Boeing directors now subject of shareholder lawsuit concerning 737 MAX 8

While Boeing Co. is the subject of numerous claims from victims’ families over the fatal Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes which both involved the now-grounded Boeing 737 MAX, a new lawsuit filed in Delaware – Kirby Family Partnership LP v. Dennis Muilenburg, 2019-0907, Delaware Chancery Court (Wilmington). The lawsuit claims that Boeing Co. directors were careless in their oversight of the troubled 737 MAX 8 jet and that they failed to react promptly after the two crashes. It also claims the directors missed repeated red flags during development of the aircraft’s automated flight-control system, while also delaying investigation of Read more

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AeroGuard Flight Training Center expands into Florida

​​​​​​​AeroGuard Flight Training Center, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, has announced the opening of its 5th campus, located at the Punta Gorda Airport in Charlotte County, Florida. For AeroGuard, this marks its first campus on the East Coast with other locations in Riverside, CA, Austin, TX, Chandler, AZ and Phoenix, AZ. AeroGuard’s core mission is to help young men and women create better futures for themselves through a career as commercial airline pilots. The industry projections show that over 790,000 new pilots will be needed over the next 20 years, putting AeroGuard students on a path toward one of the most Read more

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CAE to train more than 1,000 new easyJet pilots under cadet training agreement

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CAE has signed a long-term exclusive training agreement with easyJet to train 1,000 new easyJet cadet pilots on a Multi-Crew Pilot licence (MPL) programme. CAE will also provide Airbus 320 type rating training and place graduates of CAE’s Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) programme with easyJet. Selected cadets will begin MPL training with CAE in 2020 and upon completion of training, the first graduates will join operations as easyJet co-pilots by the end of 2021. Aspiring pilots on the easyJet MPL course will complete their ground school classes in one of CAE’s European aviation academy locations including CAE Brussels, Read more

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Improving air travel experience for passengers with disabilities

Last week, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) concluded its inaugural Global Accessibility Symposium, the first event of its kind seeking to improve the air travel experience for passengers with disabilities. Hosted by Emirates in their home city of Dubai, the Symposium welcomed guests from airlines, regulators and accessibility advocacy groups. The event is in line with an industry resolution agreed upon by IATA member airlines in June 2019, which commits to bettering the passenger experience for travelers with disabilities, both visible and invisible. “This event showed that collaboration and feedback are crucial. Through this gathering and other initiatives, airlines Read more

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EU antitrust regulators call halt on review of Boeing-Embraer deal


European antitrust regulators have been forced to stop the clock on their review of the deal where Boeing hopes to take an 80% controlling stake in the commercial airline and services business of Brazilian planemaker Embraer. The regulators have cited the fact that insufficient documentation has been provided as the reason the investigation has come to a halt and will not be restarted until such time as it has been provided with all the information it has requested. “Parties must supply the necessary information for the investigation in a timely fashion,” a spokeswoman for the regulator said Monday in a Read more

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Air Partner opens office in Dubai to grow presence in Middle East

Air Partner plc, the global aviation services group, has opened its new office in Dubai as it looks to extend its offering to the Middle East and grow market share in the region. The office, which is located in Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), offers Air Partner’s full suite of Charter solutions, comprising Group Charter, Private Jets and Freight. In addition, clients have access to the Group’s Consulting & Training services in Aviation Safety Management and Fatigue Risk Management. It is headed up by Jobby George, who was recently appointed as General Manager. George has extensive experience in VIP and Read more

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AJW Group expands in China with new joint venture

AJW Group, the independent specialist in the global management of aircraft spares, has announced the formation of a new joint venture to help drive its growth in China. The joint venture will be called AJW Greavia Limited and has been established with Hong Kong-based, Greavia Limited to enable AJW Group to better serve the booming Chinese aviation market.  AJW Greavia Limited will be led by the retiring Chairman of AJW London, Randeep Grewal, who will drive its focus on strategic commercial aviation opportunities with selected Chinese partners.  Greavia Limited is part of Greran Group, which complements AJW’s aviation business interests Read more

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Boeing to invest over US$1 billion in new safety initiative

While yet to be officially announced, Boeing would appear to be about to launch a major PR exercise in the form of a billion-dollar worldwide safety initiative. The revelation comes hot on the heels of accusations made by U.S. lawmakers during recent hearings relating to the two fatal 737 MAX crashes that Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg had put profit before safety standards. Muilenburg would not provide much detail but confirmed that Boeing would help “build a talent pipeline” of pilots and invest heavily in the pilot-machine interface or flight deck for the next generation. For the time being, focus at Read more

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Heathrow unveils cutting-edge tracking tech to link network of expansion hubs

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As Heathrow prepares to select its final four Logistics Hubs, a cutting-edge centralized tracking system for expansion has been revealed. The technology will serve as a nerve-centre, enabling a network of separate offsite construction centers to work in unison throughout the project. The technology will track and monitor millions of component parts of the expanded airport, providing updates to the construction sites and keeping the incredibly complex expansion project moving. The concept was successfully pitched by Siemens Digital Logistics as part of the Heathrow Innovation Partners process, which threw open its supply chain inviting any organization to share ideas on Read more

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Pakistan International Airlines signs Global Distribution Agreement with Sabre

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Sabre Corporation has signed a new content distribution agreement with Pakistan International Airlines. As the country’s national flag carrier, the agreement will provide Sabre’s extensive network of travel agents with both domestic and international content via its rich global travel marketplace. Joining Sabre’s Global Distribution System will have a positive impact on both Pakistan International Airlines and the country’s travel economy. In addition to reinforcing a long-term partnership, the agreement with Sabre supports the carrier’s business strategy by driving its expansion and profitability, tapping into code-share and partnership sales, and expanding ancillary sales. Moreover, this announcement will also allow Pakistan Read more

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