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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 to close Norwich base after route failure
UK regional airline Loganair will close its operating base at Norwich Airport in eastern England early next year following the failure of a route to produce anticipated results.
SAS receives first of eight A350-900s
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 in what will eventually be a fleet of eight.
CAA imposes ‘efficiency condition’ on Heathrow Airport
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has added a new condition to London Heathrow Airport’s license “to promote economy and efficiency” by the facility.
French ATC strikes threaten air services
Disruption in flights originating and landing in France is expected as a three-day strike by air traffic controllers (ATCs) gets under way Dec. 5.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair to cut capacity, close bases on 737 MAX grounding
Irish LCC Ryanair is making cuts to its European network of bases as a result of the growing impact of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding.
Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777F
Qatar Airways Cargo expands services to South America
Qatar Airways Cargo plans to launch a major expansion into South America, adding four new cities to the division’s network of freighter destinations.
Branson reverses plan to sell 31% of Virgin Atlantic to Air France-KLM
Virgin Atlantic chairman Richard Branson has scrapped plans to sell 31% of the airline to Air France-KLM as originally agreed as part of the transatlantic joint venture (JV) among the two companies and Delta Air Lines.
Finnair Airbus A330-300
Finnair to launch premium economy class on US routes
Finnair will initially introduce its new premium economy class cabin on services to the US, the company said Dec. 2.
Minister: Only ‘radical restructuring’ can save South African Airways
South African Airways (SAA) “cannot continue in its current form” and will need a “radical restructuring,” the country’s minister of public enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, said Dec. 2.
Flydubai crash report points to piloting errors, spatial disorientation
The fatal crash of a flydubai Boeing 737-800 at Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in 2016 occurred because of incorrect aircraft configuration and crew piloting, according to the final report by Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC).
SAA, unions agree to pay raise; layoffs postponed
Plans to significantly reduce South African Airways’ (SAA) workforce have been put on hold until the end of January 2020 as part of an agreement with unions to end a strike.
Gatwick sees 1H passenger increase as long-haul flights grow
A surge in long-haul flights at London Gatwick Airport, particularly to South America, helped boost passenger numbers in the first half-year ended Sept. 30.
Fastjet Tanzania to be liquidated: reports
A Tanzanian court declared LCC fastjet Tanzania insolvent and has appointed a liquidator for the carrier, according to local media reports.
British Airways pilots to consider new pay offer
A months-long labor dispute between British Airways (BA) and its pilots could be nearing an end as union members are set to consider a new pay offer.
Spanish regional Binter takes first E195-E2
Spanish regional Binter is the first European carrier to receive the Embraer E195-E2, the largest of the E2 generation of regional jets.
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Dec 6, 2019

Next-generation bundling: Emissions offsets included

In the face of mounting social pressure, European airlines are upping their environmental game. Are emission offsets about to follow the path of WiFi and online-purchase delivery fees, where they become bundled into the basic price?...More
Nov 14, 2019

Wizz CEO’s attack on premium cabins is a sustainability red herring

The CEO and co-founder of Budapest LCC Wizz Air has issued a statement calling for all airlines to ban premium cabins on flights of less than five hours....More
Nov 4, 2019

Korean goes K-pop in its safety video

Korean Air has just released details of its new safety video and it is certainly different; it’s a music video featuring K-pop band SuperM, which created a song for this purpose....More

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