Air Berlin cancels flight contracts with dba

With effect from 15th November 2008 Air Berlin has cancelled all flight contracts for the scheduled service of its subsidiary, dba. The six aircraft still being operated by dba will only be used on an ad hoc basis. The scheduled service will be carried out by aircraft and crews of Air Berlin, the parent company. On November 14th a strike by flight attendants belonging to the German services union Ver.di had resulted in several flights being cancelled or delayed. A Ver.di official had announced further strikes for next week. Karl Lotz, Executive Director at Air Berlin responsible for flight operations, Read more

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Hawaiian adds another new Airbus A330

Hawaiian Airlines has acquired another new wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which joins two other A330s announced two weeks ago. The company has also negotiated delivery of two of the new aircraft in the second quarter of 2010 — beginning Hawaiian’s transition to a new long-range fleet two years earlier than originally planned. The three new A330s are in addition to the agreement that Hawaiian announced this past February to purchase up to 24 new Airbus aircraft. The most recent A330 acquisition is being leased from CIT; the other two are being leased from AWAS. The CIT aircraft and one of Read more

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Embraer's first Phenom 100 customers conclude pilot training

The first Phenom 100 customers have successfully passed the practical test with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the new Embraer entry level executive jet, at Alliance Airport, in Fort Worth, Texas. James Frost and his wife Elizabeth are the first Phenom 100 customers authorized to fly the aircraft, The general pilot training program will have two new Full-Flight Simulators (FFS) built by CAE, located in the U.S., and another one in Burgess Hill, United Kingdom. Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) is a joint venture that was formed by Embraer and CAE, in 2007, to provide comprehensive pilot and ground Read more

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Copa Holdings reports earnings of $30.3 million

Copa Holdings, S.A., parent company of Copa Airlines and Aero Republica, announced financial results for the third quarter of 2008 (3Q08). Copa Holdings reported net income of US$30.3 million for 3Q08, or diluted earnings per share (EPS) of US$0.70, as compared to net income of US$46.8 million or diluted EPS of US$1.08 in 3Q07.

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Avcorp announces 2008 third quarter results

Avcorp Industries announced results for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. Revenue for the quarter increased by 16% to $30,894,000 when compared to the third quarter of last year. Operational improvements continued as income from operations increased by 60% to $1,004,000 compared to $628,000 for the same quarter last year.

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Pratt & Whitney signs agreement with Volvo Aero Norge for F135 engine work

Pratt & Whitney and Volvo Aero Norge signed an agreement to manufacture a critical engine component for the F135 propulsion system powering the F35 Lightning II. This agreement, combined with previous agreements signed with the company, have a potential value of more than $700 million in production over the life of the program. Pratt & Whitney signed a letter of intent with Volvo Aero Norge to manufacture diffuser cases for the F135 engine. The diffuser case diffuses and regulates the speed of airflow in the engine allowing the combustor to work most effectively.

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Czech Airlines reports profit of $22.051 million for first 9 month

Czech Airlines more than doubled its profit in the first three quarters to $22.051 million (profit before tax). This is a year-on-year increase of $12.207 million. Operationally, Czech Airlines has posted a profit of $39.152 million for the first three quarters (operating profit), which constitutes a year-on-year increase of more than one third.

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Twinjet opens Middle East business

Twinjet Aviation, the executive jet operator, is opening a Middle East business with the appointment of its first ever representative in the region. Neil Turnbull joined Twinjet on 1st November and will represent the operator and its sister firm The Charter Company throughout the Middle East. He will be based in the UAE. The appointment comes as Twinjet marks a successful first nine months in the Middle East, having operated a Challenger C604 aircraft from the region since February 2008.

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Porter starts flights between TCCA and Chicago Midway International Airport

Porter Airlines is marking its first flights between Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA) and Chicago Midway International Airport. Porter is the only carrier offering service between these two convenient airports. The inaugural flight departed TCCA in the morning of November 12th as part of an initial schedule of three daily roundtrip flights per weekday and two each on Saturday and Sunday. As of Jan. 8, the full schedule of six daily weekday flights and added weekend service begins.

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