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ACI members aims to boost the competitiveness of European aviation

As the finishing touches are being put to the EU’s landmark Aviation Package, Augustin de Romanet, President of ACI EUROPE and President & CEO of Aéroports de Paris, met earlier today with Violeta Bulc, the EU Transport Commissioner. He was accompanied by Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport and Armando Brunini, CEO of Aeroporto di Napoli – both mem...

Gilles Gateau will join Air France with effect from 1st November 2015

Gilles Gateau, Deputy chief of staff and social advisor to the Prime Minister, will join Air France with effect from 1st November 2015. Following an introductory period with the Company, Gilles Gateau will take up his position of Executive Vice President Human Resources and Labour Relations Air France in January 2016, taking over from Xavier Broseta. Xavier Broseta will, as of this date, rep...

ATR Passenger-Cargo "Combi" Model Receives EASA Certification

The turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR has obtained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its passenger-cargo "combi" version of the ATR 72-600. The new cabin configuration of the aircraft allows combining increased cargo volume for over 19 m3 in volume and nearly 3,000 kg in weight with up to 44 passenger seats section. By replacing the forward seven rows by a c...

Air France Hires French PM's Aide as HR Head in Turbulent Times

Air France said on Wednesday that French Prime Minister Manuel Valls' industrial relations adviser was taking over as head of human resources at the airline as conflict over planned cost and job cuts rages between management and pilots. Current HR head Xavier Broseta, who had his shirt ripped off as angry employees hounded him out of a meeting about job losses last week, will take up a...

Air France A380 Declares Emergency After Crew Realise 2 Passengers Are Missing

An Air France flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Johannesburg, South Africa was forced to declare an emergency and turn around 45 minutes into its journey, after crew discovered that two passengers were missing. Crew onboard the Boeing A380 triggered the security alert after realising that the passenger list and baggage did not match - with four bags loaded without their o...

Airbus completes painting of Singapore Airlines’ first A350 XWB

The first A350-900 for Singapore Airlines has been revealed in the airline’s livery following completion of painting in Toulouse. The aircraft is now set to move to the next stages of production, including the installation of engines and cabin furnishing, before starting ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Singapore Airlines in the first quarter of 2016. Sin...

AFI KLM E&M To Provide CFM56-7 Support For Jet2.com

AFI KLM E&M and fast growing leisure airline Jet2.com have signed an engine maintenance contract for the UK carrier’s Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. The agreement covers engine repairs, on-site and on-wing assistance, as well as an engine leasing option. Two quick-turn repairs already carried out  The global specialist for CFM56-7 engine maintenance, AFI...

A350 Line Maintenance: AFI KLM E&M Launches Service Offer

Paris, Amstelveen, 14 October 2015 – AFI KLM E&M has been granted Part 145 approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) authorizing it to carry out line maintenance for airlines operating the A350. Engaged in a program to develop its dedicated A350 maintenance capabilities,AFI KLM E&M has with this new approval extended its commercial offering with...

AltiJet to launch France's first TBM 900 charter service

French business aircraft start-up AltiJet is preparing to launch charter services early next year with the country's first commercially-operated Daher TBM 900. The Strasbourg-based company took delivery of the single-engined turboprop on 7 October and has applied to the French civil aviation authority, the DGAC, for an air operator’s certificate (AOC). “We hope to begin flyin...

Dassault To Break Ground on New Falcon Service Center

Dassault Aviation will break ground on Friday for a new heavy-maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Mérignac, France. This will be an addition to Dassault Falcon Service’s three dedicated heavy MRO facilities in Paris Le Bourget; Little Rock, Ark.; and Wilmington, Del. “The Mérignac shop will complement these,” the company said. The new 7,20...

Societe Generale Coporate & Investment Banking Announces Appointments

Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB) announces the appointment of Frederic Surdon as Head of Asset Finance effective immediately. This new department includes Export Finance, the Aviation, Real Estate and Shipping Finance teams as well as the Structured Solutions and Leasing teams. Based in Paris, Frederic Surdon reports to Pierre Palmieri, Head of the Global Financ...

STTS, extends its service offering and builds new painting hangars in Toulouse

STTS, (a Finaero company) leading expert in aircraft painting & sealing announces the launch of three purposely built paint hangars at its Toulouse Blagnac sites. In order to respond to growing market demand, STTS is investing in a 60 million euros project that will accommodate three further painting bays, more specifically: Two 10.000m2 hangars accommodating wide body aircraft...