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May 06, 2006

Oil prices hit air fuel

Air freight operators will tomorrow raise their fuel surcharges by as much as 19%, or 10 cents per kg, reported Gulf News. The move will be the third increase since December and high oil prices have been blamed for the latest hike. The increase was agreed by the Cargo Airlines Sub-Committee at a meeting last week. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:51 PM

AVIATION: Bridging the gaps (Grand Forks Herald)

By 2025 the air transportation system will outgrow the capacity of American airport infrastructure, some experts say. With easy access to technological advances that would make light jet aviation safer, faster, cheaper and usable by almost everyone, on-demand charters such as Grand Forks-based Point2Point Airways could help alleviate congested hub airports around the country, said Bruce Holmes,

Posted at 09:26 PM

AVIATION: Bridging the gaps (Grand Forks Herald)

By 2025 the air transportation system will outgrow the capacity of American airport infrastructure, some experts say. With easy access to technological advances that would make light jet aviation safer, faster, cheaper and usable by almost everyone, on-demand charters such as Grand Forks-based Point2Point Airways could help alleviate congested hub airports around the country, said Bruce Holmes,

Posted at 01:56 PM

Al Habtoor, $200m Palm plan

The UAE's Al Habtoor Group is investing just over $200m in a new hotel to be located on the Palm Jumeirah Island, reported Gulf News. The 474,680 sqft resort complex will have 250 rooms, 38 executive suites, two honeymoon suites and two presidential suites. The company also has plans for a hospitality project in the Business Bay District. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:36 AM

May 05, 2006

12,000 visit ATM

The annual travel and tourism show, the Arabian Travel Market, closed yesterday at the World Trade Centre, Dubai. More than 12,000 trade visitors attended the show, which featured exhibitors from 59 countries and first time participants from Ireland, Japan and Poland. Next year's ATM will be held from May 1-4 at the WTC. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:50 PM

World War One aviation Planes of Fame Chino (Santa Paula Times)

World War One Aviation will be the subject of the monthly special event to be hosted by The Air Museum ***Planes of Fame*** at the Chino Airport on Saturday, May 6, 2006.

Posted at 06:22 PM

GE-Aviation engine gets FAA certification (BizJournals)

GE-Aviation's turbofan jet engine has received an airworthiness certification for cargo aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Posted at 01:23 PM

GE-Aviation still in play for jet engine funding (Cincinnati Business Courier)

GE-Aviation's effort to keep funding coming for a fighter jet engine got an OK Thursday from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Posted at 09:28 AM

Australia: Drug and Alcohol testing mandated for Aviation Industry (Rotorhub)

The Australian Government Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon Warren Truss MP, announced on 2 May 2006 that drug and alcohol testing is to be introduced in the aviation sector. The media release (056WT/2006) issued by Mr Truss on 2 May 2006 can be found below.

Posted at 12:31 AM

May 04, 2006

U.S. aviation industry debates funding of the system (Market Watch)

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Airlines are clashing with general aviation companies over who's driving the costs and who has to pay the bill for using the nation's aviation system.

Posted at 04:30 PM

All Jet Aviation (U.S.) FBOs Have Contracted for PASSUR(R) Web-Based Flight Information Tools (SYS-CON Media)

Megadata Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: MDTA.OB) announced today that all Jet Aviation's U.S. FBO facilities have contracted for PASSUR(R) web-based flight information tools, including PASSUR Portal(TM), PASSUR Pulse(TM) and PASSUR inSight(TM).

Posted at 11:50 AM

May 02, 2006

One charged dropped in Security Aviation case (KTVA)

Prosecutors in a case against Anchorage-based air charter have dropped one of the federal charges related to possession of rocket launchers. Security Aviation officials will go on trial in less than two weeks on federal weapons charges.

Posted at 03:52 PM

First Aviation's net income improves in Q4 (Memphis Business Journal)

First Aviation said fourth quarter revenues totaled $33.2 million, a 7.5 percent increase over fourth quarter 2005 revenues of $30.9 million.

Posted at 10:46 AM

AD IC gets $54.5m refurb

The Abu Dhabi InterContinental is undergoing a major refurbishment at a cost of $54.5m. Along with renovation of existing rooms and suites, the project will add a further 60 rooms, giving the property a total of 390 and making it one of the largest hotels in the city. US-based Turner Construction International is managing the contract. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:57 AM

Khatt Springs Hotel & Spa to open

Al Hamra Hotels will open the Khatt Springs Hotel & Spa in Ras al Khaimah in June 2006. The complex has 150 rooms, an international restaurant a health food restaurant and fruit bar. Themed villas are also being constructed in the rock formations around the hotel. The spa will have natural hot springs located within the premises. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:11 AM

May 01, 2006

Aviation workers to face drug and alcohol tests (ABC via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)

The Federal Transport Minister is today unveiling plans to force most aviation workers to undergo mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

Posted at 08:00 PM

Pemco Aviation delivers early on Navy P-3 aircraft contract (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)

Pemco Aviation Group Inc. beat its deadline by more than two weeks in delivering the first U.S. Navy P-3 aircraft on which it is performing extensive maintenance, inspection and repair work in conjunction with contract partner L-3 Communications.

Posted at 10:35 AM

KHI buys Phuket hotel

Kingdom Hotel Investments has announced that it has signed a contract to acquire the Karon Beach Hotel, Phuket. The hotel, currently managed by Crowne Plaza, has been purchased from LaSalle Investment Management for $98.5m, including $30.5m of debt. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:08 AM

UAE hotels in good shape

The UAE hotel industry is in very good shape according to industry experts at a Dubai conference, reported Gulf News. A booming economy, high visitor numbers, an expanding airline industry and a shortage of hotel rooms have made for a buoyant situation. Hotel chiefs are concerned, however, about how much impact rocketing oil prices, threats of regional terrorism and the spread of bird flu might have on business in the future. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:18 AM

April 30, 2006

AVIATION: Mesaba drops demand for reimbursement of pilot training costs (Grand Forks Herald)

Mesaba Airlines will drop plans to seek reimbursement for training costs from first-year pilots who had left the airline before they were furloughed, a union head announced.

Posted at 04:50 PM

Can aviation cope with upsurge? (IBN live)

Aircraft Maintenance Repairs and Overhauling in the country stumble as they try to keep up with the upsurge Indian aviation.

Posted at 09:56 AM

Istithmar, easyHotel link-up

Istithmar Hotels has signed an agreement with easyHotel Limited to open a chain of budget hotels across the Middle East, North Africa, India and Pakistan. The alliance plans to open 38 hotels in total, including six in Dubai and eight in India. Eight hotels across the region will open by the end of 2007, with a further 18 operational by the end of 2008. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:56 AM

One year for Air India Express

Budget Indian carrier Air India Express has been operating in the Gulf for one year. The airline currently has five aircraft and undertakes 36 flights a week, but plans are in place to increase this to 61 a week. The airline's Kerala route has enjoyed strong demand and has an average seat load of more than 90%. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:14 AM