Anne Paylor

Time-based separation goes live at Heathrow 
London Heathrow Airport has become the first airport to implement time-based separation (TBS) for aircraft on final approach in a bid to reduce delays caused by strong winds—the single most significant cause of arrival delay at the airport.
787 flight deck showing an electronic logbook
British Airways wins CAA approval to use Boeing’s ELB on 787s 
British Airways has become the first airline to get the go-ahead to use Boeing’s Electronic Logbook (ELB) to eliminate paper technical logs on its 787 Dreamliner fleet.
Hungary abolishes fixed route network, goes to all free routes 
Hungarian air navigation service provider (ANSP) HungaroControl has abolished the entire fixed flight route network in Hungarian airspace, converting entirely to free route airspace.
Qantas tails
S&P revises upward Qantas’ rating outlook 
Qantas has received a ratings boost from Standard & Poor’s (S&P), which revised the airline’s rating outlook to stable from negative.
Spanish airport operator AENA priced high for initial privatization 
The share price for the much-delayed part-privatization of Spain’s state airport operator, AENA, has been set at a high €58 ($66) per share, making it one of the biggest in Europe over the past 12 months.
Kuwaiti firm to build new airport in Iraq 
Kuwaiti trading and contracting firm Al Nasriyah has been awarded a 45-year contract by the Iraqi National Investment Commission (NIC) to develop and operate a new airport to serve Iraq’s Diwaniya governorate.
Gulf Air resumes flights to Baghdad 
Gulf Air has resumed flights to Baghdad International Airport following a temporary suspension over safety concerns after a Flydubai aircraft on a commercial flight was hit with bullets on landing.
Aireon to locate ALERT emergency tracking service in Ireland 
Aireon, which has developed a space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS–B) global air traffic surveillance system, is to base its planned global emergency tracking service in Ireland.
Greek start-up SkyGreece to launch services to Canada 
New Greek start-up SkyGreece Airlines will launch services from Toronto to Athens, Thessaloniki and Croatian capital Zagreb this summer following relevant approvals from the Greek and Canadian authorities.
Exceptional gain boosts Singapore Airlines Group’s Q3 profits 
The Singapore Airlines Group reported a net profit of SGD203 million ($151 million) for the quarter ended 31 December 2014.
Consultation closes on Airports Commission’s short-listed options 
The consultation on the three options shortlisted by the UK government-appointed Airports Commission for developing new runway capacity in the South East has now closed.
SWISS renames European subsidiary Swiss Global Air Lines 
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) subsidiary Swiss European Air Lines is changing its name to Swiss Global Air Lines, and will operate under the SWISS brand.
Aer Lingus A320
IAG proposes commitments in Aer Lingus deal 
British Airways/Iberia parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) said its offer for Aer Lingus would “secure and strengthen the Irish carrier’s long-term future,” and is proposing legally binding commitments to that end.
SAS-Cimber Bombardier CRJ900
Scandinavian Airlines close to finalizing Cimber acquisition 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is in the final stages of acquiring Danish regional carrier Cimber for DKK20 million ($3 million), after receiving approval from the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority.
Qatar Airways A350 XWB
Qatar Airways acquires 10% stake in IAG 
Qatar Airways has acquired a 9.99% stake in British Airways/Iberia parent company International Airlines Group (IAG).

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