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EasyJet lines up Latvian wet-lease aircraft for Berlin routes 
UK-based LCC easyJet has signed a deal with Latvian ACMI and charter specialist SmartLynx Airlines to operate services out of Berlin Tegel Airport for almost three months, as the UK carrier seeks to acquire parts of insolvent airberlin’s operations.
Air Arabia Jordan moves to charter services
Middle East LCC Air Arabia is largely limiting its operations from its Jordanian hub to charter flights, after being unable to secure enough traffic rights to allow it to expand its scheduled services.
EU reaches initial agreement on UAV rules
New regulations covering the civil use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) across the 28-nation European Union (EU) have been agreed by representatives of the European Parliament and European Council negotiators.
A330-800 FAL
First Airbus A330-800 on final assembly line
Airbus has begun final assembly of the first A330-800, the second member of the A330neo family.
Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER
Air France-KLM, India’s Jet Airways boost links
Air France-KLM and India’s Jet Airways have signed an enhanced cooperation agreement to develop operations between Europe and India.
New national carrier for Albania promised
The small Balkan state of Albania seems on the verge of opening a new national airline.
Wizz Air Airbus A320-200
Wizz Air switches Polish resources, expands in Ukraine 
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air will close its base at Lublin airport in eastern Poland in June 2018 and redeploy its Lublin-based Airbus A320 aircraft to Katowice in the southwest of the country, the airline said Nov. 28.
Bmi regional Embraer ERJ-145
Bmi regional looks for gaps in the market 
UK-based bmi regional is likely to strike up some form of partnership with a European Union (EU) airline to allow it to continue to operate inside the EU after Brexit, CCO Jochen Schnadt said in London Nov. 28.
European majors look to electric future
Three major European manufacturing groups plan to take a significant step toward hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft, they announced Nov. 28.
Level Airbus A330-200
IAG names Paris Orly as Level’s second base 
International Airlines Group (IAG) has selected Paris Orly Airport as the second base for its low-cost, long-haul carrier Level.
Oman Air opts for AVANT IFE
Oman Air will install Thales’ AVANT IFE system on its incoming Boeing 737 MAX fleet. The first aircraft is scheduled to arrive in Jan. 2018.
Leisure carriers urge improved aviation policies
A group of European leisure airlines has called for tight limits on European Union (EU) aviation infrastructure charges and controls on organizations that hold monopoly positions in the industry.
EU moves forward on UAV regulation
A European Union-wide agreement has been reached on future commercial operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The agreement aims to have the necessary regulations in place by 2019.
UK passenger tax to rise yet again
The UK government is to increase Air Passenger Duty (APD) – an airline ticket tax – on premium tickets from April 2019.
Alitalia A330-200
Alitalia administration figures show modest loss 
Insolvent Italian flag carrier Alitalia made a net loss of €31.3 million ($36.9 million) for the bulk of the period in which it has operated in under bankruptcy protection this year, it was announced Nov. 22.
Blogs & Commentary
Dec 16, 2017

Time is fast running out to prevent a Brexit aviation crisis

With every ticking minute towards the day when the UK exits the European Union (EU), anxiety is growing among those in the airline industry about when replacement agreements will be secured to ensure uninterrupted commercial air traffic in and out of the UK....More
Dec 15, 2017

Editorial: Gulf Open Skies decision is right call

Despite a renewed campaign against the hub Gulf carriers, the three US major airlines ended the year with essentially nothing gained....More
Dec 12, 2017

Customer service lessons for British Airways, Heathrow and all airlines

A final update on my journey out of the London Heathrow chaos, along with a few takeaways that the incident made me think about, not just for the airline and airport directly involved, but for the wider industry....More
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