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Mid-Atlantic Drone Test Site Reports Progress

In its first year of operation as an FAA-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) hosted 338 flights for 161 total flight hours, the partnership announced at a public meeting on August 24. The site, managed by Virginia Tech University and including participation from Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, tested 13 platforms ranging fr...

Singapore and Europe To Study Wake Turbulence

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week agreed to study wake turbulence at Singapore Changi Airport to determine if separation standards can safely be tightened. Landing separation reductions that do not compromise safety could significantly raise capacity at Changi. The study will collect data by using laser imagi...

Leasing Groups Announce New Superjet Deals at MAKS Show

Russian government-backed leasing group GTLK formally signed a contract to buy 32 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft on the first day of Moscow’s MAKS airshow. The deal, which is being underwritten by around $527 million in government funding agreed in July, includes a mix of new and already manufactured aircraft. Russian trade and industry minister Denis Manturov last...

Air New Zealand Announces Record Annual Result

Air New Zealand has today announced its 2015 annual result with normalised earnings[i] before taxation of $496 million for the 2015 financial year, an increase of 49 percent on the prior year. Statutory earnings before taxation were $474 million, while statutory net profit after taxation was $327 million, an increase of 24 percent. Capacity growth supported by strong demand, cost efficiencies a...

WestJet welcomes Mark Porter as EVP, People and Culture

WestJet is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Porter to the position of Executive Vice-President, People and Culture, effective October 26, 2015. Mark joins WestJet from Shaw Communications where he was the Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, for almost 10 years. Prior to his work with Shaw, Mark was with Molson Canada where he held several senior human resources positions includin...

XTI Aircraft Company Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

A group of business aviation visionaries today invited the world to help shape and own the future of flight. Starting today, aviation enthusiasts and crowdfunders nationwide are actively participating in the launch of XTI Aircraft Company's (XTI) equity crowdfunding campaign, the first fundraising effort of its kind in aviation history — to develop the TriFan 600 — a six-seat fi...

Bringing humanity back: flight attendant tech brings personalization to the skies

Delta Air Lines flight attendants will be empowered with an innovative new tool on their handheld phablet devices today in an effort to bring a deeper level of personalization and improve the travel experience for the airline's 170 million global customers. ​ Guest Service Tool The Guest Service Tool is the newest enhancement in a long line of technology innovations, providing De...

Boeing, Korean Air Celebrate the Delivery of Airline's First 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Korean Air today marked the delivery of the airline's first 747-8 Intercontinental. The new fuel-efficient jet is the first of 10 747-8 passenger airplanes the carrier has on order. "This new aircraft delivers better fuel economy," said Walter Cho, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Korean Air. "That is important to a global airli...

Czech Airlines Statement Regarding Strike Declared by Czech Airlines Cabin Crew Trade Union

Czech Airlines management was informed of the intention of the Cabin Crew Trade Union to declare a strike late in the evening on Thursday, 20 August. Czech Airlines is currently taking a series of measures to ensure the standard operation of all company services irrespective of the strike. Czech Airlines management has the full support of its shareholders in this regard. Czech Airlines manag...

Rockwell Collins Appoints Rick Schmidt Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions

Rockwell Collins today announced that Rick Schmidt has been named vice president, Mergers & Acquisitions, effective immediately. He reports to Jeff MacLauchlan, senior vice president, Corporate Development. “Rick’s strong focus on M&A, financial acumen, and project management expertise will be of considerable value to the corporation as we aggressively pursue our long-term g...

Daryl Taylor joins Airbus Americas U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile

Airbus today announced Daryl Taylor has joined its leadership team at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. Taylor will train at the aircraft manufacturer’s assembly facilities in Europe before returning to transition duties and assume operational oversight of the facility as the Vice President and General Manager. The Vice President and General Manager is currently Dr....

Moscow's MAKS Air Show Opens at Zhukovsky

International aerospace show MAKS-2015 opens on the airdrome of the Mikhail Gromov Flight Research Institute in the town of Zhukovsky to the southeast of Moscow. It will continue through to August 30. Organizers of the show expect a greater number of participants and visitors than the one reported at MAKS-2013. Russian Minister of Industry and Commerce, Denis Manturov, said the list of count...

Aviation training offered online

Corporate Flight Training has launched an E-Learning Portal and is now offering a number of aviation training courses online. The E-learning program portal compliments the current range of training programs offered. “We use an E-learning program to back up the classroom delivery of our food safety program; however, the addition of the portal ensures that we are able to...

SF50 deliveries sought by year’s end

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the Cirrus Aircraft Vision SF50, indicating the agency will conduct formal tests on the aircraft’s type design, airworthiness, performance and handling properties. Cirrus hopes to to achieve Type Certification for the Vision SF50 by the end of 2015 and begin customer deliveries...

Malaysia Airlines Announces Leadership Appointments for Executive Counsel and Head, Marketing

Malaysia Airlines today officially announced the appointment of two leadership positions – Nik Azli Abu Zahar as Executive Counsel with effect from 1st November 2015 and Charles D. McKee as Head of Marketing with effect from 14th September 2015. Announcing the appointment, Malaysia Airlines Berhad’s Chief Executive Officer Designate Christoph Mueller said “On behalf of the man...

New Routes, More Choice Across the Atlantic with Delta and Virgin Atlantic

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Virgin Atlantic Airways will offer customers two new routes across the pond with the introduction of Delta’s nonstop service from Salt Lake City to London Heathrow and New York-JFK to Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning in May 2016. The routes add to the value that the Delta-Virgin Atlantic joint venture provides customers through an aligned route netw...

CALC Announces 2015 Interim Results

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (“CALC” or the “Company”, stock code: 01848.HK), the largest independent operating aircraft lessor in China, today announced strong financial and operating results of the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Group”) for the six months ended 30 June 2015. FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS The Group’s r...

American Airlines Appoints Ron DeFeo Vice President Of Communications

American Airlines Group Inc. today announced Ron DeFeo will join the company as Vice President – Global Communications. In this role, DeFeo will report to Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President – People and Communications and will oversee media relations, social media, employee communications, creative services, employee engagement and community relations. DeFeo’s appointment f...

Intrepid Aviation Announces Executive Appointments

Intrepid Aviation is pleased to announce that Olaf Sachau, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, and Doug Winter, the company’s Chief Commercial Officer, has been promoted to the newly created position of President & Chief Commercial Officer. Mr. Sachau and Mr. Winter will take over the leadership responsibility from Frank Pray, Intre...

Avianca Holdings Reports an Adjusted Operating Profit1 of $5.1 Million for the second quarter of 2015

Avianca Holdings S.A. (NYSE: AVH, BVC: PFAVH) presents the following results pertaining to the 2Q 2015. Financial and operational information is provided in millions of US dollars unless stated otherwise. The following information is presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The reconciliation between IFRS and non-IFRS financial...

Emirates SkyCargo to Establish a Second Trade Lane with Iran

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is set to increase its cargo capacity to Iran, when Emirates begins its five non-stop flights to Mashhad from1 September 2015. Mashhad will become Emirates’ second Iranian destination after the capital city Tehran, which Emirates has been serving since March 1990. Last year, Emirates carried more than half a million passengers and trans...