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Issued: August 28, 2014
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    Latvian airline airBaltic has achieved a net profit of EUR +14 million for the first half of 2014. airBaltic has turned around the Jan-Jun 2013 loss of EUR -12 million, converting it into a net profit of EUR +14 million for the same period in 2014, despite new challenges in the eastern markets. full story...

    Every few minutes an airberlin flight takes off from somewhere around the world heading to one of the total of 171 destinations to which Germany's second largest airline flies. This means that even in late summer, airberlin offers an exceptionally dense network of flights to carry travellers reliably to their destinations. full story...

    Air Canada - Posted Aug 27, 2014
    Air Canada announces new executive appointment

    Benjamin Smith, previously Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer, is appointed to the new role of President, Passenger Airlines. In addition to his current responsibilities, Mr. Smith will now have cost as well as revenue oversight for passenger airline activities. full story...
    Posted Aug 25, 2014 full story...Air Canada issues 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report

    Air Dolomiti - Posted Aug 27, 2014
    Air Dolomiti appoints new President & CEO

    Air Dolomiti, the Lufthansa Group's Italian airline, is delighted to welcome Jorg Eberhart who is coming on board as the new President & CEO from the 1st of September 2014, replacing Michael Kraus who is leaving the airline after 11 years at the helm. full story...
    Posted Aug 22, 2014 full story...Air Dolomiti announces a new own business route Bologna - Munich

    Air New Zealand has today announced normalised earnings before taxation of $332 million for the 2014 financial year, an increase of 30 percent on the previous year. Statutory earnings before taxation were $357 million, an increase of 40 percent, while statutory net profit after taxation was $262 million. full story...

    Alitalia - Posted Aug 27, 2014
    Alitalia resumes service to Venezuela

    Beginning September 1st, Alitalia will resume service to and from Venezuela with non-stop flights from Rome Fiumicino and Caracas. The service will operate till the end of the winter season 2014-2015 starting with bi-weekly frequency in September and then increasing to 3 times a week from the beginning of November. full story...

    American Airlines has withdrawn its fares from consumer websites powered by Orbitz, effective immediately. American Airlines Group has notified Orbitz it also will withdraw US Airways fares on Sept. 1, 2014. full story...

    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Posted Aug 26, 2014
    Austin Airport reports first million passenger month

    July 2014 was the first month in Austin airport history to record over 1 million passengers. In addition to passing the million passenger milestone, this is the third time this year a monthly passenger record has been set. Austin's airport has experienced passenger growth 54 of the last 55 months, since January 2010. full story...
    Posted Aug 26, 2014 full story...Austin Airport - more LA, San Francisco flights this fall

    Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Aug 22, 2014
    Austrian CCO Karsten Benz to take on new role at Lufthansa

    Austrian Chief Commercial Officer Karsten Benz will be taking over the newly-created position of Group Infrastructure Officer of the Lufthansa Group, based in Frankfurt, from 1st October 2014 onwards.In this new function, he will be merging the infrastructure divisions of Lufthansa Passage and the Group. full story...

    In July, the subsidiary companies of Avianca Holdings S.A. transported 2,314,438 passengers, up 4.3% compared to July 2013. Capacity, measured in ASKs, increased by 4.8%, while passenger traffic, measured in RPKs, increased 2.5%. The load factor for the month was 82.1%. full story...

    Boeing and Royal Jordanian today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane will play a central role in the Amman-based airline's strategic plan for fleet modernization. Royal Jordanian acquired this airplane through leasing company AerCap. full story...
    Posted Aug 25, 2014 full story...Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

    Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Nok Air of Bangkok, Thailand announced today the delivery of the carrier's first Q400 NextGen turboprop. The milestone aircraft, the first Q400 NextGen airliner to be delivered in the new extra capacity seating configuration, is part of Nok Air's purchase agreement for up to eight Q400 NextGen airliners that was announced on November 19, 2013. full story...

    Anyone searching for the best airline deals will now be able to hold their British Airways flight for up to 72 hours for as little as GBP5 through ba.com. This will give customers the time to make sure they're happy with their flight choices before paying for them. full story...

    Cambodia Bayon Airlines - Posted Aug 26, 2014
    Cambodia Bayon Airlines signs new investor

    China aviation corporation the Aviation Industry Corporation of China which has a stake in Xi'an-based airline Joy Air has invested in a new Cambodian airline, Cambodia Bayon Airlines, through its Cambodian parent company Bayon Holdings Limited. full story...

    Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will launch a new four-times-weekly non-stop service from Hong Kong to Boston, Massachusetts, on 2 May 2015, subject to government approval. The new service will provide the first direct link between New England and Hong Kong. full story...

    BOC Aviation today announced an order for 100 LEAP-1B engines to power 50 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, as well as 60 CFM56-7BE engines to power 30 additional Boeing Next-Generation 737s. CFM values the total engine order at $2 billion U.S. at list price. full story...

    Changi Airport Group - Posted Aug 22, 2014
    Changi Airport - operating indicators for July 2014

    Singapore Changi Airport handled some 4.58 million passenger movements in July 2014, an increase of 1.0% compared to the same period last year, while flight movements dipped 2.6% to 28,200. During the month, cargo tonnage at Changi registered 155,000 tonnes, representing a decline of 2.4% from a year ago. full story...

    Delta Air Lines - Posted Aug 27, 2014
    Delta announces executive changes

    Mike Campbell, Executive Vice President - Human Resources & Labor Relations, has informed Delta's Board of Directors of his decision to retire on October 1, 2014, after 40 remarkable years in the industry. full story...
    Posted Aug 22, 2014 full story...Delta launches new service from Salt Lake City to Mexico City

    Elite Airways announced today that tickets for its new scheduled non-stop flights between Melbourne, Fla. and Washington Dulles are now available. Elite announced the new service, sold through Branson Air Express and operated by Elite Airways LLC, earlier this month, and the new schedules will begin Monday, September 8. full story...

    Emirates, a global connector of people and places, and Arik Air, West Africa's leading airline, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and expand their existing commercial relationship and explore further areas of co-operation. full story...
    Posted Aug 27, 2014 full story...Emirates SkyCargo lifts capacity to Los Angeles

    Etihad Airways - Posted Aug 27, 2014
    Etihad puts flights on sale for A380 and Dreamliner

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has reaffirmed its commitment to start Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operations in December 2014, with additional flights on sale this week for both aircraft and an extensive pilot training program now underway. full story...
    Posted Aug 27, 2014 full story...Etihad Airways opens new contact centre
    Posted Aug 25, 2014 full story...Etihad Airways appoints new General Manager for Switzerland
    Posted Aug 22, 2014 full story...Etihad Airways' new schedule provides more choice to and from South Africa

    Frontier Airlines is again expanding its service to Cleveland with more flights to recently launched warm and sunny destinations including Las Vegas, Nev., Phoenix, Ariz., Orlando, Fla. and Fort Myers, Fla. full story...
    Posted Aug 27, 2014 full story...Frontier Airlines announces three new low-fare routes

    General Electric Company - Posted Aug 26, 2014
    BOC Aviation selects GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777s

    BOC Aviation agreed to purchase two GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The engine order is valued at close to $140 million list price. BOC Aviation is the leading Asia-based aircraft leasing company with a portfolio of 251 owned and managed aircraft. full story...
    Posted Aug 25, 2014 full story...GE Capital Aviation Services delivers leased Airbus A320 to new customer VietJet Air
    Posted Aug 21, 2014 full story...GECAS completes purchase and leaseback of Airbus A330-300 with Philippine Airlines

    Glasgow Airport - Posted Aug 22, 2014
    Jet2 to fly to Tunisia from Glasgow Airport

    Jet2holidays has today announced the launch of a new route to Tunisia from Glasgow Airport for summer 2015. The addition of this popular North African destination, following the launch of new sunshine hotspots Antalya, Larnaca and Malta, brings further growth at Glasgow Airport. full story...
    Posted Aug 22, 2014 full story...Jet2 announces expansion at Glasgow Airport

    Gulf Air - Posted Aug 25, 2014
    Gulf Air Chairman meets with airline's unions

    Gulf Air recently held a meeting that saw H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Gulf Air's Board of Directors and the airline's three trade unions discuss pertinent issues. full story...
    Posted Aug 22, 2014 full story...Gulf Air launches EthicsPoint

    Hawaiian Airlines has announced three leadership promotions in its legal department. Mark Arimoto has been promoted from associate general counsel to deputy general counsel, and both Robin Kobayashi and Scott Miyasato have been promoted from assistant general counsel to associate general counsel. full story...

    HK Expressis inaugurating four-times weekly scheduled flights from Hong Kong to Quanzhou, the birthplace of Yongchun Martial Arts and Shaolin Five Ancestors Fist, on 14 October 2014. Its Airbus A320 flights on the new route take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. full story...

    Hong Kong Airlines - Posted Aug 27, 2014
    Hong Kong Airlines' new SMS notification service

    In order to provide better experience to our members, the services of Frequent Flyer Programme have been upgraded recently. Fortune Wings Club (FWC) members in Hong Kong are able to receive automatic messaging from Hong Kong Airlines FWC by phone text messages (SMS) from now on. full story...

    After more than two years of direct talks with Southwest Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board, the federal agency that oversees contract negotiations in the airline industry. full story...
    Posted Aug 22, 2014 full story...Machinists Union, United reach tentative agreement for maintenance instructors

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the Vietnamese government to work with the air transport sector to strengthen the country's economy through global air connectivity. IATA identified three broad strategic areas to focus on: infrastructure, passenger experience and cargo. full story...

    Iberia lets you keep your reservations for up to 72 hours before confirming purchase. The cost is 5 euros per passenger on short and medium haul flights and 10 euros for long-haul trips. But the charge is discounted if the purchase is made. full story...

    Jet2.com and Jet2holidays today announce that they are giving Yorkshire people even more opportunities to escape to the sun from Leeds Bradford Airport next summer, with more choice of destinations, more flights and even more seats. full story...

    JetBlue Airways, New York's Hometown Airline, today announces the appointment of Marc Esposito to the role of Vice President, Values Relations. Esposito joins the JetBlue leadership team effective today and will oversee the carrier's labor and values relations strategy. full story...

    Lao Airlines Head Office announces that its downtown sales and ticketing office along Pangkham Road, Vientiane, will close from 8 September 2014. Lao Airlines is conducting feasibility studies on launching a direct scheduled service to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport from Vientiane full story...

    Lufthansa Cargo - Posted Aug 21, 2014
    Lufthansa Cargo starts new freighter flights to Lagos

    Lufthansa Cargo is further integrating Lagos into its own network through twice-weekly freighter flights. From 15 September, a Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighter will take off from Frankfurt for the Nigerian city every Monday and Thursday. full story...

    Porter Airlines - Posted Aug 25, 2014
    Porter Airlines enhances weekend service on 7 routes

    In response to passenger demand, Porter Airlines is adding weekend flights to seven current routes. Increased service to and from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport begins September 20, 2014, for the fall travel season. full story...

    Prague Airport - Posted Aug 27, 2014
    Prague Airport - traffic development

    In July 2014, a total of 1,226,447 passengers took off from or landed at V clav Havel Airport Prague. This figure represents a slight decrease in volume when compared with the same period of last year. The overall number of movements was recorded at 12,521. full story...
    Posted Aug 27, 2014 full story...Prague Airport - network expansion

    Qantas - Posted Aug 27, 2014
    Qantas Group fleet update

    Since FY09, the Group has taken delivery of more than 140 aircraft and retired or returned leases for 80 aircraft, resulting in an average fleet age of 7.7 years. The Group's focus now is on maximising the advantages of this young, competitive fleet, and completing the retirement of older aircraft types. full story...
    Posted Aug 27, 2014 full story...Qantas Group financial result
    Posted Aug 25, 2014 full story...Qantas customers to enjoy direct flights to Taiwan with China Airlines
    Posted Aug 25, 2014 full story...Qantas customers can keep their phones, laptops on from gate to gate
    Posted Aug 22, 2014 full story...Qantas boosts services to the US and South America

    Qatar Airways, the launch customer of the Airbus A350 Xtra Wide Body aircraft is set to receive its first delivery before the end of this year. The airline has ordered 80 of the widebody A350 XWB which will be deployed on a wide variety of routes served by the Qatar Airways network. full story...
    Posted Aug 26, 2014 full story...Qatar Airways to fly double daily to Madinah from October 26
    Posted Aug 25, 2014 full story...Qatar Airways to increase flights on most popular Doha - Dubai routes

    Ryanair - Posted Aug 27, 2014
    Ryanair launches Business Plus

    Ryanair today unveiled Ryanair Business Plus, offering Europe's business travellers a tailored suite of travel benefits. Business Plus is the latest in a long line of customer improvements and with more than 25% of its customers travelling on business, Ryanair continues to refine Europe's best business service. full story...
    Posted Aug 27, 2014 full story...Ryanair launches London Stansted summer 2015 schedule
    Posted Aug 22, 2014 full story...Ryanair launches new 3 x daily Dublin-Brussels Zaventem route

    Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Aug 22, 2014
    SAS completes sale/leaseback of 4 Airbus A330-300 Enhanced

    SAS has today secured financing of 4 Airbus A330-300 Enhanced through the signing of a sale and leaseback agreement with the Chinese bank Bocomm. The aircraft will be delivered during the latter part of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. full story...

    SkyTeam - Posted Aug 22, 2014
    SkyTeam launches "Go Round Asia"

    SkyTeam, the largest airline alliance in the Asia Pacific region, has launched its new Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass, providing customers with a flexible way to explore 26 countries. full story...

    Southwest Airlines last night unveiled a Listening Center devoted to engaging with Employees and Customers in real time. Located at Southwest Airlines Headquarters in Dallas, the Listening Center is the first of its kind in the domestic airline industry. full story...

    Swiss - Posted Aug 21, 2014
    Swiss to withdraw Zurich-Kiev service

    Swiss will be withdrawing its present Zurich-Kiev service with effect from 1 October. The service is being terminated for economic reasons, as business on the route has failed to develop in line with expectations. The service was introduced in the 2013/14 winter schedules. full story...

    Tigerair is launching a direct scheduled flight to Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, from Singapore on 16 September 2014. There will only be a direct return flight to Jinan once a week. Flight to Jinan is on Tuesday while the flight to Singapore from Jinan is on Wednesday. full story...

    Vietnam Airlines has informed that the airline's Airbus A321-200 aircraft will operate on the new Phu Quoc-Singapore-Phu Quoc route sector from 1 November 2014. Scheduled flights will take place twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. full story...

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