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May 13, 2006

Orbit flies to Balochistan

Orbit Aviation, a Sharjah based private airline, has received permission from Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority to commence flights between Sharjah and Turbat via Gwadar, reported Gulf News. The airline will fly this route twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, with the first flight this Thursday at 10.30am. The airline will use a 45 seater AN24 Fokker aircraft. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:44 PM

Deccan Aviation to tap capital market (Deccan Herald)

Deccan Aviation Limited, on Saturday, announced it is entering the capital market with a public issue of 24,546,000 equity shares of Rs 10 each through a 100 per cent book building process.

Posted at 04:22 PM

EADS to Shut Merignac Site at Sogerma Aircraft Maintenance Unit (Bloomberg.com)

May 13 (Bloomberg) -- European Aeronautic, Defense & Space Co., Europe's biggest aerospace company and the parent of Airbus SAS, will close a site in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France, that's part of its unprofitable Sogerma aircraft maintenance unit.

Posted at 11:00 AM

Hall of Fame to add six linked to area aviation (The Buffalo News)

Six local aviators will be inducted Friday into the Niagara Frontier Aviation and Space Hall of Fame. The honor has gone to 154 people since 1985.

Posted at 08:03 AM

Cyprus Airways, Europe deals

Cyprus Airways has introduced a special fare of Dhs1,400 return, exclusive of taxes, to all of its 15 European destinations from Dubai. The fare will be available until June 14 and destinations included in the offer include London, Paris and Rome. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:34 AM

May 12, 2006

WSDOT Receives FAA Grant to Begin Long-term Aviation Study (Washington State Department of Transportation)

ARLINGTON *** The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced today that it has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to begin work on the Long-term Air Transportation Study (LATS). Authorized by the Legislature, LATS is a three-year comprehensive airport system study to guide future investments in Washington***s public use airports.

Posted at 04:44 PM

Spain's Iberia Airline Sees Larger 1Q Loss (AP via Yahoo! News)

Spanish airline Iberia reported wider first-quarter loss Friday, blaming higher fuel prices, pricing pressures from low-cost competitors and later Easter holidays.

Posted at 09:46 AM

Mesaba Aviation Granted More Time To Make Deal With Unions (ClickOnDetroit)

A bankruptcy judge on Thursday granted more time for Mesaba Aviation Inc. to make a deal with its unions.

Posted at 07:39 AM

May 11, 2006

Navy states it will not accept civilian aviation at its San Diego County installations (North County Times)

SAN DIEGO -- Once again, the Navy has bluntly stated it will not accept civilian aviation at its San Diego County installations.

Posted at 09:23 PM

ACE Aviation Has 1st-Qtr Profit on Sale of Jazz Stake (Update6) (Bloomberg.com)

May 11 (Bloomberg) -- ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., owner of Air Canada, the country's largest airline, had a first-quarter profit of C$118 million ($106.8 million) after it sold a stake in its Jazz regional airline.

Posted at 03:33 PM

Trans-Atlantic Aviation Deal Delayed (AP via Yahoo! News)

The European Union and the United States will miss a June deadline to strike a trans-Atlantic aviation deal that could boost air travel, create jobs and lower passenger fares, officials said Thursday.

Posted at 12:08 PM

Etihad twice a day to Bangkok

Etihad Airways will increase flights between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok to twice a day from 4 June 2006. Etihad started flying to Bangkok in April 2004 and has lifted frequency due to demand from both commercial and leisure travellers. It operates a Boeing 777-300ER plane on the route. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 03:57 AM

AIE to lift Dubai flights

India's budget carrier Air India Express could put on 17 more flights to Dubai by mid-June, the regional director told travel agents on Tuesday. He said flights from Kerala to the Gulf have had load factors of 90% so far in 2006, reported Gulf News. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:18 AM

May 10, 2006

Aviation cos set to tap IPO market to fund expansion (The Hindu)

With stock markets rocking, a clutch of aviation firms led by Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines and the two state-owned airlines, Air-India and Indian Airlines, are set to tap the booming IPO market to raise funds for their expansion plans, but analysts remained cautious on the investment prospects in the sector considering the rising fuel costs, stringent competition and wafer-thin margins.

Posted at 03:17 PM

Aviation cos set to tap IPO market to fund expansion (The Hindu)

With stock markets rocking, a clutch of aviation firms led by Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines and the two state-owned airlines, Air-India and Indian Airlines, are set to tap the booming IPO market to raise funds for their expansion plans, but analysts remained cautious on the investment prospects in the sector considering the rising fuel costs, stringent competition and wafer-thin margins.

Posted at 03:17 PM

Marriott one night free

Marriott is offering summer deals for the JW Marriott, Renaissance, Marriott Executive Apartments and the Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Dubai. Visitors who book for three consecutive nights get an extra night's stay free. The offer is open from 15 June to 1 September 2006. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:23 AM

Cool bus shelters for Dubai

Dubai bus travellers will be able to shelter from the searing summer heat next year in around 500 air-conditioned bus shelters being installed across the city. The Roads and Traffic Authority wants to induce people to use more public transport, as the city becomes ever-more choked with cars. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:31 AM

May 09, 2006

Focus on aviation (Narromine News)

A piece of Narromine aviation history was presented to the Narromine Aviation Museum on Saturday after a flight from Camden to Narromine by Bruce Hall, son of founding aero club member Vic Hall.

Posted at 07:40 PM

Southern Africa: SADC Military Aviation Committee Devises Strategies (AllAfrica.com)

The members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Military Aviation Committee will meet on May 10-11 in Lubango city, southern Hu**la province, to outline strategies aiming the strengthening of the Air Force in the region.

Posted at 09:57 AM

Emirates, NY via Hamburg

Emirates airline will introduce a new service between Dubai and New York via Hamburg on 29 October 2006, giving it three flights a day to the Big Apple. The airline will operate a Boeing 777-300ER plane configured in three classes on the route. Emirates started daily flights to New York in June 2004, which it increased to twice daily in November 2005. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:02 AM

Rotana goes to Amman

Rotana Hotels, a major hotel management company in the Middle East, has agreed to build Amman Rotana Hotel at the Abdali development in new urban downtown Amman. It is Rotana's first property in Jordan. The hotel will have 450 rooms and suites, meeting rooms and leisure facilities. It is due to open by the end of 2008. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:34 AM

May 08, 2006

Big Alpha Aviation deal worth millions (Stuff)

Alpha Aviation has sold 26 of its Hamilton-produced training planes to one of the world's leading airline pilot training organisations in a multimillion-dollar deal announced today.

Posted at 07:59 PM

French Court Drops Investigation into two Aviation Officials in Concorde Probe (Aircraft Maintenance Technology)

VERSAILLES, France -- An appeals court on Friday dropped investigations into two former officials of France's civil aviation authority as part of a probe into the 2000 crash of a Concorde jet outside Paris that killed 113 people.

Posted at 01:53 PM

Iran plans new ferry

Negotiations got underway today between Iran and Pakistan about a possible new ferry service linking the two nations, reported the Tehran Times. The ferry would run between Gwadar in Pakistan and the Iranian port of Chabahar. An agreement on a joint search and rescue operation would also be discussed during the talks. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:13 AM

Dhows hit by safety measures

Dhow cruise operators on Dubai Creek have claimed that new safety measures, which prevent them from using their upper deck for passengers, have badly affected their business, reported Gulf News. The Dubai Ports Authority outlawed the use of the upper deck following the cruise tragedy in Bahrain in March which killed 58 people. Dhow owners claim that they may need to raise prices to cover their losses which they estimate at above 50%. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:29 AM

May 07, 2006

Historic Aviation on Display in Long Beach (KABC-TV Los Angeles)

The "Wings of Freedom Tour" has been traveling around the nation and has made its stop in at Long Beach Airport for Southern Californians to join in on aviation history.

Posted at 08:23 PM

Foreign aviation students briefly detained after flight (KGBT 4 Rio Grande Valley)

Foreign aviation students briefly detained after flightNEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Five airline passengers speaking in foreign languages and carrying "aircraft flight materials" were briefly detained in Newark.But authorities determined they were simply returning to their home countries after attending helicopter training school in Texas.Authorities said fellow passengers on American Airlines Flight

Posted at 11:29 AM

Jordan aims for GCC market

The Jordanian Tourist Board has announced that it intends to attract more tourists from the GCC, reported TradeArabia. The JTB is launching a range of products aimed at families in the region. Nearly 6m people visited Jordan last year, an increase of 4.1% on the previous year, and Arab tourists accounted for 62% of this number. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:27 AM