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Wizz Air Announces A321 Leases From CDB Leasing

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today it has signed an agreement with CDB Leasing (the leasing arm of China Development Bank) to finance six Airbus A321ceo aircraft, including Wizz Air’s first two A321s scheduled for delivery later this year. Terms of the agreement were not released. “We’ve developed a strong relatio...

Alaska Airlines and Icelandair Announce Codeshare and Frequent Flier Partnership Agreement

Alaska Airlines and Icelandair have entered into a codeshare agreement and frequent flier partnership, which will give customers easier connections and more ways to earn benefits when flying between the U.S. and Europe. With the new codeshare agreement, to take effect Nov. 1 pending government approval, customers flying on Alaska Airlines and Icelandair will enjoy seamless reservations and tick...

SAA experiences delays due to strike action by employees of Ground Handling Company

South African Airways (SAA) is experiencing flight delays due to industrial action by ground handling staff at OR Tambo International Airport. Swissport, a company providing ground handling services to SAA and other airlines, has advised that some of its employees have embarked on unprotected strike action and will be implementing contingency measures to mitigate the impact on operations...

China Signs Deal to Buy 300 Boeing Aircraft

A group of Chinese companies signed Tuesday a deal with U.S. plane maker Boeing to buy 300 Boeing aircraft in Seattle, the U.S. The deal, signed by China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., and China Development Bank Leasing with Boeing, was reached during Chinese President Xi Jinping's first state visit to the United States which was kicked off on Tues...

Boeing, COMAC to Jointly Build 737 Plant in China

Boeing Tuesday signed a cooperative document with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC) to build a 737 aircraft completion center in China, marking a step forward the cooperation between Boeing and Chinese aircraft manufacturing enterprises. According to the document, Boeing and COMAC will build a joint venture to paint, finish and deliver 737 aircraft to customers, which is the...

How airlines get passengers to happily accept extra fees

As add-on fees make up a growing percentage of airlines’ profits, more carriers are introducing bundles of features on top of their base fares — and travelers are embracing them. On a Delta flight from Dallas to Chicago this year, Paul Clough, a resident of Austin, Texas, who travels frequently, paid $48 to upgrade to a Comfort Plus ticket, which included such amenities as additiona...

Meggitt to acquire composites division of EDAC for $340 m

Meggitt PLC ("Meggitt" or "the Group"), the leading international engineering group specialising in aerospace, defence and energy markets, has agreed to acquire the composites division of EDAC (“the Business”), formerly known as Parkway Aerospace & Defense, from Greenbriar Equity Group and other associated sellers for US$340 million in cash. The Business prod...

Ruslan moves Rolls Royce’s new engine to Airbus facility

Ruslan International has transported Rolls-Royce’s new Trent XWB-97 engine from East Midlands Airport to the Airbus testing facility in Toulouse. The engine is the highest-thrust production engine the manufacturer has ever made from the UK to South West France.  where it will undergo extensive testing. Ruslan used an Antonov AN-124 heavylift aircraft, which was needed ta...

TNT launches road connection to Georgia

TNT is launching a scheduled road feeder connection to Georgia to reduce the European road transit times to Moscow. The Dutch express operator says it becomes the first express delivery service provider to offer an economy service to/from Georgia, in the Caucasus, as an alternative to air express services. The line haul will connect Georgia’s capital Tbilisi with TNT’s European r...

Lockheed Martin celebrates Norway’s first F-35A rollout

Ceremonies were held today at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility celebrating the rollout of the first F-35A Lightning II for the Norwegian Armed Forces. The event marked an important production milestone for the future of Norway’s national defense.  “We all know that the F-35 is not simply another fighter. We know that it is much more,” said Her Excellency Ine E...

Survitec and Netherlands to create EU Centre for F-35 pilots

Survitec Group and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) have agreed to work together to set up a dedicated Pilot Fit Facility (PFF) in Holland for pilots flying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and to study the feasibility for other legacy platforms. Lieutenant General A. Schnitger, Commander-in-Chief RNLAF, along with other high-ranking officials, sealed the partnership during a meeting...

U.S. airlines coalition: Gulf carriers hurting global aviation

Harm is being caused to airlines outside the U.S., according to the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. The subsidization of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines by the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar is harming carriers in Southeast Asia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, the Philippines and others, according to a release issued this week by the Partner...

Falcon 7X and Customer Support Services to be Highlighted at CIBAS 2015

Dassault Aviation will feature the top of the line Falcon 7X at the China International Business Aviation Show (CIBAS) to be held at Beijing Capital Airport from September 24-26. With 35 units in service, China remains the second largest market, behind the United States, for the Falcon 7X. More than 250 7X have come off the assembly line since the airplane was introduced. “Demand for t...

Beijing's New Airport to Complete First-Stage Project in 2019

Beijing's new airport, also known as Beijing Daxing International airport, will complete its first-stage project in 2019. The new airport has selected a starfish designing scheme, and will make fine adjustments on this design. Considering the airport's large capacity in the future, a compact structure and radial layout of starfish-like facility will minimize passengers' walk...

Many Prospects For New UAS Use

To those researching potential commercial uses of unmanned aircraft systems, the possibilities seem endless, according to participants in a panel discussion Monday. Six men who have worked with the technology in different capacities gathered onstage Monday at the UAS Summit & Expo to talk about the future of the industry as it wades into commercial applications. While consumers may have...

Conference to Examine UAV Opportunities for Rotorcraft Businesses

The ever expanding role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) across a spectrum of operations raises crucially important questions for the rotorcraft sector. There might be situations where it is safer or more practical to deploy an unmanned platform, but how far can this go? What are the areas where the two sectors can work together to deliver greater effectiveness and what opportunities do these pr...

Paint: What is Important to the Aircraft Maintenance Industry?

AMT conducted a survey in December seeking information on the use of paints and coatings to know what products you use and why. Of the respondents, 41 percent said they paint aircraft, while 33 percent said they paint aircraft parts and components. Breaking it into industry segments, general aviation was 42 percent; business jets 18 percent, helicopters 18 percent, military 11 percent, and...

Transgender Woman Says TSA Detained, Humiliated Her over Body "Anomaly"

A transgender woman said she was detained and harassed at an Orlando, Fla., airport security checkpoint Monday by Transportation Safety Administration agents after a body scanner detected an "anomaly" on her. Shadi Petosky, who runs a Los Angeles interactive entertainment studio, said she was trying to fly out of Orlando International Airport but was stopped after entering t...

Airline Staff Reveal Passengers' Dumbest Comments

Airline staff have revealed the dumbest -- and most hilarious -- questions they have been asked by passengers. Budget British airline Jet2 handles millions of holidaymakers and staff take pride in providing stellar customer service to all passengers. However, as Daily Mail reports, passengers' queries and requests verge on the ridiculous. Bizarre comments fielded by Jet2 staff include...

Southwest Airlines Anxiously Awaits Contract Ratification Vote by Thousands of Its Pilots

The fate of Southwest Airlines' tentative agreement with its pilots union now is in the hands of more than 8,000 pilots who are members of the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA), the union that represents the low fare behemoth's pilots. The SWAPA rank and file include some 1,100 Southwest Airlines pilots domiciled in Chicago, the largest of 10 Southwest pilot d...

Nigeria Releases Grounded British Aircraft After Payment of Fine

Nigeria on Tuesday said it had released one of the two grounded foreign registered aircrafts after its owners paid a 7 million naira (US$35,131) fine to the country. Spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Sam Adurogboye made the disclosure while briefing the media in Lagos, the nation's commercial hub. The aircraft, a Bombardier 700-100 with registration...