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Sergey Karutin was appointed General Designer of GLONASS navigation system

Sergey Karutin was appointed General Designer of GLONASS global navigation system, Non-commercial partnership GLONASS President Alexander Gurko told Interfax-AVN. “Sergey Karutin, employee of TsNIIMASH was appointed General Designer of GLONASS system,” A.Gurko said. It was reported earlier that an institution of General Designers of weapons and military equipment is being establi...

Apollo Aviation Group Raises $833 million for SASOF III

Apollo Aviation Group (“Apollo Aviation”), a multi-strategy aviation investment manager, announced today that it raised $833 million for SASOF III, its third aviation fund. The amount raised is well in excess of SASOF III’s $750 million target. SASOF III, an institutionally-focused commingled private equity fund, follows on from SASOF and&n...

Update On Caribbean Airlines Network Plans

Caribbean Airlines having conducted a detailed review of its network, consistent with the current competitive environment, has taken the difficult decision to withdraw the Boeing 767 fleet from its operations. As a consequence of this change, Caribbean Airlines will discontinue service to London Gatwick, effective January 10, 2016. This has not been an easy decision, since the airline’s c...

AJW Engines manages engine shop visits for Camair-Co and delivers replacement PW4060 lease engine

AJW Engines is to provide engine shop visit management services for Cameroon Airlines Corporation (Camair-Co). An experienced team of professional engineers fromAJW will manage all aspects of the shop visit for two PW4060 engines. Camair-Co has also signed a lease agreement with AJW Leasing for a replacement PW4060 engine which has been fitted to their B767-300 aircraft. The...

Small Planet Airlines GmbH is launching flights from Germany

Leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines GmbH made its first flight from Germany after signing an agreement with virtual airline and an air broker Involatus Carrier Consulting GmbH. The company will carry passengers from the following Germany and Switzerland airports: Bremen, Hanover, Hamburg, Munster, Dusseldorf, and Zurich. Passengers will fly to Canary Islands, Fuerteventura and La Palma. &ldqu...

Norwegian Air CEO says $69 flights from U.S. to Europe around the corner

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA hopes to sell one-way tickets to Europe for $69 as early as 2017 by flying from U.S. airports that have low fees, Chief Executive Officer Bjørn Kjos said in an interview. Europe's third-largest budget airline is considering flights to Edinburgh and Bergen, Norway from U.S. airports that have little to no international service today, such as New York'...

Tallinn airport, 9% passenger traffic increase in Septmeber 2015

More than 207,000 passengers passed through Tallinn Airport in September 2015, 6% more than September last year, the company announced BC. In total 1.68 million passengers have used the airport in the current calendar year, by 9% or 137,000 more than last year. The amount of passengers on scheduled flights grew by 7%, that indicates healthy demand also after active holiday season. The averag...

ImagineAir plots expansion with new Platinum Membership initiative

US air taxi company ImagineAir is planning to double its Cirrus SR22 fleet over the next 12 months through the introduction of an ownership programme targeted at regular users of its on-demand service. The Lawrenceville, Georgia-headquartered company is already the largest commercial operator of the four-seat piston single, with 11 of the type in its lineup. It is hoping the new initiat...

Finnair becomes first European A350 XWB operator

Finnair has taken delivery in Toulouse of the first of 19 A350 XWBs on order, thus becoming the first European operator and the third worldwide of the all-new airliner. The aircraft is configured in a premium three-class layout, with 297 seats, comprising 46 Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy. Finnair will commence commercial services with the A350 XWB later this week, with a Eu...

UAE Space Agency outlines commitments to earth observation and environmental monitoring

The importance of satellite and space technology for environmental monitoring purposes was highlighted by the UAE Space Agency at the Eye of Earth Summit 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Director General H.E Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi speaking at the summit (above), explained that the UAE Space Agency will support international collaboration through space agency cooperation to promote the use of space assets tha...

ADB Group selected for Abu Dhabi International Airport expansion

Abu Dhabi International Airport is undertaking one of its most ambitious expansion projects, with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) selecting ADB Group as the main contractor. This partnership aims to enable the airport to be innovative, dynamic and improve the traveller experience, whilst maintaining world-class standards of airside safety and compliance at its existing terminals to create...

Rolls-Royce issues $1.5 bn worth US bonds

Rolls-Royce plc (the “Issuer”) announces that is has successfully priced a U.S. dollar-denominated issue of notes (the “Notes”) raising gross proceeds of approximately U.S.$1,498,740,000. The Notes will be issued by Rolls-Royce plc and guaranteed by Rolls-Royce Holdings plc, pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the &ldquo...

Alcoa signs $1bn Airbus parts contract

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa has signed an approximately $1 billion contract with Airbus for high-tech, multi-material aerospace fastening systems. The deal is Alcoa’s largest fastener contract ever with the aircraft manufacturer. Alcoa’s fasteners fly on every Airbus platform. “Our growing aerospace capabilities, technology strength and global, first-rate custome...

Airbus files patent for split-level passenger seat design

Airplanes could get even more cramped with a new seat design from Airbus that has passengers seated on top of each other in a bi-level configuration. Earlier this month, the global airline manufacturer filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a split level seating design that could be used in businesses cabins on wide body aircraft, news.com.au reports. In rows...

Oman Air rehearses emergency response plan

Oman Air has held a major emergency response exercise at its headquarters in Muscat. The exercise brought together senior managers, operational team leaders and an eight member exercise control team to test the strength of the airline’s emergency response plan.   Upon activation of the exercise, participating managers were instructed to attend Oman Air’s Emergency Respons...

The most effective Russian aircraft against ISIS is Su-25, says National Interest

While top-of-the-line Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H fighters and Su-34 Fullback bombers have captured the lion’s share of attention, the single most effective Russian aircraft deployed to Syria is the venerable Su-25 Frogfoot. The Russian air force has deployed a dozen of the slow, low-altitude flying tanks to its base in Latakia. But it’s not clear which version of the jet Russia has sent...

Dassault Falcon prepares to break ground on Bordeaux MRO facility

Dassault will, on 16 October, break ground on a heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Bordeaux, Mérignac, southwest France, to serve its expanding fleet of Falcon high-end business jets. The 7,200m2 (77,500ft2) building will be located next to the airframer’s Falcon final assembly hangar, and will be able to accommodate up to six business jets at a time....

FAA issues $27m grant for airport replacement in North Dakota

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a $27 million Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant to the City of Williston, N.D. to purchase land to build a new airport and meet growing aviation demand by replacing Sloulin Field International Airport. “This grant reflects our commitment to meet the changing aviation needs of airports&...

AgustaWestland considers full ice protection for AW169

AgustaWestland expects deliveries of its new AW169 to be into double figures by the end of 2015 even as it works to add further capabilities to the 4.6t rotorcraft, including potentially full ice protection. Since gaining European Aviation Safety Agency certification in July, the airframer has delivered one AW169 to an undisclosed customer, with a second emergecy medical services-roled example...

Norwegian Air Ambulance becomes launch customer for the newly improved H135

The Norwegian Air Ambulance (Norsk Luftambulanse AS) will be the first operator to purchase the technically improved H135. Three units have been ordered with the option for further helicopters in the future. The first delivery is planned for 2017. The Norwegian emergency medical services (EMS) operator will benefit from Airbus Helicopters’ enhancements to the versatile H135, which be...

AirAsia shares gain eight percent after report it may be taken private

Shares of AirAsia Bhd rose to their highest in nearly two weeks after Reuters reported that the founders of Asia's largest budget airline are sounding out investors to take the company private. The stock rose as much as 8 percent in early trade to hit 1.35 ringgit per share, its highest since Sept 25, and outperforming the 0.05 percent rise in the benchmark index. Reuters had exclusively...