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American, Qantas set to re-enter NZ-US market

There is growing speculation Qantas and American Airlines will launch new nonstop service from the New Zealand to the United States. The two carriers have called a media conference to be held in Wellington on Wednesday morning, where Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and his counterpart at American Doug Parker will “make an important announcement for the New Zealand market”. Amer...

SIA heading to Dusseldorf

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will begin flights to Dusseldorf from July 2016, giving Australians a new one-stop option to Germany. Dusseldorf will be served with SIA’s new Airbus A350-900s featuring business, premium economy and economy three times a week as red-eye from Singapore and afternoon departure from Germany. SIA also flies to Munich and Frankfurt from its Singapore hub. It also o...

Photographer Richard Green killed in EC135 helicopter crash

Renowned Australian landscape and nature photographer Richard Green, his wife Carolyn and friend John Davis were killed when Green’s Airbus Helicopters EC135, VH-GKK,  crashed in mountainous terrain while the trio were returning to Sydney, having departed from Breeza Station, south-west of Tamworth, on November 7. When the distinctively painted EC135 failed to arrive a...

The Real Cattle Class: Cows Fly to China on 747s

Next time you're stuck on a long-haul flight in a packed, economy-class cabin, being ignored by a frazzled flight attendant, spare a thought for the passengers on a recent flight from Melbourne to Chongqing in China. They were cows. Crated up and loaded onto the main deck of a Boeing Co. 747cargo plane by hydraulic lift, the 150 beasts were on Australia's first live cattle flight t...

Hong Kong Set to Become Asian Base for Online and Mobile Booking Service for Chartered Planes

A London-based start-up described as the Uber for private jets is looking to open its regional headquarters in Hong Kong. The service is an online and mobile booking system called Victor that aims to get more bums on seats of privately chartered planes. Its target market is not for your average Joe Blow, but nor is it just for the super-rich, according to founder and chief executive Clive Ja...

China's Shandong Airlines Flies to India

Shandong Airlines will launch its first ever flights to India this week. Commencing on November 11, the airline will fly direct between Delhi and Kunming, the capital of southwest China's Yunnan province. The new service will run four times a week (Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays), with the Monday and Friday flights continuing onwards between Kunming and Jinan - the cap...

Lufthansa Cabin Crew Union Rejects Latest Offer from Company

German cabin crew union UFO rejected a sweetened Lufthansa pay offer late on Monday that was aimed at ending the airline's longest ever strike action that it said was costing it at least EUR10 million (US$10.8 million) a day. Lufthansa tried to win over striking cabin crew staff by increasing a one-off payment offer by EUR1,000 to EUR3,000 and promising a 1.7 percent pay rise next year...

Inmarsat to Showcase Next Generation of Aviation Connectivity Solutions at Leading Asian Trade Events

Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, will showcase its ground-breaking new Global Xpress (GX) inflight connectivity service at two of Asia's leading aviation trade shows this month. The Asia Pacific region is a strategically important market for GX, which is set to enter global commercial services later this year as the first high-speed broadban...

Serbia's Flag Carrier to Resume Flights to United States in 2016

Air Serbia plans resume flights between Belgrade and the United States by June next year more than two decades after they were halted due to an embargo because of the war in former Yugoslavia. Air Serbia, which emerged from the now-defunct Yugoslav-era JAT Airways in 2013 and is now 49 percent owned by the United Arab Emirates airline Etihad Airways, said it would operate five weekly fligh...

Bird Strike Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing in Vegas

Officials say an American Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Chicago landed safely after a bird strike forced it to return to the Sin City airport. Linda Healey, a spokeswoman for McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, said early Monday that none of the 160 passengers and crew members was injured. She says the airport got the alert about the bird strike at 5:31 a.m. and Flight 334...

LR Systems Develops Stripping, Painting Robots

LR Systems (Stand 642) is here promoting its aircraft stripping and painting robots. The stripper version is to enter service in 2016. The technology will help cut costs, eliminate some dangerous tasks and save weight on the aircraft, according to the Netherlands-based company. “Our 20-kilowatt laser makes stripping twice as fast as the current process,” program director Peter Boeij...

U.S. Bank Brings ‘Cardless’ Payment App to Genav

U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation is rolling out a new app that enables pilots to order and pay for fueling services directly through their phones. MSA Pay, which U.S. Bank believes is the first complete order-through-payment “cardless” mobile app for fueling in the general aviation marketplace, is designed to save its customers time by eliminating receipt and invoice tracking. In the w...

Business Aviation: A Snapshot At Year’s End

Each year, NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition is where we view business aviation’s products and services all in one place.The event also is an opportunity to network with peers, learn new skills at education sessions, and reflect on the state of the industry as we move toward a new year. During NBAA2015 – which will be held Nov. 17 to 19 in Las Vegas, NV &nda...

Chinese Fifth-generation Fighter Goes on Show

China’s AVIC is displaying a model of the FC-31 fifth-generation fighter for the first time at Dubai, having first aired the concept at Airshow China in Zhuhai last year. A product of the Shenyang concern, the FC-31 is based to a large extent on that of a “J-31” prototype (31001) that has been flying since 2012, but shows some notable differences from that aircraft. The fins are...

Beechcraft seeks AT-6 certification as Iraq mulls offer

Beechcraft Defense's AT-6 Wolverine might soon have a launch customer, with a letter of offer and acceptance for six light-attack turboprops being prepared for the government of Iraq. In partnership with the US Air Force, Beechcraft intends to offer Baghdad six aircraft initially, with options for more in increments of six. That offer is likely to be delivered next month. The US State...

UAE signs $1.2bn surveillance deal with Saab

While all the talk in the run-up to the Dubai air show was about the prospects for large commercial orders being announced, it was the United Arab Emirates air force that opened sales, with a surprise, $1.27 billion contract with Saab for advanced surveillance aircraft. Announced during a press briefing on 9 November, the agreement – which was reached on the first day of the show –...

Russian transportation ministry and Rosaviatsia statement

Russian transportation ministry and Rosaviatsia statement on extraction of russian citizens from Egypt and arrangements for returning luggage to Russia The situation remains calm at airports across the Russian Federation and there are no groups of passengers at airports planning travel to Egypt. According to the Federal Agency for Tourism, as many as 7...

Air Arabia Signs Lufthansa Technik Deal

On the occasion of the Dubai Airshow 2015, Lufthansa Technik AG and low cost carrier Air Arabia, based in Sharjah, UAE, have signed an airframe related component contract for radome repair. The contract runs over a period of three years and covers radome maintenance for Air Arabia’s A320 fleet. In addition to the repair services, Lufthansa Technik will support Air Arabia as well with spare...

Upgrade of a test bench for Tu-160’s engines is being completed in Samara

Overhaul and upgrade of a test bench owned by Kuznetsov Company (Samara) is being carried out by Ural Department of Spetsstroy of Russia. At present the interior is being decorated and pre-commissioning activities are in progress.  “The test bench is the building, which has varying number of floors, and it is fitted with a vertical intake shaft and vertical exhaust silencer. It is de...

The Egyptian holding KATO Investment and Irkut Corporation to cooperate on the MS-21 project

At the Dubai Airshow-2015 the head of the Egyptian holding KATO Investment Dr. Ibrahim Kamel and President of Irkut Corporation Oleg Demchenko agreed to develop cooperation on the MS-21 project. Purchasing agreement on 6 MS-21 aircraft by the Cairo Aviation airline (an affiliate of the KATO Investment) has been signed within the cooperation programme. The agreement also envisages an option for...

Indonesia rolls out new aircraft maximum-age restrictions

The Indonesian Ministry of Transport has announced further restrictions on locally-registered aircraft that operate within the confines of the south-east Asian archipelago. Transport Minister Ignatius Jonan last month amended Indonesia's Civil Aviation Safety Regulations forbidding the importation, registration and use of commercial passenger aircraft older than ten years of age while freig...