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Uncommanded Nosegear Steering a Factor in GIV Crash

Improper crew response to an off-center nosegear orientation was the primary factor in the July 2012 fatal runway excursion of a Gulfstream IV at Le Castellet Airport on the French Riviera, according to a final report released yesterday by the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA). Investigators blame the accident, in part, on lack of training...

Mitsubishi Aircraft gets regulatory clearance for MRJ’s first flight

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has given its approval for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. to conduct the first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). The clearance was the final regulatory hurdle before the MRJ’s first flight could take place. After repeated delays, the MRJ’s first flight is now scheduled for the week of Nov. 9. Mitsubi...

Learjet 85 Axed; Bombardier Bizjet Deliveries Flat

Bombardier Business Aircraft confirmed today that it has canceled the Learjet 85 program, citing “lack of sales following the prolonged market weakness” and ending months of speculation that the midsize jet was doomed since being “paused” in mid-January. The Canadian OEM took a $1.2 billion writedown on the program during the third quarter, it said...

Airbus, Boeing Ink Major New Orders

Airbus and Boeing each announced significant new order commitments today, as persistently strong sales in the commercial airplane sector continue to boost the balance sheets of the world’s top airframe makers. In Airbus’s case, China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the acquisition of 30 A330 Family aircraft and 100&nb...

Northrop Grumman, net earnings increase by 9% in 3Q 2015

Northrop Grumman Corporation reported third quarter 2015 net earnings increased 9 percent to $516 million, or $2.75 per diluted share, from $473 million, or $2.26 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014. Third quarter 2015 diluted earnings per share are based on 187.9 million weighted average shares outstanding compared with 209.2 million shares in the prior year period. The company repurch...

Bombardier updates Global 7000 and Challenger 650 progress

Bombardier gave updates on both of the business aircraft programs after announcing the cancellation of the Learjet 85 project. The company confirmed that the engines have been fitted on the first Global 7000 Flight Test Vehicle (FTV1). All structural components have been joined on FTV1, including the rear, centre and forward fuselage sections, the wing, the landing gear and vertical and horizon...

Jet Aviation cooperates with Kurz Aviation Service

Jet Aviation and Kurz Aviation Service are cooperating to provide a total network solution within Germany. The companies manage a combined total of seven FBOs in Germany. The seven FBOs include Berlin Tegel and Schönefeld, Dusseldorf and Munich (Jet Aviation) and Cologne, Egelsbach, Frankfurt and Stuttgart (Kurz Aviation Service). “Our decision to share resources will offer sign...

Canadian government takesBombardier C Series stake

The Canadian government has become a partner in Bombardier’s C Series airliner, funding the remaining development costs. The Canadian manufacturer made the announcement during the company’s third quarter investor relations call. Under the terms of the deal, the Canadian government will enter into a limited partnership with Bombardier, with the government taking a 49.5% equity sta...

Singapore Changi Airport: Operating Indicators for September 2015

Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.42 million passengers in September 2015, an increase of 3.9% year-on-year. Aircraft landings and takeoffs also grew by 5.3% to 28,460. On the cargo front, 155,100 tonnes of airfreight were processed last month, 4.9% higher than a year before. Changi Airport registered a total of 14.3 million passenger traffic movements during the July-September 2015 quarter, a...

Air France's new long-haul cabins serve 5 additional destinations

The move upmarket of Air France’s products and services is gaining momentum. This week, the Company is increasing the number of destinations served by its new long-haul cabins by introducing them on 5 additional routes on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Customers can now enjoy optimum comfort during their trips to Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Boston, Bangalore and Osaka. These except...

Turkish Airlines launches its first flight to Miami

With existing services to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Montreal, and San Francisco, Turkish Airlines adds Miami to its network as the 12th destination in the Americas. “We’re thrilled to name Miami as the newest gateway in the U.S. and proud to serve to one of the most influential tourism centers in the world. Our glo...

Austrian Airlines: Time to Head South: First flight to Mauritius Takes Off Today

Up to two weekly flights to Mauritius as of October 29, 2015 Demand from Austria for exotic holiday destinations continues to grow Austrian Airlines now offers flights to three destinations in the Indian Ocean: Mauritius, Maldives and Sri Lanka Starting today, Austrian Airlines has added a new long-haul destination in the Indian Ocean to its route network. Every Thursday the airline will...

B/E Aerospace Announces Super First Class Seating Award Initially Valued at $260 Million

B/E Aerospace, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products, today announced that the Company has been selected by a major international airline to outfit its new-buy wide-body aircraft with proprietary and unprecedented high-end super first class suites which will set a totally new standard for the first class travel experience. The deliveries are expected to b...

Virgin America Reports Third Quarter 2015 Earnings

 Virgin America (NASDAQ: VA) today reports its financial results for the third quarter of 2015. Key highlights from the third quarter include: Third quarter 2015 net income was $73.0 million excluding special items1, an increase of $31.3 million from the third quarter of 2014. Operating income and operating margin excluding special items were $75.0 million and 18.2 percent, respectively.&n...

Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines Agree on 787 Dreamliner Order

 Boeing and EL AL Israel Airlines agreed on an order today for up to nine 787 Dreamliners, valued at more than $2.2 billion at current list prices. Three of the orders will be added to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website on Nov. 5 and the remainder will be posted as further contractual requirements are finalized. EL AL will also lease six additional 787s from independent le...

WestJet launches new service from Abbotsford to Las Vegas today

WestJet launches twice-weekly service from Abbotsford to Las Vegas today, marking the 12th Canadian city with non-stop WestJet service to The Entertainment Capital of the World. “With more than 80 weekly flights from a dozen Canadian cities, WestJet and WestJet Vacations are big players in Las Vegas,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Director, Network and Schedule Planning. “In f...

Bombardier Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter

(All amounts in this press release are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. Amounts in tables are in millions except per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated. This press release contains both IFRS and non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP measures are defined and reconciled to the most comparable IFRS measures in the Corporation’s MD&A. See Caution regardi...

Arik Air boosts Lagos-Douala route

Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest airline, has increased frequency on the Lagos to Douala via Cotonou route from four to six weekly flights. The new schedule is aimed at further enhancing connectivity in the West Coast. The flights from Lagos to Douala via Cotonou and back will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Outbound flights from L...

British Airways launches new First luxury magazine

Customers flying in First with British Airways will now be able to browse at their leisure through the airline’s new luxury in-flight magazine. In a first for in-flight magazines, the new-look First appears in a bespoke journal-like size with unique cover artwork and specially textured paper, giving it a book-like feel. The launch coincides with the unveiling of British Airways’...

KLM brings WeChat to skies

Nexmo, the leading cloud communications platform company, today announced its Chat App API is empowering KLM to engage with Chinese customers on WeChat, the leading social communication platform, through Salesforce Service Cloud. KLM Royal Dutch airlines is now able to process and handle user inquiries from Chinese customers on WeChat more efficiently based on previous interactions with users o...

Iran Talking to Six Countries to Buy Aircraft

Iran is in talks with six countries, including Brazil, for purchase of new commercial aircraft to renovate the country's aviation fleet after the removal of sanctions, an official says. Executives of plane manufacturers from France, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Japan and China have traveled to Iran and introduced their products, Secretary of the Association of Iranian Airlines Maqsoud As...