Archive for November, 2008

Cathay Pacific announces cost-cutting steps

Sunday, November 30, 2008 21:19

Cathay Pacific Airways, the largest airline and flag carrier of Hong Kong, has announced a series of measures aimed at cutting costs, including the deferring aircraft deliveries and offering staff unpaid leave as the airline faces a sharp slowdown in both passenger and cargo traffic.

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US Federal Aviation Administration okays satellite-based air traffic control system

Friday, November 28, 2008 20:18

In a move that is bound to revolutionise the way air traffic will be tracked and controlled in the United States, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the green signal to deploy satellite-tracking systems across the country, replacing the current radar-based approach.

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Lufthansa launches Italian subsidiary Lufthansa Italia based in Milan

Friday, November 28, 2008 20:11

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the national airline and flag carrier of Germany, has started an Italian subsidiary based in Milan, Italy.

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Flights in and out of Newquay Cornwall Airport to be suspended for 3 weeks from Nov 30

Thursday, November 27, 2008 15:03

All flights in and out of Newquay Cornwall Airport in Cornwall, the United Kingdom, have been cancelled for three weeks from November 30, 2008, because of a problem over air traffic support.

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Qantas Airways cuts fuel surcharge for domestic flights by $ 5

Thursday, November 27, 2008 15:01

Qantas Airways, the national airline of Australia, has decided to reduce its fuel surcharge for domestic flights by $5 following a decline in the prices of oil globally.

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Eclipse Aviation, maker of very light jets, files for bankruptcy protection

Thursday, November 27, 2008 6:25

Eclipse Aviation Corporation, the company that pioneered the market for very light jets, has filed for bankruptcy protection after failing to produce its very light jets  (VLJs) at “unprecedented volumes” that would have enabled the company to price its jets lower than its competitors.

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AirAsia X to charge just £99 one way for its new Kuala Lumpur-London flight

Thursday, November 27, 2008 6:24

AirAsia X, the long-haul budget airline based in Malaysia, will start services between Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and London’s Stansted Airport at a price as low as £99 one way.

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To cut aviation emissions, Britain jacks up air passenger duty

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 19:05

The government of the United Kingdom has decided to raise the tax for flying out of British airports by at least 10% and, in some cases, the tax will double by 2010 with a view to reducing emissions from aviation.

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Continental, JetBlue, Midwest, Virgin America, Singapore Airlines top in Zagat Survey

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 19:03

Among the large airlines based in the United States, Continental Airlines has won the first rank in the premium class and JetBlue Airways has topped the list in the economy class in the latest Zagat Survey.

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Tiger Airways budget flight to Kuching, Malaysia; to expand fleet in Singapore

Monday, November 24, 2008 10:57

Tiger Airways, a low-cost airline based in Singapore, has announced its plans to expand its fleet in Singapore with the addition of two Airbus A319s aircraft in 2009.

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Kuwait-Dubai flights from Wataniya Airways

Monday, November 24, 2008 10:55

Wataniya Airways of Kuwait to start operations by flying to Dubai on February 8, 2009

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Obese, disabled will get two seats for one fare in Canadian carriers

Saturday, November 22, 2008 18:24

Canada’s highest court has upheld a ruling that obese and disabled people have the right to two seats for the price of one seat on domestic flights.

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Eclipse 500 VLJ

Eclipse Aviation gets European Aviation Safety certification for Eclipse 500 jets

Saturday, November 22, 2008 18:22

Eclipse Aviation, the aircraft manufacturer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the United States, has received certification for its Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

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Three of United States’ busiest airports get new runways

Friday, November 21, 2008 9:47

One multimillion-dollar runway each has been opened at three of the major and busiest airports in the United States, intended to handle an anticipated increase in traffic and to cut delays, notwithstanding a slowdown in economy and a projected drop in domestic flights this winter.

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Rolls-Royce to cut 2,000 jobs worldwide

Friday, November 21, 2008 9:45

Rolls-Royce, the United Kingdom-based manufacturer of aircraft engines, has announced that it is planning to reduce its global workforce by up to 2,000 “to cope with the global downturn and delays to the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A380.”

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Virgin America plans air-to-ground video streaming for YouTube Live on Nov 22

Thursday, November 20, 2008 19:27

Virgin America, the low-cost airline based in California, the United States, is teaming up with YouTube for the YouTube Live – YouTube’s first official “real-world user event” on November 22, 2008.

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US Federal Aviation Administration downgrades Israel’s aviation safety ranking

Thursday, November 20, 2008 19:26

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to lower Israel’s aviation security ranking after an inspection revealed what the FAA termed “severe security shortcomings in Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority.”

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US court issues order against pilots union of United Airlines

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 18:35

United Airlines, a subsidiary of UAL Corporation with corporate offices in Chicago, the United States, has won a preliminary court injunction against a pilots’ trade union preventing it from taking industrial action against the airline.

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Air New Zealand to sack 200 full-time employees, change schedules, cut capacity

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 18:33

Air New Zealand, the national flag carrier of New Zealand and the country’s biggest airline, plans to dismiss 200 full-time employees, change schedules and reduce capacity in order to cut costs as demand for international flights has slowed down.

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Embraer gets $208.2 million-worth orders for its Legacy executive jets

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 11:17

Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA, commonly called Embraer, the aerospace conglomerate based in Brazil, has received orders for its Legacy executive jets - total value of order is $208.2 million.

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Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines broaden marketing alliance

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 11:09

Delta Air Lines, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States, and Alaska Airlines, based in Seattle, Washington, the United States, have announced that they will become “preferred alliance partners” along the Pacific Coast.

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Security steps jacked up for private flights departing from and arriving in US

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 11:07

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking steps to strengthen security vis-à-vis general aviation (GA) “to minimise further the vulnerability of GA aircraft flights being used to deliver illicit materials, transport dangerous individuals or employ aircraft as a weapon.”

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GoAir unveils ‘Buy 5 Get 1 Free’ offer

Monday, November 17, 2008 8:06

GoAir has announced a special offer, christened ‘Buy 5 Get 1 Free’, which will enable customers to get a free ticket against the base fare on booking 5 tickets.  Go Air, part of the Wadia Group, is a low-fare carrier currently operating across 11 destinations.

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SriLankan offers free holidays to Indian kids

Monday, November 17, 2008 8:03

SriLankan Holidays, the leisure arm of SriLankan Airlines is offering Indian children a chance to enjoy four exciting tours of the island nation in a discovery of the country's rich and varied diversity.

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AirTran Airways to charge $15 for first checked bag

Sunday, November 16, 2008 7:21

AirTran Airways, the low-cost airline headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the United States, has decided to charge a fee of $15 for the first checked bag.

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Porter Airlines of Canada starts new service between Toronto and Chicago

Sunday, November 16, 2008 7:19

Porter Airlines, a regional passenger carrier based at Toronto’s City Centre Airport in Canada, has launched a new service between Toronto City Centre Airport and Chicago’s Midway International Airport in the United States.

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Air Arabia to buy 10 more Airbus A320 planes for its new hub in Morocco

Friday, November 14, 2008 6:34

Air Arabia, the low-cost airline based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has signed a contract with the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie for 10 additional, single-aisle A320 aircraft to serve its new hub in Casablanca, Morocco.

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Delta announces 15 new international routes

Friday, November 14, 2008 6:32

Delta Air Lines, which finalised its merger with Northwest Airlines about two weeks ago, has announced 15 new international routes, which would make it the No. 1 airline based in the United States to fly between the US East Coast and Asia.

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Paramount Trivandrum-Pune daily flights launched

Thursday, November 13, 2008 18:37

Paramount Airways has launched daily flights from Trivandrum to Pune via Chennai. Pune is Paramount Airways' third center in the Western sector. Earlier, Paramount Airways launched daily flights from Trivandrum to Ahmedabad and Goa via Chennai.

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ACE Aviation Holdings says no Air Canada cash buyout despite losses

Thursday, November 13, 2008 18:35

ACE Aviation Holdings Incorporated, the parent company of Air Canada, has announced that it is “still looking for ways to wind itself down” but that it is unlikely to do so by making a cash offer for the public minority stake in Air Canada.

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