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  Volume: XXIV, Issue No. 02 September 1-15, 2014  
     
 
 

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Air Arabia to connect Ctg from this month
-A Monitor Report Sharjah : Air Arabia has announced it will start flights to Chittagong this month from its new hub in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE, strengthening its connectivity with Bangladesh. The Sharjah-based low-cost carrier will run three flights a week from in Ras Al Khaimah from September 2, the airline said in a statement recently. Chittagong, the country's second-largest city with a population of over 6.5 million, becomes the 98th destination serviced by Air Arabia worldwide and se. More...
No scope for compromise on air transport safety
-A Monitor Report Dhaka : There is no scope for compromise on air transport safety and it can only be ensured through regional cooperation in strengthening compliance with international safety standards. Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, said this while inaugurating the 8th meeting of D-8 Working Group on Civil Aviation and Director Generals at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the city on August 24. Bangladesh is consecutively holding this working meeting for the second time, . More...
Air India to launch daily flight from Birmingham with Dreamliner jet
_A Monitor Report New Delhi : Birmingham is set to have a daily air link with India providing extra 1,500 seats a week from November. Air India Commercial Director Pankaj Srivas-tava announced the plans at a dinner to celebrate the airline's first anniversary of the Boeing B787 Dreamliner service linking Birmingham with Delhi and Amritsar according to a news item in Birmingham Mail. He said, "Since starting our four times weekly Dreamliner programme from Birmingham Airport last year, we have. More...
Thai Airways narrows 2Q net loss
-A Monitor Report Bangkok : Thai Airways reported a second-quarter net loss of THB7.7 billion (US$241 million), narrowed from a net loss of THB8.4 billion in the year-ago quarter. The airline attributed its continued negative performance to the ongoing political unrest that has resulted in a marked decline in foreign tourist arrivals. It said the number of foreign tourists arriving at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang international airports was down 22.6 per cent year-over-year, with region. More...
Biman starts 2014 Hajj operation with 409 pilgrims in first flight
-A Monitor Report Dhaka : Biman Bangladesh Airlines has started Hajj operation 2014 in late August. The first flight with 409 pilgrims departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Saudi Arabia on schedule. Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman, and top Biman officials bade farewell to the pilgrims at the airport. The 419-seater Boeing B777-300ER took off at 7:05am. This year, Biman has decided to carry the pilgrims by its own aircraft, for. More...
Aeroflot reports big losses amid Ukraine turbulence
Moscow (AFP) : Leading Russian airline Aeroflot dived into loss in the first half of the year, buffeted by the problems afflicting the Russian economy, the group said on August 28. The Russian economy is experiencing sharp slowdown, severely exacerbated by Western sanctions against Russia's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The slowdown, sanctions, and a fall of the ruble which raises the cost of foreign travel and holidays, have undermined travel agencies and put the brakes on recen. More...
Saudi Arabian Airlines wins Ist place in global flight schedule discipline
-A Monitor Report Jeddah : Saudi Arabian Airlines has achieved the first position in the discipline of global flight schedules during the month of July 2014 AD, according to a report issued on the site (Flight Stats) specialising in the field of aviation and evaluation of the performance of global airlines. The President of Saudi Airlines Company for Air Transport Abdulaziz bin Ruhayyem Al-Hazmi has pointed out that the success of strategic plans and operational systems throughout the year an. More...
Cathay Pacific launches flights between Hong Kong and Boston
_A Monitor Report Boston : Cathay Pacific Airways has announced at a joint press conference at the Massachusetts State House with Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation, Richard Davey, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Paul Guzzi, and Thomas P. Glynn, CEO, Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), that it will commence a new four-times-weekly nonstop service from Boston Logan International Airport to Hong Kong on May 3, 2015, subject to government approval. The n. More...
Modern airport Apron Buses join Biman GSE Ramp coach fleet
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : As part of modernising the Biman Ground Support Equipment (GSE), two more Apron Buses joined the Ramp Coach Fleet recently, thus totaling the number to 7. Air Marshal Jamal Uddin Ahmed (retd.), Chairman, Biman Board of Directors, in a simple ceremony on August 28 at the HSIA Ramp, pressed the buses for service. The Chairman was accompanied by a host of officials which included the Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangla-desh, during the ceremony. The luxurio. More...
Qatar Airways continues network frequency increase
_A Monitor Report Doha : Qatar Airways has announced increased frequencies to the popular cities of Tehran, Islamabad and Muscat. The additional flights, which include four for Tehran, two for Islamabad and four for Muscat per week, will commence September 1st, 3rd and 16th respectively. The additional flights are part of a surge in increased frequencies to a number of destinations across Qatar Airways' network in response to a steady increase in passenger demand. Tehran, which is currently se. More...
Airbus A350 XWB completes its Route Proving world tour
-A Monitor Report Toulouse : The world's newest widebody airliner, the Airbus A350-900, has successfully completed a series of Route Proving trials, receiving an enthusiastic welcome at each of the 14 cities it has visited over the past three weeks. At the technical Route Proving the aircraft must demonstrate its readiness for airline operations on a global scale. This last series of trials is required for Type Certification, which is expected in Q3 this year. The A350 XWB completed its Route . More...
Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff after disasters
-A Monitor Report Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff and slash long-houl routes as part of recovery plan after being hit by two disasters this year. The reduction in staff numbers represents around 30 per cent of its workforce of 20,000. The airline will become completely state owned, and a new chief executive will eventually be put in place. Investigators continue to hunt for flight MH370, the Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight which went missing in March. The MH17 air cra. More...
All female airline crew makes aviation history
-A Monitor Report Nairobi : Kenya Airways' fourth B787-8 Dreamliner was flown from the Boeing assembly plant to Nairobi by an all-female crew with Captain Irene Koki Mutungi at the controls. Captain Irene was the first African female B787 Captain to be checked out worldwide and it was only befitting that she was given the honour to bring the new bird safely home to Nairobi. This year a further two such aircraft will be delivered and another three of the current order in early 2015 before the e. More...
Turkish Airlines records US$190m net profit in second quarter
_A Monitor Report Istanbul : Turkish Airlines' first half 2014 consolidated financial statements were reported to Borsa Istanbul. Compared to the same period of 2013, sales revenue increased by 15 per cent in US dollar terms reaching US$5.2 billion. Turkish Airlines recorded US$234 million operating profit and US$190 million net profit in the second quarter of 2014, completing the first half year with US$152 million operating profit and US$88 million net profit. During the first half of 201. More...
DR Congo launches new national airline
Kinshasa (AFP) : The Democratic Republic of Congo has created a new national airline as part of a push to clean up its poor air safety record, a government source said on August 15. Shareholders, including the Congolese state and several state companies, hope to launch Congo Airways by the end of the year, the official from the Ministry of Transport said. The Congolese government also signed an agreement on August 15 with Air France Consulting to develop a business plan for the carrier, he add. More...
Etihad launches First Class cabin to Dhaka_ the only airline to do so
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : "We introduced our First Class cabin to the Dhaka route on July 1, 2014, becoming the only airline to offer a three-cabin service to and from Bangladesh and since then demand has been strong." "Premium travel out of Bangladesh is on the rise thanks to the country's economic growth, increasing links with the global economy and the rising number of holiday travellers." Hanif Zakaria, General Manager Bangladesh, Etihad Airways said this while talking to The Bangladesh . More...
Air Berlin returns to profit
-A Monitor Report Abu Dhabi : Etihad Airways is beginning to see its strategic investment in Air Berlin pay off, after the German carrier reported a net profit of ?8.6 million (US$11.43m) for Q2, reversing a ?38 million loss compared to last year. The airline, which is Germany's second largest carrier, also saw revenues rise 3.6 per cent to ?1.15bn. Etihad Airways has a 29.21 per cent stake in the airline, which reported a full year loss of ?231.9 million in 2013, and has been struggling to . More...
Regent will fly to 9 new destinations in next two years
Dhaka : Regent Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in Bangladesh, held its "Travel Partners Annual Conference and Award Night 2014", on August 30 in Dhaka Regency Hotel. On the occasion, they honoured their travel agents and unveiled their future plans for the airline. Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, graced the occasion as chief guest, while Air Vice Marshal Mahmud Hussain, ndc, psc, Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, Yakub Ali, Chairman, . More...
 
 
 
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