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Iran may buy at least two types of aircraft in Russia — vice president

The topic of cooperation in defense-related technologies with Russia makes the Iranians feel somewhat nostalgic, Vice President Sorena Sattari said in an interview Iran may sign an agreement with Russia on buying at least two types of military aircraft, Iranian Vice President Sorena Sattari said in an interview with the Moscow-based Kommersant Daily upon the end of a visit to Moscow, in t...

Regional Airline Association appoints new president

On Aug. 28, Faye Malarkey Black was appointed president of the Washington, DC-based Regional Airline Association(RAA). Black had served as interim president of the industry trade group since Feb. 9, following the resignation of RAA’s previous president Roger Cohen. Previously, Black was RAA’s SVP government affairs; she has worked for the association since 1998. "Faye...

Historic 'first' for Saudia

Saudia is to become the first airline in the world to operate the new Airbus A330-300 Regional.  Passenger demand in Saudi Arabia is experiencing high growth, both on domestic and regional routes. The new A330-300 Regional variant, specially designed for regional and domestic operations, is Airbus’ solution for markets with large populations and fast-growing, concentrated air traffic...

Iomax delivers first production Archangel to the UAE

Iomax delivered the first of 24 new Archangel aircraft to the UAE Air Force and Air Defence in June 2015. Jon Lake looks at the programme and the aircraft. Delivery of the first Archangel aircraft to the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF&AD) was achieved on time – a mere seven months after signature of the contract. One aircraft will be delivered every month through to January...

PAL Express looking to renew Bombardier turboprop fleet

PAL Express (2P, Manila) is looking to replace its existing fleets of Dash 8-300s and Dash 8-400s with newer models of the same type.  Jaime Bautista, the President and Chief Operating Officer of the airline's parent firm, PAL Holdings, Inc., told Reuters in an interview that PAL Express is looking to either lease or acquire nine of theBombardier (BBA, Mon...

Americans Are the World's Most Frequent Fliers

When it comes to racking up airline miles, Americans have definitely earned platinum frequent flier status. According to data published by The World Bank, almost a third of the world's 36 million flights in 2014 took off from U.S. soil. China, Canada, the U.K., and Brazil round out the top five but with over 9.5 million commercial flights, the U.S. has nearly triple the take offs...

FedEx Pilot Union's Executive Council Votes in Favor of Labor Contract

FedEx Corp pilot union's executive council has voted in favor of a tentative contract that seeks better employment terms including higher hourly pay rates and retirement plan enhancement, the Air Line Pilots Association said. The FedEx master executive council (MEC) voted late on Thursday to approve the collective bargaining agreement reached on Aug. 19 with the package delivery company, th...

TSA Officer Accused of Molesting Passenger at Airport, Fired

Transportation Security Administration officer has been accused of luring a passenger into a bathroom at New York's LaGuardia Airport and molesting her. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo (pehn-TAN'-jeh-loh) says TSA officer Maxie Oquendo was arrested Thursday. Prosecutors say Oquendo approached the woman Tuesday as she was coming off...

SWISS launches new gourmet concept for First Class guests

Swiss International Air Lines is further enhancing its inflight foodservice for its First Class guests. Four times a year, SWISS First customers on long-haulflights from Switzerland will now be served exclusive seasonal gourmet delights such as truffles or caviar. The “SWISS Connoisseur Experience” will offer First Class customers on long-haul flights from Switzerland carefully-sele...

Putin to Grant Ally Control of Moscow's No. 2 Airport

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Friday that will likely place Moscow's second-largest airport, Sheremetyevo, under the control of his businessman friend Arkady Rotenberg, an industry source said. The decree creates a new company in which the state will own "no less than 30 percent", compared with 83 percent before. It did not name the new majority sharehol...

Shanghai Airports Report 1.3 Billion Yuan H1 Net Profit

Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) Thursday reported a double-digit growth for its net profit in the first half of 2015 owing to strong travel demand, lower fuel price and higher airports capacities. Two Shanghai airports including Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) have achieved a total net profit of 1,292 million yuan for the six months...

Baggage Truck Crash Causes US$1 Million Damages to China Airlines

China Airlines has estimated that the damages caused after a baggage conveyor truck crashed into its airplane at a Vietnamese airport on Thursday may cost up to US$1 million. The incident happened when the conveyor truck of Tan Son Nhat International Airport Ground Services (TIAGS) approached the airplane to unload baggage at Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City. According to the...

Iberia eyes Europe-Latin American alliance

Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas) is considering establishing an alliance to operate in the Europe-Latin American market airline Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Luis Gallego Martin has revealed. Speaking to Airline Business, Gallego said the IAG subsidiary is looking to replicate the trans-Atlantic joint venture which sees fellow Oneworld alliance members Finnair (A...

Malaysia Airlines Berhad receives AOC

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) today received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) at Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport in Putrajaya. The AOC will allow Malaysia Airlines to take flight as MAB come 1 September 2015. MAB’s CEO Designate Christoph Mueller said, “We would like to thank the Director General of&...

Air China’s 1H profit increases more than 700%

Air China has reported a net income of CNY4.2 billion ($660 million) for the first half of 2015, up 721% over the net profit of CNY510 million for the same period of last year. Operating revenue rose 3.87% to CNY51.9 billion while operating costs increased by 5% to CNY45.2 billion. The Beijing-based carrier cited “robust growth in market demand” and “much lower fu...

Estonian Air sees profitable summer

Estonian Air believes it will break even in 2016, after it recorded its first profitable early summer months since 2010. The small national carrier – it has a fleet of three Embraer 170s and three Bombardier CRJ900s, with two CRJ700s due to join the fleet in September – hasstruggled in recent years. It has two business lines: serving destinations that are strategically impor...

Europe begins drone rules revamp

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has started the ball rolling in a process designed to bring in new rules to govern the use of drones, or UAVs, in the European Union (EU). It issued a Notice of Proposed Amendment (A-NPA) on Aug. 27 to the rules currently governing drones. Current EU regulations require that drones above 150kg are regulated in a similar way to manned aircraft....

Dutch Safety Board will publish final MH17 report in October

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) has said on Oct. 13, 2015, it will publish its final report on the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. It said that, in September, relatives of those who died in the crash would receive invitations to a closed meeting, at which they would be informed about the conclusions of the investigation prior to the official publication of...

Abu Dhabi to hold its first helicopter exhibition in 2016

The capital of the UAE is due to hold Abu Dhabi Heli Expo 8-10th March next year, the first of its kind for the city. The exhibition will feature a range of helicopters on display as well as holding associated conferences.  Abu Dhabi is leading the growing helicopter market in the Middle East with offshore oil transportation provided by operators such as Falcon Aviation Services and Abu...

Major U.S. Carriers Air Further Charges in Subsidies Dispute

The top three U.S. airlines this week aired new allegations in their ongoing campaign against Persian Gulf carriers. The lobbying group representing United, American and Delta airlines charged that United Arab Emirates government bodies unequivocally prop up their respective state-owned airlines in contravention of open-skies agreements. On August 27, the Partnership fo...

U.S. Navy Awards Second P-8 Full-Rate Production Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Boeing a $1.49 billion contract modification for a second full-rate production lot of the P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. The 13-aircraft order includes four Poseidons for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the first of eight P-8s that service will receive. The contract modification the Department of Defense announced on August 27 also fund...