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AVIATAR Optimizes Maintenance Operations at United Airlines

Lufthansa Technik welcomes United Airlines as the newest user of its AVIATAR platform. The airline signed a contract in late 2020 for digital support through AVIATAR for its Boeing 777 and Airbus A320 fleet, with plans to work with Lufthansa Technik to develop new predictive maintenance solutions fo...

airBaltic to expand maintenance at Riga Airport

airBaltic plans to build a new aircraft hangar at Riga Airport to maintain its fleet, thus reducing future maintenance costs and becoming more efficient. airBaltic has signed a building rights agreement with the Riga Airport in 2020. It is planned to launch the construction of the new...


Volotea carried 3.8 M passengers in 2020 and achieved a seat load of 90.7% across its network

Volotea published its results for the full year 2020, drawing up balanced figures. Last year, the airline’s strategy has been to quickly redefine its network by shifting predominantly to a domestic offer (86% of its network), in all the countries where it operates. This flexible stategy, combined with the best operational standards, allowed Volotea to achieve very satisfactory results i...

Norwegian appreciates support from the Norwegian Government

Norwegian announced that the government of Norway has decided to support and contribute to the airline’s funding of new capital, pending certain conditions. This move significantly increases Norwegian’s chances of working through the crisis caused by the pandemic and to position itself as a key player within Norwegian and European aviation. “On behalf of everyone at Norwegian,...

European plan for Aviation Safety 2021-2025 published

EASA published the 10th edition of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) covering 2021 - 2025. EPAS sets out the strategic priorities and enablers, and the main risks affecting the European aviation system, while also defining the necessary actions to mitigate the risks, with the paramount objective of further improving aviation safety. The Plan provides a coherent and transparen...

One of the first to trial IATA Travel Pass - Emirates

Emirates has partnered with the IATA to become one of the first airlines in the world to trial IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. IATA Travel Pass enables Emirates passengers to create a ‘digital passport’ to verify their pre-travel...

Six Fearless Forecasts set for 2021 including the expected growth in aircraft leasing to finance airline fleet renewal

Avolon issued its 2021 outlook paper titled ’Looking to Recovery’. The paper reviews the key trends in the aviation industry for airlines, manufacturers, and lessors, identifying themes that are likely to shape the year ahead and setting out six ‘Fearless Forecasts’ for 2021. Jim Morrison, Head of Portfolio Management at Avolon and author of the 2021 Outlook Pa...

Air travel down 60 per cent, as airline industry losses top $370 billion: ICAO

The ICAO said, that as seating capacity fell by around 50 per cent last year, that left just 1.8 billion passengers taking flights through 2020, compared with around 4.5 billion in 2019.  That adds up to a staggering financial loss to the industry of around $370 billion, “with airports and air navigation services providers losing a further 115 billion and 13 billion, resp...

airBaltic passes IATA Operational Safety Audit

airBaltic has passed operational safety audit on the compliance with the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Operations Safety standards that was recently carried out by well-known and reliable Audit Organisation Aviation Quality Services. IATA member airlines are subject to a thorough audit every two years against the IATA Operational Safety Audit...

Aviation sector and NGOs agree on sustainability of future fuels

Given that EU leaders have committed to achieving a net-zero-carbon economy by 2050, there is a growing focus on how to accelerate the transition towards climate-neutral aviation.As the European Union considers new policies to support sustainable aviation fuels,including via the ReFuelEU Aviation initiative, a group of aviation companies, researchorganisations and environmental groups have co...

Norwegian to focus on a strong European network

Board of Directors of Norwegian Air has outlined a simplified business structure and dedicated short-haul route network. With this plan, Norwegian can build a robust and solid company that will attract investors and continue to serve new and existing customers. Norwegian has long been recognized as an industry leader in low-cost travel, winning numerous awards. The company will build on th...

easyJet cabin crew to be fast tracked to support the NHS vaccination programme

Following easyJet’s recent offer of help to the UK Government, easyJet cabin crew are being recruited and fast tracked to support the NHS as part of the vital nationwide effort to distribute the Coronavirus vaccine. The airline wrote to the UK Prime Minister in November to offer support to the Government on its efforts to implement the national Covid-19 vaccination programme this winter....

Unique BOAC 747-Inspired suitcases auctioned for Flying Start

To mark the retirement of its 747 fleet, British Airways and luxury travel brand Globe-Trotter have teamed up to create a limited-edition range of handmade carry-on suitcases which celebrate the spirit of the jumbo jet age. Taking inspiration from the airline’s iconic BOAC livery, which also adorned the final British Airways aircraft to retire in December 2020, the BOAC S...

MTU Maintenance signs exclusive contract with new airline Air Sial

MTU Maintenance and start-up airline from Pakistan, Air Sial, have signed an exclusive five-year contract for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Air Sial’s six V2500 engines. Beyond MRO, the agreement includes engine trend monitoring, on-site services and lease engine support as well as technical training. “We are delighted to rely on the technical support of MTU during ou...

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flypop signs multiple aircraft A330-300 lease deal with Avolon

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