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New Beijing Airport Gets Extra 4 Billion Yuan Funding for Land Expropriation

The Beijing government plans to issue government bonds worth 6.7 billion yuan this year, and 4 billion yuan will fund the land expropriation for Beijing's new airport, which is to be built in Daxing District in the south of Beijing. It is the second time the government has increased the funding for land expropriation and housing demolition this year. According to an early rep...

Flight Delayed? You Could Be Paid Up to 1,000 Yuan

Travelers who buy flight delay insurance through Wechat's shake function could get a compensation of up to 1,000 yuan once their flight is delayed by just one second. The latest flight insurance was launched jointly by China's leading flight service provider VeryZhun, Wechat, Zongan Insurance and Air Union Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd. at a press conference in Shanghai on Wednesday, which...

Engine Fire on Cathay Pacific Plane Flying from Perth to Hong Kong Forces Emergency Landing

An engine on a plane flying from Perth to Hong Kong caught fire shortly after take-off overnight, forcing an emergency landing in Indonesia. A man has contacted the ABC saying his brother was onboard Cathay Pacific flight CX170 when there was a loud bang and sparks and flames. The cabin was then reported to have gone dark. He said about 15 minutes later the captain reported a problem with...

Finnair expects to gain €70 million with the replacement of the Airbus A340-300s with new A350-900s

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this financial fleet guidance as it prepares to accept its first Airbus A350-900: Finnair, which is the European launch customer for the Airbus A350-900 XWB, is preparing to receive its first A350 delivery from Airbus in early October. As Finnair announced in December 2013, it has made sale and leaseback agreements for its two first A350 aircraft with GECAS...

Thomas Cook Sticks With Growth Forecast

Thomas Cook maintained its guidance for growth this year and said late summer trading had seen strong demand for travel to Greece and Egypt. Thomas Cook said in a trading update that bookings in its fourth quarter had been boosted by poor weather in Scandinavia, and it was encouraged by demand for winter bookings. The company is forecasting growth on a constant currency basis for the 12-mont...

Court Releases Congo Plane Grounded In Debt Row

A commercial jet belonging to Democratic Republic of Congo's new national carrier has been released by an Irish court after it was grounded over a debt row with two US investors. The Airbus A320 is one of two planes recently purchased by the government for the launch of Congo Airways, expected before the end of this year. It was being painted at Dublin airport ahead of its arrival in Congo....

ANALYSIS: Marenco adds Swiss precision to helicopter market

Martin Stucki, the boss of start-up Marenco Swisshelicopter, is not like other chief executives, but then the manufacturer is also markedly different than most others in the sector. Stucki, an engineer, commercial rotorcraft pilot, and long-time helicopter enthusiast, arrives at our meeting in jeans, polo shirt and trainers, and sports a small earing in the lobe of one ear. There is nothing wro...

P&W expects influx of F119 overhauls as Raptor unsheathes talons

Pratt & Whitney could soon be prying open boxes of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor engine manufacturing equipment and tooling to support an increase in depot overhauls of the thrust-vectoring, supercruise F119 turbofan engine due to increased operational use. After the 187th production aircraft rolled off the Lockheed final assembly line in Marietta, Georgia, in 2011, the US Air Force plac...

Air Partner: Interim results for the six months ended 31 July 2015

Air Partner plc (“Air Partner“ or “Group“), the global aviation services group, today reports results for the six months to 31 July 2015. Financial highlights: · Underlying PBT of £2.2m, a year-on-year increase of 100% · Underlying EPS of 17.1p, a year-on-year increase of 26%, lower than the increase in underlying PBT d...

Delta Adds Nonstop Service from Raleigh-Durham to Paris

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will connect the Research Triangle to the world with nonstop service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport beginning May 12, 2016. The flights will be available for sale beginning Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The flight will operate on the following schedule in conjunction with the airline’s joint venture partners Air Fr...

American Airlines looking to build

Following the introduction earlier this year of a new dedicated pharmaceutical facility in Philadelphia (US),American Airlines Cargo is considering further development of its temperature-controlled infrastructure. Specific ideas under consideration by the US carrier, which offers both active and passive solutions through its ExpediteTC product, include developing CRT (controlled room...

Changi welcomes new business and more to come

Singapore’s Changi Airport continues to attract new cargo services and to enjoy further expansion in the gateway’s infrastructure. In March this year,  DHL Express announced that it is to invest 140 million Singapore dollars ($100 million) in its new South Asia Hub at the Changi Airfreight Centre, which will increase its handling capacity by a factor of thre...

Russia denies international status to Aeroflot LCC Pobeda

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency,Rosaviatsia, has refused permission for Aeroflot low-cost subsidiary (LCC) Pobeda Airlines to operate international flights. Pobeda had requested to fly from Russia to Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, France and Belarus. Rosaviatsia denied the request, saying Pobeda does not match Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). According to Russian regulati...

Piksel And Spafax to Transform In-flight Entertainment For Today’s Connected Travellers

Piksel,a global leader in building successful online video businesses, today announced its partnership with Spafax, global content and media agency to the travel industry. The partnership will develop and launch innovative solutions to the market, the first of which being Voyage, a revolutionary new approach to in-flight entertainment which has already been adopted by Transavia a major E...

Scarcity of Pilots Threatens Regional Service At Four Corners Regional Airport

The Four Corners Regional Airport manager says the airport may eventually lose its last commercial airline company because of a 2013 federal regulation that significantly increased the number of hours pilots must log before they can fly as a first officer -- or co-pilot -- in most passenger airplanes. "Smaller communities are losing services," said Mike Lewis, the airport manager. &qu...

Pope Francis Gets Presidential TFR Treatment

In preparation for the visit of Pope Francis to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, the U.S.government erected a massive Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the areas where he will be greeted by millions of people. The same as those used whenever President Obama travels or goes on vacation, the TFRs affect a number of airports and flight operations and seek to ground ev...

AVIC Hebei General Aviation takes delivery of King Air 350i

China’s AVIC Hebei General Aviation has taken delivery of a brand new King Air 350i. The aircraft will be based at Shijiazhuang City in northern China’s Hebei province, and will be available for charter. Yang Hui, general manager of AVIC General Aviation Co., Ltd., said: “The King Air 350i is added to enrich the company’s fleet, the new aircraft is expected to be used...

Compass Airlines and ATP Flight School finalize an agreement to pay up to $11,000 in training costs

Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has finalized an agreement with ATP Flight School that paves the way for its participation in ATP’s Tuition Reimbursement Program. This program allows ATP graduate flight instructors to have up to $11,000 of their ATP training costs paid for by Compass, in exchange for agreeing to fly for Compass after earning the requisite number of hours. &ld...

Divert (From the Pilot’s Point Of View)

di·vert dəˈvərt, dīˈvərt/ verb: divert; 3rd person present: diverts; past tense: diverted; past participle: diverted; gerund or present participle: diverting cause (someone or something) to change course or turn from one direction to another. If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you’re more than the average airline traveler. You’re interested in...

Operator, Community Involvement Can Produce Optimized Performance-Based Navigation Procedures

Communicating the benefits of performance-based navigation (PBN) is among the significant challenges in implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). However, airport and aircraft operators can facilitate wider public acceptance of NextGen by involving all stakeholders in pre-implementation planning of local ATC procedures. FAA airspace designers, and airport and air...

Lufthansa LCC Eurowings mulls cooperation with easyJet

Lufthansa Group’s low-cost subsidiary Eurowings and UK low-cost carrier easyJet reportedly could become partners, Lufthansa Group chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr told German magazine Der Spiegel. A Lufthansa spokesperson in Frankfurt confirmed Spohr’s quotes to ATW. “We can cooperate with other airlines very actively. EasyJet had also shown interest in the past to...