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JAL to Offer Diamond Premier Lounge Service and Revamp Sakura Lounge at New Chitose Airport

Japan Airlines (JAL) decided to provide Diamond Premier Lounge service at Sapporo (New Chitose) airport. New Chitose will become the second airport for JAL with this supreme service following Tokyo (Haneda) airport. Additionally JAL's Sakura Lounge will be revamped in line with the renovation of domestic terminal at New Chitose airport. In order to satisfy our customers, JAL will continue t...

Muslim Flight Attendant Says She Was Suspended for Refusing to Serve Alcohol

A Muslim flight attendant says she was suspended by ExpressJet for refusing to serve alcohol in accordance with her Islamic faith. In a bid to get her job back, Charee Stanley filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday for the revocation of a reasonable religious accommodation. She wants to do her job without serving alcohol in accordance wit...

MH370 Search Could Continue for Another Year, Says Report

In an article by News 24, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that the discovery confirmed the need to continue the search. "The strategic working group of Malaysia, China and Australia will get into action to intensify the search with the hope of finding more evidence as to the cause of the likely crash and eventually find the missing jetliner," Liow was quoted as sayin...

2 Flights Called Back, 1 Cancelled After Hoax Bomb Threat at Delhi Airport

Two international flights were called back while one which was preparing for departure from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi was taken to an isolation bay due to a bomb scare earlier today, sources said. At 1:30 a.m a threat call was received at the Delhi Airport's call centre in Gurgaon. The caller claimed that there were bombs on three international flight...

Aruba and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executes ICAO ART. 83BIS agreement

The Department of Civil Aviation of Aruba (DCA) and General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia (GACA), has executed an ICAO 83bis Agreement which allows Aruban registered aircraft to operate commercially under a Saudi AOC's issued by GACA. ARABASCO is to be the launch operator to place under its Ops Specs, as the first Aruban registered aircraft with the registration mark P4-NOF. ...

ExecuJet comes top in Business Traveller Africa awards

ExecuJet Aviation Group is celebrating victory as 'Best Private Aviation Operator' in the fourth annual Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards, held this week in Johannesburg, South Africa. ExecuJet was one of five businesses nominated in the private aviation category and emerged triumphant through a survey of 1,700 travel agents and 500 corporate travel buyers in South Afric...

Will Airlines Get Onboard With Easy-Boarding Side-Slip Seat?

The slip-sliding, aisle-widening Side-Slip seat is back, and one step closer to launch. Denver-based Molon Labe Designs LLC, developers of the Side-Slip Seat, which would ease aircraft boarding, took some time to go back to the drawing board after the product’s debut at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg in 2013. But the independent seat manufacturer has now released a...

Largest Airline Caterer to Fire 300 Workers as In-Flight Trends Trigger Wider Loss

Gategroup Holding AG, vying with Deutsche Lufthansa AG to be the biggest airline caterer, posted a wider loss and said it will cut 300 jobs as it adopts a new strategy, sending the stock to the steepest drop in three years. Gategroup slumped 15 percent to 28 Swiss francs Thursday, the most since Nov. 23, 2011, after it said posts would be cut at its Zurich base and offices in London and Reston,...

China's CEFC adds to Czech buying spree with airline, brewery deals

China's sixth largest private company CEFC added to a weeklong buying spree in the Czech Republic on Saturday, announcing deals to buy a majority stake in a top brewery group and a share in an airline company in the central European country. The Czechs have sought more investment ties with the world's second largest economy. This week President Milos Zeman was the only Western leader to...

Will the Transaero Airlines brand be retired and merged into Aeroflot?

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has agreed to acquire 75 percent of the shares of failingTransaero Airlines (Moscow). Aeroflot is buying out its main competitor (and its $1.6 billion debt) for the symbolic price of one ruble. Transaero Airlines is the second largest airline in Russia and has lately been failing and building up a large debt. According to Reuters, “Transae...

Donald Trump's Big Boost: His Own Air Fleet

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has a big advantage hidden in plain sight: Trump Air. Mr. Trump's fleet of private aircraft, which includes a Boeing 757, a Cessna Citation X and three Sikorsky helicopters, whisks the billionaire executive to Republican primary events in far-flung locales, some of them difficult to reach by commercial planes. The fleet also allows Mr. Trump...

Cathay Pacific launches flights to Dusseldorf

Cathay Pacific Airways operated its first flight to Düsseldorf on 1 September 2015, with CX379 departing Hong Kong shortly after midnight and arriving in Düsseldorf at 07:12 on the same day. Prior to the departure of CX376, the first Cathay Pacific flight from Düsseldorf to Hong Kong, a gate ceremony was organized at the boarding gate in Düsseldorf Airport to celebrate the s...

What is business class, in the age of longhaul LCCs?

What does longhaul business class mean to you? Is it a flat (or nearly flat) bed? Lounge access? Better food and drinks? The diversification of both hard and soft product, together with the increase in ancillary options in recent years — even in premium cabins — is a benefit for consumers who want to pick and mix their perfect flight, but a headache for travel planners, corporate bo...

Inflight connectivity shows MRO benefits: Lufthansa Technik

The passenger benefits of inflight connectivity, particularly over broader bands like the Panasonic Avionics Ku-band system that Lufthansa brands as FlyNet, are plain. Yet the operational benefits are equally clear. Rather than just the ACARS or VHF narrowband pipes dribbling information back, the entire aircraft can be connected — “e-enabled”, as some call it — and can fee...

Airbus Helicopters appoints Guillaume Steuer as Head of External Communications

As from 1 of September Guillaume Steuer is reporting to Vice President of Corporate Communications Yves Barillé and is managing all external communications activities for Airbus Helicopters. Since June 2014, Guillaume Steuer has held the position of Media & Communication Officer with the European Defence Agency in Brussels - Belgium. After obtaining a European diploma of Higher Studie...

Passenger "Starts Fires" on Holiday Jet to Egypt

A passenger has been tackled by cabin crew after starting two small fires on board a holiday jet. Police have launched an investigation after the incidents on a Monarch service from Birmingham Airport to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Staff quickly contained and extinguished the fires during Thursday's flight, and no-one was hurt. However the plane was left unserviceable, leaving...

Hill Air Force Base Receives First Two F-35A Lightning IIs

The first two Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing were officially delivered to the base today. The two F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing variants, known as AF-77 and AF-78, are the first of 72 F-35As scheduled for delivery to the base. "The F-35A Lightning II represents the future of tactical aviation for the United States and our allies,...

AMT Next-Gen Aircraft Maintenance Professional Awards

To celebrate the Next Generation of Aircraft Maintenance Professionals, AMT is proud to announce its Next-Gen Awards Program. This year we will celebrate 40 aircraft maintenance professionals less than 40 years of age who clearly demonstrate the talent, ambition, and characteristics of the Next-Generation Aircraft Maintenance Professional. It is not a ranking, but rather a listing of ind...

Dominica's Douglas-Charles airport closes after storm damage

Seaborne Airlines (BB, St. Thomas SPB) and other carriers serving the Caribbean island of Dominica have suspended their respective operations there until further notice. The move comes after the island's principal gateway - Dominica Douglas-Charles - sustained severe damage during Tropical Storm Erika's transit last week. While the airfield has been temporarily close...

Alaska Airlines' maiden B737 MAX due for early delivery

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) is on track to take early delivery of its first B737 MAX aircraft. Alaska's VP - Capacity Planning, John Kirby, told FlightGlobal that unlike previous forecasts, the airline's maiden B737 MAX 8 aircraft is now likely to arrive in late 2017 as opposed to early 2018. Alaska Airlines ordered twenty -8s and seventeen -9s from Boe...

Ryanair rejects reports of Copenhagen 'virtual' base

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael O'Leary has denied reports his airline is planning to establish a 'virtual' base at Copenhagen Kastrup to cope with a surge in demand expected during the summer 2016 season.  The Irish LCC was forced to close both its Copenhagen and Billund bases during the previous quarter after...