Alan Dron

Dubai takes top slot as world’s busiest international airport
Dubai Airports has confirmed it has taken the title of the world’s busiest international airport from London Heathrow.
UAE authorities ban Baghdad services after shots strike aircraft
The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) aviation regulator has ordered an immediate halt of flights to Baghdad after a flydubai aircraft was hit by bullets on approach to the Iraqi capital’s airport.
Dubai lessor IAFC begins to build portfolio
Dubai-based lessor International Airfinance Corp. (IAFC) has made its first acquisition with the signing of a firm purchase agreement with Airbus for five A330-200s, plus four further options.
BOC Aviation signs for CFM engines
Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation has signed a firm order with CFM International for CFM56 engines to power 10 new A320s, part of its existing order with Airbus.
Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800
Etihad raises Virgin Australia stake
Etihad Airways has further increased its stake in Virgin Australia, in the wake of official approval for such a move.
EasyJet A319
EasyJet records improved 1Q figures
EasyJet anticipates a reduction in its first-half loss as a result of continued improvements in passenger figures and dropping fuel prices, the UK-based low-cost carrier (LCC) said Tuesday.
Iberia heads back to Havana
Iberia’s improving financial position has encouraged it to restart one suspended South American service and launch a previously unserved sector in the continent.
ATR 42 still has place in line-up, manufacturer says
The 50-seat ATR 42 turboprop remains a viable product despite almost 90% of the manufacturer’s order backlog comprising the larger ATR 72 version, ATR said.
UK regional aviation urged to bid for government cash
The UK government will make available £56 million ($84 million) to airlines and regional airports over the next three years to help launch new routes.
Lion Group Wings Air ATR 72-600
ATR sets sights on Asia 
Asia, which is already a major market for ATR turboprops, is due to receive even greater attention from the Franco-Italian manufacturer this year.
ATR racks up 160 orders, 120 options in 2014
ATR chalked up record sales, deliveries and order backlog in 2014, CEO Patrick de Castelbajac announced Wednesday.
Alitalia A320
Alitalia targets 2017 profit under new plan 
Alitalia can have a great future, but attitudes in the company must change, the company said Tuesday.
UK opens inquiry into Flybe Q400 landing incident
The UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch has opened an inquiry into why a Flybe Bombardier Q400 left the runway at Inverness Airport Monday.
Aerovista places four aircraft with Libyan airlines
Dubai-based aircraft charter and leasing specialist Aerovista has placed four aircraft with two Libyan carriers.
Jazeera Airways A320
Jazeera Airways Group sells fleet for $507 million 
Jazeera Airways Group has sold its entire fleet owned by its leasing unit Sahaab Leasing to a UK-Chinese joint venture for $507 million and is getting out of the leasing business.

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