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Aeroflot and Saudia, the flag carriers and largest airlines in Russia and Saudi Arabia respectively, announce that they have entered a codeshare agreement that expands their networks between popular business and leisure destinations in the two countries. full story...

With 856 244 passengers welcomed in July, the Airport has never before seen such a high level of traffic in one month. This number is 5 % higher than that seen in July 2014. full story...

The Company posted quarterly revenue of RM1.32 billion, up 1% from the revenue reported in the same quarter last year. The strong revenue recorded was on the back of the 7% year-on-year growth in the number of passengers carried at 5.95 million which is in-line with capacity growth, allowing the Company to record 80% load factor. full story...

Air Astana - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Air Astana re-launches Astana to Dubai service

Air Astana, Kazakhstan's Skytrax award winning flag carrier will re-launch services between Astana and Dubai on 25th October 2015. The non-stop flight will be operated four times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays using an Airbus A320. full story...

The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route between Tallinn and Stockholm, Bromma airport on March 27, 2016. The new route will offer convenient travel between the two cities and support business communities in both Estonia and Sweden. full story...

Air New Zealand - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Air New Zealand announces record annual result

Air New Zealand has today announced its 2015 annual result with normalised earnings before taxation of $496 million for the 2015 financial year, an increase of 49 percent on the prior year. Statutory earnings before taxation were $474 million, while statutory net profit after taxation was $327 million, an increase of 24 percent. full story...
Posted Aug 25, 2015 full story...Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific strategic agreement to extend

Allegiant Travel Company, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, is continuing to grow its Airbus fleet with a firm order for one A320 aircraft. This marks the airline's 50th commitment to an Airbus A320 Family member, and the first time they have purchased an aircraft directly from Airbus. full story...

Ellinair, the Greek airline, has chosen AJW Aviation to provide full power-by-the-hour services for its A320 aircraft. AJW Leasing will also site main base kit at its operational headquarters in Macedonia International Airport in Thessaloniki. full story...

American Airlines Group Inc. today announced Ron DeFeo will join the company as Vice President - Global Communications. In this role, DeFeo will report to Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President - People and Communications and will oversee media relations, social media, employee communications, creative services, employee engagement and community relations. full story...

Aurigny - Posted Aug 21, 2015
Aurigny's new London Gatwick handling agent

From 1st September, Aurigny's ground operation at London's Gatwick Airport will be handled by a new agent, Airline Services Handling, part of the Airline Services Ltd Group. full story...

Austrian Airlines will once again add a new tourist destination to its flight schedule in the winter of 2015. Starting on November 14, 2015, Austria's national carrier will fly once per week to Marrakech in Morocco. full story...

In July, the subsidiary companies of Avianca Holdings S.A. transported 2,564,518 passengers, up 10.8% compared to July 2014. Capacity, measured in ASKs (available seat kilometers), increased 8.5%, while passenger traffic, measured in RPKs (revenue passenger kilometers), increased 10.8%. full story...

Azul Linhas Aereas - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Azul Brazilian Airlines introduces Brazil Air Pass

Azul Brazilian Airlines, Brazil's largest airline by cities served, today introduced the Azul Brazil Air Pass offering 10 days of unlimited flights throughout Brazil for $299, or 21 days of flights for $399. full story...

Boeing and Korean Air today marked the delivery of the airline's first 747-8 Intercontinental. The new fuel-efficient jet is the first of 10 747-8 passenger airplanes the carrier has on order. full story...
Posted Aug 25, 2015 full story...Boeing delivers Nok Air's first direct-purchased Next-Generation 737-800
Posted Aug 25, 2015 full story...Boeing, Sriwijaya Air celebrate double delivery of Next-Generation 737-900ERs

Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific welcome the decision today by the Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges to re-authorise the airlines' strategic agreement on the Auckland - Hong Kong route until 31 October 2019. full story...

Copenhagen Airports - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Norwegian to launch non-stop Copenhagen to Boston

Norwegian is set to expand its long-haul route network once again, launching its ninth long-haul service out of Copenhagen. This time, the airline will launch a non-stop service to Boston on the US east coast. Norwegian already operates long-haul services between Copenhagen and New York, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Bangkok. full story...

Delta Air Lines - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Delta on Gulf carriers subsidies

Gulf carriers have effectively conceded they have received tens of billions of dollars in subsidies and other benefits from their governments. That's just part of what the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies revealed Monday in its 400-page response to the U.S. Department of Transportation. full story...
Posted Aug 25, 2015 full story...Delta, Virgin offer new routes across Atlantic

Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has announced a second daily A380 service to Frankfurt, adding 1,155 seats a week on the route, with 280 in First Class and Business Class. full story...
Posted Aug 25, 2015 full story...Emirates SkyCargo to establish a second trade lane with Iran

Estonian Air - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Estonian Air earned profit in June and July

Estonian Air earned profit in June and July, 200,000 euros in average in both months. Last time the company had profitable summer months was in 2010. full story...

Etihad Airways - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Etihad Airways launches new "fare choices"

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will implement a new fare structure from 14 September 2015 to provide more choice and clarity when booking flights. full story...
Posted Aug 25, 2015 full story...Etihad Airways expands codeshare with Belavia

Fiji Airways - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Fiji Airways continues local progression commitment

The Fiji Airways Group today announced the appointments of two Fijians as General Managers in its Engineering and Finance Departments. Peter Bale has been appointed General Manager Engineering and Maintenance. Naomi Vuibureta was appointed earlier this year as the General Manager Financial Planning, Analysis & Business Support. full story...

Flybe - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Flybe confirms expanded winter schedule

Flybe has confirmed today an expansion of its 2015-16 Winter schedule to include two brand new routes between Edinburgh and Liverpool, and between Southampton and Dusseldorf, the return of a direct daily service between Exeter and Glasgow, as well as added extra frequency on 20 existing routes. full story...

Frontier Airlines - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Frontier Airlines elects independent director

Frontier Airlines, a privately held company, today announced the election of Josh Connor as a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Connor, who retired in July from Barclays, had a distinguished career and was highly regarded as a transportation investment banker, his focus for the majority of his career. full story...

General Electric Company - Posted Aug 25, 2015
GECAS delivers three leased Embraer E195s to BoraJet Airlines

GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced its Regional Aircraft Group completed delivery of three leased Embraer E195 aircraft to BoraJet Airlines. full story...
Posted Aug 21, 2015 full story...GECAS delivers leased Boeing 767-300ER to Icelandair
Posted Aug 21, 2015 full story...Qantas selects GEnx engines to power its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Glasgow Airport - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Flybe confirms expanded winter schedule from Glasgow

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has announced the return of flights to and from Exeter as part of its 2015-16 Winter programme, operating four days a week and effective for travel between 25th October 2015 and 26th March 2016. full story...

Jet Airways has extended its popular 'eduJetter programme' for students to include codeshare flights operated by Etihad Airways. The unique programme offers assured benefits to students who have secured admissions to foreign universities. full story...

Mainport Innovation Fund (MIF) has invested in the Dutch 'Internet of Things' startup Undagrid. The investment made in Undagrid will enable the company to propel international growth and allow them to enter new markets. MIF as an investment fund is a partnership between KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rabobank, and the Delft University of Technology. full story...

Liverpool John Lennon Airport - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Flybe announces new Edinburgh route and further expansion from LJLA

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline has today announced that it will operate a new daily mid-morning service to Edinburgh from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) commencing in late October. full story...

Malaysia Airlines - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Malaysia Airlines announces leadership appointments

Malaysia Airlines today officially announced the appointment of two leadership positions - Nik Azli Abu Zahar as Executive Counsel with effect from 1st November 2015 and Charles D. McKee as Head of Marketing with effect from 14th September 2015. full story...

Melbourne Airport - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Melbourne Airport July passenger traffic results

Melbourne Airport achieved 7 per cent international growth in July compared to the same period last year, to reach 774,315 international passengers. full story...

SAS yesterday presented its new direct route between Oslo and Miami, with start-up in 2016. SAS will also increase the number of departures between Oslo and New York. full story...

Qantas customers travelling from Western Australia are set to experience a new benchmark in business travel with the new Qantas Domestic Business Lounge opening its doors at Perth Airport. full story...
Posted Aug 25, 2015 full story...Qantas and China Eastern welcome ACCC authorisation of joint venture

Ryanair today welcomed the results of the latest London Stansted annual Noise Compliant Report, which ranked Ryanair as the No.1 airline overall for Total Noise Abatement compliance for all operations. full story...
Posted Aug 25, 2015 full story...Ryanair statement on court ruling

Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Aug 25, 2015
SAS celebrates four million EuroBonus members

Since SAS launched a major new initiative to develop its loyalty program SAS EuroBonus two years ago, the number of members has rapidly grown. There are now four million EuroBonus members who can earn points. full story...

South African Airways - Posted Aug 26, 2015
SAA and Jet Airways expand codeshare agreement

South African Airways and Jet Airways have further expanded their codeshare agreement. With immediate effect, passengers can now book and travel throughout the combined networks of both airlines, and enjoy convenient flight connections between India and South Africa, over Jet Airways' Abu Dhabi gateway. full story...

Southampton Airport - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Flybe confirms expanded winter schedule from Southampton

Flybe has confirmed its 2015-16 Winter programme from Southampton including a brand new daily service to Dusseldorf and in total offering a choice of up to 420 flights a week effective for travel between 25th October 2015 and 26th March 2016. full story...

Starting today, Spirit Airlines is offering convenient nonstop service that makes traveling between Atlanta and Los Angeles more affordable than ever. full story...

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has recorded an 81% passenger load factor for the month of July, according to figures released today. This is up from 78% for the same period last year. full story...

Tigerair launches its first scheduled flight to Quanzhou from Singapore on 28 September 2015. It will operate services on the new route on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays using one of its Airbus A320 aircraft. full story...

Turkish Airlines - Posted Aug 25, 2015
Turkish Airlines launches a new Venice-Istanbul route

Turkish Airlines launches a new Venice-Istanbul route starting from today. The new route from the Venice Marco Polo Airport to the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport will open even more doors for Southern Europe to the rest of the world. full story...

WestJet is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Porter to the position of Executive Vice-President, People and Culture, effective October 26, 2015. Mark joins WestJet from Shaw Communications where he was the Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, for almost 10 years. full story...

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