Five Top Airlines Face CAA Action over Denied Delay Compensation Five major airlines face enforcement action from the UK aviation regulator for denying passengers the compensation they are legally entitled to for delayed flights. Feb. 22, 2017 Beijing Capital Airport Serves over 10 Million People During 40-Day Chunyun Period As many as 10.84 million passengers travelled through Beijing Capital International Airport during the 40-day Spring Festival travel season or Chunyun Period from Jan. 13 to Feb. 21 2017. Average daily passenger numbers will stand at 260,000. Feb. 22, 2017 How to Survive the Longest Flight in the World Earlier this month, Qatar Airways took the prize for longest airline route when it debuted its 17-hour, 30-minute flight between Auckland and Doha. Not to be outdone, Qantas has announced plans to begin flying a 9,000-mile nonstop between Perth and London in 2018, and Singapore is eyeing a relaunch of its nonstop Newark-Singapore route, which will take just under 19 hours. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Feb. 22, 2017 Emirates to Offer Services to Phnom Penh in Cambodia Phnom Penh in Cambodia will be the latest destination Emirates will serve from July 1 this year, with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two class configuration. Feb. 21, 2017 China Southern Raises 1 Billion Yuan from Short-Term Paper Issue China Southern Airlines has completed its first issuance this year and raised 1 billion yuan from the 270-day super short-term paper (SCP). Feb. 22, 2017 Video Shows Harrison Ford Wrongly Flying over Airliner Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport. Feb. 22, 2017 Airbus Faces Multiple Challenges as It Enters New Era Airbus will draw a line under two decades of MA dealmaking and frenetic orders on Wednesday as it reports its first results since the European aerospace and defense group unified under its dominant planemaking arm last month. Feb. 21, 2017 Cathay Pacific Introduces Besty Beer, the Worlds First Beer Brewed Specially for 35,000ft The quality of the inflight dining experience has always been an important focus for Cathay Pacific - the airline has long sought collaborations with renowned partners, restaurants and chefs in order to provide its customers with innovative dishes and beverages as part of its philosophy of a Life Well Travelled. To that end, Hong Kongs home carrier is delighted today to announce the launch of Betsy Beer, the worlds first hand-crafted bottled beer specially brewed to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet. Feb. 22, 2017 Lufthansa Technik, MTU Agree on Concluding Engine Maintenance JV Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines are planning to set up a joint venture company for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of geared turbofan (GTF) engines, with each of the partners holding a 50-percent stake. An agreement to this effect was signed by the two companies in Berlin on February 20, after the feasibility of such a joint venture had been examined over the past few months. Subject to different approvals (e.g. by the relevant antitrust authorities) both parties act on the assumption of the joint venture foundation within the second half of 2017. Feb. 22, 2017 Norwegian Airline Cleared for Ireland-U.S. Takeoff It is beginning to look like there is no going back for Norwegian Air Internationals plans to fly from Cork and Shannon to the U.S. Over the weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. regulator, cleared the Scandinavian-owned, Irish-registered airline, meaning that it now has both a foreign carriers permit from the Department of Transportation and authorisation from the body that oversees safety. Feb. 21, 2017 Indias Zoom Air Joins Bombardiers Family of CRJ Series Aircraft Operators Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today congratulated Zoom Air, Indias newest airline, on the recent launch of CRJ200 regional jet service with aircraft acquired from a third party. The airline has joined Bombardiers family of more than 100 CRJ Series aircraft owners and operators. Feb. 21, 2017 IATA Expands Partnership with ENAC The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in cooperation with the Eacute;cole nationale de laviation civile (Eacute;NAC) announced the expansion of their aviation training and education partnership to include aviation research and studies. Feb. 21, 2017 Hainan Airlines Announces First Ever Nonstop Routes Connecting Los Angeles to Chengdu and Chongqing Hainan Airlines today announced it will launch new nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, and to Chongqing, both with two flights weekly. Sichuan is known worldwide for its popular spicy food and as the natural habitat of the widely loved panda. Chongqing is one of Chinas five national cities, with a population of 30 million and an established manufacturing and transportation hub. Feb. 22, 2017 Incident: Qatar A333 at Berlin and Munich on Feb. 21, Could Not Retract Landing Gear A Qatar Airways Airbus A330-300, registration A7-AEJ performing flight QR82 from Berlin Tegel (Germany) to Doha (Qatar), departed Tegels runway 26R but was unable to retract the landing gear. The crew stopped the climb at FL070 to work the related checklists, then decided to divert to Munich (Germany). Feb. 21, 2017 2016 CFM Orders Surpass 2,600 Engines CFM International achieved near record orders in 2016, with the company booking a total of 2,677 engines, including 876 CFM56 engines (commercial, military and spares) and 1,801 LEAP engines (including commitments and spares). Feb. 22, 2017 Alitalia Braces for Strike in Face of Financial Crisis Italian national carrier Alitalia faces a strike by multiple trade unions and professional associations Feb. 23 that will force it to cancel 60% of flights that day. Feb. 22, 2017 United, American Begin Selling Cheaper Economy-Class Fare American and United have started selling cheaper basic economy fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers. Feb. 21, 2017 Pandas First Flight: FedEx Sends Bao Bao to China Would you want to take a 3-year-old on a 16-hour flight? Feb. 22, 2017 CAAC: 59 Million People Travel by Air During 40-Day Chunyun Period As many as 59.04 million Chinese people traveled by air during the 40-day Spring Festival travel season, or Chunyun period from January 13 to February 21, an increase of 14% over the same period last year, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced Tuesday. Feb. 21, 2017 Okay Airways Seeks More Rights to Philippines Okay Airways has filed an application to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, seeking rights to further expand its network to Philippines in March. Feb. 21, 2017 11 People Pass Through Unmanned Airport Security Checkpoint Authorities are trying to find eight of 11 people who passed through an unattended security checkpoint at New Yorks John F. Kennedy International Airport. Feb. 20, 2017 Jet Mid-Air Scare: 1 Pilot Slept, Other on Wrong Frequency Satellite-based communication prevented the incommunicado Jet Airways Mumbai-London flight with 330 passengers on board from getting into more trouble over German skies when it was intercepted by fighter jets+ last Thursday for not responding to air traffic control (ATC) calls. In fact, alert crew of another Jet flight just ahead of this one came to the rescue of the out-of-reach crew of the flight from Mumbai (9W118). Feb. 21, 2017 Absence of Regulations Casts Shadow on Chinas Booming UAV Industry Chinese experts and media outlets have called for the implementation of clear regulations on Chinas drone industry, as recent incidents stemming from unregulated flights have been deemed by many as a threat to the countrys air safety. Feb. 20, 2017 China to Build 74 New Civil Airports by 2020: CAAC China has outlined a blueprint to build 74 new civil transport airports by 2020, according to the Civil Aviation Development 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Feb. 21, 2017 How Early Should You Really Arrive for Your Flight? Want to start an argument? Tell your travel companion you wont be arriving two hours before your flight. Feb. 19, 2017 Chinas Civil Aviation Market Flies High in 2016 Chinas civil aviation sector posted strong growth in passenger trips and cargo transportation in 2016, official data showed Monday. Feb. 20, 2017 Etihad Airways Engineering, Kenya Airways Sign Boeing 787 Maintenance Contract Etihad Airways Engineering has signed an agreement with Kenya Airways to perform mandatory checks on its Boeing 787-8 fleet. This is part of an integration programme for the newest additions to the airlines fleet. Feb. 21, 2017 First Tajikistan-Uzbekistan Flight in 25 Years Canceled What would have been the first regular passenger flight from Tajikistan to Uzbekistan in a quarter of a century was canceled abruptly on Monday, leaving the ex-Soviet Central Asian nations rapprochement in doubt. Feb. 20, 2017 ANTONOV Airlines Transports Giant Helicopter from Its New UK Headquarters ANTONOV Airlines has carried out its first charter operation from its new UK headquarters at London Stansted Airport using machinery, which it designed to speed up loading of a giant helicopter. Feb. 20, 2017 Stellwagen Finance Honored Two Top Industry Awards in London Stellwagen Group (the Group) are proud to confirm that Stellwagen Finance Limited (Stellwagen Finance) were awarded two top industry awards Aircraft Finance Innovator of the Year 2016 and Aircraft Debt Deal of the Year - Africa -2016 at the Global Transport Finance Awards ceremony in London recently. The Global Transport Finance Awards are the annual prestigious awards for leading transport finance bankers, leasing companies and law firms. The Awards are presented to the best deals in the aviation, airports, shipping, rail, road and legal transport finance markets. Stellwagen Finance rebranded last year from Aviation Finance Company. Stellwagen Finance has had a very strong performance in 2016 and closed two significant transactions valued at US$564m on behalf of its clients (Emirates and Air Austral) before year end, bringing the value of transactions completed by 2016 to over EUR7 billion. Feb. 21, 2017