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July 08, 2006

Jazeera gets another A320

Kuwait's privately owned Jazeera Airways has taken possession of its fourth Airbus A320, which landed in Kuwait last week following a delivery flight from Toulouse in France. Jazeera Airways has ordered 10 aircraft from Airbus, with an option of a further six. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:29 PM

Red tape has airline startups wait in the wings (Express India)

Nearly half a dozen new airlines that announced plans to start operations last fiscal have failed to take off, raising questions about the profitability of the Indian aviation sector and its potential to accommodate more players than it already has now.

Posted at 02:39 PM

Red tape has airline startups wait in the wings (Express India)

Nearly half a dozen new airlines that announced plans to start operations last fiscal have failed to take off, raising questions about the profitability of the Indian aviation sector and its potential to accommodate more players than it already has now.

Posted at 02:39 PM

Heritage village plan for Saudi

Five heritage villages are to be developed in various locations in Saudi Arabia in a bid to boost the country's tourism industry, reported Arab News. The villages will be tourist centres built to look like traditional Arab towns and will feature regional architecture, crafts, costume and cuisine. The villages will also strengthen the local economy with job opportunities for people living in nearby communities. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:25 AM

July 07, 2006

DIA aims for 29m

Dubai International Airport is aiming to increase its passenger numbers to around 29m, a jump of more than 4m, by the end of the year, reported Gulf News. The airport is currently undergoing a major expansion project which will see it being capable of handling 75m passengers a year. The development work is due to be completed in the middle of next year. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:07 PM

ACE Aviation Sells US Airways Stock for $138 Million (Update3) (Bloomberg.com)

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., owner of Canada's largest airline, sold about 85 percent of its shares of US Airways Group Inc. for more than $50 each, triple the price the company paid for its initial investment.

Posted at 03:31 PM

ACE Aviation Sells US Airways Stock for $138 Million (Update3) (Bloomberg.com)

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., owner of Canada's largest airline, sold about 85 percent of its shares of US Airways Group Inc. for more than $50 each, triple the price the company paid for its initial investment.

Posted at 03:28 PM

ACE Aviation Sells More US Airways Stock (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., the holding company for Air Canada and regional carrier Air Canada Jazz, on Friday said it sold another 2.75 million shares of its stake in US Airways Group Inc. on the open market for $137.9 million, or just over $50 per share.

Posted at 09:01 AM

Japan Hopes to Close China Aviation Deal (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

Japan's transport minister said Friday he hopes to reach an aviation agreement with China during a visit to Beijing next week as part of efforts to boost air traffic between the two Asian neighbors.

Posted at 03:30 AM

July 06, 2006

BAE's Mark H. Ronald Receives the John Curtis Sword Award From AVIATION WEEK (SYS-CON Media)

Aviation Week & Space Technology editors have selected Mark H. Ronald, President and CEO of BAE Systems Inc., and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for BAE Systems plc, as the 2006 recipient of the John Curtis Sword.

Posted at 07:13 PM

UHY delegation attends IATA Conference in Vancouver

UzReport.com, Uzbekistan -The staff of the Commercial Department of Uzbekiston Havo Yullari (Uzbekistan ... of the world, as well as representatives of aviation organizations participated ...

Posted at 11:12 AM

Airbus orders fall behind Boeing

Airbus orders are currently running at about 20-25% compared to Boeing, chief commercial officer John Leahy told the BBC. The European aircraft maker is still confident it will deliver more planes than its rival by the end of 2006. But reports on Wednesday estimated Airbus had orders of 145 to 150 aircraft for H1 2006, compared with around 450 at Boeing. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:30 AM

Adac to outsource facilities

The Abu Dhabi Airports Co, which will be incorporated in September 2006, plans to outsource non-core facilities at the $6.8bn airport redevelopment to specialists, Chairman Khalifa M Al Mazroui told Gulf News. It will also create an airport free zone. Adac replaced the Department of Civil Aviation as operators of the airport earlier this year. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:09 AM

July 05, 2006

China International Aviation Expo 2007 to be held next September (People's Daily)

China International Aviation Exposition 2007 will be held from September 19 to 22 of 2007 in Beijing, which will attract international aviation giants including Boeing and Airbus.

Posted at 07:30 PM

Aviation sector to face skilled manpower shortage: CAPA (New Kerala)

Mumbai, Jul 5: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) today said shortage of skilled manpower is beginning to bite with some Asia Pacific airlines scaling back their expansion plans and things are likely to worsen in future.

Posted at 02:26 PM

The Serai aims for authenticity

UAE-based Abraaj Capital and Bahrain's Ithmaar Bank have created a joint venture company, The Serai Group, to develop and manage an international chain of themed sharia'h-compliant hotels. Promoters say the hotels will give travellers a genuine sense of Middle Eastern and Islamic-style living. The Bahrain-based company will be capitalised at $500m, partially funded by Abraaj and Ithmaar. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:25 AM

JV to operate Dubai Metro

The $4.2bn Dubai Metro will be maintained and operated by international firms through a joint venture with the Roads and Transport Authority, according to Khaleej Times. An RTA official told the daily that a tender evaluation is currently under review, and that the network could be partially funded by private sponsorship of stations. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:21 AM

July 04, 2006

Satellite-based navigation aids for civil aviation by 2010, says Nair (Deccan Herald)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) will implement a satellite-based navigation system over Indian air-space for civil aviation in the coming years, said ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair on Tuesday.

Posted at 05:10 PM

Booming Indian aviation a hotspot for global players (New Kerala)

By Arvind Padmanabhan: The Indian civil aviation industry, which is forecast to log robust double-digit growth for the next five years, has emerged as a hotspot for global players *** thanks to the entry of a host of low-cost carriers, mega mergers, orders for over 400 new aircraft by airlines and grand airport modernisation plans.

Posted at 11:38 AM

Etihad off to Khartoum

Etihad Airways will start flights from Abu Dhabi to Khartoum tomorrow (Wednesday). Flights run every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, departing at 2.05pm and returning at Abu Dhabi at 11.05pm. An Airbus A330-200 will service the route offering two classes. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:46 AM

IFA, Kingdom in Zanzibar project

Kuwait-based IFA Hotels & Resorts and Saudi's Kingdom Investments is planning to build a resort on Zanzibar, according South Africa's Finance24 online. Swiss hotel operator Movenpick will manage the resort, to be called Movenpick Resort & Spa-Zanzibar, which will eventually have 220 rooms. A first phase of 109 rooms is due to be completed in Q4 2006. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:48 AM

July 03, 2006

Bahrain makes aviation history (Gulf Daily News)

BAHRAIN is making aviation history with the creation of a BD1 million centre to train aircraft engineers. The Bahrain Airport Services Aircraft Engineering Training Centre will also help meet a global shortfall.

Posted at 04:59 PM

Alpha Aviation plans for $3m expansion (Stuff)

Alpha Aviation is expanding its plant to enable it to manufacture eight aircraft a month.

Posted at 12:20 PM

BA, kids for free extended

British Airways has extended its 'Children fly for free' offer to Europe, the USA or Canada from the UAE. Families can book their tickets for travel until August 31 and for every two adult tickets purchased, up to two children under the age of 12 can travel free. From Abu Dhabi, the offer applies to World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins, while from Dubai the offer is available in World Traveller Plus. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:58 AM

EADS, Airbus senior shake-up

EADS, Airbus' parent company, has replaced its Co-Chief Executive Noel Forgeard with French railways head Louis Gallois, in the wake of a series of delays over the launch of the much anticipated A380, reported Reuters. The CEO of Airbus itself, Gustav Humbert, has also resigned and will be replaced by Christian Streiff. Humbert described the delays to the A380 as a major disappointment to both customers and shareholders. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:50 AM

July 02, 2006

NEW AIRBUS CHIEF TO APPLY BUILDING KNOWHOW TO AVIATION (The Tocqueville Connection)

PARIS, July 2, 2006 (AFP) - Christian Streiff, the Frenchman named Sunday to replace Gustav Humbert at the head of Airbus, is a professional in the building industry who plans to bring his knowhow to bear on the aviation sector.

Posted at 07:36 PM

Curator helps North Carolina Aviation Museum take flight (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Gilliland is neither a military veteran nor a pilot, but feels right at home in his job as curator and general manager of the North Carolina Aviation Museum.

Posted at 01:55 PM

Air Arabia, extra Umrah flights

Air Arabia has announced 20 additional flights to Jeddah for Umrah pilgrimage. The special schedule, to be operational between July 18 and August 12, will be available for GCC nationals and passengers with Umrah visas only. The Umrah service will take off from Sharjah at around midnight, returning from Jeddah early in the morning. Fares will start at Dhs610, one way, excluding taxes and surcharges. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:19 AM