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Air Canada selected as charter airline for all seven Canadian NHL teams

Air Canada announced on Wednesday that it has signed a six-year agreement to be the charter airline for all seven Canadian teams in the National Hockey League. The airline’s charter service, Jetz, will be responsible for moving the Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winni...

American Airlines donates airplane to OSU

Oklahoma State’s most recent donation landed at the Stillwater Regional Airport on Wednesday. American Airlines donated an MD-80 passenger airplane to OSU, which will be used to further science, technology, engineering and math education.   OSU plans to start modifying the airplane...


Turkish Low-Cost Carrier Pegasus Is Selling Unbundled Fares Without the Hate Selling

With the unbundled, fees added, sales strategy firmly embedded in the low-cost airline model, and now adopted by former full-service carriers around the world, it’s unusual to hear any airline talk about taking a step back and listening to consumer opinions on these retailing strategies. But that’s exactly what Turkey’s only low-cost carrier, Pegasus Airlines, has done....

American Air Says It Is Cancelling Orders From Lie-Flat Seat Maker

American Airlines Inc. will replace Zodiac Aerospace as the supplier of premium business-class seats for its Boeing Co. 787-9 Dreamliners and some 777-200s because of delays in deliveries. “Zodiac is far behind schedule and continues to cause significant delays to our plans to improve the travel experience for our customers,” said Laura Nedbal, a spokeswoman for American. The carrie...

Hangzhou YTO Express Becomes Launch Customer for Boeing 737-800BCF

China's start-up cargo carrier, Hangzhou YTO Express Airlines (YG) has signed a launch customer agreement (LCA) with Boeing Co. for 15 Boeing 737-800BCFs (Boeing Converted Freighter) on President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States. Following the signing of this LCA, YTO Express becomes the launch customer for the 737-800BCF. A group of Chinese companies signed Tuesday sev...

Air Serbia new Premium Lounge in Belgrade

Air Serbia celebrated the opening of its new Premium Lounge at Belgrade Nikola Tesla International Airport. Located in the transit area between gates A5 and A6, the new Premium Lounge is the first dedicated airline owned and operated lounge in Serbia. It will be open 24 hours a day and provide a superior travel experience for its Business Class guests, as well as Platinum, Gold and Silver...

Tigerair Australia clears capacity hurdle for Bali flights

Tigerair Australia’s plans to begin overseas flights in 2016 have taken a step forward after the International Air Services Commission (IASC) approved the transfer of capacity from parent Virgin Australia for its services to Bali. The low-cost carrier is scheduled to fly to Bali from Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne from March 2016, taking over routes currently flown by its pa...

Air New Zealand Unveils New Flagship International Lounge at Auckland Hub

Air New Zealand has unveiled a large new flagship international lounge in Auckland that can be used by business class and high-status travellers flying on Air NZ and partner Virgin Australia's trans-Tasman flights. It will also serve as a stop-over lounge for Australians flying on Air NZ flights to North and South America via Auckland as the Kiwi carrier targets more traffic from Australian...

With a Tarantula Roaming About, Delta Calls Off Flight

There are a multitude of reasons your flight might be canceled or delayed - but a spider? It can happen. Passengers who were scheduled to board a Delta flight from Baltimore to Atlanta thankfully avoided a potential in-flight run-in with a tarantula on Wednesday night. Delta Flight 1525 was scheduled to depart Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport at 7:00 p.m...

Plane Forced to Make Emergency Landing After Engine Stops Mid-flight

Passengers endured a terrifying ordeal after their flight was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine failed. MEP Catherine Stihler was on Flybe's BE6938 from Shetland to Inverness when she saw the engine stop in midair. She tweeted: "Emergency landed in Kirkwall. An engine failed. Very very scary." The Saab 340 turboprop operated by Loganair under contract from...

Flight Delayed? You Could Be Paid Up to 1,000 Yuan

Travelers who buy flight delay insurance through Wechat's shake function could get a compensation of up to 1,000 yuan once their flight is delayed by just one second. The latest flight insurance was launched jointly by China's leading flight service provider VeryZhun, Wechat, Zongan Insurance and Air Union Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd. at a press conference in Shanghai on Wednesday, which...

Engine Fire on Cathay Pacific Plane Flying from Perth to Hong Kong Forces Emergency Landing

An engine on a plane flying from Perth to Hong Kong caught fire shortly after take-off overnight, forcing an emergency landing in Indonesia. A man has contacted the ABC saying his brother was onboard Cathay Pacific flight CX170 when there was a loud bang and sparks and flames. The cabin was then reported to have gone dark. He said about 15 minutes later the captain reported a problem with...

Finnair expects to gain €70 million with the replacement of the Airbus A340-300s with new A350-900s

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this financial fleet guidance as it prepares to accept its first Airbus A350-900: Finnair, which is the European launch customer for the Airbus A350-900 XWB, is preparing to receive its first A350 delivery from Airbus in early October. As Finnair announced in December 2013, it has made sale and leaseback agreements for its two first A350 aircraft with GECAS...

Thomas Cook Sticks With Growth Forecast

Thomas Cook maintained its guidance for growth this year and said late summer trading had seen strong demand for travel to Greece and Egypt. Thomas Cook said in a trading update that bookings in its fourth quarter had been boosted by poor weather in Scandinavia, and it was encouraged by demand for winter bookings. The company is forecasting growth on a constant currency basis for the 12-mont...

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Board of Directors of Norwegian Air has outlined a simplified business structure and dedicated short-haul route network. With this plan, Norwegian can build a robust and solid company that will a...

Unique BOAC 747-Inspired suitcases auctioned for Flying Start

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easyJet cabin crew to be fast tracked to support the NHS vaccination programme

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MTU Maintenance signs exclusive contract with new airline Air Sial

MTU Maintenance and start-up airline from Pakistan, Air Sial, have signed an exclusive five-year contract for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Air Sial’s six V2500 engines. Beyond MR...