Helen Massy-Beresford

Aviation Week
EasyJet withdraws from Alitalia investment talks
UK LCC easyJet has taken itself out of the running to invest in Alitalia—the latest twist in the long-running rescue process for the bankrupt Italian carrier.
France moves closer toward Paris airports privatization
The French parliament has approved a law governing the plan to reduce the state’s majority stake in Groupe ADP, bringing privatization of the Paris airports operator a step closer.
Air Belgium cancels plan to resume Charleroi-Hong Kong service
Air Belgium said it would not be resuming scheduled flights from Brussels Charleroi Airport to Hong Kong by March 31 as expected, in a setback to the startup airline’s expansion plans, which also include offering flights to mainland China.
Aigle Azur presses on with long-haul growth plans
French leisure airline Aigle Azur will make changes in its operations to and from China and Brazil as it continues with long-haul expansion plans, while maintaining services to its established European and African destinations.
Ethiopian Airlines’ crash aircraft recorder examinations to start Friday
French air accident investigation agency BEA has received the flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) that were recovered from the Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash site.
Norwegian 737 MAX 8
Norwegian to seek compensation from Boeing on 737 MAX grounding
Norwegian Air Shuttle will seek compensation from Boeing over the MAX grounding, CEO Bjorn Kjos said.
Ryanair to launch 22 new French routes early on strong demand
Dublin-based LCC Ryanair said it would open 22 new French routes early in winter 2019 because of strong demand, as it pushes ahead with its plan to expand rapidly in France.
Grounded TUI Boeing 737 MAX 8s at Manchester Airport
European airlines replace grounded MAXs with leased, other aircraft types 
European operators are replacing grounded Boeing 737 MAXs with other aircraft in their fleets as well as looking to lease additional capacity following a ban on operating the type in the region.
French airlines: Government plans to improve competitiveness not enough 
Government proposals to improve competitiveness in the French air transport sector do not go far enough, the FNAM industry body representing French airlines said March 11.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair to prohibit new UK shareholders if no-deal Brexit 
Ryanair said UK nationals would not be allowed to buy Ryanair shares in the event of a no-deal or “hard” Brexit as part of updated guidelines for ensuring the Irish LCC remains majority European Union (EU)-owned.
Legal challenges begin to Heathrow Airport expansion plans
A series of legal challenges to the planned expansion of London Heathrow Airport has got underway in the UK High Court, with London mayor Sadiq Khan and environmental organization Greenpeace joining local authorities in a bid to stop plans to build a third runway.
ICAO closes in on implementing CORSIA
ICAO said it has made “another set of important decisions” toward implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) at its latest Council meeting.
Alitalia Airbus A330-200
Delta’s indecision on Alitalia investment draws union concerns 
Alitalia pilot and cabin crew unions are calling for more clarity about a rescue plan intended to ensure the bankrupt airline’s future after the CEO of potential investor Delta Air Lines said the US carrier had not yet made a decision on the proposal.
European pilots call for overhaul of flight time rules 
European pilots are calling for an overhaul of flight time regulations after they said a new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and EU-commissioned study revealed that European legislation is failing to protect pilots and cabin crew from fatigue.
Europe urges stronger legal protections for aviation workers
The European Commission has set out recommendations to improve social standards in European aviation, a sector that directly employs 2 million people and supports 9.4 million jobs overall, in a report published March 1.
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