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What is business class, in the age of longhaul LCCs?

What does longhaul business class mean to you? Is it a flat (or nearly flat) bed? Lounge access? Better food and drinks? The diversification of both hard and soft product, together with the increase in ancillary options in recent years — even in premium cabins — is a benefit for consumers who want to pick and mix their perfect flight, but a headache for travel planners, corporate bo...

Inflight connectivity shows MRO benefits: Lufthansa Technik

The passenger benefits of inflight connectivity, particularly over broader bands like the Panasonic Avionics Ku-band system that Lufthansa brands as FlyNet, are plain. Yet the operational benefits are equally clear. Rather than just the ACARS or VHF narrowband pipes dribbling information back, the entire aircraft can be connected — “e-enabled”, as some call it — and can fee...

Airbus Helicopters appoints Guillaume Steuer as Head of External Communications

As from 1 of September Guillaume Steuer is reporting to Vice President of Corporate Communications Yves Barillé and is managing all external communications activities for Airbus Helicopters. Since June 2014, Guillaume Steuer has held the position of Media & Communication Officer with the European Defence Agency in Brussels - Belgium. After obtaining a European diploma of Higher Studie...

Passenger "Starts Fires" on Holiday Jet to Egypt

A passenger has been tackled by cabin crew after starting two small fires on board a holiday jet. Police have launched an investigation after the incidents on a Monarch service from Birmingham Airport to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Staff quickly contained and extinguished the fires during Thursday's flight, and no-one was hurt. However the plane was left unserviceable, leaving...

Hill Air Force Base Receives First Two F-35A Lightning IIs

The first two Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing were officially delivered to the base today. The two F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing variants, known as AF-77 and AF-78, are the first of 72 F-35As scheduled for delivery to the base. "The F-35A Lightning II represents the future of tactical aviation for the United States and our allies,...

AMT Next-Gen Aircraft Maintenance Professional Awards

To celebrate the Next Generation of Aircraft Maintenance Professionals, AMT is proud to announce its Next-Gen Awards Program. This year we will celebrate 40 aircraft maintenance professionals less than 40 years of age who clearly demonstrate the talent, ambition, and characteristics of the Next-Generation Aircraft Maintenance Professional. It is not a ranking, but rather a listing of ind...

Dominica's Douglas-Charles airport closes after storm damage

Seaborne Airlines (BB, St. Thomas SPB) and other carriers serving the Caribbean island of Dominica have suspended their respective operations there until further notice. The move comes after the island's principal gateway - Dominica Douglas-Charles - sustained severe damage during Tropical Storm Erika's transit last week. While the airfield has been temporarily close...

Alaska Airlines' maiden B737 MAX due for early delivery

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) is on track to take early delivery of its first B737 MAX aircraft. Alaska's VP - Capacity Planning, John Kirby, told FlightGlobal that unlike previous forecasts, the airline's maiden B737 MAX 8 aircraft is now likely to arrive in late 2017 as opposed to early 2018. Alaska Airlines ordered twenty -8s and seventeen -9s from Boe...

Ryanair rejects reports of Copenhagen 'virtual' base

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael O'Leary has denied reports his airline is planning to establish a 'virtual' base at Copenhagen Kastrup to cope with a surge in demand expected during the summer 2016 season.  The Irish LCC was forced to close both its Copenhagen and Billund bases during the previous quarter after...

Switzerland's Germania Flug to induct maiden A321 this fall

Germania Flug (GM, Zurich) has announced it will add a third aircraft - an A321-200 (sl) - to its fleet of two A319-100s with effect from October 25. The jet - D-ASTD (cn 5843) - will be used, inter alia, to operate flights to Pristina, Kosovo and Skopje, Macedonia for and on behalf of tour operator, Air Prishtina. This year, flights to Kosovo will operate not on...

Los Angeles drops mortgage discrimination case against JPMorgan

Los Angeles has dropped a lawsuit accusing JPMorgan Chase (JPM.N), the largest U.S. bank, of discriminatory mortgage lending, ending the first of the city's four lawsuits accusing major banks of driving up foreclosures among minority borrowers. Disclosed in a filing on Tuesday in a California federal court, the agreement ends a lawsuit attempting to hold the bank liable for lost property ta...

Boeing sticks with 747 production plans despite sales drought

Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Friday it is sticking to current production plans for its 747 jumbo jet despite a canceled order that left no net new orders for the plane in 20 months. Nippon Cargo Airlines Ltd, a unit of Nippon Yusen (9101.T), canceled orders for four 747 freighters on Sept. 1, Boeing said, leaving no net new orders from this year or last. Boeing now has just 25 firm 747 orders, equa...

Unit of China's HNA to buy Avolon Holdings for $2.5 billion

Irish aircraft leasing firm Avolon Holdings Ltd (AVOL.N) said it agreed to be acquired for about $2.5 billion by Bohai Leasing Co Ltd (000415.SZ), a unit of Chinese aviation and shipping conglomerate HNA Group. Avolon shareholders will receive $31 per share in cash, which is lower than the $32 per share the companies were discussing in exclusive talks in August. Avolon said the lower price was...

Boeing opens commercial spaceship plant in Florida

Boeing Co (BA.N) took the wraps off an assembly plant on Friday for its first line of commercial spaceships, which NASA plans to use to fly crews to the International Space Station, officials said. "This is a point in history that reflects a new era in human spaceflight," Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said at a grand opening ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center. Boeing&#...

PrivatAir unit acquires 30% stake in Saudia Private Aviation

PrivatAir Saudi Arabia, the Saudi subsidiary of PrivatAir (Switzerland) (PV, Geneva), has acquired a 30% stake in Saudia Private Aviation (SVA, Jeddah). The value of the transaction, which closed in July, was not disclosed. Saudi Private Aviation is the the VIP charter subsidiary of Saudia (SV, Jeddah) offering a fleet of private jets for ad-hoc char...

JetBlue Mechanics Choose iPad Mini 3 for Digital Aircraft Maintenance Toolbox

After putting iPad 4 into operation as an electronic flight bag in 2013, then iPad mini 3 for in-flight cabin services this year, U.S. airline JetBlue is turning to Apple's tablet platform to aid aircraft maintenance technicians. In its new role at JetBlue, iPad will serve as a portable digital toolbox to help mechanics operate on sensitive aircraft systems safely and efficiently,...

Airbus August sales dominated by IndiGo, undisclosed buyers

Airbus passed the 4,000 mark in its order backlog for the A320neo family as it recorded a hefty month of sales in August. In total, it recorded 346 sales over the month and made 44 deliveries. The month’s tally was dominated by Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo’s order for 250 A320neos, bringing its total number of A320 family aircraft to 530. The month was also notable fo...

Head of America’s Airbus wants to see reform of ATC system

The Airbus Group Inc. Chairman and CEO, Allan McArtor, has spoken openly at an International Aviation Club lunch meeting, stating that the US national air traffic control system needs to be “free from political shenanigans” and taken out of the federal procurement system, continuing, “It’s high time to move beyond words and into action.” McArtor, himself an ex-FAA ad...

Delta: US airlines won’t extend campaign to carriers outside Gulf

Delta Air Lines considers majority state-owned Chinese airlines to be “totally different” than state-owned Middle East carriers, according to a Delta lawyer. Speaking at the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit in Las Vegas, Delta EVP-corporate affairs and legal counsel Ben Hirst tried to assuage the fears of airlines around the world that the subsidy allegations made by D...

Icelandair Resumes Service from Orlando International

Icelandair returns to Orlando International Airport this evening with the arrival of flight FI689 from Keflavik, Iceland, touching down at 8:55pm local time. The special northern lights livery, displayed on the Boeing 757 named Hekla Aurora, will be seen illuminating the skies over Florida as it prepares for the first flight from MCO in nearly 10 years. Beginning tomorrow, September 5...

Korongo Airlines ceases its activities

Following the general assembly of the shareholders and management of Korongo Airlines on 4th of September in Lubumbashi, the decision has been taken to discontinue Korongo Airlines’ flight operations and to start the necessary actions to dissolve the company. Founded by Airbel (Brussels Airlines and George Forrest) and some smaller private Congolese shareholders, Korongo Airlines started...