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Airbus freezes Beluga XL design

Airbus’s Beluga XL program has passed its latest maturity gate milestone, marking the end of the “concept phase” or design freeze “at aircraft level,” Airbus announced on Wednesday. The company said the maturity gate review demonstrated that the Beluga XL program has shown enough robustness and maturity to move to the next phase of development, the detail...

MHI completes expansion for Boeing 787 wing stringers

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has completed facility expansion of the aircraft shop at the Yamatomachi plant of its Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, in preparation for the production increase of composite wing boxes for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. MHI expanded the facility in response to Boeing's plan to increase the 787’s product...

AVIC markets upgraded Wing-Loong UAV

Chinese manufacturer AVIC has provided details about its new Wing Loong II unmanned air vehicle, which is larger and can carry more payload than the Wing Loong I. In a flyer distributed at the China Aviation Expo event in Beijing, AVIC illustrations show that Wing Loong II has three hard points under each wing, with each capable of carrying two air-to-surface missiles, for a total of 12. The Wi...

Pentagon inspector finds no fault with US Navy’s 70-Triton buy

The US Navy properly justified its requirement for 70 maritime versions of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, the Pentagon’s top auditor says, but the final number depends on the aircraft’s performance after 100,000 flight hours. The navy based its Northrop MQ-4C Triton production quantities on an attrition rate of four aircraft every 100,000 flight hours, but the true attrition...

First Finnair A350 conducts maiden flight

Finnair’s first Airbus A350-900 has carried out its maiden flight, just a few weeks before the carrier becomes the first European customer to introduce the twinjet. Having performed its first sortie, at Airbus’s headquarters in Toulouse, the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft will enter a final series of ground and flight checks. Finnair will initially put the aircraft i...

LIAT returns to Dominica

LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, announces the resumption of flights to and from the Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica starting Friday September 18. LIAT was forced to suspend services to Dominica on August 27 due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika which resulted in severe damage to the island and closure of the Douglas-Charles Airport. Chief Executive Officer David Evans applauded th...

Qantas to take Australians to holiday in Bali this summer

Qantas has today announced it will meet increasing demand from Australians travelling to Bali with new seasonal services to operate direct from Sydney. During December this year and January next year, Qantas will operate four services per week, a total of 33 return services, between Sydney and Bali with its B737 aircraft. This adds to Jetstar’s 65 services per week from Australia and will...

FAA Awards $24.5 Million in Environmental Grants to Airports

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently awarded $24.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to 11 airports around the country to reduce emissions and improve air quality through the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) and Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle (ZEV) programs. “These programs are crucial to our efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions and...

Northrop says could buy back up to $4 billion more in shares

Northrop Grumman Corp , maker of Global Hawk drones, said it could buy back up to an additional $4 billion worth of shares as part of a new buyback authorization. Based on Wednesday's close of $170.96, Northrop could buy back up to roughly 12.5 percent of its outstanding shares. The company had said in July it was on track to complete a previously announced 60 million share repurchase pr...

Boeing rejects Aerojet Rocketdyne bid for ULA launch venture

Boeing Co (BA.N) on Wednesday said it had rejected an unsolicited bid from Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc (AJRD.N) for United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 rocket launch venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N). "The unsolicited proposal for ULA is not something we seriously entertained," Boeing spokesman Todd Blecher said. Boeing said it remained committed "to ULA and i...

The Low-Cost Carrier and Digital Threat to Loyalty and Points Programs

Are loyalty and milage programs stale, and representative of the needs of an older generation? That was the suggestion of Ryanair’s CMO, Kenny Jacobs, during a panel session at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London. “Loyalty is still important, but loyalty schemes are a lot less important in the age of digital,” he said. “That’s borne out in retail and...

United CEO to Frequent Flyers: ‘We Can Do Better’

Without mentioning anything about the circumstances that find him running the airline, United’s new CEO Oscar Munoz sent an email to MileagePlus members yesterday pledging, “We can do better, and will keep listening to our customers to become the top-performing airline.” A week after assuming the CEO position after the departure of predecessor Jeff Smisek, Munoz prom...

Flydubai selects Mindtree as a strategic technology partner

Mindtree, a digital transformation and technology services company, has announced a partnership with Dubai-based Flydubai to shape the full digital experience of the connected traveller. Mindtree will focus on transforming Flydubai’s information technology to support passenger sales and service systems, including services such as electronic ticketing and real-time baggage tracking. The ag...

Istanbul Atatürk wins at Euro Annies 2015 Awards

Istanbul Atatürk Airport has become “The airport with the most new long-haul routes” at Euro Annies 2015 Awards. Gazipaşa-Alanya was selected as 'The fastest growing airport' in its category. TAV Airports vice president Kemal Ünlü said: “Being one of the world's most significant hubs, Istanbul Atatürk Airport continues to expand its destination...

Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne increases payload performance to meet demand

Robust demand from the growing small satellite market has led Virgin Galactic to significantly increase the performance of its LauncherOne satellite launch service, the company announced today at the annual World Business Satellite Week in Paris. Driven by strong commercial demand for a launch service that can reliably, affordably, and responsively launch small satellites, Virgin Galactic has n...

Are These Flight Attendants Really Too Heavy?

Six months ago, Air India warned 600 of its 3500 flight attendants to lose weight and declared them "temporarily unfit" for their duties. That's nearly a whopping fifth of their entire cabin crew workforce. And now it has announced that it will permanently ground 130 of the group who failed to shed enough kilos to place their BMI (Body Mass Index) under 22. But being "o...

Philippine Airlines Nears 787/A350 Choice

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is on track to make a decision by the end of 2015 regarding whether it will order Boeing 787s or Airbus A350s to replace its A340 fleet. The airline has received proposals from both manufacturers and is still conducting its evaluation, PAL President Jaime Bautista told Aviation Daily. The management team hopes to make a recommendation to the board within the...

Beijing Capital Airport Serves 26,970,000 Passengers in Flood Season

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) handled 170,000 aircraft movements and over 26,970,000 passengers during the 107-day flood season ending on September 15 in 2015. This year the capital city of Beijing recorded a rainy flood season from June 1 to September 15, with a total of 50 rainfall times (30 averaged in previous years) and 400 millimeters cumulative precipita...

Low-Cost Airlines Confront National Carriers in Africa

Before Fastjet launched low-cost flights between Harare and Dar es Salaam last year, Zimbabwean businessman Jonathan Jabangwe had to brave a hair-raising, three day bus journey to meet his clients in Tanzania. Fastjet is among a wave of low-cost airlines launching or expanding operations in Africa as they seek to capture middle-income travellers who are tired of dangerous road journey...

Flight Returns to Manchester After Declaring Emergency

A flight has had return to Manchester after declaring an emergency. Thomson flight BY2358 was just a short time into its flight to the Spanish island of Menorca when the pilot is said to have made a mayday call over Birmingham. That was later downgraded to a less urgent "pan pan" call but the plane, which had around 160 passengers on board, turned around and immediately b...

Lufthansa Expects EUR500 Million Profit Boost from Board Overhaul

Lufthansa is stepping up its cost-cutting overhaul with a streamlined management structure it said will boost profit by EUR500 million (US$564 million) a year and provide a new boss for the Eurowings budget brand that has raised tensions in its long-running dispute with pilots. The German airline, long known for a focus on business customers, is expanding budget operations as it battles the lik...