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Australia and Qatar Agree to Boost Flight Capacity

The Australian government said on Thursday it had agreed with Qatar to increase flight capacity between the two countries by 50 percent, a significant boon for both tourism and agricultural exports. The changes, effective immediately, allow for up to 21 flights per week, each way, for airlines of both countries to the major gateways of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Airlines can also operate unli...

Europe's Disappearing National Airlines

Signs in the Vaclav Havel Airport here include a new language: Korean. It's not about an influx of Korean-speaking passengers. Korean has become the language of survival for struggling Czech Airlines. Korean Air, which flies only four times a week to Prague, bought a 44% stake in the Czech Republic's flag carrier, which hasn't earned a profit in more than a decade, for less than US$...

Air Canada Flight Diverted to Regina over Cellphone Worry

A cellphone that didn't seem to have an owner gave emergency crews a scare this morning and led to a flight being diverted to Regina. The incident happened around 9:00 a.m. CST when the Air Canada flight from Edmonton was in the air over Saskatchewan. A passenger who uses Twitter, Cathy Sawyer, said her plane was en route to Toronto, but was diverted to Regina because of a cellphone foun...

Cathay adds fifth Adelaide frequency

Cathay Pacific will add a fifth weekly flight to Adelaide from December 2, thanks to “high demand” from both inbound and outbound passengers, the Hong Kong-based carrier announced on Thursday. The new services will see a new Wednesday evening departure from Hong Kong, arriving and then departing Adelaide on Thursday mornings. “Since we introduced our new schedule in ea...

Sir Angus Houston awarded Oswald Watt Gold Medal

Sir Angus Houston has been awarded the Oswald Watt Gold Medal for his role in the search for MH370 and his work as Australia’s special envoy to Ukraine after the shooting of MH17. The retired Air Chief Marshal and current chairman of Airservices was presented with his medal at Canberra’s Parliament House on Tuesday night, where he delivered the Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial lect...

Macao-Ho Chi Minh City Direct Flight Opens

Jetstar Pacific, a low-cost airline headquartered in Vietnam, has started non-stop flights from Macao to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, offering schedule service on every Tuesday and Saturday. The direct route will facilitate exchanges of residents and visitors, and further enhance links between the two places in economy, trade and culture, said Simon Chan, president of Macao Civil A...

Passengers Delayed 24 Hours After Sinkhole Opens Up on Greek Airport Runway

A runway sinkhole created chaos at Rhodes International Airport in Greece on Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2015. A sinkhole opened up on a runway at Rhodes International Airport in Greece on Tuesday, causing the airport to temporarily shut down. Some of the stranded passengers, many of them vacationers from the UK, were delayed for 24 hours as they waited for contractors to repair the runway....

SIA Plane Bound for Frankfurt Forced to Return to Singapore Mid-flight After Hydraulic Fault

A Singapore Airlines flight bound for Frankfurt was forced to return to Singapore after experiencing a hydraulic fault on Tuesday (Sep. 22) afternoon. SQ326 was flying over the Bay of Bengal, according to information from FlightRadar.com, when the pilots decided to return to Changi Airport three hours into the flight. The plane returned to Singapore at about 8:25 p.m. on Tuesday. Five fir...

Thai Smile interested in partnering AoT for new terminal

Airports of Thailand president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn has told the Bangkok Post it is currently in talks with Thai Airways  Interational (TG, Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi) low-cost subsdiary Thai Smile  (WE,Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi) reagrding its expansion plans for Bangkok, Don Mueang, the Thai capital's older airport. AoT will reopen a second terminal at Don Mueang in November...

The 100 Years of Accident Investigation - What's Next , 14 October, 2015 London

The 100 Years of Accident Investigation - What's Next conference organized by AAIB will take place on 14 October, 2015 at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, United Kingdom. Conference will be held in order to celebrate the centenary of the appointment of the UK’s first professional air safety investigator.  The main emphasis of the programme will be looking to the future,...

MRO Europe Conference & Exhibition 13-15 October 2015, London

Europe’s leading conference MRO Europe Conference & Exhibition will be held on 13-15 of October 2015, at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London, United Kingdom with key industry exhibitors and more than 5000 attendees from over than 80 countries. MRO Europe Conference & Exhibition will gather thousands of airlines, maintenance providers, OEMs, suppliers, and key regi...

Glider makes successful first flight, begins journey to 2016 world record flight to 90,000 feet without an engine

The Perlan 2 glider, the world’s first engineless aircraft designed to reach the edge of space, achieved its successful first flight today in a historic moment about 5,000 feet above Roberts Field, the Redmond Municipal Airport in Oregon. This was the first test flight of the aircraft, which next year will attempt to set a new world altitude record for any airplane. The goal of this project...

Bell Helicopter Prague receives Russian Civil Aviation authority certification

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announces today that the Bell Helicopter Prague, Customization and Delivery Center, has received Russian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) certification to perform maintenance on Russian registered aircraft. “This is an important milestone for Bell Helicopter Prague,” said Michael Reagan, director, global services at Bell Helicopter. “We a...

Northrop Grumman expands F-35 global supply chain in Europe

Northrop Grumman Corporation has signed a long-term agreement with Norway-based Kitron AS to supply subassembly electronic modules for F-35 Lightning II aircraft avionics. The agreement is effective through June 30, 2036, and includes rights for future extensions. Northrop Grumman developed the Communication, Navigation and Identification (CNI) avionics for the F-35, a fifth-generation, interna...

HAECO names J. Lawrence new VP of Planning, Pricing and Production Control

HAECO Americas announced today that Jeff Lawrence will join the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) leadership team as Vice President of Planning, Pricing and Production Control. Jeff will assume responsibilities that have been held by Lon Chaney, who has announced his plans to retire by the end of 2015. In his new role, Jeff will focus on work underway to consolidate plannin...

Blue Collar on a White Shirt

The more hours you have in your logbook, the cleaner your shirt is. By the time a pilot gets to the captain’s seat at a commercial airline, he or she has spent years wearing a white shirt while doing blue collar work, but her passengers will never know to what extent. Blue collar is not the image the public sees. What they see is a white uniform shirt with icons and symbolism dripping f...

Vector Aerospace hires new regional sales managers for Asia and Europe

Vector Aerospace has hired two new regional sales managers to join the Vector rotary-wing sales team to grow business in both Asia and Europe. Regional Sales Manager, Asia – Lewis Ho was previously a Business Development and Sales Director for UTC Aerospace Systems Aerostructures Division selling reverse thrusters, pylons and other polymer products for commercial and military fixed-wing airc...

Airinmar to provide component repair for ExpressJet fleet of 300 aircraft

Airinmar has signed a three-year agreement with ExpressJet, a subsidiary of SkyWest Inc., to manage component repairs for its fleet of more than 300 regional aircraft. Airinmar has supported airlines, MROs, OEMs and military operations for over 25 years through the integration of its proprietary systems, engineering expertise and supply management solutions. “Airinmar&rs...

Liebherr-Aerospace to supply high-lift actuators for Boeing’s 777X

Boeing has awarded Liebherr-Aerospace another contract for their 777X: the system supplier will deliver all high-lift actuators for the new wide-body aircraft. Relying on its unrivalled experience in high-lift systems and especially in geared rotary actuators for long-range commercial aircraft, Liebherr-Aerospace will not only design, manufacture and service the leading edge actuators, but the com...

FLYING Smart opens new base at Biggin Hill

FLYING Smart has opened a new base at Bigin Hill. The facility was inaugurated in conjunction with the BGAD event held on 15 September at Biggin Hill. The company also became a Daher TBM authorised distributor. “We congratulate David on the opening of FLYING Smart’s new headquarters, which will be the TBM sales and demonstration centre in the British Isles.” Nicola...

Flexjet to Introduce the Legacy 450 to fleet

Flexjet will add an Embraer Legacy 450 midsized program to its current new-aircraft collection. “With the program being launched this month, Flexjet is offering a real-time solution to current and prospective owners in need of a more spacious, more capable and more technologically advanced midsized aircraft.” Kenn Ricci, chairman of Flexjet said: “With the pro...