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Air Canada sinks to $250 million 2011 loss as labor issues vex

Air Canada (AC), in the midst of navigating challenging labor negotiations, reported a disappointing C$249 million ($250.2 million) 2011 net loss, widened from a C$24 million net deficit in 2010. President and CEO Calin Rovinescu conceded to analysts and reporters that the carrier's current financial situation is untenable, necessitating change. "We are into a transformation," he said. "For us to be successful long-term, we have to transform."
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SAS Group results hit by Spanair bankruptcy

SAS Group reported a net loss of SEK1.7 billion ($255 million) for the full-year 2011, narrowed 24.2% from a net loss of SEK2.23 billion in 2010. It sustained a net loss of SEK2.08 billion in the fourth quarter, reversed from a SEK47 million net profit in the 2010 December quarter.
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China Express Airlines to acquire six CRJ900s
China Express Airlines (G5) was revealed as the previously unidentified Chinese customer for six Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The conditional order for six CRJ900s, plus five options, will build upon G5’s existing fleet of five CRJ200s. The order is valued at approximately $264 million. If all five options are converted, the value would increase to $491 million, Bombardier said.
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Air India Seeks USD$1 Bln For Boeing Delays

Cash-strapped Air India is seeking nearly USD$1 billion from Boeing to compensate for delays in aircraft deliveries, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.
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Gulf Carriers Say No Interest In Kingfisher
Two major Gulf Arab carriers said they have no interest in taking a stake in struggling Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines, which is grappling with a pile of debt and on the hunt for fresh equity.
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Cyprus Air Says Has No Specific Buyout Bid

Cyprus Airways said on Thursday it had not received any firm buyout offers after media speculation prompted the local bourse to suspend its shares.
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Qantas, Korean Check A380s For Wing Cracks
Qantas Airways and Korean Air will carry out inspections for wing cracks on their Airbus A380 superjumbo planes earlier than previously scheduled, after European air safety officials ordered global checks, warning of a safety risk if the defects were not fixed.
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South Korea demands fair fight for Israeli trainer deal
A meeting between "government-level" figures from Israel and South Korea is planned during the Singapore air show, with the parties to discuss the former's requirement for a new fleet of advanced jet trainers. Speaking on 9 February, a South Korean source said officials from the country will use the meeting to express their anger at what they have defined as an "unfair" competition between the Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 and Alenia Aermacchi M-346.
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Finnair evaluates exit from MRO operations

Finnair is evaluating whether to exit in-house MRO operations altogether as part of its restructuring program. The loss-making Finnish flag carrier has asked third-party MRO providers to tender for engine and component support operations, which are currently being carried out by Finnair Technical Services, to find a more "cost-efficient solution" in future, a spokeswoman said.
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Asiasat signs two satellites to Falcon 9 launches
On 8 February, Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) announced that it had signed an agreement for the launch of Asiasat 6 and Asiasat 8 on two separate Falcon 9 launches. Both launches are due to take place from SpaceX’s launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA.
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Pakistan receives three F-16s from USA
Pakistan has received its last Lockheed Martin F-16D Block 52 aircraft and two upgraded F-16 Block 15s from the USA, while Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has delivered three upgraded Pakistan air force F-16s in Ankara.
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United Continental will switch to new computer system
United Continental Holdings is preparing for a move in March to a new computer system. Other airlines have experienced difficulties after switching their computer systems; the company has taken precautions to handle the risk. "I'm confident this will go as planned, but ... being prudent, we also have scenarios in case we have some unforeseen issues," said Jeff Smisek, CEO of United. "We've been pretty thoughtful, careful and conservative in this."
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Column: Merger is best option for American Airlines
Columnist Justin Lahart says AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, probably will emerge from bankruptcy through a merger. Delta Air Lines and US Airways have expressed interest in acquiring the company, but Lahart says Delta is a better option. "Buying AMR would give Delta a huge hold on the New York market, a hub in Chicago and a strong Latin American network," writes Lahart.
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Frontier Airlines transports fewer passengers in January
Frontier Airlines reported a 3.3% drop in passenger traffic for January on a year-over-year basis. January was the first month in seven months that the carrier posted a decline in passenger traffic. Frontier trimmed capacity by 8% for the month, compared to the same month last year.
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DOT: LightSquared plan "not compatible" with flight-safety devices
Transportation Department Deputy Secretary John Porcari has told a House subcommittee that the government spent $2 million testing LightSquared's proposed wireless network and confirmed that its "GPS receivers are too sensitive to filter out LightSquared's powerful cell towers operating on nearby frequencies," this feature says. He also said the proposed network is " 'not compatible' with flight-safety GPS devices used in commercial" aircraft, this feature says. "This matter needs to be put to rest," said Thomas Hendricks, senior vice president at A4A.
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PreCheck will expand to 28 more airports this year
The federal government this year will expand its expedited screening program known as PreCheck to 28 more airports. The program is now in place at seven airports. It allows certain passengers enrolled in the government's "trusted traveler" program to avoid removing their shoes, belts and coats while passing through security. "Good, thoughtful, sensible security by its very nature facilitates lawful travel and legitimate commerce," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "The expansion of TSA PreCheck to the nation's busiest airports will increase our security capabilities and expedite the screening process for travelers we consider our trusted partners."
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Air Canada is displaying fares that include taxes, fees
Air Canada has rolled out "all-in" airfares that include government taxes and fees, months before the change would be mandated by the Canadian government. "Air Canada is adopting a new all-inclusive price display for its aircanada.com website, webSaver e-mails, online third-party advertisements and print advertising," the carrier said.
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Other News

Air Astana (KC) continues to expand its Central Asian network as it takes delivery of Embraer E-190 aircraft, enabling the carrier to offer new international services from Astana (TSE) to Ulan Bator, Mongolia and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and from Almaty to Kazan, Russia. KC will launch Atyrau-Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) service following the delivery of three Embraer E-190s in the second quarter of 2012. KC introduced its first E-190 in April 2011 and operates three of this type on regional routes throughout Central Asia.

Russian airlines carried 64.1 million passengers in 2011, a 12.6% increase over 2010. International passengers rose 13.2% to 31.4 million; domestic passengers increased 12% to 32.7 million. Aeroflot (SU) carried the most passengers, at 14.2 million, up 25.6%. Transaero Airlines (SU) carried 8.5 million passengers, up 27.2% year-over-year. UTair (UT) reported 5.8 million passengers carried, up 31.3%. S7 Group, which includes Sibir (S7) and Globus (GH), carried 6.6 million passengers in 2011, up 11.4%. St. Petersburg-based Rossiya Airlines (FV), which will soon be part of SU group, carried 3.5 million passengers. The overall share of the market’s five biggest airlines increased from 53.1% to 57.9%.

TAP M&E has deployed mobile RFID technology, "MEERA," into its daily engine overhaul operations. The service is provided in collaboration with TAP group company Megasis, as well as Airbus, Accenture and OAT systems.


ST Aerospace ended the 2011 fourth quarter with new contracts valued at approximately $350 million. It redelivered 101 aircraft for airframe related maintenance and modification work, and serviced 72 engines and 13,382 components for both commercial and military customers.


Lufthansa Technik Malta is carrying out its third installation of a Lufthansa (LH) first-class cabin in an Airbus A340-600. The project includes installing new seats as well as a new inflight entertainment system. LH's fleet of 24 A340-600s is scheduled for conversion by 2015.


AFI KLM E&M signed an eight-year APU support contract with LAN Airlines covering its fleet of Boeing 777Fs. The services will be provided by EPCOR while pool access will be provided by AFI KLM E&M.

Spirit Airlines (NK) today launched service to three new destinations from DFW International Airport, with flights to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL), Orlando International Airport (MCO) and New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA). The three inaugural flights today mark the first wave of a large planned expansion of offerings at DFW by Spirit Airlines. Spirit not only doubled its DFW destinations today, the ultra low-cost carrier also announced it would launch service from DFW to Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Myrtle Beach (MYR) starting in early May, and that it has applied for government approval to connect DFW with Toluca, Mexico (TLC). Previously, Spirit had announced new service from DFW to Boston (BOS) and Phoenix-Mesa (AZA), which is scheduled to start in March.




AVIATION QUOTE

The life of the modern jet pilots tends to be most unexpectedly lonely. . . . foreign countries are places to reach accurately and to leave on time. Distance is a raw material to work with.

— John Pearson, Sunday Times, 4 Feb 1962.





ON THIS DATE

---In 1720... Edmund Halley appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England.

---In 1923... An experimental night flight arrives to Le Bourget, France, from Croydon, England. The pilot has given his position by radio and used the aviation light beacons to make his approach.

---In 1941…Britain uses paratroopers for the first time in an attack on Tragino, Italy.

---In 1952…Maj George A. Davis Jr is killed while attacking a group of 12 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s that were about to attack other US aircraft over Korea for which he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

---In 1962... American U-2 pilot Gary Powers, shot down and arrested in the U.S.S.R. in May 1960, is released in exchange for Soviet spy Colonel Rudolf Abel.

---In 1967…First flight of the Dornier Do 31.

---In 1986…Air Atlanta Icelandic is formed.

---In 1993…McDonnell Douglas delivers its 10,000th aircraft, a US Navy F/A-18 Hornet.

---In 1995…The first prototype of Antonov’s new An-70 large prop-powered transporter is destroyed after a mid-air collision with an An-72 chase plane. All seven aboard are killed in the crash.

---In 1995…Two Peruvian Sukhoi Su-22Ms are shot down by a pair of Ecuadorian Mirage F.1JAs. Almost simultaneously, a Peruvian Cessna A-37B is also shot down by an Ecuadorian Kfir C.2.

---In 1995…The prototype Antonov An-70 is destroyed after a mid-air collision with an An-72 chase plane. All seven aboard are killed.

---In 1997…Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU).

---In 1997…Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR.

---In 2009…The communications satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collide in orbit 490 miles above Siberia at a speed of 26,170 mph.

---In 2011…Manx2 Flight 7100 from Belfast, operated by Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner EC-ITP leased from Flightline BCN of Barcelona, overturns on its third attempt to land at Cork, Ireland in fog, killing six and injuring six.





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ORFflyer (Founding Member) 10 Feb 12, 12:59Post
2 - AMS
3 looks familiar, and I have no idea about the others... :))
Rack-em'. I'm getting a beer.
GQfluffy (Database Editor & Founding Member) 10 Feb 12, 15:47Post
Holy crap on #2 that runway is WAY out there.
Comic Sans walks into a bar. The bartender says "Sorry, we don't serve your type."
Zak (netAirspace FAA) 10 Feb 12, 16:04Post
That's the (in)famous Polderbaan. On shorthaul, taxiing from there to the terminal sometimes takes almost as long as the flight itself. It's a nice scenic tour through the Dutch countryside, though. :))
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
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CO777ER (Database Editor & Founding Member) 13 Feb 12, 07:21Post
Answers:
1. AEP, Jorge Newberry, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2. AMS, Schipol, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3. BRU, Brussels, Belgium
4. BSL, Basel Switzerland
5. FCO, Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy
 

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