• Now avail CityPASS for entry to Southern California’s tourist attractions

    Visitors to Orange County can now avail 2017 CityPASS e-tickets and cards for use now or after January 1, 2017, are now available for purchase.Those who arrive at the theme parks, with CityPASS ticket don’t need to wait in ticket lines. They just need to show the e-ticket or admission card at the turnstiles, along with a valid ID and that’s... more...

  • Pakistan passenger plane crashes with 48 people on board

    48 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines flight, including pop singer-turned-Islamic preacher Junaid Jamshed, were killed when the turboprop aircraft they were in crashed into rugged mountains of Abbottabad district on Wednesday.Eight women and two infants were among those dead, apart from five crew members and a ground engineer.The ATR-42... more...

  • Ecotourism Kenya Eco-rating Certification Scheme Achieves GSTC Recognition

    The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Ecotourism Kenya Eco-rating Certification Scheme has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The awarded status affirms Ecotourism Kenya’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services.The Ecotourism Kenya Eco-rating Certification Scheme is designed... more...

  • UK rail fares will increase by 2.3% from 2017

    UK rail fares will be increased by an average of 2.3 per cent from the start of 2017 as confirmed by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). The increase in prices is the highest since January 2014, when fares rose 2.8 per cent.RDG chief executive Paul Plummer said that they understand how passengers feel when fares are increased and it’s true that they... more...

  • Public transport in Paris made free to tackle air pollution

    A general view shows the Eiffel tower and the Paris skyline through a small-particle haze resulting in a high level air pollution   Due to a spike in air pollution, Paris authorities have barred some cars from the roads and public transport has been made free for the second day. Paris is currently experiencing an “exceptionally serious”... more...

  • Flight crash at Swiss airport strands hundreds of British Airways passengers

    About 150 to 200 air passengers were forced to be stranded at a Swiss airport after a plane nearly missed a British Airways flight and crash at the airport runway.It was found that the flight was a light aircraft and the impact of the crash killed the pilot of the jet. The Basel Airport in Switzerland had to close all the activities after the crash,... more...

  • Indianapolis hotel fire injures 7, leaves 45 homeless

    A hotel fire in the region of Indianapolis injured seven people and rendered about 45 people homeless following a fire breakout during early morning on Wednesday. One of the men were critically injured while six other people suffered slight injuries at the blaze at the Indy Hotel. This hotel is located on 5117E. 38th St. The incident had occurred... more...

  • Showcasing Fine Wine And Food From The Yarra Valley

    The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a brand new festival showcasing the fine wine and food from the Yarra Valley. Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren today joined Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and event organisers to mark the launch of the Yarra Valley Wine and Food Festival with a grape stomp at Parliament. The... more...

  • Peru wins World’s Leading Culinary Destination Award in 2016

    Peru has been selected as the World’s Leading Culinary Destination in 2016 for the fifth consecutive year by the World Travel Awards (WTA). The WTA is touted as the “Oscars” of tourism, which has designated Peru as the best country in the world for gastronomy for the fifth year, since the awards were introduced in 2012. It has consistently... more...

  • VisitBritain launches partnership to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain

    Both partnerships have been established to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain.UK Government Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley and VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates, who is leading a tourism delegation of companies from across Britain, today met with senior executives from Hainan Airlines and Alitrip at an event at... more...

  • Thailand aims to become the gastronomy destination of the world, says Konkarn Wattanavrangkul

    Konkarn Wattanavrangkul, Tourism Minister of Thailand, speaks exclusively at WTM 2016. Read the full interview here:- Question: Can you give us some information about how things are going to progress in Thailand for the next 12 months? Konkarn Wattanavrangkul: First of all I would like to give the information to the friends of Thailand around... more...

  • Qatar Duty Free Opens Omega Boutique Exclusively for Travellers at Hamad International Airport

    Qatar Duty Free has opened a new Omega store, providing travellers to Hamad International Airport (HIA) Doha with the latest collections from one of the world’s greatest Swiss watchmakers, and further expanding the range of high-end boutiques on offer to passengers shopping in the airport’s Fashion Avenue. The new Omega store in HIA... more...

  • “Macao Light Festival 2016 – Treasure of Light” commences

    Organized by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and co-organized by Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Cultural Affairs Bureau and Sports Bureau, the “Macao Light Festival 2016 – Treasure of Light” was inaugurated at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre tonight (4th December). The Festival presents video mapping projections, light installations,... more...

  • Asia’s most outstanding venue!

    The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) General Manager, Alan Pryor, is all smiles after the venue recently won the “Outstanding Venue Award” at the AFECA (Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations) Awards 2016 in Xiamen, China.“We are honoured to receive our first AFECA award and very much appreciate... more...

  • Landing gear issues forces emergency landing of United Express flight

    On Sunday, an aircraft of United Express was forced to make an emergency landing at San Antonio International Airport around 2 p.m. following the eruption of certain issues with the landing gear of the airplane.After it landed at the airport, all the passengers of the plane were evacuated.The nose gear of the aircraft had collapsed.Woody Woodward,... more...

  • Netherland Tourism hopeful of 30% rise in Indian arrivals in 2016

    The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Convention (NBTC) in association with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Jet Airways recently held Holland Club Meeting in New Delhi followed by Mumbai (November 30). Herein Carola van Rijn, Project Manager, NBTC informed that with direct connectivity fueling in demand from Delhi and Mumbai, the tourism board is optimistic... more...

  • Magnitude 7 quake accompanies hurricane Otto in El Salvador and Nicaragua

    A strong tremor of magnitude 7.0 jolted the entire region around El Salvador as the category two hurricane Otto made landfall in the Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Thursday, 24th November.The massive magnitude 7.0 tremor forced the emergency services of El Salvador to ask the residents and the travellers to vacant at least 1 km area... more...

  • Millions of Muslim pilgrims travel to Karbala for the holy day of Arbaeen

    Almost 20 million Shia Muslim pilgrims took part in a huge march to the city of Karbala near the city of Baghdad on 20th and 21st November in order to celebrate the holy day of ‘Arbaeen’ to celebrate famous Muslim martyr. Usually during the day of Arbaeen, the travellers visit the shrines of Abbas and Imam Hussein in Karbala.The head of... more...

  • Network Rail urges parents to warn kids after incidents of children misusing level crossings

    Network Rail is urging parents to warn their children about the risk of playing near or misusing level crossings.The message comes after a survey at a level crossing in Cheshire and a second footpath level crossing nearby revealed children were not using the crossings safely.Two images taken between 11 and 13 November at Brookhouse Farm footpath level... more...

  • New Lufthansa strike announced

    Lufthansa pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced an additional strike for Thursday, November 24th.In a move branded “incomprehensible” by the airline, the latest strike was revealed as pilots walked out today, causing the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights.“Once more, they are inflicting extensive damage on our company... more...

  • Iran, Russia ink deal for simpler travel visa rules for tour groups

    Strengthening their tourism ties, Iran and Russia have signed an agreement on introducing simpler rules for the issuance of travel visas to tour groups, IRNA news agency said.In the course of the fifth session of the Iranian-Russian commission for consular collaboration, the directors of consulate departments of the Iranian and Russian Foreign Ministries,... more...

  • Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show returns to The Hills this summer

    With more lights, more snow and a more dazzling display than ever before, the Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show returns to The Hills this summer.The Christmas Sky Show will include two animated light stories displayed on a 40 metre long LED banner stretching along Castle Hill Main Street. Each festive story will be accompanied by light and sound effects,... more...

  • Bangkok-bound tour bus plunges into gorge killing 18 people

    A bus fell into a 70-metre deep gorge in northern Thailand killing at least 18 people, all retired employees, and injuring 20 others,  The Bangkok-bound tour bus, carrying 36 retirees of a telecom company returning from holiday along with the bus driver and a bus assistant, was travelling from Phrae when it ran off the winding downhill road... more...

  • TAT hosts luxury roadshow in Mumbai; targets high-end travellers

     TAT hosts luxury roadshow in Mumbai; targets high-end travellersRecords over 798,000 Indian arrivals from Jan-Aug 2016The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) started off with the luxury roadshow in Mumbai as part of its four-city luxury roadshow initiative in India. TAT is targeting the high end travellers from Tier-I Indian cities who are big... more...

  • Festival of India in Oman commences today until March 24

    A Festival of India is being organized in Oman from November 15, 2016 to March 24, 2017. The festival will showcase diverse Indian culture, i.e. classical and folk dance, music, Indian cuisine and exhibition on Islamic Art Calligraphy. Artists from Jammu & Kashmir are also presenting folk dance and music of J&K. The events will be held in four... more...

  • SriLankan Airlines spreads its wings throughout Asia & the Middle East

    SriLankan Airlines is pleased to announce the launching of 11 new destinations focussing on the Asia-Middle East region, one of the fastest growing travel markets in the world. The launching of the new destinations reflects the airline’s further commitment in strengthening its presence in the region and beyond.The carrier will operate direct flights... more...

  • World famous tourist attractions facing risk of extinction

    Many of the tourism wonders of the world are facing the risk of extinction due to climate change, deforestation, tourism and industry including famous White Cliffs Of Dover, the Great Barrier Reef, the Great wall Of China.It has been revealed that England’s famous White Cliffs Of Dover are now eroding by up to 12 inches (32 cm) each year, a huge... more...

  • Dubai’s latest high-speed Hyperloop to cover 150 kms in 12 minutes

    The six person capacity Hyperloop will transport passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes.US company Hyperloop One has agreed a deal with Dubai to evaluate building a new 500mph train to Abu Dhabi.The new high-speed transport link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi would cut travel time between the two cities significantly. Dire traffic conditions... more...

  • 96-hour complimentary transit visa by Qatar

    A new free entry transit visa effective from November 1, 2016, was announced by Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority for travellers to explore the destination within 96 hours. This scheme allows passengers with layovers of five hours or more in Hamad International Airport to request a complimentary transit visa. The new system will allow transiting... more...

  • Nepal to make its debut in Chengdu International Tourism Expo

    Nepal to make its debut in Chengdu International Tourism Expo In their efforts to attract for Chinese tourists to visit, Nepal has confirmed their participation in Chengdu International Tourism Expo (CITE) 2016. Making its debut in the three-day exhibition, at Century New City International Convention & Exhibition Center from 2 to 4 December, this... more...

  • China’s theme park sector to be world’s largest by 2020

    China’s theme park sector to be world’s largest by 2020 The theme park sector of China is going to become the largest theme park industry of the world by the year 2020, as per the version of analysts. This would happen due to the growing middle class of the nation that is giving tough competition to the local and international players in... more...

  • Malta plane crash latest: French customs officials killed during take-off

    Five French officials killed as surveillance plane crashes at Malta airportA twin-propeller plane "went straight down into the ground" shortly after taking off in Malta, witnesses say. At least five people have died after a small plane crashed at Malta airport.The victims were all French officials and had been on the flight as part of a French Customs... more...

  • US Interstate 10: Death for 13 tourists close to Desert Hot Springs in Southern California

    Interstate 10 became a death sentence for 13 passengers on a tour bus today. 13 dead, at least 31 are the result of a horrible scene at picture perfect tourist destination Desert Hot Springs in Southern California.They had spent the night at a casino near the Salton Sea, so many of the passengers had fallen asleep as the USA Holiday tour bus rumbled... more...

  • American Airlines makes emergency landing due to technical snag

    American Airlines flight travelling from Illinois to North Dakota made an emergency landing in Milwaukee after experiencing possible mechanical issues Saturday night, October 22nd.The American Airlines flight 3232 was headed from Chicago, Illinois to Fargo, North Dakota.A spokesperson for American Airlines said that, there was a reported odor in the... more...

  • Finland tops the list of world’s safest nations

    Throughout the summer season, a large number of holidaymakers continued to cancel their trips to popular tourist locales including France, Turkey and Thailand following a series of terror attacks. Brit tourists had also been prevented from  travelling to Sharm El Sheikh since October in 2015 after a Russian passenger plane had been bombed by terrorists.So... more...

  • ITDC marks 50th year with great fanfare

    India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) celebrated the completion of 50 years at a gala event at The Ashok, New Delhi. The event was graced by the presence of Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Umang Narula, Chairman & Managing Director,... more...

  • U.K. travellers consider holidaying as a major expenditure

    Although the volatile value of sterling following Brexit has been a major concern for all over the UK, British travellers still keep holiday making as one of their major expenditure.According to a survey, 35% said that their main holiday would be a spending priority over the next year, after grocery shopping which 45% of respondents saw as more important.PwC’s... more...

  • Cruise tourism in Greece might slump by 30% in 2017

    The cruise tourism industry in Greece is likely to slump at least by 30% in the year 2017 as compared to this year, as per the data released by the Greek Tourism Confederation or SETE.Andreas Stylianopoulos, the representative of SETE said that the decline in the cruise tourism sector is an irreversible process.Stylianopoulos is also the CEO and president... more...

  • Germany joins hands with India to improve rail connectivity of Indian ports

    The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has said that India and Germany are all set to collaborate on projects for improving rail connectivity of Indian ports. He said the two countries will work together on projects worth Rs one lakh crore being implemented by the Indian Port Rail Corporation Ltd (IPRCL). The Minister... more...

  • AccorHotels offers up to 40% off

    AccorHotels has come back with its Super Sale, offering up to 40 per cent off plus free breakfast at more than 2,800 hotels and resorts across five continents – including over 500 in Asia Pacific. Guests can enjoy 40 per cent off plus free breakfast for members of Accor Plus or 30 per cent off plus free breakfast for Le Club AccorHotels’... more...

  • Farnborough 2016: AirAsia places major A321neo order

      AirAsia has signed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 100 A321neo aircraft. The contract was announced at the Farnborough Airshow by AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes and Airbus president Fabrice Brளூgier. The contract marks the first order placed by AirAsia for the largest model in the best-selling A320 Family. Seating... more...

  • Farnborough 2016: Qatar Airways to take stake in LATAM

      As provided for in the subscription agreement, LATAM Airlines Group will hold an Extraordinary Shareholders Meeting no later than September 2nd, 2016 to propose a capital increase in the amount of US$613 million through the issuance of new shares at a price of US$10 per share. The announcement was made at the Farnborough International Air Show... more...

  • Air Lease Corporation announces placement of 4 Boeing 737-8 MAX with Cayman Airways

      FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom - Air Lease Corporation announced today the placement of four new 737-8 MAX aircraft on long-term lease to Cayman Airways, delivering between Q4 2018 and Q3 2020 from ALC’s order book with Boeing. In addition to the lease placement of four new Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, Cayman Airways will also lease one used... more...

  • Flights expected to resume at Juba Airport in South Sudan as violence settles down

     There are growing indications that air traffic into and out of Juba's International Airport will resume in the morning, even though key airlines have yet to confirm that. The South Sudan capital remained calm today after days of factional violence rocked the city which cost, going by some accounts, over a thousand lives. Airlines promptly suspended... more...

  • Air France launches service to Oran, Algeria

      PARIS, France - From 27 July 2016, Air France will be offering its customers a new service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Oran in Algeria. Three weekly flights will connect the two cities, by Airbus A320, which seats 174 passengers, departing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  On board the Airbus A320, customers will enjoy the very... more...

  • Airlines risk losing passengers due to poor Wi-Fi

      AZ - A survey of airline passengers by Honeywell reveals more than increased frustration with current in-flight Wi-Fi offerings compared with the company's 2014 study. Nearly 3 of 4 passengers are ready to switch airlines today to have access to a faster and more reliable Wi-Fi connection. In addition, out of more than 1,000 American travelers... more...

  • Canada invests in Northwest Territories to support tourism

       Canada - Canada's national parks belong to all Canadians. They represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna,... more...

  • Triple honors for Etihad Airways' First Class

      ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways has received three highly coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class Airline, World’s Best First Class Onboard Catering, and World’s Best First Class Airline Seat for its First Apartments and Suites, at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards announced today at the Farnborough... more...

  • Turkish Airlines chosen as the “Best Airline in Europe”

      Turkey - Turkish Airlines has been chosen as “Europe’s Best Airline” for the sixth consecutive years* in the 2016 Skytrax World Airlines Awards. Skytrax is the most respected global airline passenger survey organisation in the industry, its World Airline Awards described as “the Oscars of the aviation industry.”... more...

  • Rwanda Air appoints a General Sales Agent in India

        Ahead of the December launch of flights from Kigali to Mumbai RwandAir announced the appointment of Bird Travels as their General Sales Agent for India. Bird Travels already represents a number of high profile airlines and their market standing and expertise will no doubt come in handy for RwandAir to establish themselves as an airline... more...

  • Hurtigruten Christens New Ship in Svolvaer

    Hurtigruten christened its new ship, the MS Spitsbergen, at a ceremony in Svolvaer, Norway earlier this week, with thousands of people coming out to witness the event. “Adventure travel is one the fastest growing global tourism mega trends. The MS Spitsbergen destinations offers everything the new adventure traveler seeks: Spectacular scenery,... more...

  • Hawaiian Airlines launches non-stop Kona to Haneda service

    Hawaiian Airlines has announced a new non-stop service between Hawai’i Island’s Kona International Airport (KOA) and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport (HND), beginning on December 20, 2016. In May, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approved Hawaiian’s application to provide a three-times weekly service between KOA... more...

  • Qatar Airways celebrates capacity increases

      Qatar Airways has celebrated capacity increases across its global network as three of the airline’s destinations received upgraded aircraft commencing 1 July, the same day the airline inaugurated its new route offering to Marrakesh with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Guangzhou (China), Geneva (Switzerland) and Warsaw (Poland), all received... more...

  • Ryanair adds new routes from Aberdeen

      Ryanair is returning to Aberdeen with 2 new routes to Alicante and Malaga starting in February 2017, which the airline claims will deliver 50,000 customers each year. at Aberdeen International. In Aberdeen, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: “We are pleased to announce our return to Aberdeen as we launch two new... more...

  • easyJet adds Manchester-Gibraltar route

      easyJet has launched its first flight from Manchester to Gibraltar. easyJet now flies to 45 destinations from Manchester and bases 11 aircraft there. The airline carried over 2.6 million passengers on flights to and from the airport last year. easyJet is expected to fly 30,000 passengers between the destinations annually, operating twice a... more...

  • Wizz Air launches services to Transylvania

      The Hungarian airline Wizz Air has just launched a new service from Berlin Schய்nefeld to Cluj-Napoca in Romania. The flight departs from Berlin Schய்nefeld every Wednesday and Sunday at 13:25 and flies direct to Dracula’s home country. The return flight is on the same day at 12:00 and lands in Berlin at 12:55. The flight time... more...

  • Kenya’s national airline cuts staff as part of “Operation Pride”

      Kenya Airways (KQ) over the past few months embarked on a determined exercise to map out the financial turnaround of the airline, dubbed “Operation Pride.” Today, phase one gets underway, being part of the more painful exercises, to streamline staff deployment. Operation Pride is expected to deliver over US$200 million of value... more...

  • Air China draws San Jose and Shanghai closer

      BEIJING, China - On July 8, 2016, Air China Limited held a press conference at Shanghai Xijiao State Guest Hotel, officially announcing that the Shanghai-San Jose route will be started on September 1, 2016. The service is Air China's first Shanghai-North America route, marking Air China the only airline in China providing non-stop Shanghai-San... more...

  • Israel clears Arkia airline for take off

      The just-concluded visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yielded instant results on several fronts, all benefiting Kenya as a country and the Kenyan tourism industry. While in Nairobi, where host President Uhuru Kenyatta correctly addressed the visiting PM as coming from Israel and not Palestine, Netanyahu announced increased... more...

  • Alaska Airlines Los Angeles-Havana, Cuba flight approved

    SEATTLE, WA - The Department of Transportation announced today that it tentatively approved Alaska's application for daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba. Alaska was the only carrier to propose daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to Havana. "We applaud the DOT for making a fair and equitable decision given the high-level of... more...

  • Boeing and Embraer unveil newest ecoDemonstrator aircraft

      RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Boeing and Embraer SA unveiled the next phase of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program today. The program expands Boeing and Embraer's cooperation agreement and will test technologies to improve airplane environmental performance and accelerate their introduction into the marketplace. An Embraer E170 will serve as the... more...

  • Lufthansa and its flight attendants reach agreement on a new contract

       Berlin, Lufthansa and the independent flight attendants’ organisation UFO have announced that they are accepting the mediator’s recommendation by former Brandenburg Prime Minister Matthias Platzeck. The parties had previously spent approximately half a year negotiating all open collective bargaining agreements and a wide range... more...

  • American Airlines will offer inaugural service with Premium Economy seating on its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

           The 787-9 will make its debut international flight between Dallas/Forth Worth and Adolfo Suநூrez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) on November 4, 2016. The aircraft will also operate between DFW and Sமூo Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport GRU) beginning November 4, 2016. Customers can start... more...

  • Delta to serve Havana, Cuba, from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami

    GA - Delta Air Lines will begin serving Havana, Cuba, this fall from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami as a result of today's announcement by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Delta applauds and thanks the DOT for awarding the airline the ability to resume operating daily, nonstop scheduled service to the Caribbean island for the first time in... more...

  • American Airlines puts Belize on the map for UK visitors

      From November, Britons will be able to fly return to Belize City without an overnight connection in the US or Mexico, making this Central American destination more accessible for the first time. Launching on November 4th, in conjunction with the start of Belize’s high visitor season, new outbound flights will operate four days a week... more...

  • TBS: Hot engine shutdowns led to turbine rotor failure during Bombardier tests

      DORVAL, Canada - In its investigation report released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that the failure of an engine oil feed tube seal led to the turbine rotor failure, and a subsequent fire, during Bombardier engine ground tests at the Montrளூal International (Mirabel) Airport, Quebec.  On 29 May 2014,... more...

  • Volaris: Strong market demand drives passenger traffic growth of 29 percent

      MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Volaris, the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico, the United States and Central America, reports June 2016 and year-to-date preliminary traffic results. During June 2016 Volaris increased total capacity, as measured in Available Seat Miles (ASMs), by 18.8% year over year, in response to strong demand in its domestic... more...

  • Third time's a charm - Malaysia Air names third CEO in two years

      KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia Airlines has turned to its third chief executive in two years, promoting Chief Operating Officer Peter Bellew to Chief Executive Officer of the state-owned carrier, after its former CEO, Christoph Mueller, quit unexpectedly. The appointment took effect July 1st, 2016. Mr Bellew’s appointment “will... more...

  • Successful AMOS go-live at Oman Air

      Oman Air has successfully gone live with AMOS, a comprehensive, fully-integrated MRO software solution, across the entire airline. Developed and distributed by Swiss AviationSoftware, a 100% subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines, AMOS has more than 140 customers worldwide. Oman Air will leverage AMOS capability to sustain and extend... more...

  • Ethiopian Airlines has launched a daily service to Muscat.

      The carrier started operate flights from Addis Ababa to the Omani capital on 1 July. The new service will connect Oman residents to 53 cities in Africa and 23 cities within Ethiopia via the Ethiopian capital. The flight from Addis Ababa will land at Muscat Airport at 3.35 am in the morning and depart at 4.25 am, according to Sami Muctar, country... more...

  • New American Airlines flights from the UK to Belize without overnighting

      From November, Britons will be able to fly return to Belize City without an overnight connection in the US or Mexico, making this Central American destination more accessible for the first time. Launching on 4th November 2016, in conjunction with the start of Belize’s high visitor season, new outbound flights will operate four days a... more...

  • Budapest Airport goes east with Asiana Airlines

    Last year Hungary welcomed more than 100,000 visitors from Korea, most arriving by land; last Friday, Budapest Airport welcomed its first direct connection to South Korea, launching a weekly service to Seoul Incheon Airport. With the number of Korean visitors having tripled over the last five years the Hungarian gateway’s latest new airline partner,... more...

  • Hong Kong Airlines Celebrates Flight to Tokyo, Japan

      The new service further strengthens the airline’s network in Japan. To mark the official launch of this route, Hong Kong Airlines held grand celebrations at both Hong Kong International Airport and Narita International Airport. Before departure, all passengers scheduled to depart the flight from Hong Kong were presented with a commemorative... more...

  • Emirates A380 services from Dubai now includes LAX and Vienna

    Emirates launched its second daily A380 service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday, touching down just shortly after 8:00pm local time on 1st July. With this expanded schedule, Emirates is now able to serve nearly 1,000 passengers traveling to Los Angeles each day. Also on the same day Vienna... more...

  • First African Airbus A350 XWB

      Ethiopian Airlines, has now renewed its leadership status in the African aviation industry by operating the first African Airbus A350 XWB. What is more, Ethiopian has many more state-of-the-art aircraft in its operation and in order. A pan-African airline, Ethiopian, is committed to introduce the continent with the latest and most advanced... more...

  • Qatar Airways' first Marrakech flight touches down

      DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways celebrated the addition of tourist favorite Marrakech to its global route map, with the airline’s inaugural flight landing at Marrakech Menara Airport and opening up a world of more than 150 destinations to customers traveling from the Moroccan city.  On board flight QR1395 was a Qatar Airways delegation... more...

  • THAI Smile Airways to operate Chongqing and Penang flights

      BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) is transferring flights to Chongqing, China and Penang, Malaysia over to THAI Smile Airways. Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, THAI President, said that starting 1 July 2016, THAI Smile Airways will operate daily flights with the A320 aircraft in place of THAI to Chongqing,... more...

  • CommutAir enters the Jet Age with FAA certification of ERJ 145XR

    NORTH OLMSTED, OH - CommutAir today announced that it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to add the ERJ 145XR Regional Jet to its operating certificate, a key milestone in the company's growth plans as it expects to take delivery of forty jets over the next two years. "The addition of the ERJ145 Jet to our operating certificate... more...

  • Aeromexico halts services to and from Caracas, Venezuela

      MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Aeromexico announced that almost five years after it started to serve the Mexico City – Caracas route, it has decided to suspend its flights indefinitely, due to the complicated economic situation prevailing in Venezuela.  Aeromexico operates a major route network between Mexico and Central and South America,... more...

  • NewLeaf to offer flights to 12 Canadian cities starting July 25

    NewLeaf Travel, the Winnipeg-based discount travel company that launched in January and then abruptly put its operations on hold, says it will start flying on July 25. The company initially offered rock-bottom tickets between seven smaller Canadian airports such as Hamilton, Abbotsford, B.C., Halifax and Saskatoon. It said it planned to sell tickets... more...

  • Kenya Airways’ bottom line is looking up

     PROF. DR. WOLFGANG H. THOME, ETN AFRICA CORRESPONDENT  JUN 24, 2016Latest indications coming from Embakasi, Kenya Airways' corporate headquarters, are such that for all intents and purposes, the financial corner has now been turned. This follows several cash-generating asset sales and leasing out of aircraft. Among them are the sale of a... more...

  • First European leisure airline ramps up flights to Mombasa

    PROF. DR. WOLFGANG H. THOME, ETN AFRICA CORRESPONDENT  JUN 24, 2016Germany's leisure airline, Condor, now part of the Thomas Cook Group, has resumed a second weekly flight to Mombasa. The Munich to Mombasa flight operates nonstop and terminates in the Kenyan port city while the weekly Frankfurt to Mombasa flight then continues to the Tanzanian's... more...

  • Etihad Airways partners help launch Air Serbia's first transatlantic route

      BELGRADE, Serbia - Etihad Airways’ equity partner Air Serbia today launched flights to the United States, a milestone achieved with the support of, and in collaboration with, several of Etihad Airways equity partner airlines. Air Serbia, in which Etihad Airways has a 49 percent stake, launched its five-times-a-week scheduled flights between... more...

  • China Aircraft Leasing: Pegasus gets two Airbus A320

        China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited has delivered two new Airbus A320 aircraft to Turkey’s low-cost airline, Pegasus Airlines, its first customer in Europe, based on the lease agreements signed in 2015. With the latest delivery, CALC’s fleet has expanded to 70 aircraft. Since the foray into Europe by sealing this... more...

  • Flybe trumps major rivals for on-time performance

        The report found the airline outperformed its industry rivals in terms of on-time arrivals for the second consecutive year.   The report places Flybe in top spot for airlines which operate more than 30,000 flights a year, with 84% of its flights recorded as being on time, ahead of Ryanair (82.1%), British Airways (72.7%) and easyJet... more...

  • Flybe trumps major rivals for on-time performance

        The report found the airline outperformed its industry rivals in terms of on-time arrivals for the second consecutive year.   The report places Flybe in top spot for airlines which operate more than 30,000 flights a year, with 84% of its flights recorded as being on time, ahead of Ryanair (82.1%), British Airways (72.7%) and easyJet... more...

  • Low-cost carrier POP seeks to connect UK to India

    POP, the new low-cost, long-haul airline in the making, plans to operate non-stop flights from the UK to Amritsar and Ahmedabad in India.  Currently flights between the UK and India are predominantly between London Heathrow and just two main destinations, Mumbai and Delhi, and three supporting ones, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. There are... more...

  • Record number of Dreamliners improves Heathrow’ noise record

      LONDON, England - Virgin Atlantic’s replacement of its old 747-400’s with top of the range Dreamliners have improved the airline's noise record over January to March of this year, the latest Fly Quiet League table shows. Air Canada, Air India, British Airways and Qatar have also significantly increased their use of 787 Dreamliners... more...

  • Tanzanian lands in Dubai court accused of kissing Emirates flight attendant

         TANZANIA (eTN) - A Tanzanian passenger on an Emirates Airlines flight from the Julius Nyerere International Airport in the capital city of Dar es Salaam was recently arraigned before a Dubai court, accused of kissing the airline’s American female flight attendant onboard. The 42-year-old person who was traveling with a Tanzanian... more...

  • GOL: Number of seats and departures down 13.4 percen

      SAO PAULO, Brazil - GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA, the largest low-cost airline in Latin America, hereby announces its preliminary air traffic figures for the month of May 2016 and the year to date. All comparisons refer to the same periods in 2015.   GOL Highlights • The total volume of departures in the system decreased by... more...

  • Airline passenger accused of groping 13-year-old girl on flight

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- An airline passenger accused of groping a 13-year-old girl on a flight from Dallas to Portland will remain in jail for now. At a hearing Monday in Portland, Magistrate Judge John Jelderks agreed with prosecutors to keep Chad Camp behind bars. He will be granted temporary release for drug-and-alcohol evaluation. Authorities... more...

  • Brussels airlines bringing more "cush for the tush"

      Brussels Airlines, operating a fleet of 10 Airbus A330 aircraft on their long-haul services to East Africa, West Africa and North America - where Toronto is the latest destination launched two months ago - has good news for their passengers. Come July 1, the first four rows of seats in the Economy Class cabin will be transformed into an Economy... more...

  • Southwest Airlines wears its Heart on its sleeve

    DALLAS, TX - Southwest Airlines Co is bringing the Heart of their Employees front and center with the announcement of the carrier's first-ever Employee-designed uniforms and Boeing 737-800 aircraft Heart interior featuring the new Heart galley and seat. "Introducing our new uniform designs and fully branded 737-800 Heart interiors into the fleet is... more...

  • 1st quarter 2016 US airline financial data released

    WASHINGTON, DC - US scheduled passenger airlines reported an after-tax net profit of $3.1 billion in the first quarter of 2016, down from $7.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015 and virtually unchanged from $3.1 billion in the first quarter of 2015, the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today. The... more...

  • Air Lease Corporation Board names new CEO and President

      LOS ANGELES, CA - Air Lease Corporation announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed John L Plueger as Chief Executive Officer and President effective July 1, 2016. Steven Udvar-Hநூzy will assume the role of Executive Chairman of the Board on July 1, 2016, a full-time officer role. “On behalf of the Board of Directors,... more...

  • Vancouver to Italy - a first for Vancouver International Airport

    RICHMOND, BC, Canada - Air Transat and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated new seasonal service between Vancouver and Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci (Fiumicino) International Airport (FCO). The flight will depart YVR weekly between June 17 and October 7 and is the first non-stop service from Vancouver to Italy. "Thanks to Air Transat, YVR has... more...

  • Ryanair unveils new promotion

     Ryanair has launched a Drive & Fly promotion offering the first 10,000 customers to hire a car using Ryanair Car Hire a €10 discount off their next Ryanair flight. Powered by CarTrawler, Ryanair Car Hire offers customers a direct connection to over 1,500 leading and independent car rental agents in over 30,000 airport and city locations,... more...

  • Qatar Airways expands codeshare with Royal Jordanian

     Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian are expanding their current code-share agreement, which will add six new destinations to ‌Royal Jordanian’s existing network. Royal Jordanian will enhance Qatar Airways’ network with the addition of flights from Amman to Doha, furthering the existing Qatar Airways code-share on Royal Jordanian... more...

  • New airstrip makes access to Mara conservancies easier

    A brand new airstrip on the 33.000 square acres Olare Motorogi / Olare Orok Conservancy, which adjoins the Masai Mara Game Reserve, will make life easier for the camps nearby and lower travel costs for travelers arriving by air. Previously such passengers, destined for instance to the Olare Mara Kempinski, had to pay $80US for the privilege of landing... more...

  • Fiji Airways launches new nonstop service from San Francisco to Fiji

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Fiji Airways’ new A330 aircraft landed at SFO yesterday afternoon and took off for the first time late last night, marking the start of the airline’s new seasonal non-stop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Fiji. Fiji’s National Carrier will offer twice-weekly non-stop services from San Francisco to Nadi, Fiji... more...

  • Air Canada now offers Montreal-Lyon non-stop

      The arrival of flight AC828 at Lyon-Saint-Exupery airport this morning marks the successful launch of non-stop service between Montreal and Lyon, the only year-round non-stop service between North America and Lyon. Flights will operate five times weekly during the summer and four times weekly during the winter with a Boeing 767-300ER featuring... more...

  • Etihad Airways signs codeshare deal with Avianca Brasil

     Etihad Airways and Avianca Brasil, one of the leading airlines in Latin America, have announced a codeshare partnership. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways will put its ‘EY’ code on domestic flights operated by Avianca Brasil, while Avianca Brasil will put its ‘O6’ code on Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and... more...

  • EgyptAir flight MS804: Cockpit recorder found

    It was reported yesterday that wreckage from the EgyptAir flight MS804 had been found in the Mediterranean Sea, and the black box has been recovered. The cockpit voice recorder was damaged but its memory is intact. The box had to be pulled out in stages. The black box is on its way to the Egyptian city of Alexandria where it will be studied for information. An... more...

  • First Islamic-compliant airline Rayani Air shut down by Malaysia

     problematic first year in operation, Malaysia’s first Islam-compliant airline has been banned from flying. Regulators announced Monday they had permanently grounded Rayani Air, Malaysia’s first sharia-compliant airline, months after it was suspended from flying for breaching aviation regulations. The airline made international headlines... more...

  • Emirates to launch direct Dubai-Melbourne flights in October

     Passengers travelling to Melbourne, Australia will now have another direct flight option with Emirates announcing that flights EK408 and EK409 will begin operating as non-stop services from Dubai from October 30th, 2016. Operated by an Emirates B777-300ER aircraft, EK408 will depart Dubai at 03:00 and arrive in Melbourne at 23:20. The return... more...

  • EU airlines black list: Who's on and who's off in Africa?

    The latest update of the much-feared EU blacklist for airlines and even entire countries was published yesterday, and at least in two African countries this was cause for celebration. Zambia, following months of technical assistance by EU aviation officials, finally cleared the hurdle and saw the various improvements, in both oversight as well as safety... more...

  • RwandAir’s new route planning revealed

    The latest information available from Kigali about the intended deployment of RwandAir's first Airbus A330-200 now suggests that it will be Dubai which is to be served nonstop out of Kigali four times a week. The remaining three frequencies, according to a source close to the airline, will continue to route via Mombasa where RwandAir enjoys fifth freedom... more...

  • Air Canada adds new routes to San Juan

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), Ingrid I Rivera Rocafort, and Alex Pittman, Director of Sales for Latin America & the Caribbean at Air Canada announced the inauguration of a new Air Canada route connecting the cities of Montreal and San Juan. The flight option will be available Saturdays... more...

  • Etihad Airways and Avianca Brazil announce codeshare partnership

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Avianca Brazil, one of the leading airlines in Latin America, announced a codeshare partnership today. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways will put its 'EY' code on domestic flights operated by Avianca Brazil while Avianca Brazil will put its 'O6'... more...

  • GoAir inaugurates night flights from Srinagar

    SRINAGAR, India - GoAir is the first airline to offer late evening/night operations to Srinagar. The carrier today flagged off the first flight of this schedule at the Srinagar International Airport in the presence of Mehbooba Mufti, Hon. Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir and GoAir CEO, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer. The newly-introduced evening flights... more...

  • Turkish Airlines takes UEFA EURO 2016 anthem video across Europe

    ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish Airlines takes David Guetta’s UEFA EURO 2016TM anthem to the 24 competing nations in this year’s tournament. Football and David Guetta fans in Europe can enjoy their bespoke music video with a local twist. The star’s music video for ‘This One’s For You’ was unveiled on Friday, 10th June.... more...

  • Rosaviatsia outlines criteria for MetroJet to resume flights

     MetroJet (Russia) (7K, Moscow Domodedovo) may only resume commercial operations once it has satisfied the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) that it is both financially and operationally fit to do so the watchdog's Director General, Alexander Neradko, has said. The leisure specialist was embargoed from operating domestic and international... more...

  • Vietnam Airlines to go daily on London Heathrow route

     Vietnam Airlines has confirmed that it will commence the operation of daily non-stop services between Heathrow and Vietnam from June 23rd, 2016, adding a new Thursday flight to Hanoi to its existing six flights per week schedule. Offering three flights per week to Ho Chi Minh City and four flights to Hanoi, Vietnam Airlines’ increased service... more...

  • Iran reaches agreement with Boeing to acquire over 100 jets

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said it had reached an agreement with Boeing Co for the supply of jetliners, reopening the country's skies to new US aircraft for the first time in decades under an international deal to ease sanctions. Details of the agreement were vague, but Western and Middle East sources said that once approved, it would involve flag carrier... more...

  • Alaska Airlines taps three new managing directors

    SEATTLE, WA - Alaska Airlines announced the promotion of three employees to new positions as managing director. Molly Gabel has been promoted to managing director, associate general counsel of labor and employment. Gabel has worked for Alaska Airlines as a senior attorney since 2013, focusing on labor relations, collective bargaining, grievances and... more...

  • Singapore Airlines to expand US operations

    NEW YORK, NY - Singapore Airlines (SIA) is to launch non-stop flights from San Francisco to Singapore and will add a second daily service from Los Angeles in an expansion of its US operations. In a preview of the previously announced non-stop flights from Los Angeles and New York to Singapore planned for 2018, the new non-stop SFO-Singapore service... more...

  • EgyptAir flight MS804 wreckage found

    According to Egyptian officials, search teams have located the wreckage of missing EgyptAir flight MS804. The Airbus A320 lost contact with air traffic control over the Mediterranean Sea while carrying 66 people from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016. More news to be reported as it develops.   more...

  • Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways announce expanded network to South America

      Air Seychelles will now offer connections to Sமூo Paulo via Abu Dhabi through its partner airline from the United Arab Emirates. Travelers can now get to South America via Air Seychelles. The country's national airline announced on Wednesday the extension of its international network to Brazil through a codeshare with Etihad Airways. The... more...

  • Garuda Indonesia launches re-operations of Singapore-Medan flight

      SINGAPORE - Indonesia's national airline, Garuda Indonesia, today launched the re-operation of a daily flight between Singapore and Medan. The flight reopening is in line with the airline's future expansion plan, and the continuously commitment as the flag-carrier to help boost Indonesia's economic, business, and tourism growth, as well as part... more...

  • Air Canada inaugurates Toronto-Glasgow service

    MONTREAL, Canada - The arrival of flight AC1938 from Toronto-Pearson at Glasgow Airport this morning further extends Air Canada Rouge's presence in Europe. The non-stop seasonal service, operating three-times a week, offers customers the only non-stop service between Toronto and Glasgow and complements Air Canada Rouge's non-stop service to Edinburgh. "We... more...

  • Virgin America further expands Hawaii service

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA and KAHULUI, Maui, Hawaii - Virgin America, the airline known for making flying fun again, today began nonstop daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Kahului Airport (OGG) with connecting flights from most Virgin America markets, further adding to the airline's Hawaii routes following the launch of LAX –... more...

  • Qatar Airways Cargo introduces QR Live

    Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann, made several important announcements at a press conference attended by both Chinese and international industry media on the opening day of Air Cargo China 2016 in Shanghai. Mr. Ogiermann revealed that the world’s third largest international cargo carrier plans to become a major player in three... more...

  • LATAM Airlines Brazil prepares for Rio 2016 challenge

     LATAM Airlines Brazil has put in place more than 100 special operational measures to ensure efficient services for spectators and delegations during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The strategy was developed over the past year by a multi-disciplinary team comprising people from various areas of the company. The objective is to ensure... more...

  • Malaysia grounds sharia compliant carrier Rayani Air

     The Department of Civil Aviation in Malaysia has revoked the air operator certificate Rayani Air. The carrier, which had branded itself as the first sharia compliant airline in the world, will subsequently lose its right to fly in and out of the country. DCA officials took the decision to ground the carrier following an investigation into the... more...

  • London Stansted launches final phase of infrastructure improvements

    London Stansted’s transformation programme enters its latest phase as a number of new multi-million pound projects to enhance customer service and security at the airport get underway ahead of the main summer getaway. The new developments help build short and medium term operational capacity at the airport to keep pace with increasing passenger... more...

  • Emirates Airlines and Tourism Authority of Thailand sign new agreement

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Emirates Airline, UAE’s leading airline, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday, 13 June, 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand, which aims to utilise the Airline’s global network to further boost inbound tourist arrivals to Thailand, by focusing on the growth of key niche markets and luxury... more...

  • Euro 2016: easyJet to announce scores in-flight

     As football fever spreads across Europe, easyJet has announced it will be keeping passengers updated with the latest scores of key Euro 2016 games whilst they fly. easyJet is ensuring its passengers and crew are not left out of the action as they will be able to receive the latest scores directly from the airline’s Operations Control Centre... more...

  • Dubai International sees passenger number increases

     Dubai International welcomed more than 6.9 million passengers in April according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today. Passenger numbers reached 6,978,268 in April, up 7.2 per cent from the 6,510,653 guests who visited the airport in April 2015. During the first four months of 2016, DXB welcomed 27,926,958 passengers,... more...

  • New leadership for African low-cost airline fastjet

     The board of fastjet has appointed of Nico Bezuidenhout as chief executive of the company. Bezuidenhout will take up his position and join the board as an executive director on August 1st, 2016. He will be joining fastjet from Mango Airlines, the low-cost carrier subsidiary of South African Airways, where he has been chief executive since Mango... more...

  • South African Airways responds to peak season travel

      According to South African Airways’ Country Manager for Australasia, Tim Clyde-Smith, travelers can take advantage of fantastic fares on offer for the summer. South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s leading airline, has announced great value business class fares from Australia’s East Coast on sale now until August 14. “We’re... more...

  • Korean Air announces network enhancements

      In response to competition in the global aviation market, Korean Air has announced some network realignment. Commencing December 2016, Korean Air will introduce direct flights to New Delhi, the capital and commercial center of India. New Delhi is a commercial focus for many Korean and global companies including; Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics,... more...

  • Malaysia's Islamic airline Rayani Air barred from flying

    Malaysia's first Islamic-compliant airline, Rayani Air, has been barred from flying for breaching regulations.The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said it was revoking the airline's certification because of concerns over its safety audit and administration.Rayani Air launched last December offering only halal food, no alcohol and crew wearing modest... more...

  • Solomon Airlines to resume all services

    ARA, Solomon Islands – Solomon Airlines resumed full operation of all international and domestic services on Thursday, 9 June 2016 after a brief suspension of them on Tuesday 7 June 2016. The decision of the suspension has had immediate impact on the airline’s eight weekly services between Brisbane and Honiara, flights to and from Nadi,... more...

  • New airline part of government's policy to make Ghana an aviation hub

    ACCRA, Ghana - Ghana's Transport Ministry has justified government's decision to establish a new airline in Ghana despite criticisms from some Ghanaians. Chief Director of the Ministry Twumasi Ankrah Selby, says the initiative is part of government's policy to make Ghana an aviation hub. Government is inviting prospective airline strategic partners... more...

  • New Saudi airline launches domestic flights on June 22

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — SaudiGulf airline will be licensed to start domestic flights in the Kingdom from June 22, according to a statement issued by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). SaudiGulf airline is one of two new carriers that have been preparing to launch services in the Kingdom under the country’s stated intention to... more...

  • Abu Dhabi- Doha: Now additional flights on Etihad Airways

    Etihad Airways is celebrating 10 years of flying to Qatar this summer by launching nine additional weekly flights on the Abu Dhabi – Doha route reinforcing its commitment to one of the airline’s key markets in the Gulf. Effective 1 August 2016, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates will increase weekly frequency to Qatar’s... more...

  • EURO 2016: Air France pilots are pleased to call a four day strike

    EURO 2016, the European Football tournament started in Paris, France. Fans are celebrating the first victory for the French team, while security is high, and the threat of terror feels likes a shadow over EURO 2016. Sports tourists from around Europe and beyond are in France, more are scheduled to arrive. Air France, the national carrier knows this.... more...

  • Toronto-Budapest now non stop on Air Canada

      The arrival of flight AC1910 from Toronto-Pearson at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport this morning further extends Air Canada Rouge's presence in Central Europe. The non-stop seasonal service, operating by this Star Alliance carrier operates three-times a week, and has the most seats between North America and Budapest of any airline. "We... more...

  • Hainan Airlines inaugurates direct service from Beijing to Manchester

      MANCHESTER, England - On June 10, 2016, a Hainan Airlines' Airbus A330 took off from Beijing Capital International Airport and landed at the Manchester Airport after a more than 10-hour flight. China-based Hainan Airlines today formally opened a direct air route between Beijing and Manchester, further improving the airline's intercontinental... more...

  • Korean Air and P&W open world's largest engine test facility in Korea

    One of the world’s largest, and most advanced aero-engine test facilities has opened in Korea and the Incheon Aviation Tech Co. Ltd. (IAT), which is a joint venture between Korean Air and aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney (P & W), held a commemorative event in Woonbuk-dong, Joong-gu, Incheon, on June 8 to celebrate the opening of... more...

  • Turkish Airlines adds its 3rd destination in Romania

    With existing services to Bucharest and Constanta, Turkish Airlines adds flights to Cluj, one of the most important academic, cultural an industrial cities in Romania, as its 3rd destination. Beginning from 12nd July, Cluj flights will be operated 4 times per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in both directions.Introductory trip fares... more...

  • Indian airlines to reduce extra baggage fees

    Airlines in India will be forced to reduce their excess baggage fees following a new directive from the country’s Civil Aviation Ministry.The Hindu reports that the ministry has mandated that airlines should charge just INR100 (US$1.50) for each additional kilogram of baggage, compared to the average of INR300 charged at present. The reduced fares... more...

  • Ryanair expands low-cost accommodation offering

     Ryanair has announced that it will launch a low price accommodation offer, “Ryanair Rooms”, from October, offering its 116 million customers the widest choice of hotel, hostel, B&B, holiday villa and homestay options. Ryanair is inviting all interested accommodation providers to submit proposals to become partners in “Ryanair... more...

  • Hainan Airlines welcomes Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to fleet

     Boeing and Hainan Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. Hainan becomes China’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family. Hainan Airlines, the largest privately owned airline in China, leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation. The... more...

  • Entertainment goes free of charge on Delta Air lines

      Prepare to be entertained on Delta flights – free of charge. Delta Studio, the airline’s industry-leading suite of on board entertainment, will be free for all customers on two-class aircraft by July 1st. This includes nearly 90 per cent of Delta’s fleet. Customers on nearly all domestic and international flights will feel... more...

  • Delta places 75 plane C Series order with Bombardier

    Delta Air Lines will continue its narrow-body fleet renewal with the state-of-the-art Bombardier C Series, providing for added network flexibility with more fuel-efficient mainline aircraft. As the US launch customer, Delta’s firm order for 75 CS100s allows the company to cost-effectively reshape and up-gauge its narrow-body fleet, providing... more...

  • Airways secures major contract for Samoa airport upgrade

    Airways New Zealand has been awarded a major World Bank funded contract by the Samoa Airport Authority to assist with the upgrade of air traffic management systems and infrastructure at Faleolo International Airport. The World Bank is funding a $US 25 million package of upgrades at the airfield under its Pacific Aviation Investment Program (PAIP).... more...

  • 9-year-old joins Lufthansa’s cabin crew

    INDIA (eTN) - Nine-year old Yashas Dassani from Mumbai, India, got a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the cabin crew on a recent Frankfurt-Mumbai flight of Lufthansa, when he made the welcome announcement on the flight. He was the winner of an online competition, which attracted over 250 entries from 9 countries, in the 6 to 10... more...

  • WestJet returns to Fort McMurray

    CALGARY, Canada - WestJet announced today it will resume flying to Fort McMurray International Airport tomorrow as the airport reopens for commercial operations for the first time since wildfires caused the suspension of scheduled flights on May 4, 2016. "We are proud to support residents of Fort McMurray and the Region of Wood Buffalo as they return... more...

  • WOW air inaugural flight launches West Coast connection to Europe

    LOS ANGELES, CA - WOW air, Iceland's ultra low-cost airline, kicks off its West Coast service by touching down in San Francisco today and will take off from Los Angeles on June 15th, offering regular weekly service to Reykjavik. Service from San Francisco International Airport to Iceland will be available five days a week, while service from Los Angeles... more...

  • Air China’s latest US expansion connects Silicon Valley and Shanghai

    SAN JOSE, CA - Air China’s robust expansion in North America continues with the launch of its thrice weekly nonstop service between San Josளூ and Shanghai on Sept. 1, 2016. The new flight will be operated by A330-200, offering business and economy class cabins. San Joswill be Air China’s tenth gateway in North America and its first... more...

  • Delta Air Lines to double Scottish flights in summer 2017

     AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PrintShare to Email AppShare to PinterestMore AddThis Share optionsTwo weeks after Delta Air Lines launched services between New York-JFK and Edinburgh, it has announced it will double its Scottish network in summer 2017 when flights begin between the Big Apple and Glasgow. The... more...

  • China Eastern goes Dutch with new routeFour weekly flights to Amsterdam to start on 26 June 2016 Written by

      AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PrintShare to Email AppShare to PinterestMore AddThis Share options China Eastern will serve Amsterdam using an A330 aircraft (credit: Vytautas Kielaitis)Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines will expand its European network this month with the launch of direct flights to... more...

  • Korean Air adds Delhi in international route revampAirline also plans Iran flights, but Sao Paulo route will be suspended Written by:

       AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PrintShare to Email AppShare to PinterestMore AddThis Share options Credit: Andrey KhachatryanKorean Air unveiled plans for an overhaul of its international route map, including the introduction of a new direct service to Delhi. The direct flights linking Seoul’s... more...

  • Emirates doubles live sport content

    Emirates will add a second sports channel to its live in-flight TV service this month, enabling passengers to watch major events such as Euro 2016 and the Olympic Games in Rio.Now available on more than 90 of the airline’s Boeing 777 aircraft, the new Sports 24 Extra channel will complement the existing Sports 24channel to offer double the live... more...

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  • EU to pursue air traffic agreements with Gulf and ASEAN countries

      BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU member states gave the green light on Tuesday for the European Commission to pursue air traffic agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Turkey and countries in southeast Asia to try to support its airlines. Europe’s aviation industry, which contributes 110 billion euros to EU gross domestic product, has... more...

  • Boeing delivers first 787-9 Dreamliner to Hainan Airlines

    EVERETT, WA - Boeing and Hainan Airlines today celebrated the delivery of the carrier's first 787-9 Dreamliner. Hainan becomes China's first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family. Hainan Airlines, the largest privately owned airline in China, leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation (ALC).... more...

  • Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of world's most advanced commercial passenger jet

    Ethiopian Airlines is the first African airline to take delivery of the world's most advanced commercial passenger aircraft - the Airbus A350XWB. Registered as ET-ATQ with an Airbus Manufacturers Serial Number MSN 40, the new aircraft will ring in a new era for Ethiopian, which has hitherto be an almost exclusively Boeing airline, apart from some 15... more...

  • Alaska Airlines flies on Gevo's renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel

    SEATTLE, WA - The skies are a little greener today after two Alaska Airlines jets departed the Emerald City fueled by the first alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) made from sustainable US corn. The two Alaska Airlines flights departed today with Gevo, Inc fuel and flew from Seattle to San Francisco International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National... more...

  • Air Transat and its flight attendants reach tentative agreement

    MONTREAL, Canada - Air Transat and its flight attendants have reached a tentative agreement on renewal of the collective agreement that expired last October. The agreement, whose approval will be recommended by the union executive, will be submitted to the flight attendants soon. "We have reached a reasonable agreement and we are confident that it... more...

  • Solomon Airlines suspends all services

    HONIARA, Solomon Islands – Solomon Airlines CEO, Captain Ron Sumsum has announced all services operated by the national carrier were suspended effective from 08.00 am (Honiara time) today, Tuesday, 07 June 2016. The decision has had immediate impact on the airline’s eight weekly services between Brisbane and Honiara, flights to and from... more...

  • Google Street View launches in Qatar’s Hamad International Airport

      DOHA, Qatar - Hamad International Airport (HIA) today announced the launch of Google’s 360-degree street view imagery of Qatar’s state-of-the-art airport as part of its digital strategy. Street View Special Collects is a feature of Google Maps that lets users explore places around the world such as landmarks, natural wonders, and... more...

  • Delta doubles network to Scotland with new route

    NEW YORK, NY - Two weeks after Delta Air Lines started service between New York-JFK and Edinburgh, it has announced it will double its Scottish network in summer 2017 when flights begin between the Big Apple and Glasgow. The service, which will begin on May 25, 2017, will be the only nonstop fight between New York-JFK and Glasgow and will operate daily... more...

  • Bomb exploded ! Istanbul close to University main campus

    Travel and tourism has been suffering in Istanbul, Turkey for some time. Authorities managed to get local media under control, and reports of violence are often now tones down, since freedom of press no longer is given in Turkey. While Turkey remains a safe tourism destination, the security situation and perception for the travel and tourism world... more...

  • AirAsia X boosts Gold Coast route Written by:

     AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PrintShare to Email AppShare to PinterestMore AddThis Share options3  Effective 1 July 2016, the low-cost carrier will start operating 11 weekly flights to the Australian destination, up from seven per week at present. The additional services will be operated using a 377-seat,... more...

  • Delta and Virgin hone 2017 summer schedules

    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PrintShare to Email AppShare to PinterestMore AddThis Share optionsDelta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic have announced changes to their respective summer 2017 schedules to optimise their joint network between the USA and the UK.The changes are as follows:For Delta:A new four times a week... more...

  • Avianca inks deal with Amade

     Avianca is becoming the launch customer for Amadeus Anytime Merchandising, in order to improve the customer experience through personalised offers and services, while developing a new revenue opportunity for the airline. Amadeus Anytime Merchandising, which is compliant with IATA’s NDC standard, helps airlines engage their customers at... more...

  • United unveils new long-haul business class seat

     The new seat will debut in December this year United Airlines has unveiled its all-new United Polaris business class, the airline’s most significant product transformation in more than a decade. The new seat features a reimagined, sleep-enhancing, departure-to-landing experience for intercontinental travellers. The new seat will debut... more...

  • Etihad Guest partners with Rentalcars Connect

    MANCHESTER, England - Rentalcars Connect has partnered with Etihad Guest, the multi-airline loyalty program of Etihad Airways, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional. The new relationship means that Etihad Guest members will now earn miles every time they book a car with Rentalcars.com. The benefits of this partnership extend even further -... more...

  • First Airbus A330 for East Africa sets new cabin standards

    RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has confirmed that the cabin interior of the new Airbus A330 will introduce a Premium Economy Class as a first in Africa besides a 1x2x1 configuration in Business Class and a 2x4x2 configuration in Economy Class. As part of RwandAir ’s expansion strategy, in the last quarter of this... more...

  • The heat is on: Airline route between Zimbabwe and Tanzania

    New air service will improve connectivity between Zimbabwe and Tanzania considerably, aimed to aid trade and tourism links between the two countries. When the Air Zimbabwe inaugural flight from Harare to Dar es Salaam yesterday reached its destination at the Tanzania coast, a full passenger load emerged from the aircraft, participating in the celebration... more...

  • British Airways and Winair announce same-day route from London to Dominica

    LONDON, England - British Airways and Winair have announced they will offer a cost effective, same-day route from London to Dominica, via Antigua. The new route will mean that British travellers can leave the UK at 10:30 GMT and be in the hidden island paradise of Dominica with a rum punch in their hand by 18:30 local time. Colin Piper, CEO and Director... more...

  • Indonesia: British visitor numbers soar

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - The first quarter of 2016 has seen the United Kingdom emerge as the leading growth source market to Indonesia, with a staggering increase of 28% on 2015 figures. The recent surge in arrivals to the largest archipelago in the world follows the recent introduction of the visa free policy for British nationals as well as an uplift... more...

  • Qatar Airways to codeshare with Srilankan Airlines

    DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines, both members of the oneworld alliance, have strengthened their cooperation with a bilateral code-share relationship. Both airlines will code-share on each other’s flights between their respective hubs – Qatar Airways’ thrice daily Airbus A340-600 operations to Colombo and SriLankan... more...

  • United Airlines unveils major business class overhaul

    United Airlines has unveiled plans for a major overhaul of its international business class product, with the launch of a series of new services both in-flight and on the ground. Under the new ‘United Polaris’ business class brand, which the airline is calling its “most significant product transformation in more than a decade”,... more...

  • Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner tnaugural flight from Abu Dhabi- Perth

    Etihad Airways flight EY486 took off from Abu Dhabi at 10.30pm yesterday and is scheduled to arrive in the Western Australian capital at 1:50pm today where it will be welcomed by a water cannon salute. The return flight EY487 will depart Perth this evening at 5pm and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 12:25am on 3 June. The B787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’... more...

  • IATA: 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Dublin opened

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) opened its 72nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Dublin, Ireland. "Ireland is a great aviation country and the perfect location for the industry’s leaders to meet. Aviation is a force for good. This year, airlines will safely transport 3.8 billion passengers and... more...

  • Ellinair connects southern Russia to Greece for summer season

    Krasnodar international airport has welcomed the launch of a new route between Krasnodar-Thessaloniki. The inaugural Thessaloniki-bound flight left earlier, marking the start of regular air links between Russia’s southern city and Greece. Ellinair performed the first direct Krasnodar-Thessaloniki flight. The airline will perform three flights... more...

  • Air Transat launches new services to Montreal

    Air Transat has launched Scotland’s newest route, with a service from Glasgow Airport to Montreal Pierre Trudeau Airport. The new weekly flight, which runs until October, connects the province of Quebec to Scotland for the first time. Montreal is Canada’s second largest city with a population of just over 3.5 million people. Its French... more...

  • Hong Kong Airlines to launch daily Osaka service from July

    Hong Kong Airlines to launch daily Osaka service from JulyCommencing on July 15th, Hong Kong Airlines, an internationally-acclaimed full-service airline, will launch daily service between Hong Kong and Kansai Airport in Osaka, Japan. This new destination will further strengthen the airline’s network in Asia-Pacific, and provide travellers who... more...

  • Rwanda Air premium Economy Class - a first for Africa

      A sneak preview of the interior of RwandAir's new Airbus A330 has confirmed information received earlier that the introduction of the Premium Economy Class cabin will indeed break new ground for Africa.Premium Economy cabins are yet to make a major breakthrough even among the big league airline - Emirates for instance is only now beginning to... more...

  • Southwest Airlines wants to add three more Mexican cities to network

    Southwest Airlines today filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to extend the carrier's low fare reach into Mளூxico markets with new international service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Southwest is proposing new service to Mளூxico: twice-daily flights to Cancழ்n and San Josளூ del Cabo/Los... more...

  • Egypt Air 80B blackbox located

      On Wednesday a French naval vessel has detected underwater signals from one of EgyptAir Flight 804's black boxes. Specialized locator equipment on board the French vessel La Place detected signals from the seabed in the Mediterranean Sea, the Egyptian investigative committee said in a statement. The director of the BEA, France's air accident... more...

  • WestJet Encore converts purchase options for nine Bombardier Q400 aircraft

      WestJet Encore converts purchase options for nine Bombardier Q400 aircraftCALGARY, June 1, 2016 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced it has converted the last nine of its original 25 options to firm orders for Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery between April 2017 and June 2018. With the conversion of these options,... more...

  • Work starts on Chengdu’s second airport

    Located near the town of Lujia, 50km from downtown Chengdu, the new Tianfu International Airport will include a 600,000mஏ terminal and more than 200 aircraft parking stands. The first phase of the project is expected to take four years to complete. A second phase, to be completed by 2025, will increase the new airport’s capacity to 40 million... more...

  • Fiji Airways and Jetstar target Singapore-South Pacific market

    Partnership to connect 21 destinations in Asia to Fiji via Changi Airport Fiji Airways and Jetstar have announced the launch of an interline partnership to provide single ticket air travel from 21 destinations in Asia to Fiji, and onwards in the South Pacific, via Singapore. The new commercial agreement between the Fijian flag carrier and the Jetstar... more...

  • Oman Air announces flights to Mashhad

    Oman Air recently announced its intent to launch a new service between Muscat and Mashhad effective 1 June 2016. This is the airline’s second destination in Iran, following launch of flights to Tehran in 2012. The carrier will operate daily flights aboard Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Flights will depart Muscat International Airport at 14.00hrs and... more...

  • VRL Logistics boss clarifies Indian regional start-up plans

     FLYeasy Embraer Emb190-100© FLYeasy FLYeasy Embraer Emb190-100 Vijay Sankeshwar, the chairman of Indian firm, VRL Logistics, has denied reports in the country's press linking the company to a proposed new regional airline. The announcement this week sent VRL's shares down almost 20% necessitating the chairman's rebuttal. In a filing to... more...

  • Citilink inks Wanda contract for China-Indonesia charters

    Citilink Airbus A320-200© Citilink Citilink Airbus A320-200 Citilink (QG, Surabaya) has signed an agreement with Chinese entertainment conglomerate Wanda Group for the provision of scheduled charter flights between China and Indonesia. Under the terms of the agreement, the Indonesian LCC will provide flights from various cities in northern China... more...

  • United Airlines to pull out of Africa

     United Airlines Boeing 747-400© United Airlines United Airlines Boeing 747-40018 hours agoUnited Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) is set to pull out of the African market with effect from next month. The US carrier will discontinue its daily Houston Intc'l-Lagos, Nigeria service, operated using B787-8 equipment, with effect from June 30. The... more...

  • Kenya Airways delivers planes to Turkish Airlines and Oman Air

    Kenya Airways, clearly defying its critics with their determination to cut costs and streamline operations, has this week delivered a second of three Boeing B777-300ER to Turkish Airlines, while the third aircraft under this multi year lease is due to be flown to Istanbul next week.Oman Air in the meantime received the second of the two Boeing B787-8... more...

  • Egypt Airport security soon in private hands?

      The Egyptian authorities plan to create a special company to provide security in airports, a member of the parliament's Culture, Information and Tourism Committee said Thursday. Egypt airport security is provided by the Interior Ministry, a possibility of opening a new agency is being reviewed as the ministry has frequent staff rotation. A... more...

  • Norwegian adds two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to fleet

     Norwegian has signed an agreement to lease two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to be delivered in spring 2018. With this new agreement, the company’s long-haul fleet will consist of 42 Dreamliners by 2020. Norwegian also exercises eight of its 100 Boeing 737 MAX8 purchase options. Norwegian continues to expand its long-haul fleet and international... more...

  • Air Austral receives first Boeing Dreamliner

    Air Austral receives first Boeing Dreamliner  Boeing has delivered the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Air Austral. The newest addition to the Air Austral long-haul fleet will touch down at Roland Garros Airport in Saint-Marie, Reunion Island tomorrow following a 10,500-mile delivery flight originating from the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre in... more...

  • Delta Air Lines launches year-round Edinburgh-New York flight

    Delta Air Lines will launch its new non-stop flight between Edinburgh and New York’s John F. Kennedy airports today, offering more onward connections and on-board amenities than any other airline serving this route. The new service extends Delta’s UK network into Scotland and will operate year-round, offering customers a choice of 60 onward... more...

  • Qatar Airways to offer Chang Mai, Thailand, flights from December

     Qatar Airways has announced that it will expand its network to Chiang Mai in Thailand from December 16th.The airline will fly to Chiang Mai five times a week via Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, with an A330-200. The largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai will be the fourth city in the Asian country... more...

  • EVA Air to launch Chicago flights in Novembe

     Star Alliance member EVA Air has announced a brand new route, the third to be launched in 2016, further reinforcing its status as one of Asia’s most dynamic carriers. As of November 3rd, EVA Air will connect Taipei directly with Chicago on its latest-model, Wi-Fi equipped Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, making the ‘Windy City’ its... more...

  • Tianjin Airlines takes UK representation ahead of Gatwick launch

    Ahead of the launch of its new service from the UK to China, expanding Chinese carrier Tianjin Airlines has appointed Rooster PR to run its UK press office and social media channels. Rooster will be responsible for launching Tianjin Airlines in the UK and driving awareness of the airline’s new twice-weekly Gatwick service through the development... more...

  • Norwegian launches low-cost flights to Las Vegas from Gatwick

     Norwegian is continuing the expansion of its low-cost long-haul network by launching a new direct route to the bright lights of Las Vegas from London Gatwick. The twice weekly flights will launch from London Gatwick on October 31st, on the airline’s brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft which feature two cabins – premium and... more...

  • Etihad Airways 360-degree virtual-reality film

    Etihad Airways has released its highly-anticipated, 360-degree, virtual-reality film starring Academy Award-winning actress, Nicole Kidman. This marks the first time that a Hollywood actor has ever starred in a fully immersive virtual reality movie. The five-minute feature, titled "Reimagine," is a major coup for the innovative national airline of... more...

  • EL AL presents the results for Q1 of 2016

    LOD, Israel - The number of passenger segments in the First Quarter of 2016 increased by 10% compared to last year, seat availability increased by approx. 6%, operations in terms of RPK increased by 7%, aircraft Load Factor stood at approx. 80%, and EL AL's market share at Ben Gurion Airport increased to approx. 36%. Revenues from operations amounted... more...

  • Baltia Air Lines issues company update

      JAMAICA, NY - Baltia Air Lines, Inc announced today that it continues to talk with various investment groups in order to raise the necessary capital for operating expenses and to secure leases for newer aircraft. This will enable Baltia to move forward with the certification process and in obtaining our 14 CFR 121 airline operating certificate. In... more...

  • Jet Airways Group declares record profit of $185 million

      MUMBAI, India - Jet Airways Group today declared a highest ever annual profit in its history for the year ended March 31, 2016, and thereby achieved return to profitability a year earlier than the target set in its turnaround plan two years ago. The consistently strong financial performance has enabled Jet Airways to reduce its debt by USD... more...

  • Delta Connection breaks record for no-cancel streak

    ATLANTA, GA - In a month of almost constant Delta mainline operational performance records, the six regional carriers of Delta Connection added their own record: nearly eight days without a cancellation, their best-ever completion factor streak. The milestone beat out their previous record by almost three days. For more than 17,000 operations, Compass... more...

  • Delta launches year-round service from New York to Edinburgh

    NEW YORK, NY - Delta Air Lines will launch its new nonstop flight between New York's John F Kennedy airport and Edinburgh, Scotland, today, offering more on-board amenities than any other airline serving this route. The new year-round service extends Delta's UK network into Scotland. "Delta connects our customers to the world with more flights from... more...

  • Air China introduces its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

    BEIJING, China - Boeing and Air China officially unveiled the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner to the public at a grand ceremony in Beijing today. The national flag carrier is the first airline in the country to have a 787-9 enter into service. "The 787-9 Dreamliner employs a multitude of cutting-edge technologies best represented by its electronic... more...

  • easyJet shares positive EU message with prime minister Cameron

    easyJet has welcomed British prime minister David Cameron to its headquarters in Luton.  Several hundred easyJet employees, including pilots, cabin crew, engineers and administrative staff, attended the event. Cameron gave easyJet employees the chance to hear for themselves the government’s view on the forthcoming EU referendum. They also... more...

  • VietJet places $11.3bn order for 100 737 MAX aircraft with Boeing

     Vietjet and Boeing have finalised an order for 100 737 MAX 200 aircraft, the largest ever commercial aircraft purchase in Vietnam’s aviation history. Tran Dai Quang, president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and US president Barack Obama witnessed the historic agreement, which has been valued at approximately US$11.3 billion. The... more...

  • Malaysia Airlines grows fleet with two new Airbus A350-900s

     Malaysia Airlines Berhad has exercised the lease option for a 12-year lease agreement for an additional two new Airbus A350-900s with Air Lease Corporation. The transaction is pursuant to the option provided under the existing Lease Agreement for the four A350-900s signed by both parties in September last year. Malaysia Airlines Berhad chief... more...

  • erican Express Global Business Travel to acquire SMT of Finland

    Am American Express Global Business Travel has signed an agreement to acquire SMT, a travel management company based in Finland and a subsidiary of Finnair. SMT has been an important partner within the GBT network for 27 years. When the transaction completes later this year, the company and its staff will formally join the GBT family. Elyes... more...

  • 1.2 Billion USD: Etihad Aviation Group financial platform

    Etihad Airways, Etihad Airport Services, airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Alitalia have successfully raised a further US$500 million in a second platform financing transaction, following the success of last year’s award-winning bond which raised US$700 million. A roadshow was announced on Monday 16 May 2016 to a positive response from... more...

  • Deer Jet to Operate the World's First VVIP 787 Boeing Business Jet

    Deer Jet, the largest business jet company in Asia, is to become the operator of world's first VVIP BBJ 787. Deer Jet and Boeing announced jointly at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE), the largest business aviation event in Europe. The Boeing 787 series is also known as the "Dreamliner." This VVIP BBJ 787 is truly a "Dream... more...

  • Reunion: First Dreamliner for Reunion's Air Austral

    Air Austral's first Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner is now enroute from the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington State to Reunion Island and is expected to land in the morning at the Roland Garros International Airport of the capital St. Denis after a 10.500 miles ferry flight.This first of two such aircraft ordered will help the airline to boost the present... more...

  • 34 sun destinations: Air Transat unveils its winter 2016-17 flight program

    MONTREAL, Canada - Today, Air Transat unveils its winter 2016-17 flight program, which offers travellers 34 sun destinations from 22 Canadian cities, in addition to a robust offering of the most popular European destinations in the winter. True to its position as Canada's leading holiday travel airline, Air Transat meets the demands of its Canadian... more...

  • Air Hamburg orders one more Embraer Legacy 650 business jet

    GENEVA, Switzerland - Embraer Executive Jets and the Germany-based business charter operator Air Hamburg have signed a purchase agreement for yet another Legacy 650. The agreement was announced today at the opening of the 16th European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The delivery of this aircraft is scheduled... more...

  • Kenya Airways: Those found culpable will face the consequences

    The Board of Kenya Airways launched a forensic audit into business practices and operations, systems and internal controls, to identify weaknesses and single out those who in the past exploited such control shortfalls for illicit gains. The Board of Kenya Airways has earlier today now released some preliminary findings made by the forensic auditors.... more...

  • Qatar Airways adds Chiang Mai to its global network

    DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has announced that it will expand its network to Chiang Mai in Thailand from 16 December 2016. The award-winning airline will fly to Chiang Mai five times a week via Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, with an A330-200. The largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai will be the... more...

  • Egypt Air crash: Bomb explosion onboard

      Today, Egyptian forensic officials in Cairo say they had looked at human remains retrieved from Egypt Air Flight 804 that crashed in the Mediterranean off the coast of Egypt. Experts in Egypt are now convinced an explosion onboard the plane triggered the fire alarm. This was most likely caused by a bomb onboard. Their original theory of a terror... more...

  • Embraer: First E190-E2 jet completes maiden flight ahead of schedule

      SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil - The E-Jets E2 program reached another important milestone today with the completion of the maiden flight of the E190-E2. The flight was originally scheduled to take place during the second half of this year. The aircraft took off at 1:06 p.m., local time from Embraer's facility in Sao Jose dos Campos and flew for... more...

  • Delta Air Lines expands Delta Comfort+ to Asia and Latin America markets

    ATLANTA, GA - Delta has expanded Delta Comfort+ fares to more markets. Customers can now purchase Delta Comfort+ flights for travel on or after September 19, 2016, to and from the Asia-Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean regions. This evolutionary step expands on the airline's recent launch of Delta Comfort+ fares within the US and Canada. In March... more...

  • Hawaiian Airlines welcomes Premium Cabin, fully lie-flat seating

      HONOLULU, Hawaii - Bringing the serenity of Hawaii's shores to the air, Hawaiian Airlines has welcomed home its first Airbus A330 aircraft featuring fully lie-flat seating in a spacious Premium Cabin that surrounds guests with modern, luxurious island-inspired designs and even a twinkling constellation paying homage to the history of Polynesian... more...

  • Alitalia showcases its new uniform collection

    Alitalia recently unveiled its new staff uniform collection at the Nazionale Spazio Eventi in Rome. The collection has been designed and tailor-made by a team of nearly 500 people in Italy, with fabrics made in Tuscany, silk in Como, men’s uniforms tailored in Puglia, and leather accessories in Naples, and shoes in the Marche region. The new... more...

  • New Direct Connection from Frankfurt to Shenzhen

    On May 21st Air China launched the first direct flight from Frankfurt to Shenzhen. With an Airbus A330 the route will be served three times a week. Thereby, Air China offers the fourth nonstop connection from Frankfurt to China and the only direct service to Shenzhen in Germany.The new connection is especially attractive for business travelers. Due... more...

  • Qatar Airways increases share in IAG

    Qatar Airways has increased its shareholding in International Airlines Group (IAG) from just under 12 per cent to 15.01 per cent. The investment update was announced at a global press conference in Atlanta where the airline was celebrating its launch of service from Doha to Atlanta. IAG is one of the world’s largest airline groups and is the... more...

  • Ryanair adds daily service to Luxembourg

    Ryanair has further expanded its London Stansted winter 2016 schedule with a new daily service to Luxembourg from September, the newest addition to its European route network (and 33rd country of operation) and the 4th new Stansted route this winter in addition to Hamburg, Timisoara and Toulouse. Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “We are pleased... more...

  • flynas increases Saudi Arabia to Abu Dhabi flights

    The Saudi-based national airline, flynas, is increasing capacity between their home country and the UAE with new flights linking Abu Dhabi with Riyadh and Jeddah. Effective on 23 June, flynas will add a second daily service between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, increasing its combined offer with Etihad Airways to four daily services. Also on 23 June, flynas... more...

  • Qatar Airways at EBACE

    Qatar Executive, the private jet charter division of award-winning Qatar Airways, will be exhibiting at Europe’s leading business aviation show EBACE, taking place from 24 to 26 May in Geneva, Switzerland. Doha-based Qatar Executive will use the annual event, which attracts over 13,000 industry professionals, to promote its growing business aviation... more...

  • Russia and Putin sued over shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

    CANBERRA, Australia - Families of victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are suing Russia and its President Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights. The jet was shot down by a Russian-made missile over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 on board. The West and Ukraine say Russian-backed rebels were responsible but Russia... more...

  • Air Canada inaugurates Toronto to London-Gatwick service

      The arrival of flight AC1924 at London-Gatwick airport this morning marked the successful launch of Star Alliance member Air Canada rouge's newest route. The seasonal, non-stop service between Toronto and London-Gatwick will operate up to daily during the summer and give Air Canada customers even more choices when traveling to London and Europe. "London-Heathrow... more...

  • Icelandair launches Montreal service

      Icelandair launched new seasonal service today from Montreal, Canada. The flights from Pierre Trudeau International Airport mark the arrival of the airline's first gateway in the province of Quebec, and 16th in North America. As part of their extensive 2016 timetable, Icelandair offers four weekly flights through November 8 from Canada's second... more...

  • Southwest Airlines announces new routes for Silicon Valley

    San Josளூ, CA – San Josளூ Mayor Sam Liccardo joined today with Southwest Airlines’ Senior Vice President Network and Revenue Andrew Watterson, Assistant Director of Aviation John Aitken and other city and business leaders to announce nonstop service between Mineta San Josளூ International Airport (SJC) and both Baltimore/Washington... more...

  • Ukraine's Windrose Airlines, Dniproavia in E145 partnership

     Windrose Airlines Airbus A330-200© Windrose Airlines Windrose Airlines Airbus A330-200 Windrose Airlines (7W, Kiev Borispol) has entered into a partnership agreement with fellow Ukrainian operator Dniproavia (Z6, Dnepropetrovsk) Rusaviainsider news has reported. Windrose currently wet-leases Dniproavia's ERJ-145 fleet for use on return... more...

  • China's Juneyao Airlines to set up Jiangsu branch company

      Juneyao Airlines (HO, Shanghai Hongqiao) has announced plans to open a branch company in Jiangsu province, it first outside of its Shanghai hub. China's Carnoc reports the company will help establish the carrier's presence in the Eastern Chinese market. Juneyao Airlines established a base in Jiangsu's capital, Nanjing, in March this year as... more...

  • British Airways launches longest long-haul flight to Santiago, Chile

     British Airways is launching the only direct flight between London and Santiago, Chile from January 3rd, 2017. Santiago will become the airline’s lengthiest long-haul route, taking 14 hours 40 minutes, nearly an hour more than the current longest flight of 13 hours 50 minutes service to Buenos Aires. The four-a-week flight will be served... more...

  • Air Astana cancels Ulaanbaatar launch in Mongolia spat Air Astana has cancelled the planned

    alaunch of flights connecting the capitals of Kazakhstan and Mongolia due to the revocation of permission by the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia. The carrier had been due to launch direct Astana-Ulaanbaatar flights from June 2nd, 2016. The intergovernmental Air Services Agreement between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Mongolia... more...

  • Singapore Airlines consolidates Scoot, Tigerair ownership

    Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has established a singular holding company to contain its Scoot (TZ, Singapore Changi) and Tigerair (TR, Singapore Changi) budget subsidiaries. A filing to the Singapore stock exchange said the aptly named Budget Aviation Holdings (BAH) would see Tigerair CEO, Lee Lik Hsin, appointed CEO of the holding company... more...

  • Terrorism brought down EgyptAir Airbus according to authorities

    Uncontrolled fall from the sky: Crashed into the Mediterranean SeaTwo pieces of floating airplane parts have been spotted by the Greek military. The Egyptian aviation minister and Egyptian authorities find terror was the most likely cause of this crash. The White House was briefed on the situation, and France authorities are in crisis mode. President... more...

  • Southwest Airlines announces new nonstop flights to US capital Southwest Airlines announces new nonstop flights to US capital

      SAN JOSE, California - San Josளூ Mayor Sam Liccardo joined today with Southwest Airlines’ Senior Vice President Network and Revenue Andrew Watterson, Assistant Director of Aviation John Aitken and other city and business leaders to announce nonstop service between Mineta San Josளூ International Airport (SJC) and both Baltimore/Washington... more...

  • Astana to Unlanbaatar: Air Astana forced to cancel air route

    Air Astana regrets to inform that it has been forced to cancel the planned launch of flights connecting the capitals of Kazakhstan and Mongolia with direct Astana-Ulaanbaatar flights starting from June 2, 2016, due to the ungrounded revocation of permission by the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia (CAAM). The intergovernmental Air Services Agreement... more...

  • Dubai welcomes world’s largest and most powerful aircraft

    Dubai World Central, Dubai’s second airport and the 20th busiest in the world for international air freight, has welcomed the world’s largest and most powerful aircraft, the Antonov 225. The aircraft, named Mriya – which means Dream in Ukrainian, made stops in Australia, Turkey and Malaysia before touching down in Dubai. The aircraft... more...

  • Alitalia battles on its journey to excellence

    Alitalia has delivered strong progress in the 18 months since the launch of a major industrial plan to re-engineer the airline to compete effectively on the global aviation stage. The new Alitalia began operations on January 1st, 2015 following a €1.76 billion recapitalisation that saw historic debt wiped out and a €560 million investment... more...

  • Spirit of Italy captured in new Alitalia uniform collection by Ettori Bilotta

    ROME, Italy - Alitalia today unveiled a striking new staff uniform collection at a catwalk show held at the Nazionale Spazio Eventi in Rome before an audience of media representatives and specially invited guests from around the world. The collection has been designed and tailor-made by a team of nearly 500 people in Italy, with fabrics made in Tuscany,... more...

  • Alaska Airlines adds California routes

    SEATTLE, WA - Alaska Airlines today announced it will add new, three-times daily service between San Diego and Sacramento and Burbank and San Jose, beginning March 16, 2017. The nonstop service will connect California fliers to London, Beijing and Tokyo on Alaska's partners British Airways, Hainan Airlines and Japan Airlines.   "These new routes... more...

  • EgyptAir Flight 804 vanishes from radar with 66 people aboard

    EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, the airline said Thursday.The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted. Although investigators are still trying to figure out what happened, French President Francois Hollande said he had... more...

  • Pilots flying for five US-based DHL carriers vote to strikePilots flying for five US-based DHL carriers vote to strikePilots flying for five US-based DHL carriers vote to strikePilots flying for five US-based DHL carriers vote to strikePilots flying for five US-based DHL carriers vote to strike

    A strike could cripple DHL's global operation as the five carriers account for approximately 70 percent of DHL's total flying worldwide. A pilot strike could also have a significant impact on Amazon.com. In March ATSG – which owns ABX – announced an agreement with the e-retailer to operate an air cargo network serving Amazon customers in... more...

  • Qatar Airways arrives in Atlanta ahead of its start of service

    ATLANTA, GA - Qatar Airways hosted a capacity-crowd press conference in Atlanta to discuss its new service, which will commence June 1, 2016. Atlanta is the tenth destination the airline serves in the United States, connecting to Qatar Airways' home at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, and to more than 150 destinations world-wide.   The... more...

  • Hong Kong Airlines to launch first flights to New Zealand

    Following the recent launch of its first ever flights to Australia, Hong Kong Airlines has now revealed plans to commence services to New Zealand. On 10 November 2016, the airline will commence daily direct flights between Hong Kong and Auckland. The outbound service will depart at 1520, arriving in Auckland at 0730 the next morning. The return flights... more...

  • flydubai to complete Dubai World move by late 2017

    flydubai (FZ, Dubai Int'l) will complete its move from Dubai Int'l to Dubai World Central by the end of next year the CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, has disclosed. While flydubai has already begun to develop its Dubai World operations, it has remained vague about exact timeframes concerning the inevitable move. The LCC currently serves Amman... more...

  • Emirates mulls ordering sixty more A380s

    Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) is considering acquiring additional A380-800s to both replace and expand its existing fleet airline president Timothy Clark told a press conference in Dubai this week. According to Clarke, with Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) unwilling to commit to the development of the A380neo given that Emirates is the type's... more...

  • Airports in Yemen's Aden, Riyan Mukalla reopen

    Yemenia Airbus A330-200 © Tis Meyer (PlanePics.org) Yemenia Airbus A330-20017 minutes agoAirports in the Yemeni port cities of Aden and Riyan Mukalla have reopened to traffic following a near twelve-month closure brought on the ongoing Yemeni civil war.This week, Yemenia (IY, Sana) operated Aden's first commercial flight in six months following... more...

  • Air Serbia’s Belgrade-New York service

    Air Serbia’s Belgrade-New York service IR SERBIA TAKES NEXT STEP IN EVOLUTION WITH ARRIVAL OF FIRST WIDE-BODY AIRCRAFT FOR NEW YORK LAUNCH Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, celebrated the next step in its evolution as the region’s leading airline, with the arrival of its first wide-body aircraft at Nikola Tesla... more...

  • Southwest Airlines Pilots sue Chicago for "squelching free speech"

     DALLAS, TX - The union representing the pilots of Southwest Airlines on Tuesday filed papers in the Eastern Division of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois after officials at Chicago Midway International Airport denied ad space to the union. The union is seeking to buy advertising space at the airport to place a welcome... more...

  • Airline rewards programs: Ease of redemption still drives satisfaction

    CHICAGO, IL - While various airlines offer different ways to earn and redeem points or miles, loyalty/rewards program member satisfaction is driven by the ease of redeeming points/miles and the terms associated with the program, according to the JD Power 2016 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report,SM released today. The report, now in... more...

  • JAL starts flying new aircraft model

    Japan Airlines has started operating the Embraer E190, marking the first time this model of aircraft has flown in Japan. The 95-seat regional jet was put into service with JAL’s subsidiary, J-Air, on a flight between Osaka and Kagoshima on 10 May. The airline has ordered 20 E190s from Embraer, the Brazilian company. “We are honoured to... more...

  • JAL starts flying new aircraft model

    Japan Airlines has started operating the Embraer E190, marking the first time this model of aircraft has flown in Japan. The 95-seat regional jet was put into service with JAL’s subsidiary, J-Air, on a flight between Osaka and Kagoshima on 10 May. The airline has ordered 20 E190s from Embraer, the Brazilian company. “We are honoured to... more...

  • Air Mauritius airline launches weekly flight to Tanzania

    TANZANIA (eTN) - Air Mauritius has launched weekly flights connecting the island to Tanzania, looking at the fast-growing tourism in THE Southern African region.   The Mauritian airline will be flying its Airbus A319 plane from Port Louis to Dar es Salaam on Fridays, with a return trip via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.   Air Mauritius... more...

  • Turkish Airlines inaugurates direct flights to one of world’s most prominent tourist destinations

    ISTANBUL, Turkey - With existing service to Zagreb, Turkish Airlines now adds Dubrovnik, one of the largest cities in Crotia to its expanding network. Beginning from today, three weekly flights will be operated to Dubrovnik and this number will be increased to 5 as from 31st May, and to 6 as from 29th August. Introductory trip fares are available... more...

  • Air New Zealand flies Dreamliner to Hawaii

    HONOLULU, Hawaii - As the launch carrier of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Air New Zealand is now operating the aircraft on its popular Honolulu-Auckland route. The airline is the first to operate the 787-9 aircraft out of Honolulu and this is the first time Air New Zealand is operating the Dreamliner on one of its North American routes. The Dreamliner... more...

  • Women in the spotlight at the Airport Show 2016

    In a bid to empower women professionals in the aviation sector, the Airport Show 2016 will provide a dedicated platform to support ‘Arab Women in Aviation’. The show will also inspire young adults to tap into career opportunities in the aviation sector across the Middle East. Airport Show, in partnership with Women in Aviation International... more...

  • Cambodia Angkor Air adds Vietnam connections

    Cambodia Angkor Air will expand its international network this year, with the launch of three new routes to neighbouring Vietnam. The national carrier, which is part-owned by Vietnam Airlines, is planning to launch new flights connecting the Cambodian coastal city of Sihanoukville with Ho Chi Minh City, and Siem Reap with Danang and Hanoi. The new... more...

  • Ukraine International Airlines signs up for Amadeus ancillary services

    Ukraine International Airlines has become the latest carrier to sign-up to Amadeus Airline Ancillary Services, which enables airlines to increase revenues by selling their ancillary services, such as meals and bags, through the travel agency channel. Travellers will enjoy greater flexibility to customise their travel experience by selecting extra services... more...

  • Airline denies anti-Semitism behind removal of Jews

    were forcibly removed from the plane by Spanish police last week, in an incident that has led some to accuse the British budget airline of discrimination. Last Sunday, EasyJet flight EZY3920 from Barcelona to Paris was diverted to the gate just minutes ahead of the scheduled takeoff. Confused passengers were then ejected from the plane by Spanish police,... more...

  • United commemorates 30 years of connecting WashinUnited commemorates 30 years of connecting Washington Dulles hub to the worldgton Dulles hub to the world

    CHICAGO, IL - In May 1986, United Airlines commenced hub operations at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) with 58 departures serving 24 destinations. Today, the airline celebrates three decades of serving Dulles as a hub and more than 50 years serving the capital region, connecting customers to 83 global destinations with more than 200 departures,... more...

  • airberlin adds four new destinations from Berlin Tegel

    Now fly non-stop from Berlin to Jersey, Jerez de la Frontera, Split and Dubrovnik. Starting May, airberlin is expanding its route network from Berlin-Tegel to include four new European destinations in the summer schedule. One weekly non-stop service will take off for each of the destinations Jerez de la Frontera in the Spanish region of Andalusia and... more...

  • Qatar Airways inducts 50th Boeing 777 into its fleet

    DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways received its 50th Boeing 777 recently, taking the total count of aircraft in operation to more than 180 single aisle and widebody aircraft.The global carrier operates the Boeing 777 to a host of destinations – including Houston, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, which are a few of Qatar Airways’ longest destinations... more...

  • Former Kenya Airways executive told: No reinstatement

    Former Kenya Airways executive told: No reinstatementProf. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent  May 06, 2016The ongoing case filed by former Kenya Airways Finance Director Alex Mbugua has not seen him get the reinstatement he wanted, as the justice presiding over the case did not grant him that application.However, the court also prevented... more...

  • Hong Kong Airlines flight turns back due to severe turbulence

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - A Hong Kong Airlines flight heading from Denpasar, Bali, to Hong Kong experienced severe turbulence over Borneo and had to turn around and land back at Ngurah Rai Airport.Three ambulances were sent to help in evacuating the passengers and crew, totaling 216 people. Three passengers suffered serious injuries, with 11 people sent... more...

  • Flight dispatchers and NetJets reach agreement

    COLUMBUS, OH - The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Airline Division and Local 284 have reached a tentative agreement with NetJets on a five-year contract for approximately 50 flight dispatchers at NetJets.The agreement reached on May 5 is the first union agreement for the NetJets dispatchers. The average first year wage increase is... more...

  • United Air Lines launches new service to Xi'an, China

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA – United Airlines continues to expand the number of cities it serves in interior China with the launch of new nonstop flights to Xi’an on Sunday, May 8. The flights from United’s Asia-Pacific gateway in San Francisco will be the first trans-Pacific service to Xi’an operated by any airline, and United will be... more...

  • Eurowings launches two new routes from Dற்sseldorf hub

    Eurowings is increasing its flight range from its busiest location, Dற்sseldorf, with two new summer routes. The German airline will depart from Dற்sseldorf for the first time to Kavala in Macedonia Greece this summer, and Bastia on the French island of Corsica. Eurowings will depart for Bastia at 18:00 with an Airbus A320 and arrive in Corsica... more...

  • Norwegian launches door-to-door service in UK

    Low-cost airline Norwegian has launched a new airport transfer booking tool for all UK passengers flying Norwegian. Passengers can now arrange a direct door-to-door collection and drop-off service upon arrival or departure. From today, passengers can search over 1,500 suppliers on Norwegian’s website to book airport transfers to and from Gatwick,... more...

  • Cuenca, Ecuador to shortly reopen to traffic

    Cuenca Mariscal Lamar International Airport, located in south-central Ecuador, will reopen to all traffic on the evening of Thursday, May 5. The airfield was forced to close last week after a TAME Ecuador (EQ, Quito Int'l) EMB-190, HC-COX (cn 19000372), overran a water-logged runway 23 following an extended roll out. While none of the eighty-seven... more...

  • Amazon inks freight capacity, equity deal with Atlas Air

    Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWH) says it has signed a longterm strategic partnership agreement with Amazon which could see the US online retailer acquiring up to 30% of the freight specialist's total common stock. Under the terms of the deal, Atlas Air (5Y, New York JFK) will support Amazon’s package deliveries through the operation of twenty... more...

  • Bulgaria's ALK Airlines to use Fokker 100s for charter ops

    ALK Airlines (Sofia) is a Bulgarian passenger charter start-up planning to operate a pair of ex-Dutch Antilles Express (9H, Curacao) Fokker 100s initially. Thus far, LZ-FDB (cn 11310) has been ferried to Varna for maintenance while PJ-DAB (cn 11331) is still in Curacao undergoing pre-delivery maintenance checks. According to Skyliner Aviation, ALK... more...

  • Japan's Setouchi Seaplanes readies for launch

    Setouchi Seaplanes (SSN) is planning to commence operations later this month using four amphibious Quest Kodiak 100s. The carrier will offer sight-seeing flights over the Seto Inland Sea initially before branching int the passenger charter market with flights between Hiroshima Prefecture and Osaka Kansai. It is to be recalled that the Idaho-based Quest... more...

  • Bombardier pushes for airline talks, China breakthrough after Delta deal

     A Bombardier C Series aircraft is displayed at the Singapore Airshow at Changi Exhibition Center February 18, 2016. Reuters/Edgar Su/File PhotoMONTREAL/SINGAPORE Boosted by a pivotal CSeries deal with Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), Canada's Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) is rekindling sales talks with several U.S. and European carriers, even as it eyes China,... more...

  • Fastjet fleet reduction: Who’s to blame?

    Sources close to Fastjet have confirmed that the airline is in the process of reducing its fleet of aircraft from the present six to five by returning one leased A319 jet to the lessors. The main reason for that is presently seen in the relatively softer travel market in Tanzania, where, following the inauguration of the Magufuli government, travel... more...

  • Air Canada to launch Silicon Valley-Vancouver service

    VANCOUVER, Canada - Air Canada will launch nonstop service between Mineta San Josளூ International Airport (SJC) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Twice-daily service on the Silicon Valley-Vancouver route will be operated by Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft which seats up to 75 passengers, including 10 business class seats. Vancouver is a pre-clearance... more...

  • Africa airline fortifies safety measures

    LUSAKA, Zambia – “The safety of our passengers is something we take very seriously at Proflight and as such we see to it that we take every measure possible to secure it,” said Proflight Zambia Director of Quality Safety and Security, Kenneth Silavwe, commenting on the airline’s newest flight tracking system. Proflight Zambia... more...

  • Volaris reports passenger traffic growth of 21 percent

    MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Volaris, the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico, the United States and Central America, reports April 2016 and year-to-date preliminary traffic results. During April 2016 Volaris increased total capacity, as measured in Available Seat Miles (ASMs), by 15.8% year over year, in response to strong demand in its domestic and international... more...

  • JetBlue takes off for Tennessee with flights to Nashville

      NEW YORK, NY - JetBlue today announced the start of its award-winning service to Nashville International Airport (BNA). The airline’s inaugural flight departed for the Tennessee state capital just after 7 a.m. JetBlue will operate two daily roundtrips from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and one daily roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood... more...

  • Virgin America launches Los Angeles-Honolulu flights today

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Virgin America today expands its Hawai'i service with the launch of daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) with connecting flights from most Virgin America markets, offering Los Angeles travelers a fresh and upscale new travel option to Hawai'i. On June 14, the... more...

  • Spirit Airlines flight attendants ratify new contract

    WASHINGTON, DC - Spirit Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), today voted to accept a new contract with significant improvements for the more than 2,200 Flight Attendants. The agreement was reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board. "Spirit Flight Attendants made a collective... more...

  • Airlines get a royal reception at Dubai International Airport's Concourse D

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - 60 major international airlines operating out of the new Concourse D at Dubai International were given a royal reception yesterday when His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum , Chairman of Dubai Airports, welcomed representatives at an official opening ceremony organized by Dubai Airports. Sheikh Ahmed interacted... more...

  • Etihad Airways issues statement on flight EY474

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - A specialist team from Etihad Airways has today visited the nine passengers, hospitalized after Etihad Airways flight EY474 encountered severe and unexpected clear air turbulence, to provide ongoing care, support and assistance. They also met with several of the families of the injured and confirmed Etihad Airways... more...

  • Turkish Airlines adds two more countries to its global reach

    ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish Airlines has added two more nations to its global reach by beginning service to Bogota, Columbia’s capital, and Panama City, capital of Panama. These new points join Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco and Miami as Turkish Airlines... more...

  • Thomas Cook celebrates Manchester-LA route launch

    Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural Los Angeles flight took off this week, marking a new foothold in its position as the biggest long-haul carrier from Manchester. Pictured (l-r): Thomas Cook’s Ben Todd, James Martin and Patrick Alexander from Manchester Airport.Customers were treated to a celebration of film and fame at check-in and the gate,... more...

  • BA revives Inverness-LHR route

    British Airways has launched direct flights between Inverness and London Heathrow. The daily service reconnects the capital of the Highlands to Heathrow for the first time in almost a decade, opening up lucrative trade routes and 92 new onward long-haul destinations.New economic analysis released by Heathrow predicts the route will have a significant... more...

  • Emirates commits A380 to Prague route

    Emirates has commenced A380 flights to Prague, becoming the first and only airline to operate a superjumbo service to the Czech capital.The Prague-Dubai route was launched on 1 July 2010 with a daily A330 service and Emirates has since carried over 1.1 million passengers between the two cities.“We are pleased to add Prague too to our list of more... more...

  • Singapore Airlines appoints new GM for UK & Ireland

    Singapore Airlines has appointed Sheldon Hee its general manager for the United Kingdom and Ireland.Hee replaces Wilson Yong, who is being posted back to Singapore having held the role since December 2012.Hee will be based at the Singapore Airlines London office in Chiswick and brings with him an array of experience from the aviation and tourism industry. He... more...

  • Delta rolls out fast Wi-Fi to 600 aircraft

    Delta Air Lines has announced plans for a major expansion of Gogo’s new fast in-flight Wi-Fi system across its fleet.The new 2Ku connectivity system will be rolled out to more than 600 aircraft in the coming years, including the airline’s entire long-haul international fleet. Gogo’s 2Ku technology is said to provide “consistent,... more...

  • Delta rolls out fast Wi-Fi to 600 aircraft

    Delta Air Lines has announced plans for a major expansion of Gogo’s new fast in-flight Wi-Fi system across its fleet.The new 2Ku connectivity system will be rolled out to more than 600 aircraft in the coming years, including the airline’s entire long-haul international fleet. Gogo’s 2Ku technology is said to provide “consistent,... more...

  • Jordan launches new partnership with Qantas Airways

    The Jordan Tourism Board and Qantas Airways have committed to undertake joint promotional activities in Australia and Jordan to support tourism and trade between the two countries. The joint activities will include a series of tactical promotions using Qantas sales channels and industry partners in Australia and in Jordan. Opportunities for an Australian... more...

  • LATAM carries Olympic flame to Brazil ahead of Rio 2016

      LATAM Airlines has successfully carried the Olympic flame from Switzerland to Brazil and will now aid the transport of the torch on a relay across the country. The aircraft used for the delivery was the first to feature LATAM Airlines’ new logo and the aircraft also featured a special trademark identifying it as the carrier for the Rio... more...

  • China Eastern Airlines places latest Airbus A350 order

    China Eastern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900 aircraft, making the airline the latest customer for the aircraft. China Eastern Airlines operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with nearly 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising A320 Family and A330 Family. “The introduction of the latest... more...

  • Four Seasons launches new private jet culinary journeys

    Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has announced three new Four Seasons Private Jet journeys taking off in 2017. The itineraries are headlined by Culinary Discoveries, a first-of-its-kind journey developed in partnership with one of the world’s best restaurants, Copenhagen-based Noma, and its acclaimed head chef Renளூ Redzepi. Beginning in... more...

  • Emirates’ A380 touches down in Taiwan

    Emirates has launched two new routes using its Airbus A380 aircraft, including its first superjumbo service to Taiwan. The inaugural A380 flight from Dubai to Taipei landed at Taoyuan International Airport at 1650 on Monday, where it was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute. The airline’s second new A380 route, to Prague, touched down... more...

  • Rosaviatsia restores Saratov Airlines int'l flying rights

    Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) has uplifted an embargo placed on Saratov Airlines (6W, Saratov Tsentralny) last year forbidding the carrier from operating internationally. The agency said in a communique that the upliftment was effective April 29. Saratov Airlines, in turn, announced that it had already opened talks with Russian... more...

  • Avolon delivers its first Airbus A320neo aircraft

    DUBLIN, Ireland - Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, announces the delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft. The aircraft is the first of a number of A320neo sale and leasebacks contracted with IndiGo and brings the number of aircraft leased by Avolon to IndiGo to 21. Avolon’s future commitment to new technology aircraft... more...

  • AngolaIberia set to pull out of Luanda,

      Information sent to corporate clients by Angola's TRAVELSTORE - American Express Global Business Travel, indicates that Iberia, member of the IAG Group and of the OneWorld alliance, will pull out of destination Luanda effective June 1, less than a month from now. It could not be confirmed if the current massive Yellow Fever outbreak in the... more...

  • Etihad Airways: A380 service to Mumbai a sign of India's importance to growth strategy

     ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - India continues to be a crucial part of Etihad Airways’ growth strategy contributing significantly to the airline’s global operations, to job creation and to connectivity for India. Addressing a media conference in Mumbai to mark the launch of Etihad Airways’ daily A380 service to India’s... more...

  • Xiamen Airlines places latest Boeing 737 order

      Boeing and Xiamen Airlines, China’s only all-Boeing carrier, have finalised an order for ten Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, valued at $960 million at list prices, will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared. “The 737-800 is the best-selling version of the highly successful... more...

  • Dubai International welcomes 7.2m passengers in March

    Passenger numbers at Dubai International continued to rise in March with 7.2 million guests passing through the airport, according to operator Dubai Airports’ latest monthly traffic report. Passenger numbers at DXB grew 7.4 per cent to 7,237,509 in March 2016, up from 6,736,929 registered during the same month in 2015. This brings quarter one... more...

  • LHR Expansion: Commenting on the Transport Select Committe's report

    Commenting on the Transport Select Committe's report on airport expansion in the South East, a Heathrow spokesperson said: “The real, independent evidence continues to point towards Heathrow. The Transport Committee and the Prime Minister’s Airports Commission have confirmed that an expanded Heathrow will be an economic powerhouse driving... more...

  • Delta reports financial and operating performance for April 2016

    Delta Air Lines today reported its financial and operating performance for April 2016.Consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) for the month of April declined 4.0% year over year consistent with recent trends of pressure from close-in domestic yields and foreign exchange.The company's financial and operating performance is detailed below.Preliminary... more...

  • Duesseldorf to Boston, San Francisco and Havana: Starting on airberlin

    From Friday, May 6, 2016, flight AB7392 will again depart from Dusseldorf to San Francisco at 1:20 pm. airberlin will connect the two cities initially three, and then five times a week from June. On Saturday, May 7, 2016, the inaugural flight from Dusseldorf to Boston will take to the skies. Flight AB7472 will depart from Dusseldorf at 1:50 pm and head... more...

  • Doha to Adelaide: Now nonstop on Qatar Airways

    The city of Adelaide today welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar. The inaugural flight was greeted by a delegation of VIPs including South Australia's Minister for Tourism, Hon. Leon Bignell; Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mr. Mark Young; the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the... more...

  • Etihad Airways appoints new General Manager for China

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Mr. Peter Li as its new General Manager for China.Peter will lead the development of Etihad Airway’s commercial strategy and represent the Abu Dhabi-based airline in China. He will be responsible for further strengthening Etihad Airways’ partnerships with travel... more...

  • Australia welcomes Qatar Airways' first touchdown in Adelaide

    Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight to South Australia is scheduled to land at Adelaide Airport this afternoon. This will also be the first time an Airbus A350-900 has ever landed in Australia.The much-anticipated direct service from Doha to Adelaide marks the start of the airline’s daily flights to Adelaide, which are estimated to generate... more...

  • WestJet rated investment grade by Moody's Investors Services

    CALGARY, Canada - WestJet is pleased to announce that it has been assigned a 'Baa2' senior unsecured issuer rating and a 'Baa2' senior unsecured notes rating ("investment grade") with a stable outlook by Moody's Investors Services."This rating puts us in elite company as one of the few airlines in the world to receive an investment grade credit rating... more...

  • United Airlines President and CEO to speak at GBTA Convention 2016

    ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – today announced Oscar Munoz, president and CEO of United Airlines, will be a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2016, July 16-20 in Denver, Colorado. Munoz will speak at Center Stage on Monday, July 18.“We are so pleased... more...

  • Singapore Airlines, Air France in early partnership talks

    Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) is in early talks with Air France (AF, Paris CDG) over a possible joint-strategic partnership France's La Tribune has reported.Executives from the Singaporean carrier are in Paris this week to negotiate the terms of the deal which, at the least, may include a codeshare agreement on each other's daily Singapore... more...

  • Etihad Airways brings joy to children with the help of a Bangladesh cricket star

    A team of volunteers from Etihad Airways brought joy and happiness to underprivileged children at the Choice To Change Elementary School (C2C) in Dhaka by joining the youngsters for their annual fun day.With Bangladesh cricket star Mushfiqur Rahim also dropping by, more than 130 boys and girls at the school – set up by a former member of Etihad... more...

  • Kingfisher Airlines brands and trademarks fail to attract any bidders at auction

    MUMBAI, India - Lenders failed to find any takers for brands and trademarks of the long-defunct Kingfisher Airlines at an e-auction Saturday with their efforts to recover a portion of over Rs 9,000 crore dues from beleaguered Vijay Mallya hitting yet another air pocket.The reserve price was kept at Rs 366.70 crore, not even a tenth the price at which... more...

  • Central Bank: SriLankan Airlines' operating loss shrunk in 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The operating loss suffered by Sri Lanka’s national carrier, SriLankan Airlines (SLA) has declined in 2015, largely due to the drop in operating expenditure supported by declined fuel prices, despite its accumulated losses, the Central Bank said last week. According to the Central Bank’s 2015 Annual Report, SLA recorded... more...

  • Delta Air Lines partners with CLEAR to improve airport experience

    NEW YORK, NY - Delta Air Lines and CLEAR are partnering to bring CLEAR's expedited security experience to more major airports across the country, ultimately reducing the time spent by customers in security lines. Delta will provide CLEAR's biometric service to its US Diamond Medallion members free of charge and all US Delta SkyMiles members will have... more...

  • Alitalia miracle: Profitable in 2017?

    Alitalia confirmed today it is on track to become profitable by 2017, as it reduced its losses by €381 million in 2015 compared to the previous year.This important result for 2015 comes as the airline announced its first full reporting a year under a three-year turnaround Industrial Plan.After posting total revenues of €3,312.4 million in... more...

  • Hainan Airlines launches first flights to Israel

    Hainan Airlines launched its first ever direct flight to Israel on 28 April, linking Beijing with Tel Aviv.  The new service will now run three times a week, departing the Chinese capital every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 0155 and arriving at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport at 0810. The return flights will leave the Israeli city at 1535... more...

  • Qatar Airways deploys A380 on Atlanta route

    Qatar Airways has announced its intent to deploy an Airbus A380 on the maiden Doha – Atlanta flight commencing from 1 June 2016.The regular daily service will be operated using a Boeing 777 aircraft.The aircraft will be operated in a three-class configuration, the upper deck offers eight seats in first class, 48 in business class and a lounge... more...

  • Sichuan Airlines to fly international from Kunming

    Sichuan Airlines is planning a major expansion of its international network from Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province.  The carrier currently has a fleet of 13 Airbus A320 aircraft based at Kunming’s Changshui International Airport, operating 39 routes to cities in mainland China and Taiwan.But over the next five... more...

  • China Eastern selects Dreamliner for long-haul future

    China Eastern Airlines has placed its first ever order for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as it moves to expand its long-haul network.The Shanghai-based carrier this week confirmed a deal with Boeing for 15 B787-9 aircraft, valued at almost US$4 billion at current list prices. China Eastern said the new twin-aisle jets would enable it to add more flights... more...

  • Qantas, Vietnam Airlines to boost Jetstar Pacific's capital

    As part of their longterm commitment to their Jetstar Pacific (BL, Ho Chi Minh City) joint-venture, Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) and Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) have pledged to invest USD139 million to more than double the size of the Vietnamese LCC's fleet over the next four years.The funds will be used to acquire up to eighteen more A320 Family... more...

  • Delta places 75 plane C Series order with Bombardier

    Delta Air Lines will continue its narrow-body fleet renewal with the state-of-the-art Bombardier C Series, providing for added network flexibility with more fuel-efficient mainline aircraft.As the US launch customer, Delta’s firm order for 75 CS100s allows the company to cost-effectively reshape and up-gauge its narrow-body fleet, providing an... more...

  • Etihad Airways unveils Global Fashion Week sponsorship

    NEW YORK, NY and ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, today announced a comprehensive new global agreement with WME | IMG to become a major long-term partner to the fashion industry by supporting 17 fashion week events around the world annually.Under the agreement, which is the first multinational, multi-year... more...

  • JetBlue to boost competition on Boston-New York routes

    NEW YORK, NY - JetBlue today announced new service that will enhance options in the New York metropolitan area and bring Boston customers increased choices for travel to New York.Starting on Monday, October 31, 2016, JetBlue will offer six-times weekday service between LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Logan International Airport (BOS). The airline will also... more...

  • Caribbean Airlines creates “positive vibes” with new campaign

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - On April 21, Caribbean Airlines announced the launch of its “Happiest Ultimate Moments” – H.U.M campaign, designed to create “positive vibes” and deliver added value to customers travelling during the months of June and September 2016.A special H.U.M. Pass will be offered to all regional and international... more...

  • Air Cப்te D’Ivoire orders two A320neos and two A320s

    Air Cப்te D’Ivoire, the national airline of the Ivory Coast based in Abidjan, has signed a firm order for two A320neo and two A320 aircraft. The agreement makes Air Cப்te D’Ivoire the first African airline to order the A320neo. The airline’s first purchase agreement directly with Airbus also makes Air Cப்te D’Ivoire... more...

  • South African Airways celebrates 10 years as Star Alliance member

    South African Airways (SAA) this month celebrates a decade as member of Star Alliance, the world’s oldest, most experienced global airline alliance.According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia, SAA was the first African airline to join the global network in 2006, providing other Alliance partners access to SAA’s... more...

  • Wizz Air triples Canary Islands flights from Budapest

    Budapest Airport has announced today that Wizz Air will be adding another two links from the Hungarian gateway this winter. Having already celebrated four of the ultra-low-cost carrier’s (ULCC) new routes this year, and with three further routes still to launch, Wizz Air has confirmed new connections to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, set to start... more...

  • South Africa's Fly Blue Crane to go int'l in May

    Fly Blue Crane (7B, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) says it will inaugurate international operations on Friday, May 13 with scheduled return flights between Cape Town and Windhoek Int'l, Namibia.“The time was right for us to introduce this route in the light of the growing tourism and business ties between the two countries, as well as the fact that... more...

  • India's Vistara eyeing possible Bangalore base

    Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) is considering setting up a base at Bangalore Int'l to compliment that at Delhi Int'l India's Business Standard has reported.Airline sources told the paper that a lack of overnight stands at Mumbai Int'l and a desire to grow its business outside India's core markets, such as Delhi and Mumbai, had contributed to the decision.As... more...

  • Canada's First Air applies for CAD$42mn loan from government

    First Air (7F, Carp) Vice President (Commercial), Bert van der Stege, has confirmed the Northern Canadian carrier has applied to the government for CAD42 million (USD33 million) in funding. Speaking to CBC News, van der Stege did, however, deny First Air was looking for a bailout preferring instead to label it a loan."This is a loan," he said. "This... more...

  • Wheels Up to roll out new shuttle flights this summer

    Wheels Up (Teterboro) will expand its network offerings with the upcoming launch of various shuttle services this summer founder and CEO Kenneth Dichter has told CNBC news.AIN Online reports Dichter said the subscription-based carrier would roll out weekend shuttle services from New York Teterboro and Boston to Nantucket this summer alongside Boston-Teterboro,... more...

  • National delays Islip launch over capacity shortfall

    National Airlines (N8, Orlando Sanford) has deferred plans to launch scheduled services from Islip to Puerto Rico this June following delays in the addition of extra fleet capacity.Airline President and Chief Operating Officer, Edward Davidson, told local media in a statement that National protracted delays in securing additional B757-200s had warranted... more...

  • Colombo pledges to assume SriLankan's $3.1bn debt

    The cabinet of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has pledged to absorb all liabilities currently owed by SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) as it seeks to find a suitable strategic investor for the ailing national carrier.Minutes of a cabinet meeting this week indicate the Finance Ministry has assessed SriLankan's liabilities as of... more...

  • Qatar Airways increases IAG shareholding

    Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) has increased its shareholding in the International Airlines Group (IAG) from 9.99%, to “just under 12%,” airline CEO Akbar al Baker has said. He did not specify when the increase occurred.According to Gulf News, since its January 2015 entry into the consortium's shareholding, Qatar Airways has received... more...

  • Lufthansa defers Brussels Airlines takeover decision

    Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) and Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) have agreed to extend by a further three months the deadline for Lufthansa to decide on the call option to fully acquire Brussels Airlines’ parent company SN Airholding.In a statement, the German carrier said the postponement had been brought on by the recent terrorist... more...

  • Etihad partner Alitalia studying possible stake in Air Malta

    Following months of speculation about a possible tie-up with Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l), Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) has come forward and announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the board of directors of Air Malta (KM, Malta) and the Government of Malta to complete a comprehensive due diligence with the possible intention... more...

  • Airbus delivers first US-manufactured aircraft

    jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) has taken delivery of A321-200 (sl) N965JT (cn 6512); the first aircraft to be produced by Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) at its US Manufacturing Facility at Mobile Downtown, Alabama.In addition to the jetBlue A321 delivered this past week, there are currently nine other A320 Family aircraft in production... more...

  • Qatar Airways turns to Boeing as A320neo woes mount

    Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) is considering acquiring B737NextGen aircraft from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) following persistent delays in the resolution of the A320neo's teething problems.CEO Akbar al Baker told a news conference in Dubai this week that the Qatari national carrier may refuse delivery of up to six A320neo airframes owing to... more...

  • Saudia eyes turboprops for domestic operations

    Saudia (SV, Jeddah) is considering acquiring turboprop aircraft as part of plans to extend its coverage to smaller towns and city-centres throughout the kingdom. The country's General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has already unveiled an ambitious multi-billion dollar plan to renovate and expand Saudi Arabia's twenty-six existing airfields in... more...

  • Passenger names baby after airline

    SOMETIMES, babies decide to enter the world at the most inconvenient of times, like when you’re speeding along 40,000 feet above the ground.That’s exactly what happened on a Jetstar Asia flight last Friday, with an expectant mother going into labour shortly before her flight from Singapore touched down in Yangon, Myanmar.Three doctors from... more...

  • Fly Around the World with Aeromexico

    Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, flies from Terminal 4 at Heathrow International Airport to From there customers can connect to 45 destinations in Mexico including Cancun, Cozumel, Guadalajara, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, among others; 16 in the US such as Los Angeles, New York, among others; 16 in Latin America;  three in Canada and... more...

  • Chinese LCC embraces travel agents for international expansion

    China’s largest low-cost carrier, Spring Airlines, has committed to making its fares available to international travel agents as it embarks on a new phase of expansion.The Shanghai-based airline has formed a new partnership with Amadeus to work with the international travel trade, adopting the technology company’s Amadeus Ticketless Access... more...

  • Air Canada ramps up Indian operations with second Delhi route

    Less than six months after the launch of its inaugural flight from Toronto to Delhi, Air Canada has unveiled plans to introduce a second direct service to the Indian capital.On 20 October 2016, the airline will launch three weekly flights between Vancouver and Delhi, using its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This will mark the first time this route... more...

  • Australian capital prepares for first international flights

    Canberra Airport has unveiled the designs for its new international terminal, ahead of the launch of the Australian capital’s first international flights in September 2016.Singapore Airlines will start flying to Canberra later this year, linking the city both with Singapore and New Zealand’s capital Wellington. And in preparation for these... more...

  • Compensation: Airline Passenger battles Emirates Airlines for two years and wins

    The process of claiming compensation for flight delays is not for the faint-hearted, as two Australian passengers have discovered. When Brett and Lisa Smith’s flight from Milan to New York was delayed more than 23 hours, they thought that their case for compensation under European Union legislation would be a simple matter. They were wrong.Under... more...

  • Turkish Airlines brings Batmobile to travel across Istanbul's newest bridge

    ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish Airlines brought the world-famous, iconic Batmobile to Istanbul to travel cross-continental for the first time via the newest Bosphorus bridge to celebrate the release of Warner Bros. Pictures' highly anticipated action adventure movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice .The Batmobile travelled from Europe to Asia by crossing... more...

  • Delta Air Lines declares quarterly dividend

    ATLANTA, GA - Delta Air Lines' Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.135 per share.The dividend is payable to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11, 2016 and will be paid on June 1, 2016. more...

  • South African Airways celebrates 10 years as Star Alliance member

    South African Airways (SAA) this month celebrates a decade as member of Star Alliance, the world’s oldest, most experienced global airline alliance.According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia, SAA was the first African airline to join the global network in 2006, providing other Alliance partners access to SAA’s... more...

  • Etihad Airways deploys Boeing 777-200LR on Abu Dhabi-San Francisco route

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced today the deployment of Etihad Airways’ Boeing 777-200LR equipment on its daily flights between Abu Dhabi and San Francisco as part of the airline’s effort to further optimize its United States network.The Etihad Airways Boeing 777-200LRs... more...

  • Kenya Airways gets anti-strike court order, union strike averted

    Earlier today Kenya's national airline Kenya Airways did succeed in court, obtaining a court order to prevent KALPA, the Kenya Airline Pilots Association, from instigating a strike. The combative if not outright militant union had given the airline a 48 hour strike notice effective tomorrow while the legal requirement calls for a seven day notice, something... more...

  • Qatar Airways celebrates start of Atlanta service with special A380 flight

    ATLANTA, GA – Qatar Airways will mark a new chapter in its history of operations to the United States by flying the superjumbo Airbus A380 on the maiden Doha – Atlanta flight on June 1 only, with regular daily service using Boeing 777 aircraft.Operated in a tri-class configuration, the upper deck offers eight seats in First Class, 48 in... more...

  • Qatar Airways opens Premium Lounge at Dubai International Airport

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Today Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker welcomed His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, for a tour of the new Qatar Airways Dubai Premium Lounge during the... more...

  • Buquebus becomes Hahn Air Systems’ first-ever ferry partner

    DREIEICH, Germany - Hahn Air Systems introduces Buquebus as the number one ferry partner to take advantage of its 5W-Rail&Shuttle product. This is a new era for both Hahn Air Systems and Buquebus, as it is the first time that maritime services will be available under the 5W two-letter code in all major GDSs worldwide. Tickets for Buquebus under... more...

  • Etihad Airways: Excellent airline service pays 103 million dollars in 2015

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced its strongest annual financial results to date, with a net profit of US$103 million on total revenues of US$9.02 billion.The performance, which marked the airline’s fifth consecutive year of net profitability, also saw earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of US$... more...

  • China Southern adds new North American connection

    China Southern Airlines will expand its trans-Pacific network this summer with the launch of a new route to Toronto.Commencing on 3 August 2016, the airline will offer four weekly flights direct between Guangzhou and Canada’s largest city.The outbound flights depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 1430, and arrive in Toronto at 1730.... more...

  • Revealed: the world’s greenest (and least green) airlines

    The research conducted by Warwick Business School, which monitored airlines’ carbon emissions over a seven-year period, found that Finnair was the world’s greenest carrier, followed by TAP Portugal and Virgin Australia. At the opposite end of the scale, three major US carriers – American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines... more...

  • Thai AirAsia doubles up in Laos

    Following the recent launch of its first ever flights to Laos, Thai AirAsia has unveiled plans to add a second route to the landlocked Southeast Asian country.The Bangkok-based low-cost carrier started flying to Luang Prabang on 24 March 2016, and from 1 July it will commence operations to the Lao capital, Vientiane.Like the Luang Prabang route, the... more...

  • A-League grand final: Airline tickets to Adelaide surge ahead of decider angering Wanderers fans

    Airfares to Adelaide have soared ahead of the A-League soccer grand final between Adelaide United and the Western Sydney Wanderers, leaving many Wanderers supporters furious and seeking alternative means of transport.More than 43,000 tickets have been sold for the clash at Adelaide Oval, with about 10,000 fans travelling from interstate.But it appears... more...

  • Airlines deliver best ever baggage performance

    The global aviation industry recorded its best ever baggage handling performance in 2015.According to a new report by SITA, the rate of mishandled baggage in 2015 was 6.5 bags per thousand passengers, down 10.5% from the previous year and the lowest level ever recorded.This means that the mishandled baggage rate has been halved since 2003, despite the... more...

  • FlyEgypt outlines proposed scheduled operations

    FlyEgypt (FT, Cairo Int'l) is planning to begin scheduled passenger operations later next month ch-aviation analysis of schedule data has revealed.Effective May 25, the Egyptian leisure carrier plans to start the following services to Kuwait: Assiut (3x weekly), Alexandria Borg el Arab (5x weekly) and Sohag (4x weekly). Operations are on-board B737-800... more...

  • US carriers submit Tokyo Haneda route proposals

    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has received proposals from American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines concerning their intended use of newly allocated Tokyo Haneda slot pairs.During talks with the DOT in Japan in February this year, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT)... more...

  • Jet2 leasing a Danish B737 for the summer season

    Jet2 (LS, Leeds/Bradford) has wet-leased a B737-800 from Danish Primera Air Scandinavia (PF, Billund) for the summer season Skyliner Aviation has reported.The UK leisure specialist took delivery of OY-PSA (msn 30688) on Thursday, April 21 and has since deployed it into service on return flights from Manchester Int'l to Lanzarote and Prague respectively.Jet2... more...

  • Redmond, OR to briefly close to all traffic in May

    Redmond Muncipal Airport will close to all traffic from May 2 to May 22, 2016 on account of runway upgrade works. For the duration of the project, commercial operators will be forced to use alternative airports.Scheduled carriers that currently serve the Oregonian town include: Horizon Air (QX, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) (for Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle... more...

  • South Africa's SkyWise says may offload 50%+ to local firms

    SkyWise (C9, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) Co-Chairmen, Tabassum Qadir and Javid Malik, claim six firms have expressed an interest in acquiring 'a sizeable stake' in the defunct South African budget carrier.In a statement, the firm said that of the six investors, four are foreign while two are South African. However, the extent to which the foreign firms... more...

  • AirAsia X to make African debut in 4Q?

    AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) will likely make its African debut in October the Mauritian Minister of Tourism, Xavier-Luc Duval, has revealed."AirAsia [X] will connect Mauritius to Asia, probably in October," he told L'Express newspaper. "The airline will operate four flights per week to Kuala Lumpur Int'l, and anticipates bringing in at least... more...

  • ATM 2016: Dubai International passenger traffic climbs

    Passenger numbers at Dubai International (DXB) continued to rise in March with 7.2 million guests passing through the airport, according to operator Dubai Airports’ latest monthly traffic report.Passenger numbers at DXB grew 7.4 per cent to 7,237,509 in March 2016, up from 6,736,929 registered during the same month in 2015. This brings Q1 passenger... more...

  • ATM 2016: Etihad Airways unveils mobile app

    Etihad Airways has launched a mobile application for the iPhone that enables guests to organise and manage their journey with even greater ease as the airline continues to adopt innovative technology to reimagine the flying experience.Etihad Airways guests will enjoy 10 per cent off flights, and members of the airline’s loyalty programme Etihad... more...

  • ATM 2016: Emirates showcases Boeing 777 Business Class seat at ATM

     Emirates returns to the 2016 edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) with a brand-new, futuristic ‘Infinite Possibilities’ stand that showcases its industry-leading products and services. Emirates will also present its enhanced Boeing 777 Business Class seat for the first time in its home base of Dubai during the show, in addition to... more...

  • Major Kenya airline awaiting green light to launch commercial drones

    Sanjeev Gadhia, Astral Aviation's CEO, is the first of Kenya's major airlines to come out openly to advocate the use of commercial UAVs, aka drones. He spoke up earlier in the week after the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority held the first of at least two stakeholder meetings discussing the upcoming new air service regulations for the use of UAVs in the... more...

  • Another wildcat strike in the making by Kenya Airways pilots?

    After the bombing of Brussels Airport and ten anxious days of waiting for the facility to be declared ready for reopening and flights to resume, the Belgian air traffic controllers decided to go on a two-day, wild-cat strike.Brussels Airlines, with figures becoming available today, is looking at an overall cost impact of some 70 million euros for the... more...

  • JetBlue announces first quarter results

    NEW YORK, NY - JetBlue Airways Corporation today reported its results for the first quarter 2016:Operating income of $349 million in the first quarter.This compares to operating income of $253 million in the first quarter of 2015.• Pre-tax income of $323 million in the first quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $222 million in the first... more...

  • Terror in Cape Verde Islands: Airport closed, 10 dead

    Media reports in the Cape Verde islands off West Africa say Cape Verde's main airport and country's airspace have been closed after 8 soldiers and 3 civilians were found dead at army barracks on Tuesday.The website of local newspaper A Semana says two of the dead civilians are from SpainSecurity forces are on red alert at the international airport in... more...

  • DuPage Airport renames Flight Center to honor Daniel L. Goodwin

    OAK BROOK, IL - The DuPage Airport Authority (DAA) renamed the airport’s Flight Center in honor of the fiscal and good government reforms instituted by former chairman Daniel L Goodwin. The naming of The Daniel L Goodwin Flight Center was approved by the DAA Board of Commissioners via unanimous consent in January 2016, after an independent committee... more...

  • Japan Airlines unveils redesigned global website

    TOKYO, Japan - Japan Airlines (JAL) unveiled its redesigned global website covering 26 regions and 12 languages on April 25, 2016. Built on feedback from public and user experience surveys, the new design focuses on both usability and visibility.With the target of "providing an unparalleled service that never fails to inspire our customers," the airline... more...

  • South African Airways celebrates Freedom Day with sale fares to destinations throughout South Africa

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, is celebrating South Africa’s Freedom Day with a 5-day sale offering special fares from New York-JFK and Washington, DC-Dulles to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London. The Freedom Day Fares from Washington, DC-Dulles to Johannesburg... more...

  • Massive cancellations at Lufthansa

    COLOGNE, Germany - The warning strike which the Verdi union has called for Wednesday 27 April for personnel at Frankfurt, Munich, Dற்sseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund and Hanover airports affects airlines and their passengers in particular. Lufthansa is not involved in the public-sector labor dispute which is the reason for the strike. Nevertheless,... more...

  • Transcript: IATA boss on single European sky, airport capacity, and charges and smarter regulation

    Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, was the guest speaker at the European Aviation Club lunch event in Brussels, Belgium, today. In his remarks, he focused on the benefits aviation brings to Europe – 12 million jobs and a 4.1% boost to GDP – and he urged aviation policymakers in Europe to ensure that the European Aviation... more...

  • Etihad Airways: Additional Middle East freighter service

    Etihad Cargo, the freight division of the national carrier, Etihad Airways, has expanded its Middle East network to Kuwait by adding an additional freighter and introduced a new twice-weekly service into Muscat in Oman.The twice weekly A330 freighter service to Kuwait and the new operations on an A330 freighter to Muscat have commenced and are now available... more...

  • China's Xiamen Airlines orders ten more B737-800s

    Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen) has finalized an order with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for ten B737-800s the US manufacturer has announced.Formed in 1984 as China's first joint venture between the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and a municipal government, Xiamen Airlines began operations in 1985 with two B737-200Advs serving three cities.At... more...

  • Gulf Air to connect Dhaka

    Gulf Air has announced its intent to re-launch direct flights from Bahrain to Dhaka from 30 May 2016.The airline will soon operate five weekly flights to and from Dhaka with a proposed schedule that will provide travellers seamless connectivity.Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air acting chief commercial officer said: “This is a promising development in 2016... more...

  • ABTA urges Brits to check passports

    ABTA – The Travel Association is advising holidaymakers to check their passports now to ensure they have sufficient validity, ahead of the peak holiday season when up to 26 million UK holidaymakers are expected to head overseas.Many countries outside the EU require six months’ validity on passports from the date of the return to the UK,... more...

  • Oman Air puts the spotlight on passenger safety

    Oman Air recently conducted a refresher training course for some of its staff highlighting the importance of passenger safety.The training was conducted in partnership with Checkport Switzerland. The airline’s security department conducted the ‘Security Aircraft Search” training for 36 personnel.The training involved theoretical and... more...

  • Hong Kong Airlines adds more flights to Asian capitals

    Hong Kong Airlines will launch extra flights to two Asian capital cities next month, following the recent addition of a new aircraft to its fleet.Having taken delivery of its 30th aircraft, an Airbus A320, last week, the Hong Kong-based carrier has now unveiled plans to launch six more weekly flights to Beijing and five extra flights to Hanoi.Effective... more...

  • Vietjet adds new routes from revamped Haiphong Airport

    Vietjet has unveiled plans to launch three new routes to the Vietnamese port of Haiphong, following the opening of a new terminal at the city’s Cat Bi International Airport.Over the course of the next two months, the low-cost carrier will add new services linking Haiphong with the southern resort island of Phu Quoc and two cities in Vietnam’s... more...

  • Emirates ends A340-500 operations

    Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) has formally concluded A340-500 operations with the type's last commercial flight - Kabul-Dubai Int'l - on March 31.As it stands, Emirates' last remaining airframe of the type - A6-ERE (cn 572) - is currently parked at Dubai International awaiting its fate.Emirates has operated a total of ten A340-500s over the years with... more...

  • Lufthansa sounds out Condor over Eurowings participation

    Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) has approached Condor (DE, Frankfurt Int'l) over its proposed participation in the German mainline carrier's Eurowings (EW, Dusseldorf) budget operation.Informed sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal said talks are currently at an early stage and that no fixed decisions have yet been taken.Condor was a subsidiary... more...

  • Denmark's Sun-Air to set up Bremen base in late 3Q

    Sun-Air (EZ, Billund) is planning to base a pair of Do328-300s out of Bremen Neuenland later this September. Talks between the carrier and airport management concerning possible routes are currently ongoing with an announcement expected sometime during the summer.The British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) franchise operator offers extensive connectivity... more...

  • Ctrip acquires 3.55% stake in China Eastern

    Chinese online travel retailer Ctrip has acquired a 3.55% stake in China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) for CNY3 billion (USD463 million) as part of a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement signed late last week.Under the terms of the agreement, Ctrip has the option of increasing its shareholding to 5% and 10% respectively. Each shareholding... more...

  • Kyrgyzstan's Air Bishkek suspends operations

    Air Bishkek (KR, Bishkek) suspended operations in February following a period of financial difficulties an airline official has told Russia's Aviation Explorer news.According to the report, the Kyrgyz carrier's last commercial flight was in February following which its sole aircraft, A320-200 EX-32002 (cn 386), was ferried to Zhytomyr, Ukraine for maintenance.The... more...

  • China's Capital Airlines eyes added longhaul destinations

    Capital Airlines (China) (JD, Beijing Capital) is planning to expand into the North American and European markets during the first half of next year documents filed with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) have revealed.The China Aviation Daily reports the Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) subsidiary is planning to offer a 3x weekly Beijing... more...

  • Brazil's Colt Cargo orders 2+1 A321 P2Fs

    Colt Aviation (Sமூo Paulo Congonhas) has ordered two converted A321 freighters with options for one more for its Colt Cargo (XCA, So Paulo Congonhas) unit US aircraft conversion specialist PacAvi Group has announced.“The PACAVI A321 freighters are the perfect addition to our fleet of B737-400(F) and B757-200(F) freighters; with the perfect... more...

  • Cyprus's Charlie Airlines hopes for late-2016 launch

    S7 Airlines (S7, Novosibirsk) expects its nascent Charlie Airlines (Larnaca) unit to complete its certification with the Cypriot authorities by autumn of this year airline officials have told Russia's Gudok news service.Operations are expected to commence within 3 to 4 months of the issuance of its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and Air Transport Services... more...

  • Monarch planning to close Manchester MRO base

    Monarch Airlines (ZB, London Luton) is planning to close its Manchester Int'l MRO hangar putting over 100 jobs at risk. The airline said in a statement that US-based airline strategy specialist, Seabury, had proposed the move following an extensive study of the carrier's shape and strategy, projected demand in the MRO sector, and the commercial viability... more...

  • Jet Airways shareholders okay JetLite merger

    Following an EGM on Friday, April 22, Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) shareholders and creditors have approved a management-backed plan to merge the company with its JetLite (S2, Delhi Int'l) subsidiary.The move is expected to result in greater operational cost efficiencies across the board despite the two airlines continuing to operate on separate AOCs.Originally... more...

  • Heaven’s Kitchen: Top Airlines Battle to Entice Foodie Fliers

    Ever since Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin served his guests turtle bouillon, lamb chops and champagne on the world’s first international passenger flight in 1912, on-board catering has been key to winning the hearts and stomachs of top-paying passengers.These days, about 4 million meals are consumed in the air every day. So with competition increasing... more...

  • Singapore Airlines to introduce real-time, holistic, crew management system from Sabre

    Singapore Airlines will soon introduce Sabre’s new industry-leading, real-time, crew management technology package to support more efficient scheduling, training and decision-making capabilities.Benefiting the carrier, airline employees and customers alike, AirCentre Crew Manager is a new holistic crew management solution and among the dozens... more...

  • Lufthansa airline strengthens ties with India

    INDIA (eTN) - Lufthansa (LH), the world airline of Germany, further boosted its long-term ties with India, with the success of the Startup Expo on April 23, in collaboration with The Indus Entrepreneurs.LH has been involved with the event for a long time, and Wolfgang Will, Director of South Asia LH, said that “startup is the future.” He... more...

  • Southwest Effect makes its way into international markets

    DALLAS, TX - FareCompare released today its first findings of a comprehensive analysis of the Southwest Effect in new international routes, discovering significant savings for US consumers. The company compared prices on new routes that the airline launched in the fall of 2015 for non-stop flights between Houston and some of Southwest's new cities in... more...

  • Volaris reports record first quarter 2016 results

    MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Volaris, the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico, the United States and Central America, today announced its financial results for the first quarter 2016.The following financial information, unless otherwise indicated, is presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).First Quarter 2016 Highlights•... more...

  • UPS airline mechanics demand no healthcare cuts in new contract

    LOUISVILLE, KY - UPS aircraft mechanics and other company workers affiliated with Teamsters Local 2727 are standing up to deeply concessionary contract proposals offered by the shipping giant that would significantly increase health care costs and do little to improve wages for its employees.Efforts to negotiate a fair contract for workers since last... more...

  • Europe’s hub for flights to Asia is getting a makeover

    HELSINKI, Finland - The Helsinki Airport is going through a large-scale expansion that aims to improve the airport’s facilities as well as strengthen its competitive position among the big European airports. The improvements are expected to take several years.The development program for the Helsinki Airport was launched in spring 2014 with the... more...

  • Etihad Airways to reveal trailer of VR film starring Nicole Kidman at Arabian Travel Market

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways will reveal an exclusive trailer of its virtual reality film starring Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which will be held in Dubai from 25 April to 28 April.The innovative fully-immersive film, which marks the first time a Hollywood actor has starred in a virtual... more...

  • Fly and smile: airberlin's flight attendants "most charming"

    BERLIN, Germany - Airberlin again scored top marks for its crew friendliness in 2015. In the regular passenger surveys, an average of around 90 percent of those surveyed rated the airberlin crew as friendly.The survey results were particularly high for airberlin Business Class, which received 95% positive reviews. In Business Class, one senior cabin... more...

  • Industry veterans to head up Delta's continued leadership New York

      NEW YORK, NY - Delta Air Lines has named Henry Kuykendall to Vice President – New York and promoted Chuck Imhof to Vice President – New York Sales to lead the airline's continued dedication to New York as the state's No. 1 carrier "Henry and Chuck have been critical to Delta's success in New York and valuable partners in leading... more...

  • Fed up with Airbus A320 problems, Qatar Airways turns to Boeing

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Qatar flag carrier is talking with Boeing to secure substitute aircraft after further problems were discovered with the Airbus A320neo, Qatar Airways' chief executive said on Monday.The Gulf airline could walk away from between four and six aircraft orders that have yet to be delivered after problems affected the A320s... more...

  • Entertainment at the Gate: Frankfurt Airport tests a free streaming service for passengers

    With increasing frequency, Frankfurt Airport is assuming the role of trendsetter among Europe’s aviation hubs. In a project dubbed “FRA Entertainment,” Fraport is now developing a free entertainment program that will let passengers enjoy the latest movies, TV series, and popular music on their mobile devices while waiting for their... more...

  • Proflight Zambia champions tourism value chain

    Continued investment and innovation in the tourism sector are the keys to improving competitiveness and putting Zambia firmly on the tourism destination map, according to Proflight Zambia Company Secretary Chitalu Kabalika.Speaking on Friday at the fifth Zambian International Investment Forum (ZIIF), which was opened by H.E. the President, Hon. Edgar... more...

  • Best U.S. airlines: Picks from USA TODAY's travel panel

    Blair Feld was about to miss his connecting flight on Delta Air Lines in Detroit on the way from Chicago to Washington last year.The Washington-based utility company consultant sprinted though the terminal to his departure gate. The gate was  closed. He had all but given up, but the gate agent had not.“The gate agent got my info, then made... more...

  • Ryanair to reconsider Italy cuts if tax hike reversed

    Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael O'Leary says the Irish LCC will roll back plans to cut flights and operations across Italy should Matteo Renzi's government rescind its EUR2.50 (USD2.61) hike in departure tax implemented in January this year."The Minister of Transport, Graziano Delrio, is currently busy reviewing the... more...

  • Tianjin Airlines to launch Chongqing flights from Gatwick

    Gatwick is launching the UK’s first ever direct flights to Chongqing – one of the world’s largest urban centres and a major manufacturing and transportation hub in southwest China. The twice weekly, year round, flights will then continue to China’s fourth largest city, Tianjin, Gatwick announced today.Starting from June 25th,... more...

  • New record for international arrivals to the UK In February

    A new monthly record was set in February for international arrivals to the UK.The Office for National Statistics figures show that 2.25 million visits were made in February 2016 with visitors spending £1.08 billion. Strong growth was seen in business visits, 12% up on the same month last year with 750,000 visits and securing an all-time February... more...

  • Icelandair to launch flights to Montreal on 19 May

     On 19th May, Icelandair will begin a seasonal service to Montreal’s, Pierre E. Trudeau International airport (YUL).Flights to Montrளூal will operate four times a week between May and 7th November, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with connections from six airports in the UK.Icelandair now offer services to 16 North American... more...

  • Etihad Airways rolls out a glimpse of virtual reality film

    Etihad Airways will soon reveal an exclusive trailer of its virtual reality film starring Nicole Kidman at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016.The fully-immersive film will allow viewers to experience its Airbus A380, which includes The Residence – the ultra-luxurious and private three-room suite.Visitors to the airline’s stand at ATM will... more...

  • ATM 2016: Saudi Arabian Airlines to boost Los Angeles flights

    Saudi Arabian Airlines will increase its flights between Saudi Arabia and Los Angeles from three departures a week to five from June 1st. This is in anticipation of increased demand during the peak season and in keeping with its continued expansion in its services in North America and elsewhere.The national carrier of Saudi Arabia operates new B777-300ERs... more...

  • Hong Kong Airlines launches flights to Kuching, Malaysia

    Hong Kong Airlines, an internationally-acclaimed full-service airline, will become the only carrier providing direct twice-weekly flight service between Hong Kong and Kuching, Malaysia, when services launch on May 28th.The new service will be operated by an all-economy class Airbus A320 aircraft, further strengthen the airline’s network in Asia.Kuching... more...

  • Boeing selects 777X full-flight simulator supplier

    Boeing selects 777X full-flight simulator supplierBoeing has selected TRU Simulation + Training as its supplier for the first 777X full-flight simulator suites for Boeing’s pro forma campuses.Pro forma training is offered to customers as part of the airplane sale.Each simulator suite will include a full-flight simulator and a high-fidelity, flat-panel... more...

  • Chinese cargo carriers announce B757PCF orders

    China Postal Airlines (CF, Tianjin) and AVIC Cargo Airlines (Guangzhou) have ordered a total of eight B757-200PCFs from Precision Aircraft Solutions. According to Cargo Facts, the former has ordered six (with the airframes having been sourced from co-parent China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou)) while the latter has ordered two (both believed to be... more...

  • Russia's Volga-Dnepr to set up Moscow Sheremetyevo cargo hub

    AirBridge Cargo (RU, Ulyanovsk Vostochny) parent, the Volga-Dnepr Group, has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport which will lead to the development of a cargo hub at the airfield.The partnership will see the Volga-Dnepr Group establish a dedicated MRO hangar facility while at the same time it will... more...

  • Boutique Air secures Thief River Falls, MN EAS contract

    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Boutique Air (4B, San Francisco, CA) the Essential Air Services (EAS) contract for Thief River Falls in Minnesota.The Californian operator says it will offer an 18x weekly return service to Minneapolis/St. Paul using 8- or 9-seat PC-12 aircraft beginning June 1, 2016. The contract runs until May... more...

  • Ukraine Air Alliance secures US FACP

    Ukraine Air Alliance (UKL, Kiev Borispol) has been granted a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) as well as exemption authority from the US Department of Transportation (DOT). As such, the Ukrainian cargo specialist is now able to operate scheduled and charter cargo flights between Ukraine and the United States with added points beyond.In its application... more...

  • Southwest to accelerate B737 Classic retirement

    Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) says it has revised plans to complete the retirement of its fleet of B737-300s from 2018 to the third quarter of 2017.The Texan LCC said in a quarterly earnings report that the removal of the type would simplify its operations and 'resolve uncertainty surrounding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot... more...

  • Founder of Malaysia's Rayani Air eyes shareholding sell-off

    Rayani Air (RN, Langkawi) founder Ravi Alagendrran says he is considering selling off a sizeable stake in his airline after eight companies expressed an interest.“I am prepared to let go 51% of my share to investors who are really interested to invest (in the company)," he told the Malay Mail. “I want the investors to manage Rayani Air better.... more...

  • Swiss sets mid-July launch date for CS100 revenue operations

    Swiss (LX, Zurich) says it expects to take delivery of its first Bombardier CSeries aircraft – a CS100 – at the end of June with revenue operations scheduled to begin on July 15.Leased from Swiss Global Air Lines (SWU, Zurich), the twinjet's maiden commercial route will be Zurich-Paris CDG followed by Madrid Barajas, Prague, and Budapest.... more...

  • Malaysian DCA to stagger airnav fee hike

    The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) says it has decided to stagger the impending 1,000% increase in air navigation flight charges following stiff resistance from local carriers.Minister of Transport, Liow Tiong Lai, told a press conference this week that instead of a single incremental jump which was to have taken place on April 15, the... more...

  • Bombardier says Iranian sales talks progress, denies new airline

    Reports that Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) is involved in launching an airline in Iran are inaccurate, the Canadian planemaker said on Sunday, although it confirmed it was in talks for sales as its executive chairman visited the country to drum up business.Bombardier Executive Chairman Pierre Beaudoin led a delegation of company aviation and rail executives... more...

  • Turkish Airlines continues to expand in Saudi Arabia

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Turkish Airlines, the national carrier and the best airline of Europe for the fifth consecutive years, continues to expand in Saudi Arabia as well by adding new routes, as part of its global and regional growth strategies.The airline is planning to grow its global capacity by 21% in 2016, building upon its spectacular growth of... more...

  • Airline fires pilot for forcing flight attendant to sit with him in cockpit

    NEW DELHI, India - The SpiceJet airline has sacked one of his pilots for allegedly asking the chief flight attendant of the flight to sit with him in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 flight.The incident took place onboard Kolkata-Bangkok flight on February 28. The pilot allegedly repeated his action on the return flight as well.Media reports say that the... more...

  • Flight took 56 hours and no fuel used: Hawaii to California

    No engines, no fuel was used for this plane to take off from Hawai. It took 56 hours and this plane landed in California and not one drop of fuel was burned.On board a live webcast from the skies, the pilot of a solar-powered plane on an around-the-world journey reached the San Francisco Bay late Saturday afternoon, enthralled and inspired by the stunning... more...

  • United Arab Emirates to pump $4 billion into Egypt's economy

    CAIRO, Egypt - The United Arab Emirates has pledged to provide $4 billion in aid for Egypt to prop up its economy.Under the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, ordered offering the aid... more...

  • WestJet supporting development of Canadian-made sustainable aviation biofuel

    CALGARY, Canada - WestJet today announced it has teamed up with Alberta-based, Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Western Canada."WestJet's collaboration with the CETC is an exciting first step in supporting the development and deployment of a sustainable fuel alternative in Western... more...

  • Hawaiian Holdings reports 2016 first quarter financial results

    HONOLULU, Hawaii - Hawaiian Holdings, Inc, parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc, today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2016.First Quarter 2016 - Key Financial MetricsGAAP YoY Change Adjusted YoY ChangeNet Income    $51.5M +$25.6M $43.0M +$18.3MDiluted EPS $0.95 +$0.55 $0.80 +$0.42Pre-tax Margin 15.1% +7.3 pts.... more...

  • Fiji Airways announces record profit

    NADI, Fiji - The Fiji Airways Group has had another record year of growth, announcing profits before tax of $70.2m FJD for the fiscal year which ended 31st December 2015.The Group - comprising Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, its subsidiaries Fiji Link & Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on... more...

  • Air Canada marks Earth Day with employee, community events

    MONTREAL, Canada - Air Canada announced today it is celebrating Earth Day with employee and community events to highlight its commitment to the environment and its continuing efforts to reduce its footprint.Since 1990 Air Canada has improved fleet fuel efficiency by 38 per cent, and in 2015 alone its fuel saving initiatives are estimated to have reduced... more...

  • Finnair secures financing for its fourth A350 aircraft

    HELSINKI, Finland - Today, Finnair has secured financing for its fourth Airbus A350-900 XWB, delivered in March 2016. The transaction amounts to approximately EUR 115 million, implemented using a Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option (JOLCO) structure arranged by Credit Agricole.The transaction relates to Finnair’s ongoing long-haul fleet... more...

  • Virgin America postpones 2016 Annual Meeting given proposed merger with Alaska Air Group

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Virgin America Inc today announced that its Board of Directors has postponed the airline's 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders during the pendency of its proposed merger with Alaska Air Group, Inc.As a result of this postponement and as is common for companies in such circumstances, none of the proposals set forth in Virgin America's... more...

  • Strong US dollar drives down profits at United Airlines

    United Airlines has reported first-quarter net income of $435 million, excluding special items, earnings per share of $1.23 per diluted share and pre-tax earnings of $688 million.During the first quarter of 2016, the company repurchased $1.5 billion worth of its common stock, representing approximately eight per cent of shares outstanding.“I... more...

  • Heathrow records latest rise in passenger numbers in early 2016

    Some 16.8 million passengers passed through Heathrow Airport in London first three months of 2016, up 2.6 per cent.At the same time, Garuda Indonesia has become the latest airline to move its London operations from Gatwick to Heathrow – boosting British businesses with increased ties to a fast-growing economy.Heathrow recoded strong financial... more...

  • WIZZ AIR TO BEGIN SERVICE FROM LONDON GATWICK TO BUCHAREST

    Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced it will begin direct service from London’s Gatwick Airport to Bucharest beginning 18 June. Fares for the new daily flights start at GBP 28.49* and are on sale now at wizzair.com. The new Gatwick connection to Bucharest will be the only direct connection... more...

  • Delta set to order more A321ceo

    Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) is reportedly planning to supplement its existing A321-200 (sl) order with Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) with thirty-seven more airframes informed sources have told Reuters. At present, the US carrier has forty-five on order of which two have so far been delivered.Alongside the B737-900(ER),... more...

  • Norwegian sees losses narrow in first quarter of 2016

    Norwegian has reported its first quarter results for 2016 with an underlying improvement of more than 400 MNOK (£34 million), compared to the same quarter previous year.The company’s intercontinental and Nordic routes had a positive impact on the results.The load factor was record high at 85 per cent, in a quarter that is traditionally considered... more...

  • Wizz Air launches new flights from Gatwick to Bucharest

    Wizz Air will begin direct service from London’s Gatwick Airport to Bucharest from June 18th.The new Gatwick connection to Bucharest will be the only direct connection between the two airports, offering the easiest access to the Romanian capital from the south London hub.With a total of four Wizz Air direct flights a day between London and Bucharest,... more...

  • China Southern Airlines signs Travelport distribution deal

    Travelport and China Southern Airlines, China’s largest airline, have jointly announced the extension of their multi-year content agreement.The agreement ensures Travelport customers worldwide will continue to have full access to the airline’s fares and inventories via the Travelport Travel Commerce Platform.As part of this agreement, China... more...

  • Business travellers forgoing expense claims: report

    Business travellers are losing an average of £142 in unclaimed expenses on every business trip they take according to the findings of a new report.The research, carried out by the DCC Forum, also found that fewer than one in eight business travellers were ever able to fully reclaim all of their expenses from their business trips, with 60% unable... more...

  • Puebla, Mexico reopens after volcanic ash disturbancs

    Puebla, the capital and largest city of the state of Puebla in southern Mexico, has reopened to traffic following a brief closure late last week.The airfield was closed twice: first by falling ash from the Popocatepetl volcano and then due to adverse weather conditions.At present, five known scheduled operators serve the town including: Aeromar Airlines... more...

  • Turkish Airlines and Air Algளூrie Have Signed Code Share Agreement

    Turkish Airlines (TK) and Air Algrie (AH) have signed a Codeshare Agreement on routes between Algeria and Turkey, which is set to further expand travel opportunities for the customers of the two airlines. The agreement will be effective as of May 15, 2016.The signing ceremony took place in Alger. Air Algrie’s CEO Mohamed Abdou Bourdebala and Turkish... more...

  • An orthodox priest ready to set world record in solo balloon flight

    World famous Russian adventurer and Orthodox priest, Fedor Konyukhov, has everything ready for his nonstop solo balloon flight around the world, which will require him to survive at a temperature of +5 Celsius and altitude of 11,000 meters for two weeks.The cargo is expected to arrive in Australia in six weeks, with the start of the flight scheduled... more...

  • Egencia, Amadeus team up to sell baggage to business travellers

    Egencia, the business travel arm of Expedia, has joined forces with Amadeus to launch a new service enabling its corporate clients to book extra baggage.Using Amadeus Web Services, Egencia is now enabling business travellers to incorporate extra baggage charges within their flight bookings. The service applies to more than 10 airlines, including Air... more...

  • Malaysia Airlines reveals new Business Class seat

    Australian jetsetters flying with Malaysia Airlines can now experience a new level of luxury with the launch of its revamped Business Class set to delight local passengers as the national carrier continues to rebuild from the inside out.The new Business Class seat, with a 43-inch seat pitch converting into a fully flat 76-inch bed, is one of the best... more...

  • Finnair launches flights from Edinburgh to Helsinki

    Finnair has celebrated its inaugural flight between Edinburgh and Helsinki.The journey ௲ which takes less than three hours ௲ allows passengers from Scotland to take the shortcut to Asia with just one smooth and fast transfer via the Finnish capital.A traditional water cannon salute and Scottish bagpiper welcomed the aircraft as it landed in Edinburgh.Finnair... more...

  • France's FlyKiss indefinitely postpones launch plans

    ly Kiss (KT, Clermont-Ferrand) has indefinitely postponed launch plans. The virtual carrier was to have begun scheduled 6x weekly Lorient-Lyon St. Exupளூry flights on April 19 only to announce on the day that for reasons beyond its control, it could no longer do so. No tentative new date has been proffered.The Morbihan Chamber of Commerce and Industry... more...

  • Ryanair, Norwegian near deal over Gatwick feeder flights

    yanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has reached an "agreement in principle" with Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) wherein the Irish LCC will provide regional feeder traffic into Norwegian's longhaul operations out of London Gatwick CEO Michael O'Leary has said.In an interview with the Irish Independent, O'Leary said the two budget airlines have already begun working... more...

  • Stelios says would veto any easyJet takeover of Monarch

    Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of easyJet (U2, London Luton) and its now largest single shareholder, says he will oppose any move by the airline's board to acquire Monarch Airlines (ZB, London Luton).According to Reuters, Haji-Ioannou, whose easyGroup private investment company owns a 34% stake in easyJet, said: "My personal view as a shareholder... more...

  • Airlines to charge extra for window and aisle seats

     Bad news for travelers who like to sit at the window or aisle seat when flying: airlines are considering charging passengers for the privilege.While airlines already charge extra for first class, business class, and some ‘better’ seats in economy, some are now seeking to apply tiered pricing to all economy seats. While economy passengers... more...

  • Hong Kong to Kuching, Malaysia: Now direct air service

    Commencing on 28 May 2016, Hong Kong Airlines, an internationally-acclaimed full-service airline, will be the only carrier providing direct twice-weekly flight service between Hong Kong and Kuching, Malaysia. The new service will be operated by an all-economy class Airbus A320 aircraft, further strengthen the airline’s network in Asia.Kuching... more...

  • Air Canada rouge gears up for Winter 2016-2017 with new nonstop flights

    mONTREAL, Canada - Air Canada announced today it will launch four new seasonal Air Canada rouge services between Montreal-Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Montreal-San Josளூ, Costa Rica; Toronto Palm Springs, California; and Toronto-Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The non-stop flights will give Canadian travelers more competitively-priced options when... more...

  • Hawaiian Airlines goes green for Earth Day

    HONOLULU, Hawaii - As part of Hawaiian Airlines' pledge to lessen its environmental impact, on Earth Day this Friday, April 22 the carrier will be the first to operate a demonstration flight between Auckland (AKL) and Honolulu (HNL) International Airports to showcase seven best practices in operational performance that greatly reduce fuel burn and carbon... more...

  • United Airlines announces strong first-quarter 2016 performance

    CHICAGO, IL – United Airlines (UAL) today reported its first-quarter 2016 financial results.• Excluding special items, UAL reported first-quarter net income of $435 million, earnings per share of $1.23 per diluted share and pre-tax earnings of $688 million.• Including special items, UAL reported first-quarter net income of $313 million,... more...

  • Honda Aircraft Company delivers first HondaJet in Europe

    FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany - Honda Aircraft Company recently delivered the first HondaJet into Europe. The announcement was made during a ceremonial delivery at AERO 2016, which is taking place in Friedrichshafen, Germany from April 20-23.“Delivering the first HondaJet in Europe is a significant milestone in our journey to bring new value to the... more...

  • What EC antitrust charges against Google might have in common with airlines?

    RADNOR, PA - Today, the European Commission transmitted formal antitrust charges to Google claiming that the company “abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators” and “implemented a strategy on mobile devices to preserve and strengthen its dominance in general internet... more...

  • United announces Board changes

    CHICAGO, IL – United Continental Holdings, Inc today announced additional changes to its Board and a settlement agreement with Altimeter Capital Management, LP and PAR Capital Management, Inc under which two of their designees, Edward L Shapiro, Managing Partner and portfolio manager at PAR, and Barney Harford, former Chief Executive Officer of... more...

  • Qatar Executive boosts charter fleet with second all-Premium Airbus A319

    DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Executive, the private jet division of award-winning Qatar Airways, is preparing for the holy month of Ramadan and the busy summer season by adding a second all-Premium Class Airbus A319 aircraft to its luxurious charter fleet.As Ramadan is a very popular time to perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia, the two 40-seat all-Premium Class... more...

  • Air Partner announces changes to Board of Directors

    LONDON, England - Air Partner plc, the global aviation services group, is pleased to announce the following changes to the Board of Directors.Amanda Wills CBE has today been appointed with immediate effect as an Independent Non-executive director and as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee.Amanda started her career with... more...

  • Cypriot start-up Orion Airways to lease a Jordanian B737

    Orion Airways (Larnaca) has signed an agreement with Jordan Aviation (R5, Amman Queen Alia) for the lease of a B737 Classic. The start-up is currently pursuing its AOC with the Cypriot Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) amid plans to launch scheduled passenger flights later this year.Local media reports indicate Orion Airways plans to serve Athens,... more...

  • Ryanair to curtail Greek season over impending tax hike

    Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien says the Irish LCC will wrap up its Greek summer 2016 schedule two months earlier than planned on account of the Greek government's decision to increase taxation on the country's tourism sector. Cancellations will start off with Kos whose tourist inflows have been heavily affected... more...

  • Lufthansa celebrates 30 years at Birmingham Airport

    Lufthansa has marked 30 years of flights from Birmingham by reaching new heights with passenger figures for the first quarter of 2016 showing 3.3 per cent growth compared with the same period last year. The figures were released by Christian Schindler, Lufthansa Group regional director for the UK & Ireland, when he visited Birmingham to join in... more...

  • “Fastest” in-flight Wi-Fi gains FAA approval

    The speed of in-flight Wi-Fi services is set to improve after ViaSat received approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install its Ka-band satellite system on Airbus A320 aircraft.The certification applies to the installation of satellite antenna and radomes on the aircraft, which, when coupled with ViaSat’s in-cabin solution,... more...

  • International Cricket Council renews contract with Emirates Airline

       International Cricket Council renews contract with Emirates AirlineThe International Cricket Council and Emirates Airline renewed a deal for an additional seven years which confirms Emirates as a global partner for all ICC events from 2016-2023.International Cricket Council (ICC) has extended its contract with Emirates Airline for another... more...

  • Southwest Airlines: Over $3.2 million in complimentary medical transportation

    DALLAS, TX - Southwest Airlines Co announced today that 73 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations from across the nation will benefit from the Southwest Airlines 2016 Medical Transportation Grant Program, with the total impact reaching 97 facilities. Through the program, participating nonprofit hospitals and medical programs provide complimentary,... more...

  • Flight attendants at Trans States Airlines ratify contract agreement

    ST LOUIS, MO - Yesterday, flight attendants at Trans States Airlines voted by a more than two-to-one margin to ratify a six-year collective bargaining agreement. The contract will take effect immediately. There are more than 280 workers in the unit."I'm proud of the strength of this contract," said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline... more...

  • Qatar Airways increases capacity to Salalah

    Qatar Airways recently announced its intent to add an additional 10 flights per week from Doha to Salalah.The additional flights are to meet the demand of the Khareef season which runs from 1 June – 30 September 2016. During this period at total of 21 flights per week will be available for travel to Salalah.Qatar Airways vice president GCC, Levant,... more...

  • Thomson Airways launches long-haul routes from Bristol Airport

    Thomson Airways has welcomed one of its state-of-the-art Dreamliner aircraft to Bristol Airport as it prepares to launch two new routes to Cancun in Mexico and Sanford in Florida for Thomson and First Choice customers from summer 2017.The move to introduce the new routes – which will go on sale later this month – is part of the holiday company’s... more...

  • Berhad steps down as chief executive of Malaysia Airlines

    Malaysia Airlines Berhad has announced chief executive Christoph Mueller will leave the company in September 2016, following his request to depart before the end of his three-year contract.In ensuring continuity and an orderly succession, Mueller will serve a six-month notice period to September 2016.Following this, he has expressed his intention to... more...

  • Cayman Airways in overflight fee dispute with Mexico

    Cayman Airways (KX, Grand Cayman Island) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fabian Whorms says the carrier has been banned from accessing Mexico’s Flight Information Region after authorities there claimed the carrier had failed to settle overflight arrears dating back ten years.In an interview with the Cayman Compass, Whorms said the carrier was currently... more...

  • Canada's KF Cargo reactivates DC-10 freighter fleet

    KF Cargo (FK, Kelowna) has reactivated its DC-10 freighter fleet following the start of an air charter contract to ferry freight from Miami Int'l to South America. The Canadian cargo carrier inaugurated operations on April 15 using its two DC-10-30(F)s - C-GKFD (msn 47928) and C-GKFT (msn 46917) - that had previously been parked at Hamilton, ON.According... more...

  • OpenSkies outlines tentative widebody timetable

    OpenSkies (EC, Paris Orly) has outlined its tentative widebody operational plans, due to launch later this year in August. According to Airline Route, the premium-oriented carrier plans to begin B767-300(ER) operations on August 19 with flights between Paris Orly and Newark.As previously reported, OpenSkies plans to take delivery of four of the type... more...

  • West Air to Increase Flights from Chongqing to Singapore

    At the China-Singapore cooperation meeting held last week in Chongqing, West Air announced that it's going to increase the frequency of flights from Chongqing to Singapore beginning May 27, 2016.The meeting focused on the implications of mutual cooperation, evaluation indices, transportation logistics and finance, and emphasized and discussed the demands... more...

  • Pegasus increases guest numbers by 18.6% in the first quarter of 2016

    Pegasus Airlines has announced its traffic figures for March 2016 to Turkey’s Public Disclosure Platform (KAP). Pegasus carried 5.36 million guests in the first quarter of 2016, a rise of 18.6% on the year before. Pegasus’ load factor was 76.1% in the first quarter and the airline operated a total of 38,249 flights during this period.In... more...

  • Thailand's Happy Air Travellers suspends ops - again

    Happy Air Travellers (HPY, Phuket) has once more suspended operations following the return of its sole aircraft, Saab 340B HS-HPA (cn 255), to its lessor in லுrebro late last week.An intermittent operator, Happy Air specialized in charter flights as well as scheduled services from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Chumphon and Ranong. more...

  • Nigeria's Med-View Airline eyes Accra scissors hub

    Med-View Airline (VL, Kano) has announced plans to take advantage of Ghana's liberal air traffic rights policy and open a regional scissors hub in Accra later this year.The Head of the Nigerian carrier's Flight Operations, Captain Godfrey Ogbogu, said in a statement that with the arrival of added aircraft, Med-View would look to increase its coverage... more...

  • Germany's Avanti Air secures HOP! contract

    Avanti Air (ATV, Siegen) has announced it has based one of its two Fokker 100s, D-AGPH (cn 11308), out of Paris Orly in support of Air France (AF, Paris CDG) subsidiary, HOP! (A5, Paris Orly).The German charter specialist says the contract entails using the twinjet as a stand-by aircraft for HOP! from April 18 to May 31 of this year. more...

  • Philippine Airlines calls for assistance in Kuwait dispute

    hilippine Airlines (PR, Manila) has called on the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines to intervene in its dispute with Kuwait over the allocation of 5th Freedom Traffic Rights between Kuwait and Dubai Int'l which it says it is entitled to under the terms of the Philippines-Kuwait bilateral air service agreement of 1977.PAL states that the... more...

  • Nigeria's Air Peace eyes Enugu international hub

    Air Peace (4P, Lagos) is planning to become the first Nigerian carrier to begin international operations out of Enugu. The southeastern Nigerian city is currently connected to Lagos and Abuja by Air Peace, Med-View Airline (VL, Kano), Arik Air (W3, Lagos) and Aero Contractors (NG, Lagos) with Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) operating its sole international... more...

  • Qatar Airways to showcase unique airline experience in Dubai

    DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is preparing to bring its unique offering to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the Middle East’s leading travel trade fair taking place in Dubai from 25-28 April 2016. This year, Qatar Airways will showcase the award-winning service and hospitality that the airline is renowned for, making memorable experiences... more...

  • Etihad Airways: Unique Airfinance Journal's Innovative Deal of the Year

    Etihad Airways Partners’ (EAP) US$700 million landmark finance transaction in 2015 has been recognized with a third key international award after being named Innovative Deal of the Year by the prestigious publication, Airfinance Journal.The five-year bond agreement involved Etihad Airways, its subsidiary Etihad Airport Services and five of the... more...

  • Precision Air announces Pemba flights

    Tanzania’s Precision Air has confirmed that Pemba, the second largest island of the Zanzibar archipelago, will be added to their domestic network beginning May 24, using an ATR turboprop aircraft.The island will initially be served 3 times a week, in conjunction with flights to Unguja, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.The flights are expected... more...

  • Kenya Airways connects 2 of Africa's most iconic cities

    Come July, Kenya Airways will launch a three-times-a-week service from Nairobi via Livingstone, Zambia, to Cape Town, connecting two of Africa's most iconic cities.An Embraer E190 aircraft will operate on the route every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and offer the first direct flight between Livingstone and Cape Town, while also connecting Nairobi with... more...

  • Air Malta welcoming summer

    Malta is continuing to register a record number of visitors. The islands are winning more short-break tourists than ever before.And to make visiting Malta even better, Air Malta has just launched a limited period promotional sale on flights for travel between April 20 and July 15, 2016.The sale is open for just 48 hours starting on Wednesday, April... more...

  • Delta drops its booking fees - is there more here than meets the eye?

    aTLANTA, GA - There’s been much positive press about Delta Air Lines’ decision to eliminate fees for purchasing flights through its own ticket agents.There’s no doubt the small percentage of consumers booking through Delta agents will save some money with Delta’s incoming President Glen Hauenstein stating, “It is much simpler... more...

  • Garuda Indonesianeo to receive 14 Airbus A330 jets

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Garuda Indonesia has confirmed an order with Airbus for the purchase of 14 A330-900neo, the new re-engined version of the best-selling A330 widebody airliner, to support the company’s growth and business expansion in the future.The deal was signed at a ceremony in London in the presence of the President of Indonesia, His Excellency... more...

  • Ice age at airberlin

    In time for the start of the summer timetable, airberlin has revised its onboard menu to offer new refreshments in cooperation with new premium partners such as Hயூagen-Dazs and Berlin-based brewery start-up BRLO.The superior ice cream from Hயூagen-Dazs is now available in vanilla and Belgian chocolate flavors on airberlin flights. Both varieties... more...

  • 5 dead and hundreds rescued in Houston flooding

    Hundreds of people have been evacuated and at least 5 people have been killed in flooding that covered the Houston region.  Thousands of homes and businesses have been knocked out of power leading to a life-threatening emergency as the city said on an emergency website. All the residents and tourists have been alarmed to avoid travel at all costs.The... more...

  • Malawi, Zambia moot single tourist visa

    Malawi and Zambia have proposed to use a single tourist visa obtained from either country to become permissible in both countries.Minister for Natural Resources, Energy and Mines for Malawi, Bright Msaka said in the capital Lilongwe that the proposal will allow tourists to enter both countries using one single visa without being questioned, reports... more...

  • Cyprus eyes record year for tourism

    Cyprus recorded a huge 40% hike in tourist arrivals in March to indicate the island could enjoy a record year in 2016, officials said. A statement issued by the state-run Cyprus Tourism Organisation said the arrival figures were “impressive” and that 2016 could make history, reports In Cyprus.“The large increase recorded in March is... more...

  • Bombardier close to sealing Delta CSeries order

    Bombardier (BBA, Montrளூal Trudeau) is close to sealing a deal with Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) for up to 125 CSeries jets. Sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal on condition of anonymity said the Canadian manufacturer is expected to reach a final agreement with Delta for seventy-five firm order CS300s with options for... more...

  • Korean Air to launch new Russian services

    Korean Air will resume services between South Korea’s Incheon and Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg.Commencing April 21st, the airline will operate three flights a week, utilising Airbus A330 aircraft equipped with AVOD in all seats and accommodating up to 218 passengers.A gateway to northern Europe, St. Petersburg is a major... more...

  • British Airways plane struck by drone on Heathrow approach

    Police in the UK have launched an investigation after a passenger plane on approach to London Heathrow Airport struck what is believed to be a drone.The British Airways was hit on Sunday afternoon as it arrived from Geneva.The Airbus A320 had 132 passengers and five crew on board.There are no reports of any injuries.If confirmed, it would be the first... more...

  • Saudia creates new low cost airline

    JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) announced the establishment of a new airline company to provide low cost air transport, according to the Saudi Press Agency. The new company will be called Flyadeel.The low-cost carrier will begin operations from the middle of next year, Saudia chief Saleh Al-Jasser said. It will operate independently of its... more...

  • Air China to link Shenzhen with Frankfurt

    Air China will launch a new non-stop service between Shenzhen and Frankfurt next month.Commencing on 20 May 2016, the airline will operate the route three times a week using a 237-seat, two-class Airbus A330 aircraft.Flights will depart Shenzhen’s Bao’an International Airport every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 2330 and arrive at Frankfurt... more...

  • Saudia unveils new budget carrier, flyadeal

    Saudia (SV, Jeddah) has announced the formation of an independent budget unit named flyadeal (Jeddah). Speaking in Jeddah, Saudia's director general, Saleh bin Nasser Al Jasser, said the LCC aims to launch operations in mid-2017 and will play a role in Saudia's 'SV2020' business plan.No tentative network was disclosed but the carrier will reportedly... more...

  • Royal Brunei unveils new fare structure

    Royal Brunei Airlines unveiled a new fare structure, including a series of new options for economy and business class passengers, increased baggage allowance and more mileage earning options.Under the newly-rebranded ‘Betterfly’ fares, economy class tickets have been split into three options – RB Saver, RB Value and RB Flexi. All three... more...

  • Gulf Air increases capacity to KSA

    In a recent development, Gulf Air announced its intent to increase its Gassim service, which was launched in January 2015.Service to Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport will, effective 24 April 2016, now be served with daily flights. This is the airline’s third Saudi Arabian destination to witness a frequency boost over the past three... more...

  • Malaysian airlines form new alliance

    Seven Malaysian airlines have joined forces to form the Association of Malaysian Air Carriers (AMAC).The alliance will include Malaysia Airlines and its two subsidiaries, MASwings and Firefly, plus AirAsia and AirAsia X, Malindo Air and Berjaya Air.According to Malaysia Airlines, the aim of the association to “provide a common platform to discuss... more...

  • Airline Passenger: Don't speak Arabic on SouthWestAirlines

    After meeting the UN Secretary General in New York a proud 26 year old UC Berkely Berkeley Student by the name of hairuldeen Makhzoomi was removed from a South West Airlines aircraft after having a private phone conversation in Arabic.As summarized by Slatest the outcome is: If you speak Arabic, best keep your mouth shut when you’re boarding a... more...

  • Lilongwe Kamuzi International Airport: Sfafety concerns - what is next

    Reports came in over the weekend that South African Airways has halted flights to Lilongwe, Malawi's main international airport, known in aviation circles as LLW (IATA) or FWKI (ICAO).The reasons given were of an unsettling nature, citing safety concerns: 'which are currently not compatible with prescribed operational requirements for SAA to continue... more...

  • Etihad Airways engagement with Emirates Youth

    As part of its commitment to support the UAE youth development program, Etihad Airways, the national airline of UAE, will be promoting career opportunities for Emiratis in the fields of engineering and flight operations at Think Science 2016.Organised by Emirates Foundation, an independent local philanthropic organisation, the three day annual event... more...

  • Just announced: State of Palestine Passports

    Hussein al-Sheikh, the Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs, informed Israel on Wednesday that his government intends to issue passports stamped with the name and seal of the State of Palestine.As things stand today, and have stood since the Oslo Peace Accords were enacted in the mid-1990s, the passport issued to Palestinian residents of the West Bank... more...

  • Reunion Air Austral says no to A380 and yes to Dreamliner

    Information at hand suggests that Air Austral, the home airline of the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, will commence B787 Dreamliner operations on the 05th of June with an inaugural service from the island's main airport, Roland Garros International, to mainland France.This development follows hot on the heels of the formal announcement by Airbus... more...

  • Cork Airport’s first transatlantic route to Boston within sight

    The US Department of Transportation has tentatively approved Norwegian Air International’s license application for services from Cork Airport to the US and will issue a final decision within 28 days.Cork Airport welcomes the US Department of Transportation’s issuing of an Order to Show Cause in relation to the awarding of a foreign carrier... more...

  • A4A applauds approval of new sustainable alternative jet fuel specification

    WASHINGTON, DC - Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading US airlines, applauded ASTM International’s final approval and publication of a new jet fuel specification that will further enable the use of sustainable alternative fuels in aviation.“Approval of this new alternative jet fuel pathway brings the... more...

  • US airline pilots union cries bloody murder over Norwegian Air deal

    FORT WORTH, TX - The Allied Pilots Association, certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed strong opposition to the Department of Transportation’s decision to grant tentative approval to Norwegian Air International’s application for a foreign air carrier permit.The DOT decision is now open... more...

  • German airline adds more Cuba flights

    HAVANA, Cuba - German airline Condor will increase the frequency of its flights to Cuba starting this month, with the addition of two new routes for this summer, the Cuban Tourism Ministry (MINTUR) announced today.First the first time, Condor airlines will launch a direct flight between Munich and Havana; this new route will offer a total of five weekly... more...

  • Senegal launches new carrier to replace defunct Senegal Airlines

    DAKAR, Senegal - Senegal will launch a new national airline, Air Senegal, intended to replace the nation’s defunct and heavily indebted carrier Senegal Airlines.The country’s minister of tourism and air transport, Maimouna Ndoye Seck, during the announcement, said the new company was established with a capital of 40 billion CFA francs ($69... more...

  • United Airlines workers vote to ratify new contracts

    CHICAGO, IL - United and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced today that the company's nearly 30,000 IAM-represented employees have voted overwhelmingly to ratify seven new contracts.The contracts include meaningful improvements in compensation, job and scope protections, work rules and other elements that... more...

  • Teamster dispatchers and NetJets reach agreement

    COLUMBUS, OH - Today, Teamsters Local 284 and NetJets reached an agreement in principle for the 48 dispatchers employed at NetJets. This will be the first contract for the dispatchers since they voted to join the Teamsters."I'm proud of our dispatchers," said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. "These workers fought bravely... more...

  • Union will "vigorously oppose" US DOT's Norwegian Air International decision

    WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Transportation today tentatively approved a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International's (NAI) Irish-flag subsidiary. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) strongly opposes this application as it sets a dangerous precedent for transatlantic aviation and risks thousands of US aviation jobs.AFA... more...

  • Strong earthquake near Champerico, Guatemala

    CHAMPERICO, Guatemala - An earthquake with magnitude 6.2 occurred near Champerico, Guatemala at 14:11:29.90 UTC on Apr 15, 2016.Preliminary Earthquake Report:Magnitude 6.2Date-Time • 15 Apr 2016 14:11:30 UTC• 15 Apr 2016 08:11:30 near epicenterLocation 13.475N 92.163WDepth 48 kmDistances • 95 km (58 mi) SSW of Champerico, Guatemala•... more...

  • Bird strike causes emergency landing

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia – On a Delta airlines flight from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Nashville, Tennessee, the pilot of the plane called air traffic control to inform that they had to make an emergency landing due to a severe bird strike.The hit was so severe that the windshield of the aircraft was badly cracked. The aircraft landed... more...

  • DOT fines SeaPort Airlines for EAS contract violations

    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined SeaPort Airlines (K5, Portland Int'l, OR) USD30,000 for violating the terms of its Essential Air Service (EAS) agreements in Kansas, California, Alabama, and Mississippi.The DOT identified several EAS contracts - Greenville, MS, Muscle Shoals, Tupelo, Great Bend, Salina, El Centro/Imperial, CA and... more...

  • Afghanistan's Kam-Air leasing a Ukrainian B737

    Kam Air (RQ, Kabul) will wet-lease a B737-500 from a Ukrainian carrier, believed to be Bravo Airways (Ukraine) (BAY, Kiev Borispol) Skyliner Aviation has reported. UR-BAA (msn 28052) is currently in storage at Shannon having been recently repainted into the Afghan operator's livery.Kam Air also operates one B767-200, one MD-82, two MD-83s and two MD-87s... more...

  • return to Singapore due to 'security reasons'; some passengers questioned

    COLOMBO - A Sri Lankan Airlines flight that took off from Singapore's Changi Airport was made to return to Singapore "due to security reasons" soon after take-off, according to a statement from the airline on Friday (April 15).The statement, posted on the airline's website, said flight UL309, which took off on Thursday (April 14), later arrived in Sri... more...

  • Oman Air flags JVs over alliance membership

    Oman Air (WY, Muscat) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch says the carrier is in talks with a trio of carriers, two from Europe and one from Asia, over the establishment of joint-venture agreements.Speaking in London during the launch of Oman Air's second daily London Heathrow service this week, Gregorowitsch said such proposals would allow... more...

  • Skyteam eyes Indian, Brazilian member carriers

    Skyteam Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Perry Cantarutti, says the alliance is looking to add Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) and Gol Linhas Aளூreas Inteligentes (G3, Sமூo Paulo Congonhas) to its membership as its currently lacks Indian and a Brazilian partner airlines.Speaking to the Gulf News, Cantarutti said the two carriers are top contenders... more...

  • Lufthansa susses out SAS over equity, Eurowings partnership

    Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) is in talks with SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup) over the possible extension of its Eurowings (EW, Dusseldorf) brand to the Scandinavian operator.Informed sources told Reuters that Lufthansa had been in talks with SAS since the autumn which could lead to the Germans taking a stake in SAS or some other... more...

  • Nairobi court orders Bluebird Aviation assets frozen

    A court in Nairobi has ordered the assets of Bluebird Aviation (Kenya) (BBZ, Nairobi Wilson) frozen pending the outcome of a case in which one of the airline's four shareholders claims to have been defrauded by the other three.Kenya's Capital FM says court documents state the three co-directors - Hussein Ahmed Farah, Hussein Unshur Mohamed, and Mohamed... more...

  • Cayman Airways selects B737 MAX for fleet renewal

    Cayman Airways (KX, Grand Cayman Island) has outlined its fleet renewal plans set to commence during the last quarter of the year. The Caymanian Minister for Tourism, District Administration and Transport, Moses Kirkconnell, said in a statement that the carrier plans to acquire a B737-800 later this year to be followed by four new B737 MAX 8s which... more...

  • Adria owner, 4K Invest, refutes claims of links to Iran

    4K Invest, the German firm which recently acquired a majority shareholding in Adria Airways (JP, Ljubljana), has rejected reports in the Slovenian press claiming it to be a front for Iranian interests.On Monday this week, the Siol.net news portal claimed to have obtained information and documents indicating that 4K Invest was actually a front for Iranian... more...

  • Norwegian Air: US government moves airline one step closer to permit approval

    WASHINGTON, DC – “Although the approval took over two years, today’s decision paves the way for NAI’s pro-competitive, low-cost transatlantic service,” said Business Travel Coalition (BTC) Chairman Kevin Mitchell, commenting on the proposed approval today by the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) to approval... more...

  • US Travel welcomes Department of Transportation ruling on Norwegian Air

    WASHINGTON, DC — US Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Jonathan Grella issued the following statement on the US Department of Transportation's decision to tentatively grant Norwegian Air's Irish subsidiary the right to fly into the United States:"The decision to tentatively allow Norwegian Air International flying rights... more...

  • Russian Aeroflot awarded four-star quality and service ranking

    LONDON, England and MOSCOW, Russia - Aeroflot - Russian Airlines has been awarded an official four-star quality and service ranking from Skytrax.The gala event was held at London's prestigious The Savoy hotel. The Ceremony was hosted by Aeroflot's CEO Vitaly Saveliev. Among the attendees were Russian Ambassador to UK Dr. Alexander Yakovenko, Manchester... more...

  • British Airways franchise service from Humberside to Denmark starts Sunday

    LONDON, England - A new route created to strengthen links between the Humber region and Denmark was launched on Friday, April 15th after the first flight, carrying 25 Danish VIP guests, landed at Humberside Airport.The route, which will see twice-weekly scheduled flights from Sunday, April 17th to Aalborg and Billund, has been announced after talks... more...

  • After 11 attempts in 9 years, office boy becomes airline pilot

    Kugan, 31, took nine years and 11 failed attempts to become an airline pilot, and now flies the Airbus A320 to more than 10 destinations around the world for Air Asia.Can a simple office boy unable to afford even his tuition fees go on to become an airline pilot? If the inspirational story of Kugan Tangiisuran is anything to go by, one definitely can.Kugan,... more...

  • From Lome, Togo to New York now non stop on Ethiopian Airlines

    Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it will commence scheduled thrice weekly flights to New York-Newark from Addis Ababa on 03 July 2016, via Lom Togo.Ethiopian will be deploying the modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner on this route, which not only offers unparalleled onboard comfort to passengers, but is... more...

  • Korean Airlines now flies non stop to St. Petersburg and Irkutsk in Russia

    Commencing April 21st, Korean Air will resume services between South Korea’s Incheon and Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg. The airline will operate three flights a week, utilizing Airbus A330 aircraft equipped with AVOD in all seats and accommodating up to 218 passengers.A gateway to northern Europe, St. Petersburg is a major... more...

  • The business of travel: how airline seats are shrinking

    What do Genoa, Eindhoven and Nuremburg have in common, besides being agreeable cities that are also important business centres? They are destinations previously served from London by “full-service” airlines, such as British Airways, KLM and CityJet, but which are now the sole preserve of budget carriers. For business travellers heading for... more...

  • Nepal's Himalaya Airlines begins scheduled operations

    Himalaya Airlines (H9, Kathmandu) has commenced scheduled passenger operations following the launch of regular Kathmandu-Colombo Int'l flights on Tuesday, April 12.While operations are currently restricted to a single A320-200 (sl), 9N-ALM (cn 6626), co-parent firm Tibet Airlines (TV, Lhasa) indicates a further two of the type will arrive later this... more...

  • AWEX Croatia to launch in May with regional flights

    AWEX Croatia (Rijeka) is planning to commence operations later next month with regional European flights from the Croatian coastal city of Zadar the airport's general manager, Irena Ćosić, has said.Speaking to the Zadarski list newsblog, Ćosić said AWEX would offer twice weekly flights to each of Belgrade and Vienna. Operations will be on-board... more...

  • Tigerair to link Singapore with Zhengzhou

    Tigerair will expand its route map in China this summer, with the launch of direct flights to Zhengzhou.Commencing on 28 June 2016, the Singapore-based low-cost carrier will offer three weekly flights to the city, which is the capital of Henan province and home to more than 6.5 million people.Flights will depart Singapore’s Changi Airport every... more...

  • Australia to ease Chinese visa rules

    Australia is planning to grant 10-year visas to Chinese nationals, as part of a continued bid to target the world’s biggest outbound travel market.Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed the move this week, during a visit to Shanghai. The country is also planning to offer online visa applications for Chinese nationals.“We’reஸ... more...

  • Hong Kong Airlines flies to Tokyo

    Hong Kong Airlines will continue to expand its Japanese network this summer with the launch of flights to Tokyo Narita Airport.Commencing on 1 July 2016, the airline operate a twice daily service between Hong Kong International Airport and Narita, using a twin-aisle Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 32 seats in business class and 260 in economy.The morning... more...

  • Asiana to launch Budapest flights

    South Korea’s Asiana Airlines will launch its first flights to Budapest this summer.Commencing on 1 July 2016, the new charter service will operate direct from Seoul’s Incheon Airport to the Hungarian capital, using 262-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft.Asiana will become the only airline in the world operate the Seoul-Budapest route.“We... more...

  • easyJet launches winter 2016 schedule

    easyJet has put its winter 2016 flights on sale, allowing travellers to book flights across Europe for departure until February 5th, 2017.Over 110,000 flights are set to take place across easyJet’s network between October 30th this year and February 2017, providing more than 18 million seats. Of these, more than ten million seats are now on sale... more...

  • bmi regional flies into Munich as Lufthansa codeshare deal takes off

    bmi regional’s new eagerly awaited Southampton to Munich flights have launched today.The new route offers direct jet flights from Southampton to Munich twice daily at business optimised timings and with bmi regional’s codeshare agreement with Lufthansa, passengers can then seamlessly connect to a further 200 global destinations.Commenting... more...

  • Blue Islands links with Flybe for franchise deal

    Blue Islands will launch a franchise partnership with Flybe from June 6th this year.The deal first route to operate under the new partnership will be from Jersey to Southampton.Under the new franchise agreement, the service will be operated on Flybe branded ATR aircraft with Flybe flight numbers.Channel Islanders will also have an increased choice of... more...

  • TransAsia Crash: Taiwanese air traffic controller blamed and charged

    Taiwan has charged two of its air traffic control officers. These air traffic controllers are accused of having caused a TransAsia plane crash that killed 49 people in 2014.The plane's two pilots, who died in the crash, were also blamed for flying Flight GE222 into a residential area as the aircraft attempted to land at Magong city airport in the Penghu... more...

  • Thai Airways flight from Jakarta to Bangkok in trouble

    A Thai Airways flight from Jakarta to Bangkok turned out to be a nightmare. Thai Airways President Charamporn Jotikasthira said: “The company apologizes to passengers who were involved in the incident."The Thai news site Khaosod reported what happened. Passengers were thrown from their seats flying to the roof. People cut their heads and pictures... more...

  • fastjet defers Zambian unit's AOC bid until 4Q

    fastjet plc has announced it has deferred the planned launch of its newest subsidiary, Fastjet Zambia (FJB, Lusaka), until the end of the year pending a further review of its network.Last year, the firm said fastjet Zambia's AOC application process had been delayed as a result of the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority (ZCAA) lacking Airbus Industrie-qualified... more...

  • Air Canada to wet-lease a Cargojet B767 freighter in late 2Q

    Air Canada (AC, Montrளூal Trudeau) is set to finalize a joint partnership agreement wherein Cargojet Airways (W8, Hamilton, ON) will operate a B767-300(F) on flights from Canada to Europe and South America for and on behalf of Air Canada Cargo.According to provisional plans, flights will commence on June 9 with service from Toronto Pearson to Bogotநூ,... more...

  • South Africa's NAC Charter, Awesome Aviation in merger deal

    NAC Charter (NTN, Lanseria) and partner Awesome Aviation (ASM, Lanseria) have agreed to merge their global Flight Operations and Aircraft Leasing businesses with the resulting entity to be rebranded as FlyAwesome.In a statement, the two South African charter specialists said that as part of the agreement, NAC has acquired a 50% equity stake in Awesome... more...

  • Canada's Jetlines on track for Jet Metal take-over

    Jetlines (Vancouver Int'l) says its plans to execute a reverse takeover of listed firm, Jet Metal Corp., have taken a step forward after the two parties entered into a definitive agreement. The transaction was first announced in February as an LOI.With the signing of the agreement, the two firms said they are now in the process of preparing materials... more...

  • War, migrant crisis hits Turkey's SunExpress

    Sun Express (XQ, Antalya) Chief Executive Officer Jaan Albrecht says the slump in demand for leisure flights to Turkey, brought on by the migrant crisis, the war in neighbouring Syria and domestic terrorist attacks, has forced the carrier to reposition its capacity to more buoyant markets this summer.In an interview with Bloomberg, Albrecht said annual... more...

  • PrivatAir leasing a Portuguese A319CJ

    rivatAir (Germany) (PTG, Dusseldorf) has wet-leased an A319CJ, CS-TFU (cn 2440), from Portuguese ACMI/charter specialist White (WI, Lisbon) Skyliner Aviation has reported. The long-range-capable jet is configured with forty-eight VIP seats and currently sports the title "PrivatJet Albert Ballin".PrivatAir also operates one B737-300, two B737-700(BBJ)s,... more...

  • easyJet to set up first seasonal base in Palma in 2Q2017

    easyJet (U2, London Luton) has announced it will open its first seasonal base at Palma Son Sant Joan beginning in Spring 2017. The UK LCC said in a statement that three A319/320 jets would be based at the Spanish leisure airport for a period of eight months.“I am pleased to be announcing the first seasonal base in our network," Carolyn McCall,... more...

  • Japan's Skymark begins studies for maiden int'l routes

    Skymark Airlines (BC, Tokyo Haneda) has alluded to using any of Ibaraki, Fukuoka, and Kagoshima as bases for planned international charter flights, scheduled to commence during the 2018/19 financial year.Airline president, Masahiko Ichie, told the Japan Times in an interview that initial destinations may include destinations in South Korea, China, Taiwan,... more...

  • India's Air Carnival set to take delivery of maiden aircraft

    Air Carnival (Coimbatore) will shortly take delivery of its maiden aircraft, an ATR72-500 formerly in service with Kingfisher Airlines (IT, Mumbai Int'l) as VT-CAN (cn 767). Re-registered VT-CMA, the turboprop will allow the start-up to complete its AOP certification with the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).Air Carnival will add... more...

  • Russia's IrAero to start SuperJet ops in late 2Q Russia's IrAero to start SuperJet ops in late 2Q

    rAero (IO, Irkutsk) is planning to begin scheduled SSJ 100-95 operations later this June Russia's AEX.ru has reported.On lease from the Russian State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK), four SuperJets will be used on flights from Irkutsk to Moscow Domodedovo as well as from Omsk to the leisure destinations of Adler/Sochi, Anapa, Gelendzhik, Mineralnye... more...

  • Djibouti's Daallo Airlines adds another A321 to its fleet

    Daallo Airlines (D3, Djibouti) has wet-leased an ex-Hermes Airlines (H3, Athens Int'l) A321-100 from Greek ACMI/charter start-up, Olympus Airways (OLY, Athens Int'l), Skyliner Aviation has reported.The aircraft, SX-ABC (msn 517), will join the Djibouti-based carrier's fleet of one A320-200, also on lease from Hermes Airlines. Another aircraft, a B737-500... more...

  • Delta dumps one of the most hated airline fees

    Well here's something you don't hear every day: An airline is eliminating a fee.Delta Airlines is no longer charging customers a fee to speak with an actual human being while booking flights.In the past, the Atlanta-based airline charged travelers $25 per ticket for booking over the phone and $35 when buying at an airport.Related: How to score the cheapest... more...

  • Etihad Airways signs codeshare deal with Avianca

    Etihad Airways and Avianca, one of Latin America’s leading airlines, have announced a new codeshare partnership.Under the agreement, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates will place its ‘EY’ code on Avianca operated flights between Bogota and London Heathrow and Madrid Barajas, while Avianca will place its ‘AV’... more...

  • British Airways to fly Team GB to Rio Olympics

    British Airways has been appointed as the official airline partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB, ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.With a long history in supporting the national teams, British Airways will ensure the medallist hopefuls arrive refreshed and ready to compete.At the end of the games, the airline will fly over... more...

  • Etihad: Contribution of Emirate women

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is marking the 5th anniversary of the opening of its Al Ain Contact Centre by celebrating the achievements of its 160 Emirati female employees.One third of the center’s employees are working mothers, reinforcing the airline’s commitment to empowering women, and in particular UAE nationals,... more...

  • Embraer delivers 21 commercial and 23 executive jets in 1Q16

    SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil - During the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), Embraer delivered 21 jets to the commercial aviation market and 23 to the business aviation market. The 44 aircraft represent a 37.5% increase over the previous year, when 32 aircraft (20 commercial and 12 executive jets) were delivered.The executive aviation segment delivered 12... more...

  • International Organization for Migration welcomes greater cooperation with IATA

    GENEVA, Switzerland – International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) today (13/04) signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen, promote and develop cooperation on aviation security and facilitation, and border security and management.Areas of common interest identified in the MoU include... more...

  • Fined: Air France, Lufthansa and British Airways

    WASHINGTON, DC – “When air travelers file complaints with airlines, they deserve prompt and complete responses that appropriately answer their specific concerns,” said US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We will continue to take enforcement action when airlines violate our rules protecting the rights of passengers.”The... more...

  • New Hong Kong- Narita air service

    Commencing on 1 July 2016, Hong Kong Airlines, an internationally-acclaimed full-service airline, will launch a twice daily service between Hong Kong and Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan. Airbus A330 aircraft will be deployed on the route. Tokyo will be Hong Kong Airlines' seventh destination in Japan, further strengthen the airline's network in Japan... more...

  • January 2016 US airline traffic data released

    WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that US airlines’ system wide (domestic and international) scheduled service load factor – a measure of the use of airline capacity – fell to 83.9 percent in January, seasonally adjusted, falling after a single month... more...

  • European Parliament agrees: Share airline passenger data

    The European Union EU believes sharing data of airline passengers may prevent terror. The EU Parliament in Brussels just agreed.EU legislation now oblige airlines to hand EU governments the data they gather about passengers. Who is traveling where and when, how did they pay for the ticket, where are they seated on the flight, what baggage are they carrying:... more...

  • March quarter profit that is: $1.56 billion for Delta Airlines

    Delta Air Lines today reported financial results for the March 2016 quarter, including adjusted pre-tax income of $1.56 billion, a $966 million increase over March 2015 quarter. Adjusted net income was $1.0 billion or $1.32 per diluted share.Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents."We... more...

  • Women pay less for flights, report reveals

    Women pay an average of 2% less for their flight tickets than men, a new reported has revealed.In its latest white paper, entitled “Gender differences in booking business travel”, Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) found that women achieve their savings by booking their flights on average 1.9 days earlier than men. The study analysed 6.4 million... more...

  • Jin Air signs interline deal with Jetstar Group

    Korean low-cost carrier, Jin Air, signed an interline agreement on the April 5, 2016 with Jetstar Group, one of Asia Pacific’s largest low-cost carriers in comprising Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Pacific. Both Jin Air and Jetstar Group will begin preparation works such as conducting system interlocks, with the interline... more...

  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: Turkish Airlines - we need our own lounge

    Hot on the heels of the opening of two lounges, Mara and Mt. Kenya, in the new Terminal 2, owned and operated by Tradewinds Aviation, the new premium lounge commissioned by Turkish Airlines will add yet more facilities at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), as the modernization and refurbishment of the old terminals continues.A site inspection... more...

  • Low-cost Korean airline expanding

    HONG KONG – An interline agreement will allow a low-cost Korean airline to combine desired routes with its existing network and develop seamless travel packages for its customers.Korean low-cost carrier, Jin Air, signed an interline agreement on the April 5, 2016 with Jetstar Group, one of Asia Pacific’s largest low-cost carriers in comprising... more...

  • SAUDIA in the 70s: Airline celebrates firsts and the new

    The 1970s saw SAUDIA (Saudi Arabian Airlines) ticking off new events all throughout the decade, beginning with a new Data Processing Center in 1971, along with a new route to Rome from Jeddah. It was also in this year that the airline began its first nonstop all-cargo service between the Kingdom and Europe. Rounding at the year, the first branch of... more...

  • Virgin America launches partnership with Starwood Preffered Guest

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA and STAMFORD, CT - Virgin America, the upscale, low-cost airline today announces an exciting new partnership with Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), the award winning loyalty program of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. Beginning immediately, SPG members will be able to transfer Starpoints into Elevate points at a 1-to-1 ratio,... more...

  • Swiss International Air Lines names new Head of Cabin Crew

    ZURICH AIRPORT, Switzerland - Reto Schmid, who is currently SWISS’s Head of Human Resources, will assume a new function as the company’s Head of Cabin Crew at Swiss International Air Lines on 1 July. He succeeds Alexander Arafa, who will be moving on the same date to take up new duties as Head of Area & Contribution Management at Swiss... more...

  • Avolon delivers one Boeing 787-9 to Virgin Atlantic

    DUBLIN, Ireland - Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, announces the delivery of one Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Virgin Atlantic.This is the third Avolon aircraft on lease to Virgin Atlantic. more...

  • Aruba's Tiara Air resumes operations

    Tiara Air (3P, Aruba) has resumed operations following a fourteen month-long hiatus brought on by financial difficulties. In May 2014, the carrier complained its inability to access over USD20 million in funds, locked up in Venezuela, was seriously affecting its ability to maintain operations. It suspended flights shortly after.However, using one of... more...

  • Air Arabia opens second Sharjah City check-in

    Air Arabia recently opened its second City check-in terminal in Sharjah.Located at Air Arabia’s sales shop in Sharjah Industrial Area 10. The outlet is open daily from 9 am until 10 pm and offers passengers facilities to check-in their baggage and print their boarding pass up to 24 hours before departure.The airline’s latest City check-in... more...

  • Dubai South VIP Terminal’s first flight takes off

    In a recent development, a private jet carrying 13 passengers took off from the newly built VIP Terminal at Dubai South’s Aviation District.This marks the beginning of operations at the first seven-star facility dedicated to private aviation. The first flight, an Embraer Legacy aircraft, headed to Maldives, was handled by JetEx having a dedicated... more...

  • Alitalia to start flying to Beijing

    Alitalia will launch a new direct service between Rome and Beijing this summer.Commencing on 18 July 2016, the new route will operate four times a week, departing the Italian capital every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and returning from Beijing the following day.The launch will mark the continuation of Alitalia’s long-haul expansion... more...

  • Emirates orders more A380s

    Emirates has placed an order with Airbus for two additional A380 aircraft.The Dubai-based airline already operates the world’s largest fleet of A380s, with 75 in service and a further 65 on order. The additional two aircraft, which are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017, take Emirates’ total A380 order book to 142. This... more...

  • EURO 2016: Turkish Airlines changed livery

    To celebrate EURO 2016 this summer, Turkish Airlines has unveiled an A330-300 passenger aircraft painted in the competition’s livery. The plane undertook its maiden flight to Paris the location of this year’s final on 10th July, and is just one component of Turkish Airlines’ drive to excite fans ahead of this year’s tournament.The... more...

  • Qatar Airways celebrates Boston touchdown

    Qatar Airways group chief executive HE Akbar Al Baker recently celebrated the service from Boston Logan International Airport to Doha.The airline is operating a non-stop daily service with an Airbus A350. The airline was the global launch customer of the aircraft and operates the A350 to Munich, Philadelphia, Singapore, and will start operating to Adelaide... more...

  • British Airways to boost Nairobi capacity

    British Airways recently announced its decision to increase capacity by 784 seats a week on flights between London and Nairobi for the summer of 2016.This will be through the introduction of a Boeing 747-400 on the route.The airline has taken the decision due to growing sales and increased demand for Kenya it is seeing in the UK. The 747s will operate... more...

  • Latvia's airBaltic firms up seven CS300 options

    airBaltic (BT, Riga) says it has firmed up options for seven additional CS300s thus bringing the total number of the type on order from Bombardier (BBA, Montrளூal Trudeau) to twenty. As the CS300's launch operator, the Latvian carrier is due to take delivery of its maiden aircraft during the second half of the year.“Our fleet modernization... more...

  • Horizon Air to take 30+33 EMB-175s

    The Alaska Air Group has signed an order with Embraer (Sமo Josdos Campos) for thirty EMB-175s with options for an additional thirty-three of the type. Deliveries are scheduled to run from 2017 through to 2019.As part of its fleet renewal plan, Horizon Air (QX, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) will use the aircraft to replace older Dash 8-400s as their leases... more...

  • Zetta Jet firms up two more Global 6000 options

    Zetta Jet (Burbank) has firmed up options for two more Global Express 6000s bringing the total number of the type on order from Bombardier (BBA, Montrளூal Trudeau) to four.The business aviation firm has, over the past two months, exercised all four options originally announced during its December 2015 order for one Global 6000 and four options.As... more...

  • Dakar shuts down Senegal Airlines; new carrier to emerge

    Senegal's Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning, Amadou Ba, has confirmed rumours circulating in the the country's press that Senegal Airlines (DN, Dakar) has been shut down.Speaking in Dakar, Ba told Seneweb news that the Senegalese civil aviation authority (Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile et de la Morologie - ANACIM) had indeed revoked the... more...

  • Canada's FlySarvaq rebrands as GoSarvaq

    Fly Sarvaq (N5, Iqaluit) says it has revised its name to Go Sarvaq (N5, Iqaluit) following the Canadian Transport Agency's (CTA) ruling on virtual carriers and their operational limitations.“While it has been frustrating to take things slower while waiting for this recent regulatory ruling, we are now able to move forward with bringing our affordable... more...

  • Passenger numbers continue to rise at London Heathrow

    Heathrow Airport in London welcomed a record 6.1 million passengers in March, up 2.5 per cent on March 2015.Larger, quieter, fuller aircraft continued to be a driver for growth in passenger volumes.Fast-growing emerging markets continued to contribute increased passenger volumes, including to China (which was up 12 per cent), Mexico (up six per cent),... more...

  • Amadeus signs Singapore Airlines to revenue management solution

    Amadeus has deepened its partnership with Singapore Airlines, with the airline signing up for the full suite of Amadeus Revenue Management solutions.This will provide the airline with the necessary platform to future-proof its revenue management capabilities, allowing the carrier to react more nimbly in the face of a rapidly evolving landscape.A changing... more...

  • Test opening: Brand new Terminal 1E in Nairobi

    While passengers of Kenya Airways and the airline's SkyTeam partners already enjoy a new arrival terminal do travelers flying to Nairobi on other airlines still use the converted parking garage, which was turned into an arrival facility with immigration and customs and baggage delivery after the devastating fire on August 2013 destroyed the main arrival... more...

  • Aviation Savings: 6 billion gallons of Jet Fuel

    Aviation Partners in conjunction with Aviation Partners Boeing, API's joint venture with The Boeing Company, announced that as of 7:45 pm PDT today its unique Blended Winglet Technology has saved the world's commercial and business jet operators an estimated six billion gallons of jet fuel; representing a global reduction in CO2 emissions of over 64... more...

  • Embraer and Horizon Air sign contract for 30 E175 jets

    SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil - Embraer and Horizon Air have signed a firm order for 30 E175 jets. The contract also includes options for another 33 aircraft of the same model. The value of the contract, which will be included in Embraer's 2016 second-quarter backlog, is USD 2.8 billion, based on current list prices, if all the options are exercised.The... more...

  • Southwest Airlines connects Los Angeles travelers to Costa Rica's beaches

    DALLAS, TX - Southwest Airlines is embarking on a new chapter in a faithful partnership with Southern California travelers that began with a single arrival nearly 35 years ago and now, takes flight beyond the continental US. Today, the departure of Southwest Flight 6920 to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR), Liberia/Guanacaste, Costa Rica... more...

  • Etihad Airways to fly 300 athletes to Abu Dhabi for prestigious World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways is to fly elite athletes, includingthe reigning Black Belt Open Heavyweight World Champion, Marcus Almeida, and the female Open Weight Black Belt Champion, Mackenzie Dern, to the UAE capital for the prestigious Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.This is the sixth year that Etihad Airways... more...

  • Qatar Airways Group CEO hosts press conference during Boston visit

    BOSTON, MA - Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker hosted a press conference yesterday at the Ritz Carlton hotel, to report on the recently-inaugurated service from Boston Logan International Airport to the airline's hub in Doha, Qatar. The airline began operations March 16.Qatar Airways' award-winning service to Boston... more...

  • Suspension of Schengen visa waivers for US and Canadian visitors proposed

    The European Commission today adopted a political Communication on the state of play and way forward as regards the situation of non-reciprocity with certain third countries in the area of visa policy. As the US requires visas from citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania, the Commission is obliged to pursue a reciprocal regime on US... more...

  • British Airways increases capacity between London and Nairobi

    LONDON, England – British Airways has announced it will increase capacity by 784 seats a week on flights between London and Nairobi for summer 2016 through the introduction of a Boeing 747-400 on the route.The airline has taken the decision due to the growing sales and increased demand for Kenya it is seeing in the UK. The 747s will operate during... more...

  • Qatar Airways Cargo launches express services

    DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Cargo has today announced the launch of QR Express, a solution to deliver airport-to-airport air freight service for time critical shipments. QR Express is the latest addition to the cargo airline’s expanding portfolio of specialised services and products.QR Express provides customers with the opportunity to book... more...

  • Qatar Airways wins ‘Best In-flight Duty Free’ award

    DOHA: Qatar Airways’ (QA) customer experience has again been recognised for its industry leadership position, having received the ‘Best In-flight Duty Free’ for the Middle East and Africa 2016 in the Pax International Readers Awards.inRead invented by Teads The annual awards for “the industry’s most deserving players”... more...

  • Women pilots for SIA planes a first for airline

    Singapore Airlines (SIA) has, for the first time, hired women to fly its planes. Two of them joined last August during the last intake of cadet pilots. Their training - in Singapore and Australia - will take between two and three years, after which they will be rostered for commercial flights.SIA spokesman Nicholas Ionides confirmed the hiring but said... more...

  • Vote of confidence for London City Airport

    The significant extent of London City Airport’s contribution to the UK and London economy has been revealed in a new report by Oxford Economics.The research group has found that trips from the airport can be associated with approximately £11 billion of UK trade exports to ten key European markets – accounting for five per cent of all... more...

  • Yotel set to open at Charles de Gaulle Airport in July

    Yotel has announced the Paris location for their next hotel opening. Due to open in July, it will be the first ever in-terminal hotel at Charles de Gaulle Airport. The luxury cabins will be situated in the secure transit area in Terminal 2E, home to Air France and the SkyTeam Global Alliance. Yotel’s Paris launch will form part of the opening... more...

  • fastjet scoops top title at World Travel Awards

    John Corse, general manager at fastjet, centre, collects the trophy from World Travel Awards senior vice president Chris Frost in Zanzibarfastjet has won the title of Africa’s Leading Low-Cost Airline at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards held in Zanzibar, Tanzania.The globally recognised World Travel Awards set out to acknowledge, reward and... more...

  • Fraport Traffic Figures - March and First Quarter 2016

    Positive Traffic Performance in the First Quarter Helped by theTiming of the Easter Holidays, theNonRecurrence of Previous Year'sFlight Cancellations and an Additional Leap Day - Fraport's GroupAirports Continue to See Varying Results - Strong Growth Achieved inMarch 2016In the first quarter of 2016, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) scored a newpassenger record:... more...

  • Ergonomic seats for new Airbus fleet

    The Philippines carrier, Cebu Pacific, becomes the first airline in the Asia-Pacific region to order the SL3510 seat model from Recaro Aircraft Seating for its brand-new fleet of 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.CEB is expecting to grow its 56-strong fleet to over 80 aircraft, with an expansion plan that includes orders for 30 new A321neos, between 2017 and... more...

  • Union to TSA: Hire more officers to reduce passenger lines

    WASHINGTON, DC - The Transportation Security Administration must hire additional officers to alleviate long lines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and other airports across the country, the head of the union representing Transportation Security Officers said today."Reports of routine hour-long waits in security lines and missed flights are the... more...

  • China's Longjiang Airlines revises launch date to late 2Q

    Longjiang Airlines (SNG, Harbin) is expecting its maiden aircraft, an A321-200 (sl), to arrive later this month direct from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac). The start-up is currently completing its certification with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) ahead of plans to commence scheduled passenger flights in June.Using a launch... more...

  • Kadapa, India resumes scheduled pax operations

    Kadapa, an Indian city in the south-central part of Andhra Pradesh, has resumed commercial passenger flights following the departure of Air Pegasus (OP, Bangalore Int'l) late last year.TruJet (2T, Hyderabad Int'l) commenced 4x weekly passenger flights to the airfield from Hyderabad Int'l effective Friday, April 8. Additional services from Chennai, Bangalore... more...

  • Alaska's Taquan Air acquires Promech Air's Alaska ops

    Taquan Air (K3, Ketchikan Int'l) has acquired fellow operator Promech Air's Alaskan assets for an undisclosed sum effective immediately. According to The Ketchikan Daily News, Taquan will assume Promech's existing contracts and its facilities, including its large Peninsula Point MRO hangar.The move will allow Promech Air, also known as PM Air LLC, to... more...

  • flybe. eyes BA's Heathrow slots for domestic UK flights

    flybe. (BE, Exeter) is planning to begin operations out of London Heathrow The Sunday Times newspaper has reported.Sources said the carrier is looking to use British Airways' slots, relinquished by Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) on the winding up of its Little Red brand last year, to offer domestic UK flights in competition to British Airways... more...

  • County casts doubt on California Pacific's 3Q launch plans

    California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad, CA) may have to defer its launch plans beyond the third quarter of this year after officials from San Diego County, the owner of CPA's base Carlsbad, CA, warned that the start-up had yet to secure approval for its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), a key requirement in its quest to begin scheduled Part 125... more...

  • Government pledges to retain majority control of PIA

    The Pakistan government has agreed to retain at least a 51% shareholding in PIA - Pakistan International Airlines (PK, Karachi Int'l) following a heated debate in parliament about plans to transform the debt-ridden carrier into a public limited company.The government's plans to privatize the carrier in line with IMF-mandated economic readjustment measures,... more...

  • Gujarat pitches intra-state ops to Air India, Jet Airways

    The government of Gujarat has approached Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) and Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) over their possible commencement of scheduled passenger services within the west Indian state.The Times of India reports Air India has submitted a proposal which would see Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) operating its fleet of ATR72s on flights... more...

  • Shareholders in Kenya's Blue Bird Aviation in legal tussle

    Nairobi businessman, Yusuf Abdi Adan, has taken his fellow shareholders in Blue Bird Aviation (Kenya) (BBZ, Nairobi Wilson) to court claiming they have defrauded him of up to USD3 billion (KES300 billion) over the last 23 years.In his case filed in a Nairobi court last week, Adan accused Hussein Ahmed Farah, Hussein Unshur Mohamed, and Mohamed Abdikadir... more...

  • Turkish Airlines considers share buyback option

    Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatற்rk) is considering undertaking a share buy-back scheme in a bid to limit fluctuations in its share price.The carrier said in a disclosure to the Istanbul bourse that it would budget TRY500 million (USD175.5 million) to reacquire up to 10% of its stock valued at TRY1.38 billion (USD484.4 million). The buyback... more...

  • Oman Air to set up new ground-handling joint-venture

    Oman Air (WY, Muscat) is planning to establish a new ground-handling firm in partnership with an international company the airline's executive Vice President (Ground-handling & Cargo), Andrew Walsh, has said.Speaking to the Times of Oman newspaper, Welsh said a shortlist of five potential firms had been whittled down to two with a decision on the... more...

  • OpenSkies to add maiden widebody by mid-3Q

    OpenSkies (EC, Paris Orly) has announced it will take delivery of its maiden widebody jet - a B767 - by August of this year.The aircraft will be used to bolster capacity on the British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) unit's Paris Orly-New York routes which it currently serves with a trio of premium-configured B757-200s.Once its refurbishment is completed... more...

  • Belarus threatens to withdraw AZAL rights over LCC use

    The government of Belarus has warned AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines (J2, Baku) that it risks the revocation of its Minsk National flight permit over its planned use of AZALJET (Baku) to service its Baku-Minsk Nat'l route.Central Asian Aero News reports the Belarussians are concerned the use of AZALJET, AZAL's recently launched budget brand, violates the terms... more...

  • SW Italia applies for US route authority; eyes Chicago first

    SW Italia (IU, Milan Malpensa) has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) as well as route exemption ahead of plans to start cargo flights to the United States later this year.In its application for authority to operate scheduled and charter flights from any point or points in Italy, via any intermediate... more...

  • Turkish Airlines to end scheduled A340 ops in May

    Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatற்rk) is set to end scheduled A340-300 operations with effect from Saturday, May 28. ch-aviation analysis of schedule data indicates the type's last flight for Turkish will be Madinah-Istanbul Atatrk which, despite departing on Friday, May 27, actually arrives on May 28 just after midnight.Turkish's last three... more...

  • RwandAir rises like the Phoenix

    The pace is gathering momentum at the corporate headquarters of RwandAir at the Kigali International Airport towards major fleet and destination expansion this year.The upcoming delivery in the second half of the year of two brand-new Airbus A330s will allow the airline to launch intercontinental flights for the first time in its history, and preparations... more...

  • Gulfstream fleet continues to grow in Greater China

    SAVANNAH, GA - Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation today announced that its fleet in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) has grown to more than 165 aircraft and makes up more than half of the Asia-Pacific fleet, the company's largest internationally."We have experienced tremendous growth in Greater China, particularly on the mainland, where... more...

  • Copa Holdings announces March 2016 traffic statistics

    PANAMA CITY, Panama - Copa Holdings, SA today released preliminary passenger traffic statistics for March 2016:For the month of March 2016, Copa Holdings' system-wide passenger traffic (RPM) increased 3.4% year over year, while capacity decreased 0.5%. As a result, system load factor for March 2016 was 75.4%, a 2.9 percentage point increase when compared... more...

  • Gulfstream G500 and G600 achieve program milestonesGulfstream G500 and G600 achieve program milestones

    SAVANNAH, GA - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced it recently joined the wing to the fuselage on the first Gulfstream G600 flight-test article, signifying steady progress in the G600 program.As production continues for the G600, the Gulfstream G500 flight-test program also achieved several milestones to include receiving the program's first... more...

  • Virgin America reports March 2016 operational results

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Virgin America Inc today reported its preliminary operational results for March 2016. The airline's traffic (measured in revenue passenger miles) increased 14.6 percent on capacity (measured in available seat miles) that was 15.1 percent higher from the same month in 2015.Load factor was 83.8 percent, a decrease of 0.4 points from... more...

  • Delta Air Lines takes delivery of its first A321 narrow-body aircraft

    ATLANTA, GA - Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of the first of 45 new A321 narrow-body aircraft, fresh off the factory floor at the Airbus manufacturing facility in Hamburg.The company announced three years ago it was purchasing 30 of the large narrow-body jets, and later increased the number to 45.Following inspection and test flights, the latest... more...

  • Malaysia's first 'halal airline' suspended

    KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's first Islamic-compliant airline has been suspended for three months after it failed to adhere to aviation regulations, a senior official said Monday, as the government announced a safety audit of the carrier.Muslim flight crew on board Rayani Air don the hijab while non-Muslim crew are forbidden from wearing revealing clothing... more...

  • Swaziland to acquire ex-China Airlines A340 for VIP ops

    The parliament of Swaziland, an impoverished kingdom bounded by South Africa and Mozambique, has voted in favour of acquiring a new presidential jet for use by the country's royal family.The aircraft to be acquired, an A340-300 formerly in service with China Airlines (CI, Taipei Taoyuan), will replace MD-87 3DC-SWZ (msn 53041), leased from Greece's... more...

  • New Heathrow connections spur growth

    Heathrow welcomed a record 6.1 million passengers in March (+2.5% on March 2015). Larger, quieter, fuller aircraft continued to be a driver for growth in passenger volumesFast-growing emerging markets continued to contribute increased passenger volumes, including to China which was up 12%, Mexico 6%, India 4% and the Middle East which was up 9% as carriers... more...

  • Airline records best first year reliability performance for A380 operations

    airbus, manufacturer of the flagship A380 aircraft, has presented Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with the prestigious award for the best ‘Operational Reliability Performance’ in the first year of A380 operations.The Etihad Airways A380 fleet recorded an extraordinary 99.8 per cent operational reliability... more...

  • France's La Compagnie mulls A320neo, B737 MAX for TATL ops

    La Compagnie (B0, Paris Le Bourget) is in advanced talks with Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) and Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) over the planned acquisition of new transatlantic-capable aircraft due for delivery in either 2018 or 2019.“We’re thinking about the A320neo and the B737 MAX 9 and exploring all the best finance options... more...

  • Oman Air launches second daily flight to London

    Oman Air will launch a second daily flight between Muscat and London Heathrow Airport on Tuesday 12 April 2016.The new outbound service will be a night flight, departing Muscat every day at 0125 and arriving at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 at 0630. The return flight will then leave Heathrow at 0830 and arrive back in the Omani capital at 1855.This... more...

  • New airline to launch in Harbin

    A new airline will take off from the Chinese city of Harbin this summer.LJ Air is expected to take delivery of its first – a 212-seat, all-economy class Airbus A321 – on 18 May, ahead of its first flights in June. The airline then plans to add five more Airbus jets by the end this year, before expanding its fleet to 20 aircraft by end of... more...

  • Fiji Airways touches down in Singapore

    Fiji Airways has launched its first direct flights to Singapore.The new route commenced on 5 April, becoming the first direct service between the two countries. Flights will now operate twice a week using a two-class Airbus A330 aircraft.The outbound night flight departs Fiji’s Nadi International Airport every Tuesday and Friday at 2300 and arrives... more...

  • World’s largest aircraft cleared for take-off

    A new airship which is being billed as the world’s largest aircraft has been cleared for take-off.The Airlander, which is being developed in the UK by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), has received both the Flight Conditions approval certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Permit to Fly from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority... more...

  • Qatar Airways doubles flights to New York

    Qatar Airways has added a second daily, non-stop flight along its popular route between John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City and Hamad International Airport in Doha.The new route features the acclaimed Airbus A350 and a new morning departure time from JFK, allowing passengers to arrive in Doha the morning of the following day.The new flight represents... more...

  • Deadly Hindu Temple fire: Major tourism attraction in Kerala in flames

    So far over 77 dead more than 200 are injured in a deadly temple fire after firecrackers caused a massive blast. The fire broke out at 3 am, police said.The Puttingal Temple in the coastal town of Paravur in South India. Parvavur is in the State of Kerala, also known as God's own country. This temple is s a place of worship for Hindus and a major tourism... more...

  • Kenya Conservation Alliance: Newly formed

    Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judy Wakhungu, will be officiating in the morning when the Conservation Alliance of Kenya is formally launched at the Nairobi Serena Hotel.More than 50 of Kenya's leading conservation NGO's have come together to provide a link between government, the Kenya Wildlife Service - recently... more...

  • Sharia - compliant airline: How did authorities approve this airline in the first place?

    How did the approving Malaysian authorities approve this Sharia compliant airline in the first place? Did they not look into the backgrounds and experience of the promoters, the managerial, technical and safety competence, the company’s structure, as well as its capital and finances before issuing the operating license?Sharia is Islamic law based... more...

  • Gulf Air Appoints Country Manager in Greece

    Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced the appointment of Mr. Abdul Hussain Abdul Rahman Hussain, a seasoned aviation professional with over 20 years’ experience, as its Country Manager in Greece.Over the course of his career to date Abdul Hussain has amassed an in-depth, working knowledge of the aviation and... more...

  • Virgin Airlines sale to Alaska: Purposely under evaluated?

    The former Attorney General of Louisiana Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq. and the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC are investigating the proposed sale of Virgin America to Alaska Air Group.Under the terms of the proposed transaction, shareholders of Virgin will receive only $57.00 in cash for each share of Virgin that they own. KSF is seeking to determine... more...

  • Nepal: Domestic air travel declined for 4th straight year

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepal’s domestic air passenger movement continued to shrink for four straight years, dropping 5.96 percent in 2015, as a series of disasters struck the country denting travel demand.According to the data of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), domestic carriers received 86,510 less flyers last year. These airlines carried... more...

  • Malaysia's first Sharia-compliant airline suspends operations

    PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Rayani Air has suspended operations because pilots went on strike yesterday, three months after the budget airline began operations.Ravi Alagendrran, founder of Malaysia’s first Sharia-compliant airline, said the suspension arose from the strike as well as unspecified “technical issues.”An unidentified airline... more...

  • Hamad International transforming into a ‘smart airport

    DOHA, Qatar - Hamad International Airport (HIA) announced today that it has commenced the testing phase of its program to transform into a ‘smart airport’ by integrating best of breed technologies that would offer passengers more control and independence over their journey.The Prime Minister and Interior Minister of the State-of-Qatar, H.E... more...

  • Flybe increases flights to Belfast

    Flybe has increased its 2016 Summer schedule from Leeds Bradford airport with an additional daily weekday service to Belfast City from 4th July offering a choice of up to five flights a day. One way fares are from £19.99 including taxes and charges and are available for booking at flybe.com.Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer comments:... more...

  • JAL: No international fare fuel surcharge

    Japan Airlines (JAL) sets fuel surcharge levels bimonthly based on the 2-month average price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel.JALannounced that it will maintain no fuel surcharge on all international passenger tickets purchased between June 1 and July 31, 2016. The price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel during the two-month period of February... more...

  • Taxis back in business at Brussels Airport

    According to tweets by Brussels airport as of Saturday morning, taxis are available in the pick-up area in front of the arrivals hall of Zaventem International Airport in Brussels.Taxi pick up was suspended after a recent terror attack on one of the passenger terminals more...

  • After Airbus Iran is now talking to Boeing

    Iran may develop a substantial market for importing aircrafts after decades of embargo rules. Airbus was already in Iran. Iran Air has already signed agreements to buy 118 planes from the European consortium Airbus and 20 more from French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR.Now according to Iran's official IRNA news agency a delegation from Boeing Co.... more...

  • Royal Air Maroc reconsiders SuperJet for narrowbody order

    Royal Air Maroc (AT, Casablanca Int'l) is studying the SSJ 100-95 and the MS-21 as part of its 100-seater narrowbody/regional jet fleet expansion plans. According to TASS, Russia's Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Viktor Evtukhov, told local TV that talks with the Moroccans were currently underway."As for the Sukhoi company they are ready to... more...

  • Estonia rejects Avies's plans to resume island flights

    The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has rejected a proposal by Avies (U3, Tallinn Lennart Meri) to partner Skytaxi (Poland) (TE, Wroclaw) in the resumption of flights between the Estonian mainland and the islands of Kuressaare and Krdla effective April 11.In a statement, the Ministry said that since the Estonian Civil Aviation... more...

  • Singapore Airlines increases stake in Virgin Australia

    Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) says it has increased its shareholding in Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) from 22.91% to 23.11%. In a filing with the Singapore Stock Exchange, the carrier said the transaction was valued at AUD3.18 million (USD2.39 million) or AUD0.467 (USD0.35) on average for each Virgin Australia share.The announcement... more...

  • Lesotho's Maluti Sky begins scheduled pax operations

    Maluti Sky (Maseru) has begun scheduled passenger operations as of March 29 having previously operated as a charter airline. Using CRJ-200ER ZS-NMJ (cn 7161), leased from parent MGC Airlines (7D, Maseru), MalutiSky currently operates Maseru-Johannesburg O.R. Tambo 5x weekly, weekdays only.Sam Matekane, the chairman of the Matekane Group of Companies... more...

  • Bahamasair to conclude Dash 8-300 ops this month

    Bahamasair (UP, Nassau Int'l) is planning to end scheduled Dash 8-300 operations later this month with the type's last commercial flights tentatively set for April 16.The Bahamian carrier is in the process of replacing its five Dash 8-300s with a combination of three ATR42-600s and two ATR72-600s ordered during the 2015 Paris Air Show.Bahamasair, which... more...

  • Pan Am International Flight Academy announces new CEO

    MIAMI, FL - Pan Am International Flight Academy and parent company ANA Holdings have announced a change in leadership. Mr Takeshi Negishi has been named President and CEO and will lead from Pan Am's world headquarters in Miami, Florida.Mr. Negishi comes to Pan Am with decades of experience in Aviation and the Aviation Training sector. Prior to being... more...

  • THAI serves Thai desserts during Songkran Festival

    BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) welcomes Songkran Festival with a Thai dessert menu and other special desserts that will be served to passengers flying THAI flights during 13-15 April 2016.International Flights: Thai desserts or other special desserts will be served on all flights departing from Bangkok,... more...

  • Air Malta launches new Palermo service

    VALLETTA, Malta - Air Malta will start scheduled services between Malta and Palermo as from 4th July. These flights will operate in addition to the 13 weekly flights between Malta and Catania/Sicily and reinforce the airline’s leading position between Italy and Malta. Air Malta gives the best choice for travelers from both Italy and Malta with... more...

  • Party in the Sky: Unique experience for Air Malta passengers

    VALLETTA, Malta - 141 passengers travelling on Air Malta’s two-hour charter flight to Ibiza on Thursday 21st July will be treated to an exclusive experience of a “Party in the Sky”. The special flight, chartered by Events by Martin, Malta’s high-end events promoter, will see DJ Ruby and Daniel Pereaux spinning the decks at 39,000... more...

  • Finnair reports March traffic performance

    HELSINKI, Finland - In March, Finnair's overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres grew by 3.3 percent and traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres grew by 4.2 percent year‐on‐year. The passenger load factor rose by 0.6%-points to 79.5 percent The capacity in Asian traffic remained unchanged in March, while traffic increased... more...

  • United Airlines reports March 2016 operational performance

    CHICAGO, IL - United Airlines (UAL) today reported March 2016 operational results.UAL's March 2016 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) decreased 1.5 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) decreased 0.1 percent versus March 2015. UAL's March 2016 consolidated load factor decreased 1.1 points compared to March 2015.The company... more...

  • Air Canada nominates new member to its Board of Directors

    MONTREAL, Canada - Air Canada is pleased to announce the nomination of Kathleen Taylor to its Board of Directors to be voted on at its upcoming Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 10, 2016 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Ms. Taylor is the Chair of the Board of the Royal Bank of Canada and a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and... more...

  • Russia's S7 Airlines to lease A321neo, A320neo from ALC

    S7 Airlines (S7, Novosibirsk) has signed an agreement with US-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for the lease of three A321neos. In addition, it has also signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with ALC for the lease of two A320neos. The first aircraft is due for delivery in spring 2017.Of the aircraft, the A321neo will feature eight Business class seats and... more...

  • OneJet Releases Newly Upgraded Schedules From Pittsburgh

    OneJet , the air transportation network that provides increased access to nonstop travel in small and medium size markets, announced the release of its newly upgraded scheduled from Pittsburgh to multiple destinations including Hartford, CT, Milwaukee, WI, and Indianapolis, IN. This follows an earlier announcement this week regarding operations within... more...

  • Air Madagascar's woes continue

    The choice of flying with Air Madagascar does no longer seem that natural, now that militants within the airlines' ranks have boycotted the handling of Air France flights when landing at Antananarivo, compelling the French national airline to divert flights to Reunion's Roland Garros International Airport. From there have passengers been transported... more...

  • Southwest Airlines Reports March Traffic

    Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the "Company") today reported its March and first quarter preliminary traffic statistics.The Company flew 10.9 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in March 2016, an increase of 6.2 percent from the 10.2 billion RPMs flown in March 2015. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 6.1 percent to 12.9 billion in March... more...

  • Munich Airport posts traffic increases in the first quarter

    Munich Airport saw growth in all traffic segments in the first quarter of 2016. The number of passengers increased by 3 percent to 8.9 million – more than ever before in the first quarter of a calendar year. The 88,350 take-offs and landings represented a year-on-year gain of 1.3 percent. The 79,300 tons of airfreight handled in the first quarter... more...

  • Calling for Cybersecurity Standards for Aircraft

    As the Senate debates the FAA Reauthorization Bill, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced new legislation, the Cyber AIR Act, calling for cybersecurity standards for commercial aircrafts. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) has advocated for two years for the need to assess potential vulnerabilities of expanded technology onboard."We promised... more...

  • Why This U.S. Airline Fare Policy Policy Is Outrageous -Is Europe next?

    American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines (the “Big Three”) may have recently coordinated on a complicated and comprehensive scheme to change airfare rules that have the effect of driving up the price of an airline ticket on unsuspecting consumers by as much as a factor of seven.How The Policy Change WorksThe policy change bars customary... more...

  • Wizz Air to launch services from Olsztyn-Mazury Airport, Poland

    Wizz Air has announced its eighth airport in Poland with the commencement of operations from Olsztyn-Mazury Airport.From June 18th, the airline will offer a new service to London Luton from Olsztyn-Mazury connecting Northeast Poland with the capital of the United Kingdom three times a week.With an initial seat capacity of 27,000 seats in calendar year... more...

  • Norwegian sees passenger growth continue in March

    Increased demand from both business and leisure passengers contributed to Norwegian’s growth in March.The company carried almost 2.2 million passengers this month, an increase of 27 per cent compared to March last year.The load factor was 87.9 per cent, up 3.7 percentage points.The March traffic figures are characterised by growth and higher load... more...

  • Atlas Air completes acquisition of Southern Air

    Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. says it has completed its acquisition of Southern Air Holdings, Inc., for a cash consideration of approximately USD110 million. The deal, which was first announced in January, includes Worldwide Air Logistics Group, Inc. and its two operating subsidiaries, Southern Air (9S, Cincinnati Int'l) and Florida West International... more...

  • Indian LCCs resist move to Mumbai's Terminal 2

    GoAir (G8, Mumbai Int'l), IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int'l), SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) and other Indian budget carriers are resisting Mumbai International Airport Ltd's plans to relocate them to Mumbai Int'l Terminal 2 citing the facilities increased cost of use as well as lack of accessibility.The Hindustan Times reports that during recent meetings,... more...

  • JetSuiteX to launch with domestic California flights

          JetSuite (Santa Ana, CA) has announced that its JetSuite X (Santa Ana, CA) unit will commence scheduled passenger flights later this month.Beginning April 19, the virtual carrier will operate daily flights between Burbank and Buchanan Field, which is about 48km from the heart of San Francisco. Thereafter, flights to each of... more...

  • Malaysia's Air Riths to use charitable business model

    Air Riths (Kuala Lumpur Int'l) is planning to launch Hajj and Umrah flights under its Waqf Airlines brand CEO Datuk Rithsman Mohamed has disclosed. Speaking at the carrier's unveiling, Mohamed said Waqf Airlines would be a shariah-compliant charter operator employing A330-300 widebody jets for flights between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.Mohamed says that... more...

  • Indonesia's TransNusa suspends ATR pax ops

    TransNusa (8B, Denpasar) has temporarily suspended Avions de Transport Rளூgional (Toulouse Blagnac) passenger operations following an incident at Jakarta Halim involving its only ATR42-600, PK-TNJ (cn 1015), on Monday, April 4.The incident occurred when a Batik Air (ID, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) B737-800, on takeoff roll on runway 24, struck and severely... more...

  • Air NZ rules our Vanuatu flights until runway is fixed

    Air New Zealand has said it will not resume flights to Vanuatu until repairs to the runway at Port Vila airport have been carried out.In a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu, Air New Zealand said it would “only consider resuming services once a permanent solution for the runway” has been found.The airline ceased operating... more...

  • Cham Wings Airlines connects Tehran

    Cham Wings Airlines has announced its first flight from Damascus International Airport to Imam al-Khomeini Airport in Tehran. The new launch was within its plan to widen external flights to reach all Syrian communities in a step to reduce travel difficulties they are facing. Cham wings announced in March that it will run three flights weekly from... more...

  • China Eastern to resume flights to Madrid

    China Eastern Airlines will start flying to Madrid again this summer, for the first time in 13 years.The Shanghai-based airline dropped its route to the Spanish capital in 2003, but it has now been confirmed that flights will resume on 28 June 2016. the route will be operated four times a week, departing Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport... more...

  • Dalian Airlines cleared for international flights

    Dalian Airlines, which is based in northeast China’s Liaoning province, has been given the green light to launchinternational flights. The airline, which is part-owned by Air China, has its Air Operator’s Certificate upgraded, enabling it to launch flights from its home base at Dalian’s Zhoushuizi International Airport to nearby... more...

  • Cyprus Visa Application Center launched in Abu Dhabi

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Residents in the United Arab Emirates can now apply for visas to Cyprus at a new visa application center launched in Abu Dhabi. The center was inaugurated by HE Mr Vasilis Polemitis, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Arab Emirates, on 06 April 2016. Abu Dhabi is the second city in the United Arab Emirates,... more...

  • Court grants temporary injunction against recruitment of new Kenya Airways Finance Director

    Former Kenya Airways Finance Director, Alex Mbugua, reportedly obtained a temporary injunction against his former employers to prevent them from filling his position as recruitment for a replacement has reached its final stages.Sources in Nairobi confirmed that Mbugua had filed a suit against Kenya Airways, aiming for reinstatement or else a hefty compensation,... more...

  • IATA passenger traffic: February demand growth stays strong

    GENEVA - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing continuing strong demand growth for domestic and international travel. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 8.6%, compared to the same month last year. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased... more...

  • Etihad Airways and the new partnership with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

    Etihad Airways Medical Centre, the UAE’s first aeromedical facility, and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), Ireland’s oldest post-graduate medical training body, have announced a pioneering new partnership to provide the airline with educational, training, research and operational excellence... more...

  • Alitalia airline roadshow begins

    It started in Naples - the trade roadshow 2016 Alitalia. A real "Tour of Italy" with 14 stages over 43 days during which Nicholas Bonacchi, Vice President of Italy Sales for the company, together with the team dedicated to trade relations with the Italian market, illustrated product news and services dedicated to the world of travel agencies and customers... more...

  • Survey: Airline passengers prefer paper over mobile for boarding

    CHICAGO, IL - Technology makes many aspects of traveling easier but most people still prefer to present a printed boarding pass when checking in at airline gates, according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express.Of the 375 respondents, 65 percent said they present a printed boarding pass instead of a QSR code or other electronic documentation via... more...

  • Domestic US airline price fixing litigation

    In this week’s article we examine the complaint in the antitrust class action case of Blumenthal v. American Airlines, Inc., Case No. 1:15-cv-01056 (D.C.D.C. July 6, 2015), one of more than “100 class actions...which were consolidated into an MDL (multi-district litigation) on October 13 (2015)(before U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly)...alleg(ing)... more...

  • Turkish Airlines collaborates with Plug and Play

    Plug and Play is looking at key innovations across a wide range of industries, while Turkish Airlines has a deeper focus on innovations.In parallel with Turkish Airlines’ goals for open innovation, Plug and Play will accept 20-30 startups in each of its two travel and hospitality classes of 2016.Startups accepted into the three-month programme... more...

  • Anniversary celebrations for Emirates in Sri Lanka

    Emirates is celebrating three decades of service connecting Sri Lanka. On 1 April 1986, an Emirates Boeing 727-200 Flight EK800 departed Dubai International Airport touching down in Colombo. Thirty years later, Emirates has logged 56 million miles with 34 flights a week to Dubai, Malé and Singapore. The airline has already announced it... more...

  • Air France to upgrade A330 cabins

    Air France has revealed the next phase of its long-haul cabin improvement programme, with the revamp of its Airbus A330 fleet.The airline’s entire fleet of A330-200 aircraft will be refitted with new interior products, in a project that will run from late 2017 to the end of 2018.Once the EUR140 million (U159m) programme is complete, each A330-200... more...

  • Qatar Airways to bring Boeing Dreamliner to Geneva route

    Qatar Airways has announced a substantial aircraft upgrade on the Doha to Geneva route from July 1st 2016, to become the airline’s second Dreamliner route to Switzerland after Zற்rich.The route, which is currently operated by an Airbus A320 with 132 seats, will be served by the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, almost doubling capacity... more...

  • Garuda Indonesia launches new services to London

    Garuda Indonesia has launched its new service from London to Jakarta, with the inaugural flight departing from the airline’s new UK home at Terminal 3 of London’s Heathrow Airport. Jubi Prasetyo, general manager UK & Ireland said: “We were thrilled to see our first flight from our new UK home at London Heathrow take to the skies.“Being... more...

  • Virgin Australia secures TNT Express cargo contract

    TNT Express has awarded Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int'l) a five-year, USD575 million contract to haul air freight across Australia for and on behalf of the global logistics firm.According to The Australian newspaper, the contract will begin in July and will see Virgin using bellyhold capacity as well as dedicated freighter aircraft. The carrier... more...

  • Brazil's TAM Linhas Aéreas ends A330 operations

    TAM Linhas Aளூreas (JJ, Sமூo Paulo Congonhas) has ended scheduled A330-200 passenger operations with PT-MVQ (cn 968) completing the type's last commercial service - Mளூxico City-Sமூo Paulo Guarulhos - on Monday, April 4.The LATAM carrier is replacing the A330s with newer A350-900s and B767-300(ER)s.TAM took delivery of twenty A330-200s... more...

  • Sakha Republic appeals to Moscow for Yakutia funding

    Yegor Borisov, the president of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in Russia's Far East, has appealed to Moscow to reconsider its decision to deny Yakutia Airlines (R3, Yakutsk) RUB5 billion (USD72.8 million) in federal subsidies.During a meeting with Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev last week, Borisov highlighted the need for added funding given the state-backed... more...

  • Saudi Arabia bans Iran's Mahan Air from its skies, airfields

    Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has banned Mahan Air (W5, Tehran Mehrabad) from landing at its airports and transiting its airspace effective immediately.In a statement, the GACA said it had monitored the Iranian carrier's operations and had identified what it claimed were numerous safety violations thus warranting the revocation... more...

  • China's Air Guilin nears full certification

    Air Guilin (GT, Guilin) has secured its preliminary approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). The start-up will initially operate a trio of A319-100s sourced from sister carrier Capital Airlines (China) (JD, Beijing Capital), including two purchased and one under operating lease.Air Guilin... more...

  • Wizz Air to open Sibiu, Romania base in 3Q

    Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has announced it will open its seventh base in Romania in Sibiu later this summer. Effective August 19, the Hungarian LCC will base one A320-200 out of the Transylvanian town with plans to open up new routes to Nuremberg, Memmingen, Milan Orio al Serio and Madrid Barajas. Existing services to London Luton will also be increased... more...

  • Ryanair confirms Prague, Czech Republic base for 4Q

    Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) is continuing its push into Central/Eastern Europe with the proposed opening of its 84th base - Prague in the Czech Republic - later this winter. Using two B737-800s, the Irish LCC will expand its current Prague route network from the current Brussels Charleroi, Dublin Int'l, and London Stansted, to include Milan Orio al Serio... more...

  • TAP Portugal named A330neo launch operator

    TAP Portugal (TP, Lisbon) will be the A330neo's launch operator Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has announced. The Portuguese carrier has fourteen A330-900neo on order the first of which is due to enter service at the end of next year.Other carriers that have ordered the type include: Garuda Indonesia (GA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta), AirAsia X... more...

  • Canada's Air Transat to wet-lease B737-400s this summer

    Air Transat (TS, Montrளூal Trudeau) will supplement its summer capacity with the wet-lease of B737-400s from Canadian ACMI/charter specialist, Flair Airlines (F8, Kelowna), AirlineRoute has reported.The contract will begin on May 6 and will see the twinjets connecting Vancouver Int'l, Calgary and Edmonton Int'l in Canada with the Mexican resort... more...

  • From airmail to biofuel – United Airlines builds on 90 years of aviation firsts

    CHICAGO, IL – When a Swallow aircraft took off from Pasco, Washington, on an airmail route bound for Boise, Idaho, on April 6, 1926, it marked the beginning of 90 years of aviation firsts for United Airlines. Since then, United has connected more than 4 billion people to important business meetings, family events, new experiences and cultures,... more...

  • Etihad Airways wins second prestigious Crystal Cabin Award

    Etihad Airways has won the coveted 2016 Crystal Cabin Award in the new ‘Cabin Concepts’ category for its Boeing 787 First Class cabin, featuring the airline’s new First Suites, unique to its Dreamliner fleet. The ceremony was held last night in Hamburg, Germany, as part of the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo.The award is the second... more...

  • Airberlin starts off the spring with stable capacity utilization

    BERLIN, Germany - Despite a capacity reduction of 5.7 percent in March 2016, airberlin's capacity utilization rate (RPK/ASK) showed only a slight decrease of 1 percentage point to 85.4 percent in comparison with the corresponding month of the previous year. airberlin's accumulated capacity utilization rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 83.4... more...

  • Alaska Airlines launches new flight to Kona, Hawaii

    SEATTLE, WA - Alaska Airlines announced today that it will begin weekly flights between Bellingham, Washington and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The nonstop, seasonal service to Kona begins November 12 and ends April 1, 2017."Our customers living in Northwest Washington and in British Columbia, Canada, will soon be able to enjoy convenient access... more...

  • 2016 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival seeks soaring talent

    TORONTO, Canada - Air Canada today announced submissions are open for the 10th annual Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. Emerging Canadian filmmakers are invited to showcase their artistic talent, out-of-the-box thinking and compelling vision in this year's festival that includes a star-studded jury, a cash prize and a chance to travel to the Berlin... more...

  • Brussels Airlines returns to Zaventem

    Travelers from the Brussels Airlines destinations of Entebbe and Kigali will be happy to note that tonight's flight SN 471 will make its landing in the morning at Zaventem again, now that the airline has returned all flight operations to their hub airport.It was also confirmed yesterday by the airport authorities that Gates B are now fully operational... more...

  • Heathrow calls for faster delivery of Western Rail Access

    Responding to Network Rail’s consultation on Western Rail Link, Heathrow has restated its support for the project and has called for Network Rail and the government to accelerate the timeline for this project so its benefits can be delivered sooner.Western Rail Link will provide a vital service, directly connecting passengers and businesses from... more...

  • Lufthansa to implement Amadeus Altéa Departure Control Flight Management

    Ensuring a stable and safe load control – or in other words, that the weight and balance of the aircraft is optimised – is one of the main operational challenges airlines face.Load control plays a vital role in increasing efficiency, on-time performance and reducing fuel costs.And so with this in mind, Lufthansa Group and Amadeus have reached... more...

  • easyJet installs automated bag drop facility at Manchester Airport

    easyJet has become the first airline at Manchester Airport to install a fully automated bag drop facility for customers – which will help to reduce and eliminate check in queues.The new feature feeds in to the recently announced £1 billion ten year Manchester Airport Transformation Programme.Customers are welcomed by easyJet Welcome Hosts... more...

  • Change in management of NIKI airline

    BERLIN, Germany - Effective as of April 15th, 2016, Oliver Lackmann will take over the role as Managing Director of the Austrian airline NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH, following Thomas Suritsch, who will leave the company for health reasons.Captain Oliver Lackmann served as Chief Flight Operations Officer and Accountable Manager of airberlin during recent years,... more...

  • Singapore Airlines adds more Mumbai flights

    Singapore Airlines has announced the addition of four weekly flights between Mumbai and Singapore, taking its total frequency on the route to 18 flights per week.From 21 April to 22 May 2016, the extra services will operate every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Flights will depart Singapore at 0235 and arrive in Mumbai at 0525. The return flights... more...

  • Air New Zealand flies to the Philippines

    Air New Zealand will continue to expand its Asian network later this year with the launch of flights to the Philippines.Commencing in December 2016, the airline will operate three weekly flights direct between Auckland and Manila, using a 230-seat, two-class Boeing 767 aircraft. The flight time will be approximately 10 and a half hours in each direction.Christopher... more...

  • Rockwell Collins to provide onboard broadband connectivity for Air Astana

    ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Air Astana passengers will soon become among the first in the world to experience broadband in-flight connectivity following an agreement recently signed with air transport IT provider, Rockwell Collins. Internet access will be available using personal computers, tablets and smartphones.Air Astana will install the associated Inmarsat... more...

  • New type of aircraft seating: Tourist Class

    HAMBURG, Germany – Tourist Class Seating maximizes passenger seating space, regardless of the pitch chosen by an airline, because it is specifically designed for the 737, designed to produce an open and comfortable environment in the main cabin.LIFT by EnCore today announced the launch of its new Tourist Class Seating for Next-Generation 737 and... more...

  • China's CEFC bumps up Travel Service stake to 49.92%

    CEFC China Energy Company has increased its shareholding in Travel Service Airlines (QS, Prague) to 49.92% after it exercised rights to an additional 39.92% tranche. The Chinese firm entered the Czech ACMI/charter operator's shareholding with the acquisition of a 10% stake in September of last year.Last month, Travel Service alluded to increasing its... more...

  • New Zealand's Originair suspends ops once again

    Originair (Nelson) is hoping to resume operations in the coming days after being forced to suspend them for the second time in eight weeks. Although he could not give any specific timelines, Managing director Robert Inglis told Fairfax Media that the carrier was looking to operate a reduced service aimed mainly at the Palmerston North-Nelson route as... more...

  • Vietnam's VASCO to rebrand as SkyViet

    VASCO - Vietnam Air Services (0V, Ho Chi Minh City) will rebrand as SkyViet Aviation (0V, Ho Chi Minh City) once it completes regularization of its business plan with the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport. Local reports indicate approvals could come through as early as next month.A joint-venture between Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) with 51% and local... more...

  • Undisclosed client orders twenty Challenger 350 bizjets

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  • China's Tianjin Airlines eyes London for longhaul debut

    Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) will make its longhaul debut later this summer with the launch of a 2x weekly Tianjin to London Gatwick via Chongqing return service beginning June 25. Operations will be on-board an A330-200, cn 1756, due for delivery from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) later next month. A further two of the type will arrive... more...

  • SriLankan in talks with ME carrier over management role

    SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l) has entered into talks with an undisclosed Middle Eastern carrier over the latter's proposed oversight of the airline's management, government sources have told Sri Lanka's Sunday Times.The news follows comments made by International Trade Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe at a press conference last week concerning Colombo's... more...

  • Qatar Airways doubles flights from New York City

    NEW YORK, NY – Qatar Airways has added a second daily, non-stop flight along its popular route between John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York City and Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha. The new route features the acclaimed Airbus A350 and a new morning departure time from JFK, allowing passengers to arrive in Doha the morning of the... more...

  • Air France-KLM invests in a next-generation network

    HONG KONG — Tata Communications today announces that it has won a multi-million dollar contract with Air France-KLM, Europe’s second largest airline, to provide next-generation network connectivity to 170 sites. The network will form the backbone for the company as it embraces the latest mobile, cloud, big data analytics and wearable technologies... more...

  • Air Canada resumes full Brussels flight schedule

    MONTREAL, Canada - With the re-opening of Brussels Airport, Air Canada will resume its regular daily flights between Montreal and Brussels effective Thursday April 7th and between Belgium and Canada on Friday April 8th, 2016.Flight DepartMontreal ArriveBrusselsAC832 19:45 08:35 (+1)Flight DepartBrussels ArriveMontrளூalAC833 10:45 12:15Air Canada's... more...

  • Air Canada partners in Biojet Supply Chain Initiative

    MONTREAL, Canada - Air Canada today announced it will participate in Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce 400,000 litres of sustainable aviation biofuel (biojet) into a shared fuel system at a yet to be determined Canadian airport.Previous Air Canada biofuel... more...

  • Porter Airlines taps into Canada's growing corporate travel market

    TORONTO, Canada - Porter Airlines continues to enhance its strong corporate travel base by becoming a UATP Merchant."The corporate travel market is thriving within our network of routes," said Michael Deluce, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Porter Airlines. "UATP is a payment option that makes the travel experience easier and... more...

  • New Korean Air flights: Incheon – Okinawa

    HONG KONG, China – New Korean Air flights to Okinawa will bring convenient access to the southern region of Japan rich in touristic resources, including Shuri Castle, which is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also the place to discover the Nakagusuku castle ruins, incredible limestone caves and some of the world's most colorful... more...

  • History of SAUDIA: Phenomenal growth for Middle East airline in the 60s

    The 1960s was a cultural decade of inter-related trends, both cultural and political, around the globe. More to the point, it was a time of counter culture and social revolution. For SAUDIA, Saudi Arabian Airlines, the 60s represented a decade of exceptional growth and prosperity. In 1961, SAUDIA established routes to Sharjah and Tehran. In the same... more...

  • Kenya Airways to scrap 15% of jobs

    Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) will cut 600 jobs from its workforce as part of its "Operation Pride" turnaround programme formed in the wake of a record KES25.7 billion (USD251 million) loss for the full-year period ending March 31, 2015.Airline CEO Mbuvi Gunze told a news conference in Nairobi this week the plan aims to generate savings... more...

  • Ryanair confirms new London-Tolouse routes

    Ryanair has confirmed it will launch flights to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport daily, from London Gatwick and Heathrow respectively in November.It will join easyjet and British Airways in serving the destination daily from both London airports.Home to one of the oldest wine-growing regions in France, the Gaillac wine region is spread over 3,000 hectares of... more...

  • Man bitten by violent passenger on British Airways flight

    A man traveling on a British Airways flight had to go to hospital after beingbitten as he stepped in to help crew members subdue a "violentpassenger."Christopher McNerlin was flying back to Heathrow from Dubai on Friday whenhe rushed to the aid of a flight attendant dealing with an aggressive fellow traveler.He was bitten on the arm during the incident... more...

  • United Airlines flight attendant opens emergency door, deploys slide after plane lands at Bush IAH

    A United Airlines flight attendant intentionally opened a plane door and inflated the emergency slide after the aircraft landed Monday at Bush Intercontinental Airport.According to an official with United Airlines, the incident happened around noon after Flight 1246 landed in Houston after traveling from Sacramento. The flight attendant deployed the... more...

  • Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa expand codeshare operations

    codeshare agreement to provide customers more benefits through enhanced connections and new codeshare destinations.The expanded codeshare ties will provide Singapore Airlines customers convenient access to over 20 new routes on Lufthansa- and Swiss-operated flights, to and from points in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland via the transfer hubs... more...

  • Emirates to resume flights to Brussels

    Dubai: Emirates will fly to Brussels on Friday for the first time in over three weeks since the March 22 terror attacks in the Belgian capital.Brussels Airport was reopened this week having closed after two bombings at the airport and one at a city metro station that killed more than 30 people and injured more than 300 in March, 2016.Emirates said in... more...

  • Finnair launches website for Asian stopover campaig

    Finnair has launched a new website to support Visit Finland’s new stopover campaign.Through the ‘Stopover Finland’ initiative, Visit Finland is aiming to attract more Asian travellers to stay in the country while travelling to and from Europe with Finnair. A series of stopover packages has been created, ranging from five hours to five... more...

  • Argentina's Sol Líneas Aéreas closes for good

    Sol Líneas Aéreas (8R, Rosario, SF) has confirmed the termination of operations for good following the expiration of a March 31 deadline for it to find renewed investment. After a meeting on Thursday with the Argentine Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, the carrier said the decision was finally taken to put a definitive... more...

  • Emirates and Malaysia Airlines expand codeshare deal

    Emirates and Malaysia Airlines have unveil new routes and frequent flyer benefits as part of their codeshare agreement to provide customers seamless connections and world class travel experiences, across the globe.The new routes cover 15 key Malaysian cities: Langkawi, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Miri, Bintulu, Sibu, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau,... more...

  • FAA to expand Newark slot capacity this winter season

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it will upgrade Newark from a Category 3 to a Category 2 airfield with effect from October 30. The move will allow for an increased number of hourly aircraft movements at the New Jersey airfield, currently limited to 81, with airlines having been asked to submit their proposed Winter 2016 schedules... more...

  • Air Astana gets connected with new high-speed Wi-Fi system

    Air Astana is planning to launch high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi services onboard its aircraft.Kazakhstan’s national carrier has signed an agreement with Rockwell Collins for the deployment of a new broadband internet system on its feet of Boeing 767 aircraft.Commencing in September 2016, Air Astana will  become one of the first airlines in the... more...

  • Oman Air puts the spotlight on Omanization

    Oman Air recently reaffirmed its commitment to Omanisation through its continuing recruitment of cabin crew teams of young Omani citizens.Omanisation is the Sultanate’s policy of providing employment and career development opportunities for suitably qualified and experienced Omani people, thereby developing a sustainable, highly skilled workforce... more...

  • Etihad Airways to add more capacity to South Africa

    Etihad Airways has announced its intent to add three additional passenger flights per week between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi during months of July until September (inclusive) to cater for increased demand over the summer.Complementing the airline’s existing daily service between two cities, the new flights will be operated by a combination of... more...

  • Lufthansa and SWISS expand Asian networks with SIA

    Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group have announced a series of new Asian codeshare partnerships.The two companies formed a commercial joint venture in November 2015 which has already seen SIA codeshare on 20 routes operated by Lufthansa and SWISS from their hubs in Munich and Zurich. And now, the two European carriers will start codesharing on a... more...

  • Two planes collide on runway in Jakarta

    Two planes have collided Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, resulting in a small fire on-board one aircraft.A Batik Air passenger plane was taking off on Monday evening when its wing clipped the tail of a TransNusa aircraft being towed across the runway.No injuries were reported following the incident.All passengers were evacuated safely.The incident... more...

  • Qatar Airways flies into Birmingham, UK

    Qatar Airways has inaugurated the airline’s fourth United Kingdom gateway, with direct flights between Doha and Birmingham connecting the city with more than 150 destinations worldwide.The inaugural flight touched down at sunrise and was greeted by a traditional water salute witnessed by a crowd of gathered media, while Qatar Airways chief commercial... more...

  • Aeroflot turns to IBM big data to drive passenger experience

    Aeroflot turns to IBM big data to drive passenger experienceRussia’s largest airline Aeroflot, has turned to IBM analytics technologies to transform the customer experience of 40 million passengers who fly with Aeroflot annually, helping to increase passenger numbers and brand loyalty.Through the deal, Aeroflot will use IBM’s advanced analytics... more...

  • OneJet to revise charter partner, hub plans this quarter

    OneJet (J1, Indianapolis Int'l) will change its aircraft operating partner and move its main base later on this quarter. Since its launch in April last year, the US point-to-point business-niche operator has used Pentastar Aviation (DCX, Pontiac) for its capacity requirements. However based on ch-aviation analysis of schedule data, effective June 8,... more...

  • Qinhuangdao Beidaihe opens replacing Shanhaiguan airport

    Qinhuangdao Beidaihe has opened to commercial traffic with Hebei Airlines (NS, Shijiazhuang) operating the airfield's first scheduled departure on March 31.The airport replaces Qinhuangdao Shanhaiguan which closed to civilian traffic on the same date. As it stands, Shanhaiguan is now used exclusively by the People's Liberation Army Air Force (Beijing... more...

  • Bangladesh ramps up airport security after UK cargo ban

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has awarded a BDT732 million (USD9.34 million) contract to British firm Redline Aviation Security to upgrade security screening procedures and equipment at Dhaka International Airport.The move comes after the UK government last month banned the haulage of cargo on direct flights between Bangladesh and... more...

  • China Eastern to cut ties with online retailer Qunar

    China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) will pull its products from online Chinese travel retailer Qunar's website with effect from April 5 China's Aviation Daily has reported.The carrier, as with several other Chinese airlines, cites widespread customer dissatisfaction about the site's arbitrary fee increases, fee discrepancies, and failure... more...

  • AirAsia Group to raise $259mn in new share issuance

    Tune Live Sdn Bhd, the investment vehicle owned by AirAsia Group founder Tony Fernandes and chairman Kamarudin Meranun, will acquire 559 million newly issued shares in AirAsia Group for a total of MYR1 billion (USD259 million).In a stock market filing, AirAsia said it would use the funding for the prepayment and repayment of the group's indebtedness,... more...

  • Southwest to use Long Beach slots for Oakland flights

    Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) has announced it will use its four Long Beach slots to launch 4x daily return flights to Oakland beginning June 5.Of the nine newly available slots issued in February this year, the City of Long Beach awarded Southwest four, jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) three, and Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield... more...

  • Alas Uruguay refutes reports of talks with Amaszonas

    Alas Uruguay (YZ, Montevideo) has denied claims in the Uruguayan press linking it to a talks with Amaszonas (Z8, La Paz El Alto) about a potential stake sale.Last week, El Pais reported the start-up, which launched operations in January, had opened dialogue with the Bolivian regional carrier and was also in talks with the Uruguayan government over the... more...

  • Air France headscarf row: Airline lets crew skip new Tehran route

    Many female crew members were unhappy with the ruling, Air France said Air France is willing to let female crew members opt out of flying a new route to Tehran after they were asked to wear a headscarf on their arrival.The airline will restart its flights to the Iranian capital on 17 April. Management last week circulated a note asking female staff... more...

  • Qatar Airways launches air cargo service To Boston

    BOSTON, MA - Qatar Airways, the world's third largest air cargo operator, has commenced daily cargo service between Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston and Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha. All cargo is being transported on board the Airbus A350, as part of the airline's daily, non-stop passenger service, which launched on March 16th.... more...

  • Netherlands opens new visa center in Kuwait City

    KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - Residents of Kuwait can now apply for visas to the Netherlands at a new Visa Application Center launched by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kuwait City. Applicants can visit the VFS Global center to submit visa applications and enrol for biometrics in a centrally-located and comfortable environment.Kuwait is the... more...

  • EasyJet stations tenth aircraft in Berlin, launches new routes

    BERLIN, Germany - EasyJet is ready to take off to new destinations after stationing its tenth aircraft at the Berlin site. Starting with the summer flight schedule, the airline will be offering a direct connection from Berlin Schய்nefeld to Bordeaux. Additional new destinations are Toulouse, Priština and Catania. easyJet also plays an important... more...

  • Korean Air to launch Incheon-Okinawa service

    SEOUL, Korea – Korean Air has announced today that it will launch new flight services from Incheon International Airport in Seoul to Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, from May 5th, 2016 which will be the 16th destination in Japan for the carrier.Korean Air will operate daily flights on Incheon-Okinawa route, utilizing Boeing’s... more...

  • Air BP strengthens Brazilian footprint

    Air BP has considerably strengthened its position in the Brazilian aviation fuelling market following the signing of a deal to supply the airline Azul Linhas Aளூreas at four airports. Under the terms of the new contract, Air BP is now fulfilling the airline’s fuel requirements at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport (GRU/SBGR)... more...

  • Air France agreed with unions to resume Paris- Teheran flights and comply with Islamic law

    Today the Air France management along with French Unions discussed the relaunch of the Paris- Teheran flight as of April 17 with flights three times a week. Just as the financially strained Air France readies to start flying to Iran again, its stewardesses are rebelling against a measure that will force them to wear headscarves when disembarking in... more...

  • United Airlines and machinists' union reach tentative greements

    CHICAGO, IL - United and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) reached tentative agreements today on new contracts for all of the airline's nearly 30,000 IAM-represented employees.The seven agreements cover airport operations employees, contact center agents, storekeepers, maintenance instructors, central load planners,... more...

  • QF9 : Official Statement by Qantas Airways

    Qantas Airways issued this statement after an incident with QF 9 this morning on route from Melbourne to Dubai.This statement reads: Qantas flight QF 9 departed Sydney at 9.24am this morning for Dubai. We’d like to thank our customers for their patience. We will always prioritise safety over schedule.The aircraft was approximately three hours... more...

  • SAA names new National Sales Manager for Australia

    South African Airways (SAA) has announced that Michael Hall has re-joined the airline as National Sales Manager, effective immediately.SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia, Tim Clyde-Smith, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Michael back to the SAA family and look forward to working with him as we continue to build our reputation as... more...

  • Fastjet drops Kilimanjaro-Nairobi route

    Fastjet's East Africa management took reality into account when they dropped their remaining two flights between Kilimanjaro and Nairobi, which the airline launched on January 11 alongside their Dar es Salaam to Nairobi flights.Low traffic numbers, in spite of the lowest fares on the market - as long as the bookings are done well in advance - prompted... more...

  • Starwood takes Chicago youth team out to the ball game

    STAMFORD, CT - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc along with The Chicago Cubs and American Airlines, partnered to send a Chicago-based Union League Boys and Girls Clubs RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) team— the Cubs RBI Junior All-Stars— to Cubs’ Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona, for a once-in-a-lifetime Major League... more...

  • Delta Air Lines integrating @DeltaAssist into primary @Delta

    ATLANTA, GA - Delta Air Lines is integrating @DeltaAssist customer support into its primary @Delta Twitter handle to offer customers a seamless experience when communicating with the airline's team of more than 40 social media specialists."We are committed to listening, caring and connecting with our customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said... more...

  • Delta reports financial and operating performance for March 2016

    ATLANTA, GA - Delta Air Lines today reported financial and operating performance for March 2016.Consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) for the month of March declined 5.0% year over year. Results for the month include a 1.5 point headwind from foreign exchange and a $5 million impact from the recent events in Brussels. While there was pressure... more...

  • Alaska Air Buys Virgin For $2B, Creates America's Fifth-Largest Airline

    laska Air announced a deal Monday to acquire Virgin America, the ninth-largest U.S. airline by passenger traffic, for more than $2 billion, having outbid JetBlue Airways.The acquisition heralds the first U.S. commercial airline merger since US Airways and American Airlines combined in 2013 to form the world's largest carrier. It boosts the size of Alaska... more...

  • Jumeirah Emirates Towers showcases ‘The Americas’

    Jumeirah Emirates Towers will celebrate the gastronomic diversity of the Americas during a cross-continental culinary tour.This is being conducted across three of the five-star property’s world-class outlets during April and May. The Rib Room celebrates launch of its new USA-inspired dinner menu, Alfie’s restaurant offers an exploration... more...

  • Air China links Chongqing and Dubai‏

    Air China has launched the first ever non-stop between Chongqing and Dubai.The new service commenced on 2 April and will run three times a week using a 251-seat, two-class Airbus A330 aircraft. Flights depart Chongqing’s Jiangbei International Airport every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 1840, arriving at Dubai International airport at 2215.... more...

  • Qatar Airways to deploy Dreamliner for Geneva

    Qatar Airways has announced its intent to deploy its 787 Dreamliner, a substantial aircraft upgrade on the Doha to Geneva route effective 1 July 2016.This will be the airline’s second Dreamliner route to Switzerland after Zற்rich. The route, which is currently operated by an Airbus A320 with 132 seats, will almost double capacity on the direct... more...

  • Shaheen Air to commence Muscat-Islamabad service

    Shaheen Air, a private Pakistani airline recently announced the launch of its Muscat-Islamabad flight effective 5 April 2016.The service will run once a week on Tuesdays. The airline will be operating an A330-200 aircraft on this route. With this flight, the airline will have a total of six flights weekly between Muscat and Pakistan. This includes three... more...

  • Ryanair welcomes latest Boeing 737-800 milestone

    Boeing and Ryanair have marked the latest milestone in their partnership, with the delivery of the airline’s 400th Next-Generation 737-800.The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world.“The Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with its industry leading technical reliability and seating capacity, has been... more...

  • easyJet and Travelport renew long-term content deal

    easyJet and Travelport have announced a new long-term agreement.This new agreement means that Travelport-connected travel agencies will continue to have access to easyJet’s content through the Travel Commerce Platform.In addition, easyJet will continue to use Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding solution which enables easyJet to more effectively... more...

  • Cebu Pacific launches summer flying schedule

    Cebu Pacific has added flight frequencies from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao to key domestic and international destinations, to accommodate passenger demand during the summer peak travel period.Passengers travelling from Singapore will be able to take advantage of more travel options as CEB ramps up its flights frequencies to both Iloilo and Davao... more...

  • Over 50 Airlines to Participate in IBS Software's Global Customer Summit in Dubai

    SBS Software's Global Customer Summit 2016 opens today at the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai.Nearly 200 delegates, representing more than 50 airline companies will participate in the four-day summit starting today. The event will see 60 speakers discuss key issues shaping the global air transportation and logistics industry across nearly 25 sessions.Industry... more...

  • National Bank of Abu Dhabi becomes Etihad Airways Middle East Strategic Partner

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has selected National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the largest UAE lender by assets, as its Middle East Strategic partner for transactional banking services.Under the agreement, NBAD will provide Etihad Airways with a full range of transactional banking services across multiple countries... more...

  • Dubai - London: 10 times daily not on British Airways but Emirates

    Once upon a time did British Airways advertise their services with the slogan 'The World's Favorite Airline' but those days are long gone, as is British Airways itself from the skies of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda after deciding to ditch the destinations and their loyal customers with it.The front runner for many years for point to point traffic... more...

  • Air Malta Launches Further Web Upgrades

    Air Malta has just released two important upgrades to its popularwebsite; a best fare calendar and a bookingengine specifically designedfor use on mobile devices.Visitors to airmalta.com can now access a one month view of faresacross a particular month on any destination chosen and select traveldates to suit their requirements.“After an extensive... more...

  • Thirty up for Terminal 4 in Heathrow’s 70th year

    Heathrow’s 70th year has seen another significant milestone in the airports history with Terminal 4 turning thirty.Colleagues at Heathrow celebrated the 30th anniversary of its opening on Friday (1/4).Officially opened by His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Princess Diana on Tuesday 1st April 1986, the terminal cost around £200 million... more...

  • Another Record Year for Convention Destination Vienna

    Vienna's meetings industry recorded more events and overnights than ever before in 2015. The resulting value-added broke the billion euro barrier for the first time ever."The conference destination Vienna achieved record results for all key indicators in 2015," reports Norbert Kettner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Board. Vienna hosted a total of 3,685... more...

  • Kenya tourism angry over false statement about yellow fever

    Kenyan tourism circles showed consternation and growing anger with the careless use of language employed by fellow East African Community (EAC) member countries and companies, suggesting that the country had suffered a yellow fever outbreak.Fact is that two passengers who arrived on Kenya Airways flights from Angola, the only outbreak country on the... more...

  • Airplane crash in New Jersey

    A small aircraft crashed in New Jersey in the South Harrison Township of Gloucester County today.Emergency responders were able to pull the pilot from the wreckage; his/her condition is not yet known. The pilot was the only person onboard.It has not been determined what caused the plane to go down. more...

  • Hong Kong Airlines aims to serve better with HKIA Midfield Concourse

    The Midfield Concourse (MFC) at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has begun full operations. Zhang Kui, President of Hong Kong Airlines, and Stanley Kan, Director of Service Delivery of the airline attended the grand opening ceremony held by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) at MFC. As the first and one of the main carriers using MFC, Hong Kong... more...

  • Emirates extends global partnership with New York Cosmos

    In a recent announcement, Emirates signed a new multi-year global partnership deal with the North American Soccer League (NASL) reigning champions, New York Cosmos.The airline will continue as the club’s founding partner and jersey-front sponsor.The contract renewal will extend for a period of three years. In addition to having the Emirates logo... more...

  • HNA to launch new airline in Ningbo

    China’s HNA Group, which operates multiple aviation businesses including Hainan Airlines, is planning to set up a new carrier in Ningbo, a city in eastern China’s Zhejiang province.The group will partner with local state-owned companies to invest CNY1 billion (US$154 million) in the new Ningbo Airlines, which could take to the skies as early... more...

  • Tianjin Airlines to launch London‏ flights this summer

    Tianjin Airlines, which forms part of China’s HNA Group, will launch its first ever flight to London this summer.The new route, which will operate from Tianjin via Chongqing, will also mark the airline’s first ever long-haul flight and the first service between the Chinese port city and Europe.Commencing on 25 June 2016, flights will depart... more...

  • Travelport inks deal with Bangkok Airways

    Travelport and Bangkok Airways, have extended their multi-year content agreement. Under this agreement, Bangkok Airways has also chosen to leverage Travelport’s industry-leading merchandising solution – Rich Content and Branding – to effectively communicate its brand and offerings to travel agents.Rich Content and Branding is a ground-breaking... more...

  • easyJet launches route from Malta to Geneva

    easyJet has today launched a new route from Malta to Geneva. The new summer service, which is expected to carry over 6,000 passengers in its first summer of operation, commences today and flights will operate twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturday. Fares start from €31.49 one way per person.easyJet launched services to Malta in 2008 and operates... more...

  • Ryanair opens new base at Sofia

    Ryanair will open a new base at Sofia Airport from 30th October, with 3 aircraft and 21 new routes.In Sofia, Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, David O’Brien said: “We are pleased to announce our first Bulgarian base at Sofia (No 83) from 30th October with 3 based aircraft, (an investment of $300m) and 21 international routes in total,... more...

  • CEO: Brussels airport to partially reopen Sunday

    Good news for Brussels. Brussels Airport is to partially reopen for passenger flights Sunday following a March 22 suicide bombings.This was released by the airport CEOP on Saturday evening in Brussels.A partial, symbolic airline service will begin Sunday at Brussels Airport after a 12-day shutdown of passenger service caused by adeadly bombing attack,... more...

  • San Diego plane crash: 1 dead, 5 injured

    A single-engine two-seater Lancair IV aircraft crash landed into a vehicle in San Diego, California, this morning, killed one and injuring 5. The crash occurred on the Interstate 15 North freeway.Aaron Meccann had pulled his car over to sync his Bluetooth when the small plane crashed and slid 250 feet into the rear end of his Nissn vehicle. According... more...

  • Muslim family accuses United Airlines of "racial profiling"

    CHICAGO, IL - A Muslim family of five were reportedly asked to deboard Washington, DC-bound United Airlines plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, citing "safety" issues.Eaman-Amy Saad Shebley in her Facebook post complained about United Airlines racially profiling and humiliating her family by asking them by asking them to leave the flight.... more...

  • Vietnam Airlines to sell 3 planes to bring down debt obligations

    HANOI, Vietnam - State-owned Vietnam Airlines is going to sell and lease back three aircraft that it has ordered in an attempt to raise money and bring down debt obligations.The national carrier has been renovating its fleet with new, wide-body Boeing and Airbus aircraft under a plan approved by the government, using loans including those guaranteed... more...

  • Qatar Airways Cargo introduces first mobile application for Android and iOS devices

    Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo airline, today announced the launch of its first mobile app QR Cargo, available for both Android and iOS devices via Google Play Store and Apple App Store. This application aims to provide ease and convienence to the cargo airline’s customers, by having all the important... more...

  • Qatar Airways: Second daily Dreamliner flight from Doha to Switzerland

    Qatar Airways has announced a substantial aircraft upgrade on the Doha (DOH) to Geneva (GVA) route from 1 July 2016, to become the airline’s second Dreamliner route to Switzerland after Zற்rich.The route, which is currently operated by an Airbus A320 with 132 seats, will be served by the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, almost doubling... more...

  • Kenya makes partial U-Turn over Nairobi Airport expansion

    When news broke last week that the Kenyan government and the Kenya Airport Authority were scaling back the planned expansion of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport into a world class aviation facility by 2018/19, was the stage set for a likely showdown between airlines, both those flying to Nairobi and those who had expressed interest to fly there... more...

  • China's "Sea of Flowers" launches new guide for flower viewing safari

    WUYUAN, China - The Terraced Rapeseed Flower Hills of Jiangling, Wuyuan is hailed as one of the four "seas of flowers" in China. The popular travel destination has recently created a new guide for plant-loving tourists who come to appreciate and photograph the vast and endless rapeseed flower fields."Rapeseed flower is the messenger of spring," said... more...

  • New agreement to tackle people and polar bear conflicts in Canada's North

      IQALUIT, Canada - A diverse group of stakeholders representing Arctic regional governments, industry, researchers and Inuit reached a new unanimous agreement to tackle the growing issue of conflict between people and polar bears.Human and polar bear conflict is becoming an increasing challenge in the North, where various factors including changes... more...

  • Hyatt Gold Passport launches new promotion

    CHICAGO, IL - Hyatt Gold Passport today introduced its Stay More Play More promotion, which allows Hyatt Gold Passport members the opportunity to earn thousands of bonus points for stays April 1 through June 30, 2016.Members can earn 5,000 bonus points after their first five eligible nights, and thousands more after each additional five eligible nights,... more...

  • LAX construction activities expected to cause passenger impacts

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Major construction projects at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will continue to impact travelers during April with sidewalk and vehicle lane closures and in-terminal work. This construction, part of a multi-billion-dollar capital-improvement program underway throughout LAX, will result in a modern airport that significantly... more...

  • Russia's Aeroflot launches updated investor relations website

    MOSCOW, Russia - Aeroflot is pleased to announce the launch of its updated investor relations website. The entirely new and redesigned website is dedicated to providing information and resources for the investment community in a modern, convenient and easy-to-navigate format.The new site was created as part of the road map for strengthening corporate... more...

  • Wildlife managers - Guardians or Ruffians

    t is for pictures like this one that many tourists come to Kenya and in particular visit the Nairobi National Park, where, if lucky enough, one can see the lion king against the silhouette of Nairobi's Central Business District in the background Of late however are more and more questions are being asked about the future of the world's only national... more...

  • More elephant killings in South Sudan cast doubts over the future of wildlife

    When a few months ago 15 elephant carcasses were found, their tusks cut out, were questions being raised about South Sudan's commitment to wildlife conservation, given that the country has not yet put their civil strife behind it.Now, reports are coming in that another 17 elephant have been butchered for their ivory, in the same migration corridor where... more...

  • Emirates adds tenth London service

    Emirates has unveiled plans to boost capacity to London with the addition of a tenth daily flight to the British capital starting 1st October 2016. The new service, Emirates’ fourth daily flight to London Gatwick, will complement its six daily services to Heathrow and take the airline’s total weekly services to the city to 70.The Dubai-London... more...

  • JetBlue expands Mint to new Caribbean destinations

    NEW YORK, NY - JetBlue today announced further expansion of Mint, its award-winning take on the premium experience, to two new Caribbean destinations – St. Lucia and St. Maarten – and on additional new routes. The expansion brings Mint customers to more destinations than ever: • New seasonal service between New York and St. Lucia•... more...

  • University of the East: UE Manila is burning to the ground as we speak

    Tweets are talking about an assault on the the University of the East (UE) in Manila, Philippines. Witnesses are talking about people with masks attacking the campus. UE Manila is burning to the ground as we speak. This is according to Gursharndeep Singh reporting from a local TV news station. JournalismSociety just posted on its website a photo taken... more...

  • Brussels Zaventem Airport remains closed: Authorities fail to approve safe structures

    Tourists and business travelers booked to the European and Belgium Capital Brussels should change plans. Visitors or residents trying to leave Brussels by air cannot do this from Brussels Zaventem International Airport. This airport remains to be closed after the recent deadly terror attack. Reports from airline sources indicate that traffic to Europe... more...

  • South Sudan aviation reopens Juba Airport this weekend

    Weekend flights which were suspended last year to allow for the Juba (IATA: JUB | ICAO: HSSJ) airport runway to be extended and the existing runway to be resurfaced, will resume by the end of April it was learned earlier today. While construction work on other areas of the airport is set to continue for some time, especially on aprons and a new terminal... more...

  • FAA announces slot changes at Newark Liberty International Airport

    WASHINGTON, DC - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it is opening up capacity at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in time for the Winter 2016 scheduling season, a move that will increase access to the busiest airspace in the world.Beginning on October 30, 2016, the FAA will designate EWR as a Level 2, schedule-facilitated... more...

  • Almost a sure deal: Jet Blue buying Virgin America

    As reported by For Business News, the US airline, JetBlue, is close to a deal to purchase Virgin America. This would be a major move of two air carriers in the United States to get into the big league. Travelers have reason to be wary of such mergers. Many of today’s hated airline practices, including adding loads of fees, eliminating hubs... more...

  • US Department of Justice: Airlines in the US coordinating to inflate consumer air fares

    RADNOR, PA - Today the Business Travel Coalition published the following letter to US Department of Justice regarding airline coordination on airfare policy:William J. BaerAssistant Attorney GeneralU.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division950 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20530-0001RE: Airline Coordination on Airfare PolicyDear Assistant... more...

  • AirSprint takes delivery of Canada's first Cessna Citation CJ3+

    CALGARY, Canada - AirSprint Inc, a Canadian fractional operator, took delivery this week of the first Canadian registered Cessna Citation CJ3+ aircraft from Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc company."The Citation CJ3+ is a natural extension for our fleet of Citation CJ2+ aircraft," said James Elian, president... more...

  • Turkish Airlines and Plug and Play announce new collaboration on innovation

    ISTANBUL, Turkey - As being an anchor member of Plug and Play’s Travel & Hospitality Acceleration Program, Turkish Airlines will help select the most promising startups working on the next generation of travel & hospitality products and services.Plug and Play is nurturing innovation in a wide range of industries, while Turkish Airlines... more...

  • THAI Technical Department Receives FAA Repair Station Certificate Renewal

    Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) Technical Department received FAA Repair Station Certificate renewal and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to increase technical repair capabilities.Flying Officer Chalermpon Intarawong, THAI Executive Vice President, Technical Department, said that the THAI Technical Department’s... more...

  • Flybe confirms new French route

    Flybe has confirmed it will operate Saturday flights from Doncaster Sheffield to Chambery in the Rhone-Alps region of south-eastern France from 17 December.  Tickets are available for booking from today (31st March) at www.flybe.com with one-way fares from £44.99 including taxes and charges.Chambery is renowned as the gateway to a number... more...

  • Garuda appoints dnata at London Heathrow

    Garuda Indonesia has appointed dnata to provide all ground handling services for its new five weekly flights from Jakarta and Singapore to London Heathrow. The agreement strengthens dnata’s position as one of the UK’s leading independent handlers, with the firm now providing air services for some of the world’s leading airlines across... more...

  • Thai AirAsia goes international from Hat Yai

    Thai AirAsia has launched its first ever international flight from southern Thailand’s Hat Yai Airport.The new service will operate daily between Hat Yai and Johor Bahru, in southern Malaysia. Flights depart the southern Thai city at 1125 and arrive at Johor’s Senai International Airport at 1400. The return service then takes off at 1430... more...

  • Brussels Airport set to reopen following terror attacks

    Zaventem airport in Brussels is expected to reopen this evening as emergency repairs are completed.The airport has been closed since March 22nd when two suicide bombers detonated explosives in the departures hall.The airport is expected to operate at around 20 per cent of capacity when it reopens.Some 32 people were killed during the attack, which also... more...

  • Etihad Airways celebrates a decade of Manchester flights

    Etihad Airways has marked the tenth anniversary of its services to Manchester Airport.Since the route was launched in March 2006, Etihad Airways has operated over 10,000 flights between Manchester and Abu Dhabi.Due to its popularity in the north of England, the frequency increased to twice daily in August 2011. Over two million guests have flown between... more...

  • Garuda launches direct UK flights

    Garuda Indonesia has launched a new service connecting London and Jakarta.The Indonesian national carrier’s inaugural flight from London’s Heathrow Airport was flagged off on Thursday night in a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Dr Rizal Sukma, Indonesia’s Ambassador to the UK, Jubi Prasetyo, Garuda’s general manager for the... more...

  • Pulkovo Airport: New carriers and destinations introduced, frequencies raised

    SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia - Pulkovo Saint Petersburg Airport (Russia) has begun operations on its summer schedule which entered into force on March 27, 2016 running until October 29, 2016. In the summer season, Pulkovo will welcome new foreign carriers, and the airport route network will be extended with new destinations within Russia and abroad.Route... more...

  • Holland America Line takes delivery of ms Koningsdam

    SEATTLE, WA - Holland America Line took delivery of ms Koningsdam today, March 31, 2016, officially making it the first Pinnacle-Class ship in the fleet. The signing ceremony took place at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Italy. Following the signing, the Dutch flag was raised on the ship for the first time. Koningsdam is registered in the Netherlands.The... more...

  • Hundreds of staff affected by cost reductions at Kenya Airways

    First it was the change in senior management figures, thought to bear significant responsibility for decisions taken in the past which led Kenya Airways close to the financial abyss.Then came the progressive disposal of surplus aircraft, by selling and leasing out the airline's Boeing B777-200s and B777-300s.Third came the rationalization of schedules,... more...

  • Lufthansa receives second A320neo from Airbus

      Lufthansa has received a second A320neo from Airbus. The aircraft, with the registration D-AINB, flew last night to its future base airport, Frankfurt am Main. The first scheduled commercial flight is planned for today and will fly as LH072 to Dusseldorf, making Dusseldorf another destination for the A320neo together with Hamburg, Berlin... more...

  • Dubai airports to charge passengers fee for ‘using airport facilities’

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Passengers flying out of Dubai’s airports will now pay Dh35 along with airline fare and other airport charges, the Dubai Media Office said in a statement yesterday.The service fee has been introduced to help finance the expansion of Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC), according... more...

  • US-international air passenger traffic up seven percent

    WASHINGTON, DC - International air traffic to/from the US totaled 17.2 million passengers in January 2016, a 6.7 percent increase over January 2015.US citizen travel (7.5 million) increased 10 percent, raising its share to 43.7 percent of all air traffic. Non-US citizen air travelers (9.7 million) increased by four percent.U.S. airlines carried 8.5... more...

  • JetBlue Foundation's grants help six aviation programs take flight

    NEW YORK, NY - JetBlue today announced the third round of grants provided by the JetBlue Foundation. The JetBlue Foundation, an education-focused entity which furthers the airline’s effort to place aviation top-of-mind as a career choice for students, awarded $150,000 in grants to help encourage aviation programs that support science, technology,... more...

  • Selling Virgin America: Three ways to see it

    There has been much speculation about Virgin America being sold in part or in whole to China'’s Hainan Airlines, Alaska Airlines or JetBlue. While the Business Travel Coalition (BTC) at this time has not taken a position on a potential sale, there are some competition problems and opportunities worth considering.Merger analyses are fact intensive,... more...

  • HKIA officially opens new Midfield Concourse

    A ceremony was held on Thursday 31 March to mark the official opening of Hong Kong International Airport’s new Midfield Concourse.The facility started handling flights and passengers on 28 December, but this week marked the launch of full operations at the concourse, and another milestone in the airport’s expansion.The opening ceremony was... more...

  • Gulf Air showcases Bahrain to Russian agents

    Gulf Air recently hosted representatives from key Russian-based MICE travel agencies on a four day visit showcasing the airline and some of Bahrain’s notable tourist attractions.In a meeting with Gulf Air acting chief executive officer Maher Salman AlMusallam and Gulf Air acting chief commercial officer Ahmed Janahi discussed the importance of... more...

  • Scoot moves into Middle East with Jeddah flights

    Singapore-based Scoot has revealed plans to launch its first ever flights to the Middle East.From 2 May 2016, the low-cost carrier will offer three daily direct services between Singapore and the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. Flights will run every Monday, Thursday and Saturday using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.Scoot’s services will replace... more...

  • Emirates boosts Philippine links with new Cebu and Clark flights

    Emirates has tripled its network of destinations in the Philippines with the launch of flights to Cebu and Clark.The new triangular service took off for the first time on Wednesday 30 March, carrying a delegation of Emirates executives including Badr Abbas, the airline’s senior vice president of commercial operations for the Far East.The new service... more...

  • Emirates adds 10th daily London flight

    Emirates has revealed plans to launch its 10th daily flight to London.Commencing on 1 October 2016, the new service will become Emirates’ fourth daily service between Dubai and London’s Gatwick Airport. The airline also operates six daily flights to Heathrow.The new Dubai-Gatwick service will be operated using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft... more...

  • Turkish Airlines: Now Istanbul - Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik is the 2nd destination to be served in Crotia as of May 10th. With existing service to Zagreb, Turkish Airlines now adds Dubrovnik, one of the largest cities in Crotia to its expanding network. Beginning from 10th May, Dubrovnik flights will be operated 3 times weekly. more...

  • fastjet launches new Johannesburg-Victoria Falls flight

    fastjet’s first flight between Johannesburg in South Africa and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe took to the skies earlier, marking an important milestone in the pan-African airline’s growth plans.The flight was fastjet’s first international route from Victoria Falls and was launched in response to strong passenger and tour operator demand... more...

  • Amadeus renews full content partnership with Etihad Airways

    Etihad Airways and Amadeus have renewed their full content agreement that ensures Amadeus-connected travel agencies and travellers continue to have access to the airline’s full inventory of flights, seats and other services.Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways chief commercial officer, said: “The guest experience is at the core of everything... more...

  • Etihad Airways and the Sydney Opera House : A natural fit for a renewed partnership

      Etihad Airways and the Sydney Opera House today announced the extension of their Major Partnership for a further five years.The extension will take Etihad Airways well into the Opera House’s Decade of Renewal – launched in its 40th Anniversary year in 2013 to ensure the World Heritage-listed ‘masterpiece of human creativity’... more...

  • Al Mehairi to lead Etihad operations in Canada

    tihad Airways has appointed Fatma Al Mehairi as general manager for Canada, becoming the first female Emirati to be named general manager of a region at the airline. In total, more than 130 Emirati women are employed in various management development programs as part of the airline’s workforce. Based in Toronto, Al Mehairi will lead the further... more...

  • Silicon to Silicon: Nonstop flight

    SAN FRANCISCO, California - United Airlines is the first US airline to serve Israel from the West Coast as it launched today new three-times-weekly service from Silicon Valley in San Francisco, Californa, to Silicon Wadi in Tel Aviv, Israel. United Airlines will inaugurate its newest intercontinental nonstop service with great fanfare this evening,... more...

  • Asiana Airlines welcomes flight crew training expert from Singapore Airlines

    SEOUL, South Korea - Asiana Airlines hires an outside expert to help further enhance its safety operation. Asiana Airlines employs Captain Aric Oh (aged 61, a Singaporean) as Senior Vice President of Flight Crew Training & Evaluation on 1st April. Capt Aric Oh started his career in Singapore Airlines as a flight crew and was appointed co-pilot... more...

  • Xiamen Airlines to fly to LA

    Xiamen Airlines is planning to launch direct flights to Los Angeles.The Chinese carrier has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for permission to launch four weekly services from Xiamen’s Gaoqi International Airport, in southeast China’s Fujian province, to Los Angeles International Airport.If approved, the route... more...

  • Blood ivory seized at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

    Yesterday afternoon, increased vigilance and improved surveillance methods paid off when officials confiscated 64 kilograms of ivory, concealed in gunny bags and stuffed into buckets, and was found by security operatives using sniffer dogs at the cargo area of Nairobi's main airport.Investigations are underway to establish whom the contraband cargo... more...

  • Maldives welcomes former Royal Air Force for 40th anniversary

    The former Royal Air Force (RAF) contingent is in Maldives for a reunion event to be held in Addu to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their departure from Gan. The Royal Air force reunion event will be held in Addu from March 24-31, 2016, and will include a series of activities that have been organized as a part of the event.The Maldives Marketing... more...

  • Avolon redelivers Airbus A320-200 to VietJet Air and A330-300 to Garuda Indonesia

    DUBLIN, Ireland - Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, announces the delivery of one Airbus A320-200 aircraft to Vietjet Air and one Airbus A330-300 aircraft to Garuda Indonesia.This is the second Avolon aircraft on lease to VietJet Air and the seventh Avolon aircraft on lease to Garuda Indonesia. more...

  • Airberlin ramping up service from Berlin to Budapest

    BERLIN, Germany - Airberlin is ramping up its service from Berlin to Budapest, connecting the two cities three times a day from Monday to Friday. The additional flight AB8260 is taking off from Berlin at 9.30pm and reaches Budapest at 10.55pm. For travellers from Budapest this means an extra flight, taking off from the Hungarian capital at 6.25am and... more...

  • Qatar Airways surpasses one million followers on Instagram

    DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is globally recognised as being one of the fastest growing airlines in the world and now the national carrier has reinforced that reputation again in the digital sphere. Last week the Skytrax ‘World’s Best Airline’ achieved the impressive benchmark of having one million followers on Instagram, the... more...

  • Airbus showcasing new cabin brand at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016

    HAMBURG, Germany - Airbus showcases its new cabin innovations at this years’ Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany – the world’s largest event dedicated to the aircraft interiors industry, in-flight entertainment, connectivity and passenger services. At the centre stage, visitors to the Airbus stand will be able to experience... more...

  • Study: Where do Asian Tourists Travel in Europe

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  • Americans remain conflicted on issues of firearms

    SAINT LEO, FL - A new poll released by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows that 60 percent of those surveyed nationally believe some new, additional limited licensing or permitting, and some restrictions on certain firearms, such as assault weapons, are necessary.Of the remaining balance of the 1,015 adults polled online March 13 through... more...

  • Olympics 2024 bid: Alitalia airline steps up for Rome

    ROME, Italy – The Rome Olympics will be an occasion to celebrate the beauty of Italy’s cultural and natural heritage, which will provide the backdrop for a number of the most important events, such as the beach volley tournament to be hosted in Rome’s Circo Massimo, the cycle races that are due to finish in the midst of the Imperial... more...

  • Etihad celebrates Manchester anniversary

    UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways has marked the 10th anniversary of its services to Manchester Airport. Since the route was launched on 27 March 2006, Etihad Airways has operated more than 10,000 flights between Manchester and Abu Dhabi. Due to its popularity in the North of England, the frequency increased to twice daily in August 2011.  Over two... more...

  • Gulf Air, IGA conduct knowledge sharing session

    Gulf Air along with the Information & eGovernment Authority (IGA) recently conducted a knowledge sharing session at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters.The session was held in order to raise awareness and facilitate understanding of protection of state information and documents, in line with state secrets law.Gulf Air acting chief executive... more...

  • Qatar Airways inaugurates Birmingham route

    Qatar Airways has inaugurated its fourth United Kingdom (UK) gateway, with direct flights between Doha and Birmingham, connecting the city with more than 150 destinations worldwide.The inaugural flight touched down at sunrise this morning and was greeted by a traditional water salute, witnessed by a crowd of gathering media, while Qatar Airways’... more...

  • Qatar Airways has signed a pledge

    Qatar Airways has signed a pledge to support the airline industry’s commitment to sustainable aviation fuels. As a member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), a world-leading environmental research programme, the pledge unites Qatar’s national airline with industry leaders to drive the development and commercialisation of... more...

  • Airlines condemn French air traffic control strike

    Just ten days after extensive disruption in European aviation, a new French air traffic controller strike will today cause disruption to travel plans.Millions of European travellers are expected to be hit by the action, the 43rd strike day in France since 2009.“Repeated and disproportionate industrial action by French ATC unions is seriously impacting... more...

  • Fake suicide belt used in EgyptAir MS181 hijack

    EgyptAir flight MS181 was hijacked using a fake suicide belt, officials have confirmed.The Airbus A320 was carrying 56 passengers from Alexandria to Cairo, along with six crew and a security official, when it was diverted by a passenger threatening to blow himself up yesterday.The plane landed in Larnaca, Cyprus, where the passengers and crew were eventually... more...

  • Seven dead as private plane crashes in Canada

    Five members of the same family are believed to be among those killed following a plane crash in Canada.In total seven people died as a small twin-engine turboprop plane crashed on an island off the east coast of Quebec.Authorities confirmed the plane crashed as it approached Iles-de-la-Madeleine Airport amid heavy winds and snow.Former Canadian transport... more...

  • Virgin Atlantic signs codeshare deal with Flybe

    Virgin Atlantic is increasing its regional presence with the introduction of two brand new routes from Manchester Airport, and a new codeshare agreement with Europe’s leading regional airline, Flybe.The new routes will mean America is more accessible than ever before from the North of England as Virgin Atlantic introduces Manchester Airport’s... more...

  • Emirates brings A380 service to Birmingham, UK

    Emirates has launched an Airbus A380 service to Birmingham Airport.The airline’s inaugural flight on its new daily A380 service from Dubai touched down at 12:20.This is the first time that the double-decker aircraft will operate a regular service from the airport, with the A380 replacing the Boeing 777 on the daily EK39/40 service.Emirates will... more...

  • Multiple boarding passes land on British Airways app

    Boarding British Airways flights has just got easier for families and friends travelling together thanks to the introduction of multiple mobile boarding passes.Previously, each person had to each carry their own smartphone to show their mobile boarding pass to go through security or board a flight.But now up to eight individual mobile boarding passes... more...

  • Boeing to cut 4,500 staff from worldwide workforce

    American aviation giant Boeing has confirmed it will cut 4,500 jobs from across its international workforce.The majority of the positions will go by the middle of 2016, with a third expected to come from voluntary redundancies.The rest of the losses are expected to come through attrition, with the commercial aircraft division expected to see the largest... more...

  • East African arirport project hangs in the balance

    News emerging from aviation circles in Nairobi is painting a grim picture over the future of Kenya's most ambitious aviation infrastructure project, the 56 billion Kenya shillings expansion of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), under what has been dubbed “Project Greenfield.”Key to the airport expansion was to be a second runway,... more...

  • Airbus Fleet in Latin America to more than double by 2034

    According to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), Latin America will need 2,540 new passenger and freighter aircraft between 2015 and 2034, to meet long term growth in the region. This demand includes 1,990 single-aisle and 550 widebody like the A330, A3350 XWB and A380, worth an estimated US$330 billion. This demand will mean that the passenger... more...

  • China’s Loong Air cleared for international flights

    Loong Air, a new Chinese passenger airline based in Hangzhou, has received permission to launch international flights.The former cargo carrier moved into the passenger sector in late 2013, and has now had its Air Operator’s Certificate upgraded by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), allowing it to launch international flights.The... more...

  • Statement on EgyptAir flight MS181 by Egyptian Minister of Tourism

    Commenting on the EgyptAir flight MS181 attempted hijacking, H.E. the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Yehia Rashed, stated:“Earlier this morning there was an attempted hijack of EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo. All passengers and crew are safe and the attempt ended peacefully with Cypriot officials arresting the individual concerned.“We... more...

  • Alaska Airlines announces formation of new subsidiary

    SEATTLE, WA - Alaska Airlines, Inc today announced the company plans to form a wholly owned subsidiary called McGee Air Services, a dedicated airline services company that combines deep industry experience with a singular focus on providing best-in-class airline services.Initially, the company will provide airline services for Alaska Airlines. McGee... more...

  • Hermes Airports: Operations at Larnaca Airport restored

    LARNACA, Cyprus - Hermes Airports announces that the operation of Larnaca Airport has been restored.After the situation with the Egypt Air aircraft has been successfully resolved, all procedures have been activated for the smooth operation of flights to and from Larnaka Airport.Already, Rossiya Airlines has landed at Larnaka Airport at 16:30. For more... more...

  • Dassault's Falcon 8X enters final stages of flight test and certification program

    SAINT-CLOUD, France - Dassault Aviation's new flagship, the Falcon 8X, is entering the final stages of its flight test and certification program as work proceeds to prepare the ultra-long range trijet for initial delivery.FAA and EASA certification of the 6,450 nm/11,945 km 8X is expected by midyear and entry into service by late summer.The three aircraft... more...

  • Ducommun wins A320neo and A330neo design contracts from Airbus

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Ducommun Incorporated today reported that it has received a contract from Airbus to produce titanium structures for engine support on the A320neo aircraft (new engine option). Ducommun will manufacture these titanium engine support structures using its proprietary hot forming and super-plastic forming processes at its operation centers... more...

  • American Airlines halts Brussels flights

        FORT WORTH, TX - American Airlines has canceled all flights to and from Brussels until April 7 in what appears to be further response to the terrorist attacks that killed 32 people and injured hundreds last week.The airline released a statement saying that all flights in and out of Brussels Airport are on hold until a flight from Philadelphia... more...

  • Canadian Transportation Agency clarifies who must hold an air licence

    GATINEAU, QC, Canada - The Canadian Transportation Agency issued a determination today that will bring clarity and predictability to the air industry, allow for innovation and consumer choice, and maintain protection for travelers.The Agency determined that resellers – companies who purchase seats from an air carrier and resell them to the public... more...

  • SAUDIA: Airline takes off with a single plane over 70 years ago

    SAUDIA (Saudi Arabian Airlines) started out in 1945 with a single twin-engine DC-3 Dakota HZ-AAX given to King Abdul Aziz as a gift by the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt following their historic meeting at the Suez Canal on February 14. This DC-3 was used on routes between Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dhahran and carried both passengers and cargo.Just a... more...

  • Mitsubishi issues statement on MU-2 aircraft accident in Canada

      WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Scott Sobel, spokesperson for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, released the following statement regarding the MU-2 accident in Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Canada: "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America sends its deepest condolences to those in grief after the terrible loss of the pilots and passengers involved... more...

  • Brussels Airlines hard hit by Zaventem closure

    Hardest hit among the dozens of airlines normally frequenting Zaventem was no doubt Brussels Airlines, the home carrier of Belgium. European departures and arrivals were within the space of two days shifted to both Liege and Antwerp while international flights to and from Africa and to and from North America, were using both Frankfurt and Zurich. In... more...

  • MEBAA 2016 gears up for a bigger show

    The MEBAA Show is expected to be the largest yet when it returns to DWC this year from 6-8 December.With the 2014 edition closing its three day run with 8,314 attendees coming to network and interact with over 420 exhibitors, organisers are predicting around 10% growth in size of the MEBAA Show for 2016.The three day show will also host the Business... more...

  • Dubai International brings airport app to smartwatches

    Tech savvy, early-adopting passengers flying through Dubai International will now have timely, important travel information delivered to them on their smartwatch following the launch of a new service integrating the gadget with Dubai Airports’ popular smartphone app.To satisfy Dubai International’s huge and diverse customer base, the smartwatch... more...

  • Airbus launches Airspace cabin concept for next generation aircraft

    Airbus has launched its new Cabin brand “Airspace by Airbus”.At the heart of this new philosophy Airbus connects the wellbeing for passengers with the operational performance for its airline customers.Representing the best of Airbus’ cabin innovation and design, Airspace will offer a sophisticated, flexible canvas as a back-drop to... more...

  • Pegasus completes $500m aircraft deal with Boeing

    Boeing and Turkey’s leading low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines, have finalised an order for five Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, valued at approximately $505 million based on expected list prices at delivery.Pegasus Airlines and its subsidiaries, Air Manas and Izair, operate a fleet of 58 737-800s and a total of 69 aircraft.The carrier is based... more...

  • World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 at WTM London kick off 20th year of ethical tourism

    Tourism businesses, organisations and initiatives around the world are now being invited to submit an entry into the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 at WTM London, as the world celebrates 20 years of responsible tourism action.The global search for the world’s most enduring and inspirational examples of responsible tourism in action kicks... more...

  • Vueling Airlines to add Manchester-Tenerife flights

    Vueling Airlines is set for further expansion from Manchester Airport this summer adding a new route to Tenerife.The Spanish low cost airline will operate one flight a week to the Canary Island during July and August and two flights a week in September and October. Vueling, part of International Airlines Group, already offers flights to Barcelona and... more...

  • New museum on Museum Square in Amsterdam opens its doors

    Moco / Modern Contemporary Museum will open its doors to the public the beginning of April. The opening exhibition will combine works of art by Pop Art-protagonist Andy Warhol and Street Art-legend Banksy. The new museum for modern and contemporary art located on the Museum Square in Amsterdam wants to reach out to a wide, international and young audience.... more...

  • Rio Olympics 2016: Sports tourists are getting ready and book flights in record numbers

    According to a study produced for the Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau, flight bookings to Rio have risen dramatically for the Olympic games - 322% ahead of where they were at the same time last year, with the largest number of sports fans coming from the US and Argentina.According to data that monitors future travel patterns by analysing 14 million... more...

  • Hijacked: Egypt Air passenger plane with passengers from the USA, UK, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands and Egypt

    UPDATE: Egyptian civil aviation minister says 7 people remain on the plane, including 3 passengers.Here is what happened so far:An Egypt Air A320 on a domestic flight from Cairo from Alexandria on Tuesday was rerouted to Cyprus after a man claiming to wear an explosive belt forced the crew to leave Egyptian air space.The plane landed safely in Cairo.... more...

  • Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort will open June 1 in Sri Lanka

    Opening on Sri Lanka's southern coastline on 1 June 2016, Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa will set a new standard for hospitality in the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean." Spanning 145 acres, the 300-room beachfront resort will boast lush tropical gardens, an 18-hole golf course, an artisan village and a wide array of innovative dining, event and... more...

  • Hong Kong Airlines: Inaugural Flight to Okayama, Japan

    Hong Kong Airlines,celebrated its inaugural daily direct service HX 6682 to Okayama, Japan yesterday (28 March 2016).The new service allows Hong Kong Airlines to be the first and only carrier between Hong Kong and Okayama, further strengthening the airline’s network in Japan. To mark the official launch of this new route, Hong Kong Airlines held... more...

  • Second Kenya Airways B777-200ER delivered to Omni Air International

    Cabot Aviation, a division of Air Partner is pleased to announce that the second former Kenya Airways B777-200ER has been delivered to Omni Air International, a US based airline providing global passenger ACMI, wet lease and charter programs.The aircraft, MSN 33681, was originally delivered to Kenya Airways in 2004 and was operated by the airline on... more...

  • American Airlines to fly LA-Beijing

    American Airlines is planning to launch daily flights between Los Angeles and Beijing later this year.The carrier has submitted an application for the route with the US Department of Transportation, and if approved, flights are expected to commence on 16 December 2016. The airline already flies to the Chinese capital from Chicago and Dallas.“This... more...

  • Emirates A380 touches down in Birmingham

    Emirates launched its A380 service to Birmingham Airport over the Easter weekend, replacing an existing Boeing 777 on the daily EK39/40 flight.Emirates will now offer three daily flights to Dubai from Birmingham, with the A380 complementing the two already existing 777 services on the route. The introduction of the A380 increases daily capacity between... more...

  • Oman Air launches innovative first class dining

    Oman Air recently unveiled Service by Design, a brand-new innovative inflight dining option for its first class customers.With the slogan ‘Choose your own Chef’, Service by Design enables passengers in the airline’s most exclusive cabins to compose their own inflight meals by visiting the airline’s website. There they can choose... more...

  • Etihad Airways Engineering to host AE&M conference

    Etihad Airways Engineering will soon play host for the MRO Network’s upcoming Airline Engineering & Maintenance: Middle East conference. The event is scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi from 26-27 April 2016.Exploring MRO growth will be the heart of the discussions. The event will witness attendance from key stakeholders in the MRO value... more...

  • AirAsia brings more Chinese visitors to Chiang Mai

    AirAsia is capitalising on the Chinese visitor boom in Chiang Mai with the launch of a new direct service to the northern Thai city from Changsha.The capital of central China’s Hunan province, Changsha has a population of more than five million people. And they will now be offered daily flights to Chiang Mai with Thai AirAsia’s new direct... more...

  • HK Express spreads wings in Japan

    HK Express has unveiled plans for a significant expansion of its operations in Japan, with the launch of three new routes.The Hong Kong-based low-cost carrier currently flies to six Japanese airports, but this will increase by 50% to nine destinations this summer, after the airline launches flights to Ishigaki, Takamatsu and Kagoshima.“HK Express... more...

  • Emirates extends online check-in

    In light of enhancing passenger experience, Emirates has extended its online check-in to 48 hours before departure, from 24 hours, effective immediately.Customers around the world can check in online on both desktop and mobile devices from 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure.The increased lead time offers greater flexibility in choosing seats,... more...

  • Hijacked EgyptAir plane lands in Cyprus

    An aircraft operated by Egyptian flag-carrier EgyptAir has been hijacked and forced to divert to Larnaca airport on the south coast of Cyprus.Flight MS181, an Airbus A320 carrying 81 passengers, was on route from Alexandria to Cairo when it was hijacked.A passenger on board is believed to have told crew he was wearing an explosives belt.All Egyptian... more...

  • Etihad to expand services to Istanbul, Turkey

    Etihad Airways will expand its services to Istanbul during 2016 with a new four times weekly service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.The service will commence on July 1st 2016 and be served by an Airbus A320-200, with 16 seats in business and 120 in economy.The route will provide more travel options for guests travelling between the UAE and Istanbul as well... more...

  • New record set in rhino breeding

    Ugandan conservation circles will be celebrating when news reaches them that baby rhino number 11 has been born at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary of the Rhino Fund Uganda earlier today.Angie Genade, Executive Director of the RFU and of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, confirmed the birth, pictures included, a few minutes ago.With only three breeding-age females,... more...

  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport marks five-year milestone

    DFW AIRPORT, TX - Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport today celebrated five years of accomplishments in safety, risk management and best practices in construction management through its Rolling Owner Controlled Insurance Program (R/OCIP) and received the prestigious Willis Eagle Award for Excellence in Safety from Willis Towers Watson. The... more...

  • Who's No. 1? Airline Quality Rating Report to reveal 2015 top carriers

    WASHINGTON, DC - The results of the 26th annual national Airline Quality Rating (AQR) will be announced at 9:30am EDT, Monday, April 4, at a news conference at the National Press Club, Zenger Room, in Washington, D.C. Virgin America has finished on top of the rating for the past three years. This year though, three airlines are battling for air quality... more...

  • Turkish Airlines launches new flights to Jeddah, Medina and Riyadh

    ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish Airlines starts its new flights: From Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, Ankara Esenboga and Trabzon Airports to the important points in Saudi Arabia such as Jeddah (JED), Medina (MED) and Riyadh (RUH) Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) – Medina (MED) v.v. flights will be operated as 4 frequencies per week and... more...

  • JetBlue and Azul Brazilian Airlines announce codeshare agreement

    NEW YORK, NY - JetBlue today announced it is expanding its existing partnership with Azul Brazilian Airlines through a unilateral codeshare agreement, subject to government approval. Azul will place its “AD” code on JetBlue flights between multiple destinations and JetBlue’s focus cities in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Orlando... more...

  • Virgin America, Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines - takeover? Stocks up 12 percent

    Virgin America shares jumped 12% on report the company has attracted bids from JetBlue and Alaska Airline.According to Bloomberg, discussions between Virgin America and the two bidders are ongoing, and a deal could be announced as early as next week, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private information. Bloomberg went on to report:... more...

  • Virgin America announces Colorado premiere of 'BLAH AIRLINES' film

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Virgin America today announces the Colorado premiere of the airline's critically acclaimed "BLAH AIRLINES FLIGHT 101," at the 13th annual Vail Film Festival. The five hour and forty-five minute film is set onboard a BLAH Airlines flight - the boring, beige and dull antithesis of the innovative and stylish experience guests enjoy... more...

  • Delta steps up to the plate as Official Airline of Washington Nationals

    WASHINGTON, DC - Delta is stepping up to the plate in Washington with a new five-year sponsorship agreement to be the Official Airline and Official Private Jet Carrier of the Washington Nationals."As a proud supporter of America's pastime, Delta is excited to welcome the Washington Nationals to the roster of MLB teams we sponsor across the country,"... more...

  • Taiwan’s V Air arrives in the Philippines

    V Air, the Taiwanese low-cost carrier, has launched its first flights to the Philippines.The inaugural flight from Taipei to Manila touched down at the Philippine capital’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday, marking the start of a new scheduled service operating four times a week.Flights will now depart Taipei’s Taoyuan International... more...

  • Middle East aviation stakeholders active on expansion

    Middle East aviation sector continues to generate tremendous interest from suppliers worldwide, with airlines in the region recording strongest annual traffic growth.The strong interest in Middle East is reflected in the 16th edition of the Airport Show. The event is scheduled to take place from 9-11 May 2016 in Dubai. The show has already attracted... more...

  • ADIA welcomes 1.86 million pax in February

    Abu Dhabi Airports recently reported an 8.7% increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport for February 2016, compared to last year.A total of 1,863,942 people travelled through ADIA last month, exceeding February 2015’s figure of 1,715,540.“We continue to see year on year growth in passenger numbers traveling through... more...

  • Emirates adds more capacity on Birmingham route

    Emirates has announced its intent to deploy its A380 aircraft on the Birmingham route.The airline has been serving Birmingham for well over a decade, with its first daily service launched in December 2000. Based on strong demand in the region for Emirates’ services, Birmingham boasts three daily flights to Dubai.The new A380 service will be operated... more...

  • Qatar Executive expands its fleet

    Qatar Executive has recently taken delivery of a second brand new Gulfstream G650ER.The company with the new aircraft has two Gulfstream G650ER aircraft ready for charter to meet growing requirements.Qatar Airways group chief executive, HE Akbar Al Baker said: “The G650ER allows customers to reach main business centres around the world in the... more...

  • Qatar Airways launches free flights competition in Birmingham

    Qatar Airways has teamed with local celeb Jamelia to launch a new competition at Birmingham Airport promoting its inaugural Birmingham-Doha route that launches on 30 March.  Amsterdam welcomes Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight on 16 June at Schiphol AirportQatar AirwaysThe Birmingham-born star took the first photograph inside the unique Qatar... more...

  • Thomas Cook launches VR campaign

    Thomas Cook has launched its latest virtual reality campaign providing users the chance to enjoy a 360ச in-flight experience from Thomas Cook Airlines.The concept, devised by Catch Digital, involves holidaymakers being transported to the cockpit of a Thomas Cook plane, where they are then able to jump to videos taken within both the economy and premium... more...

  • Malaysia Airlines hopeful of solving MH370 mystery

    Malaysian Airline has said it welcomes the news that debris found on the coast of Africa is almost certain to belong to its missing flight, MH370.In a statement, the national carrier said that the recent findings represented a breakthrough in the investigation, and that it hopes the discovery would bring it closer to solving the mystery of the flight’s... more...

  • Russia to Azerbaijan: 50 per cent increase in airline travel

    Tourist flow from Russia to Azerbaijan will increase 50% this year. This is recording to the Kommersant newspaper.Tourists travelling to Baku and Tbilisi increased sharply. Number of tickets sold on these destinations tripled.The reason: Travelers are finding alternatives due to the lack of direct flights to Turkey.“The situation makes our citizens... more...

  • A lot of new flights about to operate from Pulkovo Airport in St.Petersburg

    Pulkovo Airport in St.Petersburg, Russia shifts to a spring-summer schedule.Oxu.Az reports with reference to baltika.fm that new flights will be operated in the summer season to Zagreb,Croatia and Belgrad, Serbia as well as to Shanghai, China.Also flights to Greece will be added.Another airline is starting to operate flights from St. Petersburg to the... more...

  • US-Bangla Airlines about to launch Kathmandu air service

    US-Bangla Airlines, a private Bangladeshi carrier, has been granted operation authorization by Nepal to operate flights on the Kathmandu-Dhaka route.US-Bangla Airlines is the fifth Bangladeshi airline to receive a permit from Nepal.Other airlines allowed to fly to Kathmandu are Biman Bangladesh, GMG Airlines, United Airways and Regent Airways.However,... more...

  • Etihad: Airline Engineering and Maintenance host Middle East conference in Abu Dhabi

    etihad Airways Engineering will be the host sponsor of MRO Network’s upcoming Airline Engineering & Maintenance: Middle East conference, taking place in Abu Dhabi on April 26-27, 2016.Exploring MRO growth is at the heart of the discussions at this conference which has a 20-year history of gathering key stakeholders in the MRO value chain –... more...

  • AirAsia adds two new routes to Shantou

    AirAsia has expanded its presence in China with the launch of one new route to Shantou, in the populous Guangdong province, and the announcement of plans for a second.The low-cost carrier commenced four weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Shantou last week, with services running every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. And then on 27 May 2016 it... more...

  • Tianjin Airlines adds 42 domestic routes

    Tianjin Airlines has significantly expanded its domestic route map with the launch of 42 new routes.In Inner Mongolia, the carrier will expand its operations from Hohhot, connecting the city with destinations including Hangzhou, Qingdao, Ningbo, Linyi and Tianjin.The carrier will also build its base at Urumqi, the capital of northwest China’s... more...

  • Kunming’s Lucky Air to become an LCC

    Lucky Air, the Kunming-based airline owned by the HNA Group, will become a low-cost carrier.The airline, which is second only to China Eastern Airlines in terms of seat capacity in China’s Yunnan province, will become the region’s first LCC. The transition process is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.Under the plan, Lucky Air will... more...

  • Air Arabia adds new route to Sarajevo

    A senior Air Arabia delegation recently joined the carrier’s inaugural flight from Sharjah to Sarajevo as part of three-day programme to commemorate start of flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina.The delegation was led by chairman of Air Arabia, HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohamed Al Thani and other royal, official and trade guests who participated in... more...

  • Etihad Airways expands Istanbul services

    Etihad Airways recently announced its intent to expand its services to Istanbul during 2016 with a new four times weekly service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.The service will commence on 1 July 2016 and be served by an Airbus A320-200, with 16 seats in business and 120 in economy. The airline already operates a daily service to Istanbul Ataturk Airport... more...

  • Cathay’s first A350 takes to the skies

    Cathay Pacific’s first Airbus A350 aircraft has completed its maiden flight in the skies above southern France. The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, including the installation of its cabins, and undergo further checks and test flights ahead of its delivery to Cathay in the second quarter of the year. The aircraft is the... more...

  • Amadeus UK strengthens commercial team

    Amadeus has bolstered its commercial approach in the UK with the recent appointment of Kevin Myhill to Head of Corporate Direct, and Liz Emmott to Head of Sales. Kevin and Liz are both based at Amadeus UK’s head office at Gatwick Airport. Kevin will lead the growth of Amadeus’s expert consultancy and corporate segment through direct sales... more...

  • Qatar Airways in sports focus

    Qatar Airways has signed a three-year sponsorship of Team Qatar Airways and Official Airline Sponsor to the Beach Polo Cup Dubai, commencing 2016 through to 2018.Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheik Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for a second consecutive year, the Beach Polo Cup Dubai will take place 1-2 April and brings together... more...

  • Spider Man on Times Square, a tourist attraction to think twice about looking at

    Traveling to New York. There is a good chance you will run into Spider Man on Time Square.If you don't want your wife get punched or bullied and even harassed by these costumed characters perhaps you better not worry about taking a tourist photo with SpiderMan."Yuh, I feel a little scared of them when they ask for money after you pose for a picture,"... more...

  • Hawaii based Mokulele Airlines about to enter the California market

    Hawaii based Mokulele Airlines is moving some operation from the Aloha State to California.A new second home for this small Hawaii airline will be Imperial County. Under a contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation the airline will provide essential air-service to this region beginning May 1 2016 to April 30,2018. Service will partially be... more...

  • Natural disasters: Africa most vulnerable, Asia most exposed

    PARIS, France - Countries and mega-cities across Asia are highly exposed to natural hazards ranging from cyclones to earthquakes, but people in sub-Saharan Africa are more vulnerable, according to the Natural Hazards Vulnerability Index report.Nearly 1.4 billion people in South Asia — India, Bangladesh, Pakistan — face at least one major... more...

  • Summer Timetable 2016: Stable seat capacity and new airlines at Frankfurt Airport

    FRANKFURT, Germany – In the 2016 summer schedule, the overall seat capacity at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) will remain at the previous year’s level, with approximately 820,000 seats per week planned. The average number of seats per aircraft movement will continue to increase, with the total number of planned aircraft movements being slightly... more...

  • How live animals travel on Qatar Airways?

    Qatar Airways has signed the United for Wildlife Transport Industry Declaration at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH The Duke of Cambridge and The Rt. Hon. the Lord Hague of Richmond.Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann attended the ceremony to sign the declaration, which focuses on the illegal trade in African elephants, rhinos,... more...

  • Qatar Executive’s G650ER connects the Middle East and North America non-stop

    In time for the upcoming busy spring and summer season Qatar Executive now has two luxurious Gulfstream G650ER aircraft ready for charter to meet the requirements of its affluent clientele.There are very few business jets of this calibre available in the charter market and as such the Gulfstream G650ER is highly sought after among the global travelling... more...

  • The number one airline in Africa is from Turkey

    vKarakas explained, "We currently offer the largest number of O&D pairs in Africa - a total of 11,472 origin-to-destination pairs on the African continent. Within Africa, we do 2,448 O&Ds; Africa to Europe 5,184; Africa to the Middle East 1,632; Africa to the Far East 1,632; and Africa to America 576, which brings our total to 11,472 O&D's.... more...

  • Sorry our pilot is wasted: Drunk American Airlines co-pilot thrown of the plane in handcuff

    American Airlines flight 736 from Detroit to Philadelphia was cancelled on Saturday morning after the co-pilot was taken into custody when he allegedly failed a Breathalyzer test administered by airport police, CNN reports citing airport spokesperson Michael Conway.Passengers preparing to take-off have described “chaotic” scenes after the... more...

  • A state award for this Bek Air pilot saving 116 passengers this morning

    Kazakh pilots safely landed a passenger plane without the use of its front wheels after a malfunction in the aircraft’s front landing gear on Sunday. The incident took place when the Fokker 100 aircraft operated by Kazakh airline ‘Bek Air’, which had departed from Kyzylorda, was landing at Astana International Airport on Sunday morning.... more...

  • Etihad expands Istanbul service

    Etihad Airways will expand its services to Istanbul during 2016 with a new four times weekly service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.The service will commence on 1 July 2016 and be served by an Airbus A320-200, with 16 seats in business and 120 in economy. The route will provide more travel options for guests travelling between the UAE and Istanbul as well... more...

  • Malaysia Airlines unveils A330 business class seats

      Malaysia Airlines has unveiled its first A330-300 aircraft fitted with the new Business Class seats at its Engineering Complex in Sepang. The Business Class seat pitch, which measures at 44 inches with a width of 20 inches and length of 76 inches (fully flat), is one of the best received business class seats in the industry. The seats come... more...

  • British Airways flies into Cape Town, South Africa

    British Airways’ newest route from Gatwick means you’ll be able to leave it all behind for Cape Town and enjoy an adventurous break in the spectacular South African city.From November 24th the airline’s customers will be able to soak up Table Mountain’s stunning views, explore the Cape Peninsular or meander up the beautiful Garden... more...

  • Delta Air Lines customers among fatalities in Brussels

    ATLANTA, GA - Delta Air Lines customers are among the fatalities caused by the explosions in the departures area at Brussels' Zaventem Airport on March 22."We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Brussels. On behalf of all Delta people, I extend our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to those who lost loved ones in the March 22 tragedy in Brussels.... more...

  • JAL launches online reservation service for Business Class meals

    TOKYO, Japan - Japan Airlines (JAL) will introduce the Business Class meal reservation service on its website to meet needs of customers. Customers can book either a Japanese menu or a Western menu (beef only) in advance for their first meal during flights. JAL will continue to embrace new challenges of delivering a delectable and refreshingly inspiring... more...

  • Flight Attendants call on American CEO to pay all employees equally

    WASHINGTON, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), calls on American Airlines CEO Doug Parker to provide American Eagle flight attendants with the same wage increase as mainline flight attendants. While Doug Parker announced profit sharing for all AAG employees, the Flight Attendants serving the same passengers for American Eagle... more...

  • Correction: flydubai not owned by Emirates Airlines

    eTN yesterday published an article Profit over air safety? Emirates Airlines pilots fear for their lives The airline mentioned in this article in connection with a recent crash was flydubai. An Emirates Airlines spokesperson contacted eTN and stated: "FlyDubai is not owned by Emirates. It’s a separately run airline."eTN apologizes for stating... more...

  • Brussels Airlines pulling out all stops to get passengers home

    The management of Zaventem, Brussels' international airport, at this moment in time still hopes to resume operations on Monday but passengers are now able, under strict safety precautions, to pick up their cars again. The airport has also begun to release baggage of passengers who arrived while the attack was taking place and who were then immediately... more...

  • Emirates Airlines denies allegations of overworking pilots

    eTN published an article first circulated by RT News yesterday Profit over air safety? Emirates Airlines pilots fear for their lives.After this article was published an Emirates spokesperson contacted eTN with the following statement: “Emirates strictly adheres to the state-approved flight time limitations (FTL) scheme. We never compromise safety... more...

  • Republic Airways and Delta Air Lines reach agreement on long-term commercial relationship

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Republic Airways Holdings Inc announced today that it has reached agreement with Delta Air Lines, Inc to holistically restructure the parties’ codeshare relationship. The motion filed today in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York is a significant first step towards achieving the goals established... more...

  • Air Canada comments on bill to amend Air Canada Public Participation Act

    MONTREAL, Canada - Air Canada said that it welcomed the greater flexibility contained in the bill tabled today by the Government of Canada to amend and modernize the Air Canada Public Participation Act with respect to its aircraft maintenance obligations. Air Canada is studying the proposed amendments and will make submissions to the Minister of Transport... more...

  • Etihad Airways opens Revenue Accounting Centre of Excellence in Al Ain

      Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced the official opening of its dedicated Revenue Accounting Centre of Excellence in Al Ain.The centre, known as Global Business Service Solutions (GBSS), aims to become a pioneer in revenue accounting whilst creating long-term economic value for Al Ain and the emirate... more...

  • Ex-CEO of AirAsia X to headline WTM Connect Asia

    PENANG, Malaysia - The first edition of WTM Connect Asia takes place from 18-20 May in Penang, Malaysia bringing suppliers of international travel product to the island to meet with Chinese, South East Asian and international Hosted Buyers.Two key note conferences will take place on the first day of the show, and WTM Connect Asia is pleased to announce... more...

  • Brussels Airlines: Still no Zaventem Airport flights

    Brussels Airlines flights into and out of Zaventem Airport in Brussels, Belgium, remain shut down until further notice due to the recent terror attack that occurred there.In another part of the world, the airline has resumed operations out of the airline's East Africa destinations Kigali and Entebbe, where special flight SN 1467 left Kigali at 2300... more...

  • Airbus to establish pilot training centre in Delhi, India

      Airbus is establishing a world-class pilot and maintenance training centre in the National Capital Region of Delhi, to support the county’s need for new Airbus pilots.According to Airbus’ latest global market forecast, India requires over 1,600 passenger and freighter aircraft in the next 20 years to 2034, with an accompanying demand... more...

  • Plane parts almost certainly from missing Malaysia Airlines MH370

    Two plane parts recovered from Mozambique are almost certainly from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. That is the view of the transport ministers of Australia and Malaysia, following analysis in Australia.  The two pieces of debris were found separately by members of the public. MH370 vanished in March 2014 with 239 people on board, losing... more...

  • Profit over air safety? Emirates Airlines pilots fear for their lives

    Emirates Airlines is known for great service, the largest fleet of Airbus 380 and a global network connecting the world.There has never been a question of safety since the airline has an almost perfect safety record. Owned partially by Emirates is Air Dubai. Air Dubai recently had a deadly crash and voices become more loud about overworked pilots.Emirates... more...

  • Main airfield in Masai Mara will close

      The main airfield in the Masai Mara, Keekorok, will be closed for major maintenance effective Tuesday, March 29. This follows a short closure last year when emergency repairs were carried out on the runway. The date was reportedly agreed upon with lodge and camp operators so that the upcoming closure would not impact on the long Easter weekend... more...

  • Is Lufthansa about to take over Brussels Airlines 100 per cent?

    Lufthansa, the German flag carrier, presently holds a 45 percent stake in Brussels Airlines. Come April is the deadline nearing when a call has to be made by Lufthansa's top management and board, if one of Europe's largest airlines will seek the acquisition of the remaining 55 percent and gain a 100 percent controlling interest in the Belgian... more...

  • UATP announces official launch of Air Canada program

      WASHINGTON, DC - Today UATP and Air Canada introduced the ACGlobe program for corporate travelers. Multi Service will manage the corporate payment solution for the airline, which will issue a branded card for program users. "Air Canada is a strategic player in the corporate travel market and as a UATP Issuer, they are in line to capture the... more...

  • Ethiopian Airlines ‘Best Airline in Nigeria’

      IBADAN, Nigeria - Ethiopian Airlines was chosen as the Best Airline in Nigeria by the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents (NANTA) on 17 March 2016. The ceremony took place at the Association’s 40th annual general meeting at Premier Hotel Ibadan. The 1500 members of the Association voted and Ethiopian got the majority vote to... more...

  • United Airlines and Air China strengthen and extend strategic partnership

    CHICAGO, IL and BEIJING, China - Air China and United Airlines recently signed a multi-year agreement to strengthen their long-standing strategic partnership. In addition to the long-term extension of their agreement, Air China and United have established a joint strategic initiative that will significantly deepen coordination between the two airlines... more...

  • Air Malta enhances services to Moscow, moves to Sheremetyevo Airport

    VALLETTA, Malta - Air Malta will move its Malta-Moscow operation to Sheremetyevo Airport Terminal E as from the 3rd June 2016. The airline’s timetable will remain unchanged operating a twice weekly service departing from Malta every Friday and Saturday and from Moscow every Saturday and Sunday. The Maltese airline continues to be the only airline... more...

  • JetBlue grows in Long Beach

    NEW YORK, NY - JetBlue, the largest carrier at Long Beach Airport (LGB), today announced it is increasing the number of destinations and flights at its Southern California focus city. The growth is made possible due to the recent award of three new slots as well as increased utilization of JetBlue’s existing slots. JetBlue will now serve a dozen... more...

  • Airline receives bomb threats for ten flights

    MUMBAI, India – Indian IndiGo airline received bomb warnings for at least 10 flights on Wednesday, local media reported.The warning was received at the IndiGo call center in Chennai International Airport in the south of the country, the NDTV television channel said citing a source at the airport.On Tuesday, Indian Jet Airways received a bomb alert... more...

  • Airbus launches new Cabin Brand “Airspace by Airbus”

    Airbus has launched its new Cabin brand “Airspace by Airbus”. At the heart of this new philosophy Airbus connects the wellbeing for passengers with the operational performance for its airline customers. Representing the best of Airbus’ cabin innovation and design, Airspace will offer a sophisticated, flexible canvas as a back-drop... more...

  • Munich airport reports record earnings of 135 million Euros

    Strong growth in passenger traffic and the continuing boom in airfreight lifted Munich Airport to yet another very successful year in 2015. The airport once again posted a year-on-year increase in Group sales, which rose to approximately 1.25 billion euros. Based on preliminary figures, the FMG Group achieved total earnings after taxes (EAT) of 135... more...

  • Etihad Airways partners with Ekar

    Etihad Airways has partnered with EKar, a mobile app-based car rental company in the Middle East.The inaugural partnership offers the airline’s employees exclusive access to smart mobility solution. EKar is an easy to use car-sharing platform that provides pay-as-you-go hourly and daily car rental from either a laptop or smartphone.Etihad Airways... more...

  • Emirates looks forward to a busy spring break

    The upcoming weekend for Emirates is expected to be packed with high passenger traffic.Starting 23 March 2016, over 115,000 travellers will be passing through Emirates Terminal 3, with consistent high passenger loads from Dubai also expected on 27 and 28 March 2016.In a bid to make passenger journey more convenient, Emirates has extended its online... more...

  • Aer Lingus Regional launches Southampton-Cork route

    Aer Lingus Regional has launched flights from Southampton Airport to Cork Airport in the south of Ireland.The new route, operated by Stobart Air, will operate up to five times weekly.Located on the south-west coast of Ireland, Cork is the second largest city and is a cosmopolitan city full of culture, colour and variety with plenty to do for a weekend... more...

  • Jet Airways to launch non-stop flights from Amsterdam to India

    Jet Airways will launch daily non-stop flights from Amsterdam to offer significantly enhanced connectivity between Europe, the United States and India via the Netherlands.Effective March 27th, Jet Airways will operate two daily non-stop flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one each to its hubs in Mumbai and New Delhi.Jet Airways will also operate... more...

  • KLM flies Dreamliner to three Chinese cities

    KLM will start flying its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to three cities in China later this month.On 27 March 2016, the Dutch national carrier will deploy the new long-haul jet on its thrice weekly service from Amsterdam to Chengdu. Flights will run every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.Then a day later on 28 March KLM will deploy the B787 on its three weekly... more...

  • Nyiragongo Eruption more likely

    When Nyiragongo, one of the region's most active volcanos, last erupted in 2002, did the lava flow displace hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and businesses and covered a major part of the city of Goma, including sections of the airport and in particular of the runway, making flight operations initially almost impossible.Mount Nyiragongo... more...

  • Sofitel London Heathrow Appoint James Berry as General Manager

    Sofitel London Heathrow, the airports only hotel directly connected to Terminal 5, has appointed James Berry as General Manager.Berry joins Sofitel London Heathrow from his position as General Manager at Sofitel London Gatwick – also managed and operated by Arora Hotels, where he has been since 2014. Berry brings invaluable experience of managing... more...

  • Renowned chefs from East and West come together in Doha to kick off 7th QIFF

    Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, and His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammad Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce, opened the 7th Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) at the Festival’s main location in the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park. Held from 22nd to 28th... more...

  • Cebu Pacific: New cabin crew uniforms

    Cebu Pacific Air (CEB), a Philippine airline, has captured its homeland’s vibrant hues, including its azure skies and aquamarine waters in its newest cabin crew uniforms, launched in time for the company’s 20th anniversary. Designed by Jun Escario, one of the most celebrated Filipino couturiers, the new look captures CEB’s fun persona... more...

  • Aviation Academy: Train in India

    The flying training industry has been challenged and is an often-ignored industry. But with the up look of the Indian economy, the focus on skills training, the reduction of price of ATF, there is an increased requirement for pilots and hence the scope of employment of an airline pilot has firmed up.The period 2008-10 saw an over-supply in the number... more...

  • Jet Airways connects Delhi to Muscat with daily direct flight

    Ahead of the takeoff of its inaugural flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Jet Airways conducted a multi-faith puja and lit a ceremonial lamp to mark the occasion. The lamp lighting ceremony was led by Chief Guest and Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to India, Hamed Saif Ali Al-Rawahi, and, Marcel Hungerbuehler, COO - DIAL, Mannu Anand... more...

  • Eastern Airways updates Stornoway-Aberdeen flight timings

    New timings are being introduced on Eastern Airways’ services between Stornoway and Aberdeen, which include new morning departures from Stornoway at the beginning of the week and later afternoon flights from Aberdeen at the end of the week. From Monday 4 April, the new timings will commence on the route providing morning flights from Stornoway... more...

  • Tigerair Australia touches down in Asia

      Tigerair Australia embarks on its first flights to Asia today (23 March 2016), with two the launch of three flights to Bali. The low-cost carrier’s first Bali-bound flight departed Melbourne at 0915, and was followed by the launch of a service from Adelaide at 0945. These flights will arrive in Denpasar at 1225 and 1235 respectively. A... more...

  • JAL upgrades Boeing 777 seats

      Japan Airlines (JAL) has started rolling out new seats on its international fleet of Boeing 777s.The airline has revealed that new business class ‘JAL Sky Suites’, which have previously been introduced on its B787 Dreamliner and B777-300ER, will now start being fitted to its fleet of 11 B777-200ER aircraft. These aircraft will also... more...

  • Thousands of workers at ten US airports postpone strike after Brussels terrorist attacks

    WASHINGTON, DC - Terminal cleaners, cabin cleaners, skycaps, wheelchair agents, customer service agents, terminal security officers, ramp workers and baggage handlers who were set to strike Tuesday and Wednesday decided to postpone the planned work stoppage in light of the horrific tragedy which unfolded today at the Brussels Airport and subway."We... more...

  • Back to square one: Security cordon at Brussels airport re-established

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgian police have re-established a security cordon at Zaventem airport after discovering a suspicious package, Flemish broadcaster VTM is reporting. The cordon had been reduced earlier this afternoon after police completed their initial security sweep of the airport, but the discovery of this package will send the process back... more...

  • Emergency statement by Delta Air Lines

    ATLANTA, GA - Delta Air Lines today issued the following update on the situation at Brussels Airport:Following explosions reported this morning in the departures area of Brussels Airport in Belgium, the terminal was evacuated with local emergency services onsite. The Brussels Airport has announced that it will be closed through tomorrow, March 23."The... more...

  • United Airlines issues additional update following the tragedies in Brussels

    CHICAGO, IL – United Airlines continues to offer its thoughts and prayers to the people of Belgium and others impacted by today’s tragedies and to reach out to affected employees. As the situation at the Brussels Zaventem International Airport continues to develop, the airline is offering customers ticketed on United flights to and from... more...

  • Air Transat: Agreement approved by the pilots

    MONTREAL, Canada - The agreement reached between Air Transat and the pilots' union, for the renewal of the collective agreement, has now been approved by the pilots.Transat is an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries. A holiday travel specialist, Transat operates... more...

  • Xiamen Airlines to land in North America for the first time

    RICHMOND, Canada - Today, Xiamen Airlines announced they will fly a three times weekly, non-stop flight between Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) in China to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) starting July 25, 2016, subject to final government approvals. This will mark the first time the airline has service to North America."We are thrilled... more...

  • Nairobi airport adds state of the art arrivals section

    Kenya just got a step closer to attaining FAA Category 1 approval, when the latest facility of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a dedicated arrival section, went operational earlier this week.Main beneficiary of this new development will be national airline Kenya Airways and other SkyTeam partner carriers using Terminal 1A. The new facility will... more...

  • United Airlines offers customers additional rebooking flexibility following Brussels tragedies

      CHICAGO, IL - As the situation at the Brussels Zaventem International Airport evolves, United Airlines late this afternoon extended its travel waiver to enable additional customers ticketed on United flights to and from Brussels the flexibility to reschedule or change their itineraries. For customers ticketed to or from Brussels through March... more...

  • Report: Drones market worth $36.9 billion by 2022

    PUNE, India - The Drones Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2016 to 2022 research report provides a comprehensive analysis of drones in nine different categories, illustrating the diversity of uses for remote flying devices. The use scenarios cover Drone Aerial Systems Forecasts by Sector, Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Border Patrol, Law... more...

  • Brussels Airport CEO: No more flights today

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Brussels Airport chief executive Arnaud Feist has confirmed there will be no more flights today, describing it as a black day. He said: "On behalf of the entire airport community, I would like to extend our warmest condolences to the family and friends of the victims of these cowardly and heinous acts. I would like to extend a heartfelt... more...

  • Qatar Airways announces three-year partnership with Beach Polo Cup Dubai

    DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, has announced a three-year sponsorship of Team Qatar Airways and Official Airline Sponsor to the Beach Polo Cup Dubai, commencing 2016 through to 2018.Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheik Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for a second consecutive year, the... more...

  • CALC announces 2015 results: Net profit up 25.6 percent

    HONG KONG - China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited, the largest independent operating aircraft lessor in China, today announced strong financial and operating results of the Company and its subsidiaries for the year ended 31 December 2015. FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTSFor the year ended 31 December(in million Hong Kong dollars, unless otherwise stated)... more...

  • Air Partner to operate direct flights from Budapest to Rio for 2016 Olympics

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - With the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games on the blocks for August, global aviation services group Air Partner has teamed up with Tensi Sport & Holiday to offer exclusive direct flights from Budapest to Rio de Janeiro. Tensi Aviation - which has been Air Partner’s sales agent in Hungary for over ten years - is the partner... more...

  • Tourists and locals in Brussels: Stay indoors ! Hotline established

    The world tourism and aviation industry is under attack this morning. Citizens and visitors in Brussels are asked by Belgium authorities to stay inside. The American Embassy echoes this asks U.S. citizens in Brussels to stay indoor. The U.K. Foreign Office is ready to assist British nationals in BrusselsBrussels is in a stage 4 emergency and is being... more...

  • American Airlines to bring Dreamliner to Manchester-Chicago route

    American Airlines has introduced the latest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, into service from Manchester Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport.American’s 787-8 features a state-of-the-art on-board experience including satellite Wi-Fi to keep customers connected while travelling, as well as higher humidity and... more...

  • Tweets and updates from Brussels

    Saint-Pierre University Hospital in Brussels asks people to donate blood following terror attacks.1,600 extra police officers deployed in France following explosions in Brussels, French Interior Minister confirms - ABC NewsGOP frontrunner Donald Trumps writes on Twitter: 'Do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place Brussels was. Not anymore,... more...

  • United Airlines: Statement on the Tragedies in Brussels

      The United family is deeply saddened by the tragedies in Brussels earlier today, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. The safety of our customers and crew remains our top priority, and all of our employees are safe and accounted for at this time.We had two arrivals at Brussels International Airport this morning.... more...

  • American Airlines shares fall 3.4 per cent after Brussles terror attack

      American Airlines Group Inc. has rebuffed earlier reports that the two explosions at Brussels international airport on Tuesday happened next to its check-in desk.Reports say bombs went off close to the American Airlines check in desk and a second bomb close to an airport Starbucks store.The air carrier said its check-in is at row 8 in the Zaventem... more...

  • Terror attack was at the American Airlines ticket counter

    It happened in front of the American Airlines Check in Counter at terminal 2. Brussels International airport today. Today's terror attack was effective, in part because they were directed at people concentrated in restricted spaces — an optimal place to create a high body count with a small suicide device. Targeting the American Airlines ticket... more...

  • American Airlines Emergency statement on situation in Brussels

    Delta Air Lines today issued the following statement on the situation at Brussels Airport:This morning (at approximately 8.15 am local time) two explosions have been reported in the departures area of Brussels Airport in Belgium. The airport has been evacuated and is now closed with local emergency services onsite. Local leaders have confirmed the safety... more...

  • Emergency message from Delta Airlines on Airport shutdBrussels own and terror attack

    Delta Air Lines today issued the following statement on the situation at Brussels Airport:This morning (at approximately 8.15 am local time) two explosions have been reported in the departures area of Brussels Airport in Belgium. The airport has been evacuated and is now closed with local emergency services onsite. Local leaders have confirmed the safety... more...

  • Emergency statement from London Heathrow Airport

    London Heathrow airport authorities issued this emergency statement following attacks in BrusselsA Heathrow spokesperson said:"We take the safety and security of our passengers and colleagues very seriously. In the light of events in Brussels airport, we are working with the police at Heathrow who are providing a high visibility presence. We expect... more...

  • Team Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, has announced a three-year sponsorship of Team Qatar Airways and Official Airline Sponsor to the Beach Polo Cup Dubai, commencing 2016 through to 2018.Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheik Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for a second consecutive year, the Beach Polo Cup Dubai... more...

  • Boeing, Pegasus Airlines Announce Order for Five Next-Generation 737-800s

    Boeing ( and Turkey's leading low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines, have finalized an order for five Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, valued at approximately $505 million based on expected list prices at delivery.Pegasus Airlines and its subsidiaries, Air Manas and Izair, operate a fleet of 58 737-800s and a total of 69 aircraft. The carrier is based... more...

  • Berlin to Moscow - Daily Air Berlin Codeshare flights with S7

    Travellers can once again book flights to Moscow with airberlin. The Russian oneworld(C) partner S7 Airlines will initially operate five flights a week from 27 March 2016, and from May it will provide a daily connection between the Russian and German capitals. airberlin will offer these as codeshare flights under its own flight number."We're delighted... more...

  • HK Express targets agents with Amadeus deal

    HK Express has signed an agreement with Amadeus for the distribution of its fares to travel agents. The Hong Kong-based airline becomes the latest in a series of low-cost carriers now moving to the GDS channel, and the new agreement will enable it to promote its fares through Amadeus’ global network of agents. “HK Express is expanding... more...

  • Air India Express to commence flights from RAK

    In a recent announcement, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport stated that Air India Express will start flights to the northern emirate this March. This comes on back of the commencement of scheduled flights by Qatar Airways between Ras Al Khaimah and Doha and other development projects at RAK International. The event was announced in the presence... more...

  • Brussels airport explosion: Terror attack?

    Two explosions, presumably bombs, occurred at Brussels Airport at the American Airlines area of the departure hall. According to a twitter feed, police are chasing down a suspect, in order to prevent the detonation of a third bomb.Also, reports are coming in that there was an attack at a Brussels metro station close to the EU buildings at Maalbeek.... more...

  • 10,000 passengers stranded as computer glitch grounds flights in Japan

    Thousands of passengers were left stranded at airports across Japan on Tuesday, after ANA’s check-in systems failed. The Kyodo news agency reports that the airline’s computer systems crashed at 50 Japanese airports this morning, causing the cancellation of dozens of domestic flights. ANA said in a statement that its “check-in, reservation... more...

  • AirAsia launches Penang-Yangon flights

    AirAsia has expanded its network from Penang with the launch of a new direct service to Yangon.Flights commenced on 22 March and will now operate three times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The outbound flight will depart Penang at 1200 and arrive in Yangon at 1245, while the return service will leave Myanmar’s largest city at 1310... more...

  • Jet Airways to make Amsterdam its new European gateway; to launch daily flights from Delhi & Mumba

    Jet Airways (India) Ltd is set to launch daily non-stop flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport on March 27, enhancing connectivity between India, Europe and North America. Additionally, Jet Airways will also operate a daily flight to Toronto from Amsterdam. Schedules of all three flights have been planned to allow quick, convenient... more...

  • Kenya Airways appointed Co-Sponsor of World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony

    Industry leading carrier Kenya Airways has been appointed Co-Sponsor of the upcoming World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.The event will welcome hundreds of hospitality leaders from across the regions to Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on April 9th.Richard Omoro, area manager, Kenya, Kenya Airways,... more...

  • Air Europa welcomes first Boeing Dreamliner to fleet

    Air Europa is celebrating the delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.Air Europa takes delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner following a ceremony held at Boeing’s 787 assembly site in North Charleston, South Carolina.Air Europa leased its first 787 through an agreement with SMBC Aviation Capital. The delivery is also the first... more...

  • Whistleblower: Sleep deprivation - FlyDubai worked crew to death

    The Airline industry needs to wake up. This is in accordance to a former captain working for FlyDubai, a UAE Dubai based airline that just had a crash in Russia killing every passenger and crew on board. This captain is now a whistleblower and determined to prevent such air crashed in the future.The accident involving a Flydubai plane was inevitable,... more...

  • Avolon delivers Airbus and Boeing aircraft to PT Batik and Fuzhou Airlines

    DUBLIN, Ireland - Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, announces the delivery of one Airbus A320-200 aircraft to PT Batik and one Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Fuzhou Airlines, a subsidiary of the Hainan Airlines group. This is the second Avolon aircraft on lease to PT Batik and the third Avolon aircraft on lease to the Hainan Airlines group.... more...

  • IFALPA issues statement on the accident of FlyDubai Flight FZ981

    MONTREAL, Canada - The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) would like to express its most sincere condolences to the families of the 62 passengers and crew of FlyDubai flight FZ981 who lost their loved ones in today's accident in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. In order to learn from such event and prevent any reoccurrence,... more...

  • United Airlines to connect four major US markets with Cuba

    CHICAGO, IL – United Airlines today submitted its final procedural filing to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to begin commercial air service to Cuba from its global gateways in Newark/New York, Houston, Washington and Chicago to Havana’s Josளூ Martங் International Airport in Cuba. Last week’s US government... more...

  • Fitch: Cuba tourism will drive regional airport traffic growth

    NEW YORK, NY - The normalization of relations between the US and Cuba will result in a higher number of travelers for Havana's airport and will raise leisure-oriented enplanements at several US airports including Miami, Fitch Ratings says. We believe two airports in the Caribbean region, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, may be indicative of Havana's... more...

  • ICTP supports 2050 No-carbon-aviation “Moon-shot” for Green Growth

    HAWAII, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia – In a keynote address to the CAPA Aviation Summit, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of ICTP (International Coalition of Tourism Partners), focused on what he called “the new Global Sustainability Agenda,” the existential nature of climate change and a long-term... more...

  • Jet Airways announces new European gateway

    INDIA (eTN) - In a significant development in the aviation scene in India and abroad, Jet Airways is setting up a hub - a European gateway - in Amsterdam, where the airport, Schiphol, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Jet Airways will from March 27 start daily non-stop flights from India to Amsterdam, enhancing the connectivity between... more...

  • 25,000+ sign petition in support of Southwest Airlines' application to serve Cuba

    DALLAS, TX - Southwest Airlines Co today announced more than 25,000 individuals have signed a petition to the US Department of Transportation (DOT), registering their support of the carrier's application to serve Cuba. Southwest has proposed service among three international airports in Cuba, including Havana, and three Florida airports: Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood... more...

  • EasyJet founder on the attack again

    Clearly bolstered by his recent success, when he forced former CEO Ed Winter to leave the company alongside the airline's general counsel Krista Bates, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, in short SHI, has taken further aim at the company. After several failed attempts at his former airline Easyjet, where in typical fashion he also tried to provoke fight after fight... more...

  • Wizz Air arrives in Berlin

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Wizz Air today launched operations from Berlin Schய்nefeld Airport. The first WIZZ flight from Berlin took off to the capital of Macedonia, Skopje, with 169 passengers on board. Along with Skopje, Wizz Air recently announced two other routes from Berlin, to Cluj, Romania and Kutaisi, Georgia. Each of Wizz Air’s three Berlin... more...

  • Airline offers frequent fliers option to redeem miles for TSA Precheck

    SEATTLE, WA - Alaska Airlines is offering its frequent fliers a new way to redeem miles and save time at the airport. Beginning today through the end of April, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can redeem 10,000 miles to waive the $85 application fee for five years of hassle-free travel with TSA Precheck.TSA Precheck members traveling through airport... more...

  • Gogo expands partnership with Air Canada

    CHICAGO, IL - Gogo Inc, the provider of broadband connectivity solutions and wireless in-flight entertainment to the aviation industry, announced today that it has expanded its connectivity partnership with Air Canada to include its international fleet, including the Boeing 787. Air Canada is the only Canadian carrier offering customers in-flight Wi-Fi... more...

  • How Aer Lingus, AirAsia, Ryanair, and Spirit use email to sell after booking

    DUBLIN, Ireland - The need for ancillary revenue requires airlines to venture beyond the booking confirmation email. The latest report from IdeaWorksCompany follows that path to learn how airlines gain more sales after a booking is made. IdeaWorksCompany assessed the full set of emails sent by six top ancillary revenue airlines to learn how they encourage... more...

  • U.S. President Obama tweeted: ¿Que bolá Cuba?

    நQue bolநூ Cuba? Just touched down here, looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.This is a tweet by U.S. President Obama when Air Force One touched down in Habana, Cuba on a rainy day today. This is the final end of the Cold War and considered a historic day for Cuba and the United States of America.It's also a historic... more...

  • AirAsia to launch direct daily Kochi-Bangkok service on May 17

    AirAsia is set to launch the first ever daily direct flight from Kochi to Bangkok Don Mueang starting on May 17, 2016. To commemorate the launch, the airline is offering limited seats for INR 2,999 until March 27 for one-way journeys.Soraya Homchuen Director-Mumbai, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said, “We are very excited to add a new connection... more...

  • Flights resume after crash from Rostov-on-Don’s airport

    Flights have resumed from Rostov-on-Don’s airport for the first time since Saturday’s crash of the FlyDubai’s Boeing 737-800.Two Donavia flights have taken off from the airport, the company’s press secretary Inna Churliayeva told TASS on Monday adding that the two planes are bound for Russia’s St. Petersburg and Armenia’s... more...

  • TAT prepares for Qatar Airways new flights

      The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently welcomed the announcement by Qatar Airways to launch flights to Chiang Mai and Krabi as of December 2016.The airline’s group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said that four flights per week will be launched from Doha to Krabi on 6 December and three flights per week from Doha to Chiang Mai... more...

  • Gulf trio fly high at India Aviation 2016

    India Aviation 2016 got underway this week, with the three major Gulf carriers having a major presence at the event.More than 200 major participants from over 25 countries are attending the Hyderabad show, with a total of 29 aircraft on display. And Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways are all participating in the event, showcasing their latest... more...

  • British holidaymakers to suffer for French air strikes: report

    The flight delay compensation company, EUclaim, predicts Brits planning holidays to Southern Europe this year will face “travel misery”.Passengers planning getaways in earlier Easter school holidays will be the first to suffer, as strike action by French Air Traffic Controllers is set to throw airports across the Channel into meltdown from... more...

  • RJ inaugurates new China route

    Royal Jordanian has announced operations of a regular route to the Chinese city of Guangzhou from today 21 March 2016.The route will be serviced with three weekly flights. The frequency of the flights will be increased to meet future passenger demand.RJ’s Boeing 787 will be deployed on this route. The inaugural flight will host an RJ delegation... more...

  • Royal Brunei appoints new CEO

    Karam Chand has been named the new CEO of Royal Brunei Airlines.Previously chief commercial and planning officer at RB, Chand holds an MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University and has over twenty years’ experience at various flag carrier airlines and Virgin Australia.“I am honoured and humbled by the appointment and for... more...

  • Philippine Airlines eyes Paris and Rome in major expansion

    Philippine Airlines is planning to expand its European network in the coming years, including the launch of direct flights to Paris and Rome.The national carrier recently placed an order for six new Airbus A350 aircraft to fuel its long-haul expansion strategy. And its president & chief operating officer, Jaime J. Bautista, has now revealed that... more...

  • Turkish Airlines inaugurates its first flight from Istanbul to Ivano Frankivsk

      Ivano Frankivsk is the 7th destination to be served in Ukraine as from March 30th. Ivano-Frankivsk is a historic city located in western Ukraine and a center for tourism. With existing services to Kiev, Odessa, Dneprepetrovsk, Lvov, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia Turkish Airlines now adds Ivano Frankivsk, one of the largest cities in Ukraine... more...

  • Air Costa expands fleet

    Air Costa has added a new Embraer E190 aircraft to its fleet.The new regional jet has now been deployed at Vijayawada’s Gannavaram Airport and will be used to operate flights to Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Hyderabad.The 110-seat aircraft complements the airline’s other E190s and 67-seat E170 aircraft. ButVivek Choudhary, CEO of Air Costa,... more...

  • Airbus to train pilots in Delhi

    Airbus is setting up a pilot and maintenance training centre in Delhi. The centre, entirely owned by Airbus Group India, will accommodate four A320 full-flight simulators and will be staffed by Airbus trainers. According to Airbus’ forecast, India will require more than 1,600 commercial aircraft in the next 20 years, with an accompanying... more...

  • Ryanair opens new Vilnius base

      Ryanair will open a new base at Vilnius Airport from 30th October, with 2 aircraft (an investment of $200m), as Ryanair grows its Vilnius traffic by 16%.In addition, Ryanair launched its Lithuanian winter 2016 schedule with 2 new routes to Berlin and Malta and 3 new winter services to Birmingham, London Luton and London Stansted (23 routes in... more...

  • Norwegian expands UK network

    Low-cost airline Norwegian is launching brand new flights from Manchester and Edinburgh to three popular Spanish destinations.From 30th April, two weekly flights will take off from Manchester to Barcelona offering nearly 20,000 seats for the summer season. From 2nd June, four weekly flights will depart Manchester to Malaga and two weekly flights to... more...

  • Emirates brings A380 to Vienna

    Emirates will operate one of its two scheduled daily flights into Vienna International Airport with its iconic A380 aircraft.  The airline, which has carried almost three million passengers on the Dubai-Vienna route since it was launched on 1st May 2004, will fly its three-class A380 with 519 seats – 14 in First Class, 76 in Business Class... more...

  • Sabre inks deal with Mexican budget airline

      Mexican low cost carrier VivaAerobus has entered into the global distribution system operated by Sabre Corporation. VivaAerobus is embarking on a new phase of its expansion plans, focusing on diversifying its reach to other revenue streams, including travel agencies as key intermediaries, and servicing a broader customer base.The announcement... more...

  • Virgin America adds daily flights to Hawai’i

      Virgin America is launching a new service to Hawai’i with daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Honolulu, Oahu on May 5, 2016, and Kahului, Maui on June 14, 2016.  This new service adds to the airline’s recently-launched daily service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Honolulu... more...

  • Ulrich Heppe, Varna Airport CEO: Welcoming visitors with open arms - and it shows

    While attending ITB in Berlin this month, eTN publisher Juergen T. Steinmetz had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Ulrich HeppeChief Executive Officer of Varna Airport in Bulgaria. Varna is part of Germany based FRAPORT, which is among the leading groups of airport operators in the world setting operational airport standards worldwide.FRAPORT... more...

  • First in Reunion, now in Mozambique: Debris found from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370First in Reunion, now in Mozambique: Debris found from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

    Blaine Alan Gibson found a one meter piece of debris on a beach in Mozambique. The piece of debris found in Mozambique which may have come from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed to the British BBC that they had received the debris from Mozambique on Sunday and were "working with the Malaysian...