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Alitalia Has to Embrace Change, Says Etihad CEO

Etihad Airway's chief executive has said Alitalia cannot afford to "revert to past practices", as the Italian airline begins to show signs of improvement. The Abu Dhabi-based airline made a US$627 million investment in Alitalia, equating to a 49 percent equity stake, as part of a US$1.9 billion restructuring plan for the Italian carrier. Alitalia recorded a 2015 first-half...

ANALYSIS: Will Boeing's next aircraft be an oval or a circle?

With speculation continuing about Boeing's plans for its future aircraft development programme, two reports now predict that the airframer's next clean-sheet design will feature the aviation novelty of an oval fuselage cross-section. Most recently, Merrill Lynch analyst and former Boeing applied research scientist Ron Epstein published a report for investors earlier this month, saying B...

ANALYSIS: USAF crash marks sixth hull loss for C-130J

The fatal accident involving a US Air Force-operated Lockheed Martin C-130J in Afghanistan on 2 October is the sixth hull loss to have involved a “Super Hercules”, and the first in which US personnel have died. Eleven people – the tactical transport’s six-person crew and five civilians – were killed when the aircraft crashed, reportedly shortly after taking off fro...

'Impossible' to replace Western Superjet suppliers: SJI chief

It would not be feasible to replace North American and European suppliers with Russian ones on the Sukhoi Superjet programme, in the view of the executive charged with leading Western sales campaigns for the regional airliner. Citing recertification costs and the risk of damage to the brand, SuperJet International (SJI) chief executive Nazario Cauceglia concludes: "This possibility is impo...

AvWeek releases 2016 business aviation forecast

Aviation Week has released its business aviation forecast for the years between 2016 and 2025. The forecast takes into account the company’s downwardly adjusted delivery forecasts. The company says that the western built business jet fleet will jump from 31,000 in service aircraft in 2016, to almost 38,000 in 2025. Aviation Week is expecting the yearly rise, which includes new deliveries,...

Gulfstream G-IVSP transactions double in first nine months of 2015

The total amount of Gulfstream G-IVSP transactions doubled in the first three quarters of year, according to The Hagerty Group’s first Gulfstream market report. The company says that there were 11 Gulfstream G-IVSP transactions in the first nine months of 2014, versus the 26 transactions during the same period in 2015. According to Hagerty, Gulfstream IVSP sale prices have also fallen,...

Greenpoint Aerospace delivers refurbished Challengers

Greenpoint Aerospace has delivered four Challenger 600 series interior refurbishments with exterior paint, over a three month period. “The Challenger 600 series is a popular model for a quick interior refresh with new paint.” Trey Bryson, vice president and general manager of Greenpoint said: “The Challenger 600 series is a popular model for a quick interior refresh wit...

Indonesian Plane Remains Missing, Search to Continue Monday

Indonesian rescuers will continue searching Monday for a small passenger plane that went missing Friday with 10 passengers on board, after efforts to find the plane over the weekend were unsuccessful. Heronimus Guru, deputy operations director of Indonesia’s Basarnas search agency, said nearly 300 people were deployed Sunday searching the area near Suli and Siwa in South Sulawesi pro...

Emirates First Class lounge at Dubai International Airport: review

Emirates airline’s “A380 hub” at Dubai Airport’s Terminal 3 stretches for 645 metres, housing 20 individual gates through which up to 15 million passengers a year can board. For anyone worn out by international jet setting, this place is a welcome relief – it’s vast, bright, airy and relatively hushed and, for those with tickets for the front seats, the experien...

Another stage of testing of MS-21 aircraft’s fin torsion box completed

The fin torsion box for the latest Russian MS-21-300 airliner has successfully passed another stage of testing. TsAGI confirmed the load-carrying capability of the component assembled from parts manufactured by ONPP Technologiya named after A.G. Romashin, press-service of ONPP Technologiya reports. “This is the first strength test of such a large composite component manufactured in Russia...

Chkalov State Flight Test Center turned 95

State Order of Lenin and Order of the Red Banner Flight Test Center named after V.P. Chkalov celebrated its 95th anniversary, press-service of Russian Ministry of Defense reports. Today the center possesses unique test facilities and equipment. Only here a new or upgraded aircraft as well as new weapons may be tested in full in terms of compliance with the performance specification. The...

An “all-seeing eye” for UAVs is being developed in Russia

United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (part of Rostec State Corporation), the key developer of UAVs , is developing advanced payloads for Russian-produced UAVs, which increase efficiency of aerial reconnaissance and earth surface monitoring. As against the common optics, new technologies allow gathering information not visible to the human eye. Thanks to this equipment the UAV is able to dis...

National carrier will strengthen Nigeria’s aviation industry – Experts

Since President Muhammadu Buhari gave a presidential directive to the Ministry of Aviation to fast-track the process of establishing a new national carrier, a new impetus has been added to the nation’s aviation sector. It was one directive that has generated mixed feelings across the country, especially the all-important aviation industry.   It would be recalled that the president...

Aerospace and aviation seek to take off in Mentor

Ohio’s Aerospace Industry was the topic of a recent event in Mentor that was geared toward fostering growth both locally and across the state. As part of the City of Mentor International Trade Initiative’s quarterly symposium series, about 75 people gathered Oct. 1 at Noah’s Event Center for Aerospace Industry Opportunities & Updates.  Hosted by a partnership betwe...

Icelandair is on the forefront of weather forecasting with TAMDAR

Since last December, Icelandair has been operating TAMDAR airborne meteorological sensors via a four-channel Iridium-based integrated communications unit. Though this aspect of Panasonic Avionics’ business flies a little more under the proverbial radar, TAMDAR (Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting) is at the forefront of weather forecasting and forecast pro...

Delta Wants Its Tokyo Route Back From American

Delta Air Lines wants government regulators to seize American Airlines’ new route from Los Angeles to Tokyo’s close-in Haneda Airport, just months after the latter carrier won it. American has failed to file schedules or offer tickets for flights between Los Angeles and Haneda, Delta said Thursday in a U.S. regulatory filing. Delta said this violated the government’s requireme...

Air Methods Offers Patient Logistics Services

Getting patient information to a higher level of care might be just as important as getting the patient there quickly in an air ambulance. That’s one of the factors driving the success of Air Methods’ Omaha patient logistics call center services. The nation’s largest air medical provider established the center in 2002 with launch customer University of Kansas Medical Center at th...

Guyana Allows Chinese Company to Resume Airport Project

Guyana's government says a Chinese company expanding the main airport runway in the South American country has been allowed to resume operations after agreeing to correct numerous safety violations. The announcement Saturday follows an accident last month that killed one worker and seriously injured another. Officials said China Harbor Engineering Company must also ensure its e...

Chinese Fund Poised to Enter Bidding War for London City Airport

A secretive Chinese investment fund is understood to be poised to enter the 2 billionn bidding war for London City Airport. Gingko Tree, a division of the Chinese state's foreign exchange regulator, is believed tobe in talks with Australia's Macquarie about teaming up to make an offer for the East London airport. An agreement has not yet been reached with Macquarie. However, if Gi...

TIACA Calls for Solutions to EU Migrant Crisis and Offers Security Advice

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has called on world leaders meeting at the United Nations this week to work together to find solutions to the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe in a message to its members today. The situation has already seen more than 514,000 people cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe with almost 3,000 people perishing on the journey or reported missing. &...

Pakistani Pilots' Row with Management Grounds 51 Flights

Some 51 flights scheduled by the Pakistani flag carrier have been cancelled in three days after pilots refused to work following a dispute over conditions, an airline spokesman said Saturday. "Due to pressure from PALPA (Pakistan Airline Pilots' Association) so far 51 flights have been cancelled and it has affected 5,000 passengers since Thursday," spokesman for Pakistan...