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Sabre inks deal with Azul Brazilian Airlines

Sabre Corporation has signed an agreement with Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras to distribute Azul’s fares via the Sabre GDS. Under the long-term agreement, Azul will leverage industry-leading air commerce capabilities developed by Sabre and real-time connectivity to 425,000 agents using the Sabre travel marketplace globally, including Brazil, the USA and 142 other countries. Sabre-connecte...

Russia’s new fifth generation fighter expected to participate in military drills next year

The plane will be immediately tested in all its capabilities in all the exercises right after entering service Sukhoi T-50 fifth generation fighter DONGUZ RANGE/Orenburg region/, September 18. /TASS/. Russia’s T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter will be tested in military drills as soon as it enters service next year, Russian Air and Space Forces Commander-in-Chief Col...

Moody’s downgrades France’s govt. bond ratings to Aa2

Moody’s on Friday downgraded France's government bond ratings by one notch to Aa2 from Aa1; the outlook on the ratings is stable, the international ratings agency said in a statement. Moody’s said the key interrelated drivers of the action were: "the continuing weakness in France's medium-term growth outlook, which Moody's expects will extend through the remainder o...

More U.S. firms eying overseas moves given EXIM lapse: AIA

More U.S. companies are considering moving plants overseas given concerns about the shutdown of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the largest U.S. aerospace trade group said Friday, a day after General Electric Co (GE.N) announced plans to build a $400 million turboprop engine plant in Europe. David Melcher, president of the Aerospace Industries Association, said he expected similar announcements fr...

HAITEC Granted Gulfstream G650 Approval

Erfurt Airport, 18th of September, 2015. Following the Gulfstream G650 Line Maintenance approval received in June 2015, HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance was now granted the approval to perform Part-145 Base Maintenance on G650. “We strive to provide first-class service and prime quality as expected by clients trusting us with their exclusive VIP and business jets. With each approval we receive...

ACI World Announces New 2016 Opportunities for Young Aviation Professionals

Airports Council International (ACI), in cooperation with The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is inviting applications for the third round of the Young Aviation Professionals Programme. Through this collaborative programme, the selected Young Aviation Professionals will be offered exciting career development opportunities...

Vector Aerospace Celebrates Third Anniversary of Australian MRO Facility

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is celebrating the third anniversary of supporting operators in the Asia-Pacific region from its engine MRO facility in Brisbane, Australia. “Our Brisbane facility has evolved tremendously in the past three years, enjoying unprecedented market share growth,” says Je...

Y'all keep flying! Top 10 southeast US aerospace plants

As Airbus turns the crank to start A320 assembly at its new plant in Mobile, Alabama, we thought we’d take a look at where the plant stands in the pecking order of aerospace factories in one of the world’s fastest-growing aerospace regions – the southeast USA. Perhaps no surprise, leading our top 10 – based on expected annual delivery value at list prices in 2020 – is...

Thailand orders four T-50 trainers

The Royal Thai Air Force has ordered four Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI)/Lockheed Martin T-50TH supersonic trainers, with delivery reported to be by 2018. The contract was confirmed in a Facebook post from KAI, although no more details have as yet been disclosed by the company or Lockheed. Media reports in South Korea claim that the aircraft will be delivered by 2018, and that there are talks...

USAF could expand ‘Rapid Raptor’ quick-reaction deployments

US Air Combat Command might have too few Lockheed Martin F-22s, but the recently conceived “Rapid Raptor” method for quick-reaction fighter jet deployments is proving so successful that it might be extended to other airframes. The method pairs four F-22s plus an accompaniment of pilots, maintainers, fuel and weapons with the Boeing C-17 strategic airlifter for self-contained, rapid...

Dassault, FedEx discuss potential Falcon order

FedEx has commenced discussions with Dassault on a possible order for new Falcon business jets, a top Dassault executive said on 17 September. FedEx chief executive Fred Smith launched the express delivery service with a fleet of Falcon 20s in 1973. But the entire fleet was retired by 1985, replaced by larger Boeing 727s and Douglas DC-10s. In recent weeks, however, Smith has re-en...

Alitalia CEO Resigns Months Into Restructuring

Silvano Cassano, chief executive of Alitalia, has resigned with immediate effect after less than a year in the job. Alitalia last year picked Cassano as CEO of the new company formed when Etihad agreed to buy a 49 percent stake in the Italian airline as part of a EUR€1.76 billion (USD$2 billion) rescue plan. Cassano, 58, is leaving for personal reasons and his duties will be shared betw...

Airlines "Leaking" 3% of Revenue, New Report Claims

Airlines are facing a series of financial challenges which can result in the loss of up to 3% of their revenue, a new report has revealed. The study, written by Frost & Sullivan and commissioned by Amadeus, said that revenue leakage, complex income streams, and tax reporting and compliance across multiple markets, is costing the industry millions of dollars every year. The report also...

Ryanair to Provide Low-Cost Connections for Long-Haul Airlines

Ryanair Holdings Plc will provide connecting flights for long-haul airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air France-KLM within the next ten years, as Europe's biggest discount carrier targets tie-ups as a way to expand its network and boost passenger numbers. "The low-fare airlines will be doing most of the feed for the flag carriers," Ryanair Chief Executive Offi...

Russia Eyes Deeper Aerospace Cooperation with China

Russian firms and research institutions at the Aviation Expo in Beijing were keen to work more closely with China on aerospace projects. An agreement will be signed between the two governments by the end of this year on the development of long-range wide-bodied airliners, said Yury Slyusar, president of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Russia's largestaircraft maker. The Russi...

EU Parliament Group Hosts High-Level Discussions on EASA Future

The European Parliament's Sky and Space Intergroup (SSI) is holding high-level discussions on the future of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The meetings include Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), European Union (EU) institutions and senior industry representatives. The EASA Basic Regulation is being revised, and MEP and SSI president Monika Hohlmeier said the agency had...

Google Urges Airlines to Reap Rewards From Mobile Disruption

, encouraged airlines to embrace mobile and the opportunities created by disruption, and the growth of mobile. "In the airline industry we think about disruption in a bad sense. My flight was disrupted and my bag was lost, [it's a] bad experience for our passengers. But there's also something to do [with disruption] to minimize the costs for our businesses," Friesen said. &quo...

Why Flight Attendants Hate Diet Coke and Other Shocking Secrets

Next time you order Diet Coke and see your flight attendant looking glum - don't worry, it is not you, it's the drink. In a tell-all book, former flight attendant Heather Poole talks about the competitive role of a cabin crew and revealed shocking secrets of their work life that some might find ridiculous or amusing. Diet Coke is the bane of flight attendants, according to Poole...

Man Accused of Crashing into WACO Airport Gate to Steal Jet

Police in Texas say a man crashed his vehicle through a Waco Regional Airport security gate and tried to steal an executive jet. A police statement says the man crashed through the gate onto the airport tarmac about noon Thursday and approached a parked Lear Jet. The statement says the man was seen removing the tire chocks and trying to enter the aircraft. An off-duty police office...

United Airlines Extends Deal With Chase for MileagePlus Credit Cards

Shares of United Airlines’ parent soared Thursday after the company announced new credit-card agreements that analysts said could boost earnings. United Continental Holdings Inc. announced Wednesday that it had extended deals with Visa and JPMorgan Chase for cards that let members of United’s MileagePlus loyalty program earn miles by using their credit card for purchases. The airlin...

American Airlines’ Technical Issues Ground Planes Across the U.S.

American Airlines states that it has resolved the “connectivity issues” that impacted flights to and from its Chicago, Dallas and Miami hubs and is working to reaccommodate flyers impacted by flight cancellations and delays. “We have resolved connectivity issues that led to a ground stop today at our Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami hubs,” an American Airlines spokes...