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Thai AirAsia launches daily flights from Utapao International Airport of Pattaya to Macau and Singapore on 27 November 2015. One-way fares from Singapore to Pattaya starts from 5 Singapore Dollars and are available for purchase until 11 October 2015 and good for travel until 29 October 2016. full story...
Posted Sep 25, 2015 full story...Thai AirAsia flies to Nanchang from Pattaya

Air Astana has successfully undergone the International Air Transport Association's Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) for the fifth time. The airline first passed the audit in 2007 and then again in 2009, 2011 and 2013. full story...

Air Canada and Amadeus today announced they have reached a new multi-year distribution agreement through which all Amadeus travel agency customers, both offline and online, will have access to all fares and seat availability. full story...

In summer 2016, Air France will offer up to 3 additional frequencies to Havana from Paris-Charles de Gaulle compared to the 2015 summer season. From late March to mid-May 2016, the Company will operate 10 weekly flights between the two destinations. full story...

Air New Zealand has today unveiled its new flagship international lounge at Auckland International Airport featuring an ultra-modern design and tailored seating zones to meet the changing needs of travellers whether they're flying for work or leisure. full story...

Airbus - Posted Sep 30, 2015
Air China takes delivery of its 50th A330

China's flag carrier Air China has taken delivery of its 50th A330 in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, an A330-300 is the first 242 tonnes maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) version to be operated by a Chinese airline. The increased MTOW allows airlines to operate longer range at improved operating costs. full story...

Nepal Airlines has chosen AJW Aviation to provide full power-by-the-hour services for its current fleet of A320s. As part of the long-term agreement AJW will also locate extensive main base kit at the Nepal Airlines' facilities in Asia. full story...

Ryan Butz has joined Alaska Airlines as managing director of loyalty, overseeing Mileage Plan, Alaska Airlines Credit Card program and customer communications. full story...

American Airlines and the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Teamsters (CWA-IBT) have reached a tentative agreement on a new joint collective bargaining agreement. The CWA-IBT represents American Airlines gate and ticket agents, Premium Service representatives, Reservations representatives and Travel CeWebsite. full story...
Posted Sep 29, 2015 full story...Rolls-Royce and American Airlines to dissolve Texas Aero Engine Services LLC partnership
Posted Sep 28, 2015 full story...American Airlines customers gain more access to Mexico with new service to Merida

The national carrier of the Solomon Islands, Solomon Airlines has appointed APG Network as its GSA representative in Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, the UK and the USA. full story...

Assoc. of European Airlines - Posted Sep 25, 2015
AEA engages with Members of European Parliament on Aviation Package

AEA's President Dr. Temel Kotil underlined the importance of European aviation which contributes EUR452 billion to the European GDP annually and supports 11.7 million jobs associated with air transport. full story...

Boeing is extremely pleased to enter into an agreement with YTO Airlines to provide the airline with 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters pending a planned program launch. The 737-800 will be the first Next-Generation 737 that Boeing offers for conversion. full story...
Posted Sep 30, 2015 full story...Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways celebrate milestone 70th 777 delivery

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Ryukyu Air Commuter Co., Ltd (RAC) is the unidentified airline that had signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400 turboprop airliners previously announced in July 2014. RAC, which is a part of the Japan Airlines Group, is also the launch customer of the Q400 cargo-combi variant. full story...

Cargolux Airlines, Europe's largest all-cargo airline, celebrates its 45th anniversary with a special aircraft livery, created by Belgian cartoonist Philippe Cruyt, that was applied to its 13th 747-8 freighter delivered today. full story...

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will be making changes to its Marco Polo Club loyalty programme to reflect the evolving travel needs of its most loyal customers. The airline aims to enhance the overall membership experience through more effective recognition of the contribution made by individual members. full story...
Posted Sep 30, 2015 full story...Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways celebrate milestone 70th 777 delivery

With the purpose to connect even further Brazil with the rest of Latin America, today Copa Airlines and GOL kick off its comprehensive codeshare agreement. In the first phase of the cooperation, Copa Airlines shall market multiple GOL domestic destinations within Brazil connecting them with the 7 destinations that Copa operates from Brazil to the Hub of the Americas in Panama. full story...

Delta Air Lines - Posted Sep 30, 2015
Delta's JFK to Iceland route extended

Delta has extended its seasonal service between New York-JFK and Iceland's Keflavik International Airport, with service now beginning Feb. 11, 2016. Previously operated for four months over the summer, the flight will now operate for seven months, with service starting three times weekly in February and moving to daily in May. full story...
Posted Sep 25, 2015 full story...Delta increases service between JFK, Tel Aviv
Posted Sep 25, 2015 full story...Delta to connect Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Embraer Executive Jets today announced that Dallas-based Flexjet LLC, a leading provider of fractional jet ownership services, received its first Legacy 500 business jet. full story...

Emirates emerged as the biggest winner at the 2015 APEX Passenger Choice Awards held at the Oregon Convention Center Ballroom in Portland, Oregon, USA on Monday. The airline clinched seven awards, topping all the categories it was nominated in. full story...
Posted Sep 30, 2015 full story...Emirates SkyCargo takes delivery of newest Boeing 777F

Etihad Airways - Posted Sep 30, 2015
Etihad Airways wins 'Airline of the Year' award in UK

Etihad Airways has won the prestigious 'Airline of the Year' title at the Travel Trade Gazette awards in the United Kingdom. The awards ceremony was held at the famous Lyceum Theatre in London. full story...
Posted Sep 30, 2015 full story...Etihad Airways selects BT for global contact centre virtualisation

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $114,975 civil penalty against MN Airlines, LLC, doing business as Sun Country Airlines, for allegedly violating federal drug and alcohol testing regulations. full story...

Fiji Airways today announced that all business class passengers travelling on flights operated by its B737 fleet will be offered iPads for in-flight entertainment with pre-loaded movies, TV shows and music. The innovative new offering, which starts from 1st November 2015, is another move by Fiji Airways to become established as a world-class boutique airline. full story...

Finnair - Posted Sep 25, 2015
Finnair's fleet renewal advances

Finnair, which is the European launch customer for the Airbus A350-900 XWB, is preparing to receive its first A350 delivery from Airbus in early October. As Finnair announced in December 2013, it has made sale and leaseback agreements for its two first A350 aircraft with GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services). full story...
Posted Sep 25, 2015 full story...Finnair's pilot supplementary pension costs may increase

General Electric Company - Posted Sep 30, 2015
GECAS announces purchase-and-leaseback transaction with Malindo Air

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced a purchase-and-leaseback transaction with Malindo Airways for six new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. full story...
Posted Sep 29, 2015 full story...Qantas Group and GE Aviation sign strategic Flight Efficiency Services agreement
Posted Sep 25, 2015 full story...GECAS and Frontier Airlines sign purchase-and-leaseback deal

Glasgow Airport - Posted Sep 30, 2015
Blue Air to touch down at Glasgow Airport

Romanian airline Blue Air has announced it will begin flying from Glasgow Airport for the first time this winter - starting with a new direct flight to the Romanian capital of Bucharest. The airline will offer the service twice a week. full story...

Global Eagle Entertainment - Posted Sep 30, 2015
Turkish Airlines selects Global Eagle Entertainment

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., a market-leading media and connectivity provider to the travel industry, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Turkish Airlines to supply Technical Content Services across its entire fleet of 250+ aircraft. full story...
Posted Sep 30, 2015 full story...Etihad Airways and Global Eagle Partner to deliver IFE content across 6 partner fleets
Posted Sep 28, 2015 full story...Global Eagle selected to provide content aboard Myanmar National Airlines
Posted Sep 28, 2015 full story...Global Eagle sgns exclusive deals with Fiji Airways

Hahn Air welcomes Eastern Airways as its latest interline partner. With the interline agreement, the flights of the British carrier can now be issued on the Hahn Air HR-169 ticket by over 95,000 travel agencies in 190 markets via the standard GDS ticketing process. full story...

Hawaiian Airlines today officially launched its new website - HawaiianAirlines.com - offering customers simplified navigation, convenient booking features and rich travel content set against a clean backdrop of Hawai'i's spectacular scenic beauty. full story...

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) co-signed an open letter calling on governments to act to help the industry reduce its carbon footprint. The letter was organized by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), which brings together all the major players in the aviation sector. full story...
Posted Sep 30, 2015 full story...IATA: Air freight volumes flat after recent declines

Japan Airlines (JAL) today received Good Design award 2015 from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion for its latest Economy Class seat - JAL Sky Wider II. JAL has been arranging this new seat on its Boeing 787 aircraft since December 2014. full story...

Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, has entered into an agreement to provide crew management services for SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, which are both operated by SkyWest, Inc. full story...

JetBlue Airways today announced it will begin seasonal non-stop service between Syracuse Hancock International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this winter. The new route between Upstate New York and South Florida deepens JetBlue's commitment to the Empire State. full story...
Posted Sep 28, 2015 full story...JetBlue and Cuba Travel Services expand nonstop service to Havana from New York

Lufthansa - Posted Sep 25, 2015
Lufthansa starts new Frankfurt-Tampa service

Lufthansa launched its new non-stop service to Florida's west coast today. Lufthansa will be offering five weekly flights on its new Frankfurt-Tampa route until October under the present summer schedules. full story...

Navtech, a leader in flight operations software and services, has signed a strategic partnership with Air Wisconsin to provide aeronautical charts for use onboard its fleet of 71 Bombardier CRJ-200s. full story...

Porter Airlines - Posted Sep 30, 2015
Porter's seasonal service to Myrtle Beach

Service begins February 11, and runs until May 23, up to 5 times weekly. Daily flights are available during March break. Connecting flights are available via Toronto from Sault Ste. Marie, Halifax, Ottawa, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Timmins and Montreal. full story...

Prague Airport - Posted Sep 30, 2015
Prague Airport - network expansion

Hainan Airlines launched its regular scheduled flights between Prague and Beijing on 23 September 2015. Air Canada has announced its decision to launch seasonal operations of a new route connecting Prague with Toronto. Vueling has announced its decision to connect Prague with Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Azerbaijan Airlines, will increase the number of direct flights between Prague and Baku. full story...

Qatar Airways has announced its highly anticipated daily direct services from Doha to Sydney starting from 1st March 2016, the third Australian city in the Qatar Airways network. Currently, the Doha-based carrier operates daily non-stop flights to Melbourne and Perth with a total of 14 services each week. full story...

Ryanair today announced a number of new senior appointments to its Management team - John Tuite - Head of Finance, Eamonn Hackett - Group Treasurer, Greg O'Gorman - Director of Ancillary Revenue, Fiona Kearns - Director of Customer Service. full story...
Posted Sep 30, 2015 full story...Ryanair's Glasgow, Bristol & Edinburgh summer 2016 schedule launched
Posted Sep 25, 2015 full story...Ryanair to distribute EUR398m Aer Lingus proceeds to shareholders

With effect from today, KrisFlyer members can earn miles when they purchase a PlusPerks bundle or FlexiCombo fare for their flights on Scoot and Tigerair, respectively. full story...

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has been named 'Best Airline Alliance' in Latin America. The 'Best of Travel Annual awards' by Latin Trade Magazine recognized the alliance's customer-focused achievements in the Latin American and Caribbean region and comes during SkyTeam's 15th anniversary year. full story...

Solomon Airlines - Posted Sep 28, 2015
Solomon Airlines to commence direct Honiara-Nadi service

Solomon Airlines has announced it will commence operation of a new direct Honiara-Nadi service effective Wednesday, 04 November 2015, subject to government approval. The national carrier will utilise its flagship Airbus A320 on the route which is scheduled to operate ex-Honiara on Wednesdays and ex-Nadi on Thursdays. full story...

South African Airways - Posted Sep 30, 2015
South African Airways opens new domestic lounge, called VIA

Following months of extensive refurbishment, patrons travelling to local destinations will now be able to enjoy a new contemporary and stylish South African Airways lounge - called the VIA lounge - in the domestic departure area of OR Tambo International Airport. full story...

TCR Internationall - Posted Sep 30, 2015
Scandinavian Airlines signs contract with TCR International

Founded in 2008, TCR Denmark is already providing GSE Services for quite some time to Menzies and WFS, two handlers active on Copenhagen Airport. However, the new contract with SAS Ground Handling considerably increases the TCR activities in the region by more than 1.800 vehicles. full story...

Starting from the winter flight season, effective from October 25, Transaero Airlines will operate all its Moscow flights from Vnukovo airport. This decision was made with consideration for commercial and logistic advantages of flight concentration in a single Moscow airport. full story...

Virgin America - Posted Sep 30, 2015
Virgin America teams up with Netflix

Today, Netflix and Virgin America, low-fare, upscale airline known for offering next generation entertainment and connectivity, announced they are joining forces to provide complimentary in-flight WiFi access that allows new and existing Netflix members to enjoy the entire Netflix catalog of films and award-winning shows. full story...

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