The week in brief
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- Avia Solutions Group, a global provider of aviation business services, signed a cooperation agreement with Rostec, a Russian state-owned holding company. Both companies agreed on establishing a joint business venture and implementing the project of the development and management of the fourth Moscow airport hub on the basis of existing Ramenskoye Airport (pictured above).
- Boeing flew the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, New Zealand, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9’s international debut and longest flight since the test program began. The airplane continued on to Alice Springs, Australia, for testing in hot weather. Boeing and Air Algerie announced a commitment for eight Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. When finalized, the order will be worth US$724 million (532 million euros). Boeing and flydubai announced an order for 75 737 MAX 8s and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s. In addition, the airline retains purchase rights for 25 more 737 MAXs.
- An AN-124-100 Ruslan cargo aircraft lifted Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympic Torch high into the sky above the city of Ulyanovsk, Russia. As part of the official torch relay program, the Olympic flame was encased in a secured lantern and placed in the aircraft. While onboard, it was accompanied by an entourage of flame guardians together with a series of Volkswagen Amarok trucks that had been driven into the aircraft hold.
- Etihad Airways hosted a visit by the prime minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, at its Abu Dhabi headquarters. Kenny was in the Gulf region as part of an Enterprise Ireland Trade and Investment Mission to promote greater commercial ties with Ireland. Irish company Glenbeigh Records Management opened its facility at Dubai World Central during Enterprise Ireland.
- Crane Worldwide Logistics expanded its full Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status in the Netherlands for the EMEA region. AEO status was implemented in January 2008 under the Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission. By being an AEO, Crane Worldwide is entitled to customs simplifications.
- Airbus renewed its lead logistics provider contract with Kuehne + Nagel until 2016. Kuehne + Nagel will continue to manage Airbus’ entire production logistics in France, Germany, Spain, the UK and China for all aircraft programs.
- Following the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan in December 2013, Astral Aviation has flown more than 1,000 tonnes of relief and humanitarian shipments into Juba, South Sudan.
- Aeroscraft Corporation, the maker of the cargo airship Aeroscraft, and air charter company Pacific Airlift signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the structure of a potential utilization of Aeroscraft to provide transportation services through the Asia Pacific.
- Seven weeks after the maiden flight of Lufthansa Cargo’s Boeing 777F, the airline’s new plane landed in Asia for the first time. It arrived in Mumbai with almost 90 tonnes of cargo.
- Volga-Dnepr Technics in Germany entered into a contract with Swiss air carrier Darwin Airline for aircraft maintenance support at Leipzig/Halle Airport. The contract provides for the use of Volga-Dnepr Technics’ hangar facilities and equipment to carry out maintenance checks on the SAAB 2000s aircraft operated by Darwin Airline as well as the provision of certified personnel.