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Jazeera new livery
Report: Jazeera suspends long-haul plans; unveils new branding
Kuwaiti hybrid carrier Jazeera Airways has suspended plans to seek a long-haul partner, and will instead pursue more opportunities in the Indian subcontinent, according to Bloomberg, citing Jazeera chairman Marwan Boodai as he unveiled a rebranding exercise for the airline.
Sepang hangar
Airbus takes control of Malaysian MRO
Airbus has taken full control of Malaysian MRO provider Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), making it a fully owned subsidiary.
Istanbul New Airport promises to be ‘smarter’; more user friendly
The organization behind Istanbul New Airport (INA) has unveiled some of the advances it hopes will make the huge new facility a user-friendly experience for passengers.
Bombardier CRJ900
CityJet posts losses as expansion continues 
Irish carrier CityJet posted a pre-tax loss of €30.2 million ($35.8 million) for 2016, as a result of financing new aircraft, acquiring airlines and creating a new base in Scandinavia.
Icelandair Boeing 757-200s
Icelandair joins economy fares trend
Icelandair has joined the increasing number of airlines segmenting their economy-class fares with the announcement of a new pricing structure.
Rendering of A330-900 in Aircalin livery
Aircalin firms Airbus order
Aircalin, the Noumea-based carrier in the French territory of New Caledonia, has firmed up its order for two Airbus A320neos single-aisle and two A330-900 widebody aircraft.
SAS board seeks financial room to maneuver 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is seeking permission from its shareholders to have the option of a new share issue to raise additional funding
Aer Lingus A320
Aer Lingus slams Dublin ‘infrastructure shortcomings’
Aer Lingus COO Mike Rutter has strongly criticized facilities at the Irish flag carrier’s home base airport, saying they threaten the airline’s expansion.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair bids to retain pilot workforce 
Ryanair, rocked by rostering errors that have forced the Irish LCC to cancel thousands of flights over the next five months, has appealed to its pilots to stand by the company.
EasyJet A320neo
EasyJet reports strong end to financial year 
UK-based LCC easyJet anticipates a pre-tax profit between £405-£410 million ($528-$535 million) for its current financial year, despite a challenging market and substantial adverse currency movements.
Aer Lingus A330-200
Aer Lingus to beef up transatlantic services 
Aer Lingus is to further strengthen transatlantic services, as it increasingly tilts toward becoming a predominantly long-haul airline.
Monarch’s engineering arm continues as standalone operation
The UK’s Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd. (MAEL) will continue operations despite the Oct. 2 collapse into administration of Monarch Airlines and Monarch Travel Group.
Gulf Air Turkish Airlines codeshare agreement
Gulf Air, Turkish Airlines ink codeshare deal
Bahrain-based Gulf Air and Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines are to codeshare on their services between Bahrain and Istanbul.
UK’s Monarch Airlines enters administration; cuts 1,858 jobs 
[UPDATED] UK leisure carrier Monarch Airlines entered administration in the early hours of Oct. 2 and its air operator’s certificate (AOC) has been suspended, marking the UK’s largest ever airline collapse.
Qatar Airways takes 49% stake in Italian leisure carrier Meridiana 
Qatar Airways acquired a 49% stake of AQA Holding, the new parent company of Sardinia-based leisure carrier Meridiana fly, leaving 51% of AQA Holding to its previous sole shareholder Alisarda.
Blogs & Commentary
Oct 18, 2017

Planes, Politics & Protectionism

It’s ironic that the US is seeing a surge in activity that smacks of protectionism under a Republican president; one who campaigned on his credentials as a businessman....More
Oct 17, 2017

Airbus-Bombardier CSeries shocker: First thoughts

There will be much more to say about the blockbuster Airbus-Bombardier CSeries deal, in which Airbus will become the majority stakeholder in the CSeries program, in the days and weeks ahead. Here are a few initial thoughts…...More
Oct 13, 2017

Basic economy is a success if it does NOT sell

The success of basic economy 'isn’t how many people buy it, but how many people don’t buy it.'...More
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