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Not Fair to Charge Extra for Cosy Seats on Flights

One after another domestic airline has started charging extra fees (up to 100 yuan or US$15.70) for passengers that decide to choose their preferred seats. Comments: Seat selection charges have been better accepted on international routes, because the longer the duration of a flight, the more a passenger wants to get a relatively comfortable seat. Most flights on domestic routes usually take tw...

Passengers bid for upgrades on Virgin America’s Vegas flights

Virgin America last week introduced a new upgrade option for its passengers. Marketed as “Bid. Boost. Fly Large”, a traveler can log in to an app – dubbed SeatBoost – and bid for upgrades on flights from San Francisco to Las Vegas or any flight departing Las Vegas. With SeatBoost, passengers participate in a live auction for the remaining first c...

Women in aviation take Hamburg by storm

There’s a quiet revolution going on in Hamburg, where women in aviation are grouping together to showcase their achievements, inspiring the next generation of young people, and networking within their industry. The group is called Hamburg Aviation WoMen, and its recent exhibition is the hottest ticket in town. “Women Boosting Aviation”, it’s called, and following it...

AIR FRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo and China Southern Cargo enter into a strategic network partnership

AIR FRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo and China Southern Cargo signed a cargo domain agreement. This new partnership will give customers access to an extensive cargo network in the Asia Pacific region – where China Southern Cargo occupies a strategic position – and in Europe, Africa and the Trans-Atlantic regions, where AIR FRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Car...

Sydney Airport passenger numbers up in August

Sydney Airport has reported a 1.7 per cent increase in passenger numbers for August, led by healthy growth in international travellers. The airport handled 3.256 million passengers in August, up 54,000 from the prior corresponding period, Sydney Airport said on Friday. The number of international travellers rose 3.4 per cent to 1.106 million, while domestic passengers were up 0.8 per cent at...

China Eastern Flight Lands at Shenzhen Airport After Declaring Emergency

A China Eastern Airlines (MU) flight has landed at Shenzhen Bao'ao International Airport (SZX) on Sunday afternoon after declaring an emergency. Flight MU5759 was en route from Kunming to Shenzhen when the pilot is said to squawk 7700, a transponder code defined as emergency, according to Flightradar24. The flight was operated by China Eastern Yunnan Airlines using a...

Malta Int'l Airshow to Kick Off Next Week

The 23rd edition of the Malta International Airshow, organized by the Malta Aviation Society, is to be held on Sep. 26 and 27. A total of 12 countries, including Swiss and Polish aerobatic teams and Royal Navy's Black Cats, together with NATO, will be represented at this year's airshow. The Armed Forces of Malta's newest AW139 and the King Air B200 MPA will also make it's fir...

Helitech Organizers Expect Busy Show in London

The organizers of Helitech International, scheduled to take place at London’s Excel exhibition center from October 6 to 8, are expecting the show will draw as many exhibitors and visitors as in 2013, the last time it was held in London. Two years ago, before it made a continental incursion into Amsterdam last year, the event attracted a record 220 exhibitors and 5,600 visitors. This year for...

FAA proposes $735,000 fine for Cleveland Airport’s lack of snow and ice removal

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed civil penalties totaling $735,000 against the City of Cleveland for failing to meet FAA requirements for maintaining a safe airport during winter weather. The FAA alleges that over a 15-month period ending in March 2015, managers at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport failed on numerous occasions to keep the airport’s runways...

China Eastern Takes Delivery of Its 50th A330

Airbus and China Eastern Airlines (MU) celebrated Friday the delivery of the airline's 50th A330 aircraft in Toulouse, France, marking a new milestone in the airline's fleet modernization. The 50th A330 aircraft, an A330-200 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, features a two class configuration with 233 seats, including 202 economy class seats and 30 lie flat b...

London-Bound Flight Grounded After Wing Hits Fence in NYC

A London-bound plane about to take off from New York's Kennedy Airport has been grounded after its wing hit a fence. Authorities say the incident happened at 8:30 a.m. Saturday as Virgin Atlantic Flight 26 was being pushed back from the gate by a tug. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says there were no injuries. Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman says the 276 people on board...

Check-in Counters to Be Closed 45 Mins Before Departure at Chengdu Airport

Airlines' check-in counters for all domestic flights will be closed 45 minutes, instead of the current 30 minutes, prior to the scheduled time of departure at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) starting October 25. The latest move is to provide customers with a safer, more punctual and smoother travel experience, said the airport. The adjustment only applies to...

Flight Returns After Passenger Suffers Heart Attack

A Chengdu Airlines (EU) flight en route from Chengdu to Taiyuan returned to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) Friday night after a passenger suffered a heart attack, local media reported. Flight EU2713 took off from Chengdu airport at 8:08 p.m. and returned to the airport at 8:54 p.m. A male passenger suffered a heart attack about 10 minutes after takeoff. The...

Passenger Detained for Opening Emergency Door During taxiing

A passenger opened an emergency door on a Hainan Airlines (HU) flight without authorization on Saturday morning when the plane was taxiing. Flight HU7917 from Lanzhou to Taipei was taxiing for takeoff at Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport (LHW) when a woman on board the aircraft opened an emergency door. She thought she was "opening a window", according to an airport s...

Sweet success for DHL as it marks confectionary success

DHL marked International Chocolate Day on Sunday, 13 September by celebrating its own successes in transporting confectionery. Logistics specialist DHL Global Forwarding has been transporting chocolates, chocolate-related ingredients and raw materials throughout the Americas for more than 15 years, and chose the day to celebrate its achievements. The company – part of Deutsche Pos...

Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 777F becomes a film star

Lufthansa Cargo’s Boeing 777 Freighter, registration code D-ALFE, has starred in a film directed by Thomas Aigner, following its manufacture, being sold and first flight to Frankfurt Airport. The aircraft, which Lufthansa took delivery of in February 2015, was followed for three months by Aigner’s film team, and is now a star of a DVD called “Seattle – A Plane&...

DHL’s expanded Leipzig hub to boost European operations

DHL Express is to invest up to $70 million expanding its European hub at Leipzig Halle Airport so it can handle up to 150,000 shipments per hour by the fourth quarter of 2015. DHL will be doubling warehouse space to 80,000 square metres and will upgrade the conveyer belts to reduce the time it takes for packages to travel around the site from 35 to 10 minutes. The company says when...

Far Eastern slowdown blamed for Frankfurt Airport fall

Frankfurt Airport has seen cargo volumes fall by 4.2 per cent in August to 172,055 tonnes because of a slowdown in world trade, particularly in the Far East. Throughout 2015, Frankfurt Airport has only seen year-on-year (YOY) cargo volume increases in February, when it rose by 1.8 per cent to 162,068 tonnes, and in April, when it was up by 0.8 per cent to 173,274 tonnes. The year...

Critical Alerts For Mobileye NV, Aerie Pharmaceuticals, JetBlue, American Airlines and Skyworks

InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for MBLY, AERI, JBLU, AAL and SWKS. To see what our analysts have discovered about a particular stock, read the InvestorsObserver's PriceWatch Alert by selecting the corresponding link. (Note: You may have to copy this link into your browser then press the [ENTER] key.) MBLY: http://www.investorsobserver.com/pr/91720150/MBLY &...

Aeroflot to increase capital investment in Orenair

Russia’s Aeroflot will initiate and fully subscribe to a capital increase in Orenair subsidiary as part of the group’s multi-brand renewal strategy. Orenair provides flights to leisure destinations. In November 2011, Aeroflot received 100% shares of OrenAir from Rostekhnologii (Rostec), a state corporation controlled by the Russian Federation, together with shares of four...

United to resume Newcastle-Newark service

United Airlines has launched its nonstop service between Newcastle and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, will return in summer 2016.  The flights will operate six times weekly during the period May 26, 2016 to September 6, 2016. “As the first airline to offer a scheduled nonstop service to the U.S.A. from North East England, we are excited to return to Newcastle...