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The Week in brief

By control on September 30, 2011
  • Korean Air will offer twice-weekly B747 freighter services from Incheon International Airport to Chendgu starting Sept. 21. Executives at Korean Air said demand for these new routes is coming from the Chengdu's growing crop of technology firms that have relocated inland from the eastern shore of China.
  • Virgin Atlantic has signed an eight-year contract with Lufthansa Technik covering maintenance — C-checks and CF6-80 thrust reverser services — for Virgin’s fleet of 13 B747-400s. Lufthansa Technik will also perform thrust reserver services for Virgin's Trent 500 engines in addition to the Boeing C-checks. Technik workers will perform C-checks in Frankfurt and thrust services in Hamburg. The two firms are also hammering out a six-year extension of the maintenance agreement for Virgin's A340 fleet.
  • Mainfreight has opened a new air cargo office at Brussels Airport
  • The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has signed an MoU with Australia’s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism to study and develop sustainable jet fuels. Outlined in the agreement are plans for the two nations to exchange data about sustainable policies and to conduct joint studies about aviation fuel sources and their environmental impact.
  • China Airlines has joined the SkyTeam alliance, distinguishing itself as the alliance’s 15th member and first Taiwanese carrier. The addition of China Airlines to the SkyTeam also brings three new destinations to the network: Okinawa and Miyazaki, Japan; and Surabaya, Indonesia. “China Airlines’ membership adds value to the alliance for both passengers and cargo customers,” SkyTeam Managing Director Michael Wisbrun said in a statement. “Adding a quality brand from a strong economic region will support SkyTeam’s focus on our top priority-enhancing our products and services for our customers worldwide.”
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