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    With the summer timetable, which comes into effect at the end of March 2015, Adria Airways plans to introduce a new connection from Lodz - to Amsterdam and to add six flights on Lodz-Munich route. full story...

    Aeroflot was recognized by National Geographic Traveler Awards 2014 as the Best Airline in Russia. One of the world's most famous travel magazines National Geographic Traveler summarized results of the online voting conducted among the Russian readers. full story...

    Air Astana - Posted Nov 22, 2014
    Air Astana celebrates AAPA membership

    Air Astana received a special presentation during today's opening ceremony of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines' 58th Assembly of Presidents in Tokyo to celebrate the carrier becoming the newest member of the association. full story...

    Air Baltic - Posted Nov 22, 2014
    airBaltic achieves no. 1 rank in punctuality

    The Latvian airline airBaltic has achieved the best arrival punctuality indicator in October among low cost carriers, according to FlightStats analysts, who track the performance of nearly 150,000 flights operated and serviced by thousands of airlines and airports globally each day. full story...

    Air Berlin - Posted Nov 22, 2014
    airberlin equips whole fleet with Wi-Fi service

    The airberlin group has equipped the first two aircraft in its fleet with the new 'airberlin connect' Wi-Fi service. The two Airbus A320 now boast a Wi-Fi system from Panasonic Avionics Corporation, so passengers can access the internet with their own smartphone, tablet or laptop during the flight. full story...

    The organisation proposal for the Air France Group's short-haul activity, bringing together Air France's point-to-point activity and HOP!, was presented this morning during the Air France Works Council meeting. full story...

    Air New Zealand has been awarded Best Economy Cabin, Best Premium Economy Cabin, and Best Livery Design in this year's Monocle magazine Travel Top 50 awards. Monocle is a prestigious UK based magazine covering global affairs, business, culture and design. full story...

    AirAsia X is expanding further into Japan with the launch of its inaugural flight to Narita from Kuala Lumpur. Narita is AirAsia X's second airport in Tokyo after Haneda, which was launched on 9 Dec 2010. full story...

    VietJetAir has celebrated the delivery of its first A320 ordered directly from Airbus at a special ceremony in Toulouse today. The event was attended by top management from the airline, including Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Managing Director Luu Duc Khanhm, and witnessed by Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu. full story...
    Posted Nov 24, 2014 full story...Frontier Airlines orders nine Airbus A321ceo aircraft
    Posted Nov 20, 2014 full story...Delta orders 50 Airbus widebody aircraft

    Alaska Airlines announced it is expanding its partnership with SkyWest Airlines. Flying on new Embraer E175 jets, Alaska will begin offering daily nonstop service starting July 1 between Seattle and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Seattle and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Portland, Oregon and St. Louis. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Alaska Air Group names Bryan Shillito Managing Director of Safety Programs

    New Alitalia today announced the composition of the Board of Directors of the company that will become the new Alitalia airline entity from 1 January 2015, and in which Etihad Airways will take a minority stake. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Alitalia launches new service from Milan and Venice to Abu Dhabi

    American Airlines will give customers another choice for trans-Atlantic travel when it launches new daily daytime service from Philadelphia International Airport to London Heathrow Airport on March 29, 2015. full story...

    All Nippon Airways (ANA) today filed an application with the MLIT (Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) for antitrust immunity to enable ANA and United Airlines to create a more efficient and comprehensive trans-Pacific air cargo business network. full story...

    Bangkok Airways, ATR's long-term and loyal customer, today took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France. The handover marked a key milestone in the carrier's development as it plans to take delivery of nine new ATR aircraft from now until 2017. full story...

    In October, the subsidiary companies of Avianca Holdings S.A. transported 2,278,973 passengers, up 9.6% compared to October 2013. Capacity, measured in ASKs, increased 8.2%, while passenger traffic, measured in RPKs, increased 6.7%. The load factor for the month was 79.2%. full story...

    Azul Brazilian Airlines has received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration to commence sales on its first international flights to and from the United States. full story...

    Boeing and Ruili Airlines today celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Boeing statement on Kuwait Airways' intent to purchase 10 777-300ERs

    Barely five months after the start-up of air freight services between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou, Cargolux celebrated the first 10,000 tonnes of freight carried between the two hubs. Fifth weekly Zhengzhou flight is to start in November. full story...

    Vietnam's VietJetAir and CFM International have signed a 12-year Rate Per Flight Hour agreement to support the airline's fleet 21 Airbus A320ceo aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, VietJetAir has been a CFM customer since it commenced operations in late 2011. full story...

    Changi Airport Group - Posted Nov 24, 2014
    Changi Airport operating indicators for October 2014

    Passenger traffic at Singapore Changi Airport grew 1.9% on-year in October 2014, with 4.49 million passengers passing through the airport. There was a 2.1% increase in airfreight movements, with 159,700 tonnes of cargo handled during the month. Aircraft landings and takeoffs decreased by 3.7% to 28,380. full story...

    Air France Cargo has appointed CHEP Aerospace Solutions to repair its fleet of cargo containers, pallets and horse boxes at Paris Charles de Gaulle, and dollies at Paris Orly airport over the next three years. full story...

    Delta Air Lines will once again be offering nonstop daily flights between Prague Ruzyne International Airport and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport for the 2015 summer season. Starting June 2, 2015, the U.S. airline has scheduled a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats on the route full story...
    Posted Nov 26, 2014 full story...Delta increases capacity from Istanbul to New York for summer 2015
    Posted Nov 26, 2014 full story...Delta's Shannon to New York service returns from May 2015
    Posted Nov 26, 2014 full story...Delta's Barcelona to Atlanta service returns from June 2015
    Posted Nov 24, 2014 full story...Delta continues Heathrow focus as Philadelphia becomes 8th nonstop destination
    Posted Nov 20, 2014 full story...Delta adds A350-900, A330-900neo to its fleet plan

    EgyptAir Express announced the start of operating two weekly flights between Sharm El- Sheikh and Luxor starting December 16th. The flights will be operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays. full story...

    Embraer S.A. and SkyWest, Inc. have confirmed a firm order for seven E175 jets. The aircraft will be flown by SkyWest Airlines under a Capacity Purchase Agreement with Alaska Airlines. The value of the firm order, which will be included in Embraer's 2014 fourth-quarter backlog, is estimated at USD 301 million, based on 2014 list prices. full story...

    Emirates and Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) today launched a new global campaign that celebrates different facets of Dubai. The US$20 million "See you in Dubai" campaign is created in partnership with DTCM to reach audiences across the globe.

    full story...
    Posted Nov 24, 2014 full story...Emirates to operate seven additional flights a week to the Maldives

    Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce the commencement of Mobile Short Message Service (SMS) information system for customers in Ethiopia starting November 21, 2014. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Ethiopian adds 4th Boeing 777 Freighter into its fleet

    Yasser Al Yousuf, an Emirati national, has been appointed as the new Managing Director for Etihad Guest, Etihad Airways' award-winning loyalty program. The loyalty program includes its partners Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional. full story...
    Posted Nov 26, 2014 full story...Etihad's codeshare partner Niki begins Abu Dhabi - Vienna service
    Posted Nov 24, 2014 full story...Etihad Airways appoints new Senior Vice President, Marketing

    ExpressJet Airlines is the first part 121 passenger-carrying airline to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval on an in-house Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification training program (CTP). full story...

    Flybe has today announced that from 2nd February 2015 it will add an additional winter weekend flight between London City and George Best Belfast City airports, offering a choice of four flights a day due to strong customer demand. full story...
    Posted Nov 26, 2014 full story...Flybe boost for Glasgow to Belfast City winter service
    Posted Nov 25, 2014 full story...Flybe boosts winter schedule from Liverpool with new Belfast City service

    Under the agreement, Garuda Indonesia will place its GA marketing code on Myanmar Airways International's flights between Bangkok - Yangon and Singapore - Yangon. In turn, Myanmar Airways International will place its 8M marketing code on Garuda Indonesia's operations between Jakarta - Bangkok and Jakarta - Singapore. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Garuda Indonesia holds AAPA Chairmanship

    Great Orlando Aviation Authority - Posted Nov 25, 2014
    Orlando Airport - traffic up for September and fiscal year 2014

    September marked the end of the fiscal year for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and Orlando International Airport with over 35.2 million travelers. Overall passenger traffic was up 1.25 percent lead by strong international improvement of nearly 5.7 percent over last year. full story...

    Gulf Air has signed a two-year renewal deal with SITA for network, messaging and voice services. SITA is providing the airline with a comprehensive global network infrastructure, Type B Messaging services, a mail platform for operational messages and global voice and data services. full story...

    Hahn Air has introduced the most recent airline to join the list of its partners: Jet Asia Airways. Distributed under the code H1, Jet Asia Airways is available in all major Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) to over 91,000 travel agencies in 190 markets. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Hahn Air now distributes Med-View Airline in all GDSs
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Aero Vip globally accessible under Hahn Air's H1 code

    Hong Kong Airlines - Posted Nov 26, 2014
    Hong Kong Airlines celebrates the 8th Anniversary

    Since its establishment in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines has grown to become an internationally-acclaimed SKYTRAX 4-star airline and was awarded "World's Most Improved Airline" by SKYTRAX in 2014, recognizing the warmth of its service and the quality of its onboard offering. full story...

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a new arrangement to help passengers impacted by airline bankruptcy. A voluntary agreement on behalf of its members flying to, from and within Europe will cover the repatriation of passengers unable to return home due to an airline ceasing operations as a result of financial failure. full story...

    Iberia has renewed its contract with Lufthansa, whose passengers and aircraft it serves at the airports of Bilbao, in Spain's Basque Country, and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. Lufthansa operates a total of some 2,100 flights each year to the two airports. full story...

    Japan Airlines (JAL) and SriLankan Airlines have agreed to implement a codeshare relationship with each other for the first time and will commence codeshare flights from December 2, 2014 on UL-operated flights between Tokyo (Narita) and Colombo, the flights between Colombo and Male, as well as the flights between Bangkok and Colombo. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...JAL to introduce fully revamped 767-300ERs on Haneda-Itami route

    JetBlue Airways is partnering with content providers Coursera, FOX, HarperCollins Publishers, National Geographic, Rouxbe and Time Inc. to offer customers more free content than any other U.S carrier in the sky. The Fly-Fi Hub is the new gateway to JetBlue's Fly-Fi offering, the fastest Wi-Fi in the sky, and went live this morning. full story...

    Jin Air, the low-cost subsidiary of Korean Air, is commencing daily flights from Seoul-Incheon to Kota Kinabalu from 22 December 2014 and from 4 March 2015 it will operate scheduled flights on the new route on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. full story...

    Kenya Airways - Posted Nov 24, 2014
    Kenya Airways takes delivery of second B737-800NG

    Kenya Airways has enhanced its position as the airline with the youngest fleet in Africa with the acquisition of a second B737-800 Next Generation aircraft. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Kenya Airways boosts traffic to key destinations in new commercial drive
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Kenya Airways halts flights to New Delhi

    LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, has launched its Early Bird promotion, which enables passengers to enjoy big savings when they make early bookings on a variety of flights booked between 21-28 November 2014 for travel between 12 January and 28 March 2015 inclusive. full story...

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport - Posted Nov 25, 2014
    Flybe to serve Belfast City Airport from LJLA

    A new service between Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and George Best Belfast City Airport is to commence in the New Year, following an announcement today by Flybe that it will start a year round service to the city centre Airport, starting on 2nd February 2015. full story...

    The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts in LOT's livery have already carried half a million travellers. LOT's Dreamliners, the flagship airliners of the carrier have attracted more and more passengers. They offer unprecedented comfort to the passengers. full story...

    From tomorrow, Saturday, 22 November, the new Lufthansa Premium Economy Class will start on all routes flown by a Boeing 747-8 from Frankfurt (including to Bangalore, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Beijing, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Tokyo-Haneda and Washington, D.C.). full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Lufthansa extends cabin air tests

    Malaysia Airlines - Posted Nov 22, 2014
    Malaysia Airlines revisits Christmas Island

    Malaysia Airlines Charter Services today announced charter service between Kuala Lumpur and Christmas Island at a signing ceremony with Christmas Island Air. The charter service is scheduled to operate beginning 13 December 2014 until 31 January 2015 and will utilise one B737-800 which has a seating capacity of 156. full story...

    Qantas and American Airlines have expanded their joint business, enabling Qantas customers to codeshare on an additional nine American Airlines services including to four new destinations - Kona, Lihue and Maui in Hawaii and Richmond, Virginia. full story...

    Qatar Airways has been honoured for the third year in a row as Best Middle East Airline Serving China at the 2014 Business Traveller China Awards. This accolade comes barely a month after Qatar Airways was voted "Best Middle East Airline," for the fifth consecutive year, at the 2014 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards. full story...

    Rolls-Royce has won a $5bn order for Trent engines and long-term TotalCare service support from Delta Air Lines to power 50 new aircraft. Trent XWB engines will power 25 Airbus A350s and Trent 7000 engines will power 25 Airbus A330neo aircraft. full story...

    Royal Jordanian - Posted Nov 23, 2014
    Royal Jordanian receives its 5th Dreamliner

    Royal Jordanian yesterday welcomed its fifth 787 aircraft, thus completing the assimilation of the first group of its 787 order. It started the introduction of this model last August, under the airline's strategic plan to renew its long-haul fleet. full story...

    Ryanair today announced it will carry over 3.5m customers between 20th December and 6th January, an increase of 500,000 customers over 2013, as record numbers of people fly home for the holiday season on the lowest fares. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Ryanair welcomes Irish Supreme Court ruling on screenscraper websites

    S7 Training aviation training centre has put a new a Boeing 737-800 Full Flight Simulator produced by L-3 Link Communication Training & Simulation into service. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...S7 Airlines - four years in oneworld alliance

    Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Nov 24, 2014
    SAS Group Management change

    Executive Vice President and COO Flemming Jensen will leave SAS in May 2015 to assume the position of CEO for DSB A/S. Flemming Jensen has been with SAS since 1989 when he joined as pilot. full story...

    Gulf Air has signed a two-year renewal deal with air transport IT specialist, SITA, for network, messaging and voice services. SITA is providing the airline with a comprehensive global network infrastructure, Type B Messaging services, a mail platform for operational messages and global voice and data services. full story...

    Skywest Airlines - Posted Nov 22, 2014
    SkyWest is bringing daily Delta jet service to Elko

    SkyWest Airlines is ringing in the New Year with the launch of daily jet service for our Elko passengers. On Jan. 1, 2015, SkyWest will begin operating daily Delta Connection flights from Elko to Salt Lake City using a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ200). full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...SkyWest brings Delta jet service to Pocatello

    South African Airways today issued a statement in response to DA calls on the Acting CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout. The Board of South African Airways stands by its decision to appoint Mr. Nico Bezuidenhout as Acting Chief Executive Officer. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...South African Airways and Virgin Australia bring new benefits to frequent flyers

    Southwest Airlines' Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $.06 per share to Shareholders of record at the close of business on December 11, 2014 on all shares then issued and outstanding. full story...

    Spirit Airlines - Posted Nov 26, 2014
    Spirit Airlines named top airline for fuel efficiency

    According to a new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation, Spirit Airlines received the highest score for fuel efficiency among U.S. based carriers, eleven percent higher than the industry average. full story...

    Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has welcomed the announcement today that it has been awarded the tender to provide air services on the Public Service Obligation routes of Donegal-Dublin and Kerry-Dublin. full story...

    Swiss is to further extend its provisions for using portable electronic devices on board. From 1 December onwards passengers will be permitted to use all the functions of their mobile phone immediately after landing, while their flight is taxiing to its arrival gate. full story...

    United Airlines, the U.S. airline with the most comprehensive global route network, today announced new trans-Atlantic summer-season service between New York and Venice, Italy, along with new service between Chicago and Dublin, both subject to government approval. full story...
    Posted Nov 24, 2014 full story...United introduces MileagePlus X mobile app for in-store purchases
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...United Airlines enables personal device entertainment for Android users
    Posted Nov 20, 2014 full story...United achieves joint labor agreements with two additional work groups

    UTair Group performance indicators demonstrate sustainable growth for the first ten months of 2014. In the reporting period, UTair Group aircraft transported a combined total of 9,105,663 passengers, an increase of more than 10% over the same period in 2013. full story...

    Virgin Australia and South African Airways have today announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement giving Velocity Frequent Flyer and Voyager members the ability to earn and redeem Points and be recognised across both airlines' networks. full story...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014 full story...Virgin Australia takes Australia's most trusted news service to the skies

    WestJet announced today that the tentative agreement with its flight attendants was not ratified. Turnout for the vote was very strong; of the 90 per cent voter turnout, 57 per cent voted against the tentative agreement. full story...

    XiamenAir is launching daily scheduled flights to Manila from Xiamen on 8 February 2015 using its Boeing B737-800 aircraft and introducing many new domestic routes during the winter season of 2014/2015. full story...

    Xpress Air, the current second regional airline of Indonesia after Sriwijaya Air, is commencing twice-weekly scheduled services between Jakarta and Senai on 11 December 2014. full story...

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