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MH370 search to end 29 May: new government

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Malaysia's new government has declared that the current search effort for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will end on 29 May. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Flybe to return all Embraer 195 aircraft

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Regional carrier Flybe has confirmed it is to return all of its Embraer 195 jets, as part of plans to reduce the size of its fleet. (www.businesstraveller.com) More...

Lufthansa shows off new Airbus A350 at Vancouver International

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Lufthansa gave press an inside look at its Airbus A350-900 in early May, as the airline made this British Columbia city its latest destination to be served by the jet. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary: "Airlines are going to topple due to high oil prices"

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On MAy 22, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary told CNBC that he expects some of their European rivals to request payment deferral in the coming months. The high fuel costs mean that a number of airlines in the region would fail, according to the Irish executive (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Seattle Welcomes Aer Lingus: Inaugural Flight From Dublin

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Bagpipes roared across the ramp near gate A12 Friday evening as Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) welcomed its newest airline, Aer Lingus, for the first time. (airwaysmag.com) More...

FAA paves the way for supersonic passenger planes

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Washington - The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to regulate the noise emission of supersonic passenger aircraft, thereby promoting the market launch of new generation passenger planes. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Livery Update: Air Canada Paints First Airbus A320 In New Livery (+Photos)

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The latest aircraft type in Air Canada’s fleet to receive the new black, white, and red livery, introduced in February 2017, is the Airbus A320. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Allegiant Air, Flight Dispatchers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

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Las Vegas-based ultra-LCC Allegiant Air and its flight dispatchers, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), reached a tentative agreement May 22 on a five-year contract, the first ever for Allegiant’s 34 dispatchers. Negotiations for the contract began in 2017. (atwonline.com) More...

Volaris Launches San Jose-El Salvador-Washington Dulles Flights

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Ultra low-cost carrier Volaris Costa Rica started flying to Washington D.C. from San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) via San Salvador International Airport (SAL) since last week. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Mexico Suspends Damojh Airlines Operations Following Crash

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Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) has suspended the license of Damojh Airlines, the operator involved in the May 18 crash of a Boeing 737-200, the civil aviation authority said on Monday. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Aeromexico Blames Emirates in Withdrawal of Barcelona Plan

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Aeromexico says it will not begin its planned service to Barcelona, blaming approvals granted to Emirates to launch Mexico service via Barcelona for its decision to pull the route. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Jet Airways, India’s Second Largest Airline

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Jet Airways is India’s second-largest airline after IndiGo and India’s largest Full-Service carrier, transporting 4 million passengers more than AIr India during 2017. (leehamnews.com) More...

Comair Picks Lufthansa Technik for Boeing 737 MAX Support

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Lufthansa Technik has won a wide-ranging service agreement from South African carrier Comair for an on-order fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

U.S. Open Skies Agreement with Brazil Finally Implemented

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After years of negotiations, on May 21 the exchange of diplomatic notes between the governments of Brazil and United States marked the final implementation of the Open Skies Agreement signed in March 2011. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Shoot-Down Russian Army Unit Identified

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The surface-to-air missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a Boeing 777, belonged to the Russian armed forces, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said May 24. (atwonline.com) More...

AirAsia X to Grow Fleet, Network On 1Q Profit Boost

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AirAsia X reported a first-quarter group net profit of RM41.5 million ($10.4 million), up from a profit of RM10.3 million in the same period last year. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus Changes A350, A380 Loan Programs to Comply with WTO Rules

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Airbus and its four home countries—France, Germany, Spain and the UK—have made changes to reimbursable launch investment loans that they believe will bring the aid in compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules (atwonline.com) More...

TUI Executive to Take Command of Both Tour Operators and Airlines

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TUI is reorganising its executive team to bring its tour operators and airline businesses under the leadership of one person. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus: ACJ320neo Family enters production

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Manufacture of the first ACJ320neo has begun, with elements taking shape across Europe and final assembly due to begin in June, followed by the first delivery of the “green” aircraft to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter of this year. A second ACJ320neo will follow by year-end. (www.eturbonews.com) More...

Saudia A330 makes emergency landing with nose gear up

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A Saudia Airbus A330 made an emergency landing at Jeddah's King Abdul Aziz International airport with its nose landing gear retracted on 21 May. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Thomas Cook to Replace Condor’s Aging Long-Haul Fleet

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European leisure group Thomas Cook will decide on the renewal of its long-haul fleet before the end of the year. According to Christoph Debus, head of the group’s airline division, replacing Condor’s aging fleet of 16 Boeing 767-300ERs is the top priority. He said both young used and new aircraft are being considered, but he declined to give further details. (atwonline.com) More...

Allegiant Welcomes Its First-In-Fleet American Made Airbus A320

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Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) this week welcomed its first U.S.-produced A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. A team of Allegiant employees and executives from the company's headquarters in Las Vegas joined Airbus' leadership team at the production facility for a special ceremony to officially mark the delivery. The Airbus A320 is the 11th of 13 new A320 aircraft scheduled for purchase directly from Airbus, to be inducted into Allegiant's fleet this year.… (www.prnewswire.com) More...

Qantas and Air France Re-Establish Codeshare Links

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Qantas and Air France have re-established a codeshare agreement that will offer connections between Australia and Paris Charles de Gaulle over Singapore and Hong Kong. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

United Announces New Flight from Los Angeles to Vail

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United Airlines (UA) has anticipated the winter ski season by adding a new weekly nonstop service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), the latter which serves the city of Eagle, Vail, and Beaver Creek. (airwaysmag.com) More...

US Airlines’ 1Q Profits Down 27% As Expenses Outpace Revenues

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Pre-tax earnings for US airlines fell 27%—down approximately $700 million year-over-year—in the first quarter of 2018, as fuel, labor, airport and aircraft expenses outpaced revenues, according to an industry overview by Airlines for America (A4A) released May 23 (atwonline.com) More...

Lufthansa Group Joins Basic Economy Fare Trend

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Lufthansa Group network airlines will introduce an “Economy Light” fare on routes to North America for the summer 2018 season. The move follows an accelerating trend as more major airlines segment fares in the main cabin, offering a basic fare for cost-conscious consumers while hoping to upsell some passengers to a higher grade of ticket. (atwonline.com) More...

Possible hijack attempt – Flydubai #FZ301 returned to Dubai due to a threatening passenger armed with a knife

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Flydubai has denied reports on Wednesday of an attempt to hijack its plane in Iranian airspace. Azad News Agency said: “The Iranian Air Traffic Engineering Directorate announced that the flight of FlyDubai Airlines, from Dubai to Kabul, was over Iran when a person armed with a knife tried to enter the cockpit. The pilots succeeded in locking in and asked to return to Dubai airport.” (www.airlive.net) More...

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