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Air Serbia kicks off public testing of new inflight internet and mobile services

Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, today launches a seven-day public test phase of its new "Air Serbia Wi-Fly" inflight internet and mobile connectivity services, powered by the Panasonic Avionics Corporation. From 1 October 2015, the connectivity service will be gradually deployed across the airline's fleet of Airbus A319 and A320 passenger aircraft, with...

Air India Dreamliner Grounded for 9 Months, with 400 Parts Missing

Air India has kept an aircraft from its prized Dreamliner fleet grounded since January of this year. According to reports in The Times Of India, the Air India Dreamliner (VT-AND) has been "stripped of parts to keep the other Boeing 787s flying." The aircraft that costs around Rs 1,400 crore has been grounded as it has around 400 parts missing. There have been problems rel...

CDB Leasing, EIBC Sign Financing Agreement

CDB Leasing Co., Ltd. signed a financing framework agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (EIBC) at the 4th China Air Finance Development (DFTP) Summit in Tianjin on Thursday. The signing ceremony was attended by Huang Min, Vice President of CDB Leasing and General Manager of the Transport and Finance Department of EIBC, Li Zhongyuan. CDB Leasing is a leading financial leasing company c...

NetJets launches customer booking iPhone app

NetJets has launched a phone application that will allow its customers to book flights. The app, which is currently only available on the iPhone, also gives its customers the ability to check flight statuses and update personal flight preferences. “In the last year, we received about 20,000 bookings through our online customer portal” “We are constantly seeking new w...

Finnair extends Miami route to summer season, adds frequencies to Chicago for summer 2016

Starting from April 2016, Finnair will extend its Miami service to be year-round, and will operate to Miami with three weekly frequencies in summer 2016. “We are excited about extending our Miami route to cover the whole season,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. “The Miami route has proven to be popular both for our Northern European customers as...

Norwegian announces plans for low-cost direct flights from Cork to Boston, New York and Barcelona

Norwegian, Europe’s third largest low-cost airline, has today announced plans to launch new direct low-cost transatlantic services from Cork to Boston and New York – the new routes will be the only transatlantic flights to operate from Cork Airport. A new Cork to Barcelona route will also be launched. The new routes will be operated under Norwegian’s Irish subsidiary Norwegian...

GE Capital Aviation Services and Frontier Airlines Sign Purchase-and-Leaseback Deal for Nine New Airbus A321 Aircraft

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced it signed a purchase-and-leaseback agreement with Frontier Airlines for nine new Airbus A321 aircraft. Delivery of the first new aircraft is scheduled for October 2015 with the remaining new deliveries scheduled in 2015 and 2016. All nine aircraft are powered by CFM56-5B3 engines and a...

Lufthansa today launches the Frankfurt-Tampa route

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) today (September 25) launched its new nonstop service to Florida’s west coast. Lufthansa issued this statement: Flight LH 482 left Frankfurt (FRA) at 11:00 local time, and is due to land at Tampa International Airport (TPA) later today at 15:50 local time. The corresponding eastbound flight LH 483 will depart from Tampa at 17:20 local time, and is scheduled to t...

American Airlines to Serve Papal Flights

American Airlines (and previously TWA) has the honor for the seventh time of transporting Pope Francis from Washington D.C. to New York City, Philadelphia and back to Rome. Route of the positioning flight from Dallas / Fort Worth to Andrews Air Force Base today. (Image Credits: Flightaware) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops chartered the airliner to American Airline...

JFK’s Iconic TWA Flight Center to Become a Hotel

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the formal approval of a 75-year lease deal to transform the iconic TWA Flight Center located at John F. Kennedy Airport into a hotel complex, which will preserve the national historic landmark while providing additional lodging options and services for travelers. The project, approved yesterday by the Port Authority’s Board...

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 Gains Supermajority Support in Senate

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, announced recently that his Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2) (S.571) has surpassed 60 cosponsors in the Senate, giving the measure a filibuster-proof, three-fifths supermajority, and boosting hopes that the legislation will become law this year or next. “I appreciate the significant bipartisan support for...

Trans States Airlines’ pilots approve a three-year contract extension

Trans States Airlines is pleased to announce that its pilot group has passed a Tentative Agreement on a three year contract extension. The Trans States Airlines pilots are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA). The Tentative Agreement, which was unanimously recommended by the ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC) for a rank and file vote, passed with 71% of voting pilo...

Airbus starts assembly of first A350-1000

Airbus began fuselage assembly of the largest member of the A350 family at its Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire plants. Germany-based subcontractor Premium Aerotec handed over the first complete front fuselage section for the first A350-1000 on Sept. 16 and it has now been delivered by air to Hamburg where it will be equipped before being flown to Saint-Nazaire on board one of Airbus’s...

Heathrow’s noise footprint is smaller than ever before, CAA report

Analysis from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), commissioned by Heathrow as part of their on-going Noise Action Plan commitments, shows that average noise contours annually are smaller than they have been since 2006. The launch of the report comes on the first week of Heathrow’s Steeper Approaches trial, the UK’s first attempt to adopt this approach to reduce noise for people on the...

A man with 169 heroin containers detained at Domodedovo Airport

Uzbek citizen was trying to smuggle 169 containers of heroin in his stomach, reprorts Federal Customs Service of Russia. As noted September 19 y.o. drug courier arrived from the Uzbek city of Termez and later was detained at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. X-rays showed that the detainee was smuggling as many as 700 grams of heroin containers of cylindrical shape in his stomach. ...

FL Technics invests over €6m into high tech maintenance equipment

FL Technics, a global provider of one-stop-shop aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has successfully finished a two-year long business development project. Over the period of project implementation, the company invested almost EUR 6 million into high tech maintenance equipment and created more than 200 new jobs in the company's MROcentre in Kaunas, Lithuania. Follo...

Turbomeca inaugurates APU production facilities in San Diego

Microturbo, a subsidiary of Turbomeca (Safran), today held an inauguration ceremony to mark the grand opening of a new facility in San Diego, CA. dedicated to the production of auxiliary power units (APU) for commercial aircraft.  Pierre Yves Morvan, CEO of Microturbo an Rick Elgin, Microturbo VP/GM of Microturbo San Diego presided over the ribbon-cutting event attended by local officials...

Safran and Egyptian AOI signs agreement for Patroller surveillance drone system

Sagem (Safran) and Egyptian manufacturer AOI-Aircraft Factory have signed an exclusive commercial and industrial collaboration agreement concerning the Patroller™ surveillance drone system, to address the requirements of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense. According to the terms of this agreement, AOI-Aircraft Factory could handle final assembly of Patroller drones in its Egyptian plants. T...

Lufthansa Technik overhauls the 25th landing gear set of Boeing 777-300ER

Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK (LTLGS) has overhauled the 25th Landing Gear set of the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft type. This important milestone in overhaul operations of the latest Boeing 777 product introduction, reached at LTLGS facility in Hayes, near London, United Kingdom, makes LTLGS the most experienced overhaul provider of this Landing Gear type. Landing gear overh...

DOT’s IG To Audit FAA Oversight of Flight Deck Safety

In light of last March’s Germanwings accident in which the first officer deliberately flew the aircraft into the mountains, as well as the March 2012 JetBlue incident in which that flight’s first officer locked the captain out of the cockpit because of the PIC’s erratic behavior, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has requested that the DOTInspector General (IG)...

U.S. business spending slips, new home sales rise in August

U.S. business investment fell slightly in August, excluding spending on aircraft and defense equipment, but new home sales rose, suggesting that global economic headwinds were doing little to impede U.S. growth. The U.S. economy is on track to grow 1.4 percent in the third quarter, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDPNow forecast model showed on Thursday. The Commerce Department said capita...