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December 17, 2005

Egypt, 9.5m tourists in 2006

The Egyptian Government predicts that the country will attract 9.5m tourists next year from 8.5m in 2005. The total this year was damaged by weaker European economies and the bombings in Sharm Al Sheikh, tourism minister Ahmad Al Maghrabi told Reuters. []

Posted at 10:59 PM

Aviation Task Force Grounds Boeing 737 Aircraft (This Day)

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and a ministerial task force set-up in the aftermath of last weekend's crash of Sosoliso airlines plane in Port Harcourt has grounded all B737-100, B737-200 and B7373-200C in the country over an operational alert which was issued by the United States Federal Aviation Adminis-tration (FAA).

Posted at 08:41 PM

Ryanair slams aviation cert report (Irish Examiner)

Ryanair has slammed a report in today's Irish Independent that the airline is considering transferring its aviation certificate from Ireland to Latvia, thereby possibly reducing the ability of the company's Irish pilots and cabin crew to claim protection under Irish employment law.

Posted at 05:46 AM

United CFO: Airline will solve objections (Northwest Herald)

CHICAGO (AP) *** United Air Lines still faces a variety of objections from creditors before it can emerge from bankruptcy, but its chief financial officer said Friday that the airline expected to work out those differences.

Posted at 02:54 AM

December 16, 2005

Atlanta, Texas, native among aviation inductees (Austin American-Statesman)

DAYTON, Ohio *** The first black American to earn a pilot's license, the first human to fly six times the speed of sound, and pilot and actor Cliff Robertson will be among those enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame next year.

Posted at 03:48 PM

SGF to Inaugurate Aviation Task Force (

The Presidential Task Force on the Aviation Industry will be inaugurated by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Ufot Ekaette, as a step in the implementation of the federal government's reform in the aviation sector.

Posted at 09:46 AM

Obasanjo to inaugurate Nigerian aviation Task Force Monday (AngolaPress)

Abuja, Nigeria, 12/16 - Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo will Monday inaugurate a government Task Force on the aviation industry as part of efforts to enhance air safety in the country, presidential spokesperson Remi Oyo said here Thursday.

Posted at 03:35 AM

December 15, 2005


Transport Thailand will, in the foreseeable future, have a northern airport in the famous resort province of Chiang Mai upgraded to become a new aviation hub in the region, thanks to a concrete support from Airport of Thailand Public Co., Ltd.

Posted at 11:01 PM

A&E cancels 'Airline,' 'Growing Up Gotti,' renews 'Dog,' 'Inked', 'Angel' (Reality TV World)

The cable A&E network has renewed "Dog the Bounty Hunter,""Inked" and "Criss Angel Mindfreak" but not "Growing Up Gotti." The network also reportedly canceled the reality show "Airline," sources told Thursday's Hollywood Reporter.

Posted at 07:47 PM

EFCC Swoops On Aviation Officials (

The ongoing cleansing of the aviation sector has taken a new dimension as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), began a forensic audit of the sector as well as several past and present aviation officials in order to unravel and punish corrupt and inept officials.

Posted at 10:30 AM

Nigerian lawmakers demand aviation minister`s departure (AngolaPress)

Lagos, Nigeria, 12/15 - Nigeria`s bicameral national assembly has passed separate motions calling for the removal of Aviation Minister Babalola Borishade in the wake of incessant air crashes in the country.

Posted at 06:17 AM

Emirates brings Alps to Dubai

Emirates Holidays is using a novel billboard advertisement involving real snow to promote winter packages to ski resorts in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Lebanon. A snow making machine shoots snow flakes from an illuminated billboard depicting the cover of the recently launched Emirates Holidays ski brochure. []

Posted at 01:46 AM

December 14, 2005

Welcome to Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) (Aviation Now)

AWIN is the integrated online platform that delivers information and data for aviation/aerospace and defense professionals worldwide. AWIN covers the key sectors of commercial aviation, military, defense, space, business aviation, MRO and homeland security.

Posted at 02:45 PM

Welcome to Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) (Aviation Now)

AWIN is the integrated online platform that delivers information and data for aviation/aerospace and defense professionals worldwide. AWIN covers the key sectors of commercial aviation, military, defense, space, business aviation, MRO and homeland security.

Posted at 02:45 PM

Emirates, bigger bird for Glasgow

Emirates has introduced the larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its daily Dubai to Glasgow service, due to increased demand for flights to Scotland. The aircraft provides a daily 50% more seat capacity than the existing Airbus A330-200. []

Posted at 06:45 AM

December 13, 2005

Gulf Air, Oman Air talks

Gulf Air and Oman Air are discussing closer ties between the two carriers, in areas such as loyalty programmes, shared infrastructure, code sharing and common pricing. Gulf Air president James Hogan says the relationship with Oman Air is more critical since the withdrawal of Abu Dhabi from Gulf Air. []

Posted at 09:45 PM

Korean Air buys 240 mln usd of GE Aviation engines for Boeing aircraft (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland Finance)

SEOUL (AFX) - Korean Air Co said it will buy GE Aviation's next generation engine in a deal worth 240 mln usd for its order of 10 firm and 20 option Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. ...

Posted at 08:48 PM

Berkley Adds Aviation Unit (

Berkley Aviation LLC will write aviation risks on behalf of Berkley's insurance subsidiaries.

Posted at 01:53 PM

Emirates, Hajj hotline

Emirates has set up 24-hour call service in Saudi Arabia to provide information to Hajj travellers. A hotline number, 800-8-971-487, will operate from 20 December to 31 January, which is toll-free for callers from Jeddah, Makkah and Medinah. []

Posted at 02:57 AM

December 12, 2005

Bahrain Airport expansion

Work will start next year on the $212.2m expansion to the passenger terminal at Bahrain International Airport. The project will double the airport's capacity to 18m passengers a year, and is part of a three phase expansion that will eventually give it a capacity to handle 45m passengers yearly. []

Posted at 09:35 PM

Students Learn of Area's Aviation History (Alva Review Courier)

PHOTO: Burlington students listen intently as local pilot, flight instructor and Chairman of the Alva Airport Commission Dan Rock explains area aviation history and the requirements for obtaining a pilot's license.

Posted at 07:50 PM

Travel to Tourist Destinations Getting Easier Thanks to New U.S., Mexican Aviation Agreement Signed Today (U.S. Department of Transportation)

Travel from the United States to many popular Mexican tourist destinations will become easier thanks to a new aviation agreement signed today by the United States and Mexico, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.

Posted at 11:44 AM

Bellingham aviation businessman launches Web site for 9/11 healing (The Bellingham Herald Online)

Thomas A. Murphy, president of the Service Institute of Bellingham, launched a Web site,, to "learn the healing lessons" of aviation workers involved in the 9/11 attacks.

Posted at 05:04 AM

December 11, 2005

Three join Gulf Air board

Bahrain's Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa has appointed three government representatives to Gulf Air's board: Abdulaziz Jassim Kanoo, Khalid Al Rumaihi and Mahmoud Al Kooheji. The new board members have three-year terms.


Posted at 11:06 PM

Gated subdivision focuses on aviation (Springfield Business Journal)

The principals of Cloud Niner LLC have taken great care to ensure that their Marshfield development, Perfect Landing Airpark at Davis Field, is aesthetically pleasing at ground level and from above.

Posted at 08:39 PM

Nigeria demands answers as air crash kills 107 (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Nigerians demanded answers of their country's ramshackle aviation industry after the latest in a bloody series of airliner crashes killed 107 people, including 71 children from a single Abuja school.

Posted at 02:15 PM

Swiss, Lufthansa, KSA bonus

As Swiss International Air Lines and Lufthansa continue to strengthen their partnership, passengers travelling on either airline from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can now benefit from a single price structure which will help travellers to travel one way on Swiss and return on Lufthansa or vice versa. []

Posted at 04:29 AM