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ERA names new director general
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) has announced that Montserrat Barriga will be its new director general.
Monarch Airlines A321
Monarch Airlines conducts strategy review
UK-based scheduled leisure carrier Monarch Airlines is carrying out a major review of its operations to plot its future course, and has begun talks with potential strategic partners.
Lessor TrueNoord boosts expansion plans with new investor
Netherlands-based lessor TrueNoord has picked up a new investor that it says will help provide increased funding for its planned expansion in the regional aircraft market.
Qatar Airways’ new Qsuite business-class product
Qatar rolls out Qsuite to new destinations
Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will be the second destination to have Qatar Airways’ new Qsuite business-class product, with the revamped cabins appearing on the route Sept. 25, the Doha-based airline said.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair cancels flight to restore punctuality levels
Europe’s largest LCC, Ryanair, will cancel up to 50 flights each day over the next six weeks as it seeks to recover from a dip in punctuality levels.
KLM Boeing 737-800
KLM calls cabin crew strike effect ‘minimal’
Dutch national carrier KLM said potential flight delays and passenger inconvenience “have been minimized” after only a “few dozen” cabin crew joined a Sept. 15 strike called by the VNC union in a dispute over salary increases.
SAS A319
SAS, Norwegian pilots agree on labor deal
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has reached an agreement with the two unions representing its Norwegian flight deck personnel, staving off the threat of imminent industrial action.
EasyJet A320
EasyJet launches new booking platform for connecting flights
UK-based LCC easyJet will enable passengers to connect with partner airlines through a new booking platform.
SalamAir CEO Mohamed Ahmed
SalamAir announces new CEO
Newly launched Omani LCC SalamAir has appointed Mohamed Ahmed as its new CEO, effective Oct. 2, succeeding founding CEO, Francois Bouteiller, who was dismissed suddenly in August.
Renderings of 787 and 737 MAX in Malaysia Airlines’ livery
Malaysia Airlines converts to Boeing 787-9s
Malaysia Airlines has signed an MOU with Boeing to convert eight existing orders for the 737 MAX series to widebody 787-9s.
Ryanair boosts Maltese involvement
Europe’s largest LCC, Ryanair, is holding talks with Air Malta over future areas of cooperation as the Irish airline steps up its involvement in the small Mediterranean island.
Iberia Airbus A321
Iberia launches new voluntary redundancy package 
Spanish flag carrier Iberia has agreed to a voluntary redundancy deal with its unions that could see up to 955 personnel leaving the airline by December 2019.
Aer Lingus A330-200
Aer Lingus joins ‘basic economy’ movement
Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus, is introducing a “bare bones” transatlantic fare as it fights off growing competition on the North Atlantic run, notably from long-haul, low-cost carriers.
Nok Air Boeing 737-800
Nok Air sees better times ahead 
Thai LCC Nok Air anticipates reducing its losses substantially this year and will probably move into profitability in 2018, according to CEO Patee Sarasin.
Thomas Cook Airbus A321
UK pilots strike for first time in four decades
Pilots at UK leisure carrier Thomas Cook Airlines staged a strike Sept. 8 for improved pay, the first time British flight deck crew have gone on strike in more than 40 years, according to the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA).
Blogs & Commentary
Sep 21, 2017
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FedEx’s Fred Smith puts e-commerce in perspective

The notion that there is an inexorable march toward e-commerce dominating retail is not borne out by analysis, Smith says....More
Sep 20, 2017
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Airline & aviation workers’ heroic acts in disaster-hit regions

Harvey, Katia, Irma, Jose, Maria: a terrible family of destruction. And the brutal 2017 Atlantic hurricane season still has weeks to run and could potentially add more names to fear. I’d like to recognize here the ongoing dedication by the people of the commercial aviation industry who continue to support relief and aid efforts across all the regions affected....More
Sep 19, 2017
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O’Leary’s Mea Culpa

Who thought we’d ever see the day that Michael O’Leary said sorry?...More
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