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    The Board of Directors reviewed Aeroflot Group's consolidated budget report for the first half of 2014. Aeroflot's results during the period were affected by a decline in consumer demand for air travel on the backdrop of a challenging geopolitical environment. full story...
    Posted Sep 25, 2014 full story...Aeroflot announces traffic statistics for August and 8M 2014

    Aeromexico is celebrating its 80th anniversary as Mexico's flagship carrier and thanks its passengers, vendors, commercial partners, airport groups, trade unions and employees, who have placed their trust in the company over eight decades to position the brand as Mexico's leading airline. full story...

    Air Astana, which won the Best Airline for Central Asia and India 2014 Award from Skytrax for the third consecutive year in July 2014, is launching direct scheduled flights from Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, to its first Southeast Asian destination, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, from 15 December 2014. full story...

    Latvian airline airBaltic together with its consortium partners AirbusProSky and Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme completed the AMBER project under the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE). full story...

    airberlin today confirmed that Ulf Huttmeyer would remain as Chief Financial Officer at airberlin, a position he has held since February 2006. At the same time and starting immediately he will also work in a senior executive position alongside the Etihad Airways financial team. full story...
    Posted Sep 26, 2014 full story...airberlin reaches agreement with Boeing on cancellation of 33 aircraft

    Air Canada today announced the appointment of Michael M. Wilson to the Board of Directors of Air Canada. Mr. Wilson retired from Agrium Inc. in December 2013 after 13 years, including 10 years as President and Chief Executive Officer. full story...
    Posted Oct 1, 2014 full story...Air Canada to launch seasonal flights from Toronto to Mont-Tremblant
    Posted Sep 26, 2014 full story...Air Canada adds Montreal-Venice, doubles Montreal-Paris flights
    Posted Sep 26, 2014 full story...Air Canada's international expansion extends to Amsterdam

    "The strike action which started on Monday 15 September has finally come to an end. We would once again like to offer our sincere apologies for the difficulties caused by this situation." full story...
    Posted Sep 28, 2014 full story...Air France welcomes the end of strike action and confirms its development ambitions
    Posted Sep 25, 2014 full story...Air France proposal to promote the rapid resolution of the conflict

    Air Malta - Posted Sep 26, 2014
    Air Malta appoints Philip Micallef as CEO

    Air Malta announces Philip Micallef as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Micallef, who has a wealth of experience in leading complex organisations, was most recently the CEO of the Bermuda Communications Regulatory Authority. full story...

    Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, today announced a strong first half-year 2014 financial performance, with double digit growth in revenue, passenger and cargo volumes, reflecting continued solid success in the airline's business strategy. full story...

    Airbus - Posted Sep 26, 2014
    Etihad Airways A380 in new livery

    For the first time, Etihad Airways unveiled its all-new livery design on its first Airbus A380 at a special ceremony at the Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany. full story...

    Alaska Airlines launched its Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) sale today, featuring savings on air fares for residents of the 49th state to get away to over 100 destinations. The special PFD rates are on routes within and from the state of Alaska for travel purchased by Oct. 30, 2014. full story...

    Ameco Beijing - Posted Sep 25, 2014
    Austrian Airlines selects Ameco Beijing for C checks

    In August of 2014, Ameco Beijing and Austrian Airlines signed a contract for six aircraft C-checks, including 4 Boeing 767 and 2 Boeing 777 aircraft. The layover will start from this November to next March. full story...

    American Airlines has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for the right to operate new service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport beginning next summer. Once approved, the new route will be the first nonstop flight connecting Beijing and Dallas/Fort Worth. full story...

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Association of European Airlines (AEA) held a networking event in the European Parliament on September 24th. The event was hosted by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Gesine Meissner, Wim van de Camp and Ismail Ertug and attended by several other MEPs, Parliamentary Assistants and CEOs of AEA member airlines. full story...

    TransNusa Aviation Mandiri, the fast-growing Indonesian airline, today took delivery of its first new generation ATR 42-600. The carrier has options for three more ATR 42-600s. TransNusa is introducing the new ATR 42-600 for the first time in Indonesia. full story...

    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Posted Oct 1, 2014
    Austin Airport - August 2014 passenger, cargo traffic

    Total passenger traffic for August 2014 was 959,640, up 9% compared to August 2013. August 2014 enplanements totaled 469,059, up 10%. August 2014 air cargo totaled 12,245,485 lbs., down 7% compared to August 2013. full story...

    Austrian Airlines has been offering flight service to a new long-haul destination in the USA since July 2, 2014, namely Newark. Following the successful launch of flight service on this route, Austria's national carrier will increase its flight frequency from five to six times per week starting in April 2015. full story...

    In August, the subsidiary companies of Avianca Holdings S.A. transported 2,354,364 passengers, up 6.6% compared to August 2013. Capacity, measured in ASKs (available seat kilometers), increased by 4.3%, while passenger traffic, measured in RPKs (revenue passenger kilometers), increased 5.4%. The load factor for the month was 82.8%. full story...

    AWAS announced today that it has delivered on lease to Thai Airways, the ninth planned new A320 aircraft from its order pipeline. Thai Airways will use this new passenger aircraft to expand their successful regional subsidiary, ThaiSmile. full story...

    Boeing and Air China today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 747-8 Intercontinental. Air China is the first carrier in Asia to operate the passenger version of the new, fuel-efficient 747-8. The new airplane is the first of seven 747-8 Intercontinentals Air China has on order. full story...
    Posted Sep 28, 2014 full story...Boeing, Etihad Airways unveil livery of airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner
    Posted Sep 26, 2014 full story...Boeing, China Eastern Airlines celebrate delivery of airline's first 777-300ER

    Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that a wholly owned affiliate of Macquarie AirFinance has signed a firm purchase agreement for 40 CS300 jetliners and has taken options on an additional 10 CS300 aircraft. full story...

    Brussels Airlines - Posted Sep 26, 2014
    Brussels Airlines offers Euronews on board

    Thanks to a new collaboration with the international news channel Euronews, #1 in Europe, Brussels Airlines passengers can now keep up with the world's daily news on board their intercontinental flight. On its in-flight entertainment system, Brussels Airlines offers its long haul guests daily news episodes. full story...

    Cargolux - Posted Oct 1, 2014
    Cargolux accepts its 11th 747-8F

    Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today welcomed its 11th Boeing 747-8 freighter from Boeing. The latest addition to the airline's growing 747-8F fleet is registered LX-VCJ and named "City of Zhengzhou" in honor of Cargolux's partnership with its Chinese shareholder HNCA and its recently established Chinese hub in Zhengzhou. full story...

    easyJet, one of Europe's leading airlines, today announced an additional order with CFM International for 54 CFM56-5B engines to power the 27 Airbus A320 ceo (current engine option) aircraft scheduled to begin delivery between 2015 and 2018. full story...

    Changi Airport Group - Posted Sep 28, 2014
    Changi Airport operating indicators for August 2014

    Passenger traffic at Singapore Changi Airport totalled 4.65 million in August 2014, a slight decline of 0.6% year-on-year. In terms of airfreight movements, Changi Airport handled 156,000 tonnes of cargo, an increase of 4.1% compared to a year ago. Aircraft landings and takeoffs decreased by 4.2% to 28,360. full story...

    Singapore Airlines Cargo, one of the world's leading air cargo carriers, has appointed CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading independent provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) and galley cart services, to maintain and repair its entire fleet of ULDs worldwide under an exclusive five-year agreement. full story...

    Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines - Posted Sep 27, 2014
    Drukair to fly from Paro to Singapore and Mumbai

    Drukair introduces its new flights from Paro to Singapore and Mumbai as well as its other domestic and international flights. It has also resumed flights to Bumthang from Paro. full story...

    Emirates, a global connector of people and places celebrates the launch of its fourth daily nonstop passenger service to Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran with the landing of a one-off Airbus A380 service. full story...
    Posted Oct 1, 2014 full story...Emirates' A380 to make a one-off trip to Manila
    Posted Sep 30, 2014 full story...Emirates and the Republic of Angola announce strategic airline partnership in respect of TAAG

    On 29 September 2014, Estonian Air starts flights between Tallinn and Bromma Stockholm Airport. The flights are operated twice a day on weekdays from 29 September to 19 December 2014 and from 26 January to 19 June 2015. full story...

    Etihad Airways - Posted Sep 30, 2014
    Etihad Airways rolls out first Boeing 787-9 aircraft

    Etihad Airways and Boeing celebrated the roll out of the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner at an event in Seattle, Washington overnight. The aircraft featured Etihad Airways' new 'Facets of Abu Dhabi' livery which was unveiled in Hamburg, Germany this week. full story...
    Posted Sep 30, 2014 full story...Etihad Airways unveils stunning new livery on first A380 aircraft

    The Federal Aviation Administration evacuated its Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, IL just before 6 a.m. local time on Friday, September 26, because of a fire reported in a basement telecommunications room. full story...

    Finnair announced on 7 August 2014 the sale of its subsidiary Finnair Travel Retail's shops at Helsinki Airport to World Duty Free Group. The sale of the business has been completed on 1 October 2014. full story...

    Frontier Airlines - Posted Oct 1, 2014
    Frontier Airlines launchs new routes from Miami

    Frontier Airlines today announced that it is bringing its friendly low fare service to the heart of South Florida with flights to four new non-stop destinations from Miami (MIA) beginning Dec. 20. full story...

    Virgin Atlantic has announced it is increasing capacity from Glasgow to Orlando by offering a third weekly service in 2015. Over the course of the season, there will be an additional eight return flights to Florida, with four of these in the busy summer holiday period. full story...

    City and Istanbul, Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced the upcoming launch of twice weekly services between Kuwait City and the Cypriot city of Larnaca in response to increased demand from the State of Kuwait. full story...

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced August 2014 data for global air freight markets showing continued robust growth in air cargo volumes. Measured by freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), volumes rose 5.1% in August, compared to August 2013. full story...

    Japan Airlines - Posted Oct 1, 2014
    JAL SKY NEXT wins "Good Design Best 100"

    Japan Airlines (JAL) today won "Good Design Best 100" for JAL SKY NEXT, the revamped Boeing 777-200 on select domestic routes. Additionally, the airline received two other Good Design Awards, full story...

    Jet Airways and Etihad Airways today announced exciting special fares for its guests for Economy Class and Premiere travel, across the airlines' domestic and international network ahead of the festive season. full story...
    Posted Oct 1, 2014 full story...Jet Airways receives government approval for appointment of Cramer Ball as CEO
    Posted Sep 30, 2014 full story...Jet Airways announces attractive celebratory fares for the coming new year

    JetBlue Airways today announces plans to launch new nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The award-winning airline will offer two daily roundtrips beginning January 5, 2015. full story...
    Posted Sep 29, 2014 full story...JetBlue and EL AL Israel Airlines announce plans to codeshare

    As of today, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is offering a route planner for passengers transferring at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. On arrival, passengers receive a map of the airport on their smartphone, showing the route they need to take and the time required to get to the next gate. KLM is the first airline to use beacon technology to provide this indoor navigation service. full story...

    LIAT - Posted Sep 29, 2014
    Liat announces October seat sale

    Liat, the Caribbean Airline, today announced it has launched a seat sale offering big savings on fares to its 18 destinations. Tickets for travel must be bought no later than 23:59hrs on 03rd October. The tickets on offer for sale apply for travel between 29 September and 31 October 2014 inclusive. full story...

    Lufthansa Pension Trust has successfully placed approximately 13.5 million shares of Amadeus IT Holding, S.A. by way of an institutional private placement. The sale of the shares represents three per cent of the shares in Amadeus IT Holding, S.A.. full story...
    Posted Sep 30, 2014 full story...Lufthansa publishes special flight timetable due to strike
    Posted Sep 26, 2014 full story...Lufthansa has ordered a total of 115 aircraft from the A320neo family

    Malaysia Airlines - Posted Sep 30, 2014
    Malaysia Airlines' 42nd anniversary specials

    In conjunction with its 42nd Anniversary, Malaysia Airlines will be offering great deals for bookings effective 29 September until 3 October 2014 through its website, ticket offices, participating travel agents and call centre. full story...

    Miami International Airport - Posted Oct 1, 2014
    Miami Airport to welcome Frontier Airlines in December

    Miami-Dade County officials and Denver-based low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines announced today that the carrier will expand its popular low-fare service to Miami International Airport beginning this December. full story...

    Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka's state-owned budget airline, is preparing to launch thrice-weekly scheduled flights between Colombo and Lahore by 14 November 2014. It will become the first airline in the world to operate low-cost flights to Pakistan. Lahore is the cultural capital of Pakistan. full story...

    Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. for the purchase of twenty firm MRJ90 aircraft with purchase rights to an additional twenty MRJ90 aircraft. Mitsubishi Aircraft and Eastern signed an MOU in England at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, 2014. full story...

    Prague Airport - Posted Oct 1, 2014
    Prague Airport - traffic development

    Vaclav Havel Airport Prague handled a total of 1,263,559 passengers in August 2014, which represents a very minor decrease year-on-year. The overall number of take-offs and landings equalled to 12,166. full story...
    Posted Oct 1, 2014 full story...Prague Airport - network expansion

    Qantas today welcomed its inaugural A380 service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Sydney, offering travellers from US the ultimate flying experience on the world's longest route. full story...
    Posted Sep 30, 2014 full story...Qantas open doors to new Darwin Club
    Posted Sep 30, 2014 full story...Qantas launches world's largest passenger aircraft on the world's longest route

    Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, today celebrated the first anniversary of its services to Ethiopia. Qatar Airways commenced services between Doha and Addis Ababa in September last year, operating three non-stop flights per week on the route. full story...
    Posted Oct 1, 2014 full story...Qatar Airways Cargo and Qatar Customs sign MoU for Electronic Air Waybill
    Posted Sep 30, 2014 full story...Qatar Airways and Vueling sign an interline agreement

    Ryanair today welcomed the EU Commission's confirmation that Ryanair's airport agreements at Brussels Charleroi, Frankfurt Hahn, Alghero and Stockholm Vasteras airports comply with the Market Economy Investor Principle and do not infringe the EU State aid rules. full story...
    Posted Sep 26, 2014 full story...Ryanair raises traffic forecast & updates profit guidance
    Posted Sep 26, 2014 full story...Ryanair August flights were 90% on-time

    Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Sep 30, 2014
    SAS' new concept sees travelling as a way of life

    Today sees the launch of SAS's new marketing concept "We Are Travelers". This concept reinforces the idea of travel as part of our way of life and it also celebrates the joy and anticipation we feel before a flight. full story...

    Spirit Airlines - Posted Oct 1, 2014
    Spirit Airlines announces new routes from Chicago

    Spirit Airlines is pleased to announce today two more new nonstop routes from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, increasing the number of cities it serves nonstop from Chicago to 23. New daily nonstop service to San Diego and Philadelphia will begin on April 16, 2015, with one daily flight to each city. full story...

    Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, today announced the addition of East Midlands Airport to its Dublin route network with twice daily flights due to begin on 5 February, 2015. The airline expects to carry up to 70,000 customers annually on the new route and will operate all services on the company's brand new fleet of regional aircraft. full story...

    Texas Sky Airways/Public Charters, Inc. today announced new nonstop service between Victoria-Austin-DFW. Victoria-DFW service starts Sunday November 2, 2014, with the Austin connection launching November 5. Tickets are on sale now. full story...

    Thai Airways - Posted Sep 26, 2014
    Thai increases checked baggage allowance by 10kg

    Effective from today, Thai is implementing a new policy to allow an additional 10 kilograms of checked baggage for all classes of travel on all Thai flights, except on flights to and from the United States of America. full story...

    Turkish Airlines will operate direct flights to the capitals and the largest cities of Estonia and Lithuania; Tallinn and Vilnius. Introductory round trip fares are available from Istanbul to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn starting from 179 Euro (including taxes and fees). full story...

    United Airlines today announced that Linda Jojo will become its executive vice president and chief information officer, responsible for the development, implementation and management of technology strategy and solutions to support United's global business. full story...

    UTair Aviation - Posted Sep 26, 2014
    UTair introduces new PREMIUM service class

    Starting September 21, UTair Aviation offers a new PREMIUM service class to its passengers on specified aircraft and routes. The new travel class is available on Airbus A321 and ATR-72 aircraft in single class configuration on flights from Vnukovo International Airport. full story...

    TransAsia Airways formed its low-cost airline subsidiary V Air on 15 November 2013. It plans to launch its first route between Taipei Taoyuan and Bangkok (which airport it will fly to is yet to be identified) by December 2014 with either an Airbus A321 or A320 aircraft inherited from TransAsia Airways. full story...

    Virgin America - Posted Oct 1, 2014
    Virgin America offers new seasonal routes

    Virgin America today announces two new seasonal routes - daily nonstop service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport and four times weekly service between Boston Logan International Airport and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. full story...

    Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines today announced they will be expanding their partnership in North America, adding three new destinations (Nashville, Kansas City and Raleigh/Durham) as part of their codeshare agreement. full story...
    Posted Oct 1, 2014 full story...Virgin Australia announces codeshare with South African Airways

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