5 February 2015

TransAsia’s and Uni Air’s ATR 72s grounded after Wednesday’s fatal crash in Taipei

Subsequent to the tragic air crash on Wednesday in Taipei, its Civil Aerospace Authority (CAA) has grounded all Taiwanese-registered ATR 72s for the purpose of carrying out safety checks to establish if they meet the CAA’s standards. This not only affects TransAsia, but also Uni Air, another local carrier. Including the crashed aircraft, TransAsia operates […]

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Qatar Airways acquires 9.99% IAG shareholding

Qatar Airways has acquired a 9.99% stake in International Airlines Group (IAG). Both IAG and Qatar Airways have a close relationship already as part of the oneworld alliance and IAG welcomes Qatar Airways’ statement that it would look to strengthen existing commercial ties. Commenting on the share acquisition, Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said: “We’re

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Shannon Aerospace now called Lufthansa Technik Shannon

The Irish facility operated by Lufthansa Technik as part of its European aircraft overhaul network is now called Lufthansa Technik Shannon. What used to be Shannon Aerospace (SAL) – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG – has thus joined Hamburg, Berlin, Budapest, Malta and Sofia as one of the six European base maintenance facilities

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Avianca commits to 100 A320neo aircraft

Avianca Holdings S.A. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 100 A320neo Family aircraft. Avianca will base its fleet renewal strategy on the A320neo Family. “After a thorough technical evaluation, we selected the A320neo Family for its excellent fuel efficiency, reliability and comfort,” said Fabio Villegas Ramirez, Avianca Chief Executive Officer.  “These

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AgustaWestland completes deliveries of Italian Police’s AW139s

AgustaWestland has completed the delivery of the Italian Police’s AW139 intermediate twin helicopters at the end of December 2014. Deliveries started in mid-2013 and now eight aircraft are in service at five different bases in central and southern Italy comprising three aircraft in Pratica di Mare close to Rome, two helicopters in Reggio Calabria and

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Air Canada and International Brotherhood of Teamsters reach tentative agreement on new contract

Air Canada has reached a tentative collective agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) for the airline’s U.S.-based workforce. The agreement is subject to ratification by the union membership. Details of the agreement will not be released pending ratification and approval by the Air Canada board of directors.The IBT represents approximately 650 Air Canada

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American Airlines and Korean Air announce codeshare agreement

American Airlines and Korean Air have signed an agreement to begin codesharing. Pending regulatory approval, Korean Air will place its code on American Airlines flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea. American began serving Seoul in May 2013. Through American’s extensive network from Dallas/Fort Worth, customers

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François Bastin named new CFM Executive Vice President

CFM International reported that François Bastin has been named the company’s newest executive vice president. As part of the CFM Executive Team, Mr. Bastin is responsible for overseeing programs carried out by CFM International and, along with his counterpart at GE Aviation, Allen Paxson, serves as the primary interface between Snecma (Safran) and GE. Within

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