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An Embraer E190-E2 at the Paris Air Show (Photo: Marc Lacoste [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)

Embraer Fiscal Year Financial Results ‘Below Expectations’

Embraer delivered its financial results for the year 2019 which some analysts consider to be below expectations. This will add to the fact that the joint venture with Boeing is now delayed as the European Union says it sees a risk for diminished competition in the airliner market. Embraer delivered 35 commercial jets and 46 executive jets (20 light and 26 large) in 4Q19, and in 2019 delivered 89 commercial jets and 109 executive jets (62 light and 47 large),…

Lufthansa Group Offering New Waiver Policy for Rebooking

Following other airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Air Dolomiti are responding to customers who want to make their travel plans more flexible under the exceptional circumstances caused by the spread of the coronavirus. The group is now introducing more flexible rebooking options. The new extensive waiver policy…

British Airways Starts Codeshare with Royal Air Maroc

British Airways and Royal Air Maroc have announced a new codeshare agreement which will allow new routes across Morocco including Casablanca and Agadir.  It will also give customers more flight flexibility between London Heathrow and Marrakesh. Casablanca also serves as an ideal hub for connections onto other Royal Air Maroc…

Air Nostrum Will Fly Domestic Routes in Brazil

The Spanish regional operator Air Nostrum met with Brazilian authorities showing interested in flying domestic routes in Brazil. This is a part of a recent effort by the Brazilian government to attract foreign airlines and increase airline competition. In 2019 Brazil approved a law allowing 100 percent foreign ownership of…

Skywest Orders 20 Embraer E175 Jets

Brazillian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced that Skywest signed a firm order for 20 E175 jets in a 76-seat configuration. The order has a value of $972 million, based on 2019 list prices, and is already included in Embraer’s 2019 fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second half…

Air Frances to Introduce Business Class Service on Domestic Routes

Air France is extending its business class service to customers on its domestic network, on departing flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and other French cities, which will also be available on short-haul flights connecting the French regions to international destinations. Now business class customers with a connection on a…

Spirit Breaks Ground on New Florida Headquarters

Spirit Airlines held a groundbreaking ceremony with state officials and business leaders to celebrate the construction of its new corporate headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla. Spirit is investing up to $250 million for the creation of a corporate campus of up to 500,000 square feet of space and the airline…

Opinion: It’s Time to Rebuild Trust in the Aviation Industry

Recently, I participated in a discussion panel about the Boeing 737 MAX incidents, which took me to a lot of research, and deep thinking about the aviation industry, which I admire and respect. Studying the final report on the Lion Air 610 accident, I realized that technology can create better…

Fourth MC-21-300 Flight Test Aircraft Complete

Russian aircraft manufacturer, Irkut Corporation, headquartered in Moscow, announced that it has completed systems diagnostics of the fourth MC-21-300 aircraft designed for flight tests. Three of the jets are already undergoing flight tests and two are currently on static tests. On November 28, the new aircraft was transferred from the…

Azul Receives First Airbus A321neo

Brazilian airline Azul received the first Airbus A321neo of Brazil. Configured with 214 seats and powered by CFM International's LEAP-1A engines, the aircraft is the first of 13 units ordered. The company will operate the A321neo on high-density domestic routes promising its customers a distinctive product, including larger luggage compartments,…