Category: US & Canada

Virgin Atlantic to Spend $4.3 Billion on 12 Airbus Jets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. is set to announce a deal for 12 Airbus Group SE A350-1000 jets with a list price of $4.3 billion as Richard Branson’s flagship carrier renews its wide-body leisure fleet, according to people with knowledge of the plan. U.K.-based Virgin will probably buy nine of the twin-engine planes directly from Airbus […]

FAA Final Rule Changes Way Student Pilots Certificates Are Issued

Reading Time: 1 minute Under a new final rule adopted by the FAA, aviation medical examiners will no longer issue student pilot certificates. Instead, new pilots will go through a similar process as private pilots, receiving their hard plastic student pilot certificates in the mail. As expected, the FAA dropped an earlier proposal to require photos on pilot certificates. […]

Airbus in 2015 – The Year in Review

Reading Time: 1 minute This video recaps a wide range of commercial and operational achievements for Airbus during 2015. Highlights for the year included the company’s 9,000th total aircraft delivery, the official inauguration of the new U.S.-based A320 Family final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, as well as key milestones for the company’s market-leading product line of advanced and […]

Idea of Low Cost Carriers Connecting with Legacy Carriers

Reading Time: 3 minutes This week, the Financial Times looked at the purportedly novel idea that Ryanair and easyJet may try to cooperate with legacy carriers to transfer passengers. This would be news for those two airlines, but it’s not a surprise. While it’s certainly not something without precedent, this plan is a little different. It’s going to be […]

General Aviation Leaders Air Concerns Met in Washington Town Hall

Reading Time: 2 minutes A cross-section of general aviation industry leaders aired their key policy concerns in a Washington, D.C. town hall meeting hosted this week by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.). The meeting drew nearly two dozen leaders from associations, manufacturers, fixed-base operations, corporate flight departments, flight training providers, maintenance companies, educators and members of the legal community, among […]

MDA to Upgrade Ground Systems Supporting Canadian ISR Aircraft

Reading Time: 1 minute MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a global communications and information company, signed a contract amendment for CA$3 million with Canada’s Department of National Defence to provide upgrades to the ground systems supporting the radar surveillance systems developed by MDA and used on Canada’s fleet of CP-140 Aurora aircraft. The CP-140 Aurora fleet is Canada’s […]

Top 20 Airlines and Countries Started New Routes in 2015

Reading Time: 4 minutes According to anna.aero’s New Route Database, 359 of the world’s airlines launched over 3,100 new services across 173 countries in 2015, which works out as an average of almost 60 new services per week. This is over 500 more than we logged in 2014. Around 44% of these new services were on routes already operated […]

Karen Sheriff Joins WestJet’s Board of Directors

Reading Time: 2 minutes WestJet Airlines  yesterday announced the appointment of Karen Sheriff, as an independent director, to its Board of Directors. The appointment is effective immediately and will bring the total number of Board members to thirteen. “We are pleased to welcome Karen to our Board,” commented WestJet’s Chair of the Board Clive Beddoe. “She will bring a […]

New Airbus Aircraft Price List For 2016

Reading Time: 1 minute Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 1.1 per cent across the product line. The new pricing is effective from January 1st 2016. The 1.1 per cent price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2015 to January 2016 period and takes into account the […]

Airbus Delivers Record 635 Planes in 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes Airbus, the French plane-manufacturing rival to Boeing, reported Tuesday that it delivered a company record 635 aircraft last year to 85 customers. Airbus said the total represented its 13th year of gains, surpassing 629 in 2014. “This commercial and industry performance unequivocally proves that global demand for our aircraft has remained resilient,” said Fabrice Bregier, […]