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    Aegean Airlines - Posted Jul 25, 2014
    Aegean Airlines joins Heathrow Terminal 2 on 23 July

    Aegean's passengers now have the privilege of flying from Heathrow's Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal, enjoying its high-quality services which improve passenger experience. full story...

    Year-on-year revenue growth of 9.9%; operating result improved by 32.9% in the quarter; negative effects of industrial action have been balanced by the positive timing effect of Easter in the quarter. full story...

    Today the Board of Directors of Aeroflot convened for the first time following the election of Board members at the 27 June 2014 Annual General Meeting. At the start of the meeting Kirill Androsov was re-elected as Chairman of the Board. full story...
    Posted Jul 25, 2014 full story...Aeroflot announces traffic statistics for June and 1H 2014

    Aeroports de Lyon - Posted Jul 24, 2014
    Lyon Airports: Impressive traffic growth in June

    Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport had good figures in June despite French air traffic controllers going on strike on 24th and 25th June. The airport recorded a growth of +3.3%, compared with June 2013, welcoming a total of 799,658 passengers. full story...

    Air Algerie - Posted Jul 24, 2014
    Air Algerie plane wreckage found in Mali

    Authorities said on Thursday they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria. full story...

    For the winter season, Latvian airline airBaltic will launch two new direct routes to link Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, with Paris and Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, with Amsterdam. full story...

    Members of airberlin's topbonus loyalty program can enjoy numerous benefits at reduced prices, including additional free baggage allowance or free seat reservations, if they purchase a topbonus Service Card from airberlin before 17th August 2014. full story...

    Air France/KLM - Posted Jul 25, 2014
    Air France-KLM: 2014 first half results

    In the Second Quarter of 2014, total revenues amounted to 6,451 million euros versus 6,541 million euros in 2013, down 1.4%, but up +1.7% on a constant currency and scope basis (like-for-like). full story...

    Air Lituanica adds Billund to its schedule of regular flights. The flights to Denmark launched during the summer season will remain on the schedule twice a week. full story...

    Air New Zealand unreservedly apologises to the 227 passengers who have been caught in an engineering related rolling delay to their flight between Honolulu and Auckland since Sunday night. Nearly half the customers affected by delays to NZ9 from Honolulu will arrive in Auckland this evening. full story...

    Air Seychelles - Posted Jul 30, 2014
    Air Seychelles to take delivery of Airbus A320

    Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, will take delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft in December 2014, heralding significant enhancements to its international flight schedule at the same time. full story...

    Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation announced it is beginning service into Harrisburg International Airport as a part of the US Airways Express system. Service will begin August 1. full story...

    Following discussions with Skymark Airlines and in light of the airline's expressed intentions in respect of the A380, Airbus has in accordance with its contractual rights, notified Skymark Airlines that the purchase order for the six A380s signed in 2011 has been terminated. full story...

    Airlines for America (A4A) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to protect airline passengers from higher security taxes being unlawfully collected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). full story...
    Posted Jul 29, 2014 full story...A4A applauds House action to increase airfare transparency

    Alaska Air Group, Inc., today reported second quarter 2014 GAAP net income of $165 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, compared to $104 million, or $0.74 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2013. full story...

    Alitalia - Posted Jul 29, 2014
    Alitalia's shareholders meeting

    The Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting accepted the proposal of the Board of Directors to a capital increase of maximum of euro 250 million to be offered proportionally to the shareholders based on the share of capital held. full story...

    American Airlines will launch new daily service between Miami International Airport and Cap-Haitien, Haiti, adding a new international destination to the airline's growing global network. Customers can now book travel on the new route for travel beginning Oct. 2, 2014, subject to government approval. full story...
    Posted Jul 24, 2014 full story...American Airlines Group reports highest quarterly profit in company history

    ANA will become the world's first airline to operate the new stretched version of the Boeing Dreamliner when it launches services on domestic Japanese routes in August with the 787-9 variant of the aircraft. full story...

    Assoc. of European Airlines - Posted Jul 24, 2014
    AEA: Debate on airspace security guidance for airlines urgently needed

    The Association of European Airlines (AEA) calls for an urgent international debate about airspace security guidance for airlines. The downing of Malaysian Airlines' flight MH17, which AEA strongly condemns, and recent flight cancellations to Tel Aviv have demonstrated that a discussion is needed about how risk assessments are made by national authorities. full story...

    AWAS announced today that they have placed one 737-800 passenger aircraft on lease with Air Italy, a scheduled service airline, and integral part of the Meridiana group based in Sardinia. This aircraft comes from AWAS' existing portfolio and has been delivered today. full story...

    Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner. ANA will become the world's first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 services on domestic Japanese routes in August. full story...
    Posted Jul 25, 2014 full story...Boeing statement on Air Algerie flight 5017

    Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that an airline, which has requested to remain unidentified at the present time, has signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. full story...
    Posted Jul 30, 2014 full story...WestJet Encore orders five new Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft

    In order to promote this new route (Cologne/Bonn to Varadero) Condor is giving away a voucher in the value of 100 Euros which can be used when customers book a Premium Economy class seat on the non-stop Cologne-Varadero flight. full story...
    Posted Jul 30, 2014 full story...Condor and Germanwings enter into partnership

    Delta Air Lines today announced it will begin offering free entertainment options on all of its domestic aircraft and two-cabin regional jets beginning on Aug. 1. The move is the most far-reaching effort by an airline to provide hit movies, popular television shows, music and video games for free. full story...
    Posted Jul 25, 2014 full story...Delta Air Lines declares quarterly dividend
    Posted Jul 25, 2014 full story...Delta Board of Directors names Francis S. Blake as newest member

    EasyJet - Posted Jul 24, 2014
    easyJet Interim Management Statement

    Revenue per seat grew by 2.7% at constant currency or by 1.7% on a reported basis to 62.47 per seat despite a less benign capacity environment and a significant increase in easyJet capacity at Gatwick. Total revenue grew by 8.6% to 1,240 million, passengers carried increased by 9.4% to 17.9 million, and the load factor increased by 2.2 percentage points to 90.4%. full story...

    Elite Airways - Posted Jul 30, 2014
    Elite Airways adds flights to Washington Dulles

    Elite Airways, the Melbourne, Fla.-based airline best known for its highly successful charter service, announced today the addition of new scheduled non-stop charter service flights between Melbourne, Fla., and Washington Dulles. full story...

    Embraer Executive Jets delivered today the 25th Phenom 300 to NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company. A Purchase Agreement for 50 Phenom 300, plus 75 options, was signed in October 2010. The total value of the deal may exceed USD 1 billion, if all options are exercised. full story...

    Emirates, the global connector of people and places, continues to set industry standards by becoming the first airline to introduce Audio Description on movies for visually impaired customers on its inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen. full story...

    Ethiopian Airlines - Posted Jul 25, 2014
    Ethiopian takes delivery of three pilot training aircraft

    Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and most profitable airlines in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of three Cessna 172 Pilot training aircraft on Thursday 24 July 2014, from Cessna Aircraft Company. full story...

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $12 million civil penalty against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with Federal Aviation Regulations in three separate enforcement cases related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners operated by the Dallas-based airline. full story...

    Finnair is announcing ten new scheduled routes for summer 2015 to popular summer destinations. The new routes are announced in corporation with Suntours and other tour operators. Finnair and Suntours will work closely together to ensure the best combination of package holidays and seats only on every destination. full story...

    GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing unit of GE, has signed an agreement to lease four Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to EVA Airways, following a lease of two B777-300ER aircraft in February 2014. Delivery of the six aircraft is scheduled for 2016 and 2017. full story...

    Glasgow Airport - Posted Jul 25, 2014
    Emirates opens dedicated lounge at Glasgow Airport

    Emirates celebrated the start of the Commonwealth Games in style with the official opening of its first lounge at Glasgow Airport, unveiled by the airline's President Sir Tim Clark. Emirates is the only non-domestic airline to have a lounge at Glasgow Airport. full story...

    Major Global Distribution Systems now display a Brazilian airline, Passadero, Hahn Air has announced. Passaredo is the third airline from South America and the tenth airline in the Americas to be distributed under the two-letter code H1. full story...

    Hawaiian Airlines has promoted Linda Srabian to managing director - Honolulu hub. In this newly created position, Srabian will lead and direct all airport customer service operations at Hawaiian Airlines' largest station in Honolulu. full story...

    Heathrow Airport - Posted Jul 25, 2014
    Heathrow results for the six months ended 30 June 2014

    35.1 million passengers travelled through Heathrow with 1.9% growth driven mainly by intercontinental traffic. Steady start to the new regulatory period with revenue up 7.4% to 1,234 million and EBITDA up 15.4% to 704 million. full story...

    Hong Kong's low-fare airline, HK Express, inaugurates Asia's first budget flight to Zhengzhou from Hong Kong on 26 September 2014. Passengers travelling to Hong Kong can consider cheap onward flights between Hong Kong and Zhengzhou the largest industrial city of north-central China three times a week. full story...

    Hong Kong Airlines - Posted Jul 30, 2014
    Hong Kong Airlines to launch "Super Saver Thankful Week"

    To celebrate the company's winning of the highly-esteemed SKYTRAX 4-Star rating for the third consecutive year and the SKYTRAX "World's Most Improved Airline" recently, Hong Kong Airlines will launch the "Super Saver Thankful Week" sale from 29 July to 5 August 2014. full story...

    IATA - Posted Jul 30, 2014
    IATA: Joint efforts to improve safety

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) joined with the International Civil Aviation Organization, Airports Council International and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization in a declaration committing the parties to review processes for the overflight of conflict zones. full story...
    Posted Jul 29, 2014 full story...IATA reports Venezuela still blocking $4.1 billion owed to airlines

    The Iberia Group is to add two new German destinations to its European flight network. Starting on the 26th of October, the Spanish airline will fly from Madrid to Stuttgart and Hanover, with four and three weekly flights, respectively. full story...

    The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) issued a State Letter today, reminding applicable authorities in the 191 signatory States to the Convention on International Civil Aviation of the international provisions specifying State responsibilities with respect to the safety and security of civil aircraft operating in airspace affected by conflict. full story...

    Profit after taxes USD 22.4 million, as compared to USD 18.5 million in the year before. Total revenue increased by 12%. Negative impact of the labour disputes on second quarter results amounted to USD 3.5 million. full story...

    International Airlines Group - Posted Jul 25, 2014
    Iberia reaches agreement with trade unions

    International Airlines Group announces that Iberia and its trade unions have today reached an agreement on collective redundancies for pilots and ground staff. This could lead to a reduction of up to 1,427 jobs at the airline. full story...

    Consolidated operating revenues increased by 4.4% year-on-year to 307.0 billion yen and operating expenses increased by 6.0% to 288.4 billion yen, while operating income declined by 15.6% from the previous year to 18.6 billion yen and ordinary income declined by 14.0% to 16.9 billion yen. full story...
    Posted Jul 24, 2014 full story...JAL revises flight schedules on Boston, San Francisco and Ho Chi Minh City routes

    In view of the overwhelming response, Jet Airways and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, have extended the introductory special fare offer by two more days and will be valid till July 29, 2014. full story...
    Posted Jul 25, 2014 full story...Jet Airways announces three key appointments
    Posted Jul 25, 2014 full story...Jet Airways and Etihad Airways offer attractive introductory special fare offer

    JetBlue Airways, New York's Hometown Airline, will launch a new route to Cura ao International Airport from JFK International Airport on December 2, 2014, providing the only nonstop service from New York. The twice weekly service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. full story...
    Posted Jul 24, 2014 full story...JetBlue announces second quarter results

    Jetstar Pacific, formerly Pacific Airlines, is launching direct daily flights to Singapore from Ho Chi Minh City with effect from 27 October 2014. full story...

    Delta Air Lines today announced that it has reached agreement on an enhanced partnership with SkyTeam partner Kenya Airways to offer convenient connecting flights between Monrovia, Liberia, and Accra, Ghana. full story...

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is to expand its long-haul service to South America next year with a new scheduled service to Colombia's capital, Bogota, and Cali, the country's third-largest city. full story...
    Posted Jul 29, 2014 full story...KLM first to offer customer services through LinkedIn

    London Luton Airport - Posted Jul 29, 2014
    Wizz Air announces London Luton - Poprad route

    Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today a new route from London Luton to Poprad in Slovakia which will commence on 28th October 2014. The new service will initially operate 3 times a week. full story...

    Due to strong bookings and growing demand, Flybe, operated by Stobart Air, is adding 2,500 extra seasonal seats on its new routes from London Southend Airport to France. Flybe will be adding a total of 28 extra flights per week between Rennes and Caen-Normandy for July and August. full story...

    Today the European Commission has formally approved the Restructuring Plan of LOT and found the state aid granted to the carrier lawful in terms of the provisions of EU legislation. The official decision thereby puts an end to the formal proceedings in Brussels related to the Polish national carrier. full story...
    Posted Jul 25, 2014 full story...LOT chosen as the best EMEA airline

    Lufthansa Cargo - Posted Jul 24, 2014
    Lufthansa Cargo greets Japan with "Konnichiwa"

    An MD-11 freighter in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet will in future be bearing the name "Konnichiwa Japan" (Good Day Japan) on flights in the carrier's global network. The freighter has been christened "Konnichiwa Japan", symbolising the significance of Japan as one of the most important markets for global air freight services. full story...

    Miami International Airport - Posted Jul 30, 2014
    Miami Airport passenger traffic up 1.7% through June

    At the midpoint of 2014, passenger traffic at Miami International Airport was up 1.74 percent, with domestic travelers increasing 3.4 percent to provide the greatest boost. full story...

    MIAT Mongolian Airlines, the national airline of Mongolia, has indicated in its updated summer schedules of this year that it is inaugurating twice-weekly scheduled flights between Ulaanbaatar and Singapore with effect from 20 September 2014. The decision comes after the airline started direct scheduled flights to Frankfurt recently. full story...

    Qantas customers will be able to travel on codeshare services operated by LAN from Santiago, Chile to six destinations across South America, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Lima, offering customers seamless connections with baggage and airport transfers and more options to earn frequent flyer points. full story...

    Royal Brunei - Posted Jul 25, 2014
    Royal Brunei Airlines returns to Ho Chi Minh City

    Royal Brunei Airlines plans to resume flights to Ho Chi Minh City with the frequency of four times a week starting Friday, 17 October 2014. RB four times weekly flights to Ho Chi Minh will be operated by an Airbus A319. full story...

    Royal Jordanian announces its plan to stop its services to Delhi, Mumbai and Lagos, in light of the airline's restructuring plan, including its route network. With the closure of the three destinations, the RJ routes will count 51. full story...

    Ryanair today welcomed the Regional Court of Hamburg's (Landgericht Hamburg) interim injunction against the screenscraper website, eDreams, preventing unlawful and misleading advertising in connection with the sale of Ryanair flights on the German eDreams website. full story...
    Posted Jul 29, 2014 full story...Ryanair Q1 results
    Posted Jul 25, 2014 full story...Ryanair extends Manchester 2014 winter schedule

    SkyTeam, the largest airline alliance in the Asia Pacific region, has launched its new Go Round Asia and Southwest Pacific Pass, providing customers with a flexible way to explore 26 countries. full story...

    Solomon Airlines has introduced a new highly streamlined online 'Flex-Pricer' booking functionality providing a number of advantages for both its passengers and the international travel industry. full story...

    Southwest Airlines' Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $.06 per share to Shareholders of record at the close of business on August 21, 2014 on all shares then issued and outstanding. full story...
    Posted Jul 24, 2014 full story...Southwest Airlines recognizes employees with a cash award
    Posted Jul 24, 2014 full story...Southwest Airlines reports record quarterly profit

    Beginning in November, Spirit Airlines will begin non-stop service from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Atlanta and New Orleans so people from the Chicago area can enjoy ultra-low fares and some southern hospitality. Spirit's new service from Chicago to Atlanta will begin on November 2, 2014. The service from Chicago to New Orleans will begin on November 6, 2014. full story...
    Posted Jul 30, 2014 full story...Spirit Airlines announces low fares to New Orleans
    Posted Jul 30, 2014 full story...Spirit Airlines announces record second quarter 2014 results

    Star Alliance officially opened its new Lounge at Sao Paulo -Guarulhos Airport, Terminal 3 today. About 1,350 square metres in size, the lounge can accommodate up to 295 guests and is open daily from 12.00 noon to 03.00 in the morning. full story...

    Tigerair - Posted Jul 29, 2014
    Tigerair Philippines to add 4 domestic routes

    Tigerair Philippines, the new Cebu Pacific Air subsidiary, will add four new domestic destinations in November 2014 as it expands its route network in the Philippines. full story...

    On July 28, 2014, Transaero Airlines carried its 1,000,000th passenger in its unique Discount Class. Transaero launched a new product offering passengers low-cost travel in Discount class on January 14, 2014. full story...

    United Airlines (UAL) today reported second-quarter 2014 net income of $919 million, an increase of 51 percent year-over-year, or $2.34 per diluted share, excluding $130 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported second-quarter 2014 net income of $789 million, or $2.01 per diluted share. full story...

    Vietnam Airlines will launch new international routes on 1 November 2014, connecting Kien Giang Province's Phu Quoc airport to Singapore and Cambodia. full story...

    Virgin America Inc. today announced that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. full story...

    Virgin Australia today announced that it will increase services between Brisbane and Los Angeles, moving from four return services per week to daily return services, effective 26 October 2014. full story...

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