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Eurowings Eyeing Long-Haul Flights from Frankfurt

When Lufthansa decided to enter the low-cost long-haul market with its subsidiary Eurowings three years ago, the initial plan had been to use the Cologne-Bonn Airport in Western Germany as the hub and main departure point for its operations. Initially, the airline did not want to create competition to itself by basing Eurowings long-haul aircraft at the main Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. However, Eurowings and Lufthansa are now departing from this strategy. Eurowings has grown rapidly and successfully on…

Air Europa Converting Entire Long-Haul Fleet to Dreamliners

Spain's third-largest airline and Ryanair partner Air Europa is expanding and modifying its long-haul fleet, aiming for a fleet consisting exclusively of Boeing 787 Dreamliners to achieve ambitious goals, according to ABTA magazine. Air Europa’s current fleet consists of Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A330 aircraft, with the latter type being…

Air Canada Touts Success on Transatlantic Service

Air Canada is enjoying continued and increasing success in its transatlantic routes, particularly to Germany. Canada’s national carrier, including its low-cost variation Air Canada Rouge, has long been riding a wave of profitable years for its flights across the pond. In 2017, revenues on Canada-Germany routes had increased by 17…

Poland Moving Forward with New Eastern European Mega-Hub

Poland is planning a new mega-airport to help aviation traffic grow and become the hub for Central and Eastern Europe. Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law legislation laying out the rules for organizing and carrying out the development and construction of the new airport, news which national carrier LOT…

European Commission Intervenes in Looming Ryanair Strikes

The European Commission has intervened in the wage conflict at Irish low-cost-carrier Ryanair. The airline is being requested to apply European Union (EU) lawfully and across its operations and to offer local contracts to local crews rather than Irish contracts to its entire staff. Ryanair is currently in conflict with…

New Swiss Long-Haul Airline Begins Searching for Investors

A consortium of airline executives is planning a new airline for low-cost, long-haul flights. The project, referred to as “Swiss Skies," will be based in Basel, Switzerland and has an aggressive growth and expansion schedule. The Swiss Skies group was formed by former airline executives, including Armin Bovensiepen, the former…

Look Out Below: An Usual Way of Transporting Fish to…

Utah has an unusual and spectacular way of restocking it's more remote and difficult to access lakes: airdropping fish directly above the lakes. Although typically used to quickly insert military forces or supplies to recipients on the ground, fish are now finding themselves being dropped from airplanes. A video posted by…

What Happened to Air Berlin’s Aircraft?

What do Virgin Atlantic, Eurowings, and the Hungarian Air Force all have in common? They all operate former Air Berlin jets. Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest airline behind Lufthansa, filed for bankruptcy in August 2017 and ceased operations in October of last year. One year on, its former aircraft continue to…

Airbus Plans to Merge Bombardier C Series Program by July…

The merger of Bombardier’s C Series program and Airbus is nearing completion.  According to Airbus, the deal is expected to be finalized by July 1, following productive negotiations that began in October 2017 when the two airplane manufacturers announced their plans. Airbus CEO Thomas Enders had announced several weeks ago…

While Uncertainty Looms, Low-Cost Carriers Continue Preparing for Brexit

The United Kingdom and the European Union will be going their separate ways next spring, leaving many to wonder how airlines are preparing for potential changes. While both sides have already agreed to a transitional period to renegotiate air traffic rules until 2020, Ryanair and Easyjet are not taking this…