AirAsia X Agrees Australia Passenger Compensation

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Published: April 21, 2015

Malaysian budget airline AirAsia X said it will compensate passengers inconvenienced by its decision to stop direct flights to the Australian city of Adelaide after authorities received a “significant number” of complaints. In a statement on its website, the Kuala Lumpur-listed carrier said it has now reimbursed customers forced to cancel, rebook on other airlines […]

US To Tighten Airport Worker Screening

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Published: April 21, 2015

US airport workers will be subject to extra security screening under new rules prompted by the December 2014 arrest of a baggage handler in Atlanta on gun smuggling charges. Airport and airline employees will now have to be screened before flying by the Transportation Security Administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said. They will also […]

Vinci To Bid For Lyon, Nice Airports

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Published: April 20, 2015

French infrastructure builder and operator Vinci aims to bid for Lyon and Nice airports, chief executive Xavier Huillard said in an interview with French magazine Investir. The two airports, among the busiest in France, are due to be privatized under a wide-ranging law currently making its way through parliament that aims to inject more competition […]

ANA To Buy Stake In Skymark Airlines

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Published: April 20, 2015

ANA will buy a stake of less than 20 percent in Skymark Airlines as part of a rescue plan for the bankrupt domestic budget carrier, people familiar with the matter said. Private equity firm Integral has secured a majority stake, according to Reuters. If ANA held 20 percent or more it could be forced to […]

Germanwings Crash Families May Seek Damages In US

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Published: April 20, 2015

Families of the victims of the Germanwings crash are considering a claim for damages in the United States if they cannot reach agreement with parent airline Lufthansa in Germany, a lawyer representing the families said. Compensation talks with Lufthansa are expected to start soon and the lawyer, Elmar Giemulla, said he hoped the company would […]

Union Postpones Election At Boeing S. Carolina

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Published: April 18, 2015

Boeing’s largest union, the IAM, has withdrawn its petition for an election at the company’s South Carolina plant, temporarily delaying the drive to represent 3,000 workers in the strongly anti-union state. The decision postpones the April 22 vote by at least six months, and comes after organizers for the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace […]

Airbus Upbeat On Aircraft Market

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Published: April 18, 2015

Airbus sees continued strength in the aircraft market and may be able to increase production of its most popular jets beyond their planned rates if that trend continues. Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of the plane making unit of Airbus Group, said he believed Airbus would eventually recapture the top plane making slot from Boeing as […]

Kenya Air To Sell Assets To Navigate Cash Crunch

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Published: April 17, 2015

Kenya Airways will sell some older planes and land and is negotiating a bridging loan to help it through a cash shortage caused by a drop in passenger numbers, its chief executive said. The carrier, part-owned by AirFrance-KLM, made a big loss in the half-year to September after a spate of Islamist militant attacks drove […]

Alaska Air Bans Worker Who Got Trapped In Cargo Hold

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Published: April 17, 2015

A contract baggage handler who became trapped in the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines jet on takeoff from Seattle after falling asleep has been banned from all future work at the airline. The employee of Menzies Aviation, an airport ground services company, made news on Monday as an unintended stowaway on Alaska Flight 448 […]

UK Competition Authority Stands Firm On Ryanair Ruling

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Published: April 17, 2015

Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will not change an order for Ryanair to sell down its 30 percent stake in rival Aer Lingus because of IAG’s proposed bid for Aer Lingus. Ryanair had asked the CMA to reconsider its 2013 decision, saying IAG’s securing of support from Aer Lingus’s board for the EUR€1.36 billion […]

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