit for consumers who want to pick and mix their perfect flight, but a headache for travel planners, corporate bo...

Passenger "Starts Fires" on Holiday Jet to Egypt

A passenger has been tackled by cabin crew after starting two small fires on board a holiday jet. Police have launched an investigation after the incidents on a Monarch service from Birmingham Airport to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Staff quickly contained and extinguished the fires during Thursday's flight, and no-one was hurt. However the plane was left unserviceable, leaving...

Alaska Airlines' maiden B737 MAX due for early delivery

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) is on track to take early delivery of its first B737 MAX aircraft. Alaska's VP - Capacity Planning, John Kirby, told FlightGlobal that unlike previous forecasts, the airline's maiden B737 MAX 8 aircraft is now likely to arrive in late 2017 as opposed to early 2018. Alaska Airlines ordered twenty -8s and seventeen -9s from Boe...

Ryanair rejects reports of Copenhagen 'virtual' base

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael O'Leary has denied reports his airline is planning to establish a 'virtual' base at Copenhagen Kastrup to cope with a surge in demand expected during the summer 2016 season.  The Irish LCC was forced to close both its Copenhagen and Billund bases during the previous quarter after...

Switzerland's Germania Flug to induct maiden A321 this fall

Germania Flug (GM, Zurich) has announced it will add a third aircraft - an A321-200 (sl) - to its fleet of two A319-100s with effect from October 25. The jet - D-ASTD (cn 5843) - will be used, inter alia, to operate flights to Pristina, Kosovo and Skopje, Macedonia for and on behalf of tour operator, Air Prishtina. This year, flights to Kosovo will operate not on...

Delta: US airlines won’t extend campaign to carriers outside Gulf

Delta Air Lines considers majority state-owned Chinese airlines to be “totally different” than state-owned Middle East carriers, according to a Delta lawyer. Speaking at the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit in Las Vegas, Delta EVP-corporate affairs and legal counsel Ben Hirst tried to assuage the fears of airlines around the world that the subsidy allegations made by D...

Korongo Airlines ceases its activities

Following the general assembly of the shareholders and management of Korongo Airlines on 4th of September in Lubumbashi, the decision has been taken to discontinue Korongo Airlines’ flight operations and to start the necessary actions to dissolve the company. Founded by Airbel (Brussels Airlines and George Forrest) and some smaller private Congolese shareholders, Korongo Airlines started...

Etihad Airways becomes founding member of UAE business council in India

Etihad Airways has been announced as one of the founding members of the UAE Business Council in India, formed under the able leadership of Saed Mohammed Saed Al Muhairi, charge de affairs, Embassy of UAE. James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, said: “India is a crucial market not only for Etihad Airways but the UAE itself and therefore we welcomed the op...

Aeroflot agrees to lead Transaero restructuring

Russia’s Aeroflot has agreed to be involved in the restructuring of Transaero Airlines, Aeroflot said in a statement. The board decision comes three days after it agreed to acquire 75% plus one share of Transaero for RUB1 (1.53 US cents). In making the decision, Aeroflot said it “took into account the factor of high social tension in the airline market.” The board re...

China United Airlines, pilots sanctioned over fight in cockpit

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has penalized both China United Airlines and two pilots who reportedly started a fight in the cockpit. The CAAC has imposed a 10% reduction on the airline’s existing route time, and in addition has restricted it from opening up any new flight routings, either scheduled or charter. The regulatory agency also banned the two pilots from flyin...

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Emirates Orders 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

At Dubai Airshow Boeing and Emirates have finalized a purchase agreement for 30 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes, valued at $8.8 billion according to list prices. Emirates had previously...

To increase Awareness and to build Relationships - meet Cathay Pacific

There are general wellknown things about Cathay Pacific Group: Everything starter back in 1946, today, it is a company with a long history of connecting Hong-Kong with the rest of the World. Cath...

First cadet pilot training program in Canada - CAE, Jazz and Seneca

A team came together in order to develop Jazz Approach, an innovative Canadian program. Members of the team - CAE, Jazz Aviation and Seneca. The goal of the program is to provide Jazz with a...

50 A350XWB order for Emirates signed at Dubai Airshow 2019

Airbus and Emirates Airline have signed a purchase agreement for 50 A350-900s - Airbus’ newest generation widebody aircraft. The order was signed at Dubai Airshow 2019 by His Highness Sh...

CAE to train more than 1,000 new easyJet pilots

CAE has signed a long-term exclusive training agreement with easyJet to train 1,000 new easyJet cadet pilots on a Multi-Crew Pilot licence (MPL) programme. CAE will also provide Airbus 320 type r...

Region First Approval to 3D Printed Aircraft Parts - Etihad Engineering

Etihad Engineering has collaborated with EOS and BigRep to open the region’s first additive manufacturing facility with Design and Production Approval from EASA. The laboratory, loc...

A $4 billion LEAP-1A engine order - Qatar Airways & CFM International

Qatar Airways announced that it has selected CFM International LEAP-1A engines to power its new fleet of 50 A321neo family aircraft, the largest order of A321neo family aircraft in the Middle East....

KLM Firms Up Order for E195-E2 Jets and Adds Six Further Aircraft

Embraer and KLM Cityhopper have signed a firm order for 21 E195-E2 aircraft, plus 14 purchase rights. The 21 firm positions will be acquired via operating lease from Embraer lessor partners Aircastle...

Air Partner Opens Office in Dubai

Great news - looking to it looks to extend its offering to the Middle East and grow market share in the region, Air Partner opens its new office in Dubai! The office, whi...

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Hahn Air issues first airline ticket on the blockchain

Hahn Air is the first airline that issued a real-world ticket enabled by blockchain technology on the open-source travel distribution platform Winding Tree. It is also the first airline to fly pa...

Strategic alliance between Sanad and Emirates

Sanad Aerotech has signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with Emirates Airline, through its leading aircraft engine MRO division, Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre. The signing...

Emirates Orders 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

At Dubai Airshow Boeing and Emirates have finalized a purchase agreement for 30 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes, valued at $8.8 billion according to list prices. Emirates had previously...

First cadet pilot training program in Canada - CAE, Jazz and Seneca

A team came together in order to develop Jazz Approach, an innovative Canadian program. Members of the team - CAE, Jazz Aviation and Seneca. The goal of the program is to provide Jazz with a...

To increase Awareness and to build Relationships - meet Cathay Pacific

There are general wellknown things about Cathay Pacific Group: Everything starter back in 1946, today, it is a company with a long history of connecting Hong-Kong with the rest of the World. Cath...

Focus on customer centricity: Etihad Cargo partners Cargo One

Etihad Cargo has augmented its digitalisation strategy by signing a landmark distribution agreement with cargo.one, the multi-airline e-booking platform. Finalised on the side...

IATA Gender Diversity Pledge signed by airBaltic

Latvian airline airBaltic today joined more than 20 airlines to sign an International Air Transport Association (IATA) 25by2025 gender diversity pledge, committing to increase fema...