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Air New Zealand’s CEO to step down this year 

Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe plans to step down by the end of 2012, it was widely reported by New Zealand media Monday.

The New Zealand Herald quoted a statement from Fyfe saying that his decision was made partly to create the space for the airline’s talented and capable executives to realize their full potential. 

Fyfe, who has been ANZ CEO since 2005, is credited with introducing many of the changes that transformed the airline.

Fears over radiation exposure complicate Japan's air transport recovery 
Momentum in the air transport operational recovery in Tokyo following last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami could be difficult to maintain in the face of growing fears over radiation exposure from unstable nuclear reactors.
Narita, Haneda airports partially reopen as Japan contends with quake aftermath 
Tokyo Narita and Haneda airports partially reopened for some flights late Friday after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake forced the busy facilities to shut down for most of the day, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
Emirates receives Airline of the Year Award at gala dinner 
Emirates Airline received the 2011 Airline of the Year Award at the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards gala dinner event in Washington Tuesday evening.
Emirates accepts Airline of the Year Award at gala dinner
Emirates Airline received the 2011 Airline of the Year Award at the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards gala dinner event in Washington Tuesday evening.
Moscow Domodedovo blast kills at least 35; world leaders condemn terrorist attack 
An explosion that occurred at Moscow Domodedovo Airport around 4:30 p.m. local time Monday is believed to have killed at least 35 people and injured dozens of others.
Dozens reported killed, injured in Moscow Domodedovo explosion 
[UPDATED] An explosion occurred Monday at Moscow Domodedovo, Russia's busiest airport, leading to numerous casualties and at least some fatalities, according to widespread news reports from the Russian capital.
Consultancy predicts 2010 ancillary revenue will reach $22.6 billion worldwide 
Airlines around the world will generate $22.6 billion in ancillary revenue this year, more than double the amount generated in 2008, according to Shorewood, Wis.-based IdeaWorks.
American seeks permission to operate LAX-Shanghai Pudong 777 flights 

American Airlines on Friday filed an application with the US Dept. of Transportation for authority to launch Los Angeles-Shanghai Pudong service from April 5, 2011.

"These new flights would be the only nonstops between Los Angeles and Shanghai operated by a US airline," AA Senior VP-Government Affairs Will Ris said. "Los Angeles-Shanghai is the largest US-China market for air travel and we believe it is in the public's interest to offer more air service between the two cities."

Boeing confirms further 3-month 787 delivery delay 
Boeing early Friday confirmed ATW Daily News's report that it has been informing customers of a further three-month delay in 787 first deliveries. Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Titus Naikuni told this website Thursday in Nairobi that Boeing had informed him of the delay (ATW Daily News, Aug. 27). The manufacturer said in a short statement that it "now expects delivery of the first 787 in the middle of the first quarter 2011." It had been targeting first delivery to launch customer ANA during the 2010 fourth quarter.
DOT approves Delta-US slot swap, retains divestiture conditions 

US Dept. of Transportationyesterday gave final approval to the Delta Air Lines/US Airways slot swap at Washington National and New York LaGuardia announced last August.

Report: JAL's creditors not satisfied with bankrupt carrier's cost-cutting 

Japan Airlines' main lenders reportedly are not willing to provide the bankrupt carrier with further relief unless they see evidence that it is making strides in slashing costs, in particular by cutting back on international services.

BA, Aer Lingus fail to reach accords with cabin staff 

British Airways and Aer Lingus each reached a crossroads yesterday with disgruntled flight attendants as attempts to agree on terms designed to produce cost savings met with resistance.

Airbus to increase A320 production despite souring financials 

Despite reporting a €763 million ($1.04 billion) net loss in 2009, reversed from a €1.57 billion surplus the prior year, Airbus parent EADS yesterday announced an increase in the monthly A320 family production rate from the current 34 to 36 in December thanks to "continuing demand" and a "record backlog."

The Airbus commercial unit posted an operating profit of €386 million excluding goodwill impairment and exceptional items, an 83.3% plunge from the €2.31 billion earned on a similar basis in 2008. Revenue slipped just 0.6% to €26.37 billion.

New tax threatens to slow Indian recovery 

Optimism regarding the gradual recovery of India's commercial aviation industry was dampened yesterday in Hyderabad as the India Aviation show and conference opened amid concerns that a new 10% tax on domestic tickets could stifle growth.

On the bright side, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said the industry handled the recession "with composure" and that he has "cautious optimism" about 2010.

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