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NetJets, Pilot Union Near Tentative Labor Agreement

After more than two years of contentious contract negotiations, the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) and NetJets Aviation reached an “agreement in principle” on a new collective bargaining agreement late last week. The parties are now finalizing the negotiated language that will form the tentative agreement, which is expected to be released in the coming days...

Dassault Begins Completions on Initial Falcon 8X Jets

Dassault Aviation has begun completion work on the first customer-bound Falcon 8X long-range trijet as the company progresses toward certification and deliveries next year. The aircraft, S/N 04, arrived in the Dassault Falcon Jet completion facility in Little Rock, Ark., on October 9, the company announced Thursday. S/N 04 was the second of Dassault’s new 8X family to be sent to Litt...

Dassault Falcon Service Breaks Ground on Bordeaux-Mérignac Maintenance Facility

Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, recently began work on a new maintenance facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac to expand its Falcon overhaul capability. Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman/CEO and Jean Kayanakis, General Manager, Dassault Falcon Service, were present at the groundbreaking ceremony, which was also attended by a large number of elected offic...

Airline business rollercoaster – do banks really know what they sign up for?

Several thousand at Air France, six thousand at Malaysian Airlines and almost 11,000 at Transaero - these are the potential job cuts to be carried out by these major world carriers. This once again comes to show that airline business always balances on a fragile edge between profit and loss. However, if a carrier reaches an extreme point of bankruptcy, what awaits its financial partners? Will the...

NATS secures contracts for air traffic control services in Scotland

NATS has secured contracts with helicopter operators in Aberdeen and Scatsta Airports in order to provide air traffic control (ATC) services in the East Shetland Basin, an area of oil and gas exploration north east of the Shetland Islands. In a unique arrangement, NATS has signed the contracts with four helicopter operators directly – Bristow Group, CHC Helicopter Services, NHV and Bond O...

Small plane crashes in Bogota, 5 killed

Five people, including the pilot, were killed Sunday and six others were injured when a small plane crashed into a bakery in the Engativá neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia, fire officials and the national aviation agency said. The plane, a Beechcraft 60 G-Type flying from Bogotá's El Dorado Airport to the town of Guaymaral, "fell out of the sky" about 4:20 p.m....

Bank of China to spin off its aviation leasing unit

Bank of China Ltd, the country's fourth biggest commercial bank, has voted to spin off its aviation leasing unit in a Hong Kong share sale, the lender said in a statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange. BOC Aviation Pte Ltd will raise funds by selling no more than 40 percent of the firm through a listing of new and old shares on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the statement...

Honeywell, $9.6b sales in Q3, 2015

Honeywell announced results for the third quarter of 2015 “Honeywell delivered another strong quarter of earnings growth and exceptional margin expansion,” said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote.  “On 1% core organic sales growth, segment margins expanded 190 basis points driven by new product introductions, our key process initiatives including HOS Gold, continue...

Air Malta on track to regaining profitability

As projected in last year’s AGM, loss for year ending March 2015 confirmed at €16 million - This year’s Air Malta projected loss reduced to €4 million: Down from €16 million in 2015 and from €78 million when the airline entered the restructuring plan in 2012 - Focus shifts to competitiveness: growth, workers productivity and strategic alliance Air Malta&...

Alenia Aermacchi outlines performance boost for C-27J

Alenia Aermacchi plans to introduce a widespread package of enhancements to its C-27 Spartan medium transport, which will become the baseline standard for the type from late 2017. The aircraft will gain winglets – which were unveiled earlier this year and are now nearing final configuration – and uprated Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines, increasing maximum take-off weight by 700kg (1,540...

ANALYSIS: Boeing and Airbus up the ante in China

Apart from the centre, Boeing will also broaden collaboration with supplier and potential rival AVIC and launch an initiative to develop biofuel from Chinese agricultural waste. All three initiatives were announced as part of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit on 23 September to Boeing’s widebody assembly complex in Everett, Washington. Boeing’s new facility in China will be...

ACI Asia-Pacific and CCAA sign MoU to promote airport excellence

The Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific and the China  Civil Airports Association (CCAA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation in promoting airport excellence. The MoU was signed by ACI Asia-Pacific regional director, Patti Chau and CCAA deputy secretary general, Li Xiaome, at the ACI Asia-Pacific HR best practice semina...

New pricing structure launched by Brussels Airlines Cargo

Brussels Airlines Cargo will introduce a new pricing structure from the start of the aviation winter season, on 25 October. The carrier says the new structure better meets the market demand for more transparency, by instead of charging various surcharges on freight prices, as is the case today, there will only be one consolidated ‘Airfreight Surcharge’ in the future. Lu...

Air China launches Kuala Lumpur route

Air China will start a four-times a week service from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur from 25 October, 2015, which it describes as the ‘Kingdom of Rubber’. The flights will be operated using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft. In 2014, imports and exports between Malaysia and China exceeded 100 billion Chinese yuan renminbi and Malaysia remained ...

Silk Way West becomes member of IATA

Azerbaijan carrier Silk Way West Airlines has been made a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The carrier was presented with the certificate of membership at the 6th Caspian Air Cargo Summit in Baku, which took place from 5-7 October. This certificate was given to the airline by IATA area manager for Turkey, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, Funda Cal...

Interjet inaugurates two new Cuban routes

Interjet has expanded its route network in Cuba with the launch of two new routes on 15 October. It now offers twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) flights on the 1,868-kilometre route from Mexico City (MEX) to Varadero (VRA) and four times weekly flights on the 1,815-kilometre route from Monterrey (MTY) to Havana (HAV). According to flightradar24.com t...

Air India Not to Seek Compensation from Boeing for Delayed Deliveries of 6 Dreamliner Aircraft

Boeing has delayed deliveries of six Dreamliner aircraft to Air India by more than two years and the airline has decided not to seek compensation. "The deliveries will now begin from November 2016 and go on till August 2018," said a senior Air India official, who did not want to be identified. According to the earlier schedule, deliveries were to start from July 2015 and go on...

Borghetti to join Coca-Cola Amatil board

Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti is joining the board of bottler Coca-Cola Amatil in December. It will be Borghetti’s fourth non-Virgin directorship, as he is currently on the board of Energy Australia, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and NSW Customer Advisory Board. He also sits on the Virgin Australia board. CCA noted Borghetti, who has been in his current role as Vir...

Government releases Badgerys Creek draft airport master plan and EIS

The federal government has released the draft airport plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, paving the way for construction to begin in 2016. The documents cover indicative flight paths, noise contours, the building requirements for stage one of the airport’s development and the long term vision for the facility. Deputy...

Tyrolean Jet Services received G650

The operator added Gulfstream G550 and Bombardier Global Express As BizavNews found out, a Austrian leading business aviation operator Tyrolean Jet Services began operating a new aircraft Gulfstream G650 (OE-IYE). Business Jet will be operated exclusively in the interests of the owner and will not be available for charter flights. In turn, the charter fleet Tyrolean Jet Services repleni...

Air France to Cut Some Jobs in 2016, Rest of Plan Negotiable: CEO

Air France will cut less than a third of the 2,900 job cuts it proposed in a 2016/2017 plan that triggered clashes with some staff, the chief executive of parent company Air France-KLM said on Sunday. The job cuts in 2016 would be voluntary and heavier job losses in 2017 could be avoided if talks with unions led to an agreement on alternative savings measures by the beginning of next year, Alex...