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Europe begins drone rules revamp

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has started the ball rolling in a process designed to bring in new rules to govern the use of drones, or UAVs, in the European Union (EU). It issued a Notice of Proposed Amendment (A-NPA) on Aug. 27 to the rules currently governing drones. Current EU regulations require that drones above 150kg are regulated in a similar way to manned aircraft....

Dutch Safety Board will publish final MH17 report in October

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) has said on Oct. 13, 2015, it will publish its final report on the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. It said that, in September, relatives of those who died in the crash would receive invitations to a closed meeting, at which they would be informed about the conclusions of the investigation prior to the official publication of...

Abu Dhabi to hold its first helicopter exhibition in 2016

The capital of the UAE is due to hold Abu Dhabi Heli Expo 8-10th March next year, the first of its kind for the city. The exhibition will feature a range of helicopters on display as well as holding associated conferences.  Abu Dhabi is leading the growing helicopter market in the Middle East with offshore oil transportation provided by operators such as Falcon Aviation Services and Abu...

Major U.S. Carriers Air Further Charges in Subsidies Dispute

The top three U.S. airlines this week aired new allegations in their ongoing campaign against Persian Gulf carriers. The lobbying group representing United, American and Delta airlines charged that United Arab Emirates government bodies unequivocally prop up their respective state-owned airlines in contravention of open-skies agreements. On August 27, the Partnership fo...

U.S. Navy Awards Second P-8 Full-Rate Production Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Boeing a $1.49 billion contract modification for a second full-rate production lot of the P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. The 13-aircraft order includes four Poseidons for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the first of eight P-8s that service will receive. The contract modification the Department of Defense announced on August 27 also fund...

Cessna begins Latitude deliveries

Cessna has delivered the first Citation Latitude to its new owner. The aircraft received its FAA type certification on June 5. According to the FAA online database, the first aircraft was registered to BSAV LLC. The database shows the change date for MSN 680A-0007 / N275BS as being August 24. The aircraft will be operated by Aircraft Management Group, who will offer the aircraft for charter...

HK Express - One of 17 Airlines Representing The Global Aviation Industry in Key IATA Slot Policy Working Group

Hong Kong, 28 August 2015 HK Express has become the only low-cost carrier to join the prestigious Slot Policy Working Group (SPWG) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This group of 17 airlines represents the global air industry in setting policy in the vital area of managing airport slot distribution. According to IATA, its Director General appoints the working group fro...

Tony Tyler to Retire as IATA Director General and CEO in June 2016

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tony Tyler, will retire in June 2016 after serving five years in the position. “Tony Tyler is a very effective leader of IATA, who is achieving much in his role as Director General and CEO. I regret that he will be leaving the Association, but...

Skygreece Airlines - Important Message

SkyGreece Airlines would like to apologize to all of its passengers who have been affected as a result of the Company’s current operational crisis. The founders, managers and employees of SkyGreece care deeply about their passengers and have been working around the clock to resolve the problem. Shortly after launching scheduled international service in May, SkyGreece suffered financial se...

Republic teetering after pilot union refuses to allow vote

Republic Airways Holdings said stalled labor talks with its pilots could force it down “an alternative path” that may include a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Indianapolis-based Republic, the parent company of regional carriers Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, has presented its “last, best and final”contract offer to its more than 2,000 pilots, who are represen...

Filipino, Russian carriers look to expand market

Following the signing of an upgraded air services agreement (ASA) between Russia and the Philippines, at least five carriers have flagged interest in operating new schedules between the two countries. “We were able to come to an understanding that is mutually beneficial and . . . that significantly expands cooperation between our countries,” said Philippines’ Transportati...

China Express Airlines Takes Delivery of 19th CRJ900NG

A brand new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional aircraft touched down at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) at 12:35 p.m. on Friday, and officially joined the fleet of China Express Airlines (G5). This is the 7th CRJ900NG introduced by the regional airline in 2015 and the 19th CRJ900NG in its fleet.  The arrival of the new aircraft increases it...

Okay Airways Chairman Donates 500,000 Yuan for Firefighters Killed in Tianjin Blasts

Mr. Wang Shusheng, chairman of Okay Airways (BK) made a personal donation of 500,000 yuan on Aug. 14 to the families of firefighters who lost their lives in Tianjin blasts. The money was donated through Tianjin Society for Promotion of the Guangcai Program to offer condolences to the families of the martyrs. 

Etihad Airways Appoints Lindsay White Vice President Australia and Asia Pacific

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Mr Lindsay White to the new position of Vice President for Australia and Asia Pacific. In this role, Mr White will assume responsibility for the entire Asia Pacific region, adding China, Japan, Korea and Thailand to his current portfolio of Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and...

New Direct Flight from China to Bring NZ$100 Million Spending Boost to the South

The South Island's economy will be boosted by an extra NZ$100 million of visitor spending with a new year-round service to Christchurch from Asia's largest airline. Christchurch Airport announced on Friday that China Southern Airlines will fly directly between Guangzhou, in the south of China, and Christchurch from December this year. President and chief executive of China South...

BAA Training and TSI hosting an Open Door Day

Aviation training centre BAA Training (Vilnius, Lithuania) and Transport and Telecommunications Institute (Riga, Latvia) are inviting to the open door day in order to introduce newly developed Engineering Science in Aviation Transport and ATPL(A) pilot license studies program. The event will take place on the 29th of August at the TSI facilities in Riga, Latvia. The newly developed studies prog...

HAITEC Successfully Completes First D-Check on Boeing 747-400

HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance recently performed its first D-Check on a Boeing 747-400. "A D-Check is by far the most comprehensive and demanding check for an aircraft. The aircraft is basically taken apart completely, each part is checked thoroughly. Any material fatigue, hair cracks or any other damages are detected and repaired”, explains Frank Rott, CEO at HAITEC. Completing such a...

STLC and SCAT signed a lease agreement for 15 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft

State Transport Leasing Company (STLC) and SCAT air carrier (Kazakhstan) signed a lease agreement for 15 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft at MAKS-2015 international airshow, press-service of STLC reports. The document was signed by STLC CEO Sergey Khramagin, and SCAT President Vladimir Denisov. “Under the agreement the lease term for each jet is 144 months since the date of delivery. Other...

Russia delivered a batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters to Iraq

Another batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters was delivered to Iraq by An-124 Ruslan transport aircraft, a source told TASS at MAKS-2015 airshow. In accordance with the delivery schedule, Iraq took delivery of four Mi-35M and four Mi-28NE attack helicopters. The vehicles feature the full combat configuration and are fitted with the night vision equipment, TASS reports with...

Turkish Airlines and LOT to partnership towards future joint venture agreement

Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines have agreed on a major expansion of commercial ties. Both sides have signed a letter of understanding, which will initiate an enhanced cooperation between relevant Polish, Turkish and beyond markets and also deepen commercial cooperation on the existing ones.   Recognising the great significance of deepening the cooperation and desiring to create...

Emirates forms strategic partnership MCI

mirates and MCI have announced a global alliance which will see Emirates becoming the official airline of its large and international events. MCI in turn will be the preferred Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) for Emirates. The strategic partnership will help Emirates build a strong MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition) commercial brand in the meetings industry and bette...