Helen Massy-Beresford

Aviation Week
Three in running for Alitalia as deadline nears 
Special commissioners are examining the three offers made for Alitalia this week ahead of presenting their conclusions to the government in a long-running process to relaunch the bankrupt carrier.
Report: IAG in talks with Spain on EU ownership ahead of Brexit
International Airlines Group (IAG) expressed confidence an agreement on air transport with the European Union (EU) would be reached after a Spanish media outlet reported the group was in talks with Spain to protect IAG’s EU ownership rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
French authorities seize Ryanair aircraft in illegal aid dispute 
France’s civil aviation authority the DGAC has seized a Ryanair aircraft at Bordeaux-Merignac airport in a bid to force the LCC to pay back public funds that were judged illegal by the European Commission (EC) in 2014.
Wizz Air A321
Wizz Air lowers full-year profit forecast on disruptions, fuel costs 
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air has cut its full-year profit forecast because of disruption during the summer season and higher fuel prices, as it reported a first-half rise in passenger numbers and revenue.
Alitalia Airbus A330-300
Italy’s state railway confirms bid for Alitalia
Italian railway company Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) has put in a bid for Alitalia, paving the way to create an integrated transport company, Italy’s economic development minister Luigi Di Maio said.
Air France Boeing 777-300ER
Air France-KLM’s 3Q revenues up 4%, warns of higher fuel costs 
Air France-KLM said revenues rose in the 2018 third quarter and predicted a further increase in the final three months of the year, but warned its fuel costs also would increase and passenger network capacity would grow by less than expected.
AerCap leases 87 aircraft in 3Q
Aircraft lessor AerCap carried out 87 aircraft transactions in the third quarter, including 20 for widebodies and said over 90% of new aircraft deliveries through 2020 were leased.
Investor renews call for Ryanair management change
A Ryanair investor has renewed a call for management change at the airline, saying the Irish LCC's chairman is not independent and has not adequately overseen recent labor issues.
Norwegian 3Q net profit up 18%; slows down growth
Long-haul LCC Norwegian Air Shuttle warned that high oil prices and a strong dollar would affect the entire aviation industry as it reported a third-quarter net profit of NOK1.3 billion ($156 million), up 18% compared to NOK1.1 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Ryanair, Spanish pilots’ union ink recognition agreement
Ryanair has signed a recognition agreement with the Spanish pilot union SEPLA to cover all its directly employed pilots in Spain, the Irish LCC said Oct. 24.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair 1H profit down 7% on ATC strikes, higher costs 
Ryanair’s first-half profit fell 7%, hit by lower fares, air traffic control strikes and higher fuel, staff and passenger compensation costs which offset growth in ancillary revenues.
Cargo boom slows
The air cargo industry has finally seen a resurgence, with demand booming to transport everything from fish to pharmaceuticals and from iPhones to fresh berries, expediently around, across and between continents.
Ryanair, Portuguese pilots reach labor deal
Irish LCC Ryanair has signed an agreement with the Portuguese pilot union SPAC covering seniority and base transfer agreements for its directly employed pilots in Portugal, and paving the way for negotiations on a full collective labor agreement to begin before the end of October.
Air France Boeing 777-200
Air France, most unions reach long-awaited pay agreement
Air France has reached a pay deal with unions, paving the way for the Air France-KLM group to move on from a months-long labor conflict and focus on its long-term strategy.
Air France A330-200
Air France-KLM to add 44 new winter routes
Air France-KLM said it would increase winter capacity across its network by 2.5% compared with the previous winter season, with 44 new winter routes across long-, medium- and short-haul destinations.
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Blogs & Commentary
Nov 9, 2018

Disturbing Vegas controller recording

I’m posting this blog with a link to what is believed to be a recording of the conversations between a Las Vegas tower controller and a number of pilots in an incident Nov. 7 that led to FAA issuing a new controller staffing policy today....More
Oct 24, 2018

BA works out the meaning of customer service

British Airways has announced a company-wide initiative to train and empower its staff to be more service orientated....More
Oct 22, 2018

Who’s in the driving seat?

One of the themes of MRO Europe in Amsterdam was how the automotive industry is powering ahead of aviation, because of different approaches when it comes to innovation and risk....More

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