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New European Union regulation to affect Middle East aviation

A new European reporting regulation is intended to encourage an open aviation safety culture and has implications for Middle East organisations aligned to European standards. Chuck Grieve reports. The ancient Greek historian, Plutarch, recognised the folly of killing the messenger who brought bad news. Despite ample evidence to support that view, some modern cultures continue to punish peopl...

New Saudi-Ukrainian aircraft programme launched

Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov has formally announced the launch of its new Antonov An-132 military freighter. The aircraft, which is a derivative of the existing An-32 Cline, will be produced jointly by Ukraine and Saudi Arabia for both military and civilian use. Jon Lake looks at the programme.  This Antonov announcement, at the Paris International Airshow, followed the signature of cont...

Brisbane Airport breaks ground on new hotel complexes

Construction of the $150 million Brisbane Airport Hotels and Conference Centre commenced 26 of August. Owners and developers, Anthony Flynn of Flynn Property Group and Scott Flynn of Scott Flynn Properties, were on site with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Brisbane Airport Corporation’s Julieanne Alroe to mark the milestone with the first turning of the sod. The development sets a new benc...

Frankfurt Airport - Construction of its new €3 billion Terminal

Construction of its new €3 billion Terminal set to begin before year-end. PROJECT DETAILS Location: Frankfurt Airport Important developments: New Terminal 3 Scheduled opening date: 2022 Principal companies involved: TBC Total investment: Up to €3 billion Frankfurt Airport has confirmed its intention to start work on the construction of its new T...

NEW TERMINAL TO DOUBLE CAPACITY AT VC BIRD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Antigua and Barbuda’s VC Bird International Airport has become one of the most modern gateways in the Caribbean following the opening of its new terminal. The $100 million terminal – funded and financed in partnership with the Chinese government – will equip the airport to handle more than double the 800,000 passengers handled at the old terminal. Antigua and Barbuda is alr...

Boeing, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries and Alsalam Aircraft Company to Establish Saudi Rotorcraft Support Center

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed an agreement with Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and Alsalam Aircraft Company to create the Saudi Rotorcraft Support Center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The joint venture will have locations in Riyadh and Jeddah providing comprehensive, in-country maintenance repair and overhaul support for Saudi Arabia’s diverse rotorcraft fleet. “Boe...

Boeing Completes 777X Firm Configuration

Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today the completion of the firm configuration milestone for the 777-9, the first member of the 777X family to be developed. The Boeing 777X team reached this significant design milestone after working closely with airline customers and key suppliers to optimize the configuration of the new airplane. The 777X family includes the 777-8 and the 777-9 – both de...

Pacific Rim ANSPs implement 14-minute oceanic flight tracking

Pacific Rim air navigation services providers (ANSPs) Airservices Australia, Airways New Zealand and FAA are now using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) technology to track aircraft across the Pacific Ocean every 14 minutes.  This more than halves the previous tracking interval of every 30-40 minutes, and brings the region into compliance with ICAO recommendations ...

The Drink Coupon That Made Southwest Pay $1.65 Million to Lawyers

A federal appeals court has upheld a settlement in which Southwest Airlines passengers got free drink vouchers but lawyers who sued the airline got $1.65 million in cash. The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago last week upheld a lower-court ruling. Southwest includes a drink coupon when passengers buy a higher-priced Business Select ticket. In 2010, the airline started requiring th...

Metal band Iron Maiden to fly with Air Atlanta Icelandic

British heavy metal band Iron Maiden have announced they will be chartering a B747-400(F) fromAir Atlanta Icelandic (CC, Reykjavik Keflavik) for their upcoming 2016 The Book of Souls World Tour. Unlike previous tours which used a B757-200 chartered from Astraeus (5W, London Gatwick), TF-AMI (msn 27066) will not require extensive reconfiguration. &quo...

Russia signed a contract with Belarus for delivery of Yak-130 jets at MAKS-2015 airshow

A contract for delivery of four Yak-130 operational trainers to Belarus was signed at MAKS-2015 airshow. On August 26th Belarusian Ministry of Defense and Irkut Corporation signed a contract for delivery of four Yak-130 operational trainers at MAKS-2015 international airshow. The jets will be delivered to Belarus in 2016.  The document was signed by the head of the Main Directorate...

Asia Pacific Airlines Traffic Results - July 2015

Preliminary traffic figures for the month of July released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed further robust growth in international passenger numbers, whereas air cargo demand has weakened. Taken together, airlines based in the Asian region carried 23.7 million international passengers in July, a 6.5% increase compared to the same month last year. In revenue passen...

Rex Announces Full Year Results – FY1415

At its full financial year (FY) results presentation today, Regional Express Holdings Ltd (Rex) announced a Profit Before Tax (PBT) of $9.3 million for the year ended 30 June 2015. This represents a drop of 12.8% from the prior year making it the third consecutive profit decline since FY13. Commenting on the results, Rex Executive Chairman Mr Lim Kim Hai said, “Trading conditions of regio...

Cargojet & UPS Enter Into Long-Term Air Cargo Services Agreement

Cargojet announced today they have entered into a new Air Cargo Service Agreement with United Parcel Service Canada Ltd. (UPS). This Agreement replaces the agreement originally entered into in 2003 to provide domestic overnight air cargo services throughout Canada. “Cargojet is extremely pleased to have successfully extended our long-standing business relationship as the primary domestic...

Exchange Income Corporation Announces $75 Million Bought Deal Financing of Common Shares

Exchange Income Corporation (TSX:EIF) (the “Corporation”) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell, on a bought deal basis, 3,019,000 common shares (the “Shares”) from treasury to a syndicate of underwriters co-led by National Bank Financial Inc. and Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. and including CIBC World Markets Inc., TD Securities Inc., Sco...

AgustaWestland got Russia's type certificate for AW189

AgustaWestland received Russia's type certificate for AW189.At the moment the offshore version is certified, other modifications, including rescue version and version with anti-icing system will get certification next. Russian customers will get first delivered helicopters by the end of this year ( The client is RN-Aircraft, a subsidiary of Rosneft). According to the contract, RN-Air...

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) publishes its financial statement for Q2 2015

 Sales reach USD 928 million • Gross profit of USD 125 million • Operating income of USD 11 million • Net income totaling USD 20 million • Order backlog at USD 8.6 billion, representing about 2.2 years of operation • The Company’s cash balances total approximately USD 1.23 billion August 27th, 2...

Emirates Confirms Billions in Government Subsidy for Airport Terminal

The United Arab Emirates spent a staggering $7.8 billion to build an opulent, 11-story air terminal at Dubai International Airport for the sole benefit of its airline, Emirates, according to documents the airline filed with the U.S. government that confirmed one of the most excessive and unapologetic violations of Open Skies policy to date. In papers recently submitted to the Obama administrati...

Transaero Airlines sees recovery of its cargo traffic

Transaero Airlines’ cargo traffic started to recover in July after the earlier decline amid the economic headwinds. In July 2015, Transaero delivered 5,742.2 tonnes of cargo, a 3% increase over July of 2014. Revenue cargo tonne kilometres grew to 31,837,600 tkm, 1% up on July 2014. Transaero carried most of the cargo on domestic routes. The airline primarily ensures air cargo delive...

Over $1 bln worth of Sukhoi Superjet-100 contracts signed at Russia's MAKS-2015 — official

ZHUKOVSKY, August 27. /TASS/. The total value of contracts for Sukhoi Superjet 100 [SSJ] aircraft signed at MAKS-2015 airshow is over $1 billion, Russian Deputy Minister of Industry Andrey Boginsky said on Thursday. "I know the contract for supply of 20 aircraft to Yamal air carrier is about $700 mln worth and signed contracts for Superjet amount to over one billion dollars," B...

CEPA Expo, 14th-15th October, 2015, Prague

CEPA EXPO is the annual forum that focuses specifically on issues of aviation operations, growth and business development in Central and Eastern Europe. The first CEPA EXPO was held in 2010. Since then it has become an annual tradition and one of the most important events of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. Every year the convention welcomes more and more speakers, sponsors, partners and...