Regional Jet makes Demo Flight in Inner Mongolia The ARJ21-700, Chinas first domestically made regional jetliner, took a demonstration round trip flight from Hohhot to Ulanhot on Tuesday, preparing for potential commercial use of the aircraft in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, said Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, its manufacturer. Mar. 20, 2018 Emirates Skywards Marks Milestone with 20 Million Members Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates airline, has reached 20 million members. Mar. 21, 2018 EU Lawmakers Act to Address Unfair Airline Competition Rules Non-EU carriers could see their rights to fly in the bloc revoked if they or their home countries engage in unfair competitive practices under rules voted on by a European Parliament committee on Tuesday. Mar. 20, 2018 ERA Seeks Increase to Pilot Retirement Age Regional airline lobby group European Regions Airline Association (ERA) wants to increase the pilot retirement age cap beyond 65, using case study work that is being performed by member carrier ASL Airlines Hungary. Mar. 20, 2018 Russia Orders Airlines to Stop Using AN-148 Aircraft: RIA Russias transport regulator has ordered Russian airlines to stop using the Antonov AN-148 aircraft after one crashed last month, state news agency RIA reported on Tuesday. Mar. 20, 2018 Frances Ardian Prepares Sale of Luton Airport Stake -Sources French private investment company Ardian has hired Rothschild to sell its 49 percent stake in Britains fifth-biggest airport, Luton, banking sources told Reuters. Mar. 20, 2018 Boeing, SkyUp Airlines Finalize Order for Five 737 MAX Airplanes Boeing and SkyUp Airlines announced they have finalized a firm order for five 737 MAX airplanes valued at US$624 million at list prices. The order includes two 737 MAX 8 and three 737 MAX 10 jets. Mar. 20, 2018 United Airlines Pauses Cargo-Hold Pet Transport after Missteps United Airlines is halting the shipment of pets in airplane cargo holds while it studies improvements, the carrier said on Tuesday, after the death of a puppy and mistakes in handling other dogs last week sparked negative publicity. Mar. 20, 2018 Ryanair to Buy Niki Lauda Airline in Challenge to Lufthansa Ryanair has agreed to buy a majority stake in the new Austrian leisure airline founded by former motor racing champion Niki Lauda in a major push on the German and Austrian markets dominated by Lufthansa. Mar. 20, 2018 Sections for First All Nippon Airways A380 Arrive in Toulouse The main sections of the first A380 for Japans All Nippon Airways (ANA) have arrived at the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse via a special convoy, with six subassemblies - the nose, central and aft fuselage sections, the tailplane, and the two wings. Mar. 20, 2018 Airbus and Heathrow Celebrate 10th Anniversary of First A380 Flight to London Airbus and Heathrow airport are celebrating the 10th anniversary of A380 operations at the airport. They began on March 18th 2008 with the arrival of the first A380, a Singapore Airlines flight SQ308 from Singapore Changi airport making Heathrow one of the first to welcome Airbus iconic double decker. Mar. 19, 2018 Airbus Discloses Share Buyback Transactions Airbus SE reports the following share buyback transactions from 12 March 2018 to 16 March 2018 under Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on market abuse (EU Market Abuse Regulation). Mar. 20, 2018 Biometric Boarding Begins for Lufthansa LAX Departures Lufthansa has begun using biometric self-boarding gates at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the carrier said March 19. Mar. 19, 2018 AirAsia in Talks to Set up Myanmar Airline Tony Fernandes AirAsia Bhd is in talks with a potential partner to open an airline serving Myanmar, in a move that would help the low-cost carrier cover up to 95 per cent of the Southeast Asian travel market. Mar. 19, 2018 Airbus Weighs New A330 Cargo Model, Spurred by Amazon Airbus SE is considering building a freighter version of its slow-selling A330neo widebody, spurred by requests from potential customers Inc and United Parcel Service Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. Mar. 19, 2018 Pilots Set up Pan-European Association to Challenge Ryanair Unions representing Ryanair pilots across Europe have signed a deal to cooperate in a move that could raise the prospect of coordinated action, something its management has been keen to avoid. Mar. 18, 2018 Indian Airports under Strain As Passenger Numbers Soar Indias airports are struggling to cope with a massive surge in passenger numbers, and billions of dollars must be spent to boost their capacity, analysts have warned. Mar. 19, 2018 Ex-Race Ace Laudas Reclaimed, Rebranded Airline Targets 2019 Profit Niki Lauda aims to turn a profit from next year with Laudamotion, the airline he has rebranded after buying it back from insolvent Air Berlin, the ex-motor racing champion said on Friday. Mar. 16, 2018 Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Temporarily Close Runway for Maintenance Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is expected to close one of its runways for three weeks as it undertakes major maintenance and refurbishment. Mar. 16, 2018 Air Canada, Air China to Conclude Partnership Talks Later This Year Air Canada is confident that joint-venture (JV) talks with Air China will be wrapped up this year, laying the groundwork for even closer cooperation between the two airlines, a top executive for the Canadian flag carrier said. Mar. 16, 2018 Dr. Fang Liu Reelected as ICAO Secretary General The ICAO Council reelected Dr. Fang Liu as ICAO Secretary General by acclamation on March 16th, with new term of office from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2021. Mar. 17, 2018 Finnair to Lease an A320 Aircraft and Pilots from GetJet to Operate on Some of Finnairs European Routes Between June 2018 and January 2019 Finnair will lease an Airbus A320 aircraft and flight deck crew from the Lithuanian airline GetJet to support Finnairs growing traffic from summer 2018 to early 2019. Mar. 15, 2018 ICAO Council Adopts New Amendment Enabling More Integrated and Responsive Global Air Traffic Management In an important step toward a more integrated and responsive global air traffic management (ATM) system, the ICAO Council, during its ongoing 213th Session, has adopted a new amendment to Annex 15 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) covering Aeronautical Information Services. Mar. 15, 2018 FAI Technik GmbH Becomes Authorised Rockwell Collins Dealer FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group, is pleased to have signed a dealership agreement with Rockwell Collins to become one of its accredited dealers. Mar. 16, 2018 CALC Signs RMB10 Billion Strategic Cooperation Agreement with China Development Bank CALC, a full value-chain aircraft solutions provider for global airlines, is pleased to announce that China Asset Leasing Company Limited (China Asset Leasing), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Tianjin Branch of China Development Bank (CDB), with an expected amount up to RMB10 billion. Mar. 15, 2018 Government, Local Municipalities Approve Tokyo Narita Third Runway Tokyo Narita Airport has taken an important step in its efforts to add a third runway and extend operating hours, after gaining clearance for its plans from local authorities. Mar. 15, 2018 Ryanair to Offer Direct Contracts to German Pilots in Next Few Weeks Ryanair will offer direct employment contracts within the next few weeks to all pilots in Germany who are currently on contracts via an agency, the budget airline said on Thursday. Mar. 15, 2018 Bangladesh Airline Suspends Flights to Nepal After Fatal Plane Crash Bangladeshs US-Bangla Airlines has suspended its flights to Nepal indefinitely, a spokesman said on Thursday citing a shortage of aircraft, days after one of its planes crashed as it tried to land in the Nepali capital, killing 51 people. Mar. 16, 2018 Ryanair Pushes Ahead with Expansion with First Flights to Turkey Ryanair added Turkey to its list of destinations on Thursday, continuing an expansion from its traditional European markets by dipping a toe into a large market where the tourism sector is showing signs of recovery. Mar. 15, 2018 Germanys Biggest Airline Culls Berlin-New York Route Germanys biggest airline is ending services between Berlin and New York, and it has nothing to do with tariffs, trade wars or Donald Trump. Mar. 15, 2018