Air Canada to launch Dreamliner service from Ottawa to London-Heathrow

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Air Canada will upgrade its non-stop flights from Ottawa to London-Heathrow to operate the daily service with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Beginning next spring, customers travelling between Ottawa and London-Heathrow will have the option to fly in Air Canada’s Signature cabin, featuring fully lie-flat suites, as well as the added choice of a Premium Economy cabin. The 255-seat Boeing 787-8, configured in three cabins of service, will be dedicated year-round to the route beginning March 29, 2020. It will replace a 211-seat Boeing 767-300ER with two cabins of service. Air Canada also announced that it is suspending its summer-seasonal Read more

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Delta Cargo appoints Vice President of Cargo Operations and Logistics

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Delta Cargo has appointed Rob Walpole as Vice President – Cargo Operations and Logistics. This new position, reporting to Shawn Cole, will see Walpole lead Delta Cargo’s global operations and Delta Logistics Control Center teams. Walpole comes to Delta Cargo from DP World, a Dubai-based global port operator, where he served as Chief Operating Officer – Global Logistics and Supply Chain. He also served as Chief Executive Officer at Schenker, an integrated logistics service provider.

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Aery Aviation receives AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 certification

Aery Aviation has received AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 quality management certification. AS9100D is a quality management standard for organizations in the aerospace sector. The AS9100D and the ISO 9001:2015 standards define the quality management expectations of the organization. AS9100D and ISO 9002:2015 helps organizations to provide products and services that meet customer needs that comply with all applicable regulatory and statutory requirements. They are designed to assist organizations to continually improve quality and performance.

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Heathrow braces itself for climate change drone protest this Friday

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London’s Heathrow Airport is on high alert as climate change protestors look to fly drones in proximity to the airport’s runways this Friday. The protesters, Heathrow Pause, are an offshoot of the larger Extinction Rebellion climate change group. They are protesting principally against the proposed third runway necessary for Heathrow’s expansion. Extinction Rebellion’s co-founder, Roger Hammond commented on the Heathrow plans, saying it would be the: “biggest carbon-intensive infrastructure project in Europe”. Recent changes to drone flight laws, introduced after the chaos caused by drones at Gatwick Airport prior to Christmas 2108 which saw over 100,000 passengers’ flight affected, now Read more

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Nasmyth Ferndown makes significant investment in new component inspection and design equipment

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Nasmyth Ferndown, part of the global engineering Nasmyth Group, has made a major investment in new equipment which will significantly enhance its component inspection and design process. The new Hexagon Absolute laser arm will improve the efficiency of the inspection process by approximately 50%. Providing much greater accuracy across more dimensions supported by the RS5 Laser Scanning/Probe kit, compared to traditional equipment, enables a more accurate comparison with drawing requirements. The software can also automatically produce full-dimensional reports, saving a great deal of time compared to the current manual creation of such reports. This new equipment will also help Nasmyth Read more

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West Star Aviation announces retirement of Robert Rasberry

Bob Rasberry

After nearly 20 years, Robert (Bob) Rasberry, Chairman of the Board, is retiring from West Star Aviation.  Rasberry will continue with West Star’s Board of Directors as Chairman Emeritus and join Norwest Equity Partners (NEP), a middle-market equity investment firm and parent of West Star Aviation, as a Senior Advisor supporting NEP’s continued interest in aviation-related investment Rasberry in collaboration with his co-founders, Sam Haycraft, Jim Swehla and Mike Durst, acquired the small MRO, Premier Air Center, in East Alton, IL in 2002.  West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, CO was added in 2005, and ultimately, the companies were united Read more

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Norwegian reports increased unit revenue and higher load factor in August

Norwegian has carried more than 3.5 million passengers in August. The unit revenue increased by 3% while the load factor was 90%, up 0.4 points. Total traffic increased by 5% and capacity growth was 4% compared to the previous year.

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S7 Technics launches aircraft seat cover repair facility

©S7 opens new seat cover repair facility at its Tolmachevo maintenance base

Russian aircraft maintenance provider S7 Technics has launched a new facility for the repair and refurbishment of cabin components for Western-built aircraft at its Novosibirsk Tolmachevo maintenance base. In doing so it becomes the first of its kind beyond the Urals to be able to help airlines in Siberia, the far east of Russia, and in the central Asian regions to efficiently ensure their aircraft cabins are in good condition.  The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended its approval to the Tolmachevo facility as part of a broader agreement for the production and repair of aircraft cabin components. This Read more

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Finnair and LATAM Airlines Group launch codeshare partnership


Finnair and LATAM Airlines Group have implemented a new codeshare agreement on flights between Finnair’s hub in Helsinki and LATAM’s hubs in São Paulo, Brazil, and in Santiago, Chile, via five European gateways: London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and Milan.  As part of the codeshare agreement, Finnair’s AY code will be added to LATAM’s transatlantic flights between Finnair’s gateways in Europe and LATAM’s hubs in São Paulo and in Santiago. The cooperation will offer new destinations for Finnair customers, as LATAM’s flights will be the first ones flown to South America with a Finnair code. Likewise, LATAM’s LA code will be Read more

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