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Russia delivered a batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters to Iraq

Another batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters was delivered to Iraq by An-124 Ruslan transport aircraft, a source told TASS at MAKS-2015 airshow. In accordance with the delivery schedule, Iraq took delivery of four Mi-35M and four Mi-28NE attack helicopters. The vehicles feature the full combat configuration and are fitted with the night vision equipment, TASS reports with...

Turkish Airlines and LOT to partnership towards future joint venture agreement

Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines have agreed on a major expansion of commercial ties. Both sides have signed a letter of understanding, which will initiate an enhanced cooperation between relevant Polish, Turkish and beyond markets and also deepen commercial cooperation on the existing ones.   Recognising the great significance of deepening the cooperation and desiring to create...

Emirates forms strategic partnership MCI

mirates and MCI have announced a global alliance which will see Emirates becoming the official airline of its large and international events. MCI in turn will be the preferred Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) for Emirates. The strategic partnership will help Emirates build a strong MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition) commercial brand in the meetings industry and bette...

Dr Temel Kotil to speak at ACI Airport Exchange

General Manager and CEO of Turkish Airlines Dr Temel Kotil is to deliver the keynote speech at the Istanbul New Airport Development Conference.The conference will be a key feature of this years ACI Airport Exchange, hosted by İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi A.Ş who are due to open the €10.2 billion Istanbul New Airport in 2018. The ACI Airport Exchange is to be held in Istanbul and is expecting t...

Superjet move for Iran as Sattari visits Moscow show

Reports that Iran's days of buying Russian aircraft are over, have been scuppered by the country's vice president for science and technology, Sorena Sattari, who attended MAKS - Russia's largest air show near Moscow this week. Sattari spent more than two hours touring exhibits with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He paid special attention to Sukhoi Superjet. According to the...

Mohamed Bouderbala steps up as new chief executive for Air Algerie

Air Algerie is hoping to draw a line in the sand with the appointment of new chief executive Mohamed Bouderbala. Martin Rivers and Vincent Chappard look at the challenges facing Algeria's flag-carrier.  Mohamed Bouderbala takes to the helm of Air Algerie following a tumultuous period at the state-owned flag-carrier, which suffered its worst ever disaster in 2014 and is coming under inc...

New European Union regulation to affect Middle East aviation

A new European reporting regulation is intended to encourage an open aviation safety culture and has implications for Middle East organisations aligned to European standards. Chuck Grieve reports. The ancient Greek historian, Plutarch, recognised the folly of killing the messenger who brought bad news. Despite ample evidence to support that view, some modern cultures continue to punish peopl...

New Saudi-Ukrainian aircraft programme launched

Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov has formally announced the launch of its new Antonov An-132 military freighter. The aircraft, which is a derivative of the existing An-32 Cline, will be produced jointly by Ukraine and Saudi Arabia for both military and civilian use. Jon Lake looks at the programme.  This Antonov announcement, at the Paris International Airshow, followed the signature of cont...

Brisbane Airport breaks ground on new hotel complexes

Construction of the $150 million Brisbane Airport Hotels and Conference Centre commenced 26 of August. Owners and developers, Anthony Flynn of Flynn Property Group and Scott Flynn of Scott Flynn Properties, were on site with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Brisbane Airport Corporation’s Julieanne Alroe to mark the milestone with the first turning of the sod. The development sets a new benc...

Frankfurt Airport - Construction of its new €3 billion Terminal

Construction of its new €3 billion Terminal set to begin before year-end. PROJECT DETAILS Location: Frankfurt Airport Important developments: New Terminal 3 Scheduled opening date: 2022 Principal companies involved: TBC Total investment: Up to €3 billion Frankfurt Airport has confirmed its intention to start work on the construction of its new T...

NEW TERMINAL TO DOUBLE CAPACITY AT VC BIRD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Antigua and Barbuda’s VC Bird International Airport has become one of the most modern gateways in the Caribbean following the opening of its new terminal. The $100 million terminal – funded and financed in partnership with the Chinese government – will equip the airport to handle more than double the 800,000 passengers handled at the old terminal. Antigua and Barbuda is alr...

Boeing, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries and Alsalam Aircraft Company to Establish Saudi Rotorcraft Support Center

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed an agreement with Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and Alsalam Aircraft Company to create the Saudi Rotorcraft Support Center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The joint venture will have locations in Riyadh and Jeddah providing comprehensive, in-country maintenance repair and overhaul support for Saudi Arabia’s diverse rotorcraft fleet. “Boe...

Boeing Completes 777X Firm Configuration

Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today the completion of the firm configuration milestone for the 777-9, the first member of the 777X family to be developed. The Boeing 777X team reached this significant design milestone after working closely with airline customers and key suppliers to optimize the configuration of the new airplane. The 777X family includes the 777-8 and the 777-9 – both de...

Pacific Rim ANSPs implement 14-minute oceanic flight tracking

Pacific Rim air navigation services providers (ANSPs) Airservices Australia, Airways New Zealand and FAA are now using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) technology to track aircraft across the Pacific Ocean every 14 minutes.  This more than halves the previous tracking interval of every 30-40 minutes, and brings the region into compliance with ICAO recommendations ...

The Drink Coupon That Made Southwest Pay $1.65 Million to Lawyers

A federal appeals court has upheld a settlement in which Southwest Airlines passengers got free drink vouchers but lawyers who sued the airline got $1.65 million in cash. The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago last week upheld a lower-court ruling. Southwest includes a drink coupon when passengers buy a higher-priced Business Select ticket. In 2010, the airline started requiring th...

Metal band Iron Maiden to fly with Air Atlanta Icelandic

British heavy metal band Iron Maiden have announced they will be chartering a B747-400(F) fromAir Atlanta Icelandic (CC, Reykjavik Keflavik) for their upcoming 2016 The Book of Souls World Tour. Unlike previous tours which used a B757-200 chartered from Astraeus (5W, London Gatwick), TF-AMI (msn 27066) will not require extensive reconfiguration. &quo...

Russia signed a contract with Belarus for delivery of Yak-130 jets at MAKS-2015 airshow

A contract for delivery of four Yak-130 operational trainers to Belarus was signed at MAKS-2015 airshow. On August 26th Belarusian Ministry of Defense and Irkut Corporation signed a contract for delivery of four Yak-130 operational trainers at MAKS-2015 international airshow. The jets will be delivered to Belarus in 2016.  The document was signed by the head of the Main Directorate...

Asia Pacific Airlines Traffic Results - July 2015

Preliminary traffic figures for the month of July released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed further robust growth in international passenger numbers, whereas air cargo demand has weakened. Taken together, airlines based in the Asian region carried 23.7 million international passengers in July, a 6.5% increase compared to the same month last year. In revenue passen...

Rex Announces Full Year Results – FY1415

At its full financial year (FY) results presentation today, Regional Express Holdings Ltd (Rex) announced a Profit Before Tax (PBT) of $9.3 million for the year ended 30 June 2015. This represents a drop of 12.8% from the prior year making it the third consecutive profit decline since FY13. Commenting on the results, Rex Executive Chairman Mr Lim Kim Hai said, “Trading conditions of regio...

Cargojet & UPS Enter Into Long-Term Air Cargo Services Agreement

Cargojet announced today they have entered into a new Air Cargo Service Agreement with United Parcel Service Canada Ltd. (UPS). This Agreement replaces the agreement originally entered into in 2003 to provide domestic overnight air cargo services throughout Canada. “Cargojet is extremely pleased to have successfully extended our long-standing business relationship as the primary domestic...

Exchange Income Corporation Announces $75 Million Bought Deal Financing of Common Shares

Exchange Income Corporation (TSX:EIF) (the “Corporation”) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell, on a bought deal basis, 3,019,000 common shares (the “Shares”) from treasury to a syndicate of underwriters co-led by National Bank Financial Inc. and Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. and including CIBC World Markets Inc., TD Securities Inc., Sco...