Helen Massy-Beresford

Aviation Week


Air Austral Boeing 787-8
Air Austral leases two A330s to cover for grounded 787
Air Austral has leased two Airbus A330-200s to help limit disruption to its peak summer schedule after grounding one of its two Boeing 787s for at least two months because of ongoing issues with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.
Air France KLM CEO Ben Smith
PARIS 2019: Air France-KLM eyes Airbus, Boeing aircraft for fleet renewal
Air France-KLM will consider Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus A320neo and A220 aircraft types as it prepares to renew its short- and medium-haul fleet, CEO Ben Smith told ATW on the sidelines of the Paris Air Forum June 14.
PARIS 2019: Latécoère hopes to attract first Li-Fi airline customers next year
French manufacturer Latécoère is looking to sign up the first airline customers for its Li-Fi system in 2020, Latécoère SVP-innovation and R&T Serge Berenger told ATW.
Alitalia A319
New bidder emerges for Alitalia; deadline extended to July 15
[Story updated June 14 to include the new July 15 deadline] The chairman of Rome’s S.S. Lazio football club, Claudio Lotito, has become the latest possible investor to express interest in Italian flag carrier Alitalia, which has been under special administration since May 2017.
Virgin Atlantic exec to lead Flybe relaunch
Virgin Atlantic executive Mark Anderson will lead the overhaul of Flybe after being appointed CEO of Connect Airways, the consortium that took over the UK regional airline.
British Airways pilots reject pay offer, consider strike 
British Airways (BA) pilots are considering a strike action after voting to reject the latest pay package offered by the airline.
Irish LCC Ryanair buys Maltese startup airline Malta Air 
Irish LCC Ryanair is purchasing Maltese startup airline Malta Air, adding another brand to its portfolio as it continues with plans to transition to a holding company structure overseeing separate airline brands.
EASA publishes new rules on drone operations
European rules on drones should ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure, European citizens’ privacy are safety are respected and drones are able to circulate freely, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said June 11 as the new rules were published.
France calls for European aviation tax 
France has called on European transport ministers to discuss putting in place an aviation tax at a European level to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
As deadline looms, Italy works to resolve Alitalia investor lineup
With the deadline for investors to present a formal bid and business plan for Alitalia approaching, Italian government ministers are still trying to firm up the structure of the consortium set to rescue the bankrupt carrier.
IAG invites startups to showcase air travel innovations
International Airlines Group (IAG) is inviting startups to demonstrate how their products and innovations can transform the travel industry during a 10-week accelerator program.
French politicians want to ban internal flights to cut emissions
A group of French politicians is proposing to ban some internal flights in a bid to cut carbon dioxide emissions in an amendment to a law on future mobility.
Air Austral 787 grounded following Trent 1000 engine check 
Air Austral has grounded one of its two Boeing 787-8s for at least two months following a June 3 planned check of its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, leaving the La Reunion-based carrier looking for solutions to maintain flight schedules over the peak summer season.
Wizz Air A321neo
Wizz Air FY profit up 6% on fleet, network expansion
Wizz Air said it may be able to seize on opportunities to gain market share as a tough operating environment hurts its competitors as the fast-growing Central and Eastern European LCC unveiled full-year results that showed a rise in profit and passenger numbers.
European carriers prepare for smoother operations in summer peak season 
With the chaos of summer 2018 fresh in their minds, when air traffic control (ATC) strikes and staffing problems led to widespread delays and cancellations, European airline executives are hoping operational preparations will ensure a smoother peak summer season this year.
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