Anne Paylor

Commission says passenger rights need more rigorous enforcement in EU 
A European Commission review of passenger rights complaint handling and enforcement in the European air transport sector shows the number of complaints remains low, while sanctions against airlines are minimal.
Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 787-8
Norwegian Air Shuttle cabin crew calls off strike threat 
Norwegian Air Shuttle and its cabin attendants’ union reached a new collective agreement this weekend, canceling a strike threat.
Airports Commission receives detailed proposals for short-listed options 
The UK government-appointed Airports Commission has received detailed proposals relating to the three options short-listed in its December 2013 interim report for a new runway to serve the South East of England.
CityJet flight returns to London City with detached wing panel 
A CityJet flight from London City to Florence was forced to return to the airport shortly after takeoff on Thursday when a piece of the wing became detached.
Air Arabia A320
Air Arabia 1Q profits up 27% 
Sharjah-based low-cost carrier Air Arabia reported a first-quarter net profit of AED75 million ($20.4 million), up 27% compared to a net profit of AED59 million in the year-ago period.
Nok Air Bombardier Q400
Nok Air’s 1Q profit down 90% on increased competition, political instability 
Thailand’s low-cost carrier (LCC) Nok Air reported a first-quarter profit of THB40.9 million ($1.25 million), down 90.2% from THB416 million in the year-ago period.
UK CAA considers passive radar technology for ATM 
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has contracted Airbus Defense and Space to conduct a study into the feasibility of using so-called “passive radar” technology for air traffic management (ATM).
Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar Airways to move to Hamad International Airport on May 27 
Qatar Airways will officially relocate to Doha’s new Hamad International Airport (HIA) May 27.
UAE joins EASA’s SAFA program hard on the heels of Morocco 
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the second non-European state to join the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Safety Assessment of Foreign Airlines (SAFA) program.
Manston Airport to close despite last minute purchase offer  1
Manston Airport in Kent, Southeast England, is set to close May 15 despite an eleventh hour offer from US investment firm RiverOak to purchase the loss-making facility.
RNP paves way for after-dark operations at Queenstown Airport 
New Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approach and departure procedures are set to enable flights to operate into and out of Queenstown Airport on New Zealand’s South Island after dark in 2016.
EASA proposes new requirements for flight recorders and underwater locating devices  2
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced new proposals for flight data and voice recorders and underwater locating devices (ULDs) in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER
Emirates Airline fiscal year profit up 43% 
Dubai-based Emirates Airline reported a profit of AED3.3 billion ($900 million) for the financial year ended March 31, 2014, up 43% from AED2.3 billion for the previous financial year.
London Heathrow Airport’s development director John Holland-Kaye
London Heathrow Airport appoints new CEO 
London Heathrow Airport’s development director John Holland-Kaye has been appointed to take over as CEO when Colin Matthews steps down July 1.
Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 787-8
Norwegian Air Shuttle widens 1Q losses, leases three new Boeing 787s 
Budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle has reported a first-quarter pre-tax loss of NOK813 million ($137 million), widened from a pre-tax loss of NOK160.1 million reported for the same period last year.

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