Al Jaber Aviation, a subsidiary of the Al Jaber Group in Abu Dhabi, today at the Middle East Business Aviation convention in Dubai unveiled details of its entry into the VIP and corporate aviation market by announcing a $1.2 billion investment for the acquisition of 21 corporate jets and bizliners.
Virgin Nigeria took delivery of its first Embraer E190 in late September during a ceremony held at Embraer’s manufacturing plant in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The Lagos-based airline announced during last November’s Dubai Air Show that it had placed firm orders for three E190ARs and seven E170ARs, along with options on six more E190s and purchase rights for another eight E-Jets.
Piedmont Airlines and SkyWest Airlines will each receive $600,000 from the FAA as part of a $5 million program to fund in-cockpit runway safety systems, in this case electronic flight bags (EFBs), in exchange for the operational data those systems would generate. Under the plan, each airline will install the technology by May 15 next year. Each agreement remains in effect through September 2011.
Australia’s Qantas Airways today kicked off scheduled service with its new Airbus A380 between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. The first Qantas flight from Melbourne to the U.S. on the jumboliner landed on Runway 25L at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at about 7:30 a.m.
US airlines continued to post improved on-time performance numbers in September—the third straight month they did so and beating the mark they set last year, according to Portland, Ore.-based FlightStats.com. The year-to-date numbers tell a similar story about the seven largest U.S.
VirginBlue has postponed the launch of its planned V Australia trans-Pacific services, scheduled for December 15, until at least February 28, because the machinists strike at Boeing will delay delivery of the first 777-300ER slated to perform the service.
The General Accounting Office ruled yesterday that the Federal Aviation Administration lacks the authority to auction arrival and departure slots at Newark Liberty International Airport, at least temporarily laying to rest the controversy that led the Regional Airline Association and the Air Transport Association to vigorously protest a plan to distribute the slots once awarded to Eos Airlines to the highest bidder.
A new jet ownership and charter business called JetSuite is preparing to take delivery of its first Phenom 100 next April and has unveiled details about its business model.
India’s Kingfisher Airlines announced it will launch its first international service on September 3 between Bangalore and London Heathrow Airport. Kingfisher will serve the route with a new Airbus A330-200, the first of 10 on which it holds delivery positions. Indian law requires that an airline operate domestically for five years before authorities consider it for an international air transport license.
Brazil’s Embraer remains firmly on target for November certification of its much-heralded but delay-prone Embraer 170, according to company vice president of commercial programs Fred Curado.