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Airbus Chief Urges Action on U.S. ATC System Reform

Action, not more debate, is needed to transition the U.S. air traffic system out of FAA and into a stand-alone corporation, Airbus Americas' chief and former FAA administrator Allan McArtor told a Washington DC audience Sep. 2. Speaking at an International Aviation Club lunch meeting, the Airbus Americas chairman and CEO said the U.S. national air traffic control system needed to be &q...

Lufthansa CEO Defends Cost Cuts as Pilots Threaten More Strikes

Lufthansa's chief executive defended the German airline's hard line on strikes on Wednesday after pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) threatened further walkouts in an row over retirement benefits and cost cuts. VC said earlier the German flag carrier had rejected its offer of concessions in a long-running dispute that has seen a dozen strikes over the last 18 months and cos...

JetBlue in Talks With Azul to Let Fliers Book on Both Carriers

JetBlue Airways Corp. is talking with Brazil's Azul SA about an agreement that would let passengers fly both carriers on one itinerary -- a move that would reunite Azul Chief Executive Officer David Neeleman with the U.S. carrier he founded. Linking the two airlines would help Neeleman, who left JetBlue in 2007, eight years after its creation, to further his global expansion plans...

SAA on Verge of Canceling Old Order for 10 Airbus A320 Planes

South African Airways is close to canceling an order for 10 Airbus Group NV A320 planes, a move that will save the unprofitable state-owned carrier about 1.4 billion rand (US$104 million) in write-down charges. "We have got all the approvals in place," Chief Financial Officer Wolf Meyer told reporters in Cape Town on Wednesday. "We just need to get final approval from the board.&...

Ryanair to Boost Flights on 20 European Routes

European budget carrier Ryanair announced plans to boost the number of planes operating on 20 routes. Launching its London summer 2016 schedule, the airline said it would add an additional four new routes to the network, taking the total to more than 150 routes. Earlier it said the rolling annual traffic numbers to August were up 15 percent. The August load factor was 95 percent, up from...

China Southern Announces Service to Rome, Dubai & Christchurch

China Southern Airlines (www.csair.com), the largest airline in the People’s Republic of China, is pleased to announce new air servicefrom Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou to Rome, Dubai and Christchurch. The Guangzhou-Wuhan-Rome and Guangzhou-Christchurch routes will be offered three times weekly and will both launch on Wednesday, December 16. The Guangzhou-Wuhan-Dubai service i...

Delta TechOps Announces Five-Year MRO Services Agreement with WestJet Airlines

Delta TechOps, Delta Air Lines’ maintenance division and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider business, is proud to announce its growing relationship with WestJet Airlines (Nasdaq: WJA.TO). Under a new five-year agreement, Delta TechOps will provide exclusive component maintenance-per-flight-hour support for WestJet’s four Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The agreement will c...

Boeing delivers 14 Dreamliners, strong cash flow seen: sources

Boeing Co (BA.N) delivered 14 of its 787 Dreamliners in August, exceeding for the second straight month its 10-a-month target and suggesting strong financial performance later in the year, people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. The tally, likely to be confirmed by Boeing on Thursday, means the company has managed to deliver an average of just over 11 of the high-tech planes a mon...

FHI to develop next-generation utility helicopter for Japan ground self-defense force

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) today concluded a contract with the Ministry of Defense for the initial project of developing a prototype of the next-generation utility helicopter (UH-X) for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). FHI will co-develop with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.*1 an advanced variant of the 412EPI, the latest model of the Bell 412 series with proven reliability...

30 Senior Dreamliner Pilots Leave Air India

In a big blow for flag carrier Air India (AI), 30 senior Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilots have resigned in quick succession setting alarm bells ringing in the state-owned airline and posing a human resource challenge in critical times. AI, which is surviving on a bailout funded by the taxpayer, spent around Rs 15 crore on training these pilots on its newest jet three years back but with no security...

China Southern Launches Cross-Border E-commerce Platform

China Southern Airlines (CZ) Tuesday announced the launch of its cross-border e-commerce platform - Southern Cross-Border Purchase (http://csairshop.com).   Through the e-commerce platform, customers can purchase the hottest goods in the overseas markets including the U.S., Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The platform also brings benefits and convenience to the staff of the...

A New App -- the Uber of Airport Food -- Connects You to Carry-Aboard Meals You Might Actually Like

Don't want to wait in line at airport restaurants to order your next carry-on meal? Enter AirGrub, a new mobile app that allows you to order, pay and pick up your food before you board.   AirGrub, a Silicon Valley company, already has a presence at airports in San Francisco, Boston and New York City. And AirGrub may be heading to Los Angeles International Airport. It...

BRIEF: Iran Needs 550 More Aircraft

Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Abbas Akhoundi said talks are underway with foreign aviation companies to ensure $60 billion investment worth to buy 550 new planes. "We need 550 more planes which require $60 billion investment. To this end we are discussing the issue of finance package with foreign aviation companies to ensure this investment," Fars News Agency quo...

Dallas Airport to Mark Spot Where LBJ Was Sworn In as President

Love Field airport in Dallas will install a brass plaque to mark the spot where Air Force One sat while Lyndon Johnson was sworn in on the plane as president after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, officials said on Tuesday.   Johnson was hastily administered the oath of office to become the 36th president about 90 minutes after Kennedy was pronounced dead on Nov. 22, 1963...

Optimizing the supply chain is on the doorstep of every operator

Despite successfully cutting down their aircraft spare part pools and eliminating certain inventory costs, airlines, MROs and other industry players these days still find themselves entrapped in vastly inconvenient component procurement processes. Some experts even state that by 2020, most operators will have abandoned their inventory stocks at all. Such transition would translate into an inc...

Alaska Air Group Reports August 2015 Operational Results

Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported August and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, and for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Detailed information is provided below. AIR GROUP On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 7.0 percent increase in traffic on a 7.7 percent increase in capacity compared to August 2014. Load factor decrease...

Flyers Spent Billions More on Airline Fees Last Year

We spent 18.7% more on fees in 2014 than in 2013. Can you see the day where the average airline trip costs more in taxes and ancillary charges than it does in the actual fare? It is already possible to do that given the array of fees that we pay along the way. According to a recent report by consulting groups IdeaWorks and CarTrawler, in 2014, U.S. air carriers racked up a $2.6 billion incre...

COMAC ARJ21 to enter service in February 2016

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) said China's first regional commercial jet, the ARJ21-700, will enter service in February next year. Entry into service will follow two months of pilot training and bedding-in trials. The long-delayed delivery of the first operational ARJ21s has seen launch customer to Chengdu Airlines defer delivery of its first two aircraft from the ori...

Aeroflot to buy 75%, plus one share, of Transaero

Russia’s Aeroflot, which revealed plans to buy Transaero Airlines Sept. 1, will acquire 75% plus one share of Transaero for RUB1 (1.53 US cents), TASS news agency reported, quoting Russia’s deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov. If the transaction is approved by Aeroflot’s board of directors, Aeroflot Group will get half the Russian airline market. The deal follows...

MEBAA Embraces North Africa with Morocco Show

As the two-day MEBAA Show Morocco opened in Casablanca yesterday, event organizer Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) billed the northwest African country as “the new destination for business aviation.” MEBAA chairman Ali Alnaqbi opened the show alongside H.E. Mohamed Najib Boulif, minister delegate to the Moroccan Ministe...

IAG: Aer Lingus Offer Now Closed

On 18 August 2015, International Airlines Group announced that its Offer for Aer Lingus had become wholly unconditional and that the Offer would close at 1500 (Irish Time) on 1 September 2015. Accordingly the Offer is now closed. Level of acceptances As at 1500 (Irish time) on 1 September 2015, AERL Holding Limited (“AERL Holding”), the wholly owned subsidiary of Int...