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Airlines Try to Woo Customers Back to Their Own Websites

Airlines are trying to draw passengers away from low-price comparison sites and back to their own home pages, seeking to boost profits by selling them extra services such as additional legroom or access to airport lounges. Airlines across Europe and the U.S. are experimenting with strategies to bring travellers back to their own websites. These range from improving the booking pr...

Suspected Heart Attack on Board Emirates Flight 203 Prompts Stop in Gander

One of the world's largest passenger planes had to make an emergency landing at Gander International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. The Emirates airline flight 203 from Dubai to New York City diverted to Gander after it was suspected someone onboard was having a heart attack. The Airbus 380 will refuel before taking off to New York City, said Brian Hicks, manager of...

Flights Canceled, Delays Reported at Ontario Airport After Power Outage

At least a half-dozen flights were canceled and more than two dozen others were delayed Wednesday after a power outage affected two major terminals at LA/Ontario International Airport. The power outage occurred at 12:15 p.m., prompting the airport's emergency generators to switch on for most of the grounds, except for Terminals 2 and 4, spokeswoman Mary Grady said. It was unclear wh...

Boeing to Welcome China President Xi Jinping

Boeing confirmed today that China President Xi Jinping will visit the company's Everett, Wash., factory on Sep. 23 during his visit to the U.S. Boeing Chairman Jim McNerney will be on hand to welcome President Xi, along with Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "We're honored that President Xi will see our facto...

Don Mueang 'Biggest for Budget Travel'

Don Mueang International Airport has become the world's top airport in terms of budget airline passenger numbers, according to the Airports of Thailand (AoT). Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, AoT president, quote figures Tuesday that show about 22.5 million budget airline travellers pass through Don Mueang airport each year. The airport, which is operated by AoT, was designed for a maximum of 18...

Duncan Aviation Calibration Services Earn International Accreditation

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce the accreditation of its calibration services lab with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), certificate #3908.01, to the international standard of ISO/IEC 17025. This accreditation recognizes Duncan Aviation’s commitment to quality and its competency in the field of calibration.  The application process was arduous,...

Arkefly Rolls Out Fleet-wide Streaming IFE Solution in Just 12 Weeks

This week at Aviation Festival in London, Arkefly Managing Director Hans van de Velde gave a keynote outlining the success of the TUI Cloud streaming IFE pilot program (using passenger’s own devices) which was fully deployed across the Arkefly fleet in an astonishing 12 weeks. At the conference he also hinted that the entire TUI family of 140 active aircraft (comprising the fleets of Thom...

Following Delhi Fire Scare, Air India's Fleet Being Audited for Flight Safety

Air India's entire fleet of aircraft, over 100 in all, is undergoing an emergency engineering audit. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which began the audit on September 11, has told its officers to submit the audit report to it within 15 days. The audit was ordered following safety concerns that surfaced after two cases of safety scares that involved AI aircraft. On Septemb...

TAM Airlines reveals their first A350 XWB

The first A350 XWB for TAM Airlines rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, revealing the aircraft in its signature red, white and blue livery. The aircraft will continue through the next stages of production, including the installation of engines, completion of cabin furnishing and cockpit fitting, before starting ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for...

Comair Limited: Reviewed Condensed Consolidated Provisional Financial Results

Earnings review The 2015 financial year provided a basket of challenging variables, with a very strong profit in the first half followed by a more mundane second half. The first half started with an unprecedented collapse in the oil price, resulting in a drop in the price of jet fuel from a high of R9.50 per litre to R7.30 by December and R6.50 by year end. This decline granted relief to the dram...

Vietjet signed strategic agreement with Japan’s leading finance corporation

On September 15, 2015, Vietjet and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited (MUL), a member of Japan’s leading finance group Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Tokyo on the sidelines of the official visit of His ExcellencyNguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, to Japan. Japan&rsquo...

Thomas Klühr appointed new SWISS CEO

Thomas Klühr is to succeed Harry Hohmeister as CEO of SWISS in February 2016, as part of a broader realignment of the Lufthansa Group. The new group organization is designed to provide a more functional alignment and thrust, along with flatter hierarchies. Harry Hohmeister, who is already a member of the Lufthansa Group Executive Board, will take charge of the newly-create...

AirBridgeCargo Airlines reports sustainable growth

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group and Russia’s largest all-cargo carrier, is heading into the final quarter of 2015 with sustained growth after reporting a 17% year-on-year rise in tonnage for the opening eight months of the year. In the period to the end of August, ABC transported 300,000 tonnes of cargo across its global network linking the largest trade...

Lufthansa Group to be reorganized to enhance synergies and strengthen customer focus

Supervisory Board gives green light to new group alignment and new division of business on Executive Board / Harry Hohmeister and Dr. Bettina Volkens reappointed as Executive Board members for five further years / product enhancements reap rewards: group airlines report record load factors and very positive business trends for the summer months. Reorganization details: commercial management of...

Airbus: Beluga XL programme achieves design freeze

The new Beluga programme, christened Beluga XL, has successfully passed the latest maturity gate milestone – marking the end of the ‘concept phase’ or design freeze ‘at aircraft level’ which is a key step in any development programme. The maturity gate review demonstrated that the Beluga XL programme is robust and mature enough to move to the next phase of developm...

The Future of Private Jet Interiors: What Should We Expect?

What will the private jet of the future be like? Ian Dryburgh, CEO of Acumen Design Associates, a leading aviation and transport design company, that created ‘The Residence’ for Etihad and the first flat-bed in the sky for British Airways, believes that the potential for customizing the luxury travel experience is more needed than ever. Last year, Forbes Magazine identified cus...

DSEI: Australian helicopter chief delivers blunt message to NH Industries

NH Industries (NHI) must continue its effort to rein in the scope of its NH90 helicopter programme “towards a more manageable number of versions” for the rotorcraft to be “truly a success”. That was the blunt message delivered by Rear Adm Terry Dalton, head of helicopters with the Australian Defence Organisation. Although several NH90 customers bear the scars from a p...

AgustaWestland prepares for AW609 certification push

AgustaWestland will fly the third prototype of its AW609 tiltrotor late this year as the manufacturer accelerates testing activity ahead of planned certification in 2017. Two flight-test articles dating from the early days of the programme, then a joint development with Bell, have been used for the validation campaign so far and have amassed 1,300h, alongside 300h of ground runs. But with th...

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X makes Polish debut

Bell Helicopter has continued its sales push for the developmental 505 Jet Ranger X, displaying a mock-up of the light single-engined rotorcraft at the MSPO defence show held in Kielce, Poland between 1-4 September. Bell says it exhibited the four-seat, civil rotorcraft at a military exhibition "to promote its capabilities as a training platform" for the region's air forces....

Bombardier Mounts Engines on First Global 7000 Test Vehicle

Investors were rushing to pick up shares of Bombardier Inc. last week, as rumours swirled about a takeover offer for its transportation division and another report marked steady progress on its CSeries aircraft. Bombardier has now made several announcements regarding its long-range business jet program. Bombardier Business Aircraft has mounted the engines on its first flight test vehicle for th...

Synagogue Pastor TB Joshua Secretly Purchases $60 Million G550

Pastor Temitope Joshua, the leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has joined Nigeria’s big league of miracle and prosperity priests who own private jets, reporters has learned authoritatively. Widely-known as TB Joshua, the church leader took possession of the nearly brand-new Gulfstream G550 aircraft in April 2015, a few months after a building collapse at the premises o...