Helen Massy-Beresford

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Air France Boeing 777-200
Air France, Air Senegal in commercial partnership talks 
Air France is in discussions with Air Senegal about a possible commercial partnership, Air France-KLM EVP-commercial sales and alliances Patrick Alexandre told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.
Air Austral Boeing 737-800
Air Austral, Air Madagascar eye fleet renewal 
La Réunion-based Air Austral and Air Madagascar are looking at updating their respective fleets, 10 months into a partnership aimed at making the two small airlines more resistant to competition that they say has been “positive overall” so far.
Italy investigates Ryanair’s new hand-baggage policy
Ryanair said it would cooperate with Italy’s competition authority, which is investigating the Irish LCC’s new hand baggage policy on the grounds that, as hand-baggage is usually considered an essential part of travel, it could make it harder for consumers to transparently compare prices.
Ryanair shareholders back resolutions at AGM 
Ryanair shareholders backed all resolutions at its annual shareholders’ meeting, easing some pressure on the Irish LCC, but sending a clear signal of discontent about how management has been handling a labor relations crisis by re-electing its chairman with a much smaller majority than before.
Ryanair to hold AGM amid labor union dissention 
European pilots are calling for management changes at Ryanair, ahead of its annual general meeting (AGM) on Sept. 20, the European Cockpit Association (ECA) said in a Sept. 19 statement.
Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-300
Brussels Airlines to expand Africa service; end Mumbai flights in 2019
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Brussels Airlines is making changes to its long-haul network, reinforcing its presence in Africa as it ends flights to Mumbai, India for economic reasons and refocuses the capacity on its core intercontinental region of Africa.
Air France Airbus A320
Air France pilots' union confident new CEO will resolve pay crisis 
Air France’s main pilots' union has confidence in new Air France-KLM group CEO Ben Smith’s ability to solve a pay crisis that cost his predecessor his job and is still unresolved, its president told France’s RTL Radio.
BEA considers new Greenland search in Air France A380 engine probe 
French air accident investigation agency BEA is evaluating whether to launch a new radar search for engine parts buried beneath the Greenland ice that could provide clues as to why an Air France Airbus A380 suffered an uncontained engine failure in September 2017.
Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith
New CEO takes helm at Air France-KLM Sept. 17
Benjamin Smith will assume his new position as Air France-KLM’s new CEO Sept. 17, bringing to a close a four month-period in which the airline group was without a permanent boss after the escalation of a labor conflict led to the departure of his predecessor Jean-Marc Janaillac.
Air France A330-200
Air France, Joon schedule new destinations for 2019
Air France will fly from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, from March 2019 for the summer season while its sister hybrid airline Joon will launch new services to Quito, Ecuador from May 2019.
Ryanair cabin crew unions in five countries call for strike Sept. 28 
Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in five countries announced a 24-hour strike starting at midnight Sept. 28, as part of ongoing calls for the airline to adhere to local labor laws and contracts.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair adds new London summer routes; renews Brexit warning 
Ryanair said it was adding 23 new routes to its London summer schedule, but repeated its warning that a “no-deal” Brexit could cause flight disruption.
Ryanair to begin service from Exeter in April 2019
Ryanair said it would start flying from Exeter Airport in Devon, south west England to three European destinations from April, its first flights from the airport.
British Airways to codeshare with Indian domestic carrier Vistara
British Airways said it has signed a codeshare deal with Indian domestic carrier Vistara that will open up more routes between London and Indian destinations.
Report: Italy’s state railway sees synergies with Alitalia
The CEO of state-owned Italian rail operator Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) is reviewing possible synergies with Alitalia, he told an Italian newspaper, as the government decides the next steps for the troubled carrier’s future.
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