Avantair names Richard Pytak Vice President – Finance

Avantair reported that they have appointed Richard Pytak to the position of Vice President of Finance. In this role, he will be responsible for the Company’s financial operations, including accounting and financial reporting. Pytak most recently was the Group Controller at Gibraltar Industries/CMI, responsible for financial accounting and reporting, computer system operations and establishing financial goals and objectives.

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Airbus welcomes launch of Clean Sky joint technology innitiative

Airbus welcomes the launch of the European Clean Sky initiative to help reach ambitious environmental targets by 2020, set out by the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE), through technology. Airbus will play a leading role in many areas of Clean Sky including major participation on active wing technology, which aims at a reduction in CO2 emissions and noise. The purpose of Clean Sky is to demonstrate and validate new technologies in large scale and realistic flight demonstrations. The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative is one of the largest ever European funded R&T programmes with a total budget Read more

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Decision on structural changes to SAS Group companies

The Board of Directors of SAS AB has decided on the future structure of SAS Ground Services (SGS), SAS Technical Services (STS) and Spirit (terminal management within SAS Cargo).Until further notice, SGS will remain an independent subsidiary of the SAS Group, provided that the company can improve a number of quality and profitability targets, which have been agreed by management and the trade unions, within 18 months. One of the requirements is an improvement in costs within SGS of approximately SEK 400 M. At STS, heavy maintenance of the Boeing 737 Classic will be conducted outside Scandinavia in future. The Read more

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Ralph Meoni new Senior Vice President Strategy and Planning for BAE Systems

BAE Systems reported the appointment of Ralph Meoni as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning. Ralph will lead the strategic planning and integrated business planning process for the company. He will also be responsible for coordinating business development and crafting strategies and initiatives to promote growth, both organically and through acquisitions. Prior to joining BAE Systems, Ralph worked for ITT where he has held a succession of management and leadership positions since 1988. Most recently, he served as the President for the Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division.

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Continental begins using Q400 aircraft for Newark-based regional service

Continental Airlines begins service with a new type of regional aircraft from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport. The efficient, quiet and comfortable 74-seat Bombardier Q400 will allow Continental to increase seat capacity at its Newark hub without adding more flights. The Q400 is an ideal aircraft to operate at Liberty as it will allow more extensive use of alternate approach and departure routes and will enable flight operations at lower altitudes. Colgan Air, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines, will operate the flights as Continental Connection on short and medium-distance routes from Liberty. The first cities to Read more

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SkyWest files complaint over dispute with Delta Air Lines

SkyWest, reported that a complaint has been filed in the Superior Court of Fulton County, State of Georgia, against Delta Air Lines, Inc. (“Delta”) related to a dispute under the Delta Connection Agreements entered into between Delta and SkyWest Airlines (“SkyWest Airlines”) and Atlantic Southeast Airlines (“ASA”). SkyWest Airlines and ASA are wholly-owned subsidiaries of SkyWest. The dispute is related to the allocation of liability for certain irregular operations (“IROP”) expenses that are paid by SkyWest Airlines and ASA to their passengers under certain situations. As a result of the dispute, Delta unilaterally withheld a combined total of approximately $25 Read more

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JetBlue Airways and Aer Lingus confirm industry-first partnership

JetBlue Airways Corporation and Aer Lingus, Ireland’s low-fares counterpart, officially announced that their industry-first strategic partnership will come into effect on April 3, 2008. The innovative partnership will enable Irish and U.S. customers to book a single low fare reservation between Ireland and more than 40 continental U.S. destinations, connecting through JetBlue’s home base at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

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BA business flights to take off from New York to London City Airport

British Airways is to launch double daily direct business class-only flights from New York to London City airport next year. The new flights will operate on Airbus A318 aircraft with 32 seats onboard. The airline has ordered two A318 aircraft to operate these flights. They will be the first A318s in the British Airways fleet though the airline already operates 69 Airbus A320 family shorthaul aircraft. Robin Hayes, British Airways’ Executive Vice President Americas, said: “This niche service will fly passengers between the heart of the two largest financial centers in the world. London City airport is located minutes away Read more

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Airbus names Harald Wilhelm new Chief Financial Officer

Airbus released that Harald Wilhelm has been appointed Chief Financial Officer with immediate effect, replacing Hans-Peter Ring, who will remain Chief Financial Officer of the EADS group. Until now, Harald Wilhelm was Chief Controlling Officer and deputy to the Chief Financial Officer as from January 2007. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President, Airbus Financial Control, a position he held since 2003. Harald Wilhelm joined Airbus in 2000 as Senior Vice President, Accounting, Tax and Financial Services.

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