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Iran Air A330-200
Iran Air takes first Airbus widebody from major order
Iran Air has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-200, as its re-equipment program gathers pace.
Pegasus Boeing 737-800
Pegasus Airlines posts $36.1 million loss for 2016
Turkish low-cost carrier (LCC) Pegasus Airlines dropped into the red in 2016, recording a net loss of TL136.2 million ($36.1 million), sharply reversed from a profit of TL111.9 million in 2015
Alitalia Boeing 777-200
Alitalia to pull out from Reggio di Calabria
Alitalia will cease all flights from the southern Italian city of Reggio di Calabria in a move that will remove the majority of services from the city’s airport.
European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos
European Parliament votes to impose visa requirements on US citizens
The European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, has urged the European Commission (EC)—the executive arm of the 28-nation European Union (EU)—to impose visa requirements on US citizens visiting the EU.
Flybe Bombardier Dash 8-Q400
Flybe acquires Dash 8 Q400s from NAC
Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has completed the sale of 10 Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s to UK-based regional carrier Flybe.
British Airways A321
British Airways faces week-long cabin crew strike
British Airways (BA) cabin crew have embarked on their latest and longest bout of strike action in pursuit of improved pay.
SalamAir A320
Oman's SalamAir opens first international route to Dubai
Omani low-cost carrier (LCC) SalamAir has operated its first international route, just a month after it began operating domestic services in the sultanate.
Oman Air takes delivery of first stretched 787-9
Oman Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9.
Why Do Passengers Grab Their Bags During Emergency Evacuations? 
In two recent emergencies, passengers delayed exiting to grab luggage from overhead bins and even used their phones to record inside the airplane.
LOT Boeing 737
LOT Polish Airlines expands international services to Israel 
LOT Polish Airlines plans to restore international services to several regional airports in its home market.
The  A330-900neo and A350-900 are shown side-by-side in Toulouse.
Strong commercial deliveries enable Airbus to meet 2016 guidance 
A strong fourth quarter in terms of commercial airliner deliveries enabled Airbus to deliver against its 2016 financial guidance, but company figures were dragged down by a €2.2 billion ($2.3 billion) write-off associated with a military transport aircraft.
AerCap posts $1.04 billion profit in 2016 
Ireland-based lessor AerCap turned in a net profit of $1.04 billion on a reported basis for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016, compared to $1.17 billion for the preceding year.
Executive jet transatlantic operator seeks new business model 
More competition for lucrative transatlantic first-class passengers is imminent with the appearance of a new operator—New York-based Bliss Jet—selling individual seats on high-end business jets.
Alitalia A319
Alitalia braces for strike in face of financial crisis 
Italian national carrier Alitalia faces a strike by multiple trade unions and professional associations Feb. 23 that will force it to cancel 60% of flights that day.
European regional carriers facing tough times 
Europe’s regional airlines face a narrow—and shrinking—window of opportunity in which to make a profit, an industry consultant said in London Feb. 20.
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 22, 2017

Keep calm, but don't carry on!

The British Airways statement on the new rules forbidding laptops and other personal electronic devices in carry-on on certain flights is so British....More
Mar 21, 2017

Casting a cloud over a movie star & a little boy sharing carrot juice

Have years of work by Emirates and other airlines to cultivate a safe, friendly image in the US been spoiled in one fell swoop?...More
Mar 21, 2017

Trying to make sense of the new TSA electronics ban

I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my flight back to Washington DC a bit annoying. However, given today’s announcement about new US security rules for flights from that airport and nine others, most of them also in the Middle East, the focus of my annoyance has changed....More
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