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Passenger traffic remains dynamic in 2015, growing by +4,6% since January - despite the negative impact of geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine, as well as labour unrest within airlines and air traffic controllers. full story...

Aeroflot has increased flight frequency on Moscow - Tivat route. An additional flight to Tivat will be operated on a daily basis (except Saturday) on modern comfortable A320 family aircraft. full story...

Aerolineas Argentinas - Posted Jul 2, 2015
Aerolineas Argentinas and Airbus sign strategic agreement

Dr. Mariano Recalde, along with other representatives of Aerolineas and the European manufacturer Airbus, met this afternoon at the offices of the flag carrier and signed an agreement by which the creation of the unique maintenance training center for Airbus fleet in Latin America is formalized. full story...

Aeroports de Lyon - Posted Jul 2, 2015
Air Canada to link Lyon with Montreal

On Thursday, Air Canada announced that it will offer year-round service between Lyon Saint Exupery and Trudeau airport beginning in the summer of 2016. full story...

AirAsia, the world's best low-cost carrier, and roKKi, a leading provider of inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions, have together launched inflight access to Twitter on board selected AirAsia flights. full story...

Air Baltic - Posted Jun 27, 2015
airBaltic to offer new Premium tickets

The Latvian airline airBaltic has introduced three ticket types to offer simplified, personalised and convenient travel for customers, based on individual needs. full story...

Air Berlin - Posted Jul 2, 2015
airberlin - New appointments to top positions

airberlin has made two important new appointments as part of the company's restructuring, gaining two leading internationally experienced airline industry executives on its management team: Desi Barkhuizen and Ole Orver will take the positions of Senior Vice President Revenue Management & Pricing and Senior Vice President Network Strategy Planning. full story...

Air Canada rouge flight AC1979 touched down at the Abbotsford International Airport this morning, marking the start of new non-stop seasonal service from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. full story...
Posted Jun 27, 2015 full story...Air Canada welcomes agreement with its Customer Service and Sales Agents
Posted Jun 27, 2015 full story...Air Canada adds Lyon, London-Gatwick to its growing global network

Vietnam Airlines has selected Airbus to provide Flight Hour Services (FHS) for its new fleet of 14 A350-900s on order. With this contract, Vietnam Airlines becomes the first A350 XWB operator to select Airbus FHS. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story... China Aviation Supplies Holding Company signs a GTA for 45 A330 Family aircraft
Posted Jun 27, 2015 full story...Kuwait Airways receives its first A330-200

Pegasus, Turkey's leading low cost airline, has chosen AJW Aviation to provide full power-by-the-hour services for its current fleet of A320s. The multi-year contract has the option to expand with the fleet over the next decade. full story...

Alaska Airlines today inaugurates service between Seattle and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Seattle and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Portland, Oregon and St. Louis. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story...Alaska Airlines announces new regional flying from Los Angeles, Boise

ANA, Japan's leading airline, is to launch its new service from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Brussels on 25 October. This will be the first time ANA has flown to the Belgian capital and will make Brussels its sixth destination in Europe. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story...ANA offers Japan's first self-service baggage drop system

Assoc. of European Airlines - Posted Jul 2, 2015
AEA's cargo leaders call for a competitive European air cargo industry

Today, airline executives representing the cargo activity of the members of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) met with key MEPs, Commission Directors and Transport Attaches in the European Parliament to discuss the elements needed to ensure a more competitive European air cargo industry. full story...

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Posted Jul 2, 2015
Southwest Airlines launches St. Louis, Orange County nonstops

Southwest Airlines has launched new nonstop service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and two new destinations, St. Louis (STL) and Orange County (SNA). full story...

AWAS announced today that it has delivered an additional new 737-800 passenger aircraft to its long-time customer, Ethiopian Airlines. This is the second of three new aircraft to deliver from a deal agreed in 2014. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story...AWAS delivers 2nd of 3 planned new A320 passenger aircraft on lease to Aegean Airlines
Posted Jun 27, 2015 full story...AWAS expanding relationship with VietJet

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has delivered the first of seven CRJ900 aircraft to Mesa Air Group, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona (Mesa Airlines). Mesa will operate the aircraft for American Airlines under the American Eagle brand. The aircraft delivered is one of a firm order for seven announced on March 12, 2015. full story...
Posted Jun 27, 2015 full story...Bombardier and WestJet Encore celebrate the 500th Q400 aircraft's milestone delivery

Budapest Airport - Posted Jun 27, 2015
Budapest Airport restores direct link to Birmingham

Budapest Airport is enormously pleased to announce the restoration of a direct link to Birmingham Airport with its largest carrier, Wizz Air. Supporting the expansion of the airline's home-base, and continuing Budapest's ever-increasing route network, the carrier has confirmed the commencement of its twice-weekly service from 15 September. full story...

Cambodia Bayon Airlines is launching its first international low-cost flight to Ho Chi Minh City on 1 July 2015. Besides Ho Chi Minh City, Cambodia Bayon Airlines has plans to launch low-cost flights to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok from Phnom Penh within two years using A320-200 aircraft. full story...

Cargolux - Posted Jul 2, 2015
Cargolux adds Turkmenbashi to its network

On 29 June 2015, the first Cargolux aircraft touched down at Turkmenbashi Airport in Turkmenistan. With this flight, Cargolux began to operate four weekly flights to Turkmenbashi, two from Luxembourg and two from Hong Kong. full story...

Copa Airlines has begun nonstop service four times a week between Copa's Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. New Orleans is the airline's 11th U.S. destination and its 71st overall. full story...

EasyJet - Posted Jul 2, 2015
easyJet launches new iPhone app

easyJet has today launched a new iPhone app that includes a range of new features designed to make travel simpler and easier for passengers. Since the launch of easyJet's first iPhone app in 2011 the app has evolved from easy booking and check-in functionality to include popular features like passport scanning. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story...easyJet's response to the Airports Commission recommendation

Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has expanded the network of destinations served by its highly-popular A380 aircraft with the launch of the first A380 service into Dusseldorf, Germany. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story...Emirates debunks subsidy and unfair competition allegations

Etihad Airways and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have signed a codeshare agreement which will provide travelers with enhanced connections between the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and beyond. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story...Etihad Airways selects SR Technics to manage componenet services

Fiji Airways - Posted Jul 2, 2015
Fiji Airways appoints David Bowden as Acting CEO

Fiji Airways Group Chairman Nalin Patel today announced the appointment of David Bowden as Acting Chief Executive, effective immediately. David, who is the airline's Chief Financial Officer, will act as CEO until Andre Viljoen takes office by October 1st. full story...
Posted Jun 27, 2015 full story...Fiji Airways becomes only airline to fly between Wellington and Fiji all year-round

Finnair Cargo has passed IATA's Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics program (CEIV Pharma). Finnair joined the program under the successful Brussels Airport CEIV Pharma Community approach, as Brussels is Finnair Cargo's 2nd hub. full story...

Indonesia's award-winning national airline, Garuda Indonesia, is launching a thrice-weekly, one-way, non-stop flight from Singapore to Amsterdam on 23 July 2015. full story...

GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft financing and leasing arm of GE, today announced it completed a purchase-and-leaseback transaction with a new customer, PT Batik Air Indonesia, for four new Airbus A320 aircraft. full story...

Glasgow Airport - Posted Jul 2, 2015
easyJet launches new Bordeaux service from Glasgow

easyJet has expanded its Scottish network with the launch of flights from Glasgow Airport to Bordeaux. The new summer service, which is expected to carry 9,000 passengers in the first summer of operation, is Glasgow's first direct connection to Bordeaux. full story...

Great Orlando Aviation Authority - Posted Jun 27, 2015
Orlando International Airport offers new summer flights to Belfast

Travelers looking to experience a unique summer travel destination can fly non-stop to Belfast, Northern Ireland from Orlando International Airport. International carriers Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines will begin seasonal flights to Northern Ireland's capital and largest city. full story...

Welcoming the Airports Commission's clear recommendation that ''the best answer is to expand Heathrow's runway capacity", Heathrow will now work with Government to deliver expansion for all of Britain. full story...

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that growth continued to slow in May. Compared to May 2014, growth in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) was 2.1%, the slowest rate this year and outpaced by a capacity expansion of 4.3%. full story...

Iceland's premier airline is pleased to announce further expansion from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with 11 weekly flights starting May 5, 2016, including the city's only morning flights to Europe. full story...

Japan Airlines - Posted Jul 2, 2015
JAL introduces JAL Countdown app for Android Wear

Japan Airlines (JAL) today announced the launch of "JAL Countdown" app for Android Wear. JAL Countdown app allows users to track real-time domestic flight status and proceed through boarding gates more conveniently and smoothly. full story...

JetBlue Airways - Posted Jun 27, 2015
JetBlue's newest destination Antigua goes on sale

JetBlue today announced that its new nonstop service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Antigua's V.C. Bird International Airport is now out for sale. Antigua will become JetBlue's 92nd BlueCity on November 5, 2015, with three times weekly service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. full story...

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will reduce the number of flights it had planned and, in so doing, curtail the growth it had intended for the 2015/2016 winter season. The adjustments will result in a half-million fewer seats than were previously planned. The winter season will run from 25 October to 26 March. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story...KLM new app anticipates customers' individual needs

Melbourne Airport - Posted Jul 2, 2015
Melbourne Airport welcomes China Airlines

Melbourne Airport has welcomed the announcement by China Airlines to commence Taipei - Melbourne - Christchurch services from October 2015. Melbourne Airport Executive Corporate & Public Affairs, Carly Dixon, said that it was fantastic news as the new airline, and their new service, would provide more choice and convenience for Victorians. full story...

Myanmar National Airlines has utilized its first Boeing B737-800 aircraft on an unprecedented international charter flight to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. full story...

Porter Airlines - Posted Jun 27, 2015
Porter Airlines plots new service for Pittsburgh

Porter Airlines is on its way to Pittsburgh this fall, making it the airline's 22nd city served. Flights begin September 21, 2015, with up to two daily roundtrips between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport. full story...

Prague Airport - Posted Jul 2, 2015
Prague Airport - network expansion

Smartywings to launch flights to Cuba. Volotea connecting V clav Havel Airport Prague with Nantes and effective this year increases frequency. Ryanair has launched sales for its two additional frequencies on the Prague - Brussels/Charleroi route. Air Baltic has launched ticket sales for its new connection between Prague and Budapest. full story...

Qantas customers in Perth and Singapore can once again enjoy direct flights between the two cities with the service returning to the airline's international network from today. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story...Qantas Group statement on its investment in JetStar Hong Kong

The national airline is adding frequencies to its popular routes - Dubai, Jeddah, Peshawar, Kuala Lumpur, Belgrade, Sofia, Asmara, Djibouti, Najaf, Luxor, Salalah and Zanzibar all of which are launching over the coming months. full story...

Royal Jordanian - Posted Jul 2, 2015
RJ and Oasis 500 sign a partnership

Royal Jordanian and Oasis 500, a leading early-stage seed investment and business accelerator, signed a partnership agreement whereby RJ will generate innovative business ideas across its entire value chain and Oasis 500 will invest and accelerate their growth as startup companies. full story...

Ryanair today released customer and load factor statistics for June as follows: Traffic grew 14% to 9.5m customers. Load factor rose 5% points to 93%. Rolling annual traffic to June grew 14% to 94.3m customers. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story...Ryanair's new Gothenburg base to open

Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Jul 2, 2015
SAS increases flights to USA and Asia

To meet increased demand for flights to USA and Asia, SAS is increasing the number of departures to seven a week from Stockholm to Chicago and seven a week from Copenhagen to Shanghai. The new departures are part of the SAS plan to expand its long haul fleet network that also includes opening all-new routes. full story...

Singapore Airlines - Posted Jul 2, 2015
SIA, CAG and STB strengthen commitment to tourism

Singapore Airlines (SIA), Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have stepped up efforts to jointly promote inbound travel to Singapore and Changi Airport, in the largest collaboration among the three partners to date. full story...

South African Airways - Posted Jul 2, 2015
SAA broadens codeshare agreement with Air Mauritius

South African Airways and Air Mauritius have concluded an agreement that will see a broadening of its codeshare agreement to enhance greater connectivity between the continent, South Africa, Mauritius and other inter-continental routes. full story...
Posted Jul 2, 2015 full story...SAA in full long-term turnaround strategy mode

Southwest Airlines is giving customers a first look at its early 2016 flight schedule by extending it from Jan. 6 through Mar. 8, 2016, and is offering special pricing for new nonstop service connecting selected longtime Southwest cities. full story...

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has recorded a seven percent growth in passenger load factor compared to the same period last year, according to figures released by the airline today. full story...

Turkish Airlines - Posted Jul 2, 2015
Turkish Airlines adds Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden to network

Turkish Airlines, ranked the best airline in Europe five years in a row with the most comprehensive network, added its 276th destination in 110 countries with the addition of Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden. full story...

United Airlines today announced an historic $30 million equity investment in U.S.-based alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., a pioneer in the development and commercialization of converting municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation biofuel. full story...
Posted Jun 27, 2015 full story...United Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines form long-term strategic partnership

Virgin Atlantic - Posted Jun 27, 2015
Virgin Atlantic launches Orlando-Belfast service

Virgin Atlantic Airways is expanded outside its London hub today with the launch of a new summer service between Orlando and Belfast, Ireland. The weekly flight between the Sunshine State and Northern Ireland will run for four weeks this summer and resume June 2016. full story...

XiamenAir launches a new international route from Quanzhou on 3 July 2015 and two new international routes from Changsha via Fuzhou on 10 August and 11 August 2015. full story...

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