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    Revenue reached RUB 319,771 million, up 9.9% year-on-year, on the back of a 10.7% increase in passenger traffic. EBITDAR amounted to RUB 48,674 million or 15.2% of revenue. Adjusted net profit amounted to RUB 10,844 million. full story...
    Posted Feb 28, 2015 full story...Aeroflot takes delivery of two Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft

    Air Astana celebrated in Washington DC last night the honour of being named Airline Market Leader of the Year at the 41st annual Air Transport World Awards. full story...

    Air Berlin - Posted Mar 4, 2015
    airberlin dramatically expands business travel

    airberlin intends to become the airline of choice among business travellers and corporate customers. Germany's second-largest airline introduces the new brand "airberlin business benefits". The new brand bundles benefits for companies and features them more transparently. full story...
    Posted Mar 4, 2015 full story...airberlin presents new market leading fare concept
    Posted Mar 4, 2015 full story...airberlin announces new fare concept for short and medium-haul routes
    Posted Mar 2, 2015 full story...airberlin: Dr Alfred Tacke bolsters the Board of Directors
    Posted Feb 28, 2015 full story...airberlin group - Wolfgang Prock-Schauer to leave Management Board

    Air Canada - Posted Mar 4, 2015
    Air Canada reports record February load factor

    For the month of February, Air Canada reported a record system load factor of 81.1 per cent, versus 79 per cent in February 2014, on a system-wide capacity increase of 8.4 per cent. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for February increased a record 11.3 per cent for the month. full story...
    Posted Mar 4, 2015 full story...Air Canada to launch service to Atlantic City from Toronto hub

    Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, today reported a net profit of EUR 2.7 million for 2014. In its first full year of operation, the airline's revenues rose by 87 per cent to EUR 262 million, marking the strongest results in the existence of the national carrier. full story...

    AirAsia X - Posted Feb 28, 2015
    AirAsia X statement from new CEO

    "Since taking the helm as Group CEO of AirAsia X earlier this month, the new management team and I have been reviewing all aspects of the business to ensure that we have the best product and services in place for our guests." full story...

    Aerolineas Argentinas has taken delivery of its first new, directly purchased Airbus A330-200 aircraft as a part of the carrier's fleet renewal strategy. The aircraft, equipped with GE engines, joins the airline's existing fleet of 11 Airbus widebody aircraft, comprising four A330-200s and seven A340s. full story...

    Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the U.S. airlines, today released a letter from leading passenger airline CEOs urging House and Senate leadership to oppose an increase in the current Passenger Facility Charge, or the airport tax. full story...

    On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 7.9 percent increase in traffic on a 9.4 percent increase in capacity compared to February 2014. Load factor decreased 1.2 points to 83.4 percent. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska and those under capacity purchase agreements, including Horizon, SkyWest and PenAir. full story...
    Posted Feb 27, 2015 full story...Alaska Airlines names Charles Breer new Managing Director of Alliances

    Starting from March 2, 2015, passengers can go through our simplified check-in procedure at the airport by using the internet/mobile check-in service when boarding a flight departing from Incheon Gimpo to Japan. full story...

    In January, the subsidiary companies of Avianca Holdings S.A. transported 2,360,600 passengers, up 8.9% compared to January 2014. Capacity, measured in ASKs (available seat kilometers), increased 7.2%, while passenger traffic, measured in RPKs (revenue passenger kilometers), increased 8.2%. The load factor for the month was 81.9%. full story...

    Boeing and Ryanair have announced an order for three Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $280 million at current list prices. With this order the Irish low-cost carrier now has unfilled orders for 174 Next-Generation 737-800s and 100 737 MAX 200s. full story...
    Posted Mar 4, 2015 full story...Boeing, Silk Way West announce order for three 747-8 Freighters
    Posted Mar 2, 2015 full story...Boeing statement on Air Tahiti Nui commitment for two 787-9 Dreamliners

    Cambridge International Airport today welcomed the inaugural departure of new Sun-Air flights to Sweden's second biggest city - Gothenburg. The new 32-seater service, which will be flying daily Monday-Thursday, connects Cambridge with Scandinavia for the very first time. full story...

    Copenhagen Airports A/S sets a passenger record for the fourth consecutive year. The record 25.6 million passengers resulted in growing revenues and a higher result. The growth was driven by more international passengers and transfer passengers. full story...

    Consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) for the month of February decreased 1.5 percent year over year, driven by 1.5 points of continuing foreign exchange pressure on international results and 0.5 point from the impact of lapping prior year's winter storms. full story...
    Posted Feb 28, 2015 full story...Delta boosts flights from Italy to New York

    easyJet today launched its Vision for European Aviation calling on the EU, Governments and regulators to improve competitiveness in European aviation. full story...

    On the back of its successful debut project, Emirates has announced the continuation of its 'A Greener Tomorrow' initiative for a second year, allocating USD 150,000 to support environmental or conservation-based not-for-profit organisations in safeguarding their local environment. full story...
    Posted Mar 3, 2015 full story...Emirates' operations in Europe
    Posted Mar 2, 2015 full story...Emirates to commence daily service to Bali
    Posted Feb 26, 2015 full story...Emirates increases capacity on its double daily Nairobi service

    Ethiopian Airlines, the largest cargo operator in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has won the Air Cargo Brand of the Decade for Africa Award from Shipping, Transport, Aviation and Tourism at a ceremony held in Rivonia, South Africa on 26 February 2015. full story...
    Posted Feb 28, 2015 full story...Ethiopian wins ATW Best Regional Airline in the World award

    Etihad Airways announced today the airline's new Airbus A380 service takes flight beginning December 1, 2015 for guests traveling between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and the airline's Abu Dhabi home. The A380 features The Residence by Etihad. full story...
    Posted Mar 4, 2015 full story...Etihad Airways signs agreement with Cirta Elctro Mechanical & Maintenance

    Finnair - Posted Feb 28, 2015
    Finnair highlights cost savings success

    Finnair has published its Annual Report for 2014, measuring and accounting for the financial, economic, social and environmental performance of the Finnair Group, as well as identifying and explaining the strategic business ramifications of that performance. full story...
    Posted Feb 28, 2015 full story...Finnair's CFO Erno Hilden to leave

    Faroese flag carrier Atlantic Airways has appointed Flight Directors to act as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in the UK and Ireland. The move is with immediate effect and comes in the run-up towards the launch of the airline's new direct service from Edinburgh to the Faroe Islands, launching later this month. full story...

    Flybe - Posted Mar 4, 2015
    Flybe announces double Avios for March

    Flybe is today launching a double Avios promotion for the month of March. Customers who book and fly with the airline in March will get double Avios across the whole Flybe network. full story...

    GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE, today announced it signed a contract to lease three new Boeing 737-800 aircraft to new customer Air India Express. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled for 2016 and are part of GECAS' existing order book with Boeing. full story...

    The Gulf Air Falconflyer Programme's 20th anniversary celebrations will see the airline over the course of 2015 give Falconflyer members who fly with Gulf Air (a minimum of one flight in any given promotional month) the chance to win 20,000 Falconflyer miles each. full story...

    Hahn Air - Posted Mar 2, 2015
    Via Air accessible in all GDS under H1 code

    Hahn Air Systems announced that services of Via Air, a U.S. airline based in Miami, Florida, can now be found in all GDSs worldwide under the two-letter code H1. Over 95,000 travel agencies in 190 markets can now issue tickets for Via Air on the Hahn Air HR-169 document. full story...

    Hawaiian Airlines - Posted Mar 4, 2015
    Hawaiian Airlines promotes Dylan Cabaldon

    Hawaiian Airlines has announced the promotion of Dylan Cabaldon to the position of managing director- strategic procurement & supply chain management. He previously served as senior director - strategic procurement. In his new role, Cabaldon will continue to oversee strategic sourcing initiatives and procurement operations for Hawaiian Airlines. full story...

    Hong Kong Airlines today signed an agreement for sub-lease with the Airport Authority Hong Kong to develop a flight training centre on a plot of land of 0.6 hectare located at the southeast edge of the Hong Kong International Airport. full story...

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for January 2015 showing traffic growth (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) of 4.6% compared to January 2014. This represents a slower start to the year compared to 2014 full-year growth of 5.9%. full story...
    Posted Mar 3, 2015 full story...IATA: Air freight makes slow start in 2015

    Iberia and Airbus have reached an agreement over the early delivery of the A330-200s the airline ordered last year, and which will now join the long-haul fleet 14 months earlier than initially planned, between December, 2015, and November, 2016. full story...

    International Airlines Group - Posted Mar 4, 2015
    IAG reports February traffic statistics

    Group traffic in February, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres, increased by 5.5 per cent versus February 2014; Group capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres rose by 4.3 per cent. full story...
    Posted Feb 28, 2015 full story...IAG final results for 2014

    Japan Airlines (JAL) has been introducing in-flight Wi-Fi service since July 2012 with Boeing 777-300ERs. The airline will start to include Boeing 767-300ERs and Boeing 787-8s to introducing JAL SKY Wi-Fi service on more Europe, North America and long-haul Asia routes from March 3, 2015. full story...
    Posted Feb 26, 2015 full story...JAL to enhance its in-flight entertainment service in 2015

    Jet Airways - Posted Mar 4, 2015
    Jet Airways unveils '#JetInstant' on Twitter

    Jet Airways today unveiled #JetInstant, a first of its kind online feature that enables guests to access information on fares and flight status in real-time through Twitter. full story...

    JetBlue Airways today opened the doors to its new crewmember hotel -- The Lodge at Orlando Support Center -- located on the airline's state-of-the-art JetBlue University training campus. JetBlue's investment in The Lodge reinforces the airline's commitment to its differentiated culture by ensuring crewmembers are immersed in that culture throughout their training at JetBlue University. full story...
    Posted Mar 2, 2015 full story...JetBlue and Royal Air Maroc to become codeshare partners
    Posted Feb 27, 2015 full story...JetBlue adds first destination from Baltimore to the Sunshine State

    Yesterday KLM CEO Pieter Elbers signed a memorandum of cooperation with Chinese carrier Xiamen Airlines and the City of Amsterdam. Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan and Xiamen Airlines' Chief Operating Officer Zhao Dong were also in attendance. full story...

    With the official sales launch at the International Tourism Exchange in Berlin, short and long-haul routes can now be booked with new Eurowings to fly from 25 October 2015 onwards. Eurowings intercontinental flights depart from Cologne/Bonn Airport. full story...
    Posted Feb 28, 2015 full story...Lufthansa's new First Class experience on all long-haul flights from Munich
    Posted Feb 28, 2015 full story...Lufthansa Group receives Eco-Airline of the Year award

    A new Luxair Boeing 737-800 landed today at Luxembourg airport. With this aircraft, Luxair's operating fleet now comprises three Luxair Boeing 737-800, two Boeing 737-700, seven Bombardier Q400 and five Embraer ERJ 145. full story...

    Prague Airport - Posted Feb 27, 2015
    Prague Airport - network expansion

    Effective May 2015 Czech Airlines is launching scheduled services on 13 additional new routes. Ryanair has announced launching of a new connection between Prague and Bremen. LOT Polish Airlines has published an additional increase in the number of flights between Prague and Warsaw. Wizzair has launched the sale of tickets for its recently added frequencies to Bari and Milan/Bergamo. full story...

    Qatar Airways today unveiled the launch dates of three new passenger destinations in Pakistan as part of the airline's continued expansion strategy. Beginning July 2015, the airline will begin passenger services to Sialkot, Faisalabad and in August to Multan. full story...
    Posted Mar 2, 2015 full story...Qatar Airways doubles the number of movies and TV shows on board

    Ryanair today released customer and load factor statistics for February as follows: Traffic grew by 29% to 5.8m customers. Load factor increased 11% points to 89%. Rolling annual traffic to February grew 9% to 89.1m customers. full story...
    Posted Mar 4, 2015 full story...Ryanair purchases 3 additional Boeing 737-800
    Posted Mar 4, 2015 full story...Ryanair launches new Customer Charter

    S7 Airlines, a member of the oneworld global aviation alliance, from the 27th of February 2015 announces opening advance booking of air tickets at special fares for flights from the cities of the Far East and Siberia. full story...

    SAS has entered into a slot transaction with Turkish Airlines that will take over one afternoon slot-pair at London Heathrow from SAS at the beginning of the winter traffic program on 25 October 2015. full story...

    South African Airways Cargo bags another international award. They have been named the African Cargo Airline of the Year at the STAT Times International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo presented at a glittering Gala Award ceremony held at the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia, north of Johannesburg. full story...
    Posted Feb 26, 2015 full story...SAA to commence disciplinary enquiry on suspended CEO on 16 March 2015

    Southampton Airport - Posted Feb 28, 2015
    Southampton Airport reports strong growth in 2014

    Southampton Airport welcomed 1,830,257 passengers in 2014, which was 6.2% higher than the previous year. 43% of passengers were domestic travellers, 37% international and 20% on flights to and from the Channel Islands. full story...

    Southwest Airlines today published 16 additional flights, including service to eight new nonstop cities, from Dallas Love Field. The new service is available for purchase immediately. full story...

    Spirit Airlines continues to add new daily nonstop flights from the Latrobe/Pittsburgh area. Today the first Ultra-low Cost Carrier in the Americas announced new daily service from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport which begins May 7, 2015. full story...
    Posted Feb 27, 2015 full story...Spirit named 2015 Value Airline of the Year

    Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company - Posted Mar 2, 2015
    Sukhoi's SSJ100 deliveries to VLM in 3Q 2016

    Following consultations between Ilyushin Finance Co, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Belgian airline VLM Airlines, under the previously signed Letter of Intent, the parties agreed to postpone for the third quarter of 2016 deliveries of Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. full story...
    Posted Mar 2, 2015 full story...SuperJet International announces additional 10 SSJ100 for Interjet

    Transaero Airlines - Posted Mar 4, 2015
    Transaero repays 2.5 bln rbl BO-01 bond-secured loan

    On March 3, 2015, OJSC Transaero Airlines fully and in time repaid 2.5 bln rbl BO-01 bond-secured loan. In total, the airline paid more than 2.6 billion rbl including coupon payment. full story...
    Posted Feb 28, 2015 full story...Transaero Airlines to carry out scheduled flights on Moscow-Malta route

    Turkish Airlines confirms that its flight TK 726 from Istanbul to Kathmandu was involved in an incident today at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. full story...
    Posted Mar 4, 2015 full story...Turkish Airlines begins operations to Abuja

    United Airlines today announced it is transforming the customer experience in its United Clubs with upgrades including an overhauled, complimentary food menu launching this week, extensive club renovations and a hospitality-focused approach to customer service. full story...

    UTair Aviation has once again reconfirmed its membership in the International Air Transport Association Ground Handling Council. Membership in the Council attests to the compliance of UTair's ground handling system with all international standards and regulations. full story...

    Vietnam Airlines has unveiled new uniforms for its in-flight crew, aiming to create a fresh image for its brand. The airline has kept the traditional ao dai dress for female flight attendants, but changed the colour from red to blue, for Economy Class cabin crew, and yellow, for Business Class cabin attendants. full story...

    Engineers working on Virgin Atlantic aircraft at the airport and in the hangar will be testing the use of Sony's SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1, tablet, mobile phone and SmartWatch 3 in an eight-week trial, starting next week. full story...

    Virgin Australia's award-winning Business Class will begin flying across the Tasman tomorrow, as part of a progressive rollout in the New Zealand and Pacific Island markets. full story...

    WestJet today announced flights between Alberta and Hawaii beginning in December are available for booking on its newly-acquired Boeing 767 wide-body aircraft. The 767, the first in the WestJet fleet, will operate between Calgary and Honolulu, Calgary and Maui and between Edmonton and Maui. full story...
    Posted Mar 4, 2015 full story...WestJet reports February load factor of 84.3 per cent
    Posted Mar 2, 2015 full story...WestJet again lands in top 100 Canadian brands
    Posted Mar 2, 2015 full story...WestJet's 19th birthday with a special one-day seat sale

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