First A330neo Successfully Completes Maiden Flight The first of three A330neo Family development aircraft to fly - MSN1795, an A330-900 variant - has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France at 14:10 hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes. The aircraft was powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans. Oct. 19, 2017 First A330neo Becomes Airborne for Its Maiden Flight The first A330neo took off this morning at Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 09.57 hrs local time, for its maiden flight taking place over south-western France. The aircraft, MSN1795, is a A330-900 and the first of three certification flight-test aircraft to fly, powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans. Oct. 19, 2017 Airbus Latest A330 Version Prepares for Its Initial Take-off The new generation of Airbus popular A330 jetliner family is ready for its maiden flight this week. The A330neo features extensive technology transfers from the A350XWB, including new engines, wings, and systems as well as the signature Airspace cabin. These new features will provide significantly enhanced operating efficiency for airlines, and best-in-class comfort for passengers as well as impeccable environmental characteristics. Oct. 19, 2017 MOMook to Make 43 Air School Training Operations More Efficient MOMook, an intelligent business and training management software developer, and 43 Air School, the largest aviation training provider in South Africa, signed a contract on the use of MOMook software for management of pilot training processes. Oct. 19, 2017 Finnish Airport Operator Finavia Reaches New Passenger Highs The number of passengers continued to grow in the third quarter of 2017, as expected. The total growth in the 21 airports operated by Finavia was 9.4%. International passenger volumes grew even more rapidly, by 12.7%. According to Finavias traffic statistics there were over 16.8 million passengers in its airports between January and September. Oct. 17, 2017 Etihad Airways Launches Hand Baggage Only Trial Etihad Airways is trialling a new hand baggage only Deal Fare on two key routes this winter season, for bookings between 18 October to 18 December, allowing travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required. Oct. 17, 2017 Thomas Cook Sets up New Airline in Spain amid Cost Drive Thomas Cook is setting up a new airline in Spain, a move it hopes will lower costs at a time of tough conditions in the European short-haul market. Oct. 18, 2017 Norwegian Air May Strike Long-haul Passenger Deal with JetBlue-CEO Norwegian Air Shuttle would like to cooperate with U.S. JetBlue Airways on bookings for long-haul passengers, Chief Executive Bjoern Kjos told Reuters on Wednesday. Oct. 18, 2017 Indonesias Transport Group Rimau to Raise Money to Buy AirAsia Unit Shareholders of Indonesian transportation firm PT Rimau Multi Putra Pratama Tbk have approved the companys plans to raise 3.4 trillion rupiah (US$251.57 million) through a rights issue to buy PT Indonesia AirAsia. Oct. 18, 2017 Airbus Pledges to Put C Series Ahead of A319 in Sales Push Airbus SE will prioritize sales of Bombardier Inc.s C Series jet over the smallest version of its own single-aisle plane while seeking to adapt the models key elements for future projects following the surprise tie-up between the companies, according to Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders. Oct. 19, 2017 Budget Airline Wizz Air Applies for UK Licence ahead of Brexit Budget airline Wizz Air has become the latest European carrier to move to shore up its post-Brexit flying rights by applying for a licence in Britain ahead of the countrys departure from the European Union. Oct. 18, 2017 Asias Worst-Performing Airline Stock Hopes for Boost from U.S. Thai Airways International Pcl plans to return to the U.S. market after a United Nations safety upgrade of Thailands aviation sector raised the odds of the Federal Aviation Administration following suit. Oct. 18, 2017 airBaltic Carries 500 000 Passengers on Bombardier CS300 The Latvian airline airBaltic has carried over 500 000 passengers on the brand new CS300 aircraft and now every fourth passenger of airBaltic is flying CS300. In total airBaltic has flown to 40 destinations in the Baltics, Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East with the Bombardier CS300 aircraft. Oct. 19, 2017 Delta Expands Flagship A350 Service to Europe and China Delta has scheduled its flagship A350-900 aircraft on one of four daily flights between Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Amsterdams Schiphol Airport, effective March 31, 2018. Amsterdam will be the first trans-Atlantic destination for Deltas A350 aircraft, offering customers an elevated travel experience in every class of service throughout their flight. Delta will also deploy the A350 on Detroit-Shanghai service beginning April 19, 2018. Oct. 18, 2017 Brazil Planemaker Embraer to Deliver First E190-E2 in April 2018 Brazil planemaker Embraer said on Wednesday it would deliver its first E190-E2 jet in April 2018 to Norway-based airline Wideroe. Oct. 18, 2017 Airberlin to Cease Operating as Part of Oneworld from 28 October Airberlin will cease participating in the oneworld#174; alliance with effect from the close of business on 27 October 2017, following the filing by Air Berlin PLC Co. Luftverkehrs KGs (airberlin) for the opening of insolvency proceedings over its assets. Oct. 18, 2017 Emirates Skywards Establishes Partnership with Mileslife Emirates Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer programme of Emirates Airline, today announces its partnership with Mileslife, the innovative airline miles-earning App, to provide both Mileslife Emirates Skywards members with a growing network of Skywards Miles accumulation options. Oct. 18, 2017 Louvre Abu Dhabi Signs Landmark Partnership with Etihad Airways Louvre Abu Dhabi today signed the first exclusive platinum partnership with Etihad Airways. The symbolic ceremony took place under the museums spectacular dome and its Rain of Light effect. Oct. 18, 2017 JetCity Engineering Receives Its First Global Certification to Enhance Learjets Performance with Honeywells Primus Elite Honeywells authorized modification center in Australia, JetCity Engineering, has received Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority certification for the installation of Honeywells Primus Elite#174; DU-875 Enhanced Feature Display System on Bombardiers Learjet 40/45 aircraft. This certification marks the first for JetCity to provide this service, with the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency also expected to grant JetCity similar certifications in 2017 and 2018, respectively. With this first certification from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, JetCity can help Learjet operators in the Asia Pacific region upgrade their cockpit display system without having to fly their aircraft all the way back to modification centers in the U.S. or Europe, thereby reducing cost of ownership and minimizing downtime. Oct. 12, 2017 HNA Launches Customized Travel Platform HNA Group launched its travel platform HiApp on Tuesday in accordance with the countrys call for enterprise and industry upgrades. Oct. 17, 2017 Punctuality Improves at Airports Nearly three-fourths of passenger flights in September landed or departed on time, an official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China said on Tuesday, representing a significant improvement over the previous months. Oct. 18, 2017 DOT: Airlines Canceled More Flights and Handled Bags Better in August Airlines canceled more flights in August, but bumped fewer passengers and did a better job at handling luggage, according to a Transportation Department report Tuesday. Oct. 18, 2017 Drones Get Clearance to Film in City Airspace after Complaints over Noisy TV Helicopters Drones are to be allowed to film in City airspace for the first time after complaints from businesses and residents about the noise from TV and film company helicopters. Oct. 18, 2017 Malaysia CEO to Return to Ryanair to Help Fix Pilot Problems Malaysia Airlines chief executive Peter Bellew is to leave after just over a year in charge and rejoin former employer Ryanair as chief operations officer, the Irish airline said in a statement. Oct. 17, 2017 EasyJet Sees No Need to Enter Long-haul Given MA Options in Europe: CEO British budget airline easyJet wont enter the rapidly growing low-cost, long-haul market given its abundance of options to buy parts of failed European airlines, CEO Carolyn McCall said on Tuesday. Oct. 17, 2017 Air Berlin Pilots Goodbye Draws Watchdogs Scrutiny A German aviation watchdog is scrutinising a fly-past by Air Berlins last long-haul flight to its hub in Duesseldorf, which German media said was the pilots unique way of saying goodbye to his passengers and the insolvent airline. Oct. 17, 2017 Oneworld: Airberlin Will Leave Alliance Oct. 28 Oneworld has confirmed that airberlin will no longer be part of the alliance from Oct. 28, when the bankrupt German carrier ceases operations. According to oneworld, airberlin affiliate NIKI-which joined oneworld alongside airberlin in March 2012-will no longer fly as part of oneworld at the same time. Oct. 17, 2017 Eurowings Sees US$1 Billion-plus Revenue Boost from Air Berlin Deal Eurowings should get a revenue boost of more than EUR 1 billion(US$1.2 billion) a year from parent Lufthansas deal to buy part of Air Berlin, Eurowings Chief Executive Thorsten Dirks said on Tuesday. Oct. 17, 2017 Brazils Embraer Says CSeries Deal Underscores Huge Opportunities Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA on Tuesday said Airbus taking a majority stake in Bombardier Incs CSeries jetliner program underscores huge opportunities in the 100-150-seat airliner market. Oct. 17, 2017 Bombardier Gives up Jetliner Ambitions for Luxury Planes, Trains By relinquishing control of its C Series jets to longtime rival Airbus SE, Bombardier Inc. is scaling back its ambitions to build jetliners for the worlds airlines. Oct. 18, 2017