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Honeywell Selected by China's 9 Air to Provide Advanced Aircraft Technology and Enhance Passenger Experience

Honeywell International Inc. has been selected by 9 Air, the Guangzhou based airline, to equip its 20 Boeing B737 aircraft with full avionics suites, increasing safety, efficiency and passenger comfort for its most traveled routes. As a new entrant low cost airline operating since the January of 2015, 9 Air selected Honeywell's technologies for the company's proven ability to deliver...

Freighters to be auctioned off

Former freighter carrier Jade Cargo International will auction off three Boeing 747-400 Freighters on 26 October, according to reports in China. The World Civil Aviation Resource Net says this follows an announcement by the Shenzhen Jiajintai Auction on 9 September. Jade Cargo will reportedly start the bidding at 1.32 billion yuan ($207 million) for the three 747-400Fs. The...

FL Technics enters Africa with Base Maintenance support for Afriqiyah Airways

FL Technics, a global provider of one-stop-shop aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions, has announced expanding to the African market. The company has recently signed a new base maintenance agreement with one of the largest carriers in Libya – Afriqiyah Airways (AAW). According to the contract, FL Technics shall carry out the necessary maintenance checks for the carrier’s...

JetBlue expands U.S.-Cuba service ahead of expected travel opening

U.S. airline JetBlue will add a second charter flight from New York's John F. Kennedy airport to Havana, expanding charter service ahead of an expected opening of commercial air travel between the two countries, the company said on Monday. The new round-trip, non-stop flight will operate every Tuesday starting Dec. 1 in partnership with Cuba Travel Services, a travel provider licensed by th...

YTO Express Airlines Takes Off in Hangzhou, China

China's YTO Express Airlines Co., Ltd. (YG), a new all-freighter carrier set up in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province by Shanghai YTO Express Investment (Group) Co., Ltd. (YTO Express Group), has officially commenced air cargo operations, with a white Boeing 737-300 freighter taking off from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) at 11:30 p.m. on September 26. The start-up ca...

Japan Said to Plan 100 Billion Yen Investment in Mitsubishi Jet

The Development Bank of Japan is in talks with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to invest 100 billion yen (US$831 million) in its development of the nation's first passenger plane in more than 40 years, two people familiar with the situation said. The state-owned bank wants to help stimulate Japan's aviation industry and will make a decision by the end of March, said one person, asking...

Tianjin Airport to Add Off-Site Check-in Stations

Tianjin airport will build another six off-site departure stations by the end of this year in Tianjin, Beijing and Hebei province, as well as one in Dezhou, Shandong province, a city included in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integration blueprint, local authorities said. New stations in Hebei will be built in Tangshan and Qinhuangdao. The new facilities will increase the total number o...

Norwegian outlines Irish subsidiary's transatlantic plans

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) has announced plans to commence longhaul flights out of Cork in Ireland later next year. In a statement, the carrier said it would use its Norwegian Air International (D8, Dublin Int'l) subsidiary to launch 5x weekly flights to Boston in May 2016 while flights to New York would likely launch a year later in 2017. Operations will be...

North State Aviation to Open Facility at Global TransPark

North State Aviation plans to open an aircraft maintenance center and create 109 new jobs at the Global TransPark in Kinston. The announcement was made earlier this week by Gov. Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla III and representatives with the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. North State Aviation, which opened in Winston-Salem in 2010, plans to invest $900,000 and cr...

Kids hit the sky for Women in Aviation fundraiser event

Katelyn Guzman wore a huge smile as she walked across the tarmac, her thick braid fluttering in the wind. “It was cool,” said Katelyn, 10, who’d just taken a ride in a Glasair II airplane at Sun Valley Aviation. She and her mother Carolyn had come out to the “Hangar Fiesta,” a fundraiser for the new Women in Aviation Rio Grande Valley Chapter. Children were t...

Scouts, pilot survive small plane crash in New Mexico

Three boy scouts and their pilot are alive after a small plane crash in New Mexico. KRQE-TV reports that the four-seat 1952 Beechcraft crashed in Belen on Saturday morning, about 2 miles from its final destination. Scouts Levi Jensen, Talon Bennett and Jacob Brooks were flying with a pilot they knew from church as part of the work required for them to earn an aviation badge. The plane lef...

Man earns aviation honor, inspires son to follow the same interest

Darrel R. Gibson follows in the footsteps of his father, Darrel W. Gibson. The son is Menomonie Municipal Airport manager and owns Gibson Aviation Services in Menomonie. His father was Eau Claire Municipal Airport manager and owned Gibson Aviation Service in Eau Claire. “He has big shoes to fill,” Darrel R. Gibson said. Indeed. The senior Gibson, who lives near Chippewa Valley...

U.N. aviation arm says progress but no deal on Black Sea air corridor

The United Nations aviation agency said there has been progress in its talks with Ukraine and Russia toward allowing air traffic to resume in international airspace over the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, and that work was continuing to find a solution. That airspace, managed by Ukraine, is off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia last year. The area has been no-fly z...

Virgin Atlantic terminates Little Red operations outright

Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) has completely terminated its 'Little Red' operations as of Saturday, September 26. Research indicates the project's remaining trio of A320-200s has already been returned to Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) with EI-EZW (cn 1983) and EI-DUB (cn 55) now in Shannon while EI-EZV (cn 2001) is now in Dublin Int'l. Launched in 2013,...

APS Joins USAIG’s Performance Vector Safety Initiative

USAIG added Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) as a member of the Performance Vector safety initiative, which delivers forward-looking safety support to policyholders who insure turbine-powered aircraft or place multiple policies with USAIG. Eligible policyholders can choose from a range of safety-enhancing programs and services, such as APS’s upset prevention and recovery t...

Russia's S7 Airlines considers setting up Dutch subsidiary

S7Airlines (S7, Novosibirsk) is considering setting up a subsidiary in the Netherlands. The carrier said in a statement that the entity, which will be based in Amsterdam, will be put to S7 shareholders during an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on October 29. No further details about the project were revealed. Aside from S7 Airlines and Globus  (GH, Novosibirsk), the S7 Gro...

CAAC: 2.55 Million People Travel by Air During Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday

Chinese airlines carried up to 2.55 million passengers during the two-day Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday from September 26-27, according to preliminary statistics released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on September 28. Specifically, about 20,000 flights were operated during the holiday, transporting 1.33 million passengers on September 26 and 1.22 passenger...

Airlines Cancel Flights to Taiwan Due to Typhoon Dujuan

Hundreds of flights to and from Taiwan have been affected due to the approach of Typhoon Dujuan on Monday. Xiamen Airlines (MF) announced it has cancelled all flights to and from Taiwan on Monday affected by super Typhoon Dujuan, which landed in Taiwan early this morning. The involved flights are MF881, MF882, MF883, MF884, MF887, MF888, MF879 and MF880, between Fuzhou, Xiamen and Tai...

Record Number of Guns Found in U.S. Airport Searches: TSA

U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes during one week in September, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Of the 67 firearms found during the week ended Sep. 17, 56 were loaded and 26 had a round in the chamber, the TSA reported. The tally set a new weekly record. The prior record was 65 fire...

Passenger Who Tried to Open Plane Door at 30,000Ft "Thought It Was a Toilet"

A passenger who was banned for trying to open a jet door at 30,000ft claims he mistook it for the toilet. James Gray was fined EUR600 by KLM after the incident on an Edinburgh to Amsterdam to flight, and was told he can't fly with them for five years. He says airline staff accused him of trying to open the door of the plane, but he insists he only touched the handle after confusing it fo...

China on Orange Alert for Super Typhoon Dujuan

The National Meteorological Center (NMC) on Sunday issued an orange alert for the approaching super typhoon Dujuan, which is expected to batter China's southeastern regions. Dujuan will land in coastal province of Fujian on Tuesday morning after sweeping across Taiwan, bringing gales, torrential rain and high waves to these regions, the NMC forecasted. China Southern, the country's l...