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    Accelya, the leading solutions provider of financial and business intelligence solutions to the Airline industry, today announced that Hawaiian Airlines has selected Accelya's REVERA CRA solution to process and optimize its Cargo Revenue Accounting. full story...

    Aegean announces total passenger growth of 15% for the first half 2015. Passengers carried reached 4,962,537, i.e. 630.000 more compared to the same period in 2014. International traffic rose by 20% to 2,407,107 passengers, with Aegean welcoming onboard 400,000 more passengers compared to last year. full story...

    Aeroflot PJSC has developed and launched a series of simulators fitted with real aircraft elements as part of its ground-staff training programme. full story...
    Posted Jul 22, 2015 full story...Aeroflot Group passenger traffic up 14.0% in 6M 2015
    Posted Jul 22, 2015 full story...Aeroflot celebrates 5 year anniversary of its social media accounts
    Posted Jul 18, 2015 full story...Aeroflot's brand new B737-800 joins fleet

    AirAsia, the world's best low cost airline for seven consecutive years will be commencing direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Maldives with 3 times weekly frequency beginning 22 October 2015. This route will be operated by AirAsia Berhad with the airline code "AK". full story...

    Air Astana increased its operating profit by 115% to $23.9 million in the first half of 2015. Net profit was $8.3 million, versus a loss of $36.4 million in the first half of 2014 (the result of a book loss following a local currency devaluation), whilst passenger numbers increased by 4% to 1.82 million. full story...

    airberlin today opened its ninth Exclusive Waiting Area at Stuttgart airport, so passengers will be able to enjoy even more comfort and use the time until departure more effectively and in a more relaxed style. full story...
    Posted Jul 22, 2015 full story...airberlin to continue regular schedule to Greece

    Air Canada today said that it plans to increase its new Toronto-Delhi non-stop service from four times weekly to daily service beginning October 30, 2016. full story...

    Air France - Posted Jul 18, 2015
    Air France's A380 is coming to Mexico

    On 16 July 2015, Frederic Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France, and Gilberto Lopez Meyer, General Director of Mexico's Civil Aviation Authority, signed a partnership agreement formalising the arrival of the A380 to Mexico. From January 2016, Air France will offer three flights a week with its super-jumbo jet between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Mexico. full story...

    Air Malta has yesterday launched - The Sky Spa - the first ever free in-flight spa experience onboard a commercial short-haul flight. This initiative was made possible by teaming up with Myoka Spas, well known in the spa and beauty industry in Malta. It will be available on selected flights. full story...

    Alaska Airlines is enhancing its unique partner portfolio in Mileage Plan by adding China-based carrier Hainan Airlines. Hainan operates a modern fleet to over 90 destinations throughout the world. full story...

    Alitalia - Posted Jul 20, 2015
    Alitalia introduces Light

    Alitalia today introduces Light, the new fare dedicated to those travelling with only carry-on luggage in Italy and Europe. Light is a new way of traveling with Alitalia, with less luggage and convenient prices starting at EUR 79 for a round-trip flight, without giving up comfort and quality of service. full story...

    ANA - Posted Jul 18, 2015
    ANA expands Oceania footprint

    ANA, Japan's leading airline, today announced the expansion of its footprint in the Oceania region, with the addition of non-stop flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport to Sydney subject to government approval. full story...

    APG is pleased to announce a new GSA partnership with Peruvian Airline effective from the 1st July 2015 in addition to its IET agreement with the carrier and current GSA agreement in 10 countries. full story...

    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Posted Jul 21, 2015
    Allegiant announces Austin-Memphis nonstop

    Allegiant Air has announced new nonstop service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Memphis International Airport beginning October 1, 2015. The new flights will operate twice weekly between Austin and Memphis. full story...

    Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Jul 20, 2015
    Austrian Airlines removes Dubai as a destination

    Austrian Airlines will no longer offer direct flights to Dubai. Passengers of the Lufthansa Group will still be able to reach this city in the United Arab Emirates in the future by flying via Frankfurt, Zurich or Munich. full story...

    In June, the subsidiary companies of Avianca Holdings S.A. carried 2,336,139 passengers, up 10.2% compared to June 2014. Capacity, measured in ASKs (available seat kilometers), increased 7.7%, while passenger traffic, measured in RPKs (revenue passenger kilometers), increased 8.5%. The load factor for the month was 80.5%. full story...

    Boeing and EVA Air have finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5 billion at list prices, will represent the first 777 Freighters to join EVA Air's fleet, and the first to be delivered to a Taiwanese airline. full story...

    Brisbane Airport Corporation - Posted Jul 20, 2015
    Brisbane Airport - International passenger growth continues

    International passenger numbers through Brisbane Airport grew by nearly 260,000 to more than 5 million in FY15, representing a 5.4 per cent increase on FY14. full story...

    Cargolux - Posted Jul 22, 2015
    Cargolux names new EVP Flight Operations

    The Cargolux Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Christopher Holt as the airline's new Executive Vice President of Flight Operations. He replaces Marcel Funk who earlier this year retired from this position. full story...

    Cessna Aircraft Company today announced an agreement with Zhoushan AVIC Joy Air General Air Co., Ltd. for 20 Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian aircraft. The aircraft are expected to start being delivered later this year out of the company's joint venture facility, Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Shijiazhuang) Co., Ltd. full story...

    Delta Air Lines - Posted Jul 20, 2015
    Delta's innovative 'Rebook Me' widens options

    Delta has launched the latest enhancements to its automated rebooking system to improve customers' experience during flight cancellations and delays. Using back-end processes, the first phase of 'Rebook Me' gives customers using the Fly Delta app on their mobile devices or online at delta.com a wider array of rebooking options during irregular operations. full story...
    Posted Jul 18, 2015 full story...Delta's Boston-Paris service extended year round this fall

    Good commercial performance with revenue per seat down 2.8% at constant currency or by 5.4% on a reported basis to GBP59.08 per seat, better than the guidance issued in May. full story...

    Emirates, a global connector of people and places, today operated a one-off service of its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The arrival of the A380 follows the recent completion of enhancements at the airport to make it compatible with the double-decker aircraft. full story...

    Estonian Air - Posted Jul 17, 2015
    Estonian Air passenger numbers grew 13.8% in June

    In June 2105, Estonian Air carried 62 550 passengers, out of which 60 160 on regular flights. The number of passengers on regular flights increased by 13.8% compared to the same period last year. full story...

    EVA Air - Posted Jul 22, 2015
    EVA orders five Boeing 777 Freighters

    EVA Air signed purchase agreements for five Boeing 777 freighters powered by GE90 engines in a signing ceremony with Boeing and GE officials today in Taipei. full story...

    Flybe announces that Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer, is to leave the company in mid-January 2016 to take up a role with Malaysian Airlines based in Kuala Lumpur. full story...

    General Electric Company - Posted Jul 22, 2015
    GECAS delivers leased Boeing 737-700 to VRG Linhas Aereas S.A.

    GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced delivery of the first of two leased Boeing 737-700s to its customer VRG Linhas Aereas S.A. The second aircraft is scheduled for delivery later this month. full story...
    Posted Jul 21, 2015 full story...EVA orders GE90-Powered Boeing 777 Freighters

    Balkan Holidays - the leading tour operator to Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia - has announced a new route to Varna, Bulgaria from Glasgow Airport for its Summer 2016 programme. full story...

    Great Orlando Aviation Authority - Posted Jul 21, 2015
    WestJet to begin a new seasonal route between Vancouver to Orlando

    When the New Year's ball drops on 2016 WestJet will inaugurate a new seasonal route between Vancouver to Orlando International Airport. Prior to the Vancouver-MCO launch, WestJet will also start new seasonal weekly service from two additional Canadian cities - Kitchener and Charlottetown. full story...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015 full story...Thomas Cook Airlines adding flights and destinations from Orlando International Airport

    Hahn Air is happy to announce a new interline partnership with the Indian airline Vistara. Hahn Air's global network of 95,000 travel agencies in 190 markets worldwide can now issue flights of Vistara on the insolvency-safe HR-169 document. full story...
    Posted Jul 20, 2015 full story...Insel Air distributes globally under Hahn Air Systems H1 code

    Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent of Hawaiian Airlines, today announced plans to acquire three ATR 72 turboprop aircraft in an all-cargo configuration to expand its interisland shipping services. The new operation will launch in the first half of 2016. full story...
    Posted Jul 21, 2015 full story...Hawaiian Airlines appoints Eric Chen to Director - International Pricing and Revenue Management

    IATA supports the international investigation that continues to search for the complete truth in this matter. In the meantime, the aviation industry is fully committed to working with governments to ensure this tragedy will never be repeated. full story...

    JetBlue Airways - Posted Jul 20, 2015
    JetBlue's newest route to Turks and Caicos now on sale

    JetBlue today announced that flights on its recently announced new route between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos are now on sale. full story...

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines this weekend welcomed a record number of passengers on board KLM and KLM Cityhopper flights. On Sunday, a total of 93,048 passengers flew KLM on one of the KLM flights connecting Amsterdam and 139 destinations worldwide; a new 24-hour record. full story...

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport - Posted Jul 18, 2015
    LJLA celebrate inaugural Czech Airlines' flight to Prague

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) today celebrated Czech Airlines' inaugural service from Liverpool to Prague, the capital of The Czech Republic. The twice weekly summer operation is ideal for leisure passengers with flights on Fridays and Mondays. full story...

    In order to make travelling an even more efficient, sustainable and attractive experience for its passengers, the Lufthansa Group is increasing its focus on networked innovation management and invests 500 million euros in innovations by 2020. full story...

    Malaysia Airlines - Posted Jul 22, 2015
    Malaysia Airlines appoints new Chief Commercial Officer

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) today officially announced the appointment of Paul Simmons as Malaysia Airlines Berhad's Chief Commercial Officer. Paul is expected to commence his new role by the 1st December 2015. full story...

    Melbourne Airport - Posted Jul 22, 2015
    Melbourne Airport's 2014/15 passenger traffic results

    Melbourne Airport achieved an increase of 8 per cent international growth for the 2014/15 financial year compared to last year, taking total passengers to more than 32 million for the year. full story...

    Miami International Airport - Posted Jul 21, 2015
    Miami Airport passenger growth picks up in 2nd quarter

    After posting its best quarterly passenger growth since 2012 to begin the year, the pace of passenger growth at Miami International Airport picked up further steam in the second quarter of 2015. Total passenger traffic at MIA was up 5.79 percent through the second quarter compared to the same time period last year. full story...

    Munich International Airport - Posted Jul 18, 2015
    Kuwait Airways now with three weekly departures from Munich to Kuwait City

    The inaugural flight was celebrated with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new route will be served with A340 jetliners. full story...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015 full story...Munich Airport sets records in first half of 2015

    Beginning October 7, 2015, Porter will offer daily flights between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and North Bay Jack Garland Airport. A second route featuring service between North Bay and Timmins, Ont., is also being introduced. full story...

    Qantas - Posted Jul 22, 2015
    Qantas back to the Sunshine Coast

    Qantas today announced the return of the Flying Kangaroo between the Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) and Sydney as well as the launch of services between Melbourne and the Gold Coast to give customers more premium travel options. full story...

    Qatar Airways has launched two new destinations in Pakistan on consecutive days - Sialkot and Faisalabad. Beginning 16th July, the airline commenced four weekly passenger services to Sialkot where it already operates dedicated freighter services. A day later, on 17th July, Qatar Airways added Faisalabad to its Pakistan network with three flights a week. full story...

    Rolls-Royce has been selected by Saudi Arabian Airlines, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia to provide long-term TotalCare engine service support, worth $1.3 billion, for 20 Airbus A330 Regional aircraft. full story...
    Posted Jul 20, 2015 full story...Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines selected by International AirFinance Corporation

    Ryanair today released its June customer service statistics: 91% of over 55,000 flights arriving on-time; Less than 1 complaint per 1,000 passengers; Less than 1 bag complaint per 2,000 passengers; Over 99% of all complaints answered within 7 days. full story...

    S7 Group member airlines summarized the results of their activity in June 2015. During the last month S7 Group member airlines carried more than one million passengers - 1.023.892, which is 9.3% more than in June 2014. full story...

    South African Airways (SAA) continues to drive implementation of its Long-Term Turnaround Strategy across the business. While commercially the airline has adjusted capacity against declining demand, 81% aggregate load factors marked the first quarter of the 2015/16 fiscal. full story...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015 full story...South African Airways statement on 90 Day Action Plan

    Southwest Airlines is launching a three-day sale offering extra low fares for fall travel to its international destinations from ten domestic cities including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Dallas, Denver, Houston (Hobby), Chicago-Midway, Orlando, Orange County, and San Antonio. full story...

    Star Alliance - Posted Jul 22, 2015
    Avianca Brasil has joined Star Alliance

    At a special ceremony held at Guarulhos International Airport today, the Star Alliance member carriers welcomed their newest member, Avianca Brasil. Avianca Brasil is the fastest growing airline in the country. From 2010 to 2014 it increased its market share from 2.6% to 8.4%. Until May of 2015 the airline continued this trend, reaching a cumulative market share of 9%. full story...

    In June 2015 Transaero carried 1,511,883 passengers, a 5.5% increase over June 2014. Passenger load factor increased by 3% and reached 87.3%. Passenger traffic on domestic routes grew by 65.8%. full story...

    Turkish Airlines - Posted Jul 22, 2015
    Turkish Airlines inaugurates Erbil and Bahrain flights

    Already having the world's 4th largest flight network and flying to 276 destinations in 110 countries, Turkish Airlines continues to grow by adding 2 flight destinations operated from/to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport. full story...

    WestJet today announced it is launching new non-stop service to Florida, Mexico and Costa Rica, as well as adding more than 85 flights across its growing domestic and international network, as part of its winter 2015-2016 flight schedule. full story...

    XiamenAir has repositioned Jiangxi Airlines as Nanchang's low-cost carrier in a bid to fend off competition from Spring Airlines and 9Air, two puritan low-cost airlines of China. It will be XiamenAir's low-cost subsidiary. full story...

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