Author: Craig West

LHT Embarks on Cabin Conversions

German maintenance, repair and overhaul provider Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has embarked on a programme to upgrade Airbus A320s for fellow Lufthansa offshoot Eurowings.  The initiative covers cabin conversions for 33 single-aisle jets, including A320s and A319s, being transferred from airberlin

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Norwegian Honours Sir Freddie

Norwegian has revealed its maiden Boeing 737 MAX will pay tribute to aviation entrepreneur and pioneer Sir Freddie Laker.  The carrier has a long history of honouring iconic figures on the tails of its aircraft, noting the personalities displayed on

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Austrian Expansion on Hold

VIENNA AIRPORT has appealed against a court ruling banning the construction of a third runway at the Austrian hub.  The facility has been lobbying for an additional runway, to be built to the southeast of the airfield, for several years

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Flybe Launches at Heathrow

Flybe has launched scheduled flights from London/Heathrow.  The Exeter-based regional carrier introduced its first of 40 weekly connections from the capital to Aberdeen and Edinburgh on March 26, operated by its fleet of Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 turboprops. Flybe CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener

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Etihad Agrees EgyptAir Codeshare

Etihad Airways and EgyptAir will extend their partnership after signing a new codeshare agreement.  The deal, announced on March 1, will be rolled out in three phases, initially covering services between Cairo and Abu Dhabi.  It will be expanded at

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500 and Counting for Engine Alliance

Engine Alliance is celebrating its 500th engine on wing.  The manufacturer, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, reached the milestone on February 28 when Dubai-based carrier Emirates took delivery of its 90th GP7200-powered Airbus A380.

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Ryanair Adds Frankfurt-UK Connections

Ryanair has unveiled plans to add direct services from its Frankfurt Airport base to Manchester and London/Stansted.  The Irish low-cost carrier’s new German hub, which is due to go online imminently, will initially be linked to four Iberian destinations (Alicante,

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A350 Debut for Air Caraïbes

French Caribbean carrier Air Caraïbes has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB.  The jet, F-HHAV (c/n 082) – acquired on lease from AerCap – was handed over to the Les Abymes, Guadeloupe-based airline on February 28 during a

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Orkney Extension for Loganair

Scottish carrier Loganair will continue to operate Orkney inter-island air services after securing a new four-year Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract.  The deal, which followed a competitive tendering process, starts on April 1 and will see the airline maintain vital

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Making Waves

Guernsey-based air taxi start-up Waves has applied for an Air Operator Certificate ahead of its planned launch later this year.  The carrier, created by entrepreneur Nick Magliocchetti and backed by local private equity investors, will initially lease up to three

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