Alan Dron



Norwegian Boeing 737-800
Norwegian to launch Canadian services
LCC Norwegian plans to enter the Canadian market later this year with three initial routes—two will replicate its seasonal US services to the French Caribbean and the third will connect Canada with Ireland. Further routes were promised at the launch announcement.
Domestic slots guaranteed for new London Heathrow runway
The UK government has said it is prepared to intervene to reserve slots at London Heathrow Airport for domestic flights if the airport’s planned expansion goes ahead.
Renderings of A320 and A321 aircraft in Aegean Airlines’ livery.
Aegean firms 30-strong order for Airbus A320neo family aircraft
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines has finalized an order for 30 A320neo family aircraft, comprising 10 A321neos and 20 A320neos.
KLM to launch new economy class service
KLM revamps main cabin long-haul meal service
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will phase in a new meal service concept in its economy-class cabins for intercontinental flights, as it cuts the number of cabin crew on many routes.
Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800
Pegasus Airlines adds Muscat, Dammam routes to Gulf network
Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines is expanding its Middle East presence with two new routes to the Gulf—Saudi Arabia’s oil industry center Dammam and Oman’s capital Muscat.
Aerotel Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi opens short-stay hotel for transit passengers
Abu Dhabi Airports has opened a new sleeping facility for transit passengers at the emirate’s main international airport, its operating authority said June 20.
CRJ Atmosphère cabin
Delta’s 20-strong Bombardier CRJ900 order to have new Atmosphère cabin 
Delta Air Lines has ordered 20 Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets, becoming the launch customer for the Canadian manufacturer’s new Atmosphère cabin for the CRJ.
Flybe Bombardier Q400
Flybe narrows net loss on business plan, new management
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, recorded a reduced net loss for the 2017-18 financial year, with the company CEO reporting most parameters improving.
UAV incidents close runways at Oslo airport
Two incidents involving dangerous use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) near Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL) have led to a stiff warning from Norwegian airports authority Avinor.
SAS switches Hong Kong service to improve profits
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will switch its current Stockholm Arlanda-Hong Kong route to Copenhagen from Oct 28.
Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines, Egypt’s Nile Air to codeshare
Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines signed a codeshare agreement with Nile Air, Egypt’s largest private airline.
Italy fines Ryanair $2.1 million for flight cancellations
The Italian Competition Authority has fined Irish LCC Ryanair €1.85 million ($2.1 million) for mass cancellations of flights because of personnel rostering problems in the fall 2017 and early 2018.
Brussels Airlines Airbus A320
Brussels Airlines cancels Sharm-el-Sheikh services
Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines has scrapped a series of planned charter services to the Egyptian holiday resort Sharm-el-Sheikh.
LOT takes on Embraer E190s for London City services
LOT Polish Airlines will start services from its Warsaw hub to London City Airport (LCY) and acquire four Embraer E190s specifically for the route.
Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9
Etihad posts $1.5 billion loss for 2017 on partners’ failures
Etihad Airways recorded a “core loss”—equivalent to operating loss for its day-to-day airline operations—of $1.5 billion in 2017, narrowed from $1.95 billion in 2016.
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