Finnair Receives Five-Star Global Airline Rating from Apex Based on Customer Reviews Finnair has been awarded a 2019 Five Star Global Airline rating by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX). The airline ratings are based entirely on verified feedback given by passengers. Sep. 25, 2018 Etihad Cargo Introduces New Freighter Network Adding Key Capacity on Select Global Trade Lanes Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, today announced a much-anticipated refresh of its global freighter network that will be implemented commencing 1 October, 2018, marking a key milestone in its strategy to simplify its route network and maximise freighter-to-bellyhold flows. Sep. 25, 2018 Lufthansa Group Chooses FL Technics for 28 Airbus 320s After several ad-hoc maintenance projects, FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services, has signed a long-term joint contract with Lufthansa group companies (network and point-to-point airlines) for MRO services. Sep. 25, 2018 First Ultra Long Range A350 XWB Delivered to Singapore Airlines Airbus has delivered the first A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR) aircraft to launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA). The aircraft is being prepared for flight and is scheduled to depart Toulouse for Singapore later today. Sep. 25, 2018 AN-225 Flight Brings Huge Payload of Emergency Aid to Guam Hurricane Victims An ANTONOV-225 flew an emergency mission carrying supplies for the typhoon-hit island of Guam, USA, on 11th September. Sep. 24, 2018 Bombardier CRJ Series Certified for Higher Maintenance Intervals Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has granted approval for the maintenance intervals escalation of the CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 aircraft. The line maintenance interval (A-check) is extended to 800 flight hours, and the heavy maintenance interval (C-check) at 8,000 flight hours. Sep. 25, 2018 L1 Treasury and Airborne Capital Commit US$250m to Launch of Altitudeone Aviation L1 Treasury and Airborne Capital today are pleased to announce the launch of AltitudeOne Aviation with plans to acquire a portfolio of leased in-production narrow body and wide body commercial aircraft. L1 Treasury and Airborne Capital have committed equity capital of approximately US$250m to AltitudeOne Aviation, which will be supplemented with bank financing. Airborne Capital will be the asset manager and lease servicer for AltitudeOne Aviation. Sep. 25, 2018 Sberbank Has Restructured Sheremetyevos Loan from VEB Sheremetyevo International Airport announces that Vneshekonombank (VEB) has completed a deal to assign to Sberbank USD537m worth of the rights of claim relating to the loans owed by Sheremetyevo International Airport (SIA). The loans were extended by Vnesheconombank to finance the construction of SIA Terminal D. Sep. 25, 2018 Airbus Helicopters to Start Large-Scale Printing of A350 Components Today, Airbus Helicopters has officially launched the production of latch shafts for the doors of A350 passenger aircraft using 3D manufacturing. The printed components are cheaper to produce and weigh less than their counterparts made using traditional means, thereby helping Airbus to offer ever more economical and environmentally friendly aircraft. Airbus Helicopters in Donauwouml;rth is manufacturing doors for all Airbus aircraft programmes as a supplier. The redesign of the latch shafts and the new production process have resulted in Airbuss first large-scale production using metallic 3D printing. Sep. 25, 2018 Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner for Shanghai Airlines Boeing and Shanghai Airlines today celebrated the delivery of the carriers first 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline says it plans to use the super-efficient and passenger-preferred Dreamliner to upgrade its regional and long-range service from its base in Chinas largest city. Sep. 25, 2018 Bombardier Delivers First 90-seat Q400 Aircraft to SpiceJet Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today announced the delivery of its first 90-seat Q400 aircraft. The aircraft was handed over to Indias SpiceJet Limited (SpiceJet) the launch operator for the extra-capacity, 90-seat aircraft. Sep. 25, 2018 FAA Signs New Aviation Deals with Brazil and Canada The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has signed two separate deals with Brazils AgĂȘncia Nacional de Avia#231;#227;o Civil (ANAC) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) to easily approve their aircraft and aviation products for distributing in their respective markets. Sep. 24, 2018 Banks Wont Lend South African Airways Any More Money South African Airways is considering cost cuts including selling some assets, following a refusal by banks to lend any more money to the state-owned company, according to City Press newspaper. Sep. 24, 2018 British, EU Airlines Could See Flights Grounded in No-Deal Brexit British and European Union airlines will automatically lose the right to fly to each others territories if Britain leaves the bloc without a divorce deal, the government warned on Monday, meaning that flights could potentially be grounded. Sep. 24, 2018 Cathay Pacific and Qantas Codeshare to Bring Australia and Asia Closer Cathay Pacific and Qantas customers are set to benefit from a new codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carriers regional networks and provides more options for customers travelling between Asia and Australia. Sep. 21, 2018 7 Million Chinese to Travel Abroad This Golden Week It is estimated that nearly 7 million mainland tourists will travel abroad during the National Day holiday this year, accounting for about 5 percent of the total number of outbound tourists throughout the year, leading Chinese online travel agency Ctrip said in a recent report. Sep. 21, 2018 Airbus to Focus on A220 Interior and Connected-Cabin Innovations at Apex Expo 2018, Boston USA Airbus will showcase its latest cabin innovations at this years APEX Expo in Boston, USA - the worlds largest dedicated event for the in-flight passenger entertainment experience, connectivity and passenger services. Sep. 20, 2018 Air Charter Service Founder Chris Leach Welcomed to TiacaS Hall Of Fame Chris Leach, Founder and Chairman of global charter company Air Charter Service Ltd, has been welcomed into TIACAs Hall of Fame, which celebrates leading air cargo professionals who have made a huge difference to the industry. Sep. 19, 2018 VSMPO-Avisma and Boeing Launch New Titanium Joint Venture in Russia Russias VSMPO-Avisma, the worlds largest titanium producer, and U.S. planemaker Boeing have launched a new manufacturing unit in Russias Urals region of Sverdlovsk, a local governor said on social media on Wednesday. Sep. 21, 2018 Vista Global Sees Higher Demand for Bombardier 7500 after Certification Canadian aircraft leasing company Global Vista, one of the largest customers for Bombardiers long-range Global 7500 business jet, said on Thursday it expects greater demand for the plane after Canadian and U.S. regulators certify the aircraft. Sep. 21, 2018 Man Charged with Trying to Steal Passenger Jet at Orlando Airport A 22-year-old student was charged on Thursday with trying to steal a passenger jet at an Orlando airport, where he jumped a fence and boarded the aircraft but was quickly detained, officials said. Sep. 21, 2018 American Airlines Joins Rivals in Hiking U.S. Baggage Fees by Five Dollars American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it would raise domestic U.S. baggage fees by $5, joining major rivals in the price hike amid higher fuel costs. Sep. 21, 2018 Your Face Will Be Your Passport at Delta Air Check Points Delta Air Lines deploying facial-recognition technology to replace passports and tickets at Atlantas airport in a test that could lead to more widespread use of biometric identification for flyers. Sep. 20, 2018 FAA Funding Bill Could Cut Unreasonable Airline Fees Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to approve funding to keep the Federal Aviation Administration afloat. Right now the bill includes language to curtail unreasonable airline fees. The airlines, with US$4.6 billion on the line, are lobbying hard against it. Sep. 20, 2018 The Worlds Busiest Airport Revealed Its not just you: Airports really are getting busier. Sep. 20, 2018 Chinas Big Three Airlines Are on a Fast Track to Overtake U.S. Big Three Within a Few Years The Big Three U.S. airlines - American, Delta and United - might as well start planning their complete withdrawal from the Chinese air market in the 2020s if - and its decent-sized if - Chinese airlines continue expanding their fleets at the breakneck pace theyve been on over the last decade. Sep. 20, 2018 Turkish Airlines Reached the Highest Monthly Load Factor in August with 85.6% LF Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced the results of passenger and cargo traffic in August, achieved the highest monthly load factor (LF) in its history with 85.6%. On top of the strong base effect of August 2017, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines. Sep. 14, 2018 Beer on Tap on Board Lufthansas Traditional Costume Flights Lufthansa crews are soon taking off in traditional Bavarian costume - just in time for Munichs Oktoberfest. As the yearly tradition, Lufthansas cabin crews are wearing traditional Bavarian costume on selected flights from Munich instead of their uniforms. Additionally, Lufthansa is bringing beer kegs on board to serve fresh draft beer to customers as this years special treat on these flights. For the first time ever, the crew has participated in developing an exclusive Oktoberfest menu for Business Class customers, that pairs perfectly with the fresh draft beer. This year, the first Lufthansa traditional costume flight will be taking off from the Bavarian capital on September 19, heading for New York (Newark). The second traditional costume flight is on September 25 from Munich to Singapore. And lastly, passengers travelling from Munich to Shanghai on October 6 can also experience this special flight just before Oktoberfest officially ends. There will also be further crews in traditional costumes on selected European flights. Sep. 20, 2018 ICAO Secretary General Stresses Safe and Harmonized Airspace Management Priorities for Unmanned Aircraft and Drones ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu has concluded the UN aviation agencys Unmanned Aviation Week series of events, affirming the need for responsive regulatory frameworks to support the safe integration of unmanned air traffic innovations into the global aviation network. Sep. 20, 2018 Airbus Delivers First Aircraft from Mobile Powered by Sustainable Jet Fuel Blend Airbus A320 Family production facility in the U.S. will this week deliver its first aircraft partially powered by sustainable jet fuel. The latest A321 for JetBlue is due to depart Mobile on 20 September with 15 percent sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. Sep. 20, 2018