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Here are the summaries of press releases from airline and airline related companies and organizations received in the last week.

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In the first four months of 2016, Aeroflot Group carried 12.2 million passengers, up 12.3% year-on-year. Aeroflot airline carried 8.5 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 13.9%. Group and Company revenue passenger kilometres increased by 13.5% and 13.4% year-on-year, respectively. full story...
Posted May 24, 2016 full story...Aeroflot launches nonstop flight from Kazan to Frankfurt
Posted May 24, 2016 full story...Aeroflot expands fleet with two new Airbus A320s

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 2nd June 2016, due to the ungrounded revocation of permission by the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia. full story...

The arrival of flight AC1924 at London-Gatwick airport this morning marks the successful launch of Air Canada rouge's newest route. The seasonal, non-stop service between Toronto and London-Gatwick will operate up to daily during the summer. full story...

The Company's earnings momentum continued with strong revenue growth of 25% year-on-year to RM971 million, on the back of a 15% YoY increase in passenger traffic and 31% YoY growth in average base fare. Yields, as measured by Revenue per Available Seat Kilometre, surged 17% YoY, outpacing a 7% YoY increase in capacity. full story...

Cambodia Angkor Air, code K6, has appointed APG as its GSA in France, USA, UK, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. Cambodia Angkor Air is the national flag carrier of Cambodia, with its corporate headquarters and main hub in Phnom Penh. full story...

ASL Aviation Group - Posted May 24, 2016
ASL Aviation Group acquires TNT Airline operations

ASL Aviation Group has acquired the airline operations of TNT Express N.V., comprised of TNT Airways (Belgium) and Pan Air L neas Aereas (Spain). The two airlines are to be renamed ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines Spain respectively. full story...

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Posted May 24, 2016
Austin Airport new flights

Two new nonstop international destinations will take flight. Condor begins nonstop service to Frankfurt on June 27, while Volaris launches Austin-Guadalajara on Aug. 7. New nonstop to Albuquerque on Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines. full story...

Austrian Airlines Group - Posted May 24, 2016
Austrian Airlines signs codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways

Austrian Airlines and Bangkok Airways signed their first joint codeshare agreement. As a result, new destinations in Thailand and Cambodia can be directly booked via Austrian Airlines, and reached from Vienna via flights to Bangkok. full story...
Posted May 23, 2016 full story...Austrian Airlines launches a wet lease with SunExpress Deutschland

AWAS, announced today that it has acquired two modern 737-800 passenger aircraft with leases attached from another lessor and currently placed with Fly Dubai and Norwegian Air. full story...

Boeing and Air Austral are celebrating the delivery of the carrier's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The newest addition to the Air Austral long-haul fleet will touch down at Roland Garros Airport in Saint- Marie, Reunion Island tomorrow. full story...
Posted May 24, 2016 full story...Boeing, Vietjet finalize Vietnam's largest ever commercial airplane purchase

Bombardier Aerospace - Posted May 24, 2016
Bombardier confirms Flexjet as buyer of 20 Challenger 350s

Bombardier confirmed today that Flexjet, LLC is the previously undisclosed customer that purchased 20 Challenger 350 jets. Bombardier and Flexjet, LLC celebrated the news with a special ceremony at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition. full story...

Brussels Airlines - Posted May 25, 2016
Brussels Airlines opens very first airport lounge abroad

Brussels Airlines recently inaugurated its first airport lounge in a foreign country, i.e. at N'Djili airport (Kinshasa, DR Congo. The Suite offers a unique comfort experience to all Business Class travelers and frequent fliers while they wait for their flight to Brussels. full story...

Brussels Airport - Posted May 19, 2016
Brussels Airport passenger & cargo transport recovering

In March and April Brussels Airport has welcomed 1.2 million and 1.1 million passengers respectively, a 29.1% decrease for March and a 46.5% decrease for April on last year. The cargo volume dropped by 20.9% in March on the corresponding month in 2015. full story...

SMBC Aviation Capital, the world's third largest aircraft leasing company, announced it has ordered ten CFM International LEAP-1A engines to power five additional Airbus A320neo aircraft. The engine order is valued at $140 million U.S. at list price. full story...

Delta has expanded Delta Comfort+ fares to more markets, making it easier to shop and buy Delta's menu of products. Customers can now purchase Delta Comfort+ flights for travel on or after Sept.19, 2016, to and from the Asia-Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean regions. full story...

The Egyptian Armed Forces have informed Egypt Air that they have found first debris from the missing aircraft operating flight MS804 around 295 KM from the Egyptian coastline. full story...
Posted May 19, 2016 full story...EgyptAir update on missing plane

TAP is the newest airline to operate Embraer's E-Jets in Europe. Yesterday, the company launched scheduled flights with the E190 jet, from Lisbon to various destinations of its intra-European network. full story...
Posted May 24, 2016 full story...Air Hamburg orders one more Embraer Legacy 650 business jet
Posted May 23, 2016 full story...Across signs firm order for 23 Embraer business jets

Emirates' premium and loyal customers can now look forward to even greater levels of comfort, hospitality and convenience with the opening of the airline's new two-level premium lounge at the Cape Town International Airport in South Africa. full story...

Ethiopian Airlines - Posted May 24, 2016
Ethiopian wins African Airline of the Year 2016 Award

Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it has won the African Aviation 'African Airline of the Year' Award for 2016 during the 25th Anniversary African Aviation Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition and African Aviation Summit. full story...
Posted May 24, 2016 full story...Ethiopian to start flights to Istanbul

The Saudi-based national airline, flynas (in codeshare with Etihad Airways), is increasing capacity between their home country and the UAE with new flights linking Abu Dhabi with Riyadh and Jeddah. full story...

Finnair - Posted May 23, 2016
Finnair to sell SMT Oy

Today, Finnair signed an agreement to sell its Finnish business travel agency, SMT Oy, to American Express Global Business Travel. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2016. full story...
Posted May 19, 2016 full story...Finnair secures financing for its newest A350 aircraft

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. full story...
Posted May 20, 2016 full story...Fraport: Good figures for fiscal year 2015

General Electric Company - Posted May 24, 2016
VietJet engine order valued at $3.0 billion U.S. at list price

Vietnam's VietJet today announced it has ordered CFM International's LEAP-1B engine to power 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft announced earlier today. full story...

Gulf Air has become one of the first airlines in the region to be awarded the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Ground Operations Manual Certificate certifying that the airline is in full compliance with international standards of ground safety and operations. full story...
Posted May 24, 2016 full story...Gulf Air celebrates 40 years of direct operations between Bahrain and Cyprus

Hahn Air - Posted May 24, 2016
Hahn Air expands cooperation with Blue Air

Blue Air has joined the list of H1-Air partners that signed an interline agreement with Hahn Air. Due to the extended cooperation, Blue Air is available for HR-169 ticketing not only under the H1 two- letter code but also under its own designator 0B. full story...
Posted May 24, 2016 full story...Cambodia Bayon Airlines joins Hahn Air's partner network

Hawaiian Airlines today 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 navigation. full story...

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on African governments to prioritize the development of aviation nationally and at a pan-African level to bolster economic growth and development. full story...

The first step has been taken to enable Iberia to join British Airways, Finnair and Japan Airlines (JAL) in their successful joint business on flights between Europe and Japan. JAL has submitted its application to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. full story...

The first step has been taken to enable Iberia to join British Airways, Finnair and Japan Airlines (JAL) in their successful joint business on flights between Europe and Japan. JAL has submitted its application to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. full story...
Posted May 19, 2016 full story...JAL continues to run Hokkaido promotion

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will this weekend begin operating flights to the Spanish island of Ibiza, one of the 76 European destinations that KLM serves directly from Amsterdam. full story...
Posted May 24, 2016 full story...KLM celebrates 70th anniversary of service to New York

Liverpool John Lennon Airport - Posted May 24, 2016
Flybe's new summer route to Newquay takes off from LJLA

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, started operating its new weekly summer flights between Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Newquay Cornwall Airport on Saturday, giving travellers direct access to one of the UK's top summer destinations. full story...

Malaysia Airlines - Posted May 24, 2016
Malaysia Airlines to add two additional Airbus A350s

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. full story...
Posted May 24, 2016 full story...Malaysia Airlines: Introduction of the Malaysia Aviation Group

Melbourne Airport - Posted May 24, 2016
Melbourne Airport hits 9 million international passengers

Melbourne Airport has recorded 9 million international passengers in 12 months. That is one passenger for every home in Australia, four times the number of cars in Australia and almost the entire population of United Arab Emirates. full story...

Pegasus Airlines - Posted May 19, 2016
Pegasus' turnover reaches 691 million TL in Q1 of 2016

Pegasus Airlines has announced its Q1 financial results for 2016. In Q1, Pegasus achieved a turnover of 691,100,801 Turkish Liras, growing by 19% year-on-year. Pegasus has increased the number of guests carried in the first quarter of 2016 by 18.6% year-on-year to 5.36 million. full story...

Today WestJet and Qantas announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement where members of the airlines' frequent flyer programs can earn their choice of WestJet dollars or Qantas Points when travelling on flights of either airline. full story...

Qatar Airways - Posted May 24, 2016
Qatar Airways to fly to Chiang Mai 5 times a week

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. full story...

Rolls-Royce today congratulated Air China as it became China's first operator of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, powered by the Trent 1000 engine. full story...

Ryanair - Posted May 24, 2016
Ryanair full year profit rises 43%

Ryanair today reported full year profits of EUR1,242m, a 43% increase on the prior year. Traffic grew 18% to 106m as load factor jumped 5% points to 93%. full story...

Somon Air - Posted May 23, 2016
Somon Air receives IOSA certificate

Somon Air is the first Tajik airline to successfully pass the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and be awarded the coveted IOSA Operator Certificate and is now eligible for membership into the prestigious IATA organization. full story...

South African Airways - Posted May 24, 2016
South African Airways strengthens Mauritius route

South African Airways (SAA), the leading carrier on the continent, has further strengthened its route to Mauritius due to growing demand - both from the continent and internationally. full story...

TAP Air Portugal - Posted May 24, 2016
TAP launches its 1st Embraer 190 operations

TAP's first Embraer 190 is already flying across the European skies, operating on the company's regional network in TAP Express livery.The new E190 made its maiden flight for TAP on Monday, May 23, with flight TP488, from Lisbon to Nice. full story...

The 2016 summer travel season officially kicks off today as United launches three new seasonal European flights from its East Coast hubs. Starting today, United will offer daily nonstop service between Washington Dulles and Barcelona and between Washington Dulles and Lisbon. full story...

Today WestJet and Qantas Airways announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement where members of the airlines' frequent flyer programs can earn their choice of WestJet dollars or Qantas Points when travelling on flights of either airline. full story...

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