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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.

Romania’s Tarom to update regional ATRs with newer models
Romania’s flag carrier, Tarom, will replace its regional fleet of ATRs with updated variants of the aircraft, the airline said June 26.
New ATC training center opens in Lebanon
A new air traffic control (ATC) training facility has opened in Beirut, Lebanon, to help improve the supply of controllers in the region.
Nordica Bombardier CRJ900ER
Estonian flag carrier Nordica ceases flying under its own colors
Estonia’s national airline, Nordica, will give up operating commercial flights in its own name for the foreseeable future, blaming overcapacity at its home hub at Tallinn Airport.
SAA envisions new standards for ‘seamless’ inflight connectivity
The Seamless Air Alliance (SAA), which aims to simplify inflight connectivity with a standard system that allows myriad components to automatically and interchangeably connect with each other, expects to have specifications for the system by the end of 2020.
Boeing may have to rebrand MAX, says Al Baker
Boeing may have to rebrand the 737 MAX in the light of its two fatal crashes and possible passenger resistance to flying on the type when it is restored to commercial service, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker believes.
PARIS 2019: CAE to use assessment data to help pilot trainees get funding
Simulator and training specialist CAE hopes that the increasing use of student assessment data will help persuade lenders to provide prospective pilots the funding they need to undertake the training.
PARIS 2019: Qatar Airways to add five 777Fs to cargo fleet
Qatar Airways placed an order for five more Boeing 777Fs as the company continues to expand its global cargo services.
Gallery: Exclusive photos of the 2019 Paris Air Show
Exclusive photos of the 2019 Paris Air Show by ATW consultant Alan Dron.
Boeing, Air Lease Corp. announced a commitment for five more 787-9s
PARIS 2019: ALC details ideal NMA configuration amid 787 deals
Air Lease Corp. (ALC) has sketched out what would be its ideal requirements for Boeing’s forthcoming new midmarket airplane (NMA).
PARIS 2019: De Havilland focuses on smooth Dash 8 transition, announces African customer
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada told customers there will be no service interruptions now that its parent company has completed the acquisition of the Dash 8 program from Bombardier.
PARIS 2019: Mitsubishi looks to improve SpaceJet engine
Mitsubishi Aircraft is considering improvements to the engines that will power its newly renamed SpaceJet regional airliner.
Embraer E175 in United Express livery
PARIS 2019: United Airlines adds to regional E175 fleet
Chicago-based United Airlines will top up its fleet of Embraer E175s with a further firm order for 20 of the type, plus 19 options.
PARIS 2019: Virgin Atlantic eyes growth with A330-900 order
UK long-haul specialist Virgin Atlantic will acquire 14 Airbus A330-900s, with an option for six more, in a move CEO Shai Weiss said will position the carrier for future growth.
Sweden’s West Atlantic looks to the future with LUSAT stake
With a new majority stakeholder now in place at UK-Swedish cargo airline West Atlantic, CEO Lars Jordahn anticipates new synergies and efficiencies in the future.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair opens second French base
Ireland-based LCC Ryanair has opened its second base in France, at Bordeaux; it already has one at Marseilles.
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Jun 25, 2019

US Big 3 glosses over UAE Open Skies outcome

Reading the US Partnership for Open & Fair Skies’ press release on the US-UAE joint government policy statement on their Open Skies agreement, the expression "lipstick on a pig" comes to mind. Except it’s more about gloss than lipstick....More
Jun 20, 2019

PARIS 2019 BLOG: Air transport industry confidence on display

The fourth and final trade show day saw a handful of additional Airbus narrowbody orders or conversions, closing a show that was relatively light on new airliner order numbers—as anticipated—but which still delivered some surprises....More
Jun 19, 2019

PARIS 2019 BLOG: The significance of the A321XLR’s long legs

Day three of the air show was a good one for Airbus and particularly its newly-launched A321XLR, which is demonstrating early on that airlines see how they can stretch their networks, enter new markets and do good business with a longer-legged narrowbody....More

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