Helen Massy-Beresford

Aviation Week


EASA publishes first opinion on drone safety 
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has taken an important step toward building a regulatory framework to govern the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, in the region’s airspace.
Finnair Embraer E190
Finnair to begin Helsinki-Minsk service June 9
Finnair said it would open a direct, year-round route between Helsinki and Minsk, Belarus as it continues its network expansion. The new twice-weekly Embraer E190 service will launch June 9.
Air France A320
Air France to operate 75% of flights during Feb. 22 strike 
Air France estimates it would operate 75% of flights despite a strike planned for Feb. 22, with the turnout of strikers estimated at 28%.
Transavia Boeing 737-800
Air France-KLM eyes expanding Transavia France’s fleet
Air France-KLM has started looking at how it could expand formerly loss-making Transavia France’s fleet beyond the 40 aircraft it is limited to by an agreement with labor unions. It hopes the subsidiary could help it stave off intensifying competition from other LCCs in the French market.
Air France unions to strike Feb. 22
Air France is facing a widespread strike on Feb. 22 after salary negotia¬tions reignited long-running tensions with the unions representing its workforce.
EasyJet Airbus A320
EasyJet shareholders put more Brexit protections in place 
UK LCC easyJet is proceeding with plans to protect its business from the possible effects of Brexit on the air transport industry, changing rules governing the ownership of its shares and applying for a standalone UK air operator’s certificate (AOC).
Alitalia Airbus A330-200
Alitalia rescue deal unlikely before March elections 
A deal to rescue Alitalia is unlikely to be reached before Italian elections in early March, according to a senior government official.
Aigle Azur A320
Aigle Azur to unveil new long-haul plan 
French leisure airline Aigle Azur plans to present a new strategic plan next month, as it shifts attention beyond traditional short- and medium-haul routes toward long-haul operations.
Air Madagascar Boeing 737-300
Air Austral, Air Madagascar reveal JV growth plans 
Air Austral and Air Madagascar are aligning their fleets, jointly developing their Saint Denis de la Reunion and Antananarivo hubs, and boosting their long-haul and domestic networks as part of a major plan to be the leading player in the Indian Ocean.
Wizz Air A321
Wizz Air further expands A321 operations at London Luton 
Rapidly growing LCC Wizz Air is adding a further Airbus A321 to its London Luton base, bringing the total number of aircraft based there to eight.
France begins investigation into Air France A380 engine failure 
Paris’s public prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into the Air France A380 engine failure on Sept. 30, 2017, a judicial source told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.
Rendering of Boeing 737 MAX 9 in Primera Air livery
Primera Air to begin London-Washington Dulles flights
Scandinavian leisure carrier Primera Air is launching a new route from London Stansted to Washington Dulles from August as it taps into growing demand for low-cost transatlantic flights, the latest business strategy many European airlines are adopting to chase profits in a competitive market.
Ryanair, BALPA sign union recognition agreement
Ryanair said it has signed a formal union recognition agreement with the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) making it the sole representative body for Ryanair-employed pilots in the UK, where 25% of its pilots and fleet are based.
French Blue A330
French Blue changes name after US LCC JetBlue objects 
French low-cost, long-haul carrier French Blue is changing its name to French Bee to avoid legal problems after objections about its name from US LCC JetBlue Airways.
Air France-KLM studying business models including low-cost long-haul 
Air France-KLM is examining low-cost long-haul among other business models as it responds to a fast-changing air transport environment, playing down reports that it was presenting more concrete plans for a low-cost long-haul carrier.