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South African Airways A320
South African Airways gets $350 million bailout; major reforms needed
The South African government has agreed to grant a “going concern guarantee” to struggling flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), but has insisted on major reforms at the carrier, including looking for a strategic equity partner.
SAS A340-300
SAS Scandinavian Airlines posts stable income for 3Q
SAS Scandinavian Airlines recorded net income of SEK805 million ($94 million) for the third quarter of its financial year ended July 31, marginally up on the SEK800 million earned for the year-ago period.
Rolls-Royce president attempts to reassure ANA
The president of Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace division, Eric Schulz, has met All Nippon Airlines (ANA) executives in Japan in the wake of several incidents involving the Trent 1000 engines installed on the Japanese carrier’s Boeing 787s.
Tech giants pose major threat to airlines
Airlines face losing control of their customers to reservation systems such as Google FlightSearch unless they take measures to personalize their offers to passengers, audiences at the Aviation Festival in London heard Sept. 9.
Flydubai Boeing 737-800
Flydubai cuts losses in 1H
Low-cost carrier (LCC) flydubai reduced its deficit for the 2016 first half, registering a net loss of AED89.9 million ($24.5 million), a 39% improvement on the same period a year ago.
La Compagnie Boeing 757
French business airline halts London-NY route on Brexit concerns
French all-business class carrier La Compagnie will suspend transatlantic service between London Luton and New York from Sept. 25, citing the fragile European economic climate.
Protestors block London City runway, disrupt traffic
Flights at London City Airport were disrupted for more than six hours Sept. 6 by protestors who chained themselves together on the runway.
UAE: Emirates 777 touched down long, then attempted go-around
The preliminary report on the Aug. 3 crash landing of an Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300 at Dubai International Airport stated that the aircraft attempted a go-around after initially touching down briefly.
British Airways aircraft
British Airways computer glitch causes delays
A computer problem in a new British Airways (BA) check-in system caused delays on the airline’s network Sept. 6.
Saudia launches new wireless streaming system
Saudi Arabian national carrier Saudia is to be the launch customer for KID-Systeme’s SKYfi Club system, a wireless streaming onboard platform designed for passenger and corporate aircraft.
Oslo Airport’s new domestic hall
Norway’s Oslo Airport opens new domestic arrivals hall
Norway’s Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, has opened its new domestic arrivals hall, the first stage of a major redevelopment plan.
Doha’s Hamad airport introduces passenger charges
Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) is to introduce a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) of QAR35 ($10) for all departing passengers, together with transferring passengers who make a connection within 24 hours.
ANA 787-8
ANA details Trent modifications on 787s
Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) says it will change Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on Boeing 787s following the discovery of fatigue cracks in blades in the intermediate pressure turbine (IPT).
Europe moves to new airline dispute resolution system 
European airlines are being encouraged to sign up for new systems of resolving passenger disputes that avoid the current final sanction of taking the matter to law.
Rendering of A321 in BOC Aviation livery
BOC Aviation increases A321 portfolio 
Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation has ordered five new Airbus A321ceos and has immediately leased them to an unnamed Asian airline.
Blogs & Commentary
Sep 30, 2016
blog

Delta responds to commentaries on JetBlue government route award

Earlier in September, I wrote two blog commentaries about Delta Air Lines’ complaint against JetBlue Airways being awarded a pair of US federal employee travel routes. Delta wrote to the US General Service Administration (GSA) - which manages government operations, including travel for federal employees – complaining about route awards granted to New York-based JetBlue....More
Sep 29, 2016
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Safety videos: An adorable Air China Panda & a stylish new American Airlines

Back on to one of my favorite subjects – flight safety videos – and I want to share these two with you, one by Air China and the other by American Airlines....More
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