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    Aberdeen Airport - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    Aberdeen Airport: Passenger numbers September 2014

    Passenger numbers saw a further increase for the month of September, recording growth of 6.8% on the previous year. The airport handled 343,951 people over the month. full story...

    Aeromexico announces that starting on December 10th will connect Mexico City to Managua, Nicaragua, six times a week. With this development, Managua will be positioned as Aeromexico's 5th Central American destination and the 14th place among Latin American routes served by the airline. full story...

    Air Berlin - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    airberlin and Alitalia sign codeshare agreement

    airberlin, Germany's second largest airline and Alitalia, Italy's leading carrier, have signed a codeshare agreement to offer more choice and greater convenience to their guests. full story...

    Air France/KLM - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    Air France-KLM 2014-15 winter schedule

    For the 2014-15 winter season (from 26 October 2014 to 28 March 2015), Air France-KLM Group capacity is scheduled to increase by 0.7%, with an increase of 0.1% for passenger operations (Air France, KLM and HOP!) and 13.3% for low-cost leisure operations (Transavia in France and the Netherlands). full story...

    From 16 to 19 October 2014, on the eve of their departure, the Company's customers are invited to check in their baggage at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, in a dedicated area of the airport, and directly obtain their boarding pass. full story...

    The domestic flight subsidiary of Myanmar Airways International, Air KBZ (also known as Air Kanbawza), plans to launch two regional routes, from Yangon to Mae Sot on 27 October 2014 and from Yangon to Chiang Mai on 1 November 2014 using its 68-seater ATR-72 aircraft, according to Air KBZ General Manager Myat Thu. full story...

    Air New Zealand has been named Australasia's Leading Airline at the 2014 World Travel Awards for the sixth year in a row. The airline was also awarded Australasia's Leading Airport Lounge for the Air New Zealand Lounge at Christchurch International Airport for the second year in a row. full story...

    AirAsia X - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    AirAsia X adds flights To Kathmandu, Nepal

    AirAsia X Berhad announced the increase of its flight frequency from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, from 7 times to 10 times weekly for the period of 26 October 2014 until 31 December 2014 to meet the strong travel demand during the peak holiday period. full story...

    Airbus - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    IndiGo signs MoU for 250 A320neo aircraft

    India's largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo and its Co-Founders, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 250 firm A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement will become Airbus' single largest order by number of aircraft. full story...
    Posted Oct 13, 2014 full story...China Aviation Supplies opts for 70 A320 Family aircraft
    Posted Oct 13, 2014 full story...Spring Airlines to become the first customer for Sharklet retrofit in China

    Alaska Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants announced today they have reached tentative agreement on a new five-year contract for the carrier's 3,300 flight attendants. full story...

    Starting October 26th Marseilles will join the Alitalia network thanks to the launch of a new international direct connection to Rome Fiumicino. The new flights Alitalia Rome-Marseilles will be operating on a daily basis with an Airbus A319 aircraft. full story...
    Posted Oct 15, 2014 full story...airberlin and Alitalia sign codeshare

    American Airlines - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    American Airlines makes Executive appointments

    Loral Blinde joins American Airlines as Vice President - People and Employee Services. Bruce Wark has been promoted to Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. full story...
    Posted Oct 12, 2014 full story...American Airlines to expand Los Angeles hub

    Arik Air - Posted Oct 12, 2014
    Arik Air launches Frequent Flyer Programme

    Arik Air, West and Central Africa's largest commercial carrier, has launched a frequent flyer program, aligning its offering with the industry's foremost airlines in the process. full story...

    TUI UK and Ireland, the parent company of Thomson Airways, has awarded Rockwell Collins a new five-year contract for its ARINC AviNet Airport high-performance network services. Thomson Airways, the UK's third largest airline, will use ARINC AviNet Airport as a robust shared network platform for its airport-based users. full story...

    Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Oct 12, 2014
    Austrian Airlines traffic results for January-September 2014

    A total of 8.7 million passengers flew with Austrian Airlines in the past nine months of this year. The small increase of about 50,000 passengers or 0.6 percent was driven by the expansion of long-haul flight service to North America. In 2014 Austrian Airlines carried 8.8 percent or around 110,000 more passengers overseas. full story...
    Posted Oct 9, 2014 full story...Austrian Airlines adds further regional aircraft to its fleet

    Boeing and Garuda Indonesia announced an order for 50 737 MAX 8s, valued at $4.9 billion at current list prices. The flag carrier of Indonesia will purchase 46 737 MAX 8s and will convert existing orders for four Next-Generation 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s. full story...
    Posted Oct 13, 2014 full story...Boeing, Virgin Atlantic Airways celebrate delivery of airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner

    Brussels Airlines announces three newcomers in its autumn and winter program, which opens on 26 October: Riga, Krakow, Warsaw. Other destinations are updated with more frequencies or improved timetables. full story...

    Continuing the trend of its exceptional growth and the enhancements of its route network, Budapest Airport announces the return of a long-haul service to the Americas, securing a new weekly service with Air Transat to Canada, starting next summer. full story...

    Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today announced that it is introducing a fourth scheduled service to Zhengzhou, China. After the successful introduction of three weekly flights earlier this year, this new service CV9742 departs from Luxembourg on Tuesdays. full story...

    Lion Group and CFM International today signed a comprehensive Material Support Agreement for the airline's substantial CFM fleet, as well as a consultancy agreement to support its planned engine maintenance and overhaul center in Indonesia. full story...

    Copenhagen Airports - Posted Oct 12, 2014
    Copenhagen Airport - growth continues

    With 2.3 million passengers in September Copenhagen Airport set its 18th consecutive monthly record. In the first nine months of 2014, almost 20 million passengers travelled through the largest airport in the Nordic region. full story...

    easyJet today announced six new routes from Amsterdam alongside some additional frequencies. In total, easyJet will now connect passengers in the Netherlands to 25 destinations with the new routes complementing easyJet's existing schedule by strengthening city-to-city connections as well as introducing new destinations. full story...
    Posted Oct 13, 2014 full story...easyJet's mobile app flies ahead of the rest
    Posted Oct 12, 2014 full story...easyJet scoops Business Traveller's Best Low-Cost Airline award

    With the move of its freighters to DWC, Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has strengthened the link between Dubai International and DWC, through its trucking operations, reinforcing the city's multi-model logistics capability as a growing and popular global cargo hub. full story...

    Ethiopian Airlines - Posted Oct 13, 2014
    Ethiopian to start flights to Dublin and Los Angeles

    Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has finalized preparations to start flights to Dublin and Los Angeles starting from June 2015.Ethiopian flights to Dublin and Los Angeles will be operated three times a week with the ultra- modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner. full story...

    Etihad Airways - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    Etihad Airways revenue increases 29% in Q3 2014

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today reported total revenues of US$1.8 billion for the third quarter of 2014, an impressive increase of 29 per cent year-on-year, achieved on the back of accelerated passenger and cargo growth during the summer. full story...

    The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has awarded Finnair a position on The A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014, for actions to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change. full story...
    Posted Oct 13, 2014 full story...Finnair Board of Directors approves incentive plan for pilots

    Europe's largest regional airline, Flybe, has announced a significant new partnership with Avios, part of International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. full story...

    Frankfurt Airport continues to register noticeable growth in passenger traffic. Welcoming about 5.9 million passengers in September 2014, Germany's biggest airport reported growth of 5.9 percent year-on-year and its strongest September in history. full story...

    Garuda Indonesia President & CEO Emirsyah Satar was named winner of the prestigious "APAC Airline Executive of the Year 2014" from CAPA Center for Aviation - the leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, analysis and data services, covering worldwide developments. full story...

    General Electric Company - Posted Oct 13, 2014
    GE delivers 1,000th engine to China Eastern

    In a special ceremony on October 11, China Eastern Airlines and GE celebrated the 1000th GE engines to be delivered to the airline. This includes engines produced by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between GE and Snecma (SAFRAN Group) of France. full story...
    Posted Oct 12, 2014 full story...Air China receives its first GEnx-2B-powered B747-8 aircraft
    Posted Oct 12, 2014 full story...Engine Alliance enters revenue service with Qatar Airways

    Glasgow Airport has reported its 20th consecutive month of growth after 783,000 passengers travelled through its doors in September, representing an increase of 2.4% compared to the same period last year. full story...

    Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Citi Bahrain announced today the launch of a promotional campaign that will allow Citi Credit Cardholders to purchase Gulf Air tickets/services with 0% interest installment plans. full story...

    Hahn Air presents its new partner Aurigny Air Services, known as Aurigny. Available in all Global Distribution Systems worldwide, the flag carrier of the Bailiwick of Guernsey can now be issued on Hahn Air's e-ticket by 91,000 travel agencies. full story...

    Hawaiian Airlines has announced two leadership promotions in its in-flight service department. Sue Moss has been promoted from base manager to director - in-flight, bases and Cheryl Price has been promoted from senior manager - in-flight administration to director - in-flight initiatives. full story...
    Posted Oct 12, 2014 full story...Hawaiian Airlines ranks best in on-time performance for August

    Heathrow Airport - Posted Oct 13, 2014
    Heathrow traffic and business commentary September 2014

    6.58 million passengers chose to travel through Heathrow in September 2014, an increase of 0.3% on September 2013, making it the airport's busiest ever September. full story...

    JetBlue Airways - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    JetBlue appoints Keith Slotter Vice President, Security

    JetBlue Airways announces the appointment of Keith Slotter to the role of Vice President, Security. Slotter joins JetBlue this week and will oversee all aspects of corporate security at JetBlue including security risk management, investigations, TSA regulatory compliance and all other security support services. full story...
    Posted Oct 12, 2014 full story...JetBlue Airways reports September traffic
    Posted Oct 9, 2014 full story...JetBlue appoints Kevin Crissey Director, Investor Relations

    Jota Aviation - Posted Oct 12, 2014
    Jota Aviation welcomes its first jet aircraft

    Jota Aviation is celebrating the arrival of its first jet aircraft. The London Southend Airport, Essex based company has added the British Aerospace 146-200 regional jet to its charter fleet, having formally been awarded an A licensed Aircraft Operator's Certificate for the type by the UK Civil Aviation Authority on Friday, 10th October. full story...

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announces that Pieter Elbers has been appointed by the KLM Supervisory Board as President and Chief Executive Officer of KLM, replacing Camiel Eurlings. full story...

    LOT - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    LOT offers flights up to 50% off

    From Tuesday to Sunday, all LOT tickets are even 50% off. Rates include luggage, all taxes and fees and apply always to connections with main airports and convenient travel times. full story...

    Lufthansa Cargo - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    Lufthansa Cargo says hello with Merhaba Turkey

    Lufthansa Cargo has emphasised the importance of Turkey as a major airfreight market by naming one of its freighters "Merhaba Turkey" ("Hello, Turkey"). The MD-11F with the registration "D-ALCE" was given its new name at a ceremony at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on 14 October. full story...
    Posted Oct 13, 2014 full story...Lufthansa Cargo with improved connections to Africa
    Posted Oct 12, 2014 full story...Lufthansa Cargo remains on track despite a challenging market environment

    Lufthansa - Posted Oct 13, 2014
    Lufthansa aircraft better utilised

    With capacities flexibly tailored to demand, the Lufthansa Group is filling its aircraft better than ever before. The passenger load factor in August averaged 86.4 per cent, an all-time high for aircraft utilization in a single month in the passenger business. full story...

    navAero announced today acceptance of the signed contract from Aerolineas Argentinas for supplying installation hardware and certification approvals for deployment of the highly integrated navAero Tablet Electronic Flight Bag system on the carrier's B737, A330 and A340 fleets. full story...

    QantasLink today welcomed the Queensland Government's decision on regulated air service routes, which ensures regional and rural communities across Queensland continue to have access to air travel. QantasLink was awarded the Brisbane - Roma - Charleville route and the Brisbane - Longreach - Barcaldine - Blackall route. full story...

    Qatar Airways - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    Qatar Airways and Gulfstream sign landmark agreement

    Qatar Airways signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. for the purchase of up to 20 aircraft. The agreement was announced in conjunction with Gulfstream's introduction of an all-new family of business jets, the Gulfstream G500 and G600. full story...
    Posted Oct 15, 2014 full story...Qatar Airways named "Best Business Class Airline"
    Posted Oct 13, 2014 full story...Qatar Airways completes major milestone as its 1st A380 makes its inaugural flight

    Norwegian has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines for nine additional leased Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This brings the total number of Norwegian's Trent 1000-powered Boeing 787 Dreamliners to 17. All of the engine sales are already accounted for in the Rolls-Royce orderbook. full story...

    Royal Jordanian starts using the piece concept, instead of weight, on all its routes, thus simplifying its free baggage allowance policy. The new rule will be applied to all tickets purchased starting with October 15, 2014, for travel on or after November 2, 2014. full story...

    Ryanair today launched a new customer Twitter account, @RyanairFlights, which provides instant real time information for every one of its 1,600 daily flights. Twitter users who follow @RyanairFlights can simply send their Ryanair flight number by direct message and will receive an instant update on the status of the flight by Tweet. full story...

    S7 Airlines, a member of the oneworld global aviation alliance, opens a new daily flight Moscow - Ufa in the winter schedule 2014/2015. Flights between these two cities will be operated 4 times a day full story...

    Skywest Airlines - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    SkyWest, Inc. reports combined September 2014 traffic

    SkyWest, Inc., today reported a 1.8 percent decrease in revenue passenger miles for September, while available seat miles decreased 3.0 percent compared to September 2013. SkyWest also reported that passenger boardings for September decreased 3.2 percent to 4,744,658 compared to 4,899,354 for the same period last year. full story...

    Southwest Airlines is launching a three-day sale offering extra low fares for winter travel. Customers can take advantage of fares as low as $49, $99, $129, and $149 one-way to select markets today, October 14 through Thursday, October 16, 2014, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city. full story...
    Posted Oct 13, 2014 full story...Southwest Airlines celebrates Love Field's freedom to fly
    Posted Oct 12, 2014 full story...Southwest Airline's daily service between San Jose and Baltimore/Washington begins March 2015

    Stansted Airport has seen its largest monthly increase in passenger numbers in over eight years as it flew over 1.8 million passengers in September, an increase of 230,000 (+14%) compared to the corresponding month last year. full story...

    Swiss International Air Lines transported 12,311,965 passengers in the first nine months of 2014, a 0.9% increase on the 12,198,176 of the same period last year. The airline also operated 1.0% fewer flights in the period: 109,740, compared to 110,831 a year ago. full story...

    Turkish Airlines - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    Turkish Airlines started flights to Kherson

    Turkish Airlines' aircraft began to operate regular flights on the route Istanbul - Kherson - Istanbul with frequency 4 times per week. Kherson and other regions of the South Ukraine, the new routes of Turkish Airlines is suitable cities for residents. full story...

    United Airlines today announced plans to outfit more than 200 two-cabin United Express regional jets with Wi-Fi and personal device entertainment, with the first Wi-Fi-enabled flights expected later this year. full story...
    Posted Oct 15, 2014 full story...United debuts new perks for top flyers in San Francisco

    UTair Aviation - Posted Oct 15, 2014
    UTair announces Autumn-Winter flight schedule

    On October 26 UTair Aviation and UTair-Express will launch Autumn-Winter flight schedule. Passengers will be able to enjoy comfortable travel and a convenient timetable for all UTair flights to 117 destinations. full story...

    Virgin America today celebrates the launch of its new nonstop flights from Dallas Love Field with a special inaugural flight, the unveiling of its new Dallas home and some Texas-sized deals for travelers. full story...

    WestJet today announced it has entered into a code-share agreement with China Airlines, allowing the carrier to begin marketing and selling WestJet-operated flights. Code-share designations will be available on select WestJet flights from Vancouver and Los Angeles. Bookings can be made through China Airlines or a travel agency. full story...

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