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Aeroflot has taken delivery of two new A321s equipped with aerodynamic wing-tips known as Sharklets. All A321 aircraft are named in honour of outstanding Russian people who contributed a lot to artistic, cultural and scientific development. full story...
Posted Aug 24, 2016 full story...Aeroflot passenger traffic up 11% in 7M 2016

Air Baltic - Posted Aug 24, 2016
airBaltic - best for innovation

CNN has named airBaltic as the Best airline for Innovation among global carriers "for its create-your-own-meal-tray food ordering system'. full story...

Air India today commenced the first ever flight between Ahmedabad to Newark via London. The flight is receiving immense response from the passengers and not only the inaugural flight but all bookings till September 16 are sold out. full story...

Air Koryo - Posted Aug 24, 2016
Air Koryo launches charter flight to Taiyuan

Air Koryo is launching its first charter flight to Taiyuan, Shanxi Province in China, from Pyongyang, on 22 August 2016. Air Koryo will fly between Pyongyang and Taiyuan until 30 October 2016. full story...

Air New Zealand is to spend more than $100 million increasing the number of premium seats on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and refurbishing its Boeing 777-300 fleet in response to customer trends. full story...

AirAsia X recorded its first second quarter profit since inception, boosted by strong revenue growth of 35% year-on-year to RM883.2 million on the back of 71% YoY increase in scheduled flights revenue, due to stronger demand as the quarter ended with a 75% load factor, up 7 percentage points YoY. full story...

On 22nd of August at 20:05 the first A380 commercial flight landed at RIOgaleao - Tom Jobim International Airport. This Paris-Rio Air France flight was specifically scheduled on the occasion of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. full story...
Posted Aug 23, 2016 full story...Airbus delivers world's 1st A330-300 Regional to Saudi Arabian Airlines

ANA, Japan's leading airline, has revised its flight schedule for the second half of FY2016, to accommodate the strong demand for inbound travel to Japan, and inter-connecting flights linking North America and the rest of Asia via Tokyo. full story...

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings - Posted Aug 24, 2016
Atlas Air Worldwide announces new contract with FedEx

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a five-year agreement with FedEx Express to provide it with five 747-400 freighter aircraft for peak flying seasons beginning in 2017 and lasting through 2021. full story...

Aurigny is delighted with the feedback received from passengers using its seasonal Barcelona service over the past four Saturdays. The airline carried a total of 631 people, meaning the average load factor was more than 70%, which is greater than the figure anticipated when the route was launched. full story...
Posted Aug 23, 2016 full story...Aurigny appoints new marketing agency

Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Aug 20, 2016
Austrian Airlines new service to Isfahan

Austrian Airlines is increasing its flight offering to Iran in 2016. Austria's national carrier has been offering its passengers an additional daily flight to Teheran since March 2016, and flies to the Iranian capital up to twice each day. full story...

In July, the subsidiary companies of Avianca Holdings S.A. transported 2,611,161 passengers, an increase of 1.8% compared to July 2015. Capacity, measured in ASKs, increased 3.3%, while passenger traffic, measured in RPKs, increased 4.9%. full story...
Posted Aug 24, 2016 full story...Avianca Holdings reports operating profit of $37.6 million

British Airways - Posted Aug 24, 2016
British Airways ticket sale

British Airways has launched its World Sale with huge discounts on flights and holidays across the globe from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City. The airline's sale kicks off today and will run until midnight on September 21 for travel dates from September 2016 until June 2017. full story...
Posted Aug 24, 2016 full story...British Airways takes off with China Eastern Airlines
Posted Aug 24, 2016 full story...British Airways adds Chambery from Stansted

CHEP Aerospace Solutions - Posted Aug 24, 2016
LATAM Airlines Group awards ULD management to CHEP

LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America's largest airline company, has awarded the management of its containers and pallets to CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) management and repair solutions. full story...

Delta Air Lines - Posted Aug 24, 2016
Delta's LAX relocation plans take key step forward

The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously approved Delta's lease and license agreement to enable the airline's relocation to Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), completing another vital step toward a $1.9 billion plan to upgrade and connect the complex. full story...
Posted Aug 24, 2016 full story...Delta: New VIP lounge elevates travel experience in Sao Paulo
Posted Aug 23, 2016 full story...Delta and Virgin Atlantic to co-locate at Heathrow Terminal 3
Posted Aug 23, 2016 full story...Delta bests industry with fewest cancels in June
Posted Aug 23, 2016 full story...Delta bolsters Mexico presence with 3 new routes

Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines - Posted Aug 24, 2016
Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines markets Bhutan domestic flights to Singapore

Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines markets domestic flights in Bhutan to Singapore travellers. Purchase any round trip ticket on any international route sector of Drukair and pay only 130 Singapore Dollars for a round-trip ticket to Bumthang or Gelephu. full story...

easyJet, Europe's leading and Gatwick's largest airline, has announced a new route from London Gatwick to Are Ostersund Airport, Sweden which will commence on 11 December 2016 and is expected to be especially popular with skiers and snowboarders. full story...

Emirates is set to upgrade its service between Dubai and Khartoum with the deployment of a larger Boeing 777-300ER on the route from 1st September 2016. full story...

In line with its growth strategy, Finnair is adding four new short haul routes to its summer 2017 traffic program. In addition to the new route to Reykjavik for the summer 2017 season, Finnair will also fly weekly to Corfu, Greece and Menorca, Spain on Sundays. full story...

Flybe has added a new route to Dublin from Yorkshire's Doncaster Sheffield Airport that will operate six times a week with effect from 30th October, 2016. Seats are available for booking now with one way fares from GBP29.99 including taxes and charges. full story...

Hong Kong Airlines - Posted Aug 24, 2016
Hong Kong Airlines grows network to 35 destinations

Stepping into its 10th year since establishment, Hong Kong Airlines continues its rapid growth with fleet and network expansion to meet increasing travel demand. This year, Hong Kong Airlines has taken delivery of five Airbus aircraft and reaches a fleet size of 32 aircraft. full story...

In regards to the airline's international network, JAL will increase flight frequency between Tokyo (Narita) and Honolulu, and between Narita and Bangkok to meet growing demand for those routes. full story...
Posted Aug 20, 2016 full story...JAL extends period of 15 minutes free inflight internet campaign

China Eastern Airlines recently received authorization from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to operate in a fully digital capacity, using Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro as part of its electronic flight bag solution. full story...

KLM - Posted Aug 24, 2016
KLM to resume service to Tehran

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume service to the Iranian capital of Tehran from 30 October 2016. This will be the 14th new destination KLM has added to its network in 2016. full story...
Posted Aug 23, 2016 full story...KLM extends network to Namibia

Korean Air - Posted Aug 24, 2016
Korean Air introduces no-show penalty

A penalty will be imposed for no-show passengers who either do not cancel their reservation prior to the scheduled time of departure or passengers who do not board their flight after check-in has been completed. full story...

Deutsche Lufthansa AG welcomes the approval by the members of the Unabh ngige Flugbegleiter Organisation (UFO), the union of the company's cabin crew staff, of the terms and conditions of the proposed new collective labor agreements (CLAs) for Lufthansa's cabin personnel. full story...

Malaysia Airlines - Posted Aug 24, 2016
Malaysia Airlines enjoys record bookings

Malaysia Airlines is extending the turnaround sale by one day due to massive demand. The sale saw the booking systems enjoy 5 times the normal traffic. full story...
Posted Aug 24, 2016 full story...Malaysia Airlines turnaround sale

Melbourne Airport welcomes today's detailed announcement that Tigerair will launch a new route providing daily return services between Melbourne and Canberra from 8 December 2016. full story...

"I'm pleased to report that the Qantas Group achieved a record result in financial year 2016. There are a lot of great numbers in our announcement today. But it's worth putting really simply. This is the best result in the 95 year history of Qantas - and the best result in Australian aviation history, full stop." full story...
Posted Aug 24, 2016 full story...Qantas Group full year 2016 report

Regional Express - Posted Aug 24, 2016
Rex releases full year FY15/16 results

Rex announced a statutory after tax loss of $9.6 million (M) following the $15M impairment of goodwill and assets. The Company reported an operating profit before tax of $4.3M. full story...

Rolls-Royce has won a $1.5bn order from China Eastern Airlines for Trent 700 engines to power 15 Airbus A330 aircraft. The order also includes long-term TotalCare engine support services. The aircraft are in addition to the 51 Trent 700 powered A330s that China Eastern Airlines already operates. full story...

Ryanair today welcomed SITA's independent baggage report which confirmed Ryanair's outstanding baggage performance, mishandling far fewer bags than any other airline. full story...

Southwest Airlines - Posted Aug 23, 2016
Southwest Airlines' Randy Babbitt announces retirement

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that Randy Babbitt, Senior Vice President of Labor Relations, is retiring after 50 years in the commercial aviation industry. Babbitt joined Southwest in 2012 and has spent the last four years leading the carrier's Labor Relations Team. full story...
Posted Aug 23, 2016 full story...Southwest Airlines to fly nonstop between LAX and Mexico

Thai Airways - Posted Aug 24, 2016
Thai's new flying experience with the A350 XWB

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited announced that its first Airbus A350 XWB recently completed its maiden flight over South West France and will enter the final phase of production as well as undergo further ground and flight tests. full story...

United - Posted Aug 20, 2016
United appoints new senior leaders

United Continental Holdings, Inc. today announced the addition of two key members to the company's executive leadership team with the appointment of Andrew Levy as executive vice president and chief financial officer and Julia Haywood as executive vice president and chief commercial officer. full story...

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