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Alcoa Opens Advanced Jet Engine Parts Facility in Indiana

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa today officially opened its state-of-the-art jet engine parts facility in La Porte, Indiana. The facility doubles Alcoa’s capacity in La Porte and provides new capabilities that broaden its reach in engines for large commercial aircraft. The new plant will meet increasing demand from makers of best-selling jet engines, growing Alcoa’s value-add busi...

Duncan Aviation Signs a Five-Year Contract With the Egyptian Air Force

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce the company has entered into a five-year direct contract agreement with the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) for aircraft maintenance services. Duncan Aviation has been managing the maintenance and repair of the EAF fleet of Falcon 20 aircraft since 1999.  Duncan Aviation’s Manager of Government & Special Programs Dave Shipperbottom says the fact th...

Satcom Direct First in Business Aviation to Enable Inmarsat High Data Rate Service

Satcom Direct is the first Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB) distribution partner to provision and enable the new SwiftBroadband high data rate (HDR) service with Honeywell avionics, nearly doubling in-flight data speeds available to business aviation. In its latest “first” for business aviation, Satcom Direct has made HDR service available to SwiftBroadband customers, providing a faste...

Low Fuel Prices Help Air China Nearly Double Profits

Air China said on Thursday its net profit jumped 98.1 percent from a year earlier in the first nine months thanks to lower fuel price and robust travel demand. Air China made 6.28 billion yuan (US$988.17 million) in January-September, in line with its own forecast. It made 3.17 billion yuan a year earlier, according to a stock exchange filing. Air China's Hong Kong-listed shares closed d...

CASA says it will continue to listen and respond to industry concerns

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says it is committed to listening to the aviation community and is making changes to the regulatory regime where necessary to ensure better outcomes for all. The nation’s aviation safety regulator has responded to concerns from The Australian Aviation Associations’ Forum (TAAAF), which said on Thursday it was concerned at the...

ACCC set to approve Virgin-Etihad alliance

Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia have received the green light to extend their alliance for a further five years. In a draft ruling, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says it plans to re-authorise the alliance that was first established in 2011 and led to Virgin commencing flights on its own metal between Sydney and Abu Dhabi. “The ACCC considers th...

Hainan Airlines 3Q Net Profit Falls 37%

Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd. (HU), one of China's four major air carriers, Thursday reported a third-quarter net profit of 887.33 million yuan, down nearly 37 percent compared to a net income of 1.41 billion yuan in the year-ago. The 3Q revenue increased to 10 billion from 9.81 billion yuan in the same period last year, but net profit fell 36.85 percent to 887.33 billion yuan, due to depr...

Chinese Plane Maker Sends New Performance Chart

The Chinese manufacturer of the MA60 and Y12E aircraft delivered to Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) last year has sent a revised performance chart as the two planes did not meet the performance specifications sent earlier. NAC's Managing Director Sugat Ratna Kansakar said that they received the revised performance chart for the two aircraft on Monday, and were doing an internal techni...

Lufthansa Approved to Offer In-Flight Wi-Fi in China

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LH) has been given the green light by China's aviation watchdog to launch Ku-band satellite-supported Wi-Fi internet connectivity on the airline's 49 aircraft in China, the German carrier said on Friday. Lufthansa was authorized to test in-flight Wi-Fi access on its 49 aircraft in China by temporarily using Ku-band satellite communication links, with the validity...

Alaska Airlines: "Technical Issues" Causing Flight Delays

Technical problems were delaying some Alaska Airlines flights, the company said. Intermittent problems with the company's website and mobile app began late Wednesday night, airline spokesman Cole Cosgrove said. He said some flights have been delayed as a result of the "technical issues" but didn't know how many. The airline was trying to fix the problem but Cosgrove...

Ukraine Turns Down Russia's Call to Resume Talks on Flights

Russian aviation agency Rosaviatsia said on Thursday it had proposed to Ukraine's aviation authorities further talks on resuming flights between the two countries, but Kiev swiftly turned down the offer. Direct air services between the one-time allies ceased on Sunday, a new low in commercial relations between the two neighbours who are in a bitter standoff since Russia annexed Ukraine'...

U.S. Jet Makes Emergency Landing After Passenger's "Alarming 9/11 Statements"

A flight in America has been forced into an emergency landing after a passenger stood up and made "alarming" statements about the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. The jet, carrying 150 people, had to make a dramatic diversion in the U.S. today amid a terror scare after the passenger starting making "9/11 statements". The man got up shortly after take-off, walked t...

Indian Government to Announce New Civil Aviation Policy Today

The civil aviation ministry on Friday will announce India's new civil aviation policy, which has been under discussion for over a year and aims to provide wings to the country's 300 million-strong middle-class, officials said. "The focus of the policy is going to be on reducing the cost of operations for airlines and providing affordable regional connectivity across the countr...

Royal Brunei B788 Engines Damaged During Accident Near Manila on Oct. 21

A Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing 787-800, registration V8-DLB performing flight BI-684 from Manila (Philippines) to Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) with 152 passengers, was climbing out of Manila when the crew stopped the climb at FL280 reported the left hand engine (Trent 1000) had failed and was shut down. The aircraft returned to Manila for a safe landing on runway 24 about 50 minutes after departur...

Exova Helps Advance New Aerospace Material

Global testing group Exova has undertaken a test programme on a new corrosion-resistant stainless steel alloy (CRES) for a consortium of leading aerospace organisations. The new material is being developed for use in landing gear components and is unique in its strength, lightness and affordability.  Exova provided the consortium with a comprehensive range of tests to determine strength, f...

Small Planet Airlines GmbH enters into partnership with world’s leading travel company Thomas Cook

Leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines GmbH has signed an agreement with Thomas Cook, one of the world’s leading travel companies. In the summer of 2016 the aircraft of Small Planet Airlines GmbH will carry Thomas Cook passengers from its Paderborn base in Germany to Mediterranean resorts. “The cooperation with one of the best known brands in travel, Thomas Cook, is a great honour to...

SWISS posts CHF 187 million EBIT for the third-quarter period

SWISS achieved earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of CHF 401 million for the first nine months of 2015, a 59% increase on the same period last year. The company posted an EBIT of CHF 187 million for the third-quarter period, a 36% year-on-year improvement. The substantially-improvedEBIT results are attributable in particular to low oil prices and the...

Aeroflot Adds Service to Six New Destinations in Kazakhstan

Aeroflot is pleased to announce new service to six cities in Kazakhstan. The airline this week adds regularly scheduled flights from its Moscow hub to Astana, Almaty, Aktau, Atyrau, Aktobe and Shymkent. In March 2014 Aeroflot received permission to re-enter the Kazakh market, and the airline began operating regular service between Moscow and Karaganda. Today’s announcement marks a signifi...

Ryanair To Open New Ibiza Base (No. 76) & Grow By 25%

Ryanair, Spain’s No.1 airline, today (29 Oct) announced it will open a new base at Ibiza (No. 76), from March 2016, with 1 based aircraft (an investment of $100m), 2 new routes to Turin and Venice Treviso, and extra flights to a further 10 European destinations, which will deliver 350,000 new customers p.a. (1.8m in total) and support 1,400* “on-site” jobs, as Ryanair’s Ibi...

CFM Delivers First LEAP-1B Engines to Boeing

CFM International has delivered the first advanced LEAP-1B engines to Boeing to support factory rollout of the first 737 MAX airplane before year end and first flight in early 2016. “The entire team has done an outstanding job getting the LEAP-1B engine to this point,” said Allen Paxson, executive vice president of CFM International. “We have put...

Stellar To Launch B2C Charter Platform at NBAA

After a year of quiet development, Stellar Labs of Palo Alto, Calif., will launch its air charter marketplace platform and app on November 16 at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas. Stellar aims to bring air charter the same ease of online business-to-commerce (B2C) seen in the hotel and airline industries. Several similar efforts have faltered since the rise and demise in 2009 of V...