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Aviation Week
Lufthansa calls for Alitalia to make major cuts 
Lufthansa wants Alitalia to undertake significant restructuring before the German group would be prepared to buy the struggling airline, its CEO has told the Italian government.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair eyes French bases 
Irish LCC Ryanair is taking steps toward basing aircraft in France, and plans to hold talks with Paris and regional airports in the coming weeks.
Alitalia Airbus A320
Alitalia to select bidder soon 
Alitalia’s special administrators are set to choose the successful bidder with whom they want to begin exclusive negotiations about the bankrupt airline’s future within days, Italy’s economic development minister said.
Emirates Sky Cargo Boeing 777F
E-commerce will drive cargo growth in 2018 
Air cargo operators expect further growth for transporting goods by air in 2018, after a strong 2017, with e-commerce in particular driving the growth.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair German pilots to strike Dec. 22 in first-ever union action 
Irish LCC Ryanair is facing its first-ever pilot strike after German pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) called for a four-hour walkout on Dec. 22.
New owner of Italy’s Blue Panorama looks toward growth 
Italian leisure and tourism group Uvet has completed its acquisition of formerly insolvent airline Blue Panorama, and is thinking about expanding its fleet, the company said in a statement.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish pilots’ union calls for written Ryanair agreement
The Irish pilots’ union that was instrumental in convincing Dublin-based Ryanair to change its long-standing policy and recognize such organizations, has called for the LCC to put its promises in writing, noting it could still strike if no agreement is reached.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair pilots call off strike action 
Ryanair pilots have suspended a planned 24-hr. strike after the Dublin-based LCC’s management took the unexpected step of agreeing to recognize their union as a representative of Ireland-based pilots.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair to recognize unions in a bid to avert strikes 
Irish LCC Ryanair has agreed to recognize pilot unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal, bowing to pressure and changing its long-standing policy of negotiating directly with internal employee committees.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair labor conflict worsens as Irish pilots vote to strike Dec. 20 
Conflict between Irish LCC Ryanair and its pilots is escalating in the run up to the busy holiday travel period after Irish pilots said they would strike Dec. 20 and a German union said negotiations were the only way to avert a strike, adding to similar calls for strikes in Portugal and Italy in recent days.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair applies for slots at Berlin Tegel Airport 
Ryanair has applied for slots to base nine aircraft at Berlin’s Tegel aircraft from summer 2018 in a challenge to easyJet’s expansion plans at the airport and in the broader German market following airberlin’s collapse.
Wizz Air A321
Wizz Air acquires Luton slots from Monarch Airlines 
Center European LCC Wizz Air said it would further increase its fleet at the UK’s London Luton Airport, as it acquires a number of slots from insolvent Monarch Airlines, just a few days after it unveiled a major expansion at the airport.
ANALYSIS: Ryanair’s scheduling mess has consequences for its cost base
Canceled flights and disgruntled customers; reprimands from regulators and slower growth are the fallout from Ryanair's allocation of pilots’ leave.
Volotea Boeing 717
Volotea considers moving headquarters from Barcelona 
Spanish LCC Volotea Airlines is considering moving its headquarters from Barcelona amid political turmoil in Catalonia following the region’s contested independence vote.
Lufthansa A320
Lufthansa signs deal for large portion of airberlin assets 
Lufthansa has signed a €210 million ($249 million) deal to take over a large part of bankrupt airberlin’s assets, including NIKI and regional carrier LGW, in a move that will give its low-cost Eurowings affiliate a boost.
Blogs & Commentary
Jan 12, 2018

All that glitters…

European airlines are turning in some glittering passenger growth stories, fuelling the misconception that aviation is a gold mine, when in reality each passenger is flying for less....More
Jan 2, 2018

Media reaction to ‘safest year’ for airlines is telling

Two reports issued at the start of the year hail good news for the air traveling public: 2017 was the safest year in history with no fatalities occurring on large commercial jets....More
Dec 29, 2017

To the PSA pilot who made my Christmas Eve

It can often be the little things that make for great customer service, especially when things go wrong. Here’s a true Christmas Eve story of a PSA Airlines pilot who made a difference....More
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