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July 09, 2005

'Lost' aircraft found (Del Rio News Herald)

Just over 55 years ago, Roger Litton made his first flight as a student pilot near Billings, Mont. Now, at age 72, he s determined to fly again, with and without a manmade aircraft.

Posted at 10:50 PM

DIA numbers up over 13%

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport grew 13.7% for the first six months of 2005 compared to the same period in 2004, according to a Dubai Department of Civil Aviation report. Dubai Cargo Village recorded 17% growth in cargo volume to 626,000 tonnes and half year sales at Dubai Duty Free were up 19% to $283m. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:47 PM

Four Seasons, AD hotel

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has signed with a developer to build a 300-room hotel in Abu Dhabi, its second hotel in the UAE after the Dubai Festival City Hotel currently under development. The Abu Dhabi hotel is expected to open in 2008. Four Seasons now has eight hotels under development in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Damascus, Alexandria, Beirut, Marrakech and Kuwait. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:10 PM

Singapore Airlines CEO says aviation industry is due for consolidation (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Singapore Airlines chief executive Chew Choon Seng said Sunday the global airline industry needs to consolidate as soaring oil prices continue to hit profits.

Posted at 10:02 PM

Spanish airline launches direct Barcelona-Shanghai flight (People's Daily)

A Boeing 747 plane with 320 passengers aboard landed at the Pudong International Airport in east China's Shanghai Municipality at around 5:56 p.m. on Saturday, marking the official operation of a newly launched air route between Shanghai and Barcelona of Spain.

Posted at 09:44 PM

South Korea Labor Campaign Loses Intensity (AP via Yahoo! News)

Airline pilots went on a brief strike and haven't ruled out a bigger one. Medical workers threatened a walkout but called it off. Angry laborers have gathered at noisy union rallies, criticizing the government and clamoring for justice.

Posted at 07:20 PM

2005 Sets Mark With 4 Named Storms So Far (AP via Yahoo! News)

Arlene, Bret, Cindy and now Dennis. Storm hunters don't expect to be hunched over their radar screens and dispatching chase aircraft until Labor Day. But 2005 is no normal year.

Posted at 05:11 PM

Fires rage in drought-hit Portugal (AFP via Yahoo! News)

More than 1,000 firefighters backed up by water-dropping aircraft were fighting 16 forest fires raging across Portugal, with the north and centre hardest hit, firefighters and other officials said.

Posted at 04:36 PM

Four Named Storms in July Set Record (AP via Yahoo! News)

Arlene, Bret, Cindy and now Dennis. Storm hunters don't expect to be hunched over their radar screens and dispatching chase aircraft until Labor Day. But 2005 is no normal year.

Posted at 01:37 PM

Int***l aviation inspector to probe Biman safety measures (News From Bangladesh)

A team of international aviation inspector (COSCEP) is now in the capital to prepare a report on Biman***s safety measures on a routine visit that coincided with several accidents of the national flag carrier in recent months, officials said, reports BSS.

Posted at 01:25 PM

Dozens Missing After Indonesia Ferry Sinks (AP via Yahoo! News)

Rescue aircraft and ships were searching Saturday for dozens of people missing after a ferry boat capsized in rough seas off eastern Indonesia.

Posted at 06:29 AM

Aviation thrown open to PIOs (Rediff.com)

Can hold 100% equity in domestic airlines.

Posted at 02:27 AM

Longtime aviation leader dies (Billings Gazette)

DARNESTOWN, Md. - Clarence R. "Sig" Ugrin, a former chairman of the Montana Aeronautics Board, has died here. He was 78. Family members said Ugrin, formerly of Miles City, died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia and Parkinson's disease.

Posted at 01:45 AM

July 08, 2005

Int***l aviation inspector to probe Biman safety measures (News From Bangladesh)

A team of international aviation inspector (COSCEP) is now in the capital to prepare a report on Biman***s safety measures on a routine visit that coincided with several accidents of the national flag carrier in recent months, officials said, reports BSS.

Posted at 11:22 PM

U.N. leader supports airline ticket tax to fight AIDS (The Advocate)

United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan this week endorsed a proposal by French president Jacques Chirac to impose a $1 or $2 tax on international airline tickets to fund the fight against AIDS in Africa, the Financial Times reports.

Posted at 08:21 PM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-07-08 21:59 GMT: Wall Street airlines - Airline stocks rally as oil pressure eases - UPDATE 1 (Interactive Investor)

SAN FRANCISCO (AFX) -- Led by a 6.8% gain in Northwest Airlines shares, airline stocks turned higher in afternoon trading Friday and paced a broad market upturn. The Amex Airline Index rose 3.9% to 48.03 points, wiping out the holiday- shortened week's losses.

Posted at 04:32 PM

Airline stocks rally as oil pressure eases (Investors.com)

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Led by a 6.8% gain in Northwest Airlines shares, airline stocks turned higher in afternoon trading Friday and paced a broad market upturn.

Posted at 03:50 PM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-07-08 20:12 GMT: Airline stocks rally with broad market upturn (Interactive Investor)

SAN FRANCISCO (AFX) -- Led by a 7.8% gain in Northwest Airlines shares, airline stocks turned higher in afternoon trading Friday and paced a broad market upturn. Crude oil futures also fell. The Amex Airline Index rose 3% to 47.60 points, wiping out the week's losses.

Posted at 02:54 PM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-07-08 20:12 GMT: Airline stocks rally with broad market upturn (Interactive Investor)

SAN FRANCISCO (AFX) -- Led by a 7.8% gain in Northwest Airlines shares, airline stocks turned higher in afternoon trading Friday and paced a broad market upturn. Crude oil futures also fell. The Amex Airline Index rose 3% to 47.60 points, wiping out the week's losses.

Posted at 02:49 PM

AI to wet lease aircraft from Jet Airways (The Hindu)

AIR INDIA and Jet Airways (India) Ltd have reached a short-term agreement for the wet lease by Air India of Jet Airways' A340-300E aircraft for operating a daily flight between Mumbai and London.

Posted at 02:25 PM

Airline raising fuel surcharge (NZCity)

Singapore Airlines says it is hard to tell whether a hike in ticket prices will affect customer demand. The airline is revising its fuel surcharge for tickets issued from July 20, as the price of oil reaches new highs.

Posted at 02:15 PM

Aviation thrown open to PIOs (India Daily)

Can hold 100% equity in domestic airlines. The government has decided to treat persons of Indian origin (PIOs) at par with non-resident Indians (NRIs)with regard to investments in domestic aviation.

Posted at 02:09 PM

Art and aviation (Las Vegas Sun)

Airports are not traditionally thought of as a place to showcase art and artifacts but an increasing number of them -- including McCarran International Airport -- are opening museums.

Posted at 01:28 PM

Report documents few incidents of pets that died on airline flights (CNN.com)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A cat named Tango and an overweight black Lab mix called Cave were among the four pets that died on commercial airline flights in May, according to the government's first monthly report on such incidents.

Posted at 12:29 PM

Aerospace Online News for aviation professionals (Aerospace Online)

7/8/2005 Parsippany, NJ -- DRS Technologies, Inc. announced that it has received $14 million in new orders to manufacture the pilotage and targeting receiver assemblies for the Apache Arrowhead Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) System for U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.

Posted at 11:44 AM

GE Aircraft Engines lands $15.5M military contract (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)

General Electric's Aircraft Engines unit won a $15.5 million engine contract with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in

Posted at 10:41 AM

GE Aircraft Engines lands $15.5M military contract (BizJournals)

General Electric's Aircraft Engines unit won a $15.5 million engine contract with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

Posted at 10:39 AM

Macdill AFB evacuates aircraft to prepare for Dennis (Tampa Bay's 10)

Tampa, Florida - MacDill tells Tampabays10.com that they are planning to evacuate aircraft today. "Although Dennis poses no eminent threat to the Tampa Bay area according to recent weather reports, MacDill is taking preventive measures to evacuate its aircraft today.

Posted at 10:21 AM

Low-speed chase closes Aviation (The Tucson Citizen)

A police chase through parts of Tucson last night ended with police closing Aviation Parkway though this morning's rush hour. A woman was driving the sport utility vehicle, which also carried three passengers.

Posted at 10:13 AM

Viva Engages Thomas Aviation Services for Comprehensive Aircraft Leases (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Viva International, Inc. announced today that it has retained the firm of Thomas Aviation Services, LLC to review the aircraft marketplace for appropriate SAAB 340A, BAE Jetstream 31/32 and J41 and the Cessna Caravan aircraft to meet its fleet requirements for its Caribbean operations.

Posted at 10:02 AM

Viva Engages Thomas Aviation Services for Comprehensive Aircraft Leases (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Viva International, Inc. announced today that it has retained the firm of Thomas Aviation Services, LLC to review the aircraft marketplace for appropriate SAAB 340A, BAE Jetstream 31/32 and J41 and the Cessna Caravan aircraft to meet its fleet requirements for its Caribbean operations.

Posted at 09:50 AM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-07-08 15:06 GMT: Amex Airline Index drifts lower in early action (Interactive Investor)

SAN FRANCISCO (AFX) -- Airline stocks traded mixed Friday morning as the group held out against further gains in the oil markets. The Amex Airline Index fell 0.2% to 46.14 points.

Posted at 09:41 AM

Cebu Pacific launches new aircraft (Malaya)

C EBU Pacific, the country s second biggest airline, recently threw a splashy party at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel to celebrate the arrival of its two new aircraft. The airline has leased two brand new twin-engine single aisle Airbus A320s.

Posted at 09:30 AM

Mesaba Aviation, Inc. Reports Capacity and Traffic for June 2005 (RedNova)

Mesaba Aviation, Inc., a subsidiary company of MAIR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAIR), today reported capacity and traffic for June. Mesaba Aviation flew 248.9 million available seat miles (ASMs) in June, which was down 1.6% year over year.

Posted at 09:09 AM

Mesaba Aviation, Inc. Reports Capacity and Traffic for June 2005 (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Mesaba Aviation, Inc., a subsidiary company of MAIR Holdings, Inc. , today reported capacity and traffic for June. Mesaba Aviation flew 248.9 million available seat miles in June, which was down 1.6% year over year.

Posted at 06:30 AM

INDONESIAN GOV'T SET TO REVITALIZE MERPATI NUSANTARA AIRLINE (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

Transport The government has decided to restructure the debt of state-owned Merpati Nusantara Airline (MNA) and revitalize its fleet in cooperation with investors.

Posted at 03:30 AM

Indonesian Gov't Set to Revitalize Merpati Nusantara Airline (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

JAKARTA, July 8 Asia Pulse - The government has decided to restructure the debt of state-owned Merpati Nusantara Airline (MNA) and revitalize its fleet in cooperation with investors.

Posted at 03:25 AM

AVIATION: Crop sprayer crashes; pilot OK (Grand Forks Herald)

Vance Bakke crashed his crop-spraying airplane Thursday while trying to take off from a private airstrip near Buxton, N.D.

Posted at 03:05 AM

Jet to lease aircraft to Air-India (Rediff.com)

Private sector airline Jet Airways will give its A340-300E aircraft on short-term wet lease to Air-India to operate a daily flight between Mumbai and London.

Posted at 01:39 AM

Obituaries: Hankes, 84, patented aircraft safety system (Houston Chronicle)

Wilbur R. "Hank" Hankes, who patented equipment that enhanced safety on aircraft and spacecraft, died June 30 in a Houston hospice. He was 84.

Posted at 12:46 AM

July 07, 2005

Jet Airways, Air-India to sign deal on aircraft leasing (India Infoline)

Jet Airways India Ltd on Friday said that the Company and Air India Ltd have reached a short-term agreement for the Wet Lease by Air India of the Companys' A340-300E aircraft for operating a daily flight between Mumbai and London.

Posted at 11:55 PM

Want Aviation Exposure? Buy Jets (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Most aviation experts agree that more and more people will fly in airplanes.

Posted at 11:50 PM

Want Aviation Exposure? Buy Jets (AP via Yahoo! News)

Most aviation experts agree that more and more people will fly in airplanes. What's not clear is which airlines will survive to actually fly those airplanes.

Posted at 11:49 PM

Report documents few incidents of pets that died on airline flights (San Diego Union-Tribune)

WASHINGTON, 2:53 p.m. July 7 (AP): A cat named Tango and an overweight black Lab mix called Cave were among the four pets that died on commercial airline flights in May, according to the government's first monthly report on such incidents.

Posted at 07:08 PM

U.K. Aviation Sector Promises Cleaner Planes (Earth Vision)

LONDON, July 8, 2005 - The British aviation industry has presented a sustainable aviation strategy with specific targets to reduce the industry's impact on the environment. But green NGOs criticized the plans as not being radical enough.

Posted at 06:57 PM

Report documents few incidents of pets that died on airline flights (KRON 4 Bay Area)

WASHINGTON The Transportation Department has released its first-ever monthly report on pets and airline flights. The report shows airlines are correct when they say a vast majority of pets survive flights with no problems.

Posted at 05:34 PM

Airline stocks slip, rebounding after London attack (Investors.com)

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Airline stocks weakened Thursday after a string of deadly explosions hit London's public transportation system during rush hour, roiling financial markets.

Posted at 02:40 PM

Memphis, Tenn., Company Teaches Health Professionals Aviation-Style Management (RedNova)

Jul. 7--In the "John Wayne" style of hospital management, surgeons run the operating room. Everybody else has the good sense to keep quiet.

Posted at 02:03 PM

Star Alliance Named As World's Best Airline Alliance (RedNova)

In a recent passenger survey conducted by Skytrax, the specialist air transport research organisation, Star Alliance, the airline network for Earth, has been named the world's best airline alliance.

Posted at 12:49 PM

London Attack Brings Focus To Airline Sector (Forbes)

S&P Equity Research reiterated a "neutral" rating on the airline industry.

Posted at 09:55 AM

British Airways, Airline Stocks Fall on London Blasts (Update4) (Bloomberg.com)

U.K. July 7 (Bloomberg) -- British Airways Plc, Air France-KLM Group and Deutsche Lufthansa AG were among European airline stocks falling today after terrorist bombs rocked London, killing at least 33 people and shutting down all public transportation.

Posted at 09:51 AM

British Airways, Airline Stocks Fall on London Blasts (Update3) (Bloomberg.com)

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- British Airways Plc, Air France-KLM Group and Deutsche Lufthansa AG were among European airline stocks falling today after terrorist bombs rocked London, killing at least two people and shutting down all public transportation.

Posted at 09:39 AM

Airline stocks weaken after London explosions (CBS Market Watch)

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Airline stocks weakened Thursday morning after a string of explosions hit London's subway system during rush hour.

Posted at 09:27 AM

British Airways, Airline Stocks Fall on London Blasts (Update2) (Bloomberg.com)

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- British Airways Plc, Air France-KLM Group and Deutsche Lufthansa AG were among European airline stocks falling today after terrorist bombs rocked London, killing at least eight people and shutting down all public transportation.

Posted at 09:25 AM

Cebu Pacific launches new aircraft (Malaya)

C EBU Pacific, the country s second biggest airline, recently threw a splashy party at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel to celebrate the arrival of its two new aircraft. The airline has leased two brand new twin-engine single aisle Airbus A320s.

Posted at 09:23 AM

British Airways, Airline Stocks Fall on London Blasts (Update2) (Bloomberg.com)

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- British Airways Plc, Air France-KLM Group and Deutsche Lufthansa AG were among European airline stocks falling today after terrorist bombs rocked London, killing at least eight people and shutting down all public transportation.

Posted at 08:38 AM

TAT Technologies Ltd. Acquires Piedmont Aviation Component Services, LLC, a Leading North Carolina-Based Fully Licensed (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

TAT Technologies Ltd. - today announced the acquisition of Piedmont Aviation Component Services, LLC, a North Carolina-based aviation repair Station engaged in the repair and overhaul of various aircraft accessories, through it's fully owned subsidiary Limco Airepair Inc.

Posted at 08:18 AM

80-year-old pilot hurt in crash of aircraft (The Buffalo News)

GAINES - A two-seat, fixed-wing experimental aircraft crashed Wednesday in Orleans County, sending the 80-year-old pilot to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Posted at 08:15 AM

Mexico's state airline seeks bidders (USA Today)

The government's airline holding company, Cintra, started seeking bidders for the country's two biggest airlines on Wednesday.

Posted at 07:12 AM

AEROSPACE Boeing Facing Possible US Charges Over Aircraft Sales (SpaceDaily)

US aviation giant Boeing Co. is facing possible US charges for selling commercial aircraft to China and other countries containing a gyroscopic chip with potential military applications, officials said Wednesday.

Posted at 06:51 AM

Malaysian Airline raises fuel surcharges by 40 pct (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)

KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 (Reuters) - State-controlled Malaysian Airline System said on Thursday it will raise its fuel surcharge to by 40 percent on all flights from July 15 to help cover rising fuel costs.

Posted at 06:41 AM

British Airways, Airline Stocks Fall on London Blasts (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- British Airways Plc, Air France-KLM Group and Deutsche Lufthansa AG were among European airline stocks falling today after multiple explosions rocked London.

Posted at 06:40 AM

Scots Airline Wins Prague Flights Battle Major Carrier Pulls Out of Glasgow After Success of Flyglobespan Service (RedNova)

LOW-COST airline flyglobespan has won a David and Goliath battle to dominate flights between Glasgow and Prague.

Posted at 06:39 AM

GE buys CIT aircraft assets (The Deal)

The owner of one of the world's largest fleets of airplanes added to its collection Wednesday, July 6, as the financial unit of General Electric Co. announced it had acquired about $1 billion in aircraft assets from CIT Group Inc. for an undisclosed price.

Posted at 05:34 AM

Military aircraft, weapons on display this weekend (The Daily News)

The public gets a chance to reflect on past and current wars while viewing vintage military aircraft, vehicles and weapons this weekend. The military vehicles and aircraft will be on display at the Kelso/Longview Regional Airport Friday through Sunday.

Posted at 03:19 AM

Umrah firms

Umrah service firms in Saudi Arabia will be converted to tourism companies by the end of 2005, according to Supreme Commission for Tourism secretary-general Prince Sultan ibn Salman. The move is designed to encourage pilgrims visiting the Kingdom for Haj or Umrah to also engage in tourism activities. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:17 AM

UK Aircraft Carriers May Slip (RedNova)

Jul. 3--The government has backed away from firm in-service dates for the UK's flagship aircraft carriers, with defence minister Adam Ingram now calling the dates merely "targets".

Posted at 12:27 AM

Suspended China Aviation Oil CEO attends court hearing ahead of trial (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

The suspended chief executive of China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corp. appeared in court on Thursday ahead of his trial on charges including insider trading and making false statements.

Posted at 12:04 AM

July 06, 2005

Int***l aviation inspector to probe Biman safety measures (News From Bangladesh)

A team of international aviation inspector (COSCEP) is now in the capital to prepare a report on Biman***s safety measures on a routine visit that coincided with several accidents of the national flag carrier in recent months, officials said, reports BSS.

Posted at 11:30 PM

SkyCargo gets A310F

Emirates SkyCargo has taken delivery of the first of its three Airbus A310-300Fs on order. The A310F has a gross payload of 39 tonnes and auxiliary centre tanks to increase range. The aircraft is designed to rationalise payloads, increase flexibility and provide quicker turnarounds. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:30 PM

German Airline Tests Biometric Tickets (WJLA-TV Washington D.C.)

BERLIN (AP) - The German airline Lufthansa has started testing tickets encoded with passengers' thumbprint data in hopes of speeding up check-ins without compromising security.The 14-day trial started Monday with Lufthansa employees trying out the system, spokesman Thomas Jachnow said.

Posted at 07:57 PM

German Airline Tests Biometric Tickets (San Francisco Chronicle)

The German airline Lufthansa has started testing tickets encoded with passengers' thumbprint data in hopes of speeding up check-ins without compromising security. The 14-day trial started Monday with Lufthansa employees trying out the system, spokesman...

Posted at 07:52 PM

German Airline Tests Biometric Tickets (ABC News)

German Airline Tests Biometric Tickets, Tries to Speed Up Check-Ins Without Compromising Security

Posted at 07:46 PM

NORTH ASIA THE NEXT MECCA FOR LOW-COST AIRLINE GROWTH (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

Regulations / Law North Asia is set to capitalize on its massive potential for low cost airline growth, according to leading Asia Pacific advisory firm, The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Posted at 07:26 PM

North ASIA The Next Mecca For Low-Cost Airline Growth (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

North Asia is set to capitalize on its massive potential for low cost airline growth, according to leading Asia Pacific advisory firm, The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Posted at 07:25 PM

German Airline Tests Biometric Tickets (AP via Yahoo! News)

The German airline Lufthansa has started testing tickets encoded with passengers' thumbprint data in hopes of speeding up check-ins without compromising security.

Posted at 07:24 PM

BOEING FACING POSSIBLE US CHARGES OVER AIRCRAFT SALES (The Tocqueville Connection)

S EATTLE, Washington, July 6 (AFP) - US aviation giant Boeing Co. is facing possible US charges for selling commercial aircraft to China and other countries containing a gyroscopic chip with potential military applications, officials said Wednesday.

Posted at 07:24 PM

Boeing facing possible US charges over aircraft sales (AFP via Yahoo! News)

US aviation giant Boeing Co. is facing possible US charges for selling commercial aircraft to China and other countries containing a gyroscopic chip with potential military applications, officials said.

Posted at 06:43 PM

Boeing facing possible US charges over aircraft sales (AFP via Yahoo! News)

US aviation giant Boeing Co. is facing possible US charges for selling commercial aircraft to China and other countries containing a gyroscopic chip with potential military applications, officials said.

Posted at 06:34 PM

Trinidad Government to Decide on Airline Soon (RedNova)

Text of report by Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) news agency on 6 July Castries, St Lucia: The Trinidad and Tobago government will soon decide on an option for the debt-ridden national carrier, BWIA, even as the Patrick Manning administration continued to push for the establishment of a single regional airline.

Posted at 06:30 PM

Former KC Aviation Official Sues City Over Firing (WIBW-TV Topeka)

Former Kansas City aviation department director Russ Widmar is suing the city, saying his 2003 firing was racially motivated.

Posted at 05:25 PM

GE buys CIT aircraft assets (The Deal)

The owner of one of the world's largest fleets of airplanes added to its collection Wednesday, July 6, as the financial unit of General Electric Co. announced it had acquired about $1 billion in aircraft assets from CIT Group Inc. for an undisclosed price.

Posted at 05:12 PM

GE Unit to Acquire CIT Aircraft Assets (ABC News)

GE Commercial Finance to Acquire $1 Billion in Aircraft Assets From CIT Group

Posted at 05:01 PM

GE Unit to Acquire CIT Aircraft Assets (AP via Yahoo! News)

GE Commercial Finance, a financial services arm of General Electric Co., said Wednesday that it agreed to acquire about $1 billion in aircraft assets from CIT Group Inc., a provider of commercial and consumer finance services.

Posted at 04:42 PM

Global ePoint Aviation Division Introduces New Class III Electronic Flight Bag System; New System on Boeing 777 (RedNova)

Global ePoint, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEPT) a leading manufacturer of security technologies for the aviation, law enforcement, industrial and commercial markets, today announced a new enhanced version of the AirWorks "Electronic Flight Bag" system.

Posted at 04:17 PM

Mexico's State Airline Seeks Bidders (AP via Yahoo! News)

The government's airline holding company, Cintra, started seeking bidders for the country's two biggest airlines on Wednesday.

Posted at 03:25 PM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-07-06 20:03 GMT: Amex Airline Index falls but resists oil-driven selloff (Interactive Investor)

SAN FRANCISCO (AFX) -- Airline stocks traded lower Wednesday but held their own against a surge in crude oil that pushed prices past $61 a barrel. The Amex Airline Index fell 0.5% to 46.43 points. Bucking the selling, JetBlue Airways , AMR Corp. and Alaska Air Group managed modest advances.

Posted at 02:35 PM

CIT sells aircraft assets to GE,cuts jobs (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)

BOSTON (Reuters) - CIT Group Inc. , on Wednesday said it agreed to sell nearly $1 billion of corporate aircraft leases and loans to General Electric Co. , as part of CIT's efforts to streamline its businesses and focus on growth segments.

Posted at 02:18 PM

CIT sells aircraft assets to GE,cuts jobs (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

CIT Group Inc. , on Wednesday said it agreed to sell nearly $1 billion of corporate aircraft leases and loans to General Electric Co. , as part of CIT's efforts to streamline its businesses and focus on growth segments.

Posted at 02:12 PM

Mexican Airline Company Seeks Bidders (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

The government's airline holding company, Cintra, started seeking bidders for the country's two biggest airlines on Wednesday.

Posted at 01:18 PM

Global ePoint Aviation Division Introduces New Class III Electronic Flight Bag System (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Global ePoint, Inc. a leading manufacturer of security technologies for the aviation, law enforcement, industrial and commercial markets, today announced a new enhanced version of the AirWorks "Electronic Flight Bag" system.

Posted at 12:48 PM

AIRLINE CUTTING FREE PRETZELS TO TRIM COSTS (KPVI-TV)

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Former F-B-I Director L. Patrick Gray has died. That word comes from his son. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Passengers on U-S Airways flights can soon forget about those free little bags of pretzels the airline has been handing out.

Posted at 12:17 PM

Airline Cutting Pretzels (Fox 19 Cincinnati)

Passengers on U.S. Airways flights can soon forget about those free little bags of pretzels the airline has been handing out. Starting in September the airline will stop giving away the snack. A spokeswoman for the airline says the move is part of an effort to keep up with discount flyers.

Posted at 11:38 AM

Airline Cuts Free Pretzels To Trim Costs Move Expected To Save $1 Million A Year (The Louisville Channel)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Passengers on US Airways flights can soon forget about those free little bags of pretzels the airline has been handing out. Starting in September the airline will stop giving away the snack.

Posted at 11:03 AM

GE buys $1 bln of CIT aircraft assets (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

General Electric Co. on Wednesday said it agreed to acquire about $1 billion of corporate aircraft leases and loans from CIT Group Inc. , the latest acquisition for its highly profitable commercial finance business.

Posted at 11:00 AM

Luxell Technologies' Aktelux unit wins Malaysian Hawk aircraft upgrade contract (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

TORONTO (CP) - Luxell Technologies Inc.'s Aktelux unit has won an upgrade contract for Malaysian Hawk combat aircraft, the company announced Wednesday.

Posted at 10:46 AM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-07-06 15:55 GMT: Wall Street airlines - Oil rise thwarts airline stocks (Interactive Investor)

SAN FRANCISCO (AFX) -- Airline stocks traded lower Wednesday morning with AMR Corp.'s modest advance setting shares of the parent of American Airlines apart in the Amex Airline Index. The Amex Airline Index fell 1.1% to 46.19 points as crude-oil prices touched $60 a barrel.

Posted at 10:38 AM

GE Unit to Acquire CIT Aircraft Assets (ABC News)

GE Commercial Finance to Acquire $1 Billion in Aircraft Assets From CIT Group

Posted at 10:02 AM

Navy to have one aircraft carrier (BBC News)

The Royal Navy will be left with only one aircraft carrier when HMS Invincible is decommissioned six months early.

Posted at 09:53 AM

Oil rise thwarts airline stocks (CBS Market Watch)

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Airline stocks traded lower Wednesday morning with AMR Corp.'s modest advance setting shares of the parent of American Airlines apart in the Amex Airline Index.

Posted at 09:48 AM

GE Unit to Acquire CIT Aircraft Assets (AP via Yahoo! News)

GE Commercial Finance, a financial services arm of General Electric Co., said Wednesday that it agreed to acquire about $1 billion in aircraft assets from CIT Group Inc., a provider of commercial and consumer finance services.

Posted at 09:34 AM

Airline Cutting Pretzels to Trim Costs (San Francisco Chronicle)

Passengers who love those little bags of pretzels given away aboard US Airways flights had better move fast to get some more because the airline is cutting them from the menu. Beginning in September, US Airways will pull the pretzels from domestic...

Posted at 09:12 AM

GE Unit to Acquire CIT Aircraft Assets (WJLA-TV Washington D.C.)

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - GE Commercial Finance, the business-to-business financial services unit of General Electric Co., said Wednesday that it agreed to acquire about $1 billion in aircraft assets from CIT Group Inc., a provider of commercial and consumer finance services.The sale of a majority of the assets closed on June 30, and the rest of the sold assets will be transferred during the third

Posted at 08:46 AM

GE acquires CIT's $1B aircraft-leasing group (CBS Market Watch)

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- General Electric Co. will nearly triple the size of its aircraft fleet, announcing Wednesday it acquired $1 billion in leases and loans from financial services firm CIT Group Inc.

Posted at 08:36 AM

GE Unit to Acquire CIT Aircraft Assets (ABC News)

GE Commercial Finance to Acquire $1 Billion in Aircraft Assets From CIT Group

Posted at 08:08 AM

Airline Cutting Pretzels to Trim Costs (AP via Yahoo! News)

Passengers who love those little bags of pretzels given away aboard US Airways flights had better move fast to get some more because the airline is cutting them from the menu.

Posted at 08:01 AM

Insiders shedding airline shares? (CNN Money)

Regardless of the pedigree of the air carrier -- whether it's Northwest Airlines or discounter JetBlue Airways -- insiders have been selling millions of dollars' worth of shares, and they don't appear to be in any rush to buy, according to a report published Wednesday.

Posted at 07:53 AM

Airline cutting free pretzels to trim costs (WAVY 10)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Passengers on U-S Airways flights can soon forget about those free little bags of pretzels the airline has been handing out. Starting in September the airline will stop giving away the snack.

Posted at 07:48 AM

GE Unit to Acquire CIT Aircraft Assets (AP via Yahoo! News)

GE Commercial Finance, a financial services arm of General Electric Co., said Wednesday that it agreed to acquire about $1 billion in aircraft assets from CIT Group Inc., a provider of commercial and consumer finance services.

Posted at 07:46 AM

GE Commercial Finance to acquire $1 billion in aircraft assets from CIT (Canadian Business)

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - GE Commercial Finance, the business-to-business financial services unit of General Electric Co., said Wednesday that it agreed to acquire about $1 billion in aircraft assets from CIT Group Inc., a commercial and consumer finance company.

Posted at 07:38 AM

GE Unit to Acquire CIT Aircraft Assets (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

GE Commercial Finance, the business-to-business financial services unit of General Electric Co., said Wednesday that it agreed to acquire about $1 billion in aircraft assets from CIT Group Inc., a provider of commercial and consumer finance services.

Posted at 07:34 AM

Emirates adds London flight

Emirates Airline is putting on a fifth daily service from Dubai to London Heathrow, starting from 1 August. The flight will initially be on an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a configuration of 27 seats in business and 251 seats in economy class. From 1 September, a three class service will be introduced providing 12 seats in first, 42 seats in business and 183 economy class seats. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:19 AM

Marriott, pre-paid travel card

Marriott International is testing a travel card in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait that will enable travellers to pre-pay their hotel stays for all of the company's hotels except the Ritz-Carlton. Called the Marriott Prepaid Card, it follows a similar concept as a debit card. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:47 AM

GE Unit to Acquire CIT Aircraft Assets (ABC News)

GE Comnmercial Finance to Acquire $1 Billion in Aircraft Assets From CIT Group

Posted at 06:27 AM

GE agrees to acquire 1 bln usd of CIT aircraft assets (Sharewatch)

LONDON (AFX) -- The GE Commerical Finance division of General Electric Co. said it's agreed to acquire $1 billion in aircraft assets from CIT Group for undisclosed terms. The sale of a majority of the assets closed on June 30, with the balance to be transferred during the third quarter.

Posted at 05:40 AM

Aviation business conference

The regional business aviation sector will be examined at the Middle East Business Aviation Conference being held alongside the Dubai air show in September. Dubai Department of Civil Aviation President Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who will deliver the keynote address, said the conference will focus the international aviation industry on the sector which is recording tremendous growth throughout the Middle East. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:11 AM

SpiceJet to add four more aircraft (Rediff.com)

Claiming to be on top of all airlines in the country in terms of passenger load factor, infant budget carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday said it would add four more aircraft to its existing fleet of three Boeing airplanes by December to launch services in

Posted at 04:23 AM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-07-06 09:11 GMT: China A-shares close lower, financial, airline plays sag - UPDATE (Interactive Investor)

(Updating to add analyst comment, share prices) SHANGHAI (AFX) - A-shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen closed lower on still fragile sentiment after recent sharp losses, with financial counters weighed down by a slump in CITIC Securities Co Ltd (SHA 600030) and airline firms under pressure from profit worries, dealers said.

Posted at 03:52 AM

Gulf ups Istanbul service

Gulf Air now has four flights a week from Istanbul to Bahrain after adding an extra flight on Tuesdays. Flights leave Istanbul on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at 14.55 arriving 18.45, and on Friday the flight departs at 16.10 and arrives at 20.15. The route is serviced by the airline's recently refurbished Airbus A320 aircraft. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:50 AM

Aviation company orders 6 Boeing 747 freighters (Seattle Times)

Guggenheim Aviation Partners, an aviation-investment firm headquartered in Chicago, has ordered six 747 jumbo-jet freighters, Boeing said...

Posted at 02:39 AM

Airline pitches in-flight pretzels (The Charlotte Observer)

It's the latest twist in airline cost-cutting: US Airways is eliminating free pretzels.

Posted at 02:34 AM

Ex-aviation chief says city was pressured to fire him (Kansas City Star)

Claiming that his November 2003 firing was racially motivated, former Kansas City Aviation Director Russ Widmar has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the city.

Posted at 02:21 AM

Airline cutting free pretzels to trim costs (SanLuisObispo.com)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Passengers who love those little bags of pretzels given away aboard US Airways flights had better move fast to get some more because the airline is cutting them from the menu.

Posted at 02:17 AM

BJP activists block aircraft, trains as part of bandh (Outlook India)

The BJP-VHP activists today prevented an aircraft from taking off by squatting on the airstrip here and also disrupted train services to enforce the bandh against against militant attack at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Posted at 02:14 AM

Airline cutting free pretzels to trim costs (KRON 4 Bay Area)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Passengers on U-S Airways flights can soon forget about those free little bags of pretzels the airline has been handing out. Starting in September the airline will stop giving away the snack.

Posted at 01:37 AM

Procurement of 4 aircraft okayed-Remove anomalies from aviation business: Saifur (News From Bangladesh)

To replenish the worn-out Biman fleet, Finance and Planning Minister Saifur Rahman on Tuesday approved the procurement of four aircraft in order to uphold image of the national flag-carrier that suffered the latest jolt through a plane crash, reports UNB.

Posted at 01:02 AM

Former KC aviation official sues city over firing (Kansas City Star)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The former director of Kansas City's aviation department is suing the city, saying his 2003 firing was racially motivated. Russ Widmar filed the suit Friday in federal court.

Posted at 12:33 AM

Saifur blasts Biman, rejects plea for 10 new aircraft (News From Bangladesh)

The finance and planning minister, M Saifur Rahman, on Tuesday asked the Biman Bangladesh Airlines to improve management efficiency before buying any aircraft.

Posted at 12:19 AM

Salvage of DC-10 aircraft to be completed by today (News From Bangladesh)

July 5: Salvage of the DC-10 aircraft that met an accident at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport (CSAIA) on Friday is expected to be completed by this morning.

Posted at 12:06 AM

July 05, 2005

Northwest: Labor concessions only way to save airline (The Arizona Republic)

MINNEAPOLIS - Northwest Airlines Corp. shares sank further on Tuesday, when its chief executive said the airline must get labor concessions by the end of 2005 or face the possibility of bankruptcy.

Posted at 11:33 PM

Airline sale raises concerns (The Arizona Republic)

MEXICO CITY - Mexican airline workers urged the government Tuesday to adopt a long-term air transportation plan as the country seeks to sell off its biggest airlines.

Posted at 11:31 PM

Ba holiday packages popular

British Airways Holidays has reported a 30% increase in the sale of holiday packages in the UAE for the year ending April 2005. BAH packages can be booked online at ba.com by selecting the hotels and car hire icon on the website. Alternatively holiday packages can be bought at the BA service centre. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:10 PM

70 detained under new aviation security law (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

New aviation security laws have led to 70 people being detained and questioned by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers at airports across the country.

Posted at 10:18 PM

Rivers to Acquire Second Aircraft (This Day)

Speaker of River State House of Assembly. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday said the state government is set to acquire its second aircraft that will be used strictly for commercial purposes.

Posted at 09:39 PM

TAIWAN AIRCRAFT OFTEN DAMAGED BY BIRDS (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

Statistics Eleven per cent of Taiwan aircraft hit by birds have suffered damage, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF).

Posted at 07:23 PM

Taiwan Aircraft Often Damaged by Birds (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

TAIPEI, July 6 Asia Pulse - Eleven per cent of Taiwan aircraft hit by birds have suffered damage, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF).

Posted at 07:11 PM

Summary: Union Wants Out of Airline Talks (AP via Yahoo! News)

LET US OUT: Both Northwest Airlines and its mechanics say their talks are going nowhere. On Tuesday, the mechanics requested to be released from negotiations, saying Northwest has rejected its offer for a pay cut.

Posted at 06:49 PM

Low-Fare Airline Could Increase Popularity of HIA (WGAL via Yahoo! News)

Last year, more than 1 million people flew in and out of Harrisburg International Airport.

Posted at 05:14 PM

Aviation investment firm orders six Boeing 747 freighters (SanLuisObispo.com)

SEATTLE - Guggenheim Aviation Partners, an aviation investment firm headquartered in Chicago, has ordered six 747 jumbo jet freighters, Boeing Co. said Tuesday.

Posted at 04:57 PM

Boeing gets Guggenheim Aviation order for 747 cargo planes (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Aviation giant Boeing Co. said that Guggenheim Aviation Partners had ordered six 747-400ER cargo planes valued at about 1.37 billion dollars at list prices.

Posted at 02:14 PM

Airline cancels flight plan for KC-St. Louis (BizJournals)

St. Louis Air has grounded its planned commuter service between the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City and Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Mo., near St. Louis because the airline won't move its office to the Chesterfield airport as required by St. Louis County's aviation department.

Posted at 02:02 PM

Procurement of 10 new aircraft for Biman -Civil aviation ministry top brass to seek Saifur's consent (News From Bangladesh)

Civil aviation and tourism ministry officials will try to seek approval of Finance Minister Saifur Rahman on purchase of 10 new aircraft worth about Tk 60 billion at a meeting today (Tuesday).

Posted at 01:43 PM

Western Aircraft implements Valogix inventory software (BizJournals)

A Boise, Idaho, aircraft parts dealer has become the latest company to purchase inventory software from Valogix.

Posted at 01:34 PM

Procurement of 10 new aircraft for Biman -Civil aviation ministry top brass to seek Saifur's consent (News From Bangladesh)

Civil aviation and tourism ministry officials will try to seek approval of Finance Minister Saifur Rahman on purchase of 10 new aircraft worth about Tk 60 billion at a meeting today (Tuesday).

Posted at 01:32 PM

Feds Offer New Threat to Vintage Aircraft (RedNova)

The AOPA is warning that proposed changes to FAA airworthiness standards could make it virtually impossible to update or restore many older general aviation aircraft.

Posted at 01:31 PM

The McGraw-Hill Companies' Business & Commercial Aviation And BusinessWeek, Together With Leading Edge Aviation (RedNova)

NEW YORK, July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A conference series to provide professional guidance on purchasing and operating business aircraft has been created by The McGraw-Hill Companies' Business & Commercial Aviation and BusinessWeek, along with Leading Edge Aviation Solutions.

Posted at 01:31 PM

The McGraw-Hill Companies' Business & Commercial Aviation And BusinessWeek, Together With Leading Edge Aviation (RedNova)

NEW YORK, July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A conference series to provide professional guidance on purchasing and operating business aircraft has been created by The McGraw-Hill Companies' Business & Commercial Aviation and BusinessWeek, along with Leading Edge Aviation Solutions.

Posted at 01:17 PM

Jet Aviation Selects Ruder Finn for National Awareness Program (RedNova)

NEW YORK, July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruder Finn announced today that it has been selected by Jet Aviation, a leading worldwide business aviation services company, as its public relations agency of record in the United States.

Posted at 01:15 PM

Aircraft orders fuel factory orders (BizJournals)

A recent upswing in the cyclical commercial aircraft industry has helped push the order sheet at domestic factories up 2.9 percent for May, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Posted at 12:49 PM

Aircraft orders fuel factory orders (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)

A recent upswing in the cyclical commercial aircraft industry has helped push the order sheet at domestic factories up 2.9

Posted at 12:42 PM

Airline Pilots Get Lavish Treatment (donga.com)

The strike of airline pilots, who are commonly known to be well-treated, has become a social issue. They are under criticism that they are an aristocratic labor union.

Posted at 12:09 PM

Boeing, Guggenheim Aviation Partners Sign for Six 747-400ER Freighters (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

Boeing today confirmed that Guggenheim Aviation Partners , the U.S.-based aviation investment firm acting on behalf of the Guggenheim Aviation Investment Fund LP , has placed an order for six 747-400ER Freighters valued at approximately US$1.37 billion at list prices.

Posted at 12:06 PM

Pemco Aviation Group announces deal with Alaska Airlines (BizJournals)

Pemco Aviation Group Inc. announced Tuesday that Alaska Airlines has contracted with the company's Dothan, Ala., subsidiary, Pemco World Air Services, for a first-ever conversion of B737-400 aircraft from passenger to freighter and passenger to "combi" configurations.

Posted at 11:16 AM

Pemco Aviation Group announces deal with Alaska Airlines (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)

Pemco Aviation Group Inc. announced Tuesday that Alaska Airlines has contracted with the company's Dothan, Ala., subsidiary, Pemco World Air

Posted at 11:02 AM

Aircraft demand drives up US factory orders (RT** News)

Department said today. The increase was the strongest in 14 months, but was slightly under Wall Street's expectation for a rise of 3%. Excluding a 165% surge in civilian airplane orders and a 17% rise in military aircraft orders, however, orders for factory goods fell 0.3% in May.

Posted at 10:33 AM

Airline stocks off as Delta, Northwest give way (Investors.com)

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Airline stocks weakened in early trading Tuesday with Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines down more than 3%. The Amex Airline Index ($XAL) gave up 1.4% to 46.53 points early on.

Posted at 09:43 AM

Airline stocks off as Delta, Northwest give way (CBS Market Watch)

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Airline stocks weakened in early trading Tuesday with Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines down more than 3%.

Posted at 09:41 AM

U.S. May Factory Orders Rise on Aircraft Demand (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. factory orders increased in May by the most in a year, mainly due to a surge in bookings for commercial aircraft. Demand for business equipment declined for a third month in four.

Posted at 09:40 AM

Cebu Pacific launches new aircraft (Malaya)

C EBU Pacific, the country s second biggest airline, recently threw a splashy party at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel to celebrate the arrival of its two new aircraft. The airline has leased two brand new twin-engine single aisle Airbus A320s.

Posted at 09:19 AM

Applied Dynamics International's ADvantage Real-Time Simulation Framework Selected by Gulfstream Aerospace for Aircraft (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Applied Dynamics International today announced that Gulfstream Aerospace has selected the ADvantage real-time simulation and desktop cosimulation framework for the development of advanced aircraft technologies.

Posted at 09:00 AM

Pemco Aviation Group Announces Deal with Alaska Airlines for First-Ever Boeing 737-400 Cargo and Combi Conversions (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Pemco Aviation Group, Inc. announced today that Alaska Airlines has contracted with its Dothan, Alabama subsidiary, Pemco World Air Services, for a first-ever conversion of B737-400 aircraft from passenger to freighter and passenger to combi configurations.

Posted at 08:05 AM

Gulf Air senior pilot retires

Gulf Air has announced the retirement of one its most senior pilots, Captain Bill Smith, who is leaving after clocking up over 16,000 flying hours with airline. Captain Smith joined Gulf Air in 1992 as a captain on the Boeing B737. In 1992 he became a training captain and in 1994 flew the Airbus A320, and later piloted the long-haul A340 and A330s. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:58 AM

ACE Aviation, Barrick, O&Y Properties: Canada Equity Preview (Bloomberg.com)

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual price changes in the Canadian market. This preview includes news that broke after markets closed yesterday. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names. Prices are from yesterday's close.

Posted at 07:51 AM

New Mexico airport facing serious growing pains (USA Today)

Sightseeing motorists driving onto taxiways and near misses between aircraft and vehicles are just some of the growing pains ...

Posted at 07:48 AM

It's chocks away for aviation group (ic Surrey Online)

MEMBERS of an aviation group with a head for heights took to the skies on their very first glider flight. Twenty members of the Smallfield and District Aviation Group went gliding at the Southdown Gliding Club in Parham, West Sussex, earlier this month.

Posted at 07:42 AM

Man questioned over alleged airline threat (The Age)

A Hobart airline passenger could be charged under Australia's strict new aviation safety laws, for allegedly making a threat against an aeroplane. The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is considering laying charges against the man, who flew from Hobart to Melbourne last Friday.

Posted at 07:42 AM

Etihad appoints new CEO

Etihad Airways has appointed Robert W Strodel as its new chief executive officer. Born in Austria, Strodel was founder and managing director of Lufthansa Cargo India in 1996 until starting his own global aviation consulting services in Germany in 2001. He comes to the role after heading Etihad's cargo and mail divisions. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:27 AM

Airlines to offer more than 280 million airline tickets in July 2005: OAG (eyefortravel.com)

As airlines*** gear up for one of the busiest seasons for years, OAG has revealed that the world***s airlines are going to offer more than 280 million airline tickets in July this year.

Posted at 07:16 AM

Poland Interested In Cooperation With RI's Aircraft Maker (Berita Sore)

Bandung, ( Berita ) Poland is interested in forging cooperation with Inodnesia's PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) in aircraft-making. The interest was expressed by Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka during a visit to the PT DI's plants here on Monday.

Posted at 06:53 AM

Man held over alleged airline threat (AAP via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

A Hobart airline passenger could be charged under Australia's strict new aviation safety laws, for allegedly making a threat against an aeroplane.

Posted at 06:27 AM

Weight watching (USA Today)

Pilot Meryl Getline explains how an aircraft's takeoff weight is determined, and whether it matters how heavy you and your fellow ...

Posted at 06:07 AM

EU OKs Swiss International Takeover (AP via Yahoo! News)

The European Union gave a conditional green light Tuesday to German airline Lufthansa AG's euro310 million ($374.7 million) takeover of Swiss International Air Lines.

Posted at 05:47 AM

Norway may fine SAS over pricing (CNN.com)

OSLO, Norway (Reuters) -- The Norwegian arm of Scandinavian airline SAS charged unfair prices on a domestic route and it may be fined up to 30 million crowns ($4.54 million), Norway's competition authority said on Monday.

Posted at 05:17 AM

Etihad, winter schedule expansion

Etihad Airways will be operating daily flights to Bahrain by September, up from the current four a week. The airline is also adding Cochin, Trivandrum and Chennai to its Indian destinations. Other routes to be added in the winter schedule starting September are Doha, Muscat, Manila, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Toronto and Brussels. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:02 AM

China signs bilateral aviation agreements with 22 EU member nations (People's Daily)

China has so far signed bilateral aviation agreements with 22 European Union member nations, according to the source from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC).

Posted at 04:30 AM

European Airline Stocks, British Airways Fall; Miners Advance (Bloomberg.com)

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Shares of European airlines including British Airways Plc and chemical makers such as BASF AG fell as the price of oil rose. Rio Tinto Group and BHP Billiton paced an advance in mining shares.

Posted at 02:36 AM

Airport adds 12 new destinations (BBC News)

Cardiff airport is to reveal charter airline Excel Airways is adding 12 routes within Europe and one to Egypt.

Posted at 02:04 AM

Procurement of 10 new aircraft for Biman -Civil aviation ministry top brass to seek Saifur's consent (News From Bangladesh)

Civil aviation and tourism ministry officials will try to seek approval of Finance Minister Saifur Rahman on purchase of 10 new aircraft worth about Tk 60 billion at a meeting today (Tuesday).

Posted at 01:44 AM

Procurement of 10 new aircraft for Biman -Civil aviation ministry top brass to seek Saifur's consent (News From Bangladesh)

Civil aviation and tourism ministry officials will try to seek approval of Finance Minister Saifur Rahman on purchase of 10 new aircraft worth about Tk 60 billion at a meeting today (Tuesday).

Posted at 01:38 AM

Passenger questioned after alleged airline threat (Daily Telegraph)

AN airline passenger may be charged after allegedly making a threat against a plane during a flight from Hobart to Melbourne. The passenger, from Hobart, allegedly made the threat against the aircraft last Friday, an Australian Federal Police (AFP) spokeswoman said today.

Posted at 01:34 AM

Indonesia's national airline losses grow due to increased competition, high oil prices (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Garuda Indonesia's operating losses grew to over US$45 million in the first five months of 2005 because of soaring global oil prices and tough competition from budget airlines, the state enterprises ministers was quoted as saying Tuesday.

Posted at 01:27 AM

Air Force Tests High-Altitude Balloons (AP via Yahoo! News)

The Air Force is eyeing a seldom-used region of the Earth's atmosphere called "near space" for communications and intelligence-gathering with one of the oldest types of aircraft *** balloons.

Posted at 01:02 AM

July 04, 2005

U.S. Factory Orders Probably Rose 3% in May, BN Survey Shows (Bloomberg.com)

U.S. July 5 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. factory orders probably rose 3 percent in May, an increase that may overstate the strength of manufacturing because of a surge in aircraft orders, economists said before a government report today.

Posted at 11:51 PM

Emirates, Hertz deals

Emirates Airlines and Hertz car rental company have signed a deal to give special car hire rates to travellers booking flights online. Until 31 December 2005 customers can go to www.emirates.com and link to the Hertz online reservations system. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:29 PM

Pitched battle for Rs 8 crore InterGlobe's airline account (Agencyfaqs!)

agencyfaqs! InterGlobe Enterprises, a new entrant in the budget airline genre, has called for a creative pitch for launching its low-cost airline venture, Indigo.

Posted at 09:07 PM

Report: Malaysians arrested for allegedly trying to board U.S. aircraft carrier (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Malaysian authorities arrested five people for trespassing into a security area where a U.S. aircraft carrier was docked, news report said Tuesday.

Posted at 08:26 PM

China signs aviation agreements with 22 EU member nations (People's Daily)

China has so far signed bilateral aviation agreements with 22 European Union member nations, according to the source from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC).

Posted at 07:25 PM

Travel update: Airlines add capacity; budget carriers lead way (International Herald Tribune)

Airlines are offering more capacity than at any time in the past five years after adding 5 percent more seats to summer flight schedules than a year ago, according to the Official Airline Guide, which collects data from more than 1,000 carriers around the world.

Posted at 06:56 PM

Another aircraft removal attempt (NZCity)

Further efforts will be made this morning to remove an aircraft which crashed into a river south of Auckland. The Cessna from the Ardmore Flying School plunged into the Wairoa River at Clevedon yesterday.

Posted at 06:12 PM

Northern airline celebrates growth (CBC Manitoba)

It started with one plane and a dream *** now, Missinippi Airways is fuelling aboriginal pride with its multi-million-dollar success story. Missinippi Airways recently celebrated its opening of a new hangar in Thompson.

Posted at 04:59 PM

New private jet service for business (The New Zealand Herald)

A Christchurch aircraft charter business has bought a new business jet for people in a hurry. The deal is covered by a manufacturers' confidentiality agreement, but it is understood the new Cessna Citation CJ3 set Pacific Jets back by between $8 million and $10m.

Posted at 02:33 PM

Civil aviation ministry top brass to seek Saifur's consent (Financial Express)

Civil aviation and tourism ministry officials will try to seek approval of Finance Minister Saifur Rahman on purchase of 10 new aircraft worth about Tk 60 billion at a meeting today (Tuesday).

Posted at 12:51 PM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-07-04 18:35 GMT: DBA plans to buy 30-35 aircraft worth 1.2-1.5 bln usd in next 5 yrs (Interactive Investor)

FRANKFURT (AFX) - German airline DBA plans to buy about 30-35 new aircraft within the next five years for a total of 1.2-1.5 bln usd, according to a prerelease of Die Welt's Tuesday interview with supervisory board chairman and major shareholder Hans Rudolf Woehrl.

Posted at 12:48 PM

Competition authority accuses SAS Braathens airline of unfair competition (Canada.com)

OSLO (AP) - Norweigan competition authorities accused the SAS Braathens airline on Monday of unfair competition for the second time in seven months.

Posted at 11:10 AM

Army aircraft force-lands in Gaya, jawans safe (Hindustan Times)

An army microlight aircraft, with two personnel on board force-landed near the DAV-Rotary campus ground here on Monday. The jawans escaped unhurt, Army sources said.

Posted at 10:42 AM

SAS Braathens Accused of Unfair Competition (ABC News)

Norwegian Competition Authority Accuses SAS Braathens Airline of Unfair Competition

Posted at 10:08 AM

SAS Braathens Accused of Unfair Competition (AP via Yahoo! News)

Competition authorities on Monday accused the SAS Braathens airline of unfair competition for the second time in seven months.

Posted at 09:46 AM

Cebu Pacific launches new aircraft (Malaya)

C EBU Pacific, the country s second biggest airline, recently threw a splashy party at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel to celebrate the arrival of its two new aircraft. The airline has leased two brand new twin-engine single aisle Airbus A320s.

Posted at 08:52 AM

Cebu Pacific launches new aircraft (Malaya)

C EBU Pacific, the country s second biggest airline, recently threw a splashy party at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel to celebrate the arrival of its two new aircraft. The airline has leased two brand new twin-engine single aisle Airbus A320s.

Posted at 08:51 AM

SAS Braathens Accused of Unfair Competition (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

Competition authorities on Monday accused the SAS Braathens airline of unfair competition for the second time in seven months.

Posted at 08:42 AM

US airstrike kills 17 Afghan civilians (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Seventeen civilians including several women and children died when US aircraft bombed a suspected militant hideout in eastern Afghanistan last week, a provincial governor told AFP.

Posted at 08:37 AM

Underwater eruption suspected near island (The Buffalo News)

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's coast guard dispatched aircraft Sunday to survey a 3,300-foot-high column of steam rising from the Pacific Ocean off a Japanese island, in a possible sign of an undersea volcanic eruption, officials said.

Posted at 08:20 AM

Across the Atlantic with string and wood (Slashdot)

SteveAstro writes "Steve Fossett together with Mark Rebholz and a recreation of the Vickers Vimy aircraft have just completed a re-enactment of the first transatlantic crossing by a piston engined aircraft by Alcock and Brown in June 1919. The team, with National Geographic Magazine. Fossett and his team are aiming to recreate the Triple Crown achieved by the Vimy, across the Atlantic,

Posted at 07:57 AM

Govt ask Centre for aviation facilities at INS Kadamba (Deccan Herald)

The Karnataka Government has asked the Centre to provide civil aviation facilities at INS Kadamba for the benefit of the people of Uttara Kannada district, Large and Medium Industries Minister P G R Sindhia informed the Legislative Council today.

Posted at 06:58 AM

Airline History Takes Flight (The Ledger)

OPA-LOCKA -- The old passenger plane parked at Opalocka Airport looks like a gremlin tore it apart on the inside: Rolls of carpet and spare parts line the floor and thick wires hang from exposed panels like shredded metal veins.

Posted at 06:15 AM

Solomon Islands Appoints New Aviation Chief to Boost Air Links (RedNova)

Text of report by Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation text web site on 4 July The civil aviation [department] of the Department of Communications, Aviation and Meteorology has a new controller. He is Bill MacGregor.

Posted at 06:10 AM

Lufthansa Gets U.S. Approval for Takeover (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

German airline Lufthansa AG said Monday it received unconditional approval from U.S. regulators for its planned $374.7 million takeover of Swiss International.

Posted at 05:44 AM

Airline Capacity at 5-Year High on Discount Growth (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)

July 4 (Bloomberg) -- Airlines worldwide are offering more capacity than at any time in the past five years after adding more seats to mid-year flight schedules than a year ago. Demand is being driven by low-fare carriers.

Posted at 04:09 AM

US airstrike kills 17 Afghan civilians: governor (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Seventeen civilians including a number of women and children died when US aircraft bombed a suspected militant hideout in eastern Afghanistan last week, a provincial governor said.

Posted at 03:44 AM

Qatar Airways, daily to Singapore

Qatar Airways is upgrading its Doha to Singapore route with a new daily non-stop service operated by bigger capacity aircraft, beginning on July 15. The existing service operates daily using an Airbus A300 with four of the flights flying via the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, while with the new daily non-stop service, passengers will benefit from a shorter flight and experience Qatar Airways' larger capacity widebody Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which features a fully interactive inflight entertainment system in every seat. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:56 AM

South Korea's Asiana Airlines says possible pilots' strike won't disrupt flights (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Asiana Airlines, South Korea's second-largest airline, on Monday said it expects no disruptions to its flight schedule even if a planned 24-hour strike by its unionized pilots takes place.

Posted at 01:00 AM

July 03, 2005

Skybus team has mile-high hopes with bid for local low-cost airline (BizJournals)

Financial turbulence in the airline industry has some wondering why Columbus' Skybus Airlines thinks it can succeed.

Posted at 11:28 PM

Lithonia man killed in plane crash (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A Lithonia pilot was killed Sunday afternoon when the small experimental aircraft he had spent more than five years constructing crashed on its maiden flight.

Posted at 11:12 PM

Boeing Worldliner in Doha

The ultra long-range Boeing 777-200LR visited Doha last week. Qatar Airways announced its intention to buy up to 20 Boeing aircraft including the new plane at the Paris Air Show. The Boeing Worldliner offers point-to-point travel between almost any two cities in the world. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:10 PM

INDONESIAN GOVT REMOVES VAT ON AVIATION GAS FOR INT'L FLIGHTS (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

Tax The government has decided to abolish value added tax (VAT) on aviation gas, avtur, for aircraft serving international routes.

Posted at 10:23 PM

Indonesian Govt Removes Vat on Aviation Gas for Int'l Flights (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

JAKARTA, July 4 Asia Pulse - The government has decided to abolish value added tax (VAT) on aviation gas, avtur, for aircraft serving international routes.

Posted at 10:00 PM

TOP AIRBUS OFFICIAL IN INDIA QUITS, TO JOIN KINGFISHER AIRLINES (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

Transport A top Airbus Industrie official deployed for promoting aircraft sales in the Indian subcontinent has quit the company, weeks after creating a controversy over Air India's decision to acquire an all-Boeing 50-aircraft fleet.

Posted at 08:31 PM

KOREAN AIRLINE PILOTS TO WORK TO RULE (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

Transport Unionized pilots of Korean Airlines, the larger of South Korea's two passenger airlines, said Friday that they would work to rule from 6 a.m. today.

Posted at 07:25 PM

New Korean Airline Hansung Takes Delivery Of ATR Turboprop (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

A French airplane to be used by a new South Korean passenger airline arrived in this southern South Korean city Saturday, airline officials said.

Posted at 07:24 PM

NEW KOREAN AIRLINE HANSUNG TAKES DELIVERY OF ATR TURBOPROP (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance)

Transport A French airplane to be used by a new South Korean passenger airline arrived in this southern South Korean city Saturday, airline officials said.

Posted at 07:23 PM

Korean Airline Pilots to Work to Rule (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Asia News)

SEOUL, July 4 Asia Pulse - Unionized pilots of Korean Airlines, the larger of South Korea's two passenger airlines, said Friday that they would work to rule from 6 a.m. today.

Posted at 07:20 PM

Boeing and Airbus may set up factories in Pakistan M RAFIQ GORAYAISLAMABAD (July 04 2005): Pakistan has invited Boeing (Business Recorder)

ISLAMABAD (July 04 2005): Pakistan has invited Boeing Company and Airbus to set up their factories here and both aviation giants, one from US and the other from Europe, have shown keen interest to invest up to $20 billion in 7 years, sources told Business Recorder here on Sunday.

Posted at 06:49 PM

Fire at PSO lubricants plant extinguished RECORDER REPORTKARACHI (July 04 2005): Fire fighters early morning on Sunday, (Business Recorder)

KARACHI (July 04 2005): Fire fighters early morning on Sunday, after a six-hour long operation, finally succeeded in putting out a massive fire that broke out in a storage shed of Pakistan State Oil's lubricant manufacturing terminal.

Posted at 06:44 PM

Boeing and Airbus may set up factories in Pakistan M RAFIQ GORAYAISLAMABAD (July 04 2005): Pakistan has invited Boeing (Business Recorder)

ISLAMABAD (July 04 2005): Pakistan has invited Boeing Company and Airbus to set up their factories here and both aviation giants, one from US and the other from Europe, have shown keen interest to invest up to $20 billion in 7 years, sources told Business Recorder here on Sunday.

Posted at 06:39 PM

Air-India to hire Jet aircraft (The Telegraph)

Mumbai, July 3 : Air-India is planning to take aircraft on wet lease from rival Jet Airways to tide over the temporary shortage in supply. Wet lease means the aircraft will sport the existing colours of the owner, and have on board the crew of the original owner, in this case the Jet Airways.

Posted at 05:03 PM

U.S. Troops Killed in Afghan Copter Crash (AP via Yahoo! News)

Eight Navy SEALs and eight members of the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment known as the Night Stalkers were aboard the Chinook helicopter that crashed in the eastern mountains of Afghanistan on Tuesday, the military said. It was the deadliest single blow to American forces fighting an escalating insurgency in the country.

Posted at 05:00 PM

Analysts sceptical of Qantas-SIA merger but back discount wing link (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Aviation analysts have dismissed suggestions from top officials in Canberra and Singapore that Qantas and Singapore Airlines (SIA) will merge, but say the two carriers' discount offshoots would benefit from an alliance.

Posted at 04:58 PM

Civil aviation on fast track (The Hindu)

FLYING HIGH AT LOW COST: An Air Deccan plane readying to fly from Hyderabad. ***

Posted at 03:45 PM

American Airlines digs deep to save fuel (CBS Market Watch)

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The adage "less is more" is a popular one in the airline industry.

Posted at 02:22 PM

Sale of Boeing's aircraft business causes cutback in training program (Kansas City Star)

WICHITA, Kan. - A program to help Boeing workers represented by the Machinists union is being drastically scaled back in response to the company's selling its commercial aircraft business to Onex Corp.

Posted at 12:48 PM

U.S. bombards militants; Taliban shoot cleric (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

U.S. aircraft blasted militant positions in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday as U.S. forces searched for a sixth day for soldiers missing since just before a helicopter coming to their aid was shot down, police said.

Posted at 12:42 PM

General aviation building to be brought up to code (Grand Rapids Herald-Review)

Improvements are in the future for the general aviation building at the Grand Rapids/Itasca County Airport.

Posted at 11:30 AM

Emirates flys to Malta

From October 1, Emirates will fly from Dubai to Malta via Larnaca four times a week. Air Malta will be code sharing on the flights between Malta and Larnaca. Passengers from Dubai now have the choice of travelling to Malta and Cyprus at 08:35 hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays or Sundays. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:27 AM

US bombards Afghan militants; seeks missing troops (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

U.S. aircraft blasted militant positions in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday as U.S. forces searched for a sixth day for soldiers missing since just before a helicopter coming to their aid was shot down, police said.

Posted at 07:07 AM

Hu Jintao visits aircraft factory in Novosibirsk (Itar-Tass)

NOVOSIBIRSK, July 3 (Itar-Tass) - Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the Novosibirsk aircraft factory named after Chkalov.

Posted at 05:58 AM

U.S. seeks missing soldiers in eastern Afghanistan (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

U.S. forces searched for a sixth day on Sunday for a missing team of soldiers in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said, while a news report said U.S. aircraft carried out fresh air strikes against militants. The BBC quoted unidentified U.S. military officials as saying civilians may have died in the bombing of a militant compound in Kunar province on Friday, but a U.S. spokeswoman said

Posted at 05:30 AM

Historic flight aims for Ireland (BBC News)

American adventurer Steve Fossett hopes to land a replica vintage aircraft in Ireland in a recreation of an hitoric flight.

Posted at 04:54 AM

CarterCopter breaking barrier has aviation world all abuzz (Wichita Falls Times Record News)

Many of us were still sleeping the morning a new chapter was written in aviation history.

Posted at 04:01 AM

Centre Daily Times | 07/03/2005 | Founder has high hopes for startup airline in Pa. (Centre Daily Times)

Founder has high hopes for startup airline in Pa. Flying from Erie to Harrisburg in 51 minutes at a much lower cost of today's airfares is a dream of many Erie travelers.

Posted at 02:10 AM

Japan Probes Water Vapor Near Iwo Jima (AP via Yahoo! News)

Japan's Coast Guard dispatched aircraft Sunday to survey a 3,300-foot-high column of steam rising from the Pacific Ocean off a small Japanese island, in a possible sign of an undersea volcanic eruption, officials said.

Posted at 02:04 AM

Aviation classes flying away Low enrollment may spell the end of courses (L.A. Daily News)

GLENDALE -- Paul Kharmandayan is midway through training to become an aviation mechanic, but the program at Glendale Community College that's allowing him to pursue his dream job is slated to end next year because of declining enrollment.

Posted at 02:01 AM

SriLankan adds flights

SriLankan Airlines generated record passenger uplift out of Dubai in May, with figures up nearly 40% over the previous monthly record. New flights are being added, including daily A330 services from Colombo to Abu Dhabi, three of which will continue on to Bahrain with the remaining four serving Doha. The airline is also adding services to Kuwait and Dammam, with nine weekly flights to the former and three to the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, and there will also be a further three early morning departures from Colombo to Dubai. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:47 AM

China to become world's 2nd largest aviation market in 20 years: Airbus official (People's Daily)

China is expected to become the world's second largest aviation market after the United States in the next two decades, a senior Airbus official has predicted, quoting by Saturday's Economic Information Daily in Beijing.

Posted at 01:45 AM

Japan probes maritime mystery (CNN.com)

TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- Japan's Coast Guard dispatched aircraft Sunday to survey a 1,100 meter (3,300-foot) high column of steam rising from the Pacific Ocean off a small Japanese island, in a possible sign of an undersea volcanic eruption, officials said.

Posted at 01:12 AM

Report: Hong Kong airline scales back in-flight service amid labor action (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Hong Kong airline Dragonair has scaled back its in-flight service after at least 100 flight attendants called in sick in recent days to protest their workload, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Posted at 12:19 AM

McNerney, new Boeing CEO

The Boeing Company board has elected W. James McNerney, Jr. chairman of the board, president and CEO, effective July 1. McNerney, 55, has served as chairman and CEO of 3M since January 2001 and previously held top executive positions at the General Electric Company. He has been a director of Boeing for three-and-a-half years and is a director of Procter & Gamble. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:09 AM