TOULOUSE, France (Reuters): China’s largest airline by fleet size kept up pressure on the European Union over carbon trading rules as it took delivery of the country’s first European A380 superjumbo on Friday.
China Southern , which has ordered five of the world’s largest airliners built by Europe’s Airbus , said it would fly the first two aircraft on busy domestic routes before putting the planes on foreign routes next year.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has signed a new codeshare agreement with TAP Portugal, the national carrier of Portugal.
The deal offers Etihad Airways passengers new flight options to destinations in Portugal including Lisbon, Faro, Funchal (Madeira) and Porto.
The agreement – Etihad Airways’ 34th such commercial partnership – continues the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s global network expansion.
Under the codeshare, Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ code on services operated by TAP Portugal from Lisbon to Brussels, Düsseldorf, Faro, Frankfurt, Funchal, Geneva, London, Milan, and Porto.
The cost of piracy to the global economy is estimated at $ 22 billion, and $ 804 million of dirty money is estimated to have left Somalia since the beginning of the civil war in 1991.
A report by Centre for American Progress reveals that more than 154 ships were attacked in the first half of 2011 — 21 of those were successfully hijacked, with a total 362 hostages on board.
Sri Lanka and the Philippines will soon finalise an agreement to begin commercial flights from Sri Lanka to the Philippines via Sri Lankan airlines.
This was relayed by Sri Lankan Ambassador Nawalage Bennet Cooray, who called on Vice President Jejomar C. Binay at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City, this week.
The Ambassador said the Sri Lankan Government is hopeful that, once in place, the flights will pave the way for stronger economic ties between the two countries.
The keel for the construction of the third multipurpose platform supply vessel for Greatship Global Offshore Services Pte Limited (GGOSL) of Singapore was held at the Colombo Dockyard at the auspicious time of 10:52 a.m. on 6 October 2011.
This was done in the presence of Owner’s Representatives Jeewaka Gunadheera (Project Manager GGOSL), Priyanga Perera (GGOSL), Classification Society Surveyors Srinath Herat (Lloyds Register) and Ajith Perera (Indian Register of Shipping).
Last year, the world’s airlines spent $140 billion on jet fuel. Now, the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), an organisation representing parties from across the aviation industry, says that governments across Asia could be getting a slice of that by kick-starting development of a new source of energy for flights.
In July, the global standards agency, ASTM International, gave approval for airlines to start flying on biofuels made using the Hydrotreated Renewable Jet (HRJ) process.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expressed its disappointment in the opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which did not support the air transport industry’s challenge to Europe’s plan to include international aviation in its emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS) from 2012. A final decision is expected later this year.
China Merchants Group, Guangzhou Port Group, and Maersk Group recently held a MoU signing ceremony in Guangzhou.
The three parties will jointly invest in operations in Guangzhou Port Nansha III container terminal.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) last week urged governments and other aviation stakeholders to join airlines in a partnership to improve aviation security and the experience of both travelers and shippers.
Key to this is early adoption of IATA’s Checkpoint of the Future (CoF), a supply chain approach to cargo security, harmonization of measures among governments and constant vigilance to new threats.
“With a decade of experience in the post 9.11 world, it is time for a holistic review of what has been created. There are a lot of things we do right and there is lot that could be improved.
Thirty-six-tonne part carried from Seoul to Dubai on Boeing 747F
Emirates SkyCargo came to the rescue of a ship undergoing repairs when it transported a 36-tonne rudder part – the heaviest single item ever carried by the freight division of Emirates Airline.
The rudder stock – 9.16 metres long and 1.05 metres wide – was required for urgent repairs to a vessel at Dubai Dry Docks.