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AirAsia Boss Urges Japan to Find Solution for Congested Airports, Increase Access

The head of Malaysian airline AirAsia told an aviation congress Tuesday that Japan needs to find a solution for congestion at its airports amid the country's rising number of tourists. AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes stressed the importance of Japan's airport expansion for budget airlines at the Low-Cost Carrier Airport Congress Asia at Bangkok's Shangri-La hote...

Commercial Airline Pilot Diverts Flight to Save Dog

The pilot of an Air Canada flight diverted the jetliner in order to save the life of a dog who was held in the plane's cargo area, reported Monday's publication of City News. Simba, a French Bulldog, was on board the flight which had departed from Tel Aviv...bound for Toronto. Thanks to the astute pilot who noticed a problem with the heating system in the plane's cargo hol...

Passenger Marched Off Plane After Hitting Flight Attendant

A female passenger has been arrested after allegedly hitting a flight attendant on board a flight in America. The woman was reported to have become disruptive on the American Airlines flight. Jeff Dutton, manager of communications for the Indianapolis Airport Authority said the woman became "unruly" whilst on board. Other passengers reported that the woman started "screamin...

COMAC Secures 10 Orders Each for C919 and ARJ21-700

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), City Airways, and ICBC Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on the purchase of 10 C919s and 10 ARJ21-700s at the 16th Aviation Expo China held in Beijing. With the announcement of the deal, the Thai low-cost carrier becomes the 21st customer of the C919 and the 20th customer of the ARJ21-700....

Airbus Delivers 90 Planes to China in Jan.-Aug.

European plane maker Airbus has delivered up to 90 new aircraft to China from January to August this year, the company revealed today in the Aviation Expo China 2015 in Beijing. According to the delivery plan, Airbus will deliver over 100 airplanes to China for the six consecutive year in 2015. For the first eight months ending on Aug. 31, Airbus has delivered 90 aircraft...

Russia-China long-range aircraft deal can be signed before yearend

Russian-Chinese intergovernmental agreement on the project of wide-body long-range aircraft can be signed before the end of this year, the head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slusar told TASS Wednesday at the China 2015 Aviation Expo exhibition. "We came here to discuss the draft intergovernmental agreement on the long-range aircraft project that we hope to sign be...

Iran's Meraj Air acquires an ex-Pakistani A340 for gov't ops

Meraj Air (JI, Tehran Mehrabad) has taken delivery of its maiden A340-300, ex-AirBlue (PA, Karachi Int'l) machine EP-AJA (cn 257), that was originally reported as being destined for Asian Express Airline (Tajikistan) (KV, Dushanbe). Originally listed as heading for Singapore Changi, the quadjet was seen arriving at Tehran Mehrabad on Tuesd...

Russian-Chinese aircraft leasing company to begin shipping SSJ-100 in 2016

Russian-Chinese leasing company for the deliveries of Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft (SSJ-100) should start in 2016, the Head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slusar told TASS Wednesday at the Aviation Expo China 2015 exhibition. "The work is in progress, we continue to look forward to deliver the first five aircraft next year," he said. Slusar noted that "the finan...

Icelandair Increases Portland, Oregon Service

Icelandair is excited to announce extended seasonal service from Portland International Airport (PDX) beginning May 11, 2016 and an additional weekly flight offered from June through October. “Icelandair’s additional flights from PDX will continue to serve the thriving Portland metropolitan area and its many business and leisure travelers. We look forward to growing in the...

Etihad Airways and Key Equity Partners Complete Successful Platform Financing Transaction

Etihad Airways, its airport services business and five of its equity partners have today successfully completed an innovative new platform financing transaction, raising $500 million on the international markets. Etihad Airways, Etihad Airport Services, airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia and Jet Airways have together taken a new step forward in their strategic business development...

Singapore Airlines August 2015 Operating Results

In August 2015, Singapore Airlines’ system wide passenger carriage (measured in revenue passenger kilometers) improved 0.8% over last year, against a 2.1% reduction in capacity (measured in available seat kilometers). Consequently, passenger load factor (PLF) improved 2.5 percentage points to 85.6%. PLF increased across all route regions, supported by healthy summer travel demand and...

Jet Aviation Singapore receives Part 145 CAAC maintenance approval certificate

Jet Aviation Singapore has recently secured aircraft maintenance approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted Part 145 maintenance facility approval to Jet Aviation Singapore, expanding the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities to support Chinese operators of Bombardier and Gulfstream...

First-ever civil drone conviction in Britain handed down in landmark case

A 42-year-old man has been convicted of drone related offences after flying a drone over football stadia and through busy and congested areas of central London. The conviction is the first prosecution of its kind in the UK. Nigel Wilson, from Nottingham, pleaded guilty to seven offences in breach of the Air Navigation Order 2009 and has been forced to pay a fine of £1,800 (US$2,760). H...

FL Technics introduces technical asset management for aircraft owners and investors

FL Technics, a global provider of one-stop-shop aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, is pleased to announce the recent launch of technical asset management services. The company shall provide comprehensive technical support and consulting for aircraft buyers, owners and investors with little or no knowledge in technical aspects of aircraft operation. With the introduction of tec...

Ameco Completes Integration with Air China Technics

On Sep. 16, Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Corporation, Beijing (Ameco Beijing) participates in Aviation Expo China 2015 in Beijing, which is its first show after the integration with Air China Technics in the end of May, 2015. The present Ameco is established via the merger of Air China's in-house MRO arm Air China Technics and the former Ameco that is an MRO JV company b...

Airbus Factory to Add 300 Jobs in Tianjin

The Airbus factory in Tianjin will create 250 to 300 jobs in the port city, when its A330 completion and delivery center is operational in the fourth quarter of 2017, said a top company executive. Philippe Pezet, vice-president for human resources of Airbus Group China, said many will move over from the A320 aircraft final assembly line, with 10 percent of the final total expatriate workers. Bu...

Honeywell 3-D Weather Radar Selected by Chengdu Airlines

With a focus on safety and efficiency in the face of weather-related challenges, Chinese-based ChengduAirlines has selected Honeywell's  IntuVue RDR-4000 3-D Weather Radar for its 50 newly purchased Airbus A320 jets. Chengdu Airlines will begin using the technology on its first delivery in November 2015, allowing the airline to improve routing decisions, reduce operating costs, impro...

Non-Stop Flight to Link Southwest China's Chengdu with Riga, Latvia

A non-stop international route linking Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan Province and Riga, Latvia is expected to open upon a Letter of Intention signed between Latvia Minister of Transport Kaspars Ozoliņš and Chengdu Deputy Mayor Liu Shoucheng. Ozoliņš expressed his wishes to deepen the cooperation between Chengdu and Riga in wider aspects including culture, econ...

Li Jiaxiang Met with Latvia Minister of Transport

Chief of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Li Jiaxiang met with Latvia's Minister of Transport Kaspars Ozoliņš on Sep. 15 in Beijing. During the meeting, the two sides conducted exchanges of cooperation between China and Latvia in the civil aviation industry.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Touches Down at Beijing's Aviation Expo/China 2015

Once again demonstrating its ongoing support and commitment to China and the broader Asia-Pacific marketplace, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is pleased to participate in the Aviation Expo/China for the 2015 edition. Teams will meet current and potential customers and local stakeholders to further strengthen long-term relationships with partners in the growing Chinese aviation industry - together...

First Commercial Flight Lands at Spanish "Ghost Airport"

Castellón airport, known as Spain's "ghost airport", received its first commercial passenger flight on Tuesday morning, nearly five years after it opened. A Ryanair flight from London Stansted landed minutes before its scheduled arrival time at 10:40 a.m. The airport has become an emblem of Spain's reckless boom-era infrastructure spending, which left the countr...