Archive for August, 2008

Jazz Air jettisons life vests to save on fuel

Sunday, August 31, 2008 5:20

Jazz Air LP, the Canadian airline that is the regional affiliate of Air Canada, has decided to do away with lifevests from all its planes with a view reducing weight and thereby cutting fuel costs.

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EU launches anti-trust probe into pact between 3 airlines

Sunday, August 31, 2008 5:18

The European Commission (EU) has begun an anti-trust investigation into a revenue-sharing pact signed between British Airways, American Airlines and Spain’s Iberia Airlines.

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Subaru Jet delayed

Saturday, August 30, 2008 17:01

Fuji Heavy Industries has delayed the development of its new business jet, the Subaru Jet, for a few years.

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Kingfisher Red: Simplifly Deccan re-branding on, cheap fares on flights to stay!

Friday, August 29, 2008 15:03

It was announced that India's most famous budget airline Simplifly Deccan (formerly Air Deccan) will now be called Kingfisher Red.

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Official interior photo of the Icon A5 amphibious aircraft

ICON A5 folding amphibious plane revealed at AirVenture 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008 13:32

ICON Aircraft revealed the ICON A5 amphibious personal sport plane at the AirVenture 2008 event at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The full-scale test prototype of the ICON A5 was displayed at the event.

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Virgin Atlantic gets Mercator Skychain cargo management system

Friday, August 29, 2008 8:42

Airline behemoth Virgin Atlantic has signed in as the latest customer of SkyChain, an end-to-end IT cargo management system developed by Dubai-based business technology provider Mercator.

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Anusha Siriratne, first lady captain for SriLankan Airlines

SriLankan Airlines appoints first Lady Captain

Friday, August 29, 2008 8:39

Marking a significant milestone in the Sri Lanka’s aviation history, SriLankan Airlines has appointed its first woman captain, Anusha Siriratne. [caption id="attachment_191" align="alignnone" width="414" caption="Anusha Siriratne, first lady captain for SriLankan Airlines"][/caption]

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Southwest Airlines insists it won’t abide by FAA deadline for paying $10.2-million fine

Friday, August 29, 2008 5:55

Southwest Airlines Company, the biggest low-cost airline in the United States, has said it will not abide by the deadline for paying a fine of $10.2 million imposed on it for having flown its jets without required inspections.

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Ryanair defends ban on ‘ticket-touting’ websites, says the policy will continue

Friday, August 29, 2008 5:54

Ryanair, the biggest budget airline in Europe, has said it has furnished evidence to an investigation being conducted by the European Commission that unauthorised “ticket-touting” websites were consistently over-charging travellers.

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Lufthansa confirms its interest in bidding for stake in Austrian Airlines

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 18:38

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the flag carrier of Germany, has confirmed that it has formally expressed an interest in buying the Austrian government’s stake in Austrian Airlines, the flag-carrier airline of Austria.

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FAA’s computer glitch delays hundreds of flights across US

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 18:35

An unprecedented malfunction in the computer software of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has caused delay of hundreds of flights at airports across the United States from Texas to New York. 

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Emirates SkyCargo White Cover for perishables

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 17:26

Aiming at providing shippers with the highest standard of service, Emirates SkyCargo has teamed up with a leading US research institute to develop a ground breaking new product for the shipment of temperature-sensitive cargo.

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Probe into Spanair plane crash on; Spanish govt defends its safety norms

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 19:59

Investigators in Spain are trying to find out whether the Spanair’s MD-82 plane that crashed last week had gained adequate speed for takeoff and also whether the ill-fated aircraft’s flaps operated properly.

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Number of passengers being bumped from overbooked flights feared to go up

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 8:23

The chances of air passengers in the United States being bumped from an overbooked flight are likely to increase in the autumn of 2008 as more and more airlines are trimming down services in their efforts to get rid of unprofitable flights and inefficient planes.

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AirTran Airways to lay off 169 pilots

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 8:18

In an effort to trim its workforce and cuts costs, AirTran Airways, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the United States, has decided to lay off 169 pilots with effect from September 3, 2008.

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Heading: Virgin Blue, IATA fight over V Australia’s ticket sales

Monday, August 25, 2008 18:51

Virgin Blue, the low-cost airline based in Australia, is on a collision course with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the international industry trade group of airlines.

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American Eagle Airlines under TSA probe for security lapses

Monday, August 25, 2008 18:48

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the United States has said it is launching an investigation into the “multiple security violations” by American Eagle Airlines at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

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Privatization of Austrian Airlines process begins

Monday, August 25, 2008 7:03

The process of bidding for the full privatisation of Austrian Airlines AG, the flag carrier of Austria, has been set in motion with the government of Austria offering its 42.75% stake in the airline.

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American Airlines waives third-bag fee for active members of US military

Monday, August 25, 2008 7:02

American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, Texas, the United States, has decided to waive the longstanding fee to check a third bag for active members of the United States military.

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Eclipse 500 jets under FAA review

Sunday, August 24, 2008 19:10

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States is conducting a 30-day special review of its certification of Eclipse Aviation’s very light jet (VLJ), the Eclipse 500.

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Giovanni Bisignani Director General and CEO, IATA

Airlines worldwide heading for $6.1-billion loss in 2008, says IATA chief

Sunday, August 24, 2008 19:09

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned that airlines worldwide are likely to lose over $6.1 billion in 2008 because of the exorbitant prices of aviation turbine fuel as well as geo-political instability, with Asia – particularly China and India – also now starting to feel the pinch of the international slump.

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1948 air crash victim in Alaskan glacier identified

Saturday, August 23, 2008 6:40

Nine years of arduous research, aided by advanced DNA testing and forensic techniques, has led to identifying a man whose “mummified” hand and arm were found in a glacier in Alaska.

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Qantas flights hit by technical malfunctions, unusable toilets

Friday, August 22, 2008 14:45

In the latest in a series of mechanical glitches that have been troubling Qantas Airways, the national airline and flag carrier of Australia, a flight from London to Sydney in Australia was delayed by over 15 hours owing to problems with the plane's rudder.

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Virgin Blue hit by fuel crisis, raise fares

Friday, August 22, 2008 14:40

Soaring prices of aviation turbine fuel has hit Virgin Blue, the low-cost airline based in Australia, hard.

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General Dynamics to buy Jet Aviation, expand business aircraft sector

Friday, August 22, 2008 14:37

General Dynamics, the United States-based aerospace and defence contractor, has announced that it will buy Jet Aviation, the Switzerland-based business aviation services firm, for around $2.25 billion.

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Mercator’s RAPID picked by WestJet

Friday, August 22, 2008 14:35

Dubai-based business technology provider Mercator's airline passenger interline revenue accounting solution christened RAPID has been picked by Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline WestJet. With this deal, Mercator has secured yet another North American customer. WestJet has signed up for Mercator’s RAPID Bureau Interline Solution hosted in Dubai. The benefits of outsourced ...

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Emirates Ramadan special offers for travelers to Dubai

Friday, August 22, 2008 14:33

Emirates is offering passengers travelling to Dubai during the religious month of Ramadan two nights accommodation for a paltry US$57 a night per person. The offer, which runs from September 1 to 30, 2008, would involve six select hotels in Dubai, including the Marco Polo Hotel, Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai, and Hyatt Regency Dubai.

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Emirates A380 double-decker arrives to celebrate

Friday, August 15, 2008 18:27

The new double-decker Airbus A380 from Emirates has touched down in San Francisco and Los Angeles. This is part of a number of exclusive tours of the aircraft that have been planned for the United States. 

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Kingfisher picks IBS software for cargo management

Friday, August 15, 2008 18:25

Leading private airline Kingfisher Airlines has successfully started using IBS Software’s iCargoNet, a new-generation airline Cargo Management System.

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Qantas continues to be in trouble, grounds 6 Boeing 737-400 aircraft

Friday, August 15, 2008 8:30

Qantas Airways, already embattled by a series of technical glitches that led to grounding of about half a dozen aircraft recently, suffered yet another setback when its 6 Boeing 737-400 aircraft were grounded on the night of August 12, 2008, because of irregularities in maintenance records. Following the latest incident, Australia’s ...

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