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Air France trials biometric boarding enhancements 
Air France expects enhancements to the biometric boarding pass solution it is trialing to soon enable passengers to proceed from baggage drop-off to boarding without having to show passports or identification cards at all.
Chinese drone maker upgrades geofencing technology around airports 
Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is upgrading the geofencing technology in its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to prevent them from flying close to airports across Europe.
EasyJet in talks with Delta, Italian railway firm for Alitalia investment 
UK LCC easyJet has confirmed it is in talks with US carrier Delta Air Lines and Italian railway company Ferrovie dello Stato over the possibility of a joint investment in bankrupt Alitalia.
Avolon sees 2018 profits rise 30%, warns of more airline failures 
Irish lessor Avolon reported a 30% increase in full-year profit for 2018 to $717 million while revenue increased 10% year-over-year (YOY) to $2.57 billion.
The Netherlands calls for EU-wide aviation fuel tax 
The Dutch government is advocating for a European Union (EU)-wide levy on aviation fuel to address rising carbon dioxide emissions from the commercial air transport sector.
Norwegian Boeing 737 MAX 8
Norwegian to cease French Caribbean routes in optimization strategy 
LCC Norwegian will withdraw from the Caribbean market in March after concluding that its flights to the region are not financially viable.
European regulator approves Air France-KLM, Delta, Virgin JV 
The European Commission (EC) has approved a transatlantic joint venture agreement among Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic that will see the Franco-Dutch airline group acquire a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic.
Dutch government backs KLM CEO Elbers amid departure rumors 
Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra has put his support behind KLM CEO Pieter Elbers, amid reports that Air France-KLM may not renew his contract.
Air Senegal A330neo
Air Senegal launches first GX Aviation inflight connectivity in Africa 
Air Senegal has installed and activated Inmarsat's GX Aviation inflight connectivity solution on its newly delivered Airbus A330neos, making it the first African carrier to do so.
Swissport to buy Air France’s 50% cargo handling stake at Heathrow 
Ground handler Swissport has agreed to buy Air France out of a cargo-handling joint venture at London Heathrow Airport.
Wamos Air Boeing 747-400
Wamos Air steps in for grounded Turkmenistan Airlines on UK flights 
Spanish charter and wet-lease carrier Wamos Air has been operating flights from the UK on behalf of Turkmenistan Airlines, which was recently suspended from flying to and from the European Union (EU) for safety reasons.
EasyJet Airbus A320
EasyJet outlines post-Brexit ownership compliance plan 
UK LCC easyJet has detailed the steps it has taken to Brexit-proof its operations and says it has a plan in place to ensure it meets European Union (EU) ownership and control regulations, regardless of whether or not airlines are given an adjustment period after the UK departs the bloc.
Norwegian widens losses in 2018; bullish on growth-to-profitability shift 
LCC Norwegian will slash capacity and divest 13 additional aircraft this year in a bid to stem losses, which widened to NOK3 billion ($350 million) in the 2018 fourth quarter from NOK713 million in the year-ago period.
Stobart Air to operate KLM Cityhopper flights to Amsterdam 
Ireland-based capacity provider Stobart Air—the airline involved in an attempted Virgin Atlantic-led takeover of UK regional operator Flybe—has won a contract to operate flights to Amsterdam Schiphol on behalf of KLM Cityhopper.
Turkmenistan Airlines Boeing 737-800s
EASA suspends Turkmenistan Airlines on safety grounds 
Central Asian carrier Turkmenistan Airlines appears to be attempting to charter flights to cover services from the European Union, which were suspended Feb. 4 by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on safety grounds.
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