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China conducts test flight of world's fastest aircraft

China may have recently conducted a successful test of the fastest hypersonic aircraft in the world, reports Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao. According to a report released on the official website of state-owned aerospace and defense giant Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), one of its test flight centers has completed an initial test flight on an unspecified high-altitude, super-fas...

Russia starts drone surveillance missions in Syria

Russia has begun aerial surveillance missions over war-torn Syria, U.S. officials said, signaling the start of Moscow’smilitary operations in Syrian airspace. The U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, could not say how many drone aircraft were involved in the surveillance missions. The Pentagon declined to comment. The White House acknowledged that Moscow...

Ramenskoye airport to start receiving passengers in March 2016

The first stage of the development of the fourth Moscow airport, conducted by Ramport Aero, is approaching its completion. Ramenskoye airport is expected to start receiving passengers in March 2016, informed Moscow Region Governor Andrei Vorobyov. Currently the construction of the first passenger terminal capable of handling a total of 2 million passengers is being finished on the territory of...

S7 Airlines increased its passenger traffic by 6.6%

S7 Group1 member airlines summarized the results of their activity in August 2015. During this month the airlines carried 1 202 518 passengers, which is 6.6% more than in August 2014. Growth was still indicated on domestic routes – the number of passengers carried on S7 Airlines flights within Russia in August grew by 10.8% up to 830 412 passengers. The total number...

Belarusian athlete Kirill Shimko was able to hold two Yak-52 aircraft in position during takeoff

Belarusian athlete Kirill Shimko was able to hold two Yak-52 aircraft in position with his hands during takeoff, Lenta.ru reports with reference to Belorusskaya sluzhba novostei (BSN). This stunt was performed at Borovaya airfield (Minsk) on request of Nippon TV channel (Japan), which is shooting a TV series about journeys to different countries. The journalists were present at the airfield whe...

Russian Helicopters to deliver 2 Mi-171 helicopters to China

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has signed a contract with China General Aviation Service Co. Ltd. The two Mi-171 helicopters will be delivered in 2016. Mi-171 helicopters are operated successfully across China, in particular in places with challenging topographies and harsh climates. They are used in a variety of cargo transport operations – delivering medicines, h...

The ARK at JFK: Keeping Animal Cargo Afloat

A brand new, $48 million cargo hangar project is underway at John F. Kennedy Airport’s long-empty building 78. The ARK at JFK is the first privately owned, full-service animal terminal in the United States. The ARK, a subsidiary of private equity firm Racebrook Capital, will serve as a hub for all animal cargo, quarantine and transportation needs going in and out of JFK. A number of diffe...

Dubai scoops best big airport in World awards

Dubai Airports beat shortlisted Changi, Amsterdam and Frankfurt to scoop an award for the best airport with more than 50 million passengers at the World Routes Development Forum being held in Durban, South Africa. The Dubai Airports team (pictured above) were presented with their award during last night's gala partyt which took place in the shadow of Moses Mabhiba Stadium, one of Durban&r...

Kuwait signs for supply of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons

The State of Kuwait has become the newest member of the Eurofighter Typhoon community, signing an MoU for 28 of the fighters, worth up to €8bn. Kuwait has signed an agreement with Eurofighter partner Italy (Finmeccania SpA, through its subsidiary Alenia Aermacchi), to buy 28 Eurofighter Typhoons - with training, weapons and support - at a cost of up to €8 billion. It is the first...

Qantas Captain Bryan Welch ends record run on the 747

Until July 1, Captain Bryan Welch held the title of the longest-serving Boeing 747 pilot in commercial aviation. During a four-decade long career, Welch flew every model of the Boeing 747 Qantas operated, from the 747-200 and 747-300 Classics to the 747-400 and 747-400ER still in service today. That run came to an end of a dark winter’s morning in July when Welch said farewell to...

Virgin dismisses Qantas’s concerns on Tigerair Bali flights

Virgin Australia has dismissed Qantas’s request for more information regarding its application to the International Air Services Commission (IASC) for capacity for its wholly-owned subsidiary Tigerair Australia to fly to Bali. Tigerair plans to begin services to Bali from Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne from March 2016, taking over routes that are currently flown by its parent Virgin....

Norway, Australia formalise F-35 anti-ship missile cooperation

The governments of Norway and Australia have formalised their agreement for Australia to participate in the development of the Joint Strike Missile for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Joint Strike Missile – JSM – is being developed by Norway’s Kongsberg Defence Systems as a long-range maritime strike missile that can be carried in the F-35’s internal weapons bays. The...

Shell Aviation increases sales of Aeroshell piston engine oil

Shell Aviation announced year-on-year growth AeroShell Piston Engine Oil Sales, strengthening the position of AeroShell lubricants as the best-selling piston engine oil in the world. In the first half of 2015, Shell Aviation raised the global sales of AeroShell PEO by 5.1 per cent.   Shell Aviation has helped the rise in sales by spending more time with customers at different aviatio...

Qatar Airways Cargo and Joanna Lumley team up to provide aid in Nepal

Qatar Airways teams up with English actress Joanna Lumley to send aid from the United Kingdom to earthquake victims in Nepal. Qatar will work with Lumley in transporting 5.3 tonnes of aid to Nepal, free of charge.   The aid was collected by several Gurkha charities in the United Kingdom that Lumley supports, but they had no way of delivering the aid to Nepal until Qatar donated their...

Turkish Airlines offer special fares for Eid-Al-Adha

Turkish Airlines is to mark the month when Eid-Al-Adha is celebrated by offering UAE residents discounted fares to the United States and Canada. The discounted fares are available until 30th September, and aims to encourage passengers to travel to to New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Washington, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, and Montreal.   “With an influx...

Etihad Airways Launches Chinese Version of Mobile Site

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is pleased to officially launch Chinese version of its popular mobile site (m.etihad.com/zh/). Smartphone users can now experience Etihad's mobile site in Arabic, English, Italian, German, French, Chinese and Japanese. The new Chinese version makes Etihad's mobile site more accessible to China's more than 1.2 bil...

IATA to Deliver Specialized Aviation Security Training in Sherbrooke

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an agreement has been signed with Centre en sûreté Alerte to provide a three-year schedule of aviation security training at its newly established Airpole training facility in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The IATA courses will be delivered in English and in French for aviation security professionals in a unique combination of class...

CAAC: Air Passenger Numbers Up 9.2% in July

China's civil aviation industry achieved a total turnover volume of 7.39 billion tonne-kilometers in July 2015, a year-on-year growth of 12.5%, according to statistics released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Tuesday. The monthly traffic statistics shows that as many as 39.15 million people traveled by air during the month, with a year-on-year growth of 9.2%. The num...

Iran Plans Airbus, Boeing Purchases Under Finance Deals

Iran plans to buy Airbus and Boeing passenger planes through long-term payment agreements once a nuclear accord with world powers is implemented, the transport minister said. Iran desperately wants to upgrade its ageing fleet, which has been hamstrung by nuclear-related and other sanctions, making even spare parts precariously difficult to source. To purchase new planes, "our negotiatio...

FAA Gives Over US$6.4 Million to Four Texas Airports to Address Runway Safety Risks

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than US$6.4 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to four small airports in Texas -- in Dallas, Conroe, Galveston and Waco -- to address runway safety risks. The funding is part of a runway safety program the FAA launched in June to identify airport risks that might contribute to a "runway incursion" and develop str...

German Women "Living in Cyprus Airport for a Year"

A German mother and daughter who were deported from Israel after their visas expired have been living in Cyprus's Larnaca Airport for more than a year. In a case reminiscent of the film The Terminal, the two women have making use of the terminal's shopping, restaurant, WiFi and bathroom facilities ever since they arrived in August 2014 The two women, who have not been named...