Helen Massy-Beresford

Aviation Week
Airlines seek lighter, low-maintenance seats to cut operating costs 
Growing demand for low-cost, long-haul travel and the rise in the use of personal devices onboard are shaping what airlines want in their cabin designs.
European pilots call for overhaul of MAX certification process 
European pilots are asking for clarity and an overhaul of a certification process they described as flawed, as regulators meet in the US to discuss a possible return to service for the grounded Boeing 737 MAX.
Alitalia Airbus A320
Italian minister: Alitalia needs ‘healthy’ investors
Italy’s economic development minister said the choice of a new investor to help rescue bankrupt Alitalia would be independent of any other dossier, in a reference to the Atlantia transport and infrastructure holding company that is said to be interested in taking part.
Ryanair sees full-year profit fall 29% 
Ryanair said profit fell 29% in the year to March 2019, hit by lower fares, a trend it expects will continue throughout the summer season, while the delayed arrival of the Boeing 737 MAX means its cost benefits will be later to accrue.
EasyJet A320neo
EasyJet widens 1H loss on rising costs, Gatwick drone incidents 
EasyJet reported a widened first-half loss, but the UK LCC said it was better prepared for expected air traffic controller (ATC)-related disruption in European skies over the peak summer period.
Alitalia Airbus A330-300
Alitalia unions call for strike June 24 as relaunch plan drags on
A group of Alitalia pilot and cabin crew unions said they would strike June 24, delaying a planned walk out until after the latest deadline for a formal bid for the bankrupt carrier.
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Groupe ADP’s privatization plan could be delayed by referendum
A Paris court ruling to allow a referendum on whether Paris airports operator Groupe ADP should be privatized looks set to push back the controversial sell-off of the French state’s stake in the airport operator.
TAP Air Portugal A321LR makes first commercial flight
TAP Air Portugal’s Airbus A321LR took its first commercial flight over the weekend, the Portuguese airline said, operating from Lisbon to Prague.
Leaked study raises debate on EU aviation fuel tax issue
The leak of a study funded by the European Commission has thrown the issue of aviation taxation into the spotlight, with sustainable transport lobby group Transport & Environment (T&E), saying the report shows taxing aviation fuel would significantly cut emissions without affecting GDP and employment.
Air France A319
Air France to reduce short-haul capacity 15%; cut 465 jobs 
Air France plans to reduce its short-haul capacity in terms of available seat kilometers (ASKs) by 15% by the end of 2021 and cut 465 jobs without forced departures in the face of growing competition from high-speed trains and low-cost airlines.
Pegasus Airlines A320neo
Pegasus expands network to include Saudi Arabia, Casablanca
Pegasus Airlines is adding the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh and Morocco’s Casablanca to its network as the Turkish LCC continues to expand.
Level Airbus A330-200
IAG’s Level to start Paris-Las Vegas service
International Airlines Group’s (IAG) low-cost, long-haul carrier Level will launch twice-weekly service between Paris Orly (France) and Las Vegas, Nevada, from Oct. 30, becoming the first airline to operate direct service between the two cities.
UK report calls for passenger protection from airline insolvency
UK airline passengers could be better protected if their airline collapses under proposals set out following a review of airline insolvency commissioned by the Department for Transport in the wake of Monarch Airlines’ 2017 collapse.
Air France A321
Air France to begin voluntary redundancy plan for ground staff
Air France plans to launch a voluntary redundancy plan for short-haul ground staff at a works council meeting May 13.
Norwegian Boeing 787-9
Norwegian offers staffing options to deal with Gatwick crew surplus 
Scandinavian LCC Norwegian Air Shuttle is offering staff part-time working and unpaid leave in a bid to get around a temporary crew surplus at London’s Gatwick Airport.
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