France

May 8, 2008 - 10:31am

Serge Dassault has purchased three local newspapers in the area in which he is expected to campaign for a seat in the French National Assembly in next year’s legislative elections. The three weekly newspapers were bought from Semif, a subsidiary of the France Antilles group owned by press magnate Philippe Hersant.

April 15, 2008 - 5:25am

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicholas Sarkozy reached some significant–though little noticed–defense arrangements when they met in London late last month. The two countries agreed to seek a single joint contract for the in-service support of the Airbus A400M airlifters that both have ordered. If achieved, this will be the first such arrangement ever concluded.

March 28, 2008 - 5:58am

Dassault Aviation CEO and Gifas chairman Charles Edelstenne, speaking at French aerospace trade group Gifas’s annual meeting last month, said the French aerospace industry wrote a record E57.5 billion in orders last year but warned, “These results hide a very worrying reality. With the euro currently valued at over $1.50, orders are less profitable” since the aerospace industry sells its products in U.S. dollars.

March 20, 2008 - 10:43am

Dassault Aviation CEO and Gifas chairman Charles Edelstenne had a sobering message for the European community despite presenting news that the French aerospace industry wrote a record €57.5 billion in orders last year. Speaking today at French aerospace trade group Gifas’s annual meeting, Edelstenne warned, “These results hide a very worrying reality.

January 23, 2008 - 5:56am

A French regional authority has taken over the ailing family-owned Air Atlantique regional airline, boosted its operations and brought new life back to the city of Le Havre’s airport as the center of a new network of regional and European routes served by ATR 42-300s.

January 23, 2008 - 5:56am

A French regional authority has taken over the ailing family-owned Air Atlantique regional airline, boosted its operations and brought new life back to the city of Le Havre’s airport as the center of a new network of regional and European routes served by ATR 42-300s.

December 17, 2007 - 9:36am

Serge Dassault, 79-year-old patriarch of leading business and military aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation, at last has realized his dream of becoming a French lawmaker following his election to the French Senate at the end of September. Meanwhile, his newly acquired daily newspaper is already causing him a headache.

November 27, 2007 - 9:32am

French air accident investigators have recently recommended that English be used for all ATC communication at major airports in France. The advisory is part of a preliminary report by the Bureau Enquete Accidents (BEA) into a May 25, 2000, accident at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in which a twin-turboprop Shorts 330 operated by UK carrier Streamline Aviation collided with an Air Liberte  MD-83 on takeoff.

October 12, 2007 - 10:28am

Reims Aviation, one of Europe’s few remaining independent light aircraft manufacturers and subcontractors, has been saved from bankruptcy. The Reims, eastern France commercial court lifted the bankruptcy protection order on the company but said it should be broken up and sold in two parts, with 164 of the 461 employees losing their jobs.

October 4, 2007 - 7:50am

Twin Jet, the largest French operator of Beechcraft 1900 turboprops since the demise last year of R-lines, continues its growth following the addition in March of two new regional routes. By year-end it expects to add at least two more links.

 
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