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March 18, 2006

Air Arabia, new A320

Air Arabia yesterday took delivery of its first new Airbus A320, raising its fleet to five. Three more aircraft are on order this year to take the total to eight. The discount carrier based in, and owned by Sharjah has ambitious expansion plans. []

Posted at 10:10 PM

Pakistani convicted of illegal aircraft parts exports in California (North County Times)

SAN DIEGO -- A Pakistani man who spent five years in prison for selling missile parts to Iran in the 1980s and was deported from the United States has been convicted of illegally exporting military aircraft parts ultimately destined for Iran.

Posted at 06:47 PM

Military aircraft maker, suppliers will feel pinch (Akron Beacon Journal)

The C-17 transfer aircraft has been one of the U.S. Air Force's greatest tools while it fights the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military experts say.

Posted at 11:22 AM

Substitute aviation witnesses allowed in Moussaoui trial / Offending lawyer allegedly was pressured by airlines being (San Francisco Chronicle)

The federal judge in the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui refused Friday to reconsider her ruling banning testimony by aviation witnesses who were improperly influenced by a government attorney. But she did decide to allow prosecutors to use other...

Posted at 05:42 AM

March 17, 2006

Doha airport terminal awarded

The Qatar Government has awarded Turkish firm TAV Holding and Japan's Taisei an $805m construction contract for the main passenger terminal at the new Doha International Airport, according to a press release from TAV. The new airport is being built reclaimed land. []

Posted at 11:09 PM

Work on Pacific Aviation Museum to start (Pacific Business News)

Work on the first phase of the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor is scheduled to begin next week with the groundbreaking and blessing on Tuesday.

Posted at 06:44 PM

Moussaoui judge allows some aviation witnesses (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

A federal judge in the sentencing trial of September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui on Friday refused to reconsider her decision barring witnesses who were improperly contacted by a government lawyer but said new witnesses may testify about crucial aviation-related evidence.

Posted at 01:34 PM

ACE Aviation to sell 7 million Aeroplan units (The Globe and Mail)

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. said on Friday it intends to sell 7.1 million units of Aeroplan Income Fund under a previously announced special distribution to its shareholders.

Posted at 07:55 AM

Lawyers Claim Airline Attorneys Prompted Witness Tampering (Fox News)

Lawyers for Sept. 11 victims say U.S. and American Airlines attorneys wanted Moussaoui witness testimony changed as to not undercut their legal defense.

Posted at 02:21 AM

March 16, 2006

Aviation officials can't testify at terrorism trial (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A federal judge all but gutted the government's death-penalty case against terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui on Tuesday by ruling that prosecutors cannot present any witnesses or evidence from aviation officials to show that the 9-11 attacks could have been stopped had Moussaoui cooperated with the FBI.

Posted at 06:46 PM

Indian aviation bullish on future prospects (NDTV)

Global aviation industry body IATA is concerned about investors' returns on airline stocks. The high taxes on jet fuel, cut throat competition, increasing prices of terminals and bays and thin margins for carriers are clearly becoming a worry for the carriers.

Posted at 09:39 AM

Norms soon for M&As in aviation: Patel (Business Standard India)

The civil aviation ministry is planning to formulate guidelines for mergers and acqusitions (M&As) in the domestic aviation sector in the wake of the proposed Jet-Air Sahara merger.

Posted at 03:15 AM

QNHC to establish Cairo resort

Qatar National Hotels and the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co. will acquire and develop a Thomas Cook property in Cairo, reported The Peninsula. QNHC proposes to establish a high-end resort on the site. No financial details were given. []

Posted at 12:44 AM

March 15, 2006

Airline, union reach tentative agreement (Victoria Advocate)

Terms were not disclosed pending ratification, a process the airline and union expect to wrap up by late April. The deal comes eight months after the Association of Flight Attendants rejected an agreement reached in May 2005.

Posted at 04:00 PM

Ex-CEO of China Aviation Oil Pleads Guilty (AP via Yahoo! News)

The former chief executive of China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Ltd. pleaded guilty Wednesday to six charges related to the Chinese-backed jet fuel trader's near collapse in 2004.

Posted at 10:41 AM

China Aviation boss pleads guilty (BBC News)

China Aviation Oil chief Chen Juilin pleads guilty to six charges related to the firm's near collapse in 2004.

Posted at 03:26 AM

March 14, 2006

Emirates, mid-air health checks

Emirates has equipped long-haul flights with a new device that will allow instant diagnostic testing of passengers who become ill on route. Developed by the UK-based Remote Diagnostic Technologies, Tempus can test blood pressure and blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, take an ECG and record body temperature and pulse. Readings are sent to a response centre in the US which analyses the data and advises the crew. []

Posted at 11:30 PM

China Aviation Oil's Chen Will Plead Guilty to 6 Charges Today (

March 15 (Bloomberg) -- Chen Jiulin, former head of China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corp., will today plead guilty to six charges for his role in a $550 million trading scandal that drove the company to the brink of bankruptcy, his lawyer said.

Posted at 07:05 PM

Seasoned Aerospace Executive John R. Reimers Picked as President & CEO of Aviation Partners Boeing (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

John R. Reimers has been named CEO of Aviation Partners Boeing. Reimers most recently was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compass Aerospace Corporation, a primary supplier to Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed, Sikorsky and the U.S.

Posted at 02:49 PM

Glasair Aviation Program Allows Sportsman To Go From Kit To 1st Flight In 3 Wks! (The Aero-News Network)

Do It Yourself... In Record Time! Glasair Aviation tells ANN that it is now possible to build and taxi a new Sportsman in two weeks, and start flying in three. The company recently conducted a "beta test" of a revolutionary "2 Weeks To Taxi" customer assembly program for its Sportsman 2+2 aircraft where a customer went from quick build kit to 1st flight in 22 days.

Posted at 04:08 AM

Gulf Air, new cargo head

Gulf Air has appointed Des Vertannes as head of its cargo operations. Vertannes been in the cargo and air freight business for 35 years, having previously worked for British Airways, Air Canada and Menzies Aviation. He is to develop a cargo plan in accordance with the airline's recently announced two-hub strategy. []

Posted at 02:22 AM

March 13, 2006

Aviation crisis a national security threat (The Russia Journal Daily)

MOSCOW - A crisis in the Russian aviation industry poses a threat to national security, the transportation minister said Monday.

Posted at 07:09 PM

Aviation Fuel: Air Fare Hike Imminent (

Indications emerged at the weekend that domestic airline operators may resort to a marginal adjustment in air fare to make up for the sudden rise in the pump price of aviation fuel, otherwise known as Jet A-1.

Posted at 10:55 AM

Airlines, Business Aviation Differ Widely On FAA Funding (Aviation Now)

Representatives of the nation's large scheduled airlines and the business aviation community espoused fundamentally different approaches last week about how a new space-based air traffic control system should be funded and who should be trusted with governance of the Air Traffic Organization in the future.

Posted at 08:24 AM

Jazeera, Aleppo, Beirut flights

Jazeera Airways has announced it will start flying to Aleppo, Syria, starting March 26. The airline has also announced that it has increased its Beirut flights from seven per week to 11 per week. The new evening flights will compliment Jazeera Airways' daily morning flights to Beirut. []

Posted at 01:07 AM

March 12, 2006

Aviation Fuel: Air Fare Hike Imminent (This Day)

Indications emerged at the weekend that domestic airline operators may resort to a marginal adjustment in air fare to make up for the sudden rise in the pump price of aviation fuel, otherwise known as Jet A-1.

Posted at 05:33 PM

Anger over aviation fuel cut (News Interactive)

WA's aviation industry has been dealt a blow with Air BP withdrawing fuel for piston-powered aircraft from its Leonora site.

Posted at 11:27 AM

Air Arabia, Amman night flights

Air Arabia will fly three times a week to Amman from March 19, offering customers better timing as well as more convenient days of operation. Flights will operate every Monday, Wednesday and Friday departing Sharjah at 00:10 and arriving in Amman at 01:35, then departing Amman at 02:20 to arrive in Sharjah at 07:10. []

Posted at 06:27 AM