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    Aberdeen Airport - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    Flybe starts new flights from Aberdeen to London City

    Flybe has today launched its new routes from Aberdeen to London City Airport in a major expansion, providing direct links for customers throughout the UK to the heart of London's financial district. full story...

    Aegean Airlines - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    Aegean reinstates Athens to Cairo flights

    Aegean aiming to further develop its international flight network, reinstates, on 26 October 2014 and three years after their disruption, its direct flights from Athens to Cairo. full story...

    JSC Aeroflot announces that Aeroflot Group's new low-cost carrier will operate under the name "Pobeda" ("Victory" in Russian). The airline's Boeing 737-800NG aircraft will be branded with the new logo of the company, which has already launched a new website at www.pobeda.aero. full story...
    Posted Oct 24, 2014 full story...Aeroflot launches flights to Georgia and Republic of Moldova

    Aerolineas Argentinas - Posted Oct 24, 2014
    Aerolineas Argentinas adds new Boeing 737/800 to its fleet

    Aerolineas Argentinas received a new Boeing 737/800 aircraft for its domestic and regional flights fleet, having now 32 aircraft of this type in its models 700 and 800 Next Generation. full story...

    Indonesia AirAsia Extra announced the first route from Melbourne to its hub in Bali, Indonesia, after been awarded with the air operator's certificate earlier last month. The first long-haul low-cost carrier in Indonesia plan to commence its 5-times weekly flight on 26th December 2014. full story...

    Air Astana - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    Air Astana launches winter schedule

    Air Astana has launched its winter schedule, which will be effective until 28th March 2015. International services will be operated to more than 40 cities in 18 countries in Asia, Central Asia / CIS / Caucasus, Europe and the Middle East. full story...

    Today airBaltic launched a new direct route linking Tallinn and Paris. The flight, which will operate four times a week, offers convenient connections between the two capitals, linking Tallinn via Paris to the rest of the world, and linking Paris to the Baltic Region and beyond through airBaltic's connections to Scandinavia and the CIS. full story...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014 full story...airBaltic - Four new routes and improved service in winter

    Since Sunday, 26 October 2014 all airberlin group flights have been taking off and landing at Milan Linate airport. The crew of flight AB8406 from Dusseldorf, Alitalia employees and airberlin ground crew greeted the first flights with an official "Benvenuto Linate". full story...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014 full story...airberlin: Berlin-Abu Dhabi twice daily

    Third Quarter 2014 activity was strongly affected by 14 days of strike by Air France pilots, which had an estimated negative impact of 330 million euros on the operating result. Total revenues were reduced by an estimated 416 million euros, partly offset by 86 million euros of net savings on costs. full story...

    Pierre-Olivier Bandet has been appointed EVP Chairman's Office and Public Affairs for Air France, effective as of 1 November 2014, joining the company's Executive Board. During his past two decades at Air France, he has held various management positions, most notably in the marketing and network, crew rostering and cargo divisions. full story...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014 full story...Air France A380 flies to French-speaking Africa - a world first

    Air Lituanica - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    Air Lituanica announces new flights to Stockholm

    From Monday to Thursday flights will be operated in the mornings and evenings, while on Friday and Sunday - only in the evening. During summer season Air Lituanica already operated flights from Vilnius to two Swedish cities: Goteborg and Malmo. full story...

    Air Malta - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    Air Malta halves losses from 2013 to 2014

    Air Malta halved its losses during the financial year ending March 2014 and is projecting to maintain its position for the year ending March 2015, despite several major setbacks such as the closure of the Libyan routes and increased competition in the peak summer months. full story...

    Expanding national carrier of Papua New Guinea, Air Niugini, is planning to make more capacity available for charter work and group bookings on its network of domestic and international scheduled services. full story...

    Air Timor operates code-sharing daily flights with Garuda Indonesia between Dili and Denpasar using the latter's aircraft with effect from 25 October 2014. A Memorandum of Understanding between both airlines on the new route was signed in August 2014. full story...

    Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, today announced the appointment of Kathy Savitt and Dhiren Fonseca as new members of its board of directors. The appointments support the company's continued efforts to develop new and innovative technologies that take the hassle out of air travel. full story...
    Posted Oct 23, 2014 full story...Alaska Air Group reports record third quarter 2014 results

    The schedule will operate 3,650 weekly flights on 124 routes (7 more than the 2013-2014 winter season) and 83 destinations, of which 26 in Italy and 57 destinations in 41 other countries worldwide. full story...

    American Airlines - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    American Airlines introduces combined AAdvantage Program

    American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles members will become part of the same frequent flyer program in the second quarter of 2015. The AAdvantage loyalty program will combine mileage balances and align elite levels and qualification criteria. full story...
    Posted Oct 23, 2014 full story...American Airlines Group reports record third quarter profit

    ASL Aviation Group - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    ASL Aviation Group to acquire the Farnair Group

    ASL Aviation Group has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire the Farnair Group of companies. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the year, once all pending regulatory and customary approvals are received. full story...

    Athens International Airport - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    Athens Airport: positive developments and prospects

    Athens International Airport presented the positive developments in the Athens aviation market since the beginning of the year and the prospects in view of the winter period, in the context of a significant increase of the city's network and connectivity. full story...

    Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    Austrian Airlines new aircraft christened the "Innsbruck"

    Austrian Airlines is 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-LGO was christened with the name "Innsbruck" at Innsbruck-Kranebitten Airport yesterday afternoon. The godmother was Innsbruck's Mayor Christine Oppitz-Plorer. full story...

    In September 2014, Avianca Holdings and its subsidiaries carried close to 2.2 million passengers, a 12.2% increase over the same period in 2013, reaching a load factor of 79.0%. full story...

    AWAS announced today that it has delivered one new 737-800 passenger aircraft to the flag carrier of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airlines. This aircraft comes from AWAS' previous direct order with the manufacturer and marks the second overall new 737- 800 that AWAS has delivered to the airline this year. full story...

    Boeing - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    Boeing delivers Emirates' 100th 777-300ER

    Boeing and Emirates Airline are celebrating the delivery of the airline's 100th 777-300ER (Extended Range), marking another milestone in a partnership that began over two decades ago when the Dubai-based airline ordered its first 777. full story...
    Posted Oct 24, 2014 full story...Boeing announces SF Airlines order for Boeing converted freighters
    Posted Oct 24, 2014 full story...Boeing statement on Kunming Airlines commitment for 10 737s

    Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today congratulates Flybe on the launch of the airline's London City Airport operations. Flybe will utilize its fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft to siginificantly boost connectivity between Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Inverness, Exeter and the heart of London. full story...
    Posted Oct 24, 2014 full story...Bombardier welcomes Senegal Airlines to the family of Q400 NextGen turboprop operators

    Brussels Airlines expands its network for summer 2015, adding no less than six new destinations: St-Petersburg, Dubrovnik, Calvi, Lourdes, Olbia and Billund. Tickets are available starting from 69 euro return. The flight frequencies of Tel Aviv, Malta and Lyon will be increased. full story...
    Posted Oct 23, 2014 full story...Brussels Airlines launches unique lounge concept at Brussels Airport

    Brussels South Charleroi - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    Brussels South Charleroi Airport announces three new routes

    On Sunday 26 October, three new lines were launched at Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Ryanair's first departures heading to the capitals of the Czech Republic, Romania and Latvia were a great success. With flights more than 80% full, these additional routes are part of the airline's "winter 2014" development plan. full story...

    Budapest Airport - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    Budapest Airport celebrates Emirates' inaugural flight

    Budapest Airport celebrated a major development today, welcoming the inaugural flight of its new airline partner, Emirates. Operated by its two-class 278-seat Airbus A330, the new daily service to Dubai is expected to deliver around 200,000 annual passengers to the Central European airport. full story...

    Copenhagen Airports - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    Ryanair coming to Copenhagen

    Travellers from Copenhagen will have more options when Ryanair starts flying out of Copenhagen in March 2015. Ryanair is opening a base with four aircraft in Copenhagen, the first routes being to London Luton, Warsaw, Poland and Milan (Bergamo), Italy. full story...

    Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic this weekend are marking the launch of their new services between London-Heathrow and Los Angeles and London-Heathrow and Atlanta respectively. The new routes are the first transfer of operations between the two airlines since the launch of their joint venture earlier this year. full story...

    Emirates - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    Emirates welcomes its 100th Boeing 777-300ER

    Emirates celebrated another milestone on Wednesday with the delivery of the airline's 100th Boeing 777-300ER, the world's largest, long-range twin engine commercial aircraft. full story...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014 full story...Emirates opens new customer contact centre in Budapest
    Posted Oct 28, 2014 full story...Emirates says 'Hello Budapest'
    Posted Oct 23, 2014 full story...Emirates offers special fares for upcoming holiday season

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the selection of SAP as a strategic technology partner to deploy a range of key software solutions to deliver the latest best-in-class technology to the Etihad Aviation Group. full story...
    Posted Oct 24, 2014 full story...Etihad Airways to increase frequency of Dallas service to daily

    Fiji Airways - Posted Oct 24, 2014
    Fiji Airways upgrades global sales & marketing team

    Fiji Airways, Fiji's National Airline, has expanded and refreshed its global Sales and Marketing set-up through appointments of new Regional General Managers in key markets and boosting focus on digital marketing and sales capabilities. full story...

    The design collaboration between Marimekko and Finnair takes a new step as a Finnair Airbus 330 will soon feature a previously unseen blue colorway of Marimekko's classic Unikko ("poppy") print. The plane will fly from Finnair's Helsinki hub to the airline's long-haul destinations starting from the end of 2014. full story...

    Flybe has today launched its new routes from Dublin, Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Exeter and Inverness to London City Airport in a major expansion, providing direct links for customers throughout the UK and Ireland to the heart of London's financial district. full story...

    Frankfurt Airport's new Winter Timetable 2014/2015 - which goes into effect on Sunday, October 26, 2014 (in tandem with the changeover to winter time) and runs until Saturday, March 28, 2015 - will feature 98 passenger airlines flying directly to 250 destinations in 105 countries per week. full story...

    Garuda Indonesia - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    Garuda Indonesia opens Denpasar - Dili service

    Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding for a commercial collaboration with Air Timor last month, Garuda Indonesia, on Friday officially opened the Denpasar - Dili service. The reopening of the Denpasar - Dili route is part of Garuda Indonesia's and Air Timor's commitment to broaden flight network in Indonesia and Timor Leste. full story...

    Glasgow Airport - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    Ryanair officially launches new base at Glasgow Airport

    Ryanair has officially opened its 3rd Scottish base (69th in total) at Glasgow Airport with one based aircraft, seven new routes for winter and nine new routes for summer 2015, delivering over 850,000 passengers per year. full story...

    Global Eagle Entertainment - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    Cebu Pacific Air with KID Systeme's SKYfi platform

    Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. today announced a new deployment of its WISE wireless inflight entertainment solution within the onboard connectivity platform SKYfi developed by KID Systeme GmbH, a division of Airbus, and installed on Cebu Pacific Air, the largest airline in the Philippines. full story...

    Golden Myanmar Airlines is resuming daily scheduled flights from Yangon to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and beginning code-sharing flights with Tigerair on its Singapore route from 26 October 2014. full story...

    Hahn Air has announced partnership with Nouvelair Tunisie. As a result, the first Tunisian private airline is now accessible in all Global Distribution Systems and can be issued on the Hahn Air e-ticket, HR-169. full story...

    Hawaiian Airlines has reached a new milestone today as it celebrates 30 years since launching its non-stop service between Honolulu and Pago Pago, American Samoa. The airline is the only major carrier to serve American Samoa. full story...

    Strong traffic performance with 55.7 million passengers using Heathrow, growth of 1.5% driven by intercontinental traffic. Successful transition of 26 airlines to the new GBP2.5 billion Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal. full story...

    Australia's Melbourne Airport, Qantas Airways, Airports Council International (ACI), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) signed an agreement to work together to develop a Smart Security pilot program for delivery at Melbourne Airport in 2015. full story...
    Posted Oct 29, 2014 full story...IATA calls for strong partnerships and solid ground rules

    Japan Airlines - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    JAL wins Future Travel Experience Award

    Japan Airlines (JAL) received the Future Travel Experience (FTE) award in "Best Initiative at the Gate" category at Future Travel Experience Global 2014. FTE presented this Award to JAL for its demonstration test of iBeacon and smartwatch at Tokyo Haneda Airport's Domestic Terminal 1 in July 2014. full story...
    Posted Oct 23, 2014 full story...Hokkaido Air System to become subsidiary of Japan Airlines

    JetBlue Airways today expands its destination offerings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with the addition of four new routes. The new flights include daily service to Cartagena, Colombia ; Las Vegas, Nev.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.; as well as a twice daily service to Jacksonville, Fla. full story...
    Posted Oct 26, 2014 full story...JetBlue Mint - a new way to fly to San Francisco
    Posted Oct 23, 2014 full story...JetBlue announces third quarter results

    The national carrier Kenya Airways has broken new operating efficiency ground following the ranking of its recently acquired fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft among other global airlines. full story...

    This morning, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines welcomed its last MD-11 passenger flight - KL672 - at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The flight, which arrived from Montreal, not only marks the end of KLM's MD-11 operations worldwide, but also the end of a remarkable era in civil aviation. full story...

    Korean Air - Posted Oct 23, 2014
    Korean Air to code share with LAN Peru

    Korean Air has a new codeshare agreement with LAN Peru, offering travelers a convenient connection from Lima through Los Angeles International Airport and linking Lima and Seoul with more destinations worldwide. full story...

    Four new services per week between Saint Maarten and Dominica will be added from December 1, 2014. On the same date, LIAT will also launch its three additional services between Barbados and Ogle in Guyana bringing its total number of services to Guyana to 10 per week. full story...

    Michael Gontgens will head the communications team at Lufthansa Cargo as of 1 November. The 33-year old currently works as a team leader for PR and internal communications for the freight airline. full story...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014 full story...Lufthansa Cargo serves Stavanger with cargo-only flights for the first time
    Posted Oct 23, 2014 full story...Lufthansa Cargo: Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech becomes new Board Member

    Lufthansa's equity investment time:matters sets new standards with its Liefery delivery service: goods delivered to customers within 90 minutes of ordering online. full story...
    Posted Oct 29, 2014 full story...Lufthansa: Entertainment on medium-haul routes
    Posted Oct 28, 2014 full story...Lufthansa to fly to Aalborg and Reykjav k
    Posted Oct 24, 2014 full story...Lufthansa to fly to Aalborg and Reykjav k

    Mann Yadanarpon Airlines plans to launch flights to Chiang Mai in 2015 using a leased Airbus A320 aircraft. It has a code-sharing agreement with Air KBZ to sell its tickets for these flights to Chiang Mai which will be launched on 1 November 2014. The airline also plans to launch flights to Suvarnabhumi, Phuket and Singapore in 2015. full story...

    Melbourne Airport has welcomed Indonesia AirAsia Extra's decision to choose Melbourne as its inaugural Australian destination for its new direct Bali service, commencing in December. full story...

    The Board of Monarch Holdings Limited is pleased to announce today the completion of its strategic review and restructuring programme under which it has secured GBP125 million of permanent capital and liquidity facilities provided by Greybull Capital LLP anchored by a GBP50 million capital commitment. full story...

    Qatar Airways' first A380, which is fully connected, entered revenue service this month. It is operating between Doha and London. The airline's nine other A380s will also be serviced with both Mobile OnAir and the next generation Internet OnAir. full story...

    Pegasus Airlines - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    Pegasus celebrates 2nd anniversary of Dubai flights

    Pegasus Airlines, Turkey's leading low-cost carrier with a rapidly expanding network and affordable fares, is celebrating its second year of flights to Dubai after launching the route on 18 October 2012. full story...

    Porter Airlines - Posted Oct 24, 2014
    Porter Airlines celebrates eight years of service

    Porter Airlines is celebrating eight years of service, having established itself as a leading carrier offering passengers a distinct approach to service. full story...

    From next week Qantas will begin to implement its new and improved inflight entertainment program giving customers more choice and variety and more regular and in-depth news coverage as a result of its new partnership with Sky News, Foxtel and Fox Sports. full story...

    Qatar Airways - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    Qatar Airways starts flights to Djibouti

    Qatar Airways has continued its expansion in Africa with the launch of services to its latest destination, Djibouti, which began this week. The five-star airline commenced the three-times-weekly flights from Doha's Hamad International Airport to Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, marking the airline's 145th global destination. full story...

    Royal Jordanian - Posted Oct 23, 2014
    Royal Jordanian appoints Captain Misto as acting CEO

    Royal Jordanian Airlines' Board of Directors appointed Captain Haitham Misto as acting President/CEO of the airline, starting October 26, 2014. Captain Misto had been Head of Flight Operations at RJ since December 2013. full story...

    Ryanair today announced it will open its 2nd Danish base (No.70 in total) at Copenhagen in March 2015 with up to 4 based aircraft and starting with 3 exciting new routes to London, Milan and Warsaw, with an additional 10 more new routes to be announced in the New Year. full story...
    Posted Oct 29, 2014 full story...Ryanair opens Glasgow international base

    Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Oct 23, 2014
    SAS Group management change

    xecutive Vice President and COO Flemming Jensen will leave SAS in May 2015 to assume the position of CEO for DSB A/S. Flemming Jensen has been with SAS since 1989 when he joined as pilot. full story...

    A new route between London Southend and Switzerland celebrated taking off today (27 October) with a water cannon salute from the fire service at the Essex airport. full story...

    Southwest Airlines - Posted Oct 23, 2014
    Southwest Airlines reports record third quarter profit

    Record third quarter net income, excluding special items1, of $382 million, or $.55 per diluted share, compared to third quarter 2013 net income, excluding special items, of $241 million, or $.34 per diluted share. This represented a 61.8 percent increase from third quarter 2013. full story...

    For the third quarter 2014, Spirit delivered a record adjusted pre-tax margin of 21.3 percent compared to 20.3 percent over the same period in 2013. On a GAAP basis, pre-tax margin for the third quarter 2014 was 19.3 percent compared to 21.4 percent in the third quarter 2013. full story...

    Aer Lingus Regional's new service to Leeds Bradford Airport, operated by Stobart Air, has commenced from Dublin Airport. The airline will operate two daily return flights between Dublin and Leeds and expects to carry 70,000 passengers on the route in 2015. full story...

    Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    VLM Airlines to pioneer long-range Sukhoi Superjet 100 in Europe

    Belgian operator VLM Airlines and Moscow-based aircraft lessor Ilyushin Finance Co. have today signed a Letter of Intent that will see the airline become the first European operator of the long-range Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR regional aircraft. full story...

    Thai Airways - Posted Oct 28, 2014
    Thai launches flights to Luang Prabang

    Flying Officer Suraphon Israngura Na Ayuthya, Thai Executive Vice President of Commercial, said that in order to support the economy and tourism industry of Thailand and Laos, Thai will launch direct flights, between Bangkok and Luang Prabang, whereby the inaugural flight will depart on 26 October 2014. full story...

    TUI - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    TUI merger approved

    The merger between TUI AG and TUI Travel PLC to form the world's number one integrated tourism group has been approved: At today's Extraordinary General Meeting held in Hanover, the shareholders approved the resolutions proposed by the Executive Board and Supervisory Board by large majorities. full story...

    United Airlines will launch four new Pacific routes next week, beginning with nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, and between San Francisco and Tokyo's Haneda Airport, on Oct. 26, 2014. Later in the week, the airline will also launch two new routes from its Guam hub - Seoul and Shanghai. full story...
    Posted Oct 23, 2014 full story...United announces third-quarter 2014 profit

    VietJet Air, Vietnam's private low-cost airline, is launching scheduled flights to Siem Reap, Taipei and domestic flights in Thailand by December 2014. VietJet Air holds a 49 per cent stake in Thai VietJet which was formed in 2013 while the remaining 51 per cent stake in the joint-venture is owned by Bangkok-headquartered Kan Air. full story...

    Virgin America - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    Virgin America touches down at Laguardia

    Virgin America, the California-based airline that is reinventing air travel, today launches its new service from New York's LaGuardia Airport with four daily nonstop flights to Dallas Love Field. full story...
    Posted Oct 24, 2014 full story...Virgin America launches codeshare flights with China Airlines

    Tourism Australia and Virgin Australia have today announced plans to increase the value of their three year marketing partnership to A$20 million making Virgin Australia the largest airline partner of the national tourism body. full story...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014 full story...Virgin Australia launches daily flights from Brisbane to Los Angeles
    Posted Oct 28, 2014 full story...Virgin Australia announces direct services between Darwin and Alice Springs
    Posted Oct 24, 2014 full story...Virgin Australia announces direct services between Darwin and Alice Springs

    WestJet - Posted Oct 29, 2014
    WestJet Rewards launches new tiers

    WestJet today celebrates the launch of WestJet Rewards tiers. WestJet Rewards members now enjoy higher WestJet dollar earn rates and milestone awards with Teal, Silver or Gold tiers. full story...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014 full story...WestJet, flight attendants reach tentative agreement
    Posted Oct 24, 2014 full story...WestJet launches new daily non-stop service between Toronto and Phoenix
    Posted Oct 24, 2014 full story...WestJet heads to the sunny South Okanagan

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