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Airbus will team up with America’s Cup challenger SoftBank Team Japan as a technology partner supporting them with its engineering expertise already recognised through its Innovation Partnership with Oracle Team USA. “It’s great to have Airbus partner with SoftBank Team Japan,” said CEO and Skipper Dean Barker.

Alitalia unveiled a series of customer service enhancements that will improve the travel experience for air passengers. The national airline of Italy also confirmed that its three-year business plan was on track for profitability by 2017.

ACI Asia-Pacific announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the China Civil Airports Association (CCAA) to strengthen cooperation between the two airport associations. The MoU was signed by ACI Asia-Pacific regional director, Patti Chau and CCAA deputy secretary general, Li Xiaomei at the ACI Asia-Pacific HR Best Practice Seminar held in Tokyo.

Airbus Helicopters has announced the latest axis of its HCare services development with the release of two new families of digital Connected Services: HCare Fleet and HCare Flight. HCare Fleet offers digital services to support and ease maintenance operations through two new solutions.

Air Canada reported a system-wide capacity increase of 11.5 percent and a load factor of 83.6 percent for the month of September, On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for September increased 10.1 percent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity and Air Canada rouge.

Airbus Helicopters is now offering its exclusive Mercedes-Benz Style VIP version on the H145, which offers higher performance, increased flight safety and improved exterior design over the former EC145 for which this solution was initially developed. Airbus Helicopters has received four orders for the H145 Mercedes-Benz Style so far. Deliveries are to start before the end of the year.

Airbus is exploring the setting up of an MRO facility in India, as it looks to support the growing number of aircraft in the country.Srinivasan Dwarakanath, managing director of Airbus India says that the airframer is looking at “all areas”, including support packages as well as pilot training.“With a market share in India of over 70 percent and with more than 500 aircraft to be delivered, it is in our interests that facilities can cater to Airbus aircraft,” Dwaraka adds.

Air Canada and Amadeus announced they have reached a new multi-year distribution agreement through which all Amadeus travel agency customers, both offline and online, will have access to all fares and seat availability. Air Canada will take advantage of Amadeus Fare Families and Amadeus Ancillary Services, providing travel agency customers with access to the airline’s complete range of merchandising content.

Air Lease Corporation announced lease agreements with Siam Air Transport (Thailand) for two used Boeing 737-800 aircraft. “We are very pleased to announce this lease placement with Siam Air Transport, a new customer for ALC in Asia. These aircraft are a key addition to Siam Air Transport’s fleet as they continue to expand their route network in the region,” said Jie Chen, ALC’s Executive vice president and managing director, Asia.

Air India has extended the benefits of its popular eSupersaver scheme up to March 31, 2016 and has, yet again, provided its customers an opportunity for big savings. Applicable for travel in business class for single user only, eSupersaver scheme is available in two variants – a 4-coupon booklet value of Rs. 44,000 for sectors up to 750 km and a 4-coupon booklet value of Rs. 88,000 for all sectors beyond 750 km.

Alaska Airlines and Icelandair have entered into a codeshare agreement and frequent flier partnership, which will give customers easier connections and more ways to earn benefits when flying between the US and Europe. With the new codeshare agreement customers flying on Alaska Airlines and Icelandair will enjoy seamless reservations and ticketing, one-stop check-in, baggage checked to its final destination, coordinated flight schedules, the ability to earn miles and/or points on the reciprocal airline and consistent passenger service standards.

Airbus’ facility in Filton, UK, has designed, built and tested a performance-enhancing component as an option for the A320neo. The innovation, referred to as “SHARP” (SHort AiRfield Package), aims to increase wing lift at low speeds and thus enhance take-off and landing performance for operations on short runways. A key component of the package is a Kevlar composite panel modification to the wing’s ‘Root Fillet Fairing’ to enable the improved landing performance.

Airbus in partnership with Messier Bugatti Dowty, Carpenter Technology and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield, are developing the maturity of a new corrosion-resistant stainless steel alloy known as “CRES” – for possible use in future landing gear components.

Air India announced a dedicated programme to offer its passengers enhanced cabin experience, with increased emphasis on improving and maintaining high standards of cleanliness and safety on its aircraft. To be managed by dedicated senior management of ED-level, immediate action will be taken on the feedback shared by the passengers, cabin crew and cabin engineers.

American Airlines Group reported August 2015 and year-to-date traffic results. American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were 21.0 billion, up 5.0 percent versus August 2014. Total capacity was 24.3 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 2.7 percent versus August 2014. Total passenger load factor was 86.5 percent, up 1.9 percentage points versus August 2014. All three metrics were records for the month of August.

Air Canada announced that it will launch non-stop service between Montreal and Casablanca, the carrier’s first African route and the only scheduled non-stop service to North Africa by a North American carrier. Flights between Montreal and the famed Moroccan city will be operated by Air Canada rouge beginning in summer 2016, subject to government approval.

AECOM has secured a contract to design a new airport in Istanbul that will be the world’s largest new airport in terms of annual passenger capacity. Istanbul new airport will have a planned annual capacity of 150 million passengers. AECOM will design all the airside works for the project, including the three initial runways, taxiways, apron, associated drainage systems, airfield ground lighting and navigational aids.

Airbus is exhibiting an ACJ319, offered for VVIP charter by MJet, at Jet Expo1 in Moscow, highlighting the benefits of a more spacious cabin to visitors.The MJet Airbus ACJ319 includes lounge areas plus a bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and is certificated for 19 passengers, allowing it to transport company executives, extended families and government delegations in comfort and style.

AIR GROUP reported a 7 percent increase in traffic on a 7.7 percent increase in capacity compared to August 2014. Load factor decreased 0.5 points to 86.7 percent. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska and Horizon, and those under third-party capacity purchase agreements with SkyWest and PenAir.

Aeroflot Group passenger traffic increased by 14 percent year-on-year, with 33.4 percent year-on-year growth in the domestic segment; The company increased its market share1 by 5.8 percentage points (p.p.) year-on-year to 37 percent.

Air New Zealand and Air China have launched joint sales for a new daily direct service between Auckland and Beijing after receiving approval from New Zealand Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges to form a strategic alliance. The alliance between the two national carriers will see air capacity between Auckland and Mainland China increase by more than 25 percent year round.

Air Astana has launched MyUpgrade; an innovative online tool that enables existing economy class customers to bid for an upgrade to Business Class before their flight. Air Astana customers who book an eligible flight at www.airastana.com will receive a pre-departure email inviting them to visit the secure online portal to make their offer.

Airbus SAS is planning an aircraft maintenance and repair overhaul (MRO) facility in India on the back of its biggest order of 250 passenger jets from IndiGo, run by InterGlobe Aviation. IndiGo recently stated that it would buy 250 Airbus A320 neo single-aisle passenger jets to drive growth. With this, IndiGo has ordered a total of 530 A320 planes, of which 100 aircraft have been delivered by Airbus.

Air New Zealand has reported a net profit of NZ$327 million ($213 million) for the financial year ended 30 June 2015, an increase of 24 percent over NZ$263 million posted in the previous year. Air NZ’s operating revenue was up 6 percent for the 12 months, with expenses rising 3.2 percent. Passengers carried increased 4.2 percent, to 14.3 million, comprising 3.6 percent growth in short-haul traffic and a 9.3 percent expansion in international passengers. Load factor remained stable year-on-year at 84.1 percent and yield increased 0.2 percent.

Aeroflot and Saudia, the flag carriers and largest airlines in Russia and Saudi Arabia respectively, announced that they have entered a codeshare agreement that expands their networks between popular business and leisure destinations in the two countries.

Auckland International Airport has reported a 3.8 percent rise in underlying profit after tax to $NZ176.4 million ($192.3 million), due in part to a 5 percent rise in traffic through New Zealand’s largest airport as international tourist arrivals continue to grow. The airport operator’s revenue rose 6.9 percent to $NZ508.5 million, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, fair value adjustments and investments in associations rose 7 percent to $NZ380 million, in line with analyst expectations of $NZ379.5 million.

airberlin’s frequent loyalty programme top bonus has signed cooperation agreements with over 15 popular online portals, including Zalando, Amazon and ebay. Now customers shopping on these portals can simultaneously collect miles. The option to collect miles with Amazon is unique one that no other frequent flyer or award programme is currently in a position to offer.

ASIA PACIFIC AND MIDDLE EASTERN airports maintained steady growth in June 2015, reporting year-over-year gains at +4.9 percent and +6.1 percent respectively. Despite slowdown in regional trade activities, international travel remained resilient. For the first half of 2015, both regions recorded cumulative passenger traffic increase of +8.3 percent and +8.8 percent respectively.

airberlin announced that the outlook for the second half of the year is looking positive. Compared to last year, the first half of 2015 fared better, with significant optimisation effects expected to finish out the rest of this year. Revenue performance in the second quarter of 2015 was characterised by tactical capacity adjustments. At 1.07 billion euros in Q2 2015, revenue fell by 7 percent compared to the same period last year (Q2 2014 1.15 billion euros).

Abu Dhabi International Airport reported that July was a record breaking month for passenger figures. Not only did the total number of passengers traveling through the airport hit the two million mark for the first time ever, but the figure for the departing passengers alone also reach a record, with over a million travelers leaving from Abu Dhabi International Airport. A total of 2,100,929 passengers used the airport in July, compared with 1,703,995 in the same month of 2014, an increase of 23.3 percent, taking the average daily number of passengers to over 60,000.

American Airlines reported July 2015 and year-to-date traffic results. American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were a record 21.8 billion, up 4.8 percent versus July 2014.

Air Canada reported record second quarter adjusted net income of $250 million or $0.85 pe diluted share compared to adjusted net income of $139 million or $0.47 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2014, an improvement of $111 million or approximately 80 percent.

Abu Dhabi International Airport has again earned the accreditation level of ‘mapping’ from ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation for the third time, in recognition of its efforts to manage carbon dioxide emissions.

Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Service has been granted a permit by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide maintenance checks to airplanes registered in the United States of America.
Airbus sees an important potential market for its new ACJneo1 Family in Latin America, which is home to large numbers of billionaires, as well as many large companies and governments.

Air Arabia reported a 12 percent drop in second quarter profits. The airline made Dh151.1 million in the three months to 30 June 2015, down from the Dh172.7 million it reported for the same period a year ago, according to an emailed statement.

Air Canada announced it has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, a larger version of the Dreamliner 787-8 already in its fleet that has proven extremely popular with customers with its new international product standard.

Austrian Airlines generated clearly positive earnings of €36 million in the second quarter of 2015. Due to the traditionally weak and loss-making first quarter, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) in the first half of 2015 totaled minus €17 million (H1 2014: minus €41 million).

Airbus Group surprised investors with a strong second-quarter rise in earnings, as airliner deliveries outshone. Quarterly operating profit before one-off items jumped 15 percent to €1.23 billion, with gains of at least 20 percent in airliner and helicopter profits masking a €159 million loss in military and space.

Abu Dhabi Airports reported a 17.2 percent increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first half of 2015 as compared to the same period for last year. During the H1 period, a total of 11,111,577 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport, compared with 9,481,744 in the equivalent period in 2014.

Air France-KLM has reported another decline in quarterly profits. Its 2Q2015 operating result was down by 2 percent and insufficient to bring 1H2014 into positive territory after an operating loss in 1Q2015. Currency movements, specifically the weaker EUR versus USD, had the effect of inflating both revenue and costs, but the net impact accounted for the deterioration in the operating result.

American Airlines reported record quarterly net profit of $1.9 billion excluding net special charges, a 27 percent increase versus the second quarter of 2014. Reported record quarterly GAAP net profit of $1.7 billion, a 97 percent increase versus last year’s second quarter.

Alaska Air reported a 42 percent rise in second-quarter profit, helped by increased US travel and lower oil prices. The carrier’s net income rose to $234 million, from $165 million a year earlier. Revenue rose 4.5 percent to $1.44 billion as the number of passengers carried rose 9.1 percent.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has installed nearly 2,000 beacons in the Terminal Building. In this way Schiphol aims to improve the digital services for its visitors.

Air India SATS Airport Services has been accorded with the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) registration for adhering to IATA’s stringent and high safety standards at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi (DEL).

Air Seychelles has welcomed the introduction of a visa waiver for Seychellois passport holders travelling to the UAE. The development will allow Seychellois to visit the UAE for a period of up to 90 days, and obtain visa free of charge on arrival.

Air India is looking to launch direct services from New Delhi to San Francisco and Toronto following the removal of restrictions by the FAA, on the domestic carriers to expand their operations in the US after safety upgrades. The state-run airline has proposed to fly three weekly flights each to San Francisco and Toronto from New Delhi with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.

American Airlines reported June 2015 and year-to-date traffic results. American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 20.4 billion, up 2.8 percent versus June 2014. Total capacity was 23.9 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 2.4 percent versus June 2014.

Airbus Helicopters and Patria, the company responsible for the local assembly of the NH90, marked the important milestone of the delivery of the 20th and last serial NH90 during a ceremony with the customer at Patria’s facility in Halli, Finland.

Abu Dhabi International Airport has again earned the accreditation level of ‘mapping’ from ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation for the third time, in recognition of its efforts to manage carbon dioxide emissions. In 2011, AUH was the first airport outside of Europe to be ACI Airport Carbon Accredited.

Alaska Air Group reported June and year-to-date operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Air Group reported a 6.9 percent increase in traffic on a 7.2 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2014.

Airbus and its Chinese partners, the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Company (TJFTZ) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), have signed a framework agreement on establishing an A330 Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin, China. The framework agreement firms-up the Letter of Intent signed by the three parties in 2014.

Abu Dhabi International Airport announced that it has successfully achieved the ISO 27001:2013 standard of information security across all of its IT systems. This distinguishes Abu Dhabi Airports as the first airport in the UAE to earn this prestigious accreditation.

Aer Lingus is set to launch a new seasonal service to Dusseldorf from Cork Airport in summer 2016. The twice-weekly service will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays from May next year to the German city which is located in the centre of the Rhine-Ruhr region – Germany’s largest metropolitan area.

Avolon announced the delivery of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Hainan Airlines. This delivery is Avolon’s first aircraft on lease to Hainan Airlines.

Abu Dhabi Airports has launched its ‘Beat the Heat’ summer heat awareness campaign for 2015. The annual campaign spreads over 4 months (June to September), which aims at presenting a comprehensive set of informative guidelines and training sessions on how to safely manage the high temperatures expected during summer.

AirAsia India has halted its expansion plans after just a year in business as it waits for a government decision on whether to change a protectionist measure regulating overseas flights. The airline, part-owned by Malaysia’s AirAsia, has carved out one percent share of a market with double-digit annual growth in passenger numbers.

Air Canada welcomes confirmation by Unifor, representing the airline’s approximately 4,000 customer service and sales agents, that its members have ratified an agreement on a new collective agreement for five years.

ACI Asia-Pacific airports reported 9.3 percent passenger growth in April 2015. Passenger traffic exhibited solid growth for the month of April 2015; with the Middle East recording a gain of +8.0 percent year over year.

Air New Zealand has signed a conditional agreement for the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Safe Air to Airbus Group Australia Pacific a major supplier to the Australian Defence Forces and leading civil helicopter retailer.

Air France-KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group and Ryanair have joined forces to lobby on European aviation policy, signaling a further shift in the evolving European airline association landscape.

Airbus won $57 billion worth of business for a total of 421 aircraft. The deals comprise firm orders for 124 aircraft worth $16.3 billion and commitments for 297 aircraft worth $40.7 billion.In the widebody market, Airbus kicked-off the show with the announcement of the first operator for the new A330 Regional, with Saudi Arabian Airlines taking 20 on lease from IAFC, a leading lessor in the Middle East.

Association of European Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) signed a framework agreement to collaborate in aerospace and defense manufacturing and potential integrated systems development opportunities, including unmanned aerial vehicles. The companies intend to access markets jointly for products and platforms developed together by Boeing and TASL.

Abu Dhabi Airports announced that The Al Musbah Group has been named as a new parking concessionaire responsible for a range of airport services including baggage wrapping, the Airport Service Centre, and Airport Parking.

Abu Dhabi Airports celebrated the completion of the National Development Program “Al Iqla’a” in its first cycle. 18 candidates have completed the programme and have now been confirmed in their permanent roles in all departments across the company.

Abu Dhabi Airports recently announced a five-year partnership with SITA to provide the new Midfield Terminal with state-of-the-art IT infrastructure throughout the project. SITA will provide integrated end-to-end passenger and airport management solutions including its next generation airport management system and common-use passenger processing platform.

AeroGround Flughafen München GmbH has announced the signing of a major consulting contract with Etihad, the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates. In cooperation with FMG’s International Business unit, AeroGround submitted a successful bid to provide advisory services to the airline.

Adelaide Airport has become the first airport in Australia to be recognized by the global Airport Carbon Accreditation program for optimising its management and reduction of carbon emissions. It is just the seventh airport in the entire Asia-Pacific region to reach this level.

Aeromexico announced the beginning of its new direct flight between Mexico City and Vancouver on December 9th, 2015, as the third destination the carrier serves in Canada, together with Toronto and Montreal. Passengers will be able to fly to Vancouver from Mexico City on the carrier’s Boeing 737 aircraft with 124 seats, 12 in Clase Premier and Aeromexico’s Business Class cabin.

Air China will inaugurate Beijing-Hakodate nonstop service on July 3, 2015. It takes passengers departing from Beijing just 3-4 hours to get to Hokkaido. The new Beijing – Hakodate route to be opened will further meet Chinese market demand for travel to Japan. On January 19, 2015, Japan relaxed its visa application requirements in favor of Chinese travelers.

Air India SATS Airport Services India’s premier airport services company has further invested $0.0095 bn in new Ground Support Equipment (GSE) at the Delhi IGI Airport (DEL). This investment is part of the $0.014 bn invested in GSE by AISATS in the past one year. The GSE deployed will not only enhance service delivery standards but also improve operational efficiency and compliance with local airport regulations.

Air India felicitated employees who were part of the recent relief operations in Yemen. Around 50 employees were presented a shield and cash award each in recognition of their efforts, by P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister for Civil Aviation, at a ceremony in New Delhi.

Air New Zealand has announced it will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland – Nadi route during the southern hemisphere summer season adding 8,000 more seats to the route than last year. The airline will be the first to utilise the modern generation airliner on flights to the Pacific Islands.

American Airlines Group reported first-quarter profit above analysts’ expectations and declared a $0.10 dividend as cheap fuel continued to help its bottom line. American, the world’s largest passenger carrier, earned $932 million last quarter, nearly double its profit a year earlier. Excluding special items, it earned $1.2 billion, or $1.73 per diluted share, compared to analysts’ average estimate of $1.71 per diluted share.

Asia-Pacific airports generated double digit growth in Q1 2015: Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +17.7 percent, Incheon (ICN) +15.6 percent, Bangkok (BKK) +14.8 percent, and New Delhi (DEL) +13.0 percent. Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) delivered the highest growth among major Asia-Pacific airports at +51.2 percent whereas Abu Dhabi (AUH) +21.1 percent and Doha (DOH) +16.8 percent led the growth in the Middle East.

Avianca and Lufthansa Technik Holdings, signed an agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of components, Lufthansa Technik making it one of the largest providers of maintenance of Avianca Airlines group.
Avianca has signed a purchase agreement for 100 A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement, which includes A319neo, A320neo and A321neo aircraft, will allow Avianca to maintain one of the youngest fleets in the region as the airline aims to replace airplanes currently operating from their Bogota, Lima and San Salvador hubs.

aviation experts published the Airline Study 2014. This year, the survey focuses on on-time performance, delay costs and emerging markets. Of special interest is the figure of 25 billion US-Dollars of costs that were incurred due to delays worldwide. Enhancing internal processes can help improve punctuality and thus reduce these costs.
AirStMaarten announces that it now has access to two additional Lear 55 jets to execute private jet charters on demand for clients and travel agents representing the aviation company, bringing the number of available Lear 55 jets to three in its fleet. The aviation company AirStMaarten also has access to a fleet of aircrafts ranging from turboprops to long range and wide body jets.

Air Transport Services Group reported consolidated financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. Revenues were $147.0 million, up 2 percent. Excluding revenues from reimbursed expenses, revenues increased 4 percent. This increase included contributions from four more 767 dry leases with external customers, versus the same quarter a year ago.
American Airlines has awarded a new ground handling to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in North America to cover passenger and ramp handling at Saint Thomas Island and passenger handling at Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Having commencied in May in Saint Thomas and commencing in June in Saint Croix, the new contract is the latest in a series of important new business gains achieved by WFS in North America over the last nine months.

Airberlin has announced plans to fly to both Prague and Billund, while increasing frequencies to Graz, Warsaw and Gdansk. From April 13, 2015, the airline will operate three flights daily from Berlin to Prague as well as five weekend services, making a total of 25 weekly flights.

Air Seychelles announced a third consecutive year of profitability after recording a net profit of US$3.2m for 2014. The result exceeds last year’s profit of US$3 million and reflects continued improvement in the airline’s key performance indicators, following Etihad Airways’ acquisition of a 40 per cent share in 2012 and the implementation of a turnaround plan to create a sustainable business.

Austrian Airlines succeeded in generating an operating profit of EUR 10 million. Taking into account the non-recurring effects related to provisions allocated for special severance payments as part of the new collective wage agreement for the flight crew, earnings would be significantly higher than in the previous year.

Austrian Airlines fleet of Fokker aircraft will be replaced by medium-haul jets produced by Embraer, contingent upon the formal approval of the Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines. The Embraer jets, type 195 are currently being deployed by Lufthansa CityLine. The renewal programme is to start in the autumn of 2015 and is expected to be concluded at the end of 2017.

Avianca will start direct flight to Los Angeles-Bogotá-Los Angeles, making available to travelers over 2,000 weekly seats on the route, which was further added, chairs available through three Avianca operates daily flights from Los Angeles to San Salvador, connected to the rest of Central and South America. The flight will be operated four times a week in a combined fleet of Airbus A330 and Boeing 787-8.

Air Serbia announced that its schedules and fares are to be made available within the leading Global Distribution System in Asia Pacific, Abacus International. Travel agents using Abacus solutions at over 20,000 locations will be able to book the 40 European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern routes operated by the Republic of Serbia’s national airline, with multiple connections offered by equity partner Etihad Airways.

Alaska Airlines submitted its application to begin two nonstop service from California to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The flights are pending approval by the US Department of Transportation and the Mexico Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC). The planned year-round service will operate thrice-weekly between California and Puerto Vallarta and four-times weekly between California and Los Cabos.

Air Lease Corporation has firmed up its order for 55 Airbus aircraft, comprising 25 A330-900neo and 30 A321LR – the very latest members of Airbus’ modern, fuel-efficient aircraft family.

Airbus has launched its global aerospace business accelerator where start-ups and Airbus “intrapreneurs” (internal entrepreneurs) can work together to speed up the transformation of their innovative ideas into valuable businesses.

American Airlines launched service from MIA to four new domestic destinations while low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is launching daily Miami-Atlanta service. American’s new daily nonstop flights connect Miami with a lineup of growing US cities ranging from the heartland to the western Rockies: Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Antonio, Texas.

Airbus Helicopters unveiled its new H160 mid-sized rotorcraft, the introduction of the company’s enhanced customer services offer, and the announcement of new orders for operators in the US and Europe.

Airberlin has been named the price-performance winner in the mobility category by Handelsblatt, in collaboration with the market research institute, YouGov. The foundation for this is a representative survey based on the YouGov brand monitor, BrandIndex, which assesses, among other things, the price-performance ratio of a total of 31 brands from the airline, car rental, and local and long-distance rail provider sectors for consumers.

Austrian Airlines has announced that it will begin service from Miami International Airport to Vienna. The Austrian flag carrier will launch its first-ever Miami service on October 16, with direct flights from MIA to the history-rich heart of Alpine Europe operating five times weekly using a fleet of Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

Airports Council International recently recognised three of Louis Berger’s aviation projects with six Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Queen Alia International Airport, and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport were distinguished as best-in-class facilities, according to ACI’s ASQ passenger satisfaction survey.

Abacus has entered into a multiyear Distribution Agreement with Jet Airways to broaden the Indian airline’s reach. This agreement includes the latest Abacus Journey Data and Married Segment solutions and will assist Jet Airways in developing its own branded and rapidly expanding code-share connectivity.

Air Lease Corporation announced an agreement to lease two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Air Tahiti Nui. Both aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Boeing and scheduled to deliver to French Polynesia’s flag carrier airline in the fall of 2018.

Aerolineas Argentinas has taken delivery of their first new, directly-purchased Airbus A330-200 aircraft as a part of the carrier’s fleet renewal strategy. The aircraft, equipped with GE engines, joins the airline’s existing fleet of 11 Airbus widebody aircraft, comprising four A330-200s and seven A340s.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol collected 165,000 in passenger donations at the airport’s collection points in 2014. The proceeds are designated to fund the work of UNICEF, the United Nations organisation that works to protect the rights of children. In 2014, employees of Schiphol Group collected 57,500 through initiatives they organised on behalf of UNICEF.

Airbus ProSky and Haiti’s Office National de L’Aviation Civile (OFNAC) announced completion of a joint project to modernise the airspace of Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haïtien International Airports. This initiative, conducted in consultation with Air France, American Airlines and JetBlue, improves airspace safety while reducing flight times for airlines and air travelers at these two key Haitian airports.

Abu Dhabi Airports announced that passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 20.7% in January 2015. A total of 1,887,631 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport during the month, compared with 1,564,266 in January 2014.

Air Arabia reported a record net profit for the full year ending December 31, 2014 of AED 566 million, up 30 per cent compared to AED 435 million for the same period in 2013. The airline’s turnover for the full year 2014 reached AED 3.7 billion, an increase of 17 per cent on 2013, driven by increased passenger numbers.

Air Astana has reported an operating profit of $97.7 million in 2014, an increase of 35% over 2013 and the highest in the company’s 13 year history.

Air Canada has been named the leading airline in customer loyalty, according to Brand Keys 2015 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index (CLEI).

Air India SATS Airport Services has received the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification for adhering to IATA’s stringent and high safety standards at The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad as well as their Headquarters at Mumbai.
Air Serbia’s new schedule will see an increase in frequency between Belgrade and Tel Aviv from four to five flights per week and introduce new departure and arrival times.

Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services completed its first Split-Scimitar Winglet installation for Sunwing Airlines on a B737-800 aircraft. Sunwing Airlines inducted the aircraft into AMES’ Wilmington facility in mid-December for the Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) modification and other maintenance bridging inspections.

Airbus Helicopters have launched the X4 initial design concept around two highly capable turboshaft engines options: Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210E and Turbomeca’s ARRANO.

Airports of Thailand’s board has approved an additional THB48 billion baht ($1.47 billion) investment in two new projects for expanding Bangkok’s SuvarnabhumiAirpor.

Alaska Airlines is purchasing six more Boeing 737-900 Extended Range aircraft, valued at $594 million, Boeing’s current list price. The new planes, four scheduled for delivery in 2016 and two in 2017, bring Alaska’s total of locally manufactured jets on order to 79.

American Airlines will begin operating its new daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) on May 7, marking the airline’s sixth daily flight to Asia from DFW and the only nonstop flight connecting DFW and Beijing.

ANA, will launch a new daily service from Narita to Kuala Lumpur from September 2015 allowing passengers to make easier connections with flights to and from North America during the evening period at Narita.

ARKIA Israeli Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for up to four A330-900neo aircraft.
Asiana Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A321neo single-aisle aircraft as part of its ongoing fleet modernization program.

ACI Asia-Pacific showed continued moderate growth from 2013 in Asia-Pacific airports at +5.9% whereas the Middle East airports continued the strong growth at +9.4%. Majority of the leading airports in the region reported positive results in passenger traffic in 2014.

Air Canada reported full year adjusted net income of $531 million or $1.81 per diluted share compared to adjusted net income of $340 million or $1.20 per diluted share in 2013, an improvement of $191 million or $0.61 per diluted share.

American Airlines has lowered its forecast for first-quarter profit margins due to the recent rise in oil prices. The carrier said it expected a pretax margin of 12 percent to 14 percent, down from its earlier forecast of 13 percent to 15 percent. The estimates exclude special items.

American Airlines reported January 2015 traffic results.Company total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 16.8 billion, down 2.8 percent versus January 2014. Total capacity was 21.5 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 0.2 percent versus January 2014.

Airbus won five orders for the current version of the A330 in January, helping plug a potential gap in production as it works on an updated version due to enter service in 2017. The company said the order for five A330-200s, worth $1.1 billion at list prices, came from a new customer that it did not identify.

Asiana Airlines has selected Airbus Flight Hour Services to provide components support, securing the highest service level for daily A330 operations.

Avianca Holdings has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 100 A320neo Family aircraft. Avianca will base its fleet renewal strategy on the A320neo Family.

American Airlines and Korean Air have signed an agreement to begin codesharing. Pending regulatory approval, Korean Air will place its code on American Airlines flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea.

Air Seychelles announced an expansion of its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways for travel to Mumbai, the gateway to India.
Alitalia Loyalty will become part of Global Loyalty Company (GLC), a loyalty and lifestyle company that allows Etihad Airways and its partners to target the global loyalty market more effectively, whilst driving technology and back office synergies.

Air India SATS Airport Services has initiated the usage of renewable and clean burning Biodiesel at Bengaluru (BLR) Airfreight Terminal making Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIA-B) the first across the AISATS airfreight terminal network to be powered by Bio-Diesel.

ANA Holdings has ordered seven more A321 aircraft (four A321ceo with Sharklets and three A321neo), in addition to the firm order for 30 A320neo Family (seven A320neo and 23 A321neo).

Aeroflot joined TOP-10 international airlines that provide to its passengers Wi-Fi on board.

Aer Lingus is considering an improved EUR€1.36 billion ($1.52 billion) takeover offer from IAG, the third attempt by the owner of British Airways to buy it.

Aéroports de Paris handled a total of 92.7 million passengers in 2014, which was an increase of 2.6 percent compared to the previous year, and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport led the way with a record 63.8 million, up 2.8 percent on 2013.

Air Astana has reported an operating profit of $97.7 million in 2014, an increase of 35 percent over 2013 and the highest in the company’s 13 year history.

Air Serbia announced an expansion of its codeshare partnership with its equity partner Etihad Airways to offer services between Belgrade and Singapore, via Abu Dhabi, thus expanding its footprint in Asia.

Austrian Airlines operated more than 127,000 flights in the period January to December 2014, carrying approximately 11.2 million passengers. This corresponds to an average of about 348 flights and more than 30,000 passengers per day.

Air India has introduced a daily direct daily service from Delhi to Vijayawada. This will be the second flight on the route.

Air India’s uplift in domestic market has gone up by 15 percent from 30,313 passengers in December 2013 to 35,100 passengers a day in the first half of December 2014. Similarly on a network basis its uplift has gone up by nearly 12 percent from 45,100 passengers a day to 50,500 passengers a day. Along with its subsidiary Air IndiaExpress, Air India carried 58,160 passengers in first half of December 2014 as against 53,720 in 2013, a growth of 8 percent.

Air India has invited offers from banks and financial institutions to arrange bridge financing of as much as $330 million to induct Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner planes into its fleet. The airline said it will offer the aircraft as security but the bridge loan facility will not be covered by a government guarantee. Bridge financing is typically a short term loan that utilises existing assets as collateral.

Airberlin and the Iberia Group expand their existing codeshare agreement. As a result the airline is offering its passengers an even greater choice of connections to the Spanish capital. All Iberia Group flights from Hamburg, Hanover and Stuttgart to Madrid will be offered under an Airberlin flight number.Airberlin already operates non-stop flights from Berlin, Düsseldorf and Vienna to Madrid, which are offered in codeshare with Iberia.

American Airlines in coordination with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it is the first carrier to offer its nearly 40,000 pilots and flight attendants complimentary membership in CBP’s Global Entry program.

Abu Dhabi Airports announced that the fourth annual Abu Dhabi Air Expo will take place in February 2016 at Al Bateen Executive Airport and will be held every two years instead of annually. The new two year cycle of the show will allow industry pioneers and participants sufficient time to develop their products and services to better promote them during the show.

Airbus has officially launched the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight having secured the first commitment from Air Lease Corporation.

Airbus has exceeded its targets for 2014, achieving a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries for 89 customers of which eight are new, comprising 490 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330s, 30 A380s and also our first A350 XWB. This production achievement means that Airbus’ aircraft deliveries in 2014 were up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013.

Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 3.27 percent across the product line. The 3.27 percent price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2014 to January 2015 period, and enables Airbus to continue to enhance its profitability.

Air China will commence nonstop service from Chengdu to Colombo , the capital of Sri Lanka giving travelers easy access to a magical and romantic tropical land.

Air India has introduced a daily direct daily service from Delhi to Vijayawada. This will be the second flight on the route.
Air India’s uplift in domestic market has gone up by 15 percent from 30,313 passengers in December 2013 to 35,100 passengers a day in the first half of December 2014. Similarly on a network basis its uplift has gone up by nearly 12 percent from 45,100 passengers a day to 50,500 passengers a day. Along with its subsidiary Air IndiaExpress, Air India carried 58,160 passengers in first half of December 2014 as against 53,720 in 2013, a growth of 8 percent.

Air India has invited offers from banks and financial institutions to arrange bridge financing of as much as $330 million to induct Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner planes into its fleet. The airline said it will offer the aircraft as security but the bridge loan facility will not be covered by a government guarantee. Bridge financing is typically a short term loan that utilises existing assets as collateral.

Airberlin and the Iberia Group expand their existing codeshare agreement. As a result the airline is offering its passengers an even greater choice of connections to the Spanish capital. All Iberia Group flights from Hamburg, Hanover and Stuttgart to Madrid will be offered under an Airberlin flight number. Airberlin already operates non-stop flights from Berlin, Düsseldorf and Vienna to Madrid, which are offered in codeshare with Iberia.

American Airlines in coordination with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it is the first carrier to offer its nearly 40,000 pilots and flight attendants complimentary membership in CBP’s Global Entry program.

Abu Dhabi Airports announced that the fourth annual Abu Dhabi Air Expo will take place in February 2016 at Al Bateen Executive Airport and will be held every two years instead of annually. The new two year cycle of the show will allow industry pioneers and participants sufficient time to develop their products and services to better promote them during the show.

Airbus has officially launched the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight having secured the first commitment from Air Lease Corporation.

Airbus has exceeded its targets for 2014, achieving a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries for 89 customers of which eight are new, comprising 490 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330s, 30 A380s and also our first A350 XWB. This production achievement means that Airbus’ aircraft deliveries in 2014 were up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013.
Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 3.27 percent across the product line. The 3.27 percent price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2014 to January 2015 period, and enables Airbus to continue to enhance its profitability.

Air China will commence nonstop service from Chengdu to Colombo , the capital of Sri Lanka giving travelers easy access to a magical and romantic tropical land.

All Nippon Airways Japan’s leading airline, and Noma, critically acclaimed as one of the world’s “best restaurants,” have partnered to offer global travelers the ‘Inspiration of Japan’.

ACI EUROPE released its traffic report for November. The report is the only air transport report which includes all types of civil aviation passenger flights. In November 2014, passenger traffic at Europe’s airport grew by +5.3 percent. More specifically, passenger growth at airports in the EU reported a strong result of +5.3 percent year-on-year. At non-EU airports in Europe passenger traffic grew by a near identical +5.4 percent.

airberlin welcomed 0.6 percent more passengers on board in yearly comparison. The revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) in airberlin’s worldwide flight route network increased to 49.270 billion (previous year: 48.575 billion), i.e. an increase of 1.4 percent over the previous year. The available seat kilometers (ASK) for the January to December period amounted to 59.031 billion kilometers (previous year: 57.251 billion).

Air Arabia has bought a 49 percent stake in Jordan’s Petra Airlines as the group plans to develop a new hub in Amman that gives it access to the European low-cost travel market. Petra Airlines will be rebranded as Air Arabia Jordan during the first quarter of this year, the Dubai-listed Air Arabia said.

Air Arabia and Bee’ah, the Sharjah Environment announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement. The MoU will have Air Arabia and Bee’ah collaborate and share knowledge and expertise in a number of key areas relating to both commercial activities and corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects.

Aimia announced agreement of a multi-year extension with founding partner HSBC for its participation in the Air Miles program in the Middle East. The extension to the partnership, which began in 2001 when the Air Miles program launched, means that members will continue to collect Air Miles every time they use their HSBC credit card, and will also earn Air Miles twice whenever they use their HSBC credit card alongside their Air Miles card at the more than 120 partner outlets across the region.

AEA member airlines achieved a record load factor of nearly 81 percent in 2014. The airlines participating in the AEA’s traffic data analysis welcomed on board of their domestic, European and Intercontinental flights 11 million extra passengers in 2014 compared to the previous year. Despite the very slow economic growth in Europe this represents an increase of 3 percent. In terms of RPK.

Airbus expects the A350 to be profitable from 2019 before becoming a prime source of profits, chief executive Fabrice Bregier said. Airbus has firm orders for 780 A350s from about 40 airlines. The A350 was developed at a cost of €11 billion ($13.45 billion) and is designed to compete with the Boeing 787 and 777. Airbus anticipates the A350 to be profit generating from 2019 and also to become a prime source of profits.

Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways. The A350 XWB redefines the way people fly for the coming decades and opens up a new era in comfortable, efficient long-haul air travel when it enters service with Qatar Airways, renowned for leading the industry to new heights in service excellence.

Avolon has firmed up its contract for 15 A330neo aircraft. Avolon became one of the launch customers of the A330neo after signing its initial commitment in July 2014 at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Air New Zealand is boldly moving forward with its longstanding aspiration to serve Latin America by announcing plans to launch service to Buenos Aires in 2015.

Air Malta and SkyGourmet, have reached an agreement that saw major changes to the airline’s in-flight catering and ancillary services as from 1st January 2015. The agreement saw Club Class passengers benefiting from an upgraded in-flight menu whilst Economy passengers were offered a baguette and half a litre of water on all routes free of charge.

Air Canada Rouge launched new non-stop service between Vancouver and the sunny desert paradise of Palm Springs.
Air Canada is to use its new Boeing 787-9s to drive international network expansion from its hub at Toronto’s Lester B Pearson International Airport with new routes to Delhi, India and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) confirmed for launch in November next year. The Toronto – Delhi route will be the first to be dedicated to the 787-9.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines and Lufthansa Technik AG have signed a long-term contract for maintenance of aircraft parts to improve conditions. Lufthansa Technik has won the tender process as a service provider for the maintenance of aircraft parts all companies in the Aeroflot group.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can check one bag free. The airline is waiving its standard $25 bag fee to encourage new and existing members to experience the benefits of Alaska’s award-winning frequent flier program.

Amadeus announced the signing of a long-term full content agreement with Vistara. Amadeus-connected travel agencies now have access to Vistara’s full range of air content. Vistara previously announced in October that it is the first airline in India to adopt the Amadeus Altéa Suite, giving Amadeus travel agents additional, unique advantages.

leading airline, and Noma, critically acclaimed as one of the world’s “best restaurants,” have partnered to offer global travelers the ‘Inspiration of Japan’.

ACI EUROPE released its traffic report for November. The report is the only air transport report which includes all types of civil aviation passenger flights. In November 2014, passenger traffic at Europe’s airport grew by +5.3 percent. More specifically, passenger growth at airports in the EU reported a strong result of +5.3 percent year-on-year. At non-EU airports in Europe passenger traffic grew by a near identical +5.4 percent.

airberlin welcomed 0.6 percent more passengers on board in yearly comparison. The revenue passenger kilo