Alan Dron



Report: fastjet selling stake in Tanzanian subsidiary
Fastjet, which has warned it might not survive without equity fundraising, is in the process of selling off the company’s stake in the African LCC’s loss-producing Tanzanian subsidiary, according to local media reports.
Air Botswana ATR 72-600
Africa’s Air Botswana takes new ATRs in fleet upgrade
Southern African carrier Air Botswana has taken delivery of the first of two ATR 72-600 turboprops, which were ordered immediately before the Farnborough Air Show in July.
Ryanair inks labor deals with more European cabin crew unions 
Ireland-based LCC Ryanair has taken two further steps to sew together a new patchwork of agreements with staff across Europe.
BA CityFlyer E190
Stobart Air to lease E190s for BA CityFlyer London City services
Ireland-based capacity provider Stobart Air will lease two Embraer E190 regional jets to plug a gap in BA CityFlyer’s fleet and operate services from London City Airport.
Dutch-Swedish biofuel production project wins approval
The Swedish Energy Agency has approved an application by a consortium, including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, to pursue a project for biofuel production in Småland, southern Sweden.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair to launch flights from Bosnia, Herzegovina
Ryanair has filled in one of the few dark areas in its European route map with the launch of flights from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Irish LCC’s 37th country.
UK to raise passenger tax on long-haul flights
The UK announced another increase in its Air Passenger Duty (APD)—a departure tax—on the same day the country’s transport minister emphasized how important airports are to the nation’s future prosperity.
TAP Air Portugal Airbus A320
EU drops TAP-Brussels Airlines codeshare anti-trust investigation
The European Commission (EC) has dropped an anti-trust case against TAP Air Portugal and Brussels Airlines.
Gulf Air took delivery of its first A320neo in August.
Gulf Air, Thai Airways expand codeshare
Bahraini flag carrier Gulf Air and Thai Airways International (Thai) have expanded their longstanding codeshare arrangement under a new agreement that became effective Oct. 28, the Middle East carrier said Oct. 31.
Air Arabia unveils new rebranding
UAE-based LCC Air Arabia has marked its 15th anniversary with a brand refresh.
Ryanair responds to onboard incident
Ireland-based LCC Ryanair has denied it was slow to react to an alleged racist incident that took place on one of its aircraft Oct. 19.
British Airways A320
IAG reports strong 3Q despite fuel, currency issues 
International Airlines Group (IAG) weathered the effects of rising fuel prices and unfavorable currency movements to record a net profit before exceptional items of €1.14 billion ($1.29 billion) for the third quarter (3Q), nearly the same as the year-ago restated figure.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair, Belgian unions reach labor agreement
Ireland-based LCC Ryanair has signed a collective labor agreement (CLA) with Belgian unions CNE-CSC and LBC-NVK, putting in place another piece in its patchwork of new labor agreements with staff across Europe.
British Airways data breach larger than originally thought
International Airlines Group has revealed that the data breach of its British Airways (BA) customer database in September 2018 affected more customers than previously believed.
South African Airways A340-600
South African Airlines to receive another government bailout
South African Airways (SAA) is in line for another government bailout as part of a restructuring initiative aimed at restoring profitability by 2020-21. More cash is also in the works for regional carrier SA Express.
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