Helen Massy-Beresford

Aviation Week
As deadline looms, Italy works to resolve Alitalia investor lineup
With the deadline for investors to present a formal bid and business plan for Alitalia approaching, Italian government ministers are still trying to firm up the structure of the consortium set to rescue the bankrupt carrier.
IAG invites startups to showcase air travel innovations
International Airlines Group (IAG) is inviting startups to demonstrate how their products and innovations can transform the travel industry during a 10-week accelerator program.
French politicians want to ban internal flights to cut emissions
A group of French politicians is proposing to ban some internal flights in a bid to cut carbon dioxide emissions in an amendment to a law on future mobility.
Air Austral 787 grounded following Trent 1000 engine check 
Air Austral has grounded one of its two Boeing 787-8s for at least two months following a June 3 planned check of its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, leaving the La Reunion-based carrier looking for solutions to maintain flight schedules over the peak summer season.
Wizz Air A321neo
Wizz Air FY profit up 6% on fleet, network expansion
Wizz Air said it may be able to seize on opportunities to gain market share as a tough operating environment hurts its competitors as the fast-growing Central and Eastern European LCC unveiled full-year results that showed a rise in profit and passenger numbers.
European carriers prepare for smoother operations in summer peak season 
With the chaos of summer 2018 fresh in their minds, when air traffic control (ATC) strikes and staffing problems led to widespread delays and cancellations, European airline executives are hoping operational preparations will ensure a smoother peak summer season this year.
IATA AGM 2019: Rising costs pose biggest challenge for airlines 
Facing up to rising costs amid worsening economic conditions is the biggest challenge airlines are facing in 2019, and more airline failures may lie ahead, the head of IATA said May 29.
IATA AGM 2019: Impact of US-China trade war will lower cargo demand forecast
As rising tariffs in the US-China trade war affect global trade, IATA said it would cut its outlook for 2019 global cargo demand growth after April figures showed the negative cargo demand trend seen since January continuing.
Lufthansa Cargo cuts schedule as demand weakens 
Lufthansa Cargo (LHC) will reduce its flight schedule in the second and third quarters in the face of weakened market demand.
Air France pilots agree to talks on Transavia France fleet growth 
Air France-KLM LCC subsidiary Transavia France is poised for expansion after Air France pilots voted in favor of starting negotiations to increase the number of aircraft the airline can operate.
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.
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Jun 20, 2019

PARIS 2019 BLOG: Air transport industry confidence on display

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Jun 19, 2019

PARIS 2019 BLOG: The significance of the A321XLR’s long legs

Day three of the air show was a good one for Airbus and particularly its newly-launched A321XLR, which is demonstrating early on that airlines see how they can stretch their networks, enter new markets and do good business with a longer-legged narrowbody....More
Jun 18, 2019

PARIS 2019 BLOG: “It’s a brand I trust”: Walsh’s very public endorsement of Boeing

Paris Air Show day two and, shock, some real news! In the best-kept industry secret of the year, British Airways parent International Airlines Group announced a deal for 200 Boeing 737 MAXs....More

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