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Pegasus A320
Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines reports passengers up 7.4%
Turkish low-cost carrier (LCC) Pegasus Airlines recorded a 7.4% increase in the number of passengers flown in the first nine months of the year compared to a year previously, the airline has announced.
AirBaltic Boeing 737-300
AirBaltic joins Airlines for Europe
Latvian carrier airBaltic has joined Airlines for Europe (A4E), adding to the lobbying group’s growing number of carriers.
India to launch regional flight scheme next year
Plans for a system of affordable flights between smaller cities in India will come to fruition in January 2017 when the first services take off, a government minister said Oct. 21.
Europe provides more cash for ATC improvements
The European Commission has announced the availability of €400 million ($438 million) to aid the deployment stage of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) program.
Alitalia Airbus A330-200
Alitalia switches to Sabre IT system
Italian flag carrier Alitalia has completed a major IT upgrade that involved switching its reservations system to a new provider, the airline said Oct. 19.
Norwegian Boeing 737-800
Norwegian 3Q net profit up 19%
Fast-expanding low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian recorded a third-quarter net profit of NOK992.5 million ($121.1 million), up 19% compared to a net profit of NOK832.8 million in the year-ago quarter.
Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9
Etihad seeks UK advice on surface efficiencies
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is teaming with UK air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS to help deliver a series of operational enhancements across its network.
UK runway decision delayed again
The decision on provision of additional runway capacity for the congested southeast of England will be delayed a little longer, after an anticipated decision by the UK government’s cabinet was postponed.
Monarch Airlines Airbus A320.
Monarch modifies Boeing 737 deal
UK low-cost carrier Monarch Airlines is understood to have converted its order for Boeing 737 MAX8s into a sale-and-leaseback deal.
Bombardier Q400 in PAL livery.
PAL signs to purchase Bombardier Q400s
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has signed a letter of intent (LoI) to acquire “up to 12” Bombardier Q400 regional turboprops, the Canadian OEM announced Oct. 14.
KLM Boeing 787
Air France-KLM hikes winter season capacity
Air France-KLM Group has announced a year-over-year 3.7% capacity increase for the upcoming northern winter season.
Monarch Airlines A330-200
Monarch Airlines confirms cash infusion from owners
UK carrier Monarch Airlines announced Oct. 12 it has received a £165 million ($203 million) injection from majority shareholder, Greybull Capital, on the deadline set by UK regulator Civil Aviation Authority to have fresh funding in place.
Rendering of Salam Air A320
New Omani LCC Salam Air changes equipment plans
New Omani low-cost carrier (LCC) Salam Air will begin its operational life with Airbus A320s, rather than the previously mooted Boeing 737s, the airline said Oct. 11.
Chinese investment group buys Albanian airport
Hong Kong-based investment holding and asset management company China Everbright Limited (CEL) has purchased the entire stock issue of Albania’s Tirana International Airport (TIA).
Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9
Etihad strengthens African connections
United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad Airways has increased links to Africa with the signing of a codeshare agreement with South African low-cost carrier (LCC) kulula.
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Oct 21, 2016

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Oct 19, 2016

DOT’s new “competition” rules for US airlines have nothing to do with competition

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