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FlightSafety launches Latitude simulator training programme

FlightSafety International launched its Cessna Citation Latitude simulator training programme on 28 September at its facility in Wichita, Kansas. The inauguration came about a month after the midsize business jet entered service with a US customer. The company says, until now, Latitude pilots have been training on a Sovereign+ simulator, as the duo share the same Garmin G5000 flightde...

Beechcraft delivers China's first 350i to be used in a charter role

Beechcraft has handed over the first of two King Air 350is to Chinese aviation services company AVIC Hebei General Aviation (HGAC). The twin-engined turboprop will be based in Shijiazhuang City, in northern China’s Hebei province, and will be the first 350i in the country dedicated to charter services, says the Textron Aviation subsidiary of the American Textron Group which also owns Beec...

Corporate Eagle Grows Fractional Fleet with Falcon 2000

Corporate Eagle expanded its fractional fleet with the addition of the Dassault Falcon 2000. Corporate Eagle recently took delivery of the first of four pre-owned Falcon 2000s to be used for fractional operations. The Waterford, Mich.-based membership, fractional and managed aircraft operator invested close to $1 million in upgrades to the aircraft and said all four will be identical. ...

U.S. Inks New Agreements with Canada, EASA

On September 15, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed agreements with two international regulatory partners, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada (TCCA) that allow the authorities to rely on each other’s regulatory systems. The agreements will eliminate duplicate processes, get safety enhancing equipment installed on aircraft more quickly, and save time...

Qantas Group and GE Aviation sign strategic Flight Efficiency Services agreement

The Qantas Group and GE Aviation have signed a comprehensive agreement for GE’s Flight Efficiency Services, which will help Qantas and Jetstar increase operational flexibility and fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by drawing on GE’s industry-leading navigation services, data and analytics expertise. The agreement includes flight efficiency and Flight Operations Quality Assura...

Atlantic’s Philly FBO Hosts Papal Goodbye

As Pope Francis wrapped up his historic first visit to the U.S. on Sunday, his farewell address before heading back to Rome and the Vatican took place in one of the hangars of Atlantic Aviation's Philadelphia International Airport facility. Among the 500 VIPs and volunteers present at the event were U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill; Pennsylvania Governo...

Flexjet takes its first Legacy 500 jet

Embraer Executive Jets has delivered the first Flexjets Legacy 500 jet. “It’s a great privilege to have been selected by Flexjet for the expansion of its world-class fleet.” Marco Tulio Pellegrini, president & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets said: “It’s a great privilege to have been selected by Flexjet for the expansion of its world-class fleet. T...

Bill Filed To Resolve Managed Aircraft Tax Controversy

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) last week introduced H.R. 3608 to clarify that aircraft management services are not commercial operations subject to the 7.5-percent air transportation tax. The bill is similar to legislation that the lawmaker introduced in 2014 in attempt to clear up the controversy surrounding a 2012 IRS Chief Counsel opinion that deemed management services as commerc...

Air France nears decision on cuts

Air France and its trade unions will reach a deadline Sept. 30 on whether cuts to its long-haul services can be averted. The loss-making airline said Sept. 8 that it could drop 10% of its long-haul services and proceed with redundancies if it does not reach an agreement with all its unions over implementing itsPerform 2020 turnaround plan. The airline’s Central Works Council...

ATAG welcomes GIFAS as an associate member

The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) today welcomed as an associate member the Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), the French aerospace industries association. GIFAS has more than 353 members who are active in all sectors of the aerospace industry including civil aircraft, helicopters, engines, satellites and launch systems, defence and...

National flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation, brings in AJW Aviation

Nepal Airlines has chosen AJW Aviation to provide full power-by-the-hour services for its current fleet of A320s. As part of the long-term agreement AJW will also locate extensive main base kit at the Nepal Airlines’ facilities at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and at their operational centre in Singapore, taking advantage of AJW’s strategic hub strate...

Wizz Announces New Bucharest To Birmingham Route

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced a new route from Bucharest to Birmingham. The route will commence on 22 May and will be operated with two weekly flights on Wednesdays and Sundays. With this new service, WIZZ is now offering 39 routes to 14 countries from Bucharest. Tickets on Wizz Air’s new UK route are on sale starting today...

Rolls-Royce and American Airlines to dissolve Texas Aero Engine Services LLC partnership

Today, Rolls-Royce and American Airlines announced plans to dissolve Texas Aero Engine Services LLC (TAESL). TAESL is a 50-50 joint venture between Rolls-Royce and American Airlines Group in Fort Worth, Texas, that provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul services on aircraft engines. The combination of reductions in demand and lack of future growth opportunities for the b...

Lufthansa Technik names Robert Gaag SVP EUMEA Corporate Sales

Robert Gaag (55) will be appointed as Senior Vice President Corporate Sales for Europe, Middle East, Africa (EuMEA), following Wolfgang Weynell, who has hold the position since 1 July 2014. Weynell will remain Senior Vice President Corporate Sales & Marketing until 31 December 2015, when he retires from Lufthansa Technik after 39 years with the Company. The nomination of Robert Gaag, curren...

Frontier signs leaseback for 9 A321 aircraft with GECAS

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, announced it signed a purchase-and-leaseback agreement with Frontier Airlines for nine new Airbus A321 aircraft. Delivery of the first new aircraft is scheduled for October 2015 with the remaining new deliveries scheduled in 2015 and 2016. All nine aircraft are powered by CFM56-5B3 engine...

P&W Renews Agreement for Customer Training Center in Beijing

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, has signed a 15-year renewal for its joint venture agreement between United Technologies Far East Ltd. and the China Aviation Supplies (CAS) Holding Company to support the Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Center located in Beijing, China. The Customer Training Center has been in operation for more than a decade and has provided tail...

Russia closes airspace to Ukraine airlines from Oct 25

Russia said it would close its airspace to Ukrainian airlines from October 25 in reprisal for a ban that Ukraine has slapped on Russian airlines. Acting on instructions from Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, the federal transport agency "has been asked to inform (Ukrainian) air companies providing flights to Russia that they will be forbidden to use Russian airspace from Oc...

Beijing Capital Airport Sets New Record in Daily Flights

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) operated a total of 1,915 flights on September 25, creating a new record for daily aircraft movements since the airport opened. The new figure, breaking the previous single-day record of 1,831 flight movements set in April, exceeded the daily average of 1,600 movements by 14.4 percent. Hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed at Beij...

China Express Airlines to Spread Wings Abroad

China Express Airlines (G5), a Chongqing-based regional carrier, has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for expansion of its business scope, in a bid to spread wings abroad, according to its brand release on Sep. 25, which was devoted to the company's nine-year anniversary. Since its maiden flight in Sep. 2006, China Express Airlines has be...

China Airlines Chosen as No. 2 in Top Online Passenger Choice Airline Brands

China Airlines (CAL) was placed second among a top 10 passenger choice airline brands for 2015, according to Design Air, a leading site for airline product news and reviews. Design Air said that it was surprised to see China Airlines so high on the list, but "there seems to be a lot of love for the carrier in Taiwan, maybe due to its next-generation program, which has seen new un...

Qantas Foundation reveals new Museum of Contemporary Art Australia donation

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Qantas and Tate have today announced an unprecedented International Joint Acquisition Program for contemporary Australian art. Made possible through a $2.75 million corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation, this ground-breaking collaboration will increase the international profile of contemporary Australian art as part of the national carrier’s r...