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June 17, 2006

Jazeera, free flights for women

Kuwait's low cost carrier, Jazeera Airways, is offering free flights to Kuwaiti women staying abroad who wish to return to the country to vote in the upcoming elections, reported TradeArabia. The flights will leave on the eve of the June 29 elections from all of Jazeera's regional destinations. This is the first time women have been allowed to vote in Kuwait's elections. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:06 PM

Kuwaiti airline offers women free flight to elections (AFP via Yahoo! News)

A Kuwaiti budget airline said it is offering free air tickets to all women who wish to travel to Kuwait later this month for the first election in which women can campaign and vote.

Posted at 05:48 PM

Airline pension help in bill (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A provision offering special relief for the airline industry "absolutely" remains part of a pension reform bill being crafted by House-Senate negotiators, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said Friday. Isakson, chief sponsor of the airline amendment, said overall legislation to tighten rules on pensions has "about a 60-40 chance" of winning final passage within weeks. If it were to pass with an airline

Posted at 10:11 AM

Jordan Aviation adds Doha

Jordan Aviation, the kingdom's low cost carrier, is to launch a service between Aqaba and Doha, reported The Peninsula. The route will be Aqaba-Bahrain-Doha-Aqaba on Tuesdays and Aqaba-Doha-Bahrain-Aqaba on Saturdays. The airline has a fleet of eight planes and on the Doha route will operate a 737-300 as an all economy flight for 148 passengers. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:40 AM

June 16, 2006

Jazeera to Delhi and Mumbai

Jazeera Airways has announced it will start direct flights to New Delhi and Mumbai, starting July 1. The airline's expansion into the Indian subcontinent follows the addition of brand new aircraft to its Airbus A320 fleet which are scheduled to arrive later this month and in early July. The two new Indian routes take Jazeera's total number of destinations up to 10. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:08 PM

First Aviation Services reports losses (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)

First Aviation Services Inc. said Friday it had posted a net loss of $266,000 in the first quarter of 2006, compared with a net income of $153,000 in the same period last year.

Posted at 05:10 PM

Doss Aviation's move here well-kept secret (The Pueblo Chieftain)

By September, the first school of flight students should be making their home in Pueblo. By December, Doss Aviation hopes to have completed the renovations to the former Sperry building and the construction of three new airplane hangars to accommodate the new flight school here. The news came from Frank Hunter, president and chief operating officer of Doss Aviation. Hunter was in Pueblo

Posted at 09:04 AM

Doss Aviation's move here well-kept secret (The Pueblo Chieftain)

By September, the first school of flight students should be making their home in Pueblo. By December, Doss Aviation hopes to have completed the renovations to the former Sperry building and the construction of three new airplane hangars to accommodate the new flight school here. The news came from Frank Hunter, president and chief operating officer of Doss Aviation. Hunter was in Pueblo

Posted at 09:04 AM

June 15, 2006

Jordan Aviation to connect Aqaba and Doha (The Peninsula)

DOHA *** Jordan's second national carrier, Jordan Aviation (JATE), announced Qatar as its fourth destination in the Gulf for scheduled flights in at a press conference here yesterday.

Posted at 11:45 PM

Airline To Provide Cheaper Flights Between Jacksonville, NYC (WJXT News4Jax.com via Yahoo! News)

Discount airline JetBlue Airways recently started providing service between Jacksonville and New York City.

Posted at 08:42 PM

South Africa: Rural Pupils to Learn About Aviation During Winter Holidays (AllAfrica.com)

Twenty matric pupils from rural Mpumalanga will learn about aviation on a five-day visit to the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Academy in Johannesburg.

Posted at 02:33 PM

European Liberal group wants equal treatment for Gibraltar on civil aviation matters (Panorama)

The European Liberal group, headed by Gibraltar MEP Graham Watson, will urge in the European Parliament today that he policy excluding Gibraltar from civil aviation matters should end. He has called for equal treatment for Gibraltar - and is putting it to a vote.

Posted at 04:19 AM

June 14, 2006

BA new baggage limits

British Airways has made changes to its baggage limits in line with UK Department for Transport recommendations and requirements of the UK's main airport operator BAA. New limits and conditions for checked, carry-on and excess luggage will be phased in from early July. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:48 PM

ACE Aviation eyeing maintenance spinoff next year, Milton tells N.Y. audience (Canadian Business)

MONTREAL (CP) - In its push to boost corporate value, ACE Aviation Holdings (TSX.ACE.A) could spin off its maintenance and repair division within the next year, the chairman and CEO of Air Canada's parent company said Wednesday.

Posted at 06:22 PM

Boeing's take off threatens Airbus's aviation lead (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Boeing, which had been struggling to compete against European aviation powerhouse Airbus in recent years, is engineering a steady climb as its rival encounters fresh turbulence.

Posted at 01:49 PM

Airbus A380 delayed again

Emirates airline says it has been informed by manufacturers of a further six month delay in deliveries for the Airbus A380, according to Reuters. The airline expects to now receive its first A380 in October 2007, which will not go into service before January 2008. It is the second six-month delay for the world's biggest airliner, which could now risk carriers dropping out of the programme. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 03:35 AM

June 13, 2006

Prices hiked on Aero Asia closure

Pakistani expats living in the UAE are accusing airlines operating to Pakistan of exploiting the temporary closure of Aero Asia by raising fares by 15-30%, according to Gulf News. The airline was grounded on 22 May by Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority over a default in payments, which has led to an increased demand for services on other carriers. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:32 PM

Aviation takes back seat to space flight at NASA (Fox 6 News San Diego)

The Bush administration's restructuring of NASA to focus more on space exploration includes a proposed 18 percent cut in the agency's aeronautics research budget for 2007, which some say could endanger the country's lead in aviation.

Posted at 03:18 PM

Aviation Week's Michael A. Dornheim Killed In California Car Crash (Aviation Now)

Michael A. Dornheim, an engineer and pilot who wrote for Aviation Week & Space Technology for 22 years based in Los Angeles, was killed when the car he was driving plunged into a ravine in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Posted at 01:39 PM

Traffic growth drives aviation profits up (RT** News)

The Irish Aviation Authority today announced that it recorded a profit before tax of ***16.2m in 2005. Profit before tax rose from ***14.3m in the previous year.

Posted at 08:31 AM

June 12, 2006

Gulf Air best airline

Gulf Air has been judged best regional airline in the 2006 Skytrax Awards. President James Hogan says having just two hubs has helped the airline become more efficient. Gulf Air was also named as having the best onboard catering in first class, for the third consecutive year. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:43 PM

Car, body found in search for Aviation Week's missing L.A. editor (San Diego Union-Tribune)

LOS ANGELES, 4:13 p.m. June 12 (AP): A man's body was found Monday in a wrecked car belonging to Michael A. Dornheim, a veteran Los Angeles-based editor for Aviation Week & Space Technology who vanished more than a week earlier, police said.

Posted at 07:04 PM

Deccan Aviation, Unity Infraprojects get the bear hug on debut (The Hindu)

The shares of Deccan Aviation, which made a debut on the bourses on Monday, fell below its issue price in a volatile market.

Posted at 02:24 PM

Saudi plans for pilgrims

Saudi Arabian authorities have completed preparations for an expected increase in the number of pilgrims coming to the kingdom in order to perform Umrah, now that the summer holiday period is beginning. The Ommul Qura University has launched a web site which provides pilgrims with information regarding suitable accommodation. Pilgrims wanting to find places to stay can get information on 6,000 hotels and other residences at www.makkahgis.net [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:51 AM

June 11, 2006

Gulf nations eye C-130 upgrades

The UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are considering upgrading their C-130 military aircraft to C-130 Avionics Modernisation Programme, reported Gulf News. A senior Boeing official said that discussions had been ongoing with both Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, while talks with the UAE Air Force about the AMP should begin soon. The UAE has five C-130s and Kuwait just three, but Saudi has 50, the largest number outside the USA. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:12 PM

Service honours Black Hawk crash victims (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)

The Army's aviation community has paused to reflect on one of the country's worst peace-time air disasters.

Posted at 09:14 PM

Reminder - Van Nuys Airport's Rockin' AirFest 2006 to Showcase Aviation's Living History (SYS-CON Media)

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Posted at 01:49 PM

RAK Airport expansion plans

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is to spend $272m up until the end of 2008 on the first phases of an expansion programme that will continue until 2020, reported Emirates Today. The first phase will involve building a cargo warehouse, arrivals and departures halls and a hotel. The emirate takes possession of a Boeing 737-300 next month, prior to launching RAK Airways at the end of the year. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 03:16 AM

Emirates opens German lounges

Emirates has opened dedicated lounges for its First and Business Class passengers at both Munich and Frankfurt airports; the airline provides both cities with double daily services to and from Dubai. Germany is the third European destination on the airline's network to offer dedicated Emirates lounges, following the launch of similar lounges at London Gatwick and Paris Charles de Gaulle airports. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:32 AM