Alan Dron

Oman Air Boeing 787-8
Oman Air continues to grow amid economic challenges, says CEO
Challenging economic conditions facing state-owned Oman Air in recent years are likely to continue, but the flag carrier will continue to invest in improvements, CEO Paul Gregorowitsch said.
Monarch Airlines rebuts suggestions of financial problems
UK-based Monarch Airlines has denied speculation that it is in financial difficulties. The airline said it anticipated announcing a “significant investment” from its main shareholders “in the coming days.”
Saudi Arabian Airlines announces major fleet acquisitions 
Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia is to acquire 63 new aircraft as part of its fleet expansion and modernization plan.
UK passenger disruption figures rise sharply
Standards of passenger behavior on UK airlines have plummeted in recent years, according to figures compiled by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the UK regulator.
Volotea Boeing 717
Spanish LCC Volotea to step up fleet rollover plans
Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea plans to increase the pace of its re-fleeting plans, which include switching from Boeing 717s to Airbus A319s in 2017, as it moves toward an all-European fleet over the next few years.
How Trends Are Changing Inflight Entertainment, Connectivity
Connectivity gives more entertainment and information options on the aircraft, but passengers don’t want to talk
Flynas A320
Flynas closes in on new fleet order 
Saudi Arabian hybrid carrier flynas aims to reach a decision on a future fleet by the end of this year, flynas CEO Paul Byrne told ATW.
Fastjet A319
Fastjet losses deepen to $15 million in 1H
African low-cost carrier (LCC) Fastjet recorded a 2016 first-half $15 million net loss, reversed from a net profit of $6.4 million for the year-ago period.
Rendering of A321neo in Azores Airlines’ livery
Azores Airlines to acquire long-range A321neo
Portuguese carrier Azores Airlines will lease six new Airbus A321neos—including four A321LR long-range versions—from US lessor Air Lease Corp. (ALC).
Air France announces 787 introduction plans
Air France will begin operations with new Boeing 787-9s on Jan. 9, 2017, with a service from Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) to the Egyptian capital of Cairo, the airline announced Sept. 20.
Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean Airlines reports $26.3 million loss in 1H
Greece’s Aegean Airlines saw its 2016 first-half results slip into the red, recording a net loss of €23.7 million ($26.3 million) compared to a net profit of €14.8 million a year ago.
Pegasus Airlines Airbus A320neo
Turkey’s Pegasus to rebound in 2017, says CEO 
Turkish low-cost carrier (LCC) Pegasus Airlines is unlikely to be profitable this year because of the geopolitical climate in Turkey that resulted in a downturn in tourism, but the LCC expects to rebound in 2017, CEO Mehmet Nane told ATW.
Menzies Aviation to acquire US fueling services provider
UK-based ground- and cargo-handling specialist Menzies Aviation is proposing to acquire US airline services and independent fueling service provider ASIG from parent BBA Aviation for £153 million ($202 million).
CEO: Zodiac seat producer on road to recovery
Seating and cabin interior manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace said it is overcoming the problems that have led to aircraft being delivered late, but more remains to be done.
European organizations agree on ATC communications initiative
Two European bodies have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) to push forward the development of satellite-based communication systems for the continent’s air transport system.
Blogs & Commentary
Sep 30, 2016

Delta responds to commentaries on JetBlue government route award

Earlier in September, I wrote two blog commentaries about Delta Air Lines’ complaint against JetBlue Airways being awarded a pair of US federal employee travel routes. Delta wrote to the US General Service Administration (GSA) - which manages government operations, including travel for federal employees – complaining about route awards granted to New York-based JetBlue....More
Sep 29, 2016

Safety videos: An adorable Air China Panda & a stylish new American Airlines

Back on to one of my favorite subjects – flight safety videos – and I want to share these two with you, one by Air China and the other by American Airlines....More
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