Finnair extends the operating period for its Chicago and San Francisco routes

Finnair is extending the operating period for both its Chicago and San Francisco routes during the upcoming fall. The Helsinki-Chicago route will be extended until December 3 with two weekly flights. Originally, the route was set to operate from April 19 until October 27. Chicago is the largest city in the American Midwest and a global hub for business, leisure and the arts. Finnair started a seasonal service to Chicago during the summer of 2015. The Helsinki-San Francisco route will now be extended until December 5 with two weekly frequencies. Originally, the route was to be operated from May 3 Read more

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Southwest Airlines to begin shipping cargo to select destinations

Southwest Airlines intents to begin shipping cargo to select international destinations beginning in May 2018, subject to requisite government approvals. The first international destinations Southwest Airlines Cargo® expects to serve are Mexico City, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta with more international destinations planned for 2018. “By offering the cross-border services that our Customers are looking for, we’re able to help meet the needs of businesses throughout the United States and, soon, in Mexico,” said Matt Buckley, Southwest Airlines’ Vice President of Cargo and Charters. “As we enter the international cargo market for the first time, Customers will Read more

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Newly Branded Air Italy Aims to Become New Italian Flag-carrying Airline

Sardinia-based airline Meridiana is aiming to become Italy’s premier airline under a new name, Air Italy. The airline acquired the smaller Air Italy in 2011 and will adopt its name and fly as a new Air Italy. Alitalia, Italy’s previous flag carrier, went into administration in May last year and is now being auctioned off in parts to other European airlines. Meridiana is part owned by Qatar Airways (49%) and Alisarda S.p.A which originally owned the Sardinian airline Alisarda, which in turn merged with Spanish carrier Universair in 1991 to form Meridiana. The new Air Italy has put in place Read more

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Norwegian to launch first low-cost route to South America from UK

Norwegian is continuing its global expansion by launching the UK’s first low fare route to South America, with a non-stop service from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires. The new year-round service of four weekly flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport will offer passengers more choice and low fares. Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “The launch of Norwegian’s first ever South American route is another exciting landmark in Gatwick’s ongoing mission to connect the UK to more and more long-haul destinations. The airport now offers 63 long-haul connections – with many, including Buenos Aires, operated by Read more

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Norwegian and Spanish pilot union SEPLA sign collective agreement

Norwegian and Spanish pilot union SEPLA have signed a comprehensive collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on February 8. The CBA will be valid for two years and represents an important step forward in one of the company’s most important markets. Earlier this week, Norwegian also signed a CBA for its long-haul crews based in Italy. Spain is Norwegian’s second-largest market in passenger volume and the largest in number of staff.

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West Star Aviation expands Midwest footprint with acquisition of St. Louis downtown hangar

West Star Aviation is expanding to St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS). The location will be fully operational and open to current and future customers by mid-February of 2018. The 43,000 ft² hangar will operate as an extension to West Star’s current full-service facility in East Alton, IL (ALN). The capabilities include maintenance on various business aviation aircraft including Gulfstream, Falcon, Bombardier, Hawker, Citation, Challenger, King Air and more. This location will be fully equipped with expert staff to accommodate current and future customers with all their maintenance, inspection, repair and overhaul needs.

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Rolls-Royce launches IntelligentEngine Rolls-Royce has launched its pioneering IntelligentEngine vision at the Singapore Airshow. With more people flying than ever before and an increasing demand for more efficient travel, Rolls-Royce has defined a vision for the future of aircraft power that will help deliver passengers more reliably and more efficiently than ever before. The IntelligentEngine vision is based on a belief that the worlds of product and service have become so closely connected that they are now inseparable. This trend was first identified when Rolls-Royce introduced the market-defining TotalCare® service in the 1990s and, since then, advancements in digital capability Read more

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Lufthansa presents new brand design

Lufthansa revealed its new, modernized brand image to customers and employees at two major events at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs on Wednesday, February 7th. The most visible change is the new aircraft livery. In front of more than 3,000 guests in Frankfurt and Munich, Lufthansa officially presented a Boeing 747-8 and an Airbus A321 with the new design. In the previous week, individual details created interactive discussions, especially on social media. The response to the new appearance was predominantly positive, although some people missed the traditional yellow tone; nevertheless, it will receive a specific function to serve as a Read more

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AERIA Luxury Interiors secures VIP completion contract

AERIA Luxury Interiors (AERIA), a specialist in VIP completion and refurbishment, has secured a contract for the completion of Boeing Business Jet BBJ 737-700. This will be the third Boeing Business Jet that AERIA is contracted for since it started operating in 2014. The aircraft is due for arrival in 1Q 2018 at its facility in San Antonio, Texas, USA which is part of ST Aerospace’s global Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) network. The interior, fully designed by AERIA, will feature a VIP stateroom complemented by an on-suite lavatory with showers, separate crew and passenger galleys, an office/meeting room, staff Read more

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Ryanair and Balpa sign UK recognition agreement

Ryanair has confirmed that it has signed a formal Union Recognition agreement with BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association), who will now be the sole representative body for Ryanair employed Pilots in the UK. This agreement follows extensive negotiations with BALPA since Ryanair’s December announcement that it was willing to recognise Unions for collective bargaining purposes. While these recognition negotiations were continuing with BALPA, the 6 remaining Ryanair UK Bases (including Stansted) voted – in secret ballot – to accept pay increases of up to 20%, which had already been agreed by a majority (9) of other UK bases. Ryanair welcomes Read more

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