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    The groupwide initiative involves all AirAsia & AirAsia X offices and staff. Since then, over 40 activities to conserve energy, raise awareness of climate change and education on developing sustainability- aware communities have been successfully organised. full story...

    Air Baltic - Posted Apr 26, 2016
    airBaltic welcomes EU strategy for aviation

    Speaking at a public hearing in Brussels, Martin Gauss, CEO of the Latvian airline airBaltic, expressed support for the European Commission's holistic approach to aviation. full story...

    Air Canada today announced the introduction of the only non-stop flights from Vancouver to Delhi, India beginning October 20, 2016, in time for Diwali festivities. The seasonal, three-times weekly flights complement Air Canada's Toronto-Delhi non-stop service launched last fall. full story...

    Air France - Posted Apr 28, 2016
    Air France takes delivery of its 70th Boeing 777

    Air France is expanding its fleet by welcoming a new Boeing 777-300, thus increasing its capacity thanks to 43 Boeing 777-300s, 25 Boeing 777-200ERs and two Boeing 777F Cargo. This 70th aircraft will operate on the Company's long-haul network. full story...

    The first ever delivery of an aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility took place today, April 25th, in Mobile, Alabama. The entire team of employees from the American assembly line gathered to present their very first completed product, an Airbus A321, to JetBlue. full story...

    Reported record first quarter net income, excluding special items, of $183 million, a 23% increase over the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.45 was a 29% increase over the first quarter of 2015. full story...

    Alitalia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the board of directors of Air Malta and the Government of Malta to complete a comprehensive due diligence with the possible intention of becoming a 49% shareholder in the Maltese airline. full story...

    American Airlines - Posted Apr 23, 2016
    American Airlines Group reports first quarter 2016 profit

    Reported first quarter 2016 pre-tax profit of $1.2 billion excluding special items, and net profit of $765 million excluding special items . First quarter 2016 adjusted earnings per diluted share rose 15 percent vs. the first quarter 2015, to $1.991. full story...

    As of July 1, 2016 (Friday), Asiana Airlines will be launching a new route between Incheon and Sapporo, a major and capital city of the Hokkaido region in Japan. full story...

    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Posted Apr 27, 2016
    Austin Airport March 2016 passenger, cargo traffic

    Passenger Activity: Total passenger traffic for March 2016 was 1,066,146 up 6% compared to March 2015. March 2016 enplanements totaled 526,937, up 5%. March 2016 air cargo totaled 13,887,885 lbs., up 8% compared to March 2015. full story...

    In March, the subsidiary companies of Avianca Holdings S.A. transported 2,402,705 passengers, up 5.9% compared to March 2015. Capacity, measured in ASKs, increased 7.8%, while passenger traffic, measured in RPKs, increased 8.1%. The load factor for the month was 77.2%. full story...

    Bombardier Aerospace - Posted Apr 26, 2016
    Trident Jet purchase agreement for eight CRJ900 aircraft

    Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today disclosed that Trident Jet (Jersey) Limited, a sister company of Falko Regional Aircraft Limited, is the previously unidentified customer that signed the firm purchase agreement for eight CRJ900 aircraft and six options announced in October 2015. full story...

    Brussels Airport - Posted Apr 28, 2016
    Brussels Airport new flight schedule

    From Monday 2 May a new flight schedule will take effect at Brussels Airport. The number of passengers per flight is rising faster than expected, so a new flight schedule has been drawn up for all passengers to leave in complete safety and comfort. full story...

    Budapest Airport - Posted Apr 28, 2016
    Wizz Air triples Canary Islands links from Budapest

    Budapest Airport has announced today that Wizz Air will be adding another two links from the Hungarian gateway this winter. Wizz Air has confirmed new connections to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, set to start from 30 October and 2 November respectively. full story...
    Posted Apr 27, 2016 full story...Budapest Airport welcomes missing link to Lyon

    Delta Air Lines - Posted Apr 26, 2016
    Delta wins prestigious award from China

    For the second consecutive year, Delta was named the Best Airline of North America 2016 by Flyertea, the largest frequent flyer website in China. full story...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016 full story...Delta applies for Tokyo-Haneda service from LAX, MSP, ATL

    Emirates, the world's largest international airline, today renewed its support to jointly promote tourism in Mauritius and the Seychelles by extending the individual global marketing agreements with the Tourism Boards of the two countries. full story...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016 full story...Emirates scores 3 wins at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards
    Posted Apr 25, 2016 full story...Emirates enhances connectivity for travel agents

    Ethiopian Airlines, the largest cargo operator in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has been voted as the Best Cargo Airline of the Year from Africa at the "2016 Cargo Airline of the Year" Air Cargo News awards held at the Lancaster London Hotel, London on 23 April 2016. full story...

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was named 'Best First Class' and 'Best Frequent Flyer' programme at the Business Traveller Awards Middle East, which were held at the Palazzo Versace in Dubai last night. full story...

    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 structure arranged by Credit Agricole. full story...

    Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, today announced its planned return to Dhaka, Bangladesh from Monday, 30 May 2016. The airline will soon launch direct flights between Bahrain and the Bangladeshi capital operating 5 weekly flights. full story...

    Hawaiian Airlines today announced the appointment of Jeff Helfrick as vice president - customer service. He is responsible for airport operations, including passenger, ramp, and the contract services business, across our global network. full story...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016 full story...Hawaiian Airlines applies for routes between Haneda and Hawaii
    Posted Apr 26, 2016 full story...Hawaiian Holdings reports 2016 first quarter financial results

    16.8 million passengers using Heathrow in first three months, up 2.6%. Garuda Indonesia is the latest airline to move its London operations from Gatwick to Heathrow - boosting British businesses with increased ties to a fast-growing economy. full story...

    Hong Kong Airlines - Posted Apr 26, 2016
    Hong Kong Airlines fleet expanded to 30

    Hong Kong Airlines received its 30th aircraft, an Airbus A320, last week. The average age of the airline's operating fleet stands at just 3.5 years, making it one of the youngest fleets in the world. full story...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016 full story...Hong Kong Airlines launches new direct flights to Kuching

    Thomson and First Choice are today announcing increased capacity at Humberside Airport for their summer 2017 flying programme. Holidaymakers will be able to take advantage of greater choice and flexibility with a new service to Tenerife with Thomson Airways. full story...

    Japan Airlines - Posted Apr 27, 2016
    JAL's global website with improved user experience

    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. full story...
    Posted Apr 23, 2016 full story...JAL Group passenger traffic forecast for vacation period

    JetBlue Airways - Posted Apr 27, 2016
    JetBlue announces Q1 2016 results

    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. full story...

    This morning KLM took delivery of its fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Schiphol. The new arrival is named 'Hibiscus'. The Dreamliner will serve destinations such as Chengdu, China, which is also known as The Hibiscus City. full story...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016 full story...KLM starts direct services to Genoa and Valencia

    Korean Air - Posted Apr 26, 2016
    Korean Air flights between Incheon and Guiyang

    Beginning May 23, 2016, Korean Air will operate Incheon-Guiyang flights three times a week. full story...

    Thomson and First Choice are today announcing increased capacity at Liverpool John Lennon Airport for their summer 2017 flying programme. This includes new routes to Ibiza and Tenerife as well as new 10 and 11 night breaks to Palma, Majorca. full story...

    London Luton Airport - Posted Apr 26, 2016
    LLA welcomes second Blue Air route in as many months

    Blue Air today celebrated the launch of flights between London Luton Airport (LLA) and Larnaca. Four flights per week will connect LLA to this popular holiday destination, the oldest city in Cyprus. full story...

    Within the first three months, LOT transported 19% of passengers more than in the comparative period last year. From January, a total of over one million people chose to travel with LOT. full story...

    Lufthansa Cargo - Posted Apr 27, 2016
    Lufthansa Cargo focuses on startups

    Lufthansa Cargo is going to closely collaborate with promising technology startups. Lufthansa's logistic division is the first freight airline globally to participate in the new "Logistics Tech Accelerator" program in cooperation with US-American company RocketSpace. full story...

    OMA began 2016 with positive trends. The sum of aeronautical and non- aeronautical revenues rose 19.8%, as a result of initiatives to develop passenger traffic, improve commercial services, and increase and strengthen diversification activities. full story...

    Russia's largest regional airline is opening a direct route from Oslo Airport to St. Petersburg. Travellers will be able to fly direct to the world's northernmost metropolis three-five times per week. full story...

    Qatar Airways - Posted Apr 28, 2016
    Qatar Airways celebrates Doha - Atlanta service

    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. full story...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016 full story...Qatar Airways opens Premium Lounge in Dubai
    Posted Apr 28, 2016 full story...Qatar Airways opens Premium Lounge in Dubai
    Posted Apr 27, 2016 full story...Qatar Airways Cargo wins Cargo Airline of the Year award
    Posted Apr 27, 2016 full story...Qatar Airways wins 2 Business Traveller Middle East awards

    Royal Jordanian - Posted Apr 27, 2016
    RJ losses decline by JD1 million compared to 2015

    Royal Jordanian losses dropped by JD1 million in the first quarter of 2016, from JD8.3 million in the first quarter of 2015 to JD 7.3 million for the same period this year. The results improved by 13% despite the unfair competition the company faces. full story...

    Ryanair today launched its Bristol 2016 winter schedule, with 3 new winter routes to Krakow, Milan and Venice, as well as more flights to Alicante, Faro, Lanzarote, Malaga and Warsaw. full story...

    SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will launch services to two new destinations, Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos later this year. full story...

    Somon Air - Posted Apr 27, 2016
    Somon Air opens new flights

    Somon Air announces opening of two new flights - from Dushanbe to Kabul and to Lahore. To the capital of Afghanistan and back Somon Air will operate one flight a week on Fridays. The first flight on this route will be administered on April 29. full story...

    South African Airways - Posted Apr 28, 2016
    South African Airways Cargo named in top 3 African airlines

    South African Airways Cargo named amongst the top three African Airlines at the Air Cargo Airline of the Year Awards 2016 in London. The Awards were organised by Air Cargo News. full story...

    Southwest Airlines - Posted Apr 23, 2016
    Southwest Airlines reports record first quarter profit

    Record first quarter net income, excluding special items, of $567 million, or $.88 per diluted share, compared with first quarter 2015 net income, excluding special items, of $451 million, or $.66 per diluted share. This exceeded the First Call consensus estimate of $.84 per diluted share. full story...

    Spirit Airlines - Posted Apr 27, 2016
    Spirit Airlines reports first quarter 2016

    Adjusted net income for the first quarter 2016 was $72.3 million ($1.01 per diluted share). GAAP net income for the first quarter 2016 was $61.9 million ($0.86 per diluted share). full story...

    Swiss Aviation Consulting - Posted Apr 26, 2016
    easyJet Switzerland entrusts Swiss Aviation Consulting

    Swiss Aviation Consulting is proud to announce that easyJet Switzerland has entrusted the company with supporting the renewal of Airworthiness Certificates on easyJet's Airbus fleet. full story...

    Turkish Airlines and Air Algerie have signed a code share agreement. full story...

    United Airlines today applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to continue to provide daily nonstop service from the airline's trans-Pacific gateway in San Francisco to Haneda Airport in downtown Tokyo. full story...

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