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Garuda Indonesia Inaugurates GMF "Hangar 4", World's Biggest Narrow Body Hangar

As a continuous business expansion program, designed to cope with the increased demands in narrow body aircraft maintenance, Garuda Maintenance Facilities (GMF) AeroAsia, a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, has completed the construction of Hangar 4, the world's biggest narrow body aircraft hangar with a maintenance capacity of up to 16 narrow body aircraft including one bay for aircra...

5 Hurt on Bumpy American Airlines Flight to Miami

American Airlines officials say five passengers were injured on a flight from Grenada to Miami after the plane encountered some unexpected turbulence. American's Flight 982 landed at Miami International Airport shortly before noon Thursday without incident. Five passengers were taken to a hospital for minor injuries. The airline said in a statement that the seatbelt sign was on...

Uber Now Picking up Passengers at Salt Lake City Airport

Drivers for the ride-hailing company Uber are now legally picking up passengers at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Airport officials say they've given the smartphone-powered company permission to start operating its UberX service as part of a one-year pilot program. Though both Uber and competitor Lyft used to pick up passengers at the airport, they pulled out months ago a...

Bombardier Seeking Investors for All Business Units - Sources

Canada's Bombardier Inc is exploring the sale of a stake in any of its business areas, not just its rail unit, to ensure it can finish development of its delayed CSeries jet, according to four sources familiar with the situation. The Montreal-based company has hired investment bankers to look at a variety of financing options, the sources said, including selling aerospace or rail assets in...

Bregier: Airbus Confident of A350 XWB Delivery Goal for 2015

Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier remains confident that the European aircraft manufacturer will achieve its goal to deliver around 15 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft this year. "If we reach this target, I think we have secured a strong foundation for the future ramp-up of A350 production. It is always extremely difficult to produce an aircraft that is just certified," Bregier said. To...

First Angel Jet Network Flight Carries Chinese Orphans

Angel Jet Network (AJN), a Hong Kong-based charity providing medical transportation for underprivileged patients across the Asia-Pacific region, made its first flights last week. The organization, which is inspired by the U.S.-based Corporate Angel Network (CAN), uses flights in aircraft donated by private individuals and companies. The first three flights carried three orphans from the Chunhui...

Spirit Aeronautics Announces FANS Solution for Bombardier Challenger 604 Business Jet Operatiors

Spirit Aeronautics announced today that the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is now complete and the company is offering Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A capability for Bombardier's Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4™ avionics. The STC upgrade is straight forward and utilizes the current flight management system (FMS) and control displ...

Air France to Reduce Activities in 2016-17 After Union Talks Fail

Air France said on Thursday it plans to reduce its activities in 2016-2017 in order to safeguard its future, after talks with pilots over a restructuring plan failed on Wednesday. Air France, part of Franco-Dutch airline Air France-KLM , said in a statement that because of the impossibility of reaching an agreement on boosting productivity at the airline, the parent company board had mandated A...

Russia's Aeroflot Says Drops Plans to Acquire Transaero

Russian state airline Aeroflot said on Thursday it would not proceed with the acquisition of struggling competitor Transaero after its rival's shareholders failed to present an offer for the purchase of a 75 percent stake before the deadline. The decision leaves the future of Transaero, Russia's second-largest airline behind state-controlled Aeroflot, in limbo. Last month,...

Charter Report 2015

The improving U.S. economy, in contrast to challenging economic circumstances affecting the rest of the world, seems to be reflected in the charter business, and activity has never been better, according to companies AIN interviewed for this special report. Charter/management firms report steady growth in fleets and business, from both management customers and buyers of charter...

Airbus, Pratt Analyzing Latest A320neo Engine Snag

Airbus confirmed Wednesday that a Pratt & Whitney PW1100G turbofan on one its A320neo flight-test aircraft suffered “minor damage” following hot-weather trials in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. The company stressed, however, that the incident would not affect certification schedules and plans to deliver the first Pratt-powered airplane to Qatar Airways...

Survey: 40% of Bizjet Pax Plan To Fly More in Next Year

Nearly 52 percent of current business jet users plan to fly the same amount over the next 12 months, while nearly40  percent say they will fly a bit more (32 percent) or a lot more (7.9 percent), according to the just-released results of the Fifth Annual Readers' Choice Survey from AIN sister publication Business Jet Traveler. About half said they flew the sa...

Cargologic obtains IATA CEIV pharma certificate

Cargologic has obtained certification as a Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) from the International Air Transport Assocation (IATA) for the handling of pharmaceutical products at Zurich Airport. The cargo handler says temperature-controlled handling of pharma is becoming “increasingly challenging” owing to global regulatory conditions. In July 2015, the...

Ruslan delivers satellite to French Guiana

Ruslan International has transported the ARSAT-2 satellite from Bariloche (Argentina) to Cayenne on behalf of ARSAT, the Argentine government satellite operator. The launch of ARSAT-2 at the Guiana Space Centre is a step towards seeing an array of telecommunications services such as television, telephone and Internet access delivered across South America. Ruslan International was contra...

More than 5,000 expected at Air & Sea Cargo Americas

More than 5,000 delegates are expected to attend this year’s Air & Sea Cargo Americas conference and exhibition in Miami from November 4-6. Air Cargo Week is a media partner for the event and will be attending the Miami Airport & Convention Center for the three days. Held every two years, the event in 2013 was the largest attending air and maritime cargo show in the Wester...

KLM to suspend flight services to Fukuoka, Japan

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will suspend operations to Fukuoka (Japan) effective January 5, 2016. The last flights will be the KL869 departing Amsterdam on January 3, 2016 and the KL870 on January 4, 2016 departing Fukuoka. KLM began operating services to Fukuoka on April 3, 2013 with three weekly flights using Boeing 777-200 equipment. Despite a promising start-up, KLM is forced to suspend servic...

People in Aviation

Superior Aviation Group promoted Keith Chatten to CEO of Superior Air Parts. Most recently the company’s executive vice president and general manager, Chatten joined Superior as vice president of engineering in 2013 after a 15-year career with Continental Motors. James Elian was promoted to president and COO of fractional ownership provider&nbs...

TrueNorth Avionics to Give VIP Jets Communication Capabilities to Light Jets

TrueNorth Avionics today unveiled its aviation certified product to provide light-aircraft owners with communications capabilities previously reserved for long-range VIP jets. The company’s new Optelity Hot Spot product is an “N” wireless access point and integrated router powerful enough to host embedded applications.    Purpose-built for light-to-medium jet and...

Victor Announces Direct Flights With Exclusive Itineraries To Cuba From 19 U.S. Cities

Victor, the global on-demand private jet charter service that recently debuted in the U.S., has announced direct flights to Cuba will begin on October 5, 2015 from major U.S. cities along with curated itineraries that allow guests to experience the best the country has to offer. An exciting partnership between Victor and Cuba Educational Travel (CET), a premiere...

Air Partner signs new oil and gas contract

Aviation services group Air Partner has signed a 10-week contract with a multi-national oil firm to charter flights to transport workers to and from the Netherlands twice a week from Aberdeen. Air Partner has also revealed that Baines Simmons, the aviation safety consultancy it acquired in August this year, is to offer Air Partner’s oil and gas clients safety and airworthiness audits and...

IATA: Strong Demand Momentum Maintained in August 2015

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for August showing a continuation of the strong growth in air travel demand for both domestic and international traffic. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 7.1% compared to the year-ago period. August capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 5.9%, and load factor rose 0.9 perc...