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Relaunched Air Italy takes to the skies
Italian leisure carrier Meridiana has relaunched as Air Italy, less than two weeks after the new name was announced.
South Africa’s CemAir restarts flights after regulator lifts suspension
South Africa-based regional carrier CemAir is gradually restoring its schedules after the country’s civil aviation regulator lifted its suspension of the airline’s Aircraft Maintenance Organization (AMO).
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair closes Glasgow International base, blames passenger taxes
Ireland-based LCC Ryanair will close its base at Glasgow International Airport in Scotland because of the UK’s high passenger taxes, and will transfer routes to Edinburgh, some 45 miles to the east.
SAS Airbus A320neo
Efficiency measures, currency movements improve SAS figures 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) reported improved figures for the first quarter of its financial year, noting that long-term efforts to improve its market position continue to bear fruit.
Air Malta A319
Air Malta expands route network
Maltese national carrier Air Malta will launch several new routes connecting the Mediterranean island-state with the UK, Sardinia and Sicily.
Emirates Airline A380
Emirates to restore A380 service to Houston
Emirates Airline will resume its flagship Airbus A380 service between Houston, Texas, and Dubai from June 1, after the rise in oil prices improved the route’s viability.
UK restores Bangladesh cargo link, with caveats
The UK Department of Transport (DoT) will allow direct cargo flights to resume between Bangladesh and the UK, after security improvements at Dhaka airport.
London City Airport looks to expand 
LCY’s prime location appeals to business and leisure travelers.
Interview: Bilal Eksi, deputy chairman and CEO, Turkish Airlines 
Fast-expanding Turkish Airlines has been described as the carrier that makes even the Gulf "Big 3" nervous. Bilal Eksi talks about aircraft orders, airports and Africa.
Turkish airport operator TAV predicts strong growth in 2018
Turkey-based airport management group TAV Airports Holding anticipates “another strong year” in 2108, after posting a net profit of €174.5 million ($215.1 million), up 37% on 2016’s figure of €127.1 million.
Flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8
Flydubai 2017 net profit up 18% as Emirates partnership strengthens
Dubai-based hybrid carrier flydubai reported a full-year profit of AED37.3 million ($10.1 million) for 2017, up 18% on a net profit of AED31.6 million in 2016.
Italy’s Meridiana to rebrand as Air Italy
Leisure carrier Meridiana plans to rebrand as Air Italy, according to the Sardinia, Italy-based airline and Qatar Airways, which has a 49% stake in the carrier.
IAG: High UK taxes make Level flights unlikely
International Airlines Group (IAG) has warned UK legislators that the chances of IAG’s new long-haul LCC Level operating from the UK are slim while the country’s passenger taxes remain so high.
CemAir plans service restart after grounding
South African carrier CemAir—grounded by the nation’s regulator for almost the first two weeks of February over the qualifications of maintenance staff—aims to relaunch services around Feb. 21, CEO Miles van der Molen said Feb. 15.
SaudiGulf goes live with onboard Wi-Fi
Saudi Arabian full-service carrier SaudiGulf Airlines has obtained regulatory approval to activate Wi-Fi services on board its domestic and international flights, and has brought the system online.
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Mar 9, 2018

The airline industry’s glass ceiling

Today is National Women’s Day. I’m not typically one of those who lauds achievements purely based on the gender of those who achieved, but a vexing question remains: why are there still so few women running airlines?...More
Mar 2, 2018

Delta CEO takes the high road

Delta Air Lines has withdrawn its discount offer for members of the US National Rifle Association (NRA) following the mass shooting in February at a Florida school that left 17 students and staff dead....More
Mar 2, 2018

Fare expectations? ​

Social media backlash over a start-up regional airline’s “steep” €79 ($96) launch fares really shows how much customer price expectations have shifted....More
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