New Technical Director for Air Berlin Group

Wolfgang Kurth will be joining the board of directors at Air Berlin PLC on June 1st 2008. He will be responsible for the entire technical area of the Air Berlin Group, an area that has been brought together under the umbrella of “Air Berlin Technik Ltd.” From July 2007 to March 2008 Kurth was managing director at the Munich-based airline dba and played an instrumental part in that company

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Singapore Airlines' inaugural all-business class service takes flight

Singapore Airlines redefines long-haul air travel with the launch of the world’s first all-Business Class flights from North America to Asia. The newly reconfigured Airbus A340-500 replaces the two-class, 181-seat configuration with 100 of the Airline’s new Business Class seats. Singapore Airlines is the first to operate an all-Business Class service on the transpacific route. The conversion of all five of the Airline’s A340-500s from a two-class configuration to an all-Business Class seating is being carried out in phases. For now, the all-Business Class A340-500 operates only on certain days of the week with daily services to Singapore expected by Read more

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Embraer plans to expand operations in the U.S.

Embraer announced that it plans to invest an estimated $50 million for the establishment of a new facility in the United States dedicated to its executive jets business. The new 150,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will house a final assembly line, the first for Embraer in the U.S. It will be capable of producing both the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 executive jet models, as well as a paint shop and a delivery and customer design center. After a rigorous and thorough site selection process, the preferred location for the project is Melbourne International Airport, in Melbourne, Florida, which best satisfies all Read more

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Continental CFO Jeff Misner to retire

Continental Airlines announced that its executive vice president and chief financial officer, Jeff Misner, has informed the company that he has decided to retire effective Aug. 31, 2008, following his 55th birthday. Zane Rowe Continental’s senior vice president for network strategy, will succeed Misner as executive vice president and chief financial officer upon Misner’s retirement.

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Air Midwest to shut down passenger operations

Air Midwest a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group announced that it will discontinue all operations including its current scheduled services provided under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. This announcement follows the company’s January 15, 2008 announcement of the decision to discontinue Air Midwest’s operations. The company cites record-high fuel prices, insufficient demand and a difficult operating environment as the main factors in its decision.

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LCI appoints Martin Siegrist as VP Technical

Lease Corporation International (LCI) has announced the appointment of Martin Siegrist as Vice President, Technical. Siegrist was previously Vice President Engineering & Planning at Swiss International Air Lines. From 2000 to 2002, he was the Technical Director of Flightlease, the aircraft lessor. His responsibilities will include the technical oversight of LCI

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