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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...

Travelmath reveals extent of bacteria found on passenger aircraft

Travelmath has reported that travelling by air is highly unhygienic, with an investigation into five airports and four flights. The investigation recorded that airports and airplanes are far dirtier than the average home, with the tray table recording 2,155 bacteria colonies forming in each square inch (CFU/ sq. in.).   With the tray table being the most unhygienic location on an air...

Safety course from Avisa set for September 29

A course on Safety Management Systems in Aviation is being held in Abu Dhabi Sept 29-October 1. The three-day event is organized by Avisa Gulf. It is aimed at aviation professionals working in the operational safety or maintenance safety departments of an aircraft operator or aircraft maintenance company.  The course focuses on the ICAO & UAE GCAA requirements for safety management &a...

Finnair Traffic Performance in August 2015

Number of passengers grew by 8.7 per cent year‐on‐year In August, Finnair’s overall capacity measured in Available Passenger Kilometres grew by 1.6 per cent and traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres grew by 3.3 per cent year‐on‐year. The passenger load factor increased by 1.5%-points to 86.3 per cent. The capacity in Asian traffic decreased by 6.5 per cent and the traffic me...

European airports passenger traffic grew by 6.7% in July 2015

European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE released its traffic report for July 2015. The report is the only air transport report which includes all types of civil aviation passenger flights: network, low cost, charter and others. During July, passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by +6.7%, pointing to a strong peak summer season for air travel. At EU airpor...

Airbus starts production of the first A330neo

Airbus’ first A330neo is coming to life one year after the programme was launched, with the first 'cutting of metal' underway at its production facilities in Toulouse and Nantes. Machining of the first engine pylon started during the summer at Airbus’ facility in Saint-Eloi (Toulouse), while Airbus’ Plant in Nantes began production of the first A330neo centre wing box.&nb...

ABS Jets receives approval for base maintenance on Phenom 300

ABS Jets has announced that it has received approval from Embraer and the Czech Republic CAA to perform base maintenance on the Phenom 300. This means that ABS Jets is now approved to maintain all types of Embraer Phenom aircraft. The increased capability further underlines ABS Jets' status as an Embraer approved service centre and consolidates their commitment to offer the best and closest...

New Air Routes Launched (Aug. 19-Sep. 5, 2015)

During the past half month (August 19-September 5), China's aviation market is expect to see a slight slide in traffic volume as the summer travel peak comes to an end. Fewer domestic routes were opened during the period, and international services drew much attention. Beijing Capital Airlines (JD) launched a thrice-weekly round-trip service to Copenhagen, Denmark on Sep...

The Middle East records high increase in global passenger traffic

Global passenger traffic at the world's major airports has risen by nearly per cent year over year during July. The Middle East stands out as one of the key areas for passenger traffic, Airport Council International reports.    Last year, Dubai (DXB) recorded lower figures caused by a refurbishment to their runway.   This July, the airport has recorded a raise of...

404 thousand visitors and exhibitors took part in MAKS-2015 airshow

The 12th MAKS-2015 international airshow was held in Zhukovsky (Moscow Region) during a period from August 25th to August 30th. Despite difficult economic and political situation the value of contracts signed at the airshow exceeded 350 billion rubles. 404 thousand visitors and exhibitors took part in MAKS-2015 airshow, press-service of Aviasalon reports. In his opening speech at the...

Team Russia won silver medals at FAI World Aerobatic Championship

The 28th FAI World Aerobatic Championship was held in France. Following the results of the competition, Russian pilot Mikhail Mamistov took the second place in the men’s overall standings, Svetlana Kapanina came in second in the women’s overall standings, press-service of Airport of Regions Holding Company reports. “Gold medals were won by French pilots – Alexa...

Xiamen Air Receives Its 125th Boeing Jetliner

Xiamen Air (MF) took delivery of a brand new B737-800 aircraft on Sep. 5, marking the carrier's 125th airplane. The new Boeing jetliner, Registration B-6489, became the 12th new plane introduced by the carrier this year. Xiamen Air, which is 51 percent owned by China Southern Airlines (CZ), currently operates a fleet of 125 Boeing aircraft, including 17 737-700s, 97 737-800s, six 757-200...

Saudi-led coalition jets kill 20 at a wake in Yemen: residents

Jets belonging to a Saudi-led coalition killed at least 20 people at a wake in northern Yemen on Sunday, local tribesmen said, as warplanes pounded Houthis and other forces behind a missile strike that had killed dozens of Gulf Arab soldiers. The air strikes targeted troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, an ally of the Houthis, across the country and hit a Houthi base in what had...

HAECO Group names new senior managers

HAECO Group today announced seven senior management appointments, which will be effective from September 2015. James Barrington is appointed Group Director Airframe Services. He was previously Director Corporate Development of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. Greg Hughes is appointed Group Director Components & Engine Services. He was previously Commercial Director and Chief Operating Off...

Riyadh International Airport Terminal 5 work to be completed by the end of 2015

06-Sep-2015 His Excellency Mr. Sulaiman Bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan, President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), visited the new Terminal 5 in King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh to inspect the work in progress and the achievements made to date. His Excellency was accompanied by Mr. Yousef Bin Ibrahim Al-Abdan, Director of KKIA, Mr. Basem Bin Abdul...

Small Planet seals 5 year deal with Cambodia's Sky Angkor

Sky Angkor Airlines (ZA, Phnom Penh) has signed a five-year co-operation agreement with the Small Planet Group. Under the agreement's terms, each winter Small Planet Airlines (S5, Vilnius) will base part of its fleet in Asia to provide capacity to the fledgling Cambodian operator. From November 2015 to March 2016, four A320-200s will be used transport tourists, among o...

CAAC supported Hong Kong Airport with third runway plans

Jack So Chak-kwong, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), recently met with Li Jiaxiang, Director General of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in Beijing. During the meeting, Mr So introduced the latest developments at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), and also visited Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) to learn about the progress of the new airport that...

Petition Calls for Airline Seat Standards to End the Cabin Crush

With commercial airlines packing more passengers per plane, many fliers believe that the federal government should adopt minimum airline seat standards for legroom and width to ensure the safety and comfort of travelers. That is the sentiment of more than 30,000 people who signed a petition that was sent last month to Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta. The petiti...

Indonesia AirAsia X Could Be Grounded, Stranding Bali Travellers

Indonesia AirAsia X, which sells cheap flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Bali, is in danger of being grounded by Indonesian authorities next month for not meeting a regulatory requirement to have at least 10aircraft in its fleet. The move would be a blow to Australian holidaymakers and to the airline, which already damaged its reputation by selling flights from Melbourne to Bali last ye...

Honeywell's Innovative Helicopter Technologies on Display at the 2015 China Helicopter Exposition

Honeywell Aerospace will display its HTS900 and LTS101 turboshaft helicopter engines as well as its Sky Connect Tracker III communications system at the 2015 China Helicopter Exposition Sep. 9 to 13, 2015, at booth C107 at the AVIC Helicopter - Free Trade Zone area of Tianjin Port. The exposition is the only national level exhibition for helicopters with an air flight show, which aims to prom...

Lufthansa Pilots' Union Calls Strike for Tuesday

A union representing Lufthansa pilots has called a one-day strike at the German airline's long-distance and cargo operations on Tuesday - the latest in a string of walkouts. The Vereinigung Cockpit union has hit various Lufthansa units with more than a dozen short-term walkouts over recent months. The dispute centers on the airline's plans to cut transition payments for pilots want...