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Flexjet, Flight Options Pilots Agree To Unionize

Pilots at Flexjet and Flight Options have narrowly voted in favor of representation by the International Local Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). Polls closed on the election yesterday following a three-week voting period. A little more than 51 percent of the 644 pilots who voted (330) voted for representation. Approval is decided by a simple majority of the votes. A total of 663 pilots were eligible...

Landmark Aviation earns ARGUS CHEQ Platinium rating

Landmark Aviation’s Milwaukee charter certificate has obtained the Charter Evaluation and Qualification (CHEQ) Platinum Rating from ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS). This achievement means that Landmark’s entire charter operation, encompassing four Part 135 certificates, have now earned a Platinum rating. “Achieving the prestigious ARGUS Platinum rating is another means fo...

Embraer 190s, More Boeing 737-900ERs Coming to Delta

Delta Air Lines will add up to 20 Embraer 190 and 20 new Boeing 737-900ER jets acquired through a new agreement with The Boeing Co. The agreement is part of the airline’s continued strategy to improve its efficiency by adding additional 737-900ERs and upgauging its mainline fleet with the nearly 100-seat, twin-engine E190 jets while reducing the use of small regional aircraft. The...

Time running out for iconic Boeing 747

Time is running out for Boeing’s iconic 747 jumbo jetliner, the plane that brought global travel to the masses in the 1970s. The storied 747 has fallen from favour in the modern airline industry as carriers turn to twin-engined aircraft that can fly farther and use less fuel, such as Boeing’s own 777 or the Airbus A350. Sales of the cavernous freight model have waned as well, done i...

United Airlines 2016 Fleet Plan

We are now getting our first look at United’s 2016 fleet plan.  Some of the highlights include United taking delivery of older ex-China Southern A319 aircraft as well as new 737-900ERs, Dreamliners, and its first 777-300ER. A319: United operates 55 A319s in its fleet, and in 2016 the airline plans to take delivery of 9 of the 14 ex China Southern aircraft leased fr...

U.S. hopes to conclude Cuba aviation talks 'very, very soon'

The United States hopes to conclude aviation talks with Cuba about the resumption of scheduled commercial airline flights "very, very soon," a senior U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday. The official was speaking ahead of Thursday's one-year anniversary of the United States and Cuba's agreement after 18 months of secret talks to restore diplomatic ties that Washingt...

mba Provides Maintenance Cash Flow Forecast for CLAS US$713 Million ABS Deal

Morten Beyer & Agnew (mba) provided Castlelake, L.P. with Maintenance Cash Flow Forecast and General Market Analysis for their Aircraft Securitization Trust (“CLAS 2015-1”) consisting of fifty-four (54) aircraft and six (6) engines (the “Portfolio”), subject to twenty-three (23) operators, spanning eighteen (18) different countries.  CLAS 2015-1 was made pu...

GE Capital Aviation Services and Virgin America Sign Lease Agreement for 10 Airbus A321neo Aircraft

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced it signed an agreement with Virgin America, Inc., to lease 10 new Airbus A321neo aircraft powered by CFM’s LEAP-1A engines to expand the carrier’s fleet. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in Q1 2017 and the remainder will deliver in 2017 and 2018. All 10 air...

Boeing Board Elects AT&T CEO Stephenson as New Member

Boeing Chairman Jim McNerney announced today that the company’s board has elected Randall Stephenson as a new director, effective February 2016. Randall Stephenson Stephenson, 55, has been chairman and CEO of AT&T, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, since 2007. AT&T is a global leader in integrated connectivity solutions for businesses and co...

Alaska Airlines Files Motion in SeaTac Proposition 1 Legal Challenge

Alaska Airlines, Filo Foods, BF Foods and the Washington Restaurant Association today filed a motion in King County Superior Court asking the trial court to hear evidence on whether the City of SeaTac’s Proposition 1 ordinance interferes with the Port of Seattle’s authority to run the airport. In August, the Washington state Supreme Court issued its opinion on Proposition 1 and, as...

Zetta Jet Signs Deal for Five Bombardier Global 6000s

Los Angeles-based air charter firm Zetta Jet has signed a deal with Bombardier Business Aircraft for up to five Global 6000s worth a potential $318 million at list prices. The agreement, announced today, is a firm order for one Global 6000 and options for four more of the ultra-long-range jets. The airplane will operate out of the company's Asian hub in Singapore and will join Zetta Jet’...

Flexjet Outlines How Supersonic AS2s Will Be Integrated

Like its Gulfstream G650s that will enter service next year, Flexjet's supersonic Aerion AS2s—slated for delivery starting in 2023—will be part of the fractional provider’s Global Access program, Flexjet chairman and parent company Directional Aviation Capital principal Kenn Ricci told AIN. This means that Flexjet will not be selling shares in either of these long-r...