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Yesterday, 09:46

Jet2 to operate A321s on Thomas Cook slots

MANCHESTER - Jet2 snapped up slots of defunct Thomas Cook Airlines at "key" UK airports. The leisure operator will add A321 capacity in the summer 2020 to fill gaps Thomas Cook left.
Boeing expects "key" business case
Yesterday, 09:20

Qantas trials London - Sydney nonstop flight

BildLONDON - Qantas trials its London - Sydney nonstop service with a test flight that left Heathrow airport with 50 passengers Thursday., Serving airlines that will operate flights lasting 14 hours or longer is a "key consideration” for Boeing global growth strategy over the next 20 years, an executive said.
Airlines
Yesterday, 07:15

SAA strike could push airline towards collapse

BildCAPE TOWN - South African Airways (SAA) said on Wednesday it might never recover if a strike by labour unions goes ahead this week, underscoring how close the state-owned company is to collapse. The airline had to cancel nearly all its schedule for Friday and Saturday in the wake of industrial action.
Capacity outlook
2 days ago

Wizz Air raises profit forecast as rivals struggle

BildBUDAPEST - Wizz Air lifted the bottom end of its annual profit forecast and further raised its capacity growth outlook, as the budget airline flew more passengers and curbed costs in the first-half, while struggling rivals cut expansion plans. The Airline does not suffer delays caused by the 737 MAX Grounding.
2019 tally
2 days ago

Boeing orders sink as customers opt to swap MAX

BildSEATTLE - Boeing took 10 new plane orders last month, but saw some customers swapping the U.S. planemaker's grounded 737 MAX planes in favor of more expensive wide-body planes as doubts lingered about the MAX's return to service, which the manufacturer expects by January 2020.
Airlines
3 days ago

South African Airways could cut more than 900 jobs

BildCAPE TOWN - South African Airways (SAA) said it had started consultations with its more than 5,000 staff and was talking to labour unions. The airline has not made an annual profit since 2011 and is grappling with severe funding difficulties and an inefficient and ageing fleet of airplanes.
2020
3 days ago

Virgin Atlantic adds capacity to Manchester

MANCHESTER - Virgin Atlantic has announced an expanded flying operation out of Manchester Airport for Summer 2020.
By 2033
3 days ago

Birmingham airport strives for carbon neutral operation

BIRMINGHAM - Birmingham Airport has announced its commitment to become a net zero carbon airport by the year 2033, prioritising zero carbon airport operations and minimising carbon offsets.
Safety
3 days ago

Boeing flags 737 MAX return to service

BildWASHINGTON - Boeing on Monday said it expected U.S. regulators to approve the return to commercial service of its grounded 737 MAX jet in the coming weeks, and its shares jumped as investors grew more hopeful the planemaker had addressed software problems at the heart of two fatal crashes.
Category 2
4 days ago

U.S. aviation authority downgrades Malaysia's air safety rating

BildKUALA LUMPUR - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has downgraded Malaysia's air safety rating, restricting the country's airlines from adding flights to the United States, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Malaysia has been downgraded to Category 2, said the sources, who did not want to be identified.
"Elizabeth Line"
4 days ago

New Heathrow train link faces further delays

LONDON - London's Crossrail project running from Heathrow Airport to the Canary Wharf financial district could cost an extra 650 million pounds ($832 million) and not open until 2021, more than two years behind schedule.
Airlines
4 days ago

Qantas joins IAG in pledge to slash emissions

BildSYDNEY - Qantas Airways on Monday pledged to slash its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, joining British Airways owner IAG as the industry's response to climate change activists gathers momentum. The Australian airline will invest in research on biofuels to cap emissions at 2020 levels.
Climate change
5 days ago

Nine EU countries call for European aviation tax

BildBRUSSELS - Nine European Union states have called on the bloc's incoming executive Commission to introduce an EU-wide tax on aviation so as to charge a polluting industry more for its emissions and put all member states on level pegging. The industry set itself an ambitious 2050 target.
Boeing 787
6 days ago

Rollls-Royce takes another Trent 1000 hit

BildLONDON - The bill to fix Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engine has risen by another 800 million pounds ($1 billion) as the aerospace group battles to reduce disruption to airline customers that have had to ground Boeing 787 passenger planes for repairs. The problem fix will extend into 2023.
Boeing
7 days ago

Lion Air discovers structural cracks on newer 737s

BildJAKARTA - Lion Air has found structural cracks in two Boeing Co 737 NG planes with fewer flights than a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) threshold for checks, Indonesia's aviation safety regulator said on Friday. The issue becomes a widespread concern among 737 operators worldwide.
Airlines
7 days ago

Willie Walsh plans retirement from IAG

LONDON - Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways owner IAG, said on Friday he planned to retire within the next two years.
New shares
7 days ago

Norwegian secures yet another lifeline

BildOSLO - Norwegian Air's third fundraising from investors in 20 months could be the airline's final chance to prove it can make money from cheap transatlantic air travel, one of its major shareholders said on Wednesday. It said the money would cover its needs "through 2020 and beyond based on the current business plan".
Bleak outlook
7 days ago

IAG cuts capacity and profit forecasts

BildLONDON - British Airways owner IAG scaled back its forecast for capacity growth for the next three years on Friday, hitting its outlook for earnings per share as the prospects for the global economy remained weak. The airline group braces for a "soft" 2020 macroeconomic environment.
BEA
Older than 7 days

Volunteers discover Swiss A220 engine parts

PARIS - French volunteer search teams have found fragments from an engine that exploded in mid-air over eastern France in July, officials said on Wednesday.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Qatar Airways and IndiGo annouce strategic deal

BildDOHA - India's largest airline, IndiGo , and Qatar Airways will make a strategic business announcement on Thursday, which media reports said would involve a codeshare agreement. Qatar has in the past shown interest in investing in IndiGo but the Indian airline has resisted.
Pilot initiative
Older than 7 days

Boeing to invest $1 billion in global safety drive

BildSEATTLE - Boeing is planning an initial investment of around $1 billion into industry-wide pilot development as part of a long-term initiative to reduce risks like those faced by the crew in two 737 MAX crashes, people familiar with the matter said. The embattled planemaker is trying to rebuild trust and cooperation.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Norwegian taps bond market

OSLO - Norwegian Air is planning a share issue and a $175 million bond, it said on Tuesday, adding that the deals would raise enough cash to meet the struggling budget airline's needs through 2020 and beyond.
Safety
Older than 7 days

EASA expects 737 MAX return early 2020

BildFRANKFURT - Boeing's grounded 737 MAX airliner is likely to return to service in Europe during the first quarter of 2020, the head of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Monday. The agency will run a series of tests and trials before it lifts the flight ban imposed March 19.
Shower attendants
Older than 7 days

UK tightens Emirates flight crew immigration rules

LONDON - Emirates will add a regular flight attendant to its A380 flights to the UK as authorities tighten rules.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Why buying Air Europa makes sense for IAG

BildMADRID - IAG the parent of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia, announced a 1 billion euro ($1.12 billion) takeover of Spain’s Air Europa to boost its presence on routes to Latin America and the Caribbean. The deal follows a setback in Latin America for IAG - and raises competition concerns at rivals.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Lion Air targets 2020 IPO

BildJAKARTA - Lion Air is targeting a flotation of up to $1 billion in the first quarter of 2020 amid a "market of stability", several sources close to the matter said, as the Indonesian airline resumes growth after a year dominated by the fatal crash of one of its Boeing 737 MAX jets near Jakarta.
Acquisition
Older than 7 days

IAG buys Air Europa to strengthen its Madrid hub

BildLONDON - British Airways owner IAG said on Monday it had agreed to buy Spanish carrier Air Europa for 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) in cash as it set its sights on the market in European travel to Latin America. IAG will tie Air Europa to Iberia to strenghen its Madrid hub operation.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Easyjet adds Orly connections with long-haul partners

BildLONDON - Low-cost airline Easyjet has added baggage services to its flight-connections partnership with two budget long-haul carriers flying from Paris, in a move that challenges Air France on transatlantic and Caribbean leisure routes. Air France is eager to counter the step with Transavia.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Cebu orders 16 Airbus A330-900

TOULOUSE - Philippines' Cebu Air Inc has finalised the purchase of 16 long-range Airbus A330neo jets worth $4.8 billion at list prices, the airline said on Monday.
737 MAX
Older than 7 days

Ryanair cuts growth plans amid Boeing delays

BildDUBLIN - Ryanair said on Monday it expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX in March at the earliest, two months later than it last forecast, pushing its passenger growth for next year to its lowest level in years. In July it said it hoped to receive it in January. The airline remains "cautious" for its guidance.
"Pickle Forks"
Older than 7 days

Qantas says cracks found in three 737 NG jets

BildSYDNEY - Qantas Airways said on Friday it found structural cracks in three of its Boeing Co 737 NG planes after conducting earlier-than-required checks of its aircraft as part of a global issue with the model. The cracks are on what is known as the "pickle fork" – a part that attaches the plane's fuselage, or body, to the wing structure.
"Bingo Boarding"
Older than 7 days

Gatwick airport trials efficient boarding techniques

BildLONDON - London Gatwick is trialling a new boarding technique in a bid to avoid queues and congestion at gates. During a two-month trial, large digital screens and staff will be placed at Gate 101 to show passengers the order to board. Some Easyjet flights will participate in the "bingo boarding" field test.
Spirit Aerosystems
Older than 7 days

Bombardier to sell aerostructures business

BildMONTREAL - Canada's Bombardier said on Thursday it had agreed to sell its aerostructures business to Spirit AeroSystems for more than $1 billion in cash and debt. As part of the deal, Bombardier will sell two aerostructure facilities - the Belfast plant and another in Morocco - along with a smaller repair plant in Dallas.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

British Airways to trial driverless luggage vehicles

LONDON - As part of its ongoing £6.5bn investment for customers, British Airways is trialling autonomous, emissions-free baggage vehicles at its home at Heathrow, to help the airline further improve punctuality and depart every flight on time.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

BA owner IAG profit knocked by pilot strikes

LONDON - British Airways owner IAG said on Thursday that it had taken a hit from industrial action from pilots at the airline, knocking profits in its third quarter.
Muilenburg hearing
Older than 7 days

"We made some mistakes"

BildWASHINGTON - Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg was repeatedly hammered by U.S. lawmakers at a hearing on Wednesday over his compensation and key mistakes in development of the 737 MAX that he newly acknowledged. This is what happend during the hearing.
Ving Group
Older than 7 days

Investors rescue Thomas Cook`s nordic business

BildSTOCKHOLM - Norwegian investor Petter Stordalen and private equity firms Altor and TDR Capital have agreed to buy the Nordic business of collapsed travel company Thomas Cook. The nordic Thomas Cook arm generated a 108 million Euro operating profit in 2018 and has a headcount of 2,300 employees.
Profits soar
Older than 7 days

Airbus cuts 2019 delivery guidance

BildPARIS - Airbus cut its full-year delivery goal for commercial jets on Wednesday, as the planemaker struggles with production delays at a newly expanded German plant. Europe’s largest aerospace group expects to deliver "around 860” airliners in 2019 instead of the 880-890 previously targeted.
737 crashes
Older than 7 days

FAA expects tougher design rules for all

BildPARIS - Planemakers worldwide face tougher scrutiny and changes in the way aircraft are certified in the aftermath of two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 MAX jets, leading regulators have told Reuters. The head of FAA expects a different environment for airplane design and regulatory review in the 2020s.
Fleets
Older than 7 days

Indigo to close in on 300 jet Airbus deal

BildTOULOUSE _ Indian budget airline IndiGo is close to placing a near-record order for more than 300 Airbus A320neo-family jets worth at least $33 billion at recent catalogue prices to cement its position as India's largest carrier by market share. The deal is expected to include A321XLR long-range aircraft.
Atlantia
Older than 7 days

Italy rejects plan to enlarge Rome airport

ROME - Italy's environment ministry has rejected a plan by Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), a unit of infrastructure group Atlantia, to enlarge Rome's Fiumicino airport, a ministry spokeswoman said on Monday.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

ANA to slash 2019 guidance

TOKYO - Japan's ANA Holdings Inc on Tuesday cut its full-year operating income guidance by 15%, citing a decline in cargo demand stemming from U.S.-China trade issues, a slowdown in business demand and intensifying competition in the budget sector.
U.S. Congress
Older than 7 days

Lawmakers will press Boeing CEO for answers on 737 MAX

BildWASHINGTON - The head of a U.S. Senate panel reviewing two catastrophic Boeing 737 MAX crashes told Reuters ahead of hearings this week that the plane would not return to U.S. skies until "99.9% of the American public" and policymakers are convinced it is safe. Dennis Muilenburg is scheduled to testify.
Daxing Airport
Older than 7 days

British Airways to commence flights to new Beijing gateway

BildBEIJING - Beijing's new $63 billion Daxing airport began its first scheduled international flights on Sunday as it ramped up operations to help relieve pressure on the city's existing Capital airport. British Airways was among the first carriers to shift their Beijing operations to the new airport.
Safety
Older than 7 days

Brazil wants 737 MAX back in service

BRASILIA - Brazil is working to bring the Boeing 737 MAX airplane back to service "by the end of the year," Civil Aviation Secretary Ronei Glanzmann said on Sunday.
Airports
Older than 7 days

Heathrow: reduce emissions to withstand flight shame

BildLONDON - The airline industry needs to take strong action to reduce carbon emissions and withstand the "flight shame" movement by environmentalists seeking to reduce commercial flying, an executive for London's Heathrow airport said on Friday. The airports expects "global hubs" to be less effected by the movement.
Air Tanzania
Older than 7 days

Tanzania state carrier aims to double fleet

DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzania’s state carrier plans to double the size of its fleet to 14 aircraft by 2022 and is exploring new routes and code-sharing agreements with other airlines, a senior government official said on Saturday.
NTSB
Older than 7 days

Boeing considered MCAS redesign before accidents

BildSEATTLE - Boeing engineers and test pilots considered before two fatal 737 MAX crashes whether an anti-stall system should be redesigned after discussing how flawed data from a single sensor could trigger it repeatedly, U.S. investigators have found. The planemaker later abandoned the idea.
JT510
Older than 7 days

Indonesia's report on 737 MAX crash faults Boeing design

BildJAKARTA - Indonesia has called for better Boeing cockpit systems and oversight by U.S. regulators after design flaws helped bring down a Lion Air 737 MAX jet - a crash that was compounded by errors from ground staff and crew. The findings are revealed in the final accident report.
Sources
Older than 7 days

Software link suspected in A220 engine blowouts

PARIS - A probe into a series of engine failures on Airbus's smallest jet, the A220, is studying whether a software change set off unexpected vibrations that damaged fast-moving parts and forced three emergency landings.

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