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May 14, 2005

Emirates flys to Alexandria

Emirates launches its maiden flight to Alexandria today with a special introductory offer for the first month. The two-class A310 can be booked online at a special rate of Dhs1,150 until June 15 and will earn Skywards members 9,500 Bonus Miles until June 25.

[AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:26 PM

Pakistan Denies Report of al-Qaida Killing (AP via Yahoo! News)

Pakistan on Saturday denied a media report that an unmanned CIA Predator aircraft killed a senior al-Qaida operative near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border earlier this week.

Posted at 06:49 PM

Canada's cut-rate airline Jetsgo goes bankrupt: reports (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Canada's cut-rate airline Jetsgo declared itself bankrupt after creditors refused to approve a restructuring plan, local media reported.

Posted at 01:19 PM

Channels `must not interfere with aviation' Community radio's activities win praise (Bangkok Post)

Minister to the Prime Minister's Office Suranand Vejjajiva yesterday ordered a crackdown on community radio stations which are interfering with aviation frequencies.

Posted at 01:18 PM

Low-budget Turk airline vows to fight Europe ban (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)

ANKARA, May 14 (Reuters) - Turkish budget airline Onur Air on Saturday rejected claims that its planes were unsafe and vowed to fight a ban imposed by several European countries.

Posted at 06:53 AM

LAW ***ON AVIATION*** ADOPTED (AzerTag)

At session of Milli Majlis carried out on May 13, the bill ***On Aviation*** was discussed in the second reading. Speaking of bill, member of the standing committee of parliament on economic policy Kerem Aliev has told: ***Our country promptly develops in all areas, including in sphere of aviation.

Posted at 01:21 AM

May 13, 2005

Turkish airline threatens to sue over Dutch, German ban (AFP via Yahoo! News)

A private Turkish airline grounded by Dutch and German authorities for safety reasons threatened to sue both countries unless a satisfactory explanation was given for the ban.

Posted at 03:28 PM

Loss narrows at Air Canada parent ACE Aviation (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. narrowed its first-quarter loss on higher passenger traffic revenues and despite record high fuel prices, the company said on Friday.

Posted at 09:06 AM

ACE Aviation, Air Canada Parent, Has 1st-Qtr Loss (Update2) (Bloomberg.com)

May 13 (Bloomberg) -- Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., owner of the country's largest airline, had a first-quarter loss as fuel costs surged and fares fell.

Posted at 07:37 AM

Virgin Blue Exits Talks on Budget Airline (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

Australian carrier Virgin Blue has withdrawn from talks about setting up a low-cost airline in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, a company involved in the proposal said Friday.

Posted at 02:26 AM

May 12, 2005

HK Shun Tak Says Virgin Blue Exits Budget Airline Talks (Dow Jones via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

DJ HK Shun Tak Says Virgin Blue Exits Budget Airline Talks HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Shun Tak Holdings Ltd. (0242.HK) said Friday Australian budget airline Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd. (VBA.AU) has withdrawn from talks on launching low-cost carrier services to Macau. However, the property and transportation company owned by Macau gaming tycoon Stanley Ho said it is still "actively" continuing

Posted at 11:14 PM

China Aviation Oil Raises Bail Out Offering (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

BEIJING, May 13 Asia Pulse - Bowing to pressure from creditors and to avert liquidation, China Aviation Oil (CAO) Corp (Singapore) has revised its debt-restructuring plan to pay off its debts more quickly.

Posted at 10:43 PM

After crash, China Aviation Oil offers creditors sweeter repayment deal (International Herald Tribune)

China Aviation Oil (Singapore), the jet fuel trader that collapsed last year with $550 million in derivatives losses, on Thursday offered creditors a sweetened repayment deal as it fends off legal efforts to replace its Beijing-appointed managers.

Posted at 07:15 PM

China Aviation Unveils Debt Payment Scheme (AP via Yahoo! News)

Embattled China Aviation Oil, China's largest jet fuel supplier, unveiled a new debt restructuring scheme Thursday, saying its state-owned parent company and the Singapore government's investment arm would inject equity to help pay creditors *** owed more than half a billion U.S. dollars after risky oil bets.

Posted at 08:44 AM

China Aviation Unveils Debt Payment Scheme (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

Embattled China Aviation Oil unveiled a new debt restructuring scheme Thursday, saying its state-owned parent company and the Singapore government's investment arm would inject equity to help pay creditors -- owed more than half a billion U.S. dollars after risky oil bets.

Posted at 07:25 AM

May 11, 2005

Superjumbo, 1,000 passengers

The Airbus A380 superjumbo could eventually be adapted to carry more than 1,000 passengers with the introduction of a stretch version, according to VP customer affairs Adam Brown. Emirates Airline has placed the largest order the A380. It will run three versions: a three-class 489-seat long range and 517-seat medium range, and a two-class 644-seat medium range, reported Gulf News. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:48 PM

Wireless for airline passengers

Passengers may soon be able to use wireless devices, including laptop computers and mobile phones on board aircraft, said Info2cell.com GM Bashar Dahabra. A two-year research project carried out by Airbus has found that handsets can be used safely on flights, he said. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:41 PM

Aviation Authority Debunks Plane Crash Story (This Day)

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has debunked Tuseday's reported crash landing of an airplane in Abuja, saying dissemination of wrong information on issues bordering on safety in the aviation industry has the potentials of running down both the airlines and the nation's economy.

Posted at 07:57 PM

Los Angeles Airport Now Accepting Applications for Its Summer Aviation Program for Middle and High School Students (pzone via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and its business and community partners will co-host two free week-long educational programs to introduce middle and high-school students to careers in aviation. The programs will be conducted at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The Junior Aviation Careers Education (ACE) Academy for middle-school students is

Posted at 07:22 PM

USS Midway home to naval aviation history (United States Marines)

SAN DIEGO (May 10, 2005) -- The Aircraft Carrier Museum aboard the USS Midway, now residing in the port of San Diego, provides a unique experience for anyone with an interest in naval aviation history.

Posted at 05:39 PM

Aviation Capital takes in aircraft leasing company (BizJournals)

The parent company of Boullioun Aviation Services Inc. has reached an agreement to sell the aircraft leasing company to Aviation Capital Group, a subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Co., according to an announcement. The companies said the deal is a stock purchase agreement but didn't disclose details.

Posted at 12:52 PM

China Aviation debt payout is said to rise to at least 50% (International Herald Tribune)

China Aviation Oil (Singapore), which was forced to seek bankruptcy protection after a $550 million loss on derivatives last year, will raise its offer for creditors to at least 50 cents on the dollar, people familiar with the plan said Wednesday.

Posted at 11:11 AM

Aviation heritage programs may get funding (BizJournals)

Funding for two Dayton aviation heritage projects could be on the way soon.

Posted at 07:46 AM

Safari, $98m Saudi airports deal

The Saudi Ministry of Defence and Aviation has awarded a $98m contract to the Safari Company to operate and maintain aviation systems and equipment at Saudi Arabia's airports. The three-year contract will serve more than 100 international airlines operating flights to the Kingdom, reported the Saudi Press Agency. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:34 AM

Aviation Capital Group Announces Acquisition of Boullioun Aviation Services (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Aviation Capital Group , a subsidiary of Pacific LifeCorp, announced today that it has signed a stock purchase agreement to acquire Seattle-based Boullioun Aviation Services from WestLB AG.

Posted at 06:02 AM

May 10, 2005

Emirates new European routes

Emirates Airline will start flights from Dubai to Hamburg and Geneva this year. Daily services to Hamburg will start on 30 October, making it the airline's fourth German destination after D*sseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich. On 1 December the airline will start daily flights to Geneva, already servicing Zurich. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 09:10 PM

China Aviation Offers to Pay 50% of Debt, People Say (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)

May 11 (Bloomberg) -- China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corp., forced to seek bankruptcy protection after it lost $550 million through derivatives trading last year, will offer to pay creditors at least 50 cents on the dollar, people familiar with the plan said.

Posted at 07:36 PM

U.S. Seeks Liberalized Aviation Relationship with Latin America (U.S. State Department)

International aviation is a critical link between the economies of the world's nations, and the United States is interested in engaging Latin American nations to better empower airlines to serve those economies, Jeffery Shane, under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, tells an international aviation conference in Miami.

Posted at 06:46 PM

Ghana aviation safety standard falls (Ghanaweb.com)

Accra, May 10, GNA - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday announced that Ghana did not comply with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), following a reassessment of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Posted at 10:03 AM

Boeing Sells 6 More Jets to GE Aviation (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

Aircraft maker Boeing Co. said Tuesday that GE Commercial Aviation Services agreed to buy six Next-Generation 737-700s valued at about $330 million at current list prices.

Posted at 08:13 AM

Briefing - Asia Aviation - May 10, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

An executive briefing on aviation for May 10, 2005, prepared by Asia Pulse (http://www.asiapulse.com), the real-time, Asia-based wire with exclusive news, commercial intelligence and business opportunities. JAL SEEN CUTTING FY05 EARNINGS FORECAST ON HIGHER FUEL PRICES

Posted at 04:13 AM

Engine problem blamed for ultralight aircraft crash (Lima News)

LIMA An engine mechanical failure is being blamed for the crash of an ultralight aircraft that nearly killed a Shawnee Township veterinarian over the weekend.

Posted at 02:14 AM

Sannine Zenith works to commence

Excavation work on the billion dollar Sannine Zenith mountain ski resort is expected start this summer, developers told The Daily Star. The resort will initially be built on 720m sqft of mountain range over the next 10-15 years. It will eventually be able to accommodate 22,000 skiers by the end of phase two, far greater than Faraya Mzar, Lebanon's most popular ski resort with a capacity of 5,000 skiers. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:53 AM

Afghanistan grounds airline's old planes after crash that killed 104 (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Authorities have grounded the aging planes of an Afghan airline, an official said Tuesday, three months after one of its jets crashed into a mountaintop killing 104 people in the country's worst aviation disaster.

Posted at 01:51 AM

May 09, 2005

Low-flying aircraft over Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

It's one of ours, and it's part of a planned event. A C-130 Hercules transport plane will fly over Heinz Field around 12:30 p.m. at the end of the Beating the Odds Rally for youngsters facing challenges in their lives.

Posted at 11:18 PM

Senior aviation officials to meet in city to discuss airport safety (Khaleej Times)

DUBAI *** Senior airport and civil aviation officials from the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa will converge on Dubai this month to discuss how safety will be maintained as the region's airport industry forges ahead with major expansions.

Posted at 11:03 PM

Qatar Airways, extra AD flight

Qatar Airways has added an extra daily flight between Doha and Abu Dhabi. The new service departs AD at 7:55am and the last flight of the day from Doha arrives in AD at 1:40 am. The airline has added the extra flight to accommodate the number of passengers flying from the emirate to Doha daily for business. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:22 PM

Airline Passenger Death Ruled an Overdose (AP via Yahoo! News)

An airplane passenger who died after a struggle with several fellow travelers on a New York-bound flight in March suffered a fatal drug and alcohol overdose, authorities said Monday.

Posted at 09:58 PM

Gulf Air strategy goes ahead

Gulf Air's board has approved the airline's plans for recapitalisation and options such as privatisation and taking in strategic partners. At a board meeting last week Gulf Air's owners Bahrain, Oman and Abu Dhabi gave the green light to recommendations and initiatives outlined in a new strategic document. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 09:01 PM

Pakistan to start making Boeing parts next monthISLAMABAD (May 10 2005): Pakistan would start manufacturing parts of (Business Recorder)

ISLAMABAD (May 10 2005): Pakistan would start manufacturing parts of Boeing aircraft from June this year, thus, formally joining the club of aviation parts manufacturers.

Posted at 06:58 PM

Upbeat and with attendees lured to the land of the Mouse, aviation meeting says pressure is on, but the branch is (Rotorhub)

Quad A Day One: People, Little Birds, USSOCOM, Eurocopter***s LUH And Budgets Are Fodder. Orlando, Fla.: Quad A - US Army Aviation Association of America *** opened its annual convention to over 8,000 attendees and *** the association says *** record increases in show space.

Posted at 02:43 PM

Post- 9/11 aviation concerns resurface (BizJournals)

Long dormant problems such as not having enough air traffic controllers are beginning to resurface now that the number of airline passengers is beginning to exceed the number before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, say aviation officials.

Posted at 12:00 PM

Briefing - Asia Aviation - May 9, 2005 (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

An executive briefing on aviation for May 9, 2005, prepared by Asia Pulse (http://www.asiapulse.com), the real-time, Asia-based wire with exclusive news, commercial intelligence and business opportunities. OMAN AGREES TO MORE FLIGHTS FROM INDIA

Posted at 04:17 AM

India gets new budget airline (BBC News)

India's newest budget airline, named after Kingfisher beer, launches its first flights from Mumbai to Bangalore.

Posted at 02:46 AM

Airline puts ticket where luggage is (Detroit Free Press)

Lose any luggage while flying on an Independence Air flight? If so, you can expect the airline to pay for a one-way ticket for your trouble.

Posted at 02:25 AM

Aloft Technologies Today Announced the Introduction of the Worlds Most Comfortable, Technologically Advanced, (PR Web)

Aloft Technologies today announced the introduction of the worlds most comfortable, technologically advanced, lightweight aviation headset, weighing only 1.5 ounces. The Clarity Aloft Headset provides patented self-molding ear tips to achieve superior sound clarity and comfort, while providing 35-45 decibels of passive noise reduction. [PRWEB May 9, 2005]

Posted at 02:02 AM

Jump in Easyjet passenger numbers (BBC News)

Low-cost airline Easyjet reports passenger numbers rose 25% in April compared with a year ago.

Posted at 01:57 AM

Jump in Easyjet passenger numbers (BBC News)

Low-cost airline Easyjet reports a 25% rise in passenger numbers during April compared with a year ago.

Posted at 01:52 AM

Oman Agrees to More Flights From India (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

MUSCAT, May 9 Asia Pulse - The directorate-general of civil aviation and metrology has recently concluded a number of MoUs to regulate air transport services with various countries.

Posted at 01:02 AM

Mistakes by flight crew resulted in 2002 Air China crash: probe (Channel NewsAsia)

SEOUL : Mistakes by poorly trained flight crew caused the crash of an Air China International passenger jet in South Korea, resulting in the death of 129 people on board, aviation authorities said.

Posted at 12:36 AM

Emirates 'plans to place new order for advanced aircraft' (Gulf News)

Dubai: Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, is studying options to expand its fleet by about 50 aircraft in addition to those already ordered.

Posted at 12:01 AM

May 08, 2005

Emirates to place big new order

Emirates Airline is expected to place a big new order for aircraft at the Paris Air Show next month. Local sources told Gulf News that the airline is looking at A350s, B787s, B777-300ERs and B777-200s. Some reports have suggested up to 50 aircraft may be added to existing orders. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:31 PM

Military Confronts Reckless Air Crashes (AP via Yahoo! News)

A deadly aircraft accident in Afghanistan last summer is one of a series of exasperating crashes in the military that was blamed on recklessness, not enemy gunfire or faulty equipment, The Associated Press found.

Posted at 09:06 PM

Australian Police Recover Flight Recorder (AP via Yahoo! News)

Police recovered the flight recorder and began removing bodies Monday from a plane that went down in a rain forest, killing all 15 aboard in Australia's worst civil aviation accident in almost four decades.

Posted at 08:33 PM

Historic aircraft carrier, museum may be forced out of Alameda (KESQ)

ALAMEDA, Calif. The historic aircraft carrier Hornet, docked in Alameda, is in danger of having its electricity cut off tomorrow and could face eviction from its 10-year home at the former Alameda Naval Air Station.

Posted at 02:21 PM

CAF Cup: ASA Draws With Gabon`s FC 105 (AngolaPress)

Luanda, 06/08 - Angola`s Athletic Sports Aviation (ASA) drew 1-1 today, at Cidadela stadium, in Luanda, with FC 105 of Gabon, in a first leg match of the last eliminatory round of access to the groups phase of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Cup.

Posted at 01:53 PM

Emirates airline to order 50 Airbus A350 aircraft (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Emirates, the fast-growing Gulf airline, will reportedly announce in June the purchase of 50 Airbus A350 aircraft.

Posted at 01:20 PM

Emirates airline to order 50 Airbus A350 aircraft (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Emirates, the fast-growing Gulf airline, will reportedly announce in June the purchase of 50 Airbus A350 aircraft.

Posted at 01:15 PM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-05-08 18:34 GMT: Emirates airline to order 50 Airbus A350 aircraft - report (Interactive Investor)

LONDON (AFX) - Emirates, the fast-growing Gulf airline, is to in June the purchase of 50 Airbus A350 aircraft, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

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(AFX UK Focus) 2005-05-08 18:34 GMT: Emirates airline to order 50 Airbus A350 aircraft - report (Interactive Investor)

LONDON (AFX) - Emirates, the fast-growing Gulf airline, is to in June the purchase of 50 Airbus A350 aircraft, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

Posted at 01:04 PM

Airline operator tells of nightmare (Brisbane Courier Mail)

"EVERY operator's worst nightmare" was how founder and owner of Aero-Tropics Ric Lippmann described the crash that left 15 people, including three of his staff, dead.

Posted at 10:21 AM

15 said to be killed in Australia plane crash (CTV.ca)

An airplane carrying 15 people slammed into a hillside in remote northeastern Australia, killing everyone on board in the country's worst civil aviation disaster since 1968.

Posted at 10:18 AM

India's new budget airline: named after a beer, staffed by models (Channel NewsAsia)

NEW DELHI : India's second budget airline takes off Monday as the battle begins for the potentially enormous no-frills sector.

Posted at 10:12 AM

India's new budget airline: named after a beer, staffed by models (AFP via Yahoo! News)

India's second budget airline takes off Monday as the battle begins for the potentially enormous no-frills sector.

Posted at 09:35 AM

VIEWPOINT: Flight team members found Anderson very accommodating (The Herald Bulletin)

The Ohio State University Flight Team would like to extend its deepest gratitude for Scott Schmelzel, Ryan Knots, and the staff of Law Aviation at the Anderson, Indiana Municipal Airport.

Posted at 08:02 AM

Manufacturers should stop advising airlines: Praful Patel (Hindustan Times)

In the wake of recent outburst by a senior Airbus official following Air-India's decision to go in for 50 Boeing jets, the Civil Aviation Ministry has asked aircraft manufacturers against giving advice on how to run an airline.

Posted at 07:12 AM

Malaysian airline helps rev up Andaman tourism (MCOT)

PHUKET, May 8, (TNA) The Tourism Authority of Thailand s (TAT) Kuala Lumpur office has successfully persuaded the Malaysian airline Air Asia to offer cut-price packages to the Andaman region in a bid to boost visitor numbers following the December tsunami.

Posted at 05:14 AM

40 CT soldiers may be called to Iraq or Afghanistan (WFSB 3)

HARTFORD (AP) - Forty soldiers of an aviation unit of the Connecticut Army National Guard in Windsor Locks have been notified of a possible mobilization to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Posted at 04:24 AM

Australia Plane Crash Kills 15 (AP via Yahoo! News)

An airplane carrying 15 people slammed into a hillside in remote northeastern Australia on Saturday, killing everyone on board in the country's worst civil aviation disaster since 1968.

Posted at 03:54 AM

Australia Plane Crash Kills 15 (AP via Yahoo! News)

An airplane carrying 15 people slammed into a hillside in remote northeastern Australia on Saturday, killing everyone on board in the country's worst civil aviation disaster since 1968.

Posted at 01:08 AM