Path cleared for foreign airlines to enter Brazil’s domestic market

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Following Brazil’s lower chamber approval, the Senate has passed legislation which will allow foreign-controlled airlines to operate domestic flights within the country, which is Latin America’s largest sir-travel market. However, as Congress has added a codicil whereby airlines are now banned from charging passengers for their first checked bag, this now means that President Jair Bolsonaro’s signature will be required before the legislation becomes law. The checked-bag restriction has not been welcomed by airlines or the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association transport group as this may restrict opportunities for low-cost airlines and may ultimately see higher fares being Read more

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WestJet Encore flight dispatchers ratify three-year agreement

WestJet Encore flight dispatchers, represented by the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA), have successfully ratified a three-year agreement. This ratified agreement starts May 22, 2019 and expires on May 22, 2022. “We are pleased with today’s outcome and believe that this agreement recognizes the hard work and valuable contributions of our WestJet Encore dispatchers,” said John Aaron, WestJet Vice-President and General Manager, Encore.

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IBA Group establishes presence in Tokyo

:IBA Group, the specialist aviation consultancy, has established a representation in Tokyo, Japan.  The move is a further example of IBA’s ongoing commitment and growing presence in Asia Pacific, and an example of the continued popularity and demand for aviation investment in the region.  IBA’s main services include aviation data, appraisals, asset management and advisory.   “Introducing formal and experienced representation in Japan builds on our strategic plan for closer ties with the aviation community across the wider Asia region. In the coming months we will also be announcing representation in China to further strengthen our capability with another local team,” Read more

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TAG Aviation Macau receives IS-BAH Accreditation for ground handling operations

©TAG Aviation Macau FBO receives IS-BAH Accreditation for Ground Handling Operations at EBACE 2019

TAG Aviation Macau’s Fixed Base Operation (FBO) has been awarded the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1 certificate of registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) for their unwavering commitment to safety and quality ground handling. The IS-BAH standard, which focuses on the refueling, ground handling and storing of general aviation aircraft, is a set of global industry’s best practices in safety management and risk mitigation for business aviation ground handlers. The accreditation process involves a complete audit of the FBO’s safety management systems, emergency and security procedures, organisational structure, training protocols and operating procedures. Certificates Read more

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EC signs landmark aviation agreement with China

Intended to generate growth for European business, foster innovation and enable passengers to profit from safer, cleaner and cheaper flights, in a follow-up to the April 9 EU-China summit the European Commission signed an agreement on civil aviation safety and also a horizontal aviation agreement aimed at strengthening aviation cooperation on Monday May 20. The signing of a bilateral civil aviation agreement (BASA) will support worldwide trade in aircraft and related products. It should reduce costs incurred through the previous need for duplication of evaluation and certification activities for aeronautical products by the civil aviation authorities, while also promoting cooperation Read more

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Russia’s Pobeda Airlines chooses Britannica’s Fox Training Management system

Pobeda Airlines has purchased the Fox Training Management System by Britannica Knowledge Systems as its new training management platform. In flight since December 2014, Pobeda is a new and growing low-cost airline, slated to have 108 routes across Russia and abroad by mid-June 2019. Pobeda will use Fox to manage and improve pilot qualification training and compliance, courseware delivery, online testing, and performance evaluation. Fox’s scheduling module will oversee all pilot training events and resources. Pobeda’s instructors and evaluators will use the Fox Grading app to ensure training quality and maintain standards by capturing performance data, in real-time on mobile Read more

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Avion Express established subsidiary airline in Malta

To strengthen its position in the market, Avion Express has established a subsidiary airline in Malta. The latter company, which was named Avion Express Malta, was granted Maltese Air Operator’s Certificate and Air Operating License recently. Alongside with its parent company, the Maltese airline will provide ACMI services to regular and charter airlines. Avion Express Malta will start its operations with 1 Airbus A320 aircraft registered as 9H-AMA. It will commence flying for Europe’s third largest airline Norwegian on May 20, 2019. The respective ACMI contract was signed for European high season of 2019. Avion Express, one of the largest Read more

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Alcoa and United Steelworkers union extend negotiations on labor agreement for five U.S. locations

Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products, has agreed to extend the existing labor contract with the United Steelworkers to reach a new multi-year labor agreement covering approximately 1,700 active employees at five U.S. locations. The Company and the union have agreed to recognize the existing contract, which was set to expire on May 15, 2019, so negotiations can continue. A new deadline has not been set. Employees represented by the United Steelworkers will continue to work under the terms of the extended contract at the five sites: Warrick Operations in Indiana; Massena Operations in New Read more

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Rusada joins European Helicopter Association

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MRO & Flight Operations software provider Rusada, has become the newest member of the European Helicopter Association (EHA). The EHA acts on behalf of the European rotorcraft industry, promoting the best interests of all sectors as an economically important, safe and sustainable industry essential to the success of European and national economies. EHA members are placed across the industry from multiple sectors, and include the likes of Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, Safran and Bell. Rusada was invited to join the association following its extensive efforts in supporting the rotorcraft industry. Its software ENVISION has allowed rotary operators in the region to Read more

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BAA Training to train pilots from Turkish Airlines

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Turkish Airlines has signed a contract with BAA Training for a Cadet training program. One of the TOP 3 biggest independent aviation training centers in Europe, BAA Training, is proud to announce that it will deliver training to almost 300 cadets for the airline in 3.5 years. Having one of Europe’s youngest fleets with an average age of 8,2 years, Turkish Airlines has a total of 335 aircraft, of which 224 are narrow, 88 are wide bodies, and 23 are freighter. To operate the current fleet, the number of which is set to increase over 500 in 2023 per the Read more

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