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Airberlin has announced plans to fly to both Prague and Billund, while increasing frequencies to Graz, Warsaw and Gdansk. From April 13, 2015, the airline will operate three flights daily from Berlin to Prague as well as five weekend services, making a total of 25 weekly flights.

Air Seychelles announced a third consecutive year of profitability after recording a net profit of US$3.2m for 2014. The result exceeds last year’s profit of US$3 million and reflects continued improvement in the airline’s key performance indicators, following Etihad Airways’ acquisition of a 40 per cent share in 2012 and the implementation of a turnaround plan to create a sustainable business.

Austrian Airlines succeeded in generating an operating profit of EUR 10 million. Taking into account the non-recurring effects related to provisions allocated for special severance payments as part of the new collective wage agreement for the flight crew, earnings would be significantly higher than in the previous year.

Austrian Airlines fleet of Fokker aircraft will be replaced by medium-haul jets produced by Embraer, contingent upon the formal approval of the Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines. The Embraer jets, type 195 are currently being deployed by Lufthansa CityLine. The renewal programme is to start in the autumn of 2015 and is expected to be concluded at the end of 2017.

Avianca will start direct flight to Los Angeles-Bogotá-Los Angeles, making available to travelers over 2,000 weekly seats on the route, which was further added, chairs available through three Avianca operates daily flights from Los Angeles to San Salvador, connected to the rest of Central and South America. The flight will be operated four times a week in a combined fleet of Airbus A330 and Boeing 787-8.

Air Serbia announced that its schedules and fares are to be made available within the leading Global Distribution System in Asia Pacific, Abacus International. Travel agents using Abacus solutions at over 20,000 locations will be able to book the 40 European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern routes operated by the Republic of Serbia’s national airline, with multiple connections offered by equity partner Etihad Airways.

Alaska Airlines submitted its application to begin two nonstop service from California to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The flights are pending approval by the US Department of Transportation and the Mexico Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC). The planned year-round service will operate thrice-weekly between California and Puerto Vallarta and four-times weekly between California and Los Cabos.

Air Lease Corporation has firmed up its order for 55 Airbus aircraft, comprising 25 A330-900neo and 30 A321LR – the very latest members of Airbus’ modern, fuel-efficient aircraft family.

Airbus has launched its global aerospace business accelerator where start-ups and Airbus “intrapreneurs” (internal entrepreneurs) can work together to speed up the transformation of their innovative ideas into valuable businesses.

American Airlines launched service from MIA to four new domestic destinations while low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is launching daily Miami-Atlanta service. American’s new daily nonstop flights connect Miami with a lineup of growing US cities ranging from the heartland to the western Rockies: Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Antonio, Texas.

Airbus Helicopters unveiled its new H160 mid-sized rotorcraft, the introduction of the company’s enhanced customer services offer, and the announcement of new orders for operators in the US and Europe.

Airberlin has been named the price-performance winner in the mobility category by Handelsblatt, in collaboration with the market research institute, YouGov. The foundation for this is a representative survey based on the YouGov brand monitor, BrandIndex, which assesses, among other things, the price-performance ratio of a total of 31 brands from the airline, car rental, and local and long-distance rail provider sectors for consumers.

Austrian Airlines has announced that it will begin service from Miami International Airport to Vienna. The Austrian flag carrier will launch its first-ever Miami service on October 16, with direct flights from MIA to the history-rich heart of Alpine Europe operating five times weekly using a fleet of Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

Airports Council International recently recognised three of Louis Berger’s aviation projects with six Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Queen Alia International Airport, and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport were distinguished as best-in-class facilities, according to ACI’s ASQ passenger satisfaction survey.

Abacus has entered into a multiyear Distribution Agreement with Jet Airways to broaden the Indian airline’s reach. This agreement includes the latest Abacus Journey Data and Married Segment solutions and will assist Jet Airways in developing its own branded and rapidly expanding code-share connectivity.

Air Lease Corporation announced an agreement to lease two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Air Tahiti Nui. Both aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Boeing and scheduled to deliver to French Polynesia’s flag carrier airline in the fall of 2018.

Aerolineas Argentinas has taken delivery of their first new, directly-purchased Airbus A330-200 aircraft as a part of the carrier’s fleet renewal strategy. The aircraft, equipped with GE engines, joins the airline’s existing fleet of 11 Airbus widebody aircraft, comprising four A330-200s and seven A340s.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol collected 165,000 in passenger donations at the airport’s collection points in 2014. The proceeds are designated to fund the work of UNICEF, the United Nations organisation that works to protect the rights of children. In 2014, employees of Schiphol Group collected 57,500 through initiatives they organised on behalf of UNICEF.

Airbus ProSky and Haiti’s Office National de L’Aviation Civile (OFNAC) announced completion of a joint project to modernise the airspace of Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haïtien International Airports. This initiative, conducted in consultation with Air France, American Airlines and JetBlue, improves airspace safety while reducing flight times for airlines and air travelers at these two key Haitian airports.

Abu Dhabi Airports announced that passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 20.7% in January 2015. A total of 1,887,631 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport during the month, compared with 1,564,266 in January 2014.

Air Arabia reported a record net profit for the full year ending December 31, 2014 of AED 566 million, up 30 per cent compared to AED 435 million for the same period in 2013. The airline’s turnover for the full year 2014 reached AED 3.7 billion, an increase of 17 per cent on 2013, driven by increased passenger numbers.

Air Astana has reported an operating profit of $97.7 million in 2014, an increase of 35% over 2013 and the highest in the company’s 13 year history.

Air Canada has been named the leading airline in customer loyalty, according to Brand Keys 2015 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index (CLEI).

Air India SATS Airport Services has received the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification for adhering to IATA’s stringent and high safety standards at The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad as well as their Headquarters at Mumbai.
Air Serbia’s new schedule will see an increase in frequency between Belgrade and Tel Aviv from four to five flights per week and introduce new departure and arrival times.

Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services completed its first Split-Scimitar Winglet installation for Sunwing Airlines on a B737-800 aircraft. Sunwing Airlines inducted the aircraft into AMES’ Wilmington facility in mid-December for the Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) modification and other maintenance bridging inspections.

Airbus Helicopters have launched the X4 initial design concept around two highly capable turboshaft engines options: Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210E and Turbomeca’s ARRANO.

Airports of Thailand’s board has approved an additional THB48 billion baht ($1.47 billion) investment in two new projects for expanding Bangkok’s SuvarnabhumiAirpor.

Alaska Airlines is purchasing six more Boeing 737-900 Extended Range aircraft, valued at $594 million, Boeing’s current list price. The new planes, four scheduled for delivery in 2016 and two in 2017, bring Alaska’s total of locally manufactured jets on order to 79.

American Airlines will begin operating its new daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) on May 7, marking the airline’s sixth daily flight to Asia from DFW and the only nonstop flight connecting DFW and Beijing.

ANA, will launch a new daily service from Narita to Kuala Lumpur from September 2015 allowing passengers to make easier connections with flights to and from North America during the evening period at Narita.

ARKIA Israeli Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for up to four A330-900neo aircraft.
Asiana Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A321neo single-aisle aircraft as part of its ongoing fleet modernization program.

ACI Asia-Pacific showed continued moderate growth from 2013 in Asia-Pacific airports at +5.9% whereas the Middle East airports continued the strong growth at +9.4%. Majority of the leading airports in the region reported positive results in passenger traffic in 2014.

Air Canada reported full year adjusted net income of $531 million or $1.81 per diluted share compared to adjusted net income of $340 million or $1.20 per diluted share in 2013, an improvement of $191 million or $0.61 per diluted share.

American Airlines has lowered its forecast for first-quarter profit margins due to the recent rise in oil prices. The carrier said it expected a pretax margin of 12 percent to 14 percent, down from its earlier forecast of 13 percent to 15 percent. The estimates exclude special items.

American Airlines reported January 2015 traffic results.Company total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 16.8 billion, down 2.8 percent versus January 2014. Total capacity was 21.5 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 0.2 percent versus January 2014.

Airbus won five orders for the current version of the A330 in January, helping plug a potential gap in production as it works on an updated version due to enter service in 2017. The company said the order for five A330-200s, worth $1.1 billion at list prices, came from a new customer that it did not identify.

Asiana Airlines has selected Airbus Flight Hour Services to provide components support, securing the highest service level for daily A330 operations.

Avianca Holdings has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 100 A320neo Family aircraft. Avianca will base its fleet renewal strategy on the A320neo Family.

American Airlines and Korean Air have signed an agreement to begin codesharing. Pending regulatory approval, Korean Air will place its code on American Airlines flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea.

Air Seychelles announced an expansion of its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways for travel to Mumbai, the gateway to India.
Alitalia Loyalty will become part of Global Loyalty Company (GLC), a loyalty and lifestyle company that allows Etihad Airways and its partners to target the global loyalty market more effectively, whilst driving technology and back office synergies.

Air India SATS Airport Services has initiated the usage of renewable and clean burning Biodiesel at Bengaluru (BLR) Airfreight Terminal making Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIA-B) the first across the AISATS airfreight terminal network to be powered by Bio-Diesel.

ANA Holdings has ordered seven more A321 aircraft (four A321ceo with Sharklets and three A321neo), in addition to the firm order for 30 A320neo Family (seven A320neo and 23 A321neo).

Aeroflot joined TOP-10 international airlines that provide to its passengers Wi-Fi on board.

Aer Lingus is considering an improved EUR€1.36 billion ($1.52 billion) takeover offer from IAG, the third attempt by the owner of British Airways to buy it.

Aéroports de Paris handled a total of 92.7 million passengers in 2014, which was an increase of 2.6 percent compared to the previous year, and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport led the way with a record 63.8 million, up 2.8 percent on 2013.

Air Astana has reported an operating profit of $97.7 million in 2014, an increase of 35 percent over 2013 and the highest in the company’s 13 year history.

Air Serbia announced an expansion of its codeshare partnership with its equity partner Etihad Airways to offer services between Belgrade and Singapore, via Abu Dhabi, thus expanding its footprint in Asia.

Austrian Airlines operated more than 127,000 flights in the period January to December 2014, carrying approximately 11.2 million passengers. This corresponds to an average of about 348 flights and more than 30,000 passengers per day.

Air India has introduced a daily direct daily service from Delhi to Vijayawada. This will be the second flight on the route.

Air India’s uplift in domestic market has gone up by 15 percent from 30,313 passengers in December 2013 to 35,100 passengers a day in the first half of December 2014. Similarly on a network basis its uplift has gone up by nearly 12 percent from 45,100 passengers a day to 50,500 passengers a day. Along with its subsidiary Air IndiaExpress, Air India carried 58,160 passengers in first half of December 2014 as against 53,720 in 2013, a growth of 8 percent.

Air India has invited offers from banks and financial institutions to arrange bridge financing of as much as $330 million to induct Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner planes into its fleet. The airline said it will offer the aircraft as security but the bridge loan facility will not be covered by a government guarantee. Bridge financing is typically a short term loan that utilises existing assets as collateral.

Airberlin and the Iberia Group expand their existing codeshare agreement. As a result the airline is offering its passengers an even greater choice of connections to the Spanish capital. All Iberia Group flights from Hamburg, Hanover and Stuttgart to Madrid will be offered under an Airberlin flight number.Airberlin already operates non-stop flights from Berlin, Düsseldorf and Vienna to Madrid, which are offered in codeshare with Iberia.

American Airlines in coordination with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it is the first carrier to offer its nearly 40,000 pilots and flight attendants complimentary membership in CBP’s Global Entry program.

Abu Dhabi Airports announced that the fourth annual Abu Dhabi Air Expo will take place in February 2016 at Al Bateen Executive Airport and will be held every two years instead of annually. The new two year cycle of the show will allow industry pioneers and participants sufficient time to develop their products and services to better promote them during the show.

Airbus has officially launched the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight having secured the first commitment from Air Lease Corporation.

Airbus has exceeded its targets for 2014, achieving a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries for 89 customers of which eight are new, comprising 490 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330s, 30 A380s and also our first A350 XWB. This production achievement means that Airbus’ aircraft deliveries in 2014 were up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013.

Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 3.27 percent across the product line. The 3.27 percent price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2014 to January 2015 period, and enables Airbus to continue to enhance its profitability.

Air China will commence nonstop service from Chengdu to Colombo , the capital of Sri Lanka giving travelers easy access to a magical and romantic tropical land.

Air India has introduced a daily direct daily service from Delhi to Vijayawada. This will be the second flight on the route.
Air India’s uplift in domestic market has gone up by 15 percent from 30,313 passengers in December 2013 to 35,100 passengers a day in the first half of December 2014. Similarly on a network basis its uplift has gone up by nearly 12 percent from 45,100 passengers a day to 50,500 passengers a day. Along with its subsidiary Air IndiaExpress, Air India carried 58,160 passengers in first half of December 2014 as against 53,720 in 2013, a growth of 8 percent.

Air India has invited offers from banks and financial institutions to arrange bridge financing of as much as $330 million to induct Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner planes into its fleet. The airline said it will offer the aircraft as security but the bridge loan facility will not be covered by a government guarantee. Bridge financing is typically a short term loan that utilises existing assets as collateral.

Airberlin and the Iberia Group expand their existing codeshare agreement. As a result the airline is offering its passengers an even greater choice of connections to the Spanish capital. All Iberia Group flights from Hamburg, Hanover and Stuttgart to Madrid will be offered under an Airberlin flight number. Airberlin already operates non-stop flights from Berlin, Düsseldorf and Vienna to Madrid, which are offered in codeshare with Iberia.

American Airlines in coordination with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it is the first carrier to offer its nearly 40,000 pilots and flight attendants complimentary membership in CBP’s Global Entry program.

Abu Dhabi Airports announced that the fourth annual Abu Dhabi Air Expo will take place in February 2016 at Al Bateen Executive Airport and will be held every two years instead of annually. The new two year cycle of the show will allow industry pioneers and participants sufficient time to develop their products and services to better promote them during the show.

Airbus has officially launched the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight having secured the first commitment from Air Lease Corporation.

Airbus has exceeded its targets for 2014, achieving a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries for 89 customers of which eight are new, comprising 490 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330s, 30 A380s and also our first A350 XWB. This production achievement means that Airbus’ aircraft deliveries in 2014 were up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013.
Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 3.27 percent across the product line. The 3.27 percent price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2014 to January 2015 period, and enables Airbus to continue to enhance its profitability.

Air China will commence nonstop service from Chengdu to Colombo , the capital of Sri Lanka giving travelers easy access to a magical and romantic tropical land.

All Nippon Airways Japan’s leading airline, and Noma, critically acclaimed as one of the world’s “best restaurants,” have partnered to offer global travelers the ‘Inspiration of Japan’.

ACI EUROPE released its traffic report for November. The report is the only air transport report which includes all types of civil aviation passenger flights. In November 2014, passenger traffic at Europe’s airport grew by +5.3 percent. More specifically, passenger growth at airports in the EU reported a strong result of +5.3 percent year-on-year. At non-EU airports in Europe passenger traffic grew by a near identical +5.4 percent.

airberlin welcomed 0.6 percent more passengers on board in yearly comparison. The revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) in airberlin’s worldwide flight route network increased to 49.270 billion (previous year: 48.575 billion), i.e. an increase of 1.4 percent over the previous year. The available seat kilometers (ASK) for the January to December period amounted to 59.031 billion kilometers (previous year: 57.251 billion).

Air Arabia has bought a 49 percent stake in Jordan’s Petra Airlines as the group plans to develop a new hub in Amman that gives it access to the European low-cost travel market. Petra Airlines will be rebranded as Air Arabia Jordan during the first quarter of this year, the Dubai-listed Air Arabia said.

Air Arabia and Bee’ah, the Sharjah Environment announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement. The MoU will have Air Arabia and Bee’ah collaborate and share knowledge and expertise in a number of key areas relating to both commercial activities and corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects.

Aimia announced agreement of a multi-year extension with founding partner HSBC for its participation in the Air Miles program in the Middle East. The extension to the partnership, which began in 2001 when the Air Miles program launched, means that members will continue to collect Air Miles every time they use their HSBC credit card, and will also earn Air Miles twice whenever they use their HSBC credit card alongside their Air Miles card at the more than 120 partner outlets across the region.

AEA member airlines achieved a record load factor of nearly 81 percent in 2014. The airlines participating in the AEA’s traffic data analysis welcomed on board of their domestic, European and Intercontinental flights 11 million extra passengers in 2014 compared to the previous year. Despite the very slow economic growth in Europe this represents an increase of 3 percent. In terms of RPK.

Airbus expects the A350 to be profitable from 2019 before becoming a prime source of profits, chief executive Fabrice Bregier said. Airbus has firm orders for 780 A350s from about 40 airlines. The A350 was developed at a cost of €11 billion ($13.45 billion) and is designed to compete with the Boeing 787 and 777. Airbus anticipates the A350 to be profit generating from 2019 and also to become a prime source of profits.

Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways. The A350 XWB redefines the way people fly for the coming decades and opens up a new era in comfortable, efficient long-haul air travel when it enters service with Qatar Airways, renowned for leading the industry to new heights in service excellence.

Avolon has firmed up its contract for 15 A330neo aircraft. Avolon became one of the launch customers of the A330neo after signing its initial commitment in July 2014 at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Air New Zealand is boldly moving forward with its longstanding aspiration to serve Latin America by announcing plans to launch service to Buenos Aires in 2015.

Air Malta and SkyGourmet, have reached an agreement that saw major changes to the airline’s in-flight catering and ancillary services as from 1st January 2015. The agreement saw Club Class passengers benefiting from an upgraded in-flight menu whilst Economy passengers were offered a baguette and half a litre of water on all routes free of charge.

Air Canada Rouge launched new non-stop service between Vancouver and the sunny desert paradise of Palm Springs.
Air Canada is to use its new Boeing 787-9s to drive international network expansion from its hub at Toronto’s Lester B Pearson International Airport with new routes to Delhi, India and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) confirmed for launch in November next year. The Toronto – Delhi route will be the first to be dedicated to the 787-9.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines and Lufthansa Technik AG have signed a long-term contract for maintenance of aircraft parts to improve conditions. Lufthansa Technik has won the tender process as a service provider for the maintenance of aircraft parts all companies in the Aeroflot group.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can check one bag free. The airline is waiving its standard $25 bag fee to encourage new and existing members to experience the benefits of Alaska’s award-winning frequent flier program.

Amadeus announced the signing of a long-term full content agreement with Vistara. Amadeus-connected travel agencies now have access to Vistara’s full range of air content. Vistara previously announced in October that it is the first airline in India to adopt the Amadeus Altéa Suite, giving Amadeus travel agents additional, unique advantages.

leading airline, and Noma, critically acclaimed as one of the world’s “best restaurants,” have partnered to offer global travelers the ‘Inspiration of Japan’.

ACI EUROPE released its traffic report for November. The report is the only air transport report which includes all types of civil aviation passenger flights. In November 2014, passenger traffic at Europe’s airport grew by +5.3 percent. More specifically, passenger growth at airports in the EU reported a strong result of +5.3 percent year-on-year. At non-EU airports in Europe passenger traffic grew by a near identical +5.4 percent.

airberlin welcomed 0.6 percent more passengers on board in yearly comparison. The revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) in airberlin’s worldwide flight route network increased to 49.270 billion (previous year: 48.575 billion), i.e. an increase of 1.4 percent over the previous year. The available seat kilometers (ASK) for the January to December period amounted to 59.031 billion kilometers (previous year: 57.251 billion).

Air Arabia has bought a 49 percent stake in Jordan’s Petra Airlines as the group plans to develop a new hub in Amman that gives it access to the European low-cost travel market. Petra Airlines will be rebranded as Air Arabia Jordan during the first quarter of this year, the Dubai-listed Air Arabia said.

Air Arabia and Bee’ah, the Sharjah Environment announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement. The MoU will have Air Arabia and Bee’ah collaborate and share knowledge and expertise in a number of key areas relating to both commercial activities and corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects.

Aimia announced agreement of a multi-year extension with founding partner HSBC for its participation in the Air Miles program in the Middle East. The extension to the partnership, which began in 2001 when the Air Miles program launched, means that members will continue to collect Air Miles every time they use their HSBC credit card, and will also earn Air Miles twice whenever they use their HSBC credit card alongside their Air Miles card at the more than 120 partner outlets across the region.

AEA member airlines achieved a record load factor of nearly 81 percent in 2014. The airlines participating in the AEA’s traffic data analysis welcomed on board of their domestic, European and Intercontinental flights 11 million extra passengers in 2014 compared to the previous year. Despite the very slow economic growth in Europe this represents an increase of 3 percent. In terms of RPK.

Airbus expects the A350 to be profitable from 2019 before becoming a prime source of profits, chief executive Fabrice Bregier said. Airbus has firm orders for 780 A350s from about 40 airlines. The A350 was developed at a cost of €11 billion ($13.45 billion) and is designed to compete with the Boeing 787 and 777. Airbus anticipates the A350 to be profit generating from 2019 and also to become a prime source of profits.

Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways. The A350 XWB redefines the way people fly for the coming decades and opens up a new era in comfortable, efficient long-haul air travel when it enters service with Qatar Airways, renowned for leading the industry to new heights in service excellence.

Avolon has firmed up its contract for 15 A330neo aircraft. Avolon became one of the launch customers of the A330neo after signing its initial commitment in July 2014 at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Air New Zealand is boldly moving forward with its longstanding aspiration to serve Latin America by announcing plans to launch service to Buenos Aires in 2015.

Air Malta and SkyGourmet, have reached an agreement that saw major changes to the airline’s in-flight catering and ancillary services as from 1st January 2015. The agreement saw Club Class passengers benefiting from an upgraded in-flight menu whilst Economy passengers were offered a baguette and half a litre of water on all routes free of charge.

Air Canada Rouge launched new non-stop service between Vancouver and the sunny desert paradise of Palm Springs.

Air Canada is to use its new Boeing 787-9s to drive international network expansion from its hub at Toronto’s Lester B Pearson International Airport with new routes to Delhi, India and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) confirmed for launch in November next year. The Toronto – Delhi route will be the first to be dedicated to the 787-9.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines and Lufthansa Technik AG have signed a long-term contract for maintenance of aircraft parts to improve conditions. Lufthansa Technik has won the tender process as a service provider for the maintenance of aircraft parts all companies in the Aeroflot group.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can check one bag free. The airline is waiving its standard $25 bag fee to encourage new and existing members to experience the benefits of Alaska’s award-winning frequent flier program.

Amadeus announced the signing of a long-term full content agreement with Vistara. Amadeus-connected travel agencies now have access to Vistara’s full range of air content. Vistara previously announced in October that it is the first airline in India to adopt the Amadeus Altéa Suite, giving Amadeus travel agents additional, unique advantages.

Air France has confirmed that it will offer up to seven flights a week to Miami from Paris-Charles de Gaulle for the winter season, until March 28th, with flights operated by an Airbus A380.

Asia-Pacific airports maintained a moderate growth rate of 7.3 percent year-on-year while airports in the Middle East reported 7.6 percent in the same period. Majority of the airports reported positive growth for the month.

Abu Dhabi Airports has announced two more routes operated by Jet Airways from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The new routes are now flying daily to Goa and Lucknow.

Air Astana inaugurated a new direct flight from Astana to Bangkok. The service initially operates twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays and is additional to the existing daily direct service from Almaty to Bangkok.

Airbus shares slid 10.4 percent after the plane maker predicted flat profits in 2016, surprising investors who had expected new and recently upgraded models to start boosting results that year.

Airbus is exhibiting an ACJ319, operated by MJet, at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) , highlighting the benefits that a top-of the-line aircraft offers in this important market. The ACJ319 on display features several different lounge-areas at the front, capitalising on the greater space that every Airbus corporate jet delivers, plus a bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shower at the rear.

Air Canada said that it will launch non-stop service between Toronto and Dubai beginning in November 2015. The new route will extend the airline’s international network farther into the Middle East at a time of increased travel between North America and the region.

Aéroports de Montréal announced that Montréal– Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport has become the first airport in Canada to be certified under the Airport Carbon Accreditation standard.

American Airlines to Add Inflight Internet Access To Nearly 250 Regional Jets. As a part of its $2 billion investment to give customers a world-class travel experience, American Airlines will upgrade its regional fleet by adding Gogo inflight wireless services to all two-class regional jets.

Aeromexico announced that it will offer a new daily flight between Toronto and Mexico City as of May 4th, 2015, connecting with Aeromexico service to Cancun , Guadalajara , Huatulco , Los Cabos , Monterrey and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico ; and Bogota , El Salvador , Guatemala and Lima in Latin America , among others.

Air Canada announced additional details of its plan for profitable growth. Strategic enhancements include expanding its North American route network with the addition of new non-stop services from Calgary-Terrace; Calgary-Nanaimo; Vancouver-Comox; Toronto-Austin and Montreal-Mexico City.

American Airlines Group reported November 2014 and year-to-date traffic results. American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 16.2 billion, down 0.5 percent versus November 2013. Total capacity was 20.8 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 0.9 percent versus November 2013.

Air New Zealand has announced plans to take delivery of two additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircrafts expected to be delivered in late 2017 and the latter half of 2018 respectively and will take the total number of Dreamliners in the fleet to 12.

Airports Council International World has been presented the Centennial Air Transport Award from Hermes Air Transport Club for its significant contribution to the aviation industry over the last 23 years. ACI World Director General Angela Gittens accepted the award on behalf of the organization at ICAO Headquarters in Montreal.

Air France and Air Austral have signed a codeshare agreement to facilitate travel for customers between Europe and the Indian Ocean and vice versa, beyond Paris-Charles de Gaulle and St. Denis de la Reunion.

AirAsia X has placed a firm order with Airbus for 55 A330neo aircraft. This is the largest single order to date for the best-selling A330 Family and reaffirms AirAsia X’s position as the biggest A330 airline customer worldwide, having now ordered a total of 91 aircraft.

Air India signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NBCC towards implemetation of the monetisation of assests of Air India. The MoU was signed at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan by CMD Air India Rohit Nandan and Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC, in the presence of Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati and Minister for Urban Development Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Aeroports de Catalunya will host World Routes, the 23rd World Route Development Forum in 2017 from 23-26 September . The 2017 event is expected to attract more than 3,500 delegates including 350 airlines, 1,000 airports and 300 tourism authorities from more than 125 countries. It will be held in International convention centre, Fira De Barcelona

All Nippon Airways has inked a deal with IBS Software for the implementation of its cloud based Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul software, iFlight MRO for maintenance of flight training related equipment. The deal widens IBS’ MRO footprint in APAC, with China Southern and Gameco as the other major customers in the region. The solution will allow ANA to ensure that the various aircraft training equipments including the simulators are maintained and kept ready for operational training of its staff.

Azul Brazilian Airlines has signed a purchase agreement for 35 A320neo Family aircraft. The airline, which is also leasing another 28 A320neo aircraft, has chosen the A320neo Family to carry out domestic long haul flights and high density routes, including Campinas – Salvador and Campinas – Recife. For Azul, an important driver for selecting the A320neo was the aircraft’s low operating costs and excellent fuel efficiency.

Air Seychelles commenced services from Mahe to Mumbai which will now operate three times a week using a 136-seat, two-class Airbus A320 aircraft. The outbound flight HM260 will now operate every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Air Canada announced that it will begin non-stop service from Toronto to Delhi beginning in November 2015. The new route, the first to be dedicated for Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 series aircraft, will open new opportunities in the Indian subcontinent, currently the largest international market not served by Air Canada.

Alaska Air Group reported November and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, and for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 9.4 percent increase in traffic on an 8.7 percent increase in capacity compared to November 2013. Load factor increased 0.6 points to 82.3 percent.

Aeromexico announced that starting on May 14th, 2015, it will be offering flights between Mexico City and Panama City, making Panama its 16th destination in Latin America. This new route will be serviced by Boeing 737-700 aircraft with seating capacity for 124 passengers -12 in Clase Premier.

Abu Dhabi Airports announced that passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 17.4 percent in the month of October 2014. A total of 1,689,983 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport in October 2014, compared with 1,439,356 in the same month of 2013.

Alaska Airlines announced that it is expanding its partnership with SkyWest Airlines with the addition of three new destinations from Alaska’s Northwest hubs.

Alitalia and Etihad Airways, were officially handed over the plot for their joint pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. The two airlines are Official Global Carriers of the large-scale event, which takes place from 1 May to 31 October this year.

Airbus Helicopters Training Services has completed the instruction of its 50,000th trainee, marking a new achievement for this wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters. This milestone was achieved during an EC225 rotorcraft T1 type rating course for mechanics,
Air China and Air Canada have announced plans for an enhanced partnership on routes between Canada and China to stimulate traffic growth between the two countries. The joint venture is expected to come into effect by the end of 2015.

Air China and South African Airways announced further strengthening of their bilateral cooperation within the Star Alliance as part of the strengthened cooperation between the two countries. The key element in this strengthened relationship will be network reconfiguration for both airlines to provide better passenger and cargo services between South Africa and China and countries adjacent to both.

Air France and Air Austral have signed a codeshare agreement to facilitate travel for customers between Europe and the Indian Ocean and vice versa, beyond Paris-Charles de Gaulle and St. Denis de la Reunion.

Airbus’s A350-900, received Type Certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at FAA headquarters in Washington D.C.

Adelaide Airport reported that international passenger numbers at the airport increased by 23 percent – more than three times the average for Australian Airports.

Airbus aims to double the annual value of aircraft components it sources from China to $1 billion by 2020 as Boeing also announced that it is also seeking to ramp up China component sourcing.

Austrian Airlines reported that a total of 9.7 million passengers flew with Austrian Airlines in the period from January to October 2014, corresponding to the same level as in the first nine months of the previous year.

Air China and Air Canada would be launching a comprehensive joint operation scheme during the second part of the next year which will be covering all flights between the two countries.

Atlas Air announced increased demand across all regions, especially in the transpacific market thart witnessed a greatest growth, emphasizing that online shopping and peak season high-tech product launches “continue to favour airfreight”.

Alaska Airlines is partnering with select top resorts in the Western United States and Canada to offer great deals on airfare, lift tickets and equipment rentals.

Alaska Air Group reported record third quarter net income, excluding special items, of $200 million a 27 percent increase over the third quarter of 2013. Reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.47 per diluted share, a 32 percent increase over the third quarter of 2013 and ahead of First Call analyst consensus estimate of $1.42 per share.

American Airlines will place its ‘AA’ code on services operated by Jetstar Japan between Tokyo Narita International Airport and Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Okinawa (Naha), Osaka (Kansai) and Sapporo (Shin Chitose), with first flights under the codeshare.

American Airlines Group reported a record GAAP net profit of $942 million. This compares to a GAAP net profit of $289 million in the third quarter 2013 for AMR Corporation prior to the merger.

Aeroflot will name its new low-cost airline Pobeda, or Victory, a symbol of defiance against Western sanctions over Ukraine that grounded the budget carrier’s predecessor. Aeroflot’s previous attempt at a low-cost airline, Dobrolyot (Good Flight), suspended operations in August.

Air Canada and Air China announced that the airlines have concluded a memorandum of understanding setting out the main principles for a comprehensive revenue sharing joint venture providing for an enhanced partnership on routes between Canada and China which will stimulate traffic growth between the two countries.

ACI EUROPE announced a landmark partnership with leading social media analytics and optimization company, Socialbakers. Under the terms of the partnership, ACI Europe and Socialbakers are working together to generate detailed analysis of the engagement airports have been forging with their passengers on a wide range of social networks. These networks include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and several others.

Air Arabia marked its eleventh year of successful operations with its first flight to Tiblisi, Georgia. Tibilsi, is Air Arabia’s 100th global destination. Since it was established in 2003, Air Arabia has recorded impressive and sustained growth in terms of destinations, passenger volume and profitability.

Air India started a direct flight from national capital Delhi to Pantnagar in Uttarakhand. In the recent past, Air India has launched flights to six regional stations viz to Bhuj from Mumbai, to Lilabari, Tezpur, Silchar, Guwahati and Shillong from Kolkata.

Airbus and its Chinese partners and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have re-confirmed their intention to set up an A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin, China, by signing a Letter of Intent.

ACI said passenger traffic for the month of August increased by 5.3 percent. This was slightly above the twelve month growth trend of 4.7 percent. Airports also reported an increase of 6.7 percent in international passenger traffic, while domestic passenger traffic increased by 4 percent as compared to August 2013.

Air Canada reported a system load factor of 84.7 percent representing an increase of 1.5 percentage points on a system-wide capacity increase of 7.3 percent. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic increased 9.2 percent.

Air Lituanica has signed a interline agreement with two leading global airlines Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Getting to European, North and South American and African destinations via Amsterdam and Paris will be even easier.

Air France announced a codeshare partnership with kulula.com*. Under this partnership, Air France will add its code to kulula.com’s domestic route network allowing customers to seamlessly connect in South Africa to and from Cape Town, Durban, George and East London and enjoy the benefits of purchasing a single Air France ticket with the convenience of one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.

Abu Dhabi Airports announced that passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 24.8 percent. A total of 1,920,934 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi Airport in August 2014, compared with 1,538,632 in the same month of 2013. Aircraft movement in August 2014 was also on the rise reaching 13,395 movements, representing a 15.4 percent increase.

All Nippon Airways (Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO) and Philippine Airlines (Lucio C.Tan, Chairman and CEO) announced that they have agreed to establish a commercial partnership covering areas such as code-share and frequent flyer programs, subject to necessary government approvals.

Air Berlin has cancelled orders for Boeing aircraft worth a total of $5 billion at list prices as it strives to curb spending and return to profit.Air Berlin, 29 percent owned by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, has been cutting jobs, costs and unprofitable routes after a period of rapid expansion left it saddled with debt.

Air Canada announced it will introduce year-round mainline service to Amsterdam from Toronto beginning in June 2015 as part of the continuing expansion of its international network. Additions to the summer network also include new Air Canada rouge seasonal service from Montreal to Venice and between Vancouver and Osaka.

Alliance Air signed an MoU with the North East Council (NEC) for flight operations in the North East under Viability Gap Funding (VGF). The MoU was signed in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi, by Shri Anil Mehta, COO, Alliance Air and Shri V B Pathak, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) in the presence of Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati the Minister for Civil Aviation, and, Gen.

Airbus’ A320neo Family is reaching new heights, with increased fuel burn savings per seat further improved to 20 percent across the entire family by 2020. The 20 percent fuel burn saving is achieved through Airbus’ latest cabin innovations reinforced by further engine efficiency improvements.
Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have confirmed 6 January 2015 as the launch date for their alliance, with codeshare flights going on sale on both airlines’ services between New Zealand and Singapore on 25 September. The alliance will see the Star Alliance carriers operating one return service each per day on the Auckland – Singapore route and Singapore Airlines operating a daily return service between Christchurch and Singapore.
Airports Council International is to join forces with the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) as part of an affiliation announced this year. The official signing of the affiliation agreement took place at United Airlines’ offices in Chicago.
Air New Zealand has concluded an agreement for the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Altitude Aerospace Interiors Limited to AIM Aviation Limited, a UK based airline interiors design, engineering and manufacturing company.
Adelaide and Parafield Airports have become the first Australian capital city airports to be recognised by the global Airport Carbon Accreditation program for managing and reducing their carbon emissions.Adelaide Airport (AAL), which operates both airports, is now certified as Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 2(‘Reduction’),for its work in reducing its carbon footprint.
Aeroflot and Travelport signed up for the Rich Content and Branding solution. Thus Aeroflot is the first airline in Russia and CIS to use the advantages of Travelport’s innovative new offering, which is a key component of the newest Travelport Merchandising Platform.

Air Canada has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with its pilots’ union, 1-1/2 years ahead of the end of the current contract at Canada’s largest airline. Air Canada said the new 10-year deal, which is subject to ratification by about 3,000 pilots, will allow it to accelerate its growth plans.
AirAsia is in talks with the Dubai authorities to start flying into the emirate, according to group chief executive Tony Fernandes. The Malaysian airline has expanded this year launching a budget airline in Japan, starting operations in India, and revving up growth in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines but has so far stayed out of the Gulf states.
Allegiant celebrates the start of nonstop, low-cost jet service between CVG and Fort Lauderdale. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is celebrating the start of the new flights by offering fares as low as $69 one-way. Fort Lauderdale begins the latest flight expansion by Allegiant at CVG announced in the summer.

American Airlines launches nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on March 5, 2015. These new routes will further expand American’s network from its Los Angeles hub, an important gateway for both domestic and international travel.
Austrian Airlines welcomes the third out of a total of four additional Dash 8-Q400 aircraft to its fleet. The turboprop of the Canadian producer Bombardier with the registration oe-lgq landed at the Innsbruck-Kranebitten Airport.

AIR NEW ZEALAND will increase capacity between Auckland and Apia to coincide with next year’s historic first match between the All Blacks and Manu Samoa on Samoan soil.The airline will operate larger Boeing 777-200ER aircraft in place of the scheduled Airbus A320 aircraft between the two ports.
Air Seychelles announced the launch of direct flights to Mumbai commencing 2 December 2014.Subject to regulatory approvals, the new three times per week service will be operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft, configured with 16 businessclass and 120 Economy Class seats.
Airports Authority of India has announced that new low-cost airport hubs will be developed one in Rajasthan, Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh. The other two will be in Karnataka. The new airports will be located in Jharsuguda in Odisha, Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh, Kishangarh in Rajasthan and Hubli and Belgaum in Karnataka, said Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Civil Aviation Minister.
ACI EUROPE released its traffic report. Passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by 4.6 percent. More specifically, passenger growth at airports in the EU reported a robust result of 4 percent year-on-year.

Air Canada reported a record system load factor of 89.8 percent an all-time record for any month in the Corporation’s history, representing an increase of 0.3 percentage points on a system-wide capacity increase of 10.4 percent.
Air France-KLM pledged to lift core earnings by up to 10 percent a year until 2017 as part of a new strategic plan combining an assault on the European leisure market with efforts to improve its appeal to long-haul passengers.Facing a double threat from European low-cost rivals and fast-growing long-haul carriers in the Gulf, Air France-KLM said the new ‘PERFORM 2020’ package would include a mixture of restructuring and new investment
Air Seychelles has scooped two coveted accolades at the World Travel Awards 2014, further enhancing its status as the leading carrier in the Indian Ocean region and beyond. The airline was awarded Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class and Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew.
Air Seychelles announced the launch of twice-weekly flights to Dar es Salaam to commence on 2 December 2014, marking the next stage of growth in the airline’s regional strategy.
Airberlin transported 3,472,836 passengers, an increase of 2.7 percent over the corresponding month of the previous year. The revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) within airberlin’s worldwide flight route network increased by 3 percent, to 5.4 billion.
Avianca will add new flights on its existing Bogotá-Barcelona-Bogotá route. Starting on December 18 the Carrier will increase its number of flights from four a week to one per day between the two cities.
Abu Dhabi Airports announced a 21.7 percent increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport. A total of 1,703,995 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport compared with 1,399,695 in the same month of 2013. Aircraft movements reached 13,188, representing a 16.1 percent increase over the 11,355 movements reported.
Airbus and Boeing both topped 1,000 new jet orders in the first eight months of the year, with Boeing leading the race after adjusting for cancellations.Airbus sold 21 aircraft, a traditionally quiet month following the Farnborough Airshow, bringing its total gross orders for the year to 1,001 aircraft.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers free unlimited Wi-Fi access in the airport terminal. Anyone with a mobile device can use the airport’s Wi-Fi network. To login, users should simply select Schiphol Airport_WiFi on the login page.
Association of European Airlines registered a 3.3 percent growth in the number of passengers transported. Compared to the first half of 2013, an additional 5.6 million passengers were welcomed. The positive figures reflect buoyancy in demand for air travel in Europe and beyond.

Aegean Airlines has signed a firm contract with Airbus for two additional A320ceo aircraft, adding to a previous order for five A320s aircraft. All aircraft will be equipped with Airbus “Sharklet” fuel saving wing tip devices and will be powered by IAE V2500 engines.
Air Seychelles and Hong Kong Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement to provide travelers with enhanced connections in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.Under the codeshare agreement, Air Seychelles will place its ‘HM’ code on Hong Kong Airlines’ flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok.
Air New Zealand’s annual net profit jumped 44 percent to NZ$262 million ($218.19 million) compared with NZ$182 million a year ago.
Air Astana recorded an operating profit of $26.3 million and International Financial Standards Reporting (IFRS) net profit of $16.5 million for the 2Q 2014, increases of 24 percent and 7 percent respectively over 2013.
AirAsia India has announced that it will fly to Chandigarh as part of its expansion plans to North India. Air Asia’s second plane for the Indian operations Tony Fernandes, CEO & Director, Air Asia said, “We are going to put six planes in India including Jaipur.”
AirAsia says it is “leading the charge in the global airfare war” with its “Megasale” fares. The Malaysian airline is presenting flights from as little as $13 in the midst of the challenging aviation situation in the wake of its two major disasters this year.
AirAsia’s 2Q net profit jumped more than five times on foreign exchange gains, the deferment of taxes and a small increase in passengers. Asia’s largest budget airline by passengers reported net profit increased to MYR367.16 million ringgit ($116 million).
AirAsia X incurred a large loss in 2Q2014 driven by a weak performance on Australian routes, where large capacity gains from 2H2013 continue to impact yields. The MYR129 million (40 million) loss for 2Q2014 marks the third consecutive quarter of losses for AirAsia X, which has seen its stock price slip by over 30 percent.
Air China is set to save around $8 million a year in fuel costs. Following extensive trials on its international routes, Air China has deployed SITA’s FMS Wind Uplink service on all international and domestic routes to constantly update key weather information for Flight Management System (FMS) calculations while en route.
Air Canada posted a quarterly profit, driven by aggressive cost-cutting, fuller planes and a CA$41 million tax gain.The Montreal-based carrier posted a net profit of CA$223 million. It lost CA$23 million in the same quarter last year.Operating revenue grew to CA$3.3 billion from CA$3.06 billion the previous year.
American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles for the month were 20.8 billion total capacity was 24.4 billion.
AeroGround Flughafen München reached agreement with the Slovenian airline Adria Airways on a long-term full-handling contract at Munich Airport. In cooperation with its affiliates aerogate and Cargogate, AeroGround is Munich Airport’s only full-service provider offering the complete range of landside and airside services to cover all aspects of aircraft, passenger and cargo handling.

Air India has signed up for Travelport’s rich content and branding programme, which will allow the national carrier to control the way fares and ancillaries are presented on travel agency screens, bringing the booking process more in line with the carrier’s website.
Air India has launched direct non-stop operations between Delhi and Moscow, with the B787 Dreamliner aircraft. Air India is offering attractive promotional fares on this route. The non-stop service on the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi sector will operate four days a week.
Austrian Airlines has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Systems extending the use of SchedConnect IT solution of the latter. SchedConnect processes schedule changes in real-time and enables automated calculation and adjustment of transfer connections based on changes in an airline’s own schedule or in partner schedules.
Agility announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2014, reporting a net profit of KD 12.9 million, an increase of 12 percent compared to the second quarter of 2013. Earnings per share stand at 11.74 fils.

AirAsia maintained its strong load factor of 80 percent in 2Q14, no change as compared to the same period last year. The number of passengers carried increased by 1 percent in line with its 1percent increase in capacity.
Alitalia is expected to seal a deal with Gulf carrier Etihad to rescue the struggling Italian airline from the brink of bankruptcy.Etihad will take a 49 percent stake in Alitalia and invest EUR1.2 billion in the airline over the next three years as part of a restructuring, which is expected to entail 1,635 job cuts.
Air Canada reported second quarter adjusted net income of $139 million or $0.47 per diluted share compared to adjusted net income of $115 million or $0.41 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2013, an improvement of $24 million or 21 percent.
Air Group began paying a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share. The cash dividend was increased to 12.5 cents per share. The dividends are financed from operating cash flow and existing cash on hand.
Airbus Group reported first-half underlying operating profit up 10 percent and reaffirmed its forecasts for the year, seeking to dampen concerns about the health of the commercial airliner market. In the first half, core operating profit rose 9.6 percent to EUR1.769 billion but this included a capital gain of EUR60 million on the sale of its Paris headquarters building, following the move of its headquarters to Toulouse.
All Nippon Airways said that it has ordered $16.5 billion worth of Boeing and Airbus aircraft.The airline firmed up a deal for 40 Boeing wide-body jets, including 20 777-9X, 14 787-9 and six 777-300ER aircraft, worth $13 billion at list prices.

American Airlines joined its US network airline peers in recording strong financial results during 2Q2014, and similar to Delta and United, saw particular strength in the US domestic market.
ANA Holdings has firmed up an order for 30 A320neo Family aircraft. The aircraft will be part of ANA Holdings fleet development and modernisation strategy to replace its existing single-aisle fleet in the coming years.
Adelaide Airport has reported strong total passenger growth of 5.0 percent and outstanding international passenger growth of 25.5 percent. International passenger growth reflects both an improvement in load factors and a 17 percent increase in capacity.

Aer Lingus lifted its 2014 profit guidance, reinstating an earlier forecast, saying recent trading trends would help it meet the target after all. Aer Lingus again expected 2014 operating profit to be at least in line with the EUR 61.1 million ($81.9 million) it made last year.
AirAsia Berhad announced the operating statistics for the 2Q 2014. In 2Q14, the Group recorded a solid load factor of 79 percent. Number of passengers carried increased by 13 percent year-on-year to 11.3 million, together with a 15 percent increase in capacity.
Aeroports de Montreal reported increase in passenger traffic by 3 percent. EBITDA for the same period was up by 1.9 percent at USD99.4 million. The growth in passenger traffic brought an increase in revenue of revenue by 4.7 million, a growth of 4.3 percent over the previous year.

Airbus has cancelled its contract with Japan’s Skymark Airlines for the purchase of six A380 aircraft. Skymark dates back to 1998 but has struggled to make a profit only going into the ‘black’ for the first time last year. With a fleet of 30 Boeing 737-800s and three Airbus A330-300s the largest Airbus looks like being a step too far.
American Airlines Group will discontinue first-class meals on most flights of less than 2 hours 45 minutes, providing a snack instead.

Auric Air announced the addition of more flights to key tourism areas of the country. Auric will fly four times a day from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar’s main island of Unguja, three times to the sister island of Pemba and twice daily to Tanga.
Aurigny has now confirmed that it will introduce a twice weekday service between London City and Guernsey.
Austrian Airlines positively concluded the second quarter of 2014 with an operating profit of EUR 10 million. Due to the traditionally weak first quarter, Austrian Airlines posted an operating loss of minus EUR 44 million in the first half of 2014.
Airbus’s CEO Fabrice Bregier, called European authorities to weaken the euro by 10 percent to help exporters compete. According to the executive, the euro exchange rate should be at $1.20 to $1.25 while currently the rate is about $1.36.
Airport Council International’s Passenger Terminal Assessment study says that Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) terminal meets international best practices for Passenger Level of Service and for Passenger and Baggage Airport Processes.
Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services has been granted approval by the Federal Aviation Administration to perform heavy and line maintenance services on Airbus A318, A319, A320, and A321 aircraft.
Air France grew its half-year 2014 group revenues by one percent to €12 billion, a statement reveals.A strict capacity-management discipline is being used to balance supply and demand and improve productivity at the loss-making merged European carrier.

Atlas Air has presented an upbeat market volume outlook after announcing a second quarter net income of $29.6 million, compared with $20.1 million in the same period last year.
AirAsia’S CEO Tony Fernandes, said that he plans to make Bengaluru an international aviation hub. The city, meanwhile, has given the airline reasons to do so. The Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) has approved to more than half airport tariffs for what it calls a ‘home carrier’.
Alaska Air Group reported record in 2Q 2014 results. It reported net income, excluding special items of $157 million a 50 percent increase. And also remarked adjusted earnings per share of $1.13 per diluted share, a 53 percent increase and ahead of first call analyst consensus estimate of $1.11 per share.
Air France-KLM posted a sharp increase in core profit for the second quarter and announced a 2015-2020 plan to recapture market share from low-cost rivals in Europe.
airBaltic has become the world’s first airline to accept Bitcoin as payment for its tickets to 60 destinations in Europe, Middle East, Russia and the CIS.
Air Transport Research Society released the results of its annual benchmarking study of commercial airports in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and North America. Based on a rigorous analysis of airport cost and revenue data, the ATRS benchmarking study assessed the productivity and efficiency of nearly 200 airports and selected the most efficient airports in each of the regions, as well as the most efficient airport.
Air China became the first domestic carrier to introduce prepaid excess baggage fee service on routes to North America for passengers on Air China-operated North American flights arriving in or departing from Beijing.

Air Canada has been named Best Airline in North America in the Skytrax 2014 World Airline Awards at the Farnborough International Airshow. It is the fifth consecutive year Air Canada has been recognized as the best airline in North America and among the leading carriers of the world.
Air France and Garuda Indonesia signed a code-share agreement giving Air France customers on their arrival in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, the possibility to continue their trip, with a wider choice of connecting flight times to Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali).
Air Malta and Etihad Airways have expanded their code-share agreement to provide travellers with improved connections between Europe, the GCC region and Australia. The two airlines extended their partnership to coincide with the launch of Etihad Airways’ service between Abu Dhabi and Rome.
Air Mauritius has decided to expand and modernise its long-haul fleet with a Memorandum of Understanding for four A350-900 aircraft. The agreement was announced during the Farnborough International Airshow 2014.
Asiana Airlines took over its second Airbus A380 “super jumbo” jet,which will help the company strengthen its medium to long haul flight service.

Airbus Helicopters Japan inaugurated Japan’s first full flight simulator (FFS) for helicopters, with its high-fidelity training system made operational for service, at its facilities located in the Kobe Airport vicinity. The simulator is configured to represent Airbus Helicopters’ light twin-engine EC135 P2+ rotorcraft, and has received Level C certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). With such airworthiness authority approval, training hours accumulated by pilots in the full flight simulator are now authorized to be logged as actual flight hours.Airbushas unveiled the A350 XWB’s development cabin interior installed on board flight-test aircraft ‘MSN002’ at the Airbus site in Hamburg. MSN002, which made its first flight on 26th February 2014, is the first of two test aircraft fitted with a passenger interior and is part of the growing A350 XWB development fleet. Intensive cabin flight and ground tests have already been performed during a two-week stay of the aircraft in Hamburg in mid-March 2014. The new interior would demonstrate how the aircraft’s “eXtra-wide” fuselage will soon be offering the passengers even more personal space, flexibility and comfort in business and economy classes, especially on a wide 18” seat in 9-abreast economy.

Aer Lingus launched its inaugural light from Dublin to Toronto which is its fourth transatlantic route launched in recent months and the latest part of its significant transatlantic growth plan in 2014 adding to the new San Francisco Dublin direct service launched recently. The new 757 service will operate with a daily service between Dublin and Toronto during the summer season and up to four weekly services operating during the winter. The new route also offers our customers additional connectivity by road to key cities within Canada. “We are delighted to add a direct service to Canada to our network. Toronto is a very important market in terms of business links. Aer Lingus has a long established supply route to Canada via Boston and New York. The service also opens up connections to all key cities within Canada by road freight. The 757 aircraft has opened up significant opportunities for Aer Lingus Cargo to and from Canada, especially for mail and small freight,” said Peter O’Neill, Director of Cargo, Aer Lingus.

Abu Dhabi International Airport was announced as the winner of the Asia heat of this year’s Routes Marketing Awards. The awards ceremony took place during the Routes Asia Networking Evening hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Sarawak. As overall winner of this regional heat, Abu Dhabi International Airport will be automatically shortlisted for the World Routes Marketing Awards which will take place at Chicago from 20-23 September 2014. Abu Dhabi joins Tampa International Airport, which was announced as overall winner of the Americas heat during February in San Salvador.

Accelya, the leading provider of financial and business intelligence solutions to the Airline industry, has won the IT Company of the Year 2014 at the Air Transport News Awards ceremony held at Istanbul. The award was based on votes cast by airline executives followed by jury evaluation. The key parameters in judging the winner included the most influential leader, best financial performance during 2013, achievements during the 2013, new products launched, social responsibility & contribution to society and the most innovative & entrepreneurial organisation.

 

Airbus Group has entered into a Share Purchase Agreement with Raiffeisenverband Salzburg to acquire Salzburg München Bank AG, so as to provide additional financing options for the aeronautics and defence company. Salzburg München Bank, owned 100% by Raiffeisenverband Salzburg, is a small fully-licensed bank based in Munich serving small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and private clients. Upon closing, it will be renamed Airbus Group Bank and gradually be developed to provide finance solutions to support the Group’s businesses. However, the transaction will not have any immediate effects on Salzburg München Bank’s existing clients or business. The acquisition is subject to obtaining regulatory approvals.
Air New Zealand’s ‘Airpoints‘ programme continues to grow from strength to strength with the number of its members surpassing 1.5 million globally. Changes to the programme announced in November have been well received, with monthly new member sign ups increasing by 60 percent and frequent flyer satisfaction achieving record highs. The changes include the ability for members to earn Airpoints Dollars on every regularly available fare and earn rates that fairly reward the price of the airfare paid.
Air Arabia, the United Arab Emirates’ only publicly listed carrier, reported a 12 percent rise in fourth-quarter net profit as a result of increased passenger traffic. The Sharjah-based carrier announced that it made a net profit of AED94 million dirhams ($25.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013, as against the AED84 million in the corresponding period of 2012. The airline carried over 1.5 million passengers in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 15 percent year-on-year. Full-year traffic rose also 15 percent to 6.1 million passengers. The airlines annual profit also registered an increase of 2 percent to AED435 million dirhams.
Aer Lingus launched its inaugural B757 service from Shannon, Ireland, to Boston. The new routes marks the commencement of a major transatlantic expansion in 2014 that includes new routes from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto, as well as frequency increases on services from Shannon to Boston and New York. Flights between Shannon and Boston will operate daily while flights to New York from Shannon will operate six times a week, with effect from March 30.
Airbus has renewed its ‘Lead Logistics Provider’ contract with Kuehne + Nagel until 2016. Kuehne + Nagel will continue to manage Airbus’ entire production logistics in France, Germany, Spain, the UK and China for all aircraft programmes. The company will further streamline operational processes to increase efficiency along the supply chain.
Air Malta will add four extra departures on its Wales and the South West routes as a prelude to their summer 2014 charter season. The additional flights on this popular route are slated to commence on April 8, 2014, four weeks earlier than originally planned, to cater to the anticipated public demand for travel to the sunshine island in the Mediterranean over the Spring/ Easter period. The direct flights from Cardiff Airport to Malta are programmed to depart every Tuesday until October 21, 2014.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol set a new record by welcoming more than 52.5 million passengers in 2013 thereby registering a rise of 3 percent compared to 2012 . The number of aircraft movements in 2013 increased by 0.5 percent to almost 426,000. In addition, the number of direct destinations served from Schiphol rose from 317 to 323. In accordance with the Master Plan of the Airport, during 2013, construction work started with the transition from decentralised to centralised security for the entire terminal.
Azul, the Brazilian domestic carrier, has decided to cap the cost of flights during the World Cup this year, which would add pressure on competitors who have been upbraided by the government for raising ticket prices. According to David Neeleman, founder of the airline, none of the routes that Azul flies during the tournament will cost more than BRR999 reais ($420). The policy is likely to cost Azul nearly BRR20 million reais in foregone revenue. Neelman further informed that the World Cup would also have a net negative impact on the carrier’s bottom line due to a drop off in business travel.
American Airlines took delivery of the new Airbus A321T, the first among the group of aircraft that will become a dedicated three-class fleet operating on transcontinental flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and JFK and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). American will initially operate the A321T between New York and Los Angeles, and will introduce the new plane between New York and San Francisco during March this year. American is the only U.S. carrier to offer three classes of service between these key markets.
Airbus has signed a research agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to explore the use of digital manufacturing in aerospace. Working with the team of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), the aircraft manufacturer will evaluate how the digital material concepts being developed at MIT can potentially be applied to the design and construction of aerospace vehicles.
ANA, Japan’s leading airline group, and Garuda, the flag-carrier airline of Indonesia, announced a comprehensive partnership under which the two airlines will codeshare on flights between the two countries and will allow passengers to be able to collect and redeem miles on Frequent Flyer Program of both airlines. The partnership is expected to enhance passenger choice and frequency of services.
Air Canada is premiering its brand new international cabin design and seating that the airline will feature on its Boeing 787 fleet. Air Canada will provide three cabins of service on board its Boeing 787 aircraft highlighted by a brand new contemporary decor and comfortable ergonomic seating that features 180-degree lie-flat seats in its international business class cabin.
Accelya Kale Solutions Limited has launched a comprehensive package to take care of airlines’ critical financial process. The package is termed as Accelya All-In-One Offer through which Accelya promises to take the airline book-to-cash cycle to a new high. As a part of the offer, Accelya takes complete ownership of running critical financial process for the airline. It will account for all flight revenues, process all card payments, manage entire interline billings and reconcile book-to-cash revenues for the airline.
“Al Maha Airways”, the Saudi Arabian carrier of Qatar Airways, has intimated that it will not commence operations until the first half of 2014. Qatar, along with a Gulf Air-linked group, was awarded a license in December 2012 to operate domestic flights in Saudi Arabia as part of overdue reform in the aviation and tourism sector.
Air Asia continued to dominate the aviation industry being named the ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2013 held in Doha, Qatar. The World Travel Awards, also hailed as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry recognises companies, organisations and brands that push the boundaries of industry excellence. AirAsia emerged as winner in the ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ category, receiving the highest votes from travel professionals from around the globe, surpassing other nominees in the category such as Air Arabia, Air Berlin, easyJet, JetBlue Airways, Precision Air and Southwest Airlines.

 

ACI Asia-Pacific announced that three airports in India, namely, Bengaluru International Airport in Bangalore, Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad recently upgraded their certification to Level 3, ‘Optimisation’ while Sunshine Coast Airport in Australia has become certified at Level 1, ‘Mapping’ within Airport Carbon Accreditation. At this year’s 8th ACI Airport Exchange in Doha earlier, these airports were applauded in recognition of their achievements.
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, formed a wide-ranging aviation industry coalition to oppose increasing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger security tax and urged Congress not to close a budget deal on the backs of airline passengers and shippers who are already overtaxed.
ACI Airport Exchange conference and exhibition was held at Qatar National Convention Centre from 11 to 13 November with a series of keynote addresses, symposiums and seminars addressing the latest developments in the aviation sector. Themed ‘Beyond Airports 2020’, nearly 1,000 delegates from around the world attended the two-day conference. H.E. Mr. Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al-Noaimi, Chairman of Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, inaugurated the Exhibition Arena.
Air India Ltd plans to upgrade the software in all its 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets from December, stating that the process will not lead to the planes being grounded for long. The 787 has suffered a series of glitches since it was introduced two years ago, including overheating batteries that prompted regulators to ground the entire global fleet in January. Flights were resumed in April. Other glitches have included a recent windshield crack, and earlier a body panel falling off a 787 operated by Air India, developments that are still under investigation. Air India is the only Indian carrier to operate the Dreamliner.
Air Canada’s profit margin during the third-quarter rose by nearly 60 percent on higher capacity and lower unit costs. The airline’s net income jumped 59.4 percent to CAD$365 million (USD$349 million). The net income fell 17 percent to CAD$299 million, from CAD$359 million. The company intimated that its cost control measures had a better-than-expected impact.
Aeroflot has a new subsidiary – the consolidated Far Eastern airline “Aurora”. JSC “Aurora Airlines” was established by the order of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation on the basis of two Far Eastern air carriers that are in the Aeroflot Group since 2011 viz SAT Airlines and Vladivostok Avia. The main objective of the newly created airline is to contribute to Russia’s Far East social and economic development through the system of more efficient and accessible passenger traffic.
Air New Zealand has announced the world’s first scheduled 787-9 route. Auckland-Perth will be the first scheduled route ever operated by the revolutionary new Boeing 787-9 when the airline takes delivery of the launch aircraft next year. A feature of the center is the only Boeing 787-9 full cabin interior outside the factory in Seattle. This interactive interior experience showcases each of the three 787-9 cabin environments such as Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy including the unique Kiwi designed Economy Skycouch.
Air Seychelles reported international passenger growth of 91 per cent to 55,238 during the third quarter of 2013 as against the 28,847 passengers recorded during the same period in 2012. The increase is attributed to the airline’s expanded international fleet and schedule during the second quarter. Overall passenger numbers on the airline’s combined domestic and international services grew by 42.4 per cent to 99,946 as against the 70,193 recorded during the same period in 2012.
Air France-KLM reported an improved operating profit during the third quarter of 2013 and also confirmed its aim to increase operating profit during the second half of 2013 by the same year-on-year amount as recorded in the first half of 2013.. While the group expects losses in medium-haul and cargo to reduce significantly in 2014, it does not expect to see the full impact of these measures until 2015. As a result, it has pushed back its net debt reduction target by one year and focused its 2014 EBITDA target at the lower end of its previous range.
Alaska Airlines announced it successfully completed the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and has been renewed on the IOSA Registry. The airline has been on the registry since 2006. The IOSA Registry is a key element of IATA’s efforts to promote global airline operational safety. To achieve IOSA registration, Alaska Airlines satisfied more than 900 standards in eight operational areas, including flight operations, operational control, flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, aircraft ground handling, cargo operations and operational security.
Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, announced the arrival of its second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which has commenced its commercial operations during October on the Mexico City-New York-Mexico City route. Aeromexico will have three Boeing 787 Dreamliners in its fleet by the end of the year.

 

Alaska Airlines and Boeing announced that the carrier is exercising options to purchase five Boeing 737-900ER (extended range) aircraft. The five new aircraft are worth $481 million at Boeing’s current list price. Two out of the five aircraft is expected to arrive in 2015 followed by two more in 2016 and one in 2017.

Air Canada and Air China

announced the expansion of their long-standing commercial cooperation agreement. The expanded agreement further enhances the carriers’ interline and codeshare services offered via their respective hubs, making it more convenient for customers to travel between Canada and China while extending the Star Alliance partners’ international networks.Air France-KLMhas been ranked leader of the ‘airlines’ industry for the ninth year running, awarded by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is the main international index evaluating companies on their performance in terms of sustainable development. Furthermore, for the fifth year running,AMR Corporation and US Airways Group, Inc.have each agreed to extend the outside date at which either party may terminate the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger i.e. the Merger Agreement, in light of the trial schedule surrounding litigation with U.S. Department of Justice.

Air Astana, which for a number of years has offered a twice weekly Almaty service, would be launching a weekly operation commencing from the winter season on 31 October to the national capital Astana. In the past bmi served Astana from Heathrow but since the takeover by British Airways it has concentrated on the country’s largest city and commercial centre of Almaty (Alma-Ata) with a three times per week operation.

Air Canada announced that it has completed its previously announced private offerings of senior secured notes, consisting of U.S.$400 million principal amount of 6.750% senior secured first lien notes due 2019 and C$300 million principal amount of 7.625% senior secured first lien notes due 2019 (the “New Senior First Lien Notes”) and U.S.$300 million principal amount of 8.750% senior secured second lien notes due 2020 (the “New Senior Second Lien Notes” and together with the New Senior First Lien Notes, the “New Senior Notes”).

Air New Zealand has plans to fly planes to Antarctica that pilots would land on an ice runway. Air New Zealand would be operating one of its regular passenger jets for the Antarctic flights, a Boeing 767-300.

Air New Zealand and Tourism Australia announced a million dollar partnership to encourage North Americans to check Australia off their ‘to do’ list by offering special fares to six of Australia’s top destinations. Air New Zealand is offering one low fare to six of its Australian destinations viz Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide and Coolangatta (The Gold Coast).

Air Serbia, will operate flights at Romania’s Henri Coanda-Otopeni Airport starting this year. Air Serbia will operate flights on the Bucharest-Belgrade route, while easyJet will run flights between Otopeni Airport and London.

Atlasjet is expanding by establishing airlines abroad and will base Zagrosjet flights from Arbil. Zagrosjet is the first and only Kurdish air carrier. The initial flights of the airline will be to Amman, Beirut, Stockholm, Ankara and Adana as the focus of the carrier will mostly be destinations in the Middle East, Turkey and Europe. The carrier will offer both business and economy class travel.

Air Canada is undertaking a major expansion of international services to Europe from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. The airline announced highlights of its Summer 2014 Europe schedule, which includes the introduction of year-round non-stop service from Toronto to Milan, Italy with up to five weekly flights, thus offering the only non-stop service between Canada and Milan.

Air France celebrated its 80th birthday recently, setting aside the claims by Alexandre de Juniac, Air France-KLM Group chairman and CEO, that it risked dying or “becoming a small regional carrier” were it not for the latest cost saving plans. He is now of the opinion that Air France “is on the way to being saved”. He is counting on new restructuring measures that were presented to Air France’s works council on 4-Oct-2013 to restore the financial health of the bigger and more troubled of the group’s two main airlines.

Alitalia, the Italian national airline that has made a profit only a few times in its 67-year history, once again risks collapsing as the Government scrambles to find investors willing to rescue it. Rome offered a financial lifeline to Alitalia through the state-owned post office, but the plan depends on private shareholders putting more money into what many investors regard as a corporate lost cause. The carrier needs EUR€500 million (USD$676 million) to stay in business as it has lost nearly EUR€700,000 a day since being privatised in 2008 and has debts of around EUR€1 billion.

 

Aeroflot, the Russian carrier has plans to launch a low-cost airline next year with view to make air travel more affordable with fares up to 40 percent cheaper than its current prices.

Aircell, a leading provider of in-flight connectivity equipment and services to the business aviation market, announced Gogo Cloud, the company’s new nationwide wireless content delivery network. The first service of its kind in the business aviation market, Gogo Cloud allows customers of Aircell’s new in-flight entertainment (IFE) service, Gogo Vision, to automatically receive the latest updates whenever they visit a Gogo Cloud location.

Air France-KLM Group will increase its winter schedule capacity by 2.5% during the 2013-14 winter season commencing from 27 October 2013 to 29 March 2014) as compared with winter 2012-13. Long-haul capacity would be raised by 3.2% and medium-haul capacity is stable (-0.1%) as compared with winter 2012-13.

Amadeus and EVA Airways and its subsidiary, UNI Airways announced another milestone in their long-term partnership with the airline’s successful migration to the Amadeus Altéa Suite, including the new Altéa revenue management solution. A total of 514 EVA Airways offices and 183 UNI Airways offices implemented the successful implementation in less than 12 months, making it one of the fastest IT migrations to date for Amadeus. Over 450 flights, 450,000 Passenger Name Records (PNRs), 3 million frequent flyer profiles and 530,000 e-tickets were moved to the new system within this short period of time.

Air Canada announced that it has successfully completed the transfer of all 15 of its Embraer 175 aircraft, the smallest jet aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet, to Sky Regional to operate the aircraft on behalf of Air Canada under the capacity purchase agreement between the parties. In accordance with the agreement, the Sky Regional now operates 20 aircraft on behalf of Air Canada. Sky Regional has been an Air Canada Express partner since May 2011, operating service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Montreal Trudeau Airport with a fleet of Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop aircraft.

Aston Villa has announced that Turkish Airlines has become its Official Airline Partner for the 2013-14 season. A leading global player in commercial aviation, and now the fourth largest carrier of passengers throughout Europe, Turkish Airlines was named Europe’s Best Airline for a third consecutive year at the 2013 World Airline Awards. It flies to more countries than any other airline in the world. Operating direct flights between Birmingham and Istanbul with onward connections to more than 200 destinations worldwide – flying to more countries than any other airline in the world – Turkish Airlines’ expansion in the Midlands in recent years would lead to 10 flights departing from Birmingham International Airport on a weekly basis, underlining the company’s commitment to the region.

Airberlin, during the months January to August of 2013, was able to increase fleet capacity utilization to 85.36 percent, registering an increase of 2.2 percentage points in yearly comparison, and handled more than 21.386 million passengers on board. The available seat kilometers totaled 38.597 billion and the revenue passenger kilometers amounted to 32.948 billion. In August 2013, airberlin handled nearly 3.4 million passengers on board and was able to keep capacity utilization in yearly comparison at a very high level of 88.00 percent. In the course of its flight plan optimization, airberlin has reduced the available seat kilometers (ASK) by three percent to 5.967 billion as against the previous year’s 6.154 billion. As a result, the revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) decreased, by 3.6 percent to 5.251 billion as against the previous year’s 5.445 billion.

Air Canada reported, for the month of August 2013, a record system load factor of 89.5 percent, as against 87.9 percent recorded in August 2012, thereby registering an increase of 1.6 percentage points. System traffic increased 4.7 percent on a system-wide capacity increase of 2.9 percent. The increase in our load factor by 1.6 percentage points over the prior year underscores the effectiveness of Air Canada’s capacity management strategy. System wide, traffic grew 4.7 percent, led by the Pacific, Atlantic and domestic Canada markets. This is the eighth consecutive month Air Canada has set new records system-wide for passengers boarded, and on August 15 we achieved a new single day record of 127,100 customers.

Airbus and China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in modernizing the country’s Air Traffic Management System and to implement the latest Air Traffic Management (ATM) technologies. The MoU signed by Airbus and the ATMB under the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) would focus on improving air transportation, capacity and efficiency, while contributing to a sustainable future. It is also aimed at helping in harmonising China’s ATM, globally and regionally. The implementation of state-of-the-art ATM technologies and solutions will be done by “Airbus ProSky”, the Airbus’ ATM Company.

Airbus’ research activities to integrate fuel cell technology as alternative energy source in commercial aircraft have been awarded with the ”GreenTec Award 2013” in the category “Aviation”. The “Multifunctional Fuel Cell Integration” analyses the replacement of the auxiliary power unit. Airbus has always been a driver in making aviation more environmentally friendly and invests around 2bn€ per year in R&D to improve the aircraft’s performance.

AirAsia, has retained its number one spot in the ‘Top 10 Budget Airlines’ category of ‘Smart Travel Asia 2013’ Best in Travel Poll. AirAsia, ranked number one in 2012, was chosen in recognition of its significant and distinguishable branding and for remaining at the top of travellers’ minds with its unique presence.

American Airlines announced the launch of a new codeshare agreement with Sao Paulo-based TAM Airlines, increasing American’s network connectivity in Brazil and further enhancing its relationship with LATAM Airlines Group. In accordance with the agreement, the two airlines will codeshare on each other’s flights between the United States and Brazil. Whilst American’s customers will also have access to TAM flights from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to eight additional destinations throughout Brazil, including Fortaleza, Natal and Vitoria, the TAM’s customers will also have access to American flights fromMiami, New York and Orlando, Fla., to 25 cities in the U.S., including Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Alitalia has hired the boutique investment bank Leonardo & Co to help tackle a liquidity crisis that may see it running out of cash before the year’s end. According to sources, the move is aimed at finding -making carrier afloat. Alitalia has struggled to make a profit throughout its life and has been bailed out repeatedly by the Italian state. It agreed salary cuts with unions in June and its Chief Executive and Board Members reduced their pay by 20% ahead of a new strategic plan. The airline, which quadrupled its net loss to €280m in 2012, said it needed €300m this year to keep running but expected to break even by 2015.

Air Canada is opening a new global Operations Centre in Brampton, Ontario, Canada that will be fully operational by the first quarter of 2014. The new facility is the outcome of a two-year, CA$60-million (US$57.4 million) project and will serve as the central control for the airline’s operations, with 400 employees overseeing, on a 24/7 basis, nearly 600 Air Canada flights each day.

Air Tahiti Nui, the French Polynesia’s flag carrier, continually strives to optimize operations and enhance its service quality. The leisure airline has thus decided to implement a cargo management system over their entire network. The aim is to fully automate all commercial and accounting processes that are cornerstones of its commercial strategy. In addition, it wants to further improve the payload management, performance efficiency, and commercial agility. The carrier opted for an integrated solution and chose CHAMP’s Cargospot new generation application suite consisting of Cargospot Airline and Cargospot Revenue. Cargospot Airline automates the entire commercial and operations process and Cargospot Revenue is a substantial revenue accounting solution, fully integrated with the other module. It provides high quality revenue information at high speed.

Airbus announced that it won 932 gross aircraft orders in the first seven months of the year, superseding its 2012 tally and taking it closer to its full-year target for more than 1,000 passenger jet orders. Air bus intimated that new orders were led by UK low-cost carrier easyJet’s confirmation of a deal for 100 A320neo and 35 A320ceo single-aisle planes.

Air Arabia reported a 15 percent increase in second-quarter net profit on, as result of carrying more number of passengers. The Sharjah-based airline announced a net profit of AED76 million dirhams (USD$20.7 million) for the second-quarter, compared with AED66 million in the corresponding period in 2012.

Air Canada reported that, due to improved margins, it had achieved a nearly three-fold jump in second-quarter operating profit. . Air Canada has boosted capacity with the launch of its Rouge airline in July because of increasing competition among Canadian airlines. The low-cost carrier is aimed at high-volume leisure travel in the Caribbean, the United States and other international markets.

Air Canada announced that its current seasonal flights between Montreal and San Francisco will be extended to year-round flights commencing from November 2013. All flights will be operated with Airbus A319 aircraft featuring Executive Service, complimentary seatback entertainment, the ability to collect Aeroplan miles and lounge access for qualified customers.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company, as part of its Capacity Enhancement Programme (CEP) and in line with its ambition to provide a world class travel experience, is set to open Abu Dhabi International Airport’s VIP terminal. The new VIP terminal will be operated by National Aviation Services (NAS), an internationally recognized aviation services provider, which also provides Golden Class services in Terminals 1 and 3. Through the VIP terminal, passengers will experience a unique personalized service ensuring completion of all travel procedures in the fastest manner possible simultaneously enabling them to enjoy a range of services within the private terminal.

Association of European Airlines (AEA) indicated that passenger numbers of its members for the first six months of 2013, increased by 2.9 million indicating a growth of 1.7% as compared to the results of last year. Whilst long-haul passenger traffic to and from Europe increased by 3%, the international short- and medium haul traffic (intra-Europe, Middle-East and North-Africa) posted 3.2% growth.

Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) sales revenues indicated significant growth in the first half of 2013. Sales increased by over AED 108 million during the period and reached AED 437.6 million, representing a 17.4% increase as compared to the first six months of 2012. The published figures revealed that the growth in revenue is largely attributed to the growth witnessed in the Spend Per Passenger (SPP), which registered an increase from AED 53.96 in 2012 to 55.10 in 2013, recording a 2.1% increase compared with the same period last year.

ACI Passenger and Freight Flash Reports, released recently, indicated that Asia-Pacific airports have recorded a +5.9% year-on-year growth in the first half of 2013. However, airports in the Middle East saw a strong +11.6% compared to same period last year. Passenger traffic for the month of June 2013 has increased by +6.6% in Asia-Pacific and +10.6% in the Middle East as compared to June 2012.

Air Seychelles, has expanded its codeshare network with airberlin, to cover Praslin and two new destinations in Europe viz Stockholm and Copenhagen. Through the new deal Air Seychelles will place its ‘HM’ code on six airberlin flights per week between Berlin and Stockholm, and seven airberlin flights per week between Berlin and Copenhagen. airberlin will place its ‘AB’ code on eight Air Seychelles flights per week between Mahé and Praslin.

Air Transport World, has named airberlin “Silver Eco-Airline” of the Year. The jury highlighted airberlin’s extensive fuel efficiency programme in particular. In 2012, Germany’s second largest airline set a new record with its average fuel consumption of 3.4 litres per 100 passenger kilometres flown. The official award ceremony will take place during the 2013 Eco-Aviation Awards on 12th September 2013 in Washington D.C.

 

American Airlines launches new service with 76-seat Embraer E-175 large regional aircraft, marking an important step in the airline’s plan to diversify its regional fleet. Announced earlier this year as part of a 12-year capacity purchase agreement with Republic Airways Holdings, the aircraft will allow American to better match customer demand in markets where, till recently, it could only offer larger mainline aircraft or smaller regional jets. The Embraer E-175 jets will be branded with the new American Eagle livery and operated by Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings.

Asia Atlantic Airlines, a new joint-venture between Thai Investors and Japanese Tour Operator HIS, is set to begin scheduled charter operation between Bangkok and Japan. The airline will be operating Boeing 767-300 aircraft in 2-class configuration.

Air Asia added 6 leased A330 aircraft to its initial A330-A340 component support contract with AFI KLM E&M. AirAsia X extended its contract with AFI KLM E&M covering the component support for its fleet of Airbus A330s and A340s.

Air Arabia has announced its plans to add a new route to Saudi Arabia. This would be Air Arabia’s ninth route to Saudi Arabia. The new route will offer three services a week from its hub in Sharjah.

Air India has partnered with Deutsche Bank and UK’s Investec Bank for a bridge loan of up to $500 million to finance purchase of five Dreamliners (Boeing 787s). The airline has already taken delivery of seven Dreamliners. The delivery of the five aircraft, according to a senior airline official, will take place by October.

American Airlines announced the launch of a new codeshare agreement with Bogota-based LAN Colombia, adding new service to key destinations in Colombia and further strengthening American’s relationship with LATAM Airlines Group.

AMR Corporation reported June 2013 consolidated revenue and traffic results for its principal subsidiary, American Airlines, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary, AMR Eagle Holding Corporation. According to the report consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) during June increased by an estimated 1.7 percent as against last year, to 14.39 cents/ASM, considered as an all-time record high for any month. Consolidated capacity and traffic were 2.6 percent and 2.4 percent higher year-over-year, respectively, resulting in a consolidated load factor of 86.9 percent, 0.2 points lower as against the same period last year.

Air Astana once again achieved a Skytrax 4 Star rating and named as the Best Airline in Central Asia and India at the 2013 World Airline Awards ceremony. Both awards were previously given to Air Astana at the 2012 event in the UK. In addition for 2013, Air Astana was also presented with the Best Staff Service in Central Asia and India award.

Air Canada has been named Best Airline in North America by the Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards announced at the Paris Air Show. It is the fourth consecutive year Air Canada has been recognized as a leader in North America and ranked among the best airlines in the world.

Air Europa is making airport taxes less taxing. Vayant Travel Technologies, a world leader in B2B airfare search innovation, announced that Air Europa has successfully implemented a Vayant tax engine, powered by the Vayant OneSearch airfare pricing and shopping engine. The tax engine would provide Air Europa a single platform to handle the audit and management of airport taxes worldwide.

Airberlin was able to increase fleet capacity utilization by 3.4 percentage points to 84.85 percent in yearly comparison. As a result of its optimization of the flight route network, Germany’s second-largest airline company has more flights on offer on well-established routes and is therefore able to continuously increase the capacity utilization on individual flights. Similarly, the revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) was increased in June by one percent to 4.84 billion.

Air India’s offer of new daily services to Sydney was welcomed by Australia Premier Barry O’Farrell stating that it will generate substantial visitor growth to Sydney and NSW directly from New Delhi. The new route was secured by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Sydney Airport and Tourism Australia, with a marketing agreement which will see the Air India service to Sydney promoted in India.

American Airlines has launched aa.com/blackatlas, an African-American site that replaces the standalone microsite BlackAtlas.com. This site is an example of the airline’s ongoing focus to actively engage its diverse customers through the company’s largest owned communication channel, aa.com. With the new aa.com/blackatlas, customers will learn about American’s commitment to support different communities in which the company does business, whether it’s through unique products and services or extensive partnerships with key national African-American advocacy organizations.

American Airlines has completed the successful rollout of its industry-leading Electronic Flight Bag program with the discontinuation of paper revisions to terminal charts, making it the first major commercial airline to fully utilize tablets in all cockpits during all phases of flight.

Aeromexico commenced services on the Los Angeles – La Paz route with modern Embraer 190 aircraft equipped with 99 passenger seats. With the launching of this route, the airline offers its first international connection from La Paz, in addition to it’s current flights flown to Mexico City and Culiacan, continuing the latter to Guadalajara.

AirAsia is exploring for a new partner in Japan to fly the domestic routes in Japan after its recent divorce with its two-year-old joint venture partner ANA Holdings Inc.

Air France-KLM announced its plans to introduce major new cost-cutting measures in the autumn as Europe’s weak economy may prove to be an impediment in its efforts to turn round its medium-haul and cargo businesses. The airline intimated that the plan would include voluntary departures as well as industrial and commercial initiatives.

Auckland Airport Community Trust has donated over $370,000 to worthy local community projects in its 2013 funding round. The Trust, which was established in 2003, receives nearly $300,000 a year from Auckland Airport towards distributing the money annually to local organisations that operate within the Trust’s Area of Benefit and support the community under the Trust’s current themes of learning, literacy and life skills. This year’s distributions would take the total figure the Trust has donated to over $2.8 million, an impressive figure that has seen over 47 different local organisations receive grants to help them achieve their aspirations for the benefit of their community.

 

Asia Pacific Airlines registered a 3.3% increase in the aggregate number of international passengers carried to 17.2 million in May. Measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), international passenger traffic grew by 3.2%. Coupled with a 5.1% increase in available seat capacity, the average international passenger load factor declined by 1.3 percentage points to 74.1% for the month.

Alaska Airlines has inaugurated seasonal nonstop service between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Portland, Ore. “This nonstop flight provides Fairbanks residents with a great West Coast destination to visit as well as another option to connect to Alaska Airlines’ expanding roster of destinations we serve from Portland,” said Marilyn Romano, Regional Vice President of Alaska.

American Airlines launched daily nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Dublin Airport (DUB), adding a new destination to American’s extensive network and giving customers traveling from Dublin nonstop connections out of JFK to cities throughout North, Central and South America.

AVTECH has been awarded a minimum 14 month contract with Dubai Airports to under take a study of the behavior of vortex wake generated by aircraft arriving at Dubai International. Since last forty years or so the air traffic controllers have used prescribed standard separation distances between landing aircraft, based on their weight, to account for the theoretical amount of vortex wake an aircraft will generate for those aircraft following it.

 

American Airlines announced daily nonstop service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Malpensa Airport (MXP) in Milan with a view to further strengthen American’s position as a premier provider of international travel to Europe. Through American’s extensive network out of Miami, customers traveling from Milan will now have access to more than 100 destinations throughout the United States, Caribbean and Latin America.

All Nippon Airways, according to its Chief Executive, considers the Airbus A350 a “good candidate” to replace some Boeing 777s. The comment is construed as a sign that the airline could place its first order for Airbus big jets.”The A350-1000 can be a good candidate for us,” said Osamu Shinobe during IATA conference in Cape Town.”It is realistic to consider this as a replacement for the 777. In the near future, when we look at the replacement candidates, this can be a very good and strong candidate.” he added.

Alaska Airlines inaugurated nonstop service between San Diego and Lihue, Kauai. The flight will operate daily till Aug. 26, and thereafter for four days a week. Alaska also flies nonstop from San Diego to Honolulu and Maui.

Air Seychelles has entered into a strategic partnership with Czech Airlines, allowing for initially three flights a week between Prague and Mahe via Abu Dhabi. The move is seen as part of an aggressive repositioning of the airline, if not through direct flights but through codeshared operations, to reclaim market presence and market share in Europe. The two airlines now offer market access to travelers not just from the Czech Republic but the wider Eastern European region, who want to explore the Seychelles.

Air Astana and Turkish Airlines, Skytrax award-winning carriers from Central Asia and Europe, have signed a codeshare agreement on routes between Kazakhstan and Turkey. The agreement was signed at the IATA Annual General Meeting in Cape Town .

Air Seychelles has confirmed that the codeshare deal signed with partner airline, Etihad, Abu Dhabi’s national airline, will open up the Australian market for the Indian Ocean archipelago. The new arrangement offers seamless connections through one of the daily joint flights between Mahe and Abu Dhabi, to continue to Melbourne and Sydney.

Aeroflot, may soon acquire one of its smaller competitors, as officials consider a move to consolidate the airlines. It is reported that the officials are discussing the idea of strengthening Aeroflot through an acquisition of Transaero, UtAir, or Sibir, with a preference for Sibir, Vedomosti . The possible acquisition first surfaced in October 2012 during a meeting between Aeroflot head Vitaly Savelyev and President Vladimir Putin.

Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, is announcing the addition of three Embraer 175 planes to its fleet, making it the first national airline in the country to operate this modern aircraft. As part of its plan for the renovation of its fleet, the aircraft, with 86 seats in one single class, will gradually replace the Embraer 145 planes with 50 seats.

Arkia Israeli Airlines has entered into a global commercial agreement with “Discover the World Marketing”, appointing them for the first time as a partner. “Discover” will be representing the airline for the purpose of promoting the Arkia’s brand and its services in Finland, Germany, Norway and Spain.

American Airlines launched daily nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Incheon International Airport in Seoul, marking the airline’s first flight ever into South Korea. American will serve the route which would commence from DFW’s International utilizing Boeing 777-200 aircraft with three classes of service.”The new daily service to Seoul aboard American Airlines represents more outstanding news for travelers in Dallas/Fort Worth and for DFW Airport,” said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW Airport.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced the traffic figures for the first four months of 2013 declaring a double digit increase of 14% in passenger traffic compared to the same period last year as more than 5.2 million passengers were received at the airport. During January through April 2013, the airport operated 42,735 flights thereby recording 9.5% increase compared to the same period last year. Cargo traffic also increased with 209,880 tonnes of cargo passing through the airport registering a 20.2% increase compared to the first four months of 2012.

ACI Asia-Pacific congratulated three airports, Adelaide Airport, Parafield Airport and Queen Alia International Airport in becoming Airport Carbon Accredited. At the ACI Europe/ World Annual Congress and Exhibition 2013 which was held from 10-12 June, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey, the three airports were presented with certificates in recognition of their achievements at Level 1, ‘Mapping’ level of Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Air India launches Birmingham-Delhi flights using 787 dreamliner from 1st August 2013. Flights between Birmingham Airport and Delhi will operate four times weekly, using the new Boeing 787-800 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft.

Al Bateen Executive Airport, the dedicated business aviation airport of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced a 21% increase in visiting aircraft traffic in January through April 2013 versus the same period in 2012.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced that Kenya Airways, and famously known as “the pride of Africa”, will soon offer three flights a week between Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and Nairobi, Kenya (NBO). The new route, commencing on Monday 1stJuly 2013, will use B737-800 aircraft containing 145 seats divided between business and economy classes. “Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new partnership with Kenya Airways will provide a vital connection between Abu Dhabi and Nairobi, allowing for increased trade, travel and connectivity between two growing economies in two important regions.

All Nippon Airlines (ANA) announced its return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for flights this summer with a 247-seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. ANA will resume regular nonstop service to Tokyo Narita from Seattle, June 1.

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa in association with Marriot Hotels and Aqua Sun, Russia’s leading destination management company organized an experiential visit to the exquisite lands of Russia for some of their key business partners in India. The 6 days FAM trip covered the megacity Moscow and St Petersburg, the most westernized city of Russia. St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow is a world renowned architectural masterpiece and the most sought after tourist attraction.

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with Airbus’ Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices. The airline becomes the first in the region to benefit from the new wing-tip devices. Air Astana’s A320, powered by IAE V2500 engines, features a comfortable two class cabin, seating 148 passengers with 16 in business class and 132 in economy. Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has won the “Best Airport in the Middle East” award, for Abu Dhabi International Airport, for the second year running, at the prestigious 2013 World Airport Awards. : “ADAC is proud of Abu Dhabi International Airport claiming the title of “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the second year, as it is motivating to know that our efforts and hard work are being appreciated

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Boeing and EL AL celebrated a major milestone with the delivery of the airline’s 50th airplane purchased from Boeing – a Next-Generation 737-900ER. The delivery is the fifth 737-900ER for the airline following an order placed for eight between 2011 and 2013. Since taking delivery in 1961 of its first new Boeing airplane, a 707-420, EL AL’s fleet has expanded to include an all-Boeing fleet consisting of 21 737s, seven 747s, six 767s and six 777s.

Brussels Airlines with a special livery inspired by the Tintin comic book “Red Rackham’s treasure” has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. The livery was unveiled at the airlines’ Brussels Airport home base in Belgium. The aircraft is named “Rackham” after one of Tintin’s most popular adventures.

Boeing reported that Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has announced a commitment to purchase three additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order, valued at $990 million at list prices, will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website when finalised.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that it has signed a firm purchase agreement for seven CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The transaction was concluded on the sidelines of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Americas 2015 conference held in Mesa’s hometown.

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) the managing body and operator of BIA (Bahrain International Airport signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with nogaholding to establish the new framework for the provision of the overall management and operation of the fuel complex at BIA. The MoU was signed between Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, CEO of nogaholding and Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Chief Executive Officer of BAC, at nogaholding headquarters in Manama.

Birmingham Airport and China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise a working relationship and commit to developing links between the two cities.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that U.S. airlines’ systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service load factor – a measure of the use of airline capacity – rose to 83 per cent, seasonally adjusted, in December from November, increasing after a one month decline. Seasonal adjustment allows the comparing of monthly load factors to all other months.

Boeing has taken an equity stake in SoftBank Satellite Planning Corp., which will develop concepts for a satellite-based disaster response communications system for Japan. The group will evaluate the concepts and propose them to Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Boeing completed the first flight of a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with modern flight deck and avionics systems that replace 1970s-era analog systems. During the two-hour flight testers evaluated five full-color glass displays with customisable engine, navigation and radar data. The systems performed better than expected and the programme will now enter an extensive flight test qualification phase.

Brussels Airport welcomed over 1.4 million passengers in February 2015. The airport continues to show steady growth. February was given an extra boost due to the large number of holidaymakers during the midterm break.

Boeing said that high-density packages of lithium batteries like those used in cell phones and laptops pose fire risks and should not be carried on passenger planes until safer methods for carrying them are developed. The risk is “continually increasing and requires action to be taken,” the aircraft maker said in a statement in response to questions from Reuters.

BAE Systems has secured a five-year contract worth GBP 18.5 million to provide Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) a comprehensive package comprising Ground Support Equipment, Spares, Support and Training for the Hawk Mk132 advanced jet trainer.

Bharat Forge Limited announced that it has signed a multi-year contract with Boeing Commercial Airplane to supply titanium forgings for wing components for the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX.

Birmingham Airport has handled 9,707,449 passengers in financial year 2014; an increase of 6.5% compared to 2013. It also celebrated seven record months in April, May, June, July, August, November and December.

Budapest Airport reported 7% growth, the airport is forecasting further growth in 2015.

Brussels Airport and Belgocontrol launched a website on which everyone can consult information about air traffic. The website www.batc.be provides information on air traffic from and to Brussels Airport.

Boeing and Okay Airways celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-900ER. The delivery marks the first 737-900ER to be delivered to a Chinese customer and is the first of eight 737-900ERs that Okay Airways has on order.

Boeing and Embraer opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in a collaborative effort to further establish the aviation biofuel industry in Brazil.

Boeing joined with Ethiopian Airlines and three separate non-profit organizations to deliver more than 4,000 pounds (1,814 kilograms) of medical supplies and equipment for charities and hospitals in Ethiopia and Somalia

Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that U.S. airlines’ system wide (domestic and international) scheduled service load factor – a measure of the use of airline capacity – rose to 83.4 percent in October, seasonally adjusted, after having remained virtually unchanged at 83.3 percent for two months. Seasonal adjustment allows the comparison of monthly load factors to all other months.

BMI regional has flown more than 260 charters this year achieving exponential growth, following its decision to focus on the market as part of its development strategy. Headquartered in Aberdeen and East Midlands, bmi regional operates a scheduled network serving 20 destinations in seven countries but successfully identified an opportunity to use its fleet of Embraer jets to also meet demand for ad hoc charters.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 384,700 workers in October 2014, 0.9 percent more than in October 2013. October was the 11th consecutive month that full-time equivalent (FTE) employment for U.S. scheduled passenger airlines was higher than the same month of the previous year.
Boeing and Kuwait Airways have finalized an order for 10 777-300ERs valued at $3.3 billion at list prices. The order underlines the popularity of the 777-300ER as the preferred long-haul aircraft of many of the world’s leading airlines including those from the Middle East.
Brussels Airlines will launch a new service to Bordeaux end of March 2015. The city situated in the South-Western part of France will be connected with Brussels Airport four times a week. Bordeaux is the twelfth destination of Brussels Airlines in France.
Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines announced the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. With this delivery, Azerbaijan Airlines becomes the first airline in the Commonwealth of Independent States to operate the 787. The airplane will play a key role in the Baku-based airline’s strategic plan to expand its long-haul fleet.
Boeing delivered Etihad Airways’ first 787-9 Dreamliner sporting the airline’s new “Facets of Abu Dhabi” livery which was revealed at a ceremony earlier in 2014.Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that lessor GE Capital Aviation Services (“GECAS”) has signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400 NextGen aircraft and has also taken options on an additional 10 Q400 NextGen aircraft. Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $160 million US. The value could increase to $448 million US should GECAS exercise all its options.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that U.S. airlines carried 59.9 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in September 2014, 3 percent more than in September 2013.
Bureau of Transportation reported a net profit of $3.1 billion in the third quarter of 2014, down from $3.6 billion in the second quarter and virtually unchanged from $3.1 billion in the third quarter of 2013.
Bangkok Airways and Garuda Indonesia (GA) recently announced the commencement of their two-way codeshare agreement on Bangkok Airways’ selected flights in Thailand. The codeshare routes are already open for sale.
Boeing and SAA, along with partners SkyNRG and Sunchem SA, officially launched Project Solaris, their collaborative effort to develop an aviation biofuel supply chain with a nicotine-free tobacco plant called Solaris.
Baltia Air Lines announced that IATA has assigned it two-letter designator “BQ”. Baltia’s principal base of operations is at Willow Run Airport, Michigan. Upon Certification.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that its current ATP Agreement with FlightSafety International has been extended for 10 years under which FlightSafety uses a Bombardier-approved syllabus to deliver high-quality flight and technical training to operators of Q100, Q200, Q300 and Q400 aircraft.
Boeing has completed the world’s first flight using “green diesel,” a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation. The company powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane with a blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel in the left engine.
Boeing and Ryanair have finalized an order for 100 737 MAX 200s, valued at $11 billion at current list prices. The order, originally announced as a commitment in September, includes options for 100 additional 737 MAX 200 airplanes.
Boeing and Monarch Airlines finalized an order for 30 737 MAX 8s worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices. The order includes options for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s and marks the beginning of the British carrier’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet.
Boeing reported an 18 percent increase in quarterly profit and raised its full-year core earnings forecast for the third time, reflecting strong commercial aircraft demand. In 3Q Boeing earned $1.36 billion, up from $1.16 billion a year earlier.
Boeing and SMBC Aviation Capital announced an order for 80 737 MAX 8s, valued at more than $8.5 billion at list prices. This is the largest single order for 737 MAXs from a leasing company and will help SMBC Aviation Capital grow its portfolio of high-demand, fuel-efficient airplanes.
Boeing and ANA announced they are teaming up to implement operational improvements for ANA’s fleet as part of the Boeing Optimized Maintenance Program (OMP) service.
British Airways’ chief executive, Willie Walsh says, “air passenger duty is way out of line with both other indirect taxes in the UK and flight taxes in other countries. Globalisation has accelerated enormously in the last 20 years. This tax helps no-one in today’s economic environment. We must call time on Air Passenger Duty.
Boeing and Garuda Indonesia announced an order for 50 737 MAX 8s, valued at $4.9 billion at current list prices. The flag carrier of Indonesia will purchase 46 737 MAX 8s and will convert existing orders for four Next-Generation 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s. The order was previously accounted for on Boeing’s orders and deliveries web site, attributed to an unidentified customer.
Boeing and Alaska Airlines announced an order for 10 Next-Generation 737-900ER airplanes, building on Alaska’s all-Boeing fleet. As Seattle’s hometown airline, Alaska continues to invest in the region it calls home. The purchase, which brings Alaska’s total Boeing jets on order to 74, means the airline’s customers will enjoy expanded service from its Seattle hub and a commitment to a locally manufactured fleet of the most fuel efficient airplanes in the market.
Boeing announced that it will increase production on the 737 program to 52 airplanes per month in 2018 in response to strong market demand from customers worldwide. Once the increase is implemented, the 737 program is expected to build more than 620 airplanes per year, the highest rate ever for the world’s best-selling commercial airplane.
Boeing and Air China celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 747-8 Intercontinental. Air China is the first carrier in Asia to operate the passenger version of the new, fuel-efficient 747-8. The new airplane is the first of seven 747-8 Intercontinentals Air China has on order.
Boeing highlighted its progress on vertical lift programs, including the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator partnership with Sikorsky, as well as new cybersecurity initiatives, during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.
British Airways is to resume direct flights from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur in summer 2015. The daily service from Terminal 5 will be operated by a four-cabin Boeing 777-200ER, featuring 12 seats in First, 48 in Club World, 32 in World Traveller Plus and a further 127 in World Traveller.
Boeing projects the Asia Pacific region’s demand for new commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians over the next 20 years will be 39 percent of the global need for new airline personnel projecting a requirement for 216,000 new commercial airline pilots and 224,000 new technicians through 2033.
Bahrain Airport Services has selected air transport IT specialist, SITA, to automate staff rostering and allocation at Bahrain International Airport in a new five-year deal. SITA resource management system will help the ground handler achieve its objective by increasing the efficiency and productivity of its airport staff.Bangalore International Airport said it has been formally accorded the EC (Environmental Clearance) for second stage expansion of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.BIAL said that the expansion will include the construction of a new terminal along with the second runway, taxiways, aprons, aircraft parking and all aviation facilities and structures.
Boeing launched the newest member of the 737 MAX family with a commitment from Ryanair for 100 airplanes. Europe’s leading low-cost carrier will be the first airline to operate the 737 MAX 200, a variant based on the successful 737 MAX 8 that can accommodate up to 200 seats, increasing revenue potential and providing customers up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency per seat.
Brussels Airport recorded a total of 2.329 million passengers, which is an increase of 18.7 percent.
Bordeaux Airport continues internationalisation of air traffic at apace, with a very positive reaction from the passengers. Since the launch of the summer holiday season in March, international traffic has been up on last year’s figures by over 20 percent every month.
Boeing and Russell Brands LLC announced that they are working together to incorporate excess carbon fiber from 787 Dreamliner production in Russell. Boeing and Russell Athletic see significant benefits in using aerospace-grade carbon fiber because the carbon filaments provide a high strength-to-weight ratio and greater durability.
Boeing has partnered with South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant.
Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency granted type certification for the Legacy 500 executive jet during a ceremony at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in São Paulo.
Boeing is beating Airbus in wide-body jet orders, with 273 net orders. Airbus said it topped Boeing in unadjusted orders for all types of planes so far in 2014, saying it won 980 new orders compared with 837 for Boeing.
Board of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority approved a preliminary budget of $447.7 million to operate Orlando International Airport (MCO) and $2.8 million for Orlando Executive Airport (ORL).
Boeing and Royal Jordanian celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane will play a central role in the Amman-based airline’s strategic plan for fleet modernization.
Boeing and Xiamen Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. With delivery of its first 787-8, Xiamen Airlines becomes the third Chinese airline to operate the 787.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that U.S. airlines carried 65.8 million systemwide (domestic + international) scheduled service passengers. The systemwide total was the result of a 1 percent increase in the number of passengers on domestic flights (57.1 million) and a 4.7 percent increase in passengers on U.S. airlines’ international flights.
Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have announced an order for 20 737 MAX 8s. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is worth more than $2.1 billion at list prices and also includes options and purchase rights for a further 15 737 MAX 8s. The order represents the largest single Boeing order by number of airplanes from an African carrier.
British Airways, Iberia and Vueling – improved their Q2 operating profit. BA and Iberia also posted higher margins. As unit revenues were under pressure, the improvement was achieved by unit cost reductions.
Bahrain Airport Company signed a deal with Lockheed Martin for the implementation of its route analysis tool at Bahrain International Airport.The technology, BEONTRA B Route Development, will allow BAC to calculate, analyse and present high-quality route cases to airlines, while being able to re-calculate and amend on-demand.
Boeing reported second-quarter core earnings per share (non-GAAP) of $2.42, reflecting strong performance and favorable tax items. 2Q 2014 results included a $272 million after-tax charge ($0.37 per share) on the KC-46A Tanker program reflecting the cost of additional engineering and systems installation work required to complete the Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract.
Boeing will build its biggest Dreamliner, the 787-10, at its South Carolina plant in North Charleston, saying the jet is too large to build economically at more than one location.
Boeing has raised its forecast for global demand for commercial airline pilots to 533,000 over the next 20 years, a rise of 7 percent. The plane maker cited rising deliveries of aircraft and buoyant demand from the Asia Pacific for the rise.Boeing also projected a need for 584,000 technicians in the 20 years to 2033, up 5 percent from last year’s forecast.
Boeing announced China Eastern Airlines and its subsidiaries Shanghai Airlines and China United Airlines are implementing Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) to improve maintenance and engineering operations efficiency across China Eastern’s rapidly growing fleets.
British Airways has extended its hand baggage only fares to include all short haul flights from Gatwick, Heathrow and London City airports and in all fare classes.
Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. ANA will become the world’s first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 services on domestic Japanese routes.Boeing reported a 52 percent increase in quarterly profit, helped by a rise in commercial aircraft deliveries and raised its full-year earnings forecast. The company said commercial aircraft deliveries rose 7 percent to 181, including 30 787 Dreamliners, in the second quarter.
Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has reported that over 12.86 million passengers were handled by the airport during the financial year 2013-14. The airport recorded a total of 118,575 Air Traffic Movements (ATM) during the period even as the year witnessed many new improvements and the operationalisation of the enhanced terminal. The airport recorded an average of 325 ATM’s per day. The Airport also registered the highest year-on-year growth in ATM in FY 2013-14. Overall, with 10.23 million domestic and 2.63 million international travellers in 2013-14, the airport handled 7.3 percent more passengers as compared to 2012-13. The airlines witnessed average daily passenger numbers of 35,259 travellers, with seat load factors of 69 percent for Domestic and 75 percent for International flights respectively.Boeing and Comair Limited announced singing of an order for eight 737 MAX 8s, valued at $830 million at list prices. It is the first 737 MAX order announcement for an African operator. The order was placed during December 2013 and was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. Comair, which is Johannesburg-based, operates Africa’s first low cost carrier, kulula.com, offering flights to South Africa’s major cities. In addition, Comair is also the franchise partner of British Airways, operating its local and regional Southern African routes.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the flag carrier of Bangladesh, announced the return of direct flights to Frankfurt with effect from March 31, 2014. The twice weekly flights will be operated by the airlines’ new Boeing 777. The new service from Frankfurt to Dhaka will be operated with brand new Boeing 777-300 aircraft in a two-class configuration of 384 seats in Economy and 35 in Business Class. The passengers of the airline can also take advantage of seamless connections to popular destinations including Singapore, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Hong Kong, Kolkata and Kuala Lumpur via the airline’s Dhaka hub.
Brussels Airport announced that it will introuduce fifteen new routes in its network in Summer 2014, increasing the number of routes to a total of 204 with three new airlines. The long haul network offers 41 destinations that are served by 176 weekly flights and 13 airlines. The new destinations are Charlotte (US Airways) and Miami (Jetairfly). The short haul network (Europe, Mediterranean) offers 163 destinations.
Boeing Co delivered a record 648 jetliners in 2013, beating its own target thereby securing its place as the world’s biggest plane maker for the second year in a row. Boeing’s delivery tally beat its forecast of up to 645 jets for 2013, and is likely to exceed deliveries by rival Airbus Group NV, which is targeting up to 620 deliveries in 2013. The Chicago-based aerospace and defense company also announced that it booked gross orders of 1,531 jetliners, which is a record, and net orders of 1,355 aircraft during 2013. Net orders are the total after subtracting cancellations.
Bordeaux Airport has recorded strong traffic growth during 2013. With more than 4.6 million passengers movements handled during 2013, Bordeaux Airport has seen an increase of 200,000 new passengers in just one year. The 4.4 percent rise in passenger traffic is the highest recorded among the largest French regional airports. The year 2013 has been a trendsetting year for the airport in terms of new records it had created in annual traffic, national traffic, international traffic, annual low cost traffic and the record handling of passengers during July, 2013.
Boeing and flydubai announced signing of order for 75 737 MAX 8s and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s, valued at $8.8 billion at list prices. In addition, the airline would retain the purchase rights for 25 more 737 MAXs. The order was first announced as a commitment during the 2013 Dubai Airshow, making it Boeing’s largest single-aisle airplane order in the Middle East. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

 

Boeing has won an order from Cathay Pacific Airways for 21 Boeing 777Xs, valued at more than $7 billion at current list prices. The 777X, due for launch in 2020, will be a derivative of Boeing’s top-selling wide-body plane with new wings and engines. Cathay Pacific intimated that it expect to take delivery of the new aircraft between 2021 and 2024.
Bombardier Inc. announced that Iraqi Airways has signed a firm purchase agreement to acquire five of its larger CSeries jets, ending a six-month order drought for the new plane. The CS300, which accommodates between 130 and 160 passengers, is part of Bombardier’s USD$3.4 billion programme to build a new narrow body airliner to compete with the smaller aircraft built by Airbus and Boeing.
Bombardier Aerospace announced that China’s regional airline, China Express Airlines, has placed a firm order for three CRJ900 NextGen airliners, and also entered into conditional purchase agreements for five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft with options on an additional eight CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. China Express, based in Guiyang, Guizhou provides regional passenger services with its fleet of five CRJ200 aircraft and six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The airline made history last year by being the first to operate the CRJ900 aircraft in the country.
Bangkok Airways introduced new check-in procedure through common-use self-service Kiosks (CUSS) at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The new kiosk facility located at Suvarnbhumi International Airport includes a dedicated self-service area with common-use self-service (CUSS) kiosks. Passengers who use the self-service kiosks can check-in for their flight from 24 hours up to 50 minutes prior to departure time and print their boarding pass, before proceeding to a designated baggage drop area.
Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) jet to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for lease to Ethiopian Airlines. The 777-300ER is now the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet and will provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Boeing delivered Xiamen Airlines a Boeing 737-800, the 100th airplane to join the China’s only all-Boeing carrier on 12 November. Formed in 1984 as China’s first joint venture between CAAC and a Municipal Government, Xiamen Airlines started services in 1985 with two Boeing 737-200s serving three cities. The carrier has grown into China’s sixth largest carrier serving 218 domestic routes and 26 international and regional routes. With delivery of the latest Boeing 737-800, Xiamen Airlines’ fleet now consists of 100 airplanes consisting of 17 737-700s, 77 737-800s and six 757-200s.
Boeing and Air Europa announced the Spanish carrier’s 25th direct delivery of a Next-Generation 737-800. The Boeing 737-800 is one of the best-selling versions of the highly successful Next-Generation 737 family, the most technologically advanced airplanes in the single-aisle market. The 737-800 forms the backbone of Air Europa’s short and medium-haul fleet with the Spanish carrier set to take delivery of another nine from Boeing.
Boeing and the Lion Group, commemorated the delivery of the carrier’s 100th Next-Generation 737 at a special event. The Lion Group’s 100th airplane, a 737-900ER (Extended Range) features a special livery commemorating the delivery. The Next-Generation 737 is the best-selling and most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplane in the world. Boeing will continue improving fuel-efficiency with the 737 MAX, a new engine variant of the 737, which delivers an additional 14 percent improvement in reduced fuel use, compared to the Next-Generation 737.
Boeing is set to build key parts of its newest jet, the 777X, in the Seattle area after Washington state pass a legislation extending financial incentives for the plane maker and Boeing machinists approve a long-term work contract. A provisional agreement between Boeing and its main workers’ union paving the way for a deal was announced by Jay Inslee, the Governor of Washington in Olympia, which is likely to end a keenly awaited decision. Inslee called for a special state legislative session beginning to approve a transportation package extending tax breaks for Boeing and improvements to state infrastructure.

Boeing and Delta Air Lines celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range). The Boeing 737-900ER is the newest member of the Next-Generation 737 airplane family. The delivery is part of Delta’s 100-airplane order placed in 2011 to renew its single-aisle fleet with more fuel-efficient airplanes.

Boeing and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced that they have completed an order for 30 787-10 and three 787-9 Dreamliners. The order, valued at $9.4 billion at list prices, fulfills the commitment originally announced during the 2013 Paris Air Show in June.

Boeing will complete production of the C-17 Globemaster III and close the C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif in 2015. Boeing will continue after-delivery support of the worldwide C-17 fleet as part of the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) Performance-Based Logistics agreement.

Boeing has been named one of the world’s leading companies in taking actions to improve environmental performance and reporting climate-change strategy by the CDP, formally known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Boeing will expand its manufacturing site in Helena, Mont. by almost 50 percent to support demand for Boeing commercial airplanes and new work for the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. The nearly $35 million expansion will add more than 55,000 square feet of manufacturing space, bringing the Boeing Helena facility to 167,099 square feet.

Boeing delivered UTair its first directly purchased Next-Generation 737-800. The airline currently has 40 Next-Generation 737s on order to be delivered in the next several years. Based in Russia, UTair is an integrated air carrier and aircraft services company with over 40 years of experience.

Boeing delivered Royal Brunei Airlines 787 Dreamliner, which is the first for the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei and for Southeast Asia. The 787 is the most technologically advanced airplane in the sky with composite materials making up 50 percent of the primary structure, including the fuselage and wing. This allows the Dreamliner to use 20 percent less fuel and emit 20 percent fewer CO2 emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

British Airways announced the launching of its sixth direct service to Chennai. The additional London-Chennai flight will offer customers more travel options taking the weekly total to 48 flights from five key cities in India. This year British Airways will mark 25 years of legacy, innovation and flying to Chennai.

Boeing and Aerolineas Argentinas, have entered into an agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The agreement, which is valued at $1.8 billion at list prices, is expected to play a key role in Aerolineas Argentinas’ continued efforts to modernize its fleet and increase passenger satisfaction. Upon finaisation of the order, it will be posted as a firm order to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

British Airways’ commenced its winter 2013 schedule from October 26, with launching of a new winter sun route and increased frequencies to a number of selectedof destinations. The airline launched weekly flights from Heathrow to Gran Canaria with effect from October 26. In addition, the other changes to the winter schedule, from that of summer 2013, would include increases from Heathrow to Chennai with sorties of five to six per week, Seattle with seven to 10 per week, Miami with 14 to 18 per week, Rio de Janeiro with six to seven per week, Mexico City with three to four per week, Tripoli with three to four per week and Freetown with three to four per week.

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) has announced the full acquisition of HOCHTIEF Facility Management Bahrain (HTFMBA) and the buyout of the 50% shares in the joint venture. The 50% stake will add to BAC’s existing 50% of the joint venture to make this a 100% Bahraini Company fully owned by BAC. Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Chief Executive Officer of BAC, explained that the announcement comes after HOCHTIEF Services Solutions has been put for sale internationally as a result of a restructuring exercise the company has been undertaking.

Boeing projects a demand for 5,580 new airplanes in China over the next 20 years at an estimated value of $780 billion. The company’s annual China Current Market Outlook forecasts the country’s fleet to triple in size over the next two decades. Tourism in China and intra-Asia travel will help spur a strong demand for single-aisle airplanes, with total deliveries in that segment reaching 3,900 through 2032. Tinseth also explained that both the Next-Generation 737 and the new 737 MAX offer significant advantages in improved capabilities, fuel efficiency and maintenance costs, as well as enhanced environmental performance.

Boeing predicts that the commercial aviation industry will need more than one million new pilots and technicians to support the expanding demand for new airplane deliveries over the next two decades. Projected pilot demand is increasing worldwide, as is demand for technicians in some regions. At an event marking the launch of 787 flight training at the Boeing Flight Services campus in Miami, the company released the 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook regarded as a respected industry forecast of aviation personnel.

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines have finalized an order for six 787-8s. The order, originally announced by Xiamen Airlines in May 2011, is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices. “Adding 787s to our all-Boeing fleet is a strategic decision to facilitate our international expansion plans,” said Che Shanglun, President and CEO of Xiamen Airlines. “The range and efficiency of the 787 makes it an ideal fit in our new, non-stop international routes.” he added.

Boeing delivered a Next-Generation 737-800 to Iraqi Airways. This is the first of the 30 Next-Generation 737-800 that the airline ordered in 2008. It is also a milestone in its relationship with the airline.

Bombardier Aerospace continue to expand its aftermarket service network in South America during 2013 with the addition of MAGA Aviation as an Authorized Service Facility (ASF). MAGA Aviation in Brazil was appointed as an ASF earlier in the year for Learjet 40, Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 and Learjet 45 XR business jets.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has entered into a 10-year deal with SITA to transform and manage its infrastructure, targeting to double its passengers within the next two years. In accordance with the multi-million-dollar agreement, SITA will upgrade Biman’s global network and operational messaging and harness the power of the Air Transport Industry (ATI) Cloud to transform its workspace, helping the airline achieve substantial savings.

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have announced placement of an order for five 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes, valued at $1.6 billion at list prices.

British Airways, is working on the assumption that efforts to expand Heathrow airport will ultimately fail and the proposals from a commission on London’s airport problems will be ignored next year. In some of his strongest comments yet on the fierce political battle over whether to build a third runway at Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport.

Budapest Airport announced thatJet2.com will reinstate its direct twice weekly service from Leeds Bradford Airport with effect from April 2014, making it the only airline operating the route to the Central European hub. Jet2.com already serves Budapest from Edinburgh, Manchester and East Midlands Airports and the addition of Leeds Bradford would enable it to offer more choice of UK departure airport direct to the Hungarian capital than any other airline.

Boeing has delivered the first of 10 787 Dreamliner for Hainan Airlines. Hainan Airlines will first operate the Dreamliner on a domestic route from Beijing to Haikou. Thereafter, the airline will deploy the 787 on its North America routes, increasing the frequency of its Beijing-Seattle, Beijing-Toronto and Beijing-Chicago services, with several new destinations.

Boeing’s workhorse 717 continues to figure prominently in the success of established and new operators as the manufacturer’s leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corp., announced additional deployments of the modern and fuel-efficient twinjets. Australia’s largest regional airline, QantasLink, will receive an additional five leased 717s to add to its existing fleet of 13 of the twinjets that operate across Australia.

Boeing, according to its annual Environment Report, made significant improvements in its environmental performance, even as total airplane deliveries increased by 50 percent from 2007 to 2012 .Boeing’s manufacturing and office employees consumed less energy and water, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, generated less hazardous waste and sent less solid waste to landfills.

Boeing and British Airways announced the delivery of the UK carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. British Airways has announced that the airline will operate the 787 from Heathrow to Toronto (Pearson) from September 1 and Heathrow to Newark from October 1.

 

British Airways, according to sources, is set to confirm an order for about 10 of the “stretched” version of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner in a deal worth about USD$2.5 billion. BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group, said in April that it planned to convert 18 existing Boeing 787 options into firm orders for British Airways to replace some Boeing 747-400 aircraft between 2017 and 2021.

Boeing, will launch a larger version of its lightweight 787 Dreamliner with up to 100 orders worth just under USD$30 billion. The latest addition to Boeing’s model range, the 323-seat 787-10, is partly designed to serve fast-growing routes within Asia and sharpens a fight with Airbus for sales of the latest generation of efficient, carbon-composite jets. There is also a decision to go ahead and build a new version, backed by up to 100 orders spread between five or six launch customers. Some orders may be converted from existing demand for smaller versions.

Boeing and federal regulators informed US lawmakers they learned crucial lessons from the 787 Dreamliner’s battery problems, but they defended the certification process as “quite robust” and safe enough. The Federal Aviation Administration also intimated at a hearing on Capitol Hill that it would release results of its review of Boeing’s design, manufacturing and assembly of the 787. Though the agency declined to specify a particular date, it intimated that it would release the review results this summer.

Boeing projects a demand for more than 35,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years, valued at $4.8 trillion. The company released its annual Current Market Outlook (CMO), forecasting the world fleet to double over the next two decades. Both passenger traffic and cargo traffic are expected to grow 5 percent annually. “This forecast gives us confidence as we increase our production rates and invest in new products like the 777X and 787-10X,” said Randy Tinseth, Vice President of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Airlines are demanding more efficiency and that is exactly what we’ll be giving them.” he added.

Boeing celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8 recently. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after acquiring the first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the airline’s seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747.

Boeing and Thomson Airways announced the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane, the first of eight 787s Thomson Airways has on order, has he honour of being the first to be delivered to a UK airline.

Boeing and Ryanair finalized a firm order for 175 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes valued at $15.6 billion at list prices. The order, originally announced as a commitment in March, is Boeing’s largest ever aircraft order from a European airline.

Boeing opened its new expanded Everett Delivery Center (EDC), a world-class facility which will be the home of deliveries for the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787. The 180,000 sq. ft. facility triples the amount of office, conference and delivery operations space as the old EDC and is designed to increase operational efficiencies.

BOC Aviation’s profit rose 12 per cent from $201m in 2011 to $225m in 2012, marking a record high. The lessor’s assets also increased by 20 per cent to $9.1bn, after it increased its portfolio of aircraft to 203. Of these 177 were owned, two were on finance lease and 24 were managed.

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that it has completed the first full powering on the main electrical distribution system on the first CSeries Flight Test Vehicle (FTV1). The manufacturer has also successfully concluded the wing down-bending static test on the Complete Airframe Static Test article at its Saint-Laurent, Quebec facility. In addition, the company commented on the safety-of-flight tests being carried out for the ‘Aircraft 0’- its on-the-ground integrated systems test rig for the CSeries aircraft, stating that the tests were progressing well.

Budapest Airport continues to expand its route offering with enhanced frequency from Alitalia and a new route from Wizz Air. Alitalia, Italy’s flagship airline, will increase its frequency initially to ten direct flights a week to Rome Fiumicino from the beginning of its summer schedule in May this year thereby increasing the frequency to twelve flights in peak season from June until the end of September. In October, with the commencement of its winter schedule, the airline will revert to operating ten flights a week to the Italian capital. This marks a considerable frequency increase on the route compared with its current once daily schedule. The new schedule is expected to appeal to both the corporate and leisure market with both benefitting from the convenient connections offered.

Bahrain Air has ended its operations and gone into liquidation, citing debt and political unrest as the causes. In 2011 the carrier was forced to suspend flights to a number of routes, and at the same time faced lower traffic. “The airline is now being required to make immediate payments on past government debts or face closure at the same time as having its scheduled operations, both destinations and frequencies, being reduced considerably by the Civil Aviation Affairs in the Ministry of Transportation. This effectively strangles the airline,” said a statement issued by the airline.

Boeing, according to Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific and India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, sees signs of an improving commercial aviation market place in India. Keskar told at “Aero India 2013” that while traffic is dropping due to reduced capacity, yields are improving and fuel prices are stabilizing in the market. “These are all positive signs for the airlines in India,” said Keskar. “There is now a balance between supply and demand helping airlines get reasonable yields to make a profit.”

Boeing continues to be the choice supplier of long-haul, twin-aisle airplanes, with the 777 and 787 Dreamliner playing key roles in the fleets of major airlines in India. Over the next 20 years, the Boeing Current Market Outlook projects that the airlines in India will need 1,450 new airplanes worth $175 billion.

Bombardier’s Q400 and Q400 Next Gen aircraft programmes took up to $2.7bn in 2012, including 50 firm orders and 31 options. The manufacturer welcomed seven new customers, operators and leasing companies during the year. “In 2012, the Q400 NextGen aircraft order book grew significantly with orders from first-time customers – WestJet and Eurolot – as well as from repeat customers looking to enhance their fleets with the only turboprop that accommodates more passengers and route possibilities,” said Mike Arcamone, President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Bombardier Aerospace announced that it delivered 233 aircraft during the 2012 calendar year, compared to 245 aircraft deliveries in the previous fiscal year, the 11-month period ended December 31, 2011. The Company also received orders for 481 aircraft, net of cancellations, compared to 249 orders, net of cancellations, for the previous fiscal year.

Bahrain International Airport (BIA) reported a significant increase in passenger traffic with an 8.8% increase during 2012 in comparison with 2011. BIA registered total of 8,479,884 passengers between January and December last year.

Boeing is to repurchase $3.6bn of its own shares during the first quarter of 2013. The manufacturer also announced a 10 per cent increase in its regular quarterly dividend to 48.5 cents per share.

Boeing and China Airlines announced an order for six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The order is valued at approximately $2 billion at list prices. The new airplanes will become the first 777s to join China Airlines’ fleet.

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have finalized a firm order for 15 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes worth $4.7 billion at list prices. The agreement, first announced in October as a commitment, also includes options for five additional 777-300ERs and is the largest order by value in Turkish Airlines’ history.

Boeing announced that it reached a record for year-to-date 737 deliveries when a 737-900ER was handed over to United Airlines. It was the 377th delivery this year, topping the previous record of 376 deliveries, set in 2010.

BOC Aviation has signed an agreement for the purchase and leaseback of eight new 737-800 aircraft to be leased to GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered from the first quarter of 2013 through to the third quarter of 2014.
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Chopin Airport has opened a new rapid exit taxiway, TWY N1. The addition will allow aircraft landing from a westerly direction to exit RWY 1 faster improving operational capacity. Located close to the intersection between RWY 1 (11-29) and A, J and T taxiways, the addition allows aircraft to taxi off the runway at higher speed than currently possible using existing taxiway N2 and N3.
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has announced a new partnership with Poland’s national flag carrier, LOT Polish Airlines. This enhanced collaboration will provide LOT customers with a direct connection to over 1,300 leading and independent car rental agents in over 30,000 airport and city locations across 174 different countries.
CSA Czech Airlines is introducing five additional European destinations for its 2015 summer schedule, in addition to another five which were announced last autumn.
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Aireon LLC signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to enhance aircraft tracking in the Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR). Through this collaboration, Aireon aims to work with CAAS to enhance surveillance coverage over the entire Singapore FIR with the deployment of a space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) service.
Changi Airport managed 54.1 million passenger movements in 2014, the most in its 33-year history. This was a 0.7 percent increase compared to the whole of 2013.
Cathay Pacific Airways announced that it will launch an additional three-times-weekly direct service between Hong Kong and San Francisco commencing 11 June 2015.
China Aircraft Leasing Company firmed up its contract with Airbus for 100 A320 Family aircraft. The order comprises 74 A320neo, 16 A320ceo and 10 A321ceo. Including this new order, CALC’s total backlog with Airbus stands at 140 A320 Family aircraft.
Cologne Bonn Airport can look back on a successful 2014. The airport recorded 9.5 million passengers this year – a significant rise when compared with last year. And Cologne/Bonn was able to record growth in air cargo as well.

Caribbean Airlines announced a revised schedule. In addition to increased capacity and more non-stops, Caribbean Airlines is also expecting major cost savings from a more efficient schedule that will see better utilization of its 737 and 767 fleets.

Cathay Pacific Airways announced that it has expanded the code-share agreement with the Flybe Group that will connect passengers travelling from Hong Kong to four destinations in the United Kingdom via Amsterdam or Paris.

Cathay Pacific Airways released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for November 2014 that show passenger volumes increasing compared to the same month in 2013, but failing to keep pace with the growth in capacity.
Changi Airport Singapore passenger traffic grew at 1.9 percent on-year in October 2014, with 4.49 million passengers passing through the airport.
Cathay Pacific Airway announced that it has entered into a new code-share agreement with the Flybe Group that will connect passengers travelling from Hong Kong to seven destinations in the United Kingdom via Manchester.

China Express Airlines has placed a firm order for 16 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets from Bombardier. China Express has also taken an option for another 8 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, it added.
COMAC has signed an initial agreement to sell 30 C919s to the financial leasing arm of China Merchants Bank. The order, sealed at China’s premier air industry trade show in Zhuhai, lifts COMAC’s order book for the C919 to 430, mostly from domestic companies.
Cathay Pacific Airways is named “Best Asian Airline serving China” in the 2014 Business Traveller China Awards. The annual awards, now in their 10th year, are decided by frequent travellers who vote for their favourite hospitality groups and airlines across the industry.

China Aviation Supplies Holding Company and Airbus have signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the purchase of a total of 70 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, reflecting the strong demand from Chinese carriers for the leading Airbus single-aisle Family for domestic, low cost, regional and international operations.
China Airlines will introduce a new state-of-the-art cabin interior onboard its 777-300ER designed by award-winning Taiwanese architect Ray Chen. The airline configured its 777-300ER to seat 358 passengers in a three-class layout highlighted by the new ‘family couch’ seats in economy class, where three seats convert into a flat surface for rest and relaxation.

China Southern Airlines is scheduled to begin flying a new route in mid-December from Guangzhou to San Francisco with a stopover in Wuhan. It will be the fourth service operated by the airline between Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong Province and North America.

Changi Airport Internaional will be increasing its stake in Bengal Aerotropolis Projects (BAPL) to 32.2 percent from 26 percent held since the project began in 2009. CAI and BAPL also signed an MoU to explore the setting up of an aviation training academy in West Bengal.

Changi Airport handled some 4.58 million passenger movements, an increase of 1 percent compared to the same period last year. The flight movements dipped 2.6 percent to 28,200.

Cathay Pacific Airways said it has bought 19 aircraft for a catalogue price of HK$210 billion ($27 billion) as it rolls out new long-haul services. The airline did not give a time frame for the purchases in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Cathay Pacific Group has reported a rise in profit but has only moved from a meagre 2.1 percent operating margin to a weak 3.1 percent. The outlook continues to be subdued as Cathay largely banks on time: for the A350’s Feb-2016 arrival to reduce costs and Hong Kong’s forthcoming runway saturation to limit direct competition.

Cathay Pacific Airways announced that it is the first airline investor in Fulcrum BioEnergy. The airline has made a strategic equity investment in Fulcrum, which is a world pioneer in the development and commercialisation of converting municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel or “biojet fuel.” Cathay Pacific also has an option for further investment.

Copenhagen Airport was honoured as one of the three best airports in the world at route development in the category of airports with 20-50 million passengers per year, at the World Routes conference in Chicago.

Cathay Pacific has added three weekly passenger flights to Hong Kong from Chicago O’Hare International Airport bringing the total to 10 flights per week. The new flights between O’Hare and Cathay’s hub Hong Kong International Airport will offer much improved connections to Cathay’s Asia network, including over 22 destinations in mainland China and six in India.

Cebu Pacific flew 8 million passengers to the first six months, an increase of about 8 percent over 7.5 million passengers flown in the same period last year.

Czech Airlines says it will launch a new connection between Gothenburg and Hamburg in mid-September, with regular flights between the second largest cities of Sweden and Germany.

Changi Airport managed 4.65 million passengers representing the highest number of passenger movements Changi has handled in a month this year.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has successfully won a highly competitive bid to host the 22nd World Route Development Forum to Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Chengdu Shuangliu Airport is the largest air hub and passenger and cargo distribution centre in the central western region of China, with more than 220 domestic and international routes. In 2013 the airport handled over 33million passengers, making it the fifth busiest airport in China. The event in 2016 is expected to attract more than 3,500 delegates including 350 airlines, 1,000 airports and 300 tourism authorities from more than 125 countries. The event, which is scheduled to take place from 25-27 September 2016, will be held in the state of the art International Convention & Exhibition Centre at Chengdu Century City.

Cathay Pacific Airways and Qatar Airways have announced the launch of a new code-share agreement between the two oneworld alliance airlines. As per the code-share agreement, Cathay Pacific commenced operations to Doha directly on 30 March 2014. The agreement will offer both Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways passengers greater flexibility and a wider choice when travelling from Hong Kong to Europe, Africa and the Gulf or from Doha to Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan. The code-share agreement would help passengers to freely book on either airline to an expanded network of destinations, while benefiting from accruing frequent flyer points or miles, together with other oneworld member privileges. Top-tier members from Cathay Pacific’s The Marco Polo Club and Qatar Airways’ The Privilege Club can now enjoy reciprocal benefits when travelling on flights between Hong Kong and Qatar, including lounge access, extra baggage allowances, priority boarding and many other services.

Cairns Airport’s latest statistics indicated noteworthy growth in the number of passengers through T2 (Domestic Terminal) as well as encouraging increases in the number of passengers through T1 (International Terminal). According to the airport’s chief executive officer the results for January 2014 indicated a 13.4% increase in the number of passengers through T2 as compared with the number of passengers recorded January 2013.

Cologne Bonn Airport wrapped up FY13 with its fourth quarter marked by traffic growth. In total, around 9.1 million passengers took off and landed at Cologne/Bonn in 2013 representing a moderate fall of 2 percent as compared to 2012, which is attributed to the aviation tax and the ongoing ost-saving programs of the German airlines.
China Airlines launched a new route between Taoyuan and Weihai in China’s Shandong Province, with a flight time of around two hours and 40 minutes. Together with the existing Qingdao route, China Airlines will offer passengers more flexibility with their itineraries, and the new service is expected to strengthen the business and tourism between the two areas.
Changi Airport Group (CAG) welcomed the arrival of Ethiopian Airlines, the latest addition to the family of airlines operating at Singapore Changi Airport, which commenced its operations on December 3, 2013. The East African carrier will operate a thrice-weekly service between Singapore and the capital city of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia via Bangkok.
Cathay Pacific Airways announced the launch of a new code-share agreement with Air Seychelles that will add the Seychelles to its network and offer passengers direct services to there. This will be second destination in the Indian Ocean to be added to the Cathay Pacific network in the space of just two months. The airline launched a new four-times-weekly service to the Maldives in October. Under the new code-share agreement, Cathay Pacific’s “CX” code will be placed on Air Seychelles’ three weekly return flights between Hong Kong and the Seychelles, and two flights per week from the Seychelles to Abu Dhabi. Similraly, Air Seychelles will place its “HM” code on Cathay Pacific’s three weekly return flights apiece between Hong Kong and Seoul, and Hong Kong and Melbourne.
China has simplified flight approval procedures for private aircraft in a move which is considered to be a step towards the full opening of its under-developed general aviation market. The move may provide marketing opportunities for companies such as Cessna and Bombardier Inc who have been eager to sell their pricy private jets in the world’s largest economy. Under the new rule, jointly issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the military, companies or individuals flying in a private jet or helicopter outside a no-fly zone within the country no longer need to submit their plans to the military. They only need the permission of CAAC.
Changi Airport announced handling of 4.3 million passenger movements in September 2013, registering an increase of 6.9% over the same period during 2012. In terms of flight movements, 28,400 landings and take-offs were recorded during the month recording a growth of 7.2%. During the month, traffic to and from South East Asia, North East Asia and the Middle East have registered double-digit growth. Among Changi Airport’s top 10 city links, Denpasar (Bali) and Taipei recorded the largest increase of more than 30%

China is planning to reform its airline sector which holds the position of the world’s second-largest airline sector. Whereas in the past, the initiatives were focused mainly on the expansion of its volume, the intent this time would be its around efficient growth.

Cathay Pacific Airways is to launch a new daily service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Hong Kong with effect from March 1, 2014. The launching would be subject to government approval. The newly being launched service will complement Cathay Pacific’s current four-times-daily service from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The launch of the Newark service will also provide more convenience and greater flexibility for passengers traveling to and from the New York metropolitan area. The Newark service will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft featuring Cathay Pacific’s new cabin products, including the awarding-winning Business Class, Premium Economy Class and the new Economy Class seats.

Cathay Pacific Group reported an attributable profit of HK$24 million for the first six months of 2013. This compares to a restated loss of HK$929 million in the first half of 2012. Earnings per share were HK0.6 cents compared to a restated loss per share of HK23.6 cents in the first half of 2012. Turnover for during the period fell by 0.6% to HK$48,584 million.

Changi Airport achieved an increase of 6.1% in June 2013 in passenger traffic with 4.67 million passengers passing through the airport. This marks the highest number of passenger movements Changi has handled in a month this year. In terms of flight movements, a total of 28,300 aircraft landings and take-offs were recorded, indicating a growth of 6.1% year-on-year.

China Airlines (CAL) is to launch direct flights between Taoyuan and Busan, South Korea. The new addition is considered to give a boost to the tourist traffic between the two countries

Cebu Pacific has taken delivery of its first A330-300 during a special ceremony in Toulouse. The aircraft is the first of four A330s being leased by Cebu Pacific from US lessor CIT and will be used to launch the carrier’s new long haul low fare operation.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) announced the return of SWISS to Singapore Changi Airport. The Switzerland flag-carrier which will be operating daily Zurich-Singapore services would utilize the 219-seat Airbus A340-300 aircraft in a three-class configuration. Featuring an end of day departure out of Changi and Zurich airports, SWISS’ flight schedule is ideally timed to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers.

Comair, privately-owned aviation company, has blasted government intervention and financial aid for state–owned airlines after SA Express moved to finalise a R539-million guarantee . This latest bailout comes after SA Express reported a R187-million loss for the 2010/11 financial year, when its financial report was finally tabled. According to the airline funds would be used to cover short– and long–term loan facilities and against working capital and operating expenditure.

Czech cabinet, according to sources, approved the sale of a 44 percent stake in loss-making CSA Czech Airlines to Korean Air. A government source said the contract is likely to be signed on April 9. Korean Air was the only bidder for the state carrier and will buy the stake for EUR€2.64 million (USD$3.4 million). Miroslav Kalousek, the Finance Minister, had backed the deal saying it was a good opportunity to secure the airline’s future and develop the Vaclav Havel Airport Prague.

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to establish the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI), Singapore’s first institute dedicated to research and development (R&D) in air traffic management (ATM). Over the next five years, CAAS will provide S$50 million to fund ATM R&D activities undertaken by the ATMRI, as well as ATM experts for the research projects, while NTU will provide in-kind contributions of S$22 million, including research manpower and facilities.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) released its initial plans for the development of Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 (T4) and its proposal to enhance the capacity of the airfield to provide for more aircraft parking stands. These infrastructure investments will ensure that Changi Airport is well positioned to remain a major global aviation hub, ready to meet the challenges of growing passenger and aircraft traffic in the years ahead. In the following weeks, CAG will engage selected airport partners and members of the airline community operating at Changi on the T4 development and airfield enhancement plans.

Changi Airport experienced its busiest month ever during December 2012 to cross the 50-million passenger movements mark for the first time in the airport’s 31-year history. Passenger traffic for the year totalled 51.2 million registering an increase by 10.0% over the whole of 2011. Flight movements grew 7.6% to 324,700 while cargo volumes declined 3.2% to 1.81 million tonnes, suppressed by uncertainties in the global economy. For December 2012, Changi Airport registered 4.92 million passenger movements registering a growth of 8.6% year-on-year. Changi’s daily record was broken on 22 December 2012, the Saturday before Christmas Day, with 180,400 passengers passing through the airport during the day. There were 29,000 landings and take-offs during December 2012 registering an increase of 4.7% as compared to the previous year.

Citilink, the low cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, has placed a firm order for 25 A320neo with Airbus. The contract, signed in December 2012, represents the first direct purchase by Citilink from Airbus. It follows an order placed in 2011 by Garuda Indonesia for 15 A320ceo and 10 A320neo aircraft for operation by Citilink.

Cyprus Airways announced that the passengers flying on their Airbus A321 aircraft will benefit from watching IFE on a newly installed enhanced definition IFE system. Airline Services has replaced the “Head End” Tape Player on Cyprus Airways’ Airbus 321s and installed ASL’s newly manufactured digital video player-AeroStream XP1.

Cathay Pacific Airways is introducing its new Premium Economy Class cabin along with Business Class on Chennai-Hong Kong route. Following the recent increase of Chennai flights, from four times a week to a daily service, Chennai will be the first city in South India to offer a three-class configuration – new Business Class, Premium Economy Class and the new long-haul Economy Class for passengers travelling.

 

Cathay Pacific Airways, NTV, and SEA have joined in a groundbreaking agreement that will offer passengers traveling from Florence and Bologna to Hong Kong, and all the other destinations of the largest network of Cathay Pacific, a new integrated service mobility via ITALO high-speed trains. Specifically, Cathay Pacific will offer a free pick on the Italian high-speed trains for passengers departing from the railway station of Florence and Bologna to Milan Porta Garibaldi station.

China Southern Airlines has ordered 10 A330-300s to be delivered between 2014 and 2016. The deal follows an order for 60 A320s from China Eastern Airlines in late November. Both orders follow a European Union decision to suspend non-EU airlines’ liabilities under its emissions trading scheme. The China Southern orders will be financed by bank loans and the company’s balance sheet.

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Singapore Scout Association (SSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a Youth Aviation Advisory Board (YAAB) to expand their cooperation in promoting awareness and interest in aviation and its careers amongst youth in Singapore as well as Air Scout co-curricular activities in schools, especially primary and secondary schools.Changi Airport registered its highest number of passengers for the month of October when 4.27 million movements were recorded during the month, registering an increase of 10.0% as compared to the same period last year. At the same time, Changi handled 27,600 flight movements, registering an increase of 5.2% over October 2011. Passenger traffic to and from the Middle East continued its upward trend with the region contributing double-digit growth every month this year.Corsair has taken delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus. The new A330-300 is part of TUI’s commitment to invest in today’s greenest aircraft and to strengthen services from Paris across the Atlantic Ocean, to the French West Indies, Canada and West Africa and to the Indian Ocean destinations. The aircraft is the first to be delivered from the two A330-300s ordered in December 2010.
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Dubai International reported another record monthly traffic by welcoming more than 6.8 million passengers in January. According to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports passenger traffic rose 7.7 percent to 6,895,668 in January 2015, up from 6,400,706 in the same month in 2014. This follows Dubai International’s performance in 2014 during which the airport welcomed 70.4 million passengers to claim the title of the world’s number one airport for international passenger traffic.

Delta Air Lines has re-organised its classes. On its international flights what was previously Eco Comfort is now known as Comfort Plus and passengers are provided with a blanket, headphones, an amenity kit and a seat with ten centimeters more space that reclines at a greater angle.

Delta Air Lines is updating the SkyMiles programme with several changes to improve the programme as members earn status and redeem miles for Award tickets.

Denver International Airport earned more than $129 million in the 2014 fiscal year, setting a record for disadvantaged business revenue at DIA. DIA participates in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programme, which provides opportunities for minority- and women-owned firms to participate in airport concessions by setting participation goals for every shop, restaurant and service provided at the airport since the federal programme began in 2006.

Delta Air Lines is adding service from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Kona International Airport and will increase service from select seasonal markets beginning as soon as summer 2015.

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia are seeking re-authorisation for 10 years from Australian regulators for their joint venture. The US DoT initially took longer to approve the alliance but gave indefinite approval.

Delta’s pre-tax income for the December 2014 quarter was $1.0 billion an increase of $474 million over the December 2013 quarter on a similar basis.

Dubai Airports released its year-end traffic report. Full year passenger numbers totalled 70,475,636, up 6.1 percent from the 66,431,533 recorded in 2013.

Delta Air Lines, the Port Authority of New York, New Jersey, and JFK International Air Terminal LLC unveiled the next phase of a Terminal 4 expansion at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The $175 million project adds 11 gates and 75,000 square feet to Terminal 4’s Concourse B and continues Delta’s $1.2 billion investment to enhance and expand the terminal.

Delta Air Lines plans to begin daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Shanghai-Pudong Airport on July 9, 2015, pending U.S. Department of Transportation and foreign government approval.

Dallas Aviation Component Control announced that Dallas Aviation has selected Quantum ControlTM MRO and Logistics software to manage business operations and AOG needs at its Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex location near DFW International and Love Field Airport.

Dubai Airports maintained its growth trajectory in the second half of 2014 with passenger traffic at Dubai International rising 4.3 percent in November, according to the latest traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. Year to date traffic rose 5.9 percent to 63,977,063 compared to 60,384,407 passengers recorded during the first 11 months of 2013. Aircraft movements climbed 10 percent in November 2014 to 34,690 movements, up from the 31,525 movements recorded in November last year.
Dragonair announced that it will commence a new daily service between Hong Kong and Haneda Airport in Tokyo beginning 29 March 2015 (subject to government approval), further strengthening the airline’s network in Asia and boosting its presence in Japan.
Delta Air Lines has opened its exclusive Delta Arrivals Lounge at the arrivals hall of London Heathrow Terminal 3. All of Delta’s BusinessElite passengers and SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members arriving from the United States have complimentary access into the new facility.
Domodedovo Airport passenger traffic amounted to 30.93 million people, which is already more than for 12 months of the last year. The year-on-year increase made 7.8 percent.
Delta Air Lines reported financial and operating performance for November 2014. Consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) for the month of November increased 4.5 percent year over year, driven by the strong unit revenue performance in the domestic entity, with particular strength in Atlanta and Seattle.
Delta Air Lines will launch daily seasonal service from Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport to Honolulu International Airport next fall.
Dubai International Passenger traffic rose at 5.7 per cent in October putting the airport on track to eclipse the 71 million passenger mark by year-end, according to the latest traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.
Dragonair has taken the “Best Airline Economy Class” honour in the 2014 Business Traveller China Awards, recognising the airline’s efforts to elevate its passengers’ inflight experience through high-quality products and services.
Department of Civil Aviation of Gujarat has issued a Letter of Intent (LOI) to Maritime Energy Heli Air Services for starting aviation services  across Gujarat.
Dubai International Airports’ Passenger traffic grew 9.9 percent in September from a year earlier to 5.94 million people. In the first nine months of this year, passenger traffic at Dubai International increased 6.2 percent to 52.42 million people, spurred by an increase in the use of large aircraft such as the Airbus A380, particularly by Emirates, the operator said.
Delta Air Lines’ quarterly profit slumped 74 percent as higher operating expenses did not allow the US airline to take advantage of strong business and leisure travel. Total operating expenses jumped 16 percent to $10.34 billion in the third quarter.
Dubai Airports has introduced a new mobile application that puts all the information passengers need to easily navigate one of the world’s leading international airports at their fingertips, guiding them from check-in to boarding. The application incorporates information from both Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) and is available in English and Arabic.
Dubai’s main airport passenger traffic through jumped 10.8 percent to 6.6 million people in August as the hub returned to its full capacity after a runway upgrade.
Dubai Airports welcomed the announcement by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai endorsing the AED120bn ($ 32bn) expansion of Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) which will ultimately accommodate more than 200 million passengers a year.
Domodedovo Airport is starting to build the second segment of the airport complex, which will increase the capacity of the passenger terminal and enhance the service level.
Delta Air Lines will launch twice-daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to San Antonio, Texas, beginning April 7, 2015.
Delta Air Lines reported financial and operating performance result. Consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) increased 3.0 percent year over year driven by continued strength in domestic markets. Delta’s solid operating performance continued with a monthly completion factor of 99.7 percent and an on-time arrival rate of 86.3 percent.
Delta Air Lines reported financial results for second quarter of 2014. Delta’s pre-tax income was $1.4 billion, excluding special items1. Delta’s net income was $889 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, and its operating margin was 15.1 percent, excluding special items.
Dubai Airport resumed full operations at Dubai International airport following the reopening of the northern runway. At the same time flights that had temporarily moved to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) while the runway upgrades were underway have now returned to Dubai International.
Delta Air Lines announced that it is partnering with LinkedIn to connect today’s high-profile influencers with the business leaders of tomorrow at 35,000 feet. Through a unique program called “Innovation Class,” Delta is offering its LinkedIn community the opportunity to meet with leaders from different fields on a designated flight. Individuals interested in the opportunity to fly with a titan in their industry, sharing ideas and discussing goals and future projects, are to submit an application to Delta which will select and pair applicants with industry leaders. This unprecedented, immersive digital experience brings to life a user’s personal Twitter feed in a larger-than-life structure where their social media profile is on display in a 360-degree immersive stream of monitors, mirrors and a sound system.
DFW Airport has achieved two major honors for its successful LiveWell employee wellness program. The Airport was named as one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employers, a technology and data research company focused on corporate wellness. In addition, DFW also earned recognition as a Well Workplace for 2014 from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) which is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving workplace wellness in America. The Airport earned the recognitions for its comprehensive LiveWell employee wellness program, which includes educational programs on health, diet, workplace safety, and disease management.
Delta Air Lines paid its employees more than a half-billion dollars in earned profit sharing in recognition for their industry-leading performance in 2013. This is the highest payout in the company’s history. Employees’ individual payouts will equal 8.26 percent of their eligible 2013 earnings. Along with base pay, In 2013, Delta employees help achieve the corporate financial and operational goals earning $91.7 million in Shared Rewards, which, combined with profit sharing, amounts to $598 million in bonus performance pay for the year.
DPI (Aéroports de Paris Ingénierie) has been entrusted with the task to carry out feasibility and development studies for a new terminal at Clark International Airport, formerly known as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, by the Philippine authorities. A former U.S. air base located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, the site is about ninety kilometres to the north of Manila. Clark International Airport has been open to commercial traffic since 1993. Upon completion, the terminal is designed to have a capacity to handle 15 million passengers per year.
Delta Air Lines’ technical operations in Denver as its newest ‘ Voluntary Protection Programs(VPP) Star site has been recognized by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Delta, the first major airline participant in the VPP program, presently operates 15 airport and aircraft maintenance locations across the United States with the Star site designation. In addition, Delta is one of only five organizations that is approved as a corporate participant in the Voluntary Protection Programs.
Delta Air Lines will invest more than $770 million through 2016 to refresh the interiors on its Boeing 757-200, 737-800, Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft to provide power at every seat, add new slim-line seats with adjustable headrests, updated lavatories, add more efficient galleys and additional features to improve passenger comfort. The investment is a continuation of Delta’s multi-year focus on passenger comfort that began in 2010. All Delta international widebody aircraft will be equipped with full flat-bed seats with direct-aisle access in BusinessElite by mid-2014 and all transcontinental flights will have full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite by summer 2015.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, on January 14, 2014, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of the airport. In its 40-year existence, DFW Airport has grown into one of the world’s preeminent global airport hubs, currently serving 60 million passengers annually and consistently ranking among the world’s best large airports for customer service. DFW is now home to the world’s largest airline, American Airlines.
DFW Airport has reduced its total energy costs by 47 percent and its carbon based energy by 28 percent over the last seven years. DFW Airport has done this largely through its Continuous Commissioning Program developed by the Energy Systems Lab at Texas A & M University. DFW Airport has realized these drastic reductions by introducing energy-saving systems in thirty different facilities Airport-wide, including Terminals D and E, the Rental Car Center and Energy Plaza.
Delta Air Lines will increase service at Boston’s Logan International Airport with daily year-round and seasonal service to seven destinations, including three new markets. New daily service to Jacksonville, Florida and Richmond, Virginia, operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air using 76-seat, two-class CRJ-900s, effective March 3, 2014 and March 6, 2014 . New daily service to Jacksonville, Florida and Richmond, Virginia., operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air using 76-seat, two-class CRJ-900s will be launched with effect from March 3, 2014 and March 6, 2014 respectively. New service to Las Vegas with three flights per week operating a Boeing 737-800 will be launched with effect from March 6, 2014. Expanding service to Los Angeles with one additional flight for a total of two daily operating a Boeing 737-800, would commence from April 7, 2014.
Delta Air Lines urged the U.S. Department of Justice to consider all airlines, including those that serve small- and medium-sized communities, in the process for divesting airport slots and assets related to the proposed settlement of litigation challenging the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. Delta plans to avail the opportunity to bid for slots and facilities at Washington-Reagan National Airport as well as Dallas Love Field, where it currently provides competition with daily nonstop flights to its international hub in Atlanta.
Delta Air Lines, beginning next year, will add new daily nonstop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Diego International Airport and Portland International Airport as well as an additional flight from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The new service will provide customers with convenient connections to the airline’s growing international network from Seattle.
Dubai International’s Passenger traffic, according to the latest traffic statistics issued by operator Dubai Airports, rose 13.1 per cent in September. Passenger traffic during the month totalled 5,407,326, registering an increase of 13.1 per cent as compared to 4,780,394 during the same period in 2012. Year- to-date traffic is up 16 per cent to 49,379,165 as compared to 42,565,340 recorded during the first nine months of 2012. Aircraft movements totalled 30,746 during September thereby registering an increase of 10.2 per cent from the 27,909 recorded during the same period last year. Passengers per aircraft movement in September came in at 193.
Dubai Airports confirmed that Gulf Air has signed a memorandum of understanding to become the first full-service network carrier to fly into Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC). Gulf Air plans to operate a daily service linking DWC to its home base in Bahrain with effect from December 8, 2013.
Daocheng Yading Airport, the world’s highest civilian airport, which is located 14,472 feet above sea level, began operations during October in China’s Sichuan province in a remote Tibetan region of China. The new airport is situated approximately 98 miles from Yading Nature Reserve in the eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. The new airport will cut travel time from this provincial area to the city of Chengdu from two days to just 65 minutes.

Delta Air Lines reported its financial results for the September 2013 quarter. The report highlights that the Delta’s net profit for the September 2013 quarter was $1.2 billion, or $1.41 per diluted share, excluding special items. This result indicates a $444 million improvement year-over-year.Delta’s GAAP net income, Including $157 million in special items, was $1.4 billion, or $1.59 per diluted share. The company began returning capital to shareholders, with $100 million in share repurchases and $51 million in dividend payments.

Dassault Aviation of France unveiled its new 16-passenger business jet, the Falcon 5X, which will cost USD$45 million and will take its first flight in the first quarter of 2015. The company said the jet has a cabin height of 1.98 metres (six feet, six inches), and a range of 9,630 km (5,200 nautical miles), allowing it to complete long-haul flights such as Los Angeles to London.Dassault, which also makes Rafale fighter jets, also announced technical innovation in the Falcon 5X, such as the digital flight control system and enhanced vision provided by infrared sensors to display terrain in total darkness.

Delta Air Lines reported its financial and operating performance for August 2013. According to the report, consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) for the month of August 2013 increased 4.0 percent year over year, with strong performance in domestic, trans-Atlantic and Latin markets. The Pacific entity continues to be pressured from yen devaluation which accounted for 1.5 points of negative system impact for the month. Delta completed 99.9 percent of its flights in August and ran an on-time arrival rate of 85.0 percent.

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways are all set to receive immunity from US antitrust laws to operate a planned trans-Atlantic joint venture. In a filing, the US Department of Transportation said it had tentatively concluded that the alliance, which involves Delta buying a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic, would promote competition and would provide benefits to consumers in the North America-United Kingdom market.

Delta Air Lines, subject to government approval, will add new daily nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Seoul-Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport commencing from June 2 and June 16, 2014 respectively. “By offering new service from Seattle to Seoul and Hong Kong, Delta will now offer customers service to the top five destinations in Asia,” said Mike Medeiros, Vice President, Seattle, Delta. “Our expanding Seattle network, combined with investments in our aircraft, the airport and the community shows our commitment to become Seattle’s premier international carrier.” he added.

Delta Air Lines has lowered its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 8.5 million metric tons thereby achieving 18.4 percent reduction since 2005. In its continued commitment to transparency, the airline has reported successful verification of its 2012 greenhouse gas emission inventories under The Climate Registry.

Delta Air Lines is to add new nonstop seasonal service to Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado with effect from December 21, 2013, with daily flights from Atlanta and Saturday-only flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul. Aspen/Snowmass is one of the top skiing destinations in the world, offering more than 5,000 acres of snow-covered terrain as well as world-class lodging, dining, nightlife and arts.

Delta Air Lines announced launching of nonstop Shuttle service between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Designed to facilitate business between Los Angeles and San Francisco easier, Delta Air Lines announced nonstop Delta Shuttle service between Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports from September 3, 2013 onwards.

Delta Air Lines is set to increase domestic service beginning this fall at Los Angeles International Airport with new daily flights to four destinations and expanded service to nine existing markets. Delta currently operates more than 115 peak-day departures to 40 destinations from Los Angeles, and every flight offers BusinessElite/First Class and Economy Comfort seating. In addition, every domestic flight features Wi-Fi service.

Dubai Airports is working towards making Concourse D, which will become the new home of more than 100 international airlines that fly to Dubai International when it opens in 2015, as energy efficient and sustainable as possible. Under the supervision of Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP), the new building will implement several green initiatives that will reduce the environmental impact of the new facility.

Delta Air Linesand Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. detailed a codeshare agreement across 108 routes that offers customers seamless connections to 66 destinations across North America and the U.K. The codeshare announcement coincides with Delta acquiring a 49 per cent stake in Sir Richard Branson’s airline – marking the next step towards a full joint venture between the two carriers. Virgin Atlantic will place its code on 91 Delta routes, including both trans-Atlantic and domestic U.S. routes. Delta will place its code on 17 Virgin Atlantic routes, including the recently launched Little Red domestic U.K. services connecting London to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Delta Air Lines launched new nonstop service from Seattle to Shanghai . The flight is the latest addition to Delta’s growing Asian gateway in Seattle, as the service, between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Shanghai Pu Dong International Airport complements current nonstop service from Seattle to Beijing, Osaka, Tokyo-Narita and most recently, Tokyo-Haneda.

Delta Air Lines is to launch new nonstop service between Newark’s Liberty International Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Newark being one of the largest markets from Paris, the new service complements Delta’s ongoing investment in New York as it would help it to establish as New York’s leading airline.

Delta recently opened the new Terminal 4 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport as part of a $1.4 billion airport redevelopment program. In 2012, the airline invested more than $160 million to expand and update Terminals C and D at LaGuardia, and expanded its flights at that airport by 60 percent.

Dragonair will operate an extra service between Kolkata and Hong Kong. The additional service will be the fifth weekly service on this route. With this additional service, Dragonair will then operate on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for flights departing from Kolkata and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for flights departing from Hong Kong. Currently.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) officials and a delegation of civic and business leaders from Dallas and Fort Worth visited South America to strengthen ties between the regions and promote DFW as the premier aviation entry point into the United States. The DFW Airport air service development mission ran from June 2 to 11 with stops in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Lima, Peru, and supports new and expanded American Airlines service to South America to begin soon.

Denver International Airport (DEN) welcomed the United Express’ inaugural flight from Fort McMurray Airport (YMM) as it arrived from Canada. The inaugural flight marked the first scheduled nonstop passenger service from Fort McMurray, the heart of the world’s largest single oil deposit, to the United States. The new daily service connects Fort McMurray to Denver, Colorado and United’s global network.

Denver International Airport (DIA)’s passenger traffic d remained essentially flat in 2013 compared to March last year. A total of 4,456,431 passengers passed through DIA in March 2013, compared to 4,458,044 in March 2012. The year-to-date total increased by 0.5 percent from 12,122,201 passengers during the same period in 2012, to 12,178,311 passengers this year.”Despite the snowy March that reduced the overall number of flights, our year-to-date numbers remain on track,” said Manager of Aviation Kim Day. “We’re looking forward to the busy summer travel season, and for the new flights that will accompany it – including the upcoming Denver to Tokyo route that is scheduled to begin service in June.”

Dubai Airports announced that it will conduct an extensive runway enhancement project at Dubai International (DXB) during an 80 day period commencing from May 1, 2014. To safeguard service levels while the work is taking place, scheduled passenger flights at its hub airport will be reduced and all freighter, charter and general aviation flights will be diverted to Dubai World Central (DWC). The northern runway is nearing the end of its design life and requires resurfacing and other modifications to accommodate future traffic. At the same time there is a requirement to upgrade runway lighting and construct new taxiways on the southern runway to boost capacity.

Dubai International has been confirmed as the world’s second busiest airport for international passenger traffic, moving ahead of Charles de Gaulle airport of Paris for the first time. Since the start of the year Dubai International has moved up two positions in the global rankings and now has London Heathrow’s title as the world’s busiest international airport firmly within its sights. The move up the rankings was confirmed by the latest figures published by Airports Council International. Dubai Airports has maintained its impressive passenger growth in 2013, with passenger traffic at Dubai International rising 13 per cent to 10,640,120 passengers in the first two months of this year, up from 9,413,286 for the same period in 2012.

Delta Air Lines will outfit its fleet of 182 MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft as well as several flight simulators with standardized, state-of-the-art glass cockpits and GPS navigation that will improve efficiency, reduce environmental impact and position the airline to take advantage of procedural improvements outlined in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Transportation System. The enhanced avionics suite, developed by Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. will allow the aircraft to fly shorter flight paths and take advantage of continuous-descent, Required Navigation Performance (RNAV) approaches to reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions and noise levels — a primary objective of NextGen. The addition of GPS capabilities as well as the incorporation of Data Link and ADS-B will allow pilots to fly safer as the three systems aid flight crews in identifying nearby air traffic, weather and terrain on flat panel displays in the cockpit.

Dubai World Central, has announced that it will open its doors to passengers on October 27 this year, when launch carriers nasair and Wizz Air start operations. Saudi-based nasair plans to operate over 50 flights per week between Dubai and a number of destinations in Saudi Arabia, while Wizz Air will provide non-stop services linking Dubai to Central and Eastern Europe.

Delta Air Lines and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide announced a comprehensive new partnership that offers exclusive new benefits to Delta SkyMiles Medallion members and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) elite members. The program, called Crossover Rewards provides elite members of both loyalty programs reciprocal benefits. Crossover Rewards allows Delta and Starwood elites to share program benefits and earn more miles and Starpoints. SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members will have access to added benefits including priority check-in, 4pm late checkout and free in-room internet access when staying at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. All Delta Medallion members also will earn one mile per dollar spent on eligible room rates when staying with Starwood in addition to the Starpoints usually earned for their stay. In turn, SPG Platinum members will receive one free checked bag, priority check-in and priority boarding when flying Delta. SPG elite members will earn one Starpoint per dollar spent on eligible flights in addition to the miles usually earned for their flight.

Delta Air Lines will add two daily flights between Dickinson’s Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport in Dickinson, N.D. and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, with effect from June 10, 2013. “Delta’s commitment to providing two daily flights between Dickinson and Minneapolis-St. Paul will help us meet the transportation needs of this growing region of North Dakota,” said North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple. “Boardings at Dickinson’s Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport have risen significantly and this expanded jet service will enhance the region’s access to the nation and world.” he added. The new service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using 50-seat CRJ-200 regional jets. Last year, Delta also added service to Williston, N.D., where the Bakken oil reserves were first discovered.

Delta Air Lines has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to add additional nonstop flights between Sao Paulo and the key business markets of New York and Atlanta, increasing competition on air service between the U.S. and Brazil. If approved, Delta will begin second daily Sao Paulo flights to both Atlanta and New York in 2013. From Atlanta, Delta can conveniently connect Sao Paulo to more than 150 cities across the U.S. with more than 1,000 peak-day departures. Delta also offers more access to 24 destinations in Brazil which represent 99 percent of domestic demand points– more than any other U.S. airline – due to its strategic alliance with GOL Linhas aereas inteligentes. “Delta has a strong commitment to the Latin American market and we want to increase options of travel to and from Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest and most important market for business travelers,” said Nicolas Ferri, Delta’s vice president— Latin America and the Caribbean. “Our expanded service means more options for customers flying between these key business markets, and new flights to our hub in Atlanta mean greater access to our industry-leading domestic network.” he added.

Denver International Airport (DIA) had an another record-setting month of passenger traffic during January this year. A total of 4,024,783 passengers passed through DIA in January, representing a 3.1 percent increase over January 2012. It is also the first January that passenger traffic has topped four million travelers. The report comes on the heels of DIA’s busiest year ever. In 2012, more than 53 million passengers used the airport, setting an all-time record for DIA and marking the fifth consecutive year that more than 50 million people have traveled through the airport annually. “The continued increase in travelers using Denver International Airport is a great way to start off 2013,” said Kim Day, Aviation Manager. “The record number of passengers shows the positive turn in the economy and that DIA continues to be the airport of choice for millions of travelers and our airline partners.” he added.

Domodedovo to Houston – unique route celebrated 5 years. Since Singapore Airlines launched regular services from Moscow Domodedovo Airport to Houston – the fourth largest city in the USA today the route is still unique for the Moscow air hub. The flights to Houston are operated from Domodedovo five times per week by comfortable airliners Boeing 777-300ER.

Dubai Airports and Emirates announced the successful completion of the phased launch of Concourse A – the home of the A380 and the world’s first purpose-built facility for the aircraft at Dubai International. All 20 A380 capable contact gates and Emirates’ luxurious First Class and Business Class lounges, which comprise 29,000 square metres of the facility, are now fully operational after a five-week-long phase-in period. During the first month of operations following its inaugural flight on January 2, 2013, EK003 bound for Heathrow and operating from one of the four contact stands opened during Phase 1, Concourse A, has handled 461,972 pieces of luggage carried on over 2,450 flights serving 589,234 passengers.

Domodedovo Airport’s passenger traffic during January 2013 saw an increase of +13.3% as compared to the same period in 2012, that made a total of 2 million passengers. The overall number of flights in January grew by +7.7% and totalled in 19 thousand take-offs and landings in all. In January the largest growth in the passenger traffic has been recorded in domestic airlines (DAL) adding +15.1% to January 2012, reaching 806 thousand passengers. Passenger traffic mostly increased on routes to/from Chelyabinsk, Rostov-on-Don, Mineralnye Vody, Saint Petersburg, Saratov and made a total of 165 thousand travellers thereby registering an increase of +28.7% as compared to same period during the previous year.

Delta’s unit revenues for the month of January improved by 5.5 percent as compared to the previous year, as result of corporate revenue gains, capacity discipline and improved Transatlantic performance. Delta’s solid operating performance continued through January, with a monthly completion factor of 99.5 percent. Delta’s on-time arrival rate was 87.4 percent, up one point as compared to the previous year.

Dubai International has taken over as the world’s third ranked airport for international passenger numbers, vaulting ahead of Hong Kong International Airport in the global rankings. According to the annual traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic surged 13.2 per cent to 57,684,550 in 2012, as against 50,977,960 passengers recorded during 2011. The 2012 passenger traffic also exceeded Dubai Airports’ forecast at the start of the year of 56.5-million by more than 1 million passengers. The year-end numbers were bolstered by a record 5,320,961 passengers in December 2012, 13.4 per cent higher than the 4,690,726 passengers recorded in December 2011 and the second month in Dubai International’s 52 year history which the passenger traffic has exceeded 5 million passengers. Aircraft movements for 2012 reached 344,245 movements, up 5.5 per cent from the 326,318 movements recorded in 2011.

Delhi International Airport (P) Limited welcomed the launch of Tata Starbucks Limited, the 50/50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages Limited, at Terminal-3. It would enable the passengers travelling through T-3, both domestic and international sides, with the opportunity to taste Starbucks’ delicious coffee every time they fly.

Delta Air Lines reported financial results for the December 2012 quarter. According to the report, Delta’s net income for the December 2012 quarter was $238 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, excluding special items. Results also included the $100 million negative impact of Superstorm Sandy on airline and refinery operations. Delta’s net income for 2012 was $1.6 billion, excluding special items, thereby registering an increase of $362 million over 2011. Delta’s GAAP net income was $7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the December 2012 quarter and $1.0 billion for 2012. Delta’s unit revenues were increased by 4.3 percent during the quarter and the company’s unit revenue gains have outperformed the industry for 21 consecutive months. 2012 results include $372 million in profit sharing expense, including $63 million in the December quarter, recognizing Delta employees’ contributions towards meeting the company’s financial goals. Delta’s adjusted net debt at the end of 2012 was $11.7 billion, a $5.3 billion reduction from 2009.

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur has begin preparations to get the esteemed ISO 27000 compliant certification. A first for any airport in the country. It has begun work on phase II documentation process required to obtain the certification. Nagpur airport is currently ISO 9001-2000 certified and is set to be first airport in the country to be ISO 27000 compliant. The final external audit would be carried out by a team comprising Indian and foreign experts.

Dubai International’s plans for major refurbishment of Terminal 1 is due to begin in the first quarter of this year and upon completion, will offer passengers a vastly improved travelling experience. The refurbishment includes more efficient and streamlined baggage screening in the departures hall, the replacement of all check-in desks, upgrade of baggage systems and the modernisation of all public areas. The upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Domodedovo Airport of Moscow, according to the results of 2012, served 28,2 million people, thereby registering an increase of 9.6% in passenger traffic as compared to 2011. This is considered to be a record, reached by Domodedovo for the first time in its history.

Delta Air Lines has launched its ‘Fly Delta’ app for iPads as part of a $140m technology investment. The app which, in connection with onboard Wi-Fi, includes a ‘Glass Bottom Jet’ feature which allows customers to view maps of the ground below. Users can view other Internet content and access social networks. Additional features of the app include travel planning tools, destination guides, flight check-in, interactive trip maps and ‘What’s next’ to help guide customers through their journey. The app is already available for iPhones and will be updated early this year.

Dubai International Airport has opened the world’s first dedicated A380 facility at its Terminal 3, with four of the 20 new contact gates being brought into operation. As part of the gateway’s $7.8 billion Strategic Plan 2020, Concourse A has been exclusively built for the use of Emirates, and, according to Griffiths, will provide Dubai International with “much needed room” for its increasing passenger numbers.

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport unveiled an interactive kiosk that explains NextGen, the next generation air traffic control solution from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The informational kiosk, located at Terminal C, Gate 17, is designed to educate the public about NextGen and the benefits it will create.

Domodedovo Airport, Moscow announced that 36,7 thousand passengers with reduced mobility used the services of Domodedovo airport in 2012 registering an increase of 27,4 % as compared to the year 2011. Totally, the number of mobility-impaired passengers who applied for special services tripled during the last five years i.e. from 11,8 thousand (2007) up to 36,7 thousand (2012).

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), according to a survey conducted by Concur, has been named as the most hassle-free airport in the United States. The study shows travelers giving high satisfactory percentage levels, based on clear signage (42%), good Wi-Fi coverage (41%) and availability of a variety of quality food options (41%).

Dubai International might be surpassing the projected target of 56.5 million for the year 2012, as the world’s fourth busiest hub for international passengers racked up another month of double digit growth during November 2012, according to the monthly traffic report issued by Dubai Airports. The airport operator also revealed that traffic is forecast to reach 66 million in 2013.With monthly traffic in November reaching 4,875,003, up 10 per cent over 4,431,673 in the corresponding month in 2011, the airport continued to enjoy double-digit growth in passenger numbers in all but two months of the year. The year to date traffic (November) totalled 52,363,589 compared with 46,287,234 during the same period in 2011, registering an increase of 13.1 per cent.

Doha International Airport, in collaboration with Airports Council International (ACI), announced that “ACI Airport Exchange Conference 2013” will take place in the Qatari capital Doha next year. It is considered to be the most important airport transport event in the industry’s calendar with an expected turnout of over 2,000 delegates from Europe, Asia Pacific and around the world.

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. have reached an agreement for a new joint venture that will create an expanded trans-Atlantic network and enhance competition between the U.K. and North America, offering greater benefits for customers travelling on those routes. As part of this joint venture agreement, Delta will invest $360 million in Virgin Atlantic, acquiring a 49 per cent stake currently held by Singapore Airlines. Virgin Group and Sir Richard Branson will retain the majority 51 per cent stake and Virgin Atlantic Airways will retain its brand and operating certificate.

Delta Air Lines has finalized an agreement with Bombardier Aerospace that will allow the airline to continue restructuring its domestic fleet by replacing less efficient single-class 50-seat aircraft with new two-class 76-seat aircraft. As part of the agreement, Delta will acquire 40 new CRJ900 two-class regional jets, with the option to purchase an additional 30 CRJ900 aircraft, and Bombardier will assist Delta in phasing out 60 single-class CRJ200 aircraft.

Delta Air Lines has joined The Climate Registry with successful verification of its greenhouse gas emissions inventories from 2005 through 2010, enhancing its ongoing commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Dnata, one of the world’s largest combined air services providers and partner HRG India, are celebrating a year’s successful performance since introducing their travel products and services to corporate customers in the region. The start of operations, in November last year, was marked by a formal launch and the opening of two offices – one in Delhi (Noida) and the second in Mumbai, with a combined manpower of 100 employees.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has been granted approval to press ahead with the development of its proposed ‘Southgate Plaza’, located at the south entrance. According to reports, the airport board’s concessions committee agreed to plans at a meeting for the gateway to build a new Hyatt Place hotel, restaurant and retail locations, as well as a new headquarters building and a US Postal Service (USPS) facility on the Southgate Plaza development site.

Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), which is responsible for the development of Dubai World Central, has partnered with the country’s Department of Economic Development (DED) to help promote the aerotropolis project. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) between DACC and DED will establish “a framework of mutually beneficial co-operation to promote the customer base, world-class infrastructure and facilities of Dubai World Central (DWC)”.

Delta Air Lines was named among America’s top companies according to “Institutional Investor” magazine’s 2013 All-America Executive Team ranking. Delta was ranked as a “Most Honored Company” by the magazine, which surveyed investment buy-side analysts, portfolio managers and sell-side analysts at securities firms and financial institutions across the U.S. Just 145 of the nearly 2,000 companies that received votes in the survey scored high enough to be named Most Honored Companies.

Delta Air Lines has been as the No. 1 in this year’s “Business Travel News” Annual Airline Survey. The airline ranked first among all carriers in key categories including Value of Relationships with Account Managers and Sales Representatives, Distribution Channels, Complaint/Problem Resolution, Quality of Customer Service and Networks, Airline Partnerships and Frequencies. Delta also earned the distinction of being the first carrier in the survey’s 15-year history to be rated No. 1 in all 10 categories.

Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, unveiled key product advances at its Evolution 2012 Global User and Partner Conference that are designed to help Descartes’ customers improve their productivity and performance.

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Embraer Executive Jets delivered 73 Phenom 300 in 2014, making it the most delivered business jet in the world, according to a report by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Etihad Airways will deploy ed a state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on its daily Washington, DC service marking the US debut of its next generation First, Business and Economy class products.

Embraer delivered 30 commercial and 52 executive (38 light and 14 large) jets and ended the year with total deliveries of 92 commercial and 116 executive (92 light and 24 large) aircraft, thus meeting the company’s total deliveries guidance for 2014; revenues in 4Q14 reached USD 2,045.5 million and in 2014 were $6,288.8 million, also meeting the company’s 2014 revenue guidance range of $ 6.0 to $ 6.5 billion.

Embraer and Republic Airways signed an order for five new E175 jets. The contract, with an estimated value of $ 222 million, based on Embraer’s list price, will be included in the 2015 first quarter backlog. The aircraft, configured in dual class with 76 seats, are expected to be delivered in mid- 2016.

Etihad Airways and CIRTA Electro Mechanical and Maintenance have signed an AED eight million agreement that will see CIRTA develop customised software for the airline’s cabin crew transport system.

Etihad Airways has announced its plans to increase flights between Abu Dhabi and Tehran from three-times-weekly to daily. The airline will begin daily flights to the Iranian capital from April 15, 2015, continuing with its Airbus A320 aircraft. The new schedule will establish important connections to key markets in the US, including Los Angeles which is home to the world’s largest Iranian population outside of Iran.

Emirates announced that it will launch a new daily service to the island of Bali in Indonesia, from June 3, 2015.

easyJet teamed up with Northumberland College to highlight the airline’s three new summer destinations from the airport to Split in Croatia, and the Greek islands of Rhodes and Corfu.

easyJet has announced that easyJet Plus annual card holders will now benefit from access to Fast Track security at 35 airports across Europe.

Etihad Airways has acquired a 75 per cent stake in Alitalia Loyalty. Alitalia Loyalty will become part of Global Loyalty Company (GLC) to target the global loyalty market more effectively.

Emirates airline announced it will add a 13th weekly flight between the West Bengal capital and its home and hub in Dubai.

Emirates Airlines has reached the top 200 of the world’s biggest brands for the first time, according to the 2015 Brand Finance Global 500 report released.For the fourth consecutive year, Emirates has steadily climbed the table of the Top 500 most valuable brands in the world.

Ethiopia will complete expansion work on the capital’s airport in 2018 to triple the number of passengers it handles from 7 million a year now and will soon pick a site for a new hub to deal with 10 times the number in future, a senior official said.

Europe Airpost has announced the opening of a new scheduled route to Vienna from Bordeaux Airport.

EVA Airways rose two notches in the JACDEC 2015 airline safety rankings from a year ago to take third place, trailing only Cathay Pacific Airways and Emirates.

Embraer announced that two Embraer E195s will start operations with Kalstar Aviation, a regional operator based in the Indonesian province of Kalimantan on Borneo Island. The two aircraft are being sourced from Aldus Aviation, Ireland.

Emirates is adding 27 aircraft – 13 Airbus A380s, 12 Boeing 777-300ERs two Boeing 777 freighters – to its fleet. These included its 50th A380 and its 100th 777-300ER aircraft, strengthening Emirates’ position as the world’s largest operator of both the A380 and 777. These modern and efficient aircraft not only help reduce environmental impact, but also enable Emirates to offer the latest facilities and comfort on board.

Etihad Airways has announced plans to introduce a second daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne from August 1, 2015.
European Union’s TEN-T Programme will invest over €3 million for the deployment of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) in eight European airports. The project is expected to improve flight predictability and optimise airport operations.Estonian Air will resume flights to Vienna, the capital of Austria in summer 2015. Seasonal flights between Tallinn and Vienna will be operated three times a week from 3 April to 23 October.
EgyptAir accumulated LE10.11 billion ($1.4 billion) in losses over the past three years, the company’s chairman Sameh El-Hefny said. The national airlines company announced that it had hired Texas-based airline advisory firm, Sabre Airline Solutions, to prepare a restructuring plan.
Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas. The agreement will offer Etihad Airways’ guests greater access to South America via Aerolíneas Argentinas’ Buenos Aires hub. As part of the agreement, Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ flight code on Aerolíneas Argentinas’ operated flights across the Argentinian airline’s extensive domestic network, as well as to key destinations in South America including Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay.
European airworthiness authority has validated Airbus Helicopters’ flight training and support services in China, endorsing the high quality standards of these operations and their contribution to safety in one of the world’s most rapidly-growing rotorcraft markets.
Embraer and FlightSafety International completed the training of the first class of pilots for the new Legacy 500 executive jet. These pilots, trained to operate customer jets, benefited from the complete customer support and services structure with advanced training technology.
Emirates and AC Milan have agreed a new five year sponsorship deal, extending the airline’s presence on the club’s shirts until the 2019/2020 season. During a press conference at the Club’s headquarters, Casa Milano, Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline and Barbara Berlusconi, President AC Milan, discussed the synergies between these global powerhouses which have made the partnership so successful.
Emirates has announced plans to offer a double daily service to Barcelona increasing overall capacity by 51 percent. less than three years after its initial launch to the city. The extra service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR in a three class configuration, complementing the airline’s already successful daily A380 service.
Emirates will up-gauge one of its three daily services between Dubai and Perth to its flagship aircraft, giving travellers heading to Perth the opportunity to experience the Emirates Airbus’ A380 on the route for the first time, commencing 1st May 2015.easyJet has announced it will operate 20 new routes next summer including three for both Newcastle and Bristol which it expects to carry more than 67,000 passengers across and one for Luton, where easyJet will base three more aircraft next year. A ninth aircraft will also be based at Manchester to match increased demand which sees new flights to Spilt in Croatia and the Greek island of Kefalonia.
Etihad Airways and South African Airways have announced a major expansion of their strategic partnership, marking a new era of cooperation between the two national flag carriers. South African Airways will launch a daily service between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi on 29 March 2015, which will complement Etihad Airways’ existing flights between the two cities to offer a combined double-daily frequency on the route.
EgyptAir has hired Sabre Airline Solutions to prepare a restructuring plan for the state-owned company which has suffered a billion dollars in losses since 2010.
Etihad Airways has introduced innovative new inflight products and enhancements to its long-haul and ultra-longhaul cabins, lifting the level of its acclaimed onboard service in First, Business and Economy Class.
Etihad Airways and partner airberlin celebrated the launch of the German carrier’s new service from Stuttgart to Abu Dhabi with the inaugural flight receiving a traditional water canon salute on arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Embraer SA and SkyWest have confirmed a firm order for seven E175 jets. The aircraft will be flown by SkyWest Airlines under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Alaska Airlines.
Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has been voted as the Best Foreign Airline of the Year from Africa at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 9th Annual Awards.
Etihad Airways has extended its Title Sponsorship of the FORMULA 1 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX to become one of the longest title sponsors in F1® history. The airline has been the Title Sponsor of the Middle East’s biggest sporting event since the inaugural race in 2009.
Etihad Airways has been named ‘Airline of the Year’ at the Arabian Business Achievement Awards 2014 in recognition of its outstanding performance, customer service levels and innovative developments over the past 12 months.
EasyJet has added Milan to the list of destinations it serves from Munich. Milan is a financial and business center, and considered by many to be one of Europe’s leading fashion capitals.Embraer forecasts that 1,020 new 70 to 130-seat jets will be demanded by the Chinese regional aviation market by 2033, representing 16 percent of global deliveries of jets in that segment, as released in Embraer’s China Regional Aviation Market Outlook
Emirates will resume with two weekly flights to Erbil, served by an A330-200 aircraft in a 3-class configuration. This will increase to four weekly flights from December 2014.
Etihad Airways announced third daily flights to Mumbai and New Delhi, strengthening its unparalleled offering with Jet Airways into and out of the country. This will provide more options throughout the day between the UAE and India.
Etihad and Alitalia have offered concessions in a bid to win European Union antitrust approval for the Abu Dhabi airline’s plan to acquire 49 percent of the struggling Italian carrier.EVA Air is moving ahead with introducing service from its Taipei hub to Chicago and Houston, which it has been considering for over a year, along with Atlanta and Dallas.
Edinburgh Airport launches Scotland’s biggest fire training simulator following a £1.3m investment. Scottish Transport Minister, Keith Brown MSP, was at the airport to officially open the new facility which is the equivalent in size to a 787 Dreamliner aircraft and allows fire-fighters to train in the most realistic emergency scenarios.
Emirates has introduced double-daily flights to the Seychelles. The arrival of flight marked the start of two more flights per week on the route into the Seychelles, increasing the previous 12 scheduled flights to 14. The two additional frequencies are being serviced by an Airbus A340-500 in a three class configuration 12 in First Class, 42 in business class and 204 in economy class.
Embraer delivered the first legacy 500, its new midsize executive jet. The launch customer, a Brazilian company, received the aircraft during a ceremony at Embraer headquarters, in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
Emirates Airline is placing a strategic focus on Africa in the coming decade and will grow its operations by over 40 percent. The revelation by the carrier’s Sir Tim Clark, at the recent Africa Global Business Forum 2014, follows the surprise announcement that the carrier, which has general shied away from equity investments, had agreed a management concession agreement to take a role in the management of TAAG Linhas Aéreas De Angola.
Emirates will grow its services to and from Milan with the upgrade of one of its daily Boeing 777-300 services to an A380 from 1st December. This will be the first ever permanently scheduled A380 service to Milan Malpensa Airport. Bringing the A380 onto one of Emirates’ three daily Milan services will mean an increase in capacity of almost 38 percent.
Eastern Airways has added extra capacity to its Leeds Bradford International Airport to Southampton and Aberdeen routes with the introduction of a jet aircraft offering over 900 additional seats a month. A 37-seater Embraer 135 regional jet now operates daily on selected peak services to both Southampton and Aberdeen.
Etihad Airways has been honoured at the Future Travel Experience Awards 2014 for providing a market-leading inflight experience. The prestigious awards are part of the Future Travel Experience Global event and celebrate “outstanding efforts to improve the passenger experience”, with this year’s winners announced at a gala reception in Las Vegas, attended by senior travel executives from across the world.
EL AL Israel Airlines and Jet Blue Airways filed with the United States Department of Transportation seeking approval to codeshare. Subject to government approval, EL AL plans to place its “LY” code on select JetBlue-operated flights to/from New York (JFK/Newark), expanding options throughout the United States for EL AL customers.
Etihad Airways will expand its African route network with the launch of a daily service to Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. Flights between Abu Dhabi and Dar es Salaam, which commence on 1 December 2015, will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 business class and 120 economy class seats.
easyJet lifted its annual profit guidance after a strong summer travel season, lower than expected fuel costs, positive currency moves and a strike at a rival airline. The company said it now expected to report a pretax profit in the range of £575 million ($927 million) to £580 million, compared with the £545 million to £570 million.
Etihad Airways will take delivery of Boeing’s paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner. The airplane is painted in the airline’s new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi‘ livery with colors reminiscent of the desert landscape, inspired by the culture, Islamic design and architecture motifs of the United Arab Emirates.
Etihad Airways has extended its sponsorship of Sport Australia Hall of Fame until 2019. The announcement was made at Australia’s most prestigious sporting awards ceremony, the 2014 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala Dinner – held at Palladium at Crown in Melbourne.
EasyJet has placed an order for 27 additional current engine option A320s, taking its combined total order for the type to 315 aircraft. With an all Airbus fleet, easyJet selected the A320 Family aircraft as it delivers the best operating economics and the roomiest cabin for unequalled passenger comfort in the single aisle category.
Emirates has added Frankfurt to its growing list of A380 destinations. With this Emirates now serves 30 global destinations with the A380.
Ethiopian Airlines launched initially with 3 flights per week from Paris CDG via Addis Ababa and 2 flights per week departing from Mahé with an onward connection to Pars CDG.
European Aviation Safety Agency revealed a new organisation which aims at preparing the Agency for the challenges of the coming years. The new organisation will enable the Agency to engage more pragmatically with the aviation industry.
EVA Air is taking its Hand-in-Hand Hello Kitty Jet to Europe! The airline will fly the colorfully liveried Boeing 777-300ER between Taipei and Paris. EVA is offering the fun way to fly just in time for those who want to enjoy the splendor and romance of fall in the City of Lights.
Emirates will be able to connect even more people and cargo with Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, with the start of a second service to the east African coastal city. The new five times weekly service will complement Emirates’ existing daily operation, and further boost inbound and outbound passenger traffic and cargo flows between Tanzania and Dubai, and Emirates’ worldwide network.
Etihad Airways has enhanced its premium service offering at Abu Dhabi International Airport with the opening of a new Arrivals Lounge.
Embraer Executive Jets Service Center in São José dos Campos was named an authorized Rolls-Royce line maintenance center for the AE3007 engines in Brazil. The agreement allows Embraer to perform Rolls-Royce’s warranty or CorporateCare® program services, which covers the cost of replacement parts, labor, as well as scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.
Embraer has signed a firm order with Japan Airlines for a total of 15 E-Jets comprising the E170 and the E190 jets models, as well as for an additional twelve E-Jets family options. The value of the firm order is estimated at $677 million, based on 2014 list prices.
Ethiopian Airlines has entered into a codeshare agreement with United Airlines. With this codeshare agreement, travelers between the U.S. and Africa will be able to enjoy unmatched and seamless connectivity options.
Emirates has agreed a $425 million loan from a group of banks to fund the acquisition of two Airbus A380s, one of the lenders said. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), Commercial Bank of Dubai and Dubai Islamic Bank were joint book-runners and lead arrangers for the sharia-compliant financing, ADIB said in a statement.
Etihad Airways has announced that the carrier has spent €560m to acquire its 49 percent equity stake in Alitalia.Under the deal, which will result in €1,758m of investment and includes restructuring the Italian carrier’s debt, the Middle East airline intends to take advantage of the positioning of Malpensa airport.
EMBRAER released its 2Q 2014 results. Embraer delivered 29 commercial and 29 executive (22 light and 7 large) jets; The company’s firm order backlog ended 2Q14 at $ 18.1 billion.
Emirates has now connected Abuja, the Nigerian capital, to its worldwide network. Abuja is Emirates 26th destination in Africa and its 144th worldwide.Emirates has announced it will launch services between its Dubai International Airport hub and the Hungarian capital Budapest from the start of the northern winter schedules.
EasyJet, the UK’s largest and France’s second largest airline, has signed the deal it agreed last June with Airbus for 135 Airbus A320 aircraft . The agreement was signed on March 19, 2014 at Paris with an official signing ceremony. easyJet will launch 24 new routes in France this year with a view to strengthening its regional bases in Nice and Toulouse, apart from a 30% expansion in Bordeaux and the opening of two new network points – Strasbourg and Figari. In total, the company will offer in France 180 routes from 18 airports. Currently , more than 1 in 5 of easyJet’s passengers takes off or lands in France.
Embraer Executive Jets has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Air Works Pvt Ltd to provide full maintenance support to the Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 customers in India. This agreement is considered as the precursor of the Legacy 500 midsize jet’s entry into service in the first half of 2014. This is the second MoU signed to support the Legacy 500 in India. The certification for the Legacy 450 mid-light jet is expected a year later. The multiple Embraer Authorized Service Centers in India are also supported by the Company’s Customer Support team in Singapore, with access to spare parts inventory in Bangalore, Singapore, and Australia.
Emirates is offering its First Class and Business Class passengers, flying from India to select destinations via Dubai, a complimentary one-night stay at the JW Marriot Marquis hotel and a 36-hour UAE visa. With this special offer, Emirates premium passengers travelling from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Bengaluru to select destinations in Europe, North America including London, US, Germany and France will get an opportunity to stay in one of Dubai’s leading five-star hotels. Eligible adult passengers must complete their journey entirely in either Emirates First Class or Emirates Business Class, prior to 31 March, 2014.
EasyJet announced that it has struck a deal in Europe to further extend the airline’s offerings among corporate travellers through BCD Travel’s global network. The new partnership provides easyJet access to BCD Travel’s extensive corporate travel client base and makes it easier for the travel management company (TMC) to offer its corporate clients easyJet’s great services and value. Last year easyJet launched an Inclusive Fare for corporate passengers and travel bookers through GDS systems looking for easy, one-step transactions.
Emirates announced the launch of its daily Boston flights with the Bonus Miles Countdown promotion from Emirates Skywards, its award-winning frequent flyer programme. The new route, which would be operational with effect from 10th March 2014, would be the eighth route of Emirates’ to the United States. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR and would bring Emirates, winner of the Skytrax ‘World’s Best Airline’ 2013 award, into Boston Logan International Airport.
Ethiopian Airline’s Rome-bound flight was hijacked by the co-pilot of the plane and flew it to Geneva to look for an asylum. The plane was carrying 202 passengers. The alleged hijacker was arrested immediately on landing of the plane landed at Geneva International Airport. Fortunately, none of the passengers suffered any injuries in what could have been a major cause of concern for the authorities. According to reports, the ‘unnamed’ man felt threaten in his country and wanted to seek refuge in Switzerland. According to reports, there were no terrorist groups involved in the plot.
Emirates announced that its aircraft flew around the world more than 18,000 times in 2013, underlining its position as a global connector of people and places.Figures indicate that the airline’s fleet travelled more than 751 million kilometres throughout the year. During the period, a total of 164,635 flights were operated , carrying over 43 million passengers. Taking the earth’s circumference at the equator as 40,075 kilometres, this translates into the equivalent of 18,753 circumnavigations.
Etihad Airways announced that 2013 was a year of record-breaking success for the airline, as it had achieved its highest ever passenger volumes during the year. Nearly 12 million people flew with Etihad Airways last year, marking a significant increase of nearly 16 percent in comparison with 2012’s figure of 10.3 million. Bangkok was once again the airline’s busiest route, with a total of 742,759 passengers flying to Thailand’s capital city in 2013 thereby recording a year-on-year increase of seven percent.
Etihad Airways has commenced major expansion of its Indian operations following the approval of an historic 24 percent investment in Jet Airways. Central to the Etihad Airways plan is the use of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, as a global hub connecting international passengers and freight with flights to and from India. Pending the opening of a new facility, United States-bound passengers will be able to clear US immigration and customs at Abu Dhabi Airport.
Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest commercial airline. The agreement would enable Aegean Airlines to commence a four times a week service between Athens and Abu Dhabi on March 30, 2014. Etihad Airways, subject to regulatory approvals, will place its EY flight code on the new flight. Aegean Airlines will operate its new Athens-Abu Dhabi service with a 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
Embraer Commercial Aviation announced association with Saratov-based Saratov Airlines (Saravia) as its first E-Jet customer in Russia. The airline has been leased two E195s to commence the operations. The E190 and E195 were certified by Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee in December 2012. The E195s will be configured with 114 seats in dual class and deployed from the airline’s base at Saratov Airport.
Emirates commenced its newest service to Kabul the capital of Afghanistan on 04 December. Kabul thus became the 138th destination on the Emirates route network, and Afghanistan the 78th country it serves. Emirates is the only airline which offers First Class from Dubai to Kabul.
Etihad Airways took home the prestigious titles of World’s Leading Airline, World’s Leading First Class, and World’s Leading Airline Cabin Crew. Etihad Airways thus enjoyed stunning success at this year’s World Travel Awards, taking top honours for the fifth year in a row. Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards recognize the very best travel organizations in the world through a global vote by travel professionals from 171 countries.
Etihad Airways and Jet Airways announced that both airlines closed the transaction for the subscription of a 24 per cent equity stake by Etihad Airways in Jet Airways. All requisite Indian regulatory approvals had been obtained for the transaction. Jet Airways has, on November 20th, 2013, issued and allotted 27,263,372 equity shares of a face value of Rs. 10 each at a price of Rs. 754.7361607 per equity share on a preferential basis to Etihad Airways.
easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, along with its partners Airbus and Nicarnica Aviation, has successfully completed the final stage of testing for the AVOID volcanic ash technology through a unique experiment involving the creation of an artificial ash cloud. An A400M Airbus test plane dispersed one tonne of Icelandic ash into the atmosphere between 9,000ft and 11,000ft thereby creating conditions consistent with the 2010 eruption. A second Airbus test aircraft, an A340-300, with the AVOID technology fitted, flew towards the ash cloud identifying and measuring it from around 60km away.
Emirates Group announced its half-year results indicating a robust performance despite continued global economic pressure and high fuel prices, and reflects the Group’s steady focus on its long-term vision and business growth. The Emirates Group revenues reached AED 42.3 billion (US$ 11.5 billion) for the first six months of its current fiscal year ending 30 September 2013, registering an increase of 13% from AED 37.5 billion (US$ 10.2 billion) at 30 September 2012. Net profit for the Group rose to AED 2.2 billion (US$ 600 million) registering an increase of 4% over the last year’s results.
Emirates, with a fleet of over 250 aircraft capable of ferrying 70 million passengers, is poised to become the largest airline in 2020 by international traffic. It is currently the largest operator of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, with an order for 53 and 64 more of each vehicle respectively. However, being the biggest airline is not the end goal for Emirates.
Emirates’ Knowledge-driven Inflight Service (KIS) System, one of the initiatives under the airline’s continued drive to harness technology to enhance customer experience, has been recognised with the Editor’s Choice Award by the Corporate Publishing International (CPI). The KIS system and tablet, which was developed by Emirates’ Group IT in partnership with Microsoft and HP, enables cabin crew to operate with greater efficiency and provide a more personalised service to the airline’s customers. Created exclusively for the use of Emirates, the technology places flight, staff and passenger-related information into the hands of Emirates’ Cabin Crew.
Emirates airline and South African Tourism have signed a marketing pact to boost visitor numbers to the country.”South Africa is a very important market for Emirates, and this agreement reinforces our commitment to promote inbound tourism to the country,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President.
Emirates and Virgin America announce a frequent flyer partnership that allows members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programs’ to earn and redeem points or miles for travel across the networks of two airlines respectively, recognized as best-in-class for global and U.S. domestic service. For its part, Virgin America has swept the major travel awards every year since its launch in 2007, including being named “Best U.S. Airline” in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for six consecutive years.

Etihad, has announced the launch of flights from Abu Dhabi to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. Daily flights on Airbus A320 aircraft connect Nairobi with Abu Dhabi. In addition, Kenya Airways, flying in code share with Etihad, also operates three flights a week at present.

Emirates Airlines announced the opening of a VIP Lounge at the home of Real Madrid Football Club as part of its five-year sponsorship deal with the Spanish club. The branded VIP Lounge at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, which was launched during September, has been unveiled less than four months after signing the prestigious five-year shirt sponsorship with Real Madrid.

Emirates has won the prestigious “UAE Aviation Company of the Year” award alongside the “UAE Company of the Year” award during a ceremony held in Dubai. The vote for Aviation Company of the Year award came as a result of a panel of independent judges being unanimous in Emirates being the airline deserving the 2013 prize.

Etihad Airways announced launching of direct flights to Los Angeles, California. The expansion of its US operation would enable the airline to commence non-stop daily flights between its Abu Dhabi home-base (AUH) and Los Angeles (LAX) from June 1, 2014, subject to regulatory approvals.

Etihad Airways has announced achievement of continued record growth in the third quarter of 2013, with revenue from passenger services exceeding US$1 billion for the first time and passenger numbers crossing 3 million. Whilst network-wide passenger load factors reached 81 per cent, the total revenue rose 11 per cent to US$1.4 billion as compared to US$1.3 billion in the third quarter of 2012,. Passenger revenues increased by 10 per cent in the third quarter of 2013, to just over US$1.03 billion.

Etihad Airways confirmed that its equity stake in Virgin Australia Holdings had reached 19.9 per cent as the result of a series of on-market purchases of Virgin Australia shares over recent weeks. Etihad now holds more than 515 million shares in its equity partner airline.

Emirates, the Official Airline Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay, has commenced the first leg of the Baton’s journey round the world, beginning its international journey in Glasgow. Travelling in style, the Queen’s Baton will be transported by Emirates, visiting a selection of the Commonwealth’s nations and territories ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, from 23rd July to 3rd August, after which it will become the Baton’s visual core, illuminated but unreadable until the Opening Ceremony.

Embraer Executive Jets announced at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition 2013, that it has selected Rockwell Collins’ HGS-3500, the first-ever Head-up Guidance System (HGS) for mid-light and mid-size business jets, and the new multi-spectral EVS-3000 enhanced vision system for its Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 program. Rockwell Collins’ solution will be offered as the E2VS (Embraer Enhanced Vision System) option on the Legacy 500 midsize and the Legacy 450 mid-light executive jets.

European Commission announced its decision to approve the acquisition of Olympic Air by AEGEAN. The basis of the European Commission decision is supportive to the absolute necessity of economies of scale to achieve viability within the Greek aviation market. The development provides for the conditions for the establishment of a sustainable Greek carrier, which would be competitive within the Region and also be capable of contributing towards growth of momentum which will benefit Greek Tourism and the local economy.

Etihad Airways, subject to regulatory approval, is aiming for a large scale increase in options for travel to and from India by introducing more flights and wide-bodied jets by the end of this year, and also have plans for further increases and new routes during next year. With effect from 1 November this year, Etihad Airways plans to more than triple the number of seats it now offers on the prime Abu Dhabi – Mumbai and Abu Dhabi – New Delhi routes, reflecting the growing importance of the Indian market, and delivering significant economic benefits to the economies of India and Abu Dhabi.

Emirates announced that it would be launching a daily passenger service to Khwaja Rawash Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan with effect from 4th December 2013. The daily flight to Afghanistan’s capital city will be the first destination in the country which Emirates has served. The route will be operated by an Airbus A340-500 configured in a 3 cabin configuration, offering 12 First Class, 42 Business Class and 204 Economy Class seats. “Emirates has identified a demand for a premium service airline offering between Dubai and Kabul. With this new route Emirates will be able to offer passengers travelling to and from the city excellent global connections via Dubai, combined with the award-winning product and service the airline is renowned for.

Edelweiss, the Swiss charter airline, has decided to withdraw their charter flights to Mombasa for the summer season 2014, after flying to the Kenya coast for a number of years regardless of season. This information, now confirmed, is considered to be an another blow for tourism to the Kenya coast, as German carrier Air Berlin has also indicated that they would halt flights at the end of the high season 2013/14.

Embraer Executive Jets presented its China Executive Aviation Market Outlook 2014-2023 at the Chinese International Business Aviation Show (CIBAS) 2013, in Beijing, China. The Company forecasts that a total of 805 executive jets will be in demand in the Chinese market over the next decade. The large-cabin business jet class is expected to represent 51% of this demand thus accounting for 78% of the total value of deliveries.”Over the past 12 years, Embraer has built a strong position as one of the top business jet manufacturers, with a full line of state-of-the-art products that meet and exceed the expectations of customers worldwide,” said Guan Dongyuan, President of Embraer China.

Etihad Airways will increase its Abu Dhabi-Kathmandu service from seven flights per week to a double daily schedule with effect from November 1, 2013. The additional flights, driven by the demand from business and leisure travellers, build on the success of the existing service and will strengthen the already strong ties between Nepal and the UAE. The new services will be operated by A320 aircraft fitted with 16 Pearl Business Class seats and 120 Economy Class seats.

Emirates has announced a motivation campaign to encourage travel from India to its network across the world, with attractive fares. Passengers can travel from any of the 10 Indian destinations from where Emirates is operating to Dubai. The fare starts from Rs 18,778 in economy class and Rs 54,039 in business class. The special promotion – Monsoon Getaway – will be open for travel between September 15 and January 31 next year. Customers are being inspired to plan ahead and book early to enable them to avail the attractive reductions in business class and economy class fares.

Ethiopian Airlines (ET) announced that it expects to receive its first A350 Airbus plane by 2016, which it had agreed to buy from the European Aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ET explained that the airline has ordered 14 A350 which was originally conceived in 2004, and had recently its first test flight at the Paris Air show held last June.

Etihad Airways, has extended BusinessConnect, its loyalty program for businesses, to 11 new markets including Bahrain, Belarus, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, the Netherlands, Oman, the Philippines, Qatar and Thailand. The mileage earning program is targeted at the Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) sector, offering huge opportunities and benefits for companies who fly with Etihad Airways. As part of the award-winning Etihad Guest loyalty program, registered BusinessConnect customers would be able to earn Etihad Guest Miles every time one of their employees takes a flight. Etihad Guest Miles can be earned on all Etihad Airways tickets booked on etihad.com, through Etihad Contact Centres, or by appointed travel agents.

Emirates, announced the launch of non-stop passenger services to Taipei, its 16th destination in the Far East. The service will commence from 10th February 2014, initially with six non-stop flights per week to Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport.

 

Emirates and Qantas have enhanced their joint network as bookings opened for their new schedule between New Zealand and Australia. Among a suite of enhancements aimed at providing more convenience and better connections for travellers to and from New Zealand, Qantas has retimed its existing Christchurch-Sydney service enabling more international connections from Sydney and will launch a new Perth – Auckland service. Emirates will continue to operate 28 flights a week to New Zealand, with daily flights to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane; and the daily flight between Sydney and Christchurch. From 1st October all Emirates flights to Auckland will be operated by an Airbus A380.

Emirates announced it is to launch services to Sialkot, its fifth route to Pakistan. The service will commence from 5th November 2013 with four weekly flights operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration – 54 seats in Business Class and 183 in Economy Class.

Emirates, has announced the launch of its luxury private jet service which can now be booked on www.emirates-executive.com. Customers seeking unsurpassed luxury in travel can book a tailor-made experience on Emirates Executive, the ultra-spacious Airbus 319 aircraft, and enjoy new technology and design to meet the most discerning traveller’s requirements.

Emerging Airports Show’’s third edition will be held at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies on the 5th and 6th of February-2014. ‘Emerging Airports Conference and Exhibition 2014’ considered as the only strategic conference of its kind convening an authoritative gathering of airport leaders and industry experts across Middle East, Africa, Russia and Indian Sub-continent to share best practices in improving passenger experience, optimising airport operations and business models.

European Commission had accorded approval for the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The merger of American Airlines and US Airways, which will create the world’s largest airline, received approval from the European Union regulators to move ahead with the proposal.

Etihad Airways, which has stakes in Virgin Australia and Air Berlin, is set to acquire a 49 percent stake in Serbia’s loss-making JAT Airways. Serbia is looking to offload loss-making state enterprises, including JAT, pharmaceuticals firm Galenika and the Zelezara Smederevo steel mill, with a view to contain its budget deficit.

Emirates, announced that it will start to roll-out “Google Now” cards for their passengers who book tickets via Emirates.com. A feature of the “Google Search” app, “Google Now” is available and fully integrated for devices running Android 4.1 and above and iPhones and iPads. There are a number of advantages of the “Google Now” implementation provides for Emirates’ passengers such as the obtaining exact travel information they need, when they need it, with minimal effort spent searching • The app also reminds passengers of their upcoming flight, providing flight times and departure terminal• “Google Now” will also give passengers relevant information on their destination such as local weather conditions, currency, local landmarks, accommodation and attractions etc•

Emirates Airline has termed reports that it is holding discussions with Indian carrier SpiceJetBSE -4.10 % for a stake in the airline as “inaccurate” and intimated that it was busy with its own expansion plans. SpiceJet is an Indian low-cost airline owned by the Sun Group of India. It has its registered office in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and a corporate office in Gurgaon, Haryana

EasyJet, in accordance with the approval accorded by shareholders, has firmed up the purchase of 135 Airbus A320 family aircraft which include 100 A320neos and 35 A320ceos. This is in pursuance of the initial agreement that was announced during early June this year. The agreement was concluded following a thorough technical and economical evaluation.

Emirates has announced that it will commence a daily A380 service to Barcelona from 1st February 2014. Increasing overall capacity by almost 44 percent, Emirates’ new 517 seat A380 service will be the first permanent A380 service to operate into Barcelona El Prat Airport, replacing the route’s existing Boeing 777-300ER service and offering 2198 additional seats per week between the two cities.

Etihad Airways, has signed a new codeshare agreement with Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline.The partnership, subject to regulatory approval, brings to 46 the number of codeshares operated by the Abu Dhabi-based flag carrier. In the first phase of cooperation, Korean Air will place its ‘KE’ code on Etihad Airways’ daily services between Seoul (Incheon) and Abu Dhabi. Members of Etihad Airways’ Etihad Guest and Korean Air’s SKYPASS loyalty programs will also enjoy full reciprocity. These reciprocity benefits include lounge access, priority check-in and excess baggage allowances for top tier program members and the ability to earn and burn frequent flyer points on all Etihad Airways and Korean Air flights.

Ethiopian Airlines and the Malawi government has entered in a strategic partnership for the creation and operation of a new airline, called Malawian Airlines. According to information from Addis Ababa, the government of Malawi holds 51% of the shares in new carrier, and Ethiopian Airlines holds 49%.The government of Malawi was looking for a prospective investor after its carrier.

Etihad Airways, has purchased seven state-of-the-art full flight simulators (FFS) which will be based at the airline’s world class training academy in Abu Dhabi. The deal with Canadian manufacturer CAE, worth more than US$ 200m at list prices, will see Etihad Airways take delivery of its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 FFS, and will support the airline’s growing training requirements.

Emirates announced that Kiev will be added to its growing network of Eastern European destinations from 16th January 2014 onwards. The aircraft used for the daily flights as per current planning will be an Airbus A340-500. The announcement comes together with added information that Stockholm will join the Emirates network on 04th September this year, followed on October 01st by a double launch to Clark in the Philippines, formerly a major American airforce base in South Asia, and another flight to New York via Milan, from where Emirates has secured traffic rights to uplift passengers and cargo to the Big Apple.

Emirates has obtained regulatory approval to start operating the giant Airbus A380 to Mauritius from the 16th of December this year. During the occasion, Tim Clark, President and CEO of Emirates, has stated that his company would very much like to bring this aircraft type to Mauritius on a permanent basis, a move which was welcomed warmly by Mauritius’ private sector tourism stakeholders.

Etihad Airways announced its strongest second quarter and half-year financial performances on record, reflecting continued solid growth in its airline alliance strategy and global cargo operations. The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates achieved an eight percent increase during the second quarter of 2013 in passenger revenues, generating US $921 million as against US $855 million generated ruing 2012, while passenger revenues for the first half of 2013 reached US $1.8 billion as against $1.6 billion generated during 2012, thereby registering an increase of 13 percent.

Emirates Aviation Experience, London’s latest visitor attraction, which cost in excess of £4 million, will take visitors on an interactive journey into the world of flight. As the first of its kind in UK, it will include four commercial flight simulators under one roof including two A380s and two 777 aircraft. Further attractions include a 3D hologram of the internal mechanisms of an aircraft, an HD video-wall and a full-size nose-cone and flight deck of an A380.

Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has added South America, the fifth continent in its route network, with the launching of new services to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil commenced on July 1, 2013. The inaugural flight to these destinations is being operated by using Ethiopian B787 Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft offering unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers with high ceiling, the biggest windows in the sky, greatly reduced noise, unique lighting system and higher level of humidity.

Ethiopian Airlines was awarded the “Best Airline Staff Service” in Africa during the 2013 World Airline Awards which were announced at the Paris Air Show. The World Airline Awards are presented by Skytrax, the world’s largest airline and airport review site.

European Commission approved the purchase of Singapore Airlines’ 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic by Delta Airlines, to create a joint venture that will expand the carriers’ trans-Atlantic network. The Commission, which is the executive arm of the 27-nation European Union, said in a statement that it had “concluded that the proposed transaction did not raise competition concerns”. US airline Delta and Virgin Atlantic announced the deal in December but it was awaiting approval by EU regulators.

Etihad Airways is the new official airline sponsor of Events DC’s Nation’s Triathlon, marking the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s first entry into sports sponsorship in the US capital. The deal will see the airline support the Nation’s Triathlon through flight provision for athletes and other promotional activities, as well as forging a partnership between the Nations’s Triathlon in Washington D.C. and the Tri Yas Triathlon in Abu Dhabi. The announcement was made in Washington DCby Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), which runs Events DC’s Nation’s Triathlon.

 Egypt Air has reportedly lost an estimated 1.3 billion Egyptian pounds, or around $185 million, over the last fiscal year. EgyptAir’s losses for the year were mainly due to an increase in fuel prices, the devaluation of the Egyptian currency and continuous strikes within the company. Losses the previous year were around double the 2012-2013 figures. The figures push to more than 7bn pounds, or nearly $1bn, the total losses the carrier has suffered since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. In addition, a plunge in tourism has also hit the airline.

Etihad Airways has swept the Skytrax World Airline Awards’ First Class category, receiving all three awards, for the second year in a row. The Abu Dhabi-based airline took home the coveted title of Best First Class for the fourth consecutive year. In addition , it also took home top honours for Best First Class Seats and Best First Class Catering.

Emirates has been awarded the highly coveted ‘World’s Best Airline’ award, presented by Skytrax at the 2013 World Airline Awards. In addition to winning ‘World’s Best Airline’ Emirates scooped up a further two awards including ‘Best Middle East Airline’ and also for a record ninth year in a row, ‘World’s Best Inflight Entertainment’. The Skytrax World Airline Awards polled over 18 million business and leisure air travellers from more than 160 countries.

European Union, according to its officials, will impose a 4.7 percent duty on jet fuel imports from the Middle East starting next year. It is a move that could significantly increase costs for the EU’s embattled airlines. EU officials said jet fuel imports could dodge the new tariff due to a waiver known as airworthiness certificates or EASA Form 1 certificates. After reviewing the system, however, the officials concluded that jet fuel cannot benefit from the waiver, which applies mostly to aircraft parts. The new duty comes after the European Union removed the Gulf states from its generalized scheme of preferences (GSP), which offers preferential trade status to developing economies, because they are now classified as upper-middle income economies by the World Bank.

Etihad Airways’ new Sao Paulo flight and flight connections from its Abu Dhabi hub, according to James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer, continues to grow as air travellers take advantage of the airline’s world class service and product. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched its non-stop three flights per week service between Sao Paulo, its first destination in South America, and Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital.

Emirates launched its daily non-stop service from Dubai to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda). “We value our partnership with Tokyo International Airport; it is one that helps to connect two global hubs of development and growth – Japan and the UAE. We know that Haneda will play an integral role in our route network and the launch of services demonstrates Emirates’ commitment to Japan,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President, Passenger Sales Worldwide.

Emirates announced that it would be upgrading of its services from Dubai to Los Angeles (L.A.) with the introduction of the flagship A380 commencing from December 2, 2013, thus bringing Emirates award-winning service to its first U.S. West Coast has steadily grown and customers have been requesting our industry-leading A380 to L.A. for destination and facilitating connections to the western U.S.

Embraer S.A. announced that it has signed Letters of Intent (LOIs) with five undisclosed airlines from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America for 65 orders for the E-Jets E2. “These LOIs demonstrate the appeal of the E-Jets E2 to deliver the economics and performance airlines around the world need as they approach the next decade,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “These contracts will be finalized in the coming months and I’m looking forward to even more E2 orders from other airlines and leasing companies.” he added.

Emirates, has announced Zurich as their next Airbus A380 destination. The announcement has made the prospect of traveling to Switzerland’s banking city even more attractive. The service is scheduled to commence in January 2014, still a while away, even though Emirates will until then continue to serve one of the world’s foremost banking hubs with double daily flights on B777-300ER aircraft. Emirates flies double daily to Nairobi and to Dar es Salaam and daily to Entebbe.

Embraer and SkyWest Inc. announced a firm order for 40 EMBRAER 175 aircraft. SkyWest will operate the aircraft under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines. Another 60 firm orders are reconfirmable aircraft, which are subject to SkyWest being awarded CPA agreement contracts with major U.S. airline partners. Besides , the agreement also includes options for another 100 E175s, taking the total order potential up to 200 airplanes.

Emirates Airline is stepping up its preparations for the launch of its Stockholm service – a move set to boost its presence in Northern Europe. Emirates gave the local Swedish travel trade and media a preview of the airline’s award winning hospitality.

Etihad Airways launched services to the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam. The launch of the service is considered to be another important development in the strategic partnership between Etihad Airways and KLM. First announced in October 2012, the partnership involves the two airlines codesharing on multiple routes across each other’s networks. The new daily service between Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam complements KLM’s flights on that route, which carries Etihad Airways’ EY code, ensuring the two airlines will offer a combined double daily service from the summer.

Ethiad Airways Virtual Currency solutions PointsPay, the innovative solution enabling members of Etihad Guest, Etihad Airways’ industry leading loyalty program, to convert their Etihad Guest Miles to cash, has gained industry recognition with Loylogic – the developer of PointsPay and a leading innovator of loyalty e-commerce and e-payment solutions, winning the Loyalty category at the 2013 Contactless & Mobile Awards (CMA) held in London. This follows a similar success earlier this year, when Loylogic won the prestigious MPE Loyalty Award at the Merchant Payment Ecosystem conference in Berlin in February.

Emirates Group announced its 25th consecutive year of profit and company-wide growth, ending its financial year in a strong position despite continuing high fuel prices and a weak global economic environment. The company posted an Dh3.1 billion (US$ 845 million) net profit, up 34% from last year, on revenue of Dh77.5 billion ($21.1bn) an increase of 17% over last year’s results.Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO, said Emirates had continued with its growth plan and during the financial year saw the largest increase in capacity in the airline’s history, receiving 34 new wide-body aircraft, the highest in any single year. Overall capacity increased by 5.5 billion available tonne km, there were 10 new destinations across six continents and more than 2 million tonnes of cargo was shipped for the first time. In the 2012-13 financial year, the carrier’s fuel bill increased by 15%, with total operating costs increasing by 16% comparing with a revenue increase of 17%, year on year.

Ethiopian Airlines and Oman Air have entered into a codeshare partnership. The partnership will cover flights between the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and the Omani capital of Muscat. The service will be operated using Ethiopian aircraft and marketed by Oman, building on the airline’s four flights per week between the two cities.

Eurocopter, with the arrival of the country’s first Eurocopter rotorcraft this year, made a breakthrough into the Bangladeshi civil helicopter market. An EC130 B4 was delivered to R&R Aviation; while an AS350 B3e was showcased to civilian and governmental prospects in a two-day flight demonstration. Both aircraft are light helicopters belonging to Eurocopter’s world renowned Ecureuil family. Eurocopter delivered its first civil helicopter to R&R Aviation Limited (a concern of Sikder Group) the first of two EC130 B4s that were acquired by the Bangladeshi helicopter operator during the Singapore Airshow last year. To be used primarily for providing emergency medical services (EMS) and humanitarian support, the EC130 B4 can also be reconfigured for air charters, sightseeing tours and aerial observation with a cabin that seats up to eight passengers.

Embraer has finalized a 10-year lease of a 40,000 sq ft hangar at Jacksonville Airport to produce A-29 Super Tucano aircraft for the Light Air Support (LAS) Program. Beechcraft has contested the decision, but Embraer’s contract award was upheld by the US Air Force. “We have been looking forward to the day that we can officially establish our presence in Jacksonville and we are ready to get to work,” said Gary Spulak, President, Embraer Aircraft Holding. “This important step is the first of many that will solidify the new partnership we have created between Embraer and the Jacksonville community.” he continued.

Emirates unveiled a new campaign showcasing the lighter side of language. Named “Share a Smile” the airline has created 29 videos in 14 languages featuring members of its cabin crew expressing quirky and unusual expressions and greetings from around the world. The campaign was created by Emirates to help “globalistas” connect with each other through watching the videos and sharing them with their friends and family. “Share a Smile” is the latest step in Emirates’ global brand campaign “Hello Tomorrow” launch in April 2012 which aims to inspire people across the world to explore and connect with each other across cultures and borders. Through the set of light-hearted 15 second animated videos designed to make people smile, “Emirates ‘Share a Smile’ has been created to showcase not only the breadth of linguistic skills amongst our international and multi-lingual crew, it is also intended to help build cultural understanding in a light-hearted way amongst travellers,” said Sir Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice President Emirates Airline and Group. “As we researched the phrases it became apparent that although many may sound unusual to non-native speakers when they first listen to them, when the translated meaning is given the sentiments resonate internationally. ‘Share a Smile’ is meant to do just that, encourage “globalistas” to learn about different cultures in an amusing way. The campaign is a celebration of how a kind word or phrase can connect friends and strangers alike across the world.” he added.

Embraer Executive Jets has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indamer Pty Ltd to provide maintenance support for the midsize Legacy 500 aircraft, ahead of the jets’ expected entry into service in 2014. The Legacy 500 is currently in the flight test stage following the successful maiden flight of the first prototype.”The MoU we are announcing illustrate our commitment to our customers’ peace of mind by providing the best possible customer support infrastructure for current and future operations of Embraer Executive Jets aircraft in the country,” said André Luis Vieira de Sousa, Director Customer Support and Services, Asia Pacific – Embraer Executive Jets. “By looking ahead, we will ensure the efficient operation for all our business aircraft operating in the region.” he added.

Etihad Airways, has returned to a two-class A320 aircraft on its service between Abu Dhabi and the South Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram. The daily flights will feature 16 Pearl Business Class seats with electronically controlled recline and lumbar support, a personal in-built seat massager, generous leg and foot rest extensions, individual PC power supplies, 10.6 inch touch screens and in-arm meal tables. Pearl Business Class guests travelling on this route will be treated to new chef-inspired culinary signature menus, on board amenities, lounge and frequent flyer benefits.

Eurocopter signed a contract for the sale of one EC135 to Ghodawat Industries for this Indian company’s business aviation requirements. Configured with seating for four passengers, the helicopter will be delivered in May this year and will replace the company’s smaller Eurocopter EC120. Separately, Eurocopter provided a new EC135 to Mahindra & Mahindra, for corporate transportation use. Mahindra’s aerospace manufacturing arm, Mahindra Aerospace, is a valued partner of Eurocopter, both parties having forged a trade partnership focused on the manufacture of subassemblies, engineering and customization of civil helicopters, and the joint development of specific market segments in India.

Etihad Airways is celebrating a 200 per cent jump in net profit in 2012 to $42m. Revenue rose from $4.1m to $4.8m with partner airlines contributing 19 per cent of passenger revenue. The carrier also recorded a 23 per cent rise in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK). “This has been a game-changing year for Etihad Airways. We have delivered improved net profit, the second consecutive year we have been in the black, a remarkable achievement given the youth, ambitious growth and on-going investment made by this airline in a challenging global economic environment.” said James Hogan, CEO. Etihad named its codeshares and equity alliances with Air Seychelles, airberlin, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus as the key contributors to the jump in RPK. It also cited a five per cent reduction in non-fuel costs per available seat kilometre (ASK) and a record sat factor of seat factor of 78.2 per cent.

Emirates and Formula One group have announced a five year agreement appointing Emirates as a Global Partner of Formula 1 starting with the imminent 2013 season. The announcement was made by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group and Bernie Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One group. Emirates will have a strong branding presence at 15 races on the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar across Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America and South America. Starting at the Grand Prix in Malaysia between 22-24 March 2013, the distinctive Fly Emirates branding will be seen at historic circuits such as Silverstone in Great Britain, Monza in Italy and Interlagos in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Emirates is boosting flights into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and will offer 20 more flights each week. Whilst the number of flights to Riyadh goes from 17 to 28 flights a week, Jeddah jumps from 18 to 21 flights and Dammam has received an extra six services, becoming 13 flights a week. There will continue to be a daily flight to Al Medinah al Munawarah. The changes will take the airline’s KSA flights to 69 per week. “Stepping up our presence in Saudi brings greater convenience to customers and more opportunities to enjoy the world-renowned Emirates’ experience,” said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates’ Vice President, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & Bahrain. “This is not only good news for travellers, it’s also good news for business. Travelling executives have a wider variety of flights to choose from and importers and exporters can benefit from extra cargo capacity on the additional frequencies,” Mr Al Ghaith added.

Edinburgh Airport has announced a £15m ($24m) route development fund to bring new routes to the city. Scotland’s largest airport has already brokered deals with easyJet and Ryanair, Turkish Airlines has introduced a route to Istanbul, and Brussels Airlines, Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic have each announced new services.

Emirates Airline will significantly increase capacity between its Dubai International Airport hub and the Japanese capital Tokyo with the introduction of a new daily service to Haneda Airport from June 3, 2013. The new rotation will supplement the Gulf carrier’s existing daily flight to Narita International Airport, which was upguaged from a Boeing 777 to an Airbus A380 in July 2012, to meet the growing demand for flights to/from Dubai and wider destinations within Emirates’ network.

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced that it had adopted the directive by the US Federal Aviation Administration to ground all Boeing 787 Dreamliners pending a safety review. The directive was the outcome of a battery incident during an All Nippon Airways flight leading to an emergency landing in Japan following a battery incident on an ANA 787 that occurred on the ground in Boston during January.

Embraer announced that it has selected Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan(TM) engine as the exclusive power for its new second generation of the E-Jet aircraft family. Planned to enter service in 2018, the Embraer E-Jets equipped with PurePower PW1700G and PW1900G engines will offer significant reductions in fuel burn, emissions, noise and operating costs compared to today’s aircraft.

Emirates Airline has doubled its Airbus A380 capacity to New York’s John F Kennedy International and Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airports with twice daily Super Jumbo rotations now operating into both cities from its Dubai International hub. From January 1, 2013 the carrier has introduced a 487-seat version on its EK203 / EK204 New York rotation while a 517-seat variant was introduced to Paris, a route served 19 times weekly, twice daily with A380s and five times weekly with a 777-300ER.

Embraer has signed a contract with Aldus Aviation Limited, the Irish lessor, for the sale of 20 E-Jets, five EMBRAER 175 and 15 EMBRAER 190. The contract also includes 15 purchase rights for any E-Jet family model. The deal can reach a total of USD 1.56 billion, in 2012 economics conditions.

European Airline Associationshave joined forces once again to emphasise that harmonised Flight Time Limitation (FTL) rules ensure utmost safety in the air. Flight and cabin crew unions are organising an EU-wide “Walkout for safety” to demonstrate against the proposed European rules for FTL and rest requirements.

Emirates, has further strengthened its commitment to South East Asia by introducing a fifth daily, non-stop service between Dubai and Bangkok, with the announcement coming just weeks after it launched a daily service between Dubai and Phuket. Emirates, achieved another first with the inaugural departure of an A380 flight from the new and world’s only dedicated and purpose-built A380 concourse at Dubai International Airport. Part of the airport’s Terminal 3 complex, Concourse A will become the “home of the Emirates A380”, from where passengers will connect to more than 20 Emirates A380 destinations around the world, including A380 flights to Europe on Australian airline, Qantas, in terms of the global partnership announced recently which is pending the approval of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Etihad Airways has surpassed its target of carrying 10 million passengers in 2012 and is set to achieve a 22 per cent increase on the total of 8.41 million passengers for 2011.The increase in passenger numbers – up to a total of 10.29 million – represents an extra 1.88 million passengers travelling on the carrier’s global network that now covers 87 of its own passenger and cargo destinations, and 245 codeshare destinations.

 

Emirates continued on its strong growth trajectory adding 15 new destinations to the network bringing new countries, cultures and experiences for customers to explore. The list of new points began with Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires and continued with Dublin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle, Lusaka, Harare, Ho Chi Minh City, Barcelona, Lisbon, Erbil, Washington DC and Adelaide.

Etihad Airways, which is seeking to widen operations in India and other Asian markets, according to reports, is in the final stages of talks to buy part of either Jet Airways or grounded rival Kingfisher Airlines. The deal would be the first since the Indian government has relaxed ownership rules in September 2012 to allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49 percent in a domestic carrier.

Emiratesexpanded its fleet by five aircraft – three new A380s and two new Boeing 777s, in the month of December 2012. The new additions to the fleet will mark the arrival of Emirates 118th and 119th Boeing aircraft and its 28th to 30st A380s.

Emirates, celebrated a double success at the World Travel Awards in Delhi when emirates.com was named “World’s Leading Airline Website” and “Skywards”, Emirates’ frequent flyer programme, was voted “World’s Leading Airline Rewards Programme”.

Emirates Airline intimated that it will increase capacity on its Accra-Dubai route due to growing passenger demand. The Dubai carrier intimated through a statement that it will upgrade the aircraft used on the service to a Boeing 777-300ER, less than a year after launching the route. Emirates and TAP Portugal have announced the start of a reciprocal codeshare agreement enabling passengers from both airlines to benefit from seamless connections. The reciprocal codeshare will permit customers to enjoy the convenience of a single combined ticket for Emirates and TAP Portugal-operated flights, in addition to linking Emirates’ frequent flyer programme, Skywards and TAP’s Victoria frequent flyer programme

Emirates is reportedly preparing to launch a new direct between Dubai and Stockholm Arlanda next summer. It is understood that it will be a daily service, scheduled for debut on 3 June 2013. There is as yet no official announcement about the new route from the airline, but it is known that the company had been working on the establishment of a new route either to Oslo or to Stockholm.

Ethiopian Airlines has finalised its first bond issue backed by the US Ex-Im Bank. Worth $363m, the bond will finance 787-800 aircraft. The bonds bare a fixed rate of interest from 1.5 to 1.53 per cent, making it the lowest fixed interest rate for an Ex-Im Bank-guaranteed aircraft bond. Ethiopian Airlines is the first airline to take delivery of a Q400 NextGen turboprop outfitted with a dual-class configuration. The new configuration features seven business class and 60 economy seats. Ethiopian and its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo, have already received two of the aircraft, which have also already entered into service.Etihad Airways has won the 2012 Mercury Award for “On Board Service” for its innovative inflight culinary programs, First Class Chefs and the Mezoon Grille. The prestigious awards, recognising accomplishments in travel catering, were presented during the International Travel Catering Association (ITCA) functions held at the Shangri La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi.Etihad Airways, is substantially increasing and upgrading flights to key cities in the Indian subcontinent. Starting from January 1, 2013 flights to the southern Indian city of Kozhikode will more than double, increasing from three to seven a week. The Sri Lankan capital of Colombo will also be serviced by daily flights when services increase from four to seven per week starting from January 2, 2013.

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Flydubai reported a net profit of AED 250 million ($ 68 million) in 2014, an increase of 12.3 per cent compared to 2013 with total revenue of AED 4.4 billion ($ 1.2 billion) for the 12-month period, ending 31 December.

FLY Leasing Limited announced that it has acquired an Airbus A321-200 aircraft, manufactured in 2015. The aircraft is on a long-term lease to a leading European airline.

Fraport AG’S executive board member and executive director Operations, Anke Giesen, and Chao Zhang, CEO of Hong Kong-based service provider Dexin Global Community Limited, jointly signed a five-year cooperation agreement to promote the destination Frankfurt and the tourist regions Frankfurt/Rhine-Main and the state of Hesse in the People’s Republic of China.

Fiji Airways Group reported record-breaking revenue and passenger numbers for the fiscal year 2014.

flydubai, has revealed plans to expand its activities in Iran with the introduction of five new destinations in the country from next month as it grows its network to seven cities and 23 flights per week, just six months after making its debut in Iran.

Frankfurt Airport has started off the year with continuing passenger growth. In the reporting month of January 2015, FRA served more than 4 million passengers – up 1.3 percent year-on-year – due primarily to rising intercontinental traffic.

Frontier Airlines continues its rapid expansion at Miami International Airport with plans to add daily service between MIA and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Frankfurt Airport achieved a new record in 2014 as well. Some 59.57 million passengers passed through Germany’s largest aviation hub in 2014, an increase of 2.6 percent year-on-year. Passenger growth at Fraport AG’s home base FRA would have been even greater with an underlying increase of around 3.9 percent to about 60.3 million passengers when taking into account the high number of mainly strike-related flight cancellations and all other extraordinary cancellations.
Federal Aviation Administration issued a final rule that requires most U.S. commercial airlines to have Safety Management Systems (SMS) in place by 2018. The rule builds on the programs many airlines already use to identify and reduce aviation risk. SMS is the formal, top-down, organization-wide approach to managing safety risk and assuring the effectiveness of safety risk controls.

Finnair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Doric Asset Finance GmbH & Co. KG for the sale and leaseback of six ATR72 aircraft. The transaction is expected to be closed by the end of March 2015. The value of the transaction is approximately 75 million euros. The aircraft included in the arrangement are currently operated by Finnair’s associated company Flybe Finland.

French government is selling a 49.99 percent stake in Toulouse Blagnac Airport in southwestern France to a Chinese-led consortium. The sale is likely to be the first in a series after Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said in October that the government aimed to sell state assets worth up to €10 billion ($12.4 billion) over the next 18 months.

Finnair has signed an agreement, firming up the order for eight additional A350-900s. Finnair was the first airline to select the A350 XWB and will be the first European airline in autumn 2015 to receive the all new Airbus Widebody.

Flight Safety Foundation announced that it had entered into a partnership agreement with EUROCONTROL to jointly manage SKYbrary, more closely aligning the single largest online repository of aviation safety knowledge with the world’s only international organization dedicated solely to the advancement of aviation safety.

Frontier Airlines announced that it is bringing its friendly low fare service to the heart of South Florida with flights to four new non-stop destinations from Miami (MIA) beginning December 20. The airline also reinforced its commitment to ‘Low Fares Done Right’ by announcing a one-day only sale from Miami to new destinations New York (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL) and Chicago.

Federal Aviation Administration is requiring airlines to replace cockpit displays on more than 1,300 Boeing aircraft to avoid interference from Wi-Fi and cellular devices. Airlines will need to replace certain cockpit display units made by Honeywell International used on Boeing’s 737 and 777 jets within five years, according to an FAA document.

Fiji Airways has unveiled the latest suite of changes to its onboard passenger experience, which includes a new Signature Dish designed by renowned Fiji-based Chef, Lance Seeto, as part of the refreshed business Class dining experience. These experience enhancements have been introduced onboard all Fiji Airways international flights.

Frankfurt Airport ranks first in “Focus Money Germany” survey. More and more passengers are pleased at the services offerd by Frankfurt Airport to travelers from around the globe.

FRANKFURT Airport, received the building permit from the City of Frankfurt for the planned Terminal 3 (T3). The construction of the new terminal, which will rise on the southern side of Frankfurt Airport, is an integral part of Fraport’s Airport Expansion Program as approved in the official zoning procedure. The new terminal has been designed as a modular construction concept to be implemented in phases.

Fraport AG once again registered passenger growth at its Frankfurt Airport home base. With almost 5.9 million passengers served, Fraport recorded the busiest passenger month in FRA’s history. Despite weather-related cancellations during the reporting month, passenger traffic advanced by 2.3 percent compared to the same period last year.

Fastjet announced its passenger statistics. fastjet operations in Tanzania carried a total of 65,489 passengers and achieved a load factor of 79 percent. Compared with the same month last year, the number of passengers carried has increased by 98 percent. Month on month, capacity has risen by 15 percent with 83,085 seats.

Fastjet launched their third international destination out of Dar es Salaam with the inaugural flight to Harare in Zimbabwe; the only nonstop connection between the two countries.

Frankfurt Airport welcomed 27.8 million passengers in the first six months of 2014 up 2.4 percent year-on-year – a new historic half-year passenger record.

Fraport confirmed the outlook for “growth above last year’s level” with a further potential for future growth via a growing demand in air traffic worldwide. In the second quarter of 2014, Fraport AG’s revenue rose by one percent to €600.1 million compared to the adjusted figures for the second quarter of 2013.

FLY Leasing announced that it has acquired a Boeing 737-800 to be leased to a leading airline in North America and an Airbus A330-300 on lease to a leading airline in Asia. The Airbus aircraft is the first of three A330s that FLY is acquiring in a sale and leaseback transaction with the Asian airline.

flydubai has announced the launch of flights to Mumbai, bringing the total number of destinations served by the carrier in India to seven, with 25 flights a week.

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd of Japan announced plans to open a plant as early as next year to build wing boxes for Boeing Company’s 777X passenger jet. According to reports, Fuji Heavy, which makes Subaru cars, will likely spend more than 10 billion yen ($98 million) to construct the factory at the same site in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, where it assembles wing boxes for Boeing’s 777 jets and its carbon composite 787 Dreamliner.

Fuji Heavy is the sole maker of the component, which connects the main wings to the fuselage, for both those jetliners. By awarding the tried-and-tested supplier the contract for the 777X, Boeing stands a better chance of its latest plane will be ready for a planned rollout in 2020. Boeing, which has so far won 300 orders for the 777X at six airlines, however, announced that no decision on supply contracts had yet been made.

Finnair, which commenced its operations during 1924, celebrated its 90th anniversary on March 20, 2014. Finnair, after nine decades of coming into existence, currently operates 43 aircraft to more than 60 destinations around the world, employing nearly six thousand people. During 2013, the company transported 9.3 million passengers, which represents 60 per cent of all passengers that passed through Helsinki Airport. Air traffic is a central role player so far as the Finnish business and the national economy are concerned as it directly and indirectly employing over 120,000 people in Finland.

Finnair’s recent milestones include the launch of new routes to Xi’an and Hanoi, engaging in design cooperation with Marimekko, introducing renewed inflight dining options in business class moving to new and environmentally friendly offices, and becoming the first airline in the world to take delivery of new A321 Sharklet aircraft.

Flydubai has announced the launch of daily flights to Moscow. The new service is scheduled to commence in September this year . Flydubai, which was launched in 2009, entered the Russian Market during its second year of operation. It launched direct flights to Dubai from Samara and Yekaterinburg in October 2010, followed by Kazan and Ufa in 2011. During 2013, the airline doubled its network in the country with four new destinations viz Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd.
Fastjet, Africa’s low cost airline signed two agreements with Skyscanner that will allow travel agents across the world to access and sell its flights. The agreement will enable consumers to compare fastjet’s flight schedules and prices against those of other African carriers via Skyscanner’s website. It would enable passengers to the site to link directly to fastjet’s website and book their flights. fastjet has also signed an agreement with Hahn Air Systems, a sister company and client of Hahn Air. Through Hahn Air Systems’ e-alliance product, fastjet flights will be available within domain of the main Global Distribution Systems (GDS), including Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport.

Fiji Airways, announced that it would be expanding its alliance with Qantas from a basic interline agreement to a code-share deal. The Fijian government owns 51 per cent of the airline, while Qantas has 46 per cent. The relationship between the two hit a low last year when Qantas removed its four representatives from the airline’s board in response to the Fiji government making clear its intention to take ‘’absolute control’’.

F&E Aerospace which is organizing the “Dubai Airshow” expects this year’s event to be the largest event in their 26 years. The Dubai Airshow, which would be taking place from 17 to 21 November 2013, would be moving to a new purpose built home at Dubai World Central (DWC), located in Jebel Ali, Dubai. The organizers of the 13th edition of the Dubai Airshow expects that the biennial event will host up to 60,000 trade visitors and 1,000 exhibitors thereby registering a 5% and 7% respectively from 2011.

FIMI Funds, Israel’s largest private investment fund, has called off an agreement to invest up to USD$75 million in El Al after the failure of Israeli flag carrier to reach a new contract with its workers.

Fraport has broadened its services at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) with the recent introduction of “Personal Shoppers” to assist Russian-speaking passengers. Already, two personal shoppers provide Russian-speaking passengers with advice and assistance on shopping, obtaining VAT refunds (value-added tax), general airport information, and at times escort passengers from the control points to the departure gates. Available between 1000 and 1900 daily, these Personal Shoppers speak fluent Russian and are familiar with the culture and preferences of Russian passengers.

Frankfurt Airport witnessed some 5.7 million passengers passing tWhrough it during July 2013. This represents a decline of 0.7 percent compared to July 2012, which was the record month in the history of Frankfurt Airport. The changing political situation in North Africa and the Middle East caused an unusually severe slump in the respective air traffic markets. These exceptional circumstances prevented a positive monthly result, even though all other non-European regions recorded positive growth.

Flexjet reported 96 percent growth of new fractional and jet card sales during the period January to June 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. Within the first six months of this year, sales of new fractional shares recorded a notable increase of 112 percent, while new jet card sales grew a solid 68 percent.

Flight Centre Canada along with its corporate division, Corporate Traveller, has announced that Air Canada has won the company’s 6th Annual Sustainable Travel award established to recognize the industry supplier that has made the greatest effort to minimize their environmental impact. A record number of suppliers submitted proposals representing all areas of the travel industry including airlines, resorts, car rental companies and tour operators.

Finnair is to launch a new route to Tromso for the 2014 winter season. The arctic city in the far north of Norway will be served from Helsinki three times per week from January 1 until March 28, 2014. Situated directly under the aurora zone in the arctic, Tromso is ideally placed for viewing the spectacular aurora borealis (northern lights) on clear winter nights. The town of 70,000 is also a base for winter sports such as downhill skiing, snowshoeing, dog and reindeer sledding, and glacier hiking. Tromso, or Romsa in Sami languages, is also a centre of Sami culture in Norwegian Lapland and hosts Sami Week every February.

Flydubai Airline plans to perform its first flight using a plane with a business class passenger compartment in October, 2013, and the sale of business class tickets for some of these flights will be launched in August 2013.

Finnair sought approval to join British Airways and JAL joint business agreement. The first step has been taken to enable Finnair to join British Airways and Japan Airlines (JAL) in their successful joint business on flights between Europe and Japan. The three airlines intend to cooperate commercially by sharing revenue and by coordinating flight schedules and fares in order to offer greater benefits to customers travelling between Europe and Japan. The new joint business arrangement is subject to regulatory approvals.

Fastjet, has been granted permission to launch international flights from its hub in Tanzania. The company, which is backed by Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, will fly to South Africa, Zambia and Rwanda. It received route approvals from the relevant governments under Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs). Fastjet also informed that it was putting its plans to launch a domestic service in South Africa on hold.

Finnair has announced the launch of service to Xi’an and Hanoi with a view to sharpen the airlines strategic focus on airlifts between Asia and Europe. As the only European carrier who offers direct connections between the two cities and Europe, Finnair also provides fast and efficient transfers to more than 60 European destinations through its Helsinki hub. Further, Finnair will provide service to Xi’an three times per week through Oct. 26, 2013 and Oct. 27, 2013 for Hanoi.

Fraport AG reported that fiscal year 2012 met expectations despite challenging times for the air transportation industry. “The ongoing European debt crisis, along with business and consumer uncertainty, influenced air travel demand. This caused airlines to reduce services from their flight schedules. Nevertheless, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) maintained its position in terms of growing passenger numbers compared to other European airports. Also on the financial side, we met the expectations forecast in 2012,” said Dr. Stefan Schulte Executive Board Chairman. Fraport’s majority-owned airports served almost 100 million passengers in 2012, an increase of 2.9 percent or 2.8 million passengers year-on-year. At Fraport’s Frankfurt home base, passenger numbers grew by 1.1 million to 57.5 million (up 1.9 percent). Schulte also presented positive financial results for 2012. Fraport’s revenue rose by three percent to €2.4 billion, while EBITDA climbed by six percent to €850.7 million.

Finnair has opted for the codeshare management solution SchedConnect from Lufthansa Systems. With SchedConnect Finnair can optimize their codeshare management, which leads to cost savings and higher revenues.

 Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing to make fixes to the battery system of the 787 Dreamliner. The approval clears the way for Boeing and its customers to install the approved modifications and will lead to a return to service and resumption of new production deliveries. “FAA approval clears the way for us and the airlines to begin the process of returning the 787 to flight with continued confidence in the safety and reliability of this game-changing new airplane,” said Jim McNerney , Boeing Chairman, President and CEO. “The promise of the 787 and the benefits it provides to airlines and their passengers remain fully intact as we take this important step forward with our customers and program partners.” he continued. The FAA’s action will permit the return to service of 787s in the United States upon installation of the improvements. For 787s based and modified outside the United States, local regulatory authorities provide the final approval on return to service.

Fly Dubai has launched its inaugural flight to Juba, South Sudan’s capital city bringing the airline’s destinations on the African continent to 6 and 56 overall, covering Africa, the Gulf and wider Middle East, Pakistan, and India and to a growing extent, countries of the former Soviet Union. Fly Dubai has more recently launched flights to the Maldives, one of the airline’s first purely leisure destinations. Besides Juba, the airline has already been serving Alexandria in Egypt, Khartoum, and Port Sudan in the Republic of the Sudan, Djibouti, and Addis Ababa but is reportedly keen to further expand into the continent in accordance with the range of their choice aircraft, the B737-800NG. This B737 type is able to fly up to 5,650 kilometers, which would easily see Fly Dubai to cover other Eastern African destinations, where there is a growing need for a no-frills service connecting passengers to Dubai.

Finnair, with a view to expand into transatlantic services later this year, is to share its flight codes with American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. Finnair will add its code to selected flights between North America and Europe and American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia will add their codes to Finnair’s daily flights between New York and Helsinki. Collectively, the airlines will operate 102 daily round trips between North America and Europe, serving 42 gateways on either side of the Atlantic. “Our participation in this venture will significantly increase the portfolio of available destinations to Finnair’s existing customers, as well as open up Northern Europe to a whole new network of potential travellers,” said Allister Paterson, Finnair’s commercial SVP.

Fraport predicted zero growth in passenger numbers at its main Frankfurt hub this year and lower net profit as a weak economic climate prompts airlines to reduce capacity. Net profit would shrink this year from the EUR€238 million (US$310 million) reported for 2012, Fraport commented, adding that this reflected the impact of costs from a fourth runway opened in 2011 and expansion of one of two terminals at Frankfurt, Europe’s third-busiest airport by passenger numbers.

Frontier Airlines announced its decision to return its low-fare service to Columbus Airport (CMH), with new nonstop service to Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN), the gateway to New Jersey’s state capital, all of central New Jersey, and southeast Pennsylvania, including metro Philadelphia. In addition, the Frontier will also launch three weekly nonstop flights on this route starting April 8, 2013.

Finnair and Malaysia Airlines have established new code shares, increasing access to the airlines’ respective hubs in Helsinki and Kuala Lumpur. Through the new arrangement, selected Malaysia Airlines services between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong will carry the Finnair flight code. Similarly, Malaysia Airlines’ flight code will be used on selected Finnair services between Helsinki and London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

 

Fastjet, Africa’s first pan-continental low-cost carrier (LCC), is set to launch operations in Tanzania’s domestic market, with flights from its Dar Es Salaam base to Kilimanjaro and Mwanza, and quickly expand its route network, flying the continent of Africa from north to south and east to west over the next few years.

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GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport achieved the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Level 3 optimisation accreditation honour by the International agency, Airport Council International (ACI). This accolade serves as recognition of CSIA’s continuing focus on embracing environment-friendly measures in general and relentlessly working on reducing carbon emission levels in particular.

GoJet Airlines has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Delta Air Lines to operate seven Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft under the Delta Connection regional service brand.

GVK CSIA celebrates Terminal 2 – a year of operational excellence. Mumbai’s iconic Terminal 2 and India’s first integrated vertical passenger terminal at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (GVK CSIA) completed a year of operations.

General Authority of Civil Aviation has extended the contract with Changi Airports International (CAI) for the maximum permissible period of seven months. The extension of the contract will see CAI continuing to apply its expertise and experience and work alongside GACA to realise the full potential of KFIA and strengthen its positioning as a premier regional airport in the Kingdom.

GOL Linhas announced to its shareholders and the market in general the signature of codeshare agreement with Korean Air. This partnership is still awaiting approval of Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil and Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica. With this partnership Korean Air will include its code on GOL-operated flights giving its customers a greater number of connections for destinations in Brazil and America.
Grupo Aeromexico S A B de C V reported December 2014 operational results. Grupo Aeromexico transported 1 million 497 thousand passengers in December; a 0.1 percent year-on-year increase. International passenger numbers remained at the same level as December 2013, while domestic passenger numbers increased by 0.1 percent. Demand, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKs), increased by 0.1 percent, year-on-year.
Garuda Indonesia has been named the newest member of the exclusive group of 5-Star Airlines by Skytrax. The exclusive, top-tier 5-star rating is only awarded to airlines achieving the highest quality performance, and importantly, this focuses on the airline’s ability to deliver this on a consistent basis.
Gazpromneft-Aero has started supplying aviation fuel to Japan Airlines (JAL) at Moscow Domodedovo Airport. The total volume of supplies under the contract, concluded for a period of one year, will amount to around 7,500 tons.
GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. announced a change in its 2014 operating margin guidance and discloses its domestic supply projection for 2015. The projected positive operating margin interval for 2014 has been altered from between 3 percent and 6 percent to between 4 percent and 6 percent.
Gulf Air has signed a two-year renewal deal with air transport IT specialist, SITA, for network, messaging and voice services. SITA is providing the airline with a comprehensive global network infrastructure, Type B Messaging services, a mail platform for operational messages and global voice and data services.
Garuda Indonesia signed a codeshare agreement with Myanmar airways. It will provide passengers between Myanmar and Indonesia with seamless and convenient connections through the international gateways of Singapore and Bangkok.
Glasgow Airport has added a new European city to its growing list of destinations, with the announcement of a brand new route to Munich with Lufthansa from summer 2015. The route will have a journey time of two hours and 15 minutes, flying directly to Munich Airport.
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes the largest low-cost and best-fare airline in Latin America, announces its preliminary air traffic figures for September 2014. Comparisons refer to September 2013, 3Q13 and 9M13. The 3Q14 and 9M14 domestic load factor totaled 78.3 percent and 77.0 percent, respectively. The load factor growth, more than offset the slight reduction in yield over 3Q13, led to year-over-year PRASK growth of 9.1 percent in the quarter.
Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed CEVA Logistics to operate a new European Parts Distribution Centre at London Heathrow Airport. The new facility will support Gulfstream customers in the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe and the Nordics with urgent high-usage items.
Gulf Air was recently honored at this year’s Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Passenger Choice Awards Ceremony in California, USA, winning the John White Publication Award for best inflight publication.
Garuda Indonesia is now operating a single-aircraft flight between the UK and the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The flight will operate from London Gatwick to the Indonesian capital Jakarta via Amsterdam, five times a week, and will employ the airline’s brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
General Aviation Manufacturers Association have approved Mahindra Aerospace and Hutchinson North America as new members of the association. Mahindra’s utility aircraft business is based in Australia’s Latrobe Valley and operates through a global network of reputed general aviation aircraft dealers and customer care.
GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes announces that it has signed a codeshare agreement with Aeromexico. The agreement depends on approval from ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency) and CADE (Brazil’s Antitrust Authority). The agreement will allow Aeromexico to include its code on flights operated by GOL, enabling its customers to have a higher connectivity with other Brazilian and South America’s destinations.
Garuda Indonesia will slow its international growth following a lacklustre performance on international routesin 1H2014, which drove a net loss of USD212 million. Garuda recorded an average international load factor of only 63 percent in 1H2014 as RPKs dropped by 3 percent despite a 15 percent surge in ASKs.
GoAir has achieved its highest ever market share of 10.1 percent with maximum growth in the industry in terms of the number of passengers carried going up by 29.1 percent.
Gulf Air rolled out its new generation iPad Electronic Flight Bags which will facilitate the airline’s flight-critical communications while increasing operational efficiency and eliminating paper-based flight materials.
Gulf Air, unveiled its new inflight entertainment (IFE) games thus becoming the first airline in the world to launch six traditional Middle Eastern games on-board its flights. The new games include the regional favorites of Tawle, an Arabian- style backgammon game, Basha, a popular regional card game as well as a modern creation, oosiqar, which offers players the chance to create melodies with one of the Middle East’s oldest instruments, the ‘Oud’, using familiar and intuitive controls.
Grupo Aeromexico S.A.B. DE CV, the largest airline in Mexico, reported its operating statistics for October 2013. According to the report, Grupo Aeromexico’s total number of passengers transported in the month of October increased by 10.5% year-on-year, reaching a total of one million 382 passengers. The number of passengers transported within the domestic market increased by 7.8%, while the number of passengers transported within the international market increased by 18.1%. Demand in October 2013 increased 11.6% year-on-year which is the most significant monthly increase reported since September 2011.
Garuda Indonesia announced that starting May 2014, the airline will fly London-Jakarta non-stop. This flight will continue onward to Sydney, Australia, so that passengers wishing to fly from London to Sydney will have only one transit stop in Jakarta.
Gulf Air announced that it would be resuming its flights to Thiruvananthapuram in India with 5 weekly flights to Trivandrum International Airport commencing from December, 15. Gulf Air’s decision to resume flights to Kerala’s capital reinforces the airline’s strategy of strengthening its core network and maximizing convenience for its customers while providing business links to Bahrain that support economic growth.
Gulf Air has launched a seasonal promotion in time for its passengers who are travelling from Frankfurt to popular destinations across the airline’s network in the GCC, Middle East and Asia.

Grupo Aeromexico S.A.B. de C.V., the largest global airline in Mexico, reported that the total number of passengers transported during September 2013 increased by 10.6% year-on-year, the highest monthly growth rate of the year, thus reaching a total of one million 258 thousand passengers.

General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the sole regulator of all licensed airfields within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has certified Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) for passenger operations after assessing and confirming full compliance of the aerodrome with its stringent requirements. This development is considered to pave the way for the planned opening of the new passenger terminal building.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board voted to in favour of nearly doubling Orlando International Airport’s (MCO) passenger capacity from 24 million travelers annually to 45 million passengers per year.

Golden Myanmar Airlines is all set to undertake a major expansion phase by adding over the next five months a second A320 and two ATR 72-600s. The additional capacity is primarily be used to expand Golden Myanmar’s domestic network, which currently has just one route. In addition, the carrier will also add capacity on its only two international routes, Yangon to Bangkok and Singapore.

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes has selected Sabre’s market intelligence solution to leverage up-to-date global passenger traffic data from more than 40 industry sources and across air travel merchandising channels. The technology agreement would enable the airline to have a holistic understanding of passenger demand data to help drive more revenue, including the personalization of the experience for frequent flyers and corporate travelers while creating business opportunities in their busiest routes.

Garuda Indonesia incurred a loss in the first half of the year, as finance costs from the company’s expansion plans outpaced revenue from higher passenger numbers. Garuda and its subsidiaries posted a net loss of $10.9 million in the January-June period as compared to $1.9 million profit in the same period last year. The airline has five direct subsidiaries including budget airline Citilink and hotel-and-catering operator Aero Wisata. Though the revenue rose by 14 percent to $1.7 billion, but an increase in operational costs, including fuel prices and wages, resulted in lower operational income at $14.3 million, which was down 0.7 percent. In addition, Garuda’s finance costs doubled to $23.2 million from $12 million, as it began loan-interest payments for recent purchases.

Garuda Indonesia has been forced to postpone its flight service to London, which had initially been planned for 2 November 2013 due to a limited runway capacity at Soekarno-Hatta Airport. The reason for the postponement is reported to be the inability of the pavement classification number (PCN) of the runways and apron at Soekarno-Hatta Airport to meet the required level of strength, , which is typically needed for the operation of a full capacity, heavy duty commercial airline, such as the B 777-300ER.

Grupo Aeromexico S.A.B. de C.V., the largest global airline in Mexico, released operating statistics for June 2013. According to the statistics, Grupo Aeromexico’s demand in June, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKs), increased by 3.4% year-on-year. The total number of passengers transported during June 2013 reached 1 million 255 thousand registering 1.3% year-on-year increase. Aeromexico’s capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometers (ASKs), increased by 0.4% year-on-year.

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has added seven extra flights weekly to and from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia via Bahrain, increasing the capacity on the route by over 30% to cater to the growing market demand. The airline will now operate one extra frequency daily increasing its scheduled flights to three per day to the key city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Gulf Air will increase its frequency from 14 to 21 flights per week between Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Gulf Air and Sabre Holdings (Sabre) have renewed their longstanding joint venture partnership for Sabre Travel Network Middle-East (STNME) following its continued strong growth and success. STNME was established as a joint venture between Gulf Air and Sabre in 2005 following a 30-year partnership, and has grown substantially since then to become the leading provider of travel technology services in the Middle-East region, operating in 23 offices across 13 MENA countries.

Gulf Air has cemented its position as a global leader in on-time-punctuality (OTP). Latest statistics published by FlightStats Data, a provider of flight information services, revealed Gulf Air to be the region’s most punctual full service carrier for the first six months of 2013. The data indicated that the airline’s average OTP for its flight arrivals in the first two quarters of the year has been above 90%. Globally, Gulf Air also ranked second among major full service carriers for on-time-punctuality in June 2013.

Gulf Air, has launched an ‘Early Bird’ promotion for its passengers travelling from London to popular destinations across the airline’s network in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Far East. Promotional fares on Economy class start from as low as £397 to the Middle East and £522 to the Far East. The airline has also included its premium Falcon Gold class in the promotion with fares starting from as low as £1,528 to the Indian Subcontinent and £1,668 to the Middle East.

Garuda Indonesia was named “The World’s Best Economy Class” by Skytrax – a London-based global airline review and ranking consultancy. In addition to being voted “The World’s Best Economy Class”, Garuda was also named “The World’s Best Economy Class Seats” by Skytrax at the same event. Last year, Garuda Indonesia ranked fourth place in “The Top Five Economy Class Airline”, after Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Asiana Airlines. These achievements are considered to be the result of Garuda Indonesia’s ongoing service improvement programs.

Gulf Air and Royal Jordanian announced that the number of passengers transported by Gulf Air between Bahrain and Amman rose by 216% after a year of signing a codeshare partnership between the two carriers. Gulf Air and RJ expressed satisfaction with the successful agreement, whereby flights between Jordan and Bahrain are operated by Gulf Air but marketed by both carriers.

Go Airlines (GoAir), announced that it has successfully gone live in record time on Ramco’s Aviation Maintenance & Engineering (M&E) suite of software for its 15 fleet across 21 base stations. The go-live marked Ramco’s web-based Series 5 M&E software and Ramco ePublications, seamlessly integrate with GoAir’s existing Flight Operations ARMS system and SAP Financials.

GMR Infrastructure Limited controlled airports of India viz Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport have secured second positions in respective categories in the world in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ). Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL) – the operator of the country’s busiest airport, has achieved yet another milestone as Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been ranked 2nd in 25-40 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA) category in the World in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards announced by the Airports Council International (ACI) for 2012. In addition, Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport(RGIA), also operated and managed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport (P) Ltd., has been adjudged as the 2nd best Airport in the world for the same year, in the 5-15 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category by ACI.

General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the 2012 year-end shipments of general aviation airplanes. GAMA also expanded the data to include delivery data for helicopter manufacturers. Most general aviation aircraft flying in the world currently were built by GAMA member companies. “While the 2012 shipment and billing data were mixed, the numbers don’t reflect the amount of development work in progress in general aviation,” said Brad Mottier, 2013 GAMA Chairman. “The general aviation segment is poised for resurgence in the next few years as these new technologies certify and enter the market. The GAMA committees will focus on lowering the barriers in general aviation to enable advanced technologies to more easily enter service and help improve safety. GAMA will also continue to expand the association throughout the general aviation industry as well as internationally.” added Mottier.

GoAir, ‘The Fly Smart Airline”, wholly owned by the Wadia Group, has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped A320 aircraft financed by ACG (Aviation Capital Group) under a sale and leaseback arrangement which will see the Aircraft added to ACG’s growing portfolio of Airbus A320 family aircraft. The aircraft is part of an order placed by GoAir for 20 A320ceo in 2006. So far 13 aircraft have been delivered to GoAir making the first Sharklet equipped A320 the 14th to join the fleet. All subsequent seven deliveries will be equipped with Sharklets.

G6 Alliance announced that it will maintain the current 5-loop product structure for its Asia-North Europe service in 2013. The Loop 3 service was suspended in October 2012 as part of the Alliance’s winter programme.

General Electric Company (GE.N) is set to buy the aviation business of Avio, the Italian manufacturer of aviation propulsion components and systems for civil and military aircraft. The purchase, which excludes Avio’s space unit, is worth €3.3bn.

Gama Aviation, a Gama Group company, announced that its Bombardier Challenger aircraft fleet are the first corporate jet aircraft worldwide to be equipped with the fully certified Gama Infant Safety Seat. The seats will be available free of charge for use by charter clients.

GKN Aerospace and Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company (SAMC) have revised their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and signed further agreements covering manufacturing development and intellectual property rights for structures for the COMAC 919 next generation, twin turbofan, narrow body, 150 seat aircraft.

 

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Honeywell Aerospace and OneWeb have signed a memorandum of understanding under which Honeywell will provide aircraft equipment and airtime services to bring the benefits of OneWeb’s planned satellite constellation to business, commercial and military aircraft.Honeywell Aerospaceexpects that 4,750-5,250 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered during 2015-2019. Overall, five-year demand for turbine-powered, civil helicopters remains steady versus the 2014 five-year forecast, with moderate improvement in new helicopter purchase plans reported, offsetting the short-term uncertainty of large-fleet operators in the face of lower energy prices and fluctuating market currencies.Honeywell Aerospace’s

all-digital and customisable Ovation Select cabin management and entertainment system was selected by StandardAero for installation on a Dassault Falcon 900 airplane.

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achieved a successful year in 2014 welcoming 63.4 million passengers and handled 390,955 flight movements, representing annual growth of 5.8% and 5.1%, respectively.

Hamad International Airport has announced that guests travelling with Qatar Airways now have the option of checking in their luggage up to 12 hours prior to their flight departure.
Heathrow saw its busiest ever November with 5.47 million passengers choosing to travel through the airport, an increase of 1.1 percent on November 2013.Passenger growth continued to be driven by larger, fuller, quieter aircraft at Heathrow.
Heathrow Airport has won the title of the greenest business of the year at the 2014 West London Business Awards. In its assessment, the West London Business awards committee considered the goals laid out in Responsible Heathrow, the airport’s sustainability strategy, including the airport’s pledge to reduce ground-based NOx[1] emissions (aircraft, airside vehicles and airport related traffic) by 5 percent by 2020.
Honeywell Aerospace and Hughes Aerospace announced that they are assisting Myanmar’s Yangon and Mandalay international airports to use satellite-based technologies for optimizing takeoff and landing routes.
Heathrow traffic and business commentary October 2014 Heathrow saw its busiest ever October with 6.32 million passengers choosing to travel through the airport, an increase of 0.4 percent on October 2013
Hamad International Airport has officially unveiled two of its latest state-of-the-art facilities, The Airport Hotel and Vitality Spa offering passengers passing through HIA superb services and great flexibility depending upon their travel needs and schedules.
Honeywell Aerospace has signed alicensing agreementwith Tata Power’s Strategic Engineering Division (SED), enabling it to produce Honeywell’s Tactical Advanced Land Inertial Navigator, or “TALIN” in India which enables vehicles and artillery to navigate very precisely, even where GPS satellite guidance is not available, to increasetroop safety and maximize mission success.
Himalayan Airlines is scheduled to launch its maiden flight. The joint venture will launch direct flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa and Kathmandu to Chengdu using aircraft including Airbus-319 and Airbus-320.
Hamad International Airport has unveiled its new Al Mourjan Business Lounge for Qatar Airways’ premium passengers. As one of the largest lounges in the world, with 10,000 square meters of bespoke design features, Al Mourjan offers Qatar Airways’ premium travelers unrivalled Qatari hospitality with its signature five-star service.
Hawaiian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for six A330-800neo aircraft. The agreement adds yet another name to the growing list of launch customers for the new aircraft type. The new commitment replaces a previous order placed by Hawaiian for six A350-800s.
Hong Kong Airlines announced that the company is the winner of “World’s Most Improved Airline” by Skytrax this year and is honoured as the “World’s Best Improved Airline.” Meanwhile, Hong Kong Airlines is awarded the highly-esteemed Skytrax 4-Star rating for the third consecutive year.
Hawaiian Airlines announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with Air China that leverages the reach of their respective hubs in Honolulu and Beijing to offer more options and a more streamlined experience for customers traveling to further destinations. The new partnership follows Hawaiian’s launch of its three-times weekly nonstop service to Beijing. Through this comprehensive and multi-phase partnership, Hawaiian Airlines will place its two-letter “HA” booking code on Air China-operated flights from Beijing to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Shenyang. Similarly, Air China will place its two-letter “CA” booking code on Hawaiian Airlines-operated neighbor island flights from Honolulu to Kahului, Līhu’e, Kona and Hilo. Future cooperation between both carriers is expected to include additional codeshare cities in both China and North America. In addition, Both airlines are also negotiating a reciprocal partnership that will allow their respective frequent flyer members to earn and redeem miles for travel on either carrier.
Hawaiian Airlinesannounced that it will offer daily year-round service between Los Angeles and Maui in the summer season of 2014, to cater to the increasing demand from the Southern California market. According to the airline, more than 120,000 air seats will be added to both Los Angeles and Maui’s travel markets from the day of its inauguration scheduled on July 1, 2014. The new daily service would also capitalize on convenient connections to Hawai’i from other cities on the U.S. mainland through Hawaiian Airlines’ growing network with airline partners.
Helvetic Airways, the Swiss airline company, has started selling a new service between Bordeaux and Zurich, starting in May 2014. For the first time, there will be a direct flight from the Swiss financial capital to Bordeaux, with two weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays. Since its creation in autumn 2003, Helvetic Airways has provided direct and comfortable flights to exclusive destinations, which were not previously served.

Heathrow has published a final report on the Operational Freedoms trial which concludes that new procedures should be implemented to improve resilience for the benefit of passengers. The final report concludes that, on balance, the trial delivered useful operational performance improvements in some areas.

Hawaiian Airlines announced it will file an application to provide non-stop service between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and Kona International Airport on Hawai’i Island, utilizing operating slots at the Haneda Airport being returned by American Airlines later this year. Hawai’i’s flagship carrier will file its application with the U.S. Department of Transportation proposing daily service using its 294-seat A330 aircraft. Hawaiian Airlines’ 2012 application for non-stop Haneda-Kona service included 175 letters of support from members of the Kona community.

Hainan Airlines announced that it will raise over 10 million yuan (1.62 million US dollars) over the next five years in order to support the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) as part of UNICEF’s Change for Good program. The airline will be seeking donations from passengers traveling on its Haikou-Beijing flight commencing from 1st Sept.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported sustained growth in all three traffic categories for the first half of 2013. During the first six months of the year, the passenger volume grew to 28.9 million, recording a 4.7% increase over the same period during 2012. This firm performance was supported by overall traffic growth in June. The airport served 5 million passengers and handled 30,555 flight movements during the month, representing year-on-year increases of 7.6% and 7.5%, respectively. Passenger traffic to and from Mainland China and South East Asia performed particularly well.

Hawaiian Airlines launched its inaugural flight from Honolulu to Sendai, its fifth gateway in Japan and 10th new international destination it has introduced or announced in less than three years.

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is slated to become the sixth civilian airport in Hunan Province, China. According to Chen Guaoqiang, a director at Hunan Airport Management Group, by the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan in 2015, Hunan would have built seven new airports with a total investment of 30 billion RMB ($5 billion).”Hunan will become the province with the most airports in the south-central region,” added Chen.

Honeywell’s SmartPath has been selected by Airservices Australia as the country’s first Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) to improve operational efficiency and decrease air traffic noise at Sydney Airport. Designed to overcome ILS limitations at airports experiencing high traffic volumes, GBAS augments Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) to make them accurate and safe enough to use for precision approach and landing for aircraft. Honeywell’s SmartPath is the world’s only certified GBAS, with certifications from the FAA and Germany’s BAF, and replaces older Instrument Landing System (ILS) technology.

Honeywell and Embraer have signed an agreement worth $2.8 billion over its lifetime to provide Honeywell’s Primus Epic as the integrated avionics system for Embraer’s new second generation of the E-Jet aircraft family. Avionics can include navigation, communications and display systems in the cockpit to give pilots and crew critical information to help them fly safely, accurately and efficiently. Primus Epic integrates these systems into a compact offering and adds innovative technologies such as synthetic vision and advanced flight management for better situational awareness and more fuel-efficient, direct approaches at airports. The second generation of Embraer E-Jets equipped with Honeywell’s Primus Epic is planned to enter service in 2018, with the program expected to launch later this year.

Honeywell and Embraer have a long history of working together on a variety of products and services, dating back 25 years. With 9 million flight hours to date on E-Jets, Honeywell’s highly successful Primus Epic boasts commonality with the current generation of fielded aircraft, allowing for a smooth transition to the new platform. Because these avionics are software-based, Embraer will be able to easily and effectively integrate future communication, navigation and air traffic management systems.

Houston Airport System is moving forward with definite plans to bring its customers free Wi-Fi service in the near future. Free Wi-Fi could be in place for customers at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport by the end of 2013.

Hawaiian Airlines posted a “disappointing” $3.4m 4Q loss having forked out $12m on interest and $9m on fuel. “The year as a whole was every bit as busy and exciting as we had forecast. We added four new long haul destinations, eight long-haul and short-haul aircraft, opened a hub on Maui and added approximately 600 employees to our rolls, all in 2012.” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s CEO. Revenue cleared $493m during the three months to December 31, 2012. The figures compared with last year’s 4Q profit of $21m. “The 4Q 2012 results reflect an out-of-period frequent flyer adjustment related to the timing of revenue recognised for mileage credits sold to participating companies in previous years. This adjustment resulted in a net decrease to pre-tax income of $7.3m in the quarter, or $0.08 per diluted share,” Dunkerley stated. Hawaiian is due to receive five A330-200s in 2013 and has entered into sale-and-leaseback deals for the first four deliveries. It will return three leased 767-300ERs and retire another within the year.

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formerly BAA, has agreed to sell its entire stake in Stansted Airport to Manchester Airports Group. The deal has been agreed at £1.5bn.

Honeywell and Inmarsat PLC have agreed to make Honeywell the exclusive wireless airtime reseller for Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band aircraft connectivity services and hardware for business aviation jet customers. The five-year agreement will give airplane operators, pilots and passengers access to a higher-speed, in-flight wireless broadband network worldwide.

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International Air Transport Association announced global passenger traffic results for January 2015 showing traffic growth (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) of 4.6 percent compared to January 2014. This represents a slower start to the year compared to 2014 full-year growth of 5.9 per cent. However, results likely were affected by the timing of the Lunar New Year in Asia, which occurred one month later this year compared to 2014.International Air Transport Associationemphasised the need to focus on competitiveness as Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) moves forward with the building of a third runway and associated infrastructure. HKIA plays a crucial role as an economic catalyst. Hong Kong is home to some 3,500 regional headquarters and boasts a HK$250 billion tourism industry.IndiGo is

enhancing its customer experience in the domestic market with the launch of eight new flights connecting Delhi to Lucknow, Lucknow to Patna and Patna to Kolkata.International Air Transport Association

has called on Indonesia’s stakeholders to partner in the development of an aviation masterplan based on global standards to ensure that the country is served by an aviation industry performing at its best. IATA identified three potential elements to be addressed in the masterplan: improving safety, ensuring capacity and a smart.

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released 2014 commercial aviation safety performance. The 2014 global jet accident rate (measured in hull losses per 1 million flights) was 0.23, which was the lowest rate in history and the equivalent of one accident for every 4.4 million flights. This was an improvement over 2013 when the global hull loss rate stood at 0.41 (an average of one accident every 2.4 million flights) and also an improvement over the five-year rate (2009-2013) of 0.58 hull loss accidents per million flights jet.Intrepid Aviation

announced the delivery of one new Airbus A330-300 to Cebu Pacific Air. The aircraft is powered by Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines and is subject to a long-term lease to the Philippines based airline.

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announced new data showing that aviation and aviation-related tourism contributes some $5.9 billion to Panama’s economy, an amount equal to 12.6% of the country’s GDP.

India saw an eight per cent growth in air passenger traffic in 2014 in comparison to 2013, the highest after China and Russia. Global traffic saw a rise of 5.9 per cent, according to data released by International Air Transport Association (IATA).
International Air Transport Association announced global passenger traffic results for the full year of 2014 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs)rose 5.9% compared to the full year of 2013.
IndiGo is enhancing its customer experience in the domestic market with the launch of eight new flights connecting Bangalore to Delhi, Jaipur and Vishakhapatnam & also Delhi – Hyderabad route.
Innova has been selected by Turkish Airlines to digitize its cabin management processes.Turkish Airlines has initiated a project with Innova to launch a new Digital Cabin Management System (DCMS) to improve the quality of its cabin services even further.
International Air Transport Association announced that five airlines have recently successfully completed stages of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program.
International Air Transport Association Airlines Financial Monitor for December 2014 indicated that Worldwide airline share prices rose 4 percent in December and are up 40 percent for the year, helped by the decline in crude oil and jet fuel prices over recent months, Crude oil prices halved by the end of 2014 and have fallen a further 17 percent in January, reflecting the appreciation of the US dollar as well as continued growth in supply.
International Air Transport Association announced that five airlines have recently successfully completed stages of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program. IEnvA is an innovative, voluntary, two-stage evaluation process designed to drive airline environmental performance improvements through independent assessment. Finnair and South African Airways have completed the IEnvA Stage 2 assessment, the highest level of IEnvA achievement.
India can become the second biggest player in the civil aviation sector by 2020 and the biggest by 2030, provided the right strategies and policies are pursued. These views come from respected industry leader, Ankur Bhatia, who heads the Bird Group, which has pioneered many aspects of growth and is a major player.
Indian Minister of Civil Aviation will Draft Civil Aviation Policy and other issues related to civil aviation sector. The Minister said the civil aviation sector in India has been growing steadily registering a growth of 13.8 percent during the last 10 years. He said, though the rate of growth came down during the last two years due to the overall economic slowdown, it is recovering fast, with the year 2013-14 showing a growth of six percent.
Indira Gandhi International Airport introduced new facility track real time flight arrivals and departures at Delhi’s International airport and domestic flights on Air India and Jet Airways.
ICAO International scheduled passenger traffic grew by 6.3 percent in 2014, up from the 5.7 percent recorded in 2013. With recovery in the Eurozone economy, European traffic increased by 5.7 percent and accounted for the largest share of international RPKs with 38 percent. Asia/Pacific had the second largest share with 27 percent, growing by 5.8 percent.
International Air Transport Association announced the publication of the first edition of the Lithium Battery Risk Mitigation Guidance for Operators. This free online guidance material provides airline operators with critical information related to the safe handling and transport of lithium batteries by air.
International Air Transport Association announced global passenger traffic results for October showing a strengthening in demand growth compared to September 2014 and to the year-ago period. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 5.7 percent over October 2013, slightly ahead of the 5.2 percent year-on-year rise recorded in September 2014.
International Air Transport Association announced an outlook for improved industry profitability in its Economic Performance of the Air Transport Industry report. Airlines are expected to post a collective global net profit in 2014 of some $19.9 billion (up from the $18.0 billion projected in June). This looks set to rise to $25.0 billion in 2015.
IndiGo has announced the addition of Kozhikode as its 32nd domestic and 37th overall destination in its network. The 2015 schedule introduces six new daily non-stop flights including new daily non-stop flights between Kozhikode and Dubai, daily non-stop flights between Kozhikode and Mumbai, daily flights between Kozhikode & Delhi (via Mumbai) and 15th daily non-stop flight between Delhi and Mumbai.
international Civil Aviation Organization will be welcoming students and aviation executives this December, when they convene at its Montréal Headquarters for the Second Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Symposium. The ICAO NGAP initiative is aimed at ensuring that enough qualified and competent aviation professionals are available to operate, manage and maintain the future international air transport system.
International Airlines Group has decided to convert eight A330-200 options, previously announced, into firm orders for Spain’s flag carrier Iberia, which will become a new operator of the A330-200. The aircraft will be delivered from the end 2015 and will be equipped with GE CF6 engines.
International Turbine Engine Company has received an order from Alenia Aermacchi to supply propulsion engines for Poland’s eight new Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainers.
Indianapolis International Airport has added a groundbreaking dimension to passenger assistance, the Double® Robot by Double Robotics. The mobile platform will allow IND Guest Services staff in any location to check on and interact with passengers throughout the terminal via its on-board iPad.IndiGo will take on lease 12 Airbus A320 planes from Tigerair to support its expansion plan. Currently, IndiGo has 81 Airbus A320 planes and the airline operates some 500 flights daily. Between December 2012 and now it has added 15 aircraft.
International Air Transport Association announced global passenger traffic results showing demand growth of 5.3 percent (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs). Capacity expanded exactly in tandem with demand (5.3 percent), resulting in a global load factor of 82.3 percent, unchanged from last year.
IATA’s assessment of premium and economy travel stated that growth in the number of international air passengers slowed to 2.4 percent, with first half growth of 3.7 percent, compared to the same period last year. Travel has expanded by just 0.7 percent; The travel slowdown has been caused by slower world trade growth and a dip in business confidence.Iberia will use its Lido aeronautical solutions for flight operations. The airline has opted for the paper Lido/RouteManual navigation charts after which they will migrate entirely to the electronic Lido/iRouteManual and Lido/Enroute iPad apps. This means Iberia will in the near future be flying with a paperless cockpit, subject to approval by the Spanish regulatory authorities.
India’s domestic air passenger traffic grew by 6 percent in July according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
International Air Transport Association welcomed the decision by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to grant final approval to Resolution 787[i]. The resolution is the foundation document for the New Distribution Capability (NDC), a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard.
India’s domestic air traffic grew by 4.2 percent lower than the average global. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), growth in India so far this year has been weak at two percent. Although there is positive sentiment for the incoming government, inflation is high and consumer demand remains constrained.
International Air Transport Association announced global passenger traffic results showing a modest deceleration in demand growth. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 4.7 percent over the year-ago period, which was below the 6.2 percent.
International Airlines Group has converted eight A350-900 options into firm orders for Iberia. The airline becomes a new customer for the fast-selling A350XWB family.
International Airlines Group’s results for the second quarter and its profit targets set it apart from Lufthansa and Air France-KLM. They reveal another strong improvement, giving IAG’s H1 the first positive operating result since 2011, outperforming its major European rivals.
International Air Transport Association called on the Venezuelan government to honor the commitment it made to permit airlines to repatriate in full and at fair exchange rates airline funds being blocked in the country.
IndiGo has picked six lead managers for its initial public offering, which could be worth up to $400 million. The carrier will be listed in Mumbai early next year depending on market conditions, according to people involved in the deal, who declined to be named as the process is not public yet.
ICAO predicts continued passenger traffic growth and rebound in freight traffic through 2016. World scheduled air passenger traffic grew by 5.5 percent reaching 5.8 trillion passenger-kilometres performed (PKP) and is expected to increase by 6 percent, 6.3 percent and 6.5 percent 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Indigo celebrated its success for being voted as the Best Low Cost Airline in Central Asia and India, fifth time in a row at the Farnborough Air Show, 2014. This is the fifth year in a row that IndiGo has been recognized at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
International Airlines Group has converted 20 A320neo options into a firm order. These aircraft are intended to replace 21 shorthaul British Airways’ aircraft. British Airways already operates 120 Airbus single aisle aircraft covering the full Family range from the smallest A318 to the largest A321.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the governments to ratify important changes to the Tokyo Convention 1963 as were agreed at a diplomatic conference in Montreal. The Tokyo Convention provides the legal framework for dealing with passengers whose unruly or disruptive behavior leads to physical assault or poses a threat to the safety of a flight. Nearly 100 governments attended the diplomatic conference that mooted the changes, which will come into force upon ratification of the protocol to the Tokyo Convention by 22 states. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has driven the process through an initial proposal to a new treaty in five years, a relatively short length of time for a new protocol to be agreed.
IndiGo,India’s low-cost and low-carbon airline, with a view to Strengthen its commitment to the domestic market, announced eight new flights connecting seven destinations, Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Srinagar, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati and Dibrugarh. IndiGo will operate new daily non-stop flights between Delhi to Dibrugarh and return via Guwahati – Kolkata & Lucknow to Srinagar via Delhi. The airline, in addition, also announced third non-stop flight from Delhi to Bhubaneshwar and Guwahati, fifth non-stop flight from Delhi to Lucknow and Srinagar and sixth non-stop flight between Delhi and Hyderabad.
International Air Transport Association (IATA)’ s 8th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) conducted at Los Angeles CA (USA) called for the average end-to-end transit time to be cut by up to 48 hours by the end of the decade. Currently the average end-to-end time for consignments is around six to seven days which has not improved upon since the 1960s. During the inauguration of the event, Des Vertannes, Iata’s global head of cargo, set out a value-enhancement agenda for the current year. The focus of the proposed agenda will be on increasing the penetration of e-commerce and on raising the quality of the air cargo business.
IATA’s 70th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is scheduled to take place at Doha, Qatar. The AGM and the Summit will be conducted from 1 to 3 June 2014. This year’s AGM is timed with the celebrations of 100 years of commercial aviation. Both the IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit will be open only to the accredited media. In addition to the IATA Director General’s State of the Industry address, the Programme will be highlighting the issues such as updated industry financial forecast, CEO Insight Panel, Panel discussions on key issues in the region and globally as also media briefings.
India’s Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, whilst inaugurating The “4th International Exhibition & Conference on Civil Aviation- India Aviation 2014”, conducted at Hyderabad from 12 to 16 March 2014, expressed his view that the rapidly expanding air transport network and opening of the airport infrastructure to private sector participation has fuelled the growth of air traffic in India. The minister observed that currently India is evaluated as the 9th largest aviation market, handling 121 million domestic and 41 million international passengers with more than 85 international airlines operating to India and 5 Indian carriers connecting over 40 countries,. The Indian Civil aviation industry has systematically evolved during the last 100 years of its existence. The sector is poised to handle 336 million domestic and 85 million international passengers by 2020, making India the third largest aviation market.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the airline industry remains on track to deliver a second consecutive year of improved profitability notwithstanding the slight downward revision to its industry outlook for 2014 to an industry profit of $18.7 billion from the previously forecast $19.7 billion. The main reason for the downward revision is considered to be the higher oil prices which, according to the current estimation, are expected to average $108.0/barrel (Brent) which is $3.5/barrel above previous projections. Overall industry revenues are expected to rise to $745 billion taking it beyond the previously projected $2 billion.
Iberia announced that it will be the first Spanish airline to equip cockpits with the “Electronic Flight Bag”, iPads to replace the checklists, manuals, and other paper documents used in flight preparations and operations, and even to perform the calculations needed. The devices are designed to increase efficiency and safety, while reducing aircraft weight by nearly 60 kg., for overall savings in fuel worth an estimated 150,000 euros per month for the airline in short and medium haul flights.

Internat ional Air Transport Associat ion (IATA) emphasized the importance of industry-government partnership as the industry embarks on the second century of commercial aviation. “The most salient lesson of commercial aviation’s first century is the value of partnerships. Through partnership,industry and government made flying the safest way to travel.This is a good guide as we look ahead to aviation’s next century. No matter what the challenge, solutions built in partnership between industry and government are the most durable and yield the best results,” said Tony Tyler,IATA’s Director General and CEO,in his keynote address at the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit.

 

IndiGo, reinforcing its commitment of growth in the domestic market, has announced the addition of Bagdogra as its 30th domestic and 35th overall destination in its winter schedule. The new schedule is the introduction of new daily non-stop flights to Bagdogra from Guwahati & Kolkata. Bagdogra will also be connected to Mumbai (via Guwahati) & Bengaluru (via Kolkata). Celebrating its seventh year of operations, the airline will also launch its seventh daily non-stop flight between Delhi & Kolkata and also its daily non-stop flight between Mumbai & Guwahati. With this Ahmedabad will now be connected to Guwahati via Mumbai.
IAG’s profits more than doubled in the third quarter due in part to a recovery at Iberia, adding to a strong performance from Vueling. International Airlines Group, IAG’s underlying operating profit was EUR€690 million (USD$923 million) for the three months to end-September, compared with a profit of EUR€270 million during the same period a year ago.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to adopt and adhere to global standards that are necessary for the safe, efficient and sustainable operation of the global air transport system. “Aviation has changed the world for the better. This year airlines will carry over three billion passengers and 50 million tonnes of cargo. And it is a fact that a large part of this phenomenal success story can be attributed to global standards,” said Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and CEO.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for September showing a continuation of the strong demand trend despite a slight slowdown from August. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose by 5.5% as compared to the same period during 2012. Capacity increased at a slightly lower pace at 5.3% over the same period. The load factor in September (80.3%) was largely in line with levels achieved in September 2012.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on all partners and stakeholders involved in passenger travel to work together to deliver greater value to passengers. “Aviation makes possible $2.2 trillion worth of economic activity and supports some 57 million jobs around the globe. Every day more than 8 million passengers take advantage of the safety, speed and convenience of air travel; and airfares are one-third lower, in real terms, than they were 20 years ago.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for August indicating strengthening of the healthy demand trend of the last few months. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose by 6.8% as compared to August 2012. Capacity increased over the year-ago period lagged demand at 5.6%. This pushed the load factor to match the record high of 83.4% set in July 2011.International Air Transport Associationintimated that the $1 billion downgrade from its previous forecast for the whole industry in June also reflected a spike in oil prices driven by the Syrian crisis. For 2014, IATA predicted a rebound in profits to $16.4 billion on hopes of rising business and consumer confidence and a respite in oil prices.Incheonheld a groundbreaking ceremony for a second terminal capable of accommodating 18 million passengers a year, bringing total capacity to 62 million to capitalize on increased traffic in Asia. Incheon is also looking to accommodate an influx of people arriving for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s Pyeongchang county.International Air Transport Association (IATA)urged governments in Eastern Europe to work with industry stakeholders to fully realize the benefits of aviation across the region. “Aviation connectivity can play a key role in the economic success of Eastern Europe. But in order to achieve these benefits, the region will need to tackle some long-standing problems which hamper competitiveness and innovation,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO during the opening of the ‘Aviation Day’ in Bucharest.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on public and private stakeholders to work together to address critical priorities to enable aviation to do more to drive economic growth in Africa. “Aviation supports 6.7 million jobs and some $68 billion of economic activity in Africa. Those numbers are impressive but I am convinced aviation has an even bigger role to play in providing the connectivity that drives economic growth and development,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO while speaking at Aviation Day Africa.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed high expectations for the decisions that states will make at the 38th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). “Climate change will be at the top of the Assembly’s agenda. We will be looking to states to make decisions that will enable the industry to meet its ambitious commitment to stabilizing its emissions from 2020 via carbon-neutral growth (CNG2020). It is important that governments keep firmly focused on reaching agreement on a global solution. Environment is a global challenge. Aviation is a global industry. And we need a global way forward.

International Airlines Group (IAG), parent of British Airways and Iberia, announced firm orders and options for up to 220 Airbus A320 family shorthaul aircraft. The company intimated that up to 120 of the orders were for Spanish subsidiary airline Vueling, enabling it to “replace some of its existing A320 fleet and expand its business”. The Vueling agreement is made up of 62 firm orders — 30 A320ceo and 32 A320neo — to be delivered between 2015 and 2020, and 58 options.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Air Transat has become the first airline to renew its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration under the Enhanced IOSA audit process. In accordance with the Enhanced IOSA audit process, the Airlines will have to assume responsibility for ensuring continued conformity with the 900+ IOSA standards and recommended practices through internal auditing throughout the 24 months registration period.

IndiGo has announced the introduction of new daily flights to Ranchi from Delhi & Patna. Marking its seventh year of operations, the airline launched new daily non-stop flights between the cities from 18th August onwards. Both corporate and leisure passengers travelling to and from Ranchi and even to Jamshedpur will now have the opportunity to experience the hassle-free and on-time performance that IndiGo is synonymous with.

International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, and one of thWe world’s largest airline groups, has selected Microsoft Office 365 as the business communication solution for around 58,000 employees, enabling its workforce to collaborate virtually anytime, anywhere around the world. The new Enterprise Agreement includes Office 365, with Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Yammer, and provides the necessary features and security to help British Airways and Iberia transform their businesses and use cloud based solutions.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) released June passenger demand figures indicating year-on-year growth of 6.0 per cent. The robust growth, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), is ahead of the 4.8 per cent demand growth reported over the first six months of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. It is also ahead of the 5.6 per cent expansion in capacity for June over the previous year. This lead the passenger load factor to 81.7 per cent.

Icelandair and Porter Airlines have signed an interline agreement that will benefit passengers by providing them with connections between North America and more than 20 Icelandair destinations throughout Europe. Passengers can book a single combined e-ticket for Porter Airlines and Icelandair flights, including the convenience of checking baggage through to the final destination

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to host 2014 Conference in Abu Dhabi . Abu Dhabi is chosen to host 2014 IATA Conference. The conference will see the assembly of airlines and airport representatives for their biannual conference organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

IATA revealed prosperous growth of air travel during May 2013. Global passenger traffic results compiled by IATA show that air travel continued to expand at a healthy rate in May 2013, with growth being led by emerging markets. Compared to the year-ago period, overall demand rose 5.6 per cent while capacity climbed 5.2 per cent pushing the load factor up 0.3 percentage points to 78.1 per cent.

IndiGo Airlines
has introduced new daily non-stop flights connecting Oman’s capital Muscat to Mumbai. According to the airline, the newly introduced service is expected to strengthen the airline’s presence in the Gulf, where it caters to a large number of Indians.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Qatar Airways will host the 70th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit to be held in the Qatari capital Doha from June 1 – 3 next year. The announcement was made at the close of this year’s AGM in the South African city of Cape Town, South Africa.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)
69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) reaffirmed its support for the New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative as it would help develop an open, XML-based distribution standard for data exchange between airlines and travel agents. In a unanimously approved AGM Resolution IATA members agreed that, “consumers will benefit from being able to make choices based on enriched content and the ability to compare and transact airline offers in a transparent fashion.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) upgraded its global outlook for the airline industry to a $12.7 billion profit in 2013 on $711 billion in revenues. This is $2.1 billion better than that of the $10.6 billion profit projected in March of this year and an improvement on the $7.6 billion profit generated in 2012. Margins remain weak. On revenues that are expected to total $711 billion this year, the net profit margin is expected to be 1.8%. Indicative of the characteristically razor thin profits of the airline industry, even this small margin will make 2013 the third strongest year for airlines since the events of 2001.

IndiGo has launched seven new flights on its domestic network. Indigo will now operate its new daily & direct flights between Mumbai and Jammu, between Chennai and Kochi, second daily flight between Mumbai and Srinagar, second non-stop flight between Chennai & Trivandrum, second non-stop flight between Mumbai and Trivandrum, second daily non-stop flight between Jammu & Srinagar, and third direct flight between Mumbai and Kochi.

IdeaWorksCompany, an Aviation consultancy carried out a research according to which Airlines around the world collected over $27 billion in extra fees and charges last year. The figure indicates an increase of nearly 20% on the total for 2011, and an increase of 101% on 2009. It includes revenue from 53 airlines for items such as baggage fees, credit and debit card charges, and in-flight food and drink.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for a unified agenda between airlines and airports to address the mutual challenges of growth and sustainability. “Airports are airlines’ closest partners. Neither of us could exist without the other,” said Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and CEO.

International Airline Group (IAG), and British Airways, following a thorough selection process, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to buy 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft plus 18 options, as part of the airline’s on-going long-haul aircraft fleet renewal and modernization strategy. IAG, owner of both British Airways and Iberia, has also secured commercial terms and delivery slots that could lead to firm orders for Iberia. Firm orders will only be made when Iberia is in a position to grow profitably, having restructured and reduced its cost base.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an organizational restructuring of its main divisions and regional operations to even better address the needs of its 240 member airlines. Senior management changes were also announced to support the new structure. All changes will take effect from 1 July 2013. A key guiding principle of the restructuring is the concept of ‘Global Development, Regional Delivery’. “IATA is changing to deliver even greater value to its members. Strengthening our regional structures where we are closest to our members will help us to understand and meet their needs better. We have also regrouped activities that have grown organically over time with the goal of being more intuitive to those we deal with. This will optimize our ability to develop, modernize and deliver the global standards which are the foundation of aviation-enabled global connectivity,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing that demand growth is accelerating on the back of stronger business confidence, particularly in emerging regions. Passenger demand rose 3.7% as compared to February 2012. The 3.7% growth masks improvements in recent months. October 2012 appears to have been a turning point for air travel markets. Since October, passenger demand has been growing at an annualized rate of 9%. This is almost double the growth trend over the first 9 months of 2012. “February’s performance was good news. Demand for air travel continues to rise on economic optimism and improved business confidence. But that comes with a few caveats. Much of the growth is concentrated on emerging markets. Europe continues to be a laggard. And the handling of the banking crisis in Cyprus has reminded all of us that the deep problems in the Eurozone economies still remain,” said Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and CEO.

IndiGo and SpiceJet have got the nod from Aircraft Acquisition Committee (AAC) of the Civil Aviation Ministry of India to import more aircraft. “The AAC, headed by S Machendranathan, the Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser of Ministry of Civil Aviation, has cleared the proposal of IndiGo to import four Airbus 320 and SpiceJet to import three Boeing 737 aircraft recently,” official sources said. The decision to allow IndiGo to import more aircraft has come at a time when it is facing problems from the Government in importing 16 A320 aircraft which is part of the order of original 100 aircraft for which the airline already has in-principle approval.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is to assist Indonesia in a new project aimed at improving the management and reduction of the country’s aviation carbon emissions. The ‘Environmental Measures Project’ will be undertaken between Indonesia’s Ministry of Transport and ICAO’s Technical Co-operation Bureau (ICAO-TCB). The objectives of the project include a master plan for Indonesian legislative improvements on emissions, green flights and green airports operational programmes, more efficient airspace design utilizing performance-based navigation guidelines, advice on appropriate market-based measures as well as initiatives relating to alternative fuels and the development of a comprehensive emissions inventory.

Indonesia’s flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia spent more than half of the total spending to procure 11 Airbus A330-300 and 18 Boeing planes with deliveries expected until 2015. Indonesian airline firms have moved to expand services in anticipation of the implementation of Association Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Open Sky policy slated for 2015 that allows people living in Southeast Asia to take no-frill flights to any cities in the region. The moves taken by airlines in the region’s largest economy include procuring brand new planes and improving plane service centers. Indonesia’s Central Statistic Bureau (BPS) reported that Indonesian airline firms spent some 35.2 trillion rupiah (about 3. 6 billion U.S. dollars) to procure new planes throughout last year.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a modest improvement in its outlook for the 2013 financial performance of the global airline industry primarily based on stronger revenues. IATA now expects airlines to produce a combined net post-tax profit margin of 1.6% (up from the previously forecast 1.3%) with a net post-tax profit of $10.6 billion (up from the previously projected $8.4 billion). “Industry profits are taking a small step in the right direction. Against a backdrop of improved optimism for global economic prospects passenger demand has been strong and cargo markets are starting to grow again. The economic optimism is also pushing fuel prices higher. We are seeing a $12 billion improvement in revenue, and a $9-10 billion increase in costs—most of which is related to fuel,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

IndiGo has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices, becoming the first Indian carrier to do so. Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors. This milestone makes 6E the first airline globally to introduce on A320 aircraft powered by IAE engines. Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the A320neo Family. They offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms. All future A320 aircraft to be delivered to IndiGo shall be fitted with the Sharklet wing tip devices.

India’s oldest air facility Juhu Airport, which has been recently catapulted into the limelight as the proposed location for commercial flight operations to decongest Mumbai, will now get night landing facilities. The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which manages the Juhu airport will develop night landing facilities for aircraft at the airport. As of now, operations at the airport are only allowed until sunset. The AAI had proposed to extend the existing 1,140-metre runway by 700-800 metres to enable it to accommodate turboprops and small passenger jets. Juhu airport serves as a helibase for Mumbai and handles around 100 chopper movements a day. It can only accommodate small fixed wing planes due to its smaller length of its runway. The plan to extend the runway was mooted to ease congestion at the Mumbai airport and shift the slower-moving turbo props and private jets to Juhu.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year traffic data for 2012 showing a 5.3% year-on-year increase in passenger demand and a 1.5% fall for cargo. The 5.3% increase in passenger demand was slightly down on 2011 growth of 5.9% but above the 5% twenty-year average. Demand in international markets expanded at a faster rate (6.0%) than domestic travel (4.0%). In both cases emerging markets were the main drivers of growth.

Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has introduced a new air traffic management (ATM) system, Point Merge, to Dublin Airport. The system allows airlines to reduce their fuel burn by up to 250kg per flight by using continuous descent approaches. ‘Point Merge’ reduces fuel burn, CO2 and delays by cutting the need to put aircraft into traditional race track holding patterns. Instead, aircraft are placed into arcs from which they can manoeuvre in a single turn and fly a continuous descent to the runway.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)
announced an upward revision to its industry financial outlook. For 2012 airlines are expected to return a profit of $6.7 billion (up from the $4.1 billion forecast in October). This is expected to improve slightly to $8.4 billion in 2013 (marginally better than the $7.5 billion forecast in October).

IndiGo, India’s largest and fastest growing airline has announced the introduction of new flights connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru & Kochi. The airline will launch its new daily flights on multiple routes. Both corporate and leisure travellers will now have the opportunity to experience the matchless on-time performance that IndiGo is synonymous with.

Iraqi Government and Lufthansa Consulting continue their successful collaboration to establish international standards for the country’s future aviation development: During the Iraqi-German Business Forum in Berlin, the Governor of the Nineveh Governorate, H.E. Athil Abdulazeez Al Najafi, and Lufthansa Consulting signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the development of Mosul International Airport in the provincial capital in North-Western Iraq.IndiGo, has tied up with Carzonrent (I)Ltd to offer seamless cab booking services to its customers. 6E customers will now have the option to book cab pick-up/drop, intercity car rental service as well as long duration local usage service at a compelling price, the customers will also have an option to choose from a wide array of vehicles for their travel.International Air Transport Association (IATA) stated that 3.6 billion passengers will be carried by airlines around the globe in 2016 – roughly 800 million more than the 2.8 billion passengers carried in 2011. The emerging economies of the Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East will see the strongest passenger growth, led by routes within or connected to China, which are expected to account for 193 million of the 831 million new passengers over the forecast period.International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for October showing a persistent softening of passenger traffic growth and a significant deterioration in freight demand. Passenger demand rose 2.8% compared to October 2011, but declined 0.5% compared to September. Capacity increased by 2.3% over the year-ago period, and load factor rose 0.4 percentage points to 78.8%.Indonesian General Directorate of Civil Aviation validated the Type Certificate for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft (RRJ-95B). This validation confirms compliance of the SSJ100 to the certification requirements of the Indonesian Aviation Authority, allowing its export to Indonesia and operation by Indonesian airlines without restrictions.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)
urged stakeholders in the Latin American and Caribbean region to work together with the common goal of a safer and more efficient air transport industry in the region.
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JetBlue Airways and Royal Air Maroc, the flagship carrier of the Kingdom of Morocco, filed an application with the US Governments to enter into a codeshare partnership that will offer customers easy connections between the two airlines’ networks.Japan Airlines and TAM Airlines (JJ), announced that they will begin a codeshare cooperation on six international and 21 Brazil-domestic routes. JAL’s new codeshare flights with JJ, which are pending government approval, are in addition to the airline’s existing codeshare cooperation to the region with its oneworld and joint business partner American Airlines (AA).

Jet Airways reported its first operating profit since the last three months of 2012, after benefiting from a drop in fuel costs and a rise in revenue. Operating profit reached INR30 million rupees (USD$486,000) for the three months ended December 31.JetBlue Airways, have filed an application with the U.S. Government to enter into a bilateral codeshare partnership that will offer customers easy connections between the two airlines’ networks with a focus on gateways in Boston, New York/JFK and Reykjavik.

Japan Airlines is striving to provide passengers high levels of in-flight service and pleasure onboard. From March 2015, JAL SKY Wi-Fi, in-flight internet service (paid service) will be expanded on both international and domestic routes.
Jet Airways will start 16 additional daily Boeing 737 flights on March 28, 2015 to meet increased demand on key domestic sectors. Jet Airways will operate additional early morning flights from Bengaluru and Chennai to Mumbai and late evening services from Mumbai to the two key southern cities.Japan Airlines and Mitsubishi Aircraft announced that they have signed an agreement for the purchase of thirty-two firm Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft. JAL and Mitsubishi Aircraft signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) and have moved forward to conclude this agreement.


JApan Airlines announced
its flight frequency and fleet plans on both international and domestic routes for fiscal year 2015. In regards to the airline’s international network, Japan Airlines FY2015 fleet plans include newly added Boeing 787-9s, which will be configured with the airline’s latest cabin interior (JAL SKY SUITE) from July 2015.
Jet Airways has introduced a new initiative “Zero Penalty Fee” for changes or cancellations within 24 hours of bookings made on www.jetairways.com.
Jeppesen has helped UK-based Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, achieve paperless operational authorization from the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Flybe has integrated Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on iPad as their electronic flight bag (EFB) solution fleet-wide, which allowed the carrier to gain paperless authorization status.Jet Airways has introduced a new online meal booking program for First Class and Premiere guests. The “Book your meal” initiative is now available on all Jet Airways’ international flights, allowing guests to pre-order meals online at jetairways.com. It is a key feature in the airline’s growing commitment to enhance the in-flight guest experience.

Jin Air has become the first active LCC in North Asia to have a widebody operation. Jin Air has commenced 777-200 flights between Seoul Incheon and Guam. Its initial single 777 will be joined by two more in 2015, at which point Jin Air will look to add destinations such as Hawaii.
JSC Aeroflot announced operating results of Aeroflot Group and the Company for November 2014 and the eleven months of 2014. Passenger traffic of Aeroflot Group in November 2014 was 2.6 mln, up 9.9 percent year-on-year. Group traffic totalled 32.0 mln, a 10.2 percent year-on-year increase. JSC Aeroflot’s traffic was 1.8 mln in November 2014 and 21.7 mln in 11M 2014, up 10.7 percent and 12.8 percent year-on-year, respectively.
JAL Group forecasted a total of 432,024 passengers travelling on its international flights during the Japanese New Year vacation period from December 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015 based on current reservation figures. The total number of people travelling to and from Japan is expected to increase 10.2 percent compared to the same period last year, and the number of available seats is 6.6 percent up than previous year.
Jet Airways is believed to have shelved a plan to transfer the airline’s ATR turboprop aircraft fleet to the subsidiary JetLite, owing to the regulatory complexities and costs issue. Jet currently has 18 ATRs in its fleet, which cater to the airline’s regional routes, while JetLite has a total fleet of 11 Boeing 737 planes.
JetBlue Airways was named the Best Low Cost Airline — The Americas for 2015 for the second year in a row by the editors of AirlineRatings.com.
Jetstar Japan has announced that it will commence an international operation with the first offering flights between Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and Hong Kong from 28 February 2015 with its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.
Japan Airlines and SriLankan Airlines both members of oneworld® alliance have agreed to implement a codeshare relationship with each other for the first time and will commence codeshare flights on UL-operated flights between Tokyo (Narita) and Colombo, the flights between Colombo and Male, as well as the flights between Bangkok and Colombo.
Jewel Changi Airport Trustee Pte, a joint venture between Changi Airport Group (CAG) and CapitaMalls Asia, the shopping mall business of CapitaLand, broke ground for the construction of Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) – a mixed-use complex featuring attractions, retail offerings, a hotel and facilities for airport operations, which will be developed in front of Terminal 1 (T1).
Jet Airways has significantly enhanced its global connectivity with the introduction of additional frequencies from Mumbai to Far East and the gulf region.Jet Airways launched its inaugural flight from Delhi to Ho Chi Minh City offering seamless connections to cities in the ASEAN region and beyond Ho Chi Minh to Sydney, Melbourne and Hanoi, and within Vietnam with codeshare partner Vietnam Airlines.
Jet Airways will significantly enhance global connectivity with the introduction of four new daily direct international flights linking Ahmedabad, Goa, Lucknow and Pune, India’s business and tourist destinations, with Abu Dhabi and beyond.
Japan Airlines and Kyocera Corporation announced that they will jointly support the “TOMODACHI” Hironomachi Delegation to the 24th Japan-America Grassroots Summit in the San Diego Region as part of the larger tomodachi Initiative.
Japan Airlines (JAL) and Credit Saison both supporting companies to Japan National Football Team, decided to launch a new campaign to give strong backing to Japan National Football Team.
Jet Airways has enhanced its connectivity with the United Arab Emirates, through the introduction of a fifth daily service between the two financial hubs of Mumbai and Dubai. This is the fifth daily frequency being introduced between the two cities and is expected to provide guests with the convenience of an additional service.
JAL Group announced revisions to its international network, flight frequency and fleet plans in the second half of fiscal year 2014, the year ending March 31, 2015. The airline will launch two routes between Nagoya (Chubu) and Bangkok, as well as between Osaka (Kansai) and Los Angeles.
Jazeera Airways reported a 34.7 percent decrease in net profit in 1H2014, with the tough operating environment in many of the airline’s major markets, the rising price of aviation fuel and other externalities contributing to the reduction.
JetPrivilege announced a new mileage accrual structure and a new redemption structure of JetPrivilege, applicable for all flights on Jet Airways and JetKonnect.As per the new accrual structure, for distances less than or equal to 500 miles, a JetPrivilege member will be rewarded with a minimum of 500 JPMiles for flights taken on Jet Airways and 375 JPMiles for flights taken on JetKonnect.Jet Airways, announced the addition of a second direct flight from Mumbai to Colombo. Operating a state of the art Boeing 737 aircraft effective 5th November, 2014, Jet Airways’ guests can now avail of same day return on this route, especially for those traveling on business.
Jet Airways launched Bengaluru’s maiden international flight to the Gulf, connecting the city, considered as India’s IT Hub, with Abu Dhabi. The new route from the city is Jet Airways first international flight from Bengaluru to the Gulf. This new flight is expected to further strengthen Jet Airways’ growing international network in the Gulf region duly enhancing flight connectivity beyond Abu Dhabi to immediate Gulf countries and to destinations in North America, Africa and Europe. Furthermore, the evening departure of this flight will enable the passengers to make convenient and seamless connections from several southern destinations on the airline’s domestic network to Abu Dhabi and beyond, via Bengaluru.

Japan Airlines (JAL) and S7 Airlines (S7), both members of oneworld, have agreed for expansion of the codeshare flights by adding 12 domestic destinations in Russia from March 19, 2014. The new codeshare routes between Moscow (Domodedovo) and domestic cities in Russia includes Saint Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, and also Sochi, which is the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and also a number of other attractive cities. With the enhanced cooperation with S7, JAL will continue to augment its network in Russia to enable it to provide customers with more convenience and enjoyable experience on every journey.

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Qatar Airways, both members of the oneworld alliance, have entered a codeshare agreement with each other for the first time and commenced codeshare flights from December 3, 2013 on QR-operated flights between Tokyo(Narita) and Doha as well as between Osaka(Kansai) and Doha. QR will place its flight indicator on JL-operated flights between Tokyo (Narita) and Sapporo (New Chitose), Fukuoka, and on the flights from Tokyo (Haneda), Sapporo (New Chitose) to Osaka (Kansai), from Osaka (Itami) to Tokyo (Narita), from Nagoya (Chubu) to Tokyo (Narita) as well as from Tokyo (Narita) to Okinawa (Naha) in Japan.
JBT Corporation announced that its JBT AeroTech business has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $9 million to supply gate equipment for the Honolulu International Airport (HNL). The contract, placed by The State of Hawaii, includes the supply of Jetway passenger boarding bridges and JetPower ground power units. The JBT gate equipment is an integral part of the $2.3 billion Hawaii Airports Modernization Program to renovate and expand the existing airport infrastructure.

JetBlue Airways announced a renewed commitment to Barbados, with plans to serve New York/JFK to Bridgetown, Barbados with daily Airbus A321 service, adding up to 580 seats per week each way, commencing from December 19, 2013. Additionally, JetBlue has filed to offer more capacity to Barbados during peak holiday times, including President’s Day and Easter, subject to receipt of government approval.Japan Airlines (JAL)has signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options open for a further 25 aircraft. This is JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft. It is also the first order the Airbus has received from Japan for the A350 XWB, confirming its continuing success with world leading airlines across the globe.Japan Airlineswas forced to turn around its Tokyo-bound flight from Moscow on 9 October due to a problem in the Boeing 787 jet’s lavatory, Takuya Shimoguchi, Spokesperson for the Japanese carrier said. According to the Spokesperson, the toilet malfunction on the flight from Moscow was probably caused by an electronic malfunction.Jet Airwayshas introduced a slew of attractive and economical holidays under its JetEscapes brand. Travelers from Sri Lanka can now enjoy convenient, all-inclusive holidays to popular destinations in India. JetEscapes holidays include return air travel in economy, airport transfers, 3 star hotel accommodation with breakfast and sightseeing. JetEscapes holidays are tailor made to offer flexible options for travel and stay.

JetBlue Airways and British Airways announced an interline agreement to connect the carriers’ networks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, creating new possibilities for travelers.

JBT Corporation announced that its JBT AeroTech business was awarded a contract which exceeds $4 million by the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam. As per the contract, JBT AeroTech will supply seventeen new JetAire preconditioned air units, seventeen JetPower ground power units and associated spare parts to support installation and operation of the equipment at Guam International Airport.

Jet Airways has appointed U.S.-based consultant Seabury Group to undertake a market study on route network and fleet, to help the airline and its strategic partner Etihad Airways to chalk out a plan to expand operations and acquire planes. “The consultant will study how the Indian and middle eastern market will pan out for the next ten years and is likely to turn in its report in a month or two,” informed people close to the development.

Jet Airways (India) Ltd might merge the Jet Konnect (JetLite) fleet with its own under a single operating permit to improve efficiency. This is one of the options under consideration as part of restructuring Jet Konnect, the airline’s no-frills brand. Jet Airways acquired Air Sahara in 2007 and rechristened it as JetLite. The brand name, JetLite, was dropped last year while keeping two service models intact — a full service model and a no-frills model (Jet Konnect).

Jet Airways posted a net loss of 3.55 billion Indian rupees (US$58 million) for its fiscal first quarter to end-June as compared with a net profit of 247 million rupees reported a year earlier.

JetBlue Airways
and South African Airways (SAA) announced a bilateral codeshare agreement to seamlessly connect the carriers’ networks via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD). The agreement is subject to U.S. DOT regulatory approval and receipt of foreign government operating authority.

Jet Airways has entered into a reciprocal frequent flyer partnership with Air New Zealand. JetPrivilege members may now be able to earn and redeem their JPMiles on the entire network of Air New Zealand marketed and operated flights. Similarly, Air New Zealand’s Airpoints members will be able to accrue and redeem Airpoints Dollars on the entire network of Jet Airways and JetKonnect marketed and operated flights. The addition of Air New Zealand would enable the JetPrivilege members to earn and redeem their miles across 24 airline partners.

Jet Airways will operate flights between Chennai and Singapore. The new service will be effective from 1 August 2013 and will complement the night flight currently in operation, on the high demand Chennai-Singapore route.

Jet Airways is to move of key operations from India to the UAE. Spooked by the move to shift key operations of Jet Airways to Abu Dhabi, the government will insist that the airline promises to adhere to all Indian laws, rules and regulations, if it wants approval for selling a 24% stake to Etihad.

Japan Airlines partnered with Kopernik, a US non-profit organization to launch “Connecting People to People, Bridging Japan and the World”, a program addressing environmental and social issues in developing countries. Building on the new JAL Group Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy effective from April 2013,

JAL SKY SUITE was named “Best Business Class Airline Seat” globally, based on the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey conducted by SKYTRAX. Japan Airlines received the top honor for its new fully-flat Business Class seat at SKYTRAX’s 2013 World Airline Awards held at Paris Air Show. JAL is the first Japanese airline to win the Best Business Class Airline Seat award from SKYTRAX.

JetBlue Airways announced that ‘TrueBlue’ members will be able to earn and keep points without the fear of expiration due to account inactivity. JetBlue’s rewards program for frequent fliers takes a further step beyond traditional programs, allowing customers to keep their points for as long as they want. There’s no requirement of fine prints, no more details that are to be remembered. “Customers can still be loyal even if they’re not traveling every year.” Said Dave Canty, JetBlue’s Director of Loyalty Marketing. “Loyalty shouldn’t have an expiration date, and neither should your points.” he added.

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced that it would be installing new seats in the airline’s two-class international Boeing 767-300ER fleet as part of its ongoing commitment to provide customers with a high-quality, full-service experience. The latest improvements are in addition to the previously announced refurbishing of the airline’s four-class international Boeing 777-300ERs.

JetBlue Airways, announced a partnership with Air Ventures and Royal Waste Services to compost leftovers from select restaurants in Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Air Ventures, the franchisee that owns and operates the Jamba Juice and Dunkin Donuts restaurants in T5 and Royal Waste Services have committed to work with the airline to separate and haul nearly 300 pounds of food waste each day for composting. Preserving the environment and creating a healthier planet is a core pillar of JetBlue’s sustainability philosophy.

Jet Airways, has entered into codeshare agreements with premium European carriers Air France and KLM, open for sales, for travel effective June 19, 2013. The codeshare agreement enables Air France to place its marketing code (AF) on Jet Airways’ domestic flights to three major Indian cities beyond Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. Customers travelling from Europe to India on Air France flights will now be able to connect seamlessly with one ticket to Chennai via Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai, and to Kolkata, Hyderabad via Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Jet Airways (India) Ltd, is likely to announce orders for as many as 200 planes from Boeing Co. and Airbus, in what would be the biggest aircraft-purchase order ever by an Indian carrier. The Mumbai-based airline has placed an order for 50 of Boeing’s newest 737 MAX jetliners and eight or ten 777-300 extended-range planes, Sydney-based CAPA-Centre for Aviation.

Jet Airways introduced daily services from Kochi to Kuwait via Abu Dhabi. Jet Airways presently operates double daily flights between Mumbai and Kuwait. The airline deploys a state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft on this route, offering Premiere and Economy guests the best in-flight product and services along with award-winning in-flight Entertainment (IFE), as also meals that are regional favorites.

Jet Airways announced the launch of its first mobile application for Windows Phone in association with Nokia. This makes it India’s first airline mobile application across any platform, which allows customers to effortlessly book tickets, check flight status, manage their JetPrivilege account, and also avail of special offers among other features. Taking into consideration the growing popularity of smart phone usage, the app has been designed in a highly innovative and interactive manner to enhance guests travel experience.

JetBlue Airways launched New York’s only nonstop service to the vibrant city of Albuquerque. Albuquerque is JetBlue’s first destination in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, and is the 77th destination served in the airline’s growing route network.

Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, and South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa and the only airline with non-stop flights between Mumbai and Johannesburg, announced a code share agreement enabling seamless connectivity between India and South Africa. Under the codeshare arrangement Jet Airways will code share on South African Airways’ flights between Mumbai and Johannesburg and beyond to Cape Town and Durban. SAA will code share on Jet Airways’ operations between Mumbai and Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram. The agreement will effectively enhance flight choices for customers, whether originating in India or Africa, through seamless and convenient connections and frequent flyer mileage opportunities. “Jet Airways is delighted to enter into a codeshare partnership with SAA, South Africa’s national carrier. Besides its global popularity as a tourist destination, South Africa, in its capacity as Africa’s largest economy, is also a strategic trade and investment destination. With the seamless connections offered between India and South Africa, we are confident that this mutually beneficial codeshare will prove extremely popular with both business and leisure travellers.” said. Sudheer Raghavan, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways,

Jet Airways has recently deepened its relationship with Etihad Airways, a deal that many informed industry sources believe is a pre-cursor to an eventual equity alliance in the short-term. Many Indian news sources have reported over the past month about discussions over Etihad Airways becoming the first international airline to invest in the local market following the Indian government’s momentous decision last year to permit foreign companies to buy up to a 49 per cent equity stake in Indian carriers.

Japan Airlines (JAL) and LAN Peru S.A. (LAN Peru), respectively a member and an affiliate airline of the oneworld Alliance, executed agreements to code-share flights. Once approved by the applicable government authorities, passengers will have access to expanded routes in the United States, Japan and Peru. Specifically, in the United States JAL will offer its passengers further connectivity between New York and Los Angeles on the one hand, and Lima, Peru in the other hand.

Jet Airways and ATR announced the signature of a new Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA), valued at some US $ 48 million. This new GMA extends the agreement for the following 7 years and covers the supply of spare parts and maintenance services for the fleet of ATRs of the airline. Jet Airways, including its subsidiary Jet Konnect, currently operates a fleet of 16 ATR 72-500 and 1 ATR 72-600 aircraft, and will introduce an additional 4 new ATR 72-600 aircraft into its fleet. The airline has been operating ATR aircraft since 1999 and has covered its fleet with GMAs since the beginning of its partnership with ATR. Jet Airways has become the first operator in India of the new ATR -600 series aircraft, which feature the most advanced cabin interior designs, as well as the most updated avionics suite and navigation aid tools. This new Global Maintenance Agreement will handle the complete management of the components, including the repair of line replaceable units (LRUs) and propellers, and the access to an ATR advance standard exchange pool. The service package includes also an inventory of spare parts at Jet Airways premises. With the signature of this agreement, Jet Airways will mainly take advantage of guaranteed spares availability and a large reduction of maintenance costs. The airline will additionally benefit from simplified maintenance procedures, with ATR as single channel.Jet Airwayshas awarded Jordanian MRO Company JorAMCo a contract to provide C-3 checks on three of its A330 aircraft. JorAMCo was also contracted to carry out additional maintenance service tasks on two of the three aircraft, which were carried out at the end of last year. The company specialises in aircraft airframe services, components repair and overhaul and provides customers with heavy base maintenance, technical support and engineering.Jeju Air Co., South Korea’s largest budget carrier, vowed to become the top low-cost carrier in Northeast Asia, noting it has grown very rapidly over the past eight years. Yonhap News quoted the carrier announcing that it handles 11,200 domestic and international passengers a day on average, up from about 200 in 2006 when it started the business with a single turboprop aircraft. The company is based out of South Korea’s southern resort island of Jeju.Japan Airlines (JAL)has signed a new codeshare arrangement with American Airlines in Brazil. JAL will add Rio de Janeiro as a new destination to its network and will increase the number of codeshare flights to and from Sao Paulo. JAL and American, both members of the OneWorld Alliance, entered into an agreement on April 1, 2011, to partner on trans-Pacific services. As part of the ongoing co-operation, JAL will market round-trip flights operated by American from Dallas Fort Worth as well as New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Jet Airways took delivery of one of the four of its new A330-300 aircraft. This first of the new series of aircraft will commence commercial flight operations. This flight will operate on the Mumbai – Brussels – Mumbai sectors. The airline has also expanded its code-share agreement with Etihad Airways. The airline has now placed its code on Etihad’s flight operating out of Abu Dhabi to Paris’ Charles de-Gaulle airport.

Jet Airways is making the final preparations for the arrival of its first ATR 72-600s, an upgraded version of the older generation ATR 72-500s that the airline already operates. It will be the first customer for the type in the country and plans to use the aircraft to support its domestic network and provide enhanced connectivity into Tier II and III cities & towns across the length and breadth of India.

Jet Airways and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have expanded their codeshare arrangement. Under the terms of the agreement, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on ANA-operated flights from Hong Kong to Tokyo/Osaka and Bangkok to Tokyo. Similarly, ANA will place its code on Jet Airways flights operated between Hong Kong and Mumbai/Delhi, Bangkok and Mumbai/Delhi/Kolkata, Singapore and Mumbai/Delhi/Chennai and on domestic India routes between Mumbai and Delhi/Chennai/Kolkata. The reciprocal codeshare is open for sale and travel with immediate effect.

JetBlue Airways announced plans to expand its schedule in Alaska with new nonstop service between Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The award-winning airline plans to launch daily service for the summer season beginning May 16, 2013.
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Kenya Airport Authority is now pushing to finish the work on the runway which when ready will be about two kilometers long. The new facility was built at a cost of over 160 million Kenya shillings (USD 1.7 million) and puts the airport ahead of the influx of more passengers when the building of the new port starts in earnest.
Korean Air has announced a code-share agreement with China Southern Airlines on the Seoul-Urumqi route. The code share will offer greater convenience and choice to passengers.
Kenya Airways has begun flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts on two existing routes in the Far East. The Dreamliner will be operating on the Nairobi-Bangkok-Guangzhou route; and the Nairobi–Bangkok–Hong Kong route.
Korean Air, will add a 10th A380 aircraft to its fleet. The latest A380 will go through the required tests in Korea before making its debut flight to Atlanta.
Kuwait Airways has signed a contract with Airbus to buy 25 new aircraft and lease 12 others in the biggest overhaul of its fleet since the 1990 Iraqi invasion. In May Kuwait Airways announced that it had signed an initial agreement with Airbus to buy 25 new aircraft and had taken an option on 10 more, saying the order would be for 15 A320neo narrowbody jets and 10 of Airbus’s new A350-900 XWB.
Kenya Airways’ performance during the second quarter of the year was ever so slightly down from a year ago, largely centred around a 7.8 percent capacity reduction on routes to Europe, where for instance the daylight flights to London were halted until demand justifies their re-introduction. North African destinations saw a decline in capacity by nearly 28 percent, mainly as a result of the turmoil in Egypt which depressed demand and led to a suspension of services until the political situation has stabilized again.

Kenya Airways experienced an extremely difficult operating environment. Average load factors reduced to 68.7 percent from last year’s 71.7 percent, prompting the Kenya Airways Group to reduce staff on a year on year comparison to 3.470 at the airline and 4.006 group wide, a reduction of 828 overall.

Kenya Airways is expecting to take delivery of their latest aircraft, a Boeing B777-300ER shortly as their march towards fleet modernization and expansion continues unabated sticking to their strategic Plan ‘Mawingo’ which foresees a fleet of 119 aircraft, including dedicated cargo planes, by the year 2021, taking the total number of its aircraft three times as many as its current fleet size.

Kenya Airways announced its 4th Frequency to Seychelles. Sam Toussaint, the Sales & Ticketing Supervisor at Kenya Airways Seychelles has confirmed to the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture and to the island’s Tourism Board that Kenya Airways is adding its 4th Frequency to Seychelles

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main port Mombasa’s container traffic declined in the first quarter of 2013 due to a slowdown in economic activity before the March presidential election. However, a port official intimated that business was seen growing overall this year. The Indian Ocean port is considered to be a barometer of east African business, handling most imports such as fuel and consumer goods for Kenya, the region’s biggest economy, and its landlocked neighbours as well as exports like tea and coffee.

Korean Air will operate a daily fight between Vancouver and Seoul/Incheon. In addition, it also commenced a daily service begins from Toronto. Both cities previously had five flights per week. The flight is on a Boeing 777-200 featuring Korean Air’s award-winning meals and service, and cutting-edge inflight entertainment.

Korean Air has announced increase in the frequency on its routes to Canada and China. The current five flights a week between Seoul/Incheon and Vancouver will be increased to daily flights, with flights to Toronto also being increased to daily. The flights between Seoul/Incheon and the Chinese destination Jinan will increase from four times a week to seven times a week between 1 July and 31 August. Korean Air will replace the B777-200 currently used on the Vancouver route with the B747-400 in order to meet the increasing demand on this route.

Kingfisher Airlines’ request to join the global airline alliance Oneworld has been put on hold, according to a top official of the alliance. “Kingfisher Airlines is no longer operational. Therefore, the airline cannot be an active participant of OneWorld any more.” said Tom Horton, Chairman of Oneworld and chief of American Airlines. He was speaking to Business Line on the sidelines of the annual general meeting of International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Cape Town. Hortan also added that Oneworld does not have any immediate plans to include any other Indian carrier.

Kenya Airways have confirmed that the airline has signed a revised and expanded codeshare agreement with fellow SkyTeam member China Southern. The deal will become operational from 01st of August this year and will cover an expanded list of destinations for Kenya Airways passengers, who fly from or via Nairobi to Guangzhou. The codeshare agreement would help the travelers to travel seamlessly with one ticket and baggage checked through to continue to Australia’s key destinations like Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, but also the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which will be served on China Southern flights from Bangkok.

Korean Air has announced a code-share agreement with Czech Airlines on the Incheon-Prague route. The code share will provide more convenience and choice to passengers. The code share agreement will give a total of 6 flights a week on the route. Future plans include Czech Airlines adding an additional flight on Thursday to give a daily service.

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority recently re-certified Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in accordance with guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).The initial certification for JKIA was granted in 2008, and KAA has since been regularly inspected and issued with renewals, now a mandatory requirement by ICAO for airport operators. Key elements in the inspection and audit process are the existence of updated manuals and, of course, the adherence and compliance with emphasis on safety and security management. JKIA is currently undergoing substantial building activities to complete the new Terminal Four before embarking on the construction of a new runway and a new “mega terminal” under the Project Greenfield, which is estimated to cost about US$650 million.

Kingfisher Airlines may not be able to restart operations any time soon. This is because the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the Government’s Service Tax Department and a consortium of banks are insisting that their dues be cleared before the airline is given permission to take to the skies again. Kingfisher owes USD 0.07 bn to AAI and over USD 1.4 bn to a consortium of 17 banks. Airline’s Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Agarwal had met the Directorate- General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and submitted a fresh proposal for restarting the airline. According to the proposal, UB Group would pump in Rs 650 crore in the airline over 10 months to facilitate restart of its operations.

Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship airline reported an operating loss of 17.6 billion KRW and an operating income of 3,083.5 billion KRW in the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2012, due to weak economic recovery and high fuel prices. International passenger and cargo business remained the major revenue contributors for the airline in Q4, accounting for 56.4% and 26.5% of the operating revenue respectively. Compared to the same period last year, Korean Air’s net income for Q4 increased by 215.1% to 140.3 billion KRW. For the full year of 2012, the airline recorded an operating income of 12,728 billion KRW, up 3.7% year-on-year, and an operating profit of 322.4 billion KRW. The net income for 2012 returned to the black and reached 256.4 billion KRW.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines transports ‘Woman in Blue Reading a Letter’ for ‘Amsterdam 2013’ and is also its sponsor and official carrier. 2013 is a very special year for Amsterdam, as the city celebrates several incredible milestones and anniversaries. The famous canals celebrate their 400 years of existence, the Artis Royal Zoo turns 175 years and the Concertgebouw and its Royal Orchestra celebrate their 125th birthday. Furthermore, the Rijksmuseum prepares for its Grand re-Opening on April 13th 2013. The global campaign around this opening has started with an international tour of one of its masterpieces: ‘Woman in Blue Reading a Letter’.Kenya Airways released its operating results for the third quarter ended 31st December 2012.The company put into the market capacity totalling 3,613m seat kilometres which was 1.1% above prior year’s level. The growth during the period was as a result of introducing flights to Eldoret, Kilimanjaro and New Delhi. Traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres at 2,519m was 1.7% below same period during last year. Europe recorded the highest reduction due to the economic challenges facing the Euro-Zone economies that necessitated cutbacks in capacity offered. The total passenger tally, which closed at 991,149, indicates a growth of 3.6% compared to same period during last year.
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LATAM Airlines has reached a new milestone as the company launching its new route to Barcelona, the sixth port of entry into Europe, together with Madrid, Paris, Milan, Frankfurt and London. As of October 1, LATAM Group will begin offering its first flight to the city of Barcelona via São Paulo.
LAN Peru will be the first airline to offer daily nonstop flights between Lima, Peru and Orlando International Airport starting on June 20, 2015, subject to government approvals.
Leipzig/Halle Airport registered growth of four percent in passenger traffic; 2,331,399 air travellers passed through the airport in 2014.
London Heathrow and Star Alliance have won the World’s Airport of the Year at Air Transport World’s (ATW) 41st Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards, honoured jointly for their collaborative work on the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow.
Lufthansa is further expanding its route network to South America. From 16 November 2015, the airline will offer year-round flights to Panama City for the first time, subject to government approval.
lax posts record level for 2014 total passengers up 6 percent. Records also set for both domestic, international travelers . Airport officials announced record-setting numbers of both domestic and international passengers at LAX in 2014, resulting in a new record for total passenger volume.
Leipzig/Halle Airport registered growth of four percent in passenger traffic, 2,331,399 air travellers passed through the airport in 2014.
LATAM Airlines Group will become Latin America’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamlner family when the airline group launches 787-9 services on South American routes in April.
LAN Airlines announced that it will become the first carrier to offer international service to South America on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. Starting on July 20, 2015, the LAN B787-9 will operate daily, nonstop service from New York to Santiago, Chile.
Lufthansa is offering its customers the opportunity for its premium passengers to reach the ski slopes even faster this winter from its Bavarian hub at Munich’s Franz Josef Strauß International Airport after teaming up with a rotor wing provider to offer helicopters transfers.
Lufthansa became the first airline in the world to run regular flight operations with a biokerosene mixture by operating an Airbus A321 between Frankfurt and Hamburg for half a year as part of the project. The long-term testing was accompanied by detailed emissions measurements and research into production processes and biomass availability.
LOT Polish Airlines have introduced a new special offer. All LOT fares on the mobile lot.com website and via the mobile app are 20 percent lower. The offer applies to travel dates from 15 January to 22 March 2015 on all LOT flights.
LAN Airlines celebrated the arrival of its first A321 at Santiago’s Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. This marks a significant milestone as LATAM Airlines affirms its regional and global presence as the largest A320 operator in Latin America.
Lufthansa will continue as official partner of German Football Association for another four years. The corresponding agreement was signed in Frankfurt by Wolfgang Niersbach, President of the DFB, and Jens Bischof, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board responsible for sales, product and marketing.
Lufthansa increased passenger sales by 3.3 percent in October as growth on routes to the Americas and Asia made up for the effect of pilot strikes.
Lufthansa has lowered its profit guidance for 2015 for the second time this year due to a stuttering global economy and increased competition.
LATAM Airlines and its subsidiaries reported its preliminary monthly traffic statistics for September 2014 compared to September 2013. System passenger traffic increased by 2.6 percent while capacity increased by 1.0 percent. As a result, the company’s load factor for the month increased 1.3 points to 84.3 percent.
Lufthansa may hire a third party to operate 14 A340 aircraft. It plans to reconfigure for long-haul budget flights to get around the need for pilots’ approval of its no-frills expansion. Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr was considering renting out the A340s earmarked for long-haul low-cost services to Switzerland-based PrivateAir and leasing them back with Swiss pilots.
Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association announced that its member airlines carried 15.4 million passengers in August, up 5.7 percent from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 4.3 percent and capacity (ASK) increased 0.4 percent, bringing up the load factor to 81 percent, 3.1 percentage points higher than in August 2013.
Lufthansa has been voted “Europe’s leading Airline” at the World Travel Awards – an award for the best of Europe’s travel industry following a voting process involving 230,000 travel tourism and hospitality professionals worldwide.
Lufthansa AG reports an operating profit of EUR 114 million for the first six months of 2014, an improvement of EUR 41 million on the EUR 73 million of the same period last year. Total revenue for the period amounted to EUR 14.2 billion, a decline of just under 2.1 percent.
Los Angeles International Airport officials reported that total passengers during the first six months of 2014 rose 6.5 percent to 34,336,315 passengers from 32,217,517 during the same period last year. While there was a 5.6 percent growth in domestic passengers to 25,062,714 from 23,715,708 last year, international traffic grew nine percent to 9,273,601 passengers from 8,501,809 in 2014.
LOT passengers have been permitted to use their personal electronic devices (PED) on board LOT aircraft in the so-called flight mode with effect from February, 2014. For the convenience of the travelers, these devices may be kept switched on throughout the journey including take-off and landing of the aircraft.
Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has selected Airport Direct Travel (ADT), the innovators in airport, travel and parking technology, as its new pre- book car parking provider. Airport Direct Travel services were first engaged by the Leeds Bradford Airport in 2007 when they introduced an online pre-book travel service that provided visitors to the airport’s website with a one-stop booking service for flights, holidays, hotels, car hire, travel insurance and a range of other travel related products that was geared specifically around the airport’s flying programme.
Lufthansa set another record year in Birmingham with the highest number of passengers carried during 2013 in the airline’s history. The 2013 figure of just over 602,000 passengers is indicative of an increase of more than 2.5 per cent as compared to the figures for 2012. Passenger figures between Birmingham and Lufthansa’s main hubs in Frankfurt and Munich also increased by 2.4 per cent to almost 444,000. Overall more than 104 million passengers flew with airlines in the Lufthansa Group last year.

LATAM Airlines swung to a net profit for the third quarter and improved its operating margin, indicating that the region’s biggest airline, though battered by weakness in its Brazilian market, has started to turn the corner. The company which formed in mid-2012 when Chile’s LAN took over Brazil’s TAM has reported a net profit of USD$52 million for the three months to September.
LAN Colombia joined oneworld – offering the full range of services and benefits from the first flights. LAN Colombia, a company related to LATAM Airlines Group SA (LAN Airlines), has entered oneworld as an affiliate member.Lufthansaannounced that it is open to forming alliance with Gulf carriers. Europe’s biggest airline by sales has seen some of its market shares gobbled up by ambitious Gulf airlines, which have also started forming links with competitors of the German carrier after a period of standalone growth.Lion Air Groupis aiming to launch a new affiliate in Thailand by the end of 2013 with an initial fleet of two 737-900ERs based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. Thai Lion will initially serve two international routes – Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta – and Thailand’s second largest domestic route, Bangkok-Chiang Mai. With Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, Thai Lion will be able to leverage the hubs of its sister carriers.
Lufthansa Group increased its adjusted operating result by 47 per cent in the first nine months of 2013. Excluding restructuring costs in connection with the Score program (EUR 168m) and project costs for product improvements (EUR 30m), the Group generated an operating profit of approximately EUR 860m during the period from January to September registering an increase of around EUR 280m compared with the adjusted result for the same period last year. The operating result for the first nine months, including the project and restructuring costs, came to around EUR 660m.
LATAM Airlines reported a net loss of USD$329.8 million in the second quarter as a result of a weaker Brazilian real and higher costs. According to company figures revised to simulate the merged airline, during the same period a year ago, the company – which formed in June 2012 when Chile’s flagship LAN took over Brazil’s TAM – posted the equivalent of a USD$448.8 million loss. Costs associated with the merger, a tax overhaul in Chile and cooling demand in regional powerhouse Brazil has all taken a toll on the newly formed carrier’s shares in the last year.

Lufthansa had put their airline into an advantage in having the option of three countries instead of one bilateral agreements with other markets. Germany, Switzerland and Austria are now covered by one airline and three different names – the Lufthansa Group. If the bilaterals which translate into a reciprocal number of fixed seats or flights a week for airlines of each country, with Austria and Switzerland are indeed revised, it will prove to be a big setback for the 30.1-billion Lufthansa.

LAN Airlines the first airline in the Americas to receive the Boeing 787 resumed daily operations of its Boeing 787 aircraft that flies between Los Angeles (LAX) and Lima, Peru with continuing service to Santiago, Chile.

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has successfully relied on climate and environmentally-friendly processes and technologies. The Group already introduced a strategic environmental programme in 2008. The Lufthansa Group can report success on almost all the 15 defined basic principles. In addition to billion Euro investments in modern and quieter aircraft, that also includes its pioneering performance in the world’s first long-time testing of alternative fuels (bio-kerosene) in 2011, the optimization of flight procedures and ground processes with the aim of increasing the efficiency of operations, ecological construction and the development of environmental management systems in the group companies.

Lufthansa Group signed for 100 A320 Family aircraft (35 A320neo, 35 A321neo and 30 A320ceo with Sharklets) at the Paris International Airshow in Le Bourget, France. The Lufthansa Group has been operating the A320 Family since October 1989. The Group has been the launching customer for the A321 and belonged to the first operators of the A319 and A320. The new order confirms Lufthansa’s leading position as the largest Airbus airline customer and operator in Europe, increasing its order for the A320 type to 299. Till date, over 150 of these aircraft have been delivered.

Lufthansa’s Balance Sustainability Report, once again clearly highlights the great commitment of the Lufthansa Group in the different dimensions of corporate responsibility and also highlights the new record it set in fuel efficiency. Commenting on the publication of the report, Dr. Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “The responsible handling of people and the environment is an integral component of the corporate philosophy and a significant success factor for the Lufthansa Group. Economic sustainability is closely connected with ecological and social responsibility.

Lufthansa Systems announced that its new data center in Singapore has gone into operation. The IT service provider can now offer its customers in Asia a wide range of infrastructure services that meet the highest standards.

LOT, Poland’s ailing airline, according to reports, may need to ask the government for another loan after its loss last year could have exceeded 200 million zlotys ($64 million). Sebastian Mikosz, Chief Executive of LOT, was quoted as saying the airline’s finances were currently being audited and that the final decision on whether LOT needed further state assistance should be made in two or three weeks’ time. LOT, which is currently undergoing a restructuring programme, already received 400 million zlotys in help from the Treasury due to continuing losses and mounting debts. It lost 1.1 billion zlotys between 2008 and 2011.Lufthansa AGannounced its plans to buy 102 new aircraft from European plane maker Airbus to improve fuel efficiency and meet future demand. Christoph Franz, CEO intimated that the board had approved purchase of two Airbus A380 superjumbo jets and 30 Airbus A320s. The board also authorized management to complete negotiations for a further 70 Airbus A320 and A321 planes. Franz said the purchase focused on making the company’s fleet more modern and fuel efficient, not on expanding it. The company is trying to cut costs and improve profits.

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has placed a firm order with Airbus for 234 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo. The deal sees the carrier become a new customer for Airbus. In a single class layout the A320 can seat up to 180 passengers, while the A321 can carry up to 236 with the latest cabin configuration options. Lion Air Group will use the aircraft to meet growth requirements on its expanding domestic and regional route network. The carrier will announce engine selections for the aircraft in the near future. “The fuel-efficient A320 Family will enable Lion Air to achieve the lowest possible operating costs and continue to offer the most competitive fares in the Asian region,” said Rusdi Kirana, Co-Founder and CEO of Lion Air Group. “This landmark order will ensure that the Lion Air Group will continue its expansion with one of the most modern and advanced fleets in the world.” Kirana added.Lufthansa’sSupervisory Board has approved the acquisition of 100 A320 Family aircraft viz. 35 A320neo, 35 A321neo and 30 A320ceo with Sharklets and two A380s worth approximately US$ 11.2 billion at list prices. The engine choices will be announced by the airline at a later date. This latest acquisition reconfirms the Lufthansa Group as Airbus’ largest airline customer, with a total of 532 aircraft ordered. At present, the Lufthansa Group is also Airbus’ biggest operator worldwide with 385 Airbus aircraft currently in service. These include 271 A320 Family, 41 A330s, 63 A340s, and 10 A380s.Lufthansa Systems, Poland is celebrating its fifteen-year anniversary. The Polish subsidiary of the global IT provider Lufthansa Systems was founded in Gdansk in 1998 with 40 employees. The company now employs around 330 highly qualified experts and is an established production site in Lufthansa Systems’ worldwide network. Lufthansa Systems Poland focuses on software development and IT services for innovative aeronautical solutions such as Lido/Flight, Lido/RouteManual and the EFB. The company also provides aeronautical data services on a 24/7 basis for Lufthansa Systems’ navigation data and charts. It also handles training and consultation relating to Lido/Flight and other aeronautical solutions for various airline customers.Leipzig/Halle Airport, officially handed over the maintenance hangar, which has been built within one year. The hangar serves as a maintenance base for Volga-Dnepr Technics, a subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group that is based at the airport.

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has unveiled plans to become a fully intermodal facility capable of seamlessly transferring freight across air, road and rail. Ultimately connected to the already existing European high-speed networks between Lyon, Paris, Amsterdam and London, the new intermodal platform is expected to cost a total of €2.2 million and be part funded by the EU Trans European Network – Transport (TEN-T) programme.Lufthansa Systemsannounced that it has added the powerful module Lido/Flight Winds for visualizing flight paths and other information to its well known flight planning solution Lido/Flight. This enables airline dispatchers to better monitor active flights until landing and to offer support to pilots when necessary.Leipzig/Halle Airport and Dresden International, the two commercial airports operating under the umbrella of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, registered notable progress in traffic levels during the first nine months of the year. During the period, passenger and freight volumes continued to increase significantly at Leipzig/Halle Airport. Dresden International Airport recorded the highest monthly figure for passengers in its history in September.

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announced that Emirates, will continue to use Lido/RouteManual from Lufthansa Systems. The two companies recently extended their agreement for the navigation charts for another five years. Emirates uses the Lido/RouteManual navigation charts as well as the electronic Lido/eRouteManual charts on its flights.

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, United Airlines and Air Canada have offered to make slots available to competitors on the Frankfurt to New York route to try to resolve an EU anti-trust enquiry into their transatlantic cooperation deal. The European Commission, which oversees EU competition policy, said in a statement that it would seek feedback from the companies’ competitors on whether the concessions are enough to address competition concerns over their Star Alliance tie-up.Lufthansa Systemsannounced the expansion of its data center capacity in Singapore to strengthen the company’s worldwide data center network and its highly developed infrastructure expertise. Above all, Lufthansa Systems will be able to offer co-location services from the new data center for its Lido/Flight flight planning system, its SkyConnect WAN solution and its deskBase workplace model, among others.

Lufthansa Systems announced that Lufthansa Passage pilots will be using a more advanced version of its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) in the cockpit in the future. This solution from Lufthansa Systems will give the pilots continual access to updated electronic navigation charts, technical log books and operating manuals.Lufthansa has announced its intention to equip its entire long-haul fleet with a ‘premium economy’ cabin. The airline said its supervisory board had approved the investment capital for the introductory project. Development is expected to take about two years. At the beginning of 2013, a project group will be formed to manage the introduction and define the precise features of the product as well as a detailed timetable.

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has commenced testing of the BoardConnect in-flight entertainment (IFE) system from Lufthansa Systems on an A320 aircraft stationed at Munich Airport. The system, which will be offered as “my mediaworld”, will enable passengers on 34 short- and medium-haul routes to watch films, read digital newspapers and research information about their destinations.

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concluded its 9th ALTA Airline Leaders Forum and XXXII AGM in Panama City calling for the continued drive towards improved safety in regional aviation. Roberto Kriete, President of ALTA, reiterated that although the association has made considerable strides towards the improvement of safety across Latin America and the Caribbean, it will step up its efforts to urge authorities to make the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) accreditation a requirement for certification in the region.

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announced that the newly established regional German airline known as OLT Express Germany has opted for its NetLine/Ops ++ IT solution and Lido/RouteManual navigation charts.Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced that Fitch Ratings recently assigned an “AA” rating for LAWA’s upcoming issuance of $237 million senior revenue bonds 2012 series ABC on behalf of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Fitch re-affirmed the airport’s existing $2.66 billion parity senior revenue bonds at “AA” and $782.5 million subordinate revenue bonds at “AA-.” Fitch also revised its rating outlook for all bonds to “stable” from “negative.”Luxoft, a member of IBS Group, has unveiled a mobile applications development kit which is designed to facilitate new aircraft inspection, maintenance and engineering and assembly. The new product includes a bill of material which will provide quick access to engineering documents on the shop floor, a visualisation tool which enables 3-D models to be uploaded and viewed on iPads and a certification application which allows certification findings to be automatically registered to launch the process of analysis and correction.
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Munich Airport started a new service to Tehran by the Iranian airline Mahan Air. The first flight was marked with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, with the Iranian Ambassador Ali Majedi , Michael Kerkloh and Ebrahimi Hossein, VP Commercial with Mahan Air.Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved a construction procurement for Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport that will lead to the major D/E Connector Programme.

Miami International Airport has joined the ranks of major global cities such as Tokyo, Paris, Rio, Berlin and London as the first airport to receive the “pixel perfect” treatment from the international pixel artists collectively known as eBoy.
Miami International Airport set a new all-time record for passenger traffic in 2014 with 40.9 million passengers – an increase of nearly 400,000 over 2013’s total and the fifth consecutive record-breaking year at the airport.
Miami International Airport became one of just two U.S. airports to offer Mobile Passport. The new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) mobile app and the latest tech-based tool MIA has deployed to enhance the customer experience. filling out traditional paper forms.
Munich Airport will continue to contribute Bavarian expertise to expansion activities at airports in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf through projects in Doha (Qatar) and Muscat and Salalah (Oman).
Munich Airport had yet another record year in 2014. With close to 40 million travellers arriving and departing, Passenger traffic increased by nearly 3 percent to 39.7 million – one million more than in the previous year.
Manchester Airport has hit the 22 million passenger mark for the first time. Since January 2014, 22 million passengers have used the airport, flying to a range of 210 international destinations including Singapore, Las Vegas, Washington DC, New York, Paris and Dubai, with new and recent destinations including Hong Kong and Jeddah.
Miami International Airport welcomed international carrier Finnair marking the start of scheduled seasonal service between Miami and Finland’s capital city of Helsinki. The new service represents MIA’s 16th destination in Europe and the southeastern U.S.’s only non-stop connection to the Nordic country. Finnair’s inaugural Miami flight was welcomed by a customary water cannon salute.
Miami International Airport is finishing the year on a high note, as the global gateway will welcome its 100th air carrier. In the process, MIA will achieve a noteworthy milestone, becoming the only U.S. airport to currently offer passenger and cargo service on 100 different carriers and outpacing major American air hubs including Chicago O’Hare International Airport, New York’s JFK International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.
Miami International Airport added two new international flights to its growing global route network ,with the launch of nonstop service to a pair of overseas cities. MIA hub carrier American Airlines kicked off its first-ever direct daily service to Campinas, Brazil, a city of more than one million located in the Amazon nation’s São Paulo state, while longtime airline partner Lufthansa launched seasonal service to Munich, Germany’s third-largest city.
Melbourne Airport has been selected number one for innovation at the 2014 Australian Airports Association’s (AAA) National Airport Industry Awards, in recognition of its new and innovative passenger self-service initiatives, including its popular self-service bag drop.
Malaysia Airports said it will launch a rights issue to fund its €285 million ($356.25 million) purchase of the remaining 40 percent of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport it does not own. The Malaysian company will issue rights for 274.8 million new shares. It hopes to complete the exercise by the first quarter of next year.
Myanmar has chosen a Japan-Singapore consortium to build its fourth international airport, a $1.5 billion project north of Yangon.Melbourne Airport, Qantas Airways, Airports Council International , and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) signed an agreement to work together to develop a Smart Security pilot program for delivery at Melbourne Airport in 2015.

Manchester Airports Group has teamed up with Ryanair, to launch a joint car parking offer for passengers. Available now at Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted airports, MAG parking will be the listed provider for airport car parking on Ryanair’s website, meaning a customer can easily book their flight and car parking in one go.
Malaysia Airlines announced a bimodal agreement with TGVAIR, allowing the airline to commercialize a journey from start to finish including a TGV journey between a province train station and the CDG Airport TGV station as well as a connecting flight on Malaysia Airlines at CDG Airport.
Munich Airport Q3 2014 results has yet again posted new records. For the first time, the airport handled more than 30 million passengers in the first three quarters of a calendar year. A major factor behind this result was strong passenger demand in the third quarter.
Malaysia Airlines has appointed Aviaworld as its new passenger general sales agent for the United States of America. Aviaworld, will be marketing Malaysia Airlines using its expertise and sales network in the US.
Munich Exchange Award 2014 goes to Etihad Airways. Representatives of about 40 airlines gathered at the invitation of FMG, the Munich Airport operating company, for the 16th edition of “Munich Exchange”. The conference, hosted this year at the Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich, has es-tablished itself as the ideal platform for exchanging information and discussing potential cooperation.
Miami International Airport is the first airport in the world to have a complete and open deployment of beacons. SITA, the IT provider to the air transport industry, announced that there are now beacons registered and available to users via the SITA Common-Use Beacon Registry which cover entrances, check-in, gate, baggage claim and valet parking zones throughout Miami International Airport.
Macquarie AirFinance has signed a firm agreement to buy 40 Bombardier CSeries jets, with an option for 10 more. The deal is for CS300s, the larger-capacity version of the CSeries. Macquarie AirFinance will lease the planes to airlines around the world, Bombardier said. The agreement takes Bombardier’s firm CSeries orders to 243.
Macquarie Group and Japan’s Orix are among a handful of companies exploring binding offers for the $5 billion aircraft portfolio being sold by Dublin-based lessor AWAS.Macquarie’s aircraft leasing subsidiary Macquarie AirFinance, and Orix Aviation, part of the Japanese financial group, are set to compete against other Asian parties bidding for the asset, including Cheung Kong, which has confirmed its interest.
Mexico is planning a new $9.15 billion airport which will eventually handle 120 million passengers a year, quadrupling the current hub’s capacity, President Enrique Peña Nieto said.In his annual state-of-the-nation address, Peña Nieto said the new Mexico City airport would have six runways, up from the two the current airport has.
Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director Emilio T. González hosted Eduardo Angeles, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Associate Administrator for Airports, at Miami International Airport. In his senior role at the FAA, Angeles oversees the agency’s $3.5 billion annual federal airport grants program, as well as passenger facility charge collections totaling $2 billion.
Mumbai International Airport has leased a land parcel with 1.166 million sq ft developable area to Oasis Realty for $0.96 bn. This marks the beginning of monetisation process of commercial assets by the company to pare debt. The announcement comes a month after the company said it is in talks with investors to sell stake in two businesses to reduce debt.
Malaysia Airports Holdings has reported it expects to handle passenger traffic of more than 85 million this year.The target is 7 percent higher than the 79 million travellers that the operator handled last year, and it says a total of 41.3 million passengers passed through MAHB’s 39 airports in Malaysia, in the first half of 2014.
Munich Airport set a record for the first six months of the year, with 18.7 million passengers. Gains in international traffic have contributed to the growth a large deal, with a five percent increase from last year’s number. Domestic traffic is down 1 percent to 4.5 million passengers.
Munich Airport saw growth in all traffic segments in the first quarter of 2014, with a slight rise in passenger numbers and aircraft movements and a substantial increase in airfreight. From January to March 2014, a total of approximately 8.5 million passengers were handled by the airport thereby setting the highest first-quarter figure ever recorded at the airport. Airlines took off and landed more than 88,000 times in Munich in the first three months of the year registering a year-on-year increase of 0.4 percent. Passenger traffic at the Bavarian hub in the first quarter showed a mixed trend across the various traffic segments as the number of travelers on intercontinental rose by nearly 2 percent to 1.4 million, whilst continental traffic remained nearly unchanged at 5 million passengers in total. On the domestic routes within Germany too saw a slight rise of about 1 percent to over 2 million passengers.
Malaysia Airlines will offer four times weekly service between Kuala Lumpur and Krabi, Thailand with effect from February 3, 2014. The route will be operated by the B737-800 aircraft with scheduled flights on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “Malaysia Airlines is excited to expand its network by introducing Krabi as its latest destination. Krabi is a popular holiday spot and a favourite amongst Malaysians, therefore we are pleased to offer our guests the opportunity to visit Krabi via Malaysia Airlines,” said Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airlines’ Group.
Miami International Airport announced that it had handled 2.1 million plus passengers during the 17-day winter holiday travel period from December 21, 2013 to January 6, 2014, duly recording an increase of 3.6 percent over the same period during the previous season. MIA’s surge in holiday travelers exceeded the projections by airline industry trade organization ‘Airlines for America’ and auto group AAA, which predicted a nation-wide increase of two percent and a decrease of 1.4 percent, respectively.
Malindo Air, Malaysian hybrid airline, with a view to pursue its expansion plans from Kuala Lumpur, will fly to Chittagong, Bangladesh with effect from January. The new route, which is the second destination after Dhaka, would be operated by a brand new Boeing 737-900ER. Chittagong, an important industrial, financial, and commercial hub, is also a transit hub by many neighbouring countries, including India and China.

Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) is expanding its capacity and increasing its frequency to regional spots and new international destinations with more flights to Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne. MAS’ passenger traffic had increased since the start of 2013 matching the added capacity. Its seat loads increased to 83.3% in July 2013, which was higher 9.1% year-on-year.

Moscow Domodedovo Airport’s results for September 2013 indicated that its passenger traffic increased by 10.6% compared to the same period during 2012 and amounted to 3.18 million travellers. The overall flights number grew by 4.0% and totaled 24.7 thousand takeoff and landing operations. The largest passenger traffic growth in September recorded in international passenger traffic adding 12.0% to September 2012, reaching 1.935 million passengers.

“Masai Mara” is the name of Kenya Airways’ (KQ) first B777-300ER, a 400-seat aircraft offering 372 seats in an enhanced economy class and 28 seats in a classic layout with state-of-the-art, flat-bed seats in the business class cabin. The aircraft offers a 3x3x3 configuration in economy class, providing distinctly more space than other airlines do with the more common 3x4x3 cabin layout. This will give passengers flying with Kenya Airways on this aircraft those much-coveted extra inches of space to stretch out on long-haul flights to and from Guangzhou in China, to where this B777 will start operating soon.

Moscow Domodedovo Airport has completed its complex preparation for the autumn-winter period which commenced on October 27, 2013. Special equipment has been prepared, buildings and airport facilities have been checked, necessary reagents have been purchased, a de-icing fluid reserve has been created, the measures taken will ensure smooth operation of the air harbor in winter conditions.

Magnetic Field of the Sun, for the next 2-3 months, is going to turnover thus causing its North Pole to turn into South Pole and vice-versa. Due to this phenomenon, the world aviation industry, telecommunication and the places on high latitudes are going to witness this cosmic interposition of the sun’s magnetic field in the coming months. During this turn over, sun’s magnetic field will be the weakest. However, this corresponds with the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle, when chances of solar magnetic storms are high.

Munich Airport, with 38.4 million travelers arriving and departing in 2012, set yet another passenger record despite the prevailing economic conditions. With €1.2 billion in Group revenues and an annual profit of €95 million, Munich Airport also set new records for financial performance. FMG became the first German airport to sign on to the German Sustainability Code (DNK).

Moscow Domodedovo Airport’s passenger traffic increased by 7.6% as compared to the same period of 2012 and totaled to 3.3 million travellers. The overall flights number grew by 3.9% and totaled 26 thousand takeoff and landing operations.

Malaysia is set to welcome two more airlines operating daily from India during this year. Following the recent launch of Air Asia’s flight from Kochi to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia Airlines will add to the same air route’s seat capacity with direct flights which would commence in September. In addition, Malindo Air, a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia will launch daily direct flights from Delhi to Kuala Lampur.

Munich Airport set a new record in the first six months of 2013. From January to June, more than 18.6 million passengers arrived or departed from Munich Airport which is more than any previous six-month period in its history.

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has selected Lufthansa Systems for the provision of their Airport Mapping Database Lido/AMDB. The AMDB will provide the necessary airport data to run the Onboard Airport Navigation System (OANS) in the airline’s’ Airbus A380 fleet. Lufthansa Systems’ Airport Mapping Database Lido/AMDB is a highly accurate and geo-referenced representation of the layout of an airport. This includes the geometry of runways, taxiways and buildings as well as further attributes such as surface type, object identifier and runway slope.

Malaysia Airlines announced that it is offering more seamless one-stop air connectivity between Kuala Lumpur and several major cities in the United States of America (USA) through a code-share arrangement with American Airlines, one of its partner airlines in the a fellow oneworld alliance member. All codeshare services will be marketed as Malaysia Airlines flights thus simplifying ticketing to one document issued by the national carrier.

Malaysian Airlines have proposed to increase the number of flights between Kuala Lumpur – Auckland route. Malaysian Airlines is escalating the number of flights from six to seven per week during the peak season of 24 November 2013 to 27 January 2014.

Mokulele Airlines, Hawai’i’s low-cost interisland air carrier, has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation which will allow the airline to begin offering daily service between Waimea-Kohala Airport (MUE) on Hawai’i’s Big Island and Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui. The new service will begin on September 21st.

Malaysia Airlines will be increasing the frequency on Kuala Lumpur-Mumbai route to 12 times a week. Following the increase in demand on this route, one additional service will be added on the mentioned route operating on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The airline will deploy B738 aircraft on this route. Malaysia Airlines currently operates 54 flights a week from India, specifically to New Delhi with 12, Bengaluru with 10, Mumbai with 11, Chennai with 14 and Hyderabad with 7 flights.

MBNA Credit card provider has added airline giant Etihad to its partner portfolio with the launching of two new cards that rewards spending with air miles. Holders of the Etihad Guest American Express Card will earn 1.5 Etihad Guest Miles for every £1 of spending, while those with the Etihad Guest Visa Card will get 1.5 miles for every £2. MBNA has a large number of organisations for whom it provides credit cards, with several Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United among its partners.

Manchester Airport has been named by travelers as the Best in the UK, according to a survey by leading global travel search site Skyscanner. Fifteen of the busiest airports in the UK were rated in a study by 1600 British flyers with Manchester Airport, the third busiest in the country welcoming more than 9 million passengers each year, hitting the top spot, voted as having the best customer service, facilities and shopping as well as the best bars and restaurants.
Munich Airport was announced as the winner of this year’s European Routes Award. This prestigious award is presented every year to recognize outstanding marketing performance by international airports. In the category of Europe’s largest airports with more than 20 million passengers handled annually, Munich Airport came in ahead of Rome and Vienna to take the number one ranking. Munich was also declared the overall winner of the European Routes Award. For Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of FMG, the award is an affirmation of Munich Airport’s efforts to continually improve the available travel options in terms of quality and quantity.
Munich Airport (FMG) and the Brazilian airport operating company Aeroportos Brasil Viracopos (ABV) have signed an agreement to pave way for an extensive consulting services through FMG. In accordance with the agreement, FMG will not only guide the launch of the new terminal building and aprons at Campinas Airport in the state of São Paulo, but will also provide planning support for the expansion of that airport and in traffic development. In addition, the Munich Airport operating company will advise the local management on the introduction of state-of-the-art processes to boost quality and efficiency. The consulting agreement with Viracopos is worth approximately €7 million, and is set to run initially through to the end of 2014.

Mumbai International Airport has assigned gate numbers 4 and 5 in the security hold area for incoming international guests of Jet Airways, wishing to connect to their domestic flights. Guests will be transferred to the domestic terminal to board their flights directly. The security hold area will be open between 0300 hrs and 0700, providing major relief to the arriving international passengers. Guests arriving by Jet Airways flights between 0230 hrs and 0645 hrs and connecting to domestic flights will now transfer through the new security hold area. Guests would have the option to leave the international terminal and go on their own to the domestic terminal if they wish to do so.Munich Airport has yet again been named Central Europe’s Best Airport in the World Airport Awards by the London-based aviation consultancy Skytrax. In the overall European rankings, Munich was number two, behind Amsterdam, as in the previous year. At the global level, the surveyed passengers ranked only five airports ahead of Munich viz. Singapore, Seoul, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Beijing. With these results, the Bavarian hub maintained its number six position from the previous year, and placed among the world’s six best airports for the ninth consecutive year. In its “weight class” – airports with 30–40 million passengers a year – Munich was actually number two in the world. This year’s edition of the Skytrax survey set a new record with more than 12 million respondents.

Moscow Domodedovo Airport and Lufthansa airline celebrated anniversary of the five year partnership. One of the leading European air carriers launched flights from Domodedovo in 2008, over the last years over 3 million air passengers were carried through the leading Russian airport by Lufthansa flights. Currently Lufthansa operates daily flights from Domodedovo to Frankfurt and Munich (Germany) on modern and comfortable liners Airbus. Lufthansa airline offers Russian air travelers a wide range of convenient services and additional options –from twenty-four-hour flight check-in to individual meeting of passengers holding top status in loyalty program Miles&More. Lufthansa business lounge is available for tourists who choose Domodedovo Airport. Interactive services let online check-in the airline’s flights, and also by mobile phone or by IPad and CUSS kiosks in the airport.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Airbus together marked a major achievement, with the hand-over of the 100th A380 to MAS at Airbus’ Henri Ziegler Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the sixth A380 for MAS. Now in its sixth year of commercial service, the A380 is flying with nine world class airlines. To date, the worldwide fleet has carried some 36 million passengers in 100,000 flights. Previous generation Very Large Aircraft (VLA 400 seats and above) would have required 140,000 flights. This reduction in flights brings essential relief to airport-congestion and the environment. The corresponding saving of 5.7 million tonnes of CO2, demonstrates the A380 generates more revenue whilst minimising emissions and noise. “We are delighted that our 100th A380 delivery is to Malaysia Airlines as this gives us an early glimpse into the future shape of aviation,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “We see a growing demand from dynamic, competitive airlines such as MAS for larger aircraft, with many markets and routes, and in particular in the fast developing Asia-Pacific region, being ideally suited to A380s.” he added.

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, announced that in 2012, 38.4 million passengers chose it as the arrival or departure point for their journey – a new all-time high. This represents an increase of 600,000 –or almost 2 percent – over the previous year’s figure. The latest annual statistics also show that airlines are becoming increasingly efficient in using the range of services offered at the Bavarian hub through the deployment of larger aircraft as well as improved capacity utilization.

Middle East Airlines – Air Liban (MEA), the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a firm contract for ten A320neo Family aircraft which includes five A321neo and five A320neo aircraft. This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding which was announced on 12th July 2012. MEA will announce its engine choice at a later date.

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signed a memorandum of understanding with French-Italian aircraft maker ATR to buy 36 ATR 72-600s for MYR3 billion ringgit (USD$981 million).The agreement to purchase the ATRs comes just days after AirAsia announced a USD$9.4 billion order for 100 Airbus jets to expand its fleet before the Southeast Asian open-sky policy comes into effect in 2015.

Malaysia Airlines is set to become the 12th member of the award winning Oneworld Alliance from Feb 1, 2013. Malaysia Airlines intimated it won the ‘World’s Best Cabin Crew’ award this year, making it the seventh time in 11 years and also the ‘Best Airline Signature Dish’ from Skytrax, the United Kingdom based world’s leading airline and airport review organisation.

Marshall Executive Aviation, part of the Marshall Group, is advancing work to obtain a Canadian Foreign Air Operator’s Certificate (FAOC) to enable the company to operate flights in Canada with its Challenger 300. The move follows hard on the heels of the operator being granted an AOC extension this summer enabling its Challenger (G-KALS) to operate to North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Russia as well as the popular European destinations.

MITRE Corporation
formalized its partnership with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) during the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) 12th Air Navigation Conference in Montreal. Since 2006, The MITRE Corporation has been working closely with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to provide solutions to meet India’s significant aviation growth.

Maldivian Airlines
, has become a new operator of Airbus single aisle aircraft, following the first commercial flight of an A320 on the inaugural flight from Male to Chennai. The aircraft, operated under a leasing agreement, is the first A320 Maldivian to fly to destinations in the Indian sub-continent.

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Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has selected SITA OnAir to enhance aircraft communications across Nigeria. SITA OnAir’s advanced systems will enable NAMA to comply with the recommendations of ICAO’s regional Air Navigation Plan and in doing so increase safety and efficiency in Nigerian airspace.Nate Silver launched a new airline-focused feature on his FiveThirtyEight website that’s now part of the ESPN media family. Silver is the data guru who gained national attention with his on-target forecasts during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

Norwegian Air has signed charter contracts worth NOK400 million Norwegian kroner ($52.7 million) with Germany’s TUI, Britain’s Thomas Cook and Sweden’s Nazar.
Nepal Airlines Corporation has taken delivery of the first Airbus A320 aircraft sporting a new striking company livery and equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices as the airline moves to an all Airbus jet fleet.
Norwegian continues to expand its route network. The Greek island of Kefalonia is a new destination from Norwegian’s UK base at London Gatwick. The new route commences in April. Norwegian continues to expand internationally. From its base at London Gatwick, Norwegian launches a direct flight to the Greek island of Kefalonia, a destination that many of Norwegian’s UK passengers have requested.Norwegian reported its highest ever passenger figures in a single year with almost 24 million passengers in 2014, an increase of three million compared to 2013. The year 2013 was characterized by high capacity growth and high load factor. The load factor was 81 percent in 2014, up from 78 percent in 2013.
New Kansai International Airport Company has shortlisted 20 bidders for a multi-billion dollar concession to operate Japan’s fifth-busiest passenger airport for 44 years. They include Australia’s Macquarie Capital Group, Singapore’s Changi Airports International, and Global Infrastructure Management, which operates London’s Gatwick Airport, it said.
Norwegian has been voted “Europe’s best low-cost airline” for its ability to offer its passengers an innovative quality product and new routes at low fares.
Norwegian carried 2,243,560 passengers in October, an increase of 15 percent compared to the same month previous year. The total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 39 percent, while the capacity (ASK) increased by 35 percent. The load factor was 81.6 percent, up 2.3 percentage points.
NATS has awarded NOCN the contract to develop a suite of qualifications that will provide the initial training needed to obtain a Student Air Traffic Controller licence.
Norwegian carried more than 2.2 million passengers in September 2014, an increase of 16 percent compared to the same month previous year.
NAV CANADA announced a plan by Aireon LLC to provide a global emergency tracking solution that will be available free of charge for all automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft. The Aireon Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (Aireon ALERT) service will allow rescue agencies to request the location and last flight track of any suitably equipped aircraft flying in airspace currently without surveillance.
Norwegian received three awards during the prestigious Passenger Choice Awards in California. It won the categories Best in Region: Europe and Best in Inflight Connectivity & Communications.
North American airlines experienced a 3.1 percent rise in traffic. Capacity rose 5.9 percent, however, which caused load factor to fall 2.2 percentage points to 85.1 percent, which still was the highest among the regions.
Norwegian announced that its next base in Fort Lauderdale will be opened during the first quarter of 2014. Norwegian is the first European carrier to establish crew bases in the Unites States and to offer several hundred jobs to American crew. Norwegian’s entry into the U.S. market is expected to create millions of jobs in the travel- and tourism industry. During 2014, an anticipated 300 American crew members will be working for the company.

Norwegian Air Shuttle has announced that it has plans to take its second Boeing Dreamliner out of operation for undertaking precautionary checks after experiencing repeated hydraulic and electrical faults which led to the grounding of its other 787. The carrier intimated that the second 787 posed fewer problems as compared to the first, and therefore, the move to remove it from operation was more a precautionary measure.Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC)has signed a firm order for two Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices, following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed in April. The A320 was chosen for its unique performance capability required for high altitude airport operations and its flexibility that enables it to be deployed on a wide variety of routes. Equipped with Sharklets to deliver unbeatable economics and up to four percent reduction in fuel burn, the aircraft will be the cornerstone of NAC’s modernized fleet.

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA ‘Norwegian’, Norway’s publicly-listed expanding low fare carrier, will introuduce three times weekly flights to Helsinki in Finland from April 11 this year. Flights go on sale with immediate effect at www.norwegian.com with lead-in fares starting from 45 Euros.The new route will suit both leisure and business passengers travelling to the central European aviation hub of Budapest. “We know from experience this is an extremely popular route and we very much welcome Norwegian entering the Helsinki market to complement their direct services to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen from Budapest,” said Kam Jandu, Airport Aviation Director, Budapest.Nigerian CIVIL Aviation Authorityhas issued approved maintenance organisation (AMO) certification for Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN), a fixed base operator at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos. The EAN workshops are already equipped for the maintenance of Saft batteries and aircraft wheels for a range of aircraft including Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global Express plus Dornier 328 types.

 

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Oman Air launched its services to Goa. Oman Air’s new service, operated using spacious and comfortable Boeing 737 aircraft, will offer four flights per week between Muscat International Airport and Goa International Airport.
OAG, strengthening its position at the forefront of the expanding market for real-time flight status information with the acquisition of leading Boston-based real-time flight information solutions provider FlightView.
Oman Air has launched an efficiency programme, entitled Shape and Size, with the aim of achieving substantial reductions in the airline’s expenditure. The move is timed to coincide with the start of 2015 and the onset of new budgets for the year. The Shape and Size efficiency programme is targeting cost reductions across all activities undertaken by the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman.
oneworld® has been named the Best Airline Alliance in Global Traveler magazine’s 2014 GT Tested Reader Survey – for the fifth year in a row.Global Traveler describes its GT Tested awards as “the Super Bowl of travel”.
oneworld adds two more benefits for the most loyal customers of its member airlines – priority baggage delivery for frequent flyers with oneworld Emerald and Sapphire tier status and an additional checked baggage allowance for Sapphire cardholders.
Oneworld® has been named Best Airline Alliance for the second year running in the 2014 Business Traveller awards, confirming oneworld’s position as the most highly prized global airline alliance. Oneworld is the current holder of an unprecedented six of the eight leading “best airline alliance” titles available in the various industry award schemes.
Opa-locka Executive Airport has posted strong 2014 mid-year numbers, reflecting the facility’s rise as a preferred choice for private jet travel in the South Florida region. Aircraft operations at OPF grew by 21.2 percent, a sharp increase over the 3.8 percent growth rate for the same time period last year.
Oman Air and Turkish Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement for operation of services between Oman and Istanbul. The codeshare agreement allows passengers to benefit from the outstanding quality-approved products and services offered by Oman Air and Turkish Airlines’ on Istanbul to Muscat and Muscat to Istanbul routes flights operated by Turkish Airlines.
Oman Air, has placed an order for three A330-300s, growing its A330 Family fleet to a total of ten Airbus aircraft. The aircraft will be operated on long haul routes and can comfortably seat close to 300 passengers. “The efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal of our in-service A330’s already make The Pillar of Oman Air’s long haul operations,” said Wayne Pearce, CEO of Oman Air. “This additional order will allow us to continue our strategy of growth with an aircraft we know to be both reliable and profitable, and in addition offering the highest levels of passenger comfort.” he added.

Oneworld
has collected two more “best airline alliance” awards. It has been named the World’s Leading Airline Alliance in the World Travel Awards for the 10th year running and retaining the Best Airline Alliance title in the second annual awards presented by Australian Business Traveller.Oneworldhas been named “Best Airline Alliance” for the third year running by Global Traveler in the leading business travel magazine’s GT Tested Reader Survey 2012 Awards. oneworld also retained Global Traveler’s “Wines on the Wing” award as the alliance whose airlines serve the best wines in-flight.

OpenSkies, the British Airways subsidiary that offers premium airline services between the USA and continental Europe, is to become an affiliate member of oneworld, the leading quality global airline alliance.

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Pegasus Asia continues its growth with the launch of new routes and increased flight frequencies. The Bishkek-based airline now includes scheduled flights to Delhi as the latest addition to its growing network.
PORT AUTHORITY AIRPORTS set new record with more than 117 million passengers traveling in 2014. More than 117 million estimated passengers traveled through Port Authority airports in 2014, surpassing the record set in the prior year by more three million fliers – or a roughly 3 percent jump.
Philippine Airlines is looking at mounting flights to Papua New Guinea to accommodate the growing number of passengers. The Philippines Star reported that PAL has filed with the Civil Aeronautics Board an application for re-allocation of additional entitlements on the Manila- Port Moresby from the unutilised seat entitlements previously allocated to budget airline Cebu Air.
Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower engines have successfully powered the Airbus A320neo in its maiden flight. Airbus selected the PW1100G-JM engine to launch the A320neo aircraft family in 2011. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies company.The maiden flight of the A320neo is in the air weeks ahead of schedule.
Phuket International Airport’s (HKT) Terminal X started operation to alleviate the congestion at the airports existing terminal. The terminal was inaugurated on completion of a successful fast-track construction of the facility designed to provide the much-needed additional capacity to cope with increasing traffic demand prior to completion of HKT’s main expansion by 2015.

Philippine Airlines is expanding its flights to the Middle East, a hub for a large number of skilled Filipino workers. A statement regarding the development indicated that Philippine Airlines has reintroduced its regular service to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—Riyadh and Dammam with effect from December 1 and December 3, 2013 respectively.
Pegasus Airlines of Turkey, according to the Public Disclosure Platform’s (KAP) financial data as of September 30, 2013, has increased its pre-tax profits by 93 per cent to 226 million Turkish Liras for the first nine months of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. During the same period its operational EBITDAR reached 464 million Turkish Liras, representing a year-on-year increase of 53 per cent as compared to last year’s 302 million Turkish Liras.
Porter Airlines is the best small airline in the world according to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. It also ranked third overall among airlines in all categories.
Pan Am International Flight Academy and Pan Am Holdings, Inc., collectively known as “Pan Am”, announced it has been purchased by ANA Holdings, the parent company of All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd, one of the leading airlines in the world. The combination of Pan Am and All Nippon Airways would pave way for a strong partnership and positions the new entity to meet the increasing demand for pilots worldwide.Pegasus Airlines, a Turkish low-cost carrier, increased its traffic volume by 22.6% for the first six months of 2013 as compared with the same period last year. During the first half of 2013 Pegasus increased its operational EBITDAR from 57.0 million TL to 200.1 million TL while increasing the EBITDAR margin by 12.6 bps to 20.4%.

Pullmantur Air is offering its pilots the latest flight technologies with the electronic Lido/Enroute charts and the Lido/DocView app with the web-based Lido/DMVS ground tool. which is part of a complete package of tablet applications which, together with Lido/iRouteManual for airport charts, turns the iPad into a light, user-friendly and extremely cost-efficient Electronic Flight Bag (EFB).

President Barack Obama, according to a White House statement, has signed legislation expressing US support for Taiwan’s campaign to join ICAO, the United Nations agency that promotes safe air travel. Obama’s endorsement of the bill, which easily passed both chambers of the US Congress in June, risks angering China, which claims sovereignty over Taiwan and generally opposes the island’s efforts to join international organizations.

Polynesian Airlines made over $1.5m in profit during the 10 months of this financial year up to the end of April thereby registering a 91 percent increase over the same period last year. According to the airline, these results amount to a Net Profit Ratio of 12% registering 68% increase on last year, a Return on Assets of 5.9% registering 117% increase on last year, an 8.1% Return on Equity registering 67% increase on last year and a Current Ratio of 297% registering a 15% increase on last year.


Pulkovo Airport
handled 2180 flights from June 19-22, 2013 which is 8% more than the number of flights handled during the SPIEF-2012, including 532 flights of business aviation. Pulkovo handled 199,264 people during the four days of Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum which is 25% more than in 2012. June 22, 2013 became a peak day in terms of handled passengers, when 52 526 people were serviced at the Airport.

Philippine Airlines (PAL)
announced that it is looking at buying 20 Boeing 777X jets as part of a fleet upgrade aimed at challenging its main domestic rival Cebu Air and launching flights to the United States and Europe. The jet, which is still in the development stage, is envisioned to be an improvement on Boeing’s existing 777 models intended for long-haul service. PAL, owned by Philippine conglomerate San Miguel and local billionaire Lucio Tan, also sealed deals last year to buy Airbus jets with list prices of close to USD$10 billion.

Port of Seattle welcomed the final approval by the U.S Department of Transportation for new Delta Air Lines service between Tokyo-Haneda and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new nonstop flight adds to Delta’s expansion in Seattle as a gateway to Asia which includes new service to Shanghai on June 17 and current flights to Tokyo-Narita, Osaka and Beijing. The Haneda flight would be operated with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. In addition, Delta’s Seattle-Narita route will be expanded and upgraded to Boeing 747-400 service on June 1. The Haneda service will complement three current Tokyo-Narita services at Sea-Tac. “This new route opens continued growth opportunities for travel, tourism and business,” said John Creighton, Port of Seattle Commissioner. “Delta’s expansions in their gateway routes from Seattle help make us even more competitive to grow as a region.” he added.

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has delivered the first 10 F117 engines to Boeing to power a fleet of C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force. India’s Ministry of Defence signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government in 2011 to acquire 10 C-17s. The first of these C-17 aircraft is now going through a U.S. Air Force flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, Calif. The Indian Air Force is scheduled to take delivery of its first five C-17s this year and five in 2014. “Pratt & Whitney is delighted to be delivering the first batch of engines that will power the Indian Air Force’s C-17 fleet and we’re pleased to have them join the growing international fleet that flies this premium airlifter,” said Bev Deachin, vice president, Military Programs and Customer Support, Pratt & Whitney.

Pegasus Airlines has ordered 75 Airbus A320-family planes worth around USD$7.5 billion marking the country’s largest single aircraft order. The Istanbul-based budget carrier placed a firm order for 58 fuel-saving A320neo aircraft and 17 A321neo jets.

Pratt & Whitney announced its Singapore engine center celebrated more than 30 years of operations with the milestone delivery of its 7000th overhauled engine. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. Since beginning operation, the Singapore engine center has delivered 3,730 PW4000 series of engines which power Airbus A300, A310 and A330 aircraft family as well as Boeing 747, 767, 777 and MD11 aircraft, 174 CFM56 engines which power Airbus A340 aircraft, 47 GE90 engines which power Boeing 777 aircraft and 3,049 JT9D series of engines which power Boeing 747-100 aircraft.


Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
announced the competitive sales of Consolidated Bonds, 175th Series, in the aggregate principal amount of $425 million, and Consolidated Bonds, 176th Series, in the aggregate principal amount of $170 million. Both the 175th Series bonds and the 176th Series bonds were awarded on the basis of the lowest true interest cost of the bids received.

 

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Qatar Airways has announced plans to increase both the frequency and capacity of its Miami-Doha flights later this year. Since it launched service last June, Florida’s only direct connection to the Middle East has proven extremely popular with travelers, prompting Qatar Airways to once again add to its Miami service offerings in just its second year of operations.
Qatar Airways has announced a major expansion in South Africa with the launch of a new destination Durban while simultaneously increasing its weekly frequencies to Johannesburg.
Qatar Airways has strengthened its relationship with Bangkok Airways with the addition of further code-share routes. The new code-shares come after a year of rapid expansion for Qatar Airways across the globe, with the addition of 12 new destinations throughout the course of 2014, together with frequency and capacity increases across the network.
Qatar Airways has bought a stake worth about 1.15 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) in the owner of British Airways and Iberia, aiming to forge closer links to a group with two major European hubs and strong transatlantic networks.
Qatar Airways has revealed its first new destination in 2015, to the capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, starting from June 16.
Qantas has announced it will offer a special return flight to Istanbul’s Sabiha Göeçken international airport to cater for Australians wanting to attend Centenary of ANZAC commemoration services in April this year. Qantas flight QF100 will fly from Sydney to Sabiha Göeçken via Perth on 21 April 2015, and will return on 28 April 2015.
Qatar Airways is offering customers in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives up to 30 percent savings on airfares to a wide variety of destinations during its four-day sale. Qatar Airways’ customers can take advantage of this offer by visiting any Qatar Airways’ sales office, appointed travel partners orqatarairways.com/newyearsale. The promotion offers a long travel validity period, enabling customers to book their travel started from 20th January until as far out as 10th December, 2015.
Qatar Airways has continued its expansion into Africa with the launch of services to its twelfth new destination, the Eritrean capital Asmara with two weekly flights connecting Asmara via Doha to more than 140 destinations around the world.
Qantas expects to post its best first-half result since 2010 as its $2 billion cost-cutting initiative bears fruit and lower oil prices trim fuel costs. Shares in the ‘Flying Kangaroo’ closed up 13.8 percent at $2.39.
Qatar Airways will significantly expand its capacity across Europe in the New Year. Barcelona and Manchester will become a double daily service, while Stockholm and Copenhagen will see services increase from a daily to ten and eleven weekly service respectively.
Qantas unveiled details of its new inflight dining offering, which is set to re-define the travel experience for international Economy customers when it rolls out across the network.
Qatar Airways celebrated its first anniversary of joining the oneworld airline alliance network having joined the global partnership one year prior.
Qatar Airways’ will soon touchdown in Bangkok, Thailand, following the overwhelming success of its inaugural service to London Heathrow.
Qatar Airways has signed an agreement with INTERPOL to use the world police body’s I-Checkit system to screen the passports of its passengers against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.
Qantas customers will now enjoy the luxury of the world’s largest passenger aircraft on the world’s longest route, with non-stop A380 services between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth.
Qatar Airways recently hosted a signature event at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas, to celebrate the rapid success of its 7th U.S. destination, Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). The DFW to Doha route has greatly expanded connectivity to India, the Middle East, East Asia, and Australia.
Qatar Airways and Vueling have signed an interline agreement that will enable Qatar’s five-star national airline to increase the number of passengers to Europe, while strengthening Vueling’s hubs in Rome and Barcelona. The agreement will also improve trans-European traffic by providing passengers with an even greater range of options for long-haul connections.
Qatar Duty Free announced the official opening of Argo Tea Cafe in the arrivals hall at Hamad International Airport. Attended by the visionary entrepreneur behind the hugely successful concept that is taking the United States by storm, Arsen Avakian, the opening was an excellent opportunity for passengers passing through the airport to gain an insight into the personality behind the brand and be inspired by his passion for tea.
Qatar Airways has announced that the airline will operate a new non-stop five-times-weekly service between Doha and Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town, which is currently served three-times-a-week via Johannesburg, is one of the airline’s most popular African destinations.
Qatar Airways has introduced its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to the Vienna route. The increase in demand in the region and the airline’s steadfast commitment to the Austrian market has resulted in the introduction of the state-of-the-art Dreamliner onto the Vienna-Doha route bringing an additional capacity of 92 percent per week compared to the current A320.
Qantas Frequent Flyer announced it will introduce a suite of new benefits for members of its elite “Platinum One” flying tier.Platinum One was introduced by Qantas Frequent Flyer in November 2011 to further reward its most high flying members. The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is the only airline loyalty program in Australia with a tier at this level.
QuestaWeb announces the addition of e-AWB connectivity with 86 airlines to their web-based global trade management solutions with DT Gruelle making the first few shipments.
Qantas will introduce a “retro” livery on one of its brand new Boeing 737 aircraft as a flying tribute to 70 years of its iconic kangaroo logo. The original kangaroo symbol, that was adapted from the Australian one penny coin, was initially painted beneath the cockpit of Qantas’ first Liberator aircraft G-AGKT in 1944 following the airline’s decision to name its Indian Ocean passage the Kangaroo Service.
Qatar Airways has introduced its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to the Vienna route
Qatar Airways will be increasing frequency on its very popular Doha – Dubai routes with additional daily flights to Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), taking its frequency to 14-flights-per-day to DXB and 4-flights-per-day to DWC.
Qatar Airways has launched a credit and debit card payment facility at the airline’s contact centre in Ahmedabad reiterating its commitment to delivering five-star experience on air and on ground for the comfort of its passengers in India.
Qatar Airways is set to receive its first delivery of A350 Xtra before the end of this year. The airline has ordered 80 of the wide body A350 XWB which will be deployed on a wide variety of routes served by the Qatar Airways network.
Qatar Airways‘ celebratory inaugural launch of its first A380 super-jumbo took place in Doha in the presence of the Patron, The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Minister of Finance and Chairman of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, the Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Ministers, Sheikhs and Ambassadors.
Qantas and SriLankan announced a new codeshare agreement, making it easier for Australians to visit Colombo and surrounding holiday destinations, and creating new options for Sri Lankan travellers to access Australia
Qatar Airways will be increasing the capacity on its Perth route with an aircraft upgrade to a Boeing 777-300. The increase in capacity will go into effect on October 1 of this year.
Qantas will offer customers even greater travel options through South America as part of an expanded codeshare relationship with oneworld partner LAN in the LATAM Airlines Group.Qantas customers will able to travel on codeshare services operated by LAN from Santiago, Chile to six destinations across South America, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Lima, offering customers seamless connections with baggage and airport transfers and more options to earn frequent flyer points.
Qatar Airways will be increasing its operations to Madrid, Spain, with the addition of three extra flights per week.
QATAR AIRWAYS has launched a non-stop B777-200LR service between Hamad International Airport (HIA), in Doha and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), in Texas.
Qatar Airways and Boeing have finalised an order for 50 777-9Xs. The 777X order was first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow and was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history.
Qatar Airways has increased the flight frequency to Bucharest-Sofia route by adding additional two frequencies from October 1, 2014. The route will be served by a premium A 320 aircraft with increased capacity.
Qatar Airways, commencing 1 September 2014, will be upgrading services on its Moscow route with increased weekly frequencies and a new aircraft to enable to meet the growth in demand to the Russian capital. Qatar Airways will be adding two additional flights per week to the Doha-Moscow route, bringing the total frequency for each week up to 14. In order to add quality to the increased frequency the airline will be operating its newly upgraded A320 to replace the current mixed fleet of A321 and A320s, as well as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The increase in both frequency and aircraft capacity will bring the total number of business class seats up to 476 and economy class seats to 4,928 per week, adding 188 and 1,328 seats respectively from the current number of seats on the flights servicing the route.
Qatar Airways announced adding of Al Hofuf in Saudi Arabia to its ever-increasing list of destinations. In addition, as a further demonstration of its commitment to expanding its regional footprint, Qatar Airways recently increased the frequencies of two of its other destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Strong passenger demand has prompted the Doha-based airline to double its weekly flight frequency to Gassim, while flights to Madinah recently increased from five to seven per week. The additional new destination of Al Hofuf, through Al Ahsa Airport (HOF), is indicative of the increasing consumer and business demands on these popular Saudi Arabian routes. With the increase in frequency on these routes, together with the new destination of Al Hofuf, Qatar Airways will now fly to seven destinations in Saudi Arabia and will operate 79 flights per week to the country.
Qatar Airways, with a view to offer enhanced luxurious and consistent experience to customers, has announced the upgrading of Business Class seats and entertainment systems on select Airbus A330-200 and A320 aircraft. The upgrading, which is part of an on-going customer enhancement project, will introduce new levels of comfort for Business Class passengers, who will be able to enjoy seats that recline into a true 180-degree lie-flat position. The enhanced A320 aircraft will operate on the Vienna, Tunis, Milan, Rome, Geneva and Maldives routes while the upgraded A330s will operate on the Barcelona, Osaka, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket routes.

Qatar Airways has launched its first international Instagram contest: “#destigram.” The contest is designed to encourage the visitors to share a photo of one of the eight new Qatar Airways destinations announced by the airline viz Dubai, Sharjah, Philadelphia, Larnaca, Istanbul, Edinburgh, Miami, Dallas/Fort Worth. Visitors could simply share their photos taken from any of these eight cities or regions. Users then add the hashtags #Destigram and a hashtag for the corresponding city/airport code. Entrants are also encouraged to provide a narrative about their photo.

Qantas has announced a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Television and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to bring the top-rated American comedy series “Modern Family” to film in Australia. Qantas will fly the cast and crew from Los Angeles in February for filming the vacation of ‘Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker’ clan for an episode to be broadcast later this season. Filming in Australia is expected to take two weeks. Lauded for revitalizing the television sitcom, “Modern Family” is one of the largest critical and commercial hits of the past decade.
Qatar Airways introduced a new online system for applying for tourist visas to Qatar. The service is available for passengers flying with Qatar Airways and can be accessed from the airline’s website. Only 1-month single-entry tourist visas will be issued and the same must be used within 60 days from the date of issue. The validity of the visa and the visa period cannot be extended. A few simple steps are all that’s needed for passengers to apply online. It takes approximately 10 days to process the visa and the cost is $55 per person. The option to fast-track the application is available at a cost of $120 per person and takes approximately seven days to process. The visa application fees are non-refundable.
Qatar Airways announced commencement of new daily international service from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport to Doha, Qatar with effect from July 1, 2014. The destination will become Qatar Airways’ second route in Texas. The airline currently operates to Houston non-stop daily from Doha. The Dallas/Fort Worth route will be operated with the airline’s flagship Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, which features a two-class design with Business and Economy class seats.
Qatar Airways announced its plans to launch four-weekly passenger services to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport, from 22 May 2014. Sabiha Gökçen Airport will become Qatar Airways’ third destination in Turkey after Istanbul Ataturk Airport, started in 2004 and Ankara, started in 2010. The airline currently operates 10 flights-a-week to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and four-flights-week to Ankara. With the addition of Sabiha Gökçen Airport, the number of flights to Turkey would rise from 14 to 18 frequencies each week.
Qantas and China Southern have signed their first reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is expected to significantly improve travel options for Qantas customers and also open up new tourism opportunities for Australia. In accordance with the deal, Qantas customers will be able to book on China Southern services from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to Guangzhou as well as four onward destinations within China. In turn, China Southern customers will be able to book on 10 different Qantas routes within Australia and to New Zealand, making it easier for Chinese travellers to visit more cities.
Qantas has unveiled a brand new 737-800 aircraft featuring an Indigenous art livery as a flying tribute to the world’s oldest continuing culture. It is the fourth aircraft in Qantas’ flying art series in partnership with Australian designers Balarinji that began with the first Indigenous livery “Wunala Dreaming” on a 747 aircraft in 1994. Balarinji’s livery design is inspired by the work of late West Australian Aboriginal painter, Paddy Bedford.
Qatar Airways became part of oneworld, adding one of the world’s fastest growing and most highly rated airlines to the world’s fastest growing and most highly rated global airline alliance. It joins oneworld just one year after receiving its invitation to join, which makes its induction into oneworld one of the fastest in the alliance’s history.
Qatar Airways celebrated joining the oneworld Alliance by offering customers discounts on Qatar Airways fares for up to 25 percent. The Bigger World Promotion ran between 11 to 13 November when Qatar Airways customers could instantly purchase tickets for travel beginning 14 November in advance of the holidays through 19 June 2014. Savings are based on round-trip/return fares via Doha. From London to Melbourne or New York to Delhi, more than 130 destinations Qatar Airways flies are applicable via Doha as a transiting point. The minimum stay is three days and maximum stay is one month with the exception of Australia which is three months.

 

Qatar Airways was awarded, for the eighth year in a row, “Best Middle Eastern Airline” at the TTG Asia Travel Awards held in Bangkok. The Doha-based airline was voted by readers of one of the most respected travel trade magazines in the Asia Pacific, TTG Asia.Qatar Airwaysannounced that it will begin four weekly nonstop flights to Miami International Airport from Doha, Qatar with effect from June 10, 2014. According to a Miami-Dade Aviation Department economic impact study, the new service by Qatar Airways will have an economic impact of 536 total jobs and $78.3 million in projected business revenue within Miami-Dade County.

Qatar Airways
celebrated the launch of its new route to Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, by providing school uniforms and books for school-age children participating in the Our Father’s Kitchen programme. ‘Our Father’s Kitchen’ is a feeding programme which provides daily meals for approximately 216 underprivileged children in three different neighbourhoods of the Addis Ababa community. “At Qatar Airways we have a strong sense of corporate social responsibility and that is why we always endeavour to lend a helping hand in the communities that we serve in,” said Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways.Qatar Airways’ first A380 is one step closer to joining the airline’s fleet, as the aircraft was ferried from Toulouse to Hamburg during a test flight. The Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, is one of thirteen on order by Qatar Airways. The airline is set to take delivery of the aircraft in spring 2014.

Qatar Airways’ future home, the Hamad International Airport, scheduled to open in the beginning of 2014, has been specially designed to cater to the A380, with 6 contact gates designed with specifications required for the super jumbo. In addition, the maintenance hangar at HIA, which will be the largest in the world, is able to accommodate two of A380s simultaneously.

Qantas Airways doubled its underlying annual profit as shrinking losses on its international arm offset tougher competition on its lucrative domestic routes. The carrier intimated that underlying profit before tax rose to AUD$192 million (USD$171.72 million) as compared to the last year’s AUD$95m. Underlying operating losses on its international arm halved to AUD$246m, while profits on domestic earnings fell 21% to AUD$365m.The airline posted a full-year net profit of AUD$6m from a net loss of AUD$244m a year ago. Qantas, which formed an alliance with Emirates this year in an effort to trim losses on international routes, has been trying to keep its domestic yields up as investment in the once-booming resources sector slows and the government forecasts limp economic growth into 2014.

Qatar Airways has further expanded its operations in China with the launch of scheduled flights to Chengdu, the airline’s sixth destination to China. The new thrice weekly flights now join Qatar Airways’ five other Chinese gateways – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Chongqing operating a total of 41 flights per week.

Qatar Airways would be hosting the 46th Annual General Meeting of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) in the capital city of Doha. The three-day event will take place between 5 and 7 November at the Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel.

Qatar Airways has announced plans to extend its Boeing 787 Dreamliner route network to India with the launch of services to and from Delhi and Bangalore. The introduction of the state-of-the-art Dreamliner service promises the airlines’ passengers with an unparalleled level of service, comfort and travel experience.

Qatar Airways announced its decision to increase its frequency between Doha and Nairobi by adding four additional weekly flights to and from the capital city. Demand for transport to and from Nairobi has increased dramatically as a business and leisure hub for East and Central Africa, especially as a result of Kenya’s economic growth, up 4.8 percent1 since 2012.

Qatar Airways has upgraded its capacity on its Istanbul – Doha route, with an Airbus A330 aircraft. The introduction of the new wide-body aircraft results in an increased capacity on flights to Istanbul by 166 seats per day, a nearly 50% increase. All flights on the Doha – Istanbul routes will be operated with a modern Airbus A330, featuring a two-class configuration, including up to 24 seats in Business Class and up to 258 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways expands its services to Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa is to be Qatar Airways’ next African destination, with the launch scheduled for September 13th this year. The award winning airline will initially fly three times a week between Doha and Addis, using a two class configuration Airbus A320 with 12 seats in business class and 132 seats in economy class. The new route will bring Qatar Airways’ African destinations to 20 overall.

Qatar Airways has announced that on receipt of their long-awaited Airbus A380, the first destination which would be served with the giant aircraft will be London Heathrow, later to be followed by Paris CDG.The aircraft will be configured in a three-class cabin layout, featuring First, Business, and Economy in what will arguably be the best and most comfortable design of its kind.

Qantas and Emirates partnership, with the joint network opening for bookings from 14 August 2013 will allow the Zealanders to take full advantage of it. Aligned fares, frequent flyer benefits and codeshare arrangements will all be switched on across the Tasman, making it easier for New Zealanders to access world class travel experiences.

Qatar Executive, the Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division has been awarded Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA). The move comes after Qatar Executive managed its first four years of operations under its parent company’s AOC. The achievement enabled Qatar Executive to further grow its worldwide aircraft charter business while continuing to leverage on the rapidly developing network and support of the award-winning Five Star group.The newly-obtained status also provides Qatar Executive’s wholly-owned, all-Bombardier private fleet of six jets comprising three Challenger 605s, two Global 5000s and one Global XRS, with increased flexibility of operations under the safety regulations of the QCAA.

Qatar Airways launches second destination in Oman. Salalah, south of the Arabian Peninsula, would be becoming the Doha-based airline’s fifth new route of the year taking the carrier’s global reach to 127 destinations.

Qatar Airways is set to increase frequency on its popular Cairo – Doha route to triple daily flights beginning July 1 ahead of the busy summer travel season. The Doha-based carrier is introducing five flights to its current 16 services a week, taking frequency up to three flights each day offering passengers more choice, greater flexibility and additional travel options.

Qatar Airways’ released the image of the first aircraft in partial livery from the manufacturer’s Toulouse assembly line in France. The traditional Oryx logo, which appears on Qatar Airways’ current mixed fleet of 124 aircraft, is clearly seen gracing the 24 metre high tail of the double-decker A380 superjumbo, and is sure to turn heads at airports worldwide once it is scheduled to enter service early next year.

Qatar Airways has resumed its Boeing 787 services after a worldwide grounding of the aircraft in January. The airline’s fleet of five Dreamliners was grounded earlier this year following a directive from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States and Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority. The airline’s first Boeing 787 to be redeployed operated flight QR116 from Doha to Dubai.

Qatar Airways has entered into a strategic partnership with Kotak Bank India enabling Debit and credit card members to enjoy exclusive savings in both Business and Economy Class to over 100 destinations served by the airline. The new partnership with Qatar Airways is an exciting benefit for debit & credit card holders, which offers card members up to 15% savings in Business Class and up to 10% in Economy Class. Members can make bookings online with payment using their debit and credit cards. The offer is valid for sale until 30 June 2013 and all travel must be completed on, or before, 30 September 2013.

Qatar Airways announced a new codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways to destinations across Thailand and the capital cities of neighbouring Cambodia and Myanmar. The agreement sees Qatar Airways’ QR flight code on services beyond the Thai capital wiith Bangkok Airways to a raft of destinations giving passengers more convenient and greater access to markets.

Qatar Airways has once again been honoured with accolades at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airport Awards by retaining awards in two key categories at a ceremony held in Geneva. For the third consecutive year, Qatar Airways’ Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport (DIA) was named World’s Best Premium Service Airport, recognized for its superior Five Star service and excellent customer care. Qatar Airways-owned Oryx Rotana has also achieved a remarkable milestone, rising to be named among the top three airport hotels in the world after winning the Best Airport Hotel in the Middle East award for the second year running. This year’s win moved the carrier’s five-star hotel at Doha International Airport from 10thto third position in the Skytrax Airport Hotel global category.

Qatar Airways marked yet another route milestone with the official launch of scheduled passenger flights to Chicago – its fifth North American destination. Initially starting as a thrice-weekly service, the Doha-based airline will enhance capacity on the non-stop Chicago route to a daily operation from June 15. The addition of Chicago takes the airline’s global network to 126 diverse destinations spanning six continents, covering a wide range of destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. “We are looking forward to connecting the Midwest to the Middle East and beyond. With the Chicago route going daily from June 15, and our presence here for more than two years through dedicated freighter services, it clearly demonstrates Qatar Airways’ commitment to this key city. The economic benefits will extend to key regional industries as well – engineering, education, and commodities trading in particular. Many travellers and businesses will benefit from additional access to and from the Middle East.” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways has been voted Best Airline at the 15th Annual ACPETUR Tourism Awards ceremony held in Barcelona. Organised by the Catalonia Tourism Journalist Association, Catalan travel writers and journalists recognized the five-star carrier for its commitment to Barcelona, highlighting the expanded operations from daily to 10 weekly flights, with superior in-flight services to an outstanding global network. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted the airline was being recognised in such a key market linking Barcelona with the Qatari capital Doha. “2013 will be another big year for Qatar Airways as we continue to expand our worldwide network, welcome more aircraft into our ever-expanding fleet, and of course enter into our new partnership with the World’s Best Club FC Barcelona from the start of the 2013/14 season,” said Al Baker. Qatar Airways Vice President Commercial North South West Europe, Paul Johannes said the award was an honour and a testament to the commitment of Qatar Airways to the Catalan capital.

Qatar Airways, with a view to meet its growing customer need, has launched a new mobile application for BlackBerry, Android, iPhone handsets, and has introduced a new mobile website. Through ease and convenience of using their mobile devices, customers can search for, and book flights, check their flight status and follow travel alerts. In addition, members of the airline’s Privilege Card frequent flyer programme can fast track their booking by logging in with their membership number. The new line of services being offered is part of the Doha-based carrier’s commitment to continue providing customers with a Five Star service with added value benefits. Customers can download the application at qatarairways.com/mobile and follow the links to the iPhone, BlackBerry or Android smartphone app store. In addition, the mobile website can be accessed by entering qatarairways.com directly into the browser of any smartphone or tablet.

Qatar Airways confirms that the soft opening of the new international airport in Doha, Hamad International, which will be known in airline circles as HIA, is still set for April 1, when the first of 10 airlines will commence their move to the brand new mega facility. Faithful fliers of Qatar Airways will need to be patient a little longer though as the world’s only five-star airline is set to make that move by the end of the year, when in the space of a day all flight and ground operations will shift from the present terminal to the new one, ringing in what has been described as “a five-star environment on the ground, unprecedented in comfort and facilities and pioneering new standards for the aviation industry.”

Qatar Airways announced plans to launch scheduled flights to a further two destinations in the Republic of Iraq from this summer. The addition of the port city of Basra in southern Iraq and Sulaymaniyah in the northern part of the country will take to five the number of destinations served by the airline across the Republic.

Qatar Airways has expanded operations in Poland with the opening of a new centralised European Customer Contact Centre creating over 100 new jobs. The Polish city of Wroclaw was chosen as the location for the new facility due to the high number of young Poles with multi-lingual skills. The Contact Centre is responsible for handling enquiries from customers across key European markets, a region which represents over 25 per cent of the airline’s global network of 125 destinations.

Qatar Airways picked up two key travel awards within weeks of the airline’s Warsaw route launch, making a resounding impression on Polish travellers. The Doha based carrier has been named “Best Traditional Airline” for its outstanding in-flight product and operational excellence at the annual Best Airline Awards, hosted by Pasazer.com. Pasazer.com is a business portal on airlines and aviation business in Poland. The portal is recognised as a source of information for professionals and passengers.

Qatar Airways has been voted Best Long-Haul Airline at the 18th annual Business Travel Awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House hotel in London. Organised by Buying Business Travel magazine, UK travellers awarded the Five-Star carrier for its commitment to quality and superior in-flight service. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted that the airline’s award winning streak has continued into the New Year.

Qatar Airways has introduced its latest gateway in the Republic of Iraq with the launch of scheduled flights to the central city of Najaf.Following its move into Iraq six months ago with the start of flights to both the capital Baghdad and Erbil, the Doha-based airline has inaugurated new services to its third city in the country.On the back of passenger demand to Iraq, Qatar Airways viewed expansion as being vital, fuelled by the country’s reconstruction drive.

Qatar Airways has achieved another aviation industry milestone by becoming the first airline in the world to operate an aircraft with a new navigational approach into Nepal utilising the latest aircraft technology. The Doha-based airline implemented a ‘Required Navigation Performance – Authorisation Required (RNP AR)’ approach into the Nepalese capital’s Tribhuvan International Airport. Locked in the Himalayan mountain range, Kathmandu has one of the world’s most complicated approaches due to the surrounding challenging terrain.

Qatar Airways has embarked on its Boeing 787 European expansion with the deployment of the next generation aircraft on three additional routes i.e. Munich, Zurich and Frankfurt.The Doha-based carrier has started flying the Dreamliner on the Munich route four-times-a-week.

Qatar Airways launched its first new route of 2013 with the introduction of scheduled services to Gassim in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Doha – Gassim route becomes the carrier’s fifth gateway in the Kingdom, joining already established and popular routes of Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina and Dammam.

Qatar Petroleum (QP)
, Qatar Airways and Shell celebrated the first commercial introduction of a new aviation jet fuel – the first to be approved globally in over two decades. The innovative GTL Jet Fuel blended with Synthetic Parafinic Kerosene from the world’s largest Gas to Liquids plant – Pearl GTL in Qatar – is now flowing into aeroplane tanks at Doha International Airport.

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announced a capacity increase to daily scheduled services on the Doha – Warsaw route, with effect from February 1, 2013.The current four-times-a-week service is scheduled to be covered as daily operation less than two months after the launch of flights to Poland’s capital city.

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hit back at statements by German Emirati joint venture company Lindner Depa Interiors (LDI) that it had not delayed the opening of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA).The Doha-based airline has been severely affected by the delayed airport opening due to LDI ‘badly defaulting’ on its contract.

Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division Qatar Executive has been honoured with the Best Business Aviation Operator of the Year 2012 award by the prestigious Middle East industry publication Aviation Business.


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has declared its long-term commitment to its newest market of Poland with route launch to the capital Warsaw and opening of a new European Customer Contact Centre in the city of Wroclaw early next year.Qatar Airways has announced that it will launch scheduled flights to Chengdu – its sixth gateway in the People’s Republic of China. The carrier will introduce a three times weekly link to Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport in Sichuan Province in Southwest China from its Doha International Airport hub from March 19, 2013, using a two-class Airbus A330-200 seating 24 passengers in Business Class and 236 in Economy.Qatar Airways and Airbus have signed an amendment to convert its existing firm order for twenty (20) A350-800’s, forty (40) A350-900’s and twenty (20) A350-1000’s to forty three (43) A350-900’s and thirty seven (37) A350-1000’s. Qatar Airways’ total order for A350 XWB aircraft remains at eighty (80) aircraft.

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has become a launch customer for a set of Airbus electronic flight bag (EFB) applications. The ‘FlySmart with Airbus’ cockpit applications on the iPad were first announced at the Farnborough International Airshow earlier this year.Qatar Airways began commercial services of its brand new Boeing 787 aircraft with Doha – Dubai becoming the Dreamliner’s debut route. The state-of-the-art aircraft is being deployed on four daily rotations between the two cities marking a new era for Middle East aviation as Qatar Airways is the Boeing 787 launch customer in the region.Qatar Airways has announced that it will launch direct scheduled flights from Athens to New York from the middle of 2013.Qatar Airways has launched scheduled flights to Serbia inaugurating the first of three weekly services to the country’s capital city of Belgrade, gateway to Serbia’s historic and cultural attractions.Qantas Group announced that it will repay $650m in debt ahead of schedule and invest up to $100m in an on-market share buy-back. This will represent up to approximately four per cent of Qantas shares on issue.

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Ryanair announced a Q3 net profit of €49m (compared to p.y. Q3 loss of €35m). Traffic grew 14 percent to 21m customers as ave fare rose 2 percent to €40.
Regional Express commenced three new Queensland regulated routes. In October, the Queensland State Government awarded Rex all five regulated routes that it applied for in a competitive tender process, which included the Northern 1 and 2 Routes currently held by Rex.
Ryanair is arguably the most successful and the most controversial of all the no-frills airlines. CEO Michael O’Leary’s brash nature is replicated in Ryanair’s culture as the airline looks to strip out any unnecessary costs to increase profits and offer cheaper fares to customers.
Ryanair announced it will open its Second Danish base at Copenhagen in March 2015 with up to 4 based aircraft and starting with 3 exciting new routes to London, Milan and Warsaw, with an additional 10 more new routes to be announced in the New Year.
Ryanair announced a new GDS partnership with Amadeus allowing Amadeus-affiliated travel agents across Europe access to Ryanair’s low fares and Europe’s largest route network.
Raya Airways confirmed that it had completed the process of rebranding the former Transmile Air Services business. Raya Airways was established in July last year when TAS was spun out of the Transmile Group.Ryanair expects its full-year net profit to be towards the upper end of its current guidance of between €620 million and €650 million ($788 million – $826 million) due to higher passenger numbers. Chief executive Michael O’Leary told the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting that the airline now expected a total of 87 million passengers this year, up from an earlier forecast of 86 million due to what he described as record forward bookings.
Ryanair is in advanced talks to buy around 100 of a high-density version of the Boeing 737 MAX in a deal worth up to $10 billion.The move comes two months after Boeing said it was studying plans to offer more seating in its upcoming 737 MAX by introducing a modified version with 200 seats, 11 more than the current maximum.
Ryanair launched a new payment partnership with PayPal, providing customers, business travellers, travel agents and corporate travel departments with even more ways to book and pay for the lowest fares on the Ryanair’s website.
Ryanair profit rises on ‘be nice’ campaign. The ‘be nice’ campaign by the ‘enfant terrible’ of the airline world, Ryanair, seems to be paying off. The airline has raised its full-year profit forecast to the €620m – €650m range.
RwandAir will commence flights between Entebbe and Juba in South Sudan, following the recently granted 5th freedom traffic rights from Uganda to South Sudan by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.
Ryanair said its first-quarter profit more than doubled to EUR197 million ($264.7 million). It raised its profit forecast for the year to March 2015 to EUR620 million – EUR650 million from EUR580 million – EUR620 million.
Royal Dutch Airlines has introduced a 24/7 LinkedIn customer service. It claims to be the first airline in the world to offer the business-focussed social media platform. Passengers with general and flight-related queries on topics such as seat reservations, rebooking a ticket or making arrangements for extra baggage are now able to contact the airline directly via the world wide web.
Ryanair, announced a Q1 net profit of €197m, an increase of 152 percent over last year, although cautioned that this result was distorted by the timing of a very strong Easter in Q1 with no holiday period in the prior year comparable.
Routes , which is part of UBM live, and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) signed an agreement to work together to advance the understanding of all matters that concern air connectivity and travel facilitation. In accordance with the partnership deal, Routes and UNWTO will collaborate on the development of programmes beginning with Routes Africa 2014, which will take place 22-24 June this year. This event will address the key factors of infrastructure, air connectivity and visa facilitation within Africa, which are the prime concerns for both Routes and UNWTO. The conference will also identify the key challenges and explore practical ways to unlock the benefits and opportunities of sustainable aviation growth.
Ryanair, Europe’s favourite low fare airline, presented Teenage Cancer Trust (UK) with a €100,000 cheque from the sales proceeds of all 10,000 copies of the Ryanair 2014 Cabin Crew Charity Calendar, which sold out in record time. The Teenage Cancer Trust was selected by Ryanair’s cabin crew after scrutiny over 400 charity applications, to receive the entire proceeds of the 2014 calendar and the entire revenue thus generated will be used to support their 27 specialist cancer units for young people across the UK. Ryanair’s Cabin Crew Calendar stars have now raised over €700,000 for charity since 2008, through their own voluntary initiatives supporting 7 different charities.

Royal Brunei Airlines, according to Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman, may seek out an equity partner next year. Mannion intimated that the past two years had been spent on right-sizing Royal Brunei in the face of steep competition in south-east Asia. The airline also reduced the number of staff from 2,000 to 1,500, while about $100 million (€73 million) has been cut from its cost base.
Ryanair has announced that its annual profit is set to fall for the first time in five years as intense competition in Europe pushes average fares down by around 10 percent over the winter months. Two months after making its first profit warning in a decade, the Irish budget carrier cut its profit forecast further for the year to March to around EUR€510 million (USD$688 million) from EUR€570 million.
Royal Jordanian launched a regular service between Amman and each of Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria and Accra, the capital of Ghana. The new additions will raise the number of the RJ destinations to 61 spanned over four continents. According to a Royal Jordanian statement, opening these two new destinations in Africa comes in line with the RJ strategy to find new tourism and travel markets in different countries around the world in order to boost inbound tourism to the kingdom and to generate more revenues for the airline, given the decline in tourism movement from the traditional markets of Europe and North America, resulting from the instability in the Middle East since three years.
Ryanair and Italy’s largest airline, announced 3 new routes at Comiso, which is Ryanair’s 22nd Italian airport, to/from Brussels Charleroi, London Stansted and Rome from August 2013, which is expected to deliver over 150,000 passengers annually and sustain over 150* “on-site” jobs* at Comiso Airport with 10 weekly flights. Ryanair’s new routes will begin in August 2013.
Ryanair,launched a new partnership with Looking4Parking, the UK’s leading and fastest-growing car parking provider, offering low cost parking at 9 of Ryanair’s UK airports. Ryanair passengers travelling from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester can now book both ‘meet and greet’ and ‘park and ride’ parking facilities on the Ryanair.com website and enjoy significant savings over standard airport parking.

Ryanair
reported a record net profit of EUR569 million for FY2013, registering an increase of 13% up on last year, and its operating margin of 14.7% is comfortably the highest among European airlines. Even after refund of EUR1.5 billion in cash to shareholders over the past five years, the LCC had EUR3.6 billion in cash at the end of Mar-2013, equivalent to almost nine months of sales.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA),operated and managed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Pvt Ltd (GHIAL), has added three new feathers to its cap at the recently concluded SKYTRAX – World Airport Awards held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Geneva. Hyderabad’s RGIA has been rated as the No. 1 Airport in India, 5th Best Regional Airport in Asia, and also as the 8th Best Airport in the 5-10 mppa capacity. The World Airport Awards are based on 12 million passenger surveys completed in a 10-month survey period, covering over 388 airports. The survey evaluates the total passenger experience across 39 airport service and product factors, covering arrival at an airport, transit and departure processes to the boarding gate etc.. The World Airport Awards are the global benchmark of Airport Excellence and Quality Ranking. RGIA’s foremost responsibility is in enhancing facilities for passengers and offering them a convenient and comfortable transit. These awards speak volumes about RGIA’s high service standards and ethos.

Routes Asia was officially handed over to Kuching, Sarawak, the host destination for Routes Asia 2014, after the conclusion of Routes Asia 2013 in Mumbai which saw a record attendance of more than 700 delegates.

Ruslan International, the company which manages and markets the combined Antonov An-124 fleets of its shareholders Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines, has arranged the transport of a brand new Sikorsky S-92 helicopter from Stewart International Airport in New York State to Stavanger in Norway, where it will be used for flying to and from offshore oil rigs in the North Sea. The aircraft is the first of a record order of 16 S-92s, all of which feature special equipment and systems necessary for operations in the North Sea region – including flotation devices, auto-deployable life rafts, satellite flight following communications and main rotor blade ice protection systems.

Republic Airways has announced a $4bn deal for up to 94 E-175 jets. The US carrier will purchase 47 of the aircraft and has taken options for a further 47, which together are worth $4bn at list prices. First delivery is due in mid-2013. Republic will be the first to receive the enhanced E-175, which is being updated to include wingtips, systems optimisation and better aerodynamics that will lower fuel burn by up to five per cent.

Routes American has named El Salvador as the destination for event, which will take place in early 2014. The Honourable Minister of Tourism Mr. José Napoleón Duarte Durán signed the agreement during a signing ceremony which took place at FITUR in Madrid. Also present at the signing were, El Salvador’s tourism business representatives, employees from CORSATUR, Katie Bland, Future Hosts Director for Routes and David Appleby, Director Latin America & the Caribbean for Routes.

Ryanair and British Airways have agreed a tentative deal to sell most of Aer Lingus’s Heathrow slots to BA if Ryanair succeed in its takeover of the Irish flag carrier. The deal would see BA-owner IAG gain 20 pairs of incredibly precious Heathrow slots, while Ryanair would lower its major takeover hurdle, namely the undermining of competition between the UK and Ireland.

Ramco Systems, the Global Aviation Maintenance & Engineering (M&E) and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) software provider on cloud, tablets and iPad, announced that Ramco Aviation has gone live with its implementation in Air India. With this, Ramco Aviation Suite will help Air India in maintaining its 125+ fleet of Boeing and Airbus, including the latest Boeing 787 / Dreamliner.

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SuperJet International announced that the Mexican airline Interjet confirmed the option for additional 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. In 2011 Interjet originally ordered 15 SSJ100 and 5 options. The 5 options became firm in July 2012 at Farnborough Air Show.South African Airways’ has resumed nonstop service on its daily flight from Johannesburg to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport. While SAA’s daily flight from New York-JFK to Johannesburg has operated on a nonstop basis for several years, the return flight was making a 1-hour enroute stop in Dakar, Senegal, during the low season winter months.

Southwest Airlines stated a new era in Houston when its first international flight into William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). That flight from Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba is part of a service expansion announced by Southwest in December 2014.

Southwest Airlines has launched service to Central America and now flies a new Caribbean route from Texas, Costa Rica became the carrier’s seventh country served with daily nonstop service between Baltimore-Washington and San Jose, Costa Rica.

Sriwijaya plans to add four 737-800s in 2015 and is close to placing an order for up to 30 new turboprops which will be operated by its regional subsidiary Nam Air. Sriwijaya adopted a dual-brand strategy in 2013 with Nam being used as a full-service regional carrier.

Swiss International Air Lines generated total income from operating activities of CHF 5,212 million in 2014, a slight one percent increase on the previous year. Operating profit amounted to CHF 347 million, up 31 per- cent year-on-year, though the improvement is attributable primarily to changes in depreciation policy within the Lufthansa Group.

San Francisco International Airport has been named the number one airport in North America for customer service in the SkyTrax Passengers’ Choice Awards for 2015. SFO took the top spot in the “Best Airport Staff in North America” category, followed by Denver and Vancouver airports.

Seychelles announced that following further progress in advancing economic and commercial cooperation between Seychelles and France, Air Seychelles will this year be flying thrice weekly nonstop to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport with the close collaboration of Air France.

Singapore Airlines reported operating profit of $146.3 million ($108.7 million) in October-December, down from $151 million a year earlier.
South African Airways has strengthened its global position by being awarded a 4-Star rating for the 13th consecutive year reflecting continued improvement in theirr on-board product and service.
Swiss International Air Lines has renamed its Swiss European Air Lines subsidiary, as Swiss Global Air Lines.The renaming has been prompted by the planned integration of the new long-haul Boeing 777-300ERs into the company’s aircraft fleet.SkyTeam has formally opened its new exclusive lounge at Sydney Airport. The alliance’s presence in the Australian market has been growing steadily and now offers over 80 weekly departures from Sydney International Airport.
Singapore Airlines and Vistara announced a partnership between the KrisFlyer and Club Vistara frequent flyer programmes, providing members more opportunities for accrual and redemption rewards.
Southwest Airlines reported record fourth quarter net income, excluding special items1, of $404 million, or $.59 per diluted share, compared with fourth quarter 2013 net income, excluding special items, of $236 million, or $.33 per diluted share.
Sabre Corporation was selected by Alaska Airlines to provide technology solutions to enable its retailing strategy in all sales channels, including through some of the carrier’s interline partner airlines. By late 2015, Sabre’s suite of solutions will give Alaska the ability to offer customers ancillary products and optional services through travel agencies and some interline airline partners.
Southwest Airlines is the 2015 Airline of the Year, according to Air Transport World (ATW). In selecting Southwest as Airline of the Year, ATW editors cited Southwest’s extraordinary and consistent standards of service, financial performance, safety, and environmental and corporate responsibility.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company delivered the 16th Sukhoi Superjet 100 to its launch customer – Aeroflot. According to the tradition of the Russian national carrier the aircraft was given its own name. This aircraft was named after the Russian legendary pilot Boris Velling.
Sky Airline (Chile) and AviancaTaca Holdings have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which the Colombian group will acquire a controlling 59 percent stake in the Chilean carrier. Following 15 months of intense negotiations, the agreement was signed by the CEO of Sky Airline, Holger Paulmann, and AviancaTaca Holding majority owner, Germán Efromovich.Spirit Airlines is planning to expand its presence at Houston Intercontinental Airport in 2015 with a mix of domestic and international route additions to widen the ULCC dimension in the market. Houston, which includes the George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports, is dominated by United, which has a hub at Intercontinental, and Southwest, which is gearing up for the debut of international flights from Hobby in late 2015.

Skymark Airlines will hold talks on code-share flights with rival ANA and seek fresh funds from investors, measures that could provide a lifeline for the loss-making carrier.
South African Airways has begun a network programme that will see the carrier significantly grow its intra-African activities by boosting frequencies on a number of its existing routes within the country to further enhance connectivity.
Suvarnabhumi Airport has launched the newly-installed automatic queue-card kiosks that aim to improve travelers’ access to taxi services, a move praised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) as helping to enhance the image of the kingdom as a welcoming tourist destination.
Saudia is expected to receive two Boeing 777-300ERs to strengthen its domestic and international fleet, provide more seats to its customers and boost its competitiveness in the global aviation industry. The Business Class of the new aircraft has been provided with most modern and highly comfortable seats installed for the first time.
SAS and Etihad Airways are set to begin codeshare operations and provide customers with enhanced travel options between Scandinavia and the UAE.
SWISS will be adding eight new destinations to its Geneva-based network with the 2015 summer schedules. The additions will bring SWISS’ Geneva network to 39 non-stop destinations.SAUDIA as part of its efforts to make optimum use of its seat capacity and meet actual demand of passengers, will start implementing a new “Book and Pay” system for its domestic flights effective January 1, 2015.

South African Airways have introduced a new marketing platform for North American travel suppliers that represent tourism destinations, convention & visitors bureaus, hotels & resorts, cruise lines and sightseeing attractions in the U.S. & Canada to target tour operators and travel agents in South Africa.
SriLankan Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A330-300 becoming a new operator for the type.
SkyTeam has launched a refreshed version of its App. Free to download and available for Apple and Android devices. The updated App now offers even more useful features for global travelers on the go.
Spanish government has postponed the IPO of airport operator Aena until the first months of 2015. State-owned Aena, which operates 46 airports in Spain as well as having interests in airports in Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Angola and the UK, had been aiming for a share market debut.
Swiss International Air Lines transported 12,311,965 passengers in the first nine months of 2014, a 0.9 percent increase on the 12,198,176 of the same period last year. The airline also operated 1 percent fewer flights in the period: 109,740, compared to 110,831 a year ago.
SWISS will be investing billions of Swiss francs in advanced aircraft, attractive destinations and further product enhancements over the next few years as part of its “Next-Generation Airline of Switzerland” strategy.
Spain has approved state-owned airport operator AENA to increase its stake in London’s Luton airport to 51 percent.The nod comes more than a year after a joint venture comprised of AENA and fund AXA agreed to buy the airport. The approval comes as Spain is preparing a partial privatisation of the airports operator.
SpiceJet introduced a self-booking tool, ‘SME Traveller’, exclusively for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This has been especially designed to address the needs of business travellers from the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector.
Sharjah International Airport has selected SITA to provide its AirportConnect Open passenger processing technology for another five years. SITA’s AirportConnect Open is the only platform capable of providing an integrated approach to Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Common Use Passenger Processing Systems (CUPPS) and Common Use Self-Service (CUSS) kiosks, hosted on one platform.
Shannon Airport has received a significant vote of confidence from Ryanair announcement of the airline’s plans to increase passenger numbers in the 2015 summer season by up to 18 percent. Welcoming Ryanair’s announcement of its summer schedule for Shannon Airport in 2015.
Spring Airlines has signed an agreement with Airbus for Sharklet retrofit of its A320 aircraft in operation to become the first Chinese airline to perform retrofit of the latest fuel saving device.Thanks to this aerodynamic upgrade, Spring Airlines’ retrofitted aircraft will benefit from a reduction in fuel costs by up to 4 percent, an annual 900t reduction in CO2 emissions, an increased mission range by up to 100 nautical miles and improved performances at high elevation airports.
San Francisco International Airport announced the launch of the first dedicated Chinese-language airport website in the U.S. featuring content in simplified Chinese. The site provides easy access to the most frequently-used information, real-time flight tracking, and responsive design which scales seamlessly to mobile devices.
SAS carried a total of 2.6 million passengers . The total traffic (RPK) increased by 6.3 percent. The total capacity (ASK) was up by 3.2 percent. The total load factor increased by 2.4 p.u. to 82.9 percent.Market trends, PASK and yield development .Market conditions remain challenging with declining yield and PASK. However, since the introduction of the summer 2014 program, load factors have improved and in August 2014, SAS reports its highest August load factor ever.
SAS carried 2.4 million scheduled passengers up 10.6 percent. The scheduled traffic (RPK) increased by 11.2 percent. The scheduled capacity (ASK) was up by 8.7 percent and scheduled load factor increased by 1.9 p.u. to 86.5 percent. At the same time, yield and PASK were down 7.0 percent and 3.7 percent respectively.
SOUTH African Airways and Boeing have joined forces to develop an environmentally-friendly jet fuel produced from a new type of tobacco .The carrier and the planemaker will utilise sustainable jet fuel producer SkyNRG’s hybrid plant Solaris, which farmers can grow as an energy crop instead of traditional tobacco.
SWISS Airlines reports an operating profit of CHF 118 million for the first six months of 2014, up 64 percent on the same period last year. This result is primarily due to a new method of calculating depreciation.
SkyTeam has launched its new Go Round Asia and Southwest Pacific Pass, providing customers with a flexible way to explore 26 countries. The latest in SkyTeam’s series of regional travel passes, the Go Round Asia and Southwest Pacific pass has been designed as a ‘mini-Round the World’ ticket that offers cost savings on flights operated by SkyTeam members serving these regions.
Singapore Airlines reported a 52 percent fall in its first-quarter operating profit as intense competition for passengers and cargo squeezed yields at Asia’s second-biggest airline.
Swissport International has secured a 5 year ground handling license for three international airports; Constantine Mohamed Boudiaf, Batna Mostepha Ben Boulaid and Tlemcen Zenata Messali El Hadj. This is in line with Swissport’s plan to expand its activities in Africa.
SpiceJet Airlines has selected GE’s Flight Efficiency Services (FES) to support its fleet of 52 Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft. GE will provide flight data analytics and fuel management to optimise the airline’s operational efficiency with the goal of substantially reducing fuel expenses for the airline.
Southwest Airlines reported its second quarter 2014 results. It recorded quarterly net income, excluding special items, of $485 million, or $.70 per diluted share, compared to second quarter 2013 net income, excluding special items, of $274 million, or $.38 per diluted share. This exceeded the First Call consensus estimate of $.61 per diluted share.
SMBC Aviation Capital has signed a major firm order for 115 A320 Family aircraft (110 A320neo, five A320ceo). The contract was announced at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, by Peter Barrett, SMBC Aviation Capital, CEO, Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is launching nonstop service to Stavanger, Norway with a Boeing 737-700 aircraft including a SAS Long Haul Business Class concept on board, with just 44 comfortable business seats, along with a modern in-flight entertainment system and full-service meals.
Smart Thinking’, consisting of business intelligence and predictive analytics, released by SITA during CAPA’s Airlines in Transition Summit in Dublin, reported that more than half of passengers would use their mobiles for updating themselves with flight status, baggage status and airport directions. The report further states that a majority of airlines and airports would be able to offer these services latest by 2016. In total, 100 percent of airlines and 90 percent of airports are investing in business intelligence solutions to provide the required information which these, and other services, demand. SITA’s “Smart Thinking” is based on this global research and is inclusive of additional input from leading airlines and airports including British Airways, Saudia, Dublin Airport Authority, London City Airport and Heathrow.
Swiss International Air Linesannounced that it carried a total of 3,525,735 passengers in the first three months of 2014 thereby registering a 2.3% decline on the 3,610,298 passengers recorded during the same period last year. The airline’s fight operations also came down by 3.9% as compared to the first quarter of 2013. System-wide seat load factor for the quarter stood at 78.8% registering a negligible 0.8-percentage-point decline from the 79.6% recorded during the same period last year. SWISS offered 2.4% more capacity in the first three months of 2014 than it had a year before in available seat-kilometre (ASK) terms. Total traffic volume, measured in revenue passenger-kilometres (RPK), registered an increase of 1.4 percent during the first quarter of 2013.Steer Davies Gleave (SDG)and Strategic Aviation Solutions International (SASI) have signed a collaboration agreement with a view to jointly promote aviation consultancy services across specific geographies. The collaboration would bring together Steer Davies Gleave and SASI’s joint expertise in the aviation and cargo markets that would offer the clients a unique service capability built on combined global experience. The agreement combines Steer Davies Gleave’s air passenger, regulatory and wider business strategy expertise, with Strategic Aviation Solutions (SASI) airline management, Cargo fleet management, and Cargo facility design and logistics experience.

SilkAir has launched a new brand campaign with aim to rekindle the joy of flying. Moving away from the idea of travel as being purely transactional, the campaign focuses on making the journey on the airline worth by offering customers a seamless and enjoyable travel experience at all times. Titled ‘A Joy to Fly’, the campaign redefines true value for the discerning traveller, emphasising and bringing to life the many benefits that SilkAir offers through a set of distinctive icons that feature across all the ads.

SilkAir, with 25 years in the air under its wing, will be celebrating its Silver Anniversary this year. Marking its anniversary celebrations, the airline will be taking delivery of the first aircraft in its new fleet of 54 B 737s in early February 2014. A total of eight planes are expected this year, with the remaining aircraft to be delivered by the end of this decade. The delivery is expected to enable SilkAir to maintain a young and modern fleet, and cater for the airline’s continued network expansion plans by significantly growing its existing fleet

Southwest Airlines announced its decision to close three cities in the airline’s network. Commencing from June 7, 2014, Southwest will cease operations at Branson Airport (BKG), Key West International Airport (EYW), and Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN). Southwest began service to Jackson-Evers International in 1997. The airline added Branson Airport and Key West International Airport to its route map in 2012 as part of its integration with AirTran, a wholly-owned subsidiary.
SAS announced direct flights to both Oslo and Stavanger in Norway from Edinburgh, bringing to four the number of new routes for Scotland’s busiest airport in as many days. With SAS competing with Norwegian and Ryanair on the Oslo route, the services will operate twice a week between next April and October. SAS, competing with BMI, will also fly between Aberdeen and Oslo from next March .
SeaPort Airlines announced that it has deployed the merlot.aero Airline Operations Management Solution across its entire route system, including flights operated both as “SeaPort Airlines” and as “Wings of Alaska.” The merlot.aero solution provides modules for operations and crew management, planning, tracking and regulatory compliance. The solution is unique in that it is the only truly internet based airline operations management tool on the market and is managed through SaaS for real-time data and web service enabled applications deployed over a cloud platform.
Singapore Airlines Group, according to financial profit and loss data, earned an operating profit of $87 million in the second quarter of the 2013-14 financial year thereby registering an increase of $17 million (+24.3%) over the same quarter last year. Group’s revenue grew $107 million (+2.8%) to $3,901 million due to 5.0% growth in passenger carriage, partially offset by a decline in yields. Group net profit for the second quarter was $160 million recording an improvement of $70 million (+77.8%) from the corresponding period a year ago.
S.A.T., the holding company of the Berlin-based German carrier Germania, has taken delivery of its first out of two A321s on order. Both aircraft are equipped with Airbus’ wing tip fuel saving devices, called Sharklets. The airline has already been operating eight A319 successfully since 2011. The new Germania A321 will operate exclusively for Alltours, one of Germany’s biggest travel agencies. The airline has chosen a spacious single class cabin layout for 208 passengers. The cabin will be equipped with a state-of-the-art entertainment system, featuring video screens and in-seat audio channels. The aircraft will be powered by CFM engines.
Singapore Airlines Airbus A 340 will take off on its final trip from New York to Singapore at the end of November. Thus, the world’s longest non-stop flight will soon be history. The Airbus A 340 has connected, since 2004, Singapore and New York without a stopover undertaking a 19-hour flight travelling 16,700 kilometres.
SpiceJet suffered a record quarterly loss owing to high fuel prices and the weaker rupee but the airline expected its international expansion would help cut costs. SpiceJet and rivals such as Jet Airways operate in a country where provincial taxes make jet fuel among the world’s most expensive. They also have to contend with a rupee trading near a record low, raising costs which are mostly denominated in dollars. India’s fourth-biggest airline by domestic market share added two more international routes last quarter, taking the total to 10.
South African Airways (SAA) faces a pressing need to start moving forward with its new strategic plan, which includes pursuing expansion within Africa and cutting unprofitable long-haul destinations such as Buenos Aires. Under the new strategic plan, SAA will increase operations within Africa while cutting unprofitable long-haul routes and potentially hand more domestic routes to low-cost subsidiary Mango.
Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons are planning to establish an airline in India. The two will initially invest a combined $100 million to start the carrier, with Tata Sons owning 51 percent and Singapore Airlines, Asia’s second-biggest carrier by market capitalization, the rest. The tie-up is the second airline joint-venture announced this year by the Tata Group, a salt-to-software conglomerate that is India’s biggest business group.Sabre Travel Network,a global technology company and easyJet, have partnered to advance the airline’s merchandising strategy through the Sabre travel marketplace. Sabre-connected travel agents would now be able to select and pay for specific seats at the same time as they make a flight booking for their customers. Further , the agents will no longer have to visit the easyJet website to select a seat after the fare has been bought in Sabre.Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS)reported that it carried 12,198,176 passengers in the first nine months of 2013 thereby registering an increase of 1.1% increase as compared to the same period during the last year.
Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.3 million passenger movements during September 2013 registering an increase of 6.9% over the same period last year. A total of 28,400 landings and take-offs were recorded during the month indicating a growth of 7.2%.. For the month, traffic to and from South East Asia, North East Asia and the Middle East registered double-digit growth.Spring Airlines Japan Co.,

an affiliate of China’s low-cost carrier Spring Airlines intimated that it will start domestic flight service in late May 2014. The budget airline, based in Narita Airport, will open three routes connecting Narita with Takamatsu, Hiroshima and Saga airports. Three Boeing 737-800 planes with 189 seats will be making two round trips daily. The fleet will be expanded to 20 planes by 2017, and the company is also considering international flights to China, Taiwan and Singapore.South African Airways’ low cost airline Mango launched its scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Zanzibar. Nico Bezuidenhout, Mango CEO intimated that this was the airline’s first expansion beyond SA borders. He also informed that the Johannesburg-Zanzibar schedule operation came after almost eight months of successful charter operations.

South African Airways (SAA) and Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement to increase access to destinations in both countries for both leisure and business travellers. Destinations in Brazil that will be accessible through the agreement are from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Brasília, Salvador, Florianopolis, Iguaçu Falls, Recife and Belo Horizonte. Brazilian passengers flying to South Africa will have access to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth.

SriLankan Airlines has intimated that it is to increase its weekly flights from India from 48 to 60 till the year end by adding new destination. According to Nishantha Wickremasinghe, Chairman of the airline, Asia, particularly India, is a very important destination for the airline and it gives top priority to the region.


SriLankan Airlines
is on track to fly direct to China next year as traffic to Colombo picks up, a top official said. SriLankan is now flying to China via Bangkok, with tourists to Maldives being a key contributor to filling seats. But direct traffic to Sri Lanka has been picking up.

Shannon Airport achieved growth, for the second successive month in July with a 9.4% overall increase in passenger numbers compared to the same month last year. Overall passenger numbers for July were 177,558, registering a significant improvement from 158,603 in the same month last year.

South African Airways (SAA) has taken delivery of its first two A320s out of a total of 20 A320 Family aircraft ordered from Airbus during 2010. The development is set to deliver cost efficiencies and allow SAA to expand its Sub-Sahara regional route network and , as a result, to boost revenue in the rapidly growing market.

Singapore Airlines will boost its services in India from the Northern Winter operating season from 27 October 2013 to 29 March 2014, with a third daily flight to the capital New Delhi. SIA currently operates two daily services to New Delhi using Boeing 777 aircraft.

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has opened its new lounge at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport. The lounge is available to Elite Plus, First and Business Class customers flying from the airport on any of the alliance’s 10 airlines that serve Istanbul. SkyTeam anticipates more than 70,000 visits to the lounge each year.

Singapore Airlines Introduces World’s Most Advanced In-Flight Entertainment System. Customers will soon be able to experience the next generation KrisWorld, the world’s most advanced in-flight entertainment system to date, on new Boeing 777-300ERs entering Singapore Airlines’ fleet in the coming months. The new KrisWorld, based on a Panasonic Avionics hardware platform, will initially be available on eight new B777-300ERs that will begin to enter service from September.

Seychelles and Hong-Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR) have officially signed an air service agreement (ASA). The event which took place in Hong Kong, follows the conclusion of negotiations between the two countries on October 30, 2012 which led to the signing of a memorandum of understanding and initialling of the ASA text with the aim of easing air services operations launched by Air Seychelles on March 24, 2013 and other developments to come. The ASA was signed by Pierre Laporte, Minister for Finance, Trade and Investment who was representing the Minister responsible for Transport and the Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, Secretary of Transport and Housing in the government of HKSAR.

SAS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for eight A350 XWBs and four A330s, as part of its strategy to modernize its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft. The agreement was signed in the Nowegian capital, Oslo. The new A350-900s and A330-300s will join the airline’s existing fleet of 30 Airbus aircraft.

Spirit Airlines & Airbus have entered into an agreement for the firm order of 20 Airbus A321.These aircraft are in addition to the 96 aircraft not yet delivered under Spirit’s existing order and will be scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2017.

Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.28 million passenger movements in May 2013 registering a growth of 4.7% compared to the same period in 2012. Flight movements increased by 5.4% to 28,500.

Swiss Airlines will soon allow discounts for passengers who fly with only take-on-board baggage. Following in the footsteps of KLM and British Airways at Gatwick, Swiss has decided that passengers flying Swiss to or from Geneva will pay less if they do not have checked baggage. The new rules will come into effect with effect from September 1st when Swiss will offer a new two-tier tariff structure for its Geneva services.

Skymark Airlines (Skymark) announced the airline’s intent to select the Boeing 737 MAX as its next generation single aisle aircraft of choice, making it Japan’s first airline to opt for it. Boeing will be working closely with Skymark to finalize a firm order in the coming months.”We are delighted to deepen our partnership with Boeing and work together on the renewal of our single-aisle fleet,” said Shinichi Nishikubo, President and CEO of Skymark Airlines. “The Next-Generation 737 has been a key driver of our successful growth, and we are sure that the 737 MAX will provide us with even greater efficiency and competitive edge as we move into the next stage of expansion.” he added.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it is to purchase up to 50 more A350 XWB aircraft. The agreement covers a firm order for 30 more A350-900s with additional options for a further 20 aircraft. The deal would allow the airline to select either the baseline A350-900 or the larger A350-1000 whilst exercising the options. The latest agreement will represent the third order from Singapore Airlines for the A350 XWB. Once confirmed, it will see the airline’s total firm orders for the all-new aircraft increase to 70, excluding options. The aircraft will be used by the airline on both medium and long haul routes.

Singapore Airlines has signed a memorandum of co-operation (MoC) with Changi Airport Group and South African Tourism to promote travel to South Africa. In accordance with the agreement, the three parties will explore and implement activities jointly to promote tourist traffic to South Africa through Singapore Airlines’ services to Cape Town and Johannesburg via Singapore’s Changi Airport. The parties have agreed to invest more than S$1 million in cash and in-kind collectively over the next one year to support advertising and promotional campaigns, as well as familiarisation programmes for trade and media representatives.

South Africa Airways, according to , Nico Bezuidenhout, who has been Acting Chief Executive since February, plans to spend between USD$4 billion and USD$7 billion for 25-30 long-haul aircraft and has mostly been looking at the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, State-owned SAA expects deliveries to start from 2017. Dogged by boardroom strife and massive losses, SAA hopes fuel efficient aircraft will help defray expensive energy costs, Bezuidenhout said.

Singapore Airlines has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine to power 30 Boeing 787-10Xs for delivery from the 2018/19 financial year. The engine was selected from among two competing models available for the aircraft, following a detailed evaluation of offers. Singapore Airlines has also signed a letter of intent with Rolls-Royce for a TotalCare services package. Under the comprehensive support agreement, Rolls- Royce will be responsible for the provision of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the engines, as well as for spare engine support. The engine selection follows an agreement with Boeing on 30 May 2013 for the purchase of 30 B787-10Xs, which are intended for use on medium-haul routes. The order is conditional upon Boeing formally launching the B787-10X programme.

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, is re-enforcing its focus on customer-based initiatives that ensure improved service offering whilst delivering more benefits for its membership throughout SkyTeam’s global network. “With our global network almost complete, our priority is now shifting to creating a seamless travel experience for our customers,” said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam’s managing director. “SkyTeam’s key driver so far has been on gaining global presence, and now provides a network with access to the most relevant traffic flows worldwide. But the next stage of cooperation is about developing customer products and services that bring seamlessness to a new level.” he continued.

Star Alliance has expanded its mobile device offer by introducing the customized Navigator app for the iPad. The new app complements the existing iPhone app and is a continuation of the Alliance’s strategy of providing easy mobile access to its products and services. The hallmark of the new tool is an interactive 3D globe which visually depicts the 27 airline network of more than 21,900 daily flights covering 1,329 world-wide destinations. New to any Star Alliance web or mobile offer is the “My Trip” feature which enables customers to store and monitor their Alliance flight itineraries and is only available on the Navigator iPad app.

Solar Impulse, the solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, successfully landed in Dallas-Fort Worth completing its longest leg of the 2013 Across America mission and setting a new absolute world distance record in solar aviation (832 NM/ 1’541 km). The previous distance record was also established in Solar Impulse when André Borschberg flew 602 NM (1’116 km) from Switzerland to Spain in May 2012. The record is now to be submitted to the National Aeronautics Association before it is ultimately awarded by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will soon fly to two more cities in Indonesia, increasing its Indonesian network to 11 destinations. Subject to regulatory approvals, SilkAir will offer thrice-weekly flights between Singapore and Semarang, the provincial capital of Central Java, from 29 July 2013, and thrice-weekly flights between Singapore and Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, from 1 August 2013. The new services will be operated with Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins ., “SilkAir is excited to add Makassar and Semarang to our extensive network in this part of the region. We are impressed with the growth of air travel to and from Indonesia and we are confident that the two new services will be well received.” Said Mr. Leslie Thng, SilkAir’s Chief Executive.

South African Airways (SAA)
announced that it has submitted a long-term turnaround strategy to the country’s public enterprises minister, Malusi Gigaba. The Minister had issued a directive on October 15, 2012 for the carrier to deliver a strategy aimed at improving its financial sustainability and operational efficiency. There will be a three-phase implementation approach of the strategy, with continuous and cyclical monitoring and review over a twenty year period. “One of the key elements of the strategy is increased focus and emphasis on governance and accountability. These will go a long way in restoring SAA’s reputation in the global markets and among its stakeholders,” said Dudu Myeni, the acting chairperson of the SAA board of directors. She labelled the strategy “a defining moment in SAA’s 79 years of existence”.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 of Lao Central, the airline based in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, successfully performed its first domestic commercial flight from the capital of the country Vientiane to the second largest historical and cultural city of Laos – Luangphabang. 60 passengers were checked in to the flight while the distance between the cities was covered for about 30 minutes. Lao Central will operate Sukhoi Superjet 100 both in domestic and international routes from Laos to Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Ming, Singapore and other destinations in Southeast Asia. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Lao Central signed a contract for delivery of three SSJ100 in March 2011 with an option for six aircraft of this type in a 93 seats two-class configuration.

Singapore Airlines has announced a product upgrade on the daily morning flights between Mumbai and Singapore. Part of a larger global investment of S$95 million to refit 10 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with new long haul cabin products, this upgrade will take effect from 31 March 2013. The retrofitted B777-200ER aircraft will offer long-haul comfort with additional space similar to those currently deployed on one of the two evening flights between Mumbai and Singapore which is operated with the B777-300ER. With the product upgrade, Singapore Airlines passengers from Mumbai will experience long-haul comfort and space on 2 of the 3 daily flights to Singapore. The enhancements include Business Class seats in 1-2-1 configuration that convert into full-flat beds and wider in-flight entertainment screen sizes for both Business and Economy Classes.

SpiceJet Ltd, adds two more destinations from India’s financial capital Mumbai by connecting it with Karnataka’s developing industrial hub, Hubli and with the holy city of Nanded. SpiceJet plans to operate both these flights on alternative days. The airline would be deploying Bombardier Q400 aircraft on these routes and is launching the service from Delhi & Mumbai to Nanded on newly acquired Q400 aircraft. The Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft can accommodate 78 passengers and is widely accepted as the best short-haul aircraft globally.

South Africa’s
aviation sector is “clearly on the rise,” according to Boeing Capital’s Senior Director, Suzanne Raubenstine. “We are seeing an increasing regional financing presence into the aircraft sector,” Raubenstine told financiers at an event by Boeing Capital Corporation in Johannesburg. “We’ve had banks there contribute to progress payment financing and also Export-Import Bank of the US export credit support. We’ve also seen new entrants into the aviation sector from public and private sector development finance institutions.” Boeing forecasts that Africa will require 900 aircraft worth $120m over the next decade, in part due to fuel prices and Africa’s need to modernise its fleet.

SilkAir has entered into a five-year exclusive pilot training agreement with Boeing, with the aim of supporting the airline’s fleet transition to Boeing aircraft. Under the agreement, Boeing Flight Services will provide flight training at Boeing’s Singapore training campus for the airline’s new 737 fleet. “SilkAir pilots will soon train with the most experienced 737 instructors,” said Leslie Thng, SilkAir CEO. The carrier ordered 23 737-800 NGs and 31 737 MAX 8s in November 2012.

Sikorsky Global Helicopters (SGH) announced delivery of the first of 16 completed S-92 helicopters that the Avincis Group will use to provide transportation for its customers’ offshore oil and gas crews and for search and rescue. The aircraft order announced in February 2012 is the largest single purchase of S-92 helicopters to date, known for their robust design, safety features and performance especially in harsh environments including the North Sea.

Sanad Aero Solutions GMBH (Sanad), Mubadala Aerospace’s engines and components financing and leasing solutions company, is expanding its relationship with Abu Dhabi National Leasing (ADNL), the wholly owned lease financing arm of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), to enhance Sanad’s integrated spares financing activities in collaboration with ADAT and SR Technics, Mubadala Aerospace’s Global Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Network. ADNL and Sanad have been working together since late 2011 with an initial focus on spare engines, with the latest Global Spares platform expanding the scope further to aircraft components. The value of closed transactions to date are in excess of $300 million and will further strengthen the synergies between Sanad’s asset management expertise and ADNL’s commercial banking and lease finance product offerings. Both companies are seeking to expand the platform in the near term with a strong pipeline of new opportunities.

Singapore Airlines
is to advance the planned release of 76 pilots who are employed on fixed-term contracts. The pilots are expected to be released by June 30, 2013. The airline had previously been releasing pilots only upon expiry of their contracts. Singapore said it had been a “difficult decision” and would assist the pilots in pursuing employment opportunities “within the SIA Group and with other airlines”. Pilots employed on fixed-term contracts make up about four per cent of Singapore’s total pilot workforce.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) delivered its second Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft to the Russian air carrier Yakutia. The Sukhoi Superjet 100, with a manufacture serial number 95020, arrived to its base airport in Yakutsk in the North-East of Russia from Ulianovsk where the Act of Delivery & Acceptance with SCAC had been signed earlier. According to the contract, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company delivered to Yakutia Airlines two aircraft in a 93 seats each two-class configuration with 8 seats – business-class, 85 seats – economy class.

SpiceJet, will launch flights between Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, and New Delhi, in a foray into the Chinese market. The only Indian carrier to connect Guangzhou with India, SpiceJet will fly the route four days a week with 189-seater Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft. “The service reiterates growing economic interest between two of the world’s largest economies,” said Neil Mills, CEO of the company.

SpiceJet Ltd, announces further expansion of presence by adding Allahabad on its national network. The airline is connecting Allahabad with Indian national capital Delhi by launching daily direct flights. The airline is deploying 78-seater Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on this route. Q400 aircraft is considered one of the best suitable planes for short haul destinations.

Singapore Airlines and Porter Airlines have finalized an interline agreement that provides another travel option between Asia and Canada.The routing links Porter’s main base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with Singapore Changi Airport via a connection at Newark Liberty International Airport. This agreement would allow the travellers to check baggage through to their final destination.

South African Airways (SAA) has been named the Best Airline in Africa by Business Traveler Magazine, following its annual consumer survey. The airline was also awarded the top prize for the Best Business Class to Africa, according to the results of the survey.

Schönefeld and Tegel Airport announced that they welcomed a total of 25,261,192passengers in 2012 registering an increase of 5.1 per cent more than that of the previous year. By contrast, the number of flight movements remained virtually the same, with 242,872 take-offs and landings (+/-0%) in 2012.

Syphax Airlines
, according to reports, is expected to place an order for 10 A320-200s. The carrier announced that it will launch a service between Sfax, southeast of Tunis, and Tripoli. The route will be flown three times a week.

Saudi Arabian
national carrier Saudia has announced that it will launch flights to Toronto in Canada and Los Angeles in the US over the coming two years as new aircraft deliveries enable it to expand into additional markets.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC)
and Indonesian air carrier Sky Aviation signed in Ulianovsk (Russia) Act of Delivery & Acceptance for the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 on completion of technical acceptance procedure. The airline is going to put SSJ100 into commercial operation. The document, signed by the parties, states that the aircraft is technically sound and fully meets the performance criteria.

SpiceJet Ltd, India’s most preferred low cost airline, now connects Chennai – Mysore (Via Bengaluru) and Pondicherry to Bengaluru with direct flights. The airline is also connecting Mysore with other metro cities –Mumbai and Delhi while Pondicherry is connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The airline would be deploying Bombardier Q400 aircraft on these routes.

SilkAir, will increase services across parts of its route network during the Northern Summer 2013 period, between 31 March 2013 and 26 October 2013, to meet growing passenger demand. Most notably, a fifth daily service will be introduced for both Phuket in Thailand and Penang in Malaysia respectively, up from the current four flights a day. Frequency will also be adjusted on selected services between Singapore and points in China, India, Indonesia, Indochina, Malaysia and Thailand.

SriLankan Airlines will boost the frequency of its flights between Colombo and Riyadh to meet increasing outbound demand from Saudi Arabia into the local and wider Indian and Far East markets via Bandaranaike International Airport in the island nation’s capital city. A designate member of the oneworld global alliance, the carrier will introduce an additional three flights on the route increasing frequencies from two to five a week.

Singapore Airlines will be investing nearly SGD$95 million to refit ten Boeing 777- 200ER aircraft with new long-haul cabin products to provide customers with additional space and comfort. The cabin upgrade programme will provide greater product consistency across the Airline’s long-haul fleet, with Business Class seats that convert into full-flat beds and larger in-flight entertainment screen sizes for both Business Class and Economy Class.

SuperJet International – a joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Company) and Sukhoi Holding – announced the execution of a “SuperCare” Agreement with the launch customer for South-East Asia Sky Aviation for after-sales support of its SSJ100 fleet of up to 12 aircraft. SuperJet International will provide the Indonesian carrier Sky Aviation with customized spares availability and maintenance/repair solutions of on-board equipments for a term of 10 years. The agreement is worth up to USD 57 million.

SpiceJet Ltd, is adding two new destinations in its international network. The airline is connecting Delhi with Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong Province’s of People’s Republic of China and Riyadh, capital city of Saudi Arabia.

Sikorsky team developing the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps has delivered the first prototype aircraft — the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) — from the assembly line to the flight test team. The move will enable Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. to prepare and test the GTV aircraft for hundreds of hours of powered ground checks ahead of the four follow-on flight test helicopters that will take to the skies during 2014-15.

Shenzhen Airlines
became the latest carrier to join the Star Alliance network. Adding Shenzhen Airlines to the network is part of Star Alliance’s strategy of improving access to current and future growth markets, thus providing the international traveller with more destinations and flights.
Swiss Aviation Training (SAT) announced that it has become the first flight training organisation to offer CEFAsim simulator flight evaluation on an A320 simulator. The technology enables all key points in a simulator training flight to be revisited and analysed by instructors and trainees, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of debriefing.
SpiceJet Ltd, announced further expansion of its international network by opening three new sectors Kochi-Male, Kochi-Dubai and Dubai-Ahmedabad.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Aegean Airlines have entered into a codeshare agreement. SIA will add its ‘SQ’ code to Aegean-operated flights serving the Greek capital Athens from Frankfurt, London, Milan and Munich, as well as to flights serving Greece’s second-largest city Thessaloniki from Frankfurt and Munich. Meanwhile, Aegean will add its ‘A3’ code to SIA-operated flights serving Singapore from Frankfurt, Milan and Munich, and flights beyond Singapore to Melbourne and Sydney.
SAS is to launch 45 new routes including direct flights to the entire Nordic carrier’s main, and a number of its regional, airports. It will also increase frequencies on a number of its existing flights.

Swissport International
, has signed an agreement with new African low-cost carrier Fastjet under which it will provide ground services throughout the airline’s network. Fastjet, Africa’s first pan-continental low-cost carrier (LCC), is set to launch operations in Tanzania’s domestic market, with flights from its Dar Es Salaam base to Kilimanjaro and Mwanza, and quickly expand its route network, flying the continent of Africa from north to south and east to west over the next few years.
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Tampa International Airport is expecting a 4.4 per cent increase in passengers during its busy spring break period. The increase amounts to an additional 97,148 passengers traveling into and out of TPA compared to last year’s spring break period.

Turkish Airlines is negotiating to acquire 10 or more Airbus A380s in a deal potentially worth $4 billion at list prices. A deal, if agreed, would be the first airline order for the double-decker jet since Dubai’s Emirates boosted its order at the Dubai Airshow in November 2013.

Tokyo is making one of its boldest interventions yet in Japanese aviation by orchestrating a tripartite cooperation that will involve rivals All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines codesharing with Skymark. Skymark was forced to withdraw from an over-optimistic plan to take six A380s. That left Skymark with an enormous penalty on top of the larger than expected start-up costs for its A330s.

Transaero Airlines has made a decision to cancel fuel surcharge included in the price of tickets on its international routes. The offer is subject to online purchase on the official website of the airline, sales at the airline’s ticket offices or the airline’s agent offices abroad.
Thomas Cook and Brussels Airlines expand their strategic cooperation. This year, both companies will operate even more holiday flights together (824 flights, +26 percent). Tens of thousands of Thomas Cook clients will also make use of Brussels Airlines’ scheduled flight offer to popular holiday destinations. Brussels Airlines and Thomas Cook have been cooperating since 2002, but this year the partnership will have an even more strategic character.

Transaero Airlines has been guaranteed a three-year, 9 billion-ruble ($164.8 million) bailout by the Russian government. TASS Russian News Agency reported that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a resolution on Christmas day to support Transaero in light of the economical situation in Russia. TASS also reported that inflation in 2014 in Russia was 11.4 percent. The government will cover up to 100 percent of Transaero’s liabilities with a three-year loan from VTB Bank, which is 60.9 percent government-owned. The loan is strictly to be used for the airline’s operating costs.

Turkish Airlines increases the amount of flights between Helsinki Airport and Istanbul. From March 2015 on it will add four flights to its weekly schedule. At the moment Turkish Airlines operates the route 14 times a week. From March 2015 on the amount of weekly flights will increase to 18.

Turkish Airlines introduces “Shop&Miles”, an alternative way of using miles accumulated in the airline’s popular mileage reward program. The new option will allow program members to purchase items either with miles or cash or by using a combination of miles and cash.

Thai Airways said its load factor fell to 75.3 percent in August from 78 percent in the same period last year. The figure included flights operated by its Thai Smile Airways unit, the airline said in a statement. However, the airline said there were some positive signs for Thailand’s tourism industry as the number of foreign visitors arriving at Bangkok’s main Suvarnabhumi airport rose 15 percent in August from July but was down 13.3 percent from the same month last year.

Transaero Airlines has launched a partnership with UTG aviation services, an independent ground handling operator, at Moscow Vnukovo airport. UTG aviation services will provide to the airline a full range of handling services, including ramp services, passenger check-in and cargo handling for all flights of the carrier.

Turkish Airlines launches new destination in Ukraine, Kherson.Roundtrip flights between Istanbul and Kherson will be operated 4 times per week.Turkish Airlines offers special all inclusive round trip fares starting from 99 Euro from Kherson to Istanbul.
Turkish Airlines’ first half 2014 consolidated financial statements were reported to Borsa Istanbul. Compared to the same period of 2013, sales revenue increased by 37 percent reaching 11,3 billion TRY. Turkish Airlines recorded 495 million TRY operating profit and 398 million TRY net profit in the 2Q 2014, completing the first half year with 312 million TRY operating profit and 172 million TRY net profit.
Tata Group has asked the government to reconsider a rule that bars airlines investing in the Navi Mumbai international airport project from holding a board seat.The aviation ministry recently allowed the Navi Mumbai airport, to be built through public-private partnership (PPP), to raise 26 percent of its equity from airlines against the 10 percent allowed in PPP airports.
TATA SIA Airlines announced that the much-anticipated brand name of its new airline will be Vistara. Vistara aims to transform the air traveller’s experience. With an obsession for quality in every aspect of customer engagement, the airline will treat travellers as unique individuals and delight them with intuitive thoughtfulness.
Tigerair further expands its distribution presence in India by signing a strategic partnership with Cleartrip, one of India’s leading online travel portals. Cleartrip will now have direct access to Tigerair’s booking engine with state of the art API technology for seamless availability of inventory across Tigerair network.
The European Parliament adopted a new regulation on the establishment of rules and procedures with regard to the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at European airports on April 16, 2014. Airlines and airports welcomed the clarification and harmonization of the methodology which will need to be followed prior to the introduction of any new noise mitigating measures. Without undermining the decision-making power of local authorities, the new legislation will require the adoption of new measures to be preceded by a comprehensive noise assessment. This assessment will also be accompanied by a transparent consultation of all stakeholders in line with the ‘balanced approach’, an international policy endorsed by all the member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The potential effects on the economy and impact on the capacity of air transport in Europe will also be taken into account.TAP hadcarried a total of 10,703,000 passengers during 2013, registering an increase of 5 percent as compared to the number of passengers recorded during the previous year. This was due to a significant improvement in the flight load factor, which increased from 76.8 percent to 79.4 percent, representing a 2.6 percentage point increase. It is worth noting that the company managed this growth with the same number of planes and the same capacity on offer.
Turkish Airlines will be flying to nearly 200 international destinations to facilitate easy access to these destinations by its passengers. Accordingly, it has adopted a new branding that emphasizes its global reach. The “Globally Yours” motto substantially increased international awareness of these efforts by creating an image highlighting the development process while enhancing the brand.
Tripp Lite, a world leading manufacturer of power protection, connectivity, and infrastructure equipment, recently provided power protection and backup at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).The installation comes at a key time, as the Kenya Airports Authority focuses on completion of a multi-year expansion project at JKIA which is the busiest flight hub in East and Central Africa. Constructed in 1978 to accommodate 2.5 million passengers annually, foot traffic at JKIA has nearly tripled due in part to Kenya’s emergence as an important region of economic growth making expansion a necessity.
Thai Lion Air, a new no-frills airline, will launch its first commercial flight this December. Thai Lion Air (TLA) Chief Executive Captain Darsito Hendro Seputro intimated that the airline will inaugurate its first Bangkok-Jakarta flight in early December, followed by Bangkok-Kuala Lampur as well as Bangkok-Chiang Mai flights. All flights will be based at Don Mueang Airport in the Thai capital.
Transaero Airlines has announced the expansion of its first class offering to its medium-range routes. Now passengers travelling onboard Boeing 737-800 from a number of European cities, Israel and CIS countries to Moscow can enjoy the luxury and exclusiveness of Imperial class service that used to be only available on the airline’s long-haul routes.
Transaero Russian airline and US carrier JetBlue Airlines have signed a deal that should help travelers more easily access out-of-the-way destinations in both countries .”This is our newest and largest partner in the United States,” Transaero Chief Executive Olga Pleshakova commented on Transaero’s new partnership with New York-based JetBlue.

 

Turkish Airlines, commenced direct flights from Istanbul to Kathmandu, providing an alternative route to those flying to and from various European countries.
Thai Airways is planning to provide in-flight Wi-Fi. With many airlines already providing on-board Wi-Fi service and with millions of users daily, Thai Airways (THAI) is attempting to catch-up and is keen to improve its loss making results during the first half of 2013 even as tourism booms in the Land of Smiles. It is believed that on board services will improve if passengers can stay connected and financial results will improve. THAI plans to make Wi-Fi internet available on flights as the airline is preparing to apply for a license with the national telecom regulator.
Turkish Airlines’ first half consolidated financial statements were reported to Borsa, Istanbul. According to the statement, compared to the same period of 2013, Turkish Airlines sales revenue increased by 22 percent reaching $4.6 billion. Compared to the first half of 2012, overall net operating profit improved 190 percent to $243 million. Net profit decreased by 30 percent to $67 million, mainly due to currency translation differences and tax effect. During the first half of 2013, as many as 22.4 million passengers were carried implying a 26 percent increase in passenger traffic. In response to the 21 percent increase in available seat kilometers (ASK), revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) increased by 27 percent, resulting in 3.4 points increase in passenger load factor, which came to 78.9 percent system wide. According to the International.

Turkish Airlines is making profit in tough times and provides 5-star service to 230 destinations in 103 countries. Turkish Airlines CEO Dr. Temel Kotil informed that his company excels by offering top of the line service, but also benefits from its geographical position.Thomas Cook Airlines has announced that, from June 2014, it will operate two aircraft from London Stansted Airport using the larger Airbus A321 by replacing the existing A320 with view to bringing an increased amount of flights and holidays which are now on sale for holidaymakers from the East and South East of England.

The European Union announced that it had lifted a ban on Venezuelan state airline Conviasa and Philippine Airlines from flying in the bloc view improvement in their safety standards. The change by the European Commission, the EU executive, updates an EU blacklist, which still includes 280 airlines from 20 countries. Conviasa was banned in 2012 in view of “serious safety deficiencies”. It triggered complaints from the Venezuelan government which considered the decision to be unfair.

Turkish Airlines growth in the amount of passengers suffices the outbound tourism trend in Turkey as it enjoys a considerable improvement in tourism. Turkish Airlines, recently voted Europe’s Best Airline at the 2013 Skytrax Passengers Choice Awards for the third consecutive year, announced marked growth in passengers flying to Turkey and many of its other international destinations. Between January and June 2013, Turkish Airlines saw a 25.8 percent increase in global ticket sales over the same period in 2012, a total of more than 22.4 million passengers.

TAP Portugal is to increase the frequency of its Manchester, England to Lisbon, Portugal service, to ten flights a week. The service, which delivers UK travellers to the Portuguese capital Lisbon, currently runs seven flights per week. The increased number of flights further elevates TAP’s status as the main carrier between Portugal and the UK, now offering 80 flights a week to the country in total.

Tiger Airways brings in valued travel options to Indonesia with its launch of direct service between Hong Kong and Jakarta. From 25 July 2013, Tiger Airways will fly to the capital of Indonesia four times weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with an increase to daily flights from September onwards.

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) has selected Lido/AMDB from Lufthansa Systems to provide airport mapping data for its new A380 fleet for 5 years.

Turkish Airlines,
with existing services to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga and Bilbao, added flights to Santiago De Compostela as its 6th destination in Spain. Santiago De Compostela flights are operated 3 times per week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays in both directions.

Turkish Airlines launched its fifth U.S. gateway in Houston, Texas. With the addition of Houston to an expanding global network, Turkish Airlines now has more than 220 destinations in 98 countries – more countries than any other airline in the world. With the addition of this new gateway, Turkish Airlines is making travel more convenient for business and leisure travelers in the Houston area and will create endless business opportunities in this thriving city.

TAM Airlines is adjusting its operation between its Sao Paulo Guarulhos hub and New York JFK. The airline is reducing operations on the route from two to one a day, with the morning departure cancelled. Boeing B777-300ER aircraft will continue to operate.

TAM Airlines and LAN Colombia, known collectively as the LATAM Airlines Group, are to join the oneworld alliance. TAM Airlines will leave the Star Alliance to join oneworld during the second quarter of 2014. LAN has been a full member of the group since June 2000 with LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru have since become affiliate members. LAN Colombia, the latest of LAN’s subsidiaries, will join the group as an affiliate member in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for two additional A330-300 passenger aircraft and three options as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans. The additional order for the A330 Family is taking their total firm order for the type to 38. Turkish Airlines placed their first order with Airbus in 1984, and presently operate 104 Airbus in total. The new aircraft will be deployed on medium and long haul routes from the Turkish Airlines hub in Istanbul.

Turkey will launch a tender to build Istanbul’s third airport and is aiming for the first stage of construction to be completed in three to four years, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said. One of the country’s biggest planned infrastructure projects, the multi-billion dollar airport plan is intended to add vital capacity in a fast-growing region. Passenger traffic through Istanbul has risen sharply in recent years as flag carrier Turkish Airlines, one of the world’s fastest growing carriers, has expanded routes around the world using the city as its hub. The airport, which will have an initial capacity of 90 million passengers a year, extending eventually to 150 million with three runways for simultaneous use, is to be built in stages.

TransAsia Airways of Taiwan has taken delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus. The A330 will be the first widebody aircraft to be operated by TransAsia. Featuring a high comfort two class layout seating 300 passengers, the aircraft will initially fly on services from Taipei to Japan and Singapore. These will be followed by new longer range operations to destinations currently under consideration, including Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Middle East. TransAsia has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power its A330s.

Turkish Airlines (THY) has contracted GE Aviation to provide engines for its newly-ordered 777-300ERs and A330-300s. The airline has ordered 15 GE90-115B engines to power the Boeing aircraft, whilst also signing a long-term OnPoint solutions agreement for MRO. The total engine order and MRO agreement is valued at more than $1.4bn.

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United Airlines will launch new nonstop flights between its Chicago hub at O’Hare International Airport and Rome on May 16, 2015, subject to government approval. The summer-season service will operate five-times-weekly through June 3, daily from June 4 to August. 17, and six-times-weekly from August. 18 through September 23, 2015.
United Airlines has expanded Wi-Fi to the first of its United Express regional aircraft, enabling more customers to stay connected in flight during their journeys. The airline will outfit more than 200 E175, E170 and CRJ700 regional jets with Gogo’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground Wi-Fi product.
United Airlines continued in 2014 to create a more flyer-friendly experience for its customers, and the company ends the year with more than two dozen awards for its investments in customer products and services, technology and corporate responsibility.
UAL’s November 2014 consolidated traffic decreased by 0.3 percent and consolidated capacity decreased 0.4 percent versus November 2013. UAL’s November 2014 consolidated load factor increased 0.1 points compared to November 2013.
United Airlines launches its new daily flights between Houston and Santiago, Chile offering the only nonstop service between the airline’s principal Latin American gateway and the Chilean capital.
UNITED AIRLINES will launch new nonstop flights between its Chicago hub at O’Hare International Airport and Rome on May 16, 2015.
United operates more nonstop trans-Atlantic service from Chicago O’Hare than any other airline, and these new flights to Rome are a great addition to their route network.
Ukraine International Airlines will connect Ukraine with Latvia and Belarus by launching non-stop scheduled service from Kiev to the capitals of these countries.
Ukraine International Airline continue to closely cooperate with major international carriers during the IATA Winter 2014/2015 Schedule and offer its passengers vast travel opportunities when flying with UIA and partner airlines.
UPS® announced the launch of UPS Temperature True Cryo, which further broadens the scope of UPS temperature-sensitive shipping offerings to include cryogenic solutions for UPS healthcare customers.
United Airlines will launch four new Pacific routes , beginning with nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, and between San Francisco and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The airline has also launched two new routes from its Guam hub –Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 27 and Shanghai on Oct. 28.
URORA Air International President Carlos Smith announced the airline’s intentions to establish its world headquarters at MidAmerica St Louis Airport.
UTair Aviation introduced its new premium service class on flights between Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow and the cities of Tomsk, Omsk and Novosibirsk. Premium class on Airbus A321 aircraft will become available on flights from Moscow to Novosibirsk.
United Airlines became the first airline to offer customers Uber transportation services via its mobile app, further enabling travelers to use the United app for services throughout their entire travel experience. Customers with iOS and Android mobile devices may access Uber ground transportation information in the United app’s menu or in the “My Reservations” card with a current reservation.
U.S. airlines carried 237.7 million systemwide (domestic + international) scheduled service passengers, 1.6 percent more than during the same period in 2013. Domestically, U.S. airlines carried 206 million passengers, up 1.3 percent from 2013 .Internationally, they carried 31.7 million passengers.
UTair Aviation announced launching of a special offer on its Nizhnevartovsk-Moscow route, with one-way airfare starting as low as 3,990 rubles when booked through the airline’s official website. The flights on this route will be performed with new single-class 220-seat Airbus A321 aircraft, delivered to UTair directly from the manufacturer. The low airfare includes full onboard services – a meal, 20 kg of checked luggage, STATUS loyalty programme miles and the usual range of great UTair connectivity opportunities in Moscow. In addition to flights to Moscow, the UTair Aviation 2014 spring and summer flight schedule will include flights to 12 other domestic and international destinations from Nizhnevartovsk.Ukraine International Airlinesannounced launching of its first ever scheduled flights connecting Ukraine and Iraq with effect from 03 June of this year. The leading Ukraine`s carrier will be operating up to 3 non-stop scheduled flights a week between Kiev and Erbil. Flights connecting Kiev and Erbil will be operated three times a week by Boeing 737 aircraft in two-class cabin configuration viz business class and economy class.Ukraine International Airlineswill be operating new non-stop Kiev – New York – Kiev flights. The first non-stop, round trip flight between Kiev’s Boryspil International Airport and New York’s John Kennedy International Airport will be operated on April 25, while daily non-stop flights are scheduled to operate with effect from June 23. According to the airline, the route will be operated by Boeing 767 aircraft with a three-class layout – business, premium economy and economy.

US Airways saw jump in traffic but revenues were up by just 1 percent. Traffic is growing faster than a key revenue number at US Airways Group Inc., and there are a few more empty seats than a year ago. The airline announced that passengers flew 5.1 percent more in October than a year ago — 5.54 billion miles, including trips on US Airways Express regional carriers. But a key measure of revenue for each seat flown one mile increased just 1 percent.

United Airlines is now offering its customers electronics-friendly cabins on all domestic mainline flights. The airline received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin allowing passengers use of their portable electronic devices during all phases of flight. United will immediately implement the benefit for its customers.
United Airlines commenced nonstop flights from its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Luis Munoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The service will be operated with Boeing 737-900 aircraft, with seating for 20 in United First, 51 in Economy Plus and 96 in Economy.
United Airlines, subject to approval by government, will launch nonstop summer seasonal service between its Chicago hub at O’Hare International Airport and Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning May 22, 2014, This will be the first scheduled nonstop service between the two cities.
US Airways Group, Inc. announced its August and year-to-date 2013 traffic results. According to the report, Mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 6.3 billion, increasing by 6.3 percent against the same period during August 2012. Mainline capacity was 7.1 billion available seat miles (ASMs), increasing by 5.6 percent as compared the same period during August 2012.
United Airlines is to offer a non-stop service between Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, and San Francisco of the United States from June 11 2014. According to James Mueller, Vice President of United Airlines Atlantic and Pacific Sales, The U.S. airline will offer three round trips per week between the two cities.
US international air passenger traffic is on the growth trajectory. International air traffic to/from the U.S. totaled 89.7 million passengers through June 2013, reflecting a four percent increase over the June 2012 year-to-date period. U.S. citizen travel (40.0 million) was up two percent and comprised 45 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers, which was 49.7 million, increased by five percent with their market share at 55 percent. U.S. airlines carried 48.3 million passengers, up three percent, however their share slipped to 54 percent. Foreign flags carried 41.4 million passengers, up five percent from same period 2012.

US Airways and American Airlines secured EU regulatory approval for their USD 11 billion merger after promising to surrender slots at London Heathrow and Philadelphia airports. The carriers offered the concession and also committed to facilitate the entry of a new competitor to allay concerns by the European Commission over the combined company’s monopoly of the route.

United Airlines was named the Eco-Aviation “Airline of the Year” Gold Winner by Air Transport World (ATW) magazine for actively engaging in climate change and biofuels working groups and initiatives, and for its dedication to a broad set of activities that improve both the airline’s efficiency and the environment in which it operates.

US Airways Group’s, pretax profit excluding net special items was $409 million, the highest in the history of the Company. Net profit excluding net special items was a record $324 million, or $1.58 per diluted share

United Airlines
has announced that the company is teaming up with Mercedes-Benz USA to provide innovative new benefits exclusively to United’s most frequent flyers seeking a luxury driving experience. MileagePlus Premier members can now receive incentives of up to $5,000 when purchasing or leasing most new 2013 or 2014 Mercedes-Benz vehicles. In addition, Premier members will receive 25,000 bonus miles, through Sept. 3, 2013, when purchasing or leasing a new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E- or CLS-Class model. These customers can use the incentive and mileage benefits at Mercedes-Benz dealers in the United States.

US Airways launched daily non-stop service to Sao Paulo, Brazil from its largest hub at Charlotte, N.C. The new flight is US Airways’ second destination in South America and complements the airline’s existing non-stop service to Rio de Janeiro from Charlotte. US Airways will operate service to Brazil’s largest city on Boeing 767-200 aircraft with seating for 18 in Envoy, US Airways’ international business class, and 186 in the main cabin.

United Airlines has launched subscription options that offer customers access to Economy Plus seating or pre-paid checked baggage charges for a year. “The Economy Plus and checked baggage subscriptions offer our customers more of the comfort and convenience they value year round,” said Scott Wilson, United’s Vice President of Merchandising and e-commerce.

United Airlines
announced that it is the only U.S. carrier offering 180-degree flat-bed seats and personal on-demand entertainment in premium cabins on every scheduled, long-haul international flight from the New York area. United has outfitted 182 international aircraft with all-new United Global First and United BusinessFirst cabins.

United Airlines has opened a new, on-airport kennel facility at its Chicago O’Hare International Airport hub. The kennel provides exceptional accommodations and amenities for animals traveling via United’s acclaimed PetSafe service. The kennel, which is located inside United’s new cargo facility, has 28 individual enclosures and allows different species of animals traveling with the airline to be held comfortably in separate, ventilated and temperature-controlled areas. The O’Hare facility also has a fleet of specially built, temperature-controlled PetSafe vans that the airline uses exclusively to transport pets to and from its Chicago flights as quickly and comfortably as possible.

United Airlines announced that it will begin daily flights from its hub at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico with effect from Nov. 5, 2013. The route will be operated with Boeing 737-900 aircraft with seating for 20 in United First, 51 in Economy Plus and 96 in Economy. In addition, the airline announced that it will add a second daily flight for the holiday season between 4th Dec to 5th Jan. “San Juan has been one of United’s most popular Caribbean destinations for more than two decades.

United Airlines is preparing to reintroduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights, bringing back the world’s most advanced and efficient aircraft on domestic and international routes. Boeing already converted two of United’s six Dreamliners to the new FAA standards and will soon convert the remainder of United’s fleet.

United Airlines has equipped its 200th aircraft with live television, offering customers more than 100 channels of live programming while in-flight. United operates more live television-equipped aircraft than any other airline in the world. United currently offers live television on most Boeing 737 aircraft and on many of its Boeing 757-300 aircraft. In addition to live news, sports and family entertainment, customers may enjoy up to eight newly released movies a month.

UTair Aviation and UTG Aviation Services, the airline’s partner for ground services, have opened a brand new business lounge in Terminal A at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow for the convenience of passengers. The lounge is located in the domestic flights departure zone. UTair passengers flying business class within Russia would be able to make use of the lounge for free. Other UTair passengers would be able to make use of it for a nominal fee. The new business lounge provides amenities that allow guests to spend their time before flight in comfort. The lounge has a special business zone equipped with PCs, printer, scanner and fax; a meeting room with multi-media communication system; a cloakroom and a shower. Passengers visiting the lounge will be provided with a personal care kit upon request. A hot-lunch buffet will be available 24 hours a day.

UTair Aviation shifted operations to its 2013 Spring-Summer flight schedule. This summer UTair will operate flights to 17 countries around the world, including eight flights to CIS destinations. UTair will offer service to a total of 97 destinations, 64 on domestic The schedule includes new international routes from Saint Petersburg to Budapest twice a week and weekly flights from Ulyanovsk to Munich and from Rostov-on-Don to Frankfurt on Main. Flights will be operated with Boeing 737-500 aircraft.

US Airways announced that it will launch daily non-stop service to Sao Paulo, Brazil from its largest hub at Charlotte, N.C. beginning May 5, 2013. The new route is US Airways’ second destination in South America and complements the airline’s existing non-stop service to Rio de Janeiro from Charlotte.


U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
proposed to allow Delta Air Lines to serve Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport from Seattle. Under a U.S.-Japan agreement, U.S. airlines may operate a total of four daily round-trip flights per day at Haneda Airport, where operations are limited.

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Vancouver International Airport has been named number one Airport in North America for the sixth year-in-a-row by Skytrax World Airport Awards, the premier international airport awards voted on by more than 13-million passengers worldwide.

Vietnam Airlines announced that the airline will aim to transport 16.7 million passengers in 2015, up 6.2 per cent annually. The company will maintain its seat occupancy rate of 78.5 per cent and market share of 45.9 per cent.

Vistara took its first flight from Hyderabad to New Delhi. The airline has also announced its foray into North East India, with the addition of Guwahati and Bagdogra to its network. From April, Vistara will operate daily on the Delhi-Guwahati-Bagdogra-Delhi route.

Virgin America launches a digital campaign invites flyers on its new Dallas Love Field routes to ‘raise their expectations’ by demanding not just the lowest possible fares, but an innovative, fresh travel experience tailored to the longer-haul flying now possible from the airport most convenient to downtown Dallas

Volaris reported its preliminary traffic results for December 2014. During the month of December 2014, Volaris continued to demonstrate capacity discipline in the domestic market and growth in the international market. This resulted in total network load factor reaching 82.1 percent, in line with the same period of 2013. Full year load factor was 82.2 percent.

Virgin Atlantic has announced it is increasing capacity from Manchester to Orlando and Las Vegas for summer 2015. To meet high demand to two of its most popular leisure destinations.

Vietnam Airlines has signed a contract to insure its aircraft and those of two subsidiaries for the next two years for $6 billion. PVI Holdings led the 2015-16 insurance contract, joined by Vietnam National Aviation Insurance and Baoviet Holdings, VNA and PVI said in a statement.

Vietnam has started operating a new $900 million terminal at Hanoi Airport that will nearly double its capacity. Passenger planes took off from Noi Bai Terminal Two, Hanoi Airport’s new wing that will handle 10 million passengers per year and up to 15 million in future as demand rises for air travel at home and abroad.

Vueling once again leads the pack in technological innovation, become the first airline in the world to implement contactless systems for paying with cell phones. On its app the pioneering Barcelona-based airline has deployed two revolutionary systems —Near Field Communication (NFC), and Scanning— to enable users to automatically enter their personal and credit card data during the purchase process.

V Air is now operating this route on a daily basis. V Air’s Chairman is Vincent M. Lin and CEO, Eleni Lung. The airline launched services to Chiang Mai (Thailand) on 7 January 2015. Currently, V Air has one Airbus A321 aircraft with 194 seats and expects to expand its fleet to a total of five planes by the end of 2015. www.flyvair.com.

Virgin America and China Eastern announce a codeshare agreement to offer seamless booking and travel from Shanghai, China to multiple destinations across the United States. The new agreement will see China Eastern place its two-digit flight code (MU) on a range of Virgin America routes from Los Angeles and San Francisco – including West Coast flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, New York (JFK), Seattle, San Diego and Washington Dulles (IAD).

Vienna Airport’s passenger numbers fell 1.5 percent in November compared with the same month in 2013, driven by an 11.2 percent decrease in passenger numbers to Eastern Europe. The November data brought the rise in passenger numbers in the first 11 months of the year to 2.4 percent.

Virgin America reported its preliminary operational results for November 2014 and the first 11 months of the year. The airline’s traffic increased 9.8 percent on capacity that was 1.3 percent higher than the same month in 2013. Load factor was 78.8 percent, up 6.1 points from November 2014.

Virgin Atlantic Airways has planned three extra routes for its winter 2015 schedule, with daily flight offerings from London Heathrow – Dubai, Johannesburg, and Shanghai Pu Dong, using its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

VietJetAir has celebrated the delivery of its first A320 ordered directly from Airbus at a special ceremony in Toulouse. The delivery marks the start of a major expansion at the airline which will see it acquire up to 100 A320 Family aircraft, including 63 on firm order with Airbus. In addition, the airline has purchase rights with Airbus for another 30 aircraft and will lease seven more from third party lessors.

VietJet Air has signed a $300 million engine maintenance contract with CFM International Under the contract, CFM will maintain engines on the Vietnamese carrier’s 21 Airbus A320s for 12 years, VietJet and CFM said in a joint statement. and also provide technical assistance for engines on other Airbus planes operated by VietJet, bringing to 45 the number of engines covered by the contract, the companies said.

VISTARA has signed long term Flight Hour Services Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) contracts with Airbus starting this year with the entry into service of its 20 A320 leased fleet.

Virgin Atlantic has announced that HSBC is joining its exciting partnership with LanzaTech in preparation for a world-first flight using a ground-breaking low carbon fuel.

Vietnam Airlines has begun at the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. Scheduled for delivery in mid-2015, the aircraft will see Vietnam Airlines become the first Asian airline to fly the A350 XWB and the second operator in the world of the all-new, fuel-efficient Vietnam Airlines has a total of 10 A350 XWB on order.

Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines announced they will be expanding their partnership in North America, adding three new destinations as part of their codeshare agreement. Customers of both airlines will now be able to fly from Australia to Nashville, Kansas City and Raleigh/Durham as part of the alliance’s continued commitment to strengthening its footprint in the US market.

Vizag airport is about to get some much needed infrastructural boost as the Airports Authority of India is planning to expand the airport’s arrival and departure terminals.

Vietnamese government has approved final plans to sell 25 percent of state-owned carrier Vietnam Airlines in an initial public offering of shares. The Hanoi-based airline will sell 20 percent to a strategic partner or partners, Vietnamese news website NDH quoted a senior government official as saying.

Virgin Atlantic has announced its plans to grow to record levels of sustained profitability by 2018. Building on its existing two year recovery plan, which is on target to deliver an annual profit by the end of 2014, the airline is now shifting focus onto positioning its business for long term success.

Vietnam Airlines has signed a reciprocal agreement with Jet Airways which will connect Indian passengers to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi through Singapore and Bangkok.

Virgin Atlantic has selected AFI KLM E&M to provide component maintenance services on the company’s new fleet of 15 787-9s which begin to enter into service this year. AFI KLM already provides component support for Virgin Atlantic’s 747-400, A330 and A340 fleets.

Virgin America took top honors for Best Low-Cost Airline in the USA for the fifth consecutive year as well as Best Staff Service among North American airlines for the fourth year in a row in the 2014 World Airline Awards.

Virgin America announced that it will partner with Alliance Data Retail Services, which manages more than 120 private label and co-brand credit programs and is an Alliance Data Systems Corporation business, to launch a new Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card and a first-ever Virgin America Premium Visa Signature Card. Both co-brand cards would offer Virgin America passengers and Elevate frequent flyer program members a host of perks to make their travel experience more convenient, flexible and rewarding.

Virgin America has been named as winner of the Best Overall Passenger Experience award for the 2013 Passenger Choice Awards. The awards program takes the flight experience directly to the passengers, who can rate their travel experience year-round by way of an online survey at www.passengerchoiceawards.com. The results are tabulated by consumer measurement and information leader, the Nielsen Company. Nielsen Company is recognized globally for providing market research, insights and data.

Virgin Atlantic and Bank of America have announced the long-term renewal of their co-brand partnership and the launch of the new Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard credit card. The new Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard credit card rewards cardholders with three miles for every $1 spent on Virgin Atlantic purchases and 1.5 miles for all other purchases considered as one of the best ways to earn Flying Club miles.

Virgin Atlantic is the first British airline to use the new Sentry FlightSafe tracking device on its aircraft. which is capable to use multiple modes of sensing and proprietary logic to automatically turn off its wireless transmitting radios to ensure safe and regulatory compliant operation throughout the duration of flight.

Virgin America, the California-based airline that is reinventing travel, was named “Top Domestic Airline” in the prestigious Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey for the sixth consecutive year. The annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards highlight the results of a survey that captures the opinions of Travel + Leisure readers on their favorite travel experiences.

Virgin Australia has become the latest airline to introduce a scheme that rewards pet lovers for taking their animals on holiday with them. The new pet program adds bonus points to the air miles fliers already receive as members of the Velocity Frequent Flyer program.Members will earn a minimum of 300 Points per pet carrier for each flight sector flown. Points will be awarded for a maximum of two pet carriers per booking.

Virgin Atlantic’s first ever domestic service, Little Red has been launched. The new airline will carry up to a million passengers a year, create 375 jobs in the UK and generate £75m in visitor spend for the Scottish economy. Almost 30 years after starting his long haul service to shake up a stagnant monopoly market, Sir Richard Branson is now bringing that challenge to UK air travel by restoring competition on three routes which have faced a monopoly since the takeover of bmi by British Airways’ parent company IAG. Little Red will be flying 26 domestic flights a day offering seamless connections to Manchester and Scotland from Delhi and Mumbai via London Heathrow. The launch will bring greater choice for consumers, with wider flight schedules, and competition in prices. Virgin Atlantic is currently offering tax and charge only fares for travel on Little Red in May and June as a special celebratory rate.

Virgin Atlantic launched the brand new ‘Little Red’ domestic service. Bringing a splash of red to the sky ‘Little Red’ service will offer four daily round-trips between London Heathrow and Manchester, six daily round-trips to Edinburgh and a further three daily round-trips to Aberdeen. An extra service was also added to Manchester offering four flights a day instead of the three originally planned, to give passengers even more flexibility and offer even better connections to India along with other destinations on Virgin’s worldwide network. A series of exclusive brand partnerships have been lined up for passengers including specially created Tyrrells crisps – ‘Plane crisps’ made from miniature potatoes, a variety of exclusive miniature spirits from Bacardi Martini and Scotland’s favourite drink, Irn Bru on the Scottish services. Virgin Atlantic is also exploring further exciting on-board product offerings, from Krispy Kreme doughnuts to The Collective Dairy yoghurts topped with Rude Health granola. “Virgin Atlantic has been on an incredible journey since we started with a single plane 29 years ago. Little Red represents the next step on that journey as we go head to head with British Airways to provide domestic flights that deliver Virgin Atlantic’s rock and roll spirit as well as real value for money.” said Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic founder and President. “The European Commission recognised that a British Airways monopoly would be undeniably bad for consumers and Little Red will stop British Airways dominating routes and driving higher prices.” he added.

Virgin Atlantic has won the 2013 Sustainable Biofuels Award in the Sustainable Aviation sector. The award win follows Virgin Atlantic’s ground-breaking work towards the development of a world-first low carbon aviation fuel that is set to achieve 50-60 per cent carbon reductions compared to the standard fossil fuel alternative. The airline’s partnership with LanzaTech represents a breakthrough in aviation fuel technology that will see waste gases from industrial steel production being captured, fermented and chemically converted for use as a jet fuel. The revolutionary fuel production process recycles waste gases that would otherwise be burnt into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group described this process as “one of the most exciting developments of our lifetime and a major breakthrough in the war on carbon”.

Virgin Atlantichas confirmed it has selected Irish national carrier Aer Lingus to support its growth into the UK domestic market and will wet-lease four Airbus A320s from the airline to provide flights from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Manchester to London Heathrow. Although these aircraft will be crewed by Aer Lingus staff, they will be operated in a single all-Economy class configuration under the full Virgin brand including staff uniforms, in-flight service and aircraft livery with an “onboard product and service in keeping with what passengers have come to expect on Virgin’s long-haul routes,”.

Vueling has announced it will open a second base in the Italian market at Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport. The airline will base a single Airbus A319 in the Italian city from March 2013 to add a further four destinations to its network, increasing its activities in Florence by more than 150 per cent compared with last summer, when the company first launched flights from the Tuscan capital.

Virgin Atlantic outlined plans to launch a domestic flying programme within the UK from spring 2013. The airline will be adding 24 domestic flights a day within the UK to its existing long haul network that will strengthen connectivity for its Indian passengers from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Punjab.

Virgin Atlantic announced it is the first UK based airline to integrate Passbook into its mobile boarding cards, allowing passengers a paperless journey through the airport with their iPhone or iPod touch. During the online check-in process, passengers will now have the added option of sending their boarding card directly to Passbook on their iPhone or iPod touch enabling them to by-pass check-in kiosks and heading straight to security or via baggage drop if carrying luggage.

Virgin Atlantic
has unveiled its latest investment in luxury travel – a brand-new Clubhouse at Newark Liberty Airport. Created by the same team as the JFK Clubhouse – New York-based architectural practice Slade Architecture in collaboration with the Virgin Atlantic in-house design team – the Newark space has been designed with a mixture of NYC’s downtown flair and Virgin Atlantic’s warmth and individuality.
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WestJet announced December 2014 traffic results with a load factor of 80.9 percent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 5.1 percent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 6.1 percent over the same period.
WestJet announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement with Delta Air Lines, a code-share partner with WestJet since 2012. The agreement allows WestJet Rewards members to earn WestJet dollars on flights marketed and operated by Delta Air Lines, with access to Delta’s extensive global network.
Wellington Airport has commenced the $58m, 6000sqm extension of its main terminal building and apron, following considerable planning with airline partners, the airport community and stakeholders.
WestJet celebrates the launch of WestJet Rewards tiers. WestJet Rewards members will now enjoy higher WestJet dollar earn rates and milestone awards with Teal, Silver or Gold tiers. Tiers also offer easy-to-use flight benefits like a free checked bag, lounge and advance seat selection vouchers in Silver.
WestJet announced September 2014 traffic results with a load factor of 75.9 percent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 6 percent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 6.8 percent over the same period.
WestJet announced it has entered into a code-share agreement with China Airlines (CI), allowing the carrier to begin marketing and selling WestJet-operated flights. Code-share designations will be available on select WestJet flights from Vancouver and Los Angeles. Bookings can be made through China Airlines or a travel agency.
Winnipeg Airports Authority announced the launch of their new online parking system for travellers using Winnipeg Richardson International Airport for their next trip.
Wizz Air launched its live Flight Information tool on wizzair.com. The Flight Information tool allows passengers to check the status of their flights in real time, conveniently displaying all on time flights of the day and any delayed or cancelled flight.
Wizz Air announced that, for the first time in its history, it carried 15 million passengers over a 12 month period. This represents 17 percent year on year growth and, during the period, the airline achieved an average load factor of 86 percent. At the same time Wizz Air celebrates the “Best Operational Excellence Award – Europe“ received from Airbus in recognition of the airline’s outstanding operational performance in 2012 and 2013.
WestJet announced its second quarter results for 2014, with net earnings of $51.8 million, or $0.40 per fully diluted share, as compared with the net earnings of $44.7 million, or $0.34 per fully diluted share reported in the second quarter of 2013.
Wizz Air announced that it carried 13.5 million passengers in 2013, thereby recording a growth of 12 percent year on year, with an average load factor of 86 percent. The Wizz Air fleet, which currently consists of 45 Airbus A320 aircraft, is expected to grow to 53 in 2014 upon delivery of new airplanes from Airbus. This fleet will serve a growing network including the already announced opening of the airline’s 18th and 19th operating bases in Lviv, Ukraine, and in Craiova, Romania, in 2014. The existing operations in Bucharest, Budapest, Skopje, Sofia, Vilnius and Warsaw will also expand in the coming months.
WestJet announced it has entered into a letter of intent to purchase 65 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing, consisting of 40 737 MAX 8 and 25 737 MAX 7 aircraft, with delivery scheduled to begin in September 2017.
WestJet announced its first quarter results for 2013 indicating record net earnings of $91.1 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, up from the net earnings of $68.3 million, or $0.49 per diluted share reported in the first quarter of 2012. These results mark WestJet’s 32nd consecutive quarter of profitability.Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is enhancing its passenger services business in North America with four new airline contracts in Columbia, Trenton and Newark. In Columbia, Missouri, American Eagle has awarded a three-year contract to WFS for its three flights a day serving both Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth using 50-seater Embraer ERJ aircraft. Also in Missouri, WFS has won Frontier Airlines’ passenger and ramp handling contract. The two-year agreement currently covers the airline’s twice weekly flights from Columbia to Orlando. A third flight is due to be added in April, with all services operated by Airbus A319 passenger aircraft. Frontier has also chosen WFS as the service provider for its flights from Trenton, New Jersey to Florida. The three-year passenger and ramp handling contract will begin with WFS handling twice-daily flights for Frontier, which plans to increase its schedule to six Airbus A319/320 flights a day. As per the latest contract WFS would provides ‘above and below the wing’ services for the airline at five stations in North America.

World Route Development Forum which will take place on 5-8 October 2013 has been launched. The 19th edition of the Forum is co-hosted by Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. World Routes is the largest and most important commercial aviation networking forum of its kind and 2013 will see Routes head to the United States for the first time ever when the event takes place in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada. Tourism is the number one industry in Las Vegas, with record visitation of nearly 40 million visitors last year, and the city is also a thriving business destination hosting more than 21,000 annual meetings and trade shows with almost five million attendees in 2012. The event attracts all manner of airlines with low-cost, charter, regional and flag carriers all in attendance and represented by delegates who are responsible for making decisions on both new and existing routes. Early registrations indicate a strong presence from all regions with more than 100 carriers already registered to attend, including Air Canada, British Airways, AirAsia X, easyJet, UPS, Delta Air Lines, Southwest, Emirates, Allegiant, Etihad, COPA Airlines, Virgin America, Volaris and American Airlines.

 

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Xiamen Airlines has appointed AVIAREPS as its General Sales and Service Agent (GSSA) in India to act as its extended office and be responsible for maximizing exposure, penetrating new markets and promoting Xiamen Airlines as a favorable airline for Indian travelers.

Xiamen Airlines has awarded ST Aerospace Academy (STAA) a contract to train its pilots. Under the agreement, Xiamen’s cadet pilots will undergo STAA’s ‘Commercial Pilot Licence with Instrument Rating’ programme, followed by its ‘High Performance Aircraft Training’ course. The first batch of 30 pilots are expected to begin their 60-week long flight training at STAA’s flying school in Ballarat, Australia in March 2013, with intake set to increase to at least 50 for subsequent batches.Xiamen Airlineshas been welcomed as the 19th member of the SkyTeam alliance after it completed its formal entry process for joining the grouping.

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Yakutia Airlines has signed a ‘SuperCare’ agreement with SuperJet International for after-sales support on the airline’s fleet of two SSJ100s. SuperJet will provide customised spares availability and maintenance repair solutions of onboard equipment for a minimum term of three years. The agreement is a ‘per-flight-hour’ programme developed by SuperJet to help maximise aircraft availability and reduce maintenance costs.
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