Anne Paylor

European Commission to audit exit screening in Ebola-affected countries 
A high-level meeting of 21 European health ministers, co-organized by the Italian Presidency and the European Commission, has failed to reach common ground on the issue of entry screening at Europe’s airports for passengers arriving from Ebola-affected countries.
Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800
Virgin Australia reduces 1Q losses, but consumer demand remains weak 
Virgin Australia reported an underlying loss before tax of AUD45 million ($40 million) for the first quarter of the 2015 financial year.
Eurocontrol monitoring impact of Ebola outbreak on European aviation 
The Eurocontrol Network Manager and the European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell (EACCC)—set up by the European Commission and Eurocontrol to support coordination of the response to network crisis situations—say they are monitoring the evolution of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its potential impact on European aviation.
ACI Europe calls for urgent coordination on EU-wide response to entry screening 
The European regional branch of the Airports Council International (ACI Europe) is calling for “urgent coordination” between health authorities at a European Union (EU) level over the implementation of screening at airports and any potential risks to air travelers.
Gambia Bird Airlines A319
Gambia Bird’s Freetown-London permit revoked due to Ebola fears 
Banjul-based Gambia Bird Airlines has been forced to postpone its planned resumption of flights between London and the Sierra Leone capital Freetown Friday following the UK Department for Transport’s (DfT) decision to revoke the airline’s permit for direct flights between the two cities.
Thomson Airways Boeing 787-9
Thomson Airways to add two Boeing 787s, 47 737 MAXs by 2020 
UK leisure carrier Thomson Airways will take delivery of two further Boeing 787s and 47 new 737 MAX aircraft by 2020 as part of its “five-year vision to change the face of holiday flying,” the airline said.
Finnair Embraer E-190
Finnair trades incentives for savings with pilots’ union 
Finnair has approved a one-off long-term incentive plan for its pilots as part of a savings agreement concluded last month between the airline and the Finnish Air Line Pilots’ Association (SLL) that will generate €17 million ($22 million) in permanent annual savings.
RiverOak urges law changes to protect smaller UK airports 
US investment firm RiverOak is urging the UK government to amend the law relating to airport closures in the wake of its failed bid to bailout Manston Airport in Kent.
Flybe Bombardier Q400
Flybe abandons frequent flyer rewards program in favor of Avios 
UK-based regional carrier Flybe has closed its Rewards4All frequent flyer rewards program and is switching to the Avios (formerly Airmiles) travel loyalty program.
UK government clears Ebola screening at Heathrow and Gatwick airports 
The UK government will implement screening at Britain’s two main gateway airports—London Heathrow and Gatwick—for passengers traveling from Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Blackpool becomes second UK regional airport to close in 2014 
Blackpool Airport has announced the facility will close Oct. 15, becoming the second UK regional airport to cease operations this year after no buyer stepped forward to rescue the struggling facility.
Tigerair A320
Tigerair trims excess capacity with 12-aircraft sublease to IndiGo 
Singapore-based no-frills carrier Tigerair has agreed to sublease 12 surplus Airbus A320 aircraft to Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo as part of a program to “right-size operations,” the airline said.
Bangkok Airways A319
Bangkok Airways tables IPO to Oct. 14 
The subscription period for the Bangkok Airways initial public offering (IPO), which is expected to raise between THB11.96 billion and THB14.04 billion ($368 million to $432 million), will open for retail investors Oct. 14-17.
Rendering of A320 in Vistara livery
Vistara signs with Amadeus, takes delivery of first A320 
The TATA/Singapore Airlines joint venture startup Vistara, which is due to launch operations in India later in October, has become the first airline in India to adopt the Amadeus Altéa Suite of technology solutions.
Greener PBN approaches implemented at Riga Airport 
A consortium—made up of Latvian airline airBaltic, Airbus ATM subsidiary Airbus ProSky and Latvia’s air navigation services provider Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme (LGS)—has completed the Arrival Modernization for Better Efficiency in Riga (AMBER) project aimed at establishing new and greener arrival procedures at Riga Airport.

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