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Boutique Business Model Concept launched by Gulf Air

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, revealed its business plans for 2019 to internal and external stakeholders during its commercial conference held in Manama, Bahrain, as part of its ongoing commitment to strengthen its position as a national asset to the economic growth of th...

Acquisition Of 5.00% Of China Southern Airlines by Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C. announced that as part of its strategy to invest in the strongest airlines around the world and continue enhancing operations and network connectivity, on 28 December 2018, it has completed an on-market purchase of certain A shares and H shares of China Southern Airlines...


60 more Airbus A220-300 aircraft ordered by JetBlue Airways

Order will add to JetBlue’s large fleet of Airbus planes JetBlue Airways has firmed up an order for 60 A220-300 aircraft, the larger model of the new, industry-leading A220 series. “As we approach our 20th anniversary, the impressive range and economics of the highly efficient A220, combined with the outstanding performance of our existing fleet of Airbus A321 and restyled A320 a...

Ryanair UK got CAA's Issued AOC

Ryanair confirmed that the UK CAA has issued Ryanair UK with a UK AOC, which will allow this UK airline to operate UK domestic and UK to non-EU routes in a post-Brexit environment, if necessary.  Ryanair continues to call on the UK and EU to agree a transition deal from 31 March 2019, so that any disruption to flights and British consumer summer holidays in 2019 can be avoided. Rya...

Most Punctual Airline in Europe - airBaltic

Latvian airline airBaltichas retained its place as the most punctual airline in Europe and is the second most punctual in the world according to the OAGanalysts. They tracked the performance of over 58 million flight records in 2018 to create a ranking of the best on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s largest airlines and airports. airBaltichas been on the top of the...

2019 will be a year of crossroads for aviation industry

By Gediminas Ziemelis 2018 was an interesting year for airlines. On one hand there was the introduction of the blockchain bringing greater security to aircraft maintenance data while presenting an opportunity to one day revolutionize most aspects of aviation from training to the passenger experience. But going along with the big strides that were made in technology was the harsh contrast of a g...

Finnair Increases Capacity To London For Summer 2019 With A Second Wide-Body Aircraft Upgauge And A New Daily Frequency

In line with its growth strategy, Finnair is adding capacity on its route between Helsinki and London Heathrow for the summer 2019 season starting on March 31, 2019. Finnair will add a new daily frequency to and from London Heathrow, operated with an A320 family aircraft. Providing good connection opportunities from London with Finnair’s oneworld partners, the new flight will leave...

Aviation Safety Network releases 2018 airliner accident statistics

The Aviation Safety Network today released the 2018 airliner accident statistics showing a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 556 fatalities. Despite several high-profile accidents, the year 2018 was one of the safest years ever for commercial aviation, Aviation Safety Network data show. Yet, last year was worse than the five-year average. Over the year 2018, the Aviation Saf...

World’s first electronic Dangerous Goods Declaration handled at Frankfurt Airport

Lufthansa Cargo the first airline to support the eDGD standard · Pilot phase of Dakosy’s INFr8 shipping portal successfully launched. Lufthansa Cargo, using the INFr8 platform, has handled the world’s first dangerous goods shipment with an electronic Dangerous Goods Declaration (eDGD) at Frankfurt Airport. A shipment from the globally active healthcare company Abbott based in...

Emirates opens new lounge at Rome’s International Airport

Emirates’ premium and loyal customers travelling from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport can now look forward to greater levels of comfort and convenience, with the opening of the airline’s new lounge. All Emirates’ First Class and Business Class customers, as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members, travelling on the airline’s two flights a day from Rom...

Severstal takes delivery of its first Superjet 100

Russian regional carrier Severstal Airlines, which is owned by steel and mining giant Severstal, has taken delivery of its first Superjet 100 and entry into service for its initial Russian regional jet is planned for early 2019. The aircraft, with registration number RA-89117, was delivered to the airline on December 26 and is currently at its Cherepovets home base airport. It features a conver...

Embraer and Republic Airways Firm Up Order for 100 E175s

Embraer and Republic Airways, the world’s largest E-Jet operator, have signed a contract for a firm order of 100 E175 jets. This agreement was announced as a Letter of Intent (LoI) at the Farnborough Airshow, in July. The firm order has a value of USD 4.69 billion, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer’s 2018 fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries will start in 2020...

Oman Air wins two design awards

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has won two prestigious design awards - best New First Class 2018 and Best New Lounge 2018 in TheDesignAir Awards 2018. TheDesignAir Awards have been running for six years and celebrates the very best in aviation design across the globe. The judging panel, made up of eight aviation and design experts, awarded Oman Air with the accolades f...

Record number of aircraft used Azerbaijan’s airspace in 2018

According to the statistics of the Azeraeronavigation Air Navigation Department (AZANS) for 2018, a total of 150,000 flights used Azerbaijan’s airspace. 95,000 of them accounted for transit flights.  These figures are record-high in the history of AZANS. During the daily period, record-high number was 500 flights.  In total, 26 million passengers were transported on these fli...

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Rolls-Royce welcomes Emirates agreement

An order for Trent 7000 engines was secured BY Rolls-Royce to power 40 Airbus A330neo aircraft from Emirates. The order includes Rolls-Royce’s flagship TotalCare® long term service...

Seasonal Norwegian Service from New York to Athens and Chicago to Barcelona

Norwegian will introduce new nonstop service from New York to Athens and Chicago to Barcelona for the 2019 summer season. Service from Chicago'...

New wide body orders of Emirates, end for Airbus A380

Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, Emirates is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of...

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airBaltic Carries 12% More Passengers During First Month of 2019

Latvian airline airBaltic has carried 260 383 or 12% more passengers during January 2019 than in the same period last year to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Mi...

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Emirates Expo 2020 themed livery aircraft model collection takes off

15 collectable aircraft model types launched in different scales and finishes The Emirates Official Store has launched a new limited edition collection of Expo 2020 themed aircraft models for aviat...