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  • Kenya Airways Gets Permit For Direct U.S. Flights

    UNITED STATES, 2017/09/11 The United States government has granted Kenya Airways a permit to operate direct flights to America. According to an order issued by the Department of Transportation, the permit became effective on September 5. The Department of Transportation had in June recommended that KQ, as the airline is commonly known, be granted the permit if there were no public objections.
  • $33.2 billion for transport infrastructure through 2019

    ARGENTINA, 2017/08/09 The new National Transport Plan aims to close Argentina’s infrastructure gap to make the economy regionally and globally competitive. Ranked a paltry 87th out of 140 nations in the world by the World Economic Forum for competitiveness in infrastructure – behind Ivory Coast and just ahead of Albania – Argentina’s creaking infrastructure, from unreliable power distribution to poor transport links, is holding it back. Meanwhile, Chile and Brazil rank 45th and 74th respectively, demonstrating the extent to which Argentina lost out to its neighbors in terms of foreign direct investment under the mismanagement of previous administrations.
  • Strike at Canadian National Railway?

    CANADA, 2017/05/29 Canadian National Railway (CN) could attempt to provoke a strike on Tuesday, May 30 at 4:00 a.m. This comes next months of negotiations with some 3000 conductors, trainmen and yardmen represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference(TCRC). CN is seeking concessions — which they call “efficiencies” — from workers on a wide range of issues despite averaging $3 billion in annual profits since the last collective agreement. By provoking a strike that would from presently on be resolved through binding arbitration, the company may achieve gains that could not have otherwise been made by bargaining in good faith.
  • Two Caribbean Islands Among World’s Most Scenic Airport Approaches

    AMERICAS, 2017/05/04 PrivateFly, a booking platform for private jet charters, recently named the world’s top 10 most scenic airport approaches, and the Caribbean took off in style with the number one spot, going on to fly high in seventh place. Taking top spot, Saba’s Juancho E Yrausquin Airport is not only the sole airport on the Dutch Caribbean island, but has the shortest commercial runway in the world (396 metres).
  • Commercial airline industry's 2016 safety performance data released

    WORLD, 2017/03/11 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2016 safety performance of the commercial airline industry. • The all accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.61, an development from 1.79 in 2015. • The 2016 major jet accident rate (measured in hull losses per 1 million flights) was 0.39, which was the equivalent of one major accident for each 2.56 million flights. This was not as good as the rate of 0.32 completed in 2015 and was as well above the five-year rate (2011-2015) of 0.36. • There were 10 fatal accidents with 268 fatalities. This compares with an average of 13.4 fatal accidents and 371 fatalities per year in the previous five-year period (2011-2015).
  • Israel's Spacecom to seek $50M or free flight from Elon Musk's SpaceX after satellite destroyed at launch

    ISRAEL, 2016/09/06 Israel’s Space Communication said on Sunday it could seek $50 million or a free flight from Elon Musk’s SpaceX next a Spacecom communications satellite was destroyed last week by an explosion at SpaceX’s Florida launch site. Company officials said Spacecom as well could collect $205 million from Israel Aerospace Industries, which built the satellite.
  • First direct commercial flight from US in more than 50 years lands in Cuba

    CUBA, 2016/09/04 The initial regular direct commercial flight from the United States arrived in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, marking an significant new step in thawing ties between the former Cold War foes. The JetBlue flight touched down at 10:57 a.m. local time at the Abel Santamaria International airport, carrying 150 passengers, inclunding numerous airline executives and US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. JetBlue will presently fly three times a week to Santa Clara until Oct. 29 before scheduling a daily flight.
  • Air freight demand growth slows in May

    WORLD, 2016/07/10 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released world air freight data showing that request measured in freight ton kilometers (FTKs) slowed in May with increase falling to 0.9% year-on-year. Yields remained pressured as freight capacity measured in available freight ton kilometers (AFTKs) increased by 4.9% year-on-year. Freight request decreased or flat lined in May across all regions with the exception of Europe and the Middle East. These regions recorded increase in air cargo volumes of 4.5% and 3.2%, respectively, in May, compared to the same period last year. Broad weakness in world trade volumes, which have largely tracked sideways since the end of 2014, accounts for about 80% of air freight's sluggish performance.
  • TSA union calls for 6000 new officers to alleviate airport security lines

    UNITED STATES, 2016/05/15 The union representing Transportation Security Officers at our country's airports is calling on Congress to pass emergency legislation funding the hiring of 6,000 additional full-time screeners to alleviate long airport security lines. "These additional TSOs will at least begin to address the shortage of TSOs needed to reduce the delays passengers are facing in airports across the country," American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. wrote in a letter sent to Home and Senate leaders on May 12.
  • Brazil’s Azul invests in TAP – Air Portugal

    BRAZIL, 2016/03/26 Brazilian airline Azul made an investment of about US$100 million (90 million euros) in Portuguese airline TAP – Portugal, according to a statement posted on its website. “The investment will give Azul the right to hold approximately 40 % of the economic price of the Portuguese airline at the time of conversion of the security and next approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of Portugal,” the statement said. The issue of bonds convertible into shares, is occurring under the TAP recapitalisation plan agreed in June 2015 during the privatisation process of the Portuguese airline.