China Jails Captain For Deadly Plane Crash

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Published: December 20, 2014

A Chinese court has jailed for three years the captain of a plane that crashed four years ago killing 44 people after finding him guilty of negligence, state media reported. Qi Quanjun, in charge of the fatal Henan Airlines flight, was charged with failing to observe safety rules for landing and leaving the aircraft after […]

TAM Planning USD$4.1 Bln Fleet Investment

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Published: December 20, 2014

Latam Airlines’ Brazilian carrier TAM plans to spend BRR11 billion reais (USD$ 4.13 billion) on the purchase of 50 new aircraft, executives said. Marco Bologna, president of TAM also said that the company is in advanced talks with Embraer for a firm order of 18 aircraft and the option to buy another 12. The company […]

Hawaiian Confirms Airbus A330neo Order

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Published: December 19, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed an order for six Airbus A330neo aircraft worth USD$ 1.5 billion at list prices. The order for the updated version of the A330, with new Rolls-Royce engines, brings to just over 100 the number of firm orders for the A330neo. Hawaiian’s new order replaces an order for six A350-800s. Hawaiian’s agreement […]

SpiceJet Rescue Plan A Bold Bet On Indian Aviation

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Published: December 19, 2014

The co-founder of India’s SpiceJet is leading a USD$ 240 million rescue effort to pull the low-cost carrier back from the brink of collapse, in a bold bet on the recovery of an industry plagued by high costs and heavy losses. A person with direct knowledge of discussions said Ajay Singh, who helped set up […]

Lufthansa Rejects Pilots’ Demand For Mediation

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Published: December 19, 2014

Lufthansa has rejected demands by pilots to discuss via mediation its plans to expand its low-cost operations, a decision that could lead to further strikes. Lufthansa has been embroiled in a dispute with its pilots that has led to 10 walkouts this year, costing the airline more than EUR€160 million (USD$ 196 million) while it […]

SIA, Tata’s Vistara To Start Flying January 9

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Published: December 19, 2014

Singapore Airlines’ Indian joint venture with the Tata conglomerate, Vistara, will start flying from January 9, the airlines said. Based in New Delhi, the full service Vistara will begin operations with a fleet of new Airbus A320-200s with 148 seats, Tata SIA Airlines said in a statement. Vistara will offer flights to Mumbai and Ahmedabad […]

Portugal Invokes Special Measures To Break TAP Strike

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Published: December 19, 2014

The Portuguese government has moved to halt a four-day strike at national airline TAP planned for the busy holiday period, invoking special powers that allow dismissal or in some cases criminal charges against strikers. Portugal’s UGT union described imposition of a Labour Requisition, a rare measure, as “premature and abusive”. The unions, campaigning against privatization […]

US Aviation Sector Sees Big Opportunities In Cuba

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Published: December 18, 2014

President Barack Obama’s decision to restore US diplomatic ties with Cuba could yield big opportunities for the US aviation sector. Marion Blakey, chief executive of the Aerospace Industries Association, welcomed the president’s announcement and said it was likely to result in “a great deal of new commerce” for US companies. Several US airlines that already […]

EU Clears Lufthansa Outsourcing Deal With IBM

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Published: December 18, 2014

The European Commission said on Wednesday it had approved the sale of Lufthansa’s IT infrastructure unit to IBM. Lufthansa was seeking a buyer for the unit, which provides data centers, networks and telephony, because it requires a high level of investment and economies of scale, which the airline could not provide. “The Commission concluded that […]

Boeing To Make 754 Jet Deliveries In 2015 – AIA

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Published: December 18, 2014

Boeing will deliver 754 commercial aircraft in 2015, an increase of up to 5.5 percent, the US Aerospace Industries Association forecast on Wednesday, reflecting expectations of steadily rising production at the plane maker. The Washington, DC-based trade group said its forecast is based on information supplied by Boeing, and comes amid concern that Boeing may […]

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