Alan Dron



Interview: Bilal Eksi, deputy chairman and CEO, Turkish Airlines 
Fast-expanding Turkish Airlines has been described as the carrier that makes even the Gulf "Big 3" nervous. Bilal Eksi talks about aircraft orders, airports and Africa.
Italy’s Meridiana to rebrand as Air Italy
Leisure carrier Meridiana plans to rebrand as Air Italy, according to the Sardinia, Italy-based airline and Qatar Airways, which has a 49% stake in the carrier.
IAG: High UK taxes make Level flights unlikely
International Airlines Group (IAG) has warned UK legislators that the chances of IAG’s new long-haul LCC Level operating from the UK are slim while the country’s passenger taxes remain so high.
CemAir plans service restart after grounding
South African carrier CemAir—grounded by the nation’s regulator for almost the first two weeks of February over the qualifications of maintenance staff—aims to relaunch services around Feb. 21, CEO Miles van der Molen said Feb. 15.
SaudiGulf goes live with onboard Wi-Fi
Saudi Arabian full-service carrier SaudiGulf Airlines has obtained regulatory approval to activate Wi-Fi services on board its domestic and international flights, and has brought the system online.
UK company sees new lives for retired Etihad A340s
UK company European Aviation (EA) has agreed to a deal with Etihad Airways to buy 10 of the Abu Dhabi airline’s recently retired Airbus A340s.
Ireland’s ASL Aviation closes Spanish carrier
Ireland-based ASL Aviation Holdings is ceasing operations of its Madrid-based operation, ASL Airlines Spain.
Ryanair CEO warns Brexit may force UK shareholders to sell
Ireland-based LCC Ryanair may force UK shareholders to dispose of their shares in the airline in if Brexit talks breakdown between the UK and the European Union (EU) over the UK’s departure from the bloc, the airline’s CEO warned.
Air Arabia cites ‘strong fundamentals’ as annual profit rises
UAE LCC Air Arabia posted a net profit of AED662 million ($180 million) for 2017, up 30% on its 2016 figure of AED509 million. It achieved the result on turnover fractionally down at AED3.7 billion.
El Al starts pilot training program in US
Israeli national airline El Al plans to launch a new scheme under which it will carry out pilot training in the US.
Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-300
DRC authorities cut Brussels Airlines’ flights 
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has almost halved Belgium’s Brussels Airlines flight frequencies to the African nation’s capital, apparently because of a diplomatic spat between the two nations.
Airbus to deliver first Qatar A350-1000 Feb. 20
Airbus has confirmed that the first A350-1000 for launch customer Qatar Airways will be delivered Feb. 20.
ASL Airlines ATR aircraft
ASL Aviation Holdings to close Spanish airline
Ireland-based ASL Aviation Holdings will end operations at its Madrid-based operation, ASL Airlines Spain.
La Compagnie Boeing 757-200
La Compagnie moves to Paris Orly
French all-business class airline La Compagnie will move its base from Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) to the capital’s second airport, Orly.
Jazeera Airways A320
Jazeera seeks new revenue streams in tight market 
Kuwaiti hybrid carrier Jazeera Airways is edging closer to a LCC model, as it seeks to cope with continued tight margins in an over-supplied market.