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Qatar Airways Clinched ‘Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Catering’ Accolades in the AirlineRatings’ Airline Excellence Awards 2019

Qatar Airways continues its winning year as its revolutionary Qsuite was named ‘Best Business Class’ in the AirlineRatings’ Airline Excellence Awards 2019. The airline’s renowned dine-on-demand in flight cuisine was also named ‘Best Catering’. The annual Airline Ratings Awards, one of Australia’s most trusted travel industry awards, acknowledges the bes...

Russia considers developing a 40-seat turboprop based on the Let L-610 design

In the small 30 to 60-seat turboprop market – and in direct competition with local project the modernised Ilyushin IL-114 – Russia is considering the development of a 40-seat regional turboprop aircraft based on the 30-year old Let L-610, a prototype aircraft originally developed by the Czech civil aircraft manufacturer Let Kunovice. The state is considering replacing the obsolete S...

Wizz Air Announces Further Expansion Of Budapest Network

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and Hungary's hometown airline, today announced a further expansion of capacity in its Budapest network with one new aircraft, 2 new routes from Budapest to London Gatwick and Oslo, and frequency increases on 3 popular services. Next year WIZZ is adding a total of 17 additional weekly flights to its Budapest schedule growing...

Serbia receives first out of nine H145Ms

The Serbian Minister of Defence AleksandarVulin visited the Airbus Helicopters Donauwörth site to accept the first H145M for the Serbian Air Force. In December, two H145Ms will be delivered to the Serbian Ministry of Interior. Altogether, Serbia will receive nine H145Ms, earmarked for the Air Force and for the Ministry of Interior. Four of the Air Force’s aircraft wi...

SH09 latest prototype begins flight trials

Kopter Group AG (Kopter) has commenced the next phase of its helicopter development and certification program with its latest SH09 prototype number 3 (P3). P3 has achieved the necessary technical clearance and regulatory compliance to start flight tests. Designed in Switzerland and assembled at the Kopter facility at Mollis airfield, it incorporates several improvements and modifications based...

Bombardier Continues to Expand Worldwide Customer Support Network

Bombardier announced the latest addition to its expanding Services and Support network – a line maintenance station (LMS) located at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France. The new facility is the seventh line maintenance station to be opened in the past 18 months, further strengthening Bombardier’s OEM support services offering for its growing European customer base. In addition to...

Norwegian obtains Swedish AOC

Norwegian has received an operational authorization from the Transport Agency for its Swedish AOC (Air Operators Certificate). The Swedish company Norwegian Air Sweden (NSE) will give Norwegian a stronger foothold in Europe. This morning landed Norwegian's first Swedish registered aircraft at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The plane that flew to Arlanda directly from the Boeing factory in Seatt...

Boeing, Caribbean Airlines Announce Selection of 737 MAX

Boeing and Caribbean Airlines announced the airline has chosen to enhance and renew its single-aisle fleet with the 737 MAX 8. The carrier, which has long operated the Next-Generation 737, will take delivery of 12 MAX airplanes in the coming years.  The airline commemorated the selection of the MAX during a ceremony featuring national dignitaries, including the Prime Minister of ...

ETIHAD AIRWAYS UNVEILS SPECTACULAR FORMULA 1 LIVERY

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has unveiled a spectacular livery to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the FORMULA 1 2018 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX. The design was painted on a Boeing 787-9 at the Boeing facility in Charleston, South Carolina.  The aircraft will participate in a low-level fly-by during the Grand Prix, accompanied by the airline&...

Airbus inaugurates first Level D-qualified A320neo simulator in the Americas

Airbus’ newest training center in Denver is now home to the first A320neo full flight simulator (FFS) in the Americas. The simulator just achieved Level D certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with four engine fits -- including the NEO. This simulator complements the two existing A320 Family, FAA-certified Level D FFS in the Denver Airbus Training Center. FAA FFS...

Satcom Direct strengthens Inmarsat relationship with new Value-Added Reseller (VAR) status for Jet ConneX

SD has been appointed a Level 1 Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX service, the seamless in-flight connectivity solution. The Level 1 VAR status means that SD can now provide the ultra-high-speed data service directly to the business aviation community. This latest progression of the long-term SD and Inmarsat relationship benefits customers by enhancing the support and solu...

Urban Air Mobility: FACC and EHang develop new solutions for autonomous flying

The leading Austrian aerospace group FACC has entered into a strategic partnership with the Chinese technology company EHang, which specializes in autonomous air mobility. EHang is one of the world's most promising autonomous air mobility companies and was named one of the "Most Innovative Companies of the World" by Fast Company magazine in 2016. In a joint effort, the autonomous air...

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim awarded FBO of the Year 2018 at The Transport and Logistics Middle East Excellence Awards

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) was awarded Fixed Base Operator (FBO) of the Year 2018 at the Transport and Logistics Middle East Excellence Awards 2018, held recently in Dubai.  The awards were hosted by Dubai Airports and DP World and wasattended by representatives from the government and private sectors in transportation, aviation and logistics. According to the organizers, DCAF was...

AirTaxi.ph takes delivery of its first H130 for tourism charters in the Philippines

Philippines’ largest charter operator AirTaxi.ph welcomed its first single-engine H130 helicopter. Currently operating two H145 helicopters, the new H130 will be dedicated for commercial operations, including passenger transport and sightseeing services in the Southern islands of the Philippines, including Boracay, Cebu and Palawan. “We are excited to introduce the first H...

First Boeing 777X Flight Test Airplane Comes Together

Boeing has brought together the major fuselage sections to form the first 777X airplane that will take to the skies in 2019. In a major production milestone called 'final body join,' Boeing teams connected the airplane's nose, mid and aft sections in the company's factory in Everett, Wash.The jet now measures 252 feet long (77 meters) from nose to tail, making it the longes...

Latin America air travel set to double in next 20 years

Region’s growing middle class driving demand for air travel Latin American air travel is expected to double in the next two decades thanks to anticipated growth of the region’s middle class from 350 million people to 520 million by 2037, and evolving airline business models making travel more accessible. Passenger traffic in the region has more than doubled since 2002 and is expe...

HAECO Cabin Solutions Expanding Engineering Capacity

HAECO Cabin Solutions, a division of HAECO Americas headquartered in Greensboro, NC, USA, announced today immediate expansion plans to its seating engineering and product development facilities in the Piedmont Triad, NC. This is in response to numerous customer wins on the Vector Premium and Vector Economy seating platforms. The company forecasts that it will need to grow its local engineering sta...

New Aircraft Maintenance Season with New Hangar by Czech Airlines Technics

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of Prague Airport Group, has officially launched another season of aircraft maintenance and repairs with new hangar for line maintenance on Prague Airport’s premises. Thanks to the construction of a space opposite the existing Hangar F, the company’s base maintenance capacity has also increased. Last year, CSAT employees performed...

Fleet in Russia & CIS to double by 2037

Traffic growth in the region will generate demand for over 1200 new aircraft According to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast, unveiled at the Wings of the Future conference in Moscow, Russia & CIS’s airlines will need some 1220 new aircraft* valued at US$175 billion in the upcoming 20 years (2018-2037). This means that the passenger fleet in the region will almost double from 857 ai...

IT investment in China's airports and airlines rises with cybersecurity the number one priority

Survey shows increased investment in IT to manage China’s fast-growing industry Airports in China are increasingly investing in technology to equip new airports and terminals and manage rising passenger numbers. The SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights for China show that as airline passenger numbers in China rose nearly 13% to more than one billion over the past year, airports a...

New initiative of Lithuanian Airports opens additional opportunities for national business and tourism

Generating changes through joint efforts. This is what the new initiative introduced by Lithuanian Airports targets at. Blitz sessions is the name given to the project for attracting new airlines and routes when joint efforts of government institutions, municipality organisations, entrepreneurs associations and separate enterprises are directed towards attracting the most necessary routes for busi...