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July 29, 2006

West Star Aviation to break ground on new hangar (The Daily Sentinel)

By BOB KRETSCHMAN

Posted at 06:08 PM

Airport development plan wins federal OK (Boston Globe)

Federal aviation officials have approved a half billion-dollar Bradley International Airport development plan with a new terminal to keep up with soaring passenger demand projected for the coming decade.

Posted at 12:30 PM

Etihad goes e-tickets

Etihad Airways has introduced electronic ticketing for all its flights, following the succesful testing of the system over the last four months. The International Air Transport Association has given airlines until the end of 2007 to replace paper tickets with e-ticketing. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:23 AM

July 28, 2006

Gulf Air expands pet deal

Pet owners can now take animals to Dublin with Gulf Air, after the airline expanded the service it offers to London under the EU Pet Passport System, according to head of Cargo Des Vertannes. Gulf Air introduced the Pet Travel Scheme in 2002, allowing passengers from Bahrain to take their animals as cargo to London and bypassing quarantine. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:33 PM

General aviation has another strong quarter (The Wichita Eagle)

General aviation manufacturers had a strong second quarter for deliveries and billings, the planemakers reported today. For the first six months of 2006, the companies had the highest recorded billings in general aviation's history, said Pete Bunce, General Aviation Manufacturers Association president and chief executive.

Posted at 05:14 PM

Eclipse jet could change aviation (Albuquerque Tribune)

By the end of the decade, William Herp's small Massachusetts airline is expected to have a fleet of 300 planes. Already, he plans on 30 of them to be made by Albuquerque's Eclipse Aviation.

Posted at 01:14 PM

FAA certifies Eclipse "very light jet" airplane (USA Today)

A new fleet of very light jets that could redefine the way Americans travel including one line of aircraft that is manufactured in Albuquerque has received preliminary certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Posted at 08:18 AM

July 27, 2006

GTRA to host Aviation Forum (Daily Times Leader)

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport is hosting a Community Aviation Forum on Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Airport Observation Lounge. This forum will be chaired by Mike Boyd, co-founder and president of the Boyd Group, one of the nation***s top aviation planning and consulting groups.

Posted at 10:43 PM

Navy finds shipwreck of Nazis' only aircraft carrier (Guardian Unlimited)

Poland's navy identify shipwreck in Baltic Sea as Nazi Germany's only aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin.

Posted at 08:03 PM

South Africa: Comair Looks for BEE Lift in Sagging Aviation Sector (AllAfrica.com)

THE best time to have bought into the domestic aviation sector was probably three to five years ago, before the local economy and low-fare airlines took off. These two factors have inspired tremendous growth at Comair, SA's largest private sector aviation company.

Posted at 09:26 AM

South Africa: Comair Looks for BEE Lift in Sagging Aviation Sector (AllAfrica.com)

THE best time to have bought into the domestic aviation sector was probably three to five years ago, before the local economy and low-fare airlines took off. These two factors have inspired tremendous growth at Comair, SA's largest private sector aviation company.

Posted at 09:26 AM

July 26, 2006

Egypt, Arab tourist joy

The number of tourists to Egypt from Arab countries increased by 15% between January and June 2006, helped by increased airline capacity, according to industry sources cited by Emirates Today. Saudi Arabia headed the list with 42,245 visits, an increase of 8.9%. There were 86.9% more visitors from Qatar, 17.4% more from Palestine and 11.9% more from the UAE. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:56 PM

Aviation Week Editors Win Six Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards (SpaceRef)

AVIATION WEEK editors garnered six Aerospace Journalist of the Year awards -- more than any other publishing group -- at a ceremony held during the just ended Farnborough Air Show in England.

Posted at 08:24 PM

Free Flow: Judging general aviation - It's not just for the rich (International Herald Tribune)

The No.3 country for general aviation - flights other than military or scheduled airlines - has a far more dense population and far better public transportation than the U.S. or Australia - Britain.

Posted at 09:18 AM

Golden Tulip resort in Dhofar

Golden Tulip will open a resort in Oman's southern Dhofar coastal region in early 2007, according to the Oman Daily Observer. The Golden Tulip Resort and Spa Mirbat will have around 170 rooms, 70 chalets, a spa, banquet rooms and meeting halls, and offer water-based activities. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 08:01 AM

Tourism company set for AD

The Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company will set up a tourism investment company with Egypt-based Travco, following the inking of an agreement on Tuesday. It will establish tourism and hospitality projects in the UAE and the Middle East. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:17 AM

July 25, 2006

Civil aviation transportation turnover up 16 pct in second quarter (People's Daily)

Turnover in China's civil aviation transportation reached 7.25 billion ton-kilometers in the second quarter of the year, an increase of 16 percent over the same period last year, according to sources with the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC).

Posted at 08:02 PM

Honda Enters the Aviation Market With Small Jet (New York Times)

Following in the footsteps of a long line of automobile companies that have moved into aviation, Honda plans to offer a fuel-efficient small jet.

Posted at 12:47 PM

Honda is said to be ready for the aviation market (International Herald Tribune)

Honda Motor, the world's largest maker of engines for autos, motorcycles and power products, on Tuesday was set to announce its formal entrance to the aviation market with a six-passenger corporate jet, according to a person familiar with the plan.

Posted at 08:03 AM

July 24, 2006

PIA, Bahrain direct

Pakistan International Airways is starting non-stop flights between Bahrain and Lahore, according to Gulf Daily News. The service will run every Wednesday on a 236-seat Airbus A310 plane. It starts in a few weeks. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:45 PM

Aviation experts frown at flight disruptions by VIPs (Vanguard)

LAGOS*** STAKEHOLDERS in the aviation sector kicked, yesterday, against the incessant disruption of commercial airlines flight operations by presidential or VIP movements.

Posted at 06:36 PM

Tata goes in hard on aviation (Australian IT)

TATA Consultancy Services has taken a step towards winning Qantas's juicy $US80 million ($106.5 million) application services account with the launch of a specialist aviation unit in Australia.

Posted at 09:09 AM

Emirates to Tunis in October

Emirates airline starts flights to Tunis via Tripoli from 29 October 2006. It will fly five times a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in a three-class configuration; Monday and Wednesday offering business and economy classes. Flights depart Dubai at 9am. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:15 AM

Sama signs $120m maintenance deal

Sama, a new low-budget Saudi airline yet to start flying, has signed a $120.8m aircraft maintenance and engineering contract with SR Technics of Switzerland, according to Arab News. The airline hopes to be in the air within the next couple of months. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 01:56 AM

July 23, 2006

BAE Systems to display latest products at Lima 2007 (The Star Online)

LONDON: BAE Systems plans to showcase its latest aviation products, including frigates similar to the two procured by Malaysia, in the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (Lima 2007).

Posted at 06:59 PM

New FAA Program To Ease Delays (KXAN 36 Austin)

The Federal Aviation Administration says its trying to do something to cut down on weather-related delays that hit so many airports during the summer thunderstorm months.

Posted at 10:11 AM

Air Arabia, Bahrain early bird

Air Arabia has added a morning flight between Sharjah and Bahrain because of increased demand. An 8.30am flight will run from Sharjah every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The return flight leaves Bahrain at 9.20am local time. It starts on 29 July 2006. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:20 AM