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Heathrow’s noise footprint is smaller than ever before, CAA report

Analysis from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), commissioned by Heathrow as part of their on-going Noise Action Plan commitments, shows that average noise contours annually are smaller than they have been since 2006. The launch of the report comes on the first week of Heathrow’s Steeper Approaches trial, the UK’s first attempt to adopt this approach to reduce noise for people on the...

A man with 169 heroin containers detained at Domodedovo Airport

Uzbek citizen was trying to smuggle 169 containers of heroin in his stomach, reprorts Federal Customs Service of Russia. As noted September 19 y.o. drug courier arrived from the Uzbek city of Termez and later was detained at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. X-rays showed that the detainee was smuggling as many as 700 grams of heroin containers of cylindrical shape in his stomach. ...

FL Technics invests over €6m into high tech maintenance equipment

FL Technics, a global provider of one-stop-shop aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has successfully finished a two-year long business development project. Over the period of project implementation, the company invested almost EUR 6 million into high tech maintenance equipment and created more than 200 new jobs in the company's MROcentre in Kaunas, Lithuania. Follo...

Turbomeca inaugurates APU production facilities in San Diego

Microturbo, a subsidiary of Turbomeca (Safran), today held an inauguration ceremony to mark the grand opening of a new facility in San Diego, CA. dedicated to the production of auxiliary power units (APU) for commercial aircraft.  Pierre Yves Morvan, CEO of Microturbo an Rick Elgin, Microturbo VP/GM of Microturbo San Diego presided over the ribbon-cutting event attended by local officials...

Safran and Egyptian AOI signs agreement for Patroller surveillance drone system

Sagem (Safran) and Egyptian manufacturer AOI-Aircraft Factory have signed an exclusive commercial and industrial collaboration agreement concerning the Patroller™ surveillance drone system, to address the requirements of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense. According to the terms of this agreement, AOI-Aircraft Factory could handle final assembly of Patroller drones in its Egyptian plants. T...

Lufthansa Technik overhauls the 25th landing gear set of Boeing 777-300ER

Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK (LTLGS) has overhauled the 25th Landing Gear set of the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft type. This important milestone in overhaul operations of the latest Boeing 777 product introduction, reached at LTLGS facility in Hayes, near London, United Kingdom, makes LTLGS the most experienced overhaul provider of this Landing Gear type. Landing gear overh...

DOT’s IG To Audit FAA Oversight of Flight Deck Safety

In light of last March’s Germanwings accident in which the first officer deliberately flew the aircraft into the mountains, as well as the March 2012 JetBlue incident in which that flight’s first officer locked the captain out of the cockpit because of the PIC’s erratic behavior, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has requested that the DOTInspector General (IG)...

U.S. business spending slips, new home sales rise in August

U.S. business investment fell slightly in August, excluding spending on aircraft and defense equipment, but new home sales rose, suggesting that global economic headwinds were doing little to impede U.S. growth. The U.S. economy is on track to grow 1.4 percent in the third quarter, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDPNow forecast model showed on Thursday. The Commerce Department said capita...

Exclusive: Bombardier eyes final CSeries certification flight in November - sources

Canada's Bombardier Inc expects to complete the final certification testing of its smaller new CSeries narrow-body commercial jet by the week of Nov. 23, a key milestone toward the plane being certified, four sources briefed on the plan said. The Montreal-based manufacturer declined on Thursday to confirm the testing schedule, but said it still expects certification of the 110-seater CS100...

Air Canada selected as charter airline for all seven Canadian NHL teams

Air Canada announced on Wednesday that it has signed a six-year agreement to be the charter airline for all seven Canadian teams in the National Hockey League. The airline’s charter service, Jetz, will be responsible for moving the Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks around the continent during a hectic...

Rubio’s campaign says flying Frontier is a ‘special kind of hell’

The grind of the presidential campaign trail is tough--even for the hardiest of candidates. The constant stream of airplanes and buses and drab hotel rooms can make any White House hopeful delirious. But while The Donald is jet setting on Air Trump, cost-conscious Marco Rubio's campaign is bottom feeding on Frontier, and none are too pleased. Rubio’s campaign manager Terry Sul...

American Airlines donates airplane to OSU

Oklahoma State’s most recent donation landed at the Stillwater Regional Airport on Wednesday. American Airlines donated an MD-80 passenger airplane to OSU, which will be used to further science, technology, engineering and math education.   OSU plans to start modifying the airplane and to open it up for students to see next week, said James Kidd, an OSU mechanical and aerospace en...

Turkish Low-Cost Carrier Pegasus Is Selling Unbundled Fares Without the Hate Selling

With the unbundled, fees added, sales strategy firmly embedded in the low-cost airline model, and now adopted by former full-service carriers around the world, it’s unusual to hear any airline talk about taking a step back and listening to consumer opinions on these retailing strategies. But that’s exactly what Turkey’s only low-cost carrier, Pegasus Airlines, has done....

American Air Says It Is Cancelling Orders From Lie-Flat Seat Maker

American Airlines Inc. will replace Zodiac Aerospace as the supplier of premium business-class seats for its Boeing Co. 787-9 Dreamliners and some 777-200s because of delays in deliveries. “Zodiac is far behind schedule and continues to cause significant delays to our plans to improve the travel experience for our customers,” said Laura Nedbal, a spokeswoman for American. The carrie...

Boeing Opens Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in South Carolina

Boeing yesterday opened its research and technology center in South Carolina, which is devoted to current and next-generation technology development. Boeing leaders joined local dignitaries and employees for a ribbon cutting and tours of the 104,000-square-foot Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina center, which leads the company’s research and development efforts in areas of ad...

Fitch Downgrades United Technologies IDR to 'A-'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings has downgraded United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC;NYSE: UTX) long term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and long-term debt ratings to ‘A-’ from ‘A’. Fitch has also downgraded UTC’s short-term IDR and commercial paper ratings to ‘F2’ from ‘F1’. The Rating Outlook is Stable. A detailed list of rating actions foll...

AAR Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Results

AAR (NYSE: AIR) today reported first quarter fiscal year 2016 sales of $377.8 million and income from continuing operations of $8.2 million, or $0.23 per diluted share. For the first quarter of the prior fiscal year, the Company reported sales of $395.1 million and income from continuing operations of $11.8 million, or $0.29 per diluted share. During the quarter, the Company recorded...

Delta increases service between New York-JFK and Tel Aviv

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) will add four weekly year-round flights between its New York-JFK hub and Tel Aviv beginning May 26, 2016. The new flights will be available for sale beginning Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. The additional flights w...

Meridian got Challenger 605

In September JSC  Meridian airlines has completed the procedure of certification for a new aircraft type - Challenger 605. The aircraft is included in the company's AOC with the tail number EI-TAT. The aircraft will be based in Bugulma Airport. As BizavNews were told, the aircraft is registered in Ireland Registry and is operated by Mer...

Two Chinese Suitors Exploring Takeover of Jet Lessor AWAS

AWAS Aviation Capital Ltd., the lessor being sold by buyout firm Terra Firma Capital Partners, has drawn interest from two Chinese suitors in an auction that could fetch more than US$5 billion, people familiar with the matter said. ICBC Financial Leasing Co. and Aviation Industry Corp. of China are exploring a takeover of Dublin-based AWAS, said the people, who asked not to be identified becaus...

Hangzhou YTO Express Becomes Launch Customer for Boeing 737-800BCF

China's start-up cargo carrier, Hangzhou YTO Express Airlines (YG) has signed a launch customer agreement (LCA) with Boeing Co. for 15 Boeing 737-800BCFs (Boeing Converted Freighter) on President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States. Following the signing of this LCA, YTO Express becomes the launch customer for the 737-800BCF. A group of Chinese companies signed Tuesday sev...