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March 05, 2005

Al Tayyar travel to list

Saudi based travel agency Al Tayyar will list on the stock exchange within two years, according to CEO Nasser Al Tayyar. The company has already privately sold 40 per cent of its shares, a portion going to carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines and the owner of Hilton hotels in Jeddah and Madinah. Al Tayyar has applied for an operating licence to set up its own domestic airline in the Kingdom. [AMEInfo.com]

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Evergreen Aviation Museum plans expansion (Corvallis Gazette Times)

McMINNVILLE (AP) The Evergreen Aviation Museum, home to Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose, is planning a $6.9 million expansion. The museum is adding a giant-screen IMAX theater, which it is hoping to open this fall.

Posted at 11:34 PM

Sharjah Airport, 34pc up

Sharjah International Airport has posted a 34 per cent increase in passenger numbers for 2004. There were 23,015 scheduled and 9,319 un-scheduled flight movements in the year, with the biggest increases in April, July and August reflecting the growth in year-round tourism. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:21 PM

Hong Kong's biggest airline to report record-breaking 2004 profits, analysts say (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Hong Kong's biggest airline, is expected to report a record-breaking threefold surge in net profit last year, mainly on a rebound from losses suffered during the SARS crisis in 2003.

Posted at 09:40 PM

Troubled Airlines in for More Costs (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

The U.S. airline industry, already burdened with massive losses stemming from high costs and low fares, faces millions of dollars in additional costs as federal authorities push carriers to replace the insulation on some planes.

Posted at 07:51 PM

UK taxpayers spend **195m on fees for aircraft carrier project (Independent)

The controversial project to build two Royal Navy aircraft carriers has cost the taxpayer **195m before a single formal contact has been signed with the private sector.

Posted at 07:42 PM

KOBTV.com - Hot air balloon is official state aircraft (KOBTV.com Albuquerque)

SANTA FE (AP) - Gov. Bill Richardson says a brightly colored balloon against a blue sky and a backdrop of mountains represents New Mexico *** and now the hot air balloon is the official state aircraft.

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Hot air balloon is official state aircraft (KVIA)

SANTA FE Governor Richardson says a brightly colored balloon against a blue sky and a backdrop of mountains represents New Mexico. And now the hot air balloon is the official state aircraft.

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Porsche to liquidate aero engine branch (AFP via Yahoo! News)

German sports carmaker Porsche said that it planned to wind up its aircraft engine subsidiary which has been losing it tens of millions of euros annually.

Posted at 02:59 PM

Voyages themed for viewers of 'Airline,' 'CSI' and 'Jeopardy!' (The Arizona Republic)

Voyages themed for viewers of 'Airline,' 'CSI' and 'Jeopardy!' Cruise lines cleverly are tailoring voyages to pop-culture trends and pricing them for all budgets.

Posted at 02:39 PM

Checchi leaving Northwest Airline's board (WHNT-TV Huntsville)

EAGAN, Minn. Northwest Airlines says Al Checchi (CHEK'-ee) has decided to leave the airline's board of directors after 16 years. Northwest operates a hub in Memphis.

Posted at 02:21 PM

National Airline TAAG Working toward (AngolaPress)

Luanda, 03/05 - The officials ahead of the State-owned Angolan airline TAAG have been working to reinforce the various sectors of this company as an important factor for its growth in this globalised world.

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Northwest says Checchi is leaving airline's board (Miami Herald)

EAGAN, Minn. - Northwest Airlines said Al Checchi has decided to leave the airline's board of directors after 16 years. Checchi and Gary Wilson organized the investment group that bought the Eagan-based carrier for $3.5 billion in 1989 and took Northwest private.

Posted at 01:39 PM

Northwest says Checchi leaving airline's board (IN-Forum News)

EAGAN, Minn. Northwest Airlines says Al Checchi has decided to leave the airline's board of directors after 16 years. Checchi and Gary Wilson organized the investment group that bought the Eagan-based carrier for $3.5 billion in 1989 and took Northwest private.

Posted at 01:24 PM

Northwest says Checchi leaving airline's board (Miami Herald)

EAGAN, Minn. - Northwest Airlines says Al Checchi has decided to leave the airline's board of directors after 16 years. Checchi and Gary Wilson organized the investment group that bought the Eagan-based carrier for $3.5 billion in 1989 and took Northwest private.

Posted at 01:22 PM

Models' pilots prepare to launch aircraft (The Fresno Bee)

MADERA RANCHOS *** Some 40 model airplane and helicopter pilots are ready to take off at 8:30 a.m. today on the Fresno Radio Modelers' 650-foot runway for this season's first daylong aerial show.

Posted at 08:12 AM

India to get MiG-29 for aircraft carrier in 2007 (Sify News)

India would start receiving 16 MiG-29k fighters from Russia in 2007 for deployment on aircraft carrier "Admiral Gorshkov" undergoing refit.

Posted at 08:12 AM

Team to evaluate site in bid for aircraft plant (The Buffalo News)

The Empire State Development Corp. will bring an evaluation team to Niagara Falls next week as it prepares to narrow the field of potential New York sites to locate a mammoth aircraft plant.

Posted at 07:56 AM

Fighter aircraft; India watching Sino-Pak development keenly (Deccan Herald)

India is keeping a close watch on the Sino-Pak joint development of fighter aircraft said Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi. Chief of Air Staff, Indian Air Force.

Posted at 05:19 AM

Idaho Aviation Festival comes to Boise next week (The Idaho Statesman)

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Posted at 03:10 AM

Global flight could take aviation to new heights (Houston Chronicle)

Adventurer Steve Fossett's flight around the world this week promises to open new doors in aeronautics, most significantly by giving solo aviators new freedom, experts say.

Posted at 12:50 AM

March 04, 2005

UN aviation agency adopts stricter aviation emission standards: (New Kerala)

[World News]: United Nations, Mar 4 : The United Nations aviation agency has adopted more stringent standards for controlling air pollutants that give rise to smog in urban areas.

Posted at 09:35 PM

Fossett sets aviation milestone with non-stop global flight (The Peninsula)

SALINA, United States: Flying into history, American aviator Steve Fossett landed a single-engine experimental jet plane here to complete the first solo flight around the world without refueling.

Posted at 07:29 PM

European airline chiefs meet with US: (New Kerala)

[World News]: By DONNA BORAK, UPI Business Correspondent WASHINGTON, March 4 : In a bid to cut costs and further reduce obstacles facing the economic recovery of American and European airline industries, boards of directors from both sides of the Atlantic spent the week in Washington calling on government regulators to aid their ailing companies.

Posted at 04:22 PM

Online travel agencies are receiving higher marks than their airline-Web site competitors when it comes to overall (destinationCRM)

For sectors like the airline industry, where online customer transactions account for a significant chunk of revenue, delivering a high-flying customer experience is essential. According to a study from Keynote Systems, however, airline Web sites have some work to do.

Posted at 03:42 PM

European airline chiefs meet with US (World Peace Herald)

WASHINGTON -- In a bid to cut costs and further reduce obstacles facing the economic recovery of American and European airline industries, boards of directors from both sides of the Atlantic spent the week in Washington calling on government regulators to aid their ailing companies.

Posted at 01:37 PM

Troubled airline industry in for more costs (Yahoo! India News)

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. airline industry, already burdened with massive losses stemming from high costs and low fares, faces millions of dollars in additional costs as federal authorities push carriers to replace the insulation on some planes.

Posted at 12:33 PM

2 Families Reach Settlements In OSU Plane Crash Mills, Hancock Estates Settle Cases Against Aircraft Manufacturer (ChannelOklahoma)

STILLWATER, Okla. -- A confidential settlement between the families of two men killed in the 2001 Oklahoma State University plane crash and the maker of the aircraft has been reached.

Posted at 11:51 AM

False Start For Ghana International Airline (Ghanaweb.com)

President John Agyekum Kufuor officially announced the ***death*** of Ghana Airways in his 2005 ***State of the Nation*** Address, and also took the opportunity to announce the imminent ***birth*** of a new ***Ghana International Airlines*** (GIA). According to industry sources, the new Airline is to be owned jointly by the Government of Ghana (70%) and a Mormon Group from the USA (30%).

Posted at 11:43 AM

South Florida aircraft engine company moving to Crestview (Gainesville Sun)

orth American Turbines Inc., a South Florida company that overhauls and repairs turboprop aircraft engines, will relocate to this Florida Panhandle city within two years, creating 188 jobs here, the company's president said Friday.

Posted at 10:59 AM

South Florida aircraft engine company moving to Crestview (Miami Herald)

CRESTVIEW, Fla. - North American Turbines Inc., a South Florida company that overhauls and repairs turboprop aircraft engines, will relocate to this Florida Panhandle city within two years, creating 188 jobs here, the company's president said Friday.

Posted at 10:56 AM

TSA to begin enhanced screenings for airline passengers in August (WIS-TV Columbia)

(Capitol Hill-AP) March 4, 2005 - Some airline passengers will have to go through enhanced computerized background checks starting in August.

Posted at 09:49 AM

EagleSpan(R) Steel Structures, Inc. Completes the Erection of a Wide-Span Aircraft Hangar at Cecil Field in (CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance)

Jerry Curtis, President of EagleSpan Steel Structures, announced today the completion by EagleSpan of its erection of the largest aircraft hangar it has built to date in the U.S. The hangar, located at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida was built for FlightStar, a large aircraft maintenance facility and will accommodate aircraft as large as a commercial 767.

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Vought Aircraft Industries Marks One-Year Anniversary of Texas Enterprise Fund Grant Announcement with 811 New Jobs (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. recently marked the one-year anniversary of Gov. Rick Perry's visit to its Dallas headquarters and the announcement that the Economic Development Division had awarded Vought a $35 million Texas Enterprise Fund grant to help spur job growth.

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Duma toughens aviation safety measures (The Russia Journal Daily)

MOSCOW - The Russian State Duma has approved a government bill on enhancing aviation safety measures. According to the bill's developers, its will ensure measures to prevent terrorist acts on aircraft.

Posted at 07:01 AM

TU-154 AIRCRAFT NOT EQUIPPED WITH RADIO BEACONS WILL NOT BE QUALIFIED FOR FLIGHTS (Russian Information Agency Novosti)

MOSCOW, March 4 (RIA Novosti) - Beginning July 2005, Tu-154 aircraft not equipped with radio beacons will not be qualified for flights, Transport Minister Igor Levitin said at an extended board meeting of the Federal Transport Supervision Service on Friday.

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Settlement Between Two Families, Aircraft Maker Reached (KOTV Tulsa)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A confidential settlement between the families of two men killed in the 2001 Oklahoma State University plane crash and the maker of the aircraft has been reached.

Posted at 06:29 AM

Indonesia Alleges Intrusion By M'sian Naval Aircraft (Bernama)

TARAKAN (E. Kalimantan), March 4 (Bernama) -- Indonesia on Friday alleged that a Malaysian naval aircraft intruded into Indonesian air space over the Sulawesi Sea on Thursday.

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US airline set for new route out of Stansted (Business Weekly)

A start-up American airline looks set to re-establish a much-needed direct air link between the East of England***s hi-tech community and the world***s largest technology market *** the US.

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M'sian Naval Aircraft Again Intrudes Into RI Air Space (Berita Sore)

Tarakan, E Kalimantan ( Berita ) : A Malaysian naval aircraft last Thursday intruded into Indonesian air space over the Sulawesi Sea in the fifth such incident occurring over the past 10 days, a Indonesian Navy spokesman said here Friday.

Posted at 04:36 AM

Duma toughens aviation safety measures (RosBusinessConsulting)

RBC, 04.03.2005, Moscow 12:10:49. The Russian State Duma has approved a government bill on enhancing aviation safety measures. According to the bill's developers, its will ensure measures to prevent terrorist acts on aircraft.

Posted at 03:44 AM

Video Receiver Gives Israeli Army an Edge (AP via Yahoo! News)

Israeli troops are now sporting gear that Dick Tracy would be proud of: tiny video screens, worn on the wrist, which display video from unmanned drone aircraft in real time.

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Briefing - Asia Aviation - March 4, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

An executive briefing on aviation for March 4, 2005, prepared by Asia Pulse (http://www.asiapulse.com), the real-time, Asia-based wire with exclusive news, commercial intelligence and business opportunities. PHILIPPINE AIRLINES EYES PURCHASE OF A380

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InterGlobe grounds budget airline (Rediff.com)

At a time when companies are falling over each other to set up an airline in the country, InterGlobe Enterprises, one of the first corporates to get clearance from the government to start an airline, has put its plans on hold.

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Airline implicated in death of rights activist (Borneo Bulletin)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia's national airline allegedly played a role in the poisoning death of a prominent human rights activist during a flight to Amsterdam last year, a fact-finding team said Thursday.

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Boeing's Newest Fighter Aircraft Makes First Flight (Bernama)

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 (Bernama) -- The Boeing Company's reputation for delivering the most lethal fighter aircraft to militaries around the world continued Friday when their newest fighter aircraft, the F-15K Strike Eagle, made its first flight in St. Louis.

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Troubled airline restructures board (Omaha World-Herald)

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - Two executives of Nebraska-based Westward Airlines are no longer with the company after a board restructuring in response to lender and investor concerns about airline operations.

Posted at 12:04 AM

March 03, 2005

Fossett claims aviation milestone with non-stop global flight (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Flying into history, American aviator Steve Fossett landed a single-engine experimental jet plane here to complete the first solo flight around the world without refueling.

Posted at 11:59 PM

Minsk aircraft carrier theme park declared bankrupt (Muzi)

[LatelineNews: 2005-3-3] SHANGHAI, China - The company that ran a theme park in south China aboard the retired Soviet aircraft carrier Minsk has been declared bankrupt, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday.

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Mission Aviation pilot will speak at Alliance Church's Missions Conference (Redlands Daily Facts)

REDLANDS Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot Rocky Mason will talk about tsunami relief work at a 6 p.m. meeting Sunday, March 6, at the Redlands Alliance Church.

Posted at 09:10 PM

Airline in doghouse over cat's trip in cabin (The Scotsman)

AN AIRLINE has been fined after allowing a family take their pet cat into the cabin of a Paris-Edinburgh flight.

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(AFX UK Focus) 2005-03-04 00:39 GMT: China's aviation regulator caps new aircraft purchases for 2005 - report (Interactive Investor)

BEIJING (AFX) - China's aviation regulator yesterday said it would cap the number of new aircraft purchases this year at 136 to avoid straining existing facilities, the South China Morning Post reported, citing the director-general of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) Yang Yuanyuan.

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(AFX UK Focus) 2005-03-04 00:39 GMT: China's aviation regulator caps new aircraft purchases for 2005 - report (Interactive Investor)

BEIJING (AFX) - China's aviation regulator yesterday said it would cap the number of new aircraft purchases this year at 136 to avoid straining existing facilities, the South China Morning Post reported, citing the director-general of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) Yang Yuanyuan.

Posted at 07:31 PM

A lofty year for aviation safety (International Herald Tribune)

WASHINGTON Commercial aviation experienced its safest year in history in 2004 despite continuing financial losses and an unusually large 15 percent spike in airline travel, the International Air Transport Association said Thursday.

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Fossett flies into history with solo, non-refueled trip around the world (AFP via Yahoo! News)

With two shaky steps and a wave to a cheering crowd, American adventurer Steve Fossett claimed what many consider the last great aviation milestone: the first solo, non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.

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FAA Grounds Local Commuter Plane Company (WPLG Click10.com via Yahoo! News)

The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded a South Florida commuter plane service.

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Bombardier union vote could tip the scales for assembly plant in Montreal (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

MONTREAL (CP) - A union vote this Sunday by 6,300 Bombardier Aerospace workers in Montreal will be decisive in whether the company chooses Montreal for a new aircraft assembly plant rather than Toronto, says an analyst.

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Online Travel Companies Edge Airline Web Sites (InternetNews.com)

Online travel agencies outperform airline Web sites in customer experience, creating a material advantage in their online booking success rates, according to a study by Keynote Systems.

Posted at 04:58 PM

European Stocks Close Mixed Amid Chip, Airline Weakness (IWon - Money)

European shares were generally flat Thursday, although projections for lower sales growth hit chip stocks, while fears of further increases in fuel prices dragged down airline shares. But some German banks gained after brokers upgraded Commerzbank and HVB.

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Aviation department gets new deputy director (BizJournals)

Kansas City has promoted its lead airport accountant to deputy director of the Aviation Department, overseeing its $183 million budget.

Posted at 03:21 PM

Fossett's flight recognized as aviation milestone (Kansas City Star)

When Steve Fossett toured the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2003, he didn't carry himself like a man who could one day be honored alongside the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh.

Posted at 02:55 PM

Fossett completes historic solo non-refueled flight around the world (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Low on fuel and exhausted, American adventurer Steve Fossett claimed what many consider the last great aviation milestone: the first solo, non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.

Posted at 02:18 PM

Spectators eager to see aviation history (Salina Journal)

A crowd has been building slowly throughout the morning at Salina Municipal Airport, where pilot Steve Fossett is expected to land after a solo, around-the-world flight without refueling that he hopes is worthy of the record books.

Posted at 12:06 PM

Airlines ready to battle higher security fee (CNN.com)

CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) -- A White House proposal to collect another $1.5 billion in aviation security fees has roiled cash-strapped U.S. airlines, who brand the move unfair taxation at a time they can least afford it.

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Bombardier denies Montreal selected for new aircraft assembly plant (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

MONTREAL (CP) - Bombardier denied on Thursday it has already selected Montreal over three competing sites to assemble a proposed new passenger jet.

Posted at 10:26 AM

C-130E aircraft restricted at Selfridge (Macomb Daily)

Selfridge Air National Guard Base has restricted flying missions for one of its C-130E cargo aircraft after the U.S. Air Force grounded or restricted the turboprops because of cracks in their wing structure.

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Bombardier Reaches Deal With Quebec Aircraft Union (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Bombardier Inc. reached a new wage pact with its Quebec aerospace workers on Wednesday, prompting a Canadian television network to report that the company had decided to build its proposed C Series passenger jet in the Montreal area.

Posted at 07:51 AM

Brazil's Varig Airline Debt Rose To BRL9.5 Billion -Report (IWon - Money)

RIO DE JANEIRO -(Dow Jones)- The debt load of Brazilian Viacao Aerea Rio Grandense SA, or Varig (VAGV4.BR), has surged to 9.5 billion reals ($1=2.647) as of Dec. 31, 2004, and a restructuring plan for the troubled airline foresees the layoff of all of its 11,500 workers, Valor Economico said Thursday.

Posted at 07:31 AM

European Airline, Utility Stocks Decline; AstraZeneca Advances (Bloomberg.com)

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- European airline and utilities stocks fell as oil traded near a four-month high, stoking concern that higher energy costs may erode profits. Air France-KLM Group and RWE AG declined.

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Fossett set to make aviation history (CBC)

SALINA, KANSAS - Despite suspected fuel problems, American adventurer Steve Fossett could complete his around-the-world solo flight by Thursday afternoon.

Posted at 05:48 AM

European Airline, Chemical Stocks Drop; AstraZeneca Shares Gain (Bloomberg.com)

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- European airline and chemicals stocks fell as oil traded near a four-month high, stoking concern that higher energy costs may erode profits. Air France-KLM Group and Clariant AG declined.

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European Airline, Chemical Stocks Drop; AstraZeneca Shares Gain (Bloomberg.com)

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- European airline and chemicals stocks fell as oil traded near a four-month high, stoking concern that higher energy costs may dent profits. Air France-KLM Group and Clariant AG declined.

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European Airline, Chemical Stocks Drop; AstraZeneca Shares Gain (Bloomberg.com)

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- European airline and chemicals stocks fell as oil traded above $52 a barrel, stoking concern that higher energy costs may dent profits. Air France-KLM Group and Clariant AG declined.

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European Airline, Chemical Stocks Drop; AstraZeneca Shares Gain (Bloomberg.com)

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- European airline and chemicals stocks fell as oil traded above $53 a barrel for a second day, stoking concern that higher energy costs may dent profits. Air France-KLM Group and Clariant AG declined.

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Briefing - ASIA Aviation - March 3, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) has signed a $US1 billion contract to purchase 110 Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to power its fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft scheduled for delivery from 2008.

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Briefing - Asia Aviation - March 3, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

An executive briefing on aviation for March 3, 2005, prepared by Asia Pulse (http://www.asiapulse.com), the real-time, Asia-based wire with exclusive news, commercial intelligence and business opportunities. ANA SIGNS $US1BLN CONTRACT TO BUY ROLLS ROYCE ENGINES

Posted at 04:00 AM

European Airline, Chemical Stocks Drop; AstraZeneca Shares Gain (Bloomberg.com)

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- European airline and chemical stocks fell after oil prices topped $53 a barrel, renewing concern that higher energy costs may dent profits. Air France-KLM Group and Clariant AG declined.

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March 02, 2005

Alcoa Expands Supplier Relationship with Shanghai Aircraft of China (The Auto Channel)

PITTSBURGH & CHANGZHONG ROAD, Shanghai--March 2, 2005--Alcoa announced today that its Global Extruded and End Products business has received a multiyear contract (2005-2009) from Chinese aircraft manufacturer Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (SAMF) to provide aluminum extrusions for the horizontal stabilizer tail section assembly of the Boeing 737, one of the best selling commercial

Posted at 11:13 PM

Airport receives grant from Federal Aviation Administration (New Bern Sun Journal)

Resurfacing a primary taxiway and updating the airport master plan are the major items that will benefit Craven County Regional Airport from a $900,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant announced Wednesday. Such grants have become an annual revenue...

Posted at 11:12 PM

Lufthansa 50pc discount offer

Lufthansa is teamed up with the JW Marriott Dubai and BMW to offer special flight packages for outward bound travel from the UAE until July 30. Diners at the JW Marriot will get 50 per cent discounts on flights to selected international destinations and the chance to win flights to Munich, accommodation at the JW Marriott, Munich and a visit to the BMW factory. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 09:42 PM

U.S. aircraft carriers get new defense: lobbyists (Yahoo! India News)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Aircraft carriers, perhaps the ultimate symbol of U.S. military might, are getting a new defensive system: the lobbying power of folks who build them.

Posted at 08:53 PM

Body of one passenger aboard missing plane found, but no sign of aircraft (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

VICTORIA (CP) - The body of a passenger aboard a float plane was found Wednesday but there was still no sign of the aircraft or the four other people who were in it.

Posted at 08:14 PM

Bombardier in Talks With Quebec Aircraft Union (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Bombardier Inc. and its Quebec aerospace workers were in talks again on Wednesday on a new labor pact aimed at getting the company to build an assembly plant for its proposed new C Series passenger jet in the Montreal area.

Posted at 05:25 PM

Target opens at Aviation Mall in Queensbury (BizJournals)

Along with 25 other stores in 18 states, Minneapolis-based retailer Target on March 6 will hold a grand opening for a store in the Aviation Mall in Queensbury, N.Y., just outside the resort town of Lake George.

Posted at 05:21 PM

Airline traffic continues to grow (Dallas Morning News)

Airline traffic continues to grow amid falling fares and schedule retrenching by traditional carriers, which are cutting domestically flights in favor of overseas routes.

Posted at 04:26 PM

Unmanned PAF aircraft crashes in Chakwal Staff Report (Daily Times)

CHAKWAL: An unmanned aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed on Wednesday evening in the outskirts of village Marjaan, around 70 kilometers from Chakwal.

Posted at 04:10 PM

Price Cuts, Competition & Airline Negotiations Put Global Distributions Systems On the Hot Seat at CASMA Spring 2005 (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

CASMA will present a Town Hall discussion of the current distribution crisis in the airline and travel industries with executives from the largest Global Distribution Systems in the world on Monday, March 21 during the opening session of the Spring 2005 Conference in New York.

Posted at 03:27 PM

Matteoli to share knowledge about local aviation history

The Eureka Reporter, CA -Humboldt County's aviation history stretches back to the late 1800s, although commercial air transportation wasn't readily available until well into the 20th ...

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Posted at 03:22 PM

Upkeep for Harry Stern

Wahpeton Daily News, ND -... The road behind the commercial operation and another smaller section will be refurbished. ... The tax on aviation fuel provides some of the airport funding. ...

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Posted at 03:21 PM

Explosives Detection

CSO, MA -... A report from the House Subcommittee on Aviation notes that many common ... contact with residue innocently**say, they work in the commercial explosives industry ...

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Posted at 03:20 PM

Solutia to Build Skydrol Production Unit at Anniston,1511Ala., Plant

ArriveNet (press release), CO -... It has been part of the commercial aviation industry's commitment to safety and reliability for fire resistance and excellence in performance for over 50 years ...

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Posted at 03:19 PM

Memo Warned White House of Al Qaeda ThreatQuadrangle (subscription) - 5 minutes ago... Aviation officials were"lulled into a false sense of security," and"intelligence ... out of the Muslim world, forcing the withdrawal of our military

WJXX, FL -... NAS Jax officials say it's the most common military aircraft you see in the ... What people may not realize is, the largest aviation squadron in the entire US Navy ...

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Posted at 03:18 PM

Teledyne Technologies Updates Earnings Outlook

Business Wire (press release), CA -... in the company's energy systems segment and its military turbine engine ... for products sold to the semiconductor, communications, commercial aviation and energy ...

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Posted at 03:17 PM

Thank You Santa Paula

Santa Paula Times, CA -... There are six major aircraft repair facilities, Logsdon**s Restaurant, a world-renowned flight school (CP Aviation), and the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula at ...

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Posted at 03:16 PM

A Great Leap Forward, Without All the Famine

Grist Magazine, WA -... that is the answer: Though leaded gasoline was phased out in the US decades ago, the racing industry (along with aviation) was exempted ... Mold School, in Ask Umbra ...

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Posted at 03:15 PM

Undocumented immigrants may get in-state tuition

Minnesota Public Radio, MN -... She has flown a plane, and is building one from a kit. She's usually the only girl in her aviation classes at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. ...

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Posted at 03:14 PM

Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary for Dept. of Homeland Security ...

PR Newswire (press release) -... of transportation systems through new federal security requirements for the aviation, rail and ... earned his JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law ...

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Your gateway to Lincoln County Maine and surrounding communities

Lincoln County News, ME -... a public hearing scheduled next Tuesday at 7 pm in the middle school cafeteria ... the board unanimously approved a contract with Wicked Good Aviation Services, Inc ...

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Posted at 03:12 PM

Asbestos Discovered At Raaf Base Wagga

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand -... Australian Air Force School of Technical Trades (RAAFSTT) in Wagga, New South Wales were recently discovered to contain asbestos. Aviation Technical Staff and ...

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Posted at 03:11 PM

Storm-recovery cash to build 2 copter hangars

Palm Beach Post, FL -... Monterey Road, said Chris Church, regional program director for CJ Systems Aviation Group, which operates LifeStar with Martin County."When a school bus passed ...

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Posted at 03:10 PM

Up, up and away in Chiang Mai

Bangkok Post, Thailand -... Road on the Chiang Mai superhighway: The restaurant is opposite t167fhe International School. ... province is being promoted in the Lion City as the aviation hub in ...

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Posted at 03:09 PM

Dowling gets $1.7M in federal funds

Newsday, NY -... Martin Holley, dean of the aviation school, said the system will provide realistic simulation and will be integrated into lab courses for aviation students ...

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Posted at 03:08 PM

Southern Ocean Calendar

Asbury Park Press, NJ -... Route 547. Open to all who have an interest in naval aviation. Attendees must call (732) 244-8861 to be placed on the visitor list. ...

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Posted at 03:07 PM

Fleet Studies Raise Prospect Of Non-nuclear Submarines

28f1TheDay (subscription), CT -... Clark, called for the Naval Sea Systems Command and Office of Naval Research to ... He said the surface and aviation communities would just as strongly dismiss any ...

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Posted at 03:06 PM

Minner Says State is Better Preparing Students for High School

WBOC TV 16, MD -... in the middle schools will mean students entering high school in Delaware will ... industry has been suffering, along with California's aviation industry, causing ...

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Posted at 03:05 PM

Chinese naval ships aim at forward position

People's Daily Online, China -... Facing the grave reality, the naval logistics department timely deployed human and ... of hard work The new finding solved the problems of aviation fuel supply and ...

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Posted at 03:04 PM

Senator Mikulski Meets With Southern Md County Commissioners ...

Southern Maryland Online, MD -..."Southern Maryland is home for two great Navy bases: Patuxent River Naval Air Station, one of the most modern aviation development and testing installations in ...

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Posted at 03:03 PM

Timeline of Navy in South Weymouth airbase

Weymouth News, MA -... June of 1992 - The aviation era comes to an end as the last A-4M ... September 30, 1997 - The South Weymouth Naval Air Station is officially closed after more than ...

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Posted at 03:02 PM

Families of 1991 Gulf War Casualties Honored

All American Patriots (press release), Sweden -... Anderson said his father was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. ... Our son, Patrick, was a 25-year-old naval aviator whose plane was shot ...

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Posted at 03:01 PM

Flag Officer Announcement

DefenseLINK (public service) -... Williams is currently Assistant Commander for Aviation Depots, Air 6.0, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. Rear Adm. ...

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Posted at 03:01 PM

Titan Awarded NAVAIR Business and Financial Management Support ...

Southern Maryland Online, MD -... will continue to provide high quality, value-added financial management, program planning and comptroller support services to our naval aviation customers at ...

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Posted at 03:00 PM

CAE wins new business worth US$ 34 million from US Navy

Southern Maryland Online, MD -... USN P-3C simulator will be ready for training at Naval Air Station (NAS ... the efforts of a seamless, integrated, worldwide network of aviation technology experts. ...

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Posted at 02:59 PM

Airlines face cuts in ozone gases under new pact (AFP via Yahoo! News)

The world's airlines must make cuts of 12 percent in nitrogen oxide emissions blamed for depleting the ozone layer, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) said.

Posted at 01:15 PM

Malaysian Airline to Spend $395 Mln on A380 Hangar, New Seats (Bloomberg.com)

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysian Airline System Bhd., the nation's biggest carrier, plans to spend 1.5 billion ringgit ($395 million) this year and in 2006 on refurbishments and upgrades, its chief financial officer Low Chee Teng said.

Posted at 12:59 PM

Talkin' travel: Your airline questions answered (USA Today)

Column: Whether you are a million-miler or a first-time flier, keeping on top of the airline industry can be a tough task for ...

Posted at 12:36 PM

U.S. Bank buys Multi Service's aviation unit (BizJournals)

U.S. Bank has bought the aviation credit card service business of Multi Service Corp. for an undisclosed amount.

Posted at 11:12 AM

SERIAL PRODUCTION OF ANTEY AIRCRAFT LAUNCHED 40 YEARS AGO (UZ-Report.)

Antey, the first in the world wide-body transport aircraft of An-22 model, which had an unprecedented at that time carrying capacity of 80 tonnes, flew up on 27 February 1965.

Posted at 10:47 AM

Textron to Host Investor Meeting to Discuss Cessna Aircraft (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Textron Inc. will host a meeting with investors and analysts in New York City on March 7, 2005 beginning at 3:30 p.m. to review its Cessna Aircraft business.

Posted at 10:46 AM

Ryanair airline misled customers (BBC News)

Budget airline Ryanair is found guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court of misleading customers over the cost of its flights.

Posted at 10:18 AM

Ryanair airline misled customers (BBC News)

Budget airline Ryanair is found guilty of misleading customers over flight prices.

Posted at 10:02 AM

Alcoa Expands Supplier Relationship with Shanghai Aircraft of China (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Alcoa announced today that its Global Extruded and End Products business has received a multiyear contract from Chinese aircraft manufacturer Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Factory to provide aluminum extrusions for the horizontal stabilizer tail section assembly of the Boeing 737, one of the best selling commercial aircraft in aviation history.

Posted at 09:06 AM

Air Malta Responds to Market Forces with Installation of Sabre Airline Solutions' Revenue Management Suite (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

European-based carrier Air Malta has announced a multi-year agreement with Sabre Airline Solutions, the global leader in airline operations technology, for a revenue management solution that will help the carrier effectively compete against the growing competition in the region.

Posted at 07:05 AM

Mankato Airport Hopes To Attract Airline (WCCO 4)

Mankato, Minn. (AP) Mankato is hiring a research firm to compile demographic data on the Mankato area, in hopes of attracting an airline to provide passenger service at Mankato Regional Airport.

Posted at 06:48 AM

TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc. Announces Extension of Offer of Premium for Early Conversion of Its Outstanding Senior (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc. today announced that in order to allow holders of its notes sufficient time to complete the paperwork with respect to the tender offer, the Company has decided to extend the pending offer to the holders of its 8% senior subordinated convertible PIK notes due 2006 and to the holders of its 8% junior subordinated convertible PIK notes due 2007 to receive a 15% premium

Posted at 06:24 AM

UK airline bmi returns to profit, outlook positive (Yahoo! India News)

LONDON (Reuters) - British airline bmi reported a return to profit in 2004, helped by steps taken to cut costs, and said the outlook for this year was positive.

Posted at 06:13 AM

Aircraft-carrier theme park goes bust (Asia Times)

SHENZHEN - Minsk World Industries Co Ltd, a company built around the commercial exploitation of a retired aircraft carrier from the former Soviet Union, declared bankruptcy at the request of the Construction Bank of China, one of the company's creditors.

Posted at 05:52 AM

Ryanair orders additional engines for Boeing aircraft (India Infoline)

Dublin, Ireland-based low-cost carrier Ryanair on Wednesday announced that it has placed an order for additional CFM56-7 engines to power 70 firm, 70 option Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The firm engine order is valued at approximately $900 million at list price.

Posted at 05:19 AM

Radware DefensePro Delivers Intrusion Prevention to Continental Airline's Business Partners (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

Radware the leading provider of Intelligent Application Switching solutions ensuring the availability, performance and security of networked applications across the enterprise announced that Continental Airlines uses Radware's Intrusion Prevention Switch to protect applications running on the airline's B2B web servers.

Posted at 05:06 AM

Singapore Budget Airline Plans Bangkok Run (Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance)

Jetstar Asia, a budget airline affiliated with Qantas Airways of Australia, said Wednesday it will fly to Bangkok instead of the Thai tourist destination of Pattaya as it battles for a bigger share of regional passenger traffic.

Posted at 03:16 AM

ASU East: Aviation expo comes to East (State Press)

This week, ASU East will help chart a course for safety, and then some. On Friday and Saturday, East campus will be hosting the 2005 Aviation Expo, bringing some of the industry's most distinguished members together for the two-day event.

Posted at 03:04 AM

Chinese company running retd Soviet aircraft carrier bankrupt: (New Kerala)

[World News]: Beijing, Mar 2 : A Chinese company that ran a military theme park on board a retired aircraft carrier of the former Soviet Union, Minsk, has been declared bankrupt after amassing over 100 million US dollars in debt.

Posted at 02:02 AM

Romanian airline denied gays Valentine's deal, is fined $180 (Chicago Sun-Times)

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Authorities on Tuesday found that Romania's state-owned airline illegally excluded gays from a Valentine's Day sale for couples, and ordered the company to pay a $180 fine.

Posted at 02:01 AM

City Council approves aviation training center (The Wichita Eagle)

Wichita is moving forward with plans to build an aviation training center at Jabara Airport as a way to address shortages of skilled workers. The Wichita City Council gave its support Tuesday to building a center to train airframe and power plant mechanics.

Posted at 01:26 AM

A move in right direction for aviation sector: Emirates Airline (India Infoline)

"The Union Budget for 2005-2006 announced by the Finance Minister this year is a move in the right direction for the aviation sector. The tax cuts announced across the board would increase the level of disposable income thereby indirectly fueling travel and tourism".

Posted at 01:14 AM

March 01, 2005

Minsk aircraft carrier theme park in southern China declared bankrupt (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

The company that ran a theme park in south China aboard the retired Soviet aircraft carrier Minsk has been declared bankrupt, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday.

Posted at 11:21 PM

Aircraft Carrier-Based Company Declared Bankrupt In China (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

Minsk World Industries Co. Ltd., a company that was built on the basis of a retired aircraft carrier of the former Soviet Union, declared bankruptcy at the request of Construction Bank of China Shenzhen Branch, one of the company's creditors.

Posted at 10:33 PM

Emirates Post, sky high ambitions

Emirates Post director general Abdullah Al Daboos told Gulf News that the group is likely to become a global operator with a fleet of aircraft to handle its courier service. He said the group was mulling privatization and that Deutsche Post had expressed interest in buying a stake. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 09:50 PM

...Sets Up Aviation Security Company (This Day)

The Federal Government has approved the setting up of a National Aviation Security Company to take charge of security at all airports and aerodromes. Pending its take-off, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will take over security services at all airports.

Posted at 09:34 PM

Lighters to be banned on airline flights (Corvallis Gazette Times)

WASHINGTON Airline passengers will have to ditch their lighters or lose them to airport security screeners when a new ban on lighters takes effect in April.

Posted at 09:26 PM

Struggling aviation startups using wrong strategy, expert says (The Japan Times)

Despite the emergence of budget airlines that pose a threat to major carriers around the globe, Japanese startup carriers are still struggling to take off, with some already in rehabilitation.

Posted at 06:52 PM

U.S. Bank buys aviation fuel card company (BizJournals)

U.S. Bank has agreed to buy the aviation business of Multi Service, a Kansas-based provider of aviation and trucking credit card services.

Posted at 05:28 PM

Talkin' travel: Your airline questions answered (USA Today)

Column: Whether you are a million-miler or a first-time flier, keeping on top of the airline industry can be a tough task for ...

Posted at 05:03 PM

New Mexico withdraws from competition to have Bombardier aircraft plant (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

MONTREAL (CP) - New Mexico has withdrawn from the race to lure Bombardier Inc. to set up an assembly plant at Albuquerque to build a new passenger jet.

Posted at 04:48 PM

New airline debuts at McCarran; airport reports January traffic (USA Today)

A new airline began service Tuesday at McCarran International Airport, a day after the airport reported a 9.8% increase in passenger ...

Posted at 02:51 PM

Comair pilots approve pay-freeze request by the airline (USA Today)

Comair pilots have agreed to a pay freeze that the regional airline says it needs so it can buy more jets and obtain new business. ...

Posted at 02:18 PM

Boeing to Overhaul 737 Aircraft Family (HispanicBusiness.com)

PARIS, March 1 (AFP) - Boeing plans to overhaul its 737 family of single-aisle aircraft in the next 10 years, applying the advanced technologies of its 787 aircraft, a senior Boeing executive said here Tuesday.

Posted at 01:55 PM

New airline debuts at McCarran; airport reports January traffic (KESQ)

LAS VEGAS Another airline began service today at McCarran International Airport -- with the airport reporting just under a 10 percent increase in January passenger traffic.

Posted at 01:33 PM

Bombardier Aerospace, union close to labour contract to lure new aircraft (940 News)

at 14:03 on March 1, 2005, EST. MONTREAL (CP) - The union representing most Bombardier Aerospace workers in Quebec says it has given itself until Wednesday to negotiate a new labour contract that could persuade the company to make a new aircraft model in Quebec.

Posted at 01:27 PM

Bombardier Aerospace, union close to labour contract to lure new aircraft (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

MONTREAL (CP) - The union representing most Bombardier Aerospace workers in Quebec says it has given itself until Wednesday to negotiate a new labour contract that could persuade the company to make a new aircraft model in Quebec.

Posted at 01:07 PM

Comair pilots approve pay-freeze request by the airline (WRIC 8)

CINCINNATI Comair pilots have agreed to a pay freeze the regional airline says it needs to buy new jets and obtain additional business. Sixty-one percent of Comair pilots approved the deal in voting that ended today.

Posted at 01:01 PM

U.S. Bank to Acquire Multi Service's Aviation Business, Expands Fleet Service With Corporate Aviation Fuel Card (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

U.S. Bank, a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp , announced today that it has agreed to purchase the aviation business of Multi Service, a Kansas-based provider of aviation and trucking credit card services.

Posted at 01:00 PM

14 more U.S. sailors busted for drugs / Discovery of ecstasy, cocaine use on navy ships spreads to aircraft carrier (Daily Yomiuri Online)

Fourteen crewmen of the USS Kittyhawk aircraft carrier have received or are to receive disciplinary action for violating military drug laws by using ecstasy and other illegal narcotics, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Tuesday.

Posted at 12:40 PM

Boeing to overhaul 737 aircraft family (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Boeing plans to overhaul its 737 family of single-aisle aircraft in the next 10 years, applying the advanced technologies of its 787 aircraft, a senior Boeing executive said here.

Posted at 09:14 AM

Rescue aircraft spots missing walrus hunters off Baffin Island (Canada.com)

HALIFAX (CP) - Food, water and survival gear were dropped to four walrus hunters who were stranded Monday on an ice floe off Baffin Island. The crew of a Hercules aircraft spotted the four aboriginals from Cape Dorsett about a day after they were reported missing Sunday.

Posted at 09:13 AM

Continental reaches deal with unions (CNN.com)

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Continental Airlines announced its major unions had tentatively agreed to wage and benefit concessions worth $500 million a year, in a deal the airline had said was key to its survival.

Posted at 08:40 AM

United Capital Markets Hires Randall White as CDO/Aircraft Trader (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

United Capital Markets, Inc. is pleased to announce that Randall White has joined the firm as an asset-backed securities trader, focusing on collateralized debt obligations and pooled aircraft lease securitizations.

Posted at 08:27 AM

Aircraft will spread rabies vaccine over five counties (WHNT-TV Huntsville)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. Wildlife officials trying to curb raccoon rabies will drop vaccine-laced bait into woods over five central Alabama counties by aircraft.

Posted at 07:51 AM

Aviation Min wants cheaper ATF for domestic operations (Outlook India)

With the government deciding to treat aviation turbine fuel (ATF) as deemed export for international operations of designated Indian carriers, the Civil Aviation Ministry wants further measures to make ATF cheaper even for domestic operations.

Posted at 07:19 AM

Start-ups risk it all to be next Southwest (USATODAY.com via Yahoo! News)

About a half dozen would-be airline founders are chafing to get into the cut-throat competition of airlines. They're driven by visions of becoming the next Southwest, though most would settle for something short of that kind of success.

Posted at 07:10 AM

AirTran Airways: First Airline to Board Coca-Cola with Lime (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. , today announced that it will be the first airline in the world to board Coca-Cola with Lime, on all flights beginning today.

Posted at 07:03 AM

FAA Static Testing Finalized as Test Aircraft Is Removed From Test Rig (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. announced today that it has recently finalized all required static testing for the FAA certification of the new twinjet airframe including; pressurization, ultimate wing loads, up and down bending, landing gear drop testing and all other airframe static testing.

Posted at 06:26 AM

Aviation fuel price war is heating up at airport (Times Herald)

NEW COMPETITOR: Stephen Hopson, a lineman at Orzel Aviation at the St. Clair County International Airport, washes a small, low-winged Czech-made airplane Friday inside the company hangar. His job involves fueling and preparing airplanes.

Posted at 05:51 AM

Budget airline will fly, but Keralites upset: (New Kerala)

[Kerala, India]: Thiruvananthapuram, March 1 : The much-awaited "budget" airline of Air-India will take off next month, but many Keralites in the Gulf are upset over the fares.

Posted at 05:02 AM

Historic aircraft flying over D-M (Arizona Daily Star)

Avid warplane watchers shouldn't wonder whether they're in a time warp this weekend. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will be hosting vintage aircraft training for future air shows. A mixture of both

Posted at 04:25 AM

British man pleads guilty to conspiring with shoe-bomber to blow up aircraft (Daily Bulletin)

LONDON - A British man accused of plotting with "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to blow up a U.S.-bound aircraft in 2001.

Posted at 03:33 AM

Historic aircraft flying over D-M (The Arizona Daily Star via Yahoo! News)

Avid warplane watchers shouldn't wonder whether they're in a time warp this weekend. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will be hosting vintage aircraft training for future air shows.

Posted at 02:46 AM

Lighters to be banned on airline flights (Daily Bulletin)

WASHINGTON - Airline passengers can no longer bring cigarette lighters onto planes or in any secure areas, the Homeland Security Department announced Monday.

Posted at 02:19 AM

Briefing - ASIA Aviation - March 1, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

National flag-carrier Philipine Airlines (PAL) is looking at opening up markets in China, aside from other countries, but there are no immediate plans to mount regular flights to China from Cebu.

Posted at 01:33 AM

Briefing - Asia Aviation - March 1, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

An executive briefing on aviation for March 1, 2005, prepared by Asia Pulse (http://www.asiapulse.com), the real-time, Asia-based wire with exclusive news, commercial intelligence and business opportunities. PHILIPPINE AIRLINES EYES CHINESE MARKET

Posted at 01:14 AM

February 28, 2005

M'sia To Tap Florida's Space And Aviation Expertise (Bernama)

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 (Bernama) -- To advance Malaysia's space and aviation industries, the government plans to tap the expertise of Florida in the United States.

Posted at 11:33 PM

Bird-watching in Dubai

Bird watchers at the Ras Al Khor sanctuary in Dubai now have three new bird-watching towers which opened yesterday, reported Gulf News. Officials said that they are working with the neighboring Business Bay commercial property development to ensure the flamingoes are not disturbed. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:48 PM

Mexico's Cintra Hires CSFB To Advise Govt Airline Sale (IWon - Money)

MEXICO CITY (Dow Jones)--Mexican airline holding company Cintra SA (CINTRA.MX) said late Monday it has hired Credit Suisse First Boston to advise it on the sale of Mexico's largest airlines.

Posted at 08:11 PM

Gays claim Romanian airline discriminated over Valentine's Day discounts (The Advocate)

A gay rights group has filed discrimination charges against Romania's TAROM airline after the company allegedly excluded gays from a Valentine's Day discount offer for lovers, officials said Monday.

Posted at 07:33 PM

Fossett launches round-the-world bid (CNN.com)

SALINA, Kansas (AP) -- Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett launched his Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft on Monday at Salina Municipal Airport and hopes to land there again in about 65 hours. He is attempting to make the trip in a single-engine airplane without stopping -- an aviation first.

Posted at 07:03 PM

Lighters to be banned on airline flights (Knight Ridder via Yahoo! News)

WASHINGTON - Airline passengers will have to ditch their lighters or lose them to airport security screeners when a new ban on lighters takes effect in April.

Posted at 05:45 PM

Rescue aircraft finds foursome reported missing off Baffin Island (Canada.com)

HALIFAX (CP) - Four people reported missing off Baffin Island were spotted Monday, safe and sound, on an ice floe. The crew of a Hercules aircraft spotted the four aboriginals, who found themselves in a precarious position amid pack ice, said Lieut.

Posted at 05:42 PM

India Extends Exemption Of Withholding Tax On Leased Aircraft (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

Responding to the demands from several airlines, including new carriers, the government Monday decided to continue the exemption on payment of withholding tax (WHT) on leased aircraft and aero engines till September 30 this year.

Posted at 05:29 PM

China Aviation's creditors form alliance (International Herald Tribune)

Barclays Bank, Standard Bank London and three other creditors of China Aviation Oil (Singapore) have formed a committee to negotiate with the oil trader, according to a letter from the bankruptcy adviser, Ferrier Hodgson.

Posted at 05:12 PM

HAI urges swift action on NTSB proposal for notification/reporting of aircraft accidents, incidents, overdues etc (Rotorhub)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Federal regulations governing notification and reporting of aircraft accidents, incidents, overdue aircraft, and additional requirements governing the preservation of aircraft wreckage.

Posted at 04:50 PM

Man Set to Launch Flight Around the World (AP via Yahoo! News)

Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett was the first person to circle the globe solo in a hot-air balloon. Now, he wants to make a solo trip in a single-engine airplane without stopping *** another aviation first.

Posted at 04:03 PM

Fidelity Purchases Shares of ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance)

Fidelity Management & Research Company and Fidelity Management Trust Company, of 82 Devonshire Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, announce that certain fund and institutional accounts for which Fidelity serves as investment adviser have purchased 100,000 shares of ACE Aviation Holdings Inc.'s Class B stock.

Posted at 03:56 PM

Gays claim Romanian airline discriminated over Valentine's Day discounts (The Advocate)

A gay rights group has filed discrimination charges against Romania's TAROM airline after the company allegedly excluded gays from a Valentine's Day discount offer for lovers, officials said Monday.

Posted at 02:27 PM

Britain favours EADS-led consortium for aircraft deal (Channel NewsAsia)

BROUGHTON, Wales : Britain lined up the EADS-led European AirTanker consortium for a 13.0-billion-pound (18.8-billion-euro, 25.0-billion-dollar) deal to build refuelling aircraft for the Royal Air Force, threatening Boeing's virtual monopoly of the market.

Posted at 02:09 PM

GE's aircraft division lands $40M contract upgrade (BizJournals)

General Electric Aircraft Engines won a $40 million contract upgrade to supply materials and additional equipment for the F414-GE-400 engine.

Posted at 02:00 PM

Britain favours EADS-led consortium for aircraft deal (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Britain lined up the EADS-led European AirTanker consortium for a 13.0-billion-pound (18.8-billion-euro, 25.0-billion-dollar) deal to build refuelling aircraft for the Royal Air Force, threatening Boeing's virtual monopoly of the market.

Posted at 01:30 PM

Guilty plea over aircraft plot buoys UK terror forces (Financial Times)

The UK's anti-terrorism forces on Monday scored one of their highest-profile successes when a 25-year-old British man with links to Richard Reid, the so-called ***shoe bomber*** jailed in the US, pleaded guilty to conspiring to blow up an aircraft.

Posted at 01:13 PM

Fossett Readies for Nonstop Solo Flight (AP via Yahoo! News)

Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett was the first person to circle the globe solo in a hot-air balloon. Now, he wants to make the trip in a single-engine airplane without stopping *** another aviation first.

Posted at 01:11 PM

British man pleads guilty to conspiring with shoe-bomber to blow up aircraft (Canada.com)

LONDON (AP) - A British man accused of conspiring with shoe-bomber Richard Reid pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to blow up a U.S.-bound aircraft in 2001, becoming the first person to be convicted of a terrorist offence in Britain since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.

Posted at 11:39 AM

BRITAIN FAVOURS EADS-LED CONSORTIUM FOR AIRCRAFT DEAL (The Tocqueville Connection)

B ROUGHTON, Wales, Feb 28 (AFP) - Britain lined up Monday the EADS-led European AirTanker consortium for a 13.0-billion-pound (18.8-billion-euro, 25.0-billion-dollar) deal to build refuelling aircraft for the Royal Air Force, threatening Boeing's virtual monopoly of the market.

Posted at 11:16 AM

ADVISORY/The 2005 Edition of the International Airline CEO Conference Attracts Top Speakers and Key Airline Executives! (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

The traditional CEO Panel will be among the hot topics on the agenda of AvNews' 13th International Airline CEO Conference, which will take place May 8-10, 2005 at The Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in Miami Beach, Fla.

Posted at 11:13 AM

Fossett prepares to break another aviation record (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SALINA, Kan. (AP) -- Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett was the first person to circle the globe solo in a hot-air balloon. Now, wants to do it without stopping in an airplane -- another aviation first.

Posted at 10:13 AM

Fossett set to attempt at first nonstop, solo flight around the world (USA Today)

Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett was the first person to circle the globe solo in a hot-air balloon. Now, wants to do it without stopping in a single-engine airplane another aviation first.

Posted at 10:10 AM

Countdown to Fossett solo jet bid (CNN.com)

(CNN) -- U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett says he has last-minute nerves as he prepares an attempt on the "last great aviation record" by piloting an airplane alone around the world without refueling or stopping.

Posted at 08:27 AM

Around The World In 66 Hours (CBS News)

Adventurer Steve Fossett hopes to set one of the last great aviation records, a nonstop global flight beginning and ending in Kansas. He's backed by Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson, not exactly timid either.

Posted at 08:17 AM

Fossett Prepares To Break Last Great Aviation Record (The Kansas City Channel)

SALINA, Kan. -- Steve Fossett hopes to conquer the last great aviation milestone with a nonstop, around-the-world solo flight. Fossett is scheduled to launch the single-engine GlobalFlyer Monday afternoon from central Kansas in an attempt to fly solo, nonstop and without refueling around the world.

Posted at 07:57 AM

Malaysian Airline Sys 3Q Net MYR57.6M Vs MYR230.1M (Dow Jones via Yahoo! Asia News)

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (3786.KU) Monday posted a sharp decline in its fiscal third quarter net profit on sharply higher fuel prices.

Posted at 07:24 AM

British man pleads guilty to conspiring with shoe bomber to blow up aircraft (Canada.com)

LONDON (AP) - A British man accused of conspiring with shoe-bomber Richard Reid pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to blow up a U.S.-bound aircraft in 2001, becoming the first person to be convicted of a terrorist offence in Britain since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.

Posted at 07:21 AM

Briton pleads guilty to conspiring to blow up aircraft (Sydney Morning Herald)

A British man, accused of conspiring with shoebomber Richard Reid, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to blow up a US-bound aircraft in 2001. He is the first person to be convicted of a terrorist offence in Britain since the September 11 attacks in the United States.

Posted at 06:54 AM

Gulf Air shuts Colombo, Casablanca

Gulf Air will be implementing changes to its network in Africa and Asia, and has decided to terminate operations to Casablanca in Morocco from 24 March and services to Colombo in Sri Lanka from 26 March this year. The withdrawal strategy is presently being finalised and full details will be discussed with personnel in both countries during the course of the next few days.

[AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:44 AM

Briton Admits Conspiring with 'Shoebomber' Reid (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

A British man made a surprise guilty plea Monday at London's Old Bailey court when he admitted conspiring with "shoebomber" Richard Reid to blow up an aircraft.

Posted at 06:23 AM

Tax exemption on leased aircraft till Sept 30 (Rediff.com)

Responding to the demands from several airlines including new carriers, the government on Monday decided to continue the exemption on payment of withholding tax on leased aircraft and aero engines till September 30 this year.

Posted at 06:09 AM

Britain-Shoebomber Plot British man pleads guilty to conspiring with 'shoe bomber' Richard Reid to blow up aircraft (WTNH-TV New Haven)

(London-AP, Feb. 28, 2005 6:43 AM ) _ A British man accused of conspiring with "shoe bomber" Richard Reid pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to blow up a U.S.-bound aircraft in 2001.

Posted at 06:09 AM

Briton pleads guilty to aircraft bomb plot (Channel 4)

Saajid Badat, 25, from Gloucester, has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to conspiring to blow up an aircraft.

Posted at 05:54 AM

Malaysia Airlines to decide on aircraft replacement by mid-May - MD (AFX via Yahoo! UK & Ireland Finance)

KUALA LUMPUR (AFX) - Malaysian Airline System Bhd is to make a firm decision within the next few months on which type of aircraft to buy to replace 39 of its narrow-bodied aircraft, ...

Posted at 05:35 AM

Airline workers fume over descending pay (2/28/2005) (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

The airline industry, battered by record fuel prices, low-cost competition, the lingering effects of the Sept. 11 attacks and other problems, is squeezing workers long accustomed to generous union-negotiated pay, robust pensions and enviable job security.

Posted at 02:31 AM

Friendly skies await start of aviator's global adventure (Kansas City Star)

To set an aviation record, you need wealthy friends. Virgin Atlantic Airways founder Richard Branson (left) is sponsoring Steve Fossett's round-the-world quest. Branson joined Fossett on Sunday at the airport in Salina, Kan., where the flight will begin and end.

Posted at 02:22 AM

China's first private airline set to take off this week: (New Kerala)

[World News]: Beijing, Feb 28 : China's first private airline, Okay Airways Company Ltd, will launch its maiden flight on March five, signalling a bold reform in the Communist nation's booming aviation industry.

Posted at 02:06 AM

Airline promises faster low-fare alerts (Boston Globe)

NEW YORK --Deeming e-mail alerts too slow for the most aggressive bargain hunters, Southwest Airlines now has an even quicker way to notify customers about its cheapest fares. Beginning today, Southwest will offer exclusive deals through free downloadable software called Ding, which can be found at the company's website.

Posted at 01:43 AM

China's First Private Airline To Make Its 1st Flight On March 5 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

China's first private airline, OKAY AIRWAYS COMPANY LTD. has established its hub at Binhai International Airport in northern China's port city of Tianjin. Okay Airways will make its first flight on March 5

Posted at 01:42 AM

Briefing - ASIA Aviation - Feb 28, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

Asiana Airlines (KOSDAQ:20560), the smaller of South Korea's two flag carriers, will launch new flights between Incheon and Siem Reap, Cambodia, in April to meet growing demand for travel to the Southeast Asian country, a company official said Monday.

Posted at 01:40 AM

Briefing - Asia Aviation - Feb 28, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

An executive briefing on aviation for Feb 28, 2005, prepared by Asia Pulse (http://www.asiapulse.com), the real-time, Asia-based wire with exclusive news, commercial intelligence and business opportunities. S. KOREA'S ASIANA TO OPEN INCHEON-SIEM REAP ROUTE IN APRIL

Posted at 01:30 AM

**13bn deal hope for aircraft firm (BBC News)

A **13bn RAF deal for the Airbus factory in north Wales could be confirmed on Monday, securing thousands of jobs.

Posted at 01:29 AM

Process is on to handover an aviation heritage to an American collector secretly.-The stunning four-propelled seaplane (News From Bangladesh)

BDNEWS, Ottawa :Process is on to handover an aviation heritage to an American collector secretly. The stunning four-propelled seaplane GOOSE C-31 owned by the Flying Club of Bangladesh will be soon hand over to a person after a deal has been reached in a nontransparent manner.

Posted at 01:11 AM

Fight is on for jet center pact (BizJournals)

Local airports chief G. Hardy Acree wants to add a full-service center for large private aircraft at Sacramento International Airport.

Posted at 12:21 AM

Boeing-Onex deal creates world's largest aerostructures supplier (BizJournals)

Almost overnight, a new aircraft company was created when Boeing Co. agreed to sell its Wichita and Oklahoma commercial airplane operations to Onex Corp.

Posted at 12:21 AM

Former senior aviation official reportedly attempts suicide (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

A former senior aviation official apparently attempted suicide after being suspended from his position for financial mismanagement, officials and state-controlled media reported Monday.

Posted at 12:11 AM

February 27, 2005

Aircraft refuelling facility launched in Jeddah airport (Gulf News)

Dubai: A new state-of-the-art aircraft refuelling facility has been launched at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, company officials said.

Posted at 11:28 PM

China's First Private Airline Opens Hub In Tianjin (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

China's first private airline, Okay Airways Company Ltd., set up its hub at Binhai International Airport in north China's port city, Tianjin, and will make its maiden flight on March 5, said an official with the company.

Posted at 10:35 PM

AMERICAN TRENDS: Brace your neck for the latest airline cost-saver (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

The airline industry is trimming down again on creature comforts. American Airlines recently announced it would be removing pillows from most of its flights as a cost-cutting measure.

Posted at 09:34 PM

Global Village, info-line

The Dubai Global Village has introduced an information line to help visitors make the best of their trip to the complex now located on the Emirates Road outside Dubai. The call line is 700044444. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 09:31 PM

Enoc, Arabsco, Jeddah airport

Emirates National Oil Company and Arabian Aircraft Services have unveiled a joint venture refueling facility at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. This is Enoc's first move into aircraft refuelling outside the UAE. The equipment can handle Airbus A380 superjumbos. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 09:22 PM

U.S. Reviewing European Proposal for Iran (New York Times)

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 - The Bush administration is considering a proposal by Britain, France and Germany to offer Iran trade benefits, commercial aircraft and aircraft spare parts in return for dismantling what is suspected of being a nuclear weapons program, European and American officials said Sunday.

Posted at 09:13 PM

Carrier alliance may lead to single company (Financial Times)

Senior executives at BAE Systems believe the recently agreed alliance to build the Royal Navy's **2.9bn aircraft carriers could lead to the creation of a new naval shipbuilder that would combine all of Britain's dockyards into a single company.

Posted at 08:32 PM

Sacked aviation official in Vietnam attempts suicide (ABC Radio Australia)

A senior civil aviation official in Vietnam, sacked for abuse of power, has tried to commit suicide. State media reports Nguyen Lai, 47, has suffered burns to more than 60 per cent of his body and is now in a coma in a hospital in the central city of Danang after setting fire to himself with petrol.

Posted at 08:13 PM

Fossett prepares to break last great aviation record (Kansas City Star)

SALINA, Kan. - Steve Fossett hopes to conquer the last great aviation milestone with a nonstop, around-the-world solo flight. Fossett is scheduled to launch the single-engine GlobalFlyer Monday afternoon from central Kansas in an attempt to fly solo, nonstop and without refueling around the world.

Posted at 08:09 PM

Virgin Blue Rejects Patrick $865 Mln Takeover Offer (Update2) (Bloomberg.com)

Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd., Australia's second-largest airline, said it has rejected Patrick Corp.'s A$1.1 billion ($865 million) takeover bid because the offer isn't high enough.

Posted at 07:59 PM

Independent directors of Australia's Virgin Blue reject Patrick Corp bid (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Independent directors of Australian airline Virgin Blue recommended that shareholders not accept a 1.90 dollars (1.49 US dollars) a share cash offer for the discount carrier from its largest shareholder, Patrick Corp Ltd.

Posted at 07:01 PM

Other News (Air Transport World)

SkyEurope said that a disagreement with Warsaw Airport will cause it to divert new aircraft originally intended to be based there to Krakow instead.

Posted at 07:00 PM

Thai Newspaper Highlights - Feb 28, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

BANGKOK, Feb 28 Asia Pulse - Highlights of today's newspapers: BANGKOK POST: - Thaksin Shinawatra is taking Thailand through the most fundamental change it has seen in the last 50 years but it is one where everything, including national sovereignty, is up for sale, academic Thirayuth Boonmi said. - The Democrats will nominate party deputy leader Jurin Laksanavisit for the position of deputy

Posted at 06:58 PM

Cause Of Airline Worker's Death in Norfolk To Get Second Look (WAVY 10)

(AP) - A federal agency has reopened its investigation into the 2003 death of an airline employee who was crushed against the nose of a DC-9 at Norfolk International Airport.

Posted at 06:36 PM

American flight from Fort Lauderdale makes emergency landing with smoke in the cockpit (Miami Herald)

The 187 passengers and six crew members aboard American Airlines flight 1593 had quite a scare Sunday. Their flight departed Fort Lauderdale at 11:06 a.m. for Los Angeles, and passengers smelled smoke about 20 minutes into the flight, airline and federal aviation officials said.

Posted at 06:28 PM

American flight from Fort Lauderdale makes emergency landing with smoke in the cockpit (Miami Herald)

The 187 passengers and six crew members aboard American Airlines flight 1593 had quite a scare Sunday. Their flight departed Fort Lauderdale at 11:06 a.m. for Los Angeles, and passengers smelled smoke about 20 minutes into the flight, airline and federal aviation officials said.

Posted at 06:22 PM

Indian Airlines to Conclude Price Negotiations With Airbus Soon (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

MUMBAI, Feb 28 Asia Pulse - Indian Airlines (IA) is expected to conclude its price negotiations with Airbus in the next 10 days and the proposal would be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs next month, according to Civil Aviation Secretary Ajay Prasad.

Posted at 05:19 PM

For film anachronisms, it's a wrap (International Herald Tribune)

At this year's Academy Awards extravaganza (rooted in the Latin extravagantem, "to wander beyond," with an Italian ending that lifts it into "spectacular entertainment"), a nominee in 11 categories was Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," about the eccentric aviation innovator and pioneering movie producer Howard Hughes.

Posted at 05:12 PM

NC accuses govt of refusing aircraft to Governor (The Tribune)

Notwithstanding the denial by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor, the opposition National Conference leaders continue to accuse the state government of slighting Mr S.K. Sinha, by refusing him the government aircraft for visiting snow affected areas of the state.

Posted at 03:14 PM

Cause of airline worker's death to get second look (WVEC)

NORFOLK, Va. *** Citing "new information," a federal agency is reopening its investigation into the 2003 death of an airline employee who was crushed against the nose of a DC-9 at Norfolk International Airport.

Posted at 01:31 PM

Cause of airline worker's death to get second look (WRIC 8)

NORFOLK, Va. A federal agency has reopened its investigation into the 2003 death of an airline employee who was crushed against the nose of a D-C-Nine at Norfolk International Airport.

Posted at 01:31 PM

Corrupt Viet aviation official suicide attempt (ABC Radio Australia)

A senior civil aviation official in Vietnam, sacked for abuse of power, has tried to commit suicide. State media reports 47 year old Nguyen Lai, suffered burns to more than 60 percent of his body and is now in coma in a hospital in the central city of Danang after setting fire to himself with petrol.

Posted at 10:28 AM

EADS set to announce 13 bln stg air-to-air tankers deal tomorrow - sources (AFX via Yahoo! UK & Ireland Finance)

LONDON (AFX) - The European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co (EADS), the parent of aircraft maker Airbus, ...

Posted at 09:35 AM

Mid-frills airline bid may cut air fares (The Age)

Air fares between Sydney and Singapore could tumble by as much as 25 per cent this December, with Singapore-based budget carrier Valuair planning to launch flights to the east coast of Australia by Christmas.

Posted at 07:10 AM

Career takes off for local native (Zanesville Times Recorder)

As a kid, Dan Hagedorn loved airplanes. He built models. He read about aviation. At age 14, his stepfather arranged for him to begin flying lessons.

Posted at 06:17 AM

Airline workers chafe at cuts to pay and benefits (Chicago Sun-Times)

The phone line in Dave Meyers' third-floor walkup has been turned off to save cash, and the brown velour sofas, bought second-hand, are bare in a few spots. Still, the modest apartment is about what you'd expect for a single guy who spends most of what he earns.

Posted at 05:29 AM

Cutbacks squeeze airline workers (The Indianapolis Star)

DES PLAINES, Ill. -- The phone line in Dave Meyers' third-floor walkup has been turned off to save cash, and the brown velour sofas, bought secondhand, are bare in spots. Still, the modest apartment is about what you would expect for a single guy who spends most of what he earns.

Posted at 02:49 AM

Cutbacks squeeze airline workers (The Indianapolis Star)

Lifestyles change and wages suffer as carriers trim costs in effort to stay aloft. DES PLAINES, Ill. -- The phone line in Dave Meyers' third-floor walkup has been turned off to save cash, and the brown velour sofas, bought secondhand, are bare in spots.

Posted at 02:29 AM

Nicaragua to reveal details about stockpiled weapons (Miami Herald)

Nicaragua will give the United States more detailed information on its stocks of portable anti-aircraft missiles, in an effort to ease concerns that the weapons could be sold to terrorists.

Posted at 02:20 AM

Airline workers struggle to adjust after pay cuts (Bradenton Herald)

DES PLAINES, Ill. - The phone line in Dave Meyers' third-floor walk-up has been turned off to save cash, and the brown velour sofas, bought second-hand, are bare in a few spots. Still, the modest apartment is about what you'd expect for a single guy who spends most of what he earns.

Posted at 02:10 AM

Airline workers chafe at cuts, struggle to adjust long-held expectations (Detroit News)

DES PLAINES, Ill.-- The phone line in Dave Meyers' third-floor walkup has been turned off to save cash, and the brown velour sofas, bought second-hand, are bare in a few spots. Still, the modest apartment is about what you'd expect for a single guy who spends most of what he earns.

Posted at 12:44 AM

Food is airline's bread and butter (Houston Chronicle)

By BILL HENSEL JR. As part of its cost-cutting efforts, Continental Airlines recently changed the embossing on napkins it hands out with in-flight meals.

Posted at 12:36 AM