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Aegean Airlines - Posted May 27, 2015
Aegean announces first quarter 2015 results

International passenger traffic rose by 22%, with Athens base being the main driver with 26% growth. Passengers carried on the domestic network rose by 7%. full story...

airBaltic on May 26, 2015, launched a new route between Riga and Dubrovnik, Croatia. The new route offers a new summer holiday destination for travellers from the Baltics, as well as, open convenient travel options to Riga and beyond to destinations in Scandinavia, the Baltics, and the CIS. full story...
Posted May 26, 2015 full story...airBaltic improves service to Poprad
Posted May 26, 2015 full story...airBaltic to launch direct service from Riga to Radom, Poland
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...airBaltic to replace Air Lituanica flights

Air Berlin - Posted May 27, 2015
airberlin to fly to Iceland in winter

airberlin is now offering for the first time two weekly flights to Reykjav k also in the winter. The Berliners are thus the first German airline with year-round flights to Iceland. full story...
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...airberlin's frequent flyer programme leads the international competition

Air Canada announced today that it has elected to opt out of the Air Canada Pension Plan Funding Regulations, 2014, effective immediately. The 2014 Regulations became effective on January 1, 2014 and under their terms, Air Canada was required to make solvency deficit payments of $200 million per year, on average, over a seven-year period. full story...
Posted May 27, 2015 full story...Air Canada invests in improved premium product on Air Canada rouge
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...Air Canada launches seasonal service to Atlantic City today

Air France/KLM - Posted May 27, 2015
Air France-KLM CSR Report for 2014

KLM is once again publishing a CSR report with Air France this year. It contains a summary of all the successes we booked in 2014 in our effort to make Air France-KLM more sustainable. full story...

Air Lituanica - Posted May 22, 2015
Air Lituanica stops flight operations

Airline Air Lituanica ceases its operations from mid-day of May 22, Friday. Airline management, acting responsibly and seeing risk not to fulfill commitments for the passengers, are stopping all regular flights and will put all the efforts so that the travelers would be affected as little as possible. full story...

Air New Zealand - Posted May 22, 2015
Air New Zealand reveals new lounge design in Sydney

Air New Zealand has today revealed its new international network lounge design with the opening of its ground breaking lounge at Sydney Airport. The Sydney lounge is the first to carry the ultra-modern design that was formulated in conjunction with award-winning global architectural firm Gensler. full story...

Airbus - Posted May 22, 2015
Volaris takes delivery of first two A321s

Volaris, a Mexican low-cost carrier, has received its first two Airbus A321 aircraft, the latest being received during a ceremony at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Hamburg, Germany. Volaris' aircraft will be the first A321s to operate in Mexico and will be deployed on the carrier's domestic routes to and from Cancun. full story...
Posted May 22, 2015 full story... Sichuan Airlines receives its 100th Airbus aircraft

Alaska Airlines today named brand and product marketing expert Derek Chang its new managing director of brand experience. Chang will head Alaska's branding efforts at its airports, in its Board Rooms and onboard its planes, defining and executing how the brand comes to life for the airline's growing customer base. full story...
Posted May 21, 2015 full story...Alaska Airlines appoints new Vice President of Flight Operations

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Posted May 21, 2015
British Airways brings Boeing 777 to Austin-London route

British Airways today announced that from October 25, 2015 customers in Austin will be able to fly to London in First class, as the airline introduces its four cabin Boeing 777-200 to the route. full story...

AWAS announced today that it has delivered on-lease one 747-400ERF factory-built freighter aircraft to Cargolux, a global leader in air cargo based in Luxembourg. This aircraft comes from AWAS' existing portfolio. full story...
Posted May 26, 2015 full story...AWAS delivers additional new A320 passenger aircraft to Vueling

Boeing delivered today Transaero's first Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane, sporting a new livery, arrived at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. Transaero's newest 737 has a recognizable radome "bump" on top of the fuselage just behind the wings. full story...

Brussels South Charleroi - Posted May 26, 2015
Wizz Air set to link up Debrecen with Charleroi

Brussels South Charleroi Airport announces the launch of a new route to Hungary. The Hungarian airline Wizz Air will be launching flights between Charleroi and Debrecen on 18 December 2015. full story...

Cathay Pacific Airways is fully committed to the process of negotiation with the Flight Attendants Union (FAU). These are important discussions and our goal is to reach an agreement that respects the interest of all parties concerned. full story...

Delta Air Lines is adding service from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Boston; Orlando; Pasco, Wash.; and Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria is a new destination in Delta's network and is subject to foreign government approval. Delta will also expand its existing Bozeman, Mont., service from Seattle. full story...
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...Delta files for new non-stop service between Orlando and Sao Paulo
Posted May 22, 2015 full story... Delta brings flat-bed seats to Malaga for the summer

Domodedovo International Airport - Posted May 26, 2015
Vueling welcomes 1,000,000 passengers in Domodedovo

On May 26, 2015 Vueling Airline has welcomed its one-millionth passenger at Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Vueling is one of the European carriers recognized for its high rate of growth. full story...

Summer vacation is here, Egyptair will operate 2 weekly flights between Cairo and Mersa Matruh starting 24th of May every Sunday and Thursday. full story...

Embraer S.A. and Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras S.A. have reached a final agreement for 30 firm orders for the E195-E2 jets. The contract, announced as a Letter of Intent during the 2014 edition of the Farnborough International Airshow, in July last year, also includes an additional 20 purchase rights for the same model, bringing the total potential order up to 50 E195-E2 jets. full story...

Emirates - Posted May 27, 2015
Emirates to launch fourth Italian gateway

The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna will be Emirates' fourth Italian destination bringing Emirates' weekly flights to Italy to 56. Set to be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration, Emirates will offer the only long-haul wide-bodied service to and from Bologna. full story...
Posted May 25, 2015 full story...Emirates inspires you to 'Be there'

Estonian Air will add flights on Tallinn-Vilnius route to 11 round trips a week as from 25 May 2015, as Air Lituanica has made a decision to terminate its operations. So far Estonian Air was operating 6 round trips a week between Tallinn and Vilnius. full story...

Etihad Airways' Procurement & Supply Management department has received three prestigious awards from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). full story...
Posted May 27, 2015 full story...Etihad Airways appoints new Vice President Corporate Safety & Quality

Fiji Airways - Posted May 27, 2015
Fiji Airways welcomes 'Island of Ovalau' into fleet

Fiji Airways, Fiji National Airline, today welcomed a fifth Boeing 737-800 into its fleet. The leased aircraft - Island of Ovalau - features Fiji Airways' award-winning livery and designs, and features eight Business Class seats and 162 Economy Class seats. full story...

The Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air has entered into a Special Prorate Agreement with Russian carrier S7 Airlines enabling Gulf Air passengers to take flights beyond Moscow to and from any S7 Airlines domestic destination. full story...
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...Gulf Air enhances IT security solutions with HP

Iberia's handling division has just renewed its contract to serve Switzerland's Helvetic Airways, which flies from Zurich and Berne to the Spanish islands of Gran Canaria, Majorca, and Minorca, with a total of some 200 flights per year. full story...

International Airlines Group - Posted May 26, 2015
IAG snaps up Aer Lingus for EUR1.4 billion

International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, has sealed a deal to buy Aer Lingus, Ireland's national carrier for EUR1.4bn (GBP1bn). After months of negotiations, IAG, which also owns Iberia and Vueling, last night made an all-cash offer that values the airline at EUR2.55-a-share. full story...

Jet Airways - Posted May 27, 2015
Jet Airways announces 'The Million Sale'

Jet Airways has announced the launch of 'the million sale' where a million seats would be on offer for a flat discount of 25%. The offer is valid for Economy travel on the airline's domestic network. full story...

Kefolina is one of four new Jet2.com and Jet2holidays routes taking off this year from Leeds Bradford, marking the start of their biggest summer programme yet. Antalya and Malta took off last week and Tunisia also jetted off today. full story...

KLM UK Engineering is pleased to announce that it have been awarded the exclusive CityJet multi-year contract to perform heavy maintenance checks on its BAe Avro RJ85 aircraft. full story...

Hot on the heels of a number of other new route announcements, Liverpool John Lennon Airport is delighted to announce that Aer Lingus will commence flights to Dublin later this year. full story...

Since May 2015, Josef Bogdanski has been the new Chief Information Officer/Chief Process Officer of the Lufthansa Group. He is thus responsible for the global IT and process management of the Aviation Group and drives the further integration of the airline and service companies in this field. full story...
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...Lufthansa to fly from Munich to Iceland and Crete

Christoph Mueller, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) and CEO-designate of the new airline, Malaysia Airlines Berhad, assures customers that MAS operations continue as normal with the appointment of the Administrator. full story...
Posted May 26, 2015 full story...Malaysia Airlines - Khazanah appoints Administrator

Melbourne Airport - Posted May 22, 2015
Melbourne Airport's April passenger traffic results

Melbourne Airport achieved 4 per cent international growth in April compared to the same period last year, to reach 678,526 international passengers. full story...

Points, a global leader in loyalty currency management, today announced a partnership with Hainan Airlines Co., the largest privately owned air transport company and the fourth largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People's Republic of China. full story...

From The Washington Post and Vogue Italia to Australian metropolitan and regional publications, Qantas customers can now enjoy access to nearly 4,000 leading titles on the world's largest newspaper and magazine platform, PressReader. full story...

Regional Express - Posted May 26, 2015
Rex continues far north Queensland expansion

Regional Express (Rex) has announced today the introduction of 3 return flights each weekday between Cairns and Townsville from 6 July 2015. Rex commenced weekend services between these cities on 3 January 2015 and from 6 July 2015 will increase the number of services from 2 to 34 flights per week. full story...

Ryanair today announced a full year net profit of EUR867m, ahead of previous guidance. Traffic up 11% to 90.6m as load factors rose from 83% to 88%. Net profits rose 66% as net margin jumped from 10% to 15%. full story...
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...Ryanair's Birmingham to Dublin service extends to 6 times daily
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...Ryanair's Manchester to Dublin service extends to 6 times daily
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...Ryanair's Liverpool to Dublin service extends to 4 times daily
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...Ryanair's Edinburgh to London service extended to 5 times daily
Posted May 22, 2015 full story...Ryanair announces upgrade to mobile app

In November 2013 the airlines of the S7 Group became leaders in punctuality among the airlines operating flights from the Moscow Domodedovo Airport. For the past month the airlines of the S7 Group performed the most number of flights without deviations from the schedule. full story...
Posted May 27, 2015 full story...S7 Airlines offers summer trips at discounted prices

Scandinavian Airlines - Posted May 27, 2015
SAS Group management and organization change

Joakim Landholm, Executive Vice President Transformation, is to leave SAS in August 2015. Joakim Landholm has decided to leave in association with the imminent dissolution of the Transformation Department he has successfully headed. The department will be integrated into the regular line organization. full story...
Posted May 21, 2015 full story...SAS has entered into an agreement with the Swedish Pilot Union
Posted May 21, 2015 full story...SAS: Break in mediation with pilots in Norway

The Japanese and Taiwanese civil aviation authorities have approved Scoot, Singapore's long-haul budget airline, to operate scheduled flights from Singapore to Osaka via Don Mueang and Kaohsiung six times a week from 8 July 2015 full story...

Singapore Airlines today unveiled its new Premium Economy Class seats and the in-flight offerings that customers will enjoy when the new cabin class enters service in August. full story...

South African Airways the leading carrier on the African continent, has - in what is a significant achievement for the airline - strengthened its position in West Africa, with the upcoming introduction of a second West African country linking air travel to North America. full story...

Southampton Airport - Posted May 22, 2015
Southampton Airport to launch new route to Bastia

Southampton Airport is launching a new flight to Bastia in Corsica with Flybe, which begins on 24th May. Situated on the southwest coast of Italy, Corsica is a rare island gem with astonishing diversity. full story...

Southwest Airlines today announced new nonstop service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Orlando, Florida beginning on Nov. 1. Orlando will be Southwest's third Florida destination from DCA, where it is the second largest carrier as measured by passengers carried. full story...

Spirit Airlines announced today it will add new nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Oakland International Airport, beginning November 12, 2015. full story...

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has recorded an eight percent growth in passenger load factor compared to the same period last year, according to figures released by the airline today. full story...

Transaero Airlines - Posted May 22, 2015
Transaero - New Boeing 737-800 aircraft joins fleet

On May 22, 2015, a new Boeing 737-800 aircraft joined Transaero Airlines' fleet. The aircraft arrived from the aircraft manufacturer. It was delivered to the airline i accordance with the operating leasing agreement concluded in 2013 with Sberbank Leasing full story...

Turkish Airlines' Africa network now encompasses 44 destinations with the addition of Bamako, Mali; the 28th country in Africa and one of 110 nations served across the globe. full story...
Posted May 27, 2015 full story...Turkish Airlines inaugurates Barcelona flights

Virgin Australia - Posted May 22, 2015
Virgin Australia opens crew base in Brisbane

Virgin Australia today announced it has established a long haul international cabin crew base, long haul international pilot base and dedicated East Coast charter operations base in Brisbane. full story...

WestJet - Posted May 22, 2015
WestJet's #TartanTail takes flight

Later this month, WestJet will launch service from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Glasgow, Scotland, on board a special version of one of its Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft adorned with a custom-designed WestJet tartan on its tail. full story...

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