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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...

DVB Bank and aireg are developing financing options for alternative aviation fuels

DVB Bank SE  is strengthening its commitment to sustainability and has joined aireg – Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. As both announced today, DVB Bank, as the leading specialist for international transport financing, will support the climate efforts of the aviation industry in Germany. aireg has been working on the development and market introduc...

Cathay Pacific Appoints Philippe Lacamp As Senior Vice President, Americas

Cathay Pacific Airways, named “Best Trans-Pacific Airline” in the 2015 annual Skytrax World Airline Awards™, has appointed Philippe Lacamp to senior vice president, Americas. In this role, he will oversee all facets of Cathay Pacific’s operations and commercial activities in the Americas, and will be based in the company’s U.S. headquarters in San Francisco. Lacamp...

Finnair has successfully placed EUR 200 million hybrid bonds

Finnair Plc successfully placed EUR 200 million hybrid bonds on 1 October 2015 (the “New Hybrid Bonds”). The initial coupon rate of the New Hybrid Bonds is fixed at 7.875 per cent per annum, but it will be subject to a coupon reset on each 5th anniversary of the issue date of the New Hybrid Bonds. The New Hybrid Bonds have no specified maturity date, but Finnair may exerci...

Swissport to end Ground Handling Activities at Gatwick

Swissport has announced it has decided to withdraw from ground handling operations at London Gatwick (IATA: LGW) and that Swissport and Aviator LGW Limited (Aviator) have signed a binding agreement on the disposal of Swissport´s London Gatwick ground handling operations to Aviator. The transaction will become effective on November 9, 2015 and is including ground handling related assets, cont...

ST Aerospace acquires remaining 50% of S-PRO

ST Aerospace Systems has acquired the remaining 50 per cent stake in Singapore Precision Repair and Overhaul (S-PRO) from Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (a Safran company) for $8.1m. Following the acquisition, landing gear and components specialist S-PRO will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ST Aerospace Systems, the aerospace arm of ST Engineering. ST Aerospace said acquiring S-PRO aligns with it...

Russian airlines carry 63.9 million passengers in January-August

Russian airlines carried 63.9 million passengers during the first eight months of 2015, up 0.4% year-over-year (YOY). In August passenger numbers grew 2.3% to 11.5 million, continuing a trend of the previous months. January-August international traffic was down 13.6% compared to the year-ago period to 28.2 million, according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency. Domestic traffic...

Emirates launches second-daily service to Boston

Emirates has launched its second daily service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) on Thursday 1st October 2015. The new service, flight EK239, departs Dubai at 3:20 a.m. and arrives in Boston at 8:55 a.m.The return flight, EK240, will depart at 11:55 a.m. and arrives in Dubai at 8:15 a.m. the following day. The new service will supplement the curr...

Il-20M deployment aids Russian strikes in Syria

The Russian air force has deployed Ilyushin Il-20M intelligence-gathering aircraft inside Syria to help co-ordinate its attacks on rebel personnel, and to also follow the movements of other militaries operating in the area. Dedicated to electronic intelligence missions, the Il-20M arrived in Syria days after Russia's first Ilyushin Il-76 began to unload military hardware at Latakia air base...

Vietnam Airlines' A350 makes international debut

Vietnam Airlines has started deploying the Airbus A350-900 aircraft internationally. The type’s first international flight for the carrier was on the Hanoi-Paris route, which departed on 30 September, says the SkyTeam alliance member. FlightRadar24 showed that the aircraft assigned to operate the first flight bears the registration VN-A887. It is estimated to land in Paris Ch...

Second MD902 to assist London's Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance has confirmed its purchase of a second helicopter to support its emergency medical services (EMS) work from next year. Registered as G-LNDN, the used MD Helicopters MD 902 “is expected to be operational in early 2016”, the charity says in a 1 October statement. This will join its existing MD Helicopters Explorer, G-EHMS, which has been in use since 2000....

Northrop receives $3.2bn to support USAF Global Hawk

The US Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $3.2 billion contract to sustain and modernise all variants of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle. Northrop will support the development, modernisation, retrofit and sustainment of all of the USAF’s RQ-4s until 30 September 2025, with orders to be made by 30 September 2020. The Global Hawk will eventually be the sole provider of hi...

Emirates SkyCargo receives newest Boeing 777 Freighter

Emirates SkyCargo has welcomed the arrival of its newest Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft, bringing the total number of dedicated cargo aircraft in its fleet to 15, including two Boeing 747-400Fs and 13 Boeing 777Fs. Emirates’ newest 777F, which left the Boeing Manufacturing Facility in Everett, Washington, in September, flew its first mission to Hong Kong. The Asian metropolis is one o...