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Cabinet Clears Proposal to Buy Military Helicopters from Boeing

India will buy military helicopters from the US costing about $3 billion after the cabinet committee on security (CCS) cleared the plan on Tuesday. The proposal to buy Boeing Co.-manufactured 22 Apache attack and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters comes days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US. The deal has been under negotiations for past couple of years, said a senio...

AOPA Foundation Announces 2015 Giving Back Grant Recipients

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation  continues to act on its commitment to support the good work being done through general aviation (GA) by awarding grant funding to programs that plan to use general aviation to help critically ill children obtain medical services, prevent youth gang involvement, and allow low-income students to attend a week-long aviation...

UAC Management Board approved purchase of 75% share in Red Wings by IFC leasing company

Purchase of 75% share in Red Wings by Ilyushin Finance & Co (IFC) leasing company was approved by the Management Board of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC); now IFC Board of Directors should approve the deal, RIA Novosti reports with reference to some sources familiar with the deal. “UAC Management Board considered the matter related to repayment of Red Wings’ debt owed to IFC,&...

Brazil to purchase Pantsir-S1 air defense missile-gun systems worth $500 million

Brazil may purchase Pantsir-S1 air defense missile-gun systems. The contract, which may be signed in 2016, is valued at $500 million, Lenta.ru reports with reference to Ambassador of Brazil to Russia, Antonio José Vallim Guerreiro. According to him, funds for purchasing Russian weapons will be allocated from the country’s budget this year. However, the exact number of the syst...

Saudi's new Hawk trainer makes first flight

The first flight of a new-generation Hawk advanced jet trainer set for Saudi Arabia has made its maiden flight with manufacturer BAE Systems in the UK The aircraft is one of 22 Mk 165 examples on order for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The debut flight was performed by BAE test pilot Andy Blyth. According to Flightglobal, The Saudi government signed a contract for the type in May 2012 as...

Alitalia Training Academy partner up on new training program

The Alitalia Training Academy has resumed operations after a ten year hiatus, starting with 24 candidates in the Alitalia-Etihad Airways Cadet Pilot Program. The program will use the Alitalia Training Academy in Italy, and Etihad Airways’ training facilities in Abu Dhabi. The reopening of the academy was made possible by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, which endorsed the newly la...

Air Charter Service celebrates 25th anniversary

Air Charter Service (ACS) has celebrated its 25th anniversary, having been founded in the basement of chairman, Chris Leach, and his wife, Tina’s London home. Leach says he founded the company in 1990 having spotted an opportunity in the aircraft charter market. Before this he had worked Saturn Airways, Transamerica Airlines and freight forwarder, Savino Del Bene. He says when h...

Transavia lets passengers download IFE content to their own devices ahead of their flight

The discussion as to whether wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) poses a threat to the traditional embedded screens is one that rears its head on a regular basis, but the wireless IFE providers themselves face stiff competition from a new breed of companies who see opportunities to further reshape the market, particularly on narrow-body aircraft serving short-haul routes, which have previously...

Wizz Air Announces A321 Leases From CDB Leasing

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today it has signed an agreement with CDB Leasing (the leasing arm of China Development Bank) to finance six Airbus A321ceo aircraft, including Wizz Air’s first two A321s scheduled for delivery later this year. Terms of the agreement were not released. “We’ve developed a strong relatio...

Alaska Airlines and Icelandair Announce Codeshare and Frequent Flier Partnership Agreement

Alaska Airlines and Icelandair have entered into a codeshare agreement and frequent flier partnership, which will give customers easier connections and more ways to earn benefits when flying between the U.S. and Europe. With the new codeshare agreement, to take effect Nov. 1 pending government approval, customers flying on Alaska Airlines and Icelandair will enjoy seamless reservations and tick...

SAA experiences delays due to strike action by employees of Ground Handling Company

South African Airways (SAA) is experiencing flight delays due to industrial action by ground handling staff at OR Tambo International Airport. Swissport, a company providing ground handling services to SAA and other airlines, has advised that some of its employees have embarked on unprotected strike action and will be implementing contingency measures to mitigate the impact on operations...

China Signs Deal to Buy 300 Boeing Aircraft

A group of Chinese companies signed Tuesday a deal with U.S. plane maker Boeing to buy 300 Boeing aircraft in Seattle, the U.S. The deal, signed by China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., and China Development Bank Leasing with Boeing, was reached during Chinese President Xi Jinping's first state visit to the United States which was kicked off on Tues...

Boeing, COMAC to Jointly Build 737 Plant in China

Boeing Tuesday signed a cooperative document with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC) to build a 737 aircraft completion center in China, marking a step forward the cooperation between Boeing and Chinese aircraft manufacturing enterprises. According to the document, Boeing and COMAC will build a joint venture to paint, finish and deliver 737 aircraft to customers, which is the...

How airlines get passengers to happily accept extra fees

As add-on fees make up a growing percentage of airlines’ profits, more carriers are introducing bundles of features on top of their base fares — and travelers are embracing them. On a Delta flight from Dallas to Chicago this year, Paul Clough, a resident of Austin, Texas, who travels frequently, paid $48 to upgrade to a Comfort Plus ticket, which included such amenities as additiona...

Meggitt to acquire composites division of EDAC for $340 m

Meggitt PLC ("Meggitt" or "the Group"), the leading international engineering group specialising in aerospace, defence and energy markets, has agreed to acquire the composites division of EDAC (“the Business”), formerly known as Parkway Aerospace & Defense, from Greenbriar Equity Group and other associated sellers for US$340 million in cash. The Business prod...

Ruslan moves Rolls Royce’s new engine to Airbus facility

Ruslan International has transported Rolls-Royce’s new Trent XWB-97 engine from East Midlands Airport to the Airbus testing facility in Toulouse. The engine is the highest-thrust production engine the manufacturer has ever made from the UK to South West France.  where it will undergo extensive testing. Ruslan used an Antonov AN-124 heavylift aircraft, which was needed ta...

TNT launches road connection to Georgia

TNT is launching a scheduled road feeder connection to Georgia to reduce the European road transit times to Moscow. The Dutch express operator says it becomes the first express delivery service provider to offer an economy service to/from Georgia, in the Caucasus, as an alternative to air express services. The line haul will connect Georgia’s capital Tbilisi with TNT’s European r...

Lockheed Martin celebrates Norway’s first F-35A rollout

Ceremonies were held today at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility celebrating the rollout of the first F-35A Lightning II for the Norwegian Armed Forces. The event marked an important production milestone for the future of Norway’s national defense.  “We all know that the F-35 is not simply another fighter. We know that it is much more,” said Her Excellency Ine E...

Survitec and Netherlands to create EU Centre for F-35 pilots

Survitec Group and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) have agreed to work together to set up a dedicated Pilot Fit Facility (PFF) in Holland for pilots flying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and to study the feasibility for other legacy platforms. Lieutenant General A. Schnitger, Commander-in-Chief RNLAF, along with other high-ranking officials, sealed the partnership during a meeting...

U.S. airlines coalition: Gulf carriers hurting global aviation

Harm is being caused to airlines outside the U.S., according to the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. The subsidization of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines by the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar is harming carriers in Southeast Asia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, the Philippines and others, according to a release issued this week by the Partner...

Falcon 7X and Customer Support Services to be Highlighted at CIBAS 2015

Dassault Aviation will feature the top of the line Falcon 7X at the China International Business Aviation Show (CIBAS) to be held at Beijing Capital Airport from September 24-26. With 35 units in service, China remains the second largest market, behind the United States, for the Falcon 7X. More than 250 7X have come off the assembly line since the airplane was introduced. “Demand for t...