Airbus Announces Major Performance Improvement to Its Latest Single-Aisle Aircraft - the A220 Family Airbus today announced that the A220 Family aircraft, the newest addition to its single-aisle portfolio, will now be offering increased range starting from H2 2020. May 21, 2019 IBA Group Establishes Presence in Tokyo IBA Group, the specialist aviation consultancy, has established a representation in Tokyo, Japan. The move is a further example of IBAs ongoing commitment and growing presence in Asia Pacific, and an example of the continued popularity and demand for aviation investment in the region. IBAs main services include aviation data, appraisals, asset management and advisory. May 22, 2019 Air BP and London Biggin Hill Airport Continue Long-Standing Relationship Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, has renewed its contract with London Biggin Hill Airport (BQH/EGKB), following 25 years of successful collaboration. Air BP will continue to supply the airport with Jet A-1 and Avgas 100LL, with customers able to use the Air BP Sterling Card and RocketRoute MarketPlace to pay for fuel. May 22, 2019 Dubai Air Navigation Services Establishes a Strategic Partnership With Dubai Aviation City Corporation In a new cornerstone towards the build up to the launch of the dans Training facility, Dubai Air Navigation Services(dans) signed a leasing agreement with Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC) that establishes a facility within Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) as the location from where dans operational training will fully operate. The agreement was signed by the Chiefs in Command from both entities, H.E. Mohammed A. Ahli, Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO of dans, and H.E. Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation. The signing formalities were conducted also in the presence of Ms.Suzan Al Anani, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP), and Ibrahim Ahli, Deputy CEO of dans. May 22, 2019 Airbus Seeks Resolution to German Arms Export Row: CEO Airbus is in discussions to try to find solutions to a row with the German government over a ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia that threatens a border security contract, Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said on Tuesday. May 22, 2019 Southwest Airlines Mechanics Dispute Ends Just As Americans Heats Up Southwest Airlines Cos mechanics union said on Tuesday its members had overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement with the airline, ending seven years of labor negotiations fraught with legal disputes and flight disruptions. May 22, 2019 American Airlines Mechanics Say Ready and Willing to Negotiate American Airlines Group Incs mechanics association said on Tuesday it was ready and willing to negotiate a fair contract after the airline filed a lawsuit on Monday asking the courts to halt what it called an illegal union slowdown. May 22, 2019 Spring Airlines Launches Direct Flight to Yangon The first direct flight between Shanghai and Yangon, Myanmar, will be launched on July 1 by Shanghai-based Spring Airlines. May 22, 2019 Chinas Big Three State-Run Airlines Ask Boeing for Compensation Air China, the countrys leading carrier, has formally requested compensation from Boeing Co for the grounding of its 15 737 MAX aircraft and delayed deliveries of future planes, the company said Wednesday. May 22, 2019 China, Europe to Bolster Aviation Cooperation Chinas civil aviation regulator signed two landmark aviation agreements with the European Union on Monday to boost their cooperation and competitiveness in the aeronautical sector and enhance overall EU-China aviation relations. May 22, 2019 K5-Aviation to Debut Bombardier Global 7500 to Worldwide Charter Market K5-Aviation GmbH is preparing to be among the first few operators in the world to introduce Bombardier Aviations new extra long-range Global 7500 to the charter market. The K5-Aviation management team is scheduled to take delivery of the aircraft in Montreal this August. The aircraft, with a 7,700 nm range and 16 hours flying time, and max speed of Mach 0.925*, will be the German companys third VIP large cabin aircraft available for charter, joining two Airbus Corporate Jets. May 17, 2019 Air Astana Celebrates 17th Anniversary Over the past 17 years, Air Astana has grown to become Central Asias leading carrier, with a reputation for the highest standards of safety, service excellence, innovation and a modern fleet. Since the first flight was performed between Almaty and Nur-Sultan (former Astana) on 15th May 2002, the airline has carried a total of 44 million passengers and performed almost 500,000 flights. Air Astanas route network currently extends to more than 60 international and domestic flights, with the fleet comprising of 34 Airbus, Boeing and Embraer aircraft. May 17, 2019 Hullo Aircrew Expands into Securing Permanent Roles: Looks to Take Action on Pilot Shortage Problem Two years after the launch of its industry-first software platform connecting operators with aircrew for freelance and contract flights at EBACE 2017, hullo Aircrew is pleased to report a 200% growth in its membership. It holds 3,000 candidates on its database and recently moved into offering permanent air crew positions, in response to demand. The London Oxford Airport based company will have a presence on the stand of their new collaborative partner Jet Aviation (Stand A18) and will be available to discuss how smooth the process is for operators to source aircrew. May 18, 2019 Harald Wohlfahrt Is Cooking in the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich The guests of the Lufthansa First Class lounges in Munich will be able to enjoy a special culinary treat: three-star chef Harald Wohlfahrt has created a special three-course experience for the lounges visitors. Until 15 June, the menu features lobster with pineapple-mango chutney and crustacean foam, followed by veal two ways with hummus and beech mushrooms. A mousse dome with raspberry ice cream and rhubarb is offered for dessert. Over the course of several days, Wohlfahrt is providing advanced training for the chefs of the Lufthansa First Class lounges and introducing them to the secrets of Michelin-star cuisine. May 15, 2019 Germany Becomes First Government Customer for ACJ350 The German government has placed a firm order for three ACJ350-900 XWBs, becoming the first government customer for the type, which has already been ordered by private customers. May 20, 2019 Four Seasons Selects A321LR for Aircruises Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has chosen the A321LR as its private jet for luxury worldwide travel, launching a new role for the Airbus corporate jet family. The aircraft will enter service in 2021. May 20, 2019 Airbus Celebrates Delivery of Its 12,000th Aircraft - an A220-100 to Delta Air Lines Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft ever in its 50-year history. The aircraft was an A220-100, assembled in Mirabel, Canada and handed over to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines. May 20, 2019 Inflite The Jet Centre Awarded Rolls-Royce Authorised Service Centre Status Inflite The Jet Centre, part of the Inflite group of companies, based at London Stansted Airport, is pleased to announce it has received Authorised Service Centre status from Rolls-Royce to support the engines that power Embraers Legacy 600 and 650 business jets. Effective immediately, Inflite will deliver the OEMs CorporateCare#174; and CorporateCare Enhanced MRO services to the Rolls-Royce AE 3007, covering line maintenance and power by the hour support. May 20, 2019 United Air Gets Bullish Nod at Morgan Stanley, Peers Lowered U.S. airline investors may see the three legacy carriers perform differently in the near future, Morgan Stanley analyst Rajeev Lalwani wrote in a note. May 20, 2019 American Airlines Asks Court to Block Disruptive Slowdown by Mechanics Unions American Airlines Group Inc has filed a lawsuit against two unions representing its mechanics, asking the court to halt what it called an illegal slowdown that it said on Monday threatened to disrupt U.S. summer travel. May 21, 2019 Ryanair Profit Hits Four-Year Low As Fare Wars Bite Ryanair reported its weakest annual profit in four years on Monday and said earnings could fall further as European airlines wage what Chief Executive Michael OLeary described as attritional fare wars. May 20, 2019 Air New Zealand Picks Boeing for Wide-Body Jet Order: Sources Air New Zealand Ltd has decided to buy wide-body planes from Boeing Co, people with direct knowledge of the matter said, ending an 18 month battle between the U.S. aircraft maker and European rival Airbus SE. May 20, 2019 Chinas Hainan Airlines Opens Beijing-Oslo Direct Flight Service Chinas Hainan Airlines on Wednesday began a direct flight service between Beijing and Norways capital city Oslo, which is the first non-stop service between China and the Nordic country. May 16, 2019 Israel to Set up Pet Terminal at Ben Gurion Airport A new terminal for pets and their owners will be built at Israels Ben Gurion Airport at a cost of 1.5 million U.S. dollars, said the Israeli company Terminal4pets on Wednesday. May 18, 2019 Lijiang Airport Handles Passenger Throughput of 2.34 Million From January to April, Lijiang Sanyi International Airport received a total of 2.34 million passengers, according to a Lijiang air travel market promotional activity that was held in Lijiang, Southwest Chinas Yunnan province on May 15. May 17, 2019 Advanced Tech Will Improve Flight Safety China will expand the use of new information technologies in the civil aviation sector to improve air travel safety and boost industrial development, according to the national civil aviation authority. May 18, 2019 US Carrier May Reopen Beijing, Shanghai Flights to Chicago Dallas-based American Airlines, the worlds largest, said it is reviewing its network and may consider reopening the two flights it suspended last year-flights connecting Chicago and Beijing, as well as Chicago and Shanghai-in the near future, fueled by growing travel demand and the strong performance of its Sino-US flights. May 21, 2019 Inside the Worlds Highest Airport: Whats It Like Working for Tibets Civil Aviation? On a basketball court at Ali Kunsha Airport, which sits at an altitude of 4,274 meters above sea level, a group of young people wearing airport safety vests are playing. They are sweating, yelling and breathing loudly. These young people who work at the fourth-highest airport in the world will represent the airport the following day to play in a regional championship in Ngari prefecture, Tibet autonomous region. May 20, 2019 The 10th China Civil Aviation Development Forum: Shaping Brand New Future of Civil Aviation with Intelligence On May 16, the 10th China Civil Aviation Development Forum was opened in Beijing with the theme of Intelligent Civil Aviation -- High quality Development of Civil Aviation in a New Scientific, Technological and Industrial Revolution. Leung Chun-ying, Vice Chairman of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Li Xiaopeng, Minister of the Ministry of Transport, and Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President, attended the forum and delivered speeches. Feng Zhenglin, Administrator of CAAC, delivered a keynote speech entitled Shaping Brand New Future of Civil Aviation with Intelligence. Li Jian, Dong Zhiyi, and Lyu Erxue, Deputy Administrators of CAAC, participated in the forum. Dong Zhiyi chaired the forum and presided over the opening ceremony. Li Jian will deliver a closing speech at the end of the two-day forum. May 17, 2019 China Southern Airlines Jilin Branch Holds Open House More than 50 people, including journalists, visited the Jilin branch of China Southern Airlines in Changchun, capital of Jilin province, during the companys open house on May 15 to learn about its operations. May 16, 2019