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Alan Dron


Based in London, Alan is Europe & Middle East correspondent at Air Transport World.

A daily newspaper journalist in the UK and Middle East for 15 years, he then joined the UK's most successful corporate publishing company before setting up his own company in 2004. He has worked with ATW since 2014.

Loganair, Widerøe sign interline agreement for Norway destinations
Two regional carriers, Scotland’s Loganair and Norway’s Widerøe, have signed an interline agreement.
Bombardier transfers legacy type certificates to Viking Air
Canada’s Viking Air has acquired type certificates for three legacy aircraft from Bombardier.
Icelandair considers future fleet options
Icelandair is conducting a review of its long-term fleet strategy.
Virgin Atlantic takes first A350-1000 for London-New York route
UK long-haul specialist Virgin Atlantic has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000. The aircraft flew into London Heathrow Aug. 10 from Airbus’s Toulouse plant.
US agrees to lift sanctions for Iran Air ATR spares
The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has given turboprop manufacturer ATR permission to supply Iran Air with spares to keep its fleet in the air.
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Norwegian cuts Irish transatlantic routes on MAX grounding 
Continuing uncertainty over the Boeing 737 MAX’s return to service has prompted LCC Norwegian to end all routes between Ireland and North America from Sept. 15.
Norwegian 787 loses engine parts on takeoff
An investigation is underway into the apparent inflight failure of a Rolls-Royce Trent engine on a Norwegian Boeing 787 as it began a flight from Rome to Los Angeles.
Ryanair’s Irish pilots threaten strike as labor issues escalate
Nearly a quarter of Ryanair’s Irish pilots are planning to give the Irish LCC notice of strike action in the next few days in pursuit of a pay and working conditions claim.
Gatwick updates capital investment plans
London’s Gatwick Airport has published the latest iteration of its Capital Investment Program (CIP), which envisions spending £1.11 billion ($1.34 billion) over the next five years.
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Air Arabia boosts 1H profit 47% on strong demand
Gulf LCC Air Arabia substantially improved its half-year profits, despite continuing economic and geopolitical pressures in the region, the airline said.
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Angolan carrier Bestfly takes first ATR turboprop for expansion
Angolan operator Bestfly has taken delivery of the first of two ATR 72-600 turboprops as the company prepares to expand into corporate charter and shuttle services.
Ryanair UK pilots vote to strike in August, September
Members of the union representing Ryanair’s UK-based pilots voted to conduct two strikes in late August and early September.
BA systems outages cause cancellations, delays
System outages resulted in hundreds of British Airways (BA) flights being canceled or delayed Aug. 7.
Gulf Air reports 1H 23% passenger increase on ‘boutique’ strategy 
Gulf Air reported a 23% first-half increase in passenger numbers, which the airline said indicates its move toward becoming a niche, “boutique carrier” is starting to show results.
British Airways A321 evacuated after smoke fills cabin
Passengers onboard a British Airways (BA) Airbus A321 safely evacuated the aircraft via emergency slides Aug. 5 after smoke filled the cabin on its landing approach in Spain.
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Blogs & Commentary
Aug 16, 2019

Editor’s Blog: Why Beijing’s bullying of Hong Kong Airport and Cathay could misfire

What has happened in Hong Kong this week amounts to one thing: Beijing bullying....More
Jul 25, 2019

(Yet another) summer of discontent

Europe is bracing for a heatwave, in more ways than one, as tensions threaten to reach a boiling point between airlines, employees and passengers during the busiest period of the year....More
Jul 18, 2019

A rough ride for Ryanair

Irish LCC Ryanair really isn’t having a good week, after losing its COO to easyJet, cutting its growth because of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding and facing industrial unrest among its UK pilots....More

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