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Air China Expands Beijing-New York Footprint, Adding Flights to Newark Airport

In order to further meet the buoyant demand for air travel between China and the United States, Air China will add more flights to its Beijing-New York schedule from October 26, 2015. The newly-added flights will serve Newark Liberty International Airport, offering an additional easy travel option for travelers between the two regions. Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the five big...

Air Europa awards SR Technics major cabin refurbishment contract

October 14, 2015 – Zurich, Switzerland: SR Technics, one of the world’s leading providers of technical solutions to airlines, announced today that it had secured an order from Air Europa Lineas Aéreas S.A.U., Spain’s leading privately owned airline, to upgrade 12 of its Airbus A330 cabin interiors. The work will be carried out by SR Technics’ Zurich-based Center o...

Gilles Gateau will join Air France with effect from 1st November 2015

Gilles Gateau, Deputy chief of staff and social advisor to the Prime Minister, will join Air France with effect from 1st November 2015. Following an introductory period with the Company, Gilles Gateau will take up his position of Executive Vice President Human Resources and Labour Relations Air France in January 2016, taking over from Xavier Broseta. Xavier Broseta will, as of this date, rep...

Sukhoi Company delivered another batch of Su-34 bombers to Russian Aerospace Defense Forces

On October 6th Sukhoi Company delivered another batch of Su-34 bombers to Aerospace Defense Forces of Russia in the network of State Defense Order for 2015. The jets performed ferry flight from the airfield of Novosibirsk Aviation Plant named after V.P. Chkalov (NAZ) to their home base, press-service of Sukhoi Company reports. “Today the Novosibirsk-based plant demonstrates its maxim...

Munich Airport's new satellite terminal almost completed

Comprehensive testing and intensive "dress re-hearsals" as the official opening approaches Munich Airport's new satellite terminal looks close to completion. Inside, however, crews are working full speed ahead to complete the interior. Before the building goes into full operation in April of the coming year, a series of tests and extensive trial operations are scheduled. With 4...

Australian Airports Vulnerable to Hackers

Australian airports may have a strong safety culture, but they are vulnerable to hackers with malicious intent because they have been focusing more on their physical assets than on their IT systems, says former hacker turned IT consultant Phil Kernick. Mr Kernick, now the general manager of CQR Consulting, said cyberspace should now be considered the fifth domain of warfare after land, sea...

Tianjin Airport Opens 2nd Runway Today

As Tianjin Airlines (GS) flight GS6551 landed smoothly at Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN)'s second runway at 9:06 a.m. on Oct. 15, the airport's second runway 16L/34R welcomed its first flight after being put into service. In recent years, the passenger throughout of Tianjin airport has been in the forefront among domestic airports. Its aircraft movements have surge...

FlyBaghdad outlines plans for route expansion

FlyBaghdad is planning to start flying to Dubai and launch routes to Europe at the start of next year, Gulf News reported. The airlines regional commercial managaer, Mohammad Abdali told Gulf News: “FlyBaghdad is finalising its schedule and hopes to soon launch daily services to Dubai. The airline will start flights to Iranian cities Tehran, Isfahan and Mashhad on October 16, and is also...

KLM Delays 787-9 Inaugural Flights to Late November

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines  (KL)'s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Registration PH-BHA, took off into the sky successfully after completing a total of more than two hours' maiden test flights at Paine Field, Washington on Wednesday afternoon, according to a tweet posted by Paine Airport. The brand new Dreamliner conducted its test flights on Wednesday afternoon. The 787 took off...

ATR Passenger-Cargo "Combi" Model Receives EASA Certification

The turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR has obtained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its passenger-cargo "combi" version of the ATR 72-600. The new cabin configuration of the aircraft allows combining increased cargo volume for over 19 m3 in volume and nearly 3,000 kg in weight with up to 44 passenger seats section. By replacing the forward seven rows by a c...

Gold Coast Airport Expansion Sparks Fears for Endangered Plants, Animals

Gold Coast Airport says it is considering ways to protect endangered plants and animals in the path of its expansion. The airport is looking at a AU$200 million upgrade ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. However, a Tweed Shire Council report said the move would affect endangered plants and animals, including the common planigale The council's planning director, Vince Conn...

Boeing Sees Significant Gain in China Traffic on Visa Changes

Boeing Co. is seeing a significant uptick in China traffic as the government eases travel restrictions and moves toward a service-based economy, even as the Chinese economy grows at its slowest pace in more than 20 years. "We see no slowdown in traffic domestically, traffic regionally, and actually see an uptick, significant internationally, especially as the Chinese government has changed...

Qantas cabin crew models sure to turn heads

Over the years, Barbie and Ken have worked as teachers, lifeguards and even a pilot. And now, based on the latest pop-up display in the Qantas Club at Sydney Airport, the pair can add cabin crew uniform model to an already lengthy CV. To help celebrate the airline’s 95th anniversary Qantas has put 44 Ken and Barbie dolls on display at its Sydney Qantas Club wearing the various cabin crew...

Etihad Airways Becomes the First Flight Safety Foundation Benefactor Member from the Middle East

The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) announced today that Etihad Airways had become its first Benefactor member from the Middle East, which is the highest level of membership offered by the Foundation. In addition, Etihad Airways Vice President Corporate Safety and Quality, Captain Majed Al Marzouqi was appointed as a member of the FSF International Advisory Committee. FSF President and C...

Japan Transport Ministry to Launch Trial Operations of Full-Body Scanners at Kansai Airport

The transport ministry will start trial operations of full-body scanners from Thursday at Kansai Airport, with further trials later at the Narita and Haneda airports in the Tokyo area. Full-body scanners use radio waves to reveal items concealed under passengers' clothing, and are being used to prevent hazardous materials from being brought onto airplanes. The equipment is seen as a pote...

Aeroflot Seeks to Exit Deal for 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Aeroflot, Russia's biggest carrier, is trying to get out of an agreement to buy Dreamliners from Boeing Co. as it seeks planes and routes from a debt-saddled airline and the market struggles in recession. "We're trying to exit the deal," Chief Executive Officer Vitaly Savelyev said in an interview on Rossiya 24 television. "Boeing didn't deliver them on time and we do...

British Airways launches long-haul services from Heathrow Terminal 3

British Airways will be offering a warm welcome to even more customers in a new look Heathrow Terminal 3 with the start of long-haul flights. A new check-in area has been created for customers during the last few months including a dedicated area for premium customers to use. The new additions to British Airways’ Terminal 3 schedule will include flights to Miami, Phoenix, Las Vegas, De...

Gulfstream passes 100-flight hour mark for G500

Gulfstream has added 40 flights and 85 flight hours to the G500 test campaign in the last two months, completing initial handling qualities tests and an attitude recovery stall system. The first of four G500 test aircraft now has flown 45 flights and logged 100 flight hours, including one 5h22min mission, altitudes up to 38,500ft and speeds up to Mach 0.80, Gulfstream says. The pace of testi...

Mitsubishi Hoping MRJ Flight Kindles European Interest

Mitsubishi Aircraft hopes the first flight later this month of Japan's first small passenger plane in 50 years will drive interest among prospective customers, especially in Europe, where it has yet to win any buyers. The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries subsidiary is building the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), with just under 100 seats, taking on a market served by Bombardier and Embraer. Th...

Australian Women Pilots’ Association to honour founder Nancy-Bird Walton

The NSW branch of the Australian Women’s Pilots’ Association (AWPA) is celebrating the career of Nancy-Bird Walton on what would have been the pioneer aviatrix’ 100th birthday. The dinner is being held at Dolton House in Sydney on Friday October 16, a hundred years to the day from Walton’s birth in 1915. Walton, who was the youngest Australian women to gain a pilot&rs...

Brisbane Airport awarded capital city airport of the year

Brisbane Airport has taken out the capital city airport of the year award at the Australian Airports Association (AAA) national conference for a second straight year. The AAA recognised Brisbane Airport for its digital departure card initiative, as well as the upgrades to the international terminal and how it managed the aircraft movements for the G20 conference in November 2014....