Author: Craig West

10,000 Not Out for Airbus

Airbus is celebrating the delivery of its 10,000th aircraft.  The Singapore Airlines A350-900, 9V-SMF (c/n 054), was handed over on October 14 during an elaborate ceremony at the manufacturer’s Toulouse/Blagnac facility. “Since our earliest days, innovation has been at the

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Vietnam Airlines Goes Neo

Vietnam Airlines has concluded a deal to acquire 12 Airbus A321neos.  The aircraft, which are being acquired on a long-term deal from Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation, are due for delivery between 2018 and 2019. Commenting on the deal, Air

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Monarch Secures Funding

Monarch Airlines has been granted an eleventh-hour reprieve after securing a multi-million-pound funding package.  The £165m investment, by majority shareholder Greybull Capital, was confirmed on October 12 and is the biggest of its kind in the British carrier’s 48-year history.

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All Change at airberlin

Airberlin has unveiled a bold restructuring plan intended to streamline its operation, increase profitability and deliver long-term growth.  The new strategy follows a comprehensive review of the German low-cost carrier, which is facing mounting pressure from rival operators such as

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Monarch Flies On…

Monarch Airlines has dismissed “negative speculation” concerning its financial health.  In a statement issued on September 26, the Luton-based carrier said its flights were “operating as normal.”  The airline added it was “trading well” and is expecting to make more

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Lufthansa and Air China Launch Joint Venture

The Lufthansa Group and Air China are set to increase their co-operation after signing a commercial joint venture (JV).  The agreement, confirmed on September 20, follows the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in 2014 and will see the carriers significantly

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Korean Air Delivers A330neo Sharklets

Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has delivered the first set of Sharklets for the Airbus A330neo.  The shipset, which was handed over to the European manufacturer at an event in Busan on September 13, marks the conclusion of a nearly

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Boeing Eyes Trillion Dollar Market

Boeing is forecasting demand for almost 7,000 new aircraft in China over the next 20 years.  In its latest China Current Market Outlook (CMO) issued on September 13, the US manufacturer – currently the biggest supplier of commercial aircraft to

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La Compagnie Axes Luton Links

La Compagnie has confirmed it will suspend its London/Luton to New York service from September 25.  The French boutique Business Class carrier attributed its decision on the “new economic climate in Europe, fuelled by Brexit, and that has already affected

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Record-Breaking Birmingham

Birmingham Airport is in a celebratory mood after recording its busiest ever year.  The Midlands facility welcomed 11 million passengers over the 12 months up to August, just a year after passing the ten million milestone. Commenting on the landmark,

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