Alan Dron



Saudia Airbus A330-300
Saudia reports significant growth in transit traffic
Saudi Arabian national carrier Saudia is reporting a significant increase in its number of transit passengers, as the airline grows rapidly and seeks to become a rival to the “ME3” of Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.
Vinci Airports seals London Gatwick deal
Vinci Airports has completed the purchase of its controlling 50.01% stake in London Gatwick Airport, the French company announced May 14.
Air Italy A330-200
Air Italy ditches planned 787s for A330s
Air Italy plans a modest increase in its number of long-haul Airbus A330s, rather than taking on Boeing 787-8s, because of delays in delivering new aircraft to its minority shareholder, Qatar Airways.
Jet Airways A330-200
Reports: Jet Airways’ top executives resign
Jet Airways’ CEO Vinay Dube and his deputy and CFO Amit Agarwal have resigned, according to reports in the country’s press.
Air France Boeing 777-200
Air France increases frequencies for winter 2019-20 schedule
Air France has made modest changes in its winter 2019-20 schedules, increasing frequencies rather than the number of destinations.
US parent of UK’s Eastern Airways faces bankruptcy
UK regional carrier Eastern Airways declined to comment on its future in light of the financial problems facing its parent company, US-based Bristow Group.
Air Italy increases focus on Milan Malpensa base
Air Italy plans to increase emphasis on its Milan Malpensa hub by altering its domestic timetable to provide more connections there.
Despite traffic growth, profits elude India’s airlines 
India’s expanding middle class and inadequate surface transport have resulted in dramatic growth for the country’s aviation market.
Jet Airways’ aircraft scrubbed from Boeing backlog
Indian carrier Jet Airways has seen its major order for Boeing airliners removed from the OEM’s official order backlog.
Florida’s Silver Airways starts ATR operations
Regional carrier Silver Airways began operating the ATR 42-600 turboprop in the US April 22, marking Franco-Italian ATR’s return to the US market.
Air Arabia A321neoLR
Air Arabia takes delivery of first A321neoLR 
LCC Air Arabia has taken delivery of the first of six Airbus A321neoLRs, the first Middle Eastern airline to operate the extended-range version of the type.
Uganda Airlines CRJ900
Uganda Airlines receives first CRJ900 
New African flag carrier Uganda Airlines has taken delivery of the first two of four Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets ordered in July 2018.
Etihad Aviation Group CFO steps down 
Etihad Aviation Group CFO Mark Powers has left the Abu Dhabi-based company to return to the US for what the airline described as “personal reasons.”
ACI Europe urges centralization, coordination to ease ATC shortfalls 
Fixing Europe’s air traffic control (ATC) problems will be a test not only of the continent’s technical abilities, but its resolve to combat global warming, according to Europe’s airport trade association.
GoAir A320neo
New Abu Dhabi carriers to expand UAE-India subcontinent flights 
Links between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Indian subcontinent continue to grow with the arrival of two new carriers in Abu Dhabi. Thousands of expatriates from the subcontinent work in the UAE.
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