Alan Dron

New Cypriot carrier prepares to launch
New Cypriot low-cost carrier (LCC) Cobalt plans to start operations at the end of March, once its air operator’s certificate (AOC) is finalized, according to CEO Andrew Pyne.
Air Arabia A320
Air Arabia profits dip in 2015
Gulf low-cost carrier (LCC) Air Arabia earned net profits of AED 530 million ($144 million) in 2015, down on the previous year’s figure of AED 566 million.
Norwegian 737-800
Norwegian turns a profit in 2015
Low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian edged back into the black in 2015, recording a full-year profit of NOK246.2 million ($28.7 million), reversed from a loss of NOK 1.07 billion in 2014.
easyJet A319
EasyJet founder seeks consistent dividends
The easyGroup private investment company, owned by easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, is once again at odds with the airline’s management team.
Ryanair 737-800
Ryanair to close Italian bases over tax increase
Low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair will close two bases in Italy and stop services to another Italian destination completely over an increase in the country’s municipal tax.
ICAO moves forward on emissions regulations 4
Plans for the first global CO₂ emissions standards for passenger aircraft have taken a significant step forward with the recommendation of a new standard by an ICAO committee.
TAP Portugal A330
Portuguese government increases stake in TAP 1
Just two months after Portugal agreed to a private consortium taking a majority stake in national carrier TAP, the country’s government has scaled back the acquiring consortium’s share to 45%.
Jazeera Airways A320
Jazeera returns to profit in 2015 after major restructure
Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways posted a net profit of KD15.4 million ($51.3 million) for 2015, reversed from a loss of KD2.8 million in 2014.
Jazeera Group chairman Marwan Boodai
Jazeera Airways looks to long-haul market 
Kuwaiti regional carrier Jazeera Airways has embarked on a search for an airline partner in a joint venture that will take it into the long-haul market for the first time.
BA CityFlyer Embraer aircraft lands at London City Airport
British Airways threatens to cut London City services
British Airways (BA) has said it will move flights from London City Airport if new owners attempt to increase landing charges.
Qatar Airways A380
Qatar Airways, Meridiana sign partnership agreement
Qatar Airways and the parent of Italian airline Meridiana have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on “a potential partnership project,” Meridiana said Feb. 4.
Rendering of EasyJet hybrid aircraft-green taxi system concept
EasyJet to trial new taxiing concept
UK low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet has unveiled plans for a hydrogen fuel cell system that would remove the need for aircraft to use their engines for taxiing.
Cimber Bombardier CRJ900
Cimber cancels flights due to pilot shortage
SAS Scandinavian Airline’s Danish subsidiary Cimber will cancel 760 services through mid-May as it fights to overcome a shortage of pilots.
Ryanair 737-800
Ryanair doubles 3Q 2015 net profit to $112 million
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair doubled net profits to €103 million ($112 million) for the 3Q 2015 period from a net profit of €49 million in the year-ago period.
IATA predicts steady profit levels for airlines in 2016
IATA said airlines globally can expect to see the record profit levels achieved in 2015 again this year, but with major variations across different regions.
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