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Flights to Feature Rare Supermoon

As Mid-Autumn Festival approaches -- this year celebrated on Sep. 27 -- bookings for moon-viewing flights have soared, according to a travel service provider. Moon-viewing flights are flights that depart between 6:00 p.m. and 0:00 a.m. from Sep. 26-28. During the journey, tourists can enjoy the moonlight. This year is expected to be special, as during the three-day festival both a supermoo...

Panic Trumps Protocol in British Airways Fire in Las Vegas

Among the images to emerge from the September 8 fire that severely damaged a British Airways Boeing 777-200ER at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport was one of evacuated passengers walking away from the blazing aircraft, toting their carry-on luggage. And not just handbags or briefcases; several men could be seen wheeling away full-sized carry-on cases. The problems invol...

Credit Suisse plans to sell U.S. private bank: newspaper

Credit Suisse Group  intends to sell its U.S. private bank and slash its prime brokerage business under a strategy being developed by new Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam, Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag reported on Sunday. Results will be presented to the bank's board in early October of a strategic review announced in July, earlier than first envisaged to give markets time to absorb...

Taipei Taoyuan to Have Fourth Terminal

Taoyuan International Airport Corp is planning to build a smaller terminal prior to the construction of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport's Terminal Three to cope with a rapid increase in the number of passengers arriving in the nation. The airport's Terminal One and Terminal Two have a combined capacity of 32 million passengers per year. However, the airport's passenge...

Dead Stowaway Found In Cargo Plane In Amsterdam

The body of a dead stowaway was found on Saturday in the landing gear of a cargo plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Border police spokesman Dennis Muller said the flight had arrived from Africa, but declined to provide more details about the origin or airline due to an ongoing investigation into the death. He also gave no details about the stowaway. The discovery came as Europe strug...

Airbus offers sneak-peek inside Alabama A320 factory

Airbus opened the $600 million final assembly and delivery center for the A320 aircraft family in Mobile, Alabama, to the international press for the first time on 13 September. Although videos and photos are forbidden to be released until a public grand opening scheduled early on 14 September, a 90-minute tour revealed an almost exact copy of the company’s 'Hangar 9' final a...

"Antique Water" Served on Aircraft, Expired in 2007?

A passenger from Chongqing reportedly claimed she drank "antique water" that expired in 2007 served on AirAsia (AK) flight from Thailand back to Chongqing last Sunday, Aerotropolis Daily reported yesterday. The female passenger made her first journey abroad and was offered a bottle of Aura-branded mineral water on her way back by traveling through AirAsia flight. Yet words "EXP.2...

Burst Water Main Throws Melbourne Airport into Chaos

Melbourne Airport is returning to normal after a chaotic morning with a burst water main. Toilets were close to overflowing, and passengers have been denied their morning coffees. Passenger Jane Elliott said the toilets were filling up because people kept using them despite there not being any water. She said people started being turned away from them about 8:00 a.m. "I...

Silk Way Airlines to Increase Flight Frequency to Zhengzhou

Henan Airport Group Co., Ltd., the operator of Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO), Friday signed an agreement with Azerbaijan cargo airline Silk Way Airlines (ZP) to strengthen their cooperation in air transport. According to the agreement, the Baku-based carrier will increase the frequency of Zhengzhou-Baku-Hahn cargo flight to more than six flights a week from the current one flig...

Airbus Prepares to Open First U.S. A320 Factory

Airbus will hold inaugural ceremonies in Mobile, Alabama, Sep. 14 as top executives and U.S. dignitaries celebrate the opening of the company's first U.S. manufacturing facility. Celebrations for the new A320-family assembly-and-delivery facility will begin Sunday, Sep. 13 when the company briefs invited media, which will be given a preview tour of the factory. Formal opening ceremonies...

Emirates increases capacity to St Petersburg

Emirates is reinforcing its commitment to Russia by upgrading the aircraft servicing the St Petersburg route to a Boeing 777-300ER, increasing capacity and offering an enhanced onboard experience. Six weekly EK175/176 flights, from Dubai to St Petersburg, will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER from 25 October 2015, instead of an Airbus 330-200. The up-gauge will be applied to a seve...

Pilot’s drug use factor in fatal Premier I jet crash

The NTSB determined that “the pilot’s impairment from the use of illicit drugs” was a contributing factor in a fatal Premier 1 corporate jet accident near Atlanta, Georgia. On December 17, 2013, a Raytheon 390 Premier I jet was destroyed when it impacted terrain during a return to land at Atlanta-Fulton County Airport, GA (FTY). The pilot and passenger were kill...

Trailblazing trans pilot Jessica Taylor pushes for equality

“Are you the Caitlyn Jenner of airline pilots?” I ask Jessica Taylor as she is fresh off a turn flying from Aspen to Los Angeles. Taylor flies on the Aspen route network, known as one of the most demanding for pilots in the US. I hope I’m not being overly forthright, and Taylor laughs. She says she’s glad for the media attention on Jenner as the Olympian begins to live h...

Virgin America Looks for JetBlue-Like Ways to Profit From Its New In-Flight Wi-Fi

Following a July announcement, Virgin America has now launched the ViaSat-powered high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi on the first of ten A320s. The airline has said it will let customers use the service free of charge, during an introductory period, and will then update on fees for service. But how could Virgin America make that expensive connection profitable? Rival Gogo’s in-f...

U.S. Senator Seeks Drone Ban Near Airports and Big Events

Sen. Charles Schumer wants lawmakers to force drone manufacturers to implement technology that would keep the unmanned flying objects away from airports, parades and major sporting events. In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Schumer said he would introduce an amendment this week to the FAA reauthorization bill, which funds the Federal Aviation Administration. Under hi...

Rolls-Royce Trent 700 Engines Worth $700m Selected for New Airbus Beluga XL Transporter

Rolls-Royce has been selected by Airbus to provide Trent 700 engines and long-term TotalCare® engine service support, worth $700m for five new Beluga XL air transporter aircraft. The aircraft will replace the current Airbus Beluga fleet, which is powered by engines from another provider. The Beluga XL, based on the A330 design, was launched in November 2014 to address the A350 XWB r...

Shell Aviation Fuels Goodwood Aerodrome as Revival Event Takes Off

Shell Aviation has announced today that it has become the sole supplier of aviation fuels at Goodwood Aerodrome. The agreement, which covers the supply of Avgas and Jet fuel, is the latest in a series of new airport entries in Europe. The new collaboration will be marked at one of the world’s most popular vintage aviation and motorsports celebrations – The Goodwood Revival, taking plac...

Kuwait Agrees To Buy 28 Eurofighter Typhoons

Kuwait has agreed to buy 28 Eurofighter Typhoons in a deal agreed with the Italian government. In a short press statement, Eurofighter provided no details as to when the aircraft will be delivered and what configuration and equipment they will have. However, a spokesman for the four-nation consortium (Italy, Germany, the UK and Spain), confirmed that additional details reported by D...

Etihad & Co. hit bond market in bid to raise $1bn

Etihad Airways and several of its equity partners and subsidiaries have set up a Dutch limited liability private company - EA Partners1 BV - ahead of a USD1 billion bond issuance later this week. Funds raised through the issuance will be used to settle debt obligations attributed to the seven obligors which include Etihad Airways PJSC (up to USD245 million or 18.85% of total), Air Ber...

easyJet launches new routes for spring sale

easyJet has put its Spring schedule on sale for 2016 with a record number of flights and routes. Over 136,000 additional flights are set to take place across easyJet’s network between 21 March 2016 and 26 June 2016 providing more than 22.5 million seats.  Of these, more than 12.8 million additional seats are now on sale to and from the UK on 77,900 flights. Customers can look forward...