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Aeroflot and Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carriers and largest airlines in Russia and Argentina respectively, signed a code-sharing agreement today at the Moscow International Tourism & Trade Exhibition. full story...

The highly-anticipated AirAsia Free Seats is back again, more than 3 million seats up for grabs to over 20 countries across AirAsia Group's wide route network, including AirAsia X. full story...

During its 20 March meeting, the Air France-KLM Board of Directors approved the draft resolutions to be submitted to the forthcoming Annual General Shareholders' Meeting. full story...

Air France - Posted Mar 21, 2015
Air France's new medium-haul offer

Air France today operated its first flight equipped with its new medium-haul cabins between Toulouse and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. This flight, by Airbus A319 just out of the workshops at Air France Industries in Toulouse, is an important step in Air France's move upmarket on this network. full story...

Beginning on the last Sunday in March, the aviation summer season will offer even more flights from the Lithuanian capital. The number of Air Lituanica flights from Vilnius Airport will increase up to 59 regular departures per week. full story...

Air Malta - Posted Mar 24, 2015
Air Malta launches 'Crazy Monday' offer

Air Malta has today launched a one-day promotion offering 10,000 seats starting from Euro 44. The offer is available on the entire airline's network (excluding Catania, Algiers, Djerba) for travel between April and June. full story...

Air New Zealand is celebrating fares going on sale today for its non-stop service between Auckland and the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires with a special limited time introductory price of just $899 one-way. full story...
Posted Mar 25, 2015 full story...Air New Zealand and Air China unveil proposed alliance

RwandAir has signed an MoU for two A330s. The agreement makes RwandAir a new Airbus customer and the first airline in East Africa to order the A330. RwandAir's A330s will be delivered in the second half of 2016 and will be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines. full story...
Posted Mar 25, 2015 full story...Airbus celebrates delivery of its 9,000th aircraft

Venice - Abu Dhabi is set to be the first new route opened by Alitalia since the January 1st, 2015 launch of operations, after Etihad Airways acquired a 49% stake in the company. full story...

Customers of American Airlines can look forward to increased daily, direct services from London Heathrow Airport to Los Angeles International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport when the airline adds new daily flights to the two cities beginning on March 29th and March 30th respectively. full story...

For the third consecutive year, ANA Group has been awarded 5-Stars by Skytrax, the world's leading airline and airport review specialists. Only six other airlines across the globe hold this prestigious 5-Star rating and ANA is the only Japanese airline to hold this award. full story...

APG is pleased to announce its appointment by Luxair Luxembourg Airlines as its GSA in Ireland with immediate effect. Luxair is the flag carrier airline of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and currently flies from Dublin to Luxembourg. full story...
Posted Mar 24, 2015 full story...XL Airways and Air Burkina sign with APG

In February, the subsidiary companies of Avianca Holdings S.A. transported 2,049,954 passengers, up 7.4% compared to February 2014. Capacity, measured in ASKs (available seat kilometers), increased 6.8%, while passenger traffic, measured in RPKs (revenue passenger kilometers), increased 7.6%. The load factor for the month was 77.9%. full story...

Boeing, Hainan Airlines and Sinopec today celebrated China's first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China's commercial aviation industry. full story...

Budapest Airport adds yet another new city and country to its route network having announced the commencement of a thrice-weekly service to Zagreb with Air Croatia. full story...

Cathay Pacific - Posted Mar 21, 2015
Cathay Pacific to discontinue Moscow service from June

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will discontinue its thrice-weekly service between Hong Kong and Moscow with effect from 1 June 2015. Alternative arrangements will be made for passengers already booked on Cathay Pacific flights to and from Moscow after that date. full story...

Cebu Pacific Air has announced that it will operate Southeast Asia's first low-cost scheduled flight to Doha, the capital of Qatar in June 2015. Flights to be operated by its Airbus A330-300 aircraft. full story...

Following the opening of Datalex offices in Beijing, China, Datalex announces its second airline customer in China. West Air is a leading low cost carrier, which operates from Chongqing in the People's Republic of China. full story...

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways are celebrating a significant expansion of their trans-Atlantic partnership with the introduction of six new daily services. full story...

easyJet has selected AJW Group to be the primary provider of the airline's requirements for component maintenance and the provision, storage and distribution of spare parts. The new multi-year contract will support the airline's growing fleet of Airbus aircraft. full story...

Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies has announced it is commencing a daily service to Orlando, Florida from 1st September 2015. The route will be served by a US-built Boeing 777-200LR with eight First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats. full story...
Posted Mar 20, 2015 full story...Emirates opens a dedicated lounge at Los Angeles International Airport

Estonian Air has established the subsidiary Nordic Flyways which will provide flight capacity to other airlines in the nearest future. During the last two years, Estonian Air has been cooperating with several airlines in Europe to offer available flight capacity. full story...

Ethiopian Airlines - Posted Mar 21, 2015
Ethiopian 787 Flies into Dublin

A little piece of history was made today as Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner B787 made a scheduled first visit to Dublin Airport. Earlier this year the largest airline in Africa announced that it would commence three times weekly flights direct from Dublin to Addis Ababa and Dublin direct to Los Angeles on the Dreamliner 787. full story...

Etihad Airways - Posted Mar 25, 2015
Etihad Cargo scoops 'Cargo Airline of the Year'

Etihad Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been recognised as 'Cargo Airline of the Year' by leading industry magazine, Air Transport News, at a prestigious gala dinner awards ceremony in Geneva, on 21 March 2015. full story...
Posted Mar 21, 2015 full story...Etihad Airways announces financing for A380

"Year 2014 was a challenging one, but we have good reasons to be optimistic about the future. Year 2015 marks a significant new phase for us", said Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo in the company's Annual General Meeting today. full story...
Posted Mar 25, 2015 full story...Finnair invests in Wi-Fi connectivity across its fleet
Posted Mar 25, 2015 full story...Finnair to build new cargo terminal
Posted Mar 19, 2015 full story...Finnair to open new routes in Sweden
Posted Mar 19, 2015 full story...Finnair finalizes sale & leaseback of 3 Embraer 190 aircraft

Flybe has announced it will suspend its Southend to Dublin route effective April 13, 2015 due to poor demand. Passengers who have already booked will be offered an alternative flight or a full refund. full story...

Fokker Services - Posted Mar 20, 2015
Fokker partners with Blue Air for Boeing 737 fleet

Fokker Services, part of Fokker Technologies, announces that it has received the order from Romanian operator Blue Air for the introduction of TCAS 7.1 modification on its B737 fleet. full story...

As announced after last Monday's regular supervisory board meeting, Fraport AG achieved not only its financial goals in fiscal year 2014 but has also increased its dividend recommendation by 10 euro cents to EUR1.35 per share. full story...

Garuda Indonesia - Posted Mar 21, 2015
Garuda Indonesia and Turkish Airlines codeshare flights

Garuda Indonesia and Turkish Airlines implement a new codeshare agreement on routes from Jakarta to Istanbul and vv. This new codeshare agreement between both parties shall be in effect from March 20th 2015 until October 24th 2015. full story...

PK AirFinance, a GECAS Company, arranged $81 million in secured debt financing for Embraer 170LR aircraft in Republic's fleet, holding the $66 million senior loan and a junior lender holding the $15 million tranche on the five-and-a-half year package. full story...

Germanwings - Posted Mar 24, 2015
Germanwings A320 crash - official statement

"We must confirm to our deepest regret that Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has suffered an accident over the French Alps. The flight was being operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft, and was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members." full story...

Great Orlando Aviation Authority - Posted Mar 24, 2015
Orlando International Airport opens gateway to Middle East, Asia and beyond

Orlando International Airport continues to broaden its global connections by welcoming Emirates airline flights to and from Dubai beginning September 1, 2015. The route will also offer access to other popular destinations throughout Asia and Africa. full story...
Posted Mar 21, 2015 full story...Orlando International Airport - strong start to 2015

Hahn Air Systems has signed an agreement with Federal Airlines from South Africa and the airline is now available in all GDSs under the H1 code. Travel agents can now ticket its services between Ulundi and Johannesburg, Ulundi and Pietermaritzburg as well as Ulundi and Durban on HR-169 documents in 190 markets. full story...

Hawaiian Airlines has announced the appointment of Todd Jewell to the position of managing director - training & development. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company's operational and development training division to meet the needs of its more than 5,000 employees. full story...

Starting from 25 to 31 March, Hong Kong Airlines is going to launch the first wave of "Super Saver" fare promotion in 2015. Passengers who love to plan their journeys ahead can enjoy flexible choices and attractive deals. full story...

IACA's annual Assembly took place in Brussels on 24th and 25th March 2015, providing an opportunity for the Association's members to discuss key issues with high-level representatives from the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, EASA and EU Member States full story...

As of 29 March, Iberia Group airlines will strengthen flight operations to Germany, adding Hamburg to the existing six German destinations with four flights per week, while also increasing frequencies from Madrid to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. full story...

JetBlue Airways - Posted Mar 25, 2015
JetBlue named top 25 place to work by Forbes

JetBlue Airways today announced it has been named by Forbes as one of the top 25 places to work in the magazine's "America's Best Employers 2015" list. The ranking honors employers based on an independent survey asking how likely individuals would be to recommend their employer, and other employers in their industry, to someone else. full story...

Jin Air - Posted Mar 25, 2015
Jin Air expands to the U.S.

Jin Air, Korean Air's low cost carrier, plans to begin flights between Seoul and Honolulu later this year, marking the carrier's first venture into the long haul market. full story...

Kenya Airways will resume it normal flight schedule to Dar- es-Salaam on Thursday 26th March 2015. This follows the amicable resolution of the Bilateral Air Services Agreements between Kenya and Tanzania. full story...
Posted Mar 21, 2015 full story...Kenya Airways reduces flight frequencies to Dar-es-Salaam

Korean Air - Posted Mar 25, 2015
Korean Air starting codeshare with Jin Air

Korean Air is establishing a closer partnership with its low cost carrier subsidiary, Jin Air, announcing proposed codeshares on six routes, all from Seoul. full story...
Posted Mar 25, 2015 full story...Korean Air is starting a codeshare with Aerolineas Argentinas

Kuwait Airways - Posted Mar 25, 2015
Kuwait Airways receives two new aircraft

?Kuwait Airways receives two new Airbus aircraft A320 on 28th February 2015 and 2nd March 2015, as part of the agreement to develop Kuwait Airways fleet. As of now, the number of aircraft Kuwait Airways received are four of the same type. full story...

February passenger numbers up 14.4% on 2014. Wizz Air introduces new route to Republic of Macedonia. Popular route to Waterford reinstated with new airline VLM. full story...

London Southend Airport - Posted Mar 20, 2015
Southend Airport announces first London route to Maribor

The Adria Airways service to Maribor from London Southend Airport will operate on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from June through until October 2015. It will be using an Airbus 319 and the flight time is around 2 hours. full story...

Lufthansa Cargo - Posted Mar 20, 2015
Lufthansa Cargo reports improved profits

Lufthansa Cargo achieved an operating profit of EUR 100m last year. This represents a significant increase for the cargo airline when compared with the previous year (EUR 79m). Speaking in Frankfurt, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO Peter Gerber presented a result for the year that stood out from the competition and was achieved in a challenging market environment. full story...

The new Eurowings is further expanding its long-haul routes. Starting this winter, Eurowings customers will be able to fly to another attractive long-haul destination. The first flight from Cologne to Puerto Plata in the Caribbean will take off on 7 November 2015. full story...

Malaysia Airlines - Posted Mar 21, 2015
MAS announces accelerated leadership transition

The Board of Directors of Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) today announced that Christoph Mueller will assume the post of Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 May 2015. full story...

Melbourne Airport - Posted Mar 21, 2015
Melbourne Airport's February passenger traffic results

Melbourne Airport achieved 13 per cent international growth in February compared to the same period last year, to reach 669,403 international passengers full story...

Miami International Airport - Posted Mar 21, 2015
Aerolineas Argentinas announces new Miami - Cordoba route

Aerolineas Argentinas has announced that it will begin direct service from Miami International Airport to the city of Cordoba beginning this summer. Argentina's flag carrier will launch the new route on Saturday, July 4, with direct flights from MIA to the South American country's second-largest city operating twice weekly using Airbus A340-300 aircraft. full story...

Munich International Airport - Posted Mar 24, 2015
Munich Airport expands range of services

From this coming Sunday, March 29, until October 24, 2015, the airlines have booked slots for around 224,000 flights to 228 destinations in 66 different countries. This represents 4,000 more flights than in the same period in 2014, or an increase of nearly 2 percent. full story...

navAero announced today that MG Aviation has selected the navAero iPad Air 2 "Smart" Mount EFB hardware and certification approvals for deployment on the airline's B737, B757 and B767 fleets. Additionally, navAero will supply technology and engineering services to fulfill the detailed requirements of the airlines EFB program. full story...

Pegasus Airlines flies to Balikesir/Edremit Airport via Istanbul from London Stansted. Pegasus is launching its London Gatwick-Istanbul route in May this year with connections to Balikesir/Edremit Airport. full story...
Posted Mar 21, 2015 full story...Pegasus launches Oslo route

Qantas has announced additional capacity to Dallas/Fort Worth and Hong Kong to cater for increased demand during the holiday season. Currently operating six flights per week between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, Qantas will increase to daily A380 services from 8 December 2015 to 19 January 2016. full story...

Effective from 1st July 2015, Qatar Airways will launch flights to Zanzibar, the airline's third gateway in Tanzania after Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro. The new five-times-a-week flight to Zanzibar will operate via Kilimanjaro. full story...

Royal Jordanian is offering discounted tickets, aiming at attracting tourists to Jordan from all over the world, especially from destinations covered by RJ aircraft in the Gulf region and Europe. full story...

Ryanair - Posted Mar 21, 2015
Ryanair launches 'Midweek Madness'

Ryanair today launched a 'Midweek Madness' sale across its entire network, with 20% off all flights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 14th April to 28th May, as part of its ongoing 30th birthday celebrations. full story...

In February the airline showed the best punctuality indicators having performed 2414 flights without any deviations from schedule. Such data is set out in a monthly rating of Domodedovo. full story...
Posted Mar 21, 2015 full story...S7 Airlines opens low fare tickets sale

Silver Airways has appointed 15-year finance veteran Jason Bewley as Chief Financial Officer to direct and oversee all aspects of the airline's financial activities. full story...
Posted Mar 19, 2015 full story...Silver Airways starts flights from Panama City, Florida to Orlando and Tampa
Posted Mar 19, 2015 full story...Silver Airways starts flights from Charleston, SC to Orlando and Tampa

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, was named Airline Alliance of the Year in the 2015 Air Transport News awards at a ceremony in Geneva on Monday. SkyTeam was founded in 2000 by Aeromexico, Air France, Delta Airlines and Korean Air. full story...

Solomon Airlines - Posted Mar 22, 2015
Solomon Airlines awarded second IATA IOSA Certification

Marking yet another major benchmark in its 53-year history Solomon Airlines has been awarded with its second IATA Operational Safety Audit Certification (IOSA). full story...

After having completed five consecutive years with net profits, TAP posted in 2014 a loss of 46 million EUR, due to several difficulties faced by the company's operations throughout the year. full story...

UTair Aviation announces the launch of ticket sales for flights between Rostov-on-Don and Frankfurt-on-Maine. Flights will be performed weekly starting June 14, 2015 with Boeing 737-500 aircraft in economy and business class configuration. full story...

VietJet Air took delivery of its first Airbus A321 aircraft, the 9,000th aircraft manufactured by Airbus, in Ho Chi Minh City at 2:30 pm on 22 March 2015. Coded VN-A65, VietJet's first A321 aircraft is its fifth aircraft from a purchase order of 100 aircraft produced by Airbus. full story...

Virgin Atlantic - Posted Mar 25, 2015
Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines new summer flying

From this weekend the two airlines begin their summer schedule, offering up to 39 return transatlantic flights a day between the UK and 15 destinations across North America. full story...

Zurich Airport - Posted Mar 24, 2015
Zurich Airport - Changes to the route network

Swiss is now offering flights to Bari, Brindisi, Gothenburg and Krakow. Cathay Pacific will fly daily to Hong Kong. Air Berlin will now operate flights to Faro twice a week. Vueling will be offering three flights a week to Malaga. Aegean Airlines will now also fly to Larnaca in addition to Athens and Heraklion. full story...

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