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Canadian firm seeks partner for Indonesian seaplane venture

Indonesian start-up BlueWater Seaplanes is planning to commence operations in the near future. Gilles Cardinal, head of the start-up's Canadian partner and existing seaplane operator Cardinal Aviation, says the airline will focus on the tourist market in and around Bali and its numerous surrounding islands. It will also offer ad-hoc charters to remote outlying communities as well as medevac an...

Queenstown Airport CEO Scott Patterson dies after short battle with cancer

Queenstown Airport (QAC) chief executive Scott Patterson has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 57. The airport confirmed the sad news in a media statement on Wednesday. Scott Patterson. (Queenstown Airport) Queenstown Airport chairman John Gilks said Patterson was a highly respected colleague and manager and would be “sorely missed by us all”. “On beha...

Transaero confirms it will consolidate around Moscow Vnukovo

Transaero Airlines (UN, Moscow, Domodedovo) has confirmed that with effect from October 25 of this year, it will be consolidating its Moscow operations out of Moscow Vnukovo. The carrier currently operates also out of Moscow, Domodedovo. Moscow Sheremetyevo operations ended last year. Transaero said in a statement that the move would bring with it not only commercial and logistic...

First Gold Coast-China Direct Commercial Flight Touches Down at Coolangatta

The first direct commercial flight from China to the Gold Coast has landed at Coolangatta airport. The flight touched down about 8:00 a.m. (AEST) today. The airport's chief operating officer, David Collins, said the 300 passengers were given a warm welcome. "We are very excited, our first flight from Wuhan has arrived this morning in all its glory, to be greeted by water can...

First Montreal-China Direct Flight

Starting yesterday, Montrealers can fly non-stop to China as Air Canada and Air China launch their first direct flight to Beijing. This is also the first non-stop trans-Pacific link between Montreal and Asia. Previously, Montrealers wishing to visit eastern Asia had to make a layover. Montrealers could reach Asia directly if they flew over the Atlantic Ocean, with direct flights to Doha, Qat...

Debt Plan Cuts Fees for Hong Kong Airport Runway

Departing and transiting travelers will from next year pay HK$70 to HK$180 as an airport construction fee depending on flight class and distance the Airport Authority said as it unveiled its funding proposal for the HK$141.5 billion third runway. The adjustment came after the initial proposal of a uniform HK$180 fee was criticized as too high. To compensate for the fee reduction, t...

Boeing Studies Plan to Offer 737 Freighter Conversions

Boeing is looking at offering conversions of its most popular passenger jet, the 737-800, into freight haulers in a move aimed at express parcel firms, a senior executive said. The proposal emerged weeks after rival Airbus relaunched plans to offer conversions of its competing A320, forging a partnership with Singapore's ST Aerospace after an earlier Russian-backed effort stalled on costs a...

Flying Colours Corp. Expands Sales Team with Appointment of Clint Bloom

Flying Colours Corp is broadening the expertise of its sales team with the appointment of former Bombardier Aerospace interiors specialist Clint Bloom as Sales Manager - Interiors. Clint will be based in Tucson, Arizona, with a remit that covers the entire U.S. and Canada, as required. Reporting to Kevin Kliethermes, Director of Sales, Clint brings a wealth of experience to the company ass...

AL SKY WIDER II, the Latest Economy Class Seat for International Routes Wins Good Design Award in 2015

Japan Airlines (JAL) yesterday received Good Design award 2015 from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) for its latest Economy Class seat - JAL SKY WIDER II. JAL has been arranging this new seat on its Boeing 787 aircraft since December 2014, as the second installment of "New Spacious Economy" project for international service. In 2013, JAL SKY WIDER seats (the pre...

Bombardier Called "Huge Asset" As Quebec Vows Aid If Needed

Bombardier Inc., draining cash amid delays on its marquee CSeries jetliner, can count on Quebec's provincial government if the planemaker needs financial assistance, Premier Philippe Couillard said. Even with the shares plunging 60 percent this year and the CSeries US$2 billion over budget, Bombardier's central role in Quebec's aerospace industry makes it a "huge asset" wo...

American Airlines Secretly Adds Free Real-Time Bag Tracking

American Airlines in recent weeks has quietly added free real-time online luggage tracking for checked bags, allowing customers to determine where their bag is - from check-in counter to baggage carousel pickup. The service is useful not only for curious travelers, but in case a checked bag hasn't arrived at your destination. You'll know right away that your luggage is on...

Jeff Bonner Research delivers first electronic window shades for BBJ 787

VIP aircraft interior parts manufacturer Jeff Bonner Research and Development (JBRND) has delivered its first electronically controlled window shades for the Boeing Business Jet BBJ787. The handover comes less than a week after the lightweight system, called SyncDrive, secured US certification. While JBRND already designs and develops window shades for a range of business aircraft, including th...

FlightSafety launches Latitude simulator training programme

FlightSafety International launched its Cessna Citation Latitude simulator training programme on 28 September at its facility in Wichita, Kansas. The inauguration came about a month after the midsize business jet entered service with a US customer. The company says, until now, Latitude pilots have been training on a Sovereign+ simulator, as the duo share the same Garmin G5000 flightde...

Beechcraft delivers China's first 350i to be used in a charter role

Beechcraft has handed over the first of two King Air 350is to Chinese aviation services company AVIC Hebei General Aviation (HGAC). The twin-engined turboprop will be based in Shijiazhuang City, in northern China’s Hebei province, and will be the first 350i in the country dedicated to charter services, says the Textron Aviation subsidiary of the American Textron Group which also owns Beec...

Corporate Eagle Grows Fractional Fleet with Falcon 2000

Corporate Eagle expanded its fractional fleet with the addition of the Dassault Falcon 2000. Corporate Eagle recently took delivery of the first of four pre-owned Falcon 2000s to be used for fractional operations. The Waterford, Mich.-based membership, fractional and managed aircraft operator invested close to $1 million in upgrades to the aircraft and said all four will be identical. ...

U.S. Inks New Agreements with Canada, EASA

On September 15, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed agreements with two international regulatory partners, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada (TCCA) that allow the authorities to rely on each other’s regulatory systems. The agreements will eliminate duplicate processes, get safety enhancing equipment installed on aircraft more quickly, and save time...

Qantas Group and GE Aviation sign strategic Flight Efficiency Services agreement

The Qantas Group and GE Aviation have signed a comprehensive agreement for GE’s Flight Efficiency Services, which will help Qantas and Jetstar increase operational flexibility and fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by drawing on GE’s industry-leading navigation services, data and analytics expertise. The agreement includes flight efficiency and Flight Operations Quality Assura...

Atlantic’s Philly FBO Hosts Papal Goodbye

As Pope Francis wrapped up his historic first visit to the U.S. on Sunday, his farewell address before heading back to Rome and the Vatican took place in one of the hangars of Atlantic Aviation's Philadelphia International Airport facility. Among the 500 VIPs and volunteers present at the event were U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill; Pennsylvania Governo...

Flexjet takes its first Legacy 500 jet

Embraer Executive Jets has delivered the first Flexjets Legacy 500 jet. “It’s a great privilege to have been selected by Flexjet for the expansion of its world-class fleet.” Marco Tulio Pellegrini, president & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets said: “It’s a great privilege to have been selected by Flexjet for the expansion of its world-class fleet. T...

Bill Filed To Resolve Managed Aircraft Tax Controversy

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) last week introduced H.R. 3608 to clarify that aircraft management services are not commercial operations subject to the 7.5-percent air transportation tax. The bill is similar to legislation that the lawmaker introduced in 2014 in attempt to clear up the controversy surrounding a 2012 IRS Chief Counsel opinion that deemed management services as commerc...

Air France nears decision on cuts

Air France and its trade unions will reach a deadline Sept. 30 on whether cuts to its long-haul services can be averted. The loss-making airline said Sept. 8 that it could drop 10% of its long-haul services and proceed with redundancies if it does not reach an agreement with all its unions over implementing itsPerform 2020 turnaround plan. The airline’s Central Works Council...