Australia Clears Qantas, China Eastern Alliance

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Published: August 21, 2015

August 21, 2015 The Australian regulator, the ACCC, reversed an earlier decision and cleared a code-sharing deal between Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines after the carriers agreed to increase flights between their countries by a fifth. The ruling enables the airlines to sell flights between several Australian cities and the mainland. It is likely […]

Air Serbia’s H1 Operating Revenue Up 29 Pct

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Published: August 21, 2015

August 19, 2015 Air Serbia has reported a 29 percent rise in first-half operating revenue to EUR€95.5 million (USD$ 105.7 million). Passenger numbers rose by 19 percent 1.12 million, said Air Serbia, which is 49 percent owned by Etihad Airways. Traffic measured in available seat km rose by 10 percent to 1.74 billion. Last year, […]

Man Charged With Trying To Halt Departing Plane

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Published: August 21, 2015

August 19, 2015 A man who arrived late for a flight to attend his high school reunion is accused of running onto a concourse at Denver Airport in an attempt to stop the departing plane, prosecutors said. Marc Rehmar, 58, is charged with one count of endangering public transportation and one count of hindering transportation, […]

Ethiopian Expansion On Course As Profit Jumps

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Published: August 20, 2015

August 20, 2015 Ethiopian Airlines is powering ahead with a plan to expand its fleet and route network after exceeding its profit target for the year 2014/15. The state-owned carrier is ranked the largest in Africa by revenue and profit by global industry body IATA. Chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam said the firm had revenue of […]

Qantas Swings To Full-Year Profit

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Published: August 20, 2015

August 20, 2015 Qantas Airways posted a return to profit with underlying full-year profit of AUD$ 975 million (USD$ 716.4 million) after last year’s record AUD$ 2.8 billion loss. The Australian flag carrier announced it will exercise options to buy eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and said it would return some funds to shareholders after tough […]

AVIC MA700 Aircraft Orders Reach 185

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Published: August 19, 2015

August 19, 2015 AVIC Aircraft said it had signed initial agreements to sell 185 MA700 turboprops to nine domestic and foreign companies. Still in development, the 70-seat MA700 is China’s next generation turboprop after the MA60. Financial terms of the order were not disclosed. China is keen to develop a successful aviation industry to prove […]

Heathrow 787 Fire Caused By Short-Circuit – AAIB

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Published: August 19, 2015

August 19, 2015 A fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner parked at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2013 was most likely caused by a short-circuit, Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said in its final report on the incident. The fire, which the AAIB believes started in the jet’s emergency locator transmitter (ELT), damaged the aircraft’s […]

No Decision On Resuming Commercial Travel To Cuba

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Published: August 19, 2015

August 18, 2015 The US State Department said there is no timeline for reestablishing US commercial air travel to Cuba, following media reports that Washington was working to begin scheduled flights between the two countries as soon as December. “We remain in contact with the Cuban government regarding the establishment of scheduled air service, which […]

LOT Sale Talks To Continue After CEO Departure

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Published: August 19, 2015

August 18, 2015 Poland’s treasury said it will continue talks with a potential investor for flag carrier airline LOT despite the resignation of its chief executive. CEO Sebastian Mikosz, who helped save LOT from bankruptcy, unexpectedly resigned from his post on Tuesday. Media reports said he left after 2-1/2 years because the treasury, which controls […]

Greece Confirms Fraport Airports Deal

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Published: August 19, 2015

August 18, 2015 Greece has confirmed it will award concessions to operate more than a dozen regional airports to Germany’s Fraport, with the previously-frozen EUR€1.2 billion deal set to be agreed in the coming weeks. A preliminary deal was struck in 2014 but was thrown into doubt after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government took power […]

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