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Loong Air Receives Its 9th A320 Airliner

Zhejiang Loong Airlines (GJ) took delivery of a brand new Airbus A320 airliner at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) on September 10, which is the Hangzhou-based carrier's ninth A320 aircraft. Equipped with sharklets and CFM-56 engines, the newly-received A320 aircraft -- Registration B-8146 -- is configured with 174 all economy seats (including prem...

Chengdu Airlines to Start First Int'l Service This Year

Southwest China's Chengdu Airlines (EU) is set to launch its first international service linking Chengdu with Lahore in Pakistan. The Chengdu-based carrier has actively cooperated with Sichuan Safety Supervision Bureau in expanding its business range toward international services, in order to adapt to China's "One Belt and One Road" initiative and strengthen Chengdu...

Airbus Group Invites Tsinghua Students Visiting China Helicopter Exposition

On the 2015 China Helicopter Exposition, Airbus Group Summer University project officially kick off in Tianjin launching a series of activities on industrial communication and interactive corporate culture, while Airbus Helicopters presenting its innovative civil aircraft and wide range of helicopter solutions. In the morning of September 10, as representatives of Summer University project...

Beijing Capital Helicopter Appointed Airbus Helicopters' Service Center in China

Beijing Capital Helicopter (BCH), a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines Group, has been appointed as Airbus Helicopters' service center in China. It will carry out maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work on the H125 and H135 - two of the most popular light helicopters operating in the country today. Already a customer of Airbus Helicopters owning a fleet of 4 H125 and 3 H135, t...

Etihad Airways introduces new baggage policy

Etihad Airways will introduce sweeping new baggage policy enhancements in conjunction with the launch of its new Fare Choices tariff structure, effective for tickets issued on or after 14 September 2015, providing more choice and clarity to its guests.   The new policy has been introduced to respond to individual customer needs with greater flexibility and to more closely align Etihad Air...

Emirates upgrades aircraft for St Petersburg route

Emirates is reinforcing its commitment to Russia by announcing the upgrade of the aircraft servicing the St Petersburg route to a Boeing 777-300ER, increasing capacity and offering an enhanced onboard experience. Six weekly EK175/176 flights, from Dubai to St Petersburg, will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER from 25 October 2015, instead of an Airbus 330-200. The up-gauge will be a...

Gulf Air in talks with Airbus Group on future fleet requirement

A meeting has been held between Bahrain's minister of transportation and telecommunications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Gulf Air's A/chief executive officer Maher Salman Al Musallam, chief strategy and marketing officer, Airbus Group, Marwan Lahoud and managing director Airbus Middle East, Fouad Attar, discussing the airline's future narrow and wide body fleet requirements - up to 50 airc...

Egypt signs up to Middle East air space programme

Egypt has become the latest country to sign the Memorandum of Agreement for the ICAO Middle East Airspace Management Enhancement Programme (MAEP) joining founder members the United Arab Emirates and Sudan. And Ahmed Ibrahim Al Jallaf, Assistant Director General, Air Navigation Services Provider of the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) who chairs the MAEP Board says another two...

Etihad to introduce new baggage policy for passengers

Etihad Airways will introduce a new baggage policy, where the majority of routes will move to piece concept allowance, and excess charges will be cut. The policy will work alongside the new Fare Choices tarrif structure, and will be effective as of next week.   It will provide guests with greater choice and flexibility based on their Fare Choice, route and Etihad Guest membership sta...

Rolls Royce Trent 700 selected for Airbus Beluga XL

Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines and long-term TotalCare engine support have been selected for the five new Airbus Beluga XL Transporter. The new range will replace the existing Airbus Beluga fleet, and use the $700 million engines.  The Beluga XL was launched last November, and will provide Airbus with an extra 30 per cent air transport capacity.   “We look forward to the...

Beijing Capital Airport Handles 44 Million Passengers in H1

As many as 44.07 million people traveled through Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) in the first half of this year, according to the statistics released by the company on Wednesday. During the first six months of 2015, PEK handled 291,000 aircraft movements, up 2.58% year on year. Passenger numbers increased 5.99% to 44.07 million compared with the same period last year, in w...

COMAC Proceeds FAA Certification for ARJ21

On December 30, 2014, the first Chinese regional jet developed the COMAC called the ARJ21-700 aircraft received the Type Certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in Beijing, paving the way for the aircraft's entry into service. COMAC launched the ARJ21 project in 2002 in an attempt to break into the Western-dominated aircraft market. The aircraft took the maiden fl...

Fraport Traffic Figures - August 2015

In August 2015, 6.3 million passengers used Frankfurt Airport (FRA), up 3.2 percent year-on-year.  On August 2, the Frankfurtinternational hub registered a new historic daily traffic record - with some 217,500 passengers served in a single day. In addition, the number of passengers per flight rose again to 156.3, surpassing the July 2015 figure of 152.4.  Corresp...

Swedish Non-Profit Initiative Refugee Air to Airlift Syrian Refugees to Safety in the EU

A group of Swedish entrepreneurs and humanitarians is tired of witnessing refugees drowning in the Mediterranean and has decided to do something about it. Refugee Air aims to make safe routes into the EU a reality. "We're going to have a first airplane flying refugees to safety before the first snow falls over Stockholm," says Susanne Najafi, co-initiator of Refugee Air....

Lufthansa Flights Return to Normal After Strike

Lufthansa flights returned to normal on Thursday after a two-day strike by pilots locked in conflict with the German airline over cost cuts and pay. "We expect normal flight service without cancellations," a Lufthansa spokeswoman said. A German court ruled on Wednesday the pilots must halt their strike because it was not only over pay and retirement benefits but also over...

British Airways Fire: Jet's Suppression System Didn't Work, Source Says

The British Airways jetliner that caught fire on the Las Vegas airport's tarmac had suppression equipment, but it just didn't work to suppress the flames, a source close to the investigation said Wednesday. Twenty-seven people associated with British Airways Flight 2276 were treated at the Nevada city's Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, spokeswoman Sylvia Song said. All...

Fire at Hefei's Former Airport, No Injuries

Raging flames were reportedly seen over East China's Hefei Luogang Airport on Wednesday afternoon at around 5:00 p.m. It's primarily learned that the waste electric equipment on the runway caught fire, releasing dense smoke over the airport. Fire department has immediately sent five detachments and ten fire fighting trucks to the site, where burnt and burning area occupied an ar...

Air China to Start Beijing-Montreal Non-Stop Service on September 29

Air China (CA) said Wednesday it will launch Beijing-Montreal non-stop service on September 29, which is the world's first transpacific non-stop service linking Asia and Montreal, the second largest city of Canada, and the nation's industrial, commercial and financial center. The to-be-launched Beijing-Montreal service is an important move to solidify its presence on the China-Canada ma...

BA Plane Fire: Pilots Condemn Passengers Who Carried Baggage from Burning Aircraft

After 170 people safely evacuated from a British Airways jet ablaze on the runway in Las Vegas, pilots lambasted passengers who insisted on carrying cabin baggage as they evacuated the plane. A fire broke out in the port engine of the 26-year old Boeing 777-200 on the runway at McCarran airport. BA flight 2276 was departing from the Nevada city to Gatwick with 157 passengers and 13 cr...

Boeing Sees Greatest Demand for Pilots, Technicians in Asia Pacific Region

Boeing reports that over the next 20 years the Asia Pacific region will have the greatest demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians worldwide with approximately 40 percent of the global need - more than North America, Africa and Europe combined. The 2015 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel demand, anticipates 22...

Airbus and Boeing August 2015 O&D Roundup

Airbus’ year-to-date order book for commercial aircraft soared to a gross total of 748 as of Aug. 31; Boeing has booked orders for 462. Boeing, however, retains the lead in the total value of its commercial aircraft gross orders year-to-date, with sales of approximately $116.39 billion, compared to Airbus’ year-to-date total of $94.86 billion. Indian low-cost-carrier ...