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Guernsey registers Challenger 601 as 2-SEXY

Guernsey has registered 1993-build Bombardier Challenger 601 msn 5125 as 2-SEXY. The aircraft is managed by Hangar8 on behalf of private owners, and is based at Oxford Kidlington Airport. Previous to being registered in Guernsey, the aircraft was on the Cayman Islands register as VP-CEI, and based in Moscow. “A unique 2-REG registration allows private business aircraft owners to create...

Tamarack Aerospace's Active Winglets Nearing Approval

First announced in 2013, Tamarack Aerospace Group's active winglet system is nearing European approval for use on straight-wing Cessna CJs, with FAA certification expected to follow. “We are currently on track to certify our active winglets on all CJ 525 models by the end of the year,” Tamarack COO Brian Cox told AIN. “Sometime in Octob...

Tigerair Launches Inaugural Flight to Quanzhou Today

Tigerair has marked a new milestone today as the only carrier to operate direct flights between Singapore and the coastal city of Quanzhou in China’s Fujian province. The airline made its inaugural flight to Quanzhou today, and will ply the two cities every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Lee Lik Hsin, Tigerair’s CEO, said, “Tigerair is constantly looking for opportunities...

CIT Executive Spotlight Examines Global Aviation Finance Trends

The global airline industry currently has access to an abundance of fragmented capital, but there may not be an equal abundance of market awareness to adapt to potential changes in market conditions. This fragmentation has served the industry well during a period of significant growth and profits; however, due to the cyclical nature of the global airline sector, this lack of market awareness is le...

Canadian Aviation Leaders FLYHT and Avmax Partner to Improve Aircraft Tracking

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.  and Avmax Group Inc. (“Avmax”) today announced an agreement for the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS™) 228 for the two airlines Avmax owns, as well as its current and future leased fleet, for a total fleet size of 146 aircraft over a seven-year term. Avmax operates two airlines, R1 Airlines (“R1”) and Ch...

flydubai receives its 50th aircraft

Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 28 September 2015: Dubai-based flydubai received its 50th aircraft. The delivery of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 completes the order the airline made at the Farnborough Air Show in 2008. Commenting on the completion of the order, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer, flydubai said: “In the six years since flydubai was launched we have built a networ...

PSA Airlines Announces New Crew Base at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport

PSA Airlines announced today that it will add an additional crew base, opening January 2016, at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG). This will be PSA’s fourth crew base: joining Dayton, Ohio, Charlotte, North Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee. The wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group has doubled its fleet size and employee base since the announcement of the a...

fastjet announces interim results for the six months ended 30th June 2015

 fastjet, the low-cost African airline, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2015 and operational highlights of 2015 to date. Operational highlights H1 2015 · fastjet Tanzania o 51% increase in aircraft utilisation (from 6.4 to 9.7 block hours per aircraft per day) o 56% increase in total capacity (seats flown) o 94% punctuality – (arr...

Solomon Airlines to commence direct Honiara-Nadi service

Honiara, Solomon Islands – Solomon Airlines has announced it will commence operation of a new direct Honiara-Nadi service effective Wednesday, 04 November 2015, subject to government approval. The national carrier will utilise its flagship Airbus A320 on the route which is scheduled to operate ex-Honiara on Wednesdays and ex-Nadi on Thursdays. Timings as follow: Flight IE 708 operat...

$115 Million Capital Injection Boosts Wheels Up

A group of financial institutions led by T. Rowe Price this morning announced a $115 million capital injection for private flight membership program Wheels Up. The investment is backed by Fidelity Management and Research Company and NEA, and, according to a statement from the two-year old company, values it at $500 million. Wheels Up founder and CEO Kenny Dichter said that t...

Southwest Takes Off Internationally – Part 2, Fort Lauderdale

After over forty years of connecting passengers with destinations across the United States, the low-cost leader Southwest Airlines stepped down a new path in 2010: flying beyond the border into international skies. The airline’s merger with AirTran Airways placed several new foreign dots on Southwest’s map, routes which the airline assumed in completely integrating the two compani...

Bhutan Airlines delivers in Delhi

Bhutan Airlines, formerly known as Tashi Air and with the ICAO code of B3, has begun service to Delhi (DEL) from its base in Paro (PBH), the only international airport in Bhutan. The service operates twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) via Kathmandu (KTM) in Nepal using the airline’s 122-seat A319s, of which it has two. The inaugural service was on Wednesda...

Airlines rake in $5.5 billion, most profitable quarter since 2007

Lower fuel costs and steady travel demand continue to boost the nation's airlines, which enjoyed the most profita blequarter since 2007. Commercial airlines reported net income of $5.5 billion for the three months that ended in June, a 53% increase over the same period last year, according to financial data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. That's th...

Delta is putting its performance record against its competitors

Delta Air Lines is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to on-time performance and its record of completing scheduled flights. The Atlanta-based carrier will give its corporate business travelers credit toward future flights if its competitors — American Airlines and United Airlines — have a better on-time performance and rate of completing scheduled domestic flights w...

Hydromash delivered the first set of landing gear for MS-21 aircraft

On September 21st 2015 Hydromash Company delivered the first set of landing gear for the flying prototype of short- and medium-haul MS-21 passenger airliner (developed by Irkut Corporation); its major rivals are Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 jets, Hydromash’s press-service reports. «MS-21 is the top-priority project of the Russian aircraft industry. Hydromash has been pa...

Spring Airlines Opens Guiyang-Nagoya Route

China's Spring Airline, with HQ in Shanghai, has opened a direct flight between Guiyang, Guizhou province and Nagoya, Japan, as of Sep. 26, the first direct flight between southwest China and Central Japan. The airline is using an airbus A320 for the route, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Guiyang at 7:35 p.m. and arriving in Nagoya just after midnight, then departing Na...

Airberlin retires its last “own” Boeing 737-700, delivers it to Ruili Airlines

Airberlin (Berlin) is marching towards an all-Airbus fleet in the near future. However TUIfly is likely to operate the Boeing 737 type for Airberlin until at least 2019. The company retired their last “own” Boeing 737-700 (D-ABLD) with the delivery to Ruili Airlines (Kunming) this month as B-6110 via Azur Aviation as N317AB. The last AB revenue service for D-ABLD was from Milan (...

Hagerty close $259 million transactions in nine months

Hagerty Jet Group has closed $259 million worth of transactions in the first nine months of the year. The Gulfstream specialist closed a deal on Gulfstream G550 msn 5361 in the middle of September to take the total value of deals over the $250 million mark. The company has now closed five G550s in nine months, which the company says is 18% of all G550s sold so far this year. “Our G5...

Abu Dhabi Airport sees record passenger traffic for August

Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 17.4% in the month of August. A total of 2,254,809 travelers passed through the capital’s gateway last month, compared with 1,920,934 in August 2014. This is the highest number of passengers in one month, in the airport’s history. There was also an increase in aircraft mo...

Etihad Airways launches mobile exhibition

Etihad Airways has launched a mobile exhibition, which will show the airline's new cabin products and in-flight services around Europe. The 22 tonne model will exhibit full size mock-ups of the Residence and the First Apartment, as well as the Business Studio and Economy Smart Seats.   The mobile exhibition will make it easier for Etihad to display their products in multiple loca...

Empire Aviation Group awarded AOC

Empire Aviation San Marino has been awarded Air Operator Certificate by San Marino Civil Aviation Authority. The Empire Aviation Group subsidiary Empire Aviation San Marino has become the first Middle East company to earn the certificate for aircraft management and charter.   The certificate allows Empire Aviation’s aircraft to perform worldwide commercial air operations, regar...