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June 24, 2006

Brazilian aviation authorities open window for Varig to be sold (The Star Online)

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP): Brazilian aviation authorities on Saturday approved the sale of the cargo unit of the country's bankrupt flagship airline, opening a window for the carrier to be saved and international travel chaos for ticket holders to end.

Posted at 07:45 PM

Brazil aviation officials OK Varig sale (AP via Yahoo! News)

Brazilian aviation authorities approved the sale of the cargo unit of the country's bankrupt flagship Varig airline, opening a window Saturday for the salvation of the carrier and an end to chaos for stranded ticket holders.

Posted at 01:23 PM

Air Arabia, reservations system

Air Arabia has announced Information Systems Associates, a joint venture of Air Arabia and John Keells Holdings, has developed a new reservations system, AccelAero, for low cost airlines that provides multi-selling channels through the Internet, travel agencies and call centres. AccelAero will facilitate flight scheduling, finance and operational functionalities and capabilities across various point-of-sale channels. Air Arabia becomes the first ISA customer to use the tailor made system. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:42 AM

June 23, 2006

IAC gets 100% Gulf growth

International Air Charter, a UK based aircraft charter brokerage firm, gained a 100% increase in the number of bookings it received from the Gulf in 2005, reported Gulf News. In order to meet demand, the IAC has recently opened offices in Qatar and Cyprus and is soon to open others in Egypt, Bahrain and Kuwait. The company leases aircraft such as helicopters, business jets, VIP aircraft and corporate airliners. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:01 PM

Aptech enters aviation training sector (The Hindu)

NEW DELHI: Aptech has entered the fast growing aviation training sector with the acquisition of the Pune-based Avalon Aviation Academy. The academy provides training for the aviation and hospitality industry for cabin crew, ground staff, flight ...

Posted at 03:06 PM

GE Aviation considers taking on Airbus engine design (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)

GE Aviation isn't sure whether it wants to take a crack at designing an engine for a new Airbus A350 aircraft in the conception stages, its CEO said Thursday.

Posted at 01:39 PM

Fitch affirms aviation authority rating (BizJournals)

Fitch Ratings has affirmed its 'AA-' rating for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority's $864.6 million of outstanding senior lien bonds and its 'A-plus' rating for the authority's $427.9 million of outstanding subordinate lien bonds.

Posted at 09:31 AM

June 22, 2006

Presenters announced for aviation hall (Dayton Daily News)

Leaders in the fields of aviation and history will present the four nominees for induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame at its July enshrinement ceremony.

Posted at 10:18 PM

Baker Names Perinis as Director of Aviation Practice (SYS-CON Media)

Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation , has announced the promotion of George Perinis, R.A., to senior vice president and national aviation practice director. In this position, Perinis will lead all aspects of Baker's business development, client management, and strategic planning for the aviation practice.

Posted at 05:57 PM

House bill halves funding for GE Aviation engine project (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)

GE Aviation's fight to keep its share of the Joint Strike Fighter project received a setback Tuesday when the U.S. House of Representatives cut funding in half for its jet engine to power the aircraft.

Posted at 08:37 AM

BA price-fixing probe

British Airways is being investigated by UK and US regulators for the alleged price fixing of fuel surcharges on long-haul flights to and from the UK, the BBC reported. The commercial director, Martin George, and head of communications, Iain Burns, have been given 'leave of absence' for the duration of the investigation, the airline said in a statement. BA said that other airlines were also being examined. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:01 AM

June 21, 2006

Emirates stops at 45 A380s

Emirates airline is unlikely to look to buy more Airbus A380 planes beyond the 45 it has on order, according to executive vice-chairman Maurice Flanagan quoted by Dow Jones. Flanagan reiterated the airline is not planning to cancel A380 orders, despite delays in its delivery, although it may seek compensation. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:55 PM

Aviation groups rail against flight school background check bill (BizJournals)

Legislation that would require New York flight schools to conduct criminal background checks on students is "asinine," according to Richard Kaylor, the flight school director for Richmor Aviation flight schools in Schenectady, Poughkeepsie, Saratoga and Hudson.

Posted at 04:01 PM

EU Signs Aviation Deal With New Zealand (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

The European Union signed an aviation open skies deal with New Zealand on Wednesday, allowing any EU airline to fly to New Zealand without restrictions.

Posted at 02:03 PM

SAA, Cyprus code-share deal

Saudi Arabian Airlines has signed a code-share agreement with Cyprus Airways. The Cypriot flag carrier flies twice-weekly between Larnaca, Riyadh and Jeddah. Tourists from Saudi to Cyprus increased by 35% in Q1 2006, according to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation which has stepped up marketing efforts in the region. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 03:51 AM

June 20, 2006

IFA SA closes on Boschendal

IFA Hotels & Resorts is set to a stake in Boschendal, a South Africa-based property company that is looking to develop a mixed-use development in Cape Town, according to Emirates Today. The company already has South African interests; it owns Zimbali Lodge and holds a 50% stake in the joint venture that developed Zimbali Coastal Resort in KwaZulu Natal. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:18 PM

CBS 2 Aviation Analyst Weighs In On Transcripts (CBS 2 Chicago)

Transcripts of cockpit recordings reveal pilots of a Southwest Airlines jetliner left themselves little margin for error before a deadly runway tragedy at Midway Airport in December. CBS 2 Aviation Analyst Jim Tilmon read the cockpit transcripts Tuesday and found that the pilots did all they could to get the computer to agree with their decision to land.

Posted at 06:23 PM

EU adds more airlines to aviation blacklist (Euro Observer)

20.06.2006 - 17:53 CET | By Aleander Balzan EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Commission has added four new airlines to its aviation blacklist which was published for the first time last March.

Posted at 10:58 AM

Qatar double daily to Bangkok

Qatar Airways has upped flights between Doha and Bangkok to double daily because of higher demand. The schedule now offers a choice of morning and evening departures. It starts on 25 June 2006. The Far East accounts for 15% of the carrier's total international traffic. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:19 AM

June 19, 2006

Doha gets terminal for games

Siemens has won a EUR19m contract to build a temporary terminal at Doha airport to cope with an increase in passenger traffic for the Asian Games. The 80,000 sqft structure, designed in the shape of an Arabian tent, will be able to process 3,000 passengers an hour. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:34 PM

Chubb to Insure Starr Aviation (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

The Chubb Corp., an insurer, on Monday said it will provide hull and liability coverage to general aviation clients of Starr Aviation Agency Inc., as well as workers compensation coverage to the agency's general and commercial aviation clients.

Posted at 04:39 PM

Aviation takes back seat to space flight at NASA (WVEC Norfolk)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Aeronautics facilities like Langley Research Center in Hampton don't fit in with NASA's new goals as aviation takes a back seat to space flight at the agency.

Posted at 11:10 AM

JRTC Aviation Detachment holds change of command (Leesville Leader)

FORT POLK-With retirement in the flight plan, Lt. Col. Alan D. Fessenden turned over command of the Joint Readiness Training Center Aviation Detachment to Lt. Col. Edward A. Williams in a June 1 ceremony at Hangar 4297, Polk Army Airfield.Fessenden became commander of the aviation detachment in September, 2003.

Posted at 08:26 AM

Oman's Central Corridor on track

The Central Corridor, a road project that will link neighbourhoods in Muscat with the new Southern Expressway, should be ready by November 2007, reported the Oman Daily Observer. Work has already got underway on the 6km $28.6m four lane dual carriageway. Meanwhile, good progress has been made on the Southern Expressway itself, a 53km $342m project, and this is due to be ready in early 2010. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:58 AM

June 18, 2006

Aviation takes back seat to space flight at NASA (USA Today)

By reaching for the moon and Mars, NASA is letting go of aviation research that was the foundation for the nation's journey into space. Some contend that cuts to aeronautics research, long one of the agency's cornerstones, will endanger the country's lead in aviation.

Posted at 03:54 PM

Civil Aviation booming; more output in medium, small sector (New Kerala)

Hyderabad: With civil aviation industry on the upswing, more opportunities for infrastructure development in medium and small scale sector would arise in the coming days, Chairman of Aeronautical Society of India said today.

Posted at 08:52 AM

Air Arabia, six more to Mumbai

Air Arabia will increase its flight frequency between Sharjah and Mumbai by an additional six flights per week from June 20 until July 16, making a total of 13 a week. The additional flight will operate every day of the week, except Monday, and will depart from Sharjah at 12.10am local time, arriving in Mumbai at 4.40am Indian Standard Time. The regular daily flights to Mumbai will continue as normal. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:42 AM