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Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9
Etihad strengthens African connections
United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad Airways has increased links to Africa with the signing of a codeshare agreement with South African low-cost carrier (LCC) kulula.
London’s Gatwick Airport points to growth as runway decision looms
London Gatwick Airport said Oct. 10 it had passed passenger and destination milestones far in advance of official predictions, as it continues a fight to win the planned new runway for the congested South East of England.
Oman Air Boeing 787-8
Oman Air continues to grow amid economic challenges, says CEO
Challenging economic conditions facing state-owned Oman Air in recent years are likely to continue, but the flag carrier will continue to invest in improvements, CEO Paul Gregorowitsch said.
Monarch Airlines rebuts suggestions of financial problems
UK-based Monarch Airlines has denied speculation that it is in financial difficulties. The airline said it anticipated announcing a “significant investment” from its main shareholders “in the coming days.”
Saudi Arabian Airlines announces major fleet acquisitions 
Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia is to acquire 63 new aircraft as part of its fleet expansion and modernization plan.
UK passenger disruption figures rise sharply 
Standards of passenger behavior on UK airlines have plummeted in recent years, according to figures compiled by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the UK regulator.
Volotea Boeing 717
Spanish LCC Volotea to step up fleet rollover plans 
Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea plans to increase the pace of its re-fleeting plans, which include switching from Boeing 717s to Airbus A319s in 2017, as it moves toward an all-European fleet over the next few years.
How Trends Are Changing Inflight Entertainment, Connectivity
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Flynas A320
Flynas closes in on new fleet order 
Saudi Arabian hybrid carrier flynas aims to reach a decision on a future fleet by the end of this year, flynas CEO Paul Byrne told ATW.
Fastjet A319
Fastjet losses deepen to $15 million in 1H 
African low-cost carrier (LCC) Fastjet recorded a 2016 first-half $15 million net loss, reversed from a net profit of $6.4 million for the year-ago period.
Rendering of A321neo in Azores Airlines’ livery
Azores Airlines to acquire long-range A321neo 
Portuguese carrier Azores Airlines will lease six new Airbus A321neos—including four A321LR long-range versions—from US lessor Air Lease Corp. (ALC).
Air France announces 787 introduction plans 
Air France will begin operations with new Boeing 787-9s on Jan. 9, 2017, with a service from Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) to the Egyptian capital of Cairo, the airline announced Sept. 20.
Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean Airlines reports $26.3 million loss in 1H 
Greece’s Aegean Airlines saw its 2016 first-half results slip into the red, recording a net loss of €23.7 million ($26.3 million) compared to a net profit of €14.8 million a year ago.
Pegasus Airlines Airbus A320neo
Turkey’s Pegasus to rebound in 2017, says CEO 
Turkish low-cost carrier (LCC) Pegasus Airlines is unlikely to be profitable this year because of the geopolitical climate in Turkey that resulted in a downturn in tourism, but the LCC expects to rebound in 2017, CEO Mehmet Nane told ATW.
Menzies Aviation to acquire US fueling services provider 
UK-based ground- and cargo-handling specialist Menzies Aviation is proposing to acquire US airline services and independent fueling service provider ASIG from parent BBA Aviation for £153 million ($202 million).
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