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Air France to announce job losses 1
Failure of negotiations between Air France and its flight crews means that the French national carrier will announce job losses on Oct. 5, 2015.
Ryanair-Norwegian long-haul feeder agreement possible
European low-cost carriers (LCC) Norwegian and Ryanair are closing in on a cooperative agreement that would see the Irish carrier feeding passengers into Norwegian’s long-haul services. Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos told Bloomberg News that negotiations with Ryanair were proceeding and there could be an agreement “shortly.”
CityJet details SAS arrangements
CityJet’s long experience in providing ACMI services was a major factor behind winning the contract to provide regional services for Scandinavian Airlines, the chairman of the Dublin-based carrier said Oct.2.
Luxair investigates Q400 belly landing
An investigation is underway into an incident in which a Luxair Bombardier Q400 turboprop came to rest on the runway at Germany’s Saarbrücken Airport following a rejected take-off on Sept. 30.
SAS sells Blue1 to CityJet
SAS Scandinavian Airlines is to sell its Blue1 subsidiary to CityJet of Ireland in a further move to outsource its services on regional and thinner routes.
Lawyer claims poisonous spider bit him on aircraft 1
A British barrister has launched legal action against Qatar Airways after he says he was bitten by a poisonous spider on board one of the carrier’s aircraft.
Airbus offers improved short field performance option on A320neo
Airbus has developed an aerodynamic option for the A320neo to improve its short field performance.
Air France Boeing 737-500
Air France nears decision on cuts
Air France and its trade unions will reach a deadline Sept. 30 on whether cuts to its long-haul services can be averted.
Alitalia cadets
Alitalia seeks to ensure future pilot stream
Alitalia has reinstated its pilot training center after a 10-year gap, with 24 prospective pilots due to embark on a two-year training course by the end of 2015.
Ryanair 737-800
Ryanair to disburse Aer Lingus profits through shares
Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair will pass the proceeds of the sale of its stake in Aer Lingus to shareholders.
Norwegian Boeing 737-800
Norwegian steps up pressure on DOT with new routes 3
Low-cost, long-haul carrier Norwegian Air International (NAI) has announced a series of new transatlantic routes, despite the continued reluctance by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to grant it a license for Europe-US services.
Build-up of the first A350-1000 began in Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire (shown here)
Airbus starts assembly of first A350-1000
Airbus began fuselage assembly of the largest member of the A350 family at its Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire plants.
Beech King Air 200 performs St Helena’s historic first flight
St Helena airport prepares for opening
The first aircraft ever to land on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic has arrived to carry out calibration flights prior to the opening of its new airport.
Gulf Air A320
Gulf Air narrows losses in 2014
Gulf Air has turned in an annual loss of BD62.7 million ($166 million) for 2014, an improvement on 2013’s figure of BD93.3 million.
SAS A330-300 Enhanced with 242-tonne MTOW
SAS Scandinavian Airlines launches A330 Enhanced services
SAS Scandinavian Airlines has become the first European carrier to deploy the 242-tonne maximum weight Airbus A330-300 Enhanced.

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