Friday, November 30, 2012

Aviation- News in Brief

Neelam Mathews
Nov 30, 2012

Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, has been elected as the new Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB). He succeeds Rob Fyfe, CEO Air New Zealand, who held the post for the last two years.

Gulf Air CEO, Samer Majali will step down at the end of 2012 after three years with the airline. Majali, joined Gulf Air in 2009, and has been heading an ambitious restructuring.

Gulf Air and SITA, have signed an agreement that will allow Gulf Air to use SITA’s network services to optimize its operations across 48 destinations where it operates.The agreement includes the provision of all private network, internet, voice, messaging and reporting services for Gulf Air. SITA will provide a variety of connectivity methods to the airline’s offices at airports in more than 20 countries across four continents. 

Air Astana continues to phase out the fleet of  Fokker 50 turboprops, with the last two aircraft scheduled to be returned to the lessor in January 2013. The original fleet of six aircraft will be fully replaced by new generation Embraer E-190 jet airliners by mid 2013. During eight years of service with Air Astana, the Fokker 50 fleet completed 50,000 domestic flights, flew 90,000 hours and safely carried 1.5 million passengers.

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