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CEO: Ethiopian to Decide on Extra-Long-Haul Fleet by Year End

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam has confirmed to ATW the carrier is evaluating extra-long haul aircraft and hopes to have a decision by year end. "The extra-long-haul fleet selection is still in progress. There is a committee working on the evaluation and the committee has not yet made any recommendation to the executive management," Gebremariam told ATW. Several me...

Qantas Plans Non-Stop Flight from Perth to London on New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Aircraft

Qantas plans to offer a 19 hour non-stop flight between Perth and London within two years, to become the longest commercial flight in the world. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline had plans to fly the 14,000 kilometre route between Australia and the UK by 2017 using its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. "The 787-9 has the range to operate such a route," Joyce told A...

Sneak Peek of Singapore Airlines' First Airbus A350 XWB

A sneak peek of Singapore Airlines (SQ)'s first Airbus A350 XWB comes to life. The flag carrier's highly anticipated first A350-900 aircraft, Registration 9V-SMA, is scheduled to join the airline's fleet in January 2016, the airline announced on Monday. "Singapore Airlines expects to take delivery of the first new plane in January next year with services scheduled to be...

AirAsia rejects reports of planned privatization

AirAsia Group has rejected reports in the Malaysian press claiming it is in talks with undisclosed investors over the possible privatization of the company. Quoting informed sources, Reuters last week said AirAsia Group founder and CEO Tony Fernandes and long-time business partner Kamarudin Meranun were trying to arrange financing with banks for a management-led buyout. However, while t...

Woman Passenger Gives Birth at 30,000 Feet on China Airlines Flight

A Taiwan woman passenger aboard a China Airlines (CAL) plane bound for Los Angeles gave birth to a baby girl in the air Thursday, the nation's largest air carrier confirmed Thursday. CAL said her flight took off from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday and was scheduled to arrive in the U.S. at 8:35 p.m., Los Angeles time. Around six hours into the...

United Airlines Flight Bound for Hong Kong Makes U-Turn over "Fuel Shortage"

A United Airlines flight bound for Hong Kong was delayed for over a day after making an emergency U-turn back to San Francisco on Sunday, allegedly due to a fuel shortage. A flight tracking site showed UA flight 869 departed from San Francisco airport at 8:37 p.m. local time on Saturday (11:37 a.m. on Sunday in Hong Kong) but turned back when it reached the Gulf of Alaska. It landed a...

Guiyang Airport Welcomes First B787 Dreamliner

Yesterday a Boeing 787 Dreamliner of Hainan Airlines (HU) performing flight HU7189 from Beijing landed smoothly at Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport (KWE) , marking the arrival of its first ever B787 Dreamliner in the airport's history. Currently Guiyang Airport operates wide-body aircraft including A330-300s and A330-200s. With the approaching of 2015 winter/spring f...

SriLankan Bags an Airline "Oscar"

SriLankan Airlines has been awarded the Superior Achievement in Passenger Experience - Asia Pacific, at the APEX Awards 2015 held in Oregon of the United States. The award is considered by many to be the Oscars of the airline world. The global award, presented to SriLankan Airlines on Oct. 8, recognizes a remarkable surge in improvements made to passenger experiences both on-board and...

Delta Evacuates Plane in Jamaica After Faulty Report of Fire

A Delta Air Lines plane aborted takeoff Monday in Jamaica after a fire was reported in its cargo area, forcing 160 people and six crew members to evacuate the commercial jetliner which was scheduled to fly from Montego Bay to Atlanta. Nobody was injured in the afternoon incident at Sangster International Airport in the northern tourist city of Montego Bay. A Delta spokeswoman said the...

Plane Wreck in Philippines "Containing Skeleton" Not MH370 Authorities Say

Authorities in the Philippines have ruled out suggestions that plane wreckage reportedly found on an island in the south of the country is of missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370. A resident, Jamil Omar, had reported to police on the weekend that his teenage nephew had found aircraft wreckage, with the Malaysian flag painted on its side, crashed on Sugbay Island in Tawi Tawi. ​Mr...

Flying Colours Achieves ADS-B STC for Bombardier Challenger 604/605

Flying Colours Corp., the Canadian headquartered completions, refurbishment and maintenance specialist has secured a Supplemental Type Certificate for ADS-B OUT for Bombardier Challenger 600-2B16 (604 and 605) airframes from the U.S.-based FAA. The first aircraft to be fitted with the system, a Bombardier Challenger 605, was completed at their U.S. facility in late September. The STC will be...

Accident: Tristar A30B at Mogadishu on Oct. 12, Forced Landing Off Airport

A Tristar Air Airbus A300-B4, registration SU-BMZ performing freight flight TSY-810 from Oostende (Belgium) to Mogadishu (Somalia) via Cairo (Egypt) with 6 crew and perishables on behalf of United Nations, was forced to land about 12nm northwest of Mogadishu Airport in an open field between Afgoye and Arbiska villages at about 7:30 p.m. L (4:30 p.m. Z). Two occupants received minor injuries in the...

United Airlines Offers the Most International Flights from NYC and D.C. In May

United Airlines, the airline offering the most nonstop flights from New York/Newark and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, is adding daily trans-Atlantic summer-season service between: New York/Newark and Athens, Greece, from May 25 through Oct. 5, 2016 Washington/Dulles and Barcelona, Spain, from May 25 through Sept. 6, 2016 Washington/Dulles and Lisbon, Portugal, May 25 through Sept....

Air India Sued for $98M in US Federal Court for Breach of Hajj Contract

Dynamic International Airways LLC launched a $97.7 million breach of contract lawsuit against Air India in New York Federal Court. Air India sub-contracted Dynamic International Airways LLC (a/k/a Dynamic Airways or Dynamic) for the year 2013 and 2014 for carriage of holy pilgrims from India to Saudi Arabia round-trip. Dynamic carried 47,976 passengers for Hajj 2014 and c...

United Airlines: Now You Can Book a United 787 Nonstop to Xi'an, China

United Airlines, the airline with the most U.S.-China service, has made seats available for sale to its newest China destination, Xi’an. The nonstop service will be the first trans-Pacific flights to Xi’an operated by any airline, and United will be the first U.S. airline to serve the city. United intends to use the world’s most advanced passenger airplane, the Boeing 787 D...

Carriers protest as EASA orders faster A320 pitot retrofit

European safety regulators have halved the compliance period for replacing pitot tubes on Airbus A320-family jets, after rejecting complaints about the shorter deadline. The revised schedule cuts the compliance time from 48 months to 24 months, bringing the required completion date forward to 12 November 2016. Orders to replace the pitot tubes followed concerns that some Thales-made devices...

Iraq launches new Chinese CH-4B drone

On Saturday 10th October 2015, Iraqi Defence Minister Mr Khaled al-Obeidi Khalid al-Obaidi arrived at Kut Airbase to observe the successful launching of the CH-4B combat drone which Iraq has bought from China. There are two versions, the CH-4A and CH-4B. The CH-4A is a reconnaissance drone (capable of a 3500-5000 km range and a 30-40 hour endurance) while the CH-4B is a mixed attack and reconna...

Sagem to offer Patroller UAV to Egypt

Sagem has joined with AOI-Aircraft Factory to offer its Patroller unmanned vehicle to the Egyptian armed forces. AOI-Aircraft Factory would be responsible for the assembly of the Patroller and provide system support and commissioning.   It also plans to develop a training centre in Egypt to train staff for operation and maintenance of the UAV.   Sagem has not yet sold the...

Qatar Airways signs codeshare agreement with SUN-AIR

Qatar Airways has signed a code-share agreement with Danish carrier SUN-AIR, a franchise of British Airways. From 8th October, 2015 SUN-AIR and Qatar Airways will introduce codeshare flights between Billund, Aalborg and Aarhus in Jutland, the Western part of Denmark, and several European destinations including Oslo, Brussels, Manchester and Munich. This new cooperation expands the option...

Special Report: Aircraft Acquisition Planning and Financing

One of the ultimate attractions of business aviation is the ability to take to the skies on a schedule that fits your company’s needs – be it through charter, fractional ownership, aircraft leasing or an outright business aircraft purchase. If outright ownership isn’t right for your company’s needs, charter, fractional ownership and, to a lesser degree, aircraft leasing...

What’s new at JetBlue T5 JFK?

How About the First Blue Potato Farm at an Airport! JetBlue and Terra have revealed the Experimental Farm at Terminal 5 (T5) at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The potato farm and a produce garden has sprouted pre-security on the departure level, along the west side of the terminal. This new space will promote New York Agriculture, thanks to the partner...