ICAO Encourages Bizav Engagement, Flexible Rules The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is continuing to highlight a need for the business aviation community to remain engaged stakeholders on a global platform and reiterated a willingness to work with the community to help in the adoption of regulations that are better tailored for non-commercial operations. Stephen Creamer, director of the Air Navigation Bureau for ICAO, recently pushed for a call to action for business aviation engagement during his recent appearance before the business aviation community at the ABACE 2017 show in Shanghai, China, saying it is a key step to preserving access in an increasingly crowded and complex global airspace. At the same time, Creamer also stressed the need for industry stakeholders and individual states alike to increasingly adopt rules that are more flexible and tailored business and general aviation operations. ICAO is willing to work with industry to help make that happen, he said. Apr. 28, 2017 UPS Posts US$1.2 Billion 1Q Net Profit as B2C and B2B Deliveries rise United Parcel Service (UPS) posted a US$1.2 billion net profit for the first quarter of 2017, up 2.4% from net income of US$1.1 billion in 1Q 2016, on a 6.2% year-over-year rise in total company revenue to US$15.3 billion. Apr. 28, 2017 Russias Irkut Corp. Posts US$20.1 Million Net Income for 2016 Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corp. reported a 2016 net income of RUB1.2 billion (US$20 million), reversed from a RUB2.3 billion net loss in the year-ago period. Revenue for the year rose 28.8% to RUB108 billion. Apr. 28, 2017 Norway Confirms Cause of Fatal Airbus Helicopter Crash in 2016 The fatal crash of an Airbus helicopter in Norway last year was the result of metal fatigue in the aircrafts gearbox, the countrys Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) said in a report on Friday, confirming its initial findings last June. Apr. 28, 2017 Ilyushin Finance Firms One Bombardier Q400 for Jambojet Moscow-based lessor Ilyushin Finance (IFC) has converted a Bombardier Q400 option into a firm order, taking its order to two of the type, to be placed with Kenya Airways low-cost subsidiary Jambojet. Apr. 28, 2017 General Electric Wins US$670 Million Aircraft Engine Maintenance Contract: Pentagon General Electric Co has been awarded a US$670.7 million logistics contract for repair and support of F/A-18 and EA-18 aircraft engines, the Pentagon said on Friday. Apr. 28, 2017 Zhanjiang to Open Direct Flights to Phnom Penh China Express will start operating direct flights from Zhanjiang to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh from May 6. Apr. 28, 2017 Spirit 1Q Net Profit down 48%, but Touts Operational Improvement Ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines reported a first-quarter net profit of US$31.9 million, down 48.4% from net income of US$61.9 million in the prior-year period, but the Fort Lauderdale-based airline believes it is on the upswing. Apr. 28, 2017 U.S. Airlines Overhaul Overbooking after United Fiasco The backlash against the rough removal of a United Airlines passenger to make room on a crowded flight has opened a divide in the U.S. industry over how to manage flight overbooking, with some renouncing the practice and others offering richer incentives to give up seats. Apr. 28, 2017 Africas RwandAir Replaces CEO, Launches London Gatwick Services RwandAir named Chance Ndagano as acting CEO, who replaced John Mirenge April 10. Ndagano is reportedly a former judge at the military tribunal. Apr. 28, 2017 Chicago Ohare Security Chief Fired Weeks after United Flub The head of security at Chicagos airports has been fired, just weeks after a passenger was dragged from a United Airlines plane by security officers at OHare International Airport. Apr. 28, 2017 Air Berlin Reports Record Annual Net Loss as It Restructures Air Berlin reported a record net loss of EUR782 million (US$854 million) in 2016 and a widening loss in the first quarter of 2017, due to restructuring costs, impairments and pressure on ticket prices, the German carrier said on Friday. Apr. 28, 2017 Direct Flights to Connect East Chinas Jinan City, Milan The first direct air route connecting Jinan, capital of East Chinas Shandong province, and Europe will be launched next month, the airport announced Thursday. Apr. 28, 2017 German Airlines Scrap Post-Germanwings Two-Person Cockpit Rule German airlines will scrap by June 1 a rule that two people must be in the cockpit of a plane at all times, introduced after the Germanwings crash of March 2015, the BDL airline association said on Friday. Apr. 28, 2017 British Airways Staff Forcibly Restrain Passenger with Cancer on Jamaica Flight A man was allegedly forcibly tied up and dragged back to his seat in economy on a British Airways flight to Jamaica after going to business class to stretch his legs. Apr. 27, 2017 United Airlines Makes Major Policy Changes to Regain Customer Trust United Airlines is making a number of policy changes aimed at improving customer service and CEO Oscar Munoz has issued another public apology for the incident on flight 3411 in which a passenger was dragged off an aircraft to make way for a crew member. Apr. 27, 2017 China, Russia to Develop New Jet Domestic aircraft manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp of China said on Thursday that it has started work to develop a wide-body commercial jet with Russia, and the passenger plane is expected to be delivered within 10 years. Apr. 28, 2017 Aviation Collaboration with EU on the Rise Collaboration to improve civil aviation between China and the European Union is advancing along with the growth of air travel, which reached some 8 million passenger trips last year, representing an annual increase of 15 percent, according to the chief of Chinas aviation authorities. Apr. 28, 2017 China Aviation Regulator Says Renegotiating Airworthiness Agreement with U.S. China and the United States are renegotiating their bilateral airworthiness agreement, Chinas aviation regulator said on Thursday. Apr. 27, 2017 Iran Says Potential Deal for Early Jet Delivery Falls through IranAir has abandoned plans to take early delivery of a Boeing 777-300ER jetliner because the passenger plane is no longer available, the head of the Islamic Republics national flag carrier was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Apr. 27, 2017 American Airlines Shares Nosedive on Proposed Employee Pay Increases Shares of American Airlines Group Inc dropped more than 8 percent on Thursday after the company said it had offered a mid-contract pay increase for pilots and flight attendants. Apr. 27, 2017 Ryanair Wins European Social Insurance Case Ireland-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair will reclaim EUR15 million (US$16.3 million) from French authorities following a ruling in the airlines favor by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Apr. 27, 2017 Alitalias Options Dwindle with No Rescue Bid, State Aid on Offer Alitalia moved closer to collapse on Thursday when major shareholder Intesa Sanpaolo said it had no plans to save the airline, foreign rivals denied being interested in a possible bid and the government ruled out a rescue for its problem child. Apr. 27, 2017 Pratt PW1100G Performance Not Satisfactory, Says Airbus CFO Airbus continues to reserve judgment on any progress Pratt Whitney has made in resolving several production problems plaguing its PW1100G turbofan, as deliveries of Pratt-powered A320neos remain stunted and the first Pratt-powered A321neo sits undelivered more than four months after certification. Out of an expected 200 A320neo-family deliveries by the end of the year, Airbus shipped only 26 during the first quarter, including the first CFM Leap-1A-powered A321neo, signaling a significant backloading of the 2017 delivery profile. Apr. 27, 2017 Norwegian Posts US$173.9 Million 1Q Loss Low-cost carrier Norwegians first-quarter net loss was NOK1.5 billion (US$173.9 million), widened 86% from a NOK800.1 million loss in the year-ago period. Apr. 27, 2017 Cathay Pacific to Extend Successful Betsy Beer Promotion Cathay Pacific today announced the extension of its Betsy Beer promotion, which will see the high-quality craft beer, specially brewed to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet, offered on flights between Hong Kong and Europe, Canada, the United States, Japan, New Zealand and Tel Aviv over the coming months. Apr. 28, 2017 ACTE CEO to NYC Councils Committee on Economic Development Traveler Uncertainty Is Costing this City Money Greeley Koch, executive director and CEO of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, testified last week before the New York City Councils Committee on Economic Development regarding the impact of recent bans on the citys business travel and tourism revenue. While statistics indicate that worldwide bookings to the U.S. are down 1.1 percent,* and that New York City has experienced a loss of 2.1 percent** in bookings over the last year, Koch explained the worst may be yet to come. Apr. 27, 2017 New Records Set at Recaro Aircraft Seating: Sales of More than EUR450 Million Recaro Aircraft Seating continues its successful growth trend. Last year, Germanys largest aircraft seat manufacturer and world market leader in economy class seats increased its sales by almost 11 percent to EUR452 million. For the first time, the company recorded a delivery volume of more than 100,000 seats. Close to one third of the products sold in 2016 were new products. Apr. 28, 2017 FAI Continues Fleet Expansion with the Addition of Global Express XRS and Challenger 604 German general aviation operator and air ambulance specialist FAI rent-a-jet Aktiengesellschaft (dba Flight Ambulance Intl.) has announced further expansion of its fleet with the addition of a fourth Bombardier Global Express and sixth Bombardier Challenger 604. This bolsters FAIs total fleet to 24 jet aircraft and further underlines FAIs position as Germanys largest general aviation operator. Apr. 28, 2017 FAI Completes EUR7 Million Carbon Neutral Hangar Development at Nuremberg Airport FAI Asset Management GmbH, a member of the Nuremberg, Germany-headquartered FAI Aviation Group, has today completed a brand new 4800 m2 carbon neutral maintenance hangar, known as Hangar 8, at Albrecht Dürer Airport (NUE) in Nuremberg, Germany. The new hangar represents an investment of EUR7 million and has created at least 10 new local engineering jobs, plus a number of other support positions. 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