Alan Dron

Analysis - Italian Apetite 
Alitalia’s route network plans show the Italian carrier being pulled into orbit around the fast-growing, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, following the closing of a long-awaited major investment deal.

The deal between Etihad and Alitalia finally came to fruition in early August in a complex transaction worth €1.75 billion ($2.35 billion).

Tunisia bans flights from Libya
The Tunisian Ministry of Transport has banned all flights originating from Libyan airports from its airspace until further notice over security concerns.
Rendering of Boeing 737 MAX 8
BOC Aviation announces major Boeing order 1
Lessor BOC Aviation has placed an order for single- and twin-aisle Boeing aircraft valued at $8.8 billion at list prices.
Etihad Regional Saab 2000
Switzerland sets deadline for Etihad Regional
Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) has given regional carrier Darwin Airline and Etihad Airways until Sept. 30 to satisfy the agency that the smaller carrier effectively remains under the control of Swiss or European Union citizens.
Airberlin A319
Airberlin posts improved 2Q figures
Airberlin posted a net profit of €8.6 million ($11.4 million), reversed from a net loss of €38 million in the year-ago quarter.
Flyvista Boeing 737-300
Georgian startup flyvista launches operations
New Georgian startup flyvista has begun operations with a 2X-weekly Tbilisi-Tehran service.
El Al Airlines Boeing 737-900ER
El Al Airlines narrows 1H loss
El Al Israel Airlines posted a first-half net loss of $23.4 million, narrowed from a net loss of $28.8 million for the same period a year ago.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
Norwegian claims EC support for US services; ALPA cites safety concerns
Norwegian Air International (NAI), the long-haul arm of low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian Air Shuttle, claimed European Commission support Tuesday in its efforts to gain US approval to fly between Europe and the US.
Pegasus Asia Boeing 737-800
Pegasus Airlines sinks to 1H net loss
Rapidly growing Turkish low-cost carrier (LCC) Pegasus Airlines continued to slip into the red in the first half of 2014 compared to the year-ago period.
Monarch Airlines A330-200
Monarch Airlines plans to optimize staff, finally shed charters 
UK carrier Monarch Airlines is looking at staff numbers as it makes final preparations to transition from a charter airline to a scheduled low-cost carrier (LCC).
Czech Airlines A320
CSA Czech Airlines puts A320s up for sale 
CSA Czech Airlines will put its entire fleet of Airbus A320-200s up for disposal as it continues to fight to find a niche in the market.
Monarch Airlines A330-200
Monarch Airlines reviews its operating model 
UK leisure carrier Monarch Airlines has launched a strategic review of its business, as it continues to change its operating model.
Tata Group, Singapore Airlines management team unveils the Vistara branding
New Indian-Singapore airline to be named Vistara 
The full-service airline planned by India’s Tata Group and Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be named Vistara, the companies announced Tuesday.
Iranian security officials inspect the site of a passenger plane crash at the Me
IrAn-140s grounded in crash aftermath; flight recorders recovered 
All IrAn-140s have been grounded following the crash of a Sepahan Airlines aircraft on Sunday in Tehran that killed at least 39 people, according to Head of Civil Aviation Organization of Iran Alireza Jahangirian.
Oman Air A330-200
Etihad Airways, Oman Air avoid Iraqi airspace 
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Middle Eastern carrier Oman Air are avoiding Iraqi airspace as a result of the growing deterioration of the security situation in the country.

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