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Lufthansa expands in-flight smartphone usage

Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said Thursday it will allow passengers to use a range of mobile electronic devices in flight on all Airbus aircraft starting from next month. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) agreed in November to allow the use of personal electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players in all phases of flight. Previously, personal electronic devices were not allowed to be used on aircraft during taxiing, take-off and landing.

Asiana's employee numbers top 10,000 as it marks 26th anniversary

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- Asiana Airlines Inc., South Korea's second largest flag carrier, said Thursday that the number of its employees topped the 10,000 mark as it celebrates 26 years of flight services. The company said in a ceremony in Seoul to mark its anniversary that the number was reached with 100 new employees joining its staff. The gains come as the company plans to introduce new planes like the A380 "super jumbo" to its fleet this year. The company's fleet that includes B777s, A330s and A320s currently stands at around 80.

Asiana's employee numbers top 10,000 as it marks 26th anniversary

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- Asiana Airlines Inc., South Korea's second largest flag carrier, said Thursday that the number of its employees topped the 10,000 mark as it celebrates 26 years of flight services. The company said in a ceremony in Seoul to mark its anniversary that the number was reached with 100 new employees joining its staff. The gains come as the company plans to introduce new planes like the A380 "super jumbo" to its fleet this year. The company's fleet that includes B777s, A330s and A320s currently stands at around 80.

Airbus seals deal during Singapore Airshow for 20 of its superjumbo A380s

SINGAPORE - Airbus announced its second major aircraft order of the Singapore Airshow with a deal Wednesday to deliver 20 of its superjumbo A380s to leasing company Amedeo. The 20 planes are worth about $8.3 billion but list prices are often discounted for big buyers. The order is a boost for the European plane maker because A380 sales have fallen short of expectations. Amedeo CEO Mark Lapidus said the A380s will be delivered between 2016 and 2020.

Flight delays are growing more common on major US airlines; fewer consumers complaining

Flight delays are increasing on major U.S. airlines, but fewer travellers are complaining. The federal Department of Transportation said Tuesday that just 68.9 per cent of flights arrived within 14 minutes of schedule in December, compared with 76.6 per cent a year earlier. Cancelations rose, too. For all of 2013, the on-time rate fell to 78.3 per cent, a drop of 3.6 percentage points from 2012. The government figures cover 16 airlines including all the giants and the leading regional carriers.

Vietnam jet deal boosts Asian role in global aviation

Fledgling carrier VietJetAir on Tuesday ordered 63 Airbus A320 jets with a list price of $6.4 billion in a massive expansion programme that underscores Asia's central role in the future of world aviation. The deal, signed on the opening day of the Singapore Airshow, also covers rights to acquire or lease 38 more A320s, potentially boosting the budget carrier's current fleet of 11 A320s tenfold.

Lufthansa says passenger numbers higher in January

Lufthansa, Germany's number one airline, said on Tuesday that its passenger numbers rose again in January. Lufthansa said in a statement it carried 6.943 million passengers in last month, 2.0 percent more than during the same month last year. At the same time, the airline reduced the number of flights by 1.2 percent. That meant the so-called seat-load factor, which measures the number of seats filled on flights, increased by 0.8 percentage point to 75.6 percent in January.

VietJetAir places firm orders for Airbus jets

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Low-cost Vietnam airline, VietJetAir, placed an order for up to 100 Airbus <AIR.PA> aircraft, the latest entrant seeking to tap into a booming Southeast Asian market. The airline placed a firm order for 63 jets and 30 purchase options and will lease the remainder, VietJetAir officials said at a signing ceremony with Airbus at the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday. The purchase agreement covers firm orders for 42 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and seven A321ceo.

Lufthansa picks Spohr as boss to lead battle on budget carriers

By Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheahan FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Lufthansa <LHAG.DE> has picked Carsten Spohr as its new chief executive, naming a company veteran to lead the battle against low-cost carriers and fast-growing Gulf airlines. Germany's largest airline has been looking for a new boss since September, when it was announced current CEO Christoph Franz would leave at the end of May to become chairman at Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche <ROG.VX>.

Ethiopian Airlines interested in 10 Boeing 777X: CEO

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Ethiopian Airlines is in preliminary talks with Boeing <BA.N> that could lead to an order for 10 of the U.S. planemaker's latest model, the 777X, the airline's chief executive said. "When the 777X comes, as soon as we can get the (production) slots we will be there," Tewolde Gebremariam told Reuters in a telephone interview. "We are discussing with Boeing for about 10 777X," he added - a deal potentially worth $3.8 billion at list prices.
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