Airbus Demonstrates First Fully Automatic Vision-Based Take-Off Airbus has successfully performed the first fully automatic vision-based take-off using an Airbus Family test aircraft at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. The test crew comprising of two pilots, two flight test engineers and a test flight engineer took off initially at around 10h15 on 18 December and conducted a total of 8 take-offs over a period of four and a half hours. Jan. 16, 2020 Cathay Pacific Group Releases Combined Traffic Figures for DecembeR 2019 The Cathay Pacific Group today released combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon traffic figures for December 2019 that show decreases in the number of passengers carried and the amount of cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month in 2018. Jan. 16, 2020 Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport Serves Record 19.6 Million Passengers in 2019 In 2019, Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport served a total of 19,581,262 passengers, 8.1% more than in 2018. Jan. 17, 2020 Terminal C Officially Opened at Sheremetyevo Airport Today, January 17, 2020, Sheremetyevo International Airports new passenger terminal - built and equipped in compliance with the highest global standards - was opened to the public. The official opening ceremony was attended by Aleksandr Yurchik, Transport Deputy Minister of Russia; Aleksandr Neradko, Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency; Igor Bryntsalov, Head of the Moscow Region Duma; Aleksandr Ponomarenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC SIA; Mikhail Vasilenko, CEO of JSC SIA; and Andrey Chikhanchin, Deputy CEO of Aeroflot as well as other officials, partners of the SIA Group, and Russian and global media. Jan. 17, 2020 Air France-KLM CEO Sees More Room for Fleet Cooperation Air France-KLM boss Ben Smith said on Friday that a plane order swap last year would simplify the two airlines operations and reduce costs, but acknowledged that their fleet coordination was not yet as efficient as he had hoped. Jan. 17, 2020 Lufthansa Extends Tehran Flight Suspension until End of March Germanys Lufthansa on Friday said that flights to Teheran were suspended until March 28, extending a ban of flights over Iran after a Ukranian airliner was shot down last week. Jan. 18, 2020 Boeing Addresses New 737 MAX Software Issue That Could Keep Plane Grounded Longer Boeing Co said on Friday it is addressing a new software issue discovered in Iowa last weekend during a technical review of the proposed update to the grounded Boeing 737 MAX, a development that could further delay the planes return to service. Jan. 18, 2020 Teachers Doused in Jet Fuel at California School Sue Delta Air Lines Four Los Angeles-area schoolteachers who were doused with jet fuel dumped by a Delta Air Lines plane in the minutes before it made an emergency landing sued the airline on Friday, accusing the flight crew of negligence. Jan. 18, 2020 German Cabin Crew Union Plans Further Strikes at Lufthansa German cabin crew union UFO said on Saturday it was planning further strikes at Lufthansa to increase pressure on management after talks with Germanys largest airline and two potential mediators did not yield any results. Jan. 19, 2020 China Southern Airlines Increases Flights for Travel Rush China Southern Airlines has acted to meet the needs of passengers in wake of the 2020 Spring Festival travel rush, which began on Jan 10 and will end on Feb 18, lasting 40 days, according to airline officials. Jan. 17, 2020 China-Developed ARJ21 Regional Jetliners Link 38 Cities Chinas domestically-developed ARJ21 regional aircraft is undergoing its commercial operation phase by linking 38 cities from home and abroad, according to its developer Thursday. Jan. 17, 2020 United Vies for Chinas Mid-Level Market United Airlines is exploring options in the Chinese mid-level market, which is believed to contain huge potential according to a senior executive with the US carrier. Jan. 17, 2020 Chinas MA60 Regional Airplane Family to Embrace 3rd Member in 2020 Chinas domestically developed MA60 Modern Ark regional turboprop airplane family will see its third member MA700 in 2020, according to its developer Friday. Jan. 17, 2020 Iran Says Black Box of Crashed Plane to be Sent to Ukraine The black box of a passenger plane which crashed over Tehrans airspace earlier this month will be sent to Ukraine for reading the data, an official in Irans Aviation Organization said on Saturday. Jan. 18, 2020 Southwest Extends 737 MAX Cancellations Through June 6 Southwest Airlines Co said on Thursday it is extending cancellations of Boeing Co 737 MAX flights until June 6, citing the planemakers decision to recommend pilot simulator training before resuming flights and uncertainty about when regulators will approve their return to service. Jan. 16, 2020 Chinas Xiamen Airlines, a Boeing Operator, Looks to Bring Airbus Jets in Its Fleet Chinas Xiamen Airlines, a long-time Boeing operator, is looking to bring 10 Airbus A321neo aircraft to its fleet, as the carrier grapples with the financial impact from the 737 MAX grounding and persistent trade uncertainties. Jan. 16, 2020 Greek Airline Aegean Flies Record Number of Passengers in 2019 Greeces largest carrier Aegean Airlines flew 15 million passengers last year, a record for the 20-year old airline, and boosted its load factor, it said on Thursday. Jan. 17, 2020 Ryanair Boss Joins Condemnation of UK Bailout of Flybe The boss of Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has attacked the UK government-backed rescue of regional airline Flybe, joining industry heavyweight Willie Walsh in opposing state help for a private company. Jan. 16, 2020 UKs Stobart Invests US$12 Million in Rescue Of Airline Flybe Britains Stobart Group will provide 9 million pounds (US$11.8 million) in funding for Flybe as part of this weeks government-backed rescue of the regional airline, the infrastructure group said on Thursday. Jan. 16, 2020 FAA Should Mandate Safety Management Systems for Boeing, Others: Panel An expert committee on Thursday recommended the Federal Aviation Administration require Boeing Co and other aircraft manufacturers to adopt new safety management tools in the wake of two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes that killed 346 people. Jan. 16, 2020 Apollo, Greybull, LOT to Bid for Thomas Cook Airline Condor: Source Condor, the airline that used to belong to Thomas Cook, has attracted interest from buyout groups Apollo and Greybull as well as Polish carrier LOT, which are expected to submit final bids next week, a person close to the matter said. Jan. 17, 2020 Dont Turn Plane Crash into Political Issue: Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman All countries involved in the Ukrainian airliner crash in Iran should avoid turning it into a political issue, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday. Jan. 17, 2020 British Airways-Owner IAG Lifts Ownership Restrictions, Boosting Shares British Airways-owner IAG lifted a restriction on non-EU investors ability to buy its stock, helping boost its share price by more than 5%. Jan. 17, 2020 Airbus BelugaXL Enters Service, Adding XL Capacity to the Fleet The BelugaXL has entered into service, providing Airbus with 30% extra transport capacity in order to support the on-going production ramp-up of commercial aircraft programmes. Jan. 13, 2020 Etihad Airways Operates Eco-Flight to Brussels to Celebrate Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020 Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today operated a special eco-flight from Abu Dhabi to Brussels, featuring a range of initiatives designed to illustrate the airlines broad commitment to sustainable practices in the air and on the ground. Jan. 13, 2020 Etihad Airways and Easyjet Enter into New Partnership Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, has become the most recent airline to partner with easyJet, one of the worlds largest airlines. This new partnership means customers can purchase tickets through the easyJet worldwide website connecting the two airlines networks and opening new and exciting possibilities for travel between Europe, Africa, the Azores and the UAE. The collaboration comes into effect immediately. Jan. 14, 2020 Royal Air Maroc to Join Oneworld on 1 April Royal Air Maroc will join the oneworld#174; alliance effective 1 April 2020, becoming oneworlds first full member in the African continent and bringing even more destinations and benefits for oneworlds frequent flyers. Jan. 15, 2020 Bruce Hanna Named ACTE Regional Director for EMEA The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) today announced it has named Bruce Hanna ACTE Regional Director for EMEA, effective 15 January. In this role, Bruce will be responsible for collaborating with ACTE global members and partners as the organisation works to bring the best in education and networking opportunities to the corporate travel industry worldwide. Jan. 16, 2020 Cathay Pacific Supporting Change in 2020 Cathay Pacific is bolstering its efforts to give back to society with the announcement of its three new Cathay ChangeMakers for 2020. These forward- thinking individuals have each made significant contributions to environmental protection, youth development and cultural inclusion - three key pillars of the airlines community engagement strategy. Jan. 16, 2020 UK Government Help for Flybe Compliant with State Aid Rules - PMs Spokesman The British governments support for regional airline Flybe is fully compliant with rules on state aid, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday, after British Airways owner IAG complained to the European Union about it. Jan. 15, 2020