Alan Dron



Meridiana Boeing 767-300
New beginnings get under way at Meridiana 
Italian carrier Meridiana, the subject of a 49% shareholding buy-in by Qatar Airways, intimated the first tangible signs of the Arab carrier’s influence Dec. 14 with announcements of initial fleet upgrades and route network expansion.
UK and China expand air links
The UK and China have announced a major expansion of air connections between the two nations.
Zhejiang Loong Airlines increases fleet to cope with growth
Lessor BOC Aviation has delivered a batch of three Airbus A320ceos to Chinese airline Zhejiang Loong Airlines. Zhejiang is a province in eastern China, immediately south of Shanghai.
London Luton plans major growth
A 30-year growth plan for London Luton Airport has been announced by the airport’s owner London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL).
London Gatwick to boost capacity with larger pier
London Gatwick Airport plans to more than double the size of its North Terminal’s Pier 6 to keep pace with the airport’s growing number of passengers.
Qatar Airways A321 damaged by fire during maintenance
A Qatar Airways Airbus A321 has been badly damaged by fire during maintenance at the airline’s home hub at Hamad International Airport, Doha.
Arab carriers sign up for decade of distribution services
A group of 15 airlines from the Middle East & North Africa has signed a 10-year framework agreement with Amadeus for distribution services.
CALC takes first A320neo for Frontier Airlines
Hong Kong-based lessor China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings (CALC) has accepted its first Airbus A320neo, and handed it over to Denver-based Ultra LCC Frontier Airlines.
DHL Express takes delivery of first new A330 converted freighter
Express freight specialist DHL Express has become the first operator to accept an Airbus A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Singapore-based ST Aerospace and Airbus.
KLM Boeing 787-9
KLM faces cabin crew strike in January
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight attendants have called a 24-hour strike on Jan. 8, 2018, as part of a long-running dispute over reduced staff complements on board some intercontinental flights.
Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8
Aeroflot, Japan Airlines ink cooperation agreement
The national carriers of Russia and Japan have signed a strategic cooperation agreement that they say will bring significant customer benefits and increase travel options between the two nations.
West Atlantic Boeing 737-300F
West Atlantic in talks with potential investors 
Sweden-based cargo airline West Atlantic has confirmed it is in “advanced discussions” with potential investors as the carrier seeks to bolster its balance sheet after a tough first nine months of the year.
Report: Airports should give more prominence to IT
Resistance to new ideas from long-serving staff is holding back airports from instituting IT solutions to solve many of the problems facing them, according to an Amadeus report prepared by consultants Frost & Sullivan.
EasyJet lines up Latvian wet-lease aircraft for Berlin routes 
UK-based LCC easyJet has signed a deal with Latvian ACMI and charter specialist SmartLynx Airlines to operate services out of Berlin Tegel Airport for almost three months, as the UK carrier seeks to acquire parts of insolvent airberlin’s operations.
Air Arabia Jordan moves to charter services
Middle East LCC Air Arabia is largely limiting its operations from its Jordanian hub to charter flights, after being unable to secure enough traffic rights to allow it to expand its scheduled services.