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Virgin America Makes Its Hawaiiscape: New Hawai'i Flights Launch Today

Virgin America, the low-fare, upscale airline, today celebrates the launch of new daily nonstop flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) with a series of festive events in San Francisco and Honolulu – including the opportunity for workaholics to score the ultimate “Hawaiiscape” with Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson. To hel...

Embraer Legacy Midsize Jet Assembly To Start in U.S. in June

Expansion of Embraer Executive Jets' assembly facility in Melbourne, Fla., to accommodate Legacy 450 and 500 production, in addition to the existing Phenom 100 and 300 lines, is well under way and on pace to be completed in the spring, according to facility managing director Phil Krull. The first U.S.-assembled Legacy 450 is expected to enter the initial build station in June, he noted....

Cirrus to Begin Knoxville Construction Within 60 Days

Cirrus Aircraft says it hopes to start construction within the next two months on its planned distribution center and showroom at McGhee Tyson Airport, with a goal of completion by mid-2016. Company and local government officials gathered Thursday afternoon for a groundbreaking for the $15 million "Vision Center," which is expected to create 170 jobs. On Wednesday, the Metropolitan...

U.S. Airlines Learning From Accident Close Calls, But They Can Try Harder, Study Finds

Travel via large U.S. commercial airlines is among the world's safest transportation modes, but airlines may be lulled into a false confidence when they interpret averted collisions and other near-misses as proof that their safety systems are satisfactory, according to a team of expert risk analysts. In calling for stricter scrutiny of near-misses as indicators that safety systems may need...

NBAA Convention Preview: NBAA 2015 Is Vegas’s Baby

Since 2011, the annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition has bounced between Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas because of the unique logistical requirements of the show, especially the need for a nearby airport that can safely accommodate almost 100 business jets on static display. This year the show returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport fro...

United Will Stop Replacing Employees With Contractors to Ease Labor Tension

United Continental Holdings Inc.told employees Friday that it’s suspending the outsourcing of airport jobs after the practice was cited as workers’ biggest concern. Following 1,100 such reductions earlier this year to cut costs, United is now holding off on replacing employees with hires from outside the company at least until their union contracts become eligible for negotiation, a...

Aviation expert discusses plane that caught fire

Multiple people were injured after fire on rumway at Fort Lauderdale airport The plane was expected to be removed from the runway Thursday night. News4Jax spoke with an aviation expert, who said the amount of injuries is to be expected in a plane fire like that. Firefighters were at the scene of the plane fire within two minutes fortunately just in time to rescue everyone on board, many o...

United Airlines halts airport outsourcing until 2017

United Airlines on Friday promised it would not outsource more jobs in baggage handling or customer service at least until 2017, aiming to reduce uncertainty for workers after announcing about 1,150 job cuts in February, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters. The decision resulted from employee feedback on how to improve the airline, solicited in September when Oscar Munoz became chief...

Boeing likely to match Airbus on single-aisle output: source

Boeing Co is likely to broadly match European rival Airbus SA  in notching up production of single-aisle aircraft to 60 a month, but the timing of Boeing's move remains uncertain, according to a person familiar with the situation. Airbus said on Friday it would lift monthly output of its top-selling A320 to 60 in mid-2019, a 20 percent jump over its prior target of 50, and a move...

Abu Dhabi Airport Handles 2 Million Passengers Monthly In Q3

Abu Dhabi International Airport has handled over two million passengers in each of the three months of July, August and September, as the capital city becomes important travel hub in the region. "September was another very busy month for the Abu Dhabi International Airport and the third consecutive month in which ADIA welcomed over two million passengers," said Engr. Ahmad Al Haddabi,...

AerSale, Inc. Promotes Bill Thompson to Senior Vice President, Materials Division

AerSale, Inc. announced today that Bill Thompson has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Materials Division. In his new capacity Thompson will oversee AerSale’s global materials acquisition and sales efforts covering all airframe and engine product lines for both commercial and military platforms. Bill joined AerSale in 2010, where he was initially responsible for the sal...

Plane catches fire on runway at Fort Lauderdale airport

The engine of a Boeing 767 carrying 101 people caught fire as the plane taxied for departure Thursday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, officials said. It was bound for Caracas, Venezuela. Seventeen people were taken to Broward Health Medical Center, according to a spokeswoman there. Among those transported were a child and a trauma patient. Two of the 17 had b...