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Exclusive: Safety warning as budget airlines such as Ryanair cut fuel levels for flights

07 August, 2013
Airlines such as Ryanair could be putting passengers at risk by restricting the amount of fuel they carry to the legal minimum in an attempt to cut costs, aviation authorities have warned. In a strongly worded report Spanish safety investigators said that “market comp...

Flybe maintains above average on-time record on key Scottish business routes

01 August, 2013
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has maintained an above average level of on-time performance for many of its key Scottish business routes as reported in the most recently released Civil Aviation Authority Punctuality figures for May 2013. With punctuality alwa...

EADS to rename itself Airbus Group

31 July, 2013
European aviation giant EADS has said it will rename itself Airbus Group in order to “enhance integration and cohesion” at the group. The newly reorganised group will be composed of three divisions: Airbus, responsible for all commercial aircraft activities;&...

Tourism New Zealand awaits Qantas-Emirates launch

31 July, 2013
New Zealanders will soon be able to take full advantage of the Qantas and Emirates partnership, with the joint network opening for bookings from August 14th 2013. Aligned fares, frequent flyer benefits and codeshare arrangements will all be switched on across the Tasman, maki...

Cathay Pacific enters Latin America market for first time

22 July, 2013
Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it will launch its first ever destination in Latin America with a new scheduled freighter service to Guadalajara, Mexico in last quarter of 2013, subject to government approval. With this new service, Cathay Pacific will be the...

Wizz Air leaves Warsaw-Modlin for Chopin airport

22 July, 2013
Hungary-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air will permanently base its Warsaw flights from the Polish capital’s main Chopin Airport, abandoning its previous home of Warsaw-Modlin Airport. The move came following more than six months of temporary operations at Warsaw Cho...

EASA to mandate removal of 787 emergency locator transmitters

22 July, 2013
European Boeing 787 operators will be instructed to remove their emergency locator transmitters (ELT) following concerns raised by an investigation into a 787 fire at London Heathrow Airport. On Thursday, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) recommended ...

Aer Lingus expands codeshare with United

08 April, 2013
Aer Lingus and United Airlines have expanded their codeshare agreement. Aer Lingus will codeshare on United’s year-round non-stop service between Dublin and Washington/Dulles and seasonal non-stop service between Shannon and Chicago/O’Hare, which will operate betwe...

Ryanair opens new Krakow base

08 April, 2013
Ryanair has opened its 2nd base in Poland at Krakow with two-based aircraft and 31 routes, which will deliver up to 1.6m passengers p.a. and sustain 1,600 “on-site” jobs, as Ryanair invests over $170m at Krakow Airport. Ryanair celebrated the opening of its new Kr...

Etihad announces strongest ever 1Q results 36 5 Share

08 April, 2013
Etihad Airways, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary of operations, has recorded its strongest ever passenger for a first quarter. The Abu Dhabi-based airline posted Q1 2013 passenger revenues of US$900 million (2012: US$758 million), an increase of 19 per cent. P...

Oman Air, DHL create freight JV

25 March, 2013
Oman Air is increasing its freight capacity through a new joint venture with cargo specialist DHL. The new agreement, which has already taken effect, involves Oman Air Cargo signing an exclusive Block Space Agreement to utilize DHL’s capacity between Muscat and...

FAA to close towers at smaller US airports starting April 7

25 March, 2013
FAA said it will begin closing 149 contract air traffic control towers April 7 to comply withmandatory budget cuts. The towers scheduled for closure are run by certified FAA contractors at smaller US airports that mostly handle general and business aviation traffic, though a ...

India removes barriers to aircraft acquisition

25 March, 2013
The Indian government on Thursday eased control over aircraft imports by airlines and other operators. For decades, airlines, flying schools and non-scheduled operators had to obtain permission for importing aircraft from the Aircraft Acquisition Committee, which was ofte...

Travelport patches up differences with American Airlines

14 March, 2013
Travelport and American Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation, have today announced a new long-term, global distribution agreement. In addition to enabling continued access to shop and book the full content of flights marketed by American Airlines, the new ag...

Mauritius celebrates independence anniversary with Emirates A380 flight

14 March, 2013
Emirates has operated a one-off service of its flagship A380 to the island of Mauritius. The first commercial flight of an A380 to the country was scheduled in celebration of the island’s 45th anniversary of independence. The passengers, many of whom had booked especia...

Final testing underway at Hamad International Airport in Qatar

14 March, 2013
In preparation for the soft opening of Hamad International Airport (HIA) – Qatar’s brand new airport on 1st April 2013 – a series of advanced passenger trials have been taking place at the new facility. More than 1,000 men, women and children have gone throu...

Boeing signs six plane deal with SWISS

14 March, 2013
Boeing, the Lufthansa Group and Swiss International Air Lines have announced a commitment today for six 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The airplanes, valued at $1.9 billion at list prices, were selected for the airline’s long-haul fleet renewal. “The Boein...

FAA approves Boeing certification plan for 787 fix

13 March, 2013
FAA has approved Boeing’s certification plan for a redesigned 787 battery system, a first step toward getting the Dreamliner back into the air. In a statement issued Tuesday, FAA said the certification plan would begin the process to evaluate the 787’s return...

Appraisers see aircraft base values returning

13 March, 2013
Current market values of aircraft are expected to return to base values by 2015, AVITAS said Tuesday. Speaking as a panelist at the ISTAT 2013 Americas conference in Orlando, AVITAS VP valuation Doug Kelly said, “We originally forecast values to come back in 2014, but h...

Lessor says demand for 787 remains strong

13 March, 2013
The grounding of the Boeing 787 is lifting demand for Airbus A330s and Boeing 767s, according to Jeffrey Knittel, CIT Aerospace president-transportation finance. Briefing media at the ISTAT Americas 2013 conference in Orlando Tuesday, Knittel said the 787 issues made it a &ld...

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