Universal Weather and Aviation has launched a free web site to help operators understand and comply with the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, which is scheduled to come into force in 2012. Universal says its EU-ETS resource center provides information, updates, tools, how-to videos, sample reporting plans and completed reports, and more - resources useful for operators no matter their level of understanding or experience with EU-ETS. 12/22/2009
Spanish airline Air Comet said Tuesday it had suspended all its flights because of financial difficulties that are preventing it from paying its debts, ruining holiday travel plans for thousands of passengers. The airline, which specializes in flights to Latin America, attributed its problems to a decision Friday by a commercial court in London that enabled Nord Bank of Germany to undertake a foreclosure procedure against the airline. 12/21/2009
Air France has underlined its confidence in its newly introduced Airbus A380 despite having its operations with the type disrupted for a third time, in less than a month, by technical problems. Its latest incident, involving an issue with the electrical system deploying leading-edge slats, follows the cancellation of a service from New York Kennedy in mid-December. Air France attributed this earlier cancellation to a fuel-transfer problem. A third incident, linked to the autopilot, had previously resulted in the aircraft having to return to Kennedy shortly after take-off on 27 November. The most recent cancellation, affecting flight AF006 from Paris Charles de Gaulle, meant the carrier had to transfer travellers to a Boeing 777-300ER - although the lower capacity meant the jet could only accommodate 303 of the 481 passengers. Other passengers have been rebooked on other flights. 12/23/2009
Air France will launch five-times-weekly Paris Charles de Gaulle-Abu Dhabi service on May 3 aboard a two-class A330. 12/23/2009
AirBaltic launched 737 service from Vilnius to Paris Charles de Gaulle (thrice-weekly) and Munich (four-times-weekly) and plans to begin flying to Berlin Tegel (thrice-weekly from today), Amsterdam (six-times-weekly from Jan. 4) and Rome Fiumicino (thrice-weekly from Jan. 11). 12/21/2009
Airlink, BAE Systems
South African investigators have determined that slippage of a worn nose-gear steering cable led to an Airlink British Aerospace Jetstream 41's veering off the runway during take-off...