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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...

Deutsche Bank CEO to shy away from 'big bang' reform at board summit

John Cryan, Deutsche Bank’s new chief executive, will not present “big bang” reforms at a weekend supervisory board retreat, rather an acceleration of existing plans to shed assets and exit countries. The group’s 19-member top oversight body began a three-day meeting late on Thursday set to be held at the luxury Alpine resort near the Tegernsee lake south of Munich,...

Oil slides as Goldman Sachs cuts price forecast

Crude futures fell on Friday after Wall Street's most influential voice in oil trading, Goldman Sachs, slashed its price outlook through next year, citing oversupply and concerns about China's economy. Joining Germany's Commerzbank and a long list of other banks in cutting price projections, Goldman lowered its 2016 forecast for U.S. crude to $45 a barrel from $57 previously, and Br...

Vueling will hire up to 200 pilots as market demand grows

Spanish budget carrier Vueling has announced plans to hire as many as 200 first officers to meet market growth demand in the 2016 summer season. “We want to continue to provide professional opportunities to more pilots at our operational bases in Spain and elsewhere in Europe, as we have done in recent years,” COO Fernando Val said in a statement. For the upcoming recru...

Illegal Charter is Resurgent in Tough Russian Market

Russia is seeing a rise in the number of so-called “gray charter” flights that do not meet all legal requirements, according to members of the country’s business aviation community. Speaking to AIN on condition of anonymity on the eve of this week’s JetExpo show in Moscow, Russian business aviation executives said that the rise in illegal charter flying marks a re...

Indonesia will replace F-5 Tiger fighters with Su-35

In the near-term a squadron of 16 outdated US F-5 Tiger fighters will be replaced by a squadron of Russian state-of-the-art Su-35 multi-role fighters, Voenno-promishlenniy Courier reports with reference to Tempo. «We have made a decision to purchase a squadron of Russian Su-35 fighters to replace F-5 Tiger aircraft,» Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu said following th...

AECOM wins contract to design world's largest new airport

Global, integrated infrastructure services company AECOM has secured a contract to design a new airport in Istanbul that will be the world's largest new airport in terms of annual passenger capacity. Istanbul New Airport will have a planned annual capacity of 150 million passengers. AECOM will design all the airside works for the project, including the three initial runways, taxiways...

TAV have constructed the world's best airport

TAV Construction receives award for world's best airport project for the Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Airport Project. TAV has been awarded at the 3rd Global Construction Summit organized by ENR, for the privatisation of Madinah Airport, which has been announced as the world’s best airport.   Madinah Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Airport is also the first Leadership in Ene...

Gama Aviation receives EASA approval as ATO

Gama Aviation has received EASA approval to issue aircraft type ratings. This enables the company to carry out landins training programmes under the new interpretation of the EASA Part-FCL requirements regarding base training. Gama Aviation has established its own CAA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) which meets EASA requirements. The ATO initially covers seven types of aircraft includin...

JFI Jets begins on-demand Cuba service

JFI Jets has begun providing an on-demand charter service to Cuba from its aircraft bases throughout the United States. “Few private charter carriers have the necessary certifications to fly to Cuba presently and even fewer have the local knowledge and contacts on the ground that are key to executing a flawless trip.” David Rimmer, president of JFI Jets said: “Few priva...

Toray Composites Enters into Supply Agreement with Bell Helicopter

Toray Composites (America), Inc.has entered into a Supply Agreement with Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, to supply carbon fiber prepreg materials for Bell Helicopter programs.  Initially, TCA will supply materials for the Bell 525 Relentless program.  The Bell 525 Relentless is the world's first commercial fly-by-wire helicopter and is currently in flight test and ce...