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Cathay Pacific Cargo and Emirates SkyCargo expand services to Rickenbacker

Cathay Pacific Cargo and Emirates SkyCargo have seen significant success by importing and exporting goods through Rickenbacker International Airport, and are extending freighter services by adding additional weekly frequencies to their existing schedules in October. Columbus Regional Airport Authority operates the airport and president and chief executive officer, Elaine Roberts, says the...

Swiss WorldCargo steps up eAWB use

Swiss WorldCargo is now offering the electronic air waybill (eAWB) ‘Single Process’ after completing a successful four-month pilot phase. The carrier says it should significantly accelerate adoption of the eAWB throughout its network. Swiss WorldCargo can now accept Single Process eAWB shipments in Zurich, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, and Copenhagen. The f...

Delta: Privatizing ATO threatens customer service

A proposal for inclusion in the FAA reauthorization bill this fall would separate the nation’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) from the FAA into a new organization outside of the federal government. While Delta agrees that improvements to handling our near-capacity air space need to continue, we believe that privatizing the ATO is not the answer. In fact, the process of separating the ATO...

Air Astana passes fifth IATA operational safety audit

Air Astana has successfully undergone the International Air Transport Association's Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) for the fifth time. The airline first passed the audit in 2007 and then again in 2009, 2011 and 2013. During the latest audit in May 2015, documentation and implementation of nearly 1,000 IOSA standards were verified on all aspects of the airline’s activities. These incl...

JFK airport reopens runway after major modernization

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced the resumption of flights on a major runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport, following substantial completion of a $400 million modernization project designed to help reduce delays, enhance safety and increase the surface’s lifespan. JFK Airport now has all four of its runways in full use for the first time since the s...

FAA proposes $114,975 penalty against Sun Country Airlines

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $114,975 civil penalty against MN Airlines, LLC, doing business as Sun Country Airlines, for allegedly violating federal drug and alcohol testing regulations. The FAA alleges that Sun Country, of Mendota Heights, Minn., failed to conduct pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negativ...

Student Loans Could Help Avert U.S. Airline Pilot Shortage: Union Head

The head of the world's largest pilots union urged the airline industry on Monday to find ways to alleviate the rising costs of aviators' schooling, saying a shortage of regional airline pilots looms in the United States. The expensive education required to become a pilot, coupled with the low wages and benefits of entry-level jobs, is deterring the next generation of pilots f...

Aviation photographer Laird Kay focuses on fashion line

Aviation photographer Laird Kay is set to release a line of clothing and homeware inspired by his images of airports and planes. Laird Kay is a self-described “plane nerd.” When the light is just right and the wind’s coming in from the right direction, unless Kay is actually on a flight somewhere, you will find him out there with all his photography gear behind the Wendy&rsquo...

Vueling will fly from Vilnius to Barcelona

As of summer 2016, Spanish low-cost airline Vueling will start carrying passengers from/to Barcelona to/from Vilnius. The airline will benefit from financial assistance offered by the aviation route incentive programme, created by the Lithuanian Airports, cites LETA/ELTA. Vueling has already launched the ticket sales for flights starting from late June, 2016: a trip from Vilnius to Barcelo...

Star Alliance boss says Virgin Australia would fit in well as a Star member

Star Alliance chief executive Mark Schwab says Virgin Australia would very much fit in should it choose to be a part of the 28-airline alliance. However, the boss of the Star Alliance believes Virgin's partnership with Delta Air Lines, which Australia’s competition regulator recently reauthorised for a further five years, and the airline’s strategy of working with a number of ca...

A date for the start of testing of the upgraded high-altitude M-55 aircraft was set

Myasishchev design bureau is going to complete the upgrade of M-55 «Geophizika» high-altitude aircraft this year, Interfax reports with reference to a source close to the aircraft industry. “At present the aircraft is being upgraded; the upgrade should be completed this year. It is expected that the flight tests will be started in December,” the source said.  Acc...

IFC set to acquire controlling stake in Russia's Red Wings

The board of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has given its leasing subsidary, the Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC), the go-ahead to acquire a 74% stake in local carrier, Red Wings (Russia)(WZ, Moscow Vnukovo). A UAC source told Russia's RIA news agency that IFC management are now set to vote in favour of the purchase. The transaction, which was first announced by IFC&...

Ukraine set to ban major Russian carriers from its territory

The Ukrainian government has banned all major Russian airlines from landing at its airports with effect from October 25. Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk told the official government news service that the ban would target Aeroflot (SU, Moscow, Sheremetyevo) and  Transaero Airlines (UN, Moscow, Domodedovo) in particular. "We have taken the decision to ban flights by Russian ai...

Former Direct Air boss up for bank fraud

Robert Keilman, the co-founder and former Chief Financial Officer of Direct Air (D1, Myrtle Beach), has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud and bank fraud during a hearing at a US District Court in Newark last week.  Ashbury Park Press reports Keilman admitted to colluding with two other unnamed airline executives to defraud a local New Jersey bank of between U...

Citation Latitude heading to Australia for demonstration tour

Aeromil Pacific will officially launch the Cessna Citation Latitude in Australia at Sydney Airport on October 8 ahead of a demonstration tour around the country. The nine-seat Citation Latitude and achieved certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June 2015, allowing first deliveries began in August. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney...

Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways Celebrate Milestone 70th 777 Delivery

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated a significant achievement today with the delivery of the airline's 70th 777 aircraft -- also the last and 53rd 777-300ER (Extended Range) of its confirmed orders -- that has made Cathay Asia's largest operator of the 777 fleet. With today's delivery, Cathay Pacific's 777 aircraft fleet comprises of 53 777-300E...

Southwest Paid US$120 Million for 2 Gates at Dallas Airport

Southwest Airlines is so intent on strengthening its grip over Dallas Love Field that it is paying United Airlines US$120 million to control two more gates at the airport near downtown. Southwest disclosed the deal Monday during a hearing on a court fight that will determine whether Delta Air Lines can stay at Love Field. The hearing gave a rare glimpse into the high-stakes dealing...

Airbus Supersalesman Leahy Pushes Back Talk of Retirement

Airbus sales chief John Leahy, on whose watch the European planemaker has sold planes worth a trillion dollars, is set to remain in his post, pushing aside earlier talk of retirement, two people with knowledge of the decision said. Leahy, who turned 65 in August, has told colleagues he will stay in one of aerospace's most visible and highest-paid jobs for a "few more years", they...

2 Southwest Airlines Planes Bump at Sea-Tac; No Injuries

A Southwest Airlines jet struck another of the carrier's aircraft at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport early Monday morning as they were being prepared to be towed to the gates to pick up passengers and crew. Nobody was hurt in the slow-moving crash, said Perry Cooper, airport spokesman. Cooper likened the 6:30 a.m. mishap to "taking the emergency brake off your car and...

Hydraulic Issues on Aer Lingus Flight Causes Fire in Brakes upon Emergency Landing at JFK Airport

An Aer Lingus flight had to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff after experiencing hydraulic issues. Aer Lingus flight #110 departed JFK at 7:15 p.m. to Shannon, Ireland returned to JFK at 7:30 p.m. The Boeing 757 reported hydraulic failure, landing gear door problems, and no flaps. The plane came in faster than normal and landed runway 22 left. ARFF trucks are on scene as...

Aeroflot Cancels All Tickets and Flights to Ukraine Dated After October 25

Russia's flagship commercial airline Aeroflot has canceled ticketing to Ukraine for dates beyond October 25 when a ban imposed by Ukraine for Russian flights into the country goes into effect, according to the company's booking system. According to the booking system, flights from Moscow to Kiev and Moscow to Odesa departing from October 25 have been tagged "unavailable.&...