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Binter takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600

The Spanish carrier Binter, based in the Canary Islands, took delivery today in Toulouse of the very first of its 12 ATR 72-600s ordered through two different contracts signed in 2014 and earlier this year. With the introduction of these new ATR ‘-600s series’ aircraft the airline w...

First Finnair A350 conducts maiden flight

Finnair’s first Airbus A350-900 has carried out its maiden flight, just a few weeks before the carrier becomes the first European customer to introduce the twinjet. Having performed its first sortie, at Airbus’s headquarters in Toulouse, the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft will...


LIAT returns to Dominica

LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, announces the resumption of flights to and from the Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica starting Friday September 18. LIAT was forced to suspend services to Dominica on August 27 due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika which resulted in severe damage to the island and closure of the Douglas-Charles Airport. Chief Executive Officer David Evans applauded th...

Qantas to take Australians to holiday in Bali this summer

Qantas has today announced it will meet increasing demand from Australians travelling to Bali with new seasonal services to operate direct from Sydney. During December this year and January next year, Qantas will operate four services per week, a total of 33 return services, between Sydney and Bali with its B737 aircraft. This adds to Jetstar’s 65 services per week from Australia and will...

The Low-Cost Carrier and Digital Threat to Loyalty and Points Programs

Are loyalty and milage programs stale, and representative of the needs of an older generation? That was the suggestion of Ryanair’s CMO, Kenny Jacobs, during a panel session at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London. “Loyalty is still important, but loyalty schemes are a lot less important in the age of digital,” he said. “That’s borne out in retail and...

United CEO to Frequent Flyers: ‘We Can Do Better’

Without mentioning anything about the circumstances that find him running the airline, United’s new CEO Oscar Munoz sent an email to MileagePlus members yesterday pledging, “We can do better, and will keep listening to our customers to become the top-performing airline.” A week after assuming the CEO position after the departure of predecessor Jeff Smisek, Munoz prom...

Flydubai selects Mindtree as a strategic technology partner

Mindtree, a digital transformation and technology services company, has announced a partnership with Dubai-based Flydubai to shape the full digital experience of the connected traveller. Mindtree will focus on transforming Flydubai’s information technology to support passenger sales and service systems, including services such as electronic ticketing and real-time baggage tracking. The ag...

Are These Flight Attendants Really Too Heavy?

Six months ago, Air India warned 600 of its 3500 flight attendants to lose weight and declared them "temporarily unfit" for their duties. That's nearly a whopping fifth of their entire cabin crew workforce. And now it has announced that it will permanently ground 130 of the group who failed to shed enough kilos to place their BMI (Body Mass Index) under 22. But being "o...

Philippine Airlines Nears 787/A350 Choice

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is on track to make a decision by the end of 2015 regarding whether it will order Boeing 787s or Airbus A350s to replace its A340 fleet. The airline has received proposals from both manufacturers and is still conducting its evaluation, PAL President Jaime Bautista told Aviation Daily. The management team hopes to make a recommendation to the board within the...

Low-Cost Airlines Confront National Carriers in Africa

Before Fastjet launched low-cost flights between Harare and Dar es Salaam last year, Zimbabwean businessman Jonathan Jabangwe had to brave a hair-raising, three day bus journey to meet his clients in Tanzania. Fastjet is among a wave of low-cost airlines launching or expanding operations in Africa as they seek to capture middle-income travellers who are tired of dangerous road journey...

Flight Returns to Manchester After Declaring Emergency

A flight has had return to Manchester after declaring an emergency. Thomson flight BY2358 was just a short time into its flight to the Spanish island of Menorca when the pilot is said to have made a mayday call over Birmingham. That was later downgraded to a less urgent "pan pan" call but the plane, which had around 160 passengers on board, turned around and immediately b...

Lufthansa Expects EUR500 Million Profit Boost from Board Overhaul

Lufthansa is stepping up its cost-cutting overhaul with a streamlined management structure it said will boost profit by EUR500 million (US$564 million) a year and provide a new boss for the Eurowings budget brand that has raised tensions in its long-running dispute with pilots. The German airline, long known for a focus on business customers, is expanding budget operations as it battles the lik...

Airlines Try to Woo Customers Back to Their Own Websites

Airlines are trying to draw passengers away from low-price comparison sites and back to their own home pages, seeking to boost profits by selling them extra services such as additional legroom or access to airport lounges. Airlines across Europe and the U.S. are experimenting with strategies to bring travellers back to their own websites. These range from improving the booking pr...

Suspected Heart Attack on Board Emirates Flight 203 Prompts Stop in Gander

One of the world's largest passenger planes had to make an emergency landing at Gander International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. The Emirates airline flight 203 from Dubai to New York City diverted to Gander after it was suspected someone onboard was having a heart attack. The Airbus 380 will refuel before taking off to New York City, said Brian Hicks, manager of...

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15 additional destinations: Austrian Airlines expands summer flight schedule

On Wednesday evening, the Austrian federal government announced that the landing bans for flights from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro, Egypt, Northern Macedonia, Romania...

Pegasus signs up to the EASA COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol

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Pratt & Whitney and JetBlue sign long-term service agreement for 230 V2500 engines

JetBlue Airways and Pratt & Whitney announced that the airline has signed a 13-year EngineWise fixed-price agreement for 230 V2500 engines that power the airline's A320ceo famil...