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Lufthansa Blames GDS Booking Volume Drop Mostly on Pilot Strike

Lufthansa has hit back at GDS bookings figures revealed by Tnooz yesterday as being "heavily influenced" by industrial action affecting the airline. Pilots belonging to the carrier held their 13th strike in the last 18 months in the first week of this month, just days after Lufthansa introduced its controversial Euro 16 fee on all GDS bookings from September 1. A highly confidentia...

Incident: Transaero B735 at Krasnodar on Sep. 25, Landed on Wrong Runway

A Transaero Airlines Boeing 737-500, registration VP-BPA performing flight UN-167 fom Moscow Domodedovo to Krasnodar (Russia) with 115 people on board, was cleared to land on Krasnodar's runway 05C however touched down on closed runway 05R. The aircraft impacted three signs before coming to a stop. There were no injuries, the passengers disembarked onto the runway and were taken to t...

Wang Zhiqing Meets with Director of Laos Civil Aviation Department

Wang Zhiqing, Deputy Chief of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) met with Yakua Lorpangkao, Director General of Laos' Civil Aviation Department in Beijing on Friday. During the meeting, the two parties exchanged in-depth views on strengthening exchanges and cooperation in the field of civil aviation between Laos and China.

Cannes Mandelieu lifts weight restrictions

Cannes Mandelieu has lifted its weight restrictions, allowing larger heavier aircraft to use the airport. Effective October 1, the airport will be able to accept aircraft weighing up to 35 tonnes. With the weight restrictions lifted, the airport will be able to handle large, long range jets. Thierry Pollet, director of Cannes Mandelieu Airport said, “This victory is the result of di...

6 Insights From Vueling’s CEO on Running the Contrarian Low-Cost Carrier

Can a low-cost carrier transcend the bare bones model and bring added value and convenience to passengers through user-friendly digital platforms, without breaking the bank? Spanish low-cost airline, Vueling, has. The airline has defied the traditional definition of a low-cost carrier — that of an independent operator taking market share from legacy airlines &m...

Norwegian Air Close to Deal With Ryanair to Feed Travelers Onto Long-Haul Flights

Norwegian Air Shuttle AS may use the first of its Boeing Co. 737 Max jets to connect smaller European airports with cities such as New York and Boston, tapping the single-aisle planes to complement busier North American routes out of London and Scandinavia operated by wide-body 787s. The narrow-body Max, which joins the Norwegian Air fleet from 2017, has the range to fly from Europe’s &ld...

Iceland’s Aviation Museum Glows with History and Heritage

AKUREYRI, ICELAND — If you don’t read Icelandic, the clue to the location of Iceland’s aviation museum (Flugsafn Islands) is in the large nose of a Douglas DC-6 poking out the side. The museum opened its doors fifteen years ago in June 2000, and moved into its current hangar in November 2007, which is crammed full of aviation heritage from this country where the advent of flig...

EasySky Honduras begins Cuba charters using a second B737

EasySky (EKY, San Pedro Sula) has sourced a B 737-200 Adv from Mexico's Global Air (DMJ,Mexico City) Honduras' El Heraldo newspaper has reported. XA-UHZ (msn 21816) is currently used on 3x weekly charter flights between Havana Int'l and Roatan, the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands. EasyFly, which has been operating only charter flights since May of this year,...

China Eastern Starts Scheduled Flights to Auckland, New Zealand

At 0:50 a.m. on September 26, an Airbus A330-200 of China Eastern Airlines (MU) took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and headed toward Auckland, New Zealand, marking the airline officially commenced its third scheduled Oceanian service. The inaugural flight MU779 arrived at at Auckland Airport (AKL) at 4:30 p.m. local time, which was welcomed by a water...

Lufthansa and Ryanair CEOs Lock Horns over Airlines' Futures

Deutsche Lufthansa AG boss Carsten Spohr has crossed swords with Michael O'Leary, his counterpart at Ryanair Holdings, vowing to defend the German carrier's domestic market from further encroachment from budget airlines despite Mr. O'Leary's assurances that the business can only shrink. Mr. Spohr said Lufthansa's current revamp of its short-haul operations will protect its m...

Buffalo Airways Plane Makes Hard Landing Near Deline, N.W.T.

A Buffalo Airways C-46 Commando airplane crashed while making an emergency landing in Deline, N.W.T.. Four crew members were on board at the time. An official at the Deline airport told CBC that nobody was injured in the incident. The cargo flight was on its way from Yellowknife to Norman Wells, said Chris Krepski with the Transportation Safety Board, when it experienced engine fai...

Incident: UPS MD11 over Atlantic on Sep. 25, Engine Shut Down in Flight

A UPS McDonnell Douglas MD-11, registration N251UP performing flight 5X-213 from Louisville, KY (U.S.) to Cologne (Germany), was enroute at FL350 over the Atlantic Ocean nearing Ireland when the crew needed to shut the right hand engine (CF6) down, descended the aircraft to FL330 and set course to divert to Shannon (Ireland), where the aircraft landed safely on runway 24.

Okay Airways to Launch Sino-American Air Cargo JV in Mid 2016

China's Okay Airways (BK), together with U.S. based lessor and transport provider ATSG West Ltd, online discount retailer Vipshop and other two partners announced to jointly establish a new express air cargo airline in Tianjin during the 4th Annual China Air Finance Development Summit on September 24, 2015. The new airline, United Star International Express Airlines...

Pilots File Complaints About 'Blinding' Lights at 49ers' Levi's Stadium

A commercial airline pilot says she once saw something resembling a laser light show coming out of Levi's Stadium. Unable to look outside for more than moments at a time on that night in March, Christina Kurowicki said, "We were really worried about getting the aircraft on the ground safely." According to a report by NBC Bay Area, Kurowiki isn't the only pilot to have such...

Lawsuit: Plane Toilet Cleaner Poisons Consumer Drinking Water

Five American Airlines workers have accused the airline of using watercooler jugs to carry chemicals aboard planes to decontaminate lavatories -- and then returning the jugs to commercial circulation to be refilled with drinking water and redistributed. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, the workers say the practice -- known as "top-filling" -- began in...

Air Canada and Amadeus Partner to Distribute the Airline’s Full Content

Air Canada and Amadeus today announced they have reached a new multi-year distribution agreement through which all Amadeus travel agency customers, both offline and online, will have access to all fares and seat availability. Air Canada will take advantage of Amadeus Fare Families and Amadeus Ancillary Services, providing travel agency customers with access to the airline&rsquo...

Kenya Airways Resumes West Africa Flights

Kenya Airways has resumed flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone after Kenyan health officials lifted a ban placed last year due to the Ebola virus. The carrier, one of the biggest in Africa, stopped flying to Monrovia and Freetown in August last year, losing routes worth tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue. It recorded large losses in its year ended March. In a letter clearing the fl...

Airbus Wants A320 Suppliers To Cut Prices

Airbus is pressing suppliers on its A320 aircraft to reduce prices by at least 10 percent by 2019 in order to make the company's main earner more competitive. The enhanced efficiency plans echo Boeing's cost-cutting Partner for Success initiative, which has redrawn the relationship between suppliers and the plane maker as the industry gears up for record output. Airbus's cuts are...

Zodiac Faces Court Action Over Delivery Delays

French aerospace supplier Zodiac has confirmed it faces court action and the possible loss of some business from American Airlines over delays in aircraft seat production, but said it was seeking a negotiated solution. The company said American Airlines had filed a petition in the District Court of Tarrant County in Texas asking judges to allow it to share a contract to buy business class seats...

Wizz Air secures financing for six Airbus A321ceos

Fast-growing Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air signed an agreement with China Development Bank’s CDB Leasing  to finance six Airbus A321ceos. The deal includes the carrier’s first two A321s scheduled for delivery later this year. “We’ve developed a strong relationship with CDB Leasing as they continue to support our growth, now financing the fi...

New partnership of Private Jet Services and Arise Air

Private Jet Services (PJS) has formed a new strategic partnership with Arise Air. Under the new agreement, all Arise Air employees will work from the PJS corporate headquarters in New Hampshire. Bryan Ellis, president of Arise Air, will act as the new director of Executive Aircraft Operations for PJS. In this role, Ellis will oversee all executive jet vendor relationships and sourcing f...