Category: General Aviation

Flower Shipments Bloom for Valentine’s Day at IAG Cargo

Flower volumes have bloomed at IAG Cargo in the run up to Valentine’s Day and demand for high-end chocolate has also grown. The airline group, which consists of British Airways World Cargo, Iberia Cargo, Aer Lingus, bmi and Vueling, has seen an 18 per cent increase in flower volumes from Columbia and Ecuador, while high-end […]

Airbus Transfers Four Test Planes To Museums

As part of its contribution to preserving aviation heritage, Airbus will be transferring four of its test aircraft to museums: the Museum of Air and Space in Paris-Le Bourget and Aeroscopia in Toulouse. These aircraft comprise: A320 MSN1, recently withdrawn from the test aircraft fleet; A340-600 MSN360; A380 MSN2 and A380 MSN4. These aircraft will […]

Travel To The USA Suffers 6.5% Trump Slump

President Donald Trump’s ban on nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries entering the USA appears to be deterring travellers from other countries around the world too, according to data from ForwardKeys, the travel intelligence analyst, which monitors travel patterns by analysing 16 million flight reservation transactions a day. The findings show that after Trump’s initial […]

Dubai Airport: ‘Handful’ of Passengers Sent Back at After Trump Ban

A “handful of people” have been stopped from flying to the United States from Dubai International Airport following a US travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, the airport operator’s chief executive told Reuters on Monday. “The effect has been very minimal at the moment. We don’t have the exact figures but literally a handful of […]

Australia To Replace Passports With Facial Recognition Technology

Australia’s international airports are in the process of automating 90 percent of air traveler processing by 2020 by implementing facial recognition technology that involves biometric recognition of faces, irises and/or fingerprints, hence eliminating the need to carry essential traveling documents such as passports. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection, while building on the Seamless […]

Africa Sees Slow But Positive Increase in Tourism

Demand for international tourism remained robust in 2016 despite challenges. International tourist arrivals grew by 3.9% to reach a total of 1,235 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 46 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled internationally last year compared to 2015. Available data for Africa points to an 8% rebound in […]

Lower Requirements Could Decrease Air Force One Price

The government could decrease the price of Air Force One if the incoming administration decides to lower the aircraft’s requirements, according to top Pentagon procurement official. On Tuesday, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg met with president-elect Donald Trump to discuss the Air Force One replacement programme. Muilenberg told reporters Boeing would leverage commercial certification practices to […]

Airbus Will Test Flying Cars By The End Of 2017

Rush-hour traffic is unbearable for many commuters today – and the problem is growing. By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, which is 10% more than today. To address this rising concern, Airbus is harnessing its experience to make the dream of all commuters and travellers come true one day: to […]

FlightStats 2016 Airline On-Time Performance Service Award Winners Announced

FlightStats, Inc., the leader in global flight information services, part of FlightGlobal, has released the winners for the 8th Annual Airline On-Time Performance Service Awards. FlightStats have published the On-time Performance Service (OPS) Awards for the last eight years. The awards recognize the “Best of the Best” Airlines that demonstrate consistently high performance and deliver […]

How Blockchain Technology Can Improve the Airline Industry

The airline industry – a data intensive industry with complex procedures and requirements – has much to gain from blockchain technology, an analysis from consulting firm Accenture reveals. Using cryptographic techniques and a distributed messaging protocol, a blockchain provides shared ledgers that decentralize reconciliation-based processes. Blockchain technologies differ from traditional technologies in that they are […]