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IATA Celebrates Industry Results for 2017 but Downgrades 2018 Forecast

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is holding its Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit (WATS) in Sydney, Australia this week. At a presentation on Monday, IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac detailed a summary of the state of the airline industry in 2017 with the IATA Annual Review. In his address de Juniac highlighted that for the third year in a row the return on invested capital (ROIC) exceeded the cost of capital and that…

U.K. Aviation Enthusiasts Anxiously Await Upcoming Events

Aviation enthusiasts will be converging in the U.K. this July as two massive events are coincidentally scheduled within a week of each other. The Royal International Air Tattoo is first on the calendar, with plans to be held from July 13 - 15 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The airfield is…

SA Express Grounded by South African Civil Aviation a Day…

The South African commercial aviation sector took another hit this week with the announcement Friday that all South African (SA) Express flights were to be grounded immediately due to maintenance concerns. Following the announcement, news agency Fin24 reported that South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) was behind the grounding of…

South African Airways Posts Seventh Straight Loss, Shows Uncertain Future

South African Airways (SAA) is facing an uncertain future after reporting its seventh straight loss for the latest fiscal year 2017-18. The 5.7 billion rand (445 million dollars) loss, a figure more than double that expected, is the largest since the airline reported a 6.1 billion rand (476 million dollars) loss…

787 Engine Issues Prompt British Airways to Seek Lease of…

British Airways is the latest airline to confirm lease requirements to cover Boeing 787 operations as Rolls Royce struggles to meet the engineering demands of resolving the issue with Trent 1000 engines on certain 787 aircraft. BA has applied to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for approval to wet-lease…

Wizz Air “Futureproof” Post-Brexit Operation, Obtains UK Operator’s Certificate

Wizz Air has become the latest airline seeking to "futureproof" their business in a post-Brexit Britain by securing an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and Operating License (OL) from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) beginning operations as Wizz Air UK this week. The new certifications come as uncertainty mounts regarding…

Norwegian Air Signals That Other Airlines May Be Interested in…

Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) CEO Bjorn Kjos has divulged that the airline has been approached by other parties interested in buying a stake in the Norwegian-based carrier after it was reported on April 12 that the International Airlines Group (IAG) had taken a minority stake. In an interview with Reuters…

New Report Shows Record Low Number of Mishandled Baggage in…

As previously reported, 2017 was a record year for the aviation industry with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimating the number of passengers traveling as 4.02 billion. But this week, it was announced by SITA that 2017 was also a record-setting year for the lowest number of mishandled bags.…

Innovative Aircraft Cabin Interior Designs Honored at AIX2018

The Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) was held in Hamburg, Germany this week, an industry event which has in the past attracted over 16,000 attendees. AIX 2018 is described as ‘the world’s leading event for airlines and the supply chain to source the latest innovations, technologies and products for the cabin…

Government Consultation Set To Begin for the Future of UK…

As reported last week U.S. airlines are currently lobbying the U.S. government to rollback and review the more than 80 airline-related regulations which the Obama administration has introduced since 2008. A number of the regulations were implemented to protect consumers from practices related to ‘hidden’ or ancillary charges which masked…