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25 Countries Defy Sanctions to Attend MAKS-2015 Air Show

Ignoring the current western sanctions against Russia, many European aircraft makers readily accepted an invitation to take part in the MAKS-2015 international air show that launches outside Moscow on Tuesday and will run through Sunday.     ts first three days are considered to be business days for defense industry officials, and the show opens to the general...

Flying bird: Russia’s amphibious Chirok prototype debuts at MAKS-2015 air show

Russia has unveiled a full-size prototype of its lightweight, amphibious Chirok, capable of manned and unmanned flight, at the MAKS-2015 air show near Moscow. Able to take off and land most anywhere, the air-cushioned aircraft is much in demand. The aircraft is made of carbon fiber composite material, with a wingspan of 10 meters and maximum takeoff weight of 750 kilograms. The Chirok can lift...

Subsidized Russian Far East routes fly more than 300K pax

Russian airlines have carried 306,000 passengers since spring on routes between the Russian Far East and other parts of the country under a government subsidy program, according to Russian figures released this week. The current subsidy program runs from April 1 through Oct. 31 and applies to destinations in the extreme eastern parts of Russia, between Eastern Siberia and the Pacific Ocean. Ele...

Berlin Brandenburg opening “still on track” despite bankruptcy setback

Plans to open the much-delayed and controversial Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) in Germany  remain on schedule for the second half of 2017 despite  the bankruptcy of its construction company, Imtech Deutschland, officials said. BER has issued a statement saying that the airport opening plans will be only minimally affected by the bankruptcy of Imtech, which w...

Russia’s fifth generation fighter starts missile tests — commander

ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow region), August 26. /TASS/. Russia’s fifth-generation PAK FA (T-50) fighter jet has started test flights with missile launch exercises in which it has demonstrated "excellent results," Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces Colonel General Viktor Bondarev told reporters on Wednesday. According to him, the fighter has confirmed the stated specificati...

VEB and IFC signed a memorandum of cooperation for delivery of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft to Europe

Vnesheconombank (VEB) and Ilyushin Finance & Co leasing company (IFC) signed a memorandum of cooperation at MAKS-2015 international airshow. The document was signed by the First Deputy Chairman – member of the VEB Management Board, Petr Fradkov, and IFC CEO Alexander Rubtsov. Under the memorandum the parties are going to consider possibilities for financing deliveries of Sukhoi Sup...

IFC, RedWings and Sky Angkor Airlines - delivery of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft to Cambodia

On August 25th a trilateral wet lease agreement for delivery of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft to Cambodia was signed by Ilyushin Finance & Co. leasing company (IFC, Russia), Red Wings airline (Russia) and Sky Angkor Airlines (Cambodia) at MAKS-2015 international airshow. The document was signed by RedWings CEO Evgeniy Klucharev, IFC CEO Alexander Rubtsov and Sky Angkor Airlines CEO Mak...

Austrian Airlines set for maiden EMB-195

Austrian Airlines (OS, Vienna) will shortly take delivery of its maiden EMB-195 with the arrival of OE-LWD (cn 19000411). The Brazilian-made jet, the first of seventeen acquired from fellow Lufthansa(LH, Frankfurt Int'l) affiliate Lufthansa CityLine (CL, Munich), recently exited the paintshop inBratislava ahead of its delivery to Vienna....

US DOT approves WALG's assumption of FWIA's authorities

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has given the go-ahead for Worldwide Air Logistics Group, a subsidiary of Southern Air Holdings, to take ownership of Florida West International Airways's certificate and other economic authorities. WALG announced plans to acquire FWIA in February of this year as part of its push into the ACMI/charter market. According to a DOT disclosure, FWIA...

Belgium's Take Air unveils ASL Group as new investor

Take Air (Antwerp) has unveiled Belgian aviation firm ASL Group as its new investor and strategic partner. The announcement follows initial partner The Aviation Factory's decision to water down its stake in the European All-You-Can-Fly carrier late last month. As a result of the change, ASL's subsidiaries - ASL airtaxi (Liège) and JetNetherlands (JNL,Amst...

Mid-Atlantic Drone Test Site Reports Progress

In its first year of operation as an FAA-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) hosted 338 flights for 161 total flight hours, the partnership announced at a public meeting on August 24. The site, managed by Virginia Tech University and including participation from Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, tested 13 platforms ranging fr...

Singapore and Europe To Study Wake Turbulence

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week agreed to study wake turbulence at Singapore Changi Airport to determine if separation standards can safely be tightened. Landing separation reductions that do not compromise safety could significantly raise capacity at Changi. The study will collect data by using laser imagi...

Leasing Groups Announce New Superjet Deals at MAKS Show

Russian government-backed leasing group GTLK formally signed a contract to buy 32 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft on the first day of Moscow’s MAKS airshow. The deal, which is being underwritten by around $527 million in government funding agreed in July, includes a mix of new and already manufactured aircraft. Russian trade and industry minister Denis Manturov last...

Air New Zealand Announces Record Annual Result

Air New Zealand has today announced its 2015 annual result with normalised earnings[i] before taxation of $496 million for the 2015 financial year, an increase of 49 percent on the prior year. Statutory earnings before taxation were $474 million, while statutory net profit after taxation was $327 million, an increase of 24 percent. Capacity growth supported by strong demand, cost efficiencies a...

WestJet welcomes Mark Porter as EVP, People and Culture

WestJet is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Porter to the position of Executive Vice-President, People and Culture, effective October 26, 2015. Mark joins WestJet from Shaw Communications where he was the Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, for almost 10 years. Prior to his work with Shaw, Mark was with Molson Canada where he held several senior human resources positions includin...

XTI Aircraft Company Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

A group of business aviation visionaries today invited the world to help shape and own the future of flight. Starting today, aviation enthusiasts and crowdfunders nationwide are actively participating in the launch of XTI Aircraft Company's (XTI) equity crowdfunding campaign, the first fundraising effort of its kind in aviation history — to develop the TriFan 600 — a six-seat fi...

Bringing humanity back: flight attendant tech brings personalization to the skies

Delta Air Lines flight attendants will be empowered with an innovative new tool on their handheld phablet devices today in an effort to bring a deeper level of personalization and improve the travel experience for the airline's 170 million global customers. ​ Guest Service Tool The Guest Service Tool is the newest enhancement in a long line of technology innovations, providing De...

Boeing, Korean Air Celebrate the Delivery of Airline's First 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Korean Air today marked the delivery of the airline's first 747-8 Intercontinental. The new fuel-efficient jet is the first of 10 747-8 passenger airplanes the carrier has on order. "This new aircraft delivers better fuel economy," said Walter Cho, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Korean Air. "That is important to a global airli...

Czech Airlines Statement Regarding Strike Declared by Czech Airlines Cabin Crew Trade Union

Czech Airlines management was informed of the intention of the Cabin Crew Trade Union to declare a strike late in the evening on Thursday, 20 August. Czech Airlines is currently taking a series of measures to ensure the standard operation of all company services irrespective of the strike. Czech Airlines management has the full support of its shareholders in this regard. Czech Airlines manag...

Rockwell Collins Appoints Rick Schmidt Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions

Rockwell Collins today announced that Rick Schmidt has been named vice president, Mergers & Acquisitions, effective immediately. He reports to Jeff MacLauchlan, senior vice president, Corporate Development. “Rick’s strong focus on M&A, financial acumen, and project management expertise will be of considerable value to the corporation as we aggressively pursue our long-term g...

Daryl Taylor joins Airbus Americas U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile

Airbus today announced Daryl Taylor has joined its leadership team at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. Taylor will train at the aircraft manufacturer’s assembly facilities in Europe before returning to transition duties and assume operational oversight of the facility as the Vice President and General Manager. The Vice President and General Manager is currently Dr....