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Latvia Buys 3 TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars from Lockheed Martin

The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and Lockheed Martin signed a contract for three TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars (MRR) for use in air surveillance and to complement radar assets already in place. "Purchase of "TPS-77" MRRs will mean a huge investment in the strengthening of defence capabilities of National Armed Forces and gives us the chance to act accor...

JetSmarter strengthens offering in Europe with GlobeAir

JetSmarter, the world's premier mobile app for chartering private jets, today announces the acquisition of 15,000 hours of flight inventory, valued at $50 million over five years, from Europe'sleading private jet company GlobeAir, to boost its footprint in Western Europe.   Following the completion of a $20 million series B funding round earlier t...

China's Exim Bank Offers Lending Facility To Comac

China Import and Export Bank has signed an initial deal to provide a lending facility of up to CNY50 billion yuan (USD$7.87 billion) to Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac). The move has pushed up the Chinese state policy bank's total outstanding loans to Comac to around CNY4.4 billion yuan. Comac makes both the ARJ21 regional jet and the larger C919 which it hopes could even...

Norwegian Air To Cut Costs, Expand Long-Haul

Norwegian Air will continue to cut costs as it builds economies of scale in its long-haul operation, chief executive Bjørn Kjos said. "It's on long-haul we could reduce costs further. We only have eight (Boeing 787) Dreamliners today. We'll have a total of 19 at the end of 2018 and we could easily fly up to 40-50," he said. "When we launch (Boeing 737) MA...

S7 Airlines to carry Transaero passengers

Russia’s S7 Airlines will carry passengers with Transaero tickets, it said in a statement. Transaero had to stop ticket sales from Oct. 1 after a deal with Aeroflot failed Russia’s Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov said Aeroflot is coordinating Transaero flight operations. Aeroflot plans to carry Transaero passengers through Dec. 15, 2015, or provide refund. Sokolov a...

Agreement on Capitol Hill: Drones are on collision path with airliners

With airline pilots reporting close encounters with unmanned drones more than three times a day, it’s just a matter of time before there is a mid-air collision that could carry deadly consequences. That was the virtual consensus on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as lawmakers, pilots, experts and the Federal Aviation Administration gathered to discuss how to keep millions of privately owned dro...

Iran To Open Second Terminal Of Imam Khomeini Airport

The second terminal of the Imam Khomeini airport will open in Iran, Abbas Akhoundi, the Iranian Road and Urban Development Minister, said. "Iran's aviation industry has been affected most of all as a result of the international sanctions," the minister said in the parliament Oct. 6, Iranian news website khabaronline reported. "There are 67 airports in Iran," the minis...

Five talking points from the week in UAE business

Emirates makes its point The world had its first look at the new Emirates advert featuring Friends star Jennifer Aniston this week. The majority of feedback we’ve received has been positive, as the Dubai carrier’s ad notched up nearly a million YouTube views in its first day and is now approaching 1.5 million - reaching people being its primary objection. And, as well as inf...

Equiom appoints new Managing Director

Equiom has appointed Aidan Davin their new Managing Director. Davin has served as Equiom’s Group Client Services Director for the past two years but steps into his new role on 1st October 2015. Davin said: “I am looking forward to taking up the position of Managing Director at Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited. Paul has done a fabulous job and leaves the business in great shape....

Qantas eyes expansion of partnership with Emirates

Australian carrier Qantas is looking at ways it can expand its partnership with Emirates, such as on new routes into Australia, its chief executive told Reuters on Thursday. “We would like to see Emirates flying into more Australian destinations, which they’re keen on,” Alan Joyce said on the sidelines of the Capa World Aviation Summit in Helsinki. “We think it’...

Air Tahiti appoints Falko for ATR72-500 sale

Air Tahiti has mandated UK based lessor Falko Regional Aircraft to remarket six aircraft as part of its fleet renewal program. Each of the aircraft has been operated since new by the airline and will make way for the ATR72-600 aircraft that the airline has on order. The aircraft, with MSNs 719, 731, 751, 806, 829 and 862, will be available from the fourth quarter of 2015. Air Tahiti has already...

Fastjet agrees sales and distribution deal with Emirates

Africa-focused airline fastjet (LON:FJET) has signed a sales and distribution contract with global carrier Emirates. Passengers of the Gulf-based group will be able use its sales channels to book tickets for fastjet’s network using a link between the two airlines’ reservations system. Emirates is the world’s largest airline with 140 destinations worldwide and 20 in Africa,...

Ukraine International Airlines launches flights to Kutaisi

December 18, 2015, Ukraine International Airlines will launch non-stop scheduled flights connecting Kharkov and Kutaisi, Georgia. Tickets are already available on UIA official website, the carrier`s Contact Center, UIA ticket offices, and authorized travel agencies. UIA offers double-weekly flights connecting Kharkov and Kutaisi operated on modern Boeing 737 and Embraer...

Gulf Air Adds Faisalabad and Multan to Pakistan Network

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, is adding two new destinations in Pakistan to its network with the addition of direct services to the cities of Faisalabad and Multan scheduled for launch in December 2015. The airline will begin four weekly direct flights to Multan and will commence three weekly services to Faisalabad. Commenting on Gulf Air’s new route announcem...

SAS introduces new daily service Boston-Copenhagen

Starting with its summer 2016 program, SAS is launching yet another year round service between the US and Scandinavia. From late March 2016, SAS will operate daily nonstop flights between Copenhagen and Boston. As such, SAS will be the first carrier to fly directly to Boston from Scandinavia. As part of its determination to further strengthen its offer to frequent...

Bell Helicopter expands Service Facility network in Germany

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announces today that it is adding Agrarflug Helilift, located in Ahren, Germany, to its Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility network. With thirty years of experience in the industry, Agrarflug Helilift is an established operator with over 40 helicopters in its fleet and offers charter services, aircraft maintenance and training ...

CityJet poised to order Superjets

Irish regional carrier CityJet is close to finalising an order for 15 Sukhoi Superjets to replace BAE Systems Avro RJ85s, sources familiar with the matter have indicated. The deal, which also spans options for additional Superjets, will be confirmed at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) general assembly being held in Berlin between 13 and 15 October, say sources. Earlie...

Fatigue contributed to RJ85 low-altitude incident: ATSB

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has highlighted the impact of fatigue on pilots’ decision making, following an incident where a Cobham Aviation Services Australia British Aerospace Avro RJ85 descended below minimum altitude. The incident occurred on 23 June, and involved the aircraft registered VH-NJW. There were five crew and 67 passengers on board, says the ATSB in its rep...

Taranis to enter third testing phase

The UK’s BAE Systems Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator will carry out a third phase of flight tests towards the end of the year, the Ministry of Defence has revealed. The test programme had gone quiet after two phases of testing in Woomera in Australia, but it will now continue for one more phase to develop technology that could be incorporated into a future combat a...

UK claims to be ahead of international UAV regulators

The UK’s Department for Transport has claimed the country is pioneering ahead of European and international airspace regulators to rapidly look at integrating unmanned air vehicles into national airspace. EASA and ICAO are both looking at higher level integration of UAVs, with EASA in particular looking at introducing a new proportionate ruling for UAVs in 2016, but the UK is striving to...

Lockheed reaffirms F-35 production target despite supplier statement

Lockheed Martin has re-affirmed the full-rate production goal for the F-35 programme remains 17 aircraft per month, despite a supplier’s statement on 7 October that it is significantly less. Full rate production volume is factored into the production learning curves that drive Lockheed’s cost reduction targets for the F-35. In the early years of the programme, Lockheed expected to b...