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Sea-Tac Airport Locked Down Briefly for Security Breach

Port of Seattle police briefly closed all entrances to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport while they responded to a security alarm. KING TV News reports that airport officials confirmed a post on Twitter saying police had closed entrances and stopped trains about 9:15 p.m. Friday. Police took a suspect into custody and lifted the lockdown after about 30 minutes. Planes con...

Police Warn Travellers Against Misusing Boarding Passes at Changi Airport

The police have issued an advisory warning travellers against misusing their boarding passes. In a statement posted on Facebook on Sunday morning, it said that nine cases of Misuse of Boarding Pass had been reported at Changi Airport since January this year. Thirteen people have also been arrested in connection to offences under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act. &quo...

Dayton to host aviation writers

A dozen aviation media professionals with national or international audiences will get an exclusive, in-depth look at many of the Greater Dayton region’s nationally important aviation heritage sites, during the Aviation Writers Summit, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The first National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) Aviation Writers Summit Presented by Dayton International Airport will feature exclus...

Drone Has Near Miss with Air NZ Plane

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association says it is "very worried" after a drone had a near miss with a commercial flight in controlled airspace above Christchurch. The pilot of an Air New Zealand A320, with 166 passengers on board, reported sighting a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System flying in controlled air space north of Christchurch at about 5:45 p.m. on Friday night. C...

British Airways: Fury As Airline Regains Monopoly on Flights Between Heathrow and Scotland

British Airways this weekend regains its monopoly on flights connecting Scotland with Heathrow for the first time since 1982. The final Virgin Atlantic flights from Aberdeen and Edinburgh to Europe's busiest airport depart on September 26, following heavy losses by Sir Richard Branson's airline. The Virgin flights, badged Little Red, were operated by the Irish airline, Aer Lingus. The l...

New United Airlines CEO Vows End to Disunity in Employee Letter

The new chief executive officer of United Continental Holdings Inc. pledged to unite a divided workforce by consulting with affected employees before adopting any cost cuts and by scrutinizing the use of outside management consultants. Oscar Munoz urged employees to "come with me" in a personal letter on Friday that didn't announce major personnel or policy changes. He said he'...

Subang Airport Flights Suspended due to Haze

Flights in and out of Sultan Abdul Aziz airport in Subang were suspended from about 5 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. Saturday due to poor visibility caused by the haze. Firefly chief executive officer Ignatius Ong, when contacted, said that the airport was closed to flight operations at about 5:00 p.m. He said that Firefly has flights operating out of Subang until 10 p.m. and all of its flights...

Air France claims to work more

Pilots flying on medium-haul projected to increase from 585 hours to 690 hours per year (+ 18%) and on long-haul, from 685 hours to 780 hours per year (+ 14%). As for hostesses and stewards, the efforts demanded by management are quite similar. Air France management stated: to return to profit growth, pilots and flight attendants will have to fly more without earning more. We hav...

Kinshasa says secures release of Congo Airways A320

Congo Airways (Kinshasa N'Djili) is set to take delivery of its second A320-200 almost a month after it was seized at Dublin Int'l by international creditors. Minister of Justice for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Alexis Thambwe told local television that an Irish High Court had granted the release of EI-DSN (cn 3412) on the grounds the debt did not concern the airline....

Houston Intercontinental Airport enjoys solid traffic growth and wins new key long-haul service

Softness in the energy sector is not dampening passenger growth at Houston Intercontinental Airport as the facility during 2015 is adding a mix of new services to Central America, Asia and Australia.  Houston Intercontinental has enjoyed solid expansion into Asia during the last couple of years, which has helped to bolster its international passenger numbers while domestic passenger growth...

Boeing Tanker Plane Makes First Flight

Boeing's first fully equipped KC-46A aerial tanker completed a four-hour inaugural flight on Friday, a milestone for the USD$49 billion aircraft that has run into cost and scheduling issues in recent years. The company tweeted pictures of the tanker as it took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Boeing test pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and envi...

TAM Airlines charts solid international growth while battling worsening conditions in Brazil

Brazilian Airline TAM of the LATAM Airlines Group has continued to expand internationally during 2015 even as it has revised its domestic capacity forecast  from flat to a reduction of up to 4% for the year amid a continuing weakening economy in Brazil.  Some of the international build up is occurring from Brasilia, where TAM has also made a regional domestic push in 20...

Iran to Buy US$21 Billion in Russian Space Equipment and Aircraft - Sputnik

Iran has signed contracts worth US$21 billion (13 billion pounds) to buy satellite equipment and aircraft from Russia, Manouchehr Manteghi, the managing director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization, said in an interview with Russian agency Sputnik on Saturday. Manteghi said the contracts had been signed at the MAKS-2015 air show in Russia last month. The contracts involved satellite-rel...

Beijing Capital Airport Expects 1.76 Million Passengers in National Day Holiday

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) said it is expected to serve 1.76 million people during the upcoming week-long National Day Holiday, or "Golden Week", from Oct. 1-7. The airport projects that it will handle on average 251,000 people per day during the week-long holiday. During the "Golden Week", PEK is expected to serve up to 11,400 takeoffs and land...

Flexjet Seeks Europe Toehold to Compete With Buffett's NetJets

Flexjet, the biggest challenger to Warren Buffett’s NetJets luxury aviation unit, plans to expand to Europe next year, possibly through an acquisition. After increasing overseas flights by adding longer-range planes such as the Gulfstream G450, the Richardson, Texas-based company now seeks a European base to provide more global service, Chief Executive Officer Michael...

London City Airport Frustrated by Mayor's U-Turn as Sale Looms

London City Airport, offered for sale by its U.S. owner, has seen its growth plans fall victim to a political spat over the expansion of the U.K. capital’s Heathrow hub, Chief Executive Officer Declan Collier said. Mayor Boris Johnson’s decision to veto a 250 million-pound ($380 million) proposal for aircraft stands, a taxiway and arrivals terminal, seven years after...

JPMorgan reaped $150 million dividend from Henry Bath before sale: filing

JPMorgan Chase & Co reaped a $150 million dividend from its metals storage business Henry Bath & Son before selling its physical commodities business last October, as the firm reported its first loss in over a decade, a filing on Thursday showed. A review of filings to the UK business registry revealed the payout to the Wall Street bank and the loss were the first since 2002 when Henry...

Seatback IFE’s much-heralded death fails to materialise, again

Harbingers of the demise of embedded seatback inflight entertainment have been prophesying its death for years, but two recent decisions by Lufthansa — for its own fleet and for its new Eurowings subsidiary — have swung the needle firmly back towards “embedded”. For a start, Lufthansa is continuing to install Zodiac’s RAVE seat-centric IFE produ...

American could take similar approach as Delta with domestic 2Ku

Classic air-to-ground (ATG)-supported connectivity is not enough, at least not in the current implementation. That seems to be the conclusion that airlines, passengers (and even Gogo) are drawing these days in the United States. Virgin America is obviously the most recent carrier to indicate as much, both through its signing for 10 planes with Ka-band and hybrid Ka/Ku s...

Helitech International: EHA Rotorcraft Seminars Shine Spotlight on Issues Affecting Operators

The European Helicopter Association (EHA) will stage its authoritative Rotorcraft Seminars during Helitech International, which takes place at ExCeL London from 6 - 8 October 2015. The comprehensive programme, which will be staged on 7 October, features a keynote address from Luc Tytgat, Director Strategy & Safety Management, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This will be followed by a s...

Spirit Readies for Higher 787 Production with Facility Expansion

Spirit AeroSystems is preparing for higher production rates on the Boeing 787 by expanding the building where it produces the airplane's forward fuselage. Construction is underway on Spirit's Composite Fuselage Facility to add 100,000 square feet. The building, visible from K-15 and 47th Street South, is where Spirit manufactures the composite forward fuselage section of the 787 twin-ai...