5 June 2017

Airlines face chaos as Arab nations cut ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut ties with fellow Gulf nation, Qatar, over its apparent terrorist sympathies and support of Islamic groups, which is destabilizing the region. The four countries have made it clear they intend to cease all land, sea and air traffic to and from Qatar, while also […]

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First Japanese-Built F-35A officially unveiled at Nagoya Facility

The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility on June 5. The Japan F-35 FACO is operated by MHI with technical assistance from Lockheed Martin and oversight from the U.S. Government. The Japanese Ministry of Defense competitively selected the F-35A as

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Bombardier delivers 3,000th Learjet aircraft manufactured

Bombardier Business Aircraft and Leggett & Platt, Incorporated of Carthage, Missouri celebrated the delivery of the 3,000th Bombardier Learjet business jet manufactured. The aircraft is also the 100th Learjet 75 jet to be delivered, and the second to join Leggett & Platt’s fleet. Learjet aircraft are renowned worldwide for their sleek ramp appeal and are

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StandardAero to provide PW125B engine maintenance and field services support for VLM Airlines

StandardAero Turboprops & Fleets business unit has been selected to provide PW125B engine maintenance and field services support for Antwerp, Belgium-based VLM Airlines’ fleet of six Fokker 50 model aircraft. Engine maintenance will take place at StandardAero’s European Service Center (ESC) located at Tilburg, the Netherlands, for in-region engine shop support as well as at

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Safran in exclusive discussions with Hexcel for sale of Structil

Safran Ceramics, along with co-shareholder Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, have started exclusive discussions with Hexcel to sell all shares and voting rights in the company Structil, jointly owned by Safran Ceramics (80.05%) and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (19.95%). Structil become part of Safran when the latter acquired SNPE’s energetic materials business in 2011. Structil designs, produces and

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IATA revises 2017 industry profitability outlook upwards

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its 2017 industry profitability outlook upwards. Airlines are expected to report a US$31.4bn profit (up from the previously forecast US$29.8bn) on revenues of US$743bn (up from the previously forecast US$736bn). “This will be another solid year of performance for the airline industry. Demand for both the cargo and

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Air Astana starts weekly Airbus A320 flights to Western Kazakhstan on June 14

Kazakhstan’s Air Astana will start weekly non-stop flights from Frankfurt/Main to Uralsk in Kazakhstan from June 14, 2017. Air Astana’s new service, which will operate on Wednesdays, is in response to growing demand for international services to and from Uralsk to better serve the 230,000 inhabitants in the far west of the country. The region

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Finnair’s Pekka Vauramo to be oneworld Governing Board Chairman

Pekka Vauramo, Chief Executive of Finnair, has been nominated by the Governing Board of the oneworld global airline alliance to serve as its Chairman for the two years ahead. He took up the role at oneworld’s mid-year Board meeting, held in Cancun, where airline industry leaders from around the world are gathering for the IATA

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