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South Dakota FBO Unveils New Facility

Westjet Air Center, the only full-service FBO at South Dakota’s Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), held the grand opening for its new facility. With a stone exterior and copper ceilings, the 5,000-sq-ft terminal included in the $1 million-plus project is designed to resemble a luxury home or hotel. The facility offers a flight-planning center, pilots’ lounge with a pair of sn...

Incident: United Airlines A320 at Las Vegas on Oct. 9, 2015, Nose Gear Problem

A United Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N417UA performing flight UA-519 from Chicago O'Hare,IL to Las Vegas,NV (USA) with 157 people on board, was descending towards Las Vegas when the crew reported they had no nose wheel steering and needed to stop on the runway. Emergency services were called to their stand by positions for the arrival. While the A320 was maneouvering for the...

United Airlines Promises to Order 100 New Planes if Pilots’ Union Caves

United Airlines plans to order a fleet of 100-seat jetliners from either Bombardier Inc. or Embraer SA if it can agree on terms for a two-year contract extension with pilots in expedited bargaining. Reaching a deal would assure labor peace with a crucial union for new Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz and bring back some flying now done by regional partners with cramped, less- efficient 50-se...

U.S. Airline Traffic Is Up But Airlines Want More Revenues

Airline traffic is up and planes are full, though carriers still expect a key revenue measure to decline because of lower average fares. Investors remained focused on bustling activity for airlines, however, and airline shares rallied Friday. American Airlines traffic rose 7.2 percent in September compared with the same month last year. The average flight was 82.7 percent full, a record for...

United ready for rival's overseas flights from Houston: executive

United Airlines (UAL.N) will be competitive in Houston even as budget rival Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) launches its first international flights from the Texas city next week, the company's chief revenue officer said Friday in an interview. United Continental Holdings Inc intends to compete on price when necessary, add destinations and offer easy connections to keep customers, Jim Compt...

Delta Air Lines becomes the first U.S. airline to allow customers to pay for flights with Apple Pay

Delta is the first U.S.-based airline to allow customers to purchase tickets using Apple Pay, making the booking process even easier for iPhone users. Delta customers can now book and pay for flights via Apple Pay, the easy and private way to pay that the company says is safer than credit cards, using the latest version of the Fly Delta app. Delta is the first U.S.-based airline to allow its cu...

New United chief Munoz ready to ‘act’

United Airlines new chief Oscar Munoz will act soon to address some of the issues that he is hearing about from employees and customers, says the carrier’s chief revenue officer Jim Compton. “You’re going to see him act,” says Compton on the sidelines of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Fall Conference in New York today. “Some things you&rs...

Florida FBO Starts New Hangar Build

Stuart Jet Center, one of two FBOs at Florida’s Witham Field/Martin County Airport, has broken ground on a 24,000 sq ft hangar that, when completed in next year’s first quarter, will allow the Avfuel-branded service provider to shelter the latest ultra-long-range business jets. The $2 million project, wind-coded to meet Miami-Dade specifications for hurricane safety, will inclu...

Frontier welcomes first A321

Denver-based Frontier Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321. The ultra low-cost carrier will operate the type initially on routes from Orlando to Philadelphia, Denver, Cleveland and Detroit. The airline has a base in Orlando to support the A320 family's largest variant. “All of us at Team Frontier are excited to welcome our first A321 into our fam...

FAA Considers Total Ban on Lithium Battery Shipments on Passenger Airlines

The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines. “We believe the risk is immediate and urgent,” Angela Stubblefield, a Federal Aviation Administration hazardous materials safety official, said at a public meeting on Thursday. She cited research showing the batterie...

Fitch Affirms VA 2013-1 Class A Notes; Upgrades Class B, C & D Notes

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the class A notes at ‘A’ and upgraded class B (to ‘BBB’ from ‘BB+’), class C (to ‘BB’ from ‘B+’) and class D (to ‘B+’ from ‘B’) notes for Virgin Australia Holdings Limited’s (VAH, not rated publically) enhanced equipment notes (EEN) series 2013-1. Fitch’s ratings cover approxi...

CAL happy with launch of Atlanta service

CAL Cargo Airlines tells Air Cargo Week (ACW) it has had a good start to 2015 as it launches twice-weekly flights to Atlanta but has shelved plans for services to China. The airline launched flights to the USLi city of Atlanta in the state of Georgia on 25 September from Liege Airport in Belgium. In May this year, CAL chief executive officer, Eyal Zagagi told ACW t...