Month: March 2009

New home for Concorde at Manchester

March 25: Manchester Airport’s new environmentally-friendly ‘Concorde Visitor Centre’ – which will display the former British Airways flagship Concorde G-BOAC – was opened by British Airways Chief Executive, Willie Walsh and Manchester Airport Group’s Chief Executive, Geoff Muirhead CBE in

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Airliner leasing company may need more financing

American International Group Inc.’s (AIG) aircraft-leasing unit International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) is seeking billions of dollars in order to stay in business. ILFC disclosed its financing needs in its annual report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on

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More gloom as European traffic predicted to decline

March 25: Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, predicts that the economic crunch will take a big bite out of European air traffic in 2009, with a predicted reduction of flights of nearly 5%. Some countries,

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Etihad completes Abu Dhabi moves

Etihad Airways’ phased move into the new Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport has been successfully completed with the transfer this week of the final four long-haul services from Terminal 1. The final flight moves saw the airline’s Beijing,

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Grim prospects for Airlines

March 24: Geneva – Amid an air of gloom in the aviation industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) today announced a pessimistic outlook for the global air transport industry with potential losses of US$4.7 billion in 2009. In only

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Irish workers to strike

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has been informed by the unions SIPTU and Mandate that its members plan to take industrial action at Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports as part of the Irish Congress of Trade Union’s ‘national day of

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Cargo planes crashes at Tokyo airport

March 23: An MD-11 cargo plane belonging to FedEx crashed onto the runway and burst into a ball of fire while attempting to land at Tokyo’s main international airport, killing the pilot and co-pilot, the only two people on board.

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Gatwick temporarily closes during bomb scare

March 23: Gatwick airport was put on full alert after a passenger found a note in the toilet of an in-bound Emirates Boeing 777 from Dubai saying a ‘suspicious device’ was onboard. The airport was closed for 15 minutes while

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Pilatus crash kills 14 in Montana

March 22: A Pilatus PC-12/45 crashed into a cemetery while on approach to Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a statement that the PC-12, registered as N128CM, crashed at around 15:00

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Emirates expands A380 services

As Emirates’ experience with the A380 grows, so does its scheduled services. From June 1, the aircraft will debut in Canada while a new Thai route will extend the aircraft’s presence in Asia. “The A380 will allow Emirates to address

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