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World's Largest Flight Attendant Union Celebrates 70 Years

Seventy years ago, the Airline Stewardess Association was formed and began to pave the way for what is today the world's largest Flight Attendant union, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA). "AFA is where it all began," said AFA International President Sara Nelson. "Seventy years ago, Edith Lauterbach and fellow United Flight Attendants Ada...

Miracle Flights for Kids® Celebrates 30 Yrs. of Service with New Logo

Miracle Flights for Kids, the nation's leading medical flight organization, recently launched a new logo in honor of its 30 yrs. of community service. "We are so excited to introduce this new logo," said Ann McGee, Founder and National President of Miracle Flights. "A lot of thought and consideration went into creating a logo that represents a high growth national charit...

Qantas to pull out of Jetstar Hong Kong

Australian flag carrierQantas will not pour any more funding into the long-delayed Jetstar Hong Kong low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, according to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. "From a Qantas perspective we won't be investing any more funds in this airline," Joyce said. The attempt to start a Jetstar Hong Kong operation in partnership with China-based China Eastern Ai...

Aviation of Russian navy will take delivery of more than 50 Su-30SM fighters by 2020

Naval aviation of Russian navy will take delivery of more than 50 Su-30SM fighters by 2020, RIA Novosti reports with reference to Commander of the naval aviation, Major General Igor Kozhin. “The first Su-30SM fighter was delivered to naval aviation of Russian navy in July 2014. Last year the naval aviation took delivery of three Su-30SM aircraft; two more jets of the type were delivered t...

Vertis adds Global jet to South African fleet

Vertis Aviation in has added a Bombardier Global business jet to its Johannesburg charter fleet. This is the fifteenth aircraft added to the Vertis worldwide portfolio. The aircraft is the fourth aircraft in the African based fleet and is registered on the Fortune Air (PTY) Ltd AOC. The front of the cabin incorporates seating for 10 in a combination of club seating, whilst the aft provides t...

Contract for new U.S. long-range bomber due soon -Air Force secretary

U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James on Monday said a contract for a new long-range bomber would be awarded soon, and the project would not be considered a "new start" program that could be halted if Congress fails to pass a budget for fiscal 2016. Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against a team made up of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp for a deal tha...

2015 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit

ATAG and its partners invite the aviation industry, suppliers, governments, NGOs, regulators, environmental groups and other interested parties to attend the 2015 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, 29-30 September 2015, Geneva. The Summit will enable an exchange of views in preparation for two key events:  the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties climate talks in December 2015, and the 39th I...

Kenya Airways reduces flights to Juba due to runway closure

Kenya Airways has cancelled its weekend flights to Juba, South Sudan, following closure of the international airport’s runway for repairs. Authorities in South Sudan announced closure of the runway every Saturday and Sunday from last week until April 30, 2016. This will affect all airlines operating into Juba. Kenya Airways operates twice daily to Juba on Saturday and Sunday, on the Em...

Ryanair Launches New Car Hire Service, Powered By Cartrawler

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (25 Aug) launched Ryanair Car Hire and announced a new partnership with CarTrawler, a leading travel-technology platform and online aggregator of car rental services, allowing Ryanair customers to book the widest range of cars at the best prices on the Ryanair.com website. Ryanair’s new car hire partnership with CarTrawler offers...

This Air France ad is the top travel brand video of 2015

Congratulations (or, we should say, félicitations ) to Air France for having created an advertisement that has been more popular than any other video from any other travel company so far in 2015, according to Google. A review of YouTube clips by Think with Google, the search giant’s market research arm, finds that Air France’s promotional video “France is in the Air”...

Ready for New EASA Rules for Non-Commercial Operations?

Tuesday 15th September 2015 Crowne Plaza Geneva Geneva, Switzerland All you need to know to be ready for new EASA rules for non-commercial operations and be Part-NCC compliant.  This conference will focus on the operational and practical aspects of the regulation.   CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN Joel Hencks, EASA Regulatory Expert, AeroEx.eu   CONFIRMED EXPERT-SPEA...

China's Tianjin Airlines to set up Sichuan subsidiary

Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) is set to establish a new subsidiary carrier in China's southwestern Sichuan Province WCARN has reported quoting local media. According to the outlet, the Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) subsidiary will partner the China Western Development Co., Ltd. and local government in establishing the Xichang-based Xichang Airlines(Xichang...

What Do Spy Plane Pilots Eat?

As part of events to mark the 60th anniversary of the U-2 this week, reporters were granted rare access to the inside of Site 2, Lockheed Martin's U-2 ‘Dragon Lady’ lair at the U.S. Air Force's sprawling Plant 42 facility in Palmdale, California. Located on the north side of the airfield, the hangar once housed the TR-1/U-2 production line in the 1980s (earlier U-2 generatio...

Air-Traffic Towers Wasted More Than $850 Million, Watchdog Says

The federal government has wasted more than $850 million over six years by operating inefficient air-traffic control towers, according to a watchdog audit. At a time of fewer flights, the efficiency of the Federal Aviation Administration’s facilities at airports ranging from large hubs to smaller private-plane strips varies widely, the Transportation Department’s Inspector General&n...

Boeing eyes 'several hundred' layoffs in satellite division

Boeing Co (BA.N) on Monday told its workers that it expected to cut as many as "several hundred" jobs in its satellite business through the end of 2015 due to a downturn in U.S. military spending and delays in commercial satellite orders. Multiple commercial orders were being delayed by recent failures of launch vehicles and uncertainties about the future availability of financing fro...

Boeing raises China 20-year aircraft demand

Boeing Co (BA.N) on Tuesday raised its forecast for China's aircraft demand over the next 20 years despite a slowing economy and a tumbling stock market that have triggered a worldwide slide in equity and commodity prices. The U.S. plane maker expects China will purchase 6,330 aircraft over the next 20 years, a 5 percent rise from last year's two-decade estimate. Boeing currently values...

Asian shares move off three-year lows while China's suffering goes on

Volatile global markets showed tentative signs of a respite from the recent blood-letting on Tuesday as bargain hunters helped Asian stocks off three-year lows, though share markets in China, epicenter of the rout, suffered another big sell-off. The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 1.1 percent after an initial dip to three-year lows, paring about...

United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation has shown a full-size model of Chirok for the first time

In advance of the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015, United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) has shown pictures of the Chirok Russian reconnaissance and combat hovercraft drone for the first time. Its presentation will be one of the most anticipated events of the forum, held in Zhukovsky. The Moscow Scientific Research and Radio Technology Institute, which is part of U...

TsAGI will showcase projects for future aviation at MAKS-2015 airshow

Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) named after N.E. Zhukovsky is going to present its latest solutions at the 12th MAKS international airshow. These solutions will be used as a basis for innovative projects in the area of air transport. The static display will include aerodynamic models of aircraft developed by the TsAGI specialists in the network of federal target programs, TsAGI&rsq...

S7 Airlines increased its passenger turnover by 7.2%

S7 Group1 member airlines summarized the results of their activity in July 2015. During the last month the airlines carried 1 177 358 passengers, which is 7.2% more than in July 2014. Main growth was still indicated on domestic routes. In July 822 852 passengers took flights of S7 Group airlines within Russia, which is 11.5% more than a year before. Comparing with July 20...

Lufthansa's maiden A320neo due before year-end

Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) will take delivery of its maiden A320neo ahead of schedule an airline spokeswoman, Anja Lindenstein, has confirmed.  According to aero.de, D-AINA (cn 6801) will arrive at the German carrier towards the end of the year and not in early 2016 as previously anticipated. A further six of the type are due to arrive before the end of 2016. Lufthans...