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Aeroflot has released an updated version of its app for iPhone and iPad that includes support for Apple Watch among a number of new additions designed to maximise user convenience. full story...
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...Aeroflot announces results of Board of Directors meeting
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...Aeroflot named Best Russian Airline by TripAdvisor again

According to a report, conducted between September and December 2014, Aerolineas Argentinas is one of the fifteen most attractive companies to work for, since 63.45 percent of respondents would like to be employed by the company. In 2013, Aerolineas Argentinas was not included in the ranking. full story...

Aeroports de Lyon - Posted Apr 28, 2015
Lyon-Saint Exupery reports growth in traffic

With 1,825,408 passengers in the first quarter of 2015, Lyon-Saint Exupery registered an increase of 1.5 % in traffic compared to the same period in 2014. The first two months of the year were the most dynamic, with increases of 1.6 % in January and 6 % in February. full story...

Effective 1 June, 2015, the management team of Germany's second largest airline will have a new line-up: Julio Rodriguez has been appointed the Chief Commercial Officer, Captain Oliver Lackmann was appointed to the newly created position of Chief Flight Operations Officer, arco Ciomperlik was appointed to the newly created position of Chief Production Officer. full story...
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...airberlin reports Thomas Suritsch appointed Managing Director at NIKI

First Quarter 2015 total revenues stood at 5.7 billion euros versus 5.6 billion euros in First Quarter 2014, up 1.8%, but down 2.4% like-for-like. full story...

Air France - Posted Apr 25, 2015
Air France App already available on Apple Watch

The Air France App for Apple Watch will be available from 24 April. As soon as the watch is connected to the customer's phone, they will be able to find useful information related to their account or next flight, all in flick of a wrist. full story...

African / Indian Ocean airline Air Mauritius plans to launch direct scheduled flights to Chengdu from Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius from 6 July 2015. full story...

Air New Zealand - Posted Apr 29, 2015
Air New Zealand celebrates 75 years since first flight

Air New Zealand is celebrating 75 years of flying today with birthday festivities including a mid-air game show, a chance for customers to win back their fare, and a themed flight across the Tasman. full story...
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...Air New Zealand renews its partnership with ANZ for Airpoints

Alaska Airlines, Seattle's hometown airline, is growing again with non-stop service from its Seattle hub to Charleston, South Carolina, Nashville, Tennessee and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina beginning fall 2015. full story...

Today Allegiant Air dispatchers completed an election in which they voted for "no representation," ending their representation by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The election was called for by the dispatchers in February and was overseen by the National Mediation Board. full story...

Leading industry publication Air Cargo News honored American Airlines with the Cargo Airline of the Year for 2015 award at a gala event in London on April 25. full story...
Posted Apr 28, 2015 full story...American Airlines: Modern redesign coming for Admirals Club Lounges
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...American Airlines Group reports record first quarter 2015 profit

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA), Japan's leading and only 5-star airline, announced today that it would be the first Japanese airline to introduce the Boeing 787-9 on international routes, beginning service on its Haneda-Munich route on May 5. full story...

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Posted Apr 28, 2015
Virgin America launches new nonstops from Austin to Dallas Love

Virgin America is expanding its service at Austin's Airport, providing five daily nonstop flights between Dallas Love Field and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport starting April 28, 2015. full story...

AWAS announced today that it has delivered one new A320 passenger aircraft to Vueling, the Spanish low cost airline. This seventh A320 delivery from AWAS is from the lessor's existing new order pipeline and is factory-fitted with advanced Sharklets. full story...
Posted Apr 28, 2015 full story...AWAS delivers one 757 freighter to TNT Airways
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...AWAS expanding relationship with VivaAerobus

Aerol neas Ejecutivas (ALE) introduced its new fleet of 6 Learjet 75 business aircraft with Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier. The event took place at ALE's hangar and facilities at the Toluca International Airport. full story...
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...Biman Bangladesh Airlines acquires two Bombardier Q400 NextGen Turboprops

Brussels Airlines got off to a strong start of the summer season. The number of passengers increased by ten percent during the Easter period. The ten new destinations launched by the airline right before Easter are proving to be very popular full story...

Budapest Airport's strongest-ever Q1 indicates second consecutive year of near double digit growth Budapest Airport has just recorded its strongest-ever first quarter with growth exceeding 12%, showing every sign that it is maintaining the surge which produced a record 9.16 million passengers in 2014. full story...

Cargolux - Posted Apr 29, 2015
Cargolux ends 2014 on a positive note

Despite a difficult overall market situation, Cargolux Airlines International S.A. ended 2014 on a positive note. While the industry continued to suffer from overcapacity and noticeable pressure on yields, Cargolux benefited from a very strong last quarter in 2014. full story...
Posted Apr 29, 2015 full story...Cargolux temporarily bans lithium ion battery shipments

Changi Airport Group - Posted Apr 26, 2015
Changi Airport operating indicators for March 2015

Singapore Changi Airport recorded 4.54 million passenger movements in March 2015, 0.9% higher than a year ago. Aircraft movements were 1.2% fewer with 28,800 landings and take-offs, and cargo movements fell 4.2% to 162,700 tonnes. full story...

Delta Air Lines - Posted Apr 25, 2015
Delta Air Lines declares quarterly dividend

Delta Air Lines' Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.09 per share. The dividend is payable to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 8, 2015 and will be paid on May 29th, 2015. full story...

The Emirates Group will reveal its three-phased Emiratisation strategy, Rehlaty, tomorrow at Careers UAE 2015. The national recruitment strategy, which is currently in its third phase, was implemented two years ago to ensure that UAE Nationals are well-placed in a variety of positions to support the growth of Emirates airline and dnata. full story...
Posted Apr 26, 2015 full story...Emirates upgrades Economy Class and children's headsets

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has started new services to Tokyo Narita International Airport in April 21, 2015, in codeshare partnership with fellow Star Alliance member, All Nippon Airways. full story...

Etihad Airways - Posted Apr 28, 2015
Etihad Cargo continues to gain industry recognition

Etihad Cargo, the freight division of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, continues to receive recognition from across the global cargo industry as it celebrates being recognised as the 'Best Cargo Airline - Middle East', by Air Cargo News publication. full story...

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, today marks the start of a busy summer season flying from Cardiff Airport as it launches its new direct route to Dusseldorf. full story...

Garuda Indonesia - Posted Apr 28, 2015
Garuda Indonesia receives two airport awards

Garuda Indonesia once again gained international recognition, this time for significant passenger growth at two world-class airports in the Southeast Asia and East Asia regions, namely Changi International Airport Singapore and Incheon International Airport in South Korea. full story...

GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE, today announced delivery of a new leased Boeing 737-800 aircraft to VRG Linhas Aereas S.A. as part of a four-aircraft purchase-and-leaseback transaction. full story...

Glasgow Airport - Posted Apr 28, 2015
Icelandair announces more flights from Glasgow Airport

Icelandair will increase flight frequency from Glasgow Airport later this season, with an extra flight on a Saturday from 5th September to 25th October 2015 - that's more than 1,400 seats. full story...

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier today announced the successful completion of the internationally recognized, biennial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) - keeping the airline on the IOSA registry until May 2017. full story...
Posted Apr 28, 2015 full story...Gulf Air unveils premium passenger promotion

Hahn Air - Posted Apr 28, 2015
Hahn Air partners with bmi regional

The British regional airline bmi regional has signed an interline agreement with Hahn Air to enable ticketing on the Hahn Air HR-169 document. bmi regional reservations made in all major GDSs can now be ticketed in 190 countries by over 95,000 travel agencies. full story...

Adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense and excluding loss on extinguishment of debt, of $24.7 million or $0.38 per diluted share, an increase of $25.6 million or $0.40 cents per diluted share year-over-year. full story...

Demand to use Heathrow continues to rise, with traffic up 2.0% to 16.4 million passengers. Vietnam Airlines is the latest airline to move its London operations from Gatwick to Heathrow. full story...

Hong Kong Airlines today celebrated the inauguration of its flight service between Hong Kong and Nanchang, and is currently the only airline in Hong Kong operating this service. Airbus A320 is deployed on the route, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. full story...

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged the National Congress of Brazil to observe global best practices should it undertake an amendment of Brazil's laws regarding air crew duty and flight time requirements. full story...
Posted Apr 23, 2015 full story...IATA on improving safety and optimizing capacity in China

Iberia has made several improvements to its unaccompanied minor (UM) services to both children aged 5-11 and older youths aged 12-17 flying alone. The services can now be requested on www.iberia.com from the time the ticket is purchased to up to 72 hour before the departure of the flight. full story...

EBITDA negative by USD 2.3 million, as compared to negative USD 13.3 million in the first quarter of 2014. Transport revenue increased by 6%, but total revenue fell by 3%. full story...
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...Icelandair: Better results in Q1 2015 than was forecast

International Airlines Group - Posted Apr 29, 2015
IAG - 1st quarter results 2015

First quarter operating profit EUR25 million (2014: operating loss of EUR150 million). Revenue for the quarter up 12.0 per cent to EUR4,707 million, up 3.7 per cent at constant currency. full story...

JAL Group (JAL) today announced the consolidated financial results for the full fiscal year of 2014 - the period from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. full story...

Jet Airways and Bangkok Airways have entered into a codeshare agreement. The codeshare will reinforce the international global network of both airlines and provide more choice for customers between India and Thailand. full story...
Posted Apr 29, 2015 full story...Jet Airways enhances connectivity between emerging cities
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...Jet Airways strengthens domestic network with 31 additional daily frequencies

JetBlue Airways - Posted Apr 29, 2015
JetBlue announces first quarter results

Operating income of $253 million in the first quarter. This compares to operating income of $41 million in the first quarter of 2014. Pre-tax income of $222 million in the first quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $6 million in the first quarter of 2014. full story...

Wizz Air, the largest low fare - low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe commenced flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to Riga, the capital city of Latvia last Friday evening (24th April). full story...
Posted Apr 23, 2015 full story...easyJet commences flights to Zakynthos from LJLA

London Luton Airport - Posted Apr 28, 2015
VLM flight to Waterford takes to the skies from Luton

Belgian airline VLM launched its inaugural flight from London Luton Airport (LLA) today, on its new 12 weekly service to Waterford. The flight marks the return of the popular route from LLA to South East Ireland, and has already proved hugely popular. full story...

Lufthansa will be delaying the planned investment by Lufthansa Cargo in the new cargo centre at Frankfurter Airport by at least two years. The supervisory board of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG was informed of this decision by the executive board of the Lufthansa Group at yesterday's meeting. full story...

The union has repeatedly demanded general arbitration. In order to avoid new strikes at the expense of the passengers, Lufthansa offers VC general arbitration of all open collective wage agreements. full story...

Miami International Airport - Posted Apr 28, 2015
Transcarga International Airways launches service from Miami Airport

Venezuelan carrier Transcarga International Airways officially launched new scheduled cargo service at Miami International Airport last Thursday, April 23, becoming the 40th all-cargo airline currently serving the airport. full story...

Newcastle International Airport - Posted Apr 23, 2015
Thomson and First Choice increase capacity from Newcastle International Airport

Thomson and First Choice are pleased to announce that in summer 2016 they will be increasing capacity at Newcastle International Airport through the introduction of additional seats and new fortnightly flights to Cancun, Mexico. full story...

NokScoot, the joint-venture airline between Nok Air and Scoot, confirms that it is launching its first scheduled flight to Singapore in May 2015 from Don Mueang, and not Nanjing as previously announced. full story...

Oslo Airport - Posted Apr 28, 2015
Oslo Airport reports good but demaning year in 2014

A new passenger record was set at Oslo Airport in 2014 amid extensive development and construction. It was also the year when Oyvind Hasaas took over as managing director after Nic. Nilsen. full story...

Qatar Airways Group has set a new industry record, with the delivery of four new Al Maha aircraft to Doha in just one day, from aircraft manufacturer Airbus. full story...

The net loss of Royal Jordanian went down by 64% in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year. The net loss of the first quarter of 2015 reached JD8.3 million, against JD23 million incurred by the company in the same months of 2014. full story...
Posted Apr 23, 2015 full story...Royal Jordanian celebrates 40 years of continuous Amman-Amsterdam operations

S7 Airlines, a member of the oneworld global aviation alliance, opened ticket sale at special fares for flights between Moscow and Kaliningrad. full story...

Construction of the new Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) in Singapore is now underway, following the completion of initial ground-breaking works. AATC is a joint venture between Airbus (55%) and Singapore Airlines (45%), incorporated in the Republic of Singapore. full story...
Posted Apr 28, 2015 full story...Singapore Airlines launches all-new mobile app

South African Airways (SAA) was this week accepted as a member of the Swiss based Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The RSB is an international multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together farmers, companies, non-governmental organisations, experts, governments, and inter-governmental agencies. full story...
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...SAA Statement: Resignation of CEO Mr. Monwabisi Kalawe
Posted Apr 25, 2015 full story...SAA Voyager's first JourneyBlitz Awards redemption seat sale

Southampton Airport and Belgian operator VLM Airlines launched a daily scheduled flight, each weekday, between Southampton, Antwerp and Hamburg today. Flights between Southampton and Hamburg will be linked via a stopover in Antwerp. full story...

Southwest Airlines - Posted Apr 23, 2015
Southwest Airlines reports record first quarter profit

Record first quarter net income, excluding special items, of $451 million, or $.66 per diluted share, compared with first quarter 2014 net income, excluding special items, of $126 million, or $.18 per diluted share. This represented a 266.7 percent increase from first quarter 2014. full story...

Spirit Airlines - Posted Apr 29, 2015
Spirit Airlines announces first quarter 2015 results

Adjusted net income for the first quarter 2015 increased 87.1 percent to $70.7 million ($0.96 per diluted share) compared to the first quarter 2014. GAAP net income for the first quarter 2015 increased 83.0 percent year over year to $69.0 million ($0.94 per diluted share). full story...

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company - Posted Apr 28, 2015
SuperJet International (Sukhoi JV) delivers its 14th SSJ100 to Interjet

On April 22th, 2015 the 14th Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) arrived in Mexico to join the Interjet fleet. The SSJ100 was rolled out from the SuperJet International's hangar in Venice (Italy) and took off from Marco Polo Airport. full story...

Thai Airways - Posted Apr 25, 2015
THAI marks 55th Anniversary

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited is organizing the "Warming Your Hearts Under the Wings of Thai" event to mark Thai's 55th anniversary, whereby a total of 55 groups of flying enthusiasts will get an opportunity to fly in the Company's flight simulators on 2 May 2015, for one day only, at a promotional price of 5,500 baht. full story...

Transaero Airlines carried out the first scheduled flight to Germany on the Moscow-Berlin-Frankfurt-Moscow route 20 years ago in the spring of 1995. Over the past 20 years Transaero has operated more than 8,000 flights between Russia and Germany. full story...

With existing services to Rome, Venice, Milan, Turin, Naples, Bologna, Genoa, Catania and Pisa, Turkish Airlines adds flights to Bari as its 10th destination in Italy. full story...

United Airlines today reported first-quarter 2015 net income of $582 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, excluding $74 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported first-quarter net income of $508 million, or $1.32 per diluted share. These results are a record first-quarter profit for the company. full story...

VietJetAir has introduced a new Business Class known as SkyBOSS Class. It allows Priority check-in, Priority seat selection and offers a luxury lounge, a priority private vehicle, and free onboard food and beverages. Passengers can check-in baggage up to 20 kg or 1 golf set. full story...

WestJet today announced new non-stop, twice-weekly service between Abbotsford, BC and Las Vegas, set to launch October 29, 2015.The Abbotsford International Airport recently eliminated several fees, including the airport improvement fee, creating a cost-friendly environment for WestJet to grow service from the Fraser Valley. full story...
Posted Apr 23, 2015 full story...WestJet's transatlantic service returns next month

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