Alan Dron

Alan
Dron
Articles
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair reports 55% net profit jump in 1Q
Ireland-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair reported a 55% jump in net profit for the first quarter of its 2018 financial year, with the post-tax figure rising to €397 million ($453 million), compared to €256 million a year ago.
New Darwin Airline boss predicts better times ahead 
Darwin Airline’s newly appointed CEO Heinrich Ollendiek said its new owners will be a much better “fit” with the Swiss regional carrier than its previous equity partner, Etihad Airways.
Level Airbus A330-200
IAG firms three A330-200s options for Level startup
International Airlines Group (IAG) has firmed three options for Airbus A330-200 widebodies for its new Level long-haul, low-cost carrier after a strong start for bookings.
ATR 72-600
Taiwanese carrier Mandarin further bolsters ATR fleet
Taiwan’s Mandarin Airlines, which announced July 19 it was buying six ATR 72-600s, has signed a conditional letter of intent to lease three more of the Franco-Italian turboprops.
Middle East and Africa airlines battle setbacks old and new 
Growth of the three major Gulf carriers has continued. But even Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have seen clouds on the horizon over the past year.
Reports: Turkey about to be removed from UK’s laptop ban
The UK has refused to comment on reports that it is on the verge of lifting the cabin ban on large personal electronic devices (PEDs) being carried to the UK from Turkish airports.
Finnair Airbus A350-900
Finnair swings to profit in 1H on fleet renewal, cost program
Finnair is increasingly seeing the benefits of fleet renewal and a cost-efficiency program feed through to its bottom line, the company said July 20.
Etihad Regional SAAB 2000
Etihad sells Swiss Regional in equity partnership shift
Swiss regional carrier Etihad Regional has been sold to Luxembourg-based private equity fund 4K Invest, owners of Slovenia’s Adria Airways.
Wizz Air names three new senior management staff
Central and Eastern European low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air has announced three new appointments to the roles of deputy CEO, CFO and CTO.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air reports 1Q net profit up 50.4%
Central and Eastern Europe low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air recorded a 50.4% jump in net income for the first three months of its financial year, which runs from March 31-June 30, 2017.
ATR 72-600
Taiwan's Mandarin Airlines opts for ATR 72-600s
Taiwanese carrier Mandarin Airlines has ordered six ATR 72-600s, valued at $160 million at current list prices.
ANALYSIS: Can Heathrow’s third runway be built for $7 billion less?
In the never-ending, will-it-ever-happen saga that is London Heathrow’s third runway, new options have come forward that claim the project could be built for a third less than the £18 billion ($23 billion) price tag currently proposed by the airport.
SWISS Bombardier CS100
SWISS CSeries prepares for London City debut
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has undertaken one of the final steps before the start of its Bombardier CSeries services to London City Airport (LCY) Aug. 8.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8
LOT completes initial phase of long-haul renewal
LOT Polish Airlines has taken delivery of the final aircraft of its batch of eight Boeing 787-8s, as the Polish national carrier eyes the arrival of the larger -9 model next year.
Air Zimbabwe A320
Reports: Air Zimbabwe cuts half its workforce
Air Zimbabwe, the national carrier of the southern African nation, has reportedly made almost half of its 400-plus staff redundant as it battles chronic financial problems.
Blogs & Commentary
Jul 24, 2017
blog

New US security rules are a win for common sense

The US government’s new security rules for all international flights bound for the US came into effect last week. I experienced them first hand at Auckland airport and, if that experience proves typical, this is a win for safety and for common sense....More
Jul 21, 2017
blog

Joon know your target audience? ​

Air France has finally given birth to new lower-cost airline Joon, but is the baby too genetically similar to its elderly parent to appeal to millennials?...More
Jul 7, 2017
blog

Wait-and-see approach is still best on new US security requirements

The foundation is in place for the new standards to be problematic for airlines down the road....More
ATW On-Location

Click here to read event news from ATW On-Location