Alan Dron

Why Do Passengers Grab Their Bags During Emergency Evacuations? 
In two recent emergencies, passengers delayed exiting to grab luggage from overhead bins and even used their phones to record inside the airplane.
LOT Boeing 737
LOT Polish Airlines expands international services to Israel
LOT Polish Airlines plans to restore international services to several regional airports in its home market.
The  A330-900neo and A350-900 are shown side-by-side in Toulouse.
Strong commercial deliveries enable Airbus to meet 2016 guidance
A strong fourth quarter in terms of commercial airliner deliveries enabled Airbus to deliver against its 2016 financial guidance, but company figures were dragged down by a €2.2 billion ($2.3 billion) write-off associated with a military transport aircraft.
AerCap posts $1.04 billion profit in 2016
Ireland-based lessor AerCap turned in a net profit of $1.04 billion on a reported basis for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016, compared to $1.17 billion for the preceding year.
Executive jet transatlantic operator seeks new business model
More competition for lucrative transatlantic first-class passengers is imminent with the appearance of a new operator—New York-based Bliss Jet—selling individual seats on high-end business jets.
Alitalia A319
Alitalia braces for strike in face of financial crisis
Italian national carrier Alitalia faces a strike by multiple trade unions and professional associations Feb. 23 that will force it to cancel 60% of flights that day.
European regional carriers facing tough times
Europe’s regional airlines face a narrow—and shrinking—window of opportunity in which to make a profit, an industry consultant said in London Feb. 20.
European regional airlines urge safety agency to intervene in flight delay court cases
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) is seeking assistance from the continent’s safety authority for carriers facing heavy compensation costs following flight delays.
Norwegian focuses on mid-size US cities for new Atlantic services
Low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian is planning to open up transatlantic services from several mid-sized US cities that do not have European flights, the airline’s CEO said Feb.20.
Icelandair Boeing 757-200
Icelandair opts for Scimitar Blended Winglets to cut fuel costs
Icelandair is to undertake a modification program on its Boeing 757-200 fleet, through fitting them with Aviation Partners Boeing’s Scimitar Blended Winglets (SBW).
Alitalia A330-200
Alitalia closes in on new business plan
Alitalia says it finally expects to have agreed a new business plan by the end of February.
Arik Air Boeing 737-800
Nigerian state takes control of Arik Air
Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air, has suspended its two long-haul international routes following a temporary takeover of the company by a state entity.
Finnair Airbus A350-900
Finnair profit slips in 2016, but prospects hopeful
Finnair recorded an annual profit for 2016 of €85.1 million ($90 million), down from the 2015 figure of €89.7 million.
British Airways aircraft at London-Heathrow Airport
British Airways Unite cabin crew to strike again Feb. 22-25
British Airways (BA) cabin crew, represented by the Unite union, will strike again Feb. 22-25 in a long-running dispute over pay levels.
Air Arabia Airbus A320
Air Arabia net profit down 4% in 2016
UAE-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Air Arabia reported a 2016 net profit of AED509 million ($138.6 million), down 4% compared to AED530 million for 2015.
Blogs & Commentary
Feb 16, 2017

Not all US domestic routes are created equal

For years, US airlines basically treated a 45-90-minute hop the same as a 5-hour transcontinental flight....More
Jan 30, 2017

Protesters at Washington Dulles are happy, well behaved

I took an international flight out of Washington Dulles Sunday evening so stepped down to the international arrivals lounge curious to see what was happening in light of the Trump travel ban that ignited protests over the weekend....More
Jan 24, 2017

Alitalia, the airline that broke the camel’s back?

Can Alitalia ever be a good-news story? It appears not for Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based airline that has become the latest in a line of companies to see potential in the Italian flag carrier but for whom good news seems an increasingly distant prospect....More
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