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Azerbaijan Airlines A320
Azerbaijan Airlines steps up Saudi links
Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) plans a major increase in its services to Saudi Arabia and has started negotiations to operate flights from the small Caucasian nation to four cities.
Flynas Airbus A320
Saudi’s flynas looks to dry-lease market for pilgrimage surge
Saudi Arabian hybrid carrier flynas again plans to increase its exposure to the long-haul sector, as it seeks to take advantage of growing numbers of religious travelers to the country.
Jazeera new livery
Jazeera Airways narrows 1Q loss on customer service, network investments
Kuwaiti hybrid carrier Jazeera Airways has attributed an improvement in the traditionally weak 1Q figures to a combination of investments in improving passenger experience, a growing route network and higher asset utilization.
Emirates, flydubai expanded partnership has growing passenger interest
More than 400,000 passengers took advantage of the extended partnership between Dubai-based Emirates Airline and LCC flydubai from October 2017 to March 2018, with another 250,000 planning to do so, according to flydubai.
Oman Air’s first-class mini-suite destined for its 787-9s.
Oman Air unveils new first-class cabin; acting CEO reportedly confirmed
Oman Air has unveiled a new first-class “mini-suite” on its fleet of Boeing 787s, as it responds to new premium products from other Gulf carriers such as Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways.
South African Airways A330-300
South African Airlines triples losses on depreciation, competition 
South African Airways (SAA) recorded a net loss of ZAR5.4 billion ($438 million) for the 2016-17 financial year, which ended March 31. The loss was more than three times greater than 2015-16’s restated figure of ZAR1.48 billion.
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.
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