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Former Direct Air boss up for bank fraud

Robert Keilman, the co-founder and former Chief Financial Officer of Direct Air (D1, Myrtle Beach), has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud and bank fraud during a hearing at a US District Court in Newark last week.  Ashbury Park Press reports Keilman admitted to colluding with two other unnamed airline executives to defraud a local New Jersey bank of between U...

Citation Latitude heading to Australia for demonstration tour

Aeromil Pacific will officially launch the Cessna Citation Latitude in Australia at Sydney Airport on October 8 ahead of a demonstration tour around the country. The nine-seat Citation Latitude and achieved certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June 2015, allowing first deliveries began in August. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney...

Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways Celebrate Milestone 70th 777 Delivery

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated a significant achievement today with the delivery of the airline's 70th 777 aircraft -- also the last and 53rd 777-300ER (Extended Range) of its confirmed orders -- that has made Cathay Asia's largest operator of the 777 fleet. With today's delivery, Cathay Pacific's 777 aircraft fleet comprises of 53 777-300E...

Southwest Paid US$120 Million for 2 Gates at Dallas Airport

Southwest Airlines is so intent on strengthening its grip over Dallas Love Field that it is paying United Airlines US$120 million to control two more gates at the airport near downtown. Southwest disclosed the deal Monday during a hearing on a court fight that will determine whether Delta Air Lines can stay at Love Field. The hearing gave a rare glimpse into the high-stakes dealing...

Airbus Supersalesman Leahy Pushes Back Talk of Retirement

Airbus sales chief John Leahy, on whose watch the European planemaker has sold planes worth a trillion dollars, is set to remain in his post, pushing aside earlier talk of retirement, two people with knowledge of the decision said. Leahy, who turned 65 in August, has told colleagues he will stay in one of aerospace's most visible and highest-paid jobs for a "few more years", they...

2 Southwest Airlines Planes Bump at Sea-Tac; No Injuries

A Southwest Airlines jet struck another of the carrier's aircraft at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport early Monday morning as they were being prepared to be towed to the gates to pick up passengers and crew. Nobody was hurt in the slow-moving crash, said Perry Cooper, airport spokesman. Cooper likened the 6:30 a.m. mishap to "taking the emergency brake off your car and...

Hydraulic Issues on Aer Lingus Flight Causes Fire in Brakes upon Emergency Landing at JFK Airport

An Aer Lingus flight had to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff after experiencing hydraulic issues. Aer Lingus flight #110 departed JFK at 7:15 p.m. to Shannon, Ireland returned to JFK at 7:30 p.m. The Boeing 757 reported hydraulic failure, landing gear door problems, and no flaps. The plane came in faster than normal and landed runway 22 left. ARFF trucks are on scene as...

Aeroflot Cancels All Tickets and Flights to Ukraine Dated After October 25

Russia's flagship commercial airline Aeroflot has canceled ticketing to Ukraine for dates beyond October 25 when a ban imposed by Ukraine for Russian flights into the country goes into effect, according to the company's booking system. According to the booking system, flights from Moscow to Kiev and Moscow to Odesa departing from October 25 have been tagged "unavailable.&...

Republic Air, Pilots Agree to Tentative Three-Year Labor Pact

Regional carrier Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which has been warning for several months that it could be forced to file for bankruptcy-court protection if it can't solve its pressing pilot hiring and retention challenges, on Monday said it reached consensual agreement with its 2,100 pilots on a new three-year contract. Republic stock jumped 73% Monday on the news to trade at US...

Russia to Consider Restrictions Against Ukrainian Airlines

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the transportation ministry to consider retaliatory restrictive measures against Ukraine for banning Russian flights to and over its territory, government spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said Monday. Last week, Kiev said it was banning flights by Russian airlines from Oct. 25 as part of a wave of sanctions against Russia over its support...

British Airways Allows Google Street View into Its Cabins

Air passengers can now take a virtual seat on a BritishAirways, business-only flight to New York by using Google Maps. Online users can experience walking up to the plane across London City Airport tarmac by moving a Google Maps marker across 360 degree photographs of the airport. Potential passengers can then climb the steps and turn right to see inside the cabin of an A318 Club World Londo...

AMI launches general aviation and aero-med evac services for West Africa

Aspen Medical International (AMI) will this week begin operating a Beechcraft Corporation 1900C (B1900C) from James Spriggs Payne Airport, Monrovia, Liberia. The turboprop will provide general aviation and Aero-Medical Evacuation (AME) services to West Africa including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Niger, & Nigeria. "Aspen's mission is t...

Libyan Wings fly to Istanbul

Libyan Wings launched its flights to Istanbul last week, ch-aviation reports. Libyan Wings CEO, Edgardo Badiali told the Libya Herald that he had hoped the security situation surround the launch would stay calm, however the situation has deteriorated as Islamic State fighters infiltrates Tripoli Mitiga airport earlier in the month.   Regardless, Libyan Wings plans to continue expan...

Egypt Orders KA-52 Combat Helos, Considers MiG-35s

Egypt awarded Russian arms vendor Rosoboronexport a contract for 50 Kamov Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopters, according to Russian media reports. Details of the transaction remained scarce, but it is thought that some of the Egyptian helicopters are maritime version Ka-52K Katran, which was unveiled earlier this year. The Katran may equip the two Mistral class landing ships that were built...

President of Venezuela said that the country might purchase at least 12 Su fighters

Venezuela is going to purchase at least 12 new Sukhoi fighters for its armed forces, President of the country Nicolas Maduro said. He delivered a speech at Libertador air base (Aragua state), where he honored the memory of two pilots of Su-30 fighter, which crashed on September 17th 2015 near the border with Columbia, TASS reports. “I’ll talk to President Vladimir Putin in orde...

The passenger traffic of Moscow Air Cluster airports reached 53,4 million passengers over the first 8 months of 2015

In January-August 2015 the passenger traffic of Moscow Air Cluster (MAC) airports increased by 1,8% year-on-year and reached 53,4 million passengers, Rosaviatsiya reports. «Over the last 8 months the passenger traffic on domestic routes amounted to 26,8 million passengers (+16,1% year-on-year),” the agency noted. In August 2015 MAC airports serviced 9,2 million passengers (+3,3%...

Canada approves Bell 429 MAGnificentTM VVIP interior

Bell Helicopter announced Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) has approved Mecaer Aviation Group’s (MAG) luxury interior for the Bell 429. “We have a strong demand for the Bell 429 throughout North America, specifically in its corporate and VIP configuration, so we are pleased to see the VVIP interior approved for use throughout Canada,” said Anthony Moreland, vice presiden...

GE Aviation and Era signed two service agreements for the CT7 engines

GE Aviation and Era Group Inc. signed two engine service agreements for the CT7-2E1 and -8A turboshaft engines powering the new, twin-engine AgustaWestland AW189 and Sikorsky S-92 helicopters, respectively. These landmark agreements begin a new GE–Era partnership by servicing the newest additions to Era’s fleet, the first AW189s operating in North America and the S-92s, under the Maint...

Boeing Upbeat on Dubai Airshow

 Despite a huge backlog of orders and Gulf economies affected by the low price of oil, American aviation giant Boeing has high hopes for solid sales of commercial and military aircraft at the Dubai Airshow in November. That was the message from Boeing executives briefing a group of journalists from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon and the UK on a tour of Boeing facilities in the Unite...

Wings For Autism Lands At Portland International Airport To Help Families Practice Air Travel

As the Alaska Airlines jet "touched down" at Portland International Airport at the end of a simulated flight, Warner Huff exclaimed, "Maybe next time we come, we could go a little higher!" The 9-year-old Dallas girl was aboard the jet as part of the national Wings for Autism program, which held its first Portland event Saturday. Its goal: To give those with autism or other i...

Qatar Airways Holds Corporate Advisory Council

Qatar Airways recently hosted its 2nd annual Corporate Advisory Council at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City. The event focused on providing corporate partners with a forum to learn more about recent airline growth and to create an active dialogue on best practices. The Advisory Board, assembled from the airline’s major corporate partners, includes representatives from Deloitte, McKins...