Category: Editors’ Choice

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Chinese Carriers Accelerate International Expansion Pace

Chinese carriers have accelerated their international expansion pace as outbound travel continues to grow. In October, Beijing-based Air China experienced an 18.6% year-over-year (YOY) growth in RPKs on international routes. Shanghai-based China Eastern reported a 30.4% YOY growth; Guangzhou-based China Southern posted a 23.9% YOY growth; and Haikou-based Hainan Airlines saw a 47.4% YOY growth. […]

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The Helmet That Gives Air Force Pilots X-Ray Vision

When Major Will Andreotta began flying for the Air Force in 2006, he had to do a lot of work. He was training on the F-16, a fighter jet first deployed in 1978, and almost everything was analog. “I would tell my wingman to target something, then call over: ‘Confirm your this, because I’m seeing […]

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World’s Best Airlines for 2017 Awarded by AirlineRatings

AirlineRatings.com the world’s foremost safety and product rating website has selected Air New Zealand as its 2017 Airline of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. AirlineRatings.com celebrates and promotes excellence in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Winners include: Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore […]

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How To Turn Qualified Pilots Into Competent Pilots

The European Aviation Safety Agency is working with airlines on a pilot training course that leads to an enhanced qualification. This is being done because the present system produces pilots with licences that make them legally qualified to fly, but half of whom – according to the airlines – are not good enough. The relatively […]

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Long-Looming Pilot Shortage May Be Near

A worldwide shortage of pilots – forecast for more than 15 years – has so far failed to materialise, but there are worrying signs. Simulation and training company CAE points out that US regional carriers, seen as a source of pilots by the majors, cannot expand and often have to drop schedules or routes because […]

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The Changing Face of Predictive and Preventive Aircraft Engine Maintenance

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s engines cover the spectrum, from the hugely popular PT6A turboprop and turboshafts for helicopters to larger turboprops for regional airliners and turbofans for business jets. The worldwide fleet of engines has achieved 700 million flight hours and clocks over 30 million more annually. The company has also taken on the parent […]

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China Goes All Out to Become ‘Global Aviation Power’

Chinese leadership views investing in domestic aviation, both civilian and military, as one of the country’s top priorities in hopes that this will help Beijing improve its manufacturing industry, boost innovation and improve national defense, Xinhua reported. Geng Ruguang, Executive Vice President of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), described aviation industry as the […]

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China Becomes World’s First Trillion Dollar Aviation Market

China’s leading provider of commercial airplanes, projects a demand for 6,810 new airplanes in China over the next 20 years. Boeing released its annual China Current Market Outlook (CMO) today in Beijing, estimating the total value of those new airplanes at $1.025 trillion. China becomes the first trillion dollar aviation market in Boeing’s forecast. “As […]

How JetBlue Is Filling Demand For Pilots
How JetBlue Is Filling Demand For Pilots

Given pilot shortage forecasts, a new ab initio hiring program launched by a US airline is going to be watched closely. New York-based JetBlue Airways’ Gateway Select program inducted its first class of cadets late this summer. One of seven dedicated pipelines leading to the JetBlue cockpit, Gateway Select is the first modern example of […]

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Airports Council International Reports Global Passenger Traffic Growth

Global passenger traffic grew 4.5% in June 2016 and 5.6% for the first half of the year. Even though airports reported an increase of 4.0% in international passenger traffic and an increase of 5.1% in domestic traffic in June 2016, international passenger traffic grew faster than the domestic component during the first six months of […]