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July 22, 2006

Sharjah passengers up 37%

Passenger traffic was up 37% at Sharjah airport in the first half of 2006, compared to the same period in 2005, according to Gulf News. A total of 1.4m passengers passed through compared to 1m in H1 2005. Flights increased 10% from 18,755 to 20,735. Cargo was up 16%. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:55 PM

Many get up close look at military aircraft (WTNH-TV New Haven)

(Windsor Locks-WTNH, July 22, 2006 5:20 PM) _ It's a unique close-up look at some military war planes. Several aircraft were on display at Bradley International today for the 8th annual Space and Aviation Day.

Posted at 06:33 PM

Anger Management at American Air (New York Times)

At American Airlines, the only old-line domestic airline that has never filed for bankruptcy protection, a grand experiment is playing out.

Posted at 02:05 PM

Boxer's AIMD Tops West Coast Ships

Military.com -... named the number one A
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Posted at 02:55 AM

Movenpick, more Saudi hotels

Movenpick is planning three more hotels for Saudi; one each in Riyadh, Buraidah and Yanbu, according to Khaleej Times. The Swiss hotel chain has hotels in Median and Jeddah, while others are under construction in Khobar and Mecca. It has signed management agreements with local partners. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:02 AM

July 21, 2006

7th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment cases its colors at Illesheim (Stars and Stripes)

ILLESHEIM, Germany *** A short-lived yet proud history of one Army aviation unit came to a close Thursday during an inactivation ceremony at Illesheim***s Storck Barracks.

Posted at 05:29 PM

Stephen Johnson joins Hillsboro Aviation's helicopter sales staff (The Hillsboro Argus)

Hillsboro Aviation, Inc. is proud to announce that Stephen J. Johnson has been hired as a helicopter salesman to work out of its Hillsboro office. Johnson will be responsible for marketing new and used Bell Helicopters in Hillsboro Aviation's 16 western state Bell sales territory.

Posted at 02:44 PM

Experience the World of Flight at the Eighth Annual Bradley Space & Aviation Day -- All Free (PR Web via Yahoo! News)

East Granby, CT (PRWEB) July 21, 2006 -- Visit the Eighth Annual Bradley Space and Aviation Day, on July 22, at Bradley International Airport, with all proceeds going to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Posted at 07:00 AM

Palomar College to offer bachelor's degrees in aviation (North County Times)

SAN MARCOS ---- Civilians seeking jobs as commercial pilots or airport managers will soon be able to get bachelor's degrees in aviation management at Palomar College through a new partnership the college has forged with Southern Illinois University.

Posted at 01:04 AM

July 20, 2006

Aviation czar raps airline crews for not staying in Israel (Haaretz Daily)

Civil Aviation Authority director Udi Zohar yesterday criticized foreign airlines for avoiding overnight stays for their air crews. ?The foreign airlines? considerations are theirs, and do not rely on any guidelines from us,? Zohar told TheMarker.

Posted at 06:20 PM

South Africa: SA Aviation Industry Gears Up for 2010 (AllAfrica.com)

The South African aviation sector has embarked on a number of multi-billion rand projects to increase its efficiency and capacity in preparation for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup being hosted here.

Posted at 03:05 PM

A380, UAE hot air test

The double-decker Airbus A380 will undergo hot weather testing from Al Ain airport next week. Aircraft systems such as engines, auxiliary power unit, air conditioning, hydraulic and electrical systems are tested in temperatures over 38C. The tests are part of a European Aviation Safety Agency and Federal Aviation Administration certification programme. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:23 AM

July 19, 2006

DIC bids for UK's Travelodge

Dubai International Capital has made a bid for Travelodge Hotels, the UK's second-largest budget hotel company, according to Bloomberg. Other companies that are trying to acquire Travelodge include UK-based private equity firms Cinven and BC Partners. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:35 PM

Audit critical of Cradle of Aviation museum finances (Sydney Morning Herald)

An audit released Wednesday uncovered a 'distressing lack of financial controls and management oversight' at an aviation museum that is home to the last lunar module ever built for the U.S. space program. -

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Farnborough 2006: United Aviation Signs Contracts for Pair of Bombardier Widebody Business Jets (SYS-CON Media)

Bombardier today announced the signature of contracts for a super midsize Challenger 300 aircraft and a high speed Bombardier Global 5000 jet by the first customer in Libya, United Aviation. Based on the list price for typically equipped aircraft, the transaction is valued at approximately $55 million US.

Posted at 03:27 PM

Jordan budget hotel plan

Jordan Dubai Capital and Ishraq Gulf Real Estate Holding agreed to develop three 'Express by Holiday Inn' hotels in Jordan. The hotels will be built in Jordan's major cities at a cost of $45m. They plan to have more than 36 of the hotels in the Middle East within five years to fill a growing demand for budget travellers. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:09 AM

July 18, 2006

Lebanon mass evacuation

Western nations are mobilising warships to evacuate their citizens from Lebanon's battle zone, according to news agencies. The US ordered five warships to head for Lebanon in its first major evacuation of Americans, and Britain said two aircraft carriers were among six of its ships in the region ready to pick up its citizens. Other European nations are sending boats and planes. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:56 PM

Aviation Experts At Odds Over Jet-set Jolies Plane (ContactMusic)

America's aviation experts are split over high-flying ANGELINA JOLIE's plane of choice - some fear she's risking her young children's lives by jetting

Posted at 08:31 PM

GE Aviation, CFM rack up orders at air show (Cincinnati Business Courier)

GE Aviation and joint venture CFM International have announced more than $3.2 billion in orders during the Farnborough International Airshow, held every July in Farnborough, United Kingdom.

Posted at 10:49 AM

Emirates, $3.3bn Boeing deal

Emirates airline has agreed to buy 10 Boeing 747-8F freighters in a deal worth $3.3bn. The contract includes an order for 45 General Electric GEnx engines worth $600m, which will power the aircraft. The planes will be delivered from 2010. Boeing says the new 747-8Fs offer 16% more cargo volume and 15% lower ton-mile costs than the classic 747-400F. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 08:19 AM

Oman Air ups Khareef traffic

Oman Air has increased flights to Salalah to carry more visitors to the summer Khareef season in the southern Dhofar region. It is running 25 flights a week between Muscat and Salalah, four from Dubai, and one from Kuwait. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:35 AM

July 17, 2006

LA Aviation Attorney Killed In Jet Crash After Takeoff (NBC 4 Los Angeles)

Federal aviation officials launched an investigation into a crash that killed a Los Angeles attorney who had just taken off from an air show when his single-engine jet nosedived into a neighborhood.

Posted at 06:27 PM

Varman Aviation to supply aircraft to Jharkhand Govt (Deccan Herald)

The city-based Varman Aviation has signed a contract with the Civil Aviation Department of the Jharkhand Government for supplying three Z 143L four-seater Zlin aircraft.

Posted at 09:05 AM

Konstruktor, $171m Doha deal

Croatian construction firm Konstruktor Inzenjening has been awarded the $171.9m contract for the Industrial Interchange, one of the nine projects of the proposed $1.1bn Doha Expressway, reported The Peninsula. The project includes the construction of an underpass, a roundabout, bridges and frontage roads as well as other infrastructure. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:20 AM

Khatt Springs opens in RAK

The Khatt Springs Hotel and Spa, a 130 room five star hotel, has opened in Ras Al Khaimah. The natural hot springs site, located adjacent to the hotel, is currently being upgraded and will be ready by September. The hotel, set up at a cost of $13.1m, has made arrangements to provide visitors with shuttle services to RAK's beaches and other tourist locations. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:37 AM

July 16, 2006

Jetstar investigates soccer team stranding row (ABC via Yahoo!7 Finance)

No frills airline Jetstar is investigating complaints about staff after the cancellation of a flight from Melbourne to Hobart last night.

Posted at 07:00 PM

Low-Fare Airline JetBlue Coming to Ohio (WTOL News 11)

COLUMBUS (AP) -- Popular low-fare airline JetBlue is about to make its arrival in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports that JetBlue is announcing today that it will start serving Columbus in October with nonstop flights to Boston and New York's JFK airport.

Posted at 11:29 AM

Jazeera, Beirut suspended

Jazeera Airways is suspending its Beirut flights for the remainder of the season and will compensate all Beirut travellers in full and offer them a 10% discount on their next booking. Jazeera will continue to fly the rescheduled Beirut flights to Damascus until July 19 or until the evacuation of those people who are headed to Kuwait ends. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:53 AM

GCAA, Emirates e-licensing

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority has signed an agreement with Emirates to enhance co-operation through e-licensing. Electronic transactions will now be possible between the two sides, enabling employees in the aviation industry to obtain licenses through a special portal. The new system will help save the time of pilots, engineers and other employees in the aviation industry. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:06 AM