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New Chengdu Airport Secures 12 Billion Yuan Bank Loan

Chengdu's new airport is set to be built after Agricultural Bank of China agreed to bankroll its development, Sichuan Daily reported Tuesday. The bank has agreed to loan the 12 billion yuan to fund the development of the new airport, which is set to be built on near Lujia town of Jianyang city, 51.5 kilometers away from the center of Chengdu city. With a total investment of 69....

IndiGo Adjudged Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia, Qatar Airways Tops World Ranking

Skytrax, the specialist research advisors to the air transport industry, recently declared the ranking forairlines and airports from across the world. Among the leading airlines in the world featured India's IndiGo Airlines, which was adjudged the best low-cost airline in central Asia. The World's best airlines ranking, which was topped by the Qatar airways featured IndiG...

Stratajet Set to Launch Online Charter Booking Engine

Online charter booking engine Stratajet is set to roll out its service to private aviation consumers on September 28. The UK-based company, which claims to offer the only real-time online booking engine for charter flights, has established a database of up to 500 available aircraft for which its software will generate live pricing information. In a project called Operation Long Reach,...

Air Canada seeks to turn Toronto into premier international hub

Air Canada plans to aggressively market Toronto Pearson International Airport as “North America’s first global transit hub.” Speaking at the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit in Las Vegas, Air Canada president-passenger airlines Ben Smith said the airline has failed to properly leverage Toronto’s location on the world map in the past, but plans to re...

The future of Transaero VIP "Imperial"

News about "Aeroflot" buying "Transaero" scattered all over the Russia in just minutes. Experts are giving estimates, the passengers are worried, the number of reposts in socil media is growing. Aerocredo, as a company operating in the market of VIP transportation, is thinking about the essential matter - business aviation. The aircraft fleet of the company...

Air Seychelles welcomes new Airbus A320 Aircraft into Fleet

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, today celebrated a momentous occasion when it officially welcomed a new Airbus A320 aircraft into its international fleet. The aircraft is named “Silhouette” after the third-largest granitic island in the archipelago, located 20 kilometres northwest of the main island of Mahé. The new aircraft has been regist...

Jeppesen Distribution Manager Now Available For Windows-based Avionics Updates

Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, will now offer customers a new service platform to update their avionics data, Jeppesen Distribution Manager (JDM) for Windows. The former Jeppesen Services Update Manager (JSUM) is now available as JDM for Windows and is being released in a phased approach across the Jeppesen large avionics data services customer base to ensure a seamless t...

First Look: KLM's First 787-9 Dreamliner

First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines(KLM) today emerged from the final assembly line at Paine Field, Everett. The Dutch carrier published a photo of its first 787-9 Dreamliner via its official Twitter account on Aug. 31, saying "Work in progress: our first Boeing 787-9!" The 787-9, Registration PH-BHA, is still in the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington...

Pilots' union threatens renewed strikes at Lufthansa

Pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) threatened renewed strike action at Lufthansa, saying the German flag carrier had rejected its offer of concessions in a long-running dispute that has cost the airline hundreds of millions of euros. Walkouts could start any time and could hit Lufthansa, its cargo arm Lufthansa Cargo and its budget carrier Germanwings, VC said in a statement on Wednesday....

FL Technics receives EASA Part 145 certificate for Sukhoi Superjet 100-95

FL Technics, a global provider of one-stop-shop aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, is delighted to announce the extension of its EASA Part 145 certificate by addingSukhoi Superjet 100-95 aircraft type to its capabilities. From the 31st of August, 2015 onwards, FL Technics engineers are ready to offer both scheduled and unscheduled checks, defect rectification, minor component r...

Lufthansa Begins GDS Surcharge, Claims Direct Connectivity Gaining Interest

European carrier Lufthansa has not bowed to any of the industry pressure of recent months and today introduced its controversial GDS levy. Every booking made via an intermediary using a global distribution system (Sabre, Travelport or Amadeus) will now face an additional Eur16 levy on the fare. Lufthansa announced in June that it would begin the Distribution Cost Charge on September 1, trigg...

Halifax-Based Airline CanJet Suspends Operations

CanJet, a Halifax-based charter airline, has suspended its operations due to unprofitability. CanJet's president, Stephen Rowe, confirmed to CTV News on Tuesday that his company is suspending all flight operations because management has been unable to find a place in the marketplace. The last remaining scheduled flight has been flown, he said. Rowe says the company is taking a step...

easyJet Considers Interlining with Longhaul Carriers

easyJet Chief Executive Officer Carolyn McCall says her airline has held discussions with various mainline longhaul operators over the possibility of interlining agreements.   "Many airlines have approached us about feeder flights," she told the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung. "If it's workable and pragmatic, then we are absolutely ready to go ahead."...

Is N. Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest

If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travelers a stern lecture, or worse. Those are among many quirks that may help explain why North Korea's airline has earned a singular distinction: It's been ranked the...

Stop taxing aviation like tobacco – Asky Boss

Airlines in the West African sub-region have complained about the high taxes that has translated into high cost of operations, with players calling for a rethink of tax policies governing the sector. Henok Teferra, Chief Executive Officer of Asky Airlines has thus called on governments in the West African sub-region to stop taxing air travel like tobacco and alcohol if the region is to realize...

In-Flight Calling Should Be Up to Airlines Says U.S. Transportation Department

Airlines should be able to decide whether passengers can make phone calls during flights, a committee told U.S. regulators weighing the issue. The Transportation Department’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection approved the recommendation, Chuck Ardo, a spokesman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who heads the panel, said in an e-mail. The committee appro...

GKN wins EC approval for Fokker acquisition

The European Commission has given the go-ahead for GKN Aerospace to acquire Fokker Technologies Group. GKN Aerospace announced it planned to buy Fokker Technologies from Arle Capital for €706 million ($780 million) on July 28. The deal has been quickly cleared under the European Union’s simplified merger review procedure. “The Commission concluded that th...

Russian helicopters deliver air strikes against simulated saboteurs in Arctic drills

MOSCOW, September 1. /TASS/. Army aviation helicopters from Russia’s Central Military District have delivered an air strike against a simulated enemy’s sabotage group in the Arctic, District spokesman Yaroslav Roshchupkin told TASS on Tuesday. "Two Mil Mi-8 [NATO reporting name: Hip] military transport helicopters patrolling the designated area detected a sabotage group in off-...

Russia Seeks Accord on New Wide-Body Plane with China This Year

Russia plans to work with China to design and produce a new wide-body aircraft to compete with Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE, aiming to sign a deal by the end of this year, according to a Russian official. Russia is ready to fund the initial stage of the project, which will focus on the design of a new twin-aisle plane, Deputy Industry Minister Andrey Boginsky said in an interview la...

Morocco planning new business aviation hub airport

Morocco's Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA) and Director General D'Aviation Civile (DGAC) are working jointly on plans to develop Ben Slimane Airport (GMMB/GMD) into the country's main dedicated business aviation hub. This will include a new FBO – while an invitation has also been issued for FBOs at six of the country's main airports. Ben Slimane is ideally locat...

Perth Airport Leads the Way in New Airport Check-in Technology

The airline check-in process can be a drag, whether it is queuing for an automated kiosk or in a long line waiting for an agent if online check-in isn't possible for your particular flight or you have luggage to check. To help ease the pain, Perth Airport is introducing a new cloud-based technology that would allow agents to check in passengers for multiple airlines on handheld de...