Alan Dron

Egypt reportedly sends MS804 damaged recorders to Paris
Egyptian investigators are reportedly sending the damaged flight data and cockpit voice recorders of the crashed Egyptair Airbus A320 to French air accident investigation agency BEA, after failing to extract information from them, according to multiple media sources.
Meridiana MD-82
Deadline looms for Meridiana-Qatar Airways deal
A June 26 deadline is rapidly approaching to conclude negotiations that would allow Qatar Airways to take a major stake in Italian carrier Meridiana.
UK regulator to investigate airline charges
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) plans to conduct an investigation into terms and conditions set by airlines when they sell tickets, to ensure they are transparent and readily understandable.
A350 XWB
Airbus set to fly A350-900 to China 1
Airbus is making its first A350-900 demonstration tour of China, from June 25-July 2, as it attempts to tap further into the booming Chinese airline market.
Pier 1
London’s Gatwick Airport opens new Pier 1
London’s Gatwick Airport has opened its new Pier 1 to passenger traffic.
European skies milestone achieved
Norwegian air navigation service provider (ANSP), Avinor, has officially joined the iTEC collaboration, marking another step toward aligning air traffic management systems in support of a Single European Sky (SES).
Air France A330
Air France pilot unions call for new strike June 24-27 1
Air France pilot unions SNPL, SPAF and ALTER announced late on June 17 they would strike again from June 24-27.
Oman Air suspends Sohar services
Oman Air has “temporarily suspended” services to the Omani city of Sohar, citing a failure to achieve the necessary financial targets on services there.
Etihad, Avianca Brasil ink new codeshare
United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carrier Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Avianca Brasil in the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s latest move to increase its penetration in the South American market.
Saudi Arabian regulator gives up airline post
Saudi Arabia’s aviation regulator, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), has given up its place on the board of flag carrier Saudia, in a move aimed at transforming the regulator into an independent legislative organization.
Martinair MD-11F
Dutch cargo carrier Martinair phases out MD-11Fs
Dutch cargo specialist Martinair will end a more than two decades-long association with the MD-11F in July when it phases out the last two of its US-built tri-jet freighters.
Qatar Airways Cargo announces major network expansion
Gulf carrier Qatar Airways Cargo will be a major player in three new regions of the globe within the next year, according to chief officer-cargo Ulrich Ogiermann.
Air Mauritius
Air Mauritius moves into profit
Indian Ocean flag carrier Air Mauritius recorded a net profit of €15.4 million ($17.4 million) for the year ended March 31, reversed from a net loss of €23.7 million the previous year.
British Airways (operated by South African carrier Comair) 737-800
St. Helena airport opening delayed by wind shear problems
The opening of a new airport on the remote British island outpost of St. Helena has been delayed for an indefinite period following the discovery of wind shear problems on the approach path.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines pilot strike enters fourth day
Strike action by some 400 Swedish pilots at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) showed no sign of ending June 13, as the carrier announced 230 flights and 27,000 passengers would be affected.
Blogs & Commentary
Jun 23, 2016

Europe divided

Looking around Europe right now, it’s hard to see anything other than fragmentation, with daily aviation strikes and the UK on the brink of deciding on whether to leave the European Union....More
Jun 20, 2016

Steven Udvar-Hazy takes a step back

When Udvar-Hazy founded ILFC in 1973, leasing a DC-8 to Aeromexico, the commercial aircraft leasing business did not exist....More
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