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French investigators confirm Reunion flaperon from MH370

French officials have confirmed that the piece of aircraft wreckage discovered on Reunion Island is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, MH370. In a statement issued by the official French investigator, the flaperon was identified as being one which had been manufactured by Airbus f...

Air France threatens route, job cuts if savings not made

Air France (AF, Paris CDG) has warned it may cut both its longhaul network and workforce should it fail to make an estimated EUR1.8 billion (USD1.98 billion) in additional cost cuts. France's RFI says in the event the airline's pilot corps rejects plans to increase its work-hour...


Lufthansa publishes special timetable for tomorrow

Lufthansa has published a special timetable for its services tomorrow Tuesday 8 September. The action has been taken following a call by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union (VC) for its members at Lufthansa German Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo to take strike action. A total of 1,500 passenger flights (including some 170 long-haul services) and seven cargo flights were scheduled to be ope...

South African Airways announces a new Code Share Agreement with Air China

South African Airways (SAA) has announced a code share agreement with Air China (CA) that will enable SAA to jointly market Air China’s newly inaugurated non-stop service between Johannesburg and Beijing as well as points beyond Beijing to Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Chongqing. Air China will in turn market SAA’s services from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban and Port El...

Qatar Airways selects Arconics for CDMS

Qatar Airways today announced that it has engaged Dublin-based Arconics to implement an enterprise Corporate Document Management System (CDMS) for the global carrier. The 10-year agreement was recently signed in Doha by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, and Arconics CEO, Niall O’Sullivan. The customised system based on the market-leading Arconi...

50th A330 for Air China successfully completes maiden flight

The 50th A330 to be operated by Air China, which is also China’s first A330-300 with the increased 242 tonne maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) capability, has successfully completed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France. Displaying a special livery to celebrate the “50th A330 for Air China”, the aircraft will be delivered to the Chinese carrier in September.  Air China is th...

Travelmath reveals extent of bacteria found on passenger aircraft

Travelmath has reported that travelling by air is highly unhygienic, with an investigation into five airports and four flights. The investigation recorded that airports and airplanes are far dirtier than the average home, with the tray table recording 2,155 bacteria colonies forming in each square inch (CFU/ sq. in.).   With the tray table being the most unhygienic location on an air...

Finnair Traffic Performance in August 2015

Number of passengers grew by 8.7 per cent year‐on‐year In August, Finnair’s overall capacity measured in Available Passenger Kilometres grew by 1.6 per cent and traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres grew by 3.3 per cent year‐on‐year. The passenger load factor increased by 1.5%-points to 86.3 per cent. The capacity in Asian traffic decreased by 6.5 per cent and the traffic me...

Xiamen Air Receives Its 125th Boeing Jetliner

Xiamen Air (MF) took delivery of a brand new B737-800 aircraft on Sep. 5, marking the carrier's 125th airplane. The new Boeing jetliner, Registration B-6489, became the 12th new plane introduced by the carrier this year. Xiamen Air, which is 51 percent owned by China Southern Airlines (CZ), currently operates a fleet of 125 Boeing aircraft, including 17 737-700s, 97 737-800s, six 757-200...

Saudi-led coalition jets kill 20 at a wake in Yemen: residents

Jets belonging to a Saudi-led coalition killed at least 20 people at a wake in northern Yemen on Sunday, local tribesmen said, as warplanes pounded Houthis and other forces behind a missile strike that had killed dozens of Gulf Arab soldiers. The air strikes targeted troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, an ally of the Houthis, across the country and hit a Houthi base in what had...

Small Planet seals 5 year deal with Cambodia's Sky Angkor

Sky Angkor Airlines (ZA, Phnom Penh) has signed a five-year co-operation agreement with the Small Planet Group. Under the agreement's terms, each winter Small Planet Airlines (S5, Vilnius) will base part of its fleet in Asia to provide capacity to the fledgling Cambodian operator. From November 2015 to March 2016, four A320-200s will be used transport tourists, among o...

Petition Calls for Airline Seat Standards to End the Cabin Crush

With commercial airlines packing more passengers per plane, many fliers believe that the federal government should adopt minimum airline seat standards for legroom and width to ensure the safety and comfort of travelers. That is the sentiment of more than 30,000 people who signed a petition that was sent last month to Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta. The petiti...

Indonesia AirAsia X Could Be Grounded, Stranding Bali Travellers

Indonesia AirAsia X, which sells cheap flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Bali, is in danger of being grounded by Indonesian authorities next month for not meeting a regulatory requirement to have at least 10aircraft in its fleet. The move would be a blow to Australian holidaymakers and to the airline, which already damaged its reputation by selling flights from Melbourne to Bali last ye...

Slash Airport Taxes and Reform Visas for Chinese Visitors, British Airways Boss Urges Osborne

The head of the company behind British Airways has stepped up his campaign to cut aviation taxes and reform visas for Chinese visitors, urging George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to implement the measures to boost tourism to Britain. Willie Walsh, the chief executive of International Airlines Group, has written a letter to Mr Osborne calling on him to cut Air Passenger Du...

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Advancements in favour of a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in France

As the French Government presented the country’s ambitions with regards to sustainable aviation fuel, in Toulouse, Airbus, Air France, Safran, Suez and Total acknowledge the launch of a new Call...

SITAONAIR acquired GTD Air Services

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Welcome a fully-refurbished SWISS Airbus A340 fleet

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Norwegian wins two coveted accolades at the Airline Economics Aviation 100 Awards

Norwegian received two coveted accolades at The Aviation 100 Awards held in Dublin, Ireland on Monday 20thJanuary. The Aviation 100 awards ceremony celebrates the years’ most outstanding perform...

Air France style flies to the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean

In 2020, Air France continues its upmarket strategy and unveils the new travel cabins of its Boeing 777-300 mainly serving the Caribbean and Indian Ocean region. On board, Air France joined force...

Wizz Air selected Pratt & Whitney GTF engines to power an additional 166 Airbus A320neo

Pratt & Whitney and Wizz Air announced selection of the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine to power an order of 166 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. The order consists of 90 aircraft f...