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September 17, 2005

Tourists pick Dubai

Dubai is becoming a repeat-visit destination and tourists are staying for and average 3.5 days, according to Emirates Holidays VP John Felix. He says Dubai is the most popular destination for the group's holiday network, accounting for 35% of bookings. EH experienced a 20-25% growth in holiday bookings during summer 2005. []

Posted at 10:38 PM

Alaska Airlines and Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Reach Tentative Contract Agreement (RedNova)

SEATTLE, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) today jointly announced a second tentative agreement on a new four-year contract for the airline's 700 aircraft technicians.

Posted at 04:50 PM

Experts see shift in airline philosophy (News 14 Charlotte)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The airline industry is feeling some turbulence this week as both Delta and Northwest filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Posted at 02:43 PM

Air France cancels Douala flights after Cameroon Airlines ban (AFP via Yahoo! News)

French flag carrier Air France said it was cancelling its flights to Cameroon's economic capital Douala through Monday after France's civil aviation authority banned Cameroon Airlines from French airports, citing safety concerns.

Posted at 11:08 AM

Museum highlights state s aviation history (Nashua Telegraph)

MANCHESTER People aren t supposed to look back fondly on places where they ve been subjected to high-stress tests, but don t tell Charley Robinton.

Posted at 08:04 AM

September 16, 2005

Aviation Museum of NH takes flight at airport (The Union Leader and NewHampshire Sunday News)

LONDONDERRY - A 10-year-old dream was realized yesterday when the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society dedicated the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire.

Posted at 11:10 PM

Boeing likely to lose satellite contract (CNN Money)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co. will likely lose a contract it has for developing secret imaging satellites because of soaring costs and schedule problems, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reported Friday.

Posted at 05:58 PM

11th Beijing Aviation Expo to Kick Off Next Week (RedNova)

11th Beijing Aviation Expo to kick off next week BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's most influential and only aviation event in Beijing, Aviation Expo China 2005 will kick off on September 21.

Posted at 09:53 AM

Global ePoint's Aviation Division to Unveil New Product Lines at World Airline Entertainment Association Annual (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 its Aviation Division, known as Global Airworks, will unveil several new product lines at the World Airline Entertainment Association Annual Conference and Exposition in Hamburg, Germany, September 20-23.

Posted at 07:45 AM

September 15, 2005

ASIA's Largest Aviation Maintenance Event (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

(Full text of a statement. Contact details below.) NEW YORK, Sept 16 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ -- MRO Asia Brings Global Best Practices to Overhaul and Maintenance Professionals. Aircraft safety and management strategies for maintaining aircraft in an evolving aviation market -- issues that affect airlines, OEMs, suppliers, service providers and the military -- will be the focus of discussions and

Posted at 09:16 PM

Comings and Goings (New York Times)

The Federal Aviation Administration has decided against a proposal to require the use of child safety seats aboard airline flights - a move that would have forced parents to buy tickets for small children who otherwise could sit in parents' laps.

Posted at 05:20 PM

Airline Bankruptcies and You (Time Magazine)

Two big carriers declare bankruptcy and another airline may follow. What does this mean for flyers?

Posted at 04:56 PM

Details of 9/11 Report Show '98 Qaeda Alerts Threat to Civil Aviation Also Indicated (RedNova)

American aviation officials were warned as early as 1998 that Al Qaeda could "seek to hijack a commercial jet and slam it into a U.S. landmark," according to previously secret portions of a report prepared last year by the Sept. 11 commission. The officials also realized months before the Sept.

Posted at 01:01 PM

Eastern General Aviation to Purchase One Sikorsky S-92 Offshore Oil Helicopter (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

Eastern General Aviation Corporation has agreed to purchase one Sikorsky S-92 helicopter to serve offshore oil support missions in the Bohai Bay area. Delivery is anticipated in late 2006.

Posted at 11:22 AM

Royal Brunei, $274 to Far East

Royal Brunei is offering return flights from Dubai to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok for $274 until October 31 with children's seats for $205. The return leg has to be completed on or before November 24. []

Posted at 06:54 AM

September 14, 2005

Timeshare conference in Dubai

The second regional Timeshare & Resort Investment Conference to be held in the Middle East will take place on September 20 at the Arabian Court in the One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai. Organisers say it will provide a platform to accelerate the expansion of the timeshare sector in the Middle East. []

Posted at 11:34 PM

Middle School Student Accused Of Bringing Box Cutter To School As Weapon (WJXT via Yahoo! News)

A Highlands Aviation and Military Academy student was arrested Monday and accused of bringing a box cutter to school to use as a weapon.

Posted at 07:31 PM

Federal Aviation Administration Partners with MDA for Improved Flight Path Design Solution (T-Net British Columbia)

Vancouver, BC, September 14, 2005--(T-Net)--MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that it has been awarded a sole-source agreement from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Posted at 10:09 AM

Federal Aviation Administration hires MacDonald, Dettwiler for flight path project (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

RICHMOND, B.C. (CP) - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has won a contract worth at least $1 million to modernize the design of safe flight paths for aircraft with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Posted at 09:15 AM

Gulf aviation market lucrative but competitive (Middle East Online)

Survival of the fittest in lucrative Gulf aviation market which sees more airlines take to skies.

Posted at 06:49 AM

September 13, 2005

Etihad, free ticket promotion

Etihad Airways is offering a free additional ticket to First and Business Class passengers who fly to Brussels on its new service before November 30. Etihad will fly three times a week during the daytime from Abu Dhabi to Brussels from October 31. []

Posted at 11:52 PM

JetBlue becomes 1st to fly roomy new Embraer jet (USA Today)

Embraer delivered its first Embraer 190 to JetBlue Airways, giving it a plane analysts say could reshape the aviation industry by bringing affordable air travel to smaller cities long shunned by budget carriers. The new aircraft is outfitted with leather seats and digital entertainment systems.

Posted at 04:47 PM

Aerospace Online News for aviation professionals (Aerospace Online)

New York - L-3 Communications announced that its Vertex Aerospace (L-3 Vertex) subsidiary has been awarded a one-year, $36.1 million contract to provide Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for the U.S. Navy fleet of 120 TH-57 rotary-wing training aircraft.

Posted at 03:39 PM

EU Proposes to Open Aviation Negotiations With New Zealand (RedNova)

EU proposes to open aviation negotiations with New Zealand BRUSSELS, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission (EC) proposed on Monday to open with New Zealand aviation negotiations which will seek further opening of the respective air markets and enhanced regulatory cooperation.

Posted at 09:19 AM

InterCon Jericho now open

The InterContinental Jericho hotel celebrated its soft opening late last month, next to the International Oasis Casino, and 10 minutes drive to the Dead Sea. It has 181 deluxe rooms including 14 Junior Suites and two Presidential suites - soon to be completed - all equipped with the telecommunications technology, data ports and satellite channels. []

Posted at 06:43 AM

Over 250 attend MAS-hosted global aviation safety conference (The Edge Daily)

More than 250 aviation safety professionals worldwide converged in Kuala Lumpur to attend the third edition of ICAO-IATA LOSA/TEM global aviation safety conference, hosted by Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS), beginning Sept 13.

Posted at 05:40 AM

AD requests Gulf Air exit

Abu Dhabi officially requested to withdraw from Gulf Air two days ago, an airline official told AFP yesterday. Gulf Air's board will convene at the end of the week to discuss Abu Dhabi's decision and its likely effects on the company, said the anonymous official.


Posted at 12:53 AM

September 12, 2005

U.S., Thailand Conclude Open Skies Aviation Agreement (U.S. State Department)

Negotiators for the United States and Thailand have concluded a comprehensive Open Skies framework agreement that will facilitate bilateral relations in civil aviation, the State Department announced September 12.

Posted at 07:13 PM

Aerosonic Receives Federal Aviation Administration Approval on New Digital Altimeter (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Aerosonic Corporation , a leading supplier of precision flight products for commercial, business and military aircraft, today announced that the company has received Technical Standard Order approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for their new digital altimeter.

Posted at 09:00 AM

DLC expands phase one

The first phase of Dubai Logistics City, a key part of Dubai's second airport at Jebel Ali, has been expanded following overwhelming demand for lease land plots. An additional 1.4m square metres of land for lease has been built into the phase one master plan taking the total available to some 3.6m square metres. []

Posted at 04:51 AM

September 11, 2005

Dubai abra fares to double

Dubai is likely to raise the price of its famous abra water taxis by 100% to Dhs0.5 a trip, the latest indication of surging inflation in the UAE, reported Gulf News. Fares on the popular service have not changed in 20 years, and facilities have recently been upgraded. []

Posted at 11:34 PM

DHL fixed-time service to Asia

DHL has extended its fixed-time delivery service for small parcels from the GCC to the Asia Pacific region. Customers can choose between Time Definite Delivery Service at 9am or noon, and can track the progress of delivery online and by email. []

Posted at 11:19 PM

Erik Lindbergh to speak at aviation museum (The Union Leader and NewHampshire Sunday News)

LONDONDERRY *** The New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society will observe its 10th anniversary on Friday by opening the new Aviation Museum of New Hampshire and holding a gala banquet.

Posted at 11:12 PM

Stakeholders on Way Forward for Aviation (This Day)

Stakeholders in the aviation industry have listed obstacles militating against the growth of the industry, proffering options capable of lifting the sector from the malaise that has stunted its growth in the past years.

Posted at 09:55 PM

BRAC: Aircraft Presence To Remain At 911th (Action News 4 Pittsburgh)

PITTSBURGH -- The base-closing commission's final report calls for keeping the eight C-130 aircraft at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, lawmakers announced Friday.

Posted at 08:16 PM

Airline set for Nagpur services (Gulf Daily News)

Sharjah: Air Arabia, the first and only low-fares airline in the Middle East and North Africa, has been granted rights to fly between Sharjah and Nagpur in Maharashtra state of India.

Posted at 08:13 PM

Aviation sector s grapple with soaring fuel prices (The Star Online)

THE local aviation industry is facing one of its toughest challenges yet: skyrocketing oil prices. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia Bhd's recent earnings were dampened by record-high jet fuel prices (+54% year-on-year) as fuel hedging and surcharges failed to offset the impact on costs.

Posted at 06:58 PM

Northwest talks with mechanics break off (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Negotiations between Northwest Airlines Corp. and the union representing its striking mechanics broke off on Sunday, two days before the airline says it plans to start hiring permanent replacement workers.

Posted at 04:53 PM

Aircraft acquisition *** Indian Airlines' long wait is over (The Hindu)

INDIAN AIRLINES' long wait for new aircraft is finally over.

Posted at 03:05 PM

N.O. airport demand recovery make take years (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

It could be as little as a year or as long as five years before New Orleans' main airport experience the kind of demand it had before Hurricane Katrina struck the region last week, the airport's aviation director said on Sunday.

Posted at 12:47 PM

Northwest, mechanics break off talks (CNN Money)

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three days of negotiations between Northwest Airlines Corp. and the union representing its striking mechanics ended Sunday morning with no new contract and uncertainty over when more talks will be held, the union and airline said.

Posted at 10:38 AM

Delivery Of Airbus Aircraft To MAS Delayed (Bernama)

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (Bernama) -- The delivery of six Airbus A380-800 aircraft to Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has been delayed by six months, similar to the revised deliveries for all launch customer airlines for the aircraft, according to a MAS statement Sunday.

Posted at 08:23 AM

Aviation pioneer Real dies at 90 (Nashua Telegraph)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Aviation pioneer Jack Real, who helped develop the Apache helicopter and authored a book on his friendship with reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, died Sept. 6. He was 90.

Posted at 07:52 AM

Northwest Mechanics Say the Airline is Asking for More Cuts (WTOL News 11)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Striking mechanics say Northwest Airlines has returned to the bargaining table demanding even more give-backs than it wanted before the walkout. And the airline says it will start hiring permanent replacements next week if the union doesn't settle.

Posted at 06:49 AM

Air Arabia to fly to Nagpur

Air Arabia is to be the first international airline to operate between Sharjah and Nagpur in Maharashtra, India. CEO Adel Ali said we can now offer Indian nationals in the region the opportunity to go home or travel for business more often at lower fares. Air Arabia offers up to 40% lower fares than traditional airlines and the fare structure is based on supply and demand, therefore booking early will allow customers to take advantage of the lowest available fares. []

Posted at 06:47 AM

Galion Aviation Day provides thrills (News Journal)

GALION -- Sheryl Johnson of Mansfield broke the ice at Saturday's Galion Aviation Day when she put down $150 for a wild ride with Butch Fisher and the Extra 300.

Posted at 06:17 AM

US airline losses may hit $10bn: chief body (Gulf Times)

WASHINGTON: US airline losses in 2005 could reach $10bn, due mainly to soaring fuel prices made worse by Hurricane Katrina, the industry********s chief trade group has estimated.

Posted at 02:50 AM

Bargains from Gulf Air

Gulf Air is offering more than a million tickets at huge discounts in a seat sale this week. Tickets must be issued before December 7 with the return journey completed before December 15. For example Bahrain to Dubai is just $80, Karachi $192, Larnaca $271, Istanbul $353, Beirut $408, Bangkok $463 while London and Manila are just $545. []

Posted at 01:53 AM

Gulf Air sponsors national pilots

The first group of 11 Gulf nationals aged between 19 and 35 years old has completed the cadet pilot selection procedure at Gulf Air's Manama-based training headquarters. Gulf Air is now sponsoring their training through an approved flying training organisation providing for a basic Commercial Pilot's License. If they complete the initial 18 month flying programme, they will be employed as airline pilots. []

Posted at 01:27 AM

Qatar inks $10.6bn A350 deal

Qatar Airways has placed a firm order for 60 Airbus A350 aircraft worth a total of $10.6bn, after months of negotiation. The airline said in June it was close to signing a deal, and is also set to buy more than 20 of Boeing's larger 777 planes for some $4.6bn.


Posted at 12:26 AM