Monthly Archives: January 2017

Airbus Beluga XL takes its shape

Airbus’ next-generation oversize cargo airlifter is transitioning from concept to reality as the first Beluga XL core airframe starts its 18-month integration process at the company’s production facilities in Toulouse, France. The core airframe is an extract of an Airbus A330-200 freighter that already has been structurally reinforced, providing the platform on which the Beluga […]

Qantas opens $30m engineering facility at Los Angeles International

Qantas has unveiled its new engineering facility at Los Angeles International Airport, an investment of more than US$30 million. It is one of the largest commercial hangars in North America and the first specifically designed to accommodate the Airbus A380. The 5.7 hectare hangar will be used to carry out maintenance checks on Qantas’ A380 […]

CRJ900 badly damaged after unchecked trailer detached

Danish investigators have determined that a tractor driver’s failure to check the vehicle led a towed trailer to detach and career into a parked Cimber Bombardier CRJ900. The CRJ900 suffered substantial damage at Copenhagen after the trailer – a mobile x-ray unit – collided with the aircraft beneath its starboard engine and wedged in the […]

Virgin Atlantic becomes first UK airline of offer TSA Precheck

Virgin Atlantic has become the first UK airline to participate in the USA’s transportation security administration’s TSA Precheck system. Virgin Atlantic customers enrolled in TSA Precheck can skip the slower security queues and enjoy a faster, easier security screening process when departing from US airports. The average customer with TSA Precheck spends less than five […]

FL Technics Indonesia launches BM services, welcomes first B737NG

FL Technics, a global provider of one-stop-shop aircraft MRO services, has announced that its subsidiary – FL Technics Indonesia – had launched Base Maintenance (BM) services in its facilities at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The first Boeing 737 NG has already reached the MRO center for a C-Check. Following the receipt of the Indonesian DGCA’s […]

Loganair Wins Contract Extension for World’s Shortest Flight

Loganair has been awarded the contract to operate the Orkney inter-isles air service for four years from April 1, securing its future as operator of the world’s shortest scheduled flight following a competitive tendering process. The new contract, awarded by Orkney Islands Council, means the airline will continue to provide Orkney’s inter-isles air services, linking […]

James Hogan to step down as Etihad President and CEO

The Etihad Aviation Group Board of Directors on the 24th of January 2017 announced that James Hogan will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company in the second half of 2017. Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of the Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are very grateful to […]

Delta wins Business Airline of the Year

Delta Airlines has been named Business Airline of the Year 2017 at the U.K.’s Business Travel Awards, beating competition from airlines including EasyJet, Etihad Airways, Norwegian and Qatar Airways.  The award is a first for Delta at the annual event, and the first time in over a decade that a U.S. airline has scooped the […]

US airlines accuse Emirates of violating aviation agreement

On the 23rd of January, Emirates – world’s largest long-haul airline – announced its newest Dubai-Newark route with a stop in Athens, Greece. This development triggered an immediate response from US airlines that blame the Dubai-based carrier of unfair competition due to state subsidies. The Dubai-Athens-Newark route, along with the already operated Dubai-Milan-New York route […]

Mitsubishi to delay its MRJ delivery to mid-2020

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the parent company of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, announced that MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation will adjust the first delivery of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) from mid-2018 to mid-2020. The change is due to revisions of certain systems and electrical configurations on the aircraft to meet the latest requirements for certification. […]