Frances Macron Urges Russia to Cooperate in MH17 Probe French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday pressed Russia to deal constructively with a Dutch investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine in 2014. May 24, 2018 Investigators Say Identify Russian Military Unit in MH17 Downing Prosecutors investigating the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said on Thursday they had identified the missile used to shoot down the plane as coming from Russias armed forces. May 24, 2018 Bombardier Donates a C Series Aircraft to the Ecole Nationale dAérotechnique Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it will donate a CS100 aircraft to the Eacute;cole Nationale dAérotechnique (Eacute;NA), a school affiliated with Eacute;douard-Montpetit CEGEP, to be used for the purpose of education and training. With this donation, Eacute;NA becomes the worlds first teaching institution to count a C Series aircraft among its fleet. May 24, 2018 Airbus BizLab Expands Its Global Network with New Spanish Campus Airbus has expanded its global network of BizLabs by opening a fourth campus in Madrid (Spain) after Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Bangalore (India). This milestone is part of Airbus strategy to establish a global network of aerospace business accelerators. May 24, 2018 Vallair Leases Airbus A321 to Ukrainian Charter Airline, Windrose Vallair, the aircraft trading, leasing and specialist MRO organisation, has completed a short-term eighteen month lease transaction with Ukrainian charter airline, Windrose Aviation Company for an Airbus A321. A full maintenance C check was carried out on the aircraft prior to delivery at Vallairs MRO facility in Montpellier, France. May 25, 2018 Air Astana Celebrates 16th with Opening of New Aviation Technical Centre in Astana Air Astana, the award-winning Kazakh flag carrier, marked its 16th anniversary with the opening of a new Aviation Technical Centre at Astanas Nursultan Nazarbayev international airport today. The new Aviation Technical Centre enables Air Astana to undertake all aircraft engineering and servicing requirements up to heavy maintenance level. The project was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development at a cost of US$ 19 million. May 24, 2018 More Asia Miles and Better Rewards on Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific Group customers will earn more Asia Miles on the vast majority of their flights and have more access to redemption bookings following changes to Asia Miles, the airlines rewards programme. May 25, 2018 Bombardier Sees a Surge in Demand for Pre-Owned Aircraft in Africa Bombardier Commercial Aircraft shared an update on the African Regional Aircraft market from the African Aviation Finance conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. May 25, 2018 American Airlines New Pilot Program Attracts More Than 2,000 Applicants American Airlines has more than 2,000 applicants for its just-launched Cadet Academy pilot pipeline program, and plans to accept 200 candidates this year. May 24, 2018 EasyJet Confirmed as UK Airline, Despite EU Ownership The UK government has confirmed easyJets status as a UK airline, even if it is European Union (EU)-owned, according to comments made by easyJet CFO Andrew Findlay. May 25, 2018 British Airways to Transfer One Moscow Daily Service to Sheremetyevo British Airways (BA) will transfer one out of three daily London Heathrow-Moscow services from Domodedovo (DME) to Sheremetyevo (SVO) from Oct. 28. The flight will be operated by an Airbus A321; the SVO terminal has not yet been disclosed. May 24, 2018 U.S. Issues New Requirements for Russian Planes in Airspace Spat In a warning to the Russian government, which recently made it difficult for U.S. cargo airlines to fly over its airspace, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Wednesday it will impose new requirements on Russian passenger and cargo airlines, obliquely warning they could lose their rights to fly to U.S. airports. May 25, 2018 Group Building Istanbul New Airport to Get an Extra US$1.2 Billion Loan The consortium formed to build one of the worlds biggest airports secured an additional 1 billion-euro (US$1.2-billion) loan to help complete the first phase, according to four people with knowledge of the plan. May 25, 2018 United Airlines Taps Former FAA Chief Jane Garvey as Chairman United Continental Holdings Inc.s board named former Federal Aviation Administration boss Jane Garvey to be chairman, as the carrier works to improve operations and close a profit gap with rivals. May 25, 2018 United Is Sued for Denying Sick Mans Request to Land Plane A passenger stricken with acute pancreatitis on a United Continental Holdings Inc. flight to Rome sued the airline over the crews refusal to land the plane so he could obtain treatment. May 25, 2018 United Airlines Settles with Owner of Puppy That Died in Overhead Bin United Airlines has reached a resolution with the owners of a small French bulldog puppy that died during a flight after a cabin attendant ordered it stowed in an overhead bin in March, the carrier said on Thursday. May 25, 2018 Delta to Relaunch Nonstop US-Mumbai Flights in 2019 Delta Air Lines plans to resume nonstop flights between the US and Mumbai in 2019, the Atlanta-based carrier said May 24. May 24, 2018 The Nastiest Feud in the Airline Industry Isnt Over Just Yet Last week, the governments of the United States and the United Arab Emirates agreed to settle their differences on air transport between the two countries. This agreement, along with a similar deal the Trump administration made with the Qatari government in January, looks to have effectively ended the long-running dispute between Americas three largest airlines and their rivals from the Persian Gulf. May 24, 2018 China and Egypt Held Aviation Talks From May 14 to 15, 2018, the CAAC delegation headed by CAAC Deputy Administrator Dong Zhiyi and the Egyptian Civil Aviation delegation led by Mr. Khaled Abdel Monem, Under Secretary of State for Air Transport, Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, held a new round of aviation talks in Cairo. The two sides conducted extensive and in-depth discussions and exchanges, reached agreement on expanding traffic right arrangement and signed a Memorandum of Understanding. May 22, 2018 Guangzhou Airport Offers Easier Clearance Services With the T2 Terminal of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport recently becoming fully operational, more than 30,000 passengers depart from or arrive at the new state-of-the-art terminal every day. The local customs department has rolled out a raft of new measures to ensure that passengers get faster, more convenient customs, declaration and transfer services at the terminal. May 24, 2018 Chinese Airline Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Chinese Xiamen Airlines has taken the delivery of the first 737 MAX passenger plane, also the 200th Boeing jet received by the Chinese carrier, US top aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co said Wednesday. May 24, 2018 Pulkovo Airport Sets ip Remote Check-In Desks at St. Petersburg Economic Forum Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport will offer flight check-in service directly at the venue of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). For this purpose, the airport has set up remote check-in desks at the Expoforum exhibition and business center that will host SPIEF on May 24-26, 2018. May 24, 2018 Harrods Aviation Taps Flight Solutions as Technology Partner -- Automated Check in Now Live at London Luton and Stansted Airport FBOs Harrods Aviation is exhibiting at EBACE 2018 next week (stand A67) having recently gone live with a new automated check in system for its VIP and group charter flights at its London Luton and London Stansted FBOs. May 24, 2018 Bon Soirée Is Selected as Private Dining Provider for Vistajets London Flights -- Creating an Unrivalled Inflight Menu for Its Members VistaJet, the first and only global business aviation company, is partnering with Bon Soirée once more to create perfect menus on its flights departing from London. May 23, 2018 ACJ320neo Family Enters Production Manufacture of the first ACJ320neo[1] has begun, with elements taking shape across Europe and final assembly due to begin in June, followed by the first delivery of the green aircraft to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter of this year. A second ACJ320neo will follow by year-end. May 23, 2018 Cobalt Air In-Flight Entertainment Goes Live -- Fleet-Wide IFE Enhancement Aboard Expanding Cyprus Carriers Airbus A320/A319 Fleet Cobalt Air, Cyprus expanding airline, has enhanced its onboard experience for all its passengers with the introduction of in-flight entertainment (IFE) across its Airbus A319 and A320 fleet via portable wireless IFE platform, Bluebox Wow. Cabin crew training was completed last week in readiness for the system to go live this week, across Cobalts route network. May 24, 2018 Thomas Cook to Replace Condors Aging Long-Haul Fleet European leisure group Thomas Cook will decide on the renewal of its long-haul fleet before the end of the year. May 23, 2018 Allegiant Takes First US-Built A320; Begins All-Airbus Fleet Transition Las Vegas, Nevada-based ULCC Allegiant Air has taken delivery of its first US-produced Airbus A320 aircraft from the Airbuss US manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. May 24, 2018 US Airlines 1Q Profits Down 27% As expenses Outpace Revenues Pre-tax earnings for US airlines fell 27%--down approximately $700 million year-over-year--in the first quarter of 2018, as fuel, labor, airport and aircraft expenses outpaced revenues, according to an industry overview by Airlines for America (A4A) released May 23. May 23, 2018 Malaysia Says Search for Flight MH370 to End Next Week A private search by a U.S. firm for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in 2014 in one of the worlds biggest aviation mysteries, will end on Tuesday, Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke said on Wednesday. May 23, 2018