Helsinki Airport Best Connected Airport in Northern Europe - Global Connectivity Nearly Doubles in Decade Helsinki Airport, operated by Finavia, is the best connected airport in Northern Europe. According to the findings of Airports Council Internationals (ACI) Airport Industry Connectivity report, Helsinki Airport is highly competitive operation that offers a wide network of destinations and attracts a high proportion of transit passengers. Jun. 27, 2017 Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre Delivers Its 1000th A320 Rudder The Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HMC), a joint venture between Airbus and its Chinese partners, has delivered its 1000th locally manufactured rudder for the Airbus A320 Family. A ceremony was held today in the Northeastern Chinese city of Harbin for the delivery of the 1000th rudder. Among the participants, were Chinese government officials, executives of Airbus and its partners, including AVIC and employees of the Manufacturing Centre. Jun. 27, 2017 ACTE Statement on Supreme Courts Travel Ban Ruling Today the Supreme Court announced that it would hear arguments on the Trump administrations proposed travel ban, and allowed some aspects of the current ban to stand until they have issue a ruling on the order in 2018. Association of Corporate Travel Executives executive director Greeley Koch issued the following statement: Jun. 26, 2017 Etihad Airways Introduces New Changes to Ground and Inflight Services Etihad Airways is introducing a series of changes designed to offer increased value and flexibility based on customer feedback. Jun. 22, 2017 Hainan Airlines Enters Pantheon of SKYTRAXs Top Ten Airlines of the Year Hainan Airlines, a leading global airline and a subsidiary of HNA Group, a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics and financial services,today announced that it has been named one of the top ten airlines by SKYTRAX, a specialist advisor to the air transport industry. The announcement was made at HNA Charity Night, an event hosted by Hainan Airlines parent company, HNA Group, on June 26, 2017 at the Petit Palais in Paris. Jun. 26, 2017 Thai Airways Aims to Buy Almost 30 Planes to Modernize Fleet Thai Airways International Pcl said it plans to modernize its fleet by replacing almost 30 older aircraft over the next five years, adding to the climbing demand for planes in Asia. Jun. 26, 2017 Norwegian to launch London-Buenos Aires route Low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian will launch 4X-weekly London Gatwick-Buenos Aires Ezeiza services from Feb. 14, marking the airlines first-ever South American route. Jun. 23, 2017 American to Pay Incentives for Segments Booked via NDC Connections American Airlines is rolling out a travel agency incentive program to encourage agents to adopt an NDC connection with the carrier. Jun. 23, 2017 Lufthansa wants to help, not take over, Air Berlin: Bild Lufthansa sees no limit to the number of planes and crews it could lease from Air Berlin, its chief executive told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, amid criticism that support for its ailing rival is a stealth takeover attempt. Jun. 24, 2017 El Al announces First Boeing 787 Routes El Al Israel Airlines will launch its first Boeing 787 flights in September from Tel Aviv to destinations in Europe, followed by services to North America and the Far East from October. Jun. 23, 2017 Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Becomes Japans First H215 Operator The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has signed a contract for one H215, making it the first operator in Japan to operate the rotorcraft when it is delivered in 2020. Currently operating a fleet of 14 helicopters, the largest police air corps in Japan plans to enhance its law enforcement activities with this new H215. Jun. 22, 2017 Hebei Airlines will Expand Fleet to 50 Aircraft by 2020 XiamenAir (formerly Xiamen Airlines) subsidiary Hebei Airlines plans to expand its fleet to 50 aircraft by 2020 in an effort to enhance its position in North China. Jun. 23, 2017 Etihad Airways Increases Middle East and North Africa Capacity to Cater to Growing Summer Demand Etihad Airways is increasing capacity between its Abu Dhabi hub and key markets of Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca and Rabat to cater to the peak June - September travel period, while additional services to Dammam will be year-round. Jun. 23, 2017 COMAC Possibly to Put No.2 C919 into Flight Test End of This Year Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) Showed C919 airliner on the 52nd Paris International Air and Space Exhibition and announced that its second C919 was possibly going to have flight test at the end of this year. Jun. 22, 2017 Delta Orders 10 More A321s After announcing orders for 30 incremental Airbus A321ceo aircraft just last month, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.)-based Delta Air Lines has placed an order for 10 more of the aircraft. The agreement was announced today at the Paris Air Show. Jun. 20, 2017 Bombardier Unveils Ethiopian Airlines as Previously Undisclosed Customer that Ordered Q400 Aircraft Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is the previously undisclosed customer that signed a firm purchase agreement for five additional Q400 turboprop aircraft. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately US$162 million US. Jun. 20, 2017 Embraer Projects Market Demand for 6,400 New Jet Deliveries in the 70-130+ Seat Segment Over the Next 20 Years According to the latest Market Outlook, Embraer projects a steady market demand for 6,400 new jets in the 70-130+ seat capacity category (2,280 units in the 70-90 seat segment and 4,120 units in the 90-130+ seat segment), worth USD 300 billion, by 2036. Jun. 20, 2017 Star Alliance Takes Best Alliance Title at Skytrax World Airline Awards In its 20th Anniversary year, Star Alliance has claimed the Best Airline Alliance title at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the second year running. The Alliances prestigious Los Angeles Lounge also received the Best Airline Alliance Lounge Award for the third year in row. Jun. 22, 2017 AirAsia to Order 14 More A320ceo AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carriers regional network. The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the Paris Air Show today. Jun. 22, 2017 Iran Airtour Commits to 45 A320neo Aircraft Tehran based Iran Airtour Airlines, has become Airbus newest customer for the A320neo Family after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 45 aircraft at the Paris Air Show. Jun. 22, 2017 Zagros Airlines Places a Cmmitment for 28 New Airbus Aircraft Zagros Airlines, one of the leading domestic airlines in Iran, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the acquisition of 28 new aircraft, covering 20 A320neo and 8 A330neo aircraft. Jun. 21, 2017 Airbus Commercial Aircraft Secures Almost US$40 Billion of New Aircraft Orders at Paris Air Show 2017 Providing strong evidence that the commercial aircraft market remains healthy, Airbus announced US$39.7 billion worth of new business during the 2017 Paris Air Show. The company won commitments for a total of 326 aircraft, including firm orders for 144 aircraft worth US$18.5 billion and MoUs for 182 aircraft worth US$21.2 billion. Jun. 22, 2017 World Airline Awards 2017: European Service Champion Once Again! Austrian Airlines was named the European champion in 2017 for its service for the fourth year in a row. The national airline once again achieved a top ranking in the renowned SKYTRAX World Airline Awards 2017 bestowed upon the winners in Paris on June 20, 2017. The Austrian Airlines team won the title Best Airline Staff Service in Europe, which applies to both its flight crew as well as its staff on the ground. Jun. 22, 2017 Skytrax Hatrick for Etihad Airways First Class Etihad Airways has once again been presented with three coveted awards for the Worlds Best First Class, Best First Class Onboard Catering, and Best First Class Airline Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The event was held at the Musee de l Air et de l Espace, as part of the bi-annual Paris Airshow. Jun. 21, 2017 Airbus Hosted the International Aviation Women Association Reception (IAWA) at the International Paris Airshow Airbus hosted the International Aviation Women Association (IAWA) reception. Women from across the global aerospace industry gathered to share their experiences at the Airbus pavilion. Paul Eremenko, Airbus Chief Technical Officer and Lisa Piccione, IAWA President, welcomed Claudie Haigneré, Senior Advisor to European Space Agency General Director, first European astronaut on International Space Station and former French Minister. IAWA aims to promote the development of women in aviation via a worldwide network of professional aviation contacts. Airbus which strongly supports and promotes diversity sponsors IAWA. Jun. 22, 2017 Boeing, Ruili Airlines Announce Commitment for 20 737 MAXs Boeing and Ruili Airlines today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for 20 737 MAX airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The airplanes, valued at approximately US$2.2 billion at current list prices, will be posted to the Boeing Orders Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared. Jun. 22, 2017 Boeing Displays MAX Momentum at Record Paris Air Show Boeing strengthened its market position with important announcements and multi-billion dollar orders and commitments for commercial airplanes and commercial and defense services at the 2017 Paris Air Show. Jun. 22, 2017 China University Joins Airbus Global University Partner Programme China-based Tsinghua University, has signed an agreement with Airbus to be part of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme (AGUPP), bringing the total number of partners to 21 universities from around the world. Jun. 22, 2017 Tibet Financial Leasing Signs for 20 A321neo Aircraft Tibet Financial Leasing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 20 Airbus A321neos at the Paris Airshow to meet strong market demand for more modern and fuel-efficient aircraft. Jun. 22, 2017 Japan Airlines Introduces New JAL SKY SUITE Configured Boeing 787-9 Japan Airlines (JAL) has been introducing the JAL SKY SUITE configured Boeing 777-300ER/-200ER, Boeing 767-300ER, and Boeing 787-8/-9 onto select international routes under the theme of raising the notches one class above in all cabin services. JAL today announced that the JAL SKY SUITE 787 family will welcome a new cabin configuration for its Boeing 787-9. The new JAL SKY SUITE 787-9 (SS9 II) will be operated on the Tokyo (Narita) = Kuala Lumpur route (JL723/JL724) starting the end of July 2017, and progressively expanded onto the other international routes. Jun. 22, 2017