WestJet, Air France and KLM sign MoU

WestJet, Air France and KLM signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new commercial relationship between the three airlines. This memorandum of understanding allows the airlines to begin working on building a code-sharing agreement in late 2009 or early 2010. Prior to this, the carriers will contemplate additional opportunities including an interline agreement, namely acceptance of each other’s e-tickets, and through check-in of baggage and passengers, technology permitting. Possibilities for future frequent flyer program cooperation will be explored as well. A code-sharing agreement would involve the Canadian gateways of Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver where guests of the three Read more

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Copa Holdings announces 15.5% traffic growth for January 2009

Copa Holdings, S.A. and its Copa Airlines and Aero Republica operating subsidiaries, released preliminary passenger traffic statistics for January 2009. For the month of January, Copa Holdings’ system-wide passenger traffic increased 15.5%, while capacity increased 18.0%. System load factor for January 2009 was 77.8%, a 1.7 percentage point decrease when compared to January 2008.

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Baltia Air Lines begins FAA certification

Baltia Air Lines announced that they have begun the FAA Air Carrier Certification. On December 19, 2008, the United States Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued its Show Cause Order finding Baltia Air Lines fit, willing and able to operate proposed service from JFK to St. Petersburg. This Order has allowed Baltia Air Lines to commence the FAA Air Carrier Certification. Baltia’s President, Igor Dmitrowsky, explained “The FAA Certification is essentially comprised of two phases, the documentation phase and the demonstration phase” and “Upon successful completion of the FAA Certification, Baltia will be issued a Part 121 Air Carrier Certificate enabling Read more

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AeroTurbine signs five year lease agreement with Aveos

AeroTurbine, Miami, has signed an agreement with aviation maintenance company Aveos, formerly “ACTS” and “Air Canada Technical Services”, for an initial period of five years. Under this non-exclusive agreement, AeroTurbine will supply Aveos with certain engine and airframe components. Initially, AeroTurbine will acquire and lease certain Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 rotables to Aveos. AeroTurbine will also lease additional inventory to Aveos to augment their current inventory. Aveos is authorized to position the material at various locations around the world to meet its customer needs. AeroTurbine and Aveos have also signed a five-year agreement under which Aveos will support AeroTurbine Read more

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Frontier Airlines reports preliminary traffic for January 2009

Frontier Airlines announced preliminary traffic results for January 2009 for both Frontier’s mainline operation as well as its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lynx Aviation. Lynx commenced revenue service in December 2007. Mainline Results for January 2009: Traffic decreased 16.0% and capacity was down 13.3% from the same period last year. This resulted in a load factor of 70.2%, a decrease of 2.3 points over January 2008. Lynx reported that traffic declined 6.4% while capacity was down 1.6%. This resulted in a load factor of 48.1%, down 2.4 points compared to the same period last year.

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Bombardier Global Aircraft receive EASA certification for lower EVS approaches

Bombardier Aerospace has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Global aircraft equipped with the Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) to obtain operational credit for continuing approaches to 100 feet. Bombardier’s BEVS had previously received approval from Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Qantas announces half-year profit down 68%

Qantas announced a profit before tax of $288 million for the half-year to 31 December 2008, a 68.2% decrease on the prior comparative period and reaffirmed its full year profit before tax (PBT) outlook of around $500 million for the 12 months to 30 June 2009. The Chairman of Qantas, Mr Leigh Clifford, said that while Qantas was affected by the global economic downturn and the volatility in currency and oil prices, the Group remained strong and profitable, benefiting from the structural flexibility of its two-brand strategy, its diversified portfolio of businesses, and prudent financial management. Qantas has separately announced Read more

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GA Telesis promotes Kay Lai Tay to Head of Asia Sales

GA Telesis announced the promotion of Kay Lai Tay to Senior Director of Sales for its Asia aerospace spare parts redistribution and MRO services. Mr. Tay joined GA Telesis in 2008 through its acquisition of Curtiss Wright Accessory Services where he was tasked with the growth and development of GAT

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