Alan Dron

UK regional flybmi suspends operations
UK regional carrier flybmi announced on Feb. 16 that it has suspended operations and is filing for administration.
Gulf Air opens vacation routes to Malaga, Salalah
Bahraini flag carrier Gulf Air’s first two new routes since it announced plans to become a “boutique carrier” indicate a tweaking of the airline’s route network.
EU, UK issue more no-deal Brexit guidance for air transport
Both the European Union (EU) and the UK have announced measures designed to smooth air transport connections in the event of the UK departing the bloc in six weeks’ time (Brexit) without a deal.
Finnair Airbus A320
Finnair 2018 net profit down 11%; to slow expansion after record year
Finnair foresees its expansion slowing in 2019, but continues to aim for sustainable profit growth, the company’s CEO said Feb. 15.
DOT approves Norwegian Swedish subsidiary
The US Department of Transportation has approved Norwegian Air Sweden (NSE) to operate flights to and from the US.
Qatar Airways CEO supports questioning relevance of Chicago Convention
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has welcomed a call for a re-evaluation of the regulations that have underpinned the global civil aviation sector since 1944.
IAG sets non-EU shareholding restrictions 
International Airlines Group (IAG) has placed a limit on the number of shares that can be held by non-European Union (EU) citizens.
O’Leary could get huge bonus from Ryanair share option incentive plan
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary stands to make almost €100 million ($117 million) in bonuses if he can either double the LCC’s profit figures or its share price within five years.
Air Italy A330-200
Air Italy to scrap newly opened Delhi, Mumbai services 
Air Italy will cease or modify three intercontinental routes, just months after launching them.
Icelandair Boeing 757-200
Icelandair reports 2018 net loss of $55.6 million after ‘difficult’ year 
Icelandair Group, which includes domestic operator Air Iceland Connect, capacity provider Loftleidir and several tourism-related subsidiaries, recorded a 2018 net loss of $55.6 million, reversed from a net profit of $37.5 million in 2017.
London City CEO: Further drone incidents inevitable 
Further unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, incidents at major airports are inevitable and the civil aviation sector must be prepared to deal with them, London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair said Feb. 7.
EU, Qatar reach ‘milestone’ air agreement
The European Union (EU) and Qatar have finalized negotiations on a “comprehensive air services agreement” aimed at ensuring transparency and fair competition between the Gulf nation and the 28-country bloc.
Royal Air Maroc 787-9
Royal Air Maroc sees fleet, hub growth ahead of oneworld membership
Royal Air Maroc (RAM), set to become the 14th member of the oneworld alliance, is strengthening its position in north Africa as its fleet grows and the carrier’s home hub in Casablanca brings more capacity online.
Air France to rebrand HOP! regional subsidiary
New Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith has taken the next move in simplifying the organization’s brand structure, bringing Air France’s regional operator HOP! closer to the parent company.
Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney
Oneworld expects more partners for associate status
The oneworld alliance has “a pipeline of candidates” lining up for its oneworld connect status, alliance CEO Rob Gurney said Feb. 1.
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Adieu, A380

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