Alan Dron

Swedish regional boosts fleet with ex-VLM Fokker 50s
Swedish airline Amapola Flyg has acquired several Fokker 50s that became available after Belgian carrier VLM Airlines went into liquidation in August 2018.
Fastjet Embraer E190
Fastjet faces new funding deadline Dec. 14
African LCC fastjet has until Dec. 14 to solve its financial problems or face the prospect of going out of business.
Rendering of Airbus A320neo in Wataniya Airways' livery
Kuwaiti regulator cancels Wataniya Airways’ operating license
Kuwait-based LCC Wataniya Airways has had its air operator’s license revoked by the Arab state’s aviation regulator and is out of business.
Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9
Virgin Atlantic pilots warn of Christmas strike over union recognition
Hundreds of Virgin Atlantic pilots threatened to strike Dec. 22-25, with further stoppages planned, to protest the airline’s refusal to recognize the union representing them.
Aigle Azur A320
French carriers Aigle Azur, Air Caraïbes agree to codeshare
Two French airlines, Aigle Azur and Air Caraïbes, have signed a codeshare arrangement.
Rendering of Airbus A320neo in Avolon livery
Lessor Avolon firms major Airbus A320/321neo order
Irish lessor Avolon has confirmed an order for 75 Airbus A320neos and 25 A321neos in the single largest order for aircraft from the European manufacturer ever placed by the Dublin-headquartered company.
Etihad Aviation Training
Gulf Air 787 pilots to train at Etihad Aviation Training
Bahrain-based Gulf Air and Etihad Airways have signed a simulator training deal allowing Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 pilots to travel to Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Aviation Training facility for training.
South African Airways clarifies recovery plan funding
South African Airways (SAA) has clarified its financial position, after a series of media reports that it was seeking more government bailouts.
European regional carriers urge EC to clarify post-Brexit landscape
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) has urged the European Commission to ensure continuity of services in the aftermath of the UK leaving the European Union (EU), or Brexit, on March 29, 2019.
SAS A320neo
SAS reports net profit, revenue up in FY2018 on strong demand
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) posted an increased net profit for its 2017-18 fiscal year, citing a combination of strong passenger demand, nimble capacity allocation and increased internal efficiencies.
Former Lufthansa CEO Mayrhuber dies at 71
Former Lufthansa Group chairman and CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber died Dec. 1.
UK and Canada seal post-Brexit air services pact
A new agreement between the UK and Canada means air services between the two nations will remain intact following Brexit, the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
Small Planet goes out of business
In the latest of a series of recent European airline failures, Lithuania-based leisure operator Small Planet Airlines has ceased operating.
Qatar Airways to increase service to Iran
Qatar Airways plans to expand its services to Iran, adding a destination and increasing the number of flights to two others.
Icelandair cancels acquisition of WOW Air 
Icelandair Group has abandoned plans to take over fellow Icelandic carrier WOW Air. The decision to scrap the deal was made after it became clear that Icelandair could not fulfill the necessary conditions of the share purchase agreement for WOW before a Nov. 30 group shareholders’ meeting.
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Blogs & Commentary
Nov 15, 2018

Brexit teeters on chaos and still no air transport plan

No deal, botched deal, backstop. Brexit, a word not coined just a few short years ago, has become a common noun with its own set of adjectives and adverbs....More
Nov 9, 2018

Disturbing Vegas controller recording

I’m posting this blog with a link to what is believed to be a recording of the conversations between a Las Vegas tower controller and a number of pilots in an incident Nov. 7 that led to FAA issuing a new controller staffing policy today....More
Oct 24, 2018

BA works out the meaning of customer service

British Airways has announced a company-wide initiative to train and empower its staff to be more service orientated....More

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