Archive for September, 2008

Nancy Bird-Walton, Australia's first woman commercial pilot

Australia’s aviation pioneer Nancy-Bird Walton names Qantas Airbus A380 Superjumbo after her

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 19:51

Qantas Airways, Australia’s largest airline, has named its new Airbus A380 Superjumbo, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, after Nancy Bird-Walton, Australia’s first woman commercial pilot.

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Prospects for Alitalia bailout by CAI brighten as unions say yes

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 19:44

With more labour unions supporting the move by Italian investor CAI consortium to buy the Alitalia, the flag-carrier airline of Italy, prospects have become brighter for the bailout of the cash-strapped carrier.

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Airbus opens final assembly line for A320 aircraft in China

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 10:43

Aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus Industrie has opened a final assembly line for its A320 aircraft in Tianjin in northern China. The new facility is the first of its kind built by Airbus outside Europe.

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Sojern, American Airlines team up to provide destination-specific information on boarding pass

Monday, September 29, 2008 4:52

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, and Sojern Incorporated, based in Omaha, Nebraska, the United States, have entered into a partnership to provide destination-specific information as well as offers via boarding passes.

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US-based airlines will get more tough on corporate travel discounts

Monday, September 29, 2008 4:51

As a part of their frantic bid to survive, airlines based in the United States have decided to cut corporate discounts or withdraw from contracts totally if businesses fail to meet their travel commitments.

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Indian software major NIIT Technologies signs 3-year outsourcing deal with British Airways

Saturday, September 27, 2008 16:54

NIIT Technologies Limited, the leading software company based in India, has signed a multi-million pound, three-year deal outsourcing deal with its existing client British Airways.

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Eclipse 500 VLJ

Eclipse 500 jets to be assembled in Russian factory

Saturday, September 27, 2008 12:23

Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the world’s first very light jet (VLJ), has announced that the supervisory board of the Russian State Bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) has approved the construction of a factory in Ulyanovsk in Russia to assemble the Eclipse 500 jet.

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A suite at Atlantis

Emirates offers Atlantis resort stay for passengers to Dubai

Friday, September 26, 2008 19:06

Entering into a tie-up with Atlantis, the flagship resort and water park recently opened on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, Dubai-based Emirates Airline has unveiled a new offer for its passengers.

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Pilots who slept during flight get their license back after FAA suspension

Friday, September 26, 2008 9:47

The two pilots who shocked the airline industry by dozing off during a flight and sending air traffic controllers into panic mode have now received their licenses back.

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Sustainable aviation fuel: Major airlines, green groups, Boeing team up for development

Friday, September 26, 2008 9:43

A group of major airlines and Boeing Company, the aircraft manufacturer, have joined hands to accelerate the development of new, sustainable aviation fuels.

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Maldivian airline picks IBS solution

Thursday, September 25, 2008 15:46

Maldivian, the national carrier of Maldives, has deployed technology company IBS Software’s Passenger Service System aiRES in the Software as a Service (SaaS) mode to help itself manage its passenger reservations, inventory control, fares & ticketing, and departure control functions. 

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US-based air-taxi provider DayJet closes down

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 16:07

Yet another airline, the United States-based DayJet, has closed shop. DayJet Services LLC, a provider of regional air-taxi service, began service to Pensacola and four other cities in Florida, the United States, in October 2007.

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Delta, Northwest gets FAA Single Operating Certificate, merger draws near

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 16:03

Delta Air Lines Incorporated and Northwest Airlines Corporation, both major airlines based in the United States, have moved closer to merger with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepting plans by the two carriers for a Single Operating Certificate for the combined carrier.

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United Airlines raises fee for second checked bag from $25 to $50

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:29

The United States-based United Airlines has decided to double the fee it charges some passengers to check a second bag, citing as reason the volatile prices of aviation turbine fuel.

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Alitalia puts itself up for sale on internet, newspapers

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:26

Alitalia, the flag-carrier airline of Italy, has posted on the company’s website an invitation calling for bids from investors before September 30, 2008, in a last-ditch attempt to rescue the troubled airline.

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Qantas Airways gets its first Airbus A380 Superjumbo, more on the way

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:25

Qantas Airways, the national airline of Australia, has taken delivery of the first of its Airbus A380 Superjumbo from Toulouse, France.

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Paramount Western India operations: Flights to Pune, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Goa soon

Saturday, September 20, 2008 16:29

Western India will soon see Paramount flights with the Tamil Nadu-based domestic airline major all set to kick off operations to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune and Goa.

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Emirates Iftar flight to Gulf countries and India

Friday, September 19, 2008 11:24

The Ramadan season is here and Dubai-based airline major Emirates has lined up a special Iftar service to its Muslim customers to help passengers break their fast during journey.

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Emirates in major deal with Sabre Travel Network

Friday, September 19, 2008 8:13

Sabre-connected travel agencies and corporations around the world will now get easy access to Dubai-based Emirates’ full content fares for the next 10 years through the Sabre global distribution system.

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Indian airlines flouting DGCA refund rules to be penalised

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 16:16

Airlines in India will be penalised if they delay paying compensation to passengers who have been denied boarding because of overbooking or flight cancellation.

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Lufthansa takes over Brussels Airlines

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 16:12

Deutsche Lufthansa, the flag carrier of Germany and the largest airline in Europe in terms of overall passengers carried, has signed a deal to take over Brussels Airlines, the national airline of Belgium and the country’s largest airline.

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Jet flight Muscat Thiruvananthapuram flight takes off

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 6:06

Airline major Jet Airways has pocketed the unique distinction of becoming first private airline in the country to operate flights from all three international airports in Kerala by launching services from Thiruvanathapuram to Muscat.

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Yet another Britain-based travel operator, K&S Holidays, goes under

Monday, September 15, 2008 8:41

Close on the heels of the United Kingdom-based travel operator XL Leisure Group closing shop, another British holiday firm, K&S Holidays, has collapsed, putting the air travel industry in further trouble.

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Air New Zealand Boeing makes environment-friendly flight

Monday, September 15, 2008 8:39

Air New Zealand, the national flag carrier of New Zealand, has shown the way in saving fuel, cutting flying time as well as curbing harmful carbon emissions.

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Wi-Fi on American Airlines planes

Flight attendants want American Airlines to block access to in-flight internet porn

Sunday, September 14, 2008 7:29

A new kind of problem seems to be gathering storm in the air: Flight attendants with American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, have asked the company to filter its in-flight wireless internet service to block access to pornography and other websites which the workers believe are “inappropriate.”

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Venezuela angered by US questions on airport security

Venezuela strikes back, cuts flights by US airlines

Saturday, September 13, 2008 18:50

Venezuela is cutting the number of flights it will allow United States-based airlines to operate to and from the country.

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FAA strengthens safety supervision of airlines, puts forth 13 new safety guidelines

Saturday, September 13, 2008 6:59

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced new steps as well as 13 recommendations to enhance its supervision of aviation safety.

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Richard Branson: The BA / AA deal is anti-competitive

Richard Branson determined to block British Airways-American Airlines tie-up

Saturday, September 13, 2008 6:55

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Curbs on carrying liquids on board to stay for 5 more years

Thursday, September 11, 2008 19:03

The stern restrictions now in place on carrying liquids and gels in hand luggage on flights have been extended by another 5 yeas.

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Aviation turbine fuel made from algae passes all tests

Thursday, September 11, 2008 18:59

The jet fuel using algae produced by Solazyme Incorporated, the company based in South San Francisco, California, the United States, has passed all the tests required for aviation turbine fuel.

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