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Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s

Commitment to grow its flagship A380 fleet Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman...

airBaltic Serves Over 3.5 Million Passengers In 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic in 2017 has transported a total of 3 523 300 passengers or 22% more than last year to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. It is the highest number of passengers carried in airline’s history. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive O...

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Ryanair New Cabin Bag Policy Goes Live

Ryanair’s new bag policy went live today (15 Jan) offering: – Lower check-in bag fees (down from €/£35 to €/£25 per check-in bag) – Bigger check-in bag allowances (up from 15kg to 20kg) – 2 free carry-on bag allowance for all customers continues – Non-priority customers can bring 2 free carry-on bags but will be required to put the bigger o...

Flight delayed due to extraordinary circumstances: what if airline is wrong?

Consumer watchdog Which? analysis reveals than in UK on average every fourth flight is late to reach its destination. Extraordinary circumstances have become favorite airlines’ excuse to avoid paying out flight compensations, yet Eurocontrol analysis reveals carriers’ operations to have been the real cause behind most of flight delays in 2017. And while airlines interpret extraordinary...

airBaltic Carries 99% Transfer Passengers on Time in 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic carried over 900 000 transfer passengers in 2017 out of whom only 1.08% lost their connection due to different circumstances, including delays caused by strikes in European airports and weather conditions. Laura Vecvanaga-Puķīte, Vice President Ground Operations and Customer Care: “We always strive to improve our service. In 2017, we launched the tail-to...

Unprecedented network growth for the Hahn Air Group in 2017

Reporting network growth of over 16%, the year 2017 proved successful for the Hahn Air Group. Despite the challenging times for the industry, the distribution specialist integrated a total of 46 new carriers into its network of air, rail and shuttle partners, enabling them to be ticketed on the Hahn Air HR-169 document in over 190 markets. To date, more than 350 partners take advantage of the grou...

Austrian Airlines Looking to Hire 600 New Employees

Growth planned in the long-haul segment following expansion of medium-haul fleet 2018: flight service to Japan and South Africa planned Austrian Airlines can look back at a successful year in 2017. Close to 12.9 million passengers flew with Austria’s red-white-red national carrier last year, comprising a rise of 12.8 percent compared to 2016. The airline plans another small expansi...

Boeing, Turkish Airlines Announce Order for Three 777 Freighters

Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced that the carrier ordered three more 777 Freighters in December 2017. The new order came weeks after the carrier took delivery of two of the large cargo jets as part of its plan to further expand its freight business. "These freighter orders will surely contribute to our significant target for establishing a young and efficient cargo fleet,&qu...

UK Aerospace Strengthens Ties with France

The UK aerospace industry’s traditionally strong cooperation with France looks set to continue through a contract recently awarded by the French Air Force for Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to provide engineering services to their fleet of 14 C-130H aircraft. The contract was announced on 22 December 2017, after a highly competitive bid process, and will see Marshall working closely...

SmartLynx signs damp lease agreement with leisure airline Jet2.com

In December 2017 SmartLynx signed a long-term damp lease agreement for 2018 with British leisure airline Jet2.com Limited. According to the agreement between SmartLynx Airlines Ltd. and Jet2.com, SmartLynx will damp lease one aircraft Airbus A321 with Latvian Registration mark YL-LCV /MSN 2216 to Jet2.com from 15 May until 31 October 2018. The aircraft will operate from the base in Birming...

Gediminas Ziemelis: 2017 was interesting, but 2018 will blow our minds

The air transport industry in 2017 was definitely a ride to remember: travel bans, laptop bans, a handful of bankruptcies, all at the backdrop of unprecedented financial results for airlines. In this end-of-year post, I’d like to go back to several events that made history. This list does not intend to be complete or objective, call it a personal reading, if you may. China spreading w...

Norwegian reports record high year-end traffic figures: Carried over 33 million passengers in 2017

Norwegian reported its highest ever passenger figures in a single year with more than 33 million passengers and a load factor of 87.5 per cent in 2017. The launch of 54 new routes and a substantial increase of intercontinental traffic contributed considerably to the growth. Passenger growth, more new aircraft and high load factors characterized 2017. The company carried more than 33.15 million...

airBaltic Passengers Up +27% in December

Provisional data show that in December 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic carried over 260 000 passengers or roughly 27% more than in the same period of 2016. This has been the biggest number of transported passengers in December in the airline’s history. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “2017 was a tremendous year for airBaltic – we opened 13 new dest...

SmartLynx signs wet lease agreement with German leisure airline Condor

In December 2017 SmartLynx Airlines Ltd. signed a long-term wet lease agreement for 2018 with the German leisure airlines Condor Flugdienst GmbH. According to the agreement between SmartLynx and Condor, SmartLynx will wet lease to CONDOR an Airbus A321 with Latvian Registration mark YL-LCQ /MSN 2211 from 7 January to 31 March 2018. The aircraft will operate from the base in Munich Air...

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Ryanair New Cabin Bag Policy Goes Live

Ryanair’s new bag policy went live today (15 Jan) offering: – Lower check-in bag fees (down from €/£35 to €/£25 per check-in bag) – Bigger check-in bag allo...

Flight delayed due to extraordinary circumstances: what if airline is wrong?

Consumer watchdog Which? analysis reveals than in UK on average every fourth flight is late to reach its destination. Extraordinary circumstances have become favorite airlines’ excuse to avoid p...

airBaltic Carries 99% Transfer Passengers on Time in 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic carried over 900 000 transfer passengers in 2017 out of whom only 1.08% lost their connection due to different circumstances, including delays caused by strikes in E...

Austrian Airlines Looking to Hire 600 New Employees

Growth planned in the long-haul segment following expansion of medium-haul fleet 2018: flight service to Japan and South Africa planned Austrian Airlines can look back at a successful year i...

UK Aerospace Strengthens Ties with France

The UK aerospace industry’s traditionally strong cooperation with France looks set to continue through a contract recently awarded by the French Air Force for Marshall Aerospace and Defence Grou...

Gediminas Ziemelis: 2017 was interesting, but 2018 will blow our minds

The air transport industry in 2017 was definitely a ride to remember: travel bans, laptop bans, a handful of bankruptcies, all at the backdrop of unprecedented financial results for airlines. In this...

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airBaltic Serves Over 3.5 Million Passengers In 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic in 2017 has transported a total of 3 523 300 passengers or 22% more than last year to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. It is the...

Passenger claim proves Vueling’s “technical issue” wrong

While aviation industry keeps expanding, its shortcomings are only getting worse – Eurocontrol 2017 data reveals increasing flight delays. Stuck in Barcelona waiting for her Vueling flight, Seli...

Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s

Commitment to grow its flagship A380 fleet Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this mo...

Unprecedented network growth for the Hahn Air Group in 2017

Reporting network growth of over 16%, the year 2017 proved successful for the Hahn Air Group. Despite the challenging times for the industry, the distribution specialist integrated a total of 46 new c...

airBaltic Carries 99% Transfer Passengers on Time in 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic carried over 900 000 transfer passengers in 2017 out of whom only 1.08% lost their connection due to different circumstances, including delays caused by strikes in E...

Flight delayed due to extraordinary circumstances: what if airline is wrong?

Consumer watchdog Which? analysis reveals than in UK on average every fourth flight is late to reach its destination. Extraordinary circumstances have become favorite airlines’ excuse to avoid p...

Ryanair New Cabin Bag Policy Goes Live

Ryanair’s new bag policy went live today (15 Jan) offering: – Lower check-in bag fees (down from €/£35 to €/£25 per check-in bag) – Bigger check-in bag allo...