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Strikes by TAP staff, UK airport workers could disrupt holiday travel
Portugal’s government has moved to reduce the effects of a strike by employees at national airline TAP over the holiday period, and ground staff at several UK airports also plan industrial action in the busy run-up to Christmas.
EgyptAir contracts Sabre to help implement transformation plan
EgyptAir has appointed US technology company Sabre to help develop and implement a transformation program for both its mainline operation and its EgyptAir Express regional subsidiary.
Etihad senior executives and cabin crew welcome the carrier's first A380
Etihad unveils new A380s, 787s
Etihad Airways unveiled its first Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft at its Abu Dhabi base Thursday.
Muscat International looks to increase capacity with new runway 
Oman’s Muscat International Airport has opened its new North Runway, part of extensive plans to boost the airport’s capacity.
Oman Air finalizes sale and leaseback deal on three 737-800s
Oman Air has signed a deal with Standard Chartered Bank for the sale and operating leaseback of its three newest Boeing 737-800s.
Norwegian 787-8
European airlines oppose Norwegian entrant 2
Three major European carriers have made representations to the European Commission (EC), opposing plans by Norwegian Air International (NAI) to start transatlantic operations.
Rendering of A330-300 in SAS livery
SAS sets up aircraft financing
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has secured a pre-delivery payment (PDP) financing facility covering a percentage of the pre-delivery payments that the carrier is making as part of its current aircraft order with Airbus.
South African Airways A340-600
South African Airways, Etihad boost relationship
South African Airways (SAA) and Etihad Airways and have announced plans to step up cooperation as part of their existing strategic partnership agreement.
Airbus predicts Chinese air travel boom will continue
China will require more than 5,300 new passenger aircraft and freighters worth some $820 billion from 2014 to 2033, Airbus predicted in its latest Global Market Forecast.
ATR to increase MRO activities
Turboprop manufacturer ATR will formally announce a new logistics center in Brazil early in 2015 and a new partner for its growing network of MRO facilities by the end of this year, as it plans a significant increase in its MRO activities worldwide.
UK industry body identifies sustainable fuels pathway
A coalition of UK airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers and air navigation service provider NATS believes the potential exists for a national sustainable fuels industry to help cut atmospheric emissions.
El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 737-900ER
El Al posts sharp drop in 3Q net profit due to military actions
El Al Israel Airlines posted third-quarter net profit of $10.1 million compared to $57.9 million in the year-ago quarter, due to disruptions caused by Israel’s military operations against Palestinian forces in Gaza over the summer.
Air France A319
Air France to upgrade mid-haul service 
Air France will improve its passenger product on medium-haul flights in a €50 million ($62 million) investment plan in a continuing move upmarket as it aims to differentiate itself from competitors and improve the performance of mid-haul services.
Irish lessor Avolon announces IPO
Ireland-based lessor Avolon Holdings launched an initial public offering (IPO) Monday that will place some 13.6 million common shares on the market.
Flybe increases ‘white label’ services
UK-based regional carrier Flybe will start “white label” flights in October 2015 on behalf of Scandinavian carrier SAS.

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