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TAM Airlines charts solid international growth while battling worsening conditions in Brazil

Brazilian Airline TAM of the LATAM Airlines Group has continued to expand internationally during 2015 even as it has revised its domestic capacity forecast  from flat to a reduction of up to 4% for the year amid a continuing weakening economy in Brazil.  Some of the inter...

Seatback IFE’s much-heralded death fails to materialise, again

Harbingers of the demise of embedded seatback inflight entertainment have been prophesying its death for years, but two recent decisions by Lufthansa — for its own fleet and for its new Eurowings subsidiary — have swung the needle firmly back towards “embedded”...


American could take similar approach as Delta with domestic 2Ku

Classic air-to-ground (ATG)-supported connectivity is not enough, at least not in the current implementation. That seems to be the conclusion that airlines, passengers (and even Gogo) are drawing these days in the United States. Virgin America is obviously the most recent carrier to indicate as much, both through its signing for 10 planes with Ka-band and hybrid Ka/Ku s...

Why some airlines are adopting MB packaging for inflight wifi

Earlier this year, we put the question of “why” to Panasonic Avionics VP Global Communications Services David Bruner, and asked him to forecast what the future holds for IFC data packages and pricing models. Our full interview is below. Note it was originally published to RGN Premium in January so all equipage and airline contract figures have moved to the right (Panasonic an...

Can you really use Apple Watch boarding passes to travel?

Wearables are the big buzz in the aviation industry right now, whether it’s for passengers or for crew. Yet most of the analysis on the way they affect the passenger experience so far has been from tech media, and has tended to lack an understanding of how and why airlines make the decisions they make. So with a new Apple Watch on-wrist, RGN decided to give its implementation of Passbook...

Russia to take tit-for-tat measures if Ukraine bans Russian airlines’ flights — minister

Russia will take tit-for-tat measures if Ukraine bans flights across its territory for Russian airlines, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said Friday. "We learned from media today that the government of Arseny Yatsenyuk plans to ban flights of the Aeroflot and Transaero airlines on Ukrainian territory. If the intentions are implemented into real documents of Ukraine’s air aut...

Ukraine’s sanctions will make Russian air companies suspend flights to Moldova — expert

It was earlier reported that Kiev has banned Russian air carriers Aeroflot and Transaero from flying to Ukraine with the ban taking effect on October 25 Ukrainian sanctions will force Russian air companies to suspend flights to Moldova, President of the Association of Aircraft Operators Vladimir Tasun told TASS on Friday. "When Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russia air carriers,...

Lufthansa Blames GDS Booking Volume Drop Mostly on Pilot Strike

Lufthansa has hit back at GDS bookings figures revealed by Tnooz yesterday as being "heavily influenced" by industrial action affecting the airline. Pilots belonging to the carrier held their 13th strike in the last 18 months in the first week of this month, just days after Lufthansa introduced its controversial Euro 16 fee on all GDS bookings from September 1. A highly confidentia...

Incident: Transaero B735 at Krasnodar on Sep. 25, Landed on Wrong Runway

A Transaero Airlines Boeing 737-500, registration VP-BPA performing flight UN-167 fom Moscow Domodedovo to Krasnodar (Russia) with 115 people on board, was cleared to land on Krasnodar's runway 05C however touched down on closed runway 05R. The aircraft impacted three signs before coming to a stop. There were no injuries, the passengers disembarked onto the runway and were taken to t...

6 Insights From Vueling’s CEO on Running the Contrarian Low-Cost Carrier

Can a low-cost carrier transcend the bare bones model and bring added value and convenience to passengers through user-friendly digital platforms, without breaking the bank? Spanish low-cost airline, Vueling, has. The airline has defied the traditional definition of a low-cost carrier — that of an independent operator taking market share from legacy airlines &m...

Norwegian Air Close to Deal With Ryanair to Feed Travelers Onto Long-Haul Flights

Norwegian Air Shuttle AS may use the first of its Boeing Co. 737 Max jets to connect smaller European airports with cities such as New York and Boston, tapping the single-aisle planes to complement busier North American routes out of London and Scandinavia operated by wide-body 787s. The narrow-body Max, which joins the Norwegian Air fleet from 2017, has the range to fly from Europe’s &ld...

Iceland’s Aviation Museum Glows with History and Heritage

AKUREYRI, ICELAND — If you don’t read Icelandic, the clue to the location of Iceland’s aviation museum (Flugsafn Islands) is in the large nose of a Douglas DC-6 poking out the side. The museum opened its doors fifteen years ago in June 2000, and moved into its current hangar in November 2007, which is crammed full of aviation heritage from this country where the advent of flig...

Lufthansa and Ryanair CEOs Lock Horns over Airlines' Futures

Deutsche Lufthansa AG boss Carsten Spohr has crossed swords with Michael O'Leary, his counterpart at Ryanair Holdings, vowing to defend the German carrier's domestic market from further encroachment from budget airlines despite Mr. O'Leary's assurances that the business can only shrink. Mr. Spohr said Lufthansa's current revamp of its short-haul operations will protect its m...

Buffalo Airways Plane Makes Hard Landing Near Deline, N.W.T.

A Buffalo Airways C-46 Commando airplane crashed while making an emergency landing in Deline, N.W.T.. Four crew members were on board at the time. An official at the Deline airport told CBC that nobody was injured in the incident. The cargo flight was on its way from Yellowknife to Norman Wells, said Chris Krepski with the Transportation Safety Board, when it experienced engine fai...

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To boost tourism & economy - easyJet new seasonal base at Faro airport

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