Alan Dron

Gulf Air A320
Gulf Air set to make ‘major announcements’ at Bahrain Air Show
Gulf Air said it plans to make “some major aircraft announcements” when the Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS) opens later this week.
Air Astana 767-300
Air Astana more than doubles 2015 net profit
Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana has reported a jump in net profit to $47.4 million in 2015, up from $19.3 million the previous year.
Kenya Airways 777-200
Kenya Airways reduces 777 fleet
Kenya Airways plans to sell two of its Boeing 777-200ERs to US charter operator Omni Air International (OAI) and has warned of further imminent cuts to its aircraft inventory.
Etihad Regional Saab 2000
Etihad extends codeshare with Swiss partner
Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) has approved plans by Swiss carrier Darwin Airline to extend its codeshare arrangement with Etihad Airways until the end of April 2022.
MH17 reconstituted cockpit
Russian authorities dispute MH17 Dutch investigation findings 2
Russia has told the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) that its final report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 contained “unsubstantiated and inaccurate” information.
Rolls-Royce’s new regional approach to repairs paying off
UK engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, which introduced a more regional approach to repairs last year, has seen a substantial improvement in response times to customer powerplant options.
Rolls-Royce plans new SelectCare maintenance plan
UK-based engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has announced a new engine maintenance program, SelectCare, in addition to its TotalCare program and traditional MRO services.
Air Malta A320
Air Malta silent on Etihad claims
Air Malta has declined to comment on reports that it is in discussions with Etihad Airways over a link-up with the fast-expanding Abu Dhabi carrier.
Ryanair 737-800
Ryanair increases London Gatwick presence
Ryanair has been awarded five slot pairs at London Gatwick Airport that were surrendered by International Airlines Group (IAG) as part of its takeover of Aer Lingus.
US fines Egyptair for Sudanese leases
The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has fined Egyptair $140,000 for leasing aircraft to Sudan Airways, in breach of sanctions against the latter nation.
Swedish investigators find West Atlantic flight recorders
Swedish accident investigators have recovered the two flight recorders from the West Atlantic Bombardier CRJ200 freighter that crashed in Sweden near the Norwegian border in the early hours of Jan. 8, killing the two crew members.
Bahrain cuts Iranian flight links 1
Bahrain has followed Saudi Arabia in halting all air services with Iran. The move follows the execution of a Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr in Saudia Arabia.
Estonian Air declared bankrupt
Estonian Air has been formally declared bankrupt, following a European Commission (EC) decision that it received illegal government aid.
Scotland’s Aberdeen Airport closed after heavy rain damages runway
Aberdeen Airport was closed Jan. 7 after extreme rainfall caused problems with the runway surface.
AEA airlines report passenger growth up 4.3% in 2015 
Members of the Association of European Airlines (AEA)—22 carriers from throughout Europe—transported close to 307 million passengers on scheduled services in 2015.
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