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Lufthansa A320
Lufthansa completes Germanwings route handover
Germany’s Lufthansa Group has completed the transfer to low-cost subsidiary Germanwings of European point-to-point routes that do not operate from Lufthansa’s Frankfurt or Munich hubs.
ATC changes start to shrink Heathrow stacks
Cooperation across four European nations is beginning to improve holding times in the stacks serving London’s Heathrow airport.
Oman Air 737-700
Oman Air launches cost-cutting program
Oman Air has launched a cost-cutting program, Shape and Size, with the aim of achieving what it describes as “substantial reductions” in expenditure.
Air Arabia A320
Air Arabia takes major stake in Jordanian carrier
United Arab Emirates (UAE) low-cost carrier Air Arabia has taken a 49% stake in Jordanian carrier Petra Airlines and plans to open a new hub at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport.
Congestion Creep 
Middle East carriers continue rapid expansion, but their success is creating its own problems.
Etihad extends reach with Aerolíneas Argentinas codeshare
Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas that will help fill out the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s network in one of the few areas of the world where it is still poorly represented.
Libyan Wings waits for launch amid unrest
North African startup Libyan Wings said it is close to beginning operations, but questions remain as to when it will be able to get off the ground.
Air France Boeing 777-300ER
Air France-KLM seeks further cuts as financial position worsens 
Air France-KLM has revised downward its 2014 EBITDA target by a further €200 million ($245 million) as its financial position worsens.
Etihad Regional Saab 2000
Darwin Airline alleges anti-competitive behavior by SWISS 
Swiss regional carrier Darwin Airline has formally complained to the country’s Competition Commission (COMCO), alleging abusive and anti-competitive behavior by Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS).
CSA Czech Airlines A319
CSA shareholding transferred to Travel Service 
The European Commission has approved plans for Czech carrier Travel Service to take a 34% shareholding in national carrier CSA Czech Airlines.
Alitalia wing
Etihad Airways and Alitalia complete deal 
Alitalia and Etihad Airways have completed formalities related to transferring operations from the “old” Alitalia CAI to the new Alitalia SAI.
Strikes by TAP staff, UK airport workers could disrupt holiday travel 
Portugal’s government has moved to reduce the effects of a strike by employees at national airline TAP over the holiday period, and ground staff at several UK airports also plan industrial action in the busy run-up to Christmas.
EgyptAir contracts Sabre to help implement transformation plan 
EgyptAir has appointed US technology company Sabre to help develop and implement a transformation program for both its mainline operation and its EgyptAir Express regional subsidiary.
Etihad senior executives and cabin crew welcome the carrier's first A380
Etihad unveils new A380s, 787s 
Etihad Airways unveiled its first Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft at its Abu Dhabi base Thursday.
Muscat International looks to increase capacity with new runway 
Oman’s Muscat International Airport has opened its new North Runway, part of extensive plans to boost the airport’s capacity.

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