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Ryanair’s CEO on Trans-Atlantic Service, In-Flight Wi-Fi and Unbundling

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary addressed the press in Copenhagen yesterday to announce 15 new routes to Europe out of the Danish capital, despite the airline’s ongoing dispute with Danish labor unions, which forced Ryanair to close its bases in at Copenhagen and Billund airports. Skift met with O’Leary in Copenhagen to discuss the airline’s evolution as...

SkyGreece Airlines to file for bankruptcy protection and reorganization

SkyGreece Airlines (Athens) was a short-lived airline with interests in both Greece and Canada. The airline started operations on June 22, 2014 and abruptly ended all operations last month stranding passengers, especially in Canada. The company has issued this statement about its intention to file for bankruptcy protection in Canada: SkyGreece Airlines, S.A. on September 3 announced th...

Man Accused of Pointing Laser at Sheriff's Helicopter

A 55-year-old north Florida man is accused of shining a laser light into the cockpit of a Marion County Sheriff's helicopter. Deputies arrested Mark Allen Geoghagan on Wednesday, hours after they say he pointed the light at the helicopter. It's unclear whether he has an attorney. The Ocala Star-Banner reports the pilot and tactical flight officer were assisting deputies with a suspic...

Penhaligon takes to the skies with British Airways

London perfumer Penhaligon’s will be filling the air with fragrance, as it takes to the skies with British Airways on the airline’s most exclusive jet to New York for a month. British Airways customers flying on the luxury 32-seat jet between London City and New York will receive a complimentary full size bottle of Penhaligon’s unisex perfume in a gift bag, and the cabin crew...

FedEx donates equipment to children’s charity

FedEx has donated essential school equipment to help disadvantaged children and young people across the UK in support of children’s charity Action for Children (AFC). The charity helps more than 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers through 650 projects across the UK. As part of the FedEx Cares programme, team members collected over 2,500 school items, which...

Russia’s T-50 radar almost ready for serial production

The Tikhomirov NIIP radar system built for Russia’s first fifth-generation combat jet, the Sukhoi T-50, is “99% ready” to enter serial production but must first complete a series of development tests. The active phased array radar consists of one forward-looking X-band radar in the nose section and two side-scanning arrays as well as L-band antennas along the wing flaps. Th...

Russian Helicopters to provide Russian forces with helicopters built for Mistral-type carriers

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will deliver ship-borne Ka-52K helicopters built for use on-board Mistral-class carriers to the Russian Army. “In the near future the Russian Defence Ministry will receive Ka-52K and Mi-28NM helicopters with dual controls and significantly enhanced flight capabilities and firepower,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev sai...

Etihad Airways names S.Ismail as Vice president service and hospitality

Etihad Airways has appointed Sajida Ismail as Vice President Service and Hospitality to lead service design and development of the hospitality culture across all areas of the business. Reporting to Shane O’Hare, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Marketing, Ms Ismail will be responsible for the design of Etihad Airways’ award-winning signature service at all customer touch...

New SkySpa replaces employee downtime with ‘me’ time

For flight attendants, Airport Customer Service agents and other Delta employees, having a bit of downtime in between flights used to mean heading to a break room or lounge, catching up on emails, reading or connecting with colleagues. That will soon change as the airline introduces the new SkySpa –designed exclusively for employees – scheduled to launch at three airport hubs in ear...

TAI signed agreements with WCBKT, WZL1, ITWL and MESKO

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have signed agreements with WCBKT, WZL1, ITWL and MESKO at MSPO Kielce on 1st September. The producer of the T129 ATAK Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter signed the MOU’s at their stand on the first day of MSPO.   The MOU’s cover bilateral cooperation between the companies for introducing TAI’s T129 ATAK Advance...

Air Berlin, 1,5% increase in capacity utilization in August 2015

Airberlin is continuing on its path towards restructuring and was able to significantly improve its overall capacity utilization in August, both year on year, and in comparison with the previous month. The capacity utilization rate, taking into account the capacity adaptation carried out, increased by 1.5 percent, thus reaching a record level of 90.9 percent. The capacity utilization for the...

Southwest Airlines and pilots reach agreement in principle

Southwest Airlines announced that it has reached an Agreement in Principle on a new contract for the airline's 8,000-plus pilots. The agreement now heads to the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) Board of Directors which will decide whether to submit it to pilots for a vote. The Company did not disclose the terms of the agreement. "The process is far from complete...

Bell Helicopter Rolls Out Second 525 Prototype

Bell Helicopter is readying its second super-medium 525 twin for first flight later this year. The first Bell 525 flight-test vehicle made its maiden flight on July 1 at the company's Amarillo, Texas plant. Larry Roberts, Bell executive vice president for the 525 program, said Ship One had accumulated approximately 40 hours of test flying through the summer and that, other than some mi...

EASA Proposes Upset Prevention and Recovery Training

All levels of pilots licensed by the European Aviation Safety Agency are affected by a Notice of Proposed Amendment released yesterday that would require aircraft loss of control prevention and recovery training. The main focus of the new training standards is for those who intend to pursue a career as an airline-transport-rated pilot. Nevertheless, upset prevention training is a...

John Ratzenberger Becomes Official Ambassador of Elite Aviation Products

Elite Aviation Products is proud to share that television, film, and manufacturing aficionado John Ratzenberger is now the official ambassador our company! Mr. Ratzenberger is most widely known for his role as "Cliff Claven" on Cheers, as well as multiple voice acting roles in movies like the 'Toy Story' series, 'Planes', 'Monsters Inc.', '...

US$1 Flights? Frontier Airlines Launches "Fly for a Buck" Sale

Unfortunately, you'll need more than US$1 to book a flight. Frontier Airlines may have just announced a "Fly for a Buck" sale, and it's generating plenty of media attention - but it costs more than US$1 to purchase a flight. The full price of a flight runs as little as US$15, after all fees are added in. That's still an incredible bargain, of course. It's...

AirBridgeCargo Debuts at Singapore Changi Airport with Direct Freighter Flights from Moscow

Changi Airport Group (CAG) welcomes AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) to Singapore Changi Airport, with its inaugural flight from Moscow, Russia, scheduled to arrive tonight. The international freighter carrier, which is part of Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group, is launching twice-weekly Moscow-Singapore-Hong Kong-Moscow services with a Boeing 747-8F aircraft. ABC's new services to Si...

Boeing Defence Australia names Ken Shaw as new managing director

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) will have a new managing director from September following the appointment of Ken Shaw to the role. Shaw replaces Kim Gillis, who was named deputy secretary of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) within Defence in August. Previously, Shaw was vice president of supplier management for Boeing Military Aircraft and also held the same posit...

Qatar Airways and Direct Maintenance extend partnership

Qatar Airways and Direct Maintenance have extended their decade long partnership in order to cover line support of the airline in Entebbe. The airline is operating A320 aircraft and A330 freighters to Uganda’s main hub near Kampala, where Direct Maintenance has a line station.   Direct Maintenance have been contracted to support the aircraft at that gateway.  

New Sukhoi SuperJet 100 B100 aircraft will be powered by higher thrust engines

A new member will join Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ 100) Family soon; it will be designated B100. Chief Designer of SSJ program Vladimir Lavrov told RIA Novosti at MAKS-2015 international airshow, that installing higher thrust engines (developed for long-range version of the jet) on the aircraft having the same takeoff weight allows customers to have more flexibility in terms of aircraft configuration...

Moscow and Astana are considering starting joint production of radar stations

RTI Group (Russia) and the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan are negotiating joint production of radar stations intended for armed forces, RTI Deputy CEO Svetlana Afanasyeva told RIA Novosti at MAKS-2015 airshow. RTI is the large Russian holding company specializing in development and production of high-tech products and solutions using its own technologies in the area of microelectronics. &...