Anne Paylor

British Airways A380 at London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow to launch steeper approach trials to reduce noise  1
London’s Heathrow Airport is trialing steeper landing approaches to reduce aircraft noise next month, following British Airways’ Airbus A380 trial flights in May.
Virgin Australia aircraft
Virgin Australia narrows net losses in FY2015 
The Virgin Australia Group reported a net loss of A$93.8 million ($71.8 million) for the full year ended June 30 (FY2015), narrowed from an A$353.8 million loss in the previous financial year.
European airports see positive 1H growth in passenger traffic 
Passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew 4.5% in the first six months of this year, according to figures released by the European arm of the Airports Council International (ACI Europe).
Reports: GIP to sell 75% stake in London City Airport 
US-based infrastructure fund manager Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has reportedly put its 75% stake in London City Airport up for sale.
Finnair A319
Finnair seeks extension of Nordic Regional ownership; sale talks continue  1
Finland flag carrier Finnair has filed an application with the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) to approve its current 100% ownership of Nordic Regional Airlines while negotiations continue on the sale of a 60% stake to Finnish investors Staffpoint Holding and G.W. Sohlberg (GWS).
EasyJet A319
EasyJet cabin crew accept pay deal, averting strike threat 
EasyJet cabin crew have accepted a combined pay and holiday proposal, averting the threat of any industrial action.
European airline body calls for better UAS regulation 
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) is calling for urgent safeguards against drones that pose “a significant threat to European airspace” and need “better regulation and control.”
Air Arabia A320
Air Arabia 1H profits down 4% on yield pressures, investments 
Sharjah-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Air Arabia reported a first-half net profit of AED237 million ($64.5 million), down 4% compared to the same period last year.
Rendering of A330-200 in Iberia livery
IAG updates Airbus order conversions 
International Airlines Group (IAG)—parent of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling—has converted options for 20 Airbus 320neos into firm orders.
EC investigates competition impact of proposed FedEx/TNT merger 
The European Commission has begun an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed acquisition of Netherlands-based TNT Express by US-based FedEx Corp. is in line with European Union merger regulations.
Abu Dhabi airport sees 17.2% increase in passengers in 1H 
Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased 17.2% in the first half compared to the same period last year.
IATA ‘disappointed’ at Paris airport charges increase 
IATA is “disappointed” that the French government has authorized Aéroports de Paris (ADP), operator of Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Paris-Orly (ORY) airports, to increase airport charges for each year of the period 2016-2020.
Walsh: IAG opposes Heathrow third runway due to ‘outrageous’ cost  1
International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh will “not be supporting” proposals for a third runway at Heathrow, as recommended by the UK government-appointed Airports Commission in July, because he believes the costs associated with the project are “outrageous.”
Hainan Airlines Boeing 787
China’s HNA Group to buy Swissport from PAI Partners for $2.82 billion 
China’s HNA Group, parent company of Hainan Airlines, has agreed to buy the Swissport ground and cargo handling company for CHF2.73 billion ($2.82 billion) from PAI Partners.
EC refers France to Court of Justice for violation of state aid rules 
The European Commission has referred France to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover incompatible aid received by Ryanair and its subsidiary Airport Marketing Services (AMS) for using Pau, Nîmes and Angoulême airports, and Transavia for using Pau airport.
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