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Kuwait Agrees To Buy 28 Eurofighter Typhoons

Kuwait has agreed to buy 28 Eurofighter Typhoons in a deal agreed with the Italian government. In a short press statement, Eurofighter provided no details as to when the aircraft will be delivered and what configuration and equipment they will have. However, a spokesman for the four-nation consortium (Italy, Germany, the UK and Spain), confirmed that additional details reported by D...

Etihad & Co. hit bond market in bid to raise $1bn

Etihad Airways and several of its equity partners and subsidiaries have set up a Dutch limited liability private company - EA Partners1 BV - ahead of a USD1 billion bond issuance later this week. Funds raised through the issuance will be used to settle debt obligations attributed to the seven obligors which include Etihad Airways PJSC (up to USD245 million or 18.85% of total), Air Ber...

easyJet launches new routes for spring sale

easyJet has put its Spring schedule on sale for 2016 with a record number of flights and routes. Over 136,000 additional flights are set to take place across easyJet’s network between 21 March 2016 and 26 June 2016 providing more than 22.5 million seats.  Of these, more than 12.8 million additional seats are now on sale to and from the UK on 77,900 flights. Customers can look forward...

Jet-Care Extends Gas Path Analysis to Rolls-Royce Engines

Engine condition trend monitoring specialist Spectro Jet-Care has extended its gas path analysis (GPA) service available for Rolls-Royce engines powering business aircraft. Last week, the UK-based group started offeringGPA support for the following turbofans: BR700-710C4, BR700-725A12, BR700-725A1, Tay 611-8, AE3007A andAE3007C. The process detects deteri...

Jetstar to Link Wuhan with Gold Coast

Australia's low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways (JQ) will launch a nonstop flight linking the Gold Coast with central China's Wuhan city starting Sep. 29. The twice-weekly service will be operated by a wide-body B787-800 Dreamliner on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with a nine and a half hours' single trip. Jetstar will build its presence in Chinese tourism market and further exp...

Shanghai-Moscow Flight Returns Due to Medical Emergency

China Eastern Airlines (MU) flight MU591 from Shanghai to Moscow returned to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) after reaching Mongolia's airspace today due to a passenger onboard suffered illness, according to a source familiar with the matter. The Moscow-bound aircraft is estimated to take off from Shanghai at 11:55 a.m. and its actual takeoff t...

It Just Got Harder to Hop Another Flight When Yours Is Grounded

Two of the world's three largest airlines, American and Delta, will no longer exchange passengers to help them reach their destinations in bad weather or during other disruptions. Delta wants more money from the larger airline than American is willing to pay. The "interline" agreement between the two ends Sept. 15, although tickets already sold for trips beyond that date will...

Should the U.S. Privatize Air Traffic Control?

The early air traffic control network in the U.S. was a patchwork with no central authority, a situation that lasted until a spate of midair collisions led to the birth of the Federal Aviation Agency in 1958. Six decades later some big U.S. airlines - with one notable exception - want the feds out of the air traffic game, seeking to follow other nations and transfer airspace management t...

Plane Used by Tom Cruise Movie Crew Crashes in Colombia

A small plane assigned to the crew of a movie starring Tom Cruise crashed in Colombia on Friday, killing two people, including a Los Angeles-based film pilot, and seriously injuring a third, the country's civilian aviation authority said. An official with the aviation agency, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter, said Cruise wa...

Boeing Said to Study First China Plant for Work on 737 Jetliner

Boeing Co. is exploring whether to open a factory in China to complete work on its top-selling 737-model jetliners, the first facility of its kind outside the U.S., according to a person familiar with the plans. The facility would perform tasks such as painting aircraft built at Boeing's single-aisle plant outside Seattle, said the person, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly. M...

China Names and Shames 4 Tourists over Thai Airport Incident

Chinese authorities have named and shamed four travelers over an incident at Bangkok's airport in which they vented their frustration by belting out the Chinese national anthem. The four were part of a group of Chinese tourists whose flight home had been delayed by eight hours until 3:00 a.m. When the plane arrived, they refused to board until their compensation demands were me...

NBAA Staff Travels to Montana to Advocate for Business Aviation

With Congress in recess this summer, and lawmakers meeting with constituents in their home districts, NBAA staffers took the opportunity to go around the country meeting with legislators to discuss issues of concern to Association Members, including the upcoming FAA reauthorization bill. For example, NBAA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Dick Doubrava and Northwest Regional Represen...

Airbus readies for Monday inauguration of U.S. plant

On Monday, officials of European airplane maker Airbus will christen the company’s first U.S. manufacturing site. The Mobile, Ala., plant will be the final assembly site of Airbus’ single-aisle A320 Family passenger jets, which encompass the A318, A319, A321 and A321 models. The $600 million plant on 116 acres will be led by Kansan Daryl Taylor, who as vice president and general...

Pratt & Whitney Announces Grand Opening of Customer Training Center

Pratt & Whitney, announced today the grand opening of its India customer training center in Hyderabad. The training center will be housed at United Technologies Corporation India Pvt ltd (“UTC India”). Aircraft engineers and technicians will be trained on current and new engine models at this facility. Today, more than 300 aircraft in India are powered by Pratt & Whitne...

WIZZ AIR to purchase 110 Airbus A321Neos

Further to its announcement of the entry into a memorandum of understanding on 18 June 2015, Wizz Air Holdings Plc (the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, “Wizz Air”), the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announces that it has completed and signed the purchase agreement with Airbus which, amongst other things, provides for the purchase of...

EasyJet to Halt Moscow Flights on Slumping Demand

EasyJet Plc will halt flights between London and Moscow as ticket sales are hurt by the combination of a slowing Russian economy and stricter visa-approval procedures. EasyJet will suspend operations on March 21, while continuing to monitor the situation with a view to resuming the service should demand pick up, the Luton, England-based company said in a statement Friday. Europe's No. 2...

Airlines Fly High on Low Fuel Prices, Travel Growth

There is some oxygen for the choking Indian airline industry. Two positive factors -- domestic air travel growing at almost 30% and sharp fall in jet fuel prices -- are bringing the industry back from the brink, at a time when some players were staring at emergency exits. India's only profitable airline IndiGo reported on Thursday its highest ever net profit of Rs 1,304 crore for...

Samsung in Talks with Korean Air for Jet Sale

Samsung Electronics is in talks with Korean Air to sell its private jets and helicopters. "We are discussing with Korean Air to sell the company-owned jets and helicopters, a deal valued at a few million dollars," the company said, late Friday, adding the deal value is subject to change. Samsung plans to sell two Boeing 737s and a Bombardier 7000, and two EC-155 and four...

Germany Orders United Airlines Flight back over Bomb Threat

A United Airlines flight to San Francisco was ordered back shortly after takeoff from Frankfurt airport Friday because of a bomb threat, German authorities said. After the jet landed back in Frankfurt, all luggage and people on board were searched but no explosives were found, a German federal police spokesman said. Nobody was detained in the incident. "Police received a threa...

Estonian Air’s restructuring plan has taken the airline to a profitable summer 2015

In addition to June and July this year, Estonian Air earned profit also in August. The profit of three months amounted to almost half a million euros. Last time the company had bottom line profit three months in a row in summer 2010. „We are happy to see that the company continued to operate profitably also in August despite of the fact that competition at aviation market has significantl...

Airbus developing drones that can fly for 90 days straight

Airbus is developing a drone that can fly for up to 90 days straight. The drones currently under construction have a wingspan of 80 feet, are able to fly at 70,000 feet and carry a payload of more than over 20 pounds. But the new models are estimated to be 35 feet larger and carry twice as much weight, the Telegraph reports. The Airbus Zephyr already has the record for longest continuous fli...