Helen Massy-Beresford

Aviation Week


Widerøe Bombardier Dash 8-300
Rolls-Royce, Widerøe partner on zero emissions aviation 
Rolls-Royce and Widerøe are teaming up to research zero emission aviation as the Scandinavian regional airline aims for an all-electric fleet, in parallel with the Norwegian government’s goal of zero emission domestic flights by 2040.
Aigle Azur A320
Court appoints Aigle Azur administrator to fend off shareholder coup 
A French court has appointed a temporary administrator of Aigle Azur in the latest twist in a saga that has seen some of the airline’s shareholders unsuccessfully attempt to take control of the company in a dispute over strategy.
Aigle Azur’s Neeleman threatens legal action after boardroom coup 
Aigle Azur shareholders are locked in a battle that could threaten its future, as 32% owner David Neeleman threatens to take legal action against another shareholder who has moved to take control of the French leisure carrier, firing the CEO behind long-haul expansion plans that have run into difficulties in recent months.
French XL Airways in discussions with two buyers
XL Airways is in talks with two potential buyers, the French airline has confirmed.
Eurocontrol: Flight delays declined in July 
The number of European flight delays fell in July, during the peak holiday season, new data released by Eurocontrol shows.
EASA to issue GP7200 engine airworthiness directive 
EASA is set to issue an airworthiness directive (AD) on Engine Alliance engines that power Airbus A380s following a similar move by the US FAA after the discovery that a failed GP7200 engine showed a fracture in the fan hub.
Fracture prompts Engine Alliance GP7200 inspections 
Operators of Engine Alliance GP7200-powered Airbus A380s are set for a new round of inspections after a fracture was found in a fan hub of the Air France aircraft engine that failed in September 2017.
IAG’s Walsh calls Heathrow expansion ‘massive gravy train’ 
International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh said he has “no confidence” in London Heathrow Airport’s expansion plans and described the cost of the project as a “heist.”
BA partner plans to develop Europe’s first waste-to-fuel plant 
British Airways has taken a step toward powering its future fleet with sustainable jet fuel after its renewable fuels partner Velocys applied to develop Europe’s first plant for turning household and commercial solid waste into sustainable fuel.
Transavia Boeing 737-700
Transavia pilots file strike notice for September, October 
Air France-KLM LCC Transavia pilots’ union SPL has filed a strike notice from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15, saying there is insufficient representation of union bodies at talks over the future of Transavia and that Air France pilots’ union, SNPL, has too much say in Transavia’s future.
Aigle Azur to sell Portugal activities to Vueling 
French leisure airline Aigle Azur is preparing to stop flying to Portugal at the end of October and sell this part of its activities to Spanish LCC Vueling.
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.
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