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Business or science? Choose both, urges Airbus marketing exec

Anaïs Marzo da Costa, Airbus’ newly appointed Head of Aircraft Interiors Marketing is, unusually for someone in her team, not from an engineering background. “Normally at Airbus, when you’re in marketing you’re an aeronautical engineer, and I am not,” Marzo da Costa laughed as she sat down with Runway Girl Network, fresh from presenting a Comfort and Ambienc...

The Disruptive Airline Concept That Puts Passengers First

Disruption is booming in the travel industry, with one notable exception: Air travel. Many would say, and have said, that air travel is broken, but can it be fixed? Can we tear it up and start fresh? Those are dangerous, blasphemous questions to ask, even if you’ve been helping the aviation industry imagine, design, and deliver a better self, practically from the beginning. At the A...

Honeywell Tech Can Help Aviation Industry Halve CO2 Emissions

Two Honeywell Aerospace technologies — the SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System and the EGTS electric taxiing system — have been recognized by the Air Transport Action Group as solutions that can help support the aviation industry’s goal to cut CO2 emissions in half by 2050 against a 2005 baseline. Honeywell’s SmartPath GBAS system augments GPS signa...

Transaero to Cease Operations, Aeroflot Deal Fails

Russian carrier Transaero has stopped selling tickets and has been set its final day of operations on December 15, according to a statement published in its Facebook page. “Upon the decision of the Government to reorganize the activities of Transaero and to ensure the transportation of our passengers, the sales of tickets for our flights has been stopped” said the statemen...

Double-Check Pre-Departure Clearance to Avoid Possible Danger Near Denver International Airport

Denver Center has experienced numerous incidents in the last 13 months in which aircraft have incorrectly flown the YOKES4 RNAV SID, DEHLI transition by making an unexpected turn after YOKES and going direct to DEHLI or some other point in their flight plan instead of correctly following the procedure to CHICI and then DEHLI. This is potentially dangerous because turning unexpectedly after...

Thomas Klühr appointed SWISS CEO

Thomas Klühr is to succeed Harry Hohmeister as CEO of SWISS in February 2016, as part of a broader realignment of the Lufthansa Group. The new group organization is designed to provide a more functional alignment and thrust, alongwith flatter hierarchies. Harry Hohmeister, who is already a member of the Lufthansa Group Executive Board, will take charge of the newly-created position of Hub...

Wow Air is coming to Montreal and Toronto

WOW Air (Keflavik) has announced it will add two new low-fare routes starting in May 2016 to both Montreal (Trudeau) and Toronto (Pearson) from Keflavik (near Reykjavik). An Icelandic low-cost carrier is out to create some turbulence in the Canadian market with plans to offer deep-discount fares on transatlantic flights out of Toronto and Montreal. WOW air, founded by serial entrepreneur...

New appointments for Ryanair

Ryanair has made a number of new senior appointments to its management team. John Tuite - Head of Finance. John joins Ryanair having previously been Head of Finance at Bank of Ireland Corporate. He has spent the past 21 years working for the Bank of Ireland Group, holding a range of senior roles. Eamonn Hackett - Group Treasurer. Eamonn joins Ryanair having previously been Deputy Head of Sup...

Kuwait Airways Faces Discrimination Charges from U.S. Government

The United States Government has ruled that Kuwait Airways unlawfully discriminated against at least one customer due to the fact that the person had an Israeli passport. In a report from The Associated Press, Israeli citizen Eldad Gatt filed a formal complaint to the United States Department of Transportation stating that Kuwait Airways refused to sell him a ticket for a flight from...

Boeing predicts freight to grow slower than passenger in 2015

Airfreight volumes are expected to grow by about four per cent in 2015, compared with passenger increases of six per cent, according to the Boeing vice president of marketing, Randy Tinseth. Tinseth delivered the Boeing current market outlook at a press event, which Air Cargo Week attended at Luxembourg Airport, where Boeing was delivering Cargolux’...

Worldwide Flight Services bought by Platinum Equity

Platinum Equity has today completed the acquisition of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) from LBO France, but no financial details have been disclosed for the acquisition. Platinum Equity head of European investment, Bastian Lueken, says: “We are excited about the prospects for WFS and are working with the management team to execute on the company’s long-term growth strategy.”...

United, Maintenance Union Pause Contract Talks

United Airlines and its maintenance workers' union have paused talks on a new contract after American Airlines tentatively agreed to a wage increase. United said in an online message to employees that it met with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for the last two weeks and made headway on healthcare, sick time and hours of service. The message said the company offered significan...

Portugal's Competition Authority Approves TAP Sale

The sale of flag carrier TAP to a consortium led by American-Brazilian aviation tycoon David Neeleman has been approved by Portugal's competition authority. The approval came just before Portugal holds a general election on Sunday. The main opposition Socialists, who are lagging in the polls, were against the sale of TAP. The Atlantic Gateway consortium that won the privatisation is also...

Chinese, German investors set sights on Latvia's Air Baltic

Air Baltic (BT, Riga) has attracted attention from Chinese investors Latvia's State Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, Kaspars Ozoliņš, has disclosed. In an interview with Latvian Radio this week, Ozoliņš described the investors simply as owners of a variety of aircraft manufacturing firms. He added that talks took place last month during the finalization of details for a...

Surfing in the Air

Chinese airlines are rolling out services to allow passengers to access the Internet, but concerns remain over pricing and network speeds. Are you bored with long flight without access to the Internet? This may soon be history as Chinese airlines take steps to boost their inflight Wi-Fi networks. Now passengers on some Chinese airlines' flights can send e-mail, book hotels, wat...

Search Resumes for Missing Plane in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities have resumed searching for an Aviastar airline Twin Otter turboprop aircraft with 10 people on board that went missing on Friday during a flight on Sulawesi island. The aircraft lost contact with airport authorities on a flight from the town of Masamba about 30 minutes before it was scheduled to land in Makassar city. The incident is in yet another blow to th...

Skydive Dubai Plane Runs off Runway; No Injuries Reported

An aircraft belonging to a Dubai skydiving company ran off a runway Friday while trying to land, though no one was injured, authorities said. The Dubai Media Office said the Skydive Dubai twin propeller plane had just a pilot on board when it tried to land at the company's landing strip near the Dubai Marina and the Gulf city's famous man-made Palm Jumeirah island. It said the...

Exclusive - Bombardier turns to Caisse for cash: sources

Bombardier Inc  is in discussions with the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, which manages Quebec's public pension plans, on a deal that could inject more cash into the troubled plane and train maker, according to two sources familiar with the matter. It was not immediately clear how a potential deal would be structured. One source familiar with the company's thinking said th...

Exclusive: Lockheed Martin mulls merger of some services units with peer - sources

Lockheed Martin Corp is exploring merging some of its information technology and services businesses, with a value of about $4 billion, with another government services contractor, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The contemplated transaction would create the largest government services contractor in the United States and would generate an estimated $2 billion windfall for L...

Japan's Ryukyu Air Commuter to Be Q400 Combi Launch Customer

Okinawa-based Ryukyu Air Commuter Co. has been identified as the launch customer for the Bombardier Q400 combi aircraft. Ryukyu Air Commuter, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines Group, has been revealed by Bombardier as the previously unidentified customer that ordered five Q400s in July 2014, when the Canadian manufacturer also launched the Q400 combi turboprop at the Farnborough Airshow. The...

Three Seriously Injured As Light Plane Crashes in Central China

Three people have been seriously injured and sent to hospital after a light aircraft crashed in a scenic spot in Xinxiang, Central China's Henan Province on Friday morning, CCTV News reported. The crash happened at around 9:20 a.m. when the glider was performing a trail flight at Xiangshui River Water Park in Wulong Mountain in Huixian City, the source said via its official S...