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Volotea Airbus A319
Spanish LCC Volotea opens new French base in Marseille
Spanish LCC Volotea has opened a new base at Marseille Provence Airport, where it has two Boeing 717s.
Boeing delivers first new 737-800 converted freighter model
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has taken delivery of the first Boeing 737-800 converted freighter (BCF).
Air Italy names COO; inks codeshare with Qatar Airways
Olbia, Sardinia-based Air Italy, which was recently rebranded from its former identity of Meridiana, has appointed former airberlin chief planning & strategy officer Neil Mills as COO, effective immediately.
Seatback IFE not dead, says Lufthansa Systems
For some years now, pundits have argued that airline passengers will turn to their own electronic devices for IFE rather and that the traditional seatback screens are about to die out.
Lift by EnCore’s new design for seatback IFE screen, plus coat hook.
Lift by EnCore knits together seat design elements
“Knitting is the future.” Not the type of remark you hear every day in the aviation industry, but seat manufacturer Lift by EnCore VP-development & strategy Elijah Dobrusin is serious.
Emirates Airline A380
Emirates braces for ‘more pressure’ from low-cost, long-haul carriers 
Emirates Airline is “expecting more pressure” from the new breed of low-cost, long-haul carriers, the Dubai-based airline’s president Tim Clark said.
The first Widerøe E190 E2
Norway's Widerøe looks south with new Embraer E190 E2s
Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe is likely to expand its new fleet of Embraer E2 regional jets with a mix of models, the airline’s CEO said April 12.
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark
Clark: Profits up, pilot numbers down at Emirates 
Emirates Airline’s profits for its recently closed financial year will be “considerably better” than those for the previous 12 months, airline president Tim Clark said April 11.
Molon Labe has take-off with new seat model
Denver-based seat manufacturer Molon Labe Seating came to the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg in 2017 offering the Sideslip seat, where the aisle seat in a row of three could slide out and over the center seat, giving a wider aisle and speed up embarkation.
Panasonic’s ‘Next Cloud’ to offer personalized flights
Panasonic Avionics believes the three new “value-added solutions” it is rolling out will make a passenger’s journey more enjoyable and frictionless, while allowing airlines to increase customer loyalty and ancillary revenues.
Lufthansa Technik reveals cabin lease service
Lufthansa Technik has unveiled a new service that aims to cut the costs for airlines that want to refresh their cabins, or to do so on a more frequent basis than before, at a more modest cost.
Omani flag carrier names new CCO
Oman Air has appointed one of its former executives to the post of CCO.
STG aims to light up Airbus models
STG Aerospace has launched the latest version of its liTeMood retrofittable LED lighting system for installation in the Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft.
Nordica Bombardier CRJ900
Nordica 1Q passenger traffic up 17%, forecasts strong growth
Estonia’s national airline Nordica transported 125,000 passengers in the 2018 first quarter, up 17% compared to the year-ago quarter.
Vistara's latest A320neo was delivered April 4.
India’s Vistara prepares for international services
Indian full-service domestic airline Vistara has taken delivery of its 20th aircraft, passing the Indian government’s threshold for an airline to operate internationally, which is planned for later this year.
Blogs & Commentary
Apr 20, 2018

Unions imperil Air France's future

Air France unions must realize the damage they are doing to their company, which declared the cost of their strikes through mid-April was €220 million ($272 million). But do they understand how much they are jeopardizing their own futures and those of the other non-striking employees who make up the majority of Air France’s workforce?...More
Apr 18, 2018

Southwest’s ‘LUV’ heart beats through tragedy

It’s not something that any airline wants to be in a position to “get right,” but what Gary Kelly and his team at Southwest Airlines have demonstrated is the textbook way to respond to a disaster....More
Apr 5, 2018

Southwest builds its own kind of international network

Cutting out three hours of travel and eliminating a connection is a real selling point....More
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