Alan Dron



South African Airways A340-600
South African Airways denies sell-off reports; confident of turnaround
South African Airways (SAA) has dismissed local media reports that it plans to sell off parts of its business to raise funds after banks declined to loan the cash-strapped airline more money.
UK government gives welcomed guidance on no-deal Brexit 
UK pilots and European airports have welcomed the publication of UK government guidance on what will happen if the country leaves the European Union (EU) in March 2019 without an agreed-upon Brexit deal.
Rendering of new passenger terminal at Thessaloniki Airport.
Work begins on new passenger terminal at Thessaloniki Airport
German airport management company Fraport Greece has broken ground on the site of its new passenger terminal at Thessaloniki Airport in northern Greece.
Flybe begins ‘Flyshe’ program to bring more women into aviation
Europe’s largest regional airline has begun an initiative to bring more women into aviation, in the same week as the UK’s pilots’ union expressed fears that rising costs increasingly mean that only the wealthy can become flightdeck crew.
Air Italy Airbus A330-200
Air Italy boosts frequencies after strong summer
Revitalized Air Italy has reported strong summer season passenger loads on its new flights to the US and has announced frequency increases on several of its international routes.
New national carrier for Albania launched
The small Balkan state of Albania, which has been without a national airline for seven years—has launched Air Albania.
Gulf Air A330-200
Gulf Air considers keeping A330s
Gulf Air is apparently reevaluating its plan to phase out its Airbus A330s in favor of incoming Boeing 787s.
Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar Airways posts $69.1 million net loss on ‘illegal blockade’
Qatar Airways slumped into the red in its last financial year, recording a net loss of QR251.6 million ($69.1 million) after what the airline described as “the most challenging year in its 20-year history.”
Brussels Airlines Airbus A320
Brussels Airlines looks at wet-lease options for Sukhoi aircraft
Brussels Airlines is considering whether to move its wet-lease arrangement from Ireland’s CityJet, following longer-than-anticipated delays in solving technical problems with its Russian-built Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s).
Budapest Airport opens new pier
Budapest Airport has opened its new Pier B project, part of the BUD 2020 development program for the Hungarian capital’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
Ryanair, Italian cabin crews inch closer to labor deal
Ireland-based LCC Ryanair has reached an agreement on the basics of a new collective labor agreement (CLA) with some of its Italian cabin crews.
Survey reveals disparity in transatlantic fuel efficiency 
Norwegian Air Shuttle was the most fuel-efficient airline on North Atlantic routes in 2017, according to a new study.
UK lifts PED restrictions at two more Turkish airports
The UK government has continued its gradual relaxation of the ban on large personal electronic devices (PEDs) being carried in the cabin of UK-bound aircraft with two more Turkish airports being exempted from the restrictions.
British Airways’ Boeing 787 fleet is undergoing precautionary inspections
British Airways to lease Air Belgium A340s as 787 Trent engines are inspected
Continuing problems with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on its fleet of Boeing 787s has forced British Airways (BA) to contract leased-in help to maintain its schedules.
Embraer E190 E2
Embraer E190 E2 begins European demonstration tour
Embraer’s E190 E2 regional jet has begun a demonstration tour of Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
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