Alan Dron



WOW Air bondholders agree to convert debt to equity
Icelandic ultra-LCC WOW Air has won approval from its bondholders to convert debt to equity following the recent collapse of talks with two potential investors.
Swedish cargo specialist looks to Spanish company for possible financing
Sweden-based freight airline West Atlantic is in talks with Spanish company LUSAT over possible refinancing.
Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9
Virgin Atlantic to open first South American route in 2020
UK-based long-haul specialist Virgin Atlantic will open its first service to South America in 2020, with flights between London Heathrow and São Paulo, Brazil.
Icelandair-WOW Air talks collapse 
The fate of Icelandic ultra-LCC WOW Air seemed increasingly to lie with its creditors March 24, after talks with Icelandair Group collapsed.
WOW and Indigo end investment talks 
Icelandic ultra-LCC WOW Air has restarted talks with Icelandair Group after long-running negotiations with private equity fund Indigo Partners to take a stake in the rapidly expanding LCC collapsed.
New cabin designs on display at AIX 
Collins Aerospace offers an enhanced business class seat while others borrow racing technology or look to improve experience for disabled passengers.
African carriers align in liberalization push 
Two decades after a treaty was signed to create Open Skies in Africa, airlines and passengers there are still waiting for true aviation liberalization.
Iran Air Fokker F100 makes belly landing at Tehran
An Iran Air Fokker F100 had to make a wheels-up landing in the Iranian capital, Tehran, after a reported hydraulic failure led to the main undercarriage legs failing to deploy.
Air Belgium A340-300
Air Belgium to assist British Airways on long-haul sectors
British Airways (BA) has brought in assistance on another route as it seeks to cope with the continuing disruption caused by problems with its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.
Etihad, Gulf Air widen cooperation agreement
Etihad Airways and Gulf Air are to step up their recently signed wide-ranging cooperative agreement by instituting a codeshare from the start of the industry’s summer timetable season.
Saudia upgrades A320 cabins for European destinations
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is refitting seven Airbus A320s with a new cabin that includes lie-flat business-class seats and an enhanced IFE system.
Sleeper Seat
UK carrier Thomas Cook adopts ‘Sleeper Seat’ concept
UK charter operator Thomas Cook Airlines plans to introduce a new system whereby economy-class passengers can opt to reserve a complete row of three seats and convert them into a bed.
British Airways unveils new business-class cabin
British Airways (BA) has provided the first glimpse of its new Club Suite long-haul, business-class cabin as it prepares for a public unveiling at London Heathrow Airport March 19.
Embraer sees imminent sales announcements in Mideast and Africa 
Embraer anticipates announcing progress in sales of its E2 range of regional jets to Middle East airlines “within a month or two,” according to its general manager, special projects, Middle East and Africa.
Rendering of Boeing 737 MAX 8 in flyadeal livery
Flyadeal to keep A320s despite MAX order
Saudi Arabian LCC flyadeal intends to keep its existing fleet of Airbus A320ceos in operation despite its order for Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, the carrier’s CEO said at this week’s Saudi Airshow in Riyadh.
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