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Alitalia Airbus A320
Atlantia examines possible interest in relaunch of Alitalia 
Italian infrastructure group Atlantia, which operates Rome’s airports, has said it is investigating the possibility of taking part in the relaunch of bankrupt airline Alitalia just a few days ahead of the latest deadline for a formal bid and business plan for the carrier.
European carriers renew call to speed up airspace modernization
Airlines for Europe (A4E) has renewed calls to speed up airspace modernization as structural air traffic control (ATC) issues—including capacity issues and staff shortages—have contributed to a 114% increase in airline delay minutes in the first half of 2019 compared with 2017.
A4E: Technology, not taxes, will lower emissions
Reacting to a new French “eco-tax” on aviation, European airlines said the environmental taxes they already pay could be better used to support the industry’s carbon-reduction efforts.
Airlines: Airbus A380 checks will not cause disruptions
Airbus A380 operators affected by a new inspection requirement are not anticipating any disruptions resulting from the checks, nor have early results turned up any new issues.
EasyJet Airbus A320
EasyJet to add three routes from Manchester base
UK LCC easyJet will launch three new routes this winter from Manchester to Hurghada, Egypt; Rovaniemi, Lapland (Finland); and Verona, Italy.
France to levy ‘eco-tax’ on flights from domestic airports 
France plans to introduce an “eco-tax” on flights departing from French airports from 2020, transport minister Elisabeth Borne said July 9, sparking criticism from Air France and the country’s airport industry.
EC approves Flybe acquisition by Virgin Atlantic consortium
The European Commission (EC) has formally approved Connect Airways’ acquisition of UK regional carrier Flybe, the consortium said July 5.
EC approves Flybe acquisition by Virgin Atlantic consortium 
The European Commission (EC) has formally approved Connect Airways’ acquisition of UK regional carrier Flybe, the consortium said July 5.
Air France A380 engine part found in Greenland 
France’s air accident investigation agency said it has found part of the engine of an Air France Airbus A380 in Greenland, opening up the possibility of learning more about what happened almost two years after the engine failed.
HOP strike threat revives Air France labor tensions 
Pilots at Air France regional subsidiary Air France HOP may strike because they want to be moved onto Air France contracts.
Alitalia Boeing 777-200
Toto Holding confirms interest in Alitalia as new deadline approaches 
Italian infrastructure group Toto Holding has emerged as the latest possible member of the consortium that will relaunch bankrupt airline Alitalia.
SESAR Deployment Manager reducing European air transport delays
SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) sees the 100 projects it had already completed by February 2019 as instrumental in reducing European air transport delays by 6.2 million min. by 2030.
EASA brings VTOL operations a step closer in Europe
The European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) brought the roll-out of commercial vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flights one step closer July 2 with the release of a special condition to enable the safe operation of hybrid and electric VTOL aircraft.
Air France Boeing 787-9
Air France, KLM to switch A350, 787 orders 
Air France and KLM will swap their remaining firm orders for Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s and as they seek to gain fleet efficiencies through harmonization and accelerated growth of similar aircraft at both airlines, the Air France-KLM Group said June 28.
Auditors’ report questions value of EU funding in SESAR deployment
European Union (EU) regulation has fostered air traffic management modernization, but EU funding of projects was largely unnecessary, and its management was affected by shortcomings, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA)—the body that oversees the region’s finances, published June 25.
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US Big 3 glosses over UAE Open Skies outcome

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PARIS 2019 BLOG: Air transport industry confidence on display

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