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December 31, 2005

Aviation race: China hopes (Corvallis Gazette Times)

XI***AN, China *** The centuries-old farmsteads outside the historic city of Xi***an look nothing like the model community displayed outside Jin Qiansheng***s office. Give them time.

Posted at 09:03 PM

Is ice free? Airline to charge for soda (The Arizona Republic)

Some frequent travelers have long joked that it was bound to happen, and now it has: An airline is charging $1 for a cup of soda, taking away one of the last in-flight perks that airlines historically have given away.

Posted at 05:44 PM

Aviation Museum Closes Gallery for Update (WJLA-TV Washington D.C.)

Washington, D.C. (AP) - The National Air and Space Museum is temporarily closing a gallery to update the story of aviation in America.

Posted at 01:54 PM

Airod Targets More Than 2,000 Skilled Aviation Workforce By 2008 (Bernama)

SUBANG, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- Airod Sdn Bhd, a leading aircraft maintenance company in Malaysia, plans to create more than 2,000 skilled workforce in the aviation field by the year 2008.

Posted at 05:12 AM

Airport gets aviation zone status (Greeley Tribune Online)

Aircraft manufacturing is not just for Chicago and Toulouse, France.

Posted at 02:09 AM

December 30, 2005

Museum in D.C. to Update Story of Aviation (AP via Yahoo! News)

The National Air and Space museum, one of the capital's biggest tourist attractions, is temporarily closing a gallery to update the story of aviation in America.

Posted at 07:08 PM

Era Aviation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (KTVA)

According to the Associated Press, Era Aviation Incorporated says it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The move came after a dispute with the company's lender.

Posted at 10:59 AM

FAA Ready to Regulate Space (Wired News)

Despite being hamstrung by federal rules that prevent it from issuing space-tourism regulations for eight years, the Federal Aviation Administration issues a stack of proposed rules for "space flight participants."

Posted at 04:32 AM

December 29, 2005

Era Aviation has filed for bankruptcy (KTVA)

Era Aviation has filed for bankruptcy. Era Aviation filed for Chapter 11 protection Wednesday. According to a statement on the company's Web site, the action was a result of a dispute with its lender.

Posted at 10:14 PM

Indian Aviation Sector In 2005: Sky Is Not The Limit, Infra Is (Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

A 24 per cent increase in air travel and the launch of several new airlines, including low cost carriers, were the key developments in the Indian civil aviation sector in 2005, even as the government tried hard to cope with severe constraints caused by the heightened strain on limited infrastructure.

Posted at 08:15 PM

'Lack of Qualified Staff, Bane of Aviation Sector (

Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Aviation Industry, Air Vice Marshal Paul Dike, has identifiedlack of enough qualified professionals in the aviationindustry as part of the problems affecting the industry.

Posted at 09:45 AM

Qatar, Saudi codeshare deal

Qatar Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement that will link their networks, effective 1 February 2006. The agreement will allow Qatar Airways to carry Saudia passengers between Dammam and Doha. []

Posted at 06:25 AM

December 28, 2005

Expats exit fee to Gulf dropped

Cochin International Airport authorities have scrapped a user's fee on passengers travelling to Gulf countries, reported Gulf News. The airport introduced the $11.50 fee per person in 2000 to pay off debts, but has withdrawn it in the face of persistant claims that it was discriminatory. []

Posted at 11:09 PM

Russian General Urges Faster Creation of Aviation Building Company (RedNova)

Text of report by Russian news agency Interfax-AVN website Moscow, 28 December: The process of the creation in Russia of the joint aviation building company (JABC) should be made more active, otherwise the country's military aviation could suffer considerable losses, the former commander-in-chief of the Russian Federation air force, Army Gen Petr Deynekin, said.

Posted at 07:11 PM

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 (The Aero-News Network)

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Posted at 01:34 PM

Radisson opens Red Sea resort

Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts has opened a new five-star resort at El Quseir on the Red Sea in Egypt. The 250-room hotel has three meeting rooms, three restaurants, swimming pools, a saltwater lagoon, and an ayurvedic spa and fitness facilities. Diving and horse riding activities are also available. []

Posted at 04:41 AM

Emirates to fly to Copenhagen

Emirates Airline is planning to start flights from Dubai to Copenhagen from 1 October 2006, according to online publication Copenhagen Capacity. The service will initially run four times a week, and from 29 October will run daily. The route will open up connections for travellers from Denmark to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the Middle East. []

Posted at 12:07 AM

December 27, 2005

Aircrashes: FG Urged to Prosecute Aviation Officials (This Day)

Following the recent air crashes in the last three months, Federal Government has been called upon to prosecute officials in the aviation regulatory body that have been found to compromise their services.

Posted at 06:14 PM

Vice Premier Stresses Safety in Civil Aviation (RedNova)

Vice premier stresses safety in civil aviation BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Huang Ju said here Monday that the civil aviation sector should pay more attention to enhance safety in flight.

Posted at 09:58 AM

Gulf Air, SC credit arrangement

Gulf Air and Standard Chartered Bank have finalised the terms of a three-year syndicated term loan of $75m that will be used to finance the carrier's growth strategy for 2006. Projects include opening a simulator centre in Q1, installing new business and first class seats in its Airbus A340 fleet and refurbishing the interiors, and deploying new in-flight entertainment systems. []

Posted at 06:19 AM

Sri Lanka chases Arab tourists

Sri Lanka will open a tourism office in Dubai in summer 2006 in an effort to attract more Arab travellers, the Minister of Tourism Anura Bandarnaike told Gulf News. The country has received 525,000 tourists so far in 2005, down from the pre-tsunami level of 675,000, but aims to increase capacity to handle 1m visitors a year by 2010. []

Posted at 01:10 AM

December 26, 2005

Aviation'5 Profits Plummet (RedNova)

By Cao Desheng Profits for the civil aviation industry have fallen by almost half from last year amidst surging international crude oil prices.

Posted at 07:42 PM

Low-Fare Carrier in India Adding Airbus Jets BUSINESS ASIA By Bloomberg (RedNova)

By Sam Nagarajan Deccan Aviation, which owns India's first low-fare carrier, Air Deccan, said it had signed an agreement with Airbus to buy an additional 30 A320 planes at a list price of $1.5 billion to meet expansion needs "We thought now is the right time to go for additional planes," the airline's managing director, G.R.

Posted at 01:45 PM

Emirates, premium Bahrain check-in

Emirates Airline has opened a dedicated check-in area for first and business class passengers, and gold and silver Skywards members at Bahrain International Airport. Travellers get a quicker check-in and easier access to the duty free area and Emirates lounge. []

Posted at 06:11 AM

December 25, 2005

Jazeera early bird deal

Jazeera Airways is promoting fares from $34.27 for some seats on flights to all its destinations that are booked three weeks in advance. The fare is available on flights from Kuwait to Duabi, Beirut, Damascus, Amman, and Bahrain. Jazeera Airways is a privately-owned carrier based in Kuwait. []

Posted at 11:20 PM

Turkish Aviation Declines in EU (Zaman Online)

Manager of The Civil Aviation Directorate Topa Bilgetin Toker was dismissed on 21 December. Turkey will lose her coordination committee membership in the Europe Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) with Toker***s dismissal.

Posted at 04:16 PM

Turkish Aviation Declines in EU (Turks.US)

Manager of The Civil Aviation Directorate Topa Bilgetin Toker was dismissed on 21 December. Turkey will lose her coordination committee membership in the Europe Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) with Toker***s dismissal.

Posted at 12:11 PM

Aviation sector adds about 20% to UAE's GDP (MENAFN)

Aviation sector adds about 20% to UAE's GDP

Posted at 06:41 AM