The week in brief
- Budapest Airport celebrated the launch of a new service that links Minsk, Belarus; Belgrade, Serbia and Budapest. Republic of Belarus carrier Belavia-Belarusian Airlines (pictured above) began twice weekly scheduled flights in what will be a year-round service that connects the three European capital cities for the first time. The flights from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport and Minsk National Airport will be operated by Bombardier CRJ 200LR on Mondays and Thursdays.
- Air Logistics Sdn Bhd opened its office in Brunei in Southeast Asia. The company has secured the long-term contract of the management of Royal Brunei Airlines’ entire worldwide air cargo business and responsibility for all ground handling activities at all destinations on the Royal Brunei network.
- Boeing made performing routine maintenance and diagnosing aircraft issues faster for airline technicians with a suite of new mobile applications for the iPad. With the apps, technicians will have immediate access to manuals, part numbers and other critical information to resolve maintenance issues planeside and collaborate with coworkers located elsewhere. Boeing worked with several airlines for more than a year on the prototype.
- Etihad Airways hinted at more investments in other airlines, as it continues to increase its global presence through a mix of organic growth and strategic partnerships. The airline is now engaged in three major transactions – the acquisition of 24 percent of India’s Jet Airways, a 49 percent stake and management contract in Air Serbia, and increasing equity in Virgin Australia from 10 percent to a target of 19.9 percent.
- Professional Parcel Logistics, a subsidiary of DHL Freight, opened its new parcel hub in the Czech Republic. The new facility is located in Rícany-Jazlovice and serves as the new central hub for parcel shipments and as a regional depot for the area east of Prague and Central Bohemia.
- Airbus announced a new lower weight variant of its A330-300 wide-body aircraft that is optimized for use on domestic and regional routes in high-growth markets with large populations and concentrated traffic flows. China will be one of the most important markets for this new version of the aircraft.
- Cathay Pacific Airways is on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the first time. The DJSI are recognized as the leading global sustainability benchmark, tracking the stock performance of companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria.
- Etihad Airways unveiled its new European headquarters in Berlin, expanding the airline’s presence in the German domestic market and further cementing its strategic relationship with airberlin. Located in the heart of Berlin’s historic Potsdamer Platz, the new office houses both Etihad Airways’ European and Germany sales and marketing teams, and includes joint Etihad Airways-airberlin reservation and ticketing counters.
- C.H. Robinson was ranked the No. 1 large company on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 15th annual Best Places to Work list. This also marks the 12th year that C.H. Robinson has been recognized on the list, the most for any company in Minnesota. Each year, the Business Journal conducts a survey where employees are asked to rate their company on a variety of topics, including work environment, people practices and personal growth and development.
- Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., a global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services , announced that its Atlas Air, Inc. unit entered into a contract with Astral Aviation Limited, a Kenya-based cargo airline, to provide Boeing 747-400 freighter service. The contract is for one aircraft under an ACMI agreement, with service expected to begin in the next few weeks. This is the first 747-400F in Astral Aviation’s global network, and it will provide all-cargo operations between Europe and Africa.
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