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August 12, 2006

Brothers emerge as a focus of aircraft terror plot investigation (Vancouver Province)

Matiur Rahman (spelling varies), a senior figure from an al-Qaida-linked militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. (AP/Anjum Naveed) LONDON - Brothers arrested in Pakistan and England emerged Saturday as key figures in a suspected plot to destroy U.S.-bound aircraft during flight, while prominent Muslims in Britain accused the government of encouraging extremism through its foreign policy.

Posted at 05:26 PM

2 brothers emerge as a focus of aircraft plot investigation (Sun-Sentinel)

LONDON -- Brothers arrested in Pakistan and England emerged Saturday as key figures in a suspected plot to destroy U.S.-bound aircraft during flight, while prominent Muslims in Britain accused the government of encouraging extremism through its foreign policy.

Posted at 02:24 PM

4.1m use Dubai public transport

The number of passengers using public transportation in Dubai has increased by 20% to reach 4.1m in H1, when compared to the same period last year. The Roads and Transport Authority put the increase down to a new bus link to Abu Dhabi which opened in March and an improved network of connections to other cities across the UAE. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:14 AM

August 11, 2006

No hand luggage for UK flights

Passengers flying to the UK from the UAE are not being allowed to take any hand luggage on board with them and all items need to be checked in, reported Gulf News. The new procedure follows a spate of arrests in the UK last week linked to an alleged plot to blow up a number of aircraft. Passengers were also advised to allow extra time for checking in. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:04 PM

ACE Aviation Profit Jumps; Plans IPO for Air Canada (Update7) (Bloomberg.com)

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., which posted a 40 percent jump in profit today, plans to sell a minority stake in Air Canada in an initial public offering this year to boost its stock. The shares gained 6.5 percent, the most in almost nine months.

Posted at 03:58 PM

EU calls aviation security meeting (AP via Yahoo! News)

The European Union on Friday said it will gather aviation security experts for a meeting in Brussels next week to discuss the thwarted terror plot in Britain.

Posted at 10:06 AM

ACE Aviation Profit Jumps; Plans IPO for Air Canada (Update3) (Bloomberg.com)

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., which reported a 40 percent jump in profit today, will sell a stake in Air Canada in an initial public offering this year to boost its stock, which rose as much as 9.2 percent after the announcement.

Posted at 09:13 AM

August 10, 2006

Explosives expose aviation weak spot (USA Today)

Thursday's terror plot didn't succeed in blowing up planes, but it struck at the core of a fundamental weakness in aviation security around the globe: the inability to spot explosives made from seemingly harmless ingredients. That's the bad news. The good news is that bringing down an airliner with a bomb is not guaranteed.

Posted at 10:01 PM

Aviation jobs increasing in N.D. (Minot Daily News)

An economic impact study released by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission Thursday revealed that aviation expenditures in Minot total more than $1.05 million and create nearly 800 direct or indirect employment opportunities.

Posted at 09:34 PM

Threat Level Raised for Aviation Sector (Officer.com)

Threat Level Raised to Code Orange or High for all commercial aviation operating in or destined for the United States.

Posted at 09:39 AM

Hotels demand long stay

Some five-star hotels in Dubai are insisting on bookings of at least seven nights over the New Year holiday period, with some demanding as many as ten, disgruntled residents have told 7Days. Families who had planned to book hotel rooms for New Year's Eve said they were disappointed at the move. A ten-day stay at Dubai's top hotels could cost more than $8,000. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:53 AM

Etihad opens Sharjah office

Etihad Airways has opened a sales office in Sharjah. Located near Al Taawun Mall, the office is geared to offer information about flights and holiday deals, as well as selling seats. The airline says its new destinations and holidays are proving extremely popular. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:33 AM

August 09, 2006

Zanesville Aviation Holds Open House For New Terminal Building (Whiz News Southeastern Ohio)

General aviation flights landing in Zanesville will be welcomed by a brand new terminal facility. Zanesville Aviation held an open house to check out its new $3.25 million building. The private comp...

Posted at 08:09 PM

TRANSPORT CANADA'S DECISION TO CANCEL NEXJET AVIATION INC.'S AIR OPERATOR CERTIFICATE IS UPHELD BY THE TRANSPORTATION (Government of Canada News)

TORONTO - The Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada has ruled in favour of upholding Transport Canada's decision to cancel NexJet Aviation Inc.'s air operator certificate. Without an air operator certificate, the company cannot provide commercial air services.

Posted at 03:33 PM

Emirates fits new business seats

Emirates airline has unveiled its new 'lie-flat' business class seats. All the carriers' long-range Boeing 777 aircraft on order will have the seats, while its 12 777-300 planes will be refitted by early 2008. As well as folding out flat, the seat has a massage function, privacy dividers, and hand held controls. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:58 AM

August 08, 2006

$19m pedestrian safety plan

Dubai is spending $19m to upgrade pedestrian safety around the city, according to Gulf News. The Roads and Traffic Authority will put in 17 new pedestrian overpasses on busy roads, new signal crossings and flat hump crossings. Sheikh Zayed Road is the most dangerous for pedestrians, with 23 killed in 2005. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:22 PM

Ace Aviation's Jazz Puts Off Flights From Toronto City Airport (Bloomberg.com)

Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Ace Aviation Holdings Inc.'s Jazz unit put off plans to fly from Toronto's downtown airport after a federal agency let a rival airline use the island facility and denied access to Jazz.

Posted at 03:58 PM

Ethiopia: Aviation Authority Earns 33 Million Birr (AllAfrica.com)

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority said it has obtained 33 million birr from navigation, license and training services in the previous fiscal year.

Posted at 02:45 PM

UAE adopts IATA animal regn

The UAE has adopted International Air Transport Association regulations governing the air transport of live animals in and out of the country, making it the second signatory in the Middle East after Oman. The Live Animals Regulation lays down minimum standards of safe and humane transport for live animals by commercial airlines. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:04 AM

Qatar Airways offers satellite TV

Qatar Airways is now broadcasting live digital satellite TV on five of its A330 long-haul aircraft, making it the first international airline to offer the service, according to The Peninsula. By the end of 2006, the carrier will have the Rockwell Collins Tailwind 560 satellite TV system fitted to individual seatback units in 14 aircraft, including its new Airbus A340-600 which enters service this month. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:08 AM

August 07, 2006

Europe***s only Combat Aviation Brigade stands up (Stars and Stripes)

KATTERBACH, Germany *** Army transformation took to the skies Monday, as the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade stood up at Katterbach Army Airfield in Germany.

Posted at 03:21 PM

Europe***s only Combat Aviation Brigade stands up (Stars and Stripes)

KATTERBACH, Germany *** Army transformation took to the skies Monday, as the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade stood up at Katterbach Army Airfield in Germany.

Posted at 03:21 PM

Gulf Air boosts Bahrain

Gulf Air's new two hub strategy has had a positive effect on passenger numbers at Bahrain International Airport. A total of 2.2m passengers utilised BIA in H1, an increase of 32.3% on the same period last year. Gulf Air presently accounts for around 70% of activity at BIA. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:41 AM

August 06, 2006

BIA launches new guide

The Bahrain International Airport Guide and Timetable has been launched by the Civil Aviations Affairs. The complimentary 58 page guide and timetable, published twice a year, contains departure and arrival hall location maps, airport services and Bahrain duty free information, as well as a flight timetable for all scheduled airlines operating at the BIA. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:34 PM

Indian aviation caught in a whirlwind (Deccan Herald)

Has the bubble burst? Or is it a temporary turbulence? These days these are the common questions asked in the Indian aviation industry circle.

Posted at 03:44 PM

Plane crashes in Pownal, killing pilot (Boston Globe)

Federal aviation and transportation officials are investigating a plane crash that killed the pilot. William Smith, of Batavia, N.Y., died when the small cargo plane crashed in a remote area Friday, the Bennington Banner reported. He was the only one on board.

Posted at 10:50 AM

Jazeera begins Assiut flights

Kuwaiti carrier Jazeera Airways yesterday launched its three times a week service to Assiut in Egypt. Travellers to the city can utilise the airline's online booking and payment facility. The inaugural flight was received by the Governor of Assiut and civil aviation officials; Assiut is the 12th destination for Jazeera Airways. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 04:53 AM

Etihad makes US appointment

Etihad Airways has appointed Josephine Boulus as its US Country Manager. Boulus will have responsibility for building up leisure and business traffic between the UAE and the US, as well as oversee the launch of Etihad's New York service in late October. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:23 AM