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Qatar airways launches fourth UK route to Birmingham

State-owned flag carrier Qatar Airways has launched its fourth UK gateway with direct flights between Birmingham and Doha. Chief Commercial Officer Dr. Hugh Dunleavy accompanied British ambassador to Qatar Mr Ajay Sharma on the inaugural flight on Wednesday. The Birmingham route is operated by Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft in a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in business class and …

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Airlines react to incident in Brussels, Delta offers support

American carriers including United, American, Delta and US Air have cancelled all flights to Brussels airports after the explosions yesterday morning. UA950 from Washington Dulles and DL80 from Atlanta both landed at Brussels normally yesterday. UA999 from Newark and DL42 from New York were divereted to other airports in the region. AA751 was cancelled. Delta will be accomodating passengers whose …

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Boeing begins major assembly on 787-10 Dreamliner

American airframer Boeing has initiated major assembly on its 787-10 Dreamliner two weeks ahead of schedule in Nagoya, Japan. All final assembly will take place in North Charleston, South Carolina next year, followed by first delivery to United Airlines in 2018. The 787-10 that Boeing describes as a straightforward stretch of the 787-9 has 95% design similarities with its predecessor. …

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India tops global air traffic growth

Global air traffic results announced by industry body International Air Transport Association (IATA) for January 2016 show India leading the world in air passenger demand. Domestic Passenger Markets: Compared to the previous year, India’s domestic air traffic demand shown by revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose by 22.9% in January. The growth is the highest in the world by a wide …

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Boeing delivers 70th 777 to Air France

American airframer Boeing and French national carrier Air France celebrated the milestone delivery of 70th 777 yesterday. Air France was the launch customer for both the 777-300ER in 2004 and the 777 Freighter in 2009. It took its first 777-200ER delivery in March 1998 and is now the second largest 777 operator in the world. “We are honored that a …

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Vistara announces frequencies to existing routes

The Tata-SIA Airline, Vistara has announced additional frequencies to its existing routes while also adding new ones. Starting May 12th, the airline is introducing its third daily return flights for the Delhi-Bengaluru route and the second daily return flight between Delhi and Goa. An additional third flight will also fly these routes during the weekends. Vistara has also introduced a new …

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Etihad Airways launches innovative iPhone app

National carrier, Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi has launched a new, innovative app for the iPhone. The app is aimed at making every aspect of the passengers’ journey simple and easy. Guests using the app get a 10% discount while members of the Etihad Guest loyalty program will receive 250 bonus miles for every booking made through the mobile app before …

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Commercial freighter LM-100J reaches production milestones

Lockheed Martin’s first LM-100J commercial freighter has reached its major production assembly phase. The LM-100J’s wing construction taking place in Marietta is a first in 24 years as a derivative of the C-130 Hercules. Meanwhile, the Clarksburg facility in West Virginia is delivering panels alongside floor structure development in Meridian, Mississippi.  The aircraft is a civil-certified version of the C-130J Super Hercules …

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Air France, Lufthansa and British airways fined

Trio of European airlines were fined by the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) for inadequate response to complaints lodged by passengers with disabilities. Air France and Lufthansa were each fined $200,000 and British Airways was fined $150,000 and ordered to desist a repeat of the incident. “When air travelers file complaints with airlines, they deserve prompt and complete responses that …

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Boeing delivers 400th 737-800 to Ryanair

American airframer Boeing and Dublin-based low-cost carrier Ryanair celebrated the delivery of airline’s 400th NG 787-800. Taking its first delivery in 1994, Ryanair now operates the largest 787-800 fleet in the world and is the largest European Boeing operator with over 1,800 daily flights carrying 106 million passengers annually to more than 30 countries. The airline has over 130 unfilled orders …

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Lufthansa, Amadeus sign contract to deliver new load control system

German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG has signed a major framework contract with airline IT company Amadeus to deliver a new load control system. The airline will adopt the Amadeus Altea Departure Control Flight Management (Altea DC-FM) system across its network carriers, starting with Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo. The system to be adopted will …

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China Eastern finalizes aircraft orders with Boeing and Airbus

China Eastern, one of the nation’s top three airlines has announced aircraft orders with American airframer Boeing and the Europe-based Airbus. Last week, the airline first finalized an order with Boeing for 15 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft valued approximately $4 billion at list prices. The very next day, it announced another big order with Airbus for 20 A350-900 aircraft. This order, valued $6.16 …

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Turkish Airlines to receive 26 new Boeing aircraft

Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airlines announced that it will be receiving 26 new aircraft from American airframer Boeing this year. The order, predicted by Boeing’s Middle Eastern facility for the year is the largest placed by the airline. It is also the largest order placed for Turkey. The order of 26 involves six 777-300ERs and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s. The new aircraft …

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