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Wizz Air utilizes the A320 on its European routes (Photo: Wizz Air)

Austria a Key Focus for European Aviation Growth

Austria continues to be a focus for the European aviation market with Hungarian-based carrier Wizz Air announcing further expansion plans this week with news that they will operate a base at Vienna Airport (VIE) from June 2018. József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer at Wizz Air, said: “Today, everything changes for Austrian travellers. For the first time, truly low fares arrive in Vienna.” The airline has detailed plans for 17 routes from the Austrian capital and will initially operate one A320…

2018 Means Brexit Draws Closer for UK and European Airlines

At the end of a calendar year, tradition dictates that we look back on the past 12 months and reflect on achievements and challenges which have been overcome. In the first few days of 2018, airlines have been reporting record numbers of passengers carried during the year and the media…

ANA’s 8-Hour Flight to Nowhere

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways, or ANA, made headlines Wednesday when flight 175, their scheduled 11-hour flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Tokyo’s Narita Airport, turned back to LAX mid-flight when the crew reported an “unauthorized passenger” onboard the aircraft after 4 hours flight time. CNN reported that the…

Emirates Announcement Provides Further Boost for London-Stansted Airport

On Wednesday, Emirates Airline announced that they will begin flights between Dubai and Stansted airport, northeast of London, from June 2018. This will mark the third London airport and the seventh U.K. route operated by the U.A.E.-based carrier after Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow. The 777-300ER service will…

Ryanair Responds to Strike Notice from Dublin-Based Pilots

There appears to turbulent skies ahead for Ryanair flights leading up to the Christmas travel rush as Dublin-based pilots issued a full day's strike notice for Dec.20. In a provocative press release issued by the Irish carrier this week entitled 'Ryanair To Face Down IALPA Threatened Strike', the airline made…

IATA Delivers Optimistic Airline Forecast for 2018

This week the International Air Transport Association (IATA) held its annual Global Media Day in Geneva, Switzerland. The event is an opportunity for the airline organization to outline its priorities and initiatives for the coming year as well as deliver a summary of the current state of the industry. The…

Increased Customer Satisfaction a Focus for Spirit Airlines

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 4 billion passengers to travel in 2017 and is forecasting 7.8 billion to be flying by 2036. Orders for Boeing and Airbus aircraft at the recent Dubai Airshow will go some way to meet that demand. In addition, airlines are seeking to provide…

Airline Ancillary Revenue Estimated to Exceed $82 Billion in 2017

Ancillary revenue, better known as the money made from extra fees charged to passengers such as baggage fees, advanced seat assignment fees and, in some cases, fees for printing out a boarding pass at the airport instead of home, have become very popular with airlines. Following a recent report, it…

Customer Service Slowly Becomes a Priority for Low-Cost Carriers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects four billion passengers to travel in 2017, and is forecasting nearly eight billion to be flying by 2036. Orders for Boeing and Airbus aircraft at last week’s Dubai Airshow will go some way to meeting that demand, but airlines are also seeking to…

flydubai and Boeing Ink $27 Billion Order for 737 MAX…

The Dubai Airshow has delivered another major aircraft order announcement with news that Boeing has inked a deal with Dubai-based flydubai for 225 737 MAX family aircraft valued at $27 billion. The deal is the largest ever for a single-aisle jet by a Middle East carrier and comprises of 175…