Helen Massy-Beresford

Aviation Week


Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
ACI: European airport passenger traffic growth slows in 1H
Airport trade body ACI Europe’s new report that passenger traffic growth at European airports slowed in the first half of 2019 to 4.3%—while freight traffic dropped by 3.5%—indicates economic troubles, aircraft groundings, flight delays and air traffic management (ATM) disruptions are taking their toll.
Aigle Azur Airbus A320
Aigle Azur to suspend Brazil route; denies lessor pressure 
French leisure carrier Aigle Azur will suspend its Paris-São Paulo flights, but denied a French media report that it is under pressure from lessors to return some of the leased aircraft it operates.
Finnair launches San Francisco-Helsinki biofuel flights
Finnair operated its first biofuel-powered flight from San Francisco to Helsinki Aug. 5, with a second to follow Aug. 7.
Sofia airport’s unsuccessful bidders appeal concession award
Bidders that lost the contract to run Bulgaria’s Sofia International Airport have appealed the decision to award the deal to SOF Connect.
Wizz Air to launch operations from Edinburgh
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air will begin operations at Edinburgh Airport in December, offering flights to four European destinations from the Scottish capital.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
EC: Ryanair must pay back $9.4 million to France in illegal aid
The European Commission (EC) has ordered France to recover €8.5 million ($9.4 million) of illegal aid from Ryanair after it found that marketing agreements between the Irish LCC and local tourist authorities at Montpellier Airport were illegal under European Union (EU) state aid rules.
IAG posts 2Q profit increase despite higher fuel costs 
International Airlines Group (IAG) posted a second-quarter net profit of €736 million ($814 million), up 19.5% from €616 million, before exceptional items, a year ago, as revenue gains overcame higher fuel costs.
Ryanair MAX
O’Leary: Ryanair to cut staff, bases on MAX delays, Brexit uncertainty 
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has warned staff the Irish LCC will need to close bases and cut jobs because of Boeing 737 MAX delays and Brexit uncertainty following a drop in its fiscal first-quarter profit.
Aircalin takes first Airbus A330neo
New Caledonia-based Aircalin took delivery of the first of two Airbus A330neos set to join its fleet this year at a July 30 delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France.
Air France-KLM 2Q operating profit up as growth plans take shape
Air France-KLM posted a second-quarter operating profit of €400 million ($446 million), a nearly 16% increase from €346 million a year ago, as revenue gains and lower unit costs offset a higher fuel bill.
Global ancillary revenues grow to $35.2 billion in 2018
The top 10 airlines by ancillary revenue worldwide generated $35.2 billion from non-ticket sources in 2018, up from just $2.1 billion in 2007, according to a new report from IdeaWorksCompany.
Rendering of A220-300 in Air France livery
Air France-KLM signs for 60 A220s; to retire A380s 
Air France-KLM confirmed its transformation plans for the Air France fleet July 30 by signing an MOU for at least 60 Airbus A220s while also announcing it will retire the airline’s 10 A380s by 2022.
Report: Air France-KLM set to announce large narrowbody order
Air France-KLM is reportedly set to announce a large order for new narrowbody aircraft as CEO Ben Smith moves forward with a long-awaited revamp of the airline group’s short- and medium-haul fleet.
Ryanair 1Q 2020 net profit down 21% on lower fares, higher costs 
Irish LCC Ryanair reported a net profit of €243 million ($382 million) in the first quarter of the 2020 financial year, down 21% from €309 million in the year-ago period, as average fares declined 6% and costs rose.
From left: NEC Corp. EVP Masakazu Yamashina and Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh.
Star Alliance, NEC partner on biometric data platform
Star Alliance and IT specialist NEC Corp. have signed a partnership agreement to develop a biometric data-based identification platform that will improve the travel experience for frequent flyer passengers of the alliance’s member airlines.
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