Alan Dron


Based in London, Alan is Europe & Middle East correspondent at Air Transport World.

A daily newspaper journalist in the UK and Middle East for 15 years, he then joined the UK's most successful corporate publishing company before setting up his own company in 2004. He has worked with ATW since 2014.


Thomas Cook scrambles to avoid collapse 
Leisure travel specialist Thomas Cook is holding last-ditch talks with potential investors in an effort to stave off a financial collapse that could leave hundreds of thousands of travelers stranded.
SAS A350 in new livery
SAS unveils renewed livery, offers biofuel option
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has revealed an update of its aircraft livery, as the carrier steps up an appeal to environmentally conscious travelers by giving them the option to pay for less-polluting biofuel.
Airbus forecasts 4% more aircraft demand by 2038 
Airbus has forecast a need for 39,210 new passenger and cargo aircraft over the next 20 years, an increase of around 4% over its prediction a year ago.
British Airways Boeing 777-300ER
British Airways pilots’ union calls off Sept. 27 strike
A proposed strike by British Airways (BA) pilots for Sept. 27 has been called off by the pilots’ union, giving the airline a new set of problems.
Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800
Pegasus sells Kyrgyz airline stake
Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines has sold its 49% stake in Kyrgyz subsidiary Air Manas.
Flybe Dash 8-400
Flybe to close Isle of Man base
UK-based regional carrier Flybe will close its base on the Isle of Man and hand over services there to one of the companies that took it over earlier this year.
Anxiety attack forces A319 pilot from flightdeck on approach 
The co-pilot of an Airbus A319 on approach to land left the flightdeck after experiencing an anxiety attack, the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has revealed.
Drone campaign fails to halt Heathrow flights 
London Heathrow Airport remained fully operational Sept. 13 despite attempts by climate change activists to disrupt flights by flying small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) within the airport’s exclusion zone.
AerCap sells aircraft to Saudi-backed company, seals Air Macau deal 
Ireland-based lessor AerCap has signed an agreement to sell a second portfolio of aircraft to Saudi Arabia’s NCB Capital and will provide new aircraft to long-term customer Air Macau.
European groups call for final push toward Single European Sky 
More than 20 European aerospace stakeholders have urged European Union (EU) institutions and member states to finally fulfill long-held plans to implement the Single European Sky (SAS) air traffic control initiative.
ATR 72-600
Tunisair Express renews fleet with ATR 72-600s 
Tunisair Express, the regional subsidiary of the North African nation’s flag carrier, has ordered three ATR 72-600 regional turboprops.
Pegasus Airbus A320neo
Pegasus CEO: New runway, aircraft will provide wider horizons 
A combination of increased capacity at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport and the arrival of larger aircraft in the fleet will bring brighter prospects for Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines, CEO Mehmet Nane said.
British Airways, pilots have no agreement as two-day strike ends 
British Airways (BA) is anticipating continued disruption to its operations Sept. 11, despite the end of the two-day strike by the British Association of Airline Pilots (BALPA) that is concluding without an agreement.
Flyadeal currently has a fleet 11 A320ceos.
Flyadeal to decide on A320neo engine by November 
Saudi LCC flyadeal expects to make an engine decision for its order of Airbus A320neos within the next two months, the airline’s CEO said Sept. 6.
Jazeera Airways CEO sees untapped LCC potential in Middle East 
The CEO of Kuwaiti LCC Jazeera Airways believes the low-cost model has huge potential in the Middle East, as many of the region’s airlines are failing to grasp opportunities in the market.
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