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"I Spent My 30th Birthday at Gatwick"

Passengers today told of their fury after being caught up in delays of up to 25 hours at Gatwick Airport this weekend. One claimed he was almost forced to cancel his wedding while another woman had to spend her 30th birthday at the airport due to delays between London and New York. Holidaymakers were left stuck for hours in both the capital and New York after flights were grounded...

Official: 10 Dead in Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon Plane Crashes

Three small airplanes crashed this long Labor Day weekend from North Carolina to Oregon, leaving 10 people dead and pressing questions about what happened in each case, a government official said Monday. The deadliest crash occurred late Sunday afternoon, when a Cessna 310 went down in a remote part of Colorado near Telluride, the National Transportation Safety Board tweeted. All f...

TransAsia Plane Lands Safely with Single Engine After Other Fails

No casualties were reported Tuesday after a TransAsiaAirways ATR 72-500 plane carrying 22 passengers was forced to land with only one engine after the other reported an abnormality. Flight GE505, which took off 7:55 a.m. from Taipei Songshan Airport en route outlying county of Penghu, detected an abnormality with the lubricant oil in engine No. 2 at 8:36 a.m. The pilots shut down the en...

Dozen-Plus Suitors Circling French Airports

Bidders are queuing up for the privatization of France's Nice Cote d'Azur and Lyon-Saint-Exuperyairports, four sources familiar with the matter said, hoping to land growing returns on the back of rising air traffic. The sale of France's 60 percent stakes in two of the country's busiest airports offers investors relatively stable assets in a sector that increased passenger number...

Petition to Remove Ronald Reagan's Name from D.C.'s Airport Gets over 60K Signatures

More than 60,000 people have signed a petition to rename Washington, D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Washington NationalAirport so that the former President's name is removed. The petition, created by CREDO mobile, a California-based mobile network company with a history of supporting left-leaning causes, calls out Republican criticism of President Obama for his order last week to recognize A...

Why Would The Private Sector Want The FAA To Go Private?

On Wednesday Allan McArtor, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group Inc., the U.S.holding company for the North American activities of Airbus Group, spoke at a luncheon at the International Aviation Club Washington, D.C. in which he made it clear the private sector should oversee the functions of U.S air traffic control system. I guess letting the wolves (private sector) oversee the safety and ca...

Air France increases capacity between Europe and St. Martin

As from 12 December 2015, Air France will be offering an additional flight (on Saturdays) to the Caribbean island of St. Martin, increasing its offer to 8 weekly flights in winter 2015. The flight operated by Airbus A340 with 275 seats, 30 in Business, 21 Premium Economy and 224 in Economy, is in addition to the daily service to the island. Since June 2014, thanks to a strengthened partnership...

Stobart Aviation has appointed two aviation industry specialists to spearhead its operations

Stobart Aviation – which operates London Southend Airport and also Carlisle Lake District Airport – has appointed two aviation industry specialists to spearhead its operations. Glyn Jones has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation and Jon Horne as Chief Operating Officer, with effect from 1 September 2015. Both bring a wealth of experience of the aviation and log...

Viking Signs Deal for 10 Twin Otter Series 400 Aircraft with Rosneft, Russia

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, and RN-Aircraft, a Rosneft subsidiary based in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, have signed a multi-aircraft purchase agreement for ten Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft to be delivered between November 2015 and early 2017. The aircraft are destined for the Krasnoyarsk region in south central Russia, where they will be used in multiple roles including 1...

Missing Medevac Plane May Have Collided with Boeing in Senegal

A Senegal-bound medical evacuation plane with seven people aboard appears to have collided with a much larger Boeing plane shortly before vanishing from radar screens, Senegal's aviation authority said. The private Senegalair plane was carrying a French patient as well as a doctor, two nurses and three crew members from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou to Senegal's Dakar...

French investigators confirm Reunion flaperon from MH370

French officials have confirmed that the piece of aircraft wreckage discovered on Reunion Island is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, MH370. In a statement issued by the official French investigator, the flaperon was identified as being one which had been manufactured by Airbus for the aircraft registered as 9M-MRO. It was operating flight MH370 when it went missing March 8, 20...

Air France threatens route, job cuts if savings not made

Air France (AF, Paris CDG) has warned it may cut both its longhaul network and workforce should it fail to make an estimated EUR1.8 billion (USD1.98 billion) in additional cost cuts. France's RFI says in the event the airline's pilot corps rejects plans to increase its work-hours while keeping salaries fixed, Air France may be forced to could cut 10% or fourteen of its longhau...

Lufthansa publishes special timetable for tomorrow

Lufthansa has published a special timetable for its services tomorrow Tuesday 8 September. The action has been taken following a call by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union (VC) for its members at Lufthansa German Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo to take strike action. A total of 1,500 passenger flights (including some 170 long-haul services) and seven cargo flights were scheduled to be ope...

Saab Extends PEP Agreement With Loganair

The extended agreement comprises component repairs and maintenance services for Loganair’s Saab 340 fleet, within the framework of the existing PEP. The Scottish airline operates 15 Saab 340s and five Saab 2000s. Loganair has had a PEP agreement with Saab since 1999. The PEP is a ‘power by the hour’ programme that supports continuous flight operations...

South African Airways announces a new Code Share Agreement with Air China

South African Airways (SAA) has announced a code share agreement with Air China (CA) that will enable SAA to jointly market Air China’s newly inaugurated non-stop service between Johannesburg and Beijing as well as points beyond Beijing to Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Chongqing. Air China will in turn market SAA’s services from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban and Port El...

airBaltic to Launch Riga – Verona

Riga. The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route between Riga and Verona on December 26, 2015 for winter holidaymakers. Christophe Viatte, Chief Commercial Officer of airBaltic: “Our customer was our focus, when Tez Tour and airBaltic teamed up for this winter season. We are delighted to offer Verona, Italy, and Salzburg, Austria, in cooperation with Tez Tour for our winter tra...

Qatar Airways selects Arconics for CDMS

Qatar Airways today announced that it has engaged Dublin-based Arconics to implement an enterprise Corporate Document Management System (CDMS) for the global carrier. The 10-year agreement was recently signed in Doha by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, and Arconics CEO, Niall O’Sullivan. The customised system based on the market-leading Arconi...

Roscosmos: Soyuz TMA-18M manned spacecraft has been launched successfully

On September 2nd at 07:37 (Moscow time) specialists of Roscosmos (Federal Space Agency) carried out the anniversary 500th launch from the launch site No.1 of Baikonur spaceport – Soyuz FG launch vehicle with Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft was launched, press-service of Roscosmos reports. "Soyuz TMA-18M separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle in 528 seconds at the pla...

India to purchase 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters

Defense Acquisition Council of the Indian government approved purchase of 48 Russian-produced Mi-17V-5 helicopters worth $1,1 billion, Voenno-promishlenniy Courier reports with reference to Indiandefensenews.in. «Defense Acquisition Council of the Indian government chaired by the Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar approved purchase of 48 Russian-produced Mi-17V-5 hel...

Indonesia decides to buy advanced Russian Su-35 Jets

Indonesia's defense minister said that the country would buy Russian-made Su-35 jets following negotiations between the two countries. Indonesia's defense ministry has decided to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-35 jets to replace its aging US-made F-5 fleet, the country's state news agency Antara reported. Indonesia previously expressed interest in the Su-35 jet, with the country'...

50th A330 for Air China successfully completes maiden flight

The 50th A330 to be operated by Air China, which is also China’s first A330-300 with the increased 242 tonne maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) capability, has successfully completed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France. Displaying a special livery to celebrate the “50th A330 for Air China”, the aircraft will be delivered to the Chinese carrier in September.  Air China is th...