In seeking to consummate its proposed strategic alliance with Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic Airways aims to head off the challenge posed by the formidable pairing of British Airways and American Airlines. So who did Virgin chairman Sir Richard Branson recruit to succeed retiring CEO Steve Ridgway? Why, naturally, a senior American Airlines executive in the shape of senior vice president for customers Craig Kreeger, who assumes his new role from February 1.
The computerized FBO management system field in the U.S. is about to get more crowded as European developer Amsterdam Software is set to export its web-based FBO One system overseas to challenge rival products such as Total FBO, My FBO and FBO Manager.
The decline of India’s Kingfisher Airlines, whose fleet has shrunk to 18 aircraft from 66, hasn’t only served to push air fares upward due to declining capacity in a high-demand market. At the same time it has reduced business for suppliers and airline service providers, such as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) groups.
French executive charter operator Masterjet has signed an agreement with AFI KLM Engineering & Maintenance to use its Vipjetsuite cabin interiors services. The Air France KLM airline subsidiary provides a range of MRO services, including cabin modifications. “They have always been able to meet our deadlines in a highly efficient and effective manner,” said Nuno Perestrelo, maintenance and engineering director at Masterjet.
Boeing confirmed today that Air France-KLM Group has placed a firm order for twenty-five 787-9 Dreamliners, along with options. The sides signed the contract in late December 2011 and Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website listed it as an order from an unidentified customer.
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M), the maintenance branch of the airline group, is here at the Dubai Air Show (Stand W420) promoting AMES, its local joint venture with nacelle manufacturer Aircelle, as well as the services it offers in engine and compo
Exhibiting for the first time at an NBAA show this year, Amsterdam Software (Booth No. C10847) will demonstrate its FBO One system to American audiences. The Web-based FBO One software–tested at facilities outside the U.S. for the past four years–organizes almost every element of FBO operations, from tracking fuel sales and inventory control, to aircraft parking needs, catering requests and a variety of crew demands.
The Air France KLM Board of Directors approved the group’s planned firm order for 50 long-haul aircraft, consisting of 25 A350 XWBs and 25 Boeing 787s. Plans call for the contracts, still subject to the conclusion of negotiations with the manufacturers, to include options on another 35 of the Airbus models and 25 Boeings.
Schiphol Airport’s new terminal, which will serve the needs of the more than 4,500 business jets and GA aircraft that frequent the airport annually, opened last month. Located in Schiphol-East, the new terminal replaces Building 106, which had accommodated the airport’s GA activities for the past several decades.
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance launched a new international training package here this week, combining the resources from AFI KLM E&M centers in Paris and Amsterdam with those of its subsidiaries and partners Regional (Clermont-Ferrand), Brit Air (ICARE Flight Training Center, Morlaix), KLM UK Engineering (Technical College, Norwich) and AFMAé (Apprentices Training Center, Paris).