Anne Paylor

Norwegian Boeing 737-800
Norwegian narrows 1Q losses 
Norwegian Air Shuttle reported a first-quarter net loss of NOK538 million ($68 million), narrowed from a net loss of NOK595 million in the year-ago quarter.
Icelandair 757-200
Icelandair expects 1Q results to be better than predicted 
Icelandair said its first-quarter results should be better than forecast at the beginning of the year, largely as a result of increased sales and better fleet utilization.
British Airways A380
British Airways, Iberia switch allegiance to ELFAA  1
The European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA) has accepted International Airlines Group (IAG) carriers British Airways, Iberia and Iberia Express as members, effective immediately.
Amadeus report forecasts travelers will fall into six ‘tribes’ by 2030 
A new report commissioned by Amadeus suggests that travelers of the future will fall into six “traveler tribes” or segments by 2030.
Flybe Bombardier Q400
Flybe Finland to rebrand as Nordic Regional Airlines in May 
Flybe Finland will rebrand as Nordic Regional Airlines in May to reflect the change in ownership of parent company Flybe Nordic.
Sweden’s Remote Tower Services go live at Örnsköldsvik Airport 
Sweden’s Örnsköldsvik Airport has begun operations using the Remote Tower Services (RTS) system developed by Swedish air navigation services provider LFV and Saab.
Raytheon to supply new GEO payload and ground uplinks for FAA WAAS 
FAA has awarded Raytheon a $103 million contract to develop a payload to be incorporated into a new geostationary satellite and two associated ground uplink stations to support its Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) in US airspace.
New consortium to operate Santiago International Airport from October 
Nuevo Pudahuel—a consortium comprising Aéroports de Paris (45%), VINCI Airports (40%) and Italian construction group Astaldi (15%)—has been awarded the concession to operate Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Chile.
UK airports passenger traffic continues fourth year of growth 
The number of passengers traveling through UK airports last year increased for the fourth year in a row, bringing the total to just below the pre-recession peak of 2007.
Abertis completes withdrawal from the airport business arena 
Spanish infrastructure company Abertis has sold its stakes in Montego Bay and Santiago de Chile airports, completing the company’s divestment of all its airport business.
Fiji Link ATR 72-600
Real Tonga leases Fiji Airways ATR 72 to plug MA60 capacity gap 
Real Tonga has leased a 68-seat ATR 72-600 from Fiji Airways to make up a capacity shortfall following grounding of the airline’s MA60 aircraft last month.
London First backs Heathrow expansion over Gatwick 
In the ongoing debate about whether additional runway capacity for the UK should be added at Heathrow or Gatwick airports, Heathrow has said members of London First, an influential business membership organization, backs Heathrow’s expansion.
Malaysia Airlines A330-200
Malaysia Airlines is launch customer for flight tracking system  1
Malaysia Airlines will be the first airline to go live with global flight tracking technology using SITA OnAir’s AIRCOM FlightTracker this summer.
UK to create aviation ombudsman to resolve passenger complaints 
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will create an “aviation ombudsman” with powers to compel airlines to pay compensation.
Canberra to be home of QantasLink Boeing 717 heavy maintenance base 
QantasLink will create a Boeing 717 heavy maintenance base in Canberra, creating up to 40 engineering jobs in the Australian capital.

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