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AEA: Proposed ‘massive’ hike in German airspace user fees is ‘unacceptable’ 
The Association of European Airlines (AEA) has called proposed plans by Germany’s air navigation services provider Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) to increase user charges next year “unacceptable.”
FAA: NextGen makes progress, but funding risks threaten investment 
FAA has made “clear and measurable progress” toward completing the technological foundation of the US Next Generation air traffic control system (NextGen), according to deputy FAA administrator Mike Whitaker.
NATS reports record environmental savings in 2013 
UK air navigation services provider NATS said more efficient air traffic control procedures, innovative new technologies, and better use of airspace saved a record-breaking 190,000 tonnes of aircraft carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2013.
Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-800
Norwegian opens Madrid base; calls for end to ‘foul play’ on Dublin subsidiary 
Norwegian Air Shuttle has opened a new base in Madrid, the airline’s sixth in Spain.
Lufthansa reports promising results from CDO approach trials at Munich 
New Continuous Descent Operations (CDO) developed by Lufthansa and German Air Traffic Control in Munich are proving to save around 100 liters of fuel on a long-haul flight and around 50 liters per short-haul flight in tests at Munich Airport.
Airbus begins A350 XWB passenger-carrying proving flights 
Airbus has begun operating so-called Early Long Flights (ELFs) aimed at assessing the cabin environment and related systems of the new A350 XWB in a typical operating scenario.
Out-of-court settlement reached in Berlin Brandenburg compensation case 
Airberlin and the operators of Berlin Brandenburg Airport have agreed an out-of-court settlement in the compensation claim relating to the postponement of the opening of the airport in 2012.
Finnair A340-300
Finnair revises down 2014 forecast, anticipating ‘significantly lower’ turnover 
Finnair has revised its financial forecast for the year, estimating that its 2014 turnover will be “significantly lower” than in 2013.
De Castelbajac takes the helm at ATR 

Patrick de Castelbajac has been appointed CEO of ATR, taking over from Filippo Bagnato, whose four-year mandate, according to ATR statutes, expired at the end of May 2014.  De Castelbajac joins ATR from the commercial direction of Airbus where he was head of contracts negotiations.

UK CAA approves London CTR airspace classification changes 
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved a proposal by air navigation services provider NATS to reclassify the airspace around London Heathrow Airport from Class A to Class D.
Auckland SMART Approaches trial demonstrates fuel burn, flight-time savings 
Auckland Airport, Airways New Zealand and the Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ) have released a draft report on the SMART Approaches flight path trial at Auckland Airport for public feedback.
Australia’s Vincent Aviation goes into receivership 
Australia’s Darwin-headquartered Vincent Aviation—which operates a fleet of five Beechcraft 1900s, four SAAB 340s and one BAE 146-200 jet—has gone into receivership.
Canada’s FLYHT to provide flight data monitoring to Nigerian airline 
Canada’s FLYHT Aerospace Solutions has signed a contract with an unspecified Nigerian airline for the sale and delivery of its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 220 on five Boeing 737 aircraft.
London mayor urges Airports Commission to focus on long-term UK needs 
London mayor Boris Johnson has warned the Airports Commission it “would be letting the country down” if it continued to focus on what was needed in the short term and “failed to look to the longer term.”
Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean Airlines narrows 1Q loss after Olympic Air consolidation 
Aegean Airlines reported a first-quarter after-tax loss of €8.4 million ($11.5 million), narrowing the consolidated €13.2 million loss reported for the same period last year.

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