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ROUND THE WORLD THIS WEEK - IN BRIEF:
Asia/Pacific

Europe/Africa

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Aberdeen Airport - Posted Sep 21, 2016
Ryanair launches new Aberdeen to Faro route

Ryanair today extended its Aberdeen summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Faro, in addition to its 2 new routes to Alicante and Malaga already announced, which will deliver 75,000 customers p.a. at Aberdeen International Airport. full story...

After a tumultuous first half to the year, passenger traffic across the European airport network in July reported an average increase +3.9%. full story...

Aegean Airlines - Posted Sep 20, 2016
Aegean announces first half 2016 results

Aegean announces first half 2016 results with consolidated revenue at EUR403.5m, flat versus the respective period in 2015. Total number of passengers carried rose by 5% to 5.2m. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Aegean Airlines: Passenger traffic to Paros triples in August

Aeroflot has taken delivery of its new A321 aircraft equipped with aerodynamic wing-tips known as Sharklets. The aircraft is named in honour of Vasiliy Shukshin, a great Soviet film director and actor. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Aeroflot announces results of Board of Directors meeting

As of Monday 5th September, Aerolineas Argentinas opened the route Cordoba city - Rio Cuarto - Buenos Aires with 6 weekly flights - from Sunday to Friday, thus resuming a connection that it had stopped operating twenty years ago. full story...
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Aerolineas Argentinas connects Cordoba to Resistencia
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Aerolineas Group improve punctuality

AirAsia becomes the first airline in Southeast Asia to operate the Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines. The official welcoming ceremony of the aircraft with registration number 9M-NEO was held today near Kuala Lumpur International Airport. full story...
Posted Sep 8, 2016 full story...AirAsia's leasing unit appoints new CEO

The new airberlin Business Class on short and medium-haul flights is now available for booking. From October 4, 2016, passengers can enjoy the exclusive service on airberlin flights. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...airberlin expands winter services
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...airberlin is growing in Switzerland
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...airberlin traffic figures August

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the main international index evaluating companies on their performance in terms of sustainable development, has, for the twelth consective year, ranked Air France-KLM leader in the "Airlines" category. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Air France KLM August 2016 traffic results

Air France - Posted Sep 20, 2016
Air France pursues its move upmarket strategy

On 20 September 2016, during the 38th edition of the IFTM Top Resa tourism trade fair, Air France presented its on-going strategy to upgrade its products and services and unveiled its new offering. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Air France celebrates 50 years of presence in China

Air Lease Corporation - Posted Sep 20, 2016
Air Lease Corporation places 6 A321neo with Azores Airlines

Today Air Lease Corporation announced that Azores Airlines SATA International has committed to lease six new Airbus A321neo aircraft including four A321LR versions. The CFM Leap 1A engine-powered aircraft from ALC's order book with Airbus will deliver between the fourth quarter of 2017 and early 2021. full story...

Azores airlines which is fully owned by Sociedade Acoreana de Transportes Aereos (SATA) is modernizing its short-haul and transatlantic fleet with the A321neo and by 2019 with the longer range A321LR. The decision follows a growth strategy to expand into new transatlantic routes. full story...
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Spirit Airlines receives its first U.S.-produced Airbus aircraft
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...China Airlines' first A350 XWB takes to the skies
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Hong Kong Airlines confirms order for 9 more A330s
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Airbus delivers North America's first A320neo to Volaris

Alitalia is to begin direct flights in November from Italy to Cuba. The first non-stop service, which will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, will take off on 29 November from Rome to Havana and be flown on the route with the airline's flagship Boeing 777 aircraft. full story...

American Airlines today announced the appointment of Alison Taylor to Senior Vice President - Global Sales. Taylor will be joining American later this month from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide where she most recently served in a similar role. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...PSA Airlines announces industry-leading pay for new-hire pilots
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Envoy Air now offers industry-leading pay for pilots
Posted Sep 12, 2016 full story...American Airlines Group reports August traffic
Posted Sep 11, 2016 full story...American Airlines and TWU reach tentative agreement

Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Sep 18, 2016
Austrian Airlines initiates flight service to Los Angeles

Austrian Airlines will add a new long-haul destination in North America to its flight schedule in the summer of 2017. Starting on April 10, 2017, a Boeing 777 will take off for Vienna bound for Los Angeles, the largest city in California, up to six times each week. full story...
Posted Sep 12, 2016 full story...Austrian Airlines introduces new career model for pilots
Posted Sep 11, 2016 full story...Austrian Airlines reports increase in passenger volume
Posted Sep 9, 2016 full story...Austrian Airlines first anniversary of flights to Manchester

As of next September 18, Avianca will operate its London-Bogota route on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The inclusion of these modern aircraft for passenger service on transatlantic routes is part of the Airline's commitment to offer a new travel experience. full story...

Avinor's Bergen Airport announced Friday a new direct route to Budapest for summer 2017. Flown twice-weekly, the Hungarian capital becomes the seventh Wizz Air route from Bergen. full story...

BALPA - Posted Sep 21, 2016
BALPA on easyJet dispute

BALPA members in easyJet have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action in a dispute over pilot fatigue. In a ballot which closed today 96% voted for some form of industrial action on a turnout of 88%. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...BALPA: Pilots call for greater safety in the skies

Bombardier Aerospace - Posted Sep 14, 2016
Zenith Aviation to add 2 new Learjet 75 aircraft to its fleet

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that Zenith Aviation, Britain's leading bespoke charter service provider, will take delivery of two brand new Learjet 75 aircraft. full story...

British Airways - Posted Sep 20, 2016
British Airways' 'First Wing' to open soon

British Airways' First and Gold Executive Club customers travelling from Heathrow will soon have access to a new 'First Wing', creating a dedicated walkway from check-in to the lounges in Terminal 5. The First Wing, set to open in April, will be located next to the airlines First check-in area. full story...

Brussels Airlines - Posted Sep 11, 2016
Brussels Airlines network expansion

Brussels Airlines looks ahead to the winter season when the network expands with more direct flights to Africa and frequency increases. In spring, Mumbai joins the network as well as new European summer destinations. full story...
Posted Sep 8, 2016 full story...Brussels Airlines to start new Mumbai route

In August, Brussels Airport welcomed over 2.3 million passengers. Over the whole summer, more than 4.7 million people travelled via Brussels Airport, 3.9% down on record year 2015. Cargo recorded positive growth for the first time since the attacks. full story...

Brussels South Charleroi - Posted Sep 20, 2016
Air Corsica starts its operations from and to BSCA

On 26 March of next year, the Corsican regional airline, Air Corsica, will start its operations from and to Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Bastia and Ajaccio are the two Corsican destinations to be served from Charleroi. full story...

Budapest Airport - Posted Sep 18, 2016
Budapest Airport welcomes the arrival of Air Algerie

Having already added an exceptional 16 new destinations so far in 2016, Budapest Airport has today further expanded its route network by welcoming the arrival of a direct link to Africa's largest nation in relation to land size, Algeria. full story...
Posted Sep 18, 2016 full story...Budapest Airport announces another link to Amsterdam
Posted Sep 18, 2016 full story...Wizz Air to add 65,000 extra seats from Budapest Airport
Posted Sep 8, 2016 full story...Wizz Air adds Porto to Budapest Airport's route network

The Board of Directors of Cargolux Airlines International S.A. has confirmed the appointment of Claude Zehren as 'EVP and Nominated Person Flight Operations'. Mr. Zehren took over all duties from his predecessor, Jason Holt, on an interim basis on 1 September. full story...
Posted Sep 12, 2016 full story...Cargolux introduces Luxembourg to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico flight

Cathay Pacific - Posted Sep 20, 2016
Cathay Pacific's sustainable initiatives continue

Cathay Pacific Airways has launched its 2015 Sustainable Development Report, which outlines the various sustainable development measures undertaken by the airline and the Cathay Pacific Group's Hong Kong- based subsidiaries. The theme of the report is "Together for Tomorrow". full story...
Posted Sep 18, 2016 full story...Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for August 2016

AirAsia has become the first Southeast Asian airline to take delivery of the CFM International LEAP-1A-powered A320neo aircraft. The official aircraft welcoming ceremony was held earlier today near Kuala Lumpur International Airport. full story...

Copenhagen Airports - Posted Sep 21, 2016
Blue Air to fly from Copenhagen to Bucharest

Next summer, Romanian airline Blue Air will start up its first flights to Copenhagen Airport from the Romanian capital of Bucharest. From 2 June 2017, it will fly three times a week between the two capitals. full story...
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Copenhagen Airport gets new route to Groningen
Posted Sep 12, 2016 full story...Copenhagen Airport: More passengers travelling long haul

Since 2012, the airline has achieved carbon-neutral growth on all emissions - domestic flying, international flying and ground operations. To accomplish that goal, the airline improved aircraft fuel efficiency, invested in electric-powered tugs and explored the carbon market. full story...
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Delta eclipses 2015 total of mainline cancel-free days
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Delta Comfort+ now on more flights
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Delta adds to trans-Pacific network with new Virgin Australia route
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Delta with five World Travel Awards for 2nd year
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Delta reliability tops big U.S. carriers during busiest summer month
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Delta and Seaborne ease connectivity between U.S. and Caribbean

easyJet has today announced a new route from London Gatwick to Ljubljana. The new year round service commences 5th December 2016 with flights on sale now. full story...

Embraer today announced the extension of the Flight Hour Pool Program with Japan Airlines for J-AIR's growing fleet of E170s and E190s, which currently stand at 20 aircraft. The pool agreement, for up to ten years, covers more than 300 part numbers for J-AIR's entire E-Jets fleet. full story...

Emirates - Posted Sep 20, 2016
Emirates revamps corporate loyalty programme

Emirates has revamped its corporate loyalty programme, Emirates Business Rewards, to provide greater value and added features for customers. The new programme has been simplified and made more competitive to allow for easier redemptions and upgrades even on last minute bookings. full story...
Posted Sep 18, 2016 full story...Emirates SkyCargo unveils new purpose-built pharma facility
Posted Sep 8, 2016 full story...Emirates Skywards marks 16 years

Ethiopian Airlines - Posted Sep 20, 2016
Ethiopian, Guangdong Airport sign MoU

Ethiopian Airlines signed Cooperative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Guangdong Airport Authorities in areas of increasing passenger flight frequency, launching new routes and joint promotion of Ethiopia cargo for additional frequency in Guangzhou. full story...

Etihad Airways - Posted Sep 21, 2016
Etihad Airways named 'Airline of the year'

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been awarded the 'Airline of the Year' award for the third consecutive year by UK magazine, Travel Trade Gazette. The awards were announced last night at a prestigious ceremony at the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End. full story...
Posted Sep 21, 2016 full story...Etihad Airways to increase capacity to Australia

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency order suspending the air carrier certificate of Western Air Express, based in Midland, Texas. full story...

Fiji Airways Business Class guests and Tabua Club members flying from Hong Kong will enjoy a new lounge from 1st October 2016. Fiji Airways has selected the Hong Kong Airlines VIP Lounge - Club Bauhinia - located at HKIA's Departure Terminal 1 for its premium guests. full story...

Finnair has partnered with Slush, Europe's leading startup event, to speed up innovation within and advance digitalisation inside the airline. full story...
Posted Sep 9, 2016 full story...Finnair traffic performance in August 2016

Flybe has today announced its 2017 Summer schedule from Doncaster Sheffield airport featuring 10 routes with an additional 35,000 seats on sale and a total choice of up to 96 flights a week across its UK and mainland Europe network. full story...
Posted Sep 18, 2016 full story...Flybe announces new Dusseldorf route from London City
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Flybe announces new Dusseldorf route from London City
Posted Sep 12, 2016 full story...Flybe begins Cardiff and London City Airport route
Posted Sep 9, 2016 full story...Flybe announces Cheeky One Million Seats Sale

Fraport - Posted Sep 12, 2016
Fraport traffic figures - August 2016

In August 2016, almost six million passengers passed through Frankfurt Airport, representing a 5.0 percent decline compared to the strong August month of 2015. As in previous months, the ongoing geopolitical situation continued to have a negative impact on passenger volumes. full story...

Frontier Airlines - Posted Sep 14, 2016
Frontier Airlines announces schedule to Cuba

Frontier Airlines will launch new service between Miami and Havana starting Dec. 1 with one-stop connections from both Denver and Las Vegas. Frontier is offering special introductory fares as low as $189 round-trip at Flyfrontier.com. Additionally, customers have the choice of adding The WORKSsm bundle to these special sale fares. full story...

Garuda Indonesia - Posted Sep 11, 2016
Garuda Indonesia to fly to US via Japan

Garuda Indonesia plans to re-operate its flight service to the United States from next year. This plan follows the announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration last month that Indonesia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating. full story...

General Electric Company - Posted Sep 18, 2016
GECAS announces delivery of A320neo to AirAsia

GE Capital Aviation Services Limited, the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE, today announced the delivery of its first Airbus A320neo to AirAsia from the purchase-and-leaseback transaction with the airline for five new Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by CFM LEAP engines. CFM is a joint venture between GE and Snecma SA. full story...

Glasgow Airport - Posted Sep 14, 2016
Glasgow Airport records its busiest summer on record

Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest summer on record after more than 943,000 passengers travelled through its doors in August representing a 7.4% increase on the same period last year. full story...

Hahn Air introduced Tianjin Airlines as its latest partner available for HR-169 ticketing in GDSs worldwide. More than 95,000 travel agencies in 190 countries worldwide can now book flights of the Chinese regional airline and issue tickets using the standard ticketing process in their GDS. full story...
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Hahn Air and Lucky Air announce cooperation
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Thai Airways International enters Interline Agreement with Hahn Air

Hamad International Airport - Posted Sep 18, 2016
Hamad Airport served 17.6m passengers in first half 2016

Hamad International Airport has welcomed 17.6 million passengers during the first half of 2016, registering a growth of more than 20 per cent compared to the 14.6 million passengers served during the same period last year, setting a new passenger record for the airport. full story...

Hawaiian Airlines this week became the first carrier to fly between Honolulu and Brisbane using a series of gate-to-gate environmental best practices to reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Hawaiian Airlines announces on-time performance for July

Hong Kong Airlines - Posted Sep 20, 2016
Hong Kong Airlines confirms order for 9 more A330s

Hong Kong Airlines has signed a contract with Airbus for the firm order of nine additional A330-300 aircraft. The aircraft will be operated across a network which links Hong Kong with a wide range of destinations in Asia, and beyond. full story...
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Hong Kong Airlines celebrates flight to Yonago, Japan
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Hong Kong Airlines celebrates flight to Yonago, Japan

IATA - Posted Sep 21, 2016
IATA achieves key NewGen ISS milestone

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the IATA Passenger Agency Conference adopted Resolutions supporting the development of the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS). full story...
Posted Sep 18, 2016 full story...IATA: European ATC strikes hit 1m minutes of delay in 2016

In preparation for expanding the joint business on flights between Europe and Japan to include Iberia and Japan Airlines have today announced the start of codeshare arrangements on the routes operated by Iberia between Madrid and Tokyo (Narita). full story...
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Iberia commemorates 70th anniversary of flights to Latin America

In preparation for expanding the joint business on flights between Europe and Japan to include Iberia and Japan Airlines have today announced the start of codeshare arrangements on the routes operated by Iberia, between Madrid and Tokyo, as well as the sales of joint fares on applicable routes from 18th of October 2016. full story...

Jet Airways today announced the appointment of Mr. Jayaraj Shanmugam as its new Chief Commercial Officer. He joined Jet Airways in mid- 2015 and as Sr. Vice President of Products & Services. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Jet Airways to equip pilots on Boeing 737 fleet with iPads

Leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, are marking a major step on their ongoing expansion with the launch today of flights and holidays from London Stansted Airport, their ninth UK airport base and first in the South of England. full story...
Posted Sep 18, 2016 full story...Jet2.com takes delivery of brand new Boeing aircraft

JetBlue today announced a ten-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston, a bioenergy company. The airline is partnering with SG Preston to purchase renewable jet fuel made from rapidly renewable, bio-based feedstocks that do not compete with food production. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...JetBlue Airways reports August traffic
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...JetBlue CFO retires

KLM - Posted Sep 14, 2016
KLM suspends service to Cairo

For economic reasons, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has decided to temporarily suspend flights to Cairo effective 8 January 2017. The devaluation of the Egyptian pound and the decision of the Central Bank of Egypt to impose restrictions on the transfer of foreign currency out of Egypt have a negative impact on results of KLM. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...KLM Cityhopper celebrates 50th anniversary
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...KLM to operate biofuel flights out of Los Angeles

Korean Air - Posted Sep 18, 2016
Korean Air stengthens partnership with Delta

Korean Air and Delta Air Lines, founding members of SkyTeam, will strengthen their partnership by expanding codeshares to more than 100 U.S. and Canadian destinations and over 30 cities across Asia. full story...

Liverpool John Lennon Airport - Posted Sep 18, 2016
Wizz Air to launch another new service from LJLA

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe have announced that they are to commence flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to the Polish city of Lublin in May 2017. full story...
Posted Sep 11, 2016 full story...Ryanair commence first flights to Sofia from Liverpool
Posted Sep 9, 2016 full story...Ryanair to add over 200,000 extra seats for sale from LJLA

London Luton Airport - Posted Sep 20, 2016
Fly KISS to fly from London Luton Airport

Fly KISS will commence three services from London Luton Airport on 7th November 2016. The carrier will fly to Clermont-Ferrand, Brest and Strasbourg, becoming the fifth new airline to announce services from London Luton in 2016 and join at a time of record passenger numbers. full story...

LOT - Posted Sep 14, 2016
LOT plans further growth

LOT presented its 2020 profitable growth strategy. During that time the carrier plans to achieve sustainable viability and become a leading airline in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe servicing over 10 million passengers per year, gradually increasing its fleet and launching new flights. full story...

A Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F freighter now bears the name "Hello, Bonjour Canada" and will carry this message with it around the world. The aircraft with registration D-ALCI received its name at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Lufthansa Cargo awarded CEIV certification

The Lufthansa Group and Air China signed a wide-reaching partnership agreement in Beijing today which will enable the two aviation groups to jointly operate all connections between Europe and China as part of a commercial joint venture. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Lufthansa Airbus A380 first time visit to Sofia

Malaysia Airlines - Posted Sep 21, 2016
Malaysia Airlines' Business Class seats on sale

Enjoy serious bargains on Malaysia Airlines' Business Class sale from 22 till 26 September 2016 for the travel period of 1 October 2016 until 31 March 2017. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Malaysia Airlines shows continued progress over Q2 2016

A new daily route between Melbourne and Narita, announced today by Qantas, is a welcome addition to capacity for Japanese visitors to Victoria. full story...
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Melbourne Airport welcomes additional Virgin flights to Los Angeles
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Melbourne Airport breaks August passenger records

Miami International Airport - Posted Sep 18, 2016
Miami Airport to welcome PAWA Dominicana

Pan American World Airways (PAWA) Dominicana will begin two daily flights from Miami International Airport to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on November 16, making Miami the airline's first destination outside of the Caribbean. full story...

Oman Air starts to fly directly to Muscat from Singapore on 31 October 2016. This will boost outbound tourism to Muscat from Singapore. full story...

Pegasus Airlines' 49% owned Kyrgyz airline, Air Manas, launched its newest route to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's Kashgar on 19 September. Pegasus guests can fly to Kashgar every day of the week with connections from Pegasus' Istanbul-Bishkek route. full story...
Posted Sep 12, 2016 full story...Pegasus Airlines' CEO reveals vision for airline

Qantas - Posted Sep 20, 2016
Qantas adds new route to Japan

Qantas will launch daily direct flights between Melbourne and Tokyo's Narita Airport from 16th December 2016, responding to growing demand and marking the next step in its Asian growth strategy. full story...

Qatar Airways will introduce additional capacity to its two South American gateways from 1 December 2016, when the airline upgrades its existing aircraft operating on the route, a Boeing 777-200LR, to a Boeing 777-300ER. full story...
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Qatar Airways wins "Best Up in the Air Experience" award
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Qatar Airways starts flying A380 to Sydney

Ryanair today extended its Aberdeen summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Faro, in addition to its 2 new routes to Alicante and Malaga already announced, which will deliver 75,000 customers p.a. at Aberdeen International Airport. full story...
Posted Sep 21, 2016 full story...Ryanair launches Cardiff summer 2017 schedule
Posted Sep 21, 2016 full story...Ryanair launches Cornwall Airport Newquay summer 2017 schedule
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Ryanair launches Belfast summer 2017 schedule
Posted Sep 20, 2016 full story...Ryanair launches improved 'Rate My Flight' service
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Ryanair launches Manchester summer 2017 schedule
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Ryanair August customer service statistics
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Ryanair launches Liverpool summer 2017 schedule

Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Sep 9, 2016
SAS interim report November 2015 - July 2016

Income before tax amounted to MSEK 1,036 for SAS in the third quarter. Excluding the effects of the June strike in Sweden, earnings were up slightly more than MSEK 140 year-on-year, which was mainly attributable to increased revenue from more travelers choosing SAS. full story...
Posted Sep 9, 2016 full story...SAS traffic figures - August 2016
Posted Sep 9, 2016 full story...SAS upgrades its short and medium haul fleet
Posted Sep 8, 2016 full story...SAS appoints new Head of Sales UK & Regional General Manager Europe

Singapore Airlines - Posted Sep 21, 2016
Singapore Airlines launches 'Capital Express' service

Singapore Airlines has launched its new 'Capital Express' service, linking Singapore for the first time with the capital cities of both Australia and New Zealand. full story...

Skywest Airlines - Posted Sep 14, 2016
SkyWest, Inc. reports combined August 2016 traffic

SkyWest, Inc. today reported 169,939 block hours in August 2016, compared to 180,436 block hours in August 2015, a decrease of 10,497 or 5.8%. The net decrease was consistent with SkyWest's fleet transition plan to improve the mix of aircraft in its fleet by adding new E175 aircraft, while reducing its 50-seat jets. full story...

South African Airways - Posted Sep 14, 2016
South African Airways trials passengers tagging their own bags

South African Airways (SAA) and the Airports Company South Africa have started a project where passengers on domestic flights will be tagging their own baggage at the Self-Service Bag counters. full story...

Southampton Airport - Posted Sep 14, 2016
Southampton Airport celebrates busiest summer on record

Southampton Airport has enjoyed a record breaking summer after almost 430,000 passengers travelled through its doors during July and August, representing an increase of 14.6% compared to the same period last year. full story...

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that it has reached a Tentative Agreement with the Transport Workers Union Local 556, the Union that represents the Company's Flight Attendants. full story...

Spirit Airlines - Posted Sep 21, 2016
Spirit Airlines to fly from Northeast Ohio to Las Vegas

Spirit Airlines is excited to announce new daily nonstop service between the Akron-Canton Airport and the Las Vegas International Airport beginning April 27, 2017. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...Spirit Airlines reports August 2016 traffic

TAP Air Portugal - Posted Sep 20, 2016
TAP M&E performs Sharklet retrofit for Comlux

TAP Maintenance & Engineering performed the world's first Sharklet retrofit of an in-service ACJ319 VIP on behalf of Airbus Corporate Jets, as part of the first turn-key project for Comlux The Aviation Group. full story...

Thai Airways - Posted Sep 14, 2016
Thai delays A350XWB to Melbourne

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited today announced that the carrier will delay operating the A350, the newest aircraft type in the Thai fleet, to Melbourne, Australia. full story...

IndiGo, India's largest domestic airline and one of the world's fastest growing low cost carriers, and Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform, have today announced a strategic partnership which will see IndiGo distribute all of its fares and ancillary products to Travelport-connected customers worldwide. full story...

United Airlines and DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, today announce several significant growth and expansion initiatives in Puerto Rico. full story...
Posted Sep 11, 2016 full story...United reports August 2016 operational performance

VietJet Air, a Vietnamese low-cost airline, and its younger sister airline Thai VietJet Air are launching a total of five new routes between 30 October and 12 December 2016 using their Airbus A320 aircraft. full story...

Virgin America - Posted Sep 14, 2016
Virgin America reports August 2016 operational results

Virgin America Inc. today reported its preliminary operational results for August 2016. The airline's traffic (measured in revenue passenger miles) increased 19.9 percent on capacity (measured in available seat miles) that was 16.4 percent higher from the same month in 2015. full story...

An innovative low carbon fuel project has taken a significant step forward after successfully producing 1,500 US gallons of jet fuel. The breakthrough towards developing commercially viable low carbon fuel is the result of a partnership between Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech. full story...

Virgin Australia will launch services from Melbourne to Los Angeles and Perth to Abu Dhabi in 2017, increasing competition and choice for Australian travellers. full story...

WestJet announced today it has reached a multi-year agreement as primary provider for Suncor Energy to fly employees and contractors to and from its oil sands operations in Northern Alberta beginning in early November. full story...
Posted Sep 14, 2016 full story...WestJet reports August load factor of 86.5 per cent

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