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A Lufthansa 747-8i in the carrier's new livery (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

Lufthansa Group Reports Record Profit, Virgin Atlantic Back in the Red

The volatility and uncertainty of the aviation industry were in evidence on Thursday with the release of 2017 results for two of Europe’s most well-known airlines, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic.  Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the parent company of the German airline, reported a record 70 percent increase in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) to €2.97 billion (US$3.68 billion) with the airlines in the group contributing the following: Lufthansa €1.63 billion (US$2billion); Swiss €542m US$667m); and Austrian €94m (US$115m). The news…

WestJet Announces Surprising Executive Leadership Change

Canada’s second-largest airline, WestJet, announced last week that their long-time CEO Gregg Saretsky would be retiring with immediate effect.  The move on Thursday surprised many in the aviation industry given the immediacy of the decision and Saretsky’s success in leading WestJet as it evolved from a low-cost carrier into a…

Airlines Prepare for New EU Regulations on Data Protection

Airlines have a little over two months left to implement practices to comply with new regulations which will come into effect from May 25 across the European Economic Area (EEA) safeguarding the rights of European Union (EU) member citizens to more stringent control with regard to the data obtained by…

Airbnb Co-Founder Signals Industry Disruption with Aviation Plans

In an interview published this weekend in a major UK newspaper, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky alluded to potential plans to disrupt the aviation industry. “We’ve seriously considered a lot of things around aviation and we’ve spent a lot of time exploring different concepts,” Chesky told the Sunday Times.…

Italy’s Meridiana Relaunches as Air Italy

The Italian aviation market continues to provide headlines as it was announced on Monday that Sardinian-based carrier Meridiana would be rebranded as Air Italy with fleet expansion plans and a base at Milan Malpensa. The announcement confirms months of speculation that a shake-up of the operation was imminent after Qatar…

Lufthansa Group Introduces New Leadership at Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines has had a tumultuous week culminating in the announcement on Monday that Chief Executive Officer Bernard Gustin and Chief Financial Officer Jan De Raeymaeker will both leave the Lufthansa Group-owned airline on March 31. Gustin, who has been CEO since 2008, although in a shared position from 2008-2012,…

IAG Calls for Easing of UK Visa Restrictions for Chinese…

The importance of air route connectivity between the UK and China has long been touted as one of the reasons to expand London’s Heathrow Airport. With the world’s busiest two runway airport currently at capacity, the addition of new routes to China has been restricted, making it near impossible for…

Formula One Legend Niki Lauda Beats IAG to Regain His…

Formula One legend Niki Lauda, who survived a horrific crash at the German Grand Prix in 1976 and has since shifted his endeavors to the aviation industry, has defied the odds again and successfully bid for the return of the airline he founded in 2003. Reuters reported on Tuesday that…

Etihad Begins 2018 With New Executive Leadership Team and High…

Etihad Airways announced Monday that they have achieved their best operational performance since 2009. The Abu Dhabi based carrier has trumpeted network punctuality figures of 82 percent for departures and 86 percent for arrivals. Richard Hill, Chief Operations Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “We are pleased to have recorded these strong…

Emirates and Airbus Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Additional A380s

Emirates has officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 20 firm orders and 16 options for the Airbus A380 aircraft, helping the aircraft manufacturer finally seal the deal to keep the A380 in production for “at least for another ten years." Emirates reports that the deal is worth US$13…