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    Aegean Airlines - Posted Nov 25, 2015
    Aegean provides an easier way to manage your bookings

    Aegean is pleased to introduce the new service "My Bookings", offered on its new, revamped aegeanair.com, which you are invited to discover. The new service allows users to save all upcoming bookings and view them easily under one section. full story...

    The operating results of Aeroflot Group and Aeroflot - Russian Airlines for October and ten months of 2015 were significantly influenced by the Group's participation in a major program to carry passengers of Transaero airline. full story...

    The highly-anticipated free seats promotion by AirAsia and AirAsia X is back, with 3 million promotional seats made available to all destinations with base fares starting from RM0. The promo seats are available on airasia.com tomorrow, 23 November until 29 November 2015. full story...

    Today airBaltic Boeing 737-300, performing flight BT211 Riga-Berlin, experienced unexpected turbulence on its descent towards Tegel airport. Two passengers and one cabin crew were injured. full story...

    The environmental protection agency atmosfair has published its 2015 Airline Index. The index compares the greenhouse gas emissions of the 198 largest airlines, evaluating their CO2 efficiency levels. full story...

    Air Canada today announced a further, strategic expansion of its Vancouver hub with the addition of the only non-stop flights to Dublin, Ireland next summer. This new seasonal route follows the recent announcement of several enhancements at the airline's Vancouver hub for 2016. full story...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Air Canada unveils expansion from Montreal to three U.S. destinations
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Air Canada unveils major expansion to 12 U.S. destinations

    Air New Zealand - Posted Nov 25, 2015
    Air New Zealand's Airband a world first

    Air New Zealand has introduced a world first for children flying unaccompanied, giving parents and guardians the opportunity to follow the steps in their journey. full story...

    JetBlue has become the launch customer for Airbus' "Maintenance Mobility" offering following a contract recently signed with Airbus. Maintenance Mobility allows the airline mechanics to have all the technical information they need on iPads. full story...

    Alitalia will pay one per cent commission to all Italian travel agencies, starting on 1 January, 2016. Payments will be made via the BSP system which offers travel agents an immediate recognition for the purchase of the airline ticket. full story...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Alitalia to operate 3,800 flights per week during the winter season
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Alitalia appoints Claudia Bugno as VP of Public Affairs
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Alitalia launches a new advertising campaign

    Aurigny had a presence at each of the Scrutiny Committee's three public hearings, submitted written evidence when asked to comment specifically and exclusively on the current licencing system, and was questioned extensively at the public hearing held in Guernsey in April. full story...
    Posted Nov 25, 2015 full story...Aurigny Group publishes its 2014 accounts

    Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Nov 25, 2015
    Austrian Airlines sells its entire Fokker fleet

    Austrian Airlines has concluded an agreement with the Australian leading provider of fly-in, fly-out transportation, Alliance Aviation Services Limited, to sell its entire fleet of Fokker aircraft. The Austrian Airlines Fokker fleet consists of 15 Fokker 100 and six Fokker 70 planes, a total of 21 aircraft. full story...
    Posted Nov 24, 2015 full story...Austrian Airlines launches flight service to Isfahan

    In October, the subsidiary companies of Avianca Holdings S.A. transported 2,400,716 passengers, up 5.3% compared to October 2014. Capacity, measured in ASKs, increased 10.8%, while passenger traffic, measured in RPKs, increased 10.5%. The load factor for the month was 79.0%. full story...

    Countering the headwinds of the current Brazilian economic crisis, Azul Brazilian Airlines announces today an important milestone that positions it as an even stronger and more competitive airline. The Chinese international conglomerate HNA Group has selected Azul as its primary strategic investment in Latin America. full story...

    Pilots are an untapped resource of expertise and experience in the fight against terror and the other major threats to the safety of passengers, planes and crew. full story...

    Boeing and Biman Bangladesh Airlines today celebrated the airline's first direct-purchased Next-Generation 737-800 as part of the country's national airline's fleet modernization plan. full story...
    Posted Nov 25, 2015 full story...Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 22 737s
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Boeing, EVA Airways finalize Taiwan's largest ever commercial airplane purchase

    Budapest Airport - Posted Nov 25, 2015
    Budapest Airport adds highly-desired Lyon with easyJet

    Recording more than double the European average in passenger traffic growth, Budapest Airport experienced an 11.3% increase in October, easily outstripping the European average of +5.1%, and putting the Hungarian gateway on the brink of smashing the 10 million passenger barrier for the first time ever. full story...

    Copa Airlines today celebrated an important milestone in the history of the airline and of Panama - the arrival of the 100th aircraft in its modern fleet, a state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 Next Generation. full story...

    Delta Air Lines - Posted Nov 23, 2015
    Delta wins four categories in Reader's Choice Awards

    Delta was honored in four separate categories of Recommend magazine's Readers' Choice Awards, highlighting airline's global service. This is the fifth year running that Delta has won "Best Travel Agent Support." full story...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Aeromexico move furthers Delta's Latin American strategy

    Ethiopian Airlines - Posted Nov 25, 2015
    TAP and Ethiopian Airlines start codeshare services

    TAP, Portugal's leading airline and Ethiopian Airlines, the largest African airline, have started code-share services between Portugal and Ethiopia as of November 24, 2015. These flights are made available for bookings through both carriers own websites as well as via the worldwide reservations systems. full story...

    Etihad Airways celebrated the highly-anticipated arrival of its award-winning Airbus A380 service at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, welcoming and thanking guests travelling on the first flights between two of the world's top travel destinations. full story...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Etihad Airways opens new state-of-the-art Crew Briefing Centre

    EVA Air - Posted Nov 25, 2015
    EVA introduces Boeing 787 Dreamliners

    EVA Air signed agreements up to 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and two additional Boeing 777-300ERs in a signing ceremony with Boeing and GE officials in Taipei today. All of EVA's new aircraft will be powered by GE engines. full story...

    Fiji Airways - Posted Nov 25, 2015
    Fiji Airways makes senior local appointments

    Fiji Airways, Fiji's National Airline, has announced the appointment of experienced executive, Shaenaz Voss, to the position of Executive General Manager (EGM) Fiji Link and Group Corporate, International and Government Affairs. Voss is the first local in five years to become EGM at the National Airline. full story...

    Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline has committed to boosting its services at Southampton Airport and has today put on sale additional flights to operate next March on 14 key routes to and from the airport featured in its existing 2015-16 Winter schedule. full story...

    General Electric Company - Posted Nov 24, 2015
    EVA Air selects GE engines for its Boeing 787s and 777s aircraft

    EVA Air selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its 24 Boeing 787-9/-10 aircraft and ordered two additional GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777- 300ER aircraft. The GE90-powered Boeing 777-300ERs will be delivered in 2017 and the GEnx-powered Boeing 787 aircraft will begin delivery in 2018. full story...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...GECAS announces delivery of 500th Boeing airplane

    Hahn Air, the scheduled German airline and leading provider of distribution services for air, rail and shuttle partners, announced the acquisition of a Cessna Citation Sovereign business jet to expand its fleet. full story...

    Hong Kong Airlines is celebrating its 9th anniversary and the inauguration of 4 new direct routes, covering popular leisure travel destinations in Japan, Thailand and Australia, further strengthening its route network to cater different travel options. full story...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Hong Kong Airlines adds frequency to Shanghai Hongqiao

    IATA - Posted Nov 25, 2015
    IATA condemns recent terror attacks

    ?The International Air Transportation (IATA), a member of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), supports GTACs condemnation of recent terror attacks. The leaders of GTAC, meeting in Montreal on the occasion of the 2015 ICAO World Aviation Forum, issued a statement. full story...

    At the annual gala dinner of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce in Miami, Florida, Iberia received an award as this year's "Spain-US Company 2015". full story...

    Japan Airlines (JAL) launched mobile site in English for domestic service, providing English-speaking customers with more convenience including the domestic flight booking and purchase, and view reservation function, which are same as those on JAL's website for domestic flights in English. full story...

    Customers have even more choice and chances to jet away as the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist has added more flights and extended season lengths on their most popular destinations. full story...

    JetBlue Airways - Posted Nov 24, 2015
    JetBlue offers unlimited entertainment from Amazon

    JetBlue and Amazon today announced that unlimited streaming entertainment on Amazon Video is available beginning this week on over 150 JetBlue aircraft equipped with free Fly-Fi broadband Internet, just in time to entertain travelers during the holiday travel season. full story...

    LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, will launch a new service from Barbados to Trinidad early next year. Starting January 18, LIAT will fly nonstop daily from the Grantley Adams International Airport to Piarco International Airport. full story...

    Starting March 1st, passengers flying from Luxembourg will be able to visit Warsaw and many destinations worldwide on board LOT Polish Airlines planes. For these passengers LOT offers a wide and convenient network of flights. full story...

    The booking of travel groups is now much easier with a new online tool for travel agents and tour operators. Using "Book a Group', travel agents can directly and independently arrange all steps of their group bookings in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan for the first time. full story...

    Malindo Air - Posted Nov 24, 2015
    Malindo Air to fly to Colombo

    Malindo Air is launching its first scheduled flight to Colombo from Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 located in Sepang, Malaysia, on 18 December 2015. full story...

    Melbourne Airport - Posted Nov 23, 2015
    Melbourne Airport's October passenger traffic results

    Melbourne Airport achieved an increase of 10 per cent in international growth for October compared to the same period last year, to reach 764,998 international passengers. full story...

    Miami International Airport - Posted Nov 23, 2015
    Eurowings announces new Miami - Cologne route

    German low-cost carrier Eurowings announced today that it will begin service from Miami International Airport to Cologne - Germany's fourth-largest city - beginning May 1, 2016. The airline's first-ever Miami service will operate three weekly flights using 310-seat Airbus A330 aircraft. full story...

    Qatar Airways - Posted Nov 24, 2015
    Qatar Airways named Asia Pacific Airline of the Year

    Qatar Airways was named Asia Pacific Airline of the Year at last night's 2015 CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence held in Singapore. Qatar Airways was selected by the judging panel for its remarkably fast expansion and rapid emergence as a global leader. full story...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Qatar Airways named Best Middle East Airline Serving China

    Royal Jordanian - Posted Nov 24, 2015
    RJ launches its leadership program

    RJ's Chairman of the Board of Directors Suleiman Al-Hafez opened the leadership program on November 23, 2015, launched by RJ to improve employees' skills and to tap into RJ's expertise in the regional and global airline industry. full story...
    Posted Nov 24, 2015 full story...Royal Jordanian continues to trust MTU Maintenance

    Ryanair today held its annual European Works Council meeting in Dublin where it announced that it had concluded 5 year pay agreements with all 76 of its pilot bases across Europe, and has now commenced a similar process with its cabin crew. full story...

    S7 Airlines increases the number of flights to Germany. In the summer schedule 2016 the airline launches a new flight Moscow - Berlin, and increases the number of flights to Dusseldorf. Air tickets are already available for purchase. full story...
    Posted Nov 25, 2015 full story...S7 Airlines recognized as the best Russian airline

    South African Airways - Posted Nov 24, 2015
    South African Airways moves to correct inaccurate reporting

    South African Airways has procured an urgent court interdict against BDFM, Moneyweb and Media 24 to stop their illegal and inaccurate publication of a privileged internal document of a confidential nature. full story...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...South African Airways suspends its Chief Commercial Officer

    Southwest Airlines - Posted Nov 25, 2015
    Southwest Airlines appoints new EVP Strategy & Innovation

    Southwest Airlines today announced that Tom Nealon will join Southwest Airlines in January 2016 as Executive Vice President Strategy & Innovation. full story...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Southwest Airlines declares 157th consecutive quarterly dividend
    Posted Nov 23, 2015 full story...Southwest Airlines announces operational leadership promotions

    Thai Airways International Public Company Limited ranked in top places in three categories for Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2015. full story...

    Tigerair - Posted Nov 23, 2015
    Tigerair Taiwan to fly to Zhangjiajie

    Tigerair Taiwan is the first low-cost airline in the world to operate low-cost flights to Zhangjiajie, a prefecture-level city of Hunan Province, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area. full story...

    United today announced that it has reached an Agreement in Principle with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) for a contract extension covering the airline's more than 12,000 pilots more than a year ahead of the amendable date of the current contract. full story...

    Virgin Australia today announced the introduction of non-stop flights between Christchurch and the Cook Islands next year, with fares now on sale. full story...

    For a record sixth time, Waterstone Human Capital has named WestJet as having one of Canada's 10 most-admired corporate cultures. No other company has received this honour as many times as WestJet, which is also an original inductee into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame in 2009. full story...

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