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Aviation Week
Europe votes on new rules to protect EU airlines from unfair competition 
The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has voted on new rules aimed at better protecting European Union (EU) airlines in the face of unfair practices by non-EU competitors.
Small Planet Airlines A320
Small Planet Airlines to add six Airbus aircraft, eyes Germany 
Lithuanian leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines said it would add six Airbus aircraft to its fleet in 2018, taking the total up to 28, and expects to become the largest carrier in the Baltic States in terms of passengers, fleet and revenue this year.
Ryanair offers German pilots direct employment 
Ryanair said it would offer all its pilots in Germany direct employment contracts after the agency that has been supplying many of them up until now said it would stop providing them.
UK CAA: Emirates must compensate delayed passengers 
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has called on Dubai-based Emirates Airline to pay compensation to delayed passengers after the country’s Supreme Court refused the airline permission to appeal against an earlier ruling.
Virgin Atlantic Cargo revenue up 9% on online shopping, pharmaceuticals
Virgin Atlantic Cargo said its 2017 volumes reached a five-year high and revenues rose 9% to £199.6 million ($279 million), driven by strong growth in shipments of pharmaceuticals and e-commerce goods.
Rendering of Air Belgium A340-300
New carrier Air Belgium receives AOC 
A new Belgian airline—Air Belgium—with backing from a huge Chinese travel agency has received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) and plans to begin flying to China in April, beginning with a service to Hong Kong.
Ryanair formally recognizes Italian pilots union
Ryanair has signed a union recognition agreement with Italian pilots union ANPAC, continuing the formalization of the airline’s decision to recognize unions across Europe.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair, Aer Lingus to partner on connecting flights 
Ryanair and Aer Lingus plan to launch connecting flights this year, a spokeswoman for Ryanair confirmed, after Irish media reports said the two carriers had signed a deal that would help boost passenger numbers through Dublin.
Joon to begin Paris-Mumbai service in June 
Air France’s Joon will take over the carrier’s daily flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Mumbai, India, beginning in June.
Oman Air Boeing 787-8
Oman Air to start Turkey, Casablanca, Moscow services 
Oman Air plans to launch three new routes this year—to Istanbul, Turkey in June; Casablanca, Morocco in July; and Moscow, Russia in October—as the Oman national carrier continues to expand.
EASA publishes first opinion on drone safety 
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has taken an important step toward building a regulatory framework to govern the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, in the region’s airspace.
Finnair Embraer E190
Finnair to begin Helsinki-Minsk service June 9
Finnair said it would open a direct, year-round route between Helsinki and Minsk, Belarus as it continues its network expansion. The new twice-weekly Embraer E190 service will launch June 9.
Air France A320
Air France to operate 75% of flights during Feb. 22 strike 
Air France estimates it would operate 75% of flights despite a strike planned for Feb. 22, with the turnout of strikers estimated at 28%.
Transavia Boeing 737-800
Air France-KLM eyes expanding Transavia France’s fleet
Air France-KLM has started looking at how it could expand formerly loss-making Transavia France’s fleet beyond the 40 aircraft it is limited to by an agreement with labor unions. It hopes the subsidiary could help it stave off intensifying competition from other LCCs in the French market.
Air France unions to strike Feb. 22
Air France is facing a widespread strike on Feb. 22 after salary negotia¬tions reignited long-running tensions with the unions representing its workforce.
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 20, 2018

O’Leary’s winning hand with Lauda

Michael O’Leary must have played a lot of Risk as a boy. And he frequently won, judging by how he played his hand over LaudaMotion, a prize that was keenly sought by Lufthansa and British Airways owner IAG....More
Mar 9, 2018

The airline industry’s glass ceiling

Today is National Women’s Day. I’m not typically one of those who lauds achievements purely based on the gender of those who achieved, but a vexing question remains: why are there still so few women running airlines?...More
Mar 2, 2018

Delta CEO takes the high road

Delta Air Lines has withdrawn its discount offer for members of the US National Rifle Association (NRA) following the mass shooting in February at a Florida school that left 17 students and staff dead....More
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