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SIA premium economy seat installation on board A380 fleet delayed

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is delaying the rollout of its new premium economy cabin on its Airbus A380 fleet, including services to Sydney on board the double decker superjumbo between October and January. The Star Alliance member said in a statement affected customers booked on A380 services in premium economy would be contacted and offered alternative travel arrangements. “Due to delay...

Analysis Confirms Plane Debris Came From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

French prosecutors said on Thursday that further analysis of a piece of an airplane wing that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island had allowed investigators here to determine “with certitude” that it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board. Investigators examining the debris, which was found on the French island of R&eacu...

Wizz Air Grows August Passenger Numbers By 19%

Wizz Air Holdings Plc (“Wizz Air”), the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announces passenger statistics for August 2015. In August, Wizz Air enhanced its operations infrastructure with a brand new purpose-built aircraft maintenance hangar in Budapest. The 2,000 square metre building is designed to accommodate the larger Airbus A321 models Wizz Air will a...

Bohai Leasing agrees to acquire Avolon for US$31 cash per share

Avolon (NYSE: AVOL), the international aircraft leasing company, announces that today it has entered into a definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) to be acquired by Bohai Leasing Co., Ltd. (SZSE: 000415) (“Bohai”) at a price of US$31 cash per common share (the “Transaction”). Under the terms of the Transaction, which has been unanimously ap...

Air Canada Reports August 2015 Traffic Results

For the month of August, Air Canada reported a system-wide capacity increase of 10.4 per cent and a load factor of 89.6 per cent in line with last year’s record August load factor of 89.8 per cent. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for August increased 10.1 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada pu...

Fiji Airways Achieves Record for Most Passengers in a Month for July

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has registered its best ever performance for passengers in a month, recording 107,227 passengers for July. This is the first time the Fijian carrier has crossed the 100,000 mark for monthly passenger numbers. July is traditionally a peak month in Fiji’s tourism calendar. Fiji Airways Acting CEO David Bowden commented: “This is e...

Airport Contract Workers Protest For Union, Higher Wages

Sept. 02--Chanting and holding up signs in the sweltering midday heat, contract employees from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport brought their fight for the right to unionize and earn higher wages to downtown Fort Lauderdale. The gathering of more than 50 employees of airline contractors G2 Secure Staff and Eulen America rallied with supporters outside the Broward County Governmen...

Six Soccer Players Charged With Rowdiness, Ordered Not To Drink Or Fly Southwest

Sept. 02--A Texas judge Wednesday ordered six San Diego-area men facing a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew not to fly on Southwest Airlines or drink. Clinton E. Averitte, U.S. magistrate judge in Amarillo, Texas, set bail for each at $10,000. Charged are Saiman Hermez, 19; Jonathan Khalid Petras, 20; Ghazwan Assad Shaba, 21; Essa Solaqa, 20; Khalid Yohana, 19; and Wisam Imad...

NokScoot cleared for Taiwan take-off

Sept. 03--Struggling long-haul start-up NokScoot has secured Taiwanese permission to operate regular flights to Taipei from Bangkok. The airline, a joint venture between budget carrier Nok Air and Singapore Airlines' no-frills Scoot, plans to launch four flights a week between Don Mueang and Taoyuan airports, starting on Oct 25. The Taipei route offers a more immediate business opportuni...

NATA Responds to Department of Labor Overtime Proposal

Washington, DC, September 3, 2015 –The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) responded to the Department of Labor proposal to increase the salary threshold at which eligible workers qualify for overtime pay concluding it would negatively impact the aviation business sector.  In addition, NATA saw no need to modify the current duties test suggesting any...

Chattanooga Airport Officials Bring In Outside Aid For Advice On Geese Problem

 If it comes to eradicating geese or a goose hitting an aircraft with 150 people, the goose has got to go. Maurice Songy, vice president of operations, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Birds are bad about listening to air traffic controllers, so officials at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport are exploring options for discouraging Canada geese from Lovell Field, where they could interfere with pl...

Pilot Caught Texting During Takeoff From Charlotte

An airline pilot, flying as a passenger on a recent flight from Charlotte, was caught on camera texting on his cellphone while the plane was taking off -- in violation of federal rules. Chad Tillman, a Charlotte resident who was on the Aug. 14 flight from Charlotte to Tampa, used his own cellphone to capture video of the unidentified pilot as he texted. The flight was operated by American Ai...

Transaero reshuffles management; Pleshakova resigns as CEO

Transaero Airlines CEO Olga Pleshakova has resigned and has become chairman of the board, the carrier said in a statement. Dmitry Yerzakovich has been appointed new CEO. Former board chairman Alexander Pleshakov remains as a board member and managing director. Transaero said the management appointments were decided at the carrier’s board meeting on Aug. 31, and are not related to the ...

Fire delays more than 100 flights at Domodedovo airport

A fire at Moscow Domodedovo Airport has delayed more than 100 flights Sept. 3. The fire broke out at 7:20 a.m. local time at the airport general contractor’s stock. According to an airport statement, the fire area was 15 square meters, but the smoke seeped into the main terminal via the ventilation system. Domodedovo resumed operations at 9:20 a.m. local time. By 4 p.m. local time, 116...

Bangalore Airport pushes international expansion

Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport (BKIA) plans to increase international services from across the region, following the groundbreaking of a second runway in August. As of Sept. 1, the airport added new schedules from Kuwait Airways, Thai AirAsia and Nepal Airlines, increasing passenger throughput from its current level of 15.4 million passengers per year to 20 million...

European Bizav Flying Hits Light Turbulence in August

Business aviation activity in Europe stumbled last month, falling 1.5 percent from a year ago to 72,182 flight departures, while flight hours declined by 3.4 percent, according to data released today by WingX Advance. Year-to-date, business aircraft flying in the region is down by 1 percent. “Growth has once again stuttered in the European market,” said WingX managing director...

Boeing finalizes nearly $3 billion 737 order

Boeing on Thursday said a United Kingdom leisure airline has finalized a multi-billion dollar order. Jet2.com’s order is for 27 Boeing Next Generation 737-800s, which Boeing valued at $2.6 billion at list prices. The U.K. carrier has a fleet of nearly 60 Boeing aircraft, though Boeing said this is its first direct order from Jet2.com. The 737-800s will be delivered over the next two...

"Must see" from Satcom Direct on JetExpo 2015

The leader in the field of satellite communications services for business aviation, Satcom Direct, will demonstrate the latest achivements during the 10th Business Aviation Exhibition JetExpo 2015 in Moskow. Top news - Satcom Direct Router (SDR).It is loaded with services that compress and cache data, so that you have maximum bandwidth for the transmission of information,with no&...

Wheels Up fleet will grow to 55 aircraft by the end of the year

Wheels Up will grow its fleet to 55 aircraft by the end of 2015. The company’s fleet currently has 45 aircraft: 35 King Air 350is and 10 Citation Excel / XLSs. Wheels Up say that they will add five new King Air 350is, and five Cessna Citation XLS+s before the end of the year. heels Up originally placed an order for 105 King Air’s in 2013. The aircraft orders were firmed up in...

JFI Jets adds two business jets to charter fleet

JFI Jets has added two business jets to its charter fleet. The Gulfstream IV-SP (GIV-SP) and Gulfstream 200 (G200) will operate out of Wilmington, Delaware and are immediately available for charter. “JFI Jets continues to exceed the highest standards for private aircraft charters with a flawless safety record, unparalleled customer service and an expanding fleet to meet our discerning c...

FlightSafety building a new Citation XLS+ simulator

FlightSafety International is building a new Citation XLS+ aircraft simulator. The level D simulator is expected to be operational at the Flightsafety learning centre in Columbus Ohio in April 2016. “Building a new Cessna Citation XLS+ simulator further enhances the benefits FlightSafety provides to owners and operators of Cessna aircraft around the world.” Steve Gross, vice...