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GE Capital Aviation Services and Frontier Airlines Sign Purchase-and-Leaseback Deal for Nine New Airbus A321 Aircraft

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced it signed a purchase-and-leaseback agreement with Frontier Airlines for nine new Airbus A321 aircraft. Delivery of the first new aircraft is scheduled for October 2015 with the remaining new deliveries scheduled in 2015 and 2016. All nine aircraft are powered by CFM56-5B3 engines and a...

American Airlines to Serve Papal Flights

American Airlines (and previously TWA) has the honor for the seventh time of transporting Pope Francis from Washington D.C. to New York City, Philadelphia and back to Rome. Route of the positioning flight from Dallas / Fort Worth to Andrews Air Force Base today. (Image Credits: Flightaware) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops chartered the airliner to American Airline...

JFK’s Iconic TWA Flight Center to Become a Hotel

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the formal approval of a 75-year lease deal to transform the iconic TWA Flight Center located at John F. Kennedy Airport into a hotel complex, which will preserve the national historic landmark while providing additional lodging options and services for travelers. The project, approved yesterday by the Port Authority’s Board...

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 Gains Supermajority Support in Senate

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, announced recently that his Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2) (S.571) has surpassed 60 cosponsors in the Senate, giving the measure a filibuster-proof, three-fifths supermajority, and boosting hopes that the legislation will become law this year or next. “I appreciate the significant bipartisan support for...

Turbomeca inaugurates APU production facilities in San Diego

Microturbo, a subsidiary of Turbomeca (Safran), today held an inauguration ceremony to mark the grand opening of a new facility in San Diego, CA. dedicated to the production of auxiliary power units (APU) for commercial aircraft.  Pierre Yves Morvan, CEO of Microturbo an Rick Elgin, Microturbo VP/GM of Microturbo San Diego presided over the ribbon-cutting event attended by local officials...

U.S. business spending slips, new home sales rise in August

U.S. business investment fell slightly in August, excluding spending on aircraft and defense equipment, but new home sales rose, suggesting that global economic headwinds were doing little to impede U.S. growth. The U.S. economy is on track to grow 1.4 percent in the third quarter, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDPNow forecast model showed on Thursday. The Commerce Department said capita...

Rubio’s campaign says flying Frontier is a ‘special kind of hell’

The grind of the presidential campaign trail is tough--even for the hardiest of candidates. The constant stream of airplanes and buses and drab hotel rooms can make any White House hopeful delirious. But while The Donald is jet setting on Air Trump, cost-conscious Marco Rubio's campaign is bottom feeding on Frontier, and none are too pleased. Rubio’s campaign manager Terry Sul...

American Airlines donates airplane to OSU

Oklahoma State’s most recent donation landed at the Stillwater Regional Airport on Wednesday. American Airlines donated an MD-80 passenger airplane to OSU, which will be used to further science, technology, engineering and math education.   OSU plans to start modifying the airplane and to open it up for students to see next week, said James Kidd, an OSU mechanical and aerospace en...

American Air Says It Is Cancelling Orders From Lie-Flat Seat Maker

American Airlines Inc. will replace Zodiac Aerospace as the supplier of premium business-class seats for its Boeing Co. 787-9 Dreamliners and some 777-200s because of delays in deliveries. “Zodiac is far behind schedule and continues to cause significant delays to our plans to improve the travel experience for our customers,” said Laura Nedbal, a spokeswoman for American. The carrie...

Boeing Opens Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in South Carolina

Boeing yesterday opened its research and technology center in South Carolina, which is devoted to current and next-generation technology development. Boeing leaders joined local dignitaries and employees for a ribbon cutting and tours of the 104,000-square-foot Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina center, which leads the company’s research and development efforts in areas of ad...

UAS Opportunities in Business Aviation to Be Examined at NBAA2015

The ever-increasing potential for small, unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS) in business aviation will be demonstrated by an expanded roster of s-UAS-focused exhibits, seminars and activities throughout NBAA's 2015 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015), set for Nov. 17 to 19 in Las Vegas, NV. Located on the exhibit hall floor of NBAA2015, the Innovation Zone will featur...

CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske to Speak at NBAA's 2015 Convention

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will speak at the Opening General Session of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015), which runs from Nov. 17 to 19 in Las Vegas, NV. “We look forward to having Commissioner Kerlikowske join us at NBAA2015, and h...