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    Aberdeen Airport - Posted Jan 17, 2015
    Wizz Air to launch Aberdeen - Gdansk

    Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced a new scheduled service between Aberdeen and the Polish city of Gdansk, which will start operating on 19 June this year. full story...

    Aegean Airlines - Posted Jan 17, 2015
    Aegean increase UK routes in Summer 2015

    Aegean, Greece's largest airline and a Star Alliance member, is to launch a new direct route from the UK to Larnaca, Cyprus and Heraklion, Crete. full story...

    JSC Aeroflot and JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) have signed an agreement for an additional 20 of the latest Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. Aeroflot will receive the additional SSJ-100s in full specification. full story...

    Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, announces its new daily frequency of route Houston - Mexico City that started last December 19th, adding its fifth direct flight between these major destinations. full story...

    Aeroports de Lyon - Posted Jan 22, 2015
    Lyon Airports: 2014 traffic results

    After five years of growth, Lyon Airports has seen a slight decrease in passenger traffic (-1.1%) in 2014; the negative growth of the Air France Group (-10.1%) was balanced out by the good results achieved by other airlines (+4%), which operate at Lyon-Saint Exupery. Freight activity continues its progression, with +12% increase compared to 2013. full story...

    Air Astana has reported an operating profit of $97.7 million in 2014, an increase of 35% over 2013 and the highest in the company's 13 year history. Net profit fell by 62% to $19.3 million owing to a one-off revaluation of external debt of $49 million caused by the devaluation of the Kazakh tengue by 19% in February. full story...

    Air France is continuing to deploy its new cabins on its Boeing 777, the heart of its long-haul fleet. Since 12 January 2015, customers have been able to fly to Sao Paulo on board a Boeing 777-200 equipped with the new Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. full story...

    Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have today launched a major joint campaign to encourage Japanese travellers to visit New Zealand between April and October 2015. full story...

    Alaska Airlines inaugurates new seasonal service between Las Vegas and Mammoth Lakes, California, today, giving locals and visitors alike an opportunity to enjoy the nightlife of Vegas and ski fresh powder during the winter season. full story...

    Alitalia - Posted Jan 22, 2015
    Alitalia unveils strategic plan

    The strategy for the new Alitalia was unveiled today, with an unequivocal commitment by the new executive team and strategic investors to reinvent the airline. full story...

    American Airlines today promoted Vasu Raja to vice president - International Revenue Management. In this new role, Raja will lead a high-performing team responsible for overseeing all revenue generated from the company's international business. full story...

    ANA will launch a new daily service from Narita to Kuala Lumpur from September 2015. The new service will allow passengers to make easier connections with flights to and from North America during the evening period at Narita. full story...
    Posted Jan 17, 2015 full story...ANA now offers Japan's most comprehensive in-flight entertainment system

    Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Jan 19, 2015
    Austrian Airlines aircraft christened the "Spirit of Alpbach"

    At the end of 2014, Austrian Airlines expanded its regional fleet by four aircraft to a total of 18. One of the four turboprops of the Dash 8-Q400 family of aircraft with the registration OE-LGP was christened with the name "Spirit of Alpbach" at Innsbruck-Kranebitten Airport this morning. full story...

    AWAS announced today that it has delivered to ANA Holdings Inc. (ANAHD) one new A320 passenger aircraft from its order pipeline. ANAHD will use this aircraft to support the continued expansion of Vanilla Air, their low cost regional subsidiary. full story...

    bmi will commence flights from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Liege, Belgium and Bern, Switzerland to the Bavarian capital, Munich on March 29 2015. bmi will operate the flights in partnership with Lufthansa as code-share flights with joint BM and LH flight numbers. full story...

    Boeing and Thai Airways International Public Company Limited celebrated the Thai flag-carrier's 75th direct delivery of a Boeing airplane. Marking the milestone delivery, Boeing and Thai collaborated to transport 1,000 wool blankets onboard Thai's newly delivered 777-300ER (Extended Range). full story...
    Posted Jan 17, 2015 full story...Boeing, Air Europa announce order for 14 787-9 Dreamliners

    British Airways - Posted Jan 22, 2015
    British Airways offering free one-way upgrade to First

    For a limited time lucky customers flying British Airways could enjoy the thrill of getting a free one-way upgrade to First. The special offer is being given to those buying eligible return flights in the airline's Club World cabin, from now until March 13, for travel up to April 11, 2015. full story...

    Wizz Air, one of the biggest low-cost airlines in Central and Eastern Europe, will be launching a new line to Poland from BSCA on 19 June 2015. Gdansk, a port city and the capital of Pomeranian Voivodeship, will have two weekly flights from Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Flights will depart every Monday and Friday. full story...

    Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will launch an additional three-times-weekly direct service between Hong Kong and San Francisco commencing 11 June 2015. The three extra flights will bring the total number of Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and San Francisco to 17 a week. full story...
    Posted Jan 15, 2015 full story...Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for December 2014

    Delta Air Lines - Posted Jan 22, 2015
    Delta Air Lines announces December quarter results

    Delta Air Lines today reported financial results for the December 2014 quarter. Delta's pre-tax income for the December 2014 quarter was $1.0 billion, excluding special items1, an increase of $474 million over the December 2013 quarter on a similar basis. full story...
    Posted Jan 17, 2015 full story...Delta to launch daily service between Los Angeles and Shanghai

    Emirates airline today announced two enhancements to its service to the Kolkata market. Commencing 29th March 2015 the airline will add a 13th weekly flight between the West Bengal capital and its home and hub in Dubai. Also on 29th March, Emirates will start to operate a larger Boeing 777-200ER on the route as flight numbers EK 570 and EK 571 which will offer Emirates' renowned First Class service. full story...
    Posted Jan 15, 2015 full story...Emirates increases capacity on its recently introduced Chicago route

    Cooperation between If P&C Insurance and Estonian Air enables the customers of the airline to book ticket and travel insurance on Estonian Air home page together with a flight ticket. Ticket and travel insurance, that are designed specially for Estonian Air customers, can be obtained by one click only. full story...

    Continuing with its aviation technology leadership in Africa, Ethiopian, the largest and most profitable airline of the continent, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the first ever B-787 Dreamliner full flight simulator in Africa. The installation and build-up of the full flight Simulator is in progress at Ethiopian main Hub in Addis Ababa. full story...

    Taiwan-based EVA Air ranks third among the world's safest airlines on the annual index reported by Germany's AERO International Magazine. After ranking among the top 10 seven times since 2004, EVA rose from 5th on last year's list to achieve its highest score. full story...

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $390,000 civil penalty against Horizon Air Industries of SeaTac, Wash., for allegedly operating Bombardier DHC-8 aircraft that were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. full story...
    Posted Jan 17, 2015 full story...FAA proposes $450,000 Civil Penalty against SkyWest Airlines

    Shaenaz Voss has been appointed General Manager Industry, International and Government Affairs. Thomas Robinson will take over the challenging job as General Manager for Fiji Link. full story...

    Frankfurt Airport achieved a new record in 2014 as well. Some 59.57 million passengers passed through Germany's largest aviation hub in 2014, an increase of 2.6 percent year-on-year. full story...

    Gulf Air - Posted Jan 19, 2015
    Gulf Air increases Larnaca service

    Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain will, effective from 23rd January, increase its Bahrain - Larnaca service to six weekly services, consisting of 3 direct weekly operations and 3 weekly operations via Kuwait International Airport. full story...

    Hawaiian Airlines has announced the appointment of Kevin L. Halloran to the position of vice president - treasury and treasurer. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing corporate finance, fleet financing, cash management, fuel and foreign exchange hedging and enterprise risk management for Hawaiian Airlines. full story...
    Posted Jan 17, 2015 full story...Hawaiian Airlines appoints Tina Larson as Director - Online Travel Agencies and Distribution

    Last year Iberia's handing division, called Iberia Airport Services, handled more than 78 million passengers and 330,000 aircraft belonging to Iberia and another 200 airlines at the 41 Spanish airports where it operates. full story...
    Posted Jan 17, 2015 full story...Iberia honoured as most punctual airline in Brussels

    JAL Group (JAL) today announced its flight frequency and fleet plans on both international and domestic routes for fiscal year 2015 (ending March 31, 2016). full story...

    Jet Airways has introduced a new initiative "Zero Penalty Fee" for changes or cancellations within 24 hours of bookings made on www.jetairways.com. This new initiative is exclusive for bookings made on its website and allows guests to amend or cancel their booking without any penalty fee by simply using the "Manage Booking" facility full story...

    LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, will launch a 'Spring Time Madness' seat sale at a minute past midnight tonight, offering big savings on fares to its 17 destinations. Tickets for travel must be bought no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday 08th February. full story...

    To meet customer expectations, LOT Cargo has launched a New York - Warsaw - New York freight route with a special all cargo Boeing 767-300 aircraft operated by a Canadian company Cargojet Airways Ltd. This year, flights are scheduled for January-April and October-December. full story...
    Posted Jan 22, 2015 full story...LOT the best on short hauls

    New wage agreements apply for the approximately 300 pilots at Eurowings GmbH as of 1 January 2015. At the beginning of the year, the airline reached agreement with the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots' union on new settlements that are to run for five years. full story...

    Melbourne Airport finished 2014 with strong international passenger growth to reach more than 8 million international passengers for the year, or an increase of 8 per cent compared to 2013. full story...

    Munich International Airport - Posted Jan 17, 2015
    Munich Airport posts all-time high of just under 40 million passengers

    With close to 40 million travellers arriving and departing, Munich Airport had yet another record year in 2014. Passenger traffic increased by nearly 3 percent to 39.7 million - one million more than in the previous year. full story...

    Qantas' first upgraded international A330 has today taken the skies, introducing a new standard of luxury on the route. Passengers on flight QF35 from Melbourne to Singapore are the first Qantas customers to fly on the reconfigured international aircraft. full story...

    Qatar Airways is continuing its rapid growth in Europe with an increase in capacity on its flights to Italy, as well as the introduction of double-daily flights to Madrid. The increase in both capacity and service will roll out over the next five months to help meet the expanding passenger needs for both these popular destinations. full story...
    Posted Jan 19, 2015 full story...Qatar Airways Cargo announces launch of freighter service to Ahmedabad

    Rolls-Royce today celebrated a milestone at the company's Seletar Campus with the unveiling of a Trent 1000 engine, the first to be made in Singapore for Singapore's very own long-haul budget carrier, Scoot. full story...
    Posted Jan 17, 2015 full story...Rolls-Royce selected by Air Europa for Trent 1000 engines

    Royal Jordanian - Posted Jan 22, 2015
    Royal Jordanian introduces new mobile application

    Royal Jordanian's passengers will be able to manage all their travel plans on the move in a simpler and more convenient way with a newly introduced RJ mobile application offering features from flight booking to flight status and more. full story...

    Ryanair today announced it will open 6 new London Stansted routes to Clermont, Cologne, Deauville, Edinburgh, Glasgow Intl and Ponta Delgada (Azores), as well as increased frequencies on 40 other routes. full story...
    Posted Jan 22, 2015 full story...Ryanair announces 85% of December flights on-time
    Posted Jan 22, 2015 full story...Ryanair announces new Berlin route from Glasgow
    Posted Jan 22, 2015 full story...Ryanair announces additional frequency on Edinburgh to London route
    Posted Jan 19, 2015 full story...Ryanair wins EU Court case against PR Aviation

    S7 Airlines, a member of the oneworld global aviation alliance, and Montenegro Airlines signed a codeshare agreement, which provides for codeshare flights between Moscow and Tivat (Montenegro). full story...

    Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Jan 22, 2015
    SAS's first new long haul cabin set to enter service

    SAS is updating its long haul fleet with a new design, new seats, new entertainment system and WiFi onboard. The first updated aircraft will enter service in mid February 2015 offering SAS customers a totally new travel experience on long haul flights. full story...
    Posted Jan 19, 2015 full story...SAS Group management change

    Travelers have been requesting it, and as the airline of choice for Florida and the Bahamas, Silver Airways is delivering. Starting March 19, 2015, Silver Airways is launching nonstop service between Jacksonville International Airport and Pensacola International Airport. full story...

    South African Airways - Posted Jan 15, 2015
    SAA 90 day action plan update

    SAA has ushered in the New Year with renewed resolve and focus to stabilise the business. The 90 Day Action Plan, a road map designed to return SAA to full implementation of its Long-Term Turnaround Strategy, is on target in terms of rollout and active engagement across all levels of the company. full story...

    SR Technics and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, have signed a contract for the completion of seven cabin modifications on the airline's Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft. full story...
    Posted Jan 22, 2015 full story...SR Technics and Germania enter exclusive agreement for engine services

    Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company - Posted Jan 20, 2015
    Sukhoi Superjet 100 delivered to new operator - Red Wings

    On January 19th, 2014 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft joined the fleet of the Russian airline - Red Wings. The airliner with a tail number RA-89021 was ferried from the Delivery Center of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company to Domodedovo International Airport - home base of the airline. full story...

    Thomas Cook - Posted Jan 20, 2015
    Thomas Cook Group Airlines cut carbon emissions

    Thomas Cook Group Airlines cuts its carbon emissions last year with the introduction of lightweight passenger seats and trolleys on board its fleet. Thomas Cook Group Airlines already has the lowest carbon emissions in Europe with carbon emissions per passenger kilometre of 71.5 kg. full story...

    On March 29, 2015 Transaero Airlines is to launch, for the first time in its history, scheduled services on the Moscow-Prague route. The airline will operate on this route Boeing 737NG with Wi-Fi access to Internet onboard. full story...

    United Airlines (UAL) today reported full-year 2014 net income of $1.97 billion, an increase of 89 percent year-over-year, or $5.06 per diluted share, excluding $834 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported full-year net income of $1.13 billion, or $2.93 per diluted share. full story...

    WestJet today announced the largest increase in service from Halifax Stanfield International Airport since the airline first arrived in February 2003. This announcement, part of the 2015 summer schedule release, makes it official - WestJet Encore is now serving Canadians coast to coast. full story...
    Posted Jan 19, 2015 full story...WestJet announces new service to Houston, Texas and Gander, Newfoundland

    WOW air, Iceland's only low-cost carrier and first ever airline to have scheduled flights direct from Ireland to Iceland, today announced details of the new service. full story...

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