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Ethiopian Airlines invests in new Zambian national carrier
The Zambian government and Ethiopian Airlines have formalized an agreement to form Zambia Airways.
South African regional SA Express cleared to restart flights
South African regional carrier SA Express is set to begin a staged return to services from Aug. 23, three months after the country’s regulator barred it from flying.
Gulf Air takes first A320neo for regional routes
Bahraini flag carrier Gulf Air has marked the next milestone in its major re-fleeting program with the arrival of its first of 12 Airbus A320neos ordered at the 2016 Bahrain International Air Show.
CAA survey: UK air passengers less satisfied with airports, airlines
Satisfaction with both airlines and airports among UK travelers has diminished in the past two years—especially when it comes to responding to flight disruptions and delays, a survey by the UK air regulator has revealed.
Bangkok Airways ATR 72-600
Bangkok Airways’ 1H net profit up 4.5% on tourism increase 
A boost in tourism to Thailand was a significant factor behind Bangkok Airways’ improved figures for the first half of 2018, the Thai regional carrier said.
UK regulator calls for tougher action against disruptive passengers
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has called for more prosecutions to deter drunken and violent airline passengers.
Cathay Pacific 777 wing damaged in ground-handling incident at Rome
A ground-handling incident led to “serious damage” to the wing of a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER at Rome’s Fiumicino airport Aug. 15, according to the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network (ASN).
Finnish Tampere airport completes modernization project
Finnish airport operator Finavia has unveiled the completed development and modernization of the country’s Tampere-Pirkkala Airport.
Dutch ATC communication glitch halts flights at Schiphol
A breakdown in communications between Dutch air traffic controllers and aircraft halted flights and caused delays Aug. 15 at Amsterdam Schiphol airport—one of the business in Europe and KLM’s hub.
EgyptAir updates freighter fleet
EgyptAir Cargo has taken delivery of the first Airbus A330-200 to be converted to a freighter by Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Engineering Aerospace and Airbus that manufactures passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion.
Ethiopian Airlines A350-900
Ethiopian increases profit, revenue; eyes network, fleet expansion
Continued rapid expansion saw Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline group, report a satisfactory 2017-18 financial year.
Saudi Arabia chooses SITA to modernize airports
Saudi Arabia’s aviation regulator, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), has selected SITA to support the modernization of the country’s airports, starting a major upgrade of airport and communication technology across 26 sites.
Turkey’s TAV Airports posts record-high 1H profit on 31% passenger rise
A surge in passenger traffic propelled Turkey-based airports operator TAV Airports Holding to a record first-half profit, the company said.
Air China Airbus A350-900
Air China, Sichuan Airlines take first A350s 
Two Chinese airlines, Air China and Sichuan Airlines, have taken delivery of their first Airbus A350-900s.
Germany’s Fraport to sell 30% stake in Hanover Airport
German airports operator Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide (Fraport AG) plans to sell its 30% stake in Flughafen Hannover-Langenhagen (FHLG) to iCON Flughafen (iCON), part of the iCON Infrastructure Group.
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Aug 21, 2018

Why US Senate should not add flag of convenience amendment to FAA bill

The US lawmaking system depends on the to-and-fro of amendment additions. But Section 530, a provision hitched to the FAA Reauthorization Bill, should it become law, is a particularly egregious proposal that has grave implications for the 120 US Open Skies agreements....More
Aug 14, 2018

Could surprises be the next revenue generator?

Airlines are constantly looking for positive, rather than punitive, ways of growing their revenue. Could mystery flights and celebration treats be part of the answer?...More
Aug 11, 2018

Extraordinary professionalism of Seattle air traffic controllers

There are lots of questions to be answered about Friday night’s bizarre incident in Seattle when a Horizon Air employee stole and crashed a Q400, but for now let’s acknowledge the incredible job done by the Air National Guard pilots and the air traffic controllers who handled the situation....More

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