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Pilots' union threatens renewed strikes at Lufthansa

Pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) threatened renewed strike action at Lufthansa, saying the German flag carrier had rejected its offer of concessions in a long-running dispute that has cost the airline hundreds of millions of euros. Walkouts could start any time and could hit Lufthansa, its c...

Lufthansa Begins GDS Surcharge, Claims Direct Connectivity Gaining Interest

European carrier Lufthansa has not bowed to any of the industry pressure of recent months and today introduced its controversial GDS levy. Every booking made via an intermediary using a global distribution system (Sabre, Travelport or Amadeus) will now face an additional Eur16 levy on the fare....


Halifax-Based Airline CanJet Suspends Operations

CanJet, a Halifax-based charter airline, has suspended its operations due to unprofitability. CanJet's president, Stephen Rowe, confirmed to CTV News on Tuesday that his company is suspending all flight operations because management has been unable to find a place in the marketplace. The last remaining scheduled flight has been flown, he said. Rowe says the company is taking a step...

easyJet Considers Interlining with Longhaul Carriers

easyJet Chief Executive Officer Carolyn McCall says her airline has held discussions with various mainline longhaul operators over the possibility of interlining agreements.   "Many airlines have approached us about feeder flights," she told the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung. "If it's workable and pragmatic, then we are absolutely ready to go ahead."...

Is N. Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest

If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travelers a stern lecture, or worse. Those are among many quirks that may help explain why North Korea's airline has earned a singular distinction: It's been ranked the...

Stop taxing aviation like tobacco – Asky Boss

Airlines in the West African sub-region have complained about the high taxes that has translated into high cost of operations, with players calling for a rethink of tax policies governing the sector. Henok Teferra, Chief Executive Officer of Asky Airlines has thus called on governments in the West African sub-region to stop taxing air travel like tobacco and alcohol if the region is to realize...

In-Flight Calling Should Be Up to Airlines Says U.S. Transportation Department

Airlines should be able to decide whether passengers can make phone calls during flights, a committee told U.S. regulators weighing the issue. The Transportation Department’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection approved the recommendation, Chuck Ardo, a spokesman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who heads the panel, said in an e-mail. The committee appro...

Qantas Unveils Limited Edition Scarf Inspired by Qantas Trend Consultant, Jessica Hart

Melbourne's renowned laneways and food scene are at the heart of collaboration between Qantas and leading Australian scarf brand, Bird & Knoll. The airline's trend consultant, model Jessica Hart was tasked with nominating a destination that "feels like home" which would be the inspiration of a limited edition cashmere blend scarf. The chosen city was Melbourne and the s...

BAE systems continues air support for ADF

BAE Systems will continue its role supporting Australia’smilitary air operations with the announcement of a new four-year contract with the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The AU$9m contract is to provide mission system support services for ADF military operations through the Air Component – Command and Control Capability System (AC-C2CS). BAE Systems Australia Intelligence,...

UK pilots warn on batteries and fatigue

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has issued warnings to both passengers and carriers over potential risks to safety. The UK pilots’ union urged passengers to show caution when packing battery-powered gadgets and cautioned airlines to ensure their flight deck personnel received adequate rest between duty stints. BALPA told passengers flying off on the last major UK pub...

FAA Proposes $360,000 Civil Penalty Against Empire Airlines

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration proposes a $360,000 civil penalty against Empire Airlines, Inc. of Hayden, Idaho, for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges that one of the airline’s Cessna Caravans experienced a lightning strike. The aircraft maintenance manual r...

StandardAero Signs Long-Term APU Maintenance Agreement with Mandarin Airlines

StandardAero signed a six-year contract with Mandarin Airlines to perform customized maintenance, repair and overhaul services for APS2300 auxiliary power units (APUs) on its fleet of Embraer ERJ190 regional aircraft. The contract is StandardAero’s first APU program in Republic of China (Taiwan) and the new contract is expected to continue until December 31, 2021, when Mandarin ant...

FAA Proposes $174,600 Civil Penalty Against Mesa Airlines

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $174,600 civil penalty against Mesa Airlines of Phoenix for allegedly violating federal drug and alcohol testing regulations. The FAA alleges that Mesa hired six employees for safety-sensitive positions – five aircraft dispatchers and one quality assurance inspector – but failed...

Singapore Airlines Names Peter Seah As Deputy Chairman

Singapore Airlines is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Peter Seah Lim Huat to its Board as Deputy Chairman, with effect from 1 September 2015. Mr Seah, 69, will be an independent non-executive director. He will join the Board Executive Committee and the Board Compensation and Industrial Relations Committee. A well-known business figure, Mr Seah is Chairman of DBS Group Hol...

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Air Astana presented its first Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft at a ceremony held in the airline’s technical centre at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport . The airline is the f...

New CAE and easyJet training centre inaugurated in Milan

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Azerbaijan Airlines introduces mobile application for iPhone and Android devices

Azerbaijan’s national air carrier - AZAL rolled out its own mobile application for iOS (version 9.0 or later) and Android (version 5.0 or later) smartphones. The mobile application with...

Silk Way will organize annual Caspian Air Cargo Summit in Baku

The traditional two-days Caspian Air Cargo Summit 2019 opened October 8-9 at Fairmont Baku Flame Towers Hotel. The summit is organized by Azerbaijan's national cargo carrier Silk Way...

British Airways First UK airline to offset Carbon Emissions on flights within the UK from 2020

From January 2020, British Airways will become the first UK airline to offset carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK.  All customers flying within the UK next year on flights operat...

Second phase of Etihad Cargo digitalization strategy

Etihad Cargo has marked the first year of its ambitious digitalization program, which went live with iCargo in October 2018, by reiterating its commitment to enhancing customer experiences with a...

Alaska Airlines' newest painted Pixar-themed aircraft

In collaboration with the Disneyland Resort, Alaska Airlines showcased its latest special-edition aircraft livery today that offers a whimsical tribute to Pixar Pier, a reimagined land at Disney Calif...