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Qatar gets EC go-ahead for Meridiana stake
Qatar Airways’ plans to take a 49% shareholding in Italy’s Meridiana fly have been approved by the European Commission (EC).
UAE regulator notes 'surprising' US electronics ban
The chairman of the United Arab Emirates’ aviation regulator has expressed his “surprise” at the US government’s ban on larger electronic devices and pointed to high standards of security at UAE’s two hub airports in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Major makeover for Greek regional airports
Germany airport management company Fraport has detailed plans to modernize and develop 14 Greek airports.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines finds new capacity provider
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has concluded an agreement with Estonia’s Regional Jet OÜ, to partly replace short-haul capacity being lost by the downsizing of current provider Jet Time Regional Jet OÜ will fly four ATR 72-600 turboprops on behalf of SAS from August.
Airbus breaks ground on Indian training center
India’s civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju broke ground for the Airbus India Training Center, accompanied by Airbus CEO Tom Enders, on March 17.
Air France A330-200
Air France to ride out cabin crew strike
Air France expects few disruptions to its flights March 18, despite a strike of almost 30% of its cabin crew members.
European Commission re-imposes cargo cartel penalties
The European Commission (EC) has reinstated fines totaling €776 million ($834 million) on 11 airlines for operating a price-fixing cartel on air freight from 1999 to 2006.
Dubai lessor DAE boosts turboprop assets with ATR purchase
Lessor Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has completed the purchase of a portfolio of ATR 72-600 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
IAG names low-cost, long-haul airline Level
International Airlines Group (IAG) launched its long-anticipated low-cost, long-haul carrier March 17, naming it Level.
Lufthansa A321
Lufthansa Group boosts 2016 net profit in ‘very demanding market’
Lufthansa Group turned in a net profit of €1.78 billion ($1.90 billion) in 2016, up 4.6% on the previous year’s figure of €1.70 billion, the Germany-based organization said March 16.
Alitalia Airbus A330-200
Alitalia announces major re-think in business model
Italian flag carrier Alitalia management presented a radical new business plan to the Italian government March 16 as it seeks to turn around the loss-making airline.
British Airways A320
British Airways brings business class to domestic UK flights
British Airways (BA) will introduce a business-class service on domestic UK flights for the first time, as it faces increased competition.
Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300ER
Emirates Airline launches Athens-Newark service
Emirates Airline operated the first rotation of its controversial fifth-freedom Dubai-Athens-New York Newark service March 13, following a weekend of protests by US airlines’ staff.
Kenya Airways Boeing 737-700
Kenya Airways enters Boeing 737 sale-and-leaseback deal
Kenya Airways has continued its cost-cutting measures with the sale-and-leaseback of two Boeing 737-700s.
European Commission warns of claims agency pitfalls
The European Commission (EC) has cautioned passengers seeking compensation after delayed or canceled flights on carriers from European Union (EU) nations against using third-party claims agencies to progress their cases.
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 22, 2017

Keep calm, but don't carry on!

The British Airways statement on the new rules forbidding laptops and other personal electronic devices in carry-on on certain flights is so British....More
Mar 21, 2017

Casting a cloud over a movie star & a little boy sharing carrot juice

Have years of work by Emirates and other airlines to cultivate a safe, friendly image in the US been spoiled in one fell swoop?...More
Mar 21, 2017

Trying to make sense of the new TSA electronics ban

I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my flight back to Washington DC a bit annoying. However, given today’s announcement about new US security rules for flights from that airport and nine others, most of them also in the Middle East, the focus of my annoyance has changed....More
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