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Thomas Cook Airlines debuts A330 leased from AirTanker

Thomas Cook Airlines has made its first commercial flights with an Airbus A330-200 being operated under a three-year “damp lease” agreement with the UK’s AirTanker Services. One of five A330s from a “surge” fleet contained within AirTanker’s Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) deal with the UK Ministry of Defence, the aircraft registered G-VYGK has been adapted for airline service after originally being delivered as a Voyager tanker/transport. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Cirrus Aircraft to invest $15M, create 170 jobs at facility located at Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport

Cirrus Aircraft will invest $15 million and create 170 jobs at a Knoxville “Vision Center” that will be the “epicenter and flagship location for all Cirrus Aircraft pilot, owner and customer activities." Cirrus’ Knoxville facility will house sales, delivery, training, maintenance, support, personalization, fixed base operations, social events, and more, according to the company. Research and development as well as manufacturing operations for Cirrus Aircraft will remain in Duluth. (www.knoxnews.com) More...

Avianca Firms Order for 100 A320neos

Avianca has firmed up its order for 100 Airbus A320neo family aircraft that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier this year. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Alitalia out of the Association of European Airlines

The Italian airline led by Silvano Cassano has decided to leave the Association of European Airlines. The news comes after Airberlin and carriers of the IAG Group, Iberia, British Airways and Vueling, decided to do the same. Carriers who happen, like Alitalia, to have a significant ownership participation by player of the Gulf: Etihad owns 49 percent of Alitalia, as well as nearly 30 percent of Airberlin, while Qatar Airways holds 10 percent of IAG. This opens a new front of the confrontation… (airinsight.com) More...

US to stop managing Afghan airspace by June 30, throwing in doubt airline flights, flyovers

KABUL, Afghanistan – The United States is to stop managing Afghan airspace by the end of June after its air-traffic control contract with the government in Kabul expires, a development that could see international airlines forced to cancel flights both into the country and over its territory. (www.foxnews.com) More...

JetBlue To Launch New York-Cuba Charter Flights In July

Less than a month after visiting Cuba, JetBlue and Cuba Travel Services announced that the airline will begin operating charter flights between New York JFK and Havana, Cuba on July 3, 2015. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Pratt and Whitney Exec: We're Going Ahead with F-35 Engine

When questioned, Exec evasive as to cost associated with the program (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Eastern gets ready to fly

Almost a week after obtaining a certification from the DOT, Eastern Air Lines announced that it passes all requirements for an air carrier certification for the FAA. (jansaviation.com) More...

Amazon is bringing Prime videos and music to JetBlue's fleet

Amazon has spent an exorbitant amount of cash to grow its Prime Instant Video service. Still, the company knows there's more it can do to make the offering better for subscribers. As such, Amazon is teaming up with JetBlue to bring Prime's on-demand video and music content to the skies, though only in the US. The new feature, which will be powered by JetBlue's super speedy Fly-Fi internet, will be included as part of any existing Prime membership -- it's free in-flight entertainment, and that's… (www.engadget.com) More...

Lufthansa to Serve JFK with Both A380 and 747-8I for First Time

With the introduction of its 2015 summer schedule, Lufthansa will serve New York JFK with its two largest aircraft types for the first time. Its summer schedule will see Lufthansa reinstate its night flight, LH 405, which departs New York JFK (IATA code JFK) at 9:55 p.m. and arrive at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) at 11:35 a.m. the following morning, local time. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

Pilatus PC-24 begin taxi trials

Pilatus has begun taxi trials of its new Pilatus PC-24 light business jet, ahead of the planned maiden flight later this month. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Solar Plane Preparing for Toughest Journey

Two months after beginning a 21,700-mile, round-the-world journey, the Solar Impulse 2 is about to embark on its toughest challenge yet: a Pacific Ocean crossing. (www.newser.com) More...

First Airbus A350 To Land In America As Qatar Airways Expands

The first Airbus A350 in scheduled service to the United States will land next year, as Qatar Airways expands its U.S. flights using the world’s latest jetliner, the last major design from Airbus and Boeing to enter service for decades to come. Qatar Airways said in a statement on Monday that it will begin service to three new U.S. cities next year, with flights to Los Angeles, Atlanta and Boston. (www.ibtimes.com) More...

Emirates expects Airbus A380neo update mid-year

Emirates Airways CEO Tim Clark says he expects to hear more on the planned Airbus A380neo around the middle of this year... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...


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