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Eight-hour Italian ATC strike planned

Air travel to and from Italy will be heavily affected as air traffic controllers plan to go on an eight-hour strike on Oct. 24. The strike, called by the pilots and air traffic controller union, Associazione Nazionale Professionale Aviazione Civile (ANPAC), is planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

JetBlue and Seaborne Airlines Launch Codeshare Agreement Throughout The Caribbean

JetBlue and Seaborne Airlines today began selling flights under a codeshare agreement that will offer customers increased travel options and new destinations throughout the Caribbean. Connections will be made via San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), where JetBlue is the largest carrier. Customers flying on JetBlue and Seaborne will enjoy the benefit...

Vietnam Airlines results for the first nine months of 2015

Vietnam Airlines Corporation would like to announce our business result for the first nine months through to September. Vietnam’s macro-economy has been stabilised with positive growth figures in the first nine months of the year. Various policies that promote the country’s tourism industry have been put into effect since mid year this year. The visa-waiver program for the five E...

Qatar Airways CEO addresses aviation figures at IATA passenger symposium

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, brought a lively debate to the IATA World Passenger Symposium in Hamburg, when interviewed live on stage by BBC correspondent Mr. Rajan Datar. Speaking with Mr. Datar in front of more than 500 senior attendees from the aviation world, Mr. Al Baker shared his own expertise on the passenger experience, when asked of his views...

Lisbon airport accidentally shows porn at baggage reclaim

Airline passengers waiting for their luggage at Lisbon airport were surprised to find a porn video playing on a television screen above one of the baggage carousels. The video, which appears to have been fairly graphic, was playing at about 3am and is said to have remained on the screen for several minutes before an airport employee reported it. One passenger videoed the incident and posted...

Wizz Air reaches 100m passenger milestone

Wizz Air celebrates the historic 100 million passenger milestone by slashing 20% off all fares on all routes on WIZZ Discount Club bookings. Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, celebrates its biggest ever milestone with 100 million passengers carried on its low-fare services over the past 11 years. The 100 millionth passenger travelled on WIZZ’s London-Lu...

SW Business Aviation parts with vintage jet

As we found out, SW Business Aviation ( a part of Silk Way Group) is putting for sale Boeing Business Jet 727-200 (727-251 / WL). Aircraft produced in 1981 has an exclusive VIP-lounge, designed to carry 65 passengers. In 2014 business jet got it's cabin full renovation and in June 2015 passed the aircraft overhaul. The company also offers as the package with th...

New-start Iris to offer high-end sensing UAV services

A newly created company is preparing to penetrate the unmanned air vehicle (UAV) services market by offering high-end sensing for commercial applications. Moving away from the typical offering of an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payload, new-start Iris, which began trading in July, is hoping to appeal to a market previously untouched by utilising more sophisticated, and subsequently more exp...

Airbus gets patent for 'Concorde-2'

Airbus received a patent for a "rocket motor"-propelled aircraft that would have the capability of carrying passengers from New York to London in 60 minutes.  The U.S. government approved Airbus' patented design in July that would travel at speeds of up to 4.5 times the speed of sound. This would be three times as fast as the speed of the original Concorde jet, which was...

S7 CEO buys Transaero

CEO of Russia’s S7 Group, Vladislav Filev, has bought "at least 51% of shares" of distressed Transaero airline from its majority shareholder, Alexander Pleshakov. Announcing the deal, Filev did not disclose who the other investors are or what the value of the transaction is. He did however, underscore that it was "significantly more than 1 Rouble" - a slight at Aeroflo...

Bell Helicopter seals deal with AMGH for 8 bell 206-4S

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced the sale of eight Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH). AMGH is one of the largest independent providers of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world, and the aircraft will be configured for HEMS missions and operated by Air Evac Lifeteam, an AMGH subsidiary. Deliveries are scheduled to begin next year. The contr...

Upgrade brings new capabilities to Falcon 900A and B Operators

Dassault Aviation has introduced a new avionics upgrade that will provide Falcon 900A and B operators with a range of important operational benefits, including an enhanced air traffic management capability and more reliable, cost-effective component offerings. Known as “Falcon Select II”, the upgrade will enable operators to take advantage of next-generation ATM features such as ADS...

Lithium battery fire forced Alaska Airlines emergency landing

A lithium battery forced an Alaska Airlines flight to make an emergency landing days after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning about the risk of fires from the cargo. The Boeing 737-900ER, Flight 17, was flying from Newark International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on 12 October when it was diverted at 08.00h to Buffalo Niagara In...

ACS spreads wings to Miami

Air Charter Service (ACS) has opened its doors in Miami – its fifth office in North America. The firm already has a strong presence in the region, with offices in Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Toronto. ACS North America president, Richard Thompson, explains the need for the new office: “We have a really strong customer base in Florida and decided that now was the right time...

Bavarian companies back third runway at Munich Airport

The construction of the third runway at Munich Airport in the near future will be vital for the ongoing competitiveness of the Bavarian economy, according to a new study. German business association VBW, which represents the interests of the state’s business community, states that Munich Airport “is a decisive factor behind the high level of prosperity in Bavaria.&rdq...

Cargolux Italia adds second weekly flight to Zhengzhou

Cargolux Italia has started a second weekly flight from Milan (Italy) to Zhengzhou (China), leaving on Sunday and travelling via Novosibirsk (Russia). Flight number C8 8777 leaves Milan Malpensa Airport on Sunday at 11.50h and is the second weekend flight to Zhengzhou. It is also the first Cargolux service to Russia. Cargolux says it is the only direct co...

Boeing Officially Opens Advanced Research Center in Missouri

Focus will be on developing new systems technologies Boeing yesterday opened its new research and technology center in St. Louis. The facility will serve as the company's regional hub for collaborative technology development with academic institutions and research partners in systems technology. Boeing leaders joined local dignitaries and employees for a ribbon cutting and tours of...

Vueling Airlines reveals two new Manchester flights

Vueling Airlines has said it will launch two new routes from Manchester Airport for summer 2016.  Part of International Airlines Group, Vueling will offer direct services to Alicante and Rome from June 2016. The Spanish low cost airline will operate three flights a week to Alicante and two flights a week to Rome in addition to their existing service to Barcelona, which started in June 2...

Nakhchivan International Airport reconstruction comes to the final stage

Azerbaijan continues to actively implement regional airports modernization program. In the nearest future new passenger terminal of the Nakhichevan International Airport will be opened. Nakhchivan International Airport ( Naxçıvan Beynəlxalq Hava Limanı) (IATA: NAJ, ICAO: UBBN) is an airport and located in Nakchivan, the capital of the Nakchiva...

New stripes aim to change perceptions of Tigerair

With a new uniform and a significant investment into its customer-facing and backend IT systems, Virgin Australia-owned low-cost carrier Tigerair is hoping to change passengers’ perceptions of the airline.  “Our flights have never been consistently more punctual, our customer service never stronger and our customer satisfaction levels are now at an all-time high. It’s tim...

Air Rage: Three Chinese Passengers Thrown Off Aircraft in Cambodia After Scuffle Broke Out over Plane Seat

Three Chinese air passengers were thrown off a flight in Cambodia after a scuffle broke out on board before the plane took off, according to a newspaper report. The argument started after a man told a woman in front of him that her seat was tipped back too far and he inadvertently touched her hair, the Chengdu Commercial Daily reported. The pair began to quarrel and their friends and relativ...