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Aer Lingus Chairman Leases Aircraft to Potential Rival

Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington's Fly Leasing recently supplied a Boeing aircraft to Norwegian Air, the Scandinavian operator that is attempting to set up a budget long-haul airline in the Republic. Mr Barrington is chief executive of Dún Laoghaire-based Fly Leasing, one of a number of Irish companies that finance and supply aircraft to airlines around the wor...

New Runway at Heathrow "Will Fail on Every Level", Says London Mayor

London's mayor, a potential successor to British Prime Minister David Cameron, said a proposal to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport was doomed to fail, complicating an already fraught issue for the government. In July, after a three-year study, the Airports Commission recommended Heathrow as the best option for an additional runway over two other shortlisted airports, argui...

Shanghai-Bangkok Flight Diverted Due to Medical Emergency

A Shanghai Airlines (FM) flight from Shanghai to Bangkok was diverted to Nanchang Changbei International Airport (KHN) on Sunday evening after a foreign passenger became ill and passed away upon landing, local media reported. Flight FM855 took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) at 3:00 p.m., and the crew of flight FM855 declared an emergency en route to Nanchang airp...

AIL to rationalize Loganair, BMI regional's operations

Airline Investments Limited (AIL) has announced plans to rationalize operations at its recently acquired Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) and bmi regional (BM, Aberdeen Dyce) subsidiaries. Under the plan, bmi regional is to relocate its engineering facilities to one of its primary hubs, Bristol Int'l, where AIL is proposing to acquire hangar space to accom...

US vulture fund files claim against Congo Airways A320

The Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) government's nascent national carrier, Congo Airways (Kinshasa N'Djili), has suffered yet another set back in its quest to free its second aircraft, A320-200 EI-DSN (cn 3412), currently impounded at Dublin Int'l. Prior to the aircraft's intended departure for Kinshasa N'Djili late last month, a US firm...

NTSB details Learjet’s emergency landing after collision with deer

The NTSB released details of an accident in which a Learjet 35A corporate jet collided with a deed on takeoff from Grosse Ile Municipal Airport, Michigan, USA. On June 22, 2015, a Learjet 35A, registered N640BA, planned to perform a corporate flight from Grosse Ile Municipal Airport, Michigan to Chicago-Midway Airport, Illinois. There were two passengers and t...

Shanghai Pudong Airport Sets New Record in Inbound and Outbound Passengers

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) handled record 5.7 million inbound and outbound passengers in the summer peak season in July and August, representing a growth of 13.03% year on year, according to statistics from Shanghai Airport Frontier Inspection Station. The Shanghai Port welcomed up to 7 million inbound and outbound passengers in the past two months, up 12.74% year on...

Shandong Airlines Posts Double-Digit Passenger Growth in Summer Travel Season

Shandong Airlines (SC) said on Sunday it registered a double-digit growth in both passengers carried and flights operated in the summer travel season which began on July 1 and ended on August 31. The Jinan-based carrier transported more than 3 million passengers and operated nearly 19,000 flights in the past two months. The airline attributed the traffic growth to strong travel dem...

Loong Air Receives Its 8th A320 Aircraft

Zhejiang Loong Airlines (GJ) took delivery of a brand new Airbus A320 aircraft at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) on September 6, which is the airline's eighth A320s in service. The new A320, Registration B-1676, brings Loong Air's fleet to 11 aircraft. According to the fleet introduction plan, the Hangzhou-based carrier will expand its fleet to 16 by t...

UNIAN: Ukraine opens common aviation area with European Union

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has approved a resolution of the National Security and Defense Council 'On measures to protect the national interests of Ukraine in the field of aviation' with a corresponding decree on September 4, according to the President's website.  

Iberia Group brings Manchester and Madrid closer together

As of next Tuesday, Manchester and Madrid will be closer than ever. The Iberia Group, through its low cost carrier Iberia Express, will launch its flights between both cities. Until the end of October the airline will operate flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and throughout the winter season will fly twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Airbus A320s with 180 seats in Economy and...

TUI Group continues profitable growth in Q3 2014/15

TUI Group has concluded the third quarter of financial year 2014/15 delivering earnings and turnover growth. However, the period under review was overshadowed by the terrible attack in Tunisia at the end of June. Supporting the families of the victims, customers and its employees remains the highest priority of the Group. In the three months from April to June 2015, the Group improved its...

Cathay Pacific announces change of Directors

The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (“Cathay Pacific” or the “Company”) announces that: (1) Mr. William Edward James Barrington has resigned as an Executive Director; and (2) Mr. Yau Ying Wah (Algernon) has been appointed as an Executive Director, such resignation and appointment to take effect on 7th September 2015. Mr. W...

LIAT announces new winter schedule

LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, has launched its new Winter schedule, which will come into effect from 15th September 2015. The Winter schedule has been brought forward due to the acceleration in the fleet transition process, and the unfortunate situation which currently exists in Dominica. Antigua and San Juan will benefit from a daily non-stop operation between the airline’s hub and Puerto...

CityJet introduces a new brand, new aircraft coming

CityJet (Dublin) on September 4 introduced a new look for the airline on the pictured BAe (Avro) RJ85 EI-RJT (msn E2366). The company is also looking at replacement aircraft that would be capable of flying into London’s City Airport (LCY). Competition is probably between Embraer and Bombardier. Bombardier is working on the certification for its new CS100 at LCY. The company issued this...

Medivac plane with seven on board disappears west of Senegal

A medical evacuation plane with seven people on board, including a French patient, disappeared west of Senegal during a flight from Burkina Faso to Dakar, the Senegalese civil aviation authority said. The private Senegalair plane from Ouagadougou disappeared from radar screens at 7:08 p.m. (3:08 p.m. EDT) on Saturday 118 km (74 miles) west of the Senegalese capital, it said in a statement. S...

Belgium Holds Cairo Flight over "Suspect" Passenger

A scheduled Brussels-Cairo flight by the Egyptian airline Egyptair was cancelled on Saturday because of suspicious behaviour by a passenger, Belgian police said. Egyptair flight MS 726 was denied clearance for take off to let security "re-examine the passenger list and baggage", the federal police said in a brief press release. "In the light of uncertainties about a passenger...

CAAC: Passengers File 482 Complaints in July, Up 44% Month-on-Month

The number of complaints consumers filed with the authorities surged by 44% to 482 in July 2015, up from 270 in June, according to the Air Transport Consumer Complaints Report for July released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on September 1. In July 2015, the Air Transportation Department of CAAC, CAAC regional administrations, CAAC Consumer Affairs Center and China Air Tra...

Air New Zealand's Boeing 737 Retires

The last of Air New Zealand's Boeing 737 aircraft is being retired today to be replaced by the newer Airbus A320. Its final commercial flight from Auckland to Christchurch is this evening. But it won't be the last time kiwis will see it. Chief Pilot Captain David Morgan says there will be open days this week for people to farewell the aircraft, which is under negotiation...

Two Falcons, One King Air Damaged in Ramp Collision

A Falcon 2000, a Falcon 50 and a King Air C90 were damaged in a ground collision on August 28 at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. According to the NTSB preliminary report, the pilot of the Falcon 2000 said that subsequent to the preflight and before-takeoff checklist being completed, and with the parking brake set to ON, a ground handler pulled the chocks and the airplane immediately...

Turbulence Injures 40 on Manila-Bound Flight

Some 40 passengers were injured after turbulence hit an international flight bound for Manila on Saturday, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Sunday. The CAAP said at 3:18 p.m. Saturday (7:18 a.m. GMT), the pilot of Qatar Airlines flight QR932 requested priority landing from Manila tower due to some passengers sustaining minor injuries because of the inci...