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[Daily Mail] The first ever Boeing 727, first revealed to the public in 1962, is set to fly again after sitting in a museum for the last 25 years.

A team of volunteers with a keen interest in aviation, and the skills to make a difference, have spent weeks restoring the United Airlines jetliner to its former glory.

A tentative date of March 1 has been pencilled in when the aircraft will rise from the tarmac once more

A tentative date of March 1 has been penciled in when the aircraft will rise from the tarmac once more

The plane was donated by United Airlines back in 1991 to the Museum of Flight’s Restoration Center at Paine Field, where it has been sat ever since.

The restoration of the iconic jet has been documented by aviation enthusiast and keen photographer Robert Bogash on his blog.

‘We are waking up an airplane that first flew 53 years ago, and that has been “sleeping” for the past 25 years,’ writes Mr Bogash.

‘But – especially for me – I began my affair with her 32 years ago – she is still an airplane that has the magic of flight embedded in her genes, and we intend to let her experience that magic one more time. And we will savour the…….

Read the full story at the MailOnline…..

 


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[airportcybersecurity.com] ServiceTec is delighted to announce the launch of a new website for its cyber security division, Airport CyberSec. 

AirportCyberSecurity

Airport CyberSec offers airports all over the world a full range of Cyber Security services designed to keep their staff, passengers and data safe.

Airport CyberSec’s cyber security experts work alongside airport IT and security teams to help protect against all aspects of cyber-attack.

Aside from an overview of the services offered by Airport CyberSec, the site will feature expert opinion and insight on the latest developments in the field of cyber security from the team, including Dr. John McCarthy, a world renowned authority on cyber-security strategy, development and Airport CyberSec services include:

Social Engineering Training, to protect against the practice of manipulating people into subverting security procedures or divulging confidential information

CyberIMMUNE, a unique software that mitigates the threat of malware by disabling its ability to write to disk and therefore preventing it from delivering its payload. This unique and powerful tool offers greater protection than any alternative against a zero-day attack – a threat that exploits a previously unknown vulnerability, i.e. one that is so new that the airports IT security team have had no time to address it.

Network & Web-site Security – the integrity of an airport’s network, intranet and website as well as its data security policies will quite obviously have a major influence on that airport’s vulnerability to cyber-attack. Airport CyberSec offers network security audits to test the integrity of an airport’s entire IT infrastructure.

Cyber Security Policies – Airport Cybersec can  offer assistance in the preparation and reviewing of cybersecurity policies based on world-wide best practice.

Monitoring Compliance with CyberSAFE – once best practice cyber-security policies are established staff may know what they should do, however it is also necessary to ensure staff are compliant with the policy on a day to day basis. CyberSAFE assists with both monitoring and enforcement.

 

The website can be found at www.airportcybersecurity.com

 

 


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Servicetec Airport Services
Letchworth, UK – 27th March 2014


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[Star Alliance – Press Release] US Airways and American Airlines have announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a merger agreement.

Operating under the American Airlines name, the combined airline will offer benefits to both airlines’ customers, communities, employees, investors, and creditors.

The combined airline will operate under the American Airlines name

The combined airline will operate under the American Airlines name. Photo: Star Alliance

If the merger gains regulatory approval, US Airways will leave Star Alliance and the merged company will be a member of the oneworld alliance, of which American is a founding member. Until then, US Airways customers will continue to benefit from Star Alliance’s extensive route network.

Announcing the merger, Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of US Airways, said, “Today marks an exciting new chapter for American Airlines and US Airways. American Airlines is one of the world’s most iconic brands. The combined airline will have the scale, breadth and capabilities to compete more effectively and profitably in the global marketplace.”

Until the merger is complete, American Airlines and US Airways will operate independently, and US remains a full member of Star Alliance. The results of regulatory review are not expected until some time in the third quarter. Star Alliance headquarters will be working with US in the interim to ensure a smooth transition for both US Airways customers and those of other Star Alliance members if the merger goes ahead as expected.

Doug Parker will serve as CEO of the merged airline and a member of the Board of Directors. Parker will assume the additional position of Chairman of the Board.

The combined airline will offer more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries. The combined airline is expected to maintain all hubs currently served by American Airlines and US Airways. Both airlines expect that the regional carriers they own – AMR Corporation’s American Eagle and US Airways’ Piedmont and PSA – will continue to operate as distinct entities. The company will be headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth and will maintain a significant corporate and operational presence in Phoenix.

Doug Parker said, “I am particularly pleased for the employees of both US Airways and American. This merger will create a stronger company, with the path to improved compensation and benefits and greater long-term opportunities for all our employees. We are grateful to have the support of both companies’ unions and thank them and their leaders for their hard work and vision. We look forward to a bright future for our employees and enhanced service and choice for our customers. With today’s announcement, we start becoming one team and one new airline.”

The combined airline is planning to take delivery of more than 600 new aircraft, including 517 narrowbody aircraft and 90 widebody international aircraft, most of which will be equipped with advanced in-seat inflight entertainment systems offering thousands of hours of programming, inflight Wi-Fi offering connectivity throughout the world, and “Main Cabin Extra” seating with 4-6 inches of additional legroom in the Main Cabin. The combined carrier’s fleet will also feature fully lie-flat, all-aisle access premium seating on American’s new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and Airbus 321 Transcontinental deliveries slated for later this year. Similar to US Airways’ Airbus A330 international Envoy service, American will also retrofit existing 777-200 and 767-300 aircraft to include fully lie-flat premium seating in an effort to provide a consistent experience for customers flying on the combined carrier.

Customers can continue to book travel and track and manage flights and frequent flyer activity through AA.com or USAirways.com, and will continue to enjoy all benefits and rewards of the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles frequent flyer programmes. At this time, there are no changes to the frequent flyer programmes of either airline as a result of the merger agreement. All miles in both programmes will continue to be honoured. Upon merger approval, additional information will be provided to customers on any future programme updates, including account consolidation or benefit alignment.

Employees of the combined airline will benefit from being part of a company with a more competitive and stable financial foundation, which will create greater opportunities over the long term. Each carrier’s employees will receive reciprocal travel privileges as quickly as possible. The merger will also provide the path to improved compensation and benefits for employees.

The merger is conditioned on the approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, regulatory approvals, approval by US Airways shareholders, other customary closing conditions, and confirmation and consummation of the Plan. The combination is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2013.

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Star Alliance
4th June, 2013



[LBC] American Airlines (AA) has been forced to cancel dozens of flights so it can fix seats which could come loose on its fleet of Boeing 757 jets.

AA: Seat coming loose on its fleet of Boeing 757 jets.  Photo: Wikipedia

AA: Seat coming loose on its fleet of Boeing 757 jets. Photo: Wikipedia

The move is affecting thousands of passengers who were due to fly on almost 100 flights on Thursday and Friday. American says all the planes should be back in service by Saturday.

The decision to take 48 of its 757s out of service followed two separate incidents in which passenger seats came loose mid-flight.

An American Airlines flight from Boston to Miami was forced to make an emergency landing in New York on Saturday.

On Monday a second AA flight from New York to Miami returned to John F Kennedy International Airport after loose seats were discovered. No injuries were reported in either incident.

AA said both planes had recently undergone maintenance work that required seats to be removed and reinstalled.

“After further analysis by our engineering team, the company is taking additional preventative steps to enhance the locking mechanism features used to secure the seats to the aircraft floor,” AA said in a statement.

“American has instructed mechanics to pay particular attention to the seat lock plunger mechanism that secures the seat to the aircraft floor. Mechanics have begun taking steps necessary to ensure that no seat can become dislodged from its track.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also looking into the incidents, which involved separate repair facilities.

The safety problems have added to a growing unease at the airline which has been hit by tensions with unions over cost-cutting and lay-offs since it filed for bankruptcy last November.

A recent spate of delays and cancellations have annoyed passengers, but aviation experts have warned just the hint of mechanical issues could frighten off customers and even threaten the airline’s existence…….

Read the original story at LBC.co.uk


[NPR] Right at this moment, more than two-thirds of all airport construction in the world is happening in China.

82% of Chinese people will live within 100 kilometers of an airport by 2020.

82% of Chinese people will live within 100 kilometers of an airport by 2020.  Photo Wikipedia

The total number of airports in China will be 244 airports by 2020. . This means that by then, 82% of Chinese people will live within 100 kilometers of an airport.

The country is in the first full year of a five-year plan to eventually make China the center of global aviation, and the Chinese government is pumping a quarter-trillion dollars into the project.

“From the American perspective, the whole idea of five-year plans is preposterous,” says James Fallows, author of a new book about China’s aviation boom, called China Airborne. “If you think five-year plan, you think Soviet Union, you think economic failure.”

The new plan is hugely ambitious and not at all certain to succeed, he tells NPR’s Guy Raz, but it’s a window into whether China’s overall economic strategy is actually the model for the 21st century or a cautionary tale.

“Part of the genius of the Chinese economic boom over the last couple of decades,” Fallows says, “is they have combined this large-scale government direction, which actually is important there, with this whole infinity of private, uncontrolled, very entrepreneurial activity.”

He says China’s leaders feel that if the country is ever to attain real prosperity, it needs to succeed in areas like pharmaceuticals, information technology and aerospace. “And that’s what this next push is all about,” he says.

Fallows adds that the new…….

Read the full article at NPR.org……


NPR Staff
May 19, 2012



[San Francisco Chronicle] After many years of planning is preparing to start their landmark nonstop passenger and freight service from John F Kennedy Airport in New York to St. Petersburg Russia.

Balia will offer nonstop passenger and freight services from John F Kennedy Airport in New York to St. Petersburg Russia

Balia will offer nonstop passenger and freight services from John F Kennedy Airport in New York to St. Petersburg Russia. Photo: Baltia.com

Baltia staff are presently working on the rigorous FAA Air Carrier Certification process.

Baltia is the newest airline in the United States since Virgin America completed its FAA Certification and took to the skies in 2006.

Igor Dmitrowsky, President and CEO of BALTIA, has spent years pursuing his vision and passion to bring this airline to fruition.

CEO, "Baltia aims to provide the ultimate flying experience to its passengers and bring joy and excitement to flying"

CEO, “Baltia aims to provide the ultimate flying experience to its passengers and bring joy and excitement to flying”

“Baltia aims to provide the ultimate flying experience to its passengers and bring joy and excitement to flying”, he stated. Because Baltia is thoughtfully organized and efficient, the new airline is expected to be profitable from the start.

As a JFK based airline Baltia will provide hundreds of new employment opportunities in New York.

Baltia will take passengers back to the hay days of air travel with passenger service being…..

Read the full story at SF Gate…..


San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, May 7, 2012



[VietnamNet] Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a new aviation transport pact already signed by officials of Vietnam and the United Kingdom to enhance air transport ties between the two countries as well as investment and cooperation relations.

The new agreement marks a significant increase in flight frequency between Vietnam and the UK

The new agreement marks a significant increase in flight frequency between Vietnam and the UK

The Prime Minister signed Decision 480/QD-TTg endorsing the agreement on Tuesday, less than five months after officials of the two countries clinched it in London in December last year. The Ministry of

Foreign Affairs has been told to prepare final procedures for the pact.

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) said that the new agreement did not set the valid period but it would become invalid one year after either side had a written announcement for its decision to halt the pact.

The highlights of the new agreement mark a significant increase in flight frequency between Vietnam and the UK. Transport officials of two countries have agreed to bring the number of weekly services between the two countries to 14 from only three flights a week in their first aviation agreement clinched in 1994 and revised in 1999

The UK and Vietnam signed the new aviation agreement on December 8 last year, one day before Vietnam Airlines commenced its direct service to London. The flight inaugural ceremony in London was also joined by Vietnam’s Transport Minister Dinh La Thang, who represented Vietnam to sign the new aviation accord.

The air link is part of the projects outlined in the Vietnam-UK 2011 Action Plan, whose aim was to identify opportunities for bilateral cooperation after the two countries signed the Strategic Partnership Declaration in September 2010. The plan also comprised of initiatives on political and diplomatic cooperation, trade and investment, education, training, science and technology, security and defense.

Currently, Vietnam Airlines operates its Boeing B777 aircraft for four weekly non-stop flights between Vietnam and Gatwick Airport, some 46 kilometers south of Central London. The national flag carrier also plans to service seven times a week from Hanoi and HCMC to London by 2015.

Vietnam Airlines said nearly 200,000 British people visited Vietnam and other nations in Indochina every year, and that it was expanding its network in this potential region and building connections with other regions.

The number of British travelers to Vietnam grew strongly right after Vietnam Airlines launched the direct service. According to the General Statistics Office, British arrivals in Vietnam rose from nearly 15,500 in December last year to more than 17,860 in January this year. The first month of 2012 saw the UK in Vietnam’s list of top ten visitor-generating markets after China, South Korea, the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Cambodia, France and Malaysia.

Besides London, Vietnam Airlines flies direct to European airports in Frankfurt, Paris and Moscow.

The Prime Minister signed Decision 480/QD-TTg endorsing the agreement on Tuesday, less than five months after officials of the two countries clinched it in London in December last year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been told to prepare final procedures for the pact.
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) said that the new agreement did not set the valid period but it would become invalid one year after either side had a written announcement for its decision to halt the pact.

The highlights of the new agreement mark a significant increase in flight frequency between Vietnam and the UK. Transport officials of two countries have agreed to bring the number of weekly services between the two countries to 14 from only three flights a week in their first aviation agreement clinched in 1994 and revised in 1999.

The UK and Vietnam signed the new aviation agreement on December 8 last year, one day before Vietnam Airlines commenced its direct service to London. The flight inaugural ceremony in London was also joined by Vietnam’s Transport Minister Dinh La Thang, who represented Vietnam to sign the new aviation accord.

The air link is part of the projects outlined in the Vietnam-UK 2011 Action Plan, whose aim was to identify opportunities for bilateral cooperation after the two countries signed the Strategic Partnership Declaration in September 2010. The plan also comprised of initiatives on political and diplomatic cooperation, trade and investment, education, training, science and technology, security and defense.

Currently, Vietnam Airlines operates its Boeing B777 aircraft for four weekly non-stop flights between Vietnam and Gatwick Airport, some 46 kilometers south of Central London. The national flag carrier also plans to service seven times a week from Hanoi and HCMC to London by 2015.

Vietnam Airlines said nearly 200,000 British people visited Vietnam and other nations in Indochina every year, and that it was expanding its network in this potential region and building connections with other regions.

The number of British travelers to Vietnam grew strongly right after Vietnam Airlines launched the direct service. According to the General Statistics Office, British arrivals in Vietnam rose from nearly 15,500 in December last year to more than 17,860 in January this year. The first month of 2012 saw the UK in Vietnam’s list of top ten visitor-generating markets after China, South Korea, the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Cambodia, France and Malaysia.

Besides London, Vietnam Airlines flies direct to European airports in Frankfurt, Paris and Moscow.

Read the original story at VietnamNet…..


Updated 29/04/2012
VietnamNet.vn



[Daily Reporter] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — To say that the head of Dubai’s Emirates airline wears many hats is something of an understatement.

The company is expanding in the United States. It flies from Dubai to 6 American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September.

The company is expanding in the United States. It flies from Dubai to 6 American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September: Photo courtesy ukzambians.co.uk

Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum holds several government positions in the Gulf city-state, and is an uncle of Dubai’s ruler. He was appointed chairman of Dubai World in 2010 to oversee the troubled state conglomerate’s turnaround plan.

But it is role at the helm of Emirates airline for which Sheik Ahmed is best known. The University of Denver graduate became chairman of the newly formed airline in 1985, and later took on the job of CEO too.

Today he oversees one of the world’s fastest growing carriers, which boasts more than 120 destinations in 73 countries. Emirates Group, which includes the airline and related businesses, earned $1.6 billion in fiscal 2010. It expects to post another annual profit later this month.

The airline is a huge buyer of new airplanes, with standing orders for more than 230 jets. It operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s, and was one of the first carriers to use Airbus’ double-decker A380.

Emirates’ torrid growth means it is constantly adding new destinations. Some are exotic, such as recently added Lusaka, Zambia, and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, starting next month.

But the company is also expanding its reach in the United States. It now flies from Dubai to six American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September.

Two weeks ago, Emirates announced a new codeshare deal with New York-based JetBlue Airways. That arrangement will tack an Emirates code and flight number onto JetBlue flights from New York’s JFK airport to a dozen U.S. destinations, including Chicago and Boston.

Sheik Ahmed, 53, spoke with The Associated Press on Tuesday in Dubai. He talked about……

Read this great AP Interview and story in full at the Daily Reporter…..


ADAM SCHRECK  AP Business Writer
First Posted: May 01, 2012



[Reuters] Delta Air Lines Inc will buy a Pennsylvania oil refinery from ConocoPhillips for US$150-million, an audacious bid to save money on fuel costs by investing in a sector shunned by many of the biggest oil firms.

Swissport Fueling employee Daniel Berg disconnects the main fuel line after refueling this Delta AirLines jet at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: Jeff Topping/Getty Images

Atlanta-based Delta said the first ever purchase of a refinery by an airline would allow it to cut US$300-million annually from jet fuel costs, which reached US$12-billion last year. It said production at the refinery along with other agreements to exchange refined products for jet fuel would provide 80% of its fuel needs in the United States.

The deal for the idled 185,000 barrel per day Trainer, Pa., refinery, which has puzzled analysts since it first surfaced last month, will come as some relief to politicians and officials, who had feared thousands of lost jobs and a potential summer spike in fuel costs if the plant was shut permanently.

And while the initial investment is no more than a wide-body jet liner, even including an additional $100 million to upgrade the plant to maximise jet fuel production, it will put Delta in the unique position of hoping that the recent rebound in refinery profit margins — normally an indication of added costs for a fuel consumer — doesn’t prove too fleeting.

While Delta will remain hostage to fluctuating crude oil costs, the facility would enable it to save on the cost of refining a barrel of jet fuel….

Read the full Reuters story at Energy…..


May 1, 2012