Second C919 Plane Tests Its Mettle in Maiden Flight The second test C919 aircraft, Chinas first domestically developed narrow-body passenger jet, made its debut flight on Sunday, indicating the aircraft model is starting the prelude of large-scale experiments and test flights, its manufacturer said. Dec. 18, 2017 Atlanta Power Outage: More than 1,100 Flights Canceled Atlantas Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was been hit by a power outage that disrupted flights Sunday at the worlds busiest airport. Dec. 17, 2017 Xiamen Airlines Launches Direct Hangzhou-Melbourne Flights Xiamen Airlines, a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines, launched a direct service from Hangzhou in east Chinas Zhejiang Province to Melbourne on Saturday. Dec. 16, 2017 CDB Aviation Delivers First of Two New A321-200 Aircraft to Finnair CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (CDB Aviation), a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (CDB Leasing), announced today the delivery of the first of two new Airbus A321-200 aircraft on long-term lease to the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland, Finnair. The aircraft are part of the carriers fleet growth plans and are expected to support the increase in capacity in feeder traffic to support the previously announced expansion in long-haul capacity. Dec. 18, 2017 Azores Airlines Takes Delivery of Its First A321neo Azores Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft. The airline, fully owned by SATA (Sociedade A#231;oreana de Transportes AĆ©reos) becomes the first Portuguese operator to receive a member of the best-selling A320neo Family. The aircraft, on-lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), was delivered during a ceremony held at the Airbus Hamburg site. Dec. 15, 2017 Changi Airport Unveils Revamped T3 Central Piazza and Highly Anticipated Louis Vuitton Duplex Store Passengers at Changi Airport Terminal 3s Transit Hall will be welcomed by the refurbished Central Piazza, featuring the airports latest feature garden made up of elegant glass dandelion sculptures - the Crystal Garden. Dec. 18, 2017 Airbus Board of Directors Announces Top Management Succession Plan The Board of Directors of Airbus SE has decided on a series of Executive changes that ensure an orderly succession in the Executive leadership of Airbus. Dec. 15, 2017 Project Eagle Takes Flight Airbus Helicopters has gone a step further in the experimentation of its Project Eagle, with the in-flight validation of the innovative on-board image processing system. Dec. 14, 2017 Duty Free Americas (DFA) Launches Its First Premium Coffee Boutique at Changi Airport The largest duty free retailer in the Western Hemisphere and Latin America is growingits footprint with the introduction of a new retail concept in Singapore. In mid-December 2017, theDuty Free Americas Group (DFA) will launch its first retail shop in Changi Airport, specializing ingourmet coffees from all around the world. This will expand its operations in Asia beyond its stores inMacau. Dec. 14, 2017 Oriens Aviation Moves into Pilatus PC-12 MRO Support with Avalon Aero London Biggin Hill Acquisition Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles Pilatus Centre, has reinforced its commitment to the worlds best-selling single engine turboprop (SET), the Pilatus PC-12 and the growing SET commercial operations market in Europe by acquiring Avalon Aeros business aviation MRO facility at London Biggin Hill Airport. Dec. 14, 2017 Delta Air Lines Places Order for 100 A321neo ACF Aircraft Delta Air Lines today placed an order with Airbus for 100 of the manufacturers modern A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration) aircraft. The U.S.-based carrier selected the largest member of Airbus single-aisle Family to meet Deltas future requirements for aircraft with greater efficiency and additional capacity. The airlines A321neo ACF planes will be powered by Pratt Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines. Dec. 15, 2017 Airline for Sale: Nikis Future Hangs in Balance Nikis administrator began urgent talks on Thursday to find a buyer for the insolvent Austrian carrier after a deal with Lufthansa fell through and with valuable runway slots at risk of being lost. Dec. 14, 2017 Qatar Air Chief Pledges Splurge on Routes to Defeat Embargo Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker pledged to carry on adding routes in defiance of the Saudi Arabia-led isolation of its home country. Dec. 14, 2017 Norwegian Air Argentina to Receive First 737-800 in January Norwegian Air Argentina (NAA) will receive its first aircraft - a nine-month old Boeing 737-800 -in January 2018, bringing the Buenos Aires-based subsidiary of the European LCC closer to flight-operational status, the company said Dec. 14. Dec. 14, 2017 Southwest Airlines Is Considering Using Tax Windfall to Order New Planes Southwest Airlines Co. will consider using cash from a federal tax overhaul to buy new aircraft for expanding or refreshing its fleet. Dec. 15, 2017 Singapore Air Says Capacity Still a Challenge as Review Proceeds Singapore Airlines Ltd.s chief executive officer said that surplus capacity in the industry remains a challenge and the marquee carriers focus continues to be on delivering cost-efficient services. Dec. 14, 2017 Qatar Airways Keen to Increase Cathay Pacific Stake from 9.9% Qatar Airways Ltd. is interested in raising its stake in Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., provided the move doesnt disrupt the holdings of the top two major investors, Swire Group and Air China Ltd., the Gulf carriers Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said. Dec. 14, 2017 Japan Airlines and Lunar Exploration Company ispace Announce Partnership Japan Airlines (JAL) and lunar exploration company ispace, inc. (Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Founder CEO: Takeshi Hakamada) have agreed to form a capital and business alliance. In correlation with JALs Embrace New Challenges slogan, the company has been sponsoring a team managed by ispace called HAKUTO since 2015, which was the first privately funded team formed in Japan for lunar exploration. Through the new alliance, JAL will further engage in space development and strive to bring new values to customers. Dec. 13, 2017 H160s Third Prototype Gets Its Carbon Design Livery The third H160 prototype has received a fresh coat of paint and now features a striking carbon livery designed as a nod to the Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 flight-test aircraft. Both aircraft are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus long term partner, Hexcel. Dec. 14, 2017 Zhukovsky International Airport Can Become a Bridge Between China and Russia Zhukovsky International Airport and Pegas Fly airline announce the launch of a large-scale program to support Chinese tourism in the Russian Federation and the launch of a flight on the route Jinan (PRC) - Zhukovsky. The first flight of the new direction arrived at the airport on December 11 at 14:27 Moscow time, bringing on board 289 passengers who are planning to spend their vacation in the Russian capital. Dec. 14, 2017 Bombardier to Provide Component Management Support for Philippine Airlines Q400 Aircraft Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Air Philippines Corporation, operator of Philippine Airlines affiliate airline PAL Express, has signed an eight-year Smart Parts agreement to provide component management for the airlines 12 new, dual-class Q400 aircraft. Dec. 14, 2017 Bombardier and Qazaq Air Sign Order for Two New Q400 Aircraft Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Qazaq Air JSC of Kazakhstan has signed a firm purchase agreement for two new Q400 turboprops. Dec. 14, 2017 New Singapore Airlines A380 Takes to the Skies Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of the first of five new A380 aircraft scheduled to join the carriers fleet over the coming year, at a special ceremony hosted by Airbus in Toulouse. The aircraft delivered today is the first in the airlines fleet to feature its recently launched on-board cabin products and innovations. Dec. 14, 2017 China-made Jetliner Flies First Regional Route The ARJ21, Chinas first homemade regional jetliner, began serving its first regional air route on Wednesday. Dec. 13, 2017 The First Maintenance Vocational Skill Contest of China Civil Aviation Held The First Maintenance Vocational Skill Contest of China Civil Aviation was held in Civil Aviation University of China on November 21 with the theme of Promoting Quality Craftsman and Improving Vocational Skills. Dec. 13, 2017 China and Portugal Expand Bilateral Traffic Rights Arrangements CAAC Deputy Administrator Wang Zhiqing signed a memorandum of understanding with Luis Miguel Ribeiro, Chairman of the Board, Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) during the talks between Chinese civil aviation delegation and their Portuguese counterpart in Lisbon on November 27-28. Dec. 13, 2017 Singapore Airlines Takes First A380 with New On-board Cabin Products Singapore Airlines (SIA) has taken delivery of the first of five Airbus A380 aircraft, featuring recently launched on-board cabin products and innovations. Dec. 13, 2017 Malaysias AirAsia Says Leasing Unit Deal Should Be Finalised by March Malaysias AirAsia Bhd hopes to reach a deal on the sale of its aircraft leasing unit by March, its group chief executive said on Wednesday, as the budget carrier seeks funds to return to shareholders. Dec. 13, 2017 Delta May Place Order for 100 Airbus A321neo Jets: Sources Delta Air Lines looked close on Wednesday to placing an order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets in a boost for the European planemaker as it tries to narrow a 2017 order gap against Boeing, two people familiar with the matter said. Dec. 14, 2017 UK Eases Large Electronics Ban The UK will now allow large electronic items in the cabin on the majority of flights from Turkey and Tunisia, relaxing restrictions imposed on security grounds earlier this year. Dec. 13, 2017