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286 Helicopters Sold at China Helicopter Expo

More than 280 helicopters were sold at the China Helicopter Exposition 2015 in the northern city of Tianjin. The event, which ended on Sunday, attracted 366 enterprises from the industry home and abroad, including 163 overseas enterprises, according to the organizer. More than 19,000 industry professionals and some 72,000 public visitors attended the four-day event. Specially, AC352, AC31...

ARJ21-700 Conducts Last Demonstration Flight Before Delivery

China's first regional commercial jet, the ARJ21-700 took off from Nantong at 11:30 a.m. and arrived in Nanjing after a 30-minute flight on Saturday, completing its last demonstration flight before delivery.  Chengdu Airlines (EU) will take delivery of two home-made ARJ21-700 aircraft in the year end and put them into commercial operation in Feb. 2016. There are...

Syphax Airlines resume operations this week

Syphax Airlines is to resume operations after securing TND20 million (USD10.17 million) in recapitalisation funding, ch-aviation reports. Hatem Chabchoub, CEO of Syphax, stated that flights would resume this week with service to Istanbul Atatürk and Jeddah. Syphax founder Mohamed Frikha said the funds will be used to settle outstanding staff salaries and reimburse travellers whose fli...

Tunisair and Air Algйrie enter into partnership

Tunisair and Air Algйrie have strengthened the existing relationship between the two airlines with the signing of a framework partnership agreement last week. The carrier will benefit from enhanced synergies in aircraft maintenance, flight operations, joint purchasing and staff training under the partnership. They have also agreed to cooperate in flight scheduling, commercial passenge...

Mubadala and BAE Systems sign cooperative agreement to develop future Emirati talent

Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) and development company, and BAE Systems, the UK defence, aerospace, and security company, has announced the signing of a Student Cooperative Agreement (SCA). The agreement will see the two companies set up an international internship programme for Emirati students, and an outreach programme for school children in the UAE.  Beginning September 201...

Bombardier's Q400 Airliner Awarded Type Certification for Operation in Brazil

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil, locally known as ANAC, has awarded type certification approval to Bombardier’s 86-seat Q400 aircraft for operation in the region. The Type Certificate, signifying the local airworthiness of the largest commercial turboprop in-service worldwide, was presented to Bombardier in a ceremony h...

SkyWest, Inc. Announces Agreement to Fly 18 Additional E175 Aircraft for United Airlines

SkyWest, Inc. (“SkyWest”) (NASDAQ: SKYW) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary SkyWest Airlines, Inc. (“SkyWest Airlines”) has entered into an amendment to an existing Capacity Purchase Agreement with United Airlines, Inc. (“United”) to operate an additional 18 new Embraer E175 dual-class regional jet aircraft. “We’re pleased to se...

Cargolux appoints Christian Thiele as Country Manager Germany

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. has appointed Christian Thiele as its new Country Manager Germany; he succeeds Tony McNichol in this role. Mr. Thiele will take over his new position in October. Christian Thiele is a proven cargo specialist and executive in the cargo industry. In over 30 years, he gained a comprehensive understanding of the business by building his career from the ground up...

ICBC Financial Leasing refinances China Eastern aircraft with DVB

ICBC Financial Leasing has announced the closing of a financing facility for the refinancing of three aircraft with DVB Bank SE. The aircraft portfolio – consisting of one A330-200, one 737-700 and one A319-100 – are currently on long-term finance leases to China Eastern Airlines. The Chinese lessor mandated DVB as the sole arranger for the senior loan facil...

Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines sign code share agreement

Royal Jordanian and Turkish Airlines (TK) signed a codeshare agreement on routes between Jordan and Turkey on September 14, which is set to further expand travel opportunities for the customers of the two airlines. The agreement will be effective as of September 21, 2015. The signing ceremony took place at RJ’s headquarters in Amman. Royal Jordanian President/CEO Captain Haitham Mist...

Textron Aviation Citation Latitude debut in Russia

Textron Aviation Vice President Sales Europe Tom Perry believes that new Cessna Citation Latitude has quite good perspectives on Russian market. Last week during JetExpo 2015 we had a chance to talk to Mr.Perry. According to Mr. Perry, the company is very close to sign the first contract with a Russian client, promotion of the aircraft will continue after the exhibition as well. The...

Wizz Air firms-up order for 110 A321neo aircraft

Wizz Air, the largest low cost carrier serving Eastern and Central Europe, has firmed-up a commitment signed in June at Le Bourget International Paris airshow for 110 A321neo aircraft. The agreement is the largest single order for the popular A321neo ever. The deal pushes firm NEO orders above 4,300 aircraft. This order includes the latest A321neo Airbus Cabin Flex configuration with 239 seats in...

TR-X: The Skunk Works studies a new high-altitude jet

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has revealed plans for a next-generation, high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform that could replace the U-2 and Global Hawk from 2025. The company has launched an internally-funded study of a stealthy jet designated the TR-X that might also carry alternative payloads such as a high-energy laser, or for electronic warfare. Lockh...

Emirates is to switch aircraft on Algiers route

Emirates will connect even more people and cargo with Algiers on 1st October when it switches from its Airbus A340-300 currently operating the route to a larger Boeing 777-300 aircraft. “In line with the healthy commercial demand, we are pleased to introduce our Boeing 777-300 aircraft onto our Algiers route, offering our customers more seats and an enhanced onboard experience,” sai...

Etihad Airways deploys SAP solutions

Etihad Airways is deploying SAP's state-of-the-art, cloud-based solutions across its human resources, finance and procurement and supply management functions. The technology transformation will enable Etihad Airways to redesign its vital back-office processes entirely, standardise across its subsidiaries and partner airline Air Seychelles, and scale up to support its continued growth. ...

Thai LCC to Buy 20 ARJ21-700s: Source

Thai low-cost carrier (LCC) City Airways will place an order for 20 COMAC ARJ21-700 aircraft at the China 2015 Aviation Expo on September 16, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. This will be the largest order for the ARJ21-700 aircraft from an overseas customer, the source said. In August 2014, City Airways was grounded by Thailand's Department of C...

Chengdu to Establish Asia's Largest Aircraft Engine Maintenance Base

Sichuan International Aero Engine Maintenance Company will be set up in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, which will be Asia's largest aircraft engine maintenance base after completion of the project.  According to the project plan, the first phase of the project is expected to complete by the end of 2016, when the base will be capable of handling the maintenance work of three...

Drone Hobbyists Find Flaws in "Close Call" Reports to FAA from Other Aircraft

Hobbyists who scrutinized reports to the FAA of alleged close calls with drones found that pilots reported near misses in only a small fraction of the cases, according to a study obtained by USA TODAY. The study found that of the 764 close-call incidents between drones and other aircraft, only 27 were actually described by pilots as a "near miss." Pilots reported taking evasive act...

Pilots Conduct Largest Picket in History of Buffett's NetJets

Any lingering doubts about the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots' (NJASAP) commitment to securing a contract that recognizes the world-class safety, security and service they provide to NetJets customers were put to rest Thursday. Approximately 800 pilots and members of their families gathered at seven picket sites across the country to send a message: Wages that barely keep pace w...

Nippon scraps Boeing freighter order

Boeing says Nippon Cargo Airlines has scrapped orders for four Boeing 747 Freighters valued at around $1.5 billion. Nippon Cargo still has two of the aircraft on order after taking delivery of eight 747-8 freighters since July 2012, according to Boeing’s website. The cancellation comes as the air cargo market struggled to gain...

The Airport Safety and Security Conference will occur during Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow has announced that the Airport Safety and Security Conference will be happening during the airshow in November. The conference, organised by Fleming Gulf, will discuss the security aspects of the airport industry and how big data and integration markets are leading to upgrades and new investments in the airport security market.   “Passenger numbers in the region c...