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February 11, 2006

Qatar Airways to fly to HK

Qatar Airways will start flying to Hong Kong from March 26 using Airbus A330-200 aircraft in two classes. The airline will then have 12 Asian destinations and fly to a total of 69 cities. Last August CEO Akbar Al Baker said that the airline would fly to 85 destinations by the end of 2006. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:29 PM

Pilot Arrested, Suspected of Being Drunk (AP via Yahoo! News)

An American Airlines pilot was arrested at Manchester Airport on suspicion of being drunk Saturday shortly before his flight was due to take off, police and the airline said.

Posted at 08:29 PM

Fossett considers ending quest for aviation record (Columbia Daily Tribune)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Adventurer Steve Fossett circumnavigated the world last night by reaching Florida in his experimental airplane and continued flying over the Atlantic on the last leg of his quest to break aviation***s distance record.

Posted at 09:28 AM

Fossett Decides to Continue Aviation Quest (AP via Yahoo! News)

Adventurer Steve Fossett decided Saturday to try to complete his nearly 27,000-mile journey to break aviation's distance record, despite losing fuel during takeoff.

Posted at 08:32 AM

Fossett Alters Route in Aviation Quest (AP via Yahoo! News)

Adventurer Steve Fossett, flying a lightweight experimental airplane, circumnavigated the world and was continuing over the Atlantic Saturday on the last leg of his quest to break aviation's distance record.

Posted at 02:40 AM

February 10, 2006

Fossett Alters Route in Aviation Quest (AP via Yahoo! News)

Adventurer Steve Fossett on Friday altered his route over the Atlantic Ocean to make up for lost fuel and weak winds in his quest to break aviation's distance record.

Posted at 06:08 PM

Air Canada parent ACE Aviation books Q4 loss; will cut 600 white collar jobs (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

MONTREAL (CP) - ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (TSX:ACE.B), the corporate parent of Air Canada, announced it will cut 600 non-unionized employees Friday while reporting a fourth-quarter loss of $103 million.

Posted at 12:44 PM

Air Canada parent ACE Aviation has Q4 loss of $103M; annual profit $258M (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

MONTREAL (CP) - ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (TSX:ACE.B), the corporate parent of Air Canada, announced more job cuts Friday while reporting a fourth-quarter loss of $103 million, down from a year-earlier profit of $15 million.

Posted at 07:51 AM

Fossett passes halfway mark in quest to break aviation record (Gainesville Sun)

dventurer Steve Fossett flew past the halfway point in his effort to break aviation's distance record, even as a fuel leak, soaring heat in the cockpit and weak winds jeopardized his quest.

Posted at 02:47 AM

February 09, 2006

UK airline pioneer Laker dies (CNN.com)

MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) -- British charter airline pioneer Sir Freddie Laker has died in Miami, a family source said.

Posted at 05:34 PM

Shortage in Aviation Fuel (AllAfrica.com)

THE TEMA OIL Refinery (TOR), which produces Ghana's petroleum products, said it has not met the requirements of aviation fuel because demand has increased by some 27% to 3.1 million litres a week.

Posted at 09:56 AM

Lufthansa opens Doha office

Lufthansa has opened an office in Doha to mark the introduction of its service between Frankfurt and the Qatari capital, which started on 10 January 2006. Flights run three times a week every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on an Airbus A330 aircraft. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:40 AM

February 08, 2006

$2bn Baghdad airport renovation

A $2bn re-build of Baghdad International Airport will start in March, Iraq Civil Aviation Authority D-G Dr Adnan Blebil told Gulf News. Three new terminals will be added to lift capacity to 7.5m passengers a year by 2010. Blebil said Iraq is aiming to sign air service agreements soon with Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran, with talks ongoing with other countries. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:18 PM

New aviation center opens at Wood (Waynesville Daily Guide)

The Christopher ***Kit*** Bond Army Aviation Center Support Facility, Missouri Army National Guard, officially opened its hangar doors Monday at Fort Leonard Wood.

Posted at 03:18 PM

Aviation adventurer Fossett attempting to set distance record (WIS-TV Columbia)

(Kennedy Space Center-AP) February 8, 2006 - Steve Fossett is up in the air again. The aviation adventurer took off from a runway at the Kennedy Space Center Wednesday morning in an experimental aircraft, hoping to set a new distance record.

Posted at 01:56 PM

Fossett begins aviation record quest (Florida Today)

Steve Fossett took off from the space shuttle runway at Kennedy Space Center this morning on a quest for the longest nonstop journey in aviation history.

Posted at 08:20 AM

February 07, 2006

Hard Rock ponders Dubai hotel

The Hard Rock Cafe chain might establish a Hard Rock Hotel in Dubai, with CEO Hamish Dodds currently touring the city looking for a suitable location. Dodds also presented the Hard Rock Cafe Dubai with its Top of the Rock award for sales and financial performance. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:28 PM

China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corp. on track to relist (People's Daily)

China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corp. (CAO), the country's former jet-fuel supplier, had its yearly financial report of 2004 approved at the shareholders' meeting early this month, paving the way for its relist in early March.

Posted at 06:53 PM

'We Have Restored Safety Standard in Aviation' (AllAfrica.com)

THE Ministerial Task Force on Audit of Aircraft and Airlines Competencies said yesterday it had restored an appreciable level of safety standards in the aviation industry.

Posted at 09:17 AM

Banyan Tree to manage Al Gurm

Abu Dhabi-based Aldar Properties has signed up Banyan Tree Group to operate Al Gurm Resort and Spa in the UAE capital. The resort, being built off Abu Dhabi island, is being billed as a tropical island and spa complex with 71 private suites and 90 island chalets. It is due to open in Q4 2007. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 03:04 AM

Etihad, new routes in February

Etihad Airways is starting new routes to Islamabad, Peshawar and Lahore in Pakistan, and Manila in the Philippines in February 2006. Etihad already flies to Karachi, and now with three more destinations the country is one of the busiest on the carrier's network. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:05 AM

February 06, 2006

Flight-Distance Record May Be Hard to Beat (AP via Yahoo! News)

Aviation adventurer Steve Fossett says he isn't sure he'll succeed in his quest to break the 20-year-old record for the longest flight.

Posted at 07:36 PM

Fossett Set to Make Aviation History (WESH via Yahoo! News)

Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, 61, is set to make aviation history again. Tuesday, if all goes well, he'll taxi the GlobalFlyer down the shuttle runway at Kennedy Space Center to begin what he hopes will be the longest nonstop flight in aviation history. GlobalFlyer's wings will be filled with 18,000 pounds of jet fuel. The airplane's frame will have to bear a load 13 times its own weight

Posted at 11:11 AM

Qatar Airways to add Nagpur

Qatar Airways has announced that Nagpur will become the airline's newest Indian destination this summer. The airline plans to fly non-stop scheduled services between Doha and the central Indian city of Nagpur in the State of Maharashtra. The Nagpur route will be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:50 AM

Emirates, second flight to Perth

Emirates is to launch its eagerly-awaited second daily service between Dubai and Perth, with four weekly flights from March 2, which will be escalated to a daily service in September. Emirates launched non-stop services to Perth in August 2002 with four weekly flights, commencing dailies in May 2003. The airline's Dubai-Perth flight was the first ever non-stop connection between the Middle East and Australia. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:21 AM

February 05, 2006

TCRA planning new corporate, general aviation hangars (Kingsport Times-News)

BLOUNTVILLE - Bristol manufacturer Strongwell was looking for its own place to store a new corporate jet a few years ago, but finding space at Tri-Cities Regional Airport was an idea that never got off the ground.

Posted at 08:44 PM

Airline traffic picking up in lanka (Daily News)

Sri Lanka has a growing airline passenger market and this would increase further with the ongoing peace initiative ,said Qatar Airways Area Manager, R. Bharathan.

Posted at 01:54 PM

Oman Air profits up 33%

Oman Air has posted 33% rise in profit to $3m on sales up by 16% to $207m for 2005. Passenger numbers grew by 15% to 1,135,450 and as a consequence the seat factor increased to 75% from 69%. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:19 AM