Struggling Thai airlines make changes; Thai Airways to cut Johannesburg flights

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Published: October 25, 2014

The continuing sluggish performance of Thailand’s commercial aviation industry has prompted a series of changes at Thai airlines while the nation’s military government attempts to alter the image of a country that has lost the confidence of tourists owing to ongoing political unrest. The latest move is a cancellation by Thai Airways International of its […]

Royal Jordanian names flight ops director acting CEO

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Published: October 25, 2014

Royal Jordanian has named Haitham Misto as its acting president and CEO, replacing Nasser Lozi. Misto will take up the acting position on Oct. 26. He has been with the airline since joining as a pilot in 1983, and is currently Royal Jordanian  head of flight operations. No further details were given. Speaking at the […]

Airline Routes

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Published: October 25, 2014

Brussels Airlines begins 6X-weekly Brussels-Riga seasonal service Oct. 26.  It also begins Brussels-Warsaw (13X-weekly) and –Krakow (4X-weekly). Tel Aviv flights for the winter increase from 8X-weekly to 10X. American Airlines begins 3X-daily Los Angeles-Atlanta Boeing 737-800 service March 5, 2015. Bmi regional increases selected services from March 29, 2015.  Newcastle- and East Midlands-Brussels increase to weekday […]

BTS: August US airlines job report shows monthly loss, 1% yearly gain

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Published: October 25, 2014

US scheduled passenger airlines posted a full-time-equivalent (FTE) employee count of 384,478 personnel in August, up just 1% year-over-year, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Nonetheless, it was the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year employment growth, with August’s FTE employee count registered 3,992 additional workers compared to August 2013 — […]

Etihad signs two-month Aventus NowCast evaluation agreement

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Published: October 25, 2014

Etihad Airways has signed a commercial agreement with Swedish digital air traffic management products supplier AVTECH to implement its Aventus NowCast Descent service for Etihad’s operations into London Heathrow, Abu Dhabi and Jakarta airports. The agreement will run for two months, allowing joint analysis that will form the basis for subsequent negotiations and agreement on […]

Alaska Airlines reaping benefits from 737-900ERs replacing 737-400s

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Published: October 25, 2014

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Southwest, IAM workers reach tentative agreement

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Published: October 25, 2014

Southwest Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)—representing the carrier’s approximately 6,000 customer service agents and customer support and services representatives—have reached a tentative agreement for a new four-year contract. The current contract became amendable in October 2012. In the upcoming weeks, the IAM membership will be given the full details of […]

Lufthansa to outsource IT services to IBM in restructuring move

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Published: October 25, 2014

Deutsche Lufthansa is realigning its IT activities and will enter into a seven-year partnership with IBM, which it expects will reduce its IT infrastructure costs by at least €70 million ($ 89.4 million) per year. The IT group is also expected to take over the Infrastructure division of the current Lufthansa Systems. Lufthansa said it […]

Turkish carriers gain open access to Sochi

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Published: October 25, 2014

Russian aviation authorities have removed all restrictions for Turkish carriers on service to Sochi International Airport for the next three IATA seasons. The move is part of the Russian government’s plan to recoup the investment on airport renovations to prepare for last year’s 2014 Winter Olympics. According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, “Any […]

American hurt by Venezuela exposure, but posts record quarterly profit

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Published: October 24, 2014

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