Alan Dron

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Kuwait Airways focuses on growth and customer service 
Kuwait’s national carrier wants to win back traffic in an increasingly competitive marketplace
Etihad-Diehl 3D-printed cover plate for economy seat.
Partners produce first 3D-printed components
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways Engineering (EAE) and Germany’s Diehl Aerosystems have signed an agreement to use additive manufacturing—popularly known as 3D printing—to produce initial cabin components for a third-party airline.
EDM Virtual Door Trainer
UK cabin crew trainer turns to virtual reality
UK-based cabin trainer manufacturer EDM has introduced virtual reality (VR) headsets in cabin crew training to meet an increasing demand from airlines for the modern technology.
Air France 787-9 ribbon cutting
Air France takes delivery of second Boeing 787-9
Air France has taken delivery of its second Boeing 787-9, which is scheduled to enter revenue service May 1 to Montreal.
Schiphol Airport temporary departure hall
Schiphol Airport boosts capacity with temporary departure hall
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has opened a temporary departure hall to help cope with growing passenger numbers.
Royal Wings A320
Jordanian charter carrier Royal Wings to start scheduled flights
Royal Jordanian’s charter subsidiary, Royal Wings, will reinforce its initial scheduled services from the Jordanian resort of Aqaba, with a second destination.
Nordica Bombardier CRJ900
Nordica to add two Bombardier CRJ900s
Estonian national carrier Nordica is to add two Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets to its fleet. The Tallinn-based airline currently operates a fleet of four CRJ900s and two CRJ700s.
Air Canada A330 loses wheel on takeoff
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is looking into an incident in which an Air Canada aircraft lost one of its undercarriage wheels prior to takeoff on a transatlantic flight April 16.
Flynas Airbus A320
Saudi carrier flynas seeks funding avenues 
Saudi-Arabian hybrid carrier flynas has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to assess options for funding its forthcoming order for Airbus A320neos.
Alitalia Boeing 777-200
Alitalia staff to vote on new deal
Alitalia’s workforce begins voting April 20 on a deal that will decide whether the struggling airline receives a fresh infusion of cash.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair to open Seville maintenance hangar
Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair is to open its first Spanish C check maintenance hangar at Seville Airport in early 2018, the airline announced April 13.
Air France-KLM inks codeshare deal with Singapore Airlines
Air France-KLM, Singapore Airlines and the latter’s regional subsidiary SilkAir have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to codeshare on each other’s flights.
New Caribbean startup BVI Airways readies for operations
British Virgin Islands startup BVI Airways is ready to start operations, the company said.
Iran Air ATR 72-600
Iran formally signs for ATRs
Iran Air has concluded a firm contract for 20 ATR 72-600s turboprops, plus 20 options for the same variant.
SalamAir A320
SalamAir ramps up route network
New Omani low-cost carrier (LCC) SalamAir plans to rapidly expand its route map as it inducts more aircraft to its fleet.
Blogs & Commentary
Apr 19, 2017
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Flying long haul with Norwegian

Norwegian’s long-haul expansion has made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, but is the product any good? The simple answer is yes, but....More
Apr 14, 2017
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US mainline-regional system likely contributed to bumping incident

I can’t help but wonder if the Byzantine relationship between mainlines and regionals is partly to blame for this incident....More
Apr 11, 2017
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Munoz’s apology may not be enough

Let’s start with today’s good news for United. The CEO issued a full apology for the awful bumped-then-dragged passenger incident, took full responsibility and promised a full review of the company’s crew transport and over-booking procedures....More
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