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Fraport-Copelouzos Consortium signs contracts for managing 14 Greek Airports

Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide and its Greek partner Copelouzos Group signed contracts with the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund for the 40-year concessions to operate, manage, develop and maintain 14 regional airports in Greece. The transaction closing is expected during the autumn of 2016, at which time full payment of the €1.234 billion upfront concession f...

ExecuJet Secures First Germany IS-BAH Approval

ExecuJet’s Berlin facility this week became the first FBO in Germany to achieve certification under the International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAH). A joint program between International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), IS-BAHincorporates a safety management system in all aspects of F...

Fliegers: 3 top aviation-inspired watches from Germany

The key design elements of timepieces made for 1940s German Air Force pilots - legibility and a black dial face with white markings - have inspired countless watches since, but there's nothing to beat the real deal, writes Abid Rahman High fliegers Like most sane, sensible and non-weird people, I like to google myself. Often. And after some expert googling I was surprised to learn that...

Airberlin is first to offer 3G mobile connectivity to passengers

  fLightWhile 3G mobile telecommunications and its successor 4G have been established for some time on the ground, it may surprise some readers to learn that inflight mobile connectivity has been limited to 2.5G EDGE for several years. But that is now changing. AeroMobile is celebrating the world’s first inflight 3G service on board an Airbus A330-200 operated by customer airberlin....

SR Technics will provide MRO services for Airbus family CFM56 engines till 2024

SR Technics, one of the world’s leading providers of technical services to airlines, and airberlin, Germany’s second largest carrier, announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide ongoing Engine Services. The MOU confirms that SR Technics will maintain, repair and overhaul both airberlin's Airbus A330 PW4000-100" (PW4168)...

Lufthansa, Not Qatar, to Be Airbus A320neo Launch Operator

Airbus is making a last-minute swap and now plans to deliver the first Airbus A320neo to Lufthansa, not to Qatar Airways. According to industry sources, the change was made because of operational restrictions that are still in place for the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine, pending some hardware and software changes. Pratt is working on hardware changes to the bearing of the engine shaft and...

Expansion of Airbus A350 logistics Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services GmbH

Lufthansa Technik AG is stepping up its capacities for the support of the Airbus A350: a symbolic groundbreaking marked the beginning of the expansion of a highly modern warehouse for the spare parts supply at the Munich location. The ceremony took place on December 8, 2015, in the presence of Dr. Thomas Stüger, member of the executive board of Lufthansa Technik, D...

Lufthansa Passenger Arrested After Fumbling with Door During Flight

A Jordanian-American male passenger was restrained by crew members on a Belgrade-bound Lufthansa flight on Sunday after fumbling with the emergency exit door, a spokesman for the German carrier said. The man, a Jordanian with a United States passport, kept changing seats after takeoff and started tampering with the emergency exit door about one hour into the flight from Frankfurt, the spokesman...

airberlin expands service to the Azores

From May 2016, airberlin will operate three flights per week nonstop from Dusseldorf to the Azores. The existing weekly summer service to the archipelago’s capital, Ponta Delgada, will be expanded by an additional flight. A new nonstop flight per week from Dusseldorf to Terceira, the second most populous island in the Azores, will also be added to the schedule. The archipelago in the Atla...

airberlin records strong increase in capacity utilization for November

In November 2015, airberlin once again significantly increased capacity utilization (RPK/ASK) in comparison with the preceding month. While capacity was reduced by 7.4 percent, capacity utilization increased to 81.7 percent, i.e. an increase of 1.8 percentage points as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year. Germany’s second-largest airline company, which has been ranked...

Germany to join multinational tanker effort

Germany has revealed plans to join the Multinational MRTT Fleet (MFF) alongside the Netherlands, Norway and Poland, to share a fleet of Airbus Defence & Space A330 multi-role tanker transports. In 2014 the three other nations announced plans to share the burden of operating multirole tanker transports in Europe, and now Germany has decided that as its A310 tanker fleet ages, it will join th...

Air France-KLM's Low-Cost Carrier Moves into Lufthansa's Munich Hub

Air France-KLM's Transavia airline is to become the first low-cost carrier to set up a base at Munich airport as it expands to compete with budget rivals Ryanair, easyJet and Lufthansa's Eurowings. Air France-KLM was forced to scale back plans for a new Transavia Europe division last year after pilot strikes and is expanding its Transavia Netherlands business instead. Like Lufth...