Alan Dron

London’s Gatwick airport to unveil development plans
London Gatwick Airport on Oct. 18 will unveil future development plans over the next decade, with widespread expectation that it will make greater use of its main taxiway as a second runway.
Volotea Airbus A319
Spain’s Volotea carries 20 millionth passenger after six years
LCC Volotea has carried its 20 millionth passenger, six years after its creation, the Spanish airline said Oct. 11.
DAE Capital closes eight leasing deals in 3Q; continues rapid expansion
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise’s (DAE) leasing arm, DAE Capital, completed eight leasing transactions in 3Q 2018 and closed an $800 million revolving loan facility during the quarter, the parent company said in a review of the period Oct. 11.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair warns on lower profit, capacity cuts as strikes, fuel costs mount 
Irish LCC Ryanair warned Oct. 1 it could not rule out reductions in earnings this year as a combination of strikes and higher fuel costs affect revenues.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300
Turkish Airlines, flybmi to codeshare
Turkish Airlines and UK-based regional carrier flybmi have signed a codeshare agreement to improve access to each other’s networks.
Norwegian Boeing 737-800
Norwegian to launch initial Argentinian routes
LCC Norwegian will start operations on six domestic routes in Argentina over the next three months, the carrier announced Oct. 1.
CityJet to lease two CRJ900ERs from TrueNoord
Irish regional airline CityJet has completed a 10-year sale and leaseback deal with Netherlands-based lessor TrueNoord for two Bombardier CRJ900ER regional jets.
EasyJet Airbus A319
Robust demand lifts EasyJet’s year-end predictions; Tegel worrisome 
UK-based LCC easyJet anticipates a year-end pre-tax profit of £570-£580 million ($743-$756 million), in the upper half of previous guidance, the carrier said Sept. 28.
Survey shows disparity in transatlantic fuel efficiency 
The fuel survey measured the 20 airlines with the greatest capacity operating nonstop flights between the US and various points in Europe in 2017.
US-Bangla 737 makes emergency landing in Bangladesh; no reported injuries
A Boeing 737-800 of Bangladeshi carrier US-Bangla Airlines carried out a forced landing after its nose undercarriage failed to extend as it approached the small regional city of Cox’s Bazar on a flight from the country’s capital, Dhaka, Sept. 26.
Fastjet Embraer E145
Africa’s fastjet widens net losses in 1H; faces further funding crisis 
African LCC fastjet will require a further cash injection from shareholders by the end of October to continue operations, the airline said Sept. 26.
EC unimpressed with UK’s Brexit ‘no deal’ aviation plan
The European Commission (EC) has given a cool response to the UK’s aviation transition plan in the event of there being a “no deal” Brexit situation.
South African Airways A340-600
South African Airways denies sell-off reports; confident of turnaround
South African Airways (SAA) has dismissed local media reports that it plans to sell off parts of its business to raise funds after banks declined to loan the cash-strapped airline more money.
UK government gives welcomed guidance on no-deal Brexit 
UK pilots and European airports have welcomed the publication of UK government guidance on what will happen if the country leaves the European Union (EU) in March 2019 without an agreed-upon Brexit deal.
Rendering of new passenger terminal at Thessaloniki Airport.
Work begins on new passenger terminal at Thessaloniki Airport
German airport management company Fraport Greece has broken ground on the site of its new passenger terminal at Thessaloniki Airport in northern Greece.
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