August 11, 2006

ACE Aviation Profit Jumps; Plans IPO for Air Canada (Update7) (

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., which posted a 40 percent jump in profit today, plans to sell a minority stake in Air Canada in an initial public offering this year to boost its stock. The shares gained 6.5 percent, the most in almost nine months.

EU calls aviation security meeting (AP via Yahoo! News)

The European Union on Friday said it will gather aviation security experts for a meeting in Brussels next week to discuss the thwarted terror plot in Britain.

ACE Aviation Profit Jumps; Plans IPO for Air Canada (Update3) (

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., which reported a 40 percent jump in profit today, will sell a stake in Air Canada in an initial public offering this year to boost its stock, which rose as much as 9.2 percent after the announcement.

August 10, 2006

Explosives expose aviation weak spot (USA Today)

Thursday's terror plot didn't succeed in blowing up planes, but it struck at the core of a fundamental weakness in aviation security around the globe: the inability to spot explosives made from seemingly harmless ingredients. That's the bad news. The good news is that bringing down an airliner with a bomb is not guaranteed.

Aviation jobs increasing in N.D. (Minot Daily News)

An economic impact study released by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission Thursday revealed that aviation expenditures in Minot total more than $1.05 million and create nearly 800 direct or indirect employment opportunities.

Threat Level Raised for Aviation Sector (

Threat Level Raised to Code Orange or High for all commercial aviation operating in or destined for the United States.

Hotels demand long stay

Some five-star hotels in Dubai are insisting on bookings of at least seven nights over the New Year holiday period, with some demanding as many as ten, disgruntled residents have told 7Days. Families who had planned to book hotel rooms for New Year's Eve said they were disappointed at the move. A ten-day stay at Dubai's top hotels could cost more than $8,000. []

Etihad opens Sharjah office

Etihad Airways has opened a sales office in Sharjah. Located near Al Taawun Mall, the office is geared to offer information about flights and holiday deals, as well as selling seats. The airline says its new destinations and holidays are proving extremely popular. []

August 09, 2006

Zanesville Aviation Holds Open House For New Terminal Building (Whiz News Southeastern Ohio)

General aviation flights landing in Zanesville will be welcomed by a brand new terminal facility. Zanesville Aviation held an open house to check out its new $3.25 million building. The private comp...


TORONTO - The Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada has ruled in favour of upholding Transport Canada's decision to cancel NexJet Aviation Inc.'s air operator certificate. Without an air operator certificate, the company cannot provide commercial air services.

Emirates fits new business seats

Emirates airline has unveiled its new 'lie-flat' business class seats. All the carriers' long-range Boeing 777 aircraft on order will have the seats, while its 12 777-300 planes will be refitted by early 2008. As well as folding out flat, the seat has a massage function, privacy dividers, and hand held controls. []

August 08, 2006

$19m pedestrian safety plan

Dubai is spending $19m to upgrade pedestrian safety around the city, according to Gulf News. The Roads and Traffic Authority will put in 17 new pedestrian overpasses on busy roads, new signal crossings and flat hump crossings. Sheikh Zayed Road is the most dangerous for pedestrians, with 23 killed in 2005. []

Ace Aviation's Jazz Puts Off Flights From Toronto City Airport (

Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Ace Aviation Holdings Inc.'s Jazz unit put off plans to fly from Toronto's downtown airport after a federal agency let a rival airline use the island facility and denied access to Jazz.

Ethiopia: Aviation Authority Earns 33 Million Birr (

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority said it has obtained 33 million birr from navigation, license and training services in the previous fiscal year.

UAE adopts IATA animal regn

The UAE has adopted International Air Transport Association regulations governing the air transport of live animals in and out of the country, making it the second signatory in the Middle East after Oman. The Live Animals Regulation lays down minimum standards of safe and humane transport for live animals by commercial airlines. []

Qatar Airways offers satellite TV

Qatar Airways is now broadcasting live digital satellite TV on five of its A330 long-haul aircraft, making it the first international airline to offer the service, according to The Peninsula. By the end of 2006, the carrier will have the Rockwell Collins Tailwind 560 satellite TV system fitted to individual seatback units in 14 aircraft, including its new Airbus A340-600 which enters service this month. []

August 07, 2006

Europe***s only Combat Aviation Brigade stands up (Stars and Stripes)

KATTERBACH, Germany *** Army transformation took to the skies Monday, as the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade stood up at Katterbach Army Airfield in Germany.

Europe***s only Combat Aviation Brigade stands up (Stars and Stripes)

KATTERBACH, Germany *** Army transformation took to the skies Monday, as the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade stood up at Katterbach Army Airfield in Germany.

Gulf Air boosts Bahrain

Gulf Air's new two hub strategy has had a positive effect on passenger numbers at Bahrain International Airport. A total of 2.2m passengers utilised BIA in H1, an increase of 32.3% on the same period last year. Gulf Air presently accounts for around 70% of activity at BIA. []

August 06, 2006

BIA launches new guide

The Bahrain International Airport Guide and Timetable has been launched by the Civil Aviations Affairs. The complimentary 58 page guide and timetable, published twice a year, contains departure and arrival hall location maps, airport services and Bahrain duty free information, as well as a flight timetable for all scheduled airlines operating at the BIA. []

Indian aviation caught in a whirlwind (Deccan Herald)

Has the bubble burst? Or is it a temporary turbulence? These days these are the common questions asked in the Indian aviation industry circle.

Plane crashes in Pownal, killing pilot (Boston Globe)

Federal aviation and transportation officials are investigating a plane crash that killed the pilot. William Smith, of Batavia, N.Y., died when the small cargo plane crashed in a remote area Friday, the Bennington Banner reported. He was the only one on board.

Jazeera begins Assiut flights

Kuwaiti carrier Jazeera Airways yesterday launched its three times a week service to Assiut in Egypt. Travellers to the city can utilise the airline's online booking and payment facility. The inaugural flight was received by the Governor of Assiut and civil aviation officials; Assiut is the 12th destination for Jazeera Airways. []

Etihad makes US appointment

Etihad Airways has appointed Josephine Boulus as its US Country Manager. Boulus will have responsibility for building up leisure and business traffic between the UAE and the US, as well as oversee the launch of Etihad's New York service in late October. []

August 05, 2006

12th Combat Aviation Brigade to activate, celebrate at Katterbach (Stars and Stripes)

Get ready to party, aviation-style. To celebrate the standing up of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, the Ansbach, Germany, community will host a week of festivities starting Monday for the whole garrison community.

Ansett daughter all clear for estate claim (The Age)

The trustees of the late Sir Reginald Ansett's estate were given something to think about on Friday when a Supreme Court judge ruled that a daughter of the aviation pioneer could make a claim on the estate, worth many millions.

NAS eyes Easyjet brand

National Air Services of Saudi Arabia, an executive jet provider, has approached the UK's low cost carrier, Easyjet, about the use of its branding in the region, reported the Financial Times. Jeddah based NAS announced last year that it planned to set up a budget airline, with initial operations confined to domestic routes; Dubai's Abraaj Capital is also involved in the project. No decision is expected until next year. []

August 04, 2006

Palm monorail on track

The foundations for the path of the Palm Jumeirah's $245m monorail should be completed this month, according to developers Nakheel. The 5.4 km long track will run from the Gateway Station at the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah to the Atlantis Station on the Crescent, calling at two intermediate stations, Trump Tower and Village Centre. The monorail will initially transport around 2,400 passengers an hour. []

BA hits out at US rules on airline ownership (Times Online)

BRITISH AIRWAYS attacked the United States Government yesterday for refusing to deregulate its skies, claiming that protectionism was preventing airline consolidation.

Namibia: Aviation - We Have Finger On the Pulse (

Training has always been considered as one of the essential means by which aviators achieve and maintain the safety, security and efficiency of the air transport system.