Ryanair announces 27th European base in Edinburgh

Ryanair announced its 27th European and second Scottish base in Edinburgh. From September, Ryanair will base two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft (worth $140 million) which will serve 19 routes to/from Edinburgh. These new routes will deliver 1.2 million passengers and sustain 1,200 jobs in Edinburgh and East Scotland.

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ABX Holdings elects Dominick to Board of Directors

ABX Holdings reported the election of Jeffrey A. Dominick, an experienced financial professional with an extensive background in the airline, transportation and logistics industry, to its Board of Directors. Dominick will complete the term of Frederick Reed, who passed away in August 2007. That term will end in 2010.

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Midcoast Aviation promotes Steve Bates to VP completions and modifications

Midcoast Aviation announced that it has selected 32-year veteran Steve Bates to lead the completions and modifications program at the company’s St. Louis Downtown Airport facility. Midcoast Aviation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Jet Aviation Group of Companies, is a full-service AS9100-certified aircraft maintenance, modifications and completions provider.

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bmi appoints Scott Toelle Director of key accounts in USA

Scott Toelle has joined bmi, the UK’s second largest airline, as director of key accounts in the US with his office located in Oakland, Maryland. Toelle will be responsible for managing sales efforts and developing a business strategy for nearly 150 accounts that pertain to bmi’s new Middle East, Africa and Central Asia routes as a result of its recent acquisition of BMED.

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Air Transat obtains IOSA registration

Air Transat a subsidiary of Transat A.T., was confirmed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as an IOSA-registered operator at a ceremony held in Madrid. IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) registration caps 18 months of intense preparation work and process enhancement by the airline, followed by a comprehensive audit performed by IATA-accredited Simat, Helliesen & Eichner, Inc. (SH&E).

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Bombardier Aerospace continues to expand worldwide support network

Bombardier Aerospace continues to expand its fast growing worldwide support network, adding two new Challenger 300 service facilities in North America. Duncan Aviation – Battle Creek of Battle Creek, MI, and Midcoast Aviation of Cahokia, IL, have both been appointed as Authorized Service Facilities (ASF) for the popular super midsize jet. Duncan Aviation and Midcoast Aviation join Bombardier business aircraft

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P&W Canada launches innovative maintenance program for helicopter customers

Pratt & Whitney Canada has launched an all-new Fleet Management Program designed to meet the wide-ranging engine maintenance needs of helicopter customers around the world. The new Fleet Management Program (FMP) offers helicopter customers a combination of cost stability and simplicity. Customers pay a guaranteed rate that recognizes the demanding and often changing operating environments in which their helicopter fleets operate. The FMP, which also covers spare engines, ensures no re-calculations within a range of flight conditions.

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Shenzhen Airlines adopts Mechtronix NZFT full flight simulator

Shenzhen Airlines, one of China’s leading airlines, reported its adoption of a new B737-NG FFS X from Mechtronix, a growing manufacturer of flight training equipment. The FFS X NZFT (Non Zero Flight Time) unit is currently being delivered with plans to install and qualify with Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for training set to begin in March at the airline’s facility in Shenzhen, P.R of China. The growing airline’s introduction of the FFS X will support pilot training in its own facility allowing for the reduction of training costs and the expansion of its training capacity.

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