Czech Airlines extends lease agreement with Air India

Czech Airlines has signed an agreement with Air India for the lease of an Airbus A310 aircraft and crew for another year. The airplane has operated out of Bombay Airport since last March, thus far flying on the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur routes. From May, it will be newly deployed on flights to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Delhi and Hyderabad in India. The agreement has been concluded for 12 months and for that period, Czech Airlines will provide Air India with the aircraft and a crew, comprising two pilots and a head cabin attendant, including insurance and technical maintenance. Read more

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Mexicana to join oneworld alliance

Mexicana accepted a formal invitation to become part of the world’s quality airline alliance – oneworld -, after being unanimously elected on board by the grouping’s existing ten member airlines late Wednesday evening. Its subsidiary Click Mexicana will join at the same time, as an affiliate member of oneworld. So Mexicana and Click Mexicana will be flying as part of oneworld in 2009, when they will start offering the alliance’s full range of services and benefits to their own customers and those from their new oneworld partners.

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Lufthansa reports record passenger numbers in first quarter

In the first three months of 2008, Lufthansa carried a record number of passengers, continuing the positive momentum achieved last year into the current financial year. Passenger numbers rose by 5.5% to 13 million in the first quarter. During the same period, capacity increased 5.5% and traffic climbed 5.9%, lifting the passenger load factor by 0.2 pts to 77.2%.

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Embraer reports first-quarter 2008 deliveries

Embraer reported that its firm order backlog for the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments increased by $1.5 billion during the first quarter of 2008 (1Q08), totaling a record $20.3 billion. During 1Q08 Embraer delivered 45 aircraft in total, where 38 jets were delivered to the Airline Market, 7 jets to the Executive Aviation segment. After delivering a record number of aircraft in 2007, Embraer continues to implement improvements on its industrial processes, confirming the commitment assumed with its shareholders, customers and suppliers. The production rate has been maintained at the 14 E-jets per month level and Read more

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United Airlines, Aer Lingus sign codeshare agreement

United Airlines and Aer Lingus have signed an agreement to offer codeshare flights, which would expand the international destinations and frequent flyer benefits offered to customers of both carriers. The agreement between the two carriers is pending government approval and is expected to begin around November 1.

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Hawaiian Airlines reports March traffic statistics

Hawaiian Airlines a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings announced its systemwide traffic statistics for March 2008. Hawaiian reported that system traffic declined 1.6% while capacity increased 2.1% compared to the same period last year. The load factor for March was reported at 87.7%, down 3.3 pts.

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Elbit Systems of America announces reorganization of its business

Elbit Systems of America a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems announced the reorganization of its North America operations with seven focused business units responsible for providing turn-key solutions to its customers. These business units will be supported by four capabilities excellence centers located across the United States. The new organization will position Elbit Systems of America as a synergistic, enterprise, capable of providing discriminating products and systems to the market. The Elbit Systems of America business units include: Elbit Systems of America Airborne Solutions, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas Elbit Systems of America Land Solutions, headquartered in Fort Worth, Read more

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