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China's CEFC adds to Czech buying spree with airline, brewery deals

China's sixth largest private company CEFC added to a weeklong buying spree in the Czech Republic on Saturday, announcing deals to buy a majority stake in a top brewery group and a share in an airline company in the central European country. The Czechs have sought more investment ties with th...

Will the Transaero Airlines brand be retired and merged into Aeroflot?

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has agreed to acquire 75 percent of the shares of failingTransaero Airlines (Moscow). Aeroflot is buying out its main competitor (and its $1.6 billion debt) for the symbolic price of one ruble. Transaero Airlines is the second largest airline in Russia an...


What is business class, in the age of longhaul LCCs?

What does longhaul business class mean to you? Is it a flat (or nearly flat) bed? Lounge access? Better food and drinks? The diversification of both hard and soft product, together with the increase in ancillary options in recent years — even in premium cabins — is a benefit for consumers who want to pick and mix their perfect flight, but a headache for travel planners, corporate bo...

Passenger "Starts Fires" on Holiday Jet to Egypt

A passenger has been tackled by cabin crew after starting two small fires on board a holiday jet. Police have launched an investigation after the incidents on a Monarch service from Birmingham Airport to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Staff quickly contained and extinguished the fires during Thursday's flight, and no-one was hurt. However the plane was left unserviceable, leaving...

Alaska Airlines' maiden B737 MAX due for early delivery

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) is on track to take early delivery of its first B737 MAX aircraft. Alaska's VP - Capacity Planning, John Kirby, told FlightGlobal that unlike previous forecasts, the airline's maiden B737 MAX 8 aircraft is now likely to arrive in late 2017 as opposed to early 2018. Alaska Airlines ordered twenty -8s and seventeen -9s from Boe...

Ryanair rejects reports of Copenhagen 'virtual' base

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael O'Leary has denied reports his airline is planning to establish a 'virtual' base at Copenhagen Kastrup to cope with a surge in demand expected during the summer 2016 season.  The Irish LCC was forced to close both its Copenhagen and Billund bases during the previous quarter after...

Switzerland's Germania Flug to induct maiden A321 this fall

Germania Flug (GM, Zurich) has announced it will add a third aircraft - an A321-200 (sl) - to its fleet of two A319-100s with effect from October 25. The jet - D-ASTD (cn 5843) - will be used, inter alia, to operate flights to Pristina, Kosovo and Skopje, Macedonia for and on behalf of tour operator, Air Prishtina. This year, flights to Kosovo will operate not on...

Delta: US airlines won’t extend campaign to carriers outside Gulf

Delta Air Lines considers majority state-owned Chinese airlines to be “totally different” than state-owned Middle East carriers, according to a Delta lawyer. Speaking at the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit in Las Vegas, Delta EVP-corporate affairs and legal counsel Ben Hirst tried to assuage the fears of airlines around the world that the subsidy allegations made by D...

Korongo Airlines ceases its activities

Following the general assembly of the shareholders and management of Korongo Airlines on 4th of September in Lubumbashi, the decision has been taken to discontinue Korongo Airlines’ flight operations and to start the necessary actions to dissolve the company. Founded by Airbel (Brussels Airlines and George Forrest) and some smaller private Congolese shareholders, Korongo Airlines started...

Etihad Airways becomes founding member of UAE business council in India

Etihad Airways has been announced as one of the founding members of the UAE Business Council in India, formed under the able leadership of Saed Mohammed Saed Al Muhairi, charge de affairs, Embassy of UAE. James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, said: “India is a crucial market not only for Etihad Airways but the UAE itself and therefore we welcomed the op...

Aeroflot agrees to lead Transaero restructuring

Russia’s Aeroflot has agreed to be involved in the restructuring of Transaero Airlines, Aeroflot said in a statement. The board decision comes three days after it agreed to acquire 75% plus one share of Transaero for RUB1 (1.53 US cents). In making the decision, Aeroflot said it “took into account the factor of high social tension in the airline market.” The board re...

China United Airlines, pilots sanctioned over fight in cockpit

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has penalized both China United Airlines and two pilots who reportedly started a fight in the cockpit. The CAAC has imposed a 10% reduction on the airline’s existing route time, and in addition has restricted it from opening up any new flight routings, either scheduled or charter. The regulatory agency also banned the two pilots from flyin...

Lufthansa CEO Sees Opportunities In Iran

Lufthansa is excited by the possibilities offered by the opening up of Iran, especially for its maintenance and catering divisions, the airline group's chief executive said. Carsten Spohr said he would be travelling to Iran shortly and that talks with partners had intensified. "I think there's a high interest for Lufthansa Technik and catering services, but also for additional d...

Air France May Cut Long-Haul If Pilots Resist Changes

Air France is threatening to cut 10 percent of its long-haul network by 2017 unless pilots accept cost-cutting changes to their work conditions. The airline has a target to make 80 percent of its long-haul routes profitable, up from only half currently. The cuts to the network could involve at least 10 aircraft, union sources told Reuters after a meeting with managers who did not say how man...

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