Alan Dron


Based in London, Alan is Europe & Middle East correspondent at Air Transport World.

A daily newspaper journalist in the UK and Middle East for 15 years, he then joined the UK's most successful corporate publishing company before setting up his own company in 2004. He has worked with ATW since 2014.


Air Italy Airbus A330-200
Air Italy to renew US services
Air Italy will serve four US destinations in summer 2020, despite complaints by several US airlines that it is effectively acting as a front for its largest shareholder, Qatar Airways.
UK regional lessor increases acquisition funds
UK-based lessor Falko Regional Aircraft recently closed on its Falko Regional Aircraft Opportunities Fund II (FRAOF II) after attracting commitments of $650 million.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800
Turkish Airlines, Kuwait Airways to codeshare
Turkish Airlines and Kuwait Airways have signed a new strategic partnership, which will see their respective codes added to their partner’s flights between Kuwait and Istanbul’s two hubs, the newly opened Istanbul Airport and the city’s secondary entry point, Sabiha Gökçen.
IATA: UK must increase capacity, cut taxes and visa restrictions
The UK risks losing up to 120,000 jobs from the aviation sector over the next two decades if it does not improve competitiveness, according to a new IATA report.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
Norwegian cuts two transatlantic routes, trims 10 to seasonal
LCC Norwegian will discontinue two transatlantic routes, switch 10 from a year-round to a seasonal basis and move others from Oakland International Airport to San Francisco International as it tries to shore up its balance sheet.
UK regional airports see signs of revival
A new regional airport has opened in the UK and a second airport showing signs of being restored after years of inactivity.
Etihad boosts Asian services
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways plans to increase capacity to three of its significant Asian destinations in a response to growing traffic on the routes.
Etihad reports substantial increase in training demand
Etihad Airways is seeing a leap in demand for the services of its pilot training division, Etihad Aviation Training (EAT), the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said June 27.
Fastjet Embraer E145
Fastjet CEO to step down, return to Mango Airlines 
African LCC fastjet CEO Nico Bezuidenhout will leave the company at the end of September after three years to rejoin his previous company, South African LCC Mango Airlines, to lead its turnaround program.
Icelandair Boeing 737 MAX 8
Icelandair brings in more capacity for grounded MAXs
Icelandair is bringing in Bombardier Q400 aircraft from one of its sister companies as it continues to try to offset problems arising from the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX fleet.
Romania’s Tarom to update regional ATRs with newer models
Romania’s flag carrier, Tarom, will replace its regional fleet of ATRs with updated variants of the aircraft, the airline said June 26.
New ATC training center opens in Lebanon
A new air traffic control (ATC) training facility has opened in Beirut, Lebanon, to help improve the supply of controllers in the region.
Nordica Bombardier CRJ900ER
Estonian flag carrier Nordica ceases flying under its own colors
Estonia’s national airline, Nordica, will give up operating commercial flights in its own name for the foreseeable future, blaming overcapacity at its home hub at Tallinn Airport.
SAA envisions new standards for ‘seamless’ inflight connectivity
The Seamless Air Alliance (SAA), which aims to simplify inflight connectivity with a standard system that allows myriad components to automatically and interchangeably connect with each other, expects to have specifications for the system by the end of 2020.
Boeing may have to rebrand MAX, says Al Baker
Boeing may have to rebrand the 737 MAX in the light of its two fatal crashes and possible passenger resistance to flying on the type when it is restored to commercial service, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker believes.
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