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Bombardier's Q400 Airliner Awarded Type Certification for Operation in Brazil

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil, locally known as ANAC, has awarded type certification approval to Bombardier’s 86-seat Q400 aircraft for operation in the region. The Type Certificate, signifying the local airworthiness of the largest commercial turboprop in-service worldwide, was presented to Bombardier in a ceremony h...

SkyWest, Inc. Announces Agreement to Fly 18 Additional E175 Aircraft for United Airlines

SkyWest, Inc. (“SkyWest”) (NASDAQ: SKYW) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary SkyWest Airlines, Inc. (“SkyWest Airlines”) has entered into an amendment to an existing Capacity Purchase Agreement with United Airlines, Inc. (“United”) to operate an additional 18 new Embraer E175 dual-class regional jet aircraft. “We’re pleased to se...

Cargolux appoints Christian Thiele as Country Manager Germany

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. has appointed Christian Thiele as its new Country Manager Germany; he succeeds Tony McNichol in this role. Mr. Thiele will take over his new position in October. Christian Thiele is a proven cargo specialist and executive in the cargo industry. In over 30 years, he gained a comprehensive understanding of the business by building his career from the ground up...

ICBC Financial Leasing refinances China Eastern aircraft with DVB

ICBC Financial Leasing has announced the closing of a financing facility for the refinancing of three aircraft with DVB Bank SE. The aircraft portfolio – consisting of one A330-200, one 737-700 and one A319-100 – are currently on long-term finance leases to China Eastern Airlines. The Chinese lessor mandated DVB as the sole arranger for the senior loan facil...

Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines sign code share agreement

Royal Jordanian and Turkish Airlines (TK) signed a codeshare agreement on routes between Jordan and Turkey on September 14, which is set to further expand travel opportunities for the customers of the two airlines. The agreement will be effective as of September 21, 2015. The signing ceremony took place at RJ’s headquarters in Amman. Royal Jordanian President/CEO Captain Haitham Mist...

Textron Aviation Citation Latitude debut in Russia

Textron Aviation Vice President Sales Europe Tom Perry believes that new Cessna Citation Latitude has quite good perspectives on Russian market. Last week during JetExpo 2015 we had a chance to talk to Mr.Perry. According to Mr. Perry, the company is very close to sign the first contract with a Russian client, promotion of the aircraft will continue after the exhibition as well. The...

Wizz Air firms-up order for 110 A321neo aircraft

Wizz Air, the largest low cost carrier serving Eastern and Central Europe, has firmed-up a commitment signed in June at Le Bourget International Paris airshow for 110 A321neo aircraft. The agreement is the largest single order for the popular A321neo ever. The deal pushes firm NEO orders above 4,300 aircraft. This order includes the latest A321neo Airbus Cabin Flex configuration with 239 seats in...

TR-X: The Skunk Works studies a new high-altitude jet

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has revealed plans for a next-generation, high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform that could replace the U-2 and Global Hawk from 2025. The company has launched an internally-funded study of a stealthy jet designated the TR-X that might also carry alternative payloads such as a high-energy laser, or for electronic warfare. Lockh...

Emirates is to switch aircraft on Algiers route

Emirates will connect even more people and cargo with Algiers on 1st October when it switches from its Airbus A340-300 currently operating the route to a larger Boeing 777-300 aircraft. “In line with the healthy commercial demand, we are pleased to introduce our Boeing 777-300 aircraft onto our Algiers route, offering our customers more seats and an enhanced onboard experience,” sai...

Etihad Airways deploys SAP solutions

Etihad Airways is deploying SAP's state-of-the-art, cloud-based solutions across its human resources, finance and procurement and supply management functions. The technology transformation will enable Etihad Airways to redesign its vital back-office processes entirely, standardise across its subsidiaries and partner airline Air Seychelles, and scale up to support its continued growth. ...

Thai LCC to Buy 20 ARJ21-700s: Source

Thai low-cost carrier (LCC) City Airways will place an order for 20 COMAC ARJ21-700 aircraft at the China 2015 Aviation Expo on September 16, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. This will be the largest order for the ARJ21-700 aircraft from an overseas customer, the source said. In August 2014, City Airways was grounded by Thailand's Department of C...

Chengdu to Establish Asia's Largest Aircraft Engine Maintenance Base

Sichuan International Aero Engine Maintenance Company will be set up in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, which will be Asia's largest aircraft engine maintenance base after completion of the project.  According to the project plan, the first phase of the project is expected to complete by the end of 2016, when the base will be capable of handling the maintenance work of three...

Drone Hobbyists Find Flaws in "Close Call" Reports to FAA from Other Aircraft

Hobbyists who scrutinized reports to the FAA of alleged close calls with drones found that pilots reported near misses in only a small fraction of the cases, according to a study obtained by USA TODAY. The study found that of the 764 close-call incidents between drones and other aircraft, only 27 were actually described by pilots as a "near miss." Pilots reported taking evasive act...

Pilots Conduct Largest Picket in History of Buffett's NetJets

Any lingering doubts about the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots' (NJASAP) commitment to securing a contract that recognizes the world-class safety, security and service they provide to NetJets customers were put to rest Thursday. Approximately 800 pilots and members of their families gathered at seven picket sites across the country to send a message: Wages that barely keep pace w...

Nippon scraps Boeing freighter order

Boeing says Nippon Cargo Airlines has scrapped orders for four Boeing 747 Freighters valued at around $1.5 billion. Nippon Cargo still has two of the aircraft on order after taking delivery of eight 747-8 freighters since July 2012, according to Boeing’s website. The cancellation comes as the air cargo market struggled to gain...

The Airport Safety and Security Conference will occur during Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow has announced that the Airport Safety and Security Conference will be happening during the airshow in November. The conference, organised by Fleming Gulf, will discuss the security aspects of the airport industry and how big data and integration markets are leading to upgrades and new investments in the airport security market.   “Passenger numbers in the region c...

A successful debut in Russia. Legacy 500 gaining Russian orders

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has demonstrated duringin Jet Expo 2015 just three of its models - Legacy 650, Phenom 300 and Legacy 500. Exactly Legacy 500 got special attention of visitors. Debut of Legacy 500 was really successful. "We launched theLegacy 500 certification process in Russia and are looking forward to pass the first aircraft with the Ru...

Qatar Airways named Best Middle Eastern/African Airline at Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards

Qatar Airways has once again been named the Best Middle Eastern / African Airline at the 2015 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards held in Hong Kong on 9 September, 2015. Above: Marwan Koleilat receiving the Best Middle Eastern Airline award at the Business traveller Asia-Pacific 2015 Awards. This is the sixth consecutive year the Gulf carrier has received this accolade in recogni...

Jade Cargo to Auction Three Boeing 747-400Fs on Oct. 26

Jade Cargo International will auction three Boeing 747-400 freighters at a starting price of 1.32 billion yuan each on Oct. 26, according to an announcement by Shenzhen Jiajintai Auction Co., Ltd. on Sep. 9. The auction will take place at Action Hall of Shenzhen Auction Co., Ltd., on the 7th floor of Yinli Building, No. 1, Road Hongli, Futian District, Shenzhen. Jade Cargo wil...

Two Passenger Jets Collide at Los Angeles Airport

All passengers are believed to have escaped injury after two passenger planes reportedly collided at Los Angeles International Airport. The incident occurred on a runway at LAX at 7:51 p.m. local time (12.51pm AEST) when the arriving United Airlines Flight 1199 "bumped" the departing Alaska Airlines Flight 543, CBS LA reports. The United service was reportedly arriving at Gate 73 a...

Creative and stylish

Last week during International Business Aviation Exhibition Jet Expo 2015 NIKA GROUP surprized public by dedication to business aviation.  Companies operating in the business aviation field have now a unique opportunity to really surprise VVIP partners. NIKA GROUP produces watches and accessories made of precious metals (gold 585, silver 925), inlaid with precious, semi-precio...