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Eurowings Austria applies for widebody, ETOPS certification

Eurowings (EW, Dusseldorf) has requested B767 and B777 operational permits as well as ETOPS authorization for its nascent Austrian subsidiary according to a report by Austrian Aviation Net. The carrier, founded as Eurowings Europe GmbH, is currently undergoing certification with the Austri...

Russian airlines carry 52.5 million passengers in 1H

Russian airlines carried 52.5 million passengers in the 2015 first half, the same number compared to the year-ago period. In July, passenger numbers grew 2.8%, continuing a trend of May and June. First-half International traffic was down 13.8% year-over-year (YOY) to 23.257 million...


France's Atlas Atlantique Airlines to open Paris Vatry base

Atlas Atlantique Airlines (L5, Nantes) is planning to open its first Paris base at Paris Vatry ahead of plans to commence scheduled flights to Algeria and Morocco this autumn. As previously reported, the carrier, formerly known as Atlantique Air Assistance (TLB, Nantes), will lease an A320-200 for flights to Algier (3x weekly), Oran (7x wee...

Australia’s carriers improve punctuality in 2014/15

Australia’s major carriers posted significant improvements in punctuality during the 12 months to June 2015, figures show. The overall figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed 86.5 per cent of domestic flights arrived on time in 2014/15, while 85.1 per cent of flight arrived at the gate on time. The equivalent figures for 2013/14 were 8...

Lufthansa CEO Defends Cost Cuts as Pilots Threaten More Strikes

Lufthansa's chief executive defended the German airline's hard line on strikes on Wednesday after pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) threatened further walkouts in an row over retirement benefits and cost cuts. VC said earlier the German flag carrier had rejected its offer of concessions in a long-running dispute that has seen a dozen strikes over the last 18 months and cos...

JetBlue in Talks With Azul to Let Fliers Book on Both Carriers

JetBlue Airways Corp. is talking with Brazil's Azul SA about an agreement that would let passengers fly both carriers on one itinerary -- a move that would reunite Azul Chief Executive Officer David Neeleman with the U.S. carrier he founded. Linking the two airlines would help Neeleman, who left JetBlue in 2007, eight years after its creation, to further his global expansion plans...

SAA on Verge of Canceling Old Order for 10 Airbus A320 Planes

South African Airways is close to canceling an order for 10 Airbus Group NV A320 planes, a move that will save the unprofitable state-owned carrier about 1.4 billion rand (US$104 million) in write-down charges. "We have got all the approvals in place," Chief Financial Officer Wolf Meyer told reporters in Cape Town on Wednesday. "We just need to get final approval from the board.&...

Ryanair to Boost Flights on 20 European Routes

European budget carrier Ryanair announced plans to boost the number of planes operating on 20 routes. Launching its London summer 2016 schedule, the airline said it would add an additional four new routes to the network, taking the total to more than 150 routes. Earlier it said the rolling annual traffic numbers to August were up 15 percent. The August load factor was 95 percent, up from...

30 Senior Dreamliner Pilots Leave Air India

In a big blow for flag carrier Air India (AI), 30 senior Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilots have resigned in quick succession setting alarm bells ringing in the state-owned airline and posing a human resource challenge in critical times. AI, which is surviving on a bailout funded by the taxpayer, spent around Rs 15 crore on training these pilots on its newest jet three years back but with no security...

China Southern Launches Cross-Border E-commerce Platform

China Southern Airlines (CZ) Tuesday announced the launch of its cross-border e-commerce platform - Southern Cross-Border Purchase (http://csairshop.com).   Through the e-commerce platform, customers can purchase the hottest goods in the overseas markets including the U.S., Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The platform also brings benefits and convenience to the staff of the...

BRIEF: Iran Needs 550 More Aircraft

Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Abbas Akhoundi said talks are underway with foreign aviation companies to ensure $60 billion investment worth to buy 550 new planes. "We need 550 more planes which require $60 billion investment. To this end we are discussing the issue of finance package with foreign aviation companies to ensure this investment," Fars News Agency quo...

Alaska Air Group Reports August 2015 Operational Results

Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported August and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, and for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Detailed information is provided below. AIR GROUP On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 7.0 percent increase in traffic on a 7.7 percent increase in capacity compared to August 2014. Load factor decrease...

Flyers Spent Billions More on Airline Fees Last Year

We spent 18.7% more on fees in 2014 than in 2013. Can you see the day where the average airline trip costs more in taxes and ancillary charges than it does in the actual fare? It is already possible to do that given the array of fees that we pay along the way. According to a recent report by consulting groups IdeaWorks and CarTrawler, in 2014, U.S. air carriers racked up a $2.6 billion incre...

Aeroflot to buy 75%, plus one share, of Transaero

Russia’s Aeroflot, which revealed plans to buy Transaero Airlines Sept. 1, will acquire 75% plus one share of Transaero for RUB1 (1.53 US cents), TASS news agency reported, quoting Russia’s deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov. If the transaction is approved by Aeroflot’s board of directors, Aeroflot Group will get half the Russian airline market. The deal follows...

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Emirates Orders 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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

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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 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

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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...

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

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To increase Awareness and to build Relationships - meet Cathay Pacific

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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...