SAS to offset flight carbon footprint of EuroBonus members

SAS is going to offset the flight carbon footprint of all tickets booked using a EuroBonus number. This is part of an ambitious program by SAS to reduce climate changing emissions, that also includes more energy efficient aircraft and the increased use of biofuels. By including carbon offset for its EuroBonus program members, 40% of SAS’ passenger-related carbon dioxide emissions will be offset. SAS already offsets all youth tickets and its own business travel within the company. EuroBonus is the most popular loyalty travel and experiences program in Scandinavia with 5.6 million members. SAS contribution to offsetting emissions is based Read more

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American to hire more than 250 Aviation Maintenance Technicians in 2019

American Airlines is hiring aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) around the country during the first half of 2019. The company’s Line Maintenance team plans to hire more than 250 AMTs in approximately 30 cities as a result of increased demand for maintenance support in the U.S. as the airline’s peak summer season approaches. “This big hiring push is all about providing additional support for our daily mainline departures and reinforcing the operational reliability of our airline as we prepare for our peak travel period and beyond,” said Paul Wroble, Vice President of Line Maintenance. “Increasing our maintenance team, which currently comprises Read more

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Yangon International Airport enhances stakeholder partnerships

Yangon International Airport (YIA) will update terminal facilities and enhance carrier partnerships to handle the increases in passenger numbers expected, following Myanmar’s relaxation of entry visa requirements last October. Following the government’s efforts to ease visa regulations last year, the number of Asian travelers to Myanmar has increased significantly, with China contributing the majority of visitors, while 32 international airlines and 30 international destinations are operating at YIA, an increase of two airlines and five destinations in the last year. According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, 3.2 million international visitors, 38% of which came from China, arrived in Read more

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Lufthansa Innovation Hub opens first foreign office in Singapore

Lufthansa Innovation Hub (LIH) opens its first foreign office in Singapore ©LHG

The Lufthansa Innovation Hub (LIH) opened its first foreign office in Singapore on Monday, 28thof January.  The expansion of the aviation group’s digitalization and innovation unit, established in 2014, is a strategic response to the rapidly increasing importance of the Asian technology sector for the future of travel and mobility.  The focus of the LIH Singapore will initially be on an in-depth exploration of specific market developments in the context of the digitalization of travel and mobility, as well as on establishing a network of relevant tech players and the first strategic partners on site. This is the first initiative Read more

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Aero Trade now doing business as Setna iO

The Chicago-based parts trading company Aero Trade is going through a rebranding and warehouse relocation. The extensive stock of Airbus and Boeing Rotables, as well as the multiple APUs for their lease and teardown programs needed more space. The success of the last two years made a purchase and move to a state of the art new warehouse mandatory. By renaming the company to Setna iO, the goal is to differentiate from other trading companies as much on the service as in the name. The global team members in Chicago, Arizona, California, London, and France look forward to continuing to Read more

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UNEX becomes new BARIG business partner

The Board of Airline Representatives (BARIG), the association representing the mutual interests of over 120 German and international airlines operating in Germany, expands its range of Business Partners by adding the UNEX Management Consulting Group. The consultancy’s portfolio also includes the unit UNEX Travel & Transport. Besides strategical advice, UNEX Management Consulting Group also offers consulting regarding processes and operations to diverse industry branches and supports companies in strengthening their competitive position. For example, the consultancy employs international managers with leadership experience from the field of Travel & Transport.

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Seven killed in Italian Alps mid-air collision – flight instructor arrested

A French flying instructor has been arrested by Italian police following a mid-air collision between a light plane and a helicopter in the Val d’Aosta region of Italy last Friday in which seven people were killed. It is understood that a light plane which was attempting to land on the Rutor Glacier struck a helicopter which had just collected some heli-skiers, and which was lifting off the glacier at the same time. The flight instructor who is recovering in hospital could now be facing charges of negligence and manslaughter. According to Italian aviation authorities, the light aircraft had not communicated Read more

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EASA publishes 2nd Environmental Report

Outgoing Commissioner of Transport Violeta Bulc received the 2nd European Aviation Environmental Report (EAER) which has been prepared and published by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), in cooperation with the European Union Environment Agency (EEA) and EUROCONTROL. The report provides an assessment of the historic and forecasted environmental performance of the European aviation sector, along with the latest information on various mitigation measures to reduce the environmental impact of aviation.  The report states that overall environmental impacts from aviation have increased by 10% for CO2, 12% for NOX and 14% for noise since 2014. Looking ahead, in the Read more

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Newark Airport New Jersey flights disrupted after drone sightings

The appearance of two drones flying nearby Newark Airport yesterday (Tuesday) caused considerable disruption to inbound and outbound flights, with flights being grounded at one point. A pilot at nearby Teterboro airport had reported sighting a drone that came within 30 feet of his aircraft which promoted the actions at Newark. Commenting on the incident, a statement from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) confirmed that: “At approximately 5pm, we received two reports from incoming flights into Newark that a drone was sighted at about 3,500 ft above Teterboro, New Jersey. “At that point, flights arriving into Newark were held for Read more

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Airport operator Swedavia to lay off 125 employees

airport operator Swedavia is laying off 125 employees as a result of an ongoing change and efficiency programme. The measures are aimed at ensuring Swedavia’s cost-effectiveness and long-term competitiveness. “We are now creating conditions to remain competitive and in order to develop our operations in the long term. In an industry that has narrow margins, we also need to adapt to a changing world with decelerating passenger growth that both we and our customers are facing,” says Jonas Abrahamsson, president and CEO of Swedavia. The layoffs were announced on January 15 and include jobs in the Group’s corporate units as Read more

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