Russia to halve training time for airline pilots

The Russian aviation authorities are considering halving the training time for the country’s airline pilots in a bid to head off a looming shortage of aircrew in civil aviation.

August 31, 2011

Brazil’s TAM cuts fleet plan as demand slows

Brazil’s largest airline is reducing its planned fleet and taking other measures to control costs and make savings amid slower demand growth.

Agency publishes list of world’s safest airlines

The Geneva-based Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA) published a list of the world’s 10 most reliable carriers this week.

August 30, 2011

Thai Smile to take flight in July 2012

Thai Airways has confirmed that a new low-fare airline will start operations next summer based at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport using a fleet of 11 Airbus A320 aircraft

Asia’s Air Freight Outlook Turns Negative

Freight traffic for Asia-Pacific airlines fell for the fourth straight month in July, a 4 percent decline that has air carriers viewing the rest of 2011 with growing pessimism.

August 25, 2011

Aeromexico and Delta go on the offensive

SkyTeam partners Aeromexico and Delta Air Lines are teaming up to solidify their presence in the Mexican market by laying the groundwork for a potential joint venture.

Air cargo: Lufthansa warns against night flight ban at Frankfurt

Lufthansa is warning that a planned ban on night time flights at Frankfurt airport would allow the Middle East to overtake Europe as a global cargo hub.

August 24, 2011

Australian regulator approves Qantas-AA joint business agreement

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission has issued draft approval for the Joint Business Agreement between Qantas and American Airlines for Pacific routes between the US and Australia/New Zealand and the networks that support those routes.