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March 11, 2006

bmi flys to Jeddah from May 19

The UK's second largest carrier, bmi, will fly thrice weekly to Jeddah from May 19, commercial director Adrian Parkes told Arab News. The introduction of a direct link from Heathrow Airport to Jeddah follows the launch in September of a thrice weekly service to Riyadh. [AMEInfo.com]

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Delta Air Lines, the third-largest U.S. carrier, has begun refunding tickets for travel to and from Venezuela amid a dispute over the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's rating on the country's air security and safety.

Posted at 04:49 PM

Cyprus Airways pilots' strike leaves hundreds stranded (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Hundreds of passengers were left stranded after Cyprus Airways pilots staged a wildcat, 24-hour strike over fears of deep wage cuts under a restructuring plan for the state-owned airline.

Posted at 01:54 PM

ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.11.06): Aviation Safety Reporting System (The Aero-News Network)

Aero-Tips! Many call it aviation's "get out of jail free" card. It's the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS).

Posted at 04:09 AM

March 10, 2006

AD, 4,500 new rooms by 2009

Abu Dhabi is to add 4,500 rooms to its hospitality sector over the next three years, said officials visiting the annual ITB Berlin event. The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority recently opened an office in London and a second will open in Frankfurt soon. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:15 PM

China to resume jumbo aircraft production (People's Daily)

After a 30-year on the drawing board, China will resume manufacturing jumbo aircraft in its new five-year plan in the hope of meeting the country's increasing demand for air travel.

Posted at 06:44 PM

Quality Products nearing deal with aviation-support company (BizJournals)

Quality Products Inc. plans to expand its business with the purchase of an aviation-support company.

Posted at 10:09 AM

IATA Urges Rejection of Aviation Tax, Says Traffic Growth, Strong in January (AllAfrica.com)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments to reject French president Chirac's proposal for a global tax on aviation to fund development.

Posted at 08:38 AM

March 09, 2006

Airline Pilots Still Flying, but No Longer Quite So High (New York Times)

For airline pilots, stress rises as pay and pensions drop.

Posted at 10:34 PM

Tiahrt seeks answer on aviation fees (The Wichita Eagle)

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Tuesday he does not intend to impose user fees on general aviation to boost revenues for the Aviation Trust Fund.

Posted at 07:20 PM

Bankrupt Airline Mesaba Aviation Carries 22.7 Percent Less Traffic on Lower Capacity (Money Sense)

Mesaba Aviation Inc., a subsidiary of MAIR Holdings Inc. and a partner of Northwest Airlines Inc., said on Thursday its February traffic declined on reduced capacity.

Posted at 11:52 AM

Aviation Groups Spar As User-Fee Debate Heats Up (Aviation Now)

Airline and general aviation industry groups yesterday fired opening salvos at each other in the looming battle over air traffic control user fees, with the airlines unveiling a list of principles that would see GA paying for a larger share of the ATC system.

Posted at 08:24 AM

Emirates, second Zurich daily

Emirates will run a second daily non-stop service from Dubai to Zurich starting 29 October 2006. The flight will depart Dubai at 4.15pm, arriving Zurich at 7.45pm. The return flight will depart Zurich at 9.15pm and arrive in Dubai at 6.10pm the following morning. An Airbus A330-200 in a three-class configuration will service the route. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:58 AM

March 08, 2006

Asia Aviation's licence at risk if it violated law (Bangkok Post)

Asia Aviation Co, the new majority owner of Thai AirAsia, may get its company registration certificate revoked if police find it has violated the law, according to a Commerce Ministry source.

Posted at 08:06 PM

GE-Aviation wins $27M Army order (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)

The U.S. Army has added a $27.2 million modification to its contract with GE-Aviation for aircraft engine overhaul and repair. The work involves the entire fleet of Army aircraft powered by GE-Aviation's family of T700 engines, including its Black Hawk helicopters.

Posted at 10:37 AM

Nevada's aviation soldiers returning from Afghanistan (Nevada Appeal)

About 150 Nevada Army Guard soldiers from Company D, 113th Aviation Company began arriving Tuesday at Fort Lewis, Wash., from Afghanistan.

Posted at 08:56 AM

March 07, 2006

Etihad to join Cargo 2000

Etihad Crystal Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways revealed its plans to join the Cargo 200 Quality initiative. The International Air Transport Association interest group aims to bring about a new quality management system for the air cargo industry in order to improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:19 PM

Pilot in fatal crash 'breached civil aviation rules' (Stuff)

The pilot of a jet which crashed in 2004 while preparing for an air show, killing both occupants, had little experience in aerobatics and breached numerous civil aviation rules, an accident report released today says.

Posted at 06:21 PM

GE-Aviation boosts '05 revenue, operating profit (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)

GE-Aviation saw its revenue and operating profit improve last year, thanks in part to orders from airlines that are upgrading their fleets.

Posted at 12:36 PM

Shakers: Russia proposes head for aviation firm (International Herald Tribune)

Russia proposes head for aviation firm

Posted at 04:03 AM

Emirates creates resorts division

Emirates has created a hospitality management division called Emirates Hotels & Resorts. The company will look after the group's portfolio of luxury conservation resorts, spas, and fully-serviced apartment accommodation, which includes the Emirates Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, its award-winning desert conservation resort in Dubai. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:35 AM

March 06, 2006

Brazilian airline orders two more Boeing 737s (Puget Sound Business Journal)

Low-cost Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes converted two of its options into firm orders for the Boeing 737-800.

Posted at 04:06 PM

China Aviation Oil Says CEO Has Resigned (AP via Yahoo! News)

China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Ltd., the Chinese-backed jet fuel trader that sought protection from creditors in 2004 after losing $550 million in the derivatives markets, said Monday its suspended chief executive has resigned.

Posted at 10:58 AM

Gulf Air, Kanoo, Dadabhai deal

Gulf Air has signed a joint venture agreement with Kanoo Travel and Dadabhai Travel to set up an as yet unnamed destination management company to serve as a single point of contact for any ground logistics a customer may require while visiting or transiting through Bahrain. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:27 AM

W Hotels, Dubai debut

The world's fastest-growing luxury hotel brand, W Hotels Worldwide, is to operate a 350-room hotel at Dubai Festival City which is being built on the banks of Dubai Creek. The W brand is operated by Starwood Hotels. There are now 20 W hotels from Montreal, Canada to Seoul, Korea. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:20 AM

March 05, 2006

***Aviation sector major contributor to air pollutio (The Herald)

THE aviation industry is a major contributor to air and noise pollution, a situation that has seen Zimbabwe***s aviation industry battling to come up with mechanisms to cut down on emissions.

Posted at 05:06 PM

Army accused of betrayal (Sydney Morning Herald)

THE army has been accused of victimising whistleblowers who have tried to expose trainee aviation maintenance workers for forging logbooks. -

Posted at 02:42 PM

100,000 fly Jazeera Airways

Jazeera Airways, the airline that broke Kuwait's 50-year airline monopoly, hastoday announced that it had flown more than 100,000 travelers in its first four months of operations. Hubbed out of Kuwait, the airline flies to five destinations in the Gulf and the Levant. It is scheduled to expand its network to include North Africa and the Indian subcontinent with two brand new Airbus A320s in the summer of 2006. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:51 AM

Butlers for Jeddah palace hotel

In preparation for its grand opening, Qasr Al Sharq, Jeddah's first palace hotel, is conducting an intensive training programme for its personalised butler service, the first of such top level, personalized service in any hotel in the Kingdom. The International Guild of Professional Butlers is in Jeddah to execute a five week training programme designed to orient a staff of 17 butlers. [AMEInfo.com]

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