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"Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific has expanded its losses in the first half of the year, posting a net loss of 286.2 million. The company exuded a profit of 45 million in the same period last year. The situation is the same for Thai Airways, although it posted a profit in the first quarter." The massive loss recorded by the Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok based company surprized and suggests a second consecutive annual loss. Cathay Pacific is pointing the finger at the competition in particular from its mainland rivals, but also a fuel bill up 17.2% and the European Commission... Continue reading
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"Boeing will start testing flights with unmanned cockpits next year, a technology presented as safer and which could save tens of billions of dollars to airlines according to a study by UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland)" The Swiss bank's analysis of the aerospace, aviation and logistics sectors estimated the annual cost of pilots worldwide more than $41 billion; Removing pilots from the cockpit could, therefore, lead to large-scale savings and an improvement in the profits of the companies involved. Pilotless commercial aircraft are "technically feasible", says UBS, according to which passenger or freight aircraft controlled by AI (Artificial Intelligence) could... Continue reading
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"Toulouse - On August 10, the first of 17 Airbus A350-900s expected by Hong Kong Airlines made its maiden flight. The device will be delivered to Hong Kong Airlines at the end of the month. Its entry into service on the long-haul is scheduled in December on a new route to Los Angeles." The A350-900 MSN127 carries the livery of the subsidiary of the HNA Group made its inaugural flight to Toulouse on 10 August 2017. The plane, leased from AerCap (and previously intended for the Brazilian low-cost Azul), is configured for 33 passengers in Business Class and 301 in... Continue reading
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"Doha - Qatar Airways will again be able to use part of the airspace of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which were closed to its planes like those of Saudi Arabia and Egypt since June 5." The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced on 8 August 2017 that it had reached an agreement between the three Gulf States to facilitate the flights of the Qatar's national airline based at Doha-Hamad International Airport. UN spokesman Anthony Philbin said that existing air routes have been restored, while new temporary or alternative air corridors have been set up. The UN spokesman also... Continue reading
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"Johannesburg - The South African national airline has a new boss, who is highly regarded in business and not a political appointment. Vuyani Jarana is expected to rehabilitate South African Airways." Vuyani Jarana had a successful career at the South African telecommunications group Vodacom. He has led the company from the red to the black figures in recent years. Now the 46-year-old executive from the small town of Mthatha is facing his biggest task. The government has appointed him as the new head of South African Airways in early August. Jarana is the fifth Chairman of the Board since 2013.... Continue reading
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"Bucharest - TAROM is looking for an opportunity to hire three jets to boost long-haul flights. The destinations in China and the United States expected to be at the top of the list." Based at the Bucharest-Henri Coanda International airport, The Romanian national airline is looking for three "current generation" long-haul aircraft with operational costs per trip and/or seat as low as possible, which are capable of carrying between 225 and 270 passengers with a configuration of two or three classes over a distance of at least 5200 miles. Cabins must be equipped with in-flight entertainment, broadband connectivity, and leather... Continue reading
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"Frankfurt - Operators of the Airbus A320neo are in a state of emergency. Last week, happened the flight 808 of Lufthansa. Pratt & Whitney has now presented the first solution to prevent further flight breaks from September." Lufthansa flight 808 to Stockholm returned to Frankfurt last week on Monday after one of the engines did not deliver the adjusted performance. The aircraft landed smoothly at Frankfurt International Airport, but couldn't take-off again since then. "Too often, we have to take the engines off of airplanes that are already in operation," said Airbus CEO Tom Enders who had raised the pressure... Continue reading
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"Dubai - The landing crash of a Boeing 777-300 from Emirates Airlines in Dubai a year ago was not caused by a technical breakdown according to the report by the UAE authorities. Possible flight crew mistake, weather and communications from the control tower are now being scrutinized to explain the accident that resulted in the death of a firefighter but not a passenger or crew member." The interim report of the GCAA (General Authority of Civil Aviation) UAE was presented on 6 August 2017 formally. According to the report, there was no abnormality in the aircraft systems or engines until... Continue reading
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"Florida - Silver Airways signed a letter of intent to buy twenty ATR 42-600, with options on up to 30 units that are convertible to 72-600. The company became the first customer of the 600 series in North America and wants to develop its business in the Caribbean via a partnership with Seaborne Airlines." Headquartered at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida, the company announced on August 1, 2017, that it had signed a letter of intent with ATR, which could reach $ 1.1 billion if all options are realized. The first four 42-600s will be delivered in the last quarter... Continue reading
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"Calgary - The Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet has set the schedule for two major projects, the ultra low-cost subsidiary that will start operating from next June in 2018, and the Dreamliners that will be used for flights to Europe and Asia from early 2019 with a real Business Class." On August 1st, The Canadian specialist of the cheap flight presented flattering financial results, with net profit in the second quarter, up 32% to $ 37.2 million, revenue up 11.1% and earnings per share of 41 cents (analysts were expecting 29 cents). On this occasion, CEO Gregg Saretsky announced the six-month... Continue reading
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"Lisbon - Air Lease Corporation (ALC) will provide four Airbus A330-900s and one A320neo to TAP Portugal for long-term leasing." on July 31st, ALC announced the placement of four Airbus A330-900s and an A320neo aircraft at TAP Portugal. The five aircraft are deliverable between the 4th quarter of 2018 and the 3rd quarter of 2019. The aircraft will be deducted from existing orders from CLA with Airbus. The A320neo will be equipped CFM International's LEAP-1A Powertrain engines. The A330-900s will be equipped with the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, the only engines available for the Widebody, which is currently under development. Steven... Continue reading
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"DOHA - Qatar Airways, which has lost some passengers because of the flight embargo from neighboring countries, still makes the profit and sticks to its open aircraft orders. Qatar is now calling for a decision from the international community to reopen the closed air corridors." "We are continuing and possibly even faster," said the Qatar transport minister Yassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti on the open orders of the airline at Boeing and Airbus in an interview in Montreal. According to Al Sulaiti, Qatar Airways does not reach its pre-set financial targets, the airline is nevertheless "in good shape" and opens... Continue reading
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"Moscow - The new Russian passenger plane Irkut MC-21 did not receive enough orders at the domestic aviation fair MAKS 2017, which was held in Moscow between July 18-23. Especially the small version is not very popular." With the Irkut MC-21, the Russian aviation industry wants to finally compete with Airbus and Boeing. The mid-range narrow-body completed its first flight in May 2017 and is to be delivered between 2022 and 2025 to the first customers. But the big orders are still missing. The manufacturer has so far been able to sell 175 devices. Actually, the number of orders at... Continue reading
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"Paris - Boost is ousted by Joon. Air France is moving forward and is presenting its new company by designating it by name: Joon. The brand was unveiled by the French company on 20 July." The name "Joon" is intended to be young and connected, as the profile of the travelers to which it addresses. It also has an international dimension in order to be recognized worldwide. The company's visual identity will also be based on electric blue, a reference to the sky, but also a dynamic color. Air France unveiled the sketches of the new company's PN uniforms and... Continue reading
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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