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Brussels Airport growth driven by freighter traffic

Brussels Airport has seen cargo volumes increase by 1.6 per cent in September to 39,533 tonnes, with rises in freighter cargo making up for falls in bellyhold. Freighter cargo rose by 6.5 per cent in September to 28,273 tonnes with full freighter volumes increasing by 8.2 per cent to 11,169 tonnes, helped by Ethiopian Airlines services. Integrator volumes rose by 5.5 per cent to 17,10...

Finnair and NORRA choose LTAA for CF34-10 maintenance

Finnair and Nordic Regional Airlines (NORRA) have signed an exclusive long-term contract with Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey (LTAA) for maintenance of Nordic Regional Airlines’ CF34-10 engine fleet. Jari Huhtinen, VP technical operations at Finnair said "The CF34-10 MRO agreement will provide Finnair and Nordic Regional Airlines with pre-defined engine shop visit packages which support...

Singapore Airlines selects Amsterdam as its first Airbus A350-900 destination

Singapore Airlines (Singapore) has announced Amsterdam will be the inaugural destination for its new-generation Airbus A350 fleet, with services expected to begin by April 2016. Singapore Airlines has 63 A350-900s on firm order, the first of which is due for delivery in January 2016. Prior to the introduction of Amsterdam services, the aircraft will be operated on select Jakarta and Kuala Lumpu...

Boeing Optimizes Maintenance Record Keeping for Airlines

New digital airline maintenance records tool increases operational efficiency Boeing introduced today a digital records management capability to its Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite of products that will optimize maintenance operations and reduce costs for airlines. The Maintenance Performance Toolbox Records module provides an industry standard platform to manage scanned and digit...

Etihad awards cloud computing contract to IBM

Etihad Airways has signed a US$700 million deal with IBM to provide cloud computing services that the airline says will make air travel easier for passengers. The 10-year technology services agreement will mean IBM provides new information technology services to Etihad and its partner airlines via a new cloud data centre in Abu Dhabi. Etihad said the centre – which IBM will develop and...

Bangkok Airways begins new domestic service

Bangkok Airways on 11 October began daily flights on the 264-kilometre route between Phuket (HKT) and Hat Yai(HDY). The airline will use its 70-seat ATR 72-500s and -600s on the route, which is not served by any other carrier. This becomes the airline’s fifth route from Phuket and first to Hay Yai. Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways said, &ld...

Boeing to Support United Airlines 787 Dreamliners with Component Services

Boeing announced yesterday a new services contract with United Airlines that is expected to reduce costs and increase efficiency for the airline by providing high-value, mission-critical rotable parts. Boeing will support United Airlines’ entire fleet of 787 Dreamliners through its Component Services program under the 10-year agreement, enabling the airline to greatly reduce its inventory...

Tankering Benefits Tangible and Achievable

Although jet-fuel prices are lower because of the dramatic drop in the price of oil, operators of airplanes that can carry large loads of fuel, especially the increasingly popular ultra-long-range Globals and Gulfstreams, may benefit from tankering low-cost fuel instead of carrying just the amount of fuel and reserves needed for a particular flight. For many business jet owners, it is precisely th...

Caribbean Airlines confirms it will end B767, European ops

Caribbean Airlines (BW, Port of Spain) is proceeding with plans to phase out its only widebody equipment while simultaneously abandoning transatlantic flights to London Gatwick with effect from January 10 of next year. In a statement, the Trinidadian carrier said it had taken the decision following a detailed review of its network which took into consideration the current competi...

Low emission ground services: „Green Gate“ at Frankfurt Airport opened

From „Airport to E-PORT“: The E-PORT AN initiative partners are driving electric mobility on the apron forward and making projects visible to passengers The E-PORT AN initiative partners; Fraport AG, Lufthansa Group, the State of Hesse and the Rhine-Main model electro-mobility region, opened the first "Green Gate" at Frankfurt Airport today. At Lufthansa Gate A15 passenger...

US airlines said to hit Justice Department hurdle in Gulf airline dispute

The US Justice Department has raised concern about demands by US airlines that the government limit flights of three Middle Eastern rivals to the United States, three sources familiar with the matter have said. Justice Department antitrust officials warned of higher fares and fewer choices for consumers if the Obama administration blocks new flights by Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways...

Forecast Projects Demand for 13,000 Business Aircraft in Next Decade

A new business aviation forecast projects demand for nearly 13,000 new business jets and turboprops over the 10-year period from 2016 to 2025. It also projects aircraft retirements to total more than 5,500. The world's in-service fleet, meanwhile, is expected to grow from 31,000 aircraft in 2016 to nearly 38,000 in 2025. That's according to Aviation Week Network's second annual...

Qatar Airways to Fly Direct into Adelaide with Airbus A350-900

Qatar Airways will begin making daily flights to and from Adelaide, with the South Australian Government saying it will boost jobs and the economy. The airline announced services between Adelaide and Qatar would begin in May next year with an Airbus A350-900 flying the route, the first to be flown in Australia. They will arrive about 4:25 p.m. and depart about 9:00 p.m. South Au...

Russian Missile-Maker Contradicts Dutch MH17 Crash Report

A Russian state-controlled missile-maker says its own investigation of last year's crash of the MH17 airliner over rebel eastern Ukraine contradicts conclusions from a Dutch probe. Results of the Dutch investigation are to be released later Tuesday. Yan Novikov, head of the Russian Almaz-Antey concern, speaking at a news conference, did not specify what was in the report and he did not say...

Airlines Warned Giving Google Any Data Will Ensure You're Hostage to It for Life

It's almost remarkable that over five years have now passed since Google made its first significant foray into the travel industry. Google had, lest we forget, been working "within" travel for years - trousering billions of dollars in marketing spend from almost every brand in the industry through its keyword-buying programme (PPC advertising). But when the search giant's s...

Pilot in Kyushu Near-Miss Incident Misunderstood Control Tower Instructions

A small plane involved in a near-miss incident with a Japan Airlines Co. jet in southern Kyushu on Saturday misunderstood landing permission given by a traffic controller, the transport ministry said Monday. The controller instructed the JAL jet to land first and the small plane to follow, but the pilot of the small plane apparently mistook another plane for the JAL jet and tried to land b...

Macau International Airport Traffic Record Up 6% During Golden Week

From October 1-7 (the Golden Week), passenger volume recorded over 120,000 and aircraft movement recorded over 1200 representing a 6% and 5% increase respectively comparing to same period last year. Macau International  Airport (MIA) recorded over 4.4 million passengers till 7th October 2015. During this Golden Week, despite the two typhoons "Dujuan" and "Mujigae&q...

Thai army to boost AW139 fleet size

The Royal Thai Army is to increase its fleet of AgustaWestland AW139 utility helicopters to 10 units, after awarding the manufacturer a follow-on order for eight of the intermediate twins. Deliveries of the rotorcraft will be completed before the end of 2016, the European company announced during the Helitech exhibition in London. Flightglobal's Fleets Analyzer database records Thailand&...

AVIC Preparing to Consolidate Aircraft Engine Making Units - Executive

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is consolidating its aircraft engine manufacturing units, an executive at one of the units said, as part of a wider restructuring of the state-owned aerospace and defense company aimed at boosting competitiveness. Trading was halted at Sichuan Chengfa Aero-Science and Technology Co, AVIC Aero-Engine Controls Co and AVIC Aviation Engine Corp las...

Bell and Lockheed modify V-280 contract ahead of Sikorsky takeover

Lockheed Martin’s pending acquisition of Sikorsky has caused some contractual changes between Lockheed and Bell Helicopter for V-280 Valor development to ensure there is no cross pollination with its competitor, the Boeing-Sikorsky SB-1 Defiant. Bell president and chief executive John Garrison says Lockheed continues to be a good partner on the programme and already follows many of the fi...

India's SpiceJet Could Order Up to 250 Aircraft by End of March

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd. is making money again and plans to order new aircraft worth billions of dollars in the next five months, said its chairman. As the once-struggling airline gets set for a new round of expansion, it could order more than 200 aircraft by the end of March. It is in advance stages of discussions with Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE for passenger jets...