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IATA: Strong Demand Momentum Maintained in August 2015

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for August showing a continuation of the strong growth in air travel demand for both domestic and international traffic. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 7.1% compared to the year-ago period....

Russian airlines carry 63.9 million passengers in January-August

Russian airlines carried 63.9 million passengers during the first eight months of 2015, up 0.4% year-over-year (YOY). In August passenger numbers grew 2.3% to 11.5 million, continuing a trend of the previous months. January-August international traffic was down 13.6% compared to the year-ago...


Vietnam Airlines' A350 makes international debut

Vietnam Airlines has started deploying the Airbus A350-900 aircraft internationally. The type’s first international flight for the carrier was on the Hanoi-Paris route, which departed on 30 September, says the SkyTeam alliance member. FlightRadar24 showed that the aircraft assigned to operate the first flight bears the registration VN-A887. It is estimated to land in Paris Ch...

Second MD902 to assist London's Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance has confirmed its purchase of a second helicopter to support its emergency medical services (EMS) work from next year. Registered as G-LNDN, the used MD Helicopters MD 902 “is expected to be operational in early 2016”, the charity says in a 1 October statement. This will join its existing MD Helicopters Explorer, G-EHMS, which has been in use since 2000....

Emirates SkyCargo receives newest Boeing 777 Freighter

Emirates SkyCargo has welcomed the arrival of its newest Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft, bringing the total number of dedicated cargo aircraft in its fleet to 15, including two Boeing 747-400Fs and 13 Boeing 777Fs. Emirates’ newest 777F, which left the Boeing Manufacturing Facility in Everett, Washington, in September, flew its first mission to Hong Kong. The Asian metropolis is one o...

Malindo Air to lease six 737-800 aircraft from GECAS

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced a purchase-and-leaseback transaction with Malindo Airways for six new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Four of the aircraft have delivered to Malindo Air. The remaining two are scheduled for delivery in October. Malindo Air, headquartered in Malaysia, currently operates a fleet of 24...

US DOT: Kuwait Airways unlawfully discriminated against Israeli passenger

The United States Department of Transportation sent a letter today to the national airline carrier of Kuwait, Kuwait Airways, finding that the company unlawfully discriminated against a passenger traveling on an Israeli passport by refusing to sell him a ticket for travel from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to London Heathrow Airport (LHR). As part of its recent investigation, U.S....

Virgin America welcomes Netflix to skies

Today, Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, and Virgin America, have joined forces to provide complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi access that allows new and existing Netflix members to enjoy the entire Netflix catalogue of films and award-winning shows. Beginning today, Netflix users on-board Virgin America’s new ViaSat Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft will be able to stream the best...

CAAi has unveiled a new online licensing system for National Aviation Authorities.

The United Kingdom's CAA International and partner New Zealand's Aspeq Ltd. have launched the new licensing system that will allow aviation professionals to apply for, renew and manage licenses online. The new e-Licensing system is compatible with CAAi’s current e-Examination system that is currently being used by many aviation authorities.   The system can immediatel...

FAA Fears That 1 Million Drones Could Be Sold This Holiday Season

You’re probably getting a drone for Christmas this year, whether you want one or not. Aviation Week reports that, at a recent industry summit, Rich Swayze of the Federal Aviation Administration said that the agency expects up to 1 million unmanned aerial vehicles to be sold during this year’s holiday season. Swayze’s prediction, if true, is simultaneously great and...

New Airline: New Orleans to Shreveport, Little Rock, Memphis

A new airline will soon by flying out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. New Orleans-based Glo (GLOH) said Tuesday that it will begin nonstop service to three cities in November. Glo's public charter flights, operated by Corporate Flight Management Inc., will offer two nonstop flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Shreveport; Little Rock,...

Virgin chooses Amadeus system to manage aircraft load control processes

Virgin Australia will manage its aircraft load control processes using a flight management system from airline IT company Amadeus as part of a new partnership between the pair. While Virgin will maintain its use of Sabre for its passenger service system (PSS), the airline has chosen the Amadeus Altea Departure Control Flight Management (Altea DC-FM) system as a standalone product for its a...

Yes, People Still Get Flight Upgrades Just for Being "Nice"

Rude and uncooperative fellow-passengers make flying difficult for airline staff and fliers alike. And although there will always be die-hards who insist that you can never get upgraded on a flight merely for being "nice," I beg to differ. Consider my experience on a recent American Airlines flight between Los Angeles and New York's JFK. Lo and behold, the seat next to me in busin...

Incident: Delta MD90 Near Baltimore on Sep. 30, 2015, Engine Shut down in Flight

A Delta Airlines  McDonnell Douglas MD-90, registration N959DN performing flight DL-1086 from Atlanta,GA to New York La Guardia,NY (U.S.) with 109 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL310 about 160nm south of Washington Dulles,DC (U.S.) when the crew decided to divert to Washington reporting the right hand engine (V2528) had been shut down prompting ATC to inquire whether the air...

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Eurowings enters British leisure travel market

Dreariness in Germany, holiday fever in the UK: Eurowings is entering the British travel market in response to the surge in demand for flights between the UK and Mallorca. Germany’s number one h...

Etihad Airways accelerates transformation plan to mitigate impact of pandemic

 Etihad Airways has announced its financial and operating results for 2020, recording a 76% fall in passengers carried throughout the year (4.2 million, compared to 17.5 million in 2019) as a res...

4AIR becomes first private aviation participant in the IATA Aviation Carbon Exchange

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