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Virgin Australia director Joshua Bayliss steps down

The Virgin Group’s representative on the Virgin Australia board Joshua Bayliss has stepped down from the airline’s board after almost four and a half years as a director. Virgin Australia said on Wednesday Bayliss has been replaced as the Virgin Group’s representative by John Pa...

Gulfstream names B.Durrence new Engineering VP

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently named Brian Durrence vice president of Engineering. He reports to Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. A 25-year Gulfstream veteran, Durrence started with the company as a structural engineer in 1990 and rose through the...


Belarusian athlete Kirill Shimko was able to hold two Yak-52 aircraft in position during takeoff

Belarusian athlete Kirill Shimko was able to hold two Yak-52 aircraft in position with his hands during takeoff, Lenta.ru reports with reference to Belorusskaya sluzhba novostei (BSN). This stunt was performed at Borovaya airfield (Minsk) on request of Nippon TV channel (Japan), which is shooting a TV series about journeys to different countries. The journalists were present at the airfield whe...

Qantas Captain Bryan Welch ends record run on the 747

Until July 1, Captain Bryan Welch held the title of the longest-serving Boeing 747 pilot in commercial aviation. During a four-decade long career, Welch flew every model of the Boeing 747 Qantas operated, from the 747-200 and 747-300 Classics to the 747-400 and 747-400ER still in service today. That run came to an end of a dark winter’s morning in July when Welch said farewell to...

Comlux America adds to its management team

Comlux America has added to its management team in Indianapolis. The company has appointed Philippe Karam as chief procurement officer. He started his career in aviation in 2005 with Airbus, with a focus on procurement, transport logistics and contracts administration. He joined Comlux in 2011 as VP Procurement for Fly Comlux division in Zurich. In 2013, Philippe moved to Hong Kong, as VP sales...

Christopher Burley joins WestJet's Board of Directors

WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA) today announced the appointment of Christopher Burley, as an independent director, to its Board of Directors. The appointment is effective immediately and will bring the total number of Board members to twelve. Clive Beddoe, WestJet’s Chairman of the Board commented, “We are extremely pleased to have Chris join the Board. His integrity, business insig...

Alitalia CEO Resigns Months Into Restructuring

Silvano Cassano, chief executive of Alitalia, has resigned with immediate effect after less than a year in the job. Alitalia last year picked Cassano as CEO of the new company formed when Etihad agreed to buy a 49 percent stake in the Italian airline as part of a EUR€1.76 billion (USD$2 billion) rescue plan. Cassano, 58, is leaving for personal reasons and his duties will be shared betw...

Bespoke Aviation appoints Marcus Krause

 Bespoke Aviation appoints of Marcus Krause as regional associate, EMEA. After spending a number of years in the cockpit, Marcus transitioned into several business development and account management roles in aviation. He also continues to fly today as a freelance business jet pilot on the Airbus A320. “As regional associate, Marcus will play a crucial role in developing new busi...

Kerstin Halfmann-Kleisinger Named Head of Sales at Austrian Airlines

Kerstin Halfmann-Kleisinger will take over the management of the Sales division at Austrian Airlines as of October 1, 2015. The graduate in business administration and full-fledged airline specialist succeeds Tatjana Lulevic-Heyny, who already left the company at the end of January 2015. Andreas Otto, CCO of Austrian Airlines says: “Kerstin Halfmann-Kleisinger learned the airlin...

Dmitry Saprykin is appointed as General Director of Transaero Airlines

On September 7, 2015, Transaero held the meeting of the Board of Directors. The agenda of the meeting included organizational issues. The Board of Directors made a decision to relieve Dmitry Erzakovich of duties of Chairman of the Executive Board — General Director of the airline. Dmitry Saprykin was elected as a member of the Executive Board of the company. The Board of Directors a...

Gulfstream Names Sheryl Bunton Chief Information Officer

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that Sheryl Bunton has been named the company’s chief information officer (CIO). Bunton reports to Dan Clare, chief financial officer, Gulfstream. Bunton is responsible for establishing and leading the delivery of technology solutions and strategies across the enterprise. “Sheryl brings a tremendous amount of professional, industry and l...

Katy Perry To 'Roar' In Dubai

 American singer and songwriter Katy Perry, and Britain's Got Talent finalists Jack Pack are set to perform at the Dubai Airshow in November. Dubai Airports is launching musicDXB, a new initiative designed to connect the world through music, on November 11, with an airport pop-up performance by Jack Pack. Also read: Katy Perry 'faked' confidence in initial days Katy Perry...

Alaska Airlines Appoints New Managing Director of Fleet, Standards and Operational Control

Alaska Airlines has named 26-year aviation veteran John Ladner managing director of fleet, standards and operational control, a position he previously held from 2010-2011. In his new role Ladner will define the standards by which Alaska operates company aircraft and qualifies pilots, and validate that those standards are being followed. Ladner replaces Tom Kemp, who was recently promoted to vice p...

Comlux America Reinforces Its Management Team in Indianapolis and Programs

Comlux America is pleased to announce the reinforcement of its management team in Indianapolis IN. With the Wide Body hangar extension and the arrival this summer of its first wide body ACJ330 for completion, the company has decided to strengthen its organization in key functions of Procurement and Programs. On the Procurement side, Comlux America is appointing Philippe Karam as Chief Procureme...

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