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"Luton - Easyjet expects more profit despite the turmoil around the Brexit. Before her departure, Carolyn McCall, the CEO of Easyjet, announced a pre-tax profit of 380 to 420 million pounds." These are good numbers on average and 30 million more than previously thought. However, McCall estimates that the growing flight offer in Europe will make the ticket prices to drop in the summer and next year. On the stock market, the Easyjet share fell into turbulence despite the increased profit forecast. Together with other papers from the industry, its price dropped by %4. Stock traders found no clear reason... Continue reading
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"Washington - American Delta Airlines and United Airlines are putting pressure on the government of Donald Trump. They demand measures against the Gulf-based airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. Even the termination of aviation agreements." "America First", that was the main slogan of Donald Trump's central election campaign. Immediately after taking the oval office, he also supported the three major American carriers United, Delta and American Airlines in the fight against the Gulf-based carriers. "A large portion of this competition is supported by governments, on a grand scale," said the US President last February. Since then, the White House... Continue reading
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"Moscow - On Tuesday, July 18th, the Russian carrier Aeroflot confirmed an order of 20 Sukhoi SSJ100-95 Superjet, which will join the airline within a year. The thirty of the same type is already in service in the Aeroflot's fleet." On the first day of the MAKS '17 trade fair in Moscow, the flagship carrier of Russia announced a memorandum of understanding with Sukhoi covering twenty Russian-made single-aisle aircraft. Signed in the presence of President Vladimir Putin, the CEO of Aeroflot Vitaly Saveliev and the president of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slyusar, the number of Sukhoi's Superjets that are... Continue reading
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"Seattle - On Monday, July 17th, Boeing delivered its 1500th Boeing 777 to United Airlines. In 1994, United was also the first customer of a "Triple Seven", which should be a success story for Boeing. In June, United attacked once again and ordered four 777-300ER at the Paris Air Show." The Boeing 777-300ER with the number 1,500 was handed over to United Airlines in Seattle on 17 July. The aircraft with the US registration N59043 already parked in Everett for several weeks ready to pick up on the apron. Like all new Boeing 777-300ERs of the United Airlines, the cabin... Continue reading
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"Istanbul - Turkish Airlines could obviously use a few smaller aircraft on its long-haul routes. The airline is negotiating a wet-lease deal for Boeing 787." Turkish Airlines seems to have problems on some long-haul routes to find enough passengers for its Boeing 777-300ER with 349 seats. According to the Turkish news agency Dogan, the fill rate of long-haul flights is sometimes only 200 to 250 seats. Therefore, the airline is now interested in renting two Boeing 787 Dreamliners with their crews. Negotiations for such a wet-lease business are already underway with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. It is not the... Continue reading
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"Paris - Long months of conflict are coming to an end. The pilots who are members of the SNPL (National Union of Airline Pilots) approved the draft agreement presented by the management of Air France-KLM, which was bitterly negotiated by the Union." The victory of the yes is overwhelming, with 78.2% of the vote and a participation of 83%. The SNPL should, therefore, sign the agreement within the next few days. Its key terms were the working conditions and pay for pilots. The negotiations had been long and difficult since last November and SNPL firmly opposed to the agreement proposed... Continue reading
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"Atlanta - Airbus handed over Delta Air Lines the first of the twenty-five A350-900s. The Atlanta-based US carrier becomes the first operator of the A350-900 in the United States." On July 13th, Delta confirmed the delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 (MSN 115). Commercial commissioning is scheduled for 30 October between Detroit and Tokyo-Narita. Delta wanted to make the A350 the showcase of its upmarket. The device inaugurates all new private suites in Business class (Delta One) as well as a new Premium Economy (Delta Comfort +). In total, It can carry 306 passengers, including 32 in Business class, 48... Continue reading
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"Dubai - Emirates and flydubai will start an extensive partnership in the fourth quarter of 2017. The two airlines based in Dubai will continue to remain independent, but they intend to take advantage of their complementary models, notably through sharing their codes and coordinated schedules." On July 17, Emirates and flydubai announced that they are joining forces. An expected outlook for both airlines as their other sister in the Gulf, Etihad Airways is currently passing through an area of ​​turbulence. Emirates profit fell by 82% in 2016-2017. This proportion became 69% for flydubai. They are both under pressure due to... Continue reading
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"Montreal - Air Transat will lease ten Airbus A321LR from AerCap, with the elongated range of action, of which the company becomes the launch company in North America." On July 11, 2017, Montreal-based Canadian airline operator Air Transat announced the signing of an agreement with AerCap for the long-term lease (12 years) of the ten A321LRs. Their delivery will take place between spring 2019 and Autumn 2020, replacing the A310 aircraft, which will gradually be withdrawn from the fleet. The A321LRs will be configured to carry 200 passengers in two classes with the individual in-flight entertainment system. The aircraft will... Continue reading
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"Seattle - Boeing registered 184 orders and delivered 75 commercial aircraft in June 2017. In the first six months of the year, the total became 381 net orders and 352 deliveries, which is higher than Airbus in the same period." Airbus: 138 orders and 64 deliveries in June In June, Boeing recorded 104 single-aisle orders, all in favor of the 737 MAX in its various variants. The 20 for Aviation Capital Group (ACG), 50 for China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC), 2 for Norwegian, 10 for Ryanair and 22 For unidentified customers. On the Widebody side, Boeing has 30 787-9 for... Continue reading
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"New Delhi - The Indian government's decision to privatize Air India and IndiGo's declaration of interest at the end of June prompted the latter to clarify its plans earlier than expected." Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal, the two founders of Indian low-cost, organized a conference on July 6 to explain IndiGo's position on the matter. IndiGo is interested in Air India's long-haul operations and intends to transform the carrier together with its subsidiary Air India Express into a low-cost operator for long-haul routes. IndiGo is currently a low-cost domestic airline with only seven international destinations (Kathmandu, Muscat, Doha, Singapore, Bangkok,... Continue reading
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"Bangkok - Four Dreamliners of the Thai Airways International are grounded because of engine problems. Thai Airways requires a compensation from Rolls-Royce." Asian airline operator Thai Airways International is struggling with problems with the Boeing 787. According to the news of the Bangkok Post, The company has grounded its entire Dreamliner fleet, a few weeks ago. In the meantime, four of the six aircraft are waiting at Suvarnabhumi airport and are not allowed to take off. On the affected routes Thai Airways uses other models. According to company president Usanee Sangsingkeo, the situation should normalize from September. The reason for... Continue reading
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"Toulouse - In June 2017, Airbus registered 138 orders, including those announced during the Paris Air Show, and handed over 64 aircraft to its customers. In the first six months of the year, the manufacturer received 203 net orders and delivered 306 devices." The June order results are largely attributable to GECAS, which ordered 100 A320neo. General Electric's leasing subsidiary has now nearly 598 Airbus in its order book, including 220 from the A320neo family. Another leasing company, Air Lease Corporation (ALC), which based in Los Angeles, ordered 12 A321neo, bringing its commitments to 279 Airbus including 209 single-aisle and... Continue reading
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"Frankfurt - Singapore Airlines returns four Airbus A380 to German Leasing companies between October 2017 and June 2018. "Our main goal remains to find new leasing companies," said Anselm Gehling, CEO of the fund provider Dr. Peters Group, on the future of the aircraft." The German owner considers to dismantle the first A380 ever delivered After the end of a ten-year contract with Singapore Airlines, the extension of the leasing contract was an option but the Asian carrier decided to return the aircraft. Currently, Dr. Peters Group talks with six potential operators for a new leasing contract said Gehling in... Continue reading
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"Berlin - On July 5th, Airbus signed a framework agreement with China for the delivery of 100 A320 family aircraft and 40 A350 aircraft." The 140 aircraft will be acquired by China's state-owned company Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS), to supply the Chinese airlines, Airbus said in a statement. "This significant order constitutes a true vote of confidence in our leading products in single-aisle and wide-body segments," said CEO Tom Enders. The general terms of the agreement (GTA) were signed on July 5 in Berlin, in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping, during an official visit the German Chancellor... Continue reading
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"Paris - Norwegian continues its development in Paris-Charles de Gaulle. On July 5th, the Oslo-based low-cost carrier announced the opening of two new destinations in the United States: Boston, and Oakland; As well as the strengthening of its services in New York and Los Angeles." Starting from 10 April 2018, The Norwegian will link Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Oakland with four flights a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday). The line to Boston will start on May 2, 2018, also with four flights a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday). These new destinations come after New York-JFK, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale,... Continue reading
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"London - British Airways borrows nine Airbus A320s from Qatar Airways with crews for 16 days. The first airplanes left Doha for London and will be deployed on lines to Munich, Brussels, and Zurich." Cabin crew from British Airways will be leaving work from 1 to 16 July. The conflict about the salaries of some 4,500 employees who have worked for the company since 2010, is the root cause of the problem that British Airways has to deal with. These crew members earn less than their peers. The union accuses British Airways of paying "hunger wages". British Airways defends the... Continue reading
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"Dortmund - In the absence of a second-hand market, the first of Airbus A380s ever delivered could be disassembled into spare parts. The device is from Singapore Airlines, which will be returned this year to the owner, Dr. Peters Holding GmbH, a German financial and management holding company." According to Wirtschafts Woche, who revealed this information on July 2nd, the German company doesn't disregard the option of a possible disassembly. "We are negotiating new leases, but we cannot rule out the dismantling of the planes," said Anselm Gehling, the CEO of Dr. Peters Group. Instead of scraping the aircraft, the... Continue reading
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"Auckland - Air New Zealand is analyzing the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 777X for an order from the end of the year. The company wants to take the advantage of these wide-body carriers to open new ultra-long-haul routes." Air New Zealand is interested in the next-generation wide-body aircraft of Airbus and Boeing, like its Australian neighbor Qantas. The New Zealand company wants above all to replace eight Boeing 777-200ER. Although their cabins have been renovated. These devices have already arrived their mid-life, having been delivered between November 2005 and January 2007. Boeing could have the advantage of the commonality... Continue reading
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"New Delhi - The Indian government is about to give the green light to the privatization of its national carrier Air India, which has a debt of nearly $8 billion. A decision is expected to come next week. IndiGo, the low-cost carrier of India has already expressed interest." After weeks of rumors, the privatization of the Indian national company is about to be formalized, 69 years after its nationalization. On June 28, the government of Narendra Modi announced the creation of a working group, which will organize the sale of state shares in Air India (without specifying the percentage). Finance... Continue reading
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"Singapore - Two Asian long-haul low-cost airlines have just added a continent to their network: Europe for Scoot, with a non-stop service linking Singapore to Athens; And America for Air Asia X, with a link between Kuala Lumpur and Honolulu via Osaka. This is a new chapter for both carriers in their growth history." On June 20, Scoot launched its first route to Europe. The Singapore Airlines subsidiary now operates four flights per week between Singapore-Changi and Athens-Eleftherios Venizelos airports with a Boeing 787-8, which has a bi-class configuration for 329 passengers (18 in Premium Economy and 311 in Economy).... Continue reading
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"Seattle - On June 29, Norwegian, the Europe's fastest growing low-cost carrier, has received its first two Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Seattle, which will serve on the transatlantic network of the company as of July." The Nordic carrier has already ordered 110 737 MAX 8 and expects to receive four more by the end of 2017. The six of these single-aisle aircraft will operate on 12 lines connecting the northeastern coast of the United States to Ireland, the Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Norway, said Norwegian on Thursday, June 29th. The company chose to configure its 737 MAX 8s in... Continue reading
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"Paris - While the presence of Qatar Airways at the Paris Air Show was less overwhelming than in previous editions, the company was able to attract the attentions of the attendees. The CEO Akbar Al Baker presented in person the first 777-300ER equipped with the new QSuite of the Gulf-based carrier, which entered into service on June 24 on the route between Doha and London. The second destination will be Paris." The concept of QSuite was designed in cooperation with B/E Aerospace, an aviation equipment provider which was recently acquired by Rockwell Collins. A three-year work that resulted in a... Continue reading
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"Washington - Laptops and tablet computers are allowed on flights to the US as long as the airlines implement stricter safety regulations. The new regulation was announced by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on June 28th in Washington." The prohibition of electronic devices larger than a smartphone would have had a significant impact on the operations at the airports and in the airplanes. "I expect all airlines to work with us to ensure the safety of their aircraft, their crews, and their passengers," said John Kelly, secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security. "Not acting is not... Continue reading
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"Montreal - Shared work, shared profit. Air Canada would like to put in practice such a cooperation with United Airlines on routes between Canada and the USA. The Canadian Parliament could soon facilitate the project." A draft law, which has now been introduced in the Canadian parliament, aims to remove the bureaucratic and legislative hurdles of international cooperation between airlines. "Bilateral air transport between Canada and the US is still the largest in the world. We are definitely interested in a joint venture with United Airlines," said Yves Dufresne, Vice President, Alliances and Regulatory Affairs at Air Canada The two... Continue reading