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Alan Dron

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.

Articles
Ryanair to launch Armenian flights
Ryanair will begin operations from Armenia, which will become the Irish LCC’s 40th country.
Titan Airways Boeing 757-200
UK charter Titan Airways moves toward all-Airbus fleet
UK-based charter and ACMI provider Titan Airways has acquired its first Airbus widebody as it closes in on its target of an all-European fleet.
Air Arabia A320
Air Arabia, Etihad form LCC joint venture
Etihad Aviation Group and LCC Air Arabia will form a new Abu Dhabi-based joint venture (JV) LCC—called Air Arabia Abu Dhabi—to tap into the growing demand for low-cost air travel in the Gulf.
EasyJet A320neo
EasyGroup wins two legal cases to preserve brand
UK LCC easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou has won legal actions against two airlines he alleged were infringing on his company’s use of the “Easy” brand.
De Havilland Dash 8-400
Flybe to be renamed Virgin Connect
UK regional carrier Flybe will be rebranded as Virgin Connect, reflecting its new ownership.
Jazeera Airways to introduce three-class A320neos
Kuwaiti LCC Jazeera Airways will mark the launch of the Middle East’s first long-haul, low-cost route later in October with the introduction of a premium economy class on board its new Airbus A320neos.
Volotea A319
Spanish LCC Volotea to open Naples base in 2020
Spain-based LCC Volotea, which specializes in linking secondary and tertiary European cities, plans to open a new base at Naples in 2020.
Repatriation of Thomas Cook passengers nears end 
Efforts to return some 150,000 customers of failed leisure operator Thomas Cook Airlines are scheduled to conclude this weekend, with the UK’s aviation regulator hailing the success of what has been described as the country’s largest peacetime repatriation effort.
Oman Air Boeing 787-9
Oman Air, Kenya Airways widen codeshare partnership
Oman Air and Kenya Airways have expanded their existing codeshare cooperation, increasing destinations covered by the agreement.
Qatar Airways A350-900
BOC Aviation completes Qatar Airways purchase-leaseback deal
Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation concluded a purchase-and-leaseback transaction with Qatar Airways for three new Airbus A350-900s with the Sept. 27 delivery of the third aircraft.
CAE opens three European pilot training centers
Simulator and training specialist CAE is opening three new European training facilities to address the growing need for new airline pilots.
Loganair Embraer E145
Scotland regional Loganair continues expansion plan
Scotland-based regional Loganair is continuing its rapid expansion with the announcement of two further groups of new routes.
Istanbul’s new airport prepares for further capacity boost
The new Istanbul Airport anticipates its third parallel runway will open in the 2020 first half, giving it a capability exceeded in Europe only by Amsterdam Schiphol, the airport’s chairman Kadri Samsunlu said Sept. 27.
Etihad to delay A350-1000 deliveries 
Etihad Airways will delay delivery of five Airbus A350-1000s until an unspecified future date, a move adhering to the Abu-Dhabi-based company’s business transformation plan.
London Stansted eyes significant long-haul growth
London Stansted Airport aims to provide up to half of the London area’s total long-haul aviation growth over the next decade as Heathrow and Gatwick continue to contend with runway capacity constraints.
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OCTOBER AIR TRANSPORT WORLD
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Oct 19, 2019
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Is Bastian creating the fourth global alliance?

With the stroke of his pen, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian cemented his company’s reputation as both industry transformer and a ruthless pursuer to be the world’s biggest and most influential airline....More
Oct 14, 2019
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Michele McDonald

Michele McDonald, a long-time contributor to ATW, died Oct. 5....More
Sep 11, 2019
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Alitalia’s endless extensions on government money

In what has become close to a bimonthly event, another request has been made to extend the deadline for a business plan to be submitted to get Alitalia back on its feet....More

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