New Berlin Airport No White Elephant – Official

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Published: May 25, 2015

Berlin’s new international airport, delayed repeatedly due to red tape and technical problems, is on course to open in 2017, a spokesman said, denying a media report it could end up as a white elephant. The opening will be six years after the original target date following a series of costly setbacks that have dented […]

Lufthansa CEO Advocates Random Psychological Tests For Pilots

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Published: May 22, 2015

Random checks of pilots’ psychological fitness could help reduce risks in the aviation sector, Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr said in his first newspaper interview since the crash of a Germanwings plane in March. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung cited Spohr as saying surprise checks were a possible way to reduce uncertainty over whether pilots suffer from […]

Court Frees Ex-Korean Air ‘Nut Rage’ Executive

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Published: May 22, 2015

Former Korean Air executive Heather Cho Hyun-ah walked free after nearly five months in prison after an appeals court suspended the sentence she was given for her outburst over the way she had been served nuts. Cho, the daughter of the airline’s chairman, was sentenced in February to one year in prison over the December […]

Cathay Pacific Cabin Crew Threaten August Strike

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Published: May 22, 2015

The Cathay Pacific Airways flight attendants’ union said it will move forward with plans for a strike in August, accusing the company’s management of failing to negotiate pay and benefits. More than 300 union supporters, some carrying placards, staged a protest outside the Cathay Pacific headquarters on Thursday. Union representatives said they would distribute leaflets […]

Airbus Sees ‘Significant’ Orders At Paris Airshow

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Published: May 22, 2015

Airbus expects to win a “significant number” of orders at next month’s Paris Airshow, according to a senior executive. Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Marwan Lahoud was speaking at a news conference hosted by France’s GIFAS aerospace industry association, of which he is also president. He also said Airbus’s delivery plans for the A400M military […]

SAS Averts Swedish Pilots Strike

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Published: May 22, 2015

Scandinavian airline SAS has struck a deal with its Swedish pilots’ union over staffing but failed to reach an accord with around 300 pilots in Norway, raising the risk of major conflict. The deal averted imminent industrial action by 400 Swedish pilots that would have grounded hundreds of flights. However, six Norwegian SAS pilots went […]

Portugal Selects Two Bids For TAP

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Published: May 22, 2015

The Portuguese government has picked bids by two Brazil-based aviation tycoons for the next phase of the sale of flag carrier TAP, discarding the only offer by a local competitor. Transport Secretary Sergio Monteiro said the government will directly negotiate with two consortia – Gateway, comprised of a holding company of American-Brazilian investor David Neeleman […]

Corporate Jet Makers Eye Revival Led By North America

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Published: May 21, 2015

Business jet makers, hit badly by the financial crisis, expect an upturn in mature economies will encourage companies to once again buy new corporate planes or replace older aircraft, executives said this week. Many companies in North America and Europe scaled back usage or sold their corporate jets in a bid to cut costs, resulting […]

JetBlue Believes It Could Not Predict Pilot’s Midair Meltdown

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Published: May 21, 2015

JetBlue Airways believes it had no way to know it should have grounded a former pilot before his midair meltdown forced an emergency landing, and that his USD$ 14.9 million damages lawsuit should be dismissed. “There is absolutely nothing JetBlue could have done to prevent the unforeseeable and scary events” caused by Clayton Osbon’s erratic […]

El Al’s First Quarter Loss Narrows

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Published: May 20, 2015

El Al’s net loss narrowed in the first quarter as the carrier increased its market share, flew more passengers and benefited from a stronger dollar and lower fuel prices. Israel’s flag carrier said net loss in the quarter was USD$ 16 million compared with USD$ 39.7 million a year ago. Revenue rose to USD$ 419.8 […]

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