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Exclusive: Bombardier eyes final CSeries certification flight in November - sources

Canada's Bombardier Inc expects to complete the final certification testing of its smaller new CSeries narrow-body commercial jet by the week of Nov. 23, a key milestone toward the plane being certified, four sources briefed on the plan said. The Montreal-based manufacturer declined on Thursday to confirm the testing schedule, but said it still expects certification of the 110-seater CS100...

Air Canada selected as charter airline for all seven Canadian NHL teams

Air Canada announced on Wednesday that it has signed a six-year agreement to be the charter airline for all seven Canadian teams in the National Hockey League. The airline’s charter service, Jetz, will be responsible for moving the Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks around the continent during a hectic...

Rubio’s campaign says flying Frontier is a ‘special kind of hell’

The grind of the presidential campaign trail is tough--even for the hardiest of candidates. The constant stream of airplanes and buses and drab hotel rooms can make any White House hopeful delirious. But while The Donald is jet setting on Air Trump, cost-conscious Marco Rubio's campaign is bottom feeding on Frontier, and none are too pleased. Rubio’s campaign manager Terry Sul...

American Airlines donates airplane to OSU

Oklahoma State’s most recent donation landed at the Stillwater Regional Airport on Wednesday. American Airlines donated an MD-80 passenger airplane to OSU, which will be used to further science, technology, engineering and math education.   OSU plans to start modifying the airplane and to open it up for students to see next week, said James Kidd, an OSU mechanical and aerospace en...

Turkish Low-Cost Carrier Pegasus Is Selling Unbundled Fares Without the Hate Selling

With the unbundled, fees added, sales strategy firmly embedded in the low-cost airline model, and now adopted by former full-service carriers around the world, it’s unusual to hear any airline talk about taking a step back and listening to consumer opinions on these retailing strategies. But that’s exactly what Turkey’s only low-cost carrier, Pegasus Airlines, has done....

American Air Says It Is Cancelling Orders From Lie-Flat Seat Maker

American Airlines Inc. will replace Zodiac Aerospace as the supplier of premium business-class seats for its Boeing Co. 787-9 Dreamliners and some 777-200s because of delays in deliveries. “Zodiac is far behind schedule and continues to cause significant delays to our plans to improve the travel experience for our customers,” said Laura Nedbal, a spokeswoman for American. The carrie...

Boeing Opens Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in South Carolina

Boeing yesterday opened its research and technology center in South Carolina, which is devoted to current and next-generation technology development. Boeing leaders joined local dignitaries and employees for a ribbon cutting and tours of the 104,000-square-foot Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina center, which leads the company’s research and development efforts in areas of ad...

Fitch Downgrades United Technologies IDR to 'A-'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings has downgraded United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC;NYSE: UTX) long term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and long-term debt ratings to ‘A-’ from ‘A’. Fitch has also downgraded UTC’s short-term IDR and commercial paper ratings to ‘F2’ from ‘F1’. The Rating Outlook is Stable. A detailed list of rating actions foll...

AAR Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Results

AAR (NYSE: AIR) today reported first quarter fiscal year 2016 sales of $377.8 million and income from continuing operations of $8.2 million, or $0.23 per diluted share. For the first quarter of the prior fiscal year, the Company reported sales of $395.1 million and income from continuing operations of $11.8 million, or $0.29 per diluted share. During the quarter, the Company recorded...

Delta increases service between New York-JFK and Tel Aviv

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) will add four weekly year-round flights between its New York-JFK hub and Tel Aviv beginning May 26, 2016. The new flights will be available for sale beginning Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. The additional flights w...

Meridian got Challenger 605

In September JSC  Meridian airlines has completed the procedure of certification for a new aircraft type - Challenger 605. The aircraft is included in the company's AOC with the tail number EI-TAT. The aircraft will be based in Bugulma Airport. As BizavNews were told, the aircraft is registered in Ireland Registry and is operated by Mer...

Two Chinese Suitors Exploring Takeover of Jet Lessor AWAS

AWAS Aviation Capital Ltd., the lessor being sold by buyout firm Terra Firma Capital Partners, has drawn interest from two Chinese suitors in an auction that could fetch more than US$5 billion, people familiar with the matter said. ICBC Financial Leasing Co. and Aviation Industry Corp. of China are exploring a takeover of Dublin-based AWAS, said the people, who asked not to be identified becaus...

Hangzhou YTO Express Becomes Launch Customer for Boeing 737-800BCF

China's start-up cargo carrier, Hangzhou YTO Express Airlines (YG) has signed a launch customer agreement (LCA) with Boeing Co. for 15 Boeing 737-800BCFs (Boeing Converted Freighter) on President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States. Following the signing of this LCA, YTO Express becomes the launch customer for the 737-800BCF. A group of Chinese companies signed Tuesday sev...

UAS Opportunities in Business Aviation to Be Examined at NBAA2015

The ever-increasing potential for small, unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS) in business aviation will be demonstrated by an expanded roster of s-UAS-focused exhibits, seminars and activities throughout NBAA's 2015 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015), set for Nov. 17 to 19 in Las Vegas, NV. Located on the exhibit hall floor of NBAA2015, the Innovation Zone will featur...

CTT Systems awarded humidifier contract for new crew rest on A380

CTT SYSTEMS, a market leader of humidity control products in aircraft, signed a contract to develop a humidifier for a new crew rest compartment on the A380 aircraft, to be introduced to customers in 2016. The humidifier will be offered in the A380 catalogue as a Supplier-Furnished-Equipment (“SFE”). CTT Systems already provides crew rest humidifiers for the A380 program (as tier-2). C...

Thales lands first Dual HUD order in China

Thales reported that China Southern Airlines has selected the Dual Head Up Displays (HUD) configuration across 30 of their new AirbusA320s, alongside the Thales Flight Management System and LRRARadio altimeter. With this order, Thales scores a double first in China. This represents the largest contract for HUDs and the first ever for a dual configuration system since the Civil Aviation Authority o...

Air Serbia new Premium Lounge in Belgrade

Air Serbia celebrated the opening of its new Premium Lounge at Belgrade Nikola Tesla International Airport. Located in the transit area between gates A5 and A6, the new Premium Lounge is the first dedicated airline owned and operated lounge in Serbia. It will be open 24 hours a day and provide a superior travel experience for its Business Class guests, as well as Platinum, Gold and Silver...

CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske to Speak at NBAA's 2015 Convention

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will speak at the Opening General Session of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015), which runs from Nov. 17 to 19 in Las Vegas, NV. “We look forward to having Commissioner Kerlikowske join us at NBAA2015, and h...

Boeing's McNerney Believes ExIm Bank Will Continue

Boeing chairman Jim McNerney said he believes the US Export-Import Bank will get approval to reengage in new business. Boeing is one of the most strident campaigners for reauthorisation of the bank, which lent money to foreign buyers of US goods. The bank's charter lapsed on June 30 after conservatives in the US Congress cast it as a promoter of "crony capitalism." More Boeing...

Tigerair Australia clears capacity hurdle for Bali flights

Tigerair Australia’s plans to begin overseas flights in 2016 have taken a step forward after the International Air Services Commission (IASC) approved the transfer of capacity from parent Virgin Australia for its services to Bali. The low-cost carrier is scheduled to fly to Bali from Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne from March 2016, taking over routes currently flown by its pa...

Air New Zealand Unveils New Flagship International Lounge at Auckland Hub

Air New Zealand has unveiled a large new flagship international lounge in Auckland that can be used by business class and high-status travellers flying on Air NZ and partner Virgin Australia's trans-Tasman flights. It will also serve as a stop-over lounge for Australians flying on Air NZ flights to North and South America via Auckland as the Kiwi carrier targets more traffic from Australian...