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Helen Massy-Beresford

Aviation Week
From left: NEC Corp. EVP Masakazu Yamashina and Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh.
Star Alliance, NEC partner on biometric data platform
Star Alliance and IT specialist NEC Corp. have signed a partnership agreement to develop a biometric data-based identification platform that will improve the travel experience for frequent flyer passengers of the alliance’s member airlines.
British Airways Boeing 787-9
British Airways resumes Cairo service after suspension
British Airways (BA) is resuming service to Cairo July 26 following a suspension that began July 20 for unspecified security concerns.
Lessor Avolon’s 2Q profit falls 26% on finance expense
Avolon posted a 26% drop in second-quarter profit to $185 million, but achieved an investment grade corporate credit rating earlier than planned, according to the Irish aircraft lessor.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair’s Irish pilot union conducts strike ballot over pay
Ryanair pilots in Ireland are deciding whether to go on strike over pay, after the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA), a branch of the Forsa trade union, launched a strike ballot.
Alitalia Boeing 777-200
Italy’s Atlantia to join investors to relaunch Alitalia
Italian infrastructure group Atlantia is set to join the consortium of investors led by railway company Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) to rescue Alitalia, paving the way to relaunch the Italian flag carrier, more than two years after filing for bankruptcy.
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.
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