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Here are the summaries of press releases from airline and airline related companies and organizations received in the last week.

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PHAR, an international media and marketing agency with specialist expertise in Transport & Infrastructure, Sport & Entertainment and Digital Media, has launched Southeast Asia's largest publisher-side trading desk in collaboration with AirAsia. full story...

Air Astana - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Air Astana records US$6.6million first half loss

Air Astana recorded a net loss of $6.6 million, and an operating profit of $0.975 million, for the first half of 2016. Operating revenue fell by 30% to $275 million, driven by a signification devaluation of the Kazakh Tenge. full story...

Air France/KLM - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Air France-KLM appoints new EVP Corporate Secretary

Jerome Nanty has been appointed EVP Corporate Secretary and member of the Air France-KLM Executive Committee as from July 21. He takes over from Jacques Le Pape who is leaving the Group. full story...

In a first for airlines in the South Pacific, Air New Zealand is giving customers the freedom to use Bluetooth devices 'gate to gate' across its entire fleet. full story...

Airbus - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Lufthansa, Honeywell and Airbus sign MoU

Lufthansa Group, Honeywell Aerospace and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work jointly on the development of a runway safety solution combining Airbus' Runway Overrun Prevention System and Honeywell's SmartLanding technologies for Lufthansa Group's fleet. full story...
Posted Jul 14, 2016 full story...Aer Lingus adds two A330-300s to its future fleet
Posted Jul 14, 2016 full story...ALAFCO upsizes to A321neo
Posted Jul 14, 2016 full story...Norwegian selects 30 A321LR for first transatlantic routes

Alitalia - Posted Jul 18, 2016
Alitalia returns to China

Alitalia today began direct, non-stop flights from Rome to Beijing after a three year absence on the route between the two capital cities. Alitalia's first direct flight from Rome to Beijing took off today from Rome's Fiumicino airport. full story...

Asiana Airlines announces that passengers traveling on flights to or from Japan, China, and Southeast Asia aboard A321 aircraft can upgrade from Economy Class to Business Class by paying a surcharge. full story...

Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Jul 16, 2016
Austrian Airlines first place in category "Best Airline Staff"

Austrian Airlines is once again the European champion in 2016 when it comes to the quality of its service. This year the national carrier was given a top ranking again at the renowned Skytrax World Airline Awards 2016 bestowed upon the winners in Farnborough, England. full story...
Posted Jul 14, 2016 full story...Austrian Airlines: Stephan Linhart named Head of Sales Austria

Bangkok Airways - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Bangkok Airways receives two awards from Skytrax

Bangkok Airways led by Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth recently received "World's Best Regional Airline 2016" and "Best Regional Airline in Asia 2016" awards from Skytrax. full story...

Boeing, South African Airways and low-cost carrier Mango today celebrated Africa's first passenger flights with sustainable aviation biofuel. The flights coincided with Boeing's 100th anniversary and centennial celebrations worldwide. full story...

Bombardier Aerospace - Posted Jul 18, 2016
Swiss: successful entry-into-service of the CS100 aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today congratulated launch operator Swiss International Air Lines on the successful entry-into-service of the CS100 aircraft. The maiden commercial flight of the CS100 aircraft has departed Zurich for Paris Charles de Gaulle. full story...

Brisbane Airport Corporation - Posted Jul 19, 2016
Brisbane Airport: Passenger growth continues

A record number of travellers passed through Brisbane Airport in FY16 with total passenger numbers increasing by 2 per cent (or an additional 447,400 people) to more than 22.4 million. full story...

British Airways and Avios have launched an offer for 25 per cent off flights to the Middle East. Peak and off-peak seats now available to book for travel until December 11, 2016 full story...

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. honors its top customers for their continued support and trustful cooperation by adding their name and logos to the livery of its aircraft with a 'Powered By' slogan. full story...

Cathay Pacific - Posted Jul 18, 2016
Cathay Pacific expands cargo presence in the Americas

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced an expansion of its freighter services in the Americas with the addition of a twice-weekly scheduled service to Portland in Oregon, the United States, from 3 November 2016, subject to government approval. Portland will be Cathay Pacific's 18th cargo station in the Americas. full story...
Posted Jul 18, 2016 full story...Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for June 2016

CFM International today finalized a long-term service agreement with LATAM Airlines Group to support the operation and maintenance of 35 of the group's CFM56-5B engines. full story...

Cologne Bonn Airport - Posted Jul 18, 2016
Air Arabia Maroc's fifth anniversary at Cologne Bonn Airport

Air Arabia Maroc, the Moroccan low-cost carrier, has celebrated its fifth year of flights from Cologne Bonn to Nador, after launching the route on 30 June, 2011. Since the service began, the airline has carried almost 132,000 passengers on the route. full story...

Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. and member of the Star Alliance global airline network, began direct nonstop flights from the Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama to Rosario, Argentina. full story...

Copenhagen Airports - Posted Jul 18, 2016
Nordica to fly Groningen to Copenhagen

The Nordica airline is to open a route from the dynamic Dutch university city of Groningen to Copenhagen with a frequency of 11 flights a week. full story...

Delta Air Lines - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Delta to relocate, upgrade operations at LAX

Delta is moving forward with the first steps toward a $1.9 billion plan to modernize, upgrade and connect Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport over the next seven years. full story...
Posted Jul 20, 2016 full story...Delta's new business class lounge at Dublin Airport
Posted Jul 18, 2016 full story...Delta makes industry-first move linking corporate meetings with business travel
Posted Jul 18, 2016 full story...Delta & Seaborne codeshare expands travel options to US, Caribbean
Posted Jul 18, 2016 full story...Delta posts Q2 profit

Emirates - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Emirates boosts capacity to Milan

Emirates today unveiled plans to increase capacity on the Dubai-Milan route with the deployment of a second daily A380. The migration from a Boeing 777-300ER to the iconic double decker represents a capacity increase of 1,834 seats per week between the two cities. full story...
Posted Jul 18, 2016 full story...Emirates recognised for Network Strategy
Posted Jul 17, 2016 full story...Emirates introduces the world's first interactive amenity kit in Economy Class
Posted Jul 14, 2016 full story...Emirates to operate one-off A380 flight to Chicago

Ethiopian Airlines - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Ethiopian adds frequency to New York-Newark

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable African airline, is pleased to announce that it will add a fourth weekly flight to New York-Newark as of August 5, 2016. full story...

Finnair and Alitrip, a fast-growing online travel platform in China, have signed a long-term strategic partnership which is expected to bring approximately 3,000 Chinese tourists to Finland during the winter months to experience the magic of Lapland and the Northern Lights. full story...

Great Orlando Aviation Authority - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Orlando Airport continues upward trend in May

The benchmark for total number of passengers continues to be broken at Orlando International Airport (MCO). May statistics indicate another record for the total number of people traveling through MCO during a 12-month period, up to nearly 40.5 million. full story...

Hahn Air Systems announces a partnership with Libyan Wings. The start-up airline from Libya is now distributed under the H1 code in all major GDSs. full story...

Hong Kong Airlines - Posted Jul 18, 2016
Hong Kong Airlines celebrates flight to Osaka

Hong Kong Airlines celebrated its daily direct service to Osaka, Japan today. The new service further strengthens the airline's network in Japan. To mark the official launch of this route, Hong Kong Airlines held celebrations at both Hong Kong International Airport and Kansai International Airport. full story...

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) are pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed to implement the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program to replace the existing IATA Cargo Agency Program. full story...
Posted Jul 14, 2016 full story...IATA signs MoU with the African Union Commission

International Airlines Group - Posted Jul 18, 2016
Aer Lingus longhaul aircraft order

International Airlines Group is converting two Airbus 330-300 longhaul aircraft options into firm orders for Aer Lingus. These aircraft will be delivered in 2017 and will facilitate expansion on Aer Lingus' transatlantic network. full story...

Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, will operate the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on one of its daily flights between Mumbai and Dubai to meet growing demand on this sector. full story...

Jet2CityBreaks has announced that, from today, its market-leading 22kg baggage allowance will be offered completely free of charge to customers booking city break packages to any of its 30 city break destinations. full story...

JetBlue Airways - Posted Jul 20, 2016
JetBlue Launches Mint to Grenada

JetBlue today announced it will offer its successful Mint premium service to Grenada starting in January 2017. Mint launched in 2014 on transcontinental flights between busy east and west coast cities. full story...

Kenya Airways Board has appointed Jan de Vegt as the airline's Chief Operating Officer from 1st August 2016. He replaces Yves Guibert who will leave the business at the end of July 2016. full story...

Lufthansa Cargo is going on the offensive in the highly competitive air cargo market. td.Basic, a new online offering for standard air cargo, will be available from September 2016. full story...

Malaysia Airlines - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Malaysia Airlines launches promotional fares to London

Malaysia Airlines' special promotion, 'How Far Can your Ringgit Go', that offers the best of London. This promotion is available on selected London flights from today till 25 July 2016 and is valid for immediate travel until 31 March 2017. full story...

Melbourne Airport - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Melbourne Airport's 2015/16 passenger traffic results

New airlines, along with additional routes and services from existing carriers, contributed to a 9.5 per cent increase in international passengers compared to the previous financial year with 9,165,000 passengers travelling through Melbourne Airport. full story...

Monarch Scheduled - Posted Jul 18, 2016
Monarch launches new brand awareness campaign

Monarch has launched its new brand awareness campaign, kicking off with a TV ad which first aired on 11 July. The advert highlight Monarch's friendly, genuine and caring cabin crew, for which the brand is well known. full story...

Munich International Airport - Posted Jul 18, 2016
Munich Airport: new routes toTehran, Riyadh and Windhoek

Munich Airport now offers three new connections to Tehran, Riyadh and Windhoek. Lufthansa are now flying to Tehran, the capital of Iran, three times a week. The new Saudia connection to Riyadh is especially interesting for business travelers. Condor is now flying to the Namibian capital Windhoek once a week. full story...

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world's third largest international cargo carrier, today launches new freighter services to New York and Halifax, Nova Scotia, adding to its rapidly growing network of 54 dedicated cargo routes. full story...
Posted Jul 18, 2016 full story...Qatar Airways increases service to Muscat

Ryanair today announced its route from Bristol to Venice Treviso will move to Venice Marco Polo from September. This is in addition to the new route to Bucharest and 2 new winter services to Krakow and Milan. full story...
Posted Jul 20, 2016 full story...Ryanair launches Newcastle summer schedule (2017)
Posted Jul 20, 2016 full story...Ryanair launches Leeds summer schedule 2017
Posted Jul 18, 2016 full story...Ryanair launches winter bag sale

South African Airways - Posted Jul 16, 2016
SAA operates Africa's first sustainable Biofuel flights

Today's SAA and Mango flights on Boeing 737-800s between Johannesburg and Cape Town make history as the first sustainable biofuel flights to have taken place on the African continent. full story...

Southwest Airlines - Posted Jul 20, 2016
Southwest Airlines reports on technology issues

Southwest Airlines began experiencing intermittent performance issues earlier this afternoon with multiple technology systems as a result of an outage. full story...

Spirit Airlines is starting new daily nonstop service between the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Fort Myers Southwest Florida International Airport and the Tampa International Airport, starting November 10, 2016. full story...

SR Technics today announces that sole shareholder Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi investment and development company, has agreed to sell an 80% stake in the company to HNA Aviation, a global enterprise group based in Haikou, China. full story...

TAP Air Portugal - Posted Jul 18, 2016
TAP launches "TAP Upgrades"

TAP launches this month the service "TAP Upgrades", which simplifies the process of upgrading tickets from economy to business class, reaching all Clients. With a new format and appealing prices, upgrades can now be made in four different ways, anytime you contact the airline. full story...

United Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced plans to further modernize the airport security experience at several of the airline's largest hubs, marking the latest phase of an ongoing, collaborative strategy between United and the TSA. full story...
Posted Jul 19, 2016 full story...United Airlines reports second-quarter 2016 performance
Posted Jul 19, 2016 full story...United Continental Holdings names Edward Philip to Board of Directors
Posted Jul 14, 2016 full story...United Airlines reaches non-prosecution agreement in Port Authority investigation

The investment demonstrates the strength of the Virgin Atlantic commitment to customer experience as it continues to focus on delivering sustained profit in the long term. It is part of a fleet modernisation program which will see 50 percent of Virgin Atlantic's aircraft replaced in a six year period. full story...

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