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Cristiano Ronaldo to have airport named after him

Cristiano Ronaldo is to have an airport named after him on his native island of Madeira after Portugal's Euro 2016 success. The Real Madrid star already has a bronze statue, a museum and a hotel bearing his name in the island's capital city of Funchal, but will soon see the main airport r...

Global Jet Capital announces appointment of Matthias Müller as sales director for Europe

Global Jet Capital, a provider of financing solutions for large-cabin, long-range business jets, has announced the appointment of Matthias Müller as Sales Director for Europe. Müller, who officially commenced his role on 1st July, has more than 25 years’ experience in the business...


Aviation Mart appoints Gerald Timmermans to sales director for Asia-Pacific

Launched in June at the Global Procurement Expo in London, Aviation Mart aims to accelerate the pace of innovation within the aviation sector and pioneer accessible e-commerce for the trading of aircraft spare parts, to make the sales of parts easier and faster. Timmermans (above) is based in Sydney, Australia, and has over 25 years’ experience within the aviation sector working with Fokk...

Emirates chief sees scant benefit from EU-level aviation deals

The chief of Dubai-based airline Emirates [EMIRA.UL] expressed doubts on Monday that an EU-level aviation agreement with the United Arab Emirates would improve on the existing deals the Gulf country has with most EU countries. In June European member states gave the executive European Commission a mandate to pursue air traffic agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Turkey and co...

Ulrik Svensson named new Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Ulrik Svensson has been appointed to the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG to serve as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. He will assume his new duties on 1 January 2017, with a contract of employment valid until 31 December 2019. Ulrik Svensson was appointed by the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Supervisory Board when it met in Frankfurt today. He succeeds Simone Menne, who, by agreement...

STS Expands its Aircraft Engineering Services With Strategic New Hire

STS Engineering Solutions (STSES), a division of STS Aviation Group and the leading provider of aircraft engineering services throughout much of the United States and Latin America, hires Brian Fasano, PE, DER, as its Senior Director of Maintenance Programs and Reliability. This is a new position for STS, one that allows the company to significantly expand its already impr...

Air Partner appoints Julia Timms as Group Marketing Director

Air Partner, the global aviation services group, is delighted to announce the appointment of Julia Timms as Group Marketing Director. Julia will be based at Air Partner’s London Gatwick headquarters, reporting directly to CEO Mark Briffa, and will be focused on developing and executing the marketing strategy for the Group. Julia has more than 25 years of marketing experience across a range...

I like to create from scratch - Founder of Emperor Aviation - Irakli Litanishvili

Each company leader of course is different, as a personality. We had the opportunity to discuss his way into aviation business with the Founder of  Emperor Aviation, Irakli Litanishvili. Q. Irakli! How did you come into business aviation in particular? I. To answer your question shortest way possible – I’m in aviation by occasion. To tell you how it happened, I need to...

Sir Philip Green takes delivery of £46m private jet

Sir Philip Green is understood to have taken delivery of a new private jet, adding a £46m Gulfstream G650ER to a transport collection that includes a speedboat, a helicopter and three yachts. The billionaire businessman – who last week appeared before MPs to be questioned on his role in the demise of BHS, which has put 11,000 jobs at risk – is apparently now the owner of an up...

President plans to spend €22k on Government jet flights to Euros

President Michael D Higgins will travel to Euro 2016 in France at huge expense to the taxpayer after he was given clearance to use the Government jet for two separate trips to the games. The Sunday Independent has learned Mr Higgins will fly into Paris tomorrow on the Government's Lear jet ahead of Ireland's opening match against Sweden. The President and his entourage will then use...

How Iron Maiden Made the Boeing 747 Badass Again

Celebrity endorsements are a cornerstone of advertising nowadays, but an industrial manufacturing giant like Boeing seldom gets the chance to play that game. What celebrity is going to tout stuff like cargo hold capacity and cruising range? Well, Boeing's chance came several weeks ago, when one of its 747-400 jumbo jets touched down at the company's manufacturing plant in Everett, Wash....

Germany grounds Merkel's helicopter after fatal Norway crash

The German Defence Ministry decided on Friday to ground the three Airbus Cougar AS532 helicopters used to transport Chancellor Angela Merkel, after a Europe-wide grounding of the civilian version of the aircraft, a ministry spokesman said. An Airbus H225 Super Puma helicopter ferrying passengers from a Norwegian oil platform operated by Statoil crashed on April 29, killing all 13 people on boar...

Boeing Names John Bruns as President Boeing China

The Boeing Company named company veteran John Bruns president of Boeing China, effective July 1.  He will be based in Beijing.  As president of Boeing China, Bruns, 51, will serve as Boeing’s senior in-country executive and lead company-wide activities. He will be responsible for expanding Boeing’s local presence, for managing business partnerships, government affairs, and...

Ashley Bryant’s Olympic hopes in doubt after airline loses his pole vaults

The Rio Olympic ambitions of Great Britain’s top decathlete Ashley Bryant could be dashed because his pole vaults failed to arrive in Götzis due to an airline cock-up. The 25-year-old finished the two days of competition in Austria with 8,056 points – an agonising 44 short of the 8,100 required to make it to Rio. The pole vault proved to be the difference as Bryant struggled to...

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New Head of Compliance and Safety at TAG Aviation UK

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