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Airbus Confirms Belief There Is No Market For New Mid-Market Aircraft

The two biggest aircraft manufacturers in the world, Boeing Inc. and Airbus Industries, are continuing their battle on the potential viability for a new New Mid-Market Aircraft or New Midsize Aircraft (NMA). The NMA is an aircraft that is supposed to cover the market between the Boeing 757 and the Boeing 767, two passenger aircraft types that are no longer in production by Boeing, and for which the Chicago-based manufacturer is supposed to launch a new clean-sheet aircraft concept. According…

Japan Assigns 50 New International Daytime Slots at Tokyo Haneda

Japanese authorities have allocated 50 new daytime slot pairs at Tokyo Haneda Airport to nine countries for the 2020 IATA Summer season which begins on March 29, 2020. The pairs have been equally distributed between Japanese carriers (25 pairs) and foreign carriers (25 pairs) for services to the United States,…

No Finish Line Yet In Sight For Alitalia

Those who were looking forward to another episode of the never-ending saga of Alitalia and its quest for survival will have to wait a bit longer. The deadline for the presentation of a binding offer and commercial plan for the Italian flag carrier, that has been operating under bankruptcy protection…

700th Delta Aircraft with Seatback Entertainment Screens Takes Off

Delta Air Lines is doubling down on the passenger experience. After the carrier's choice to invest in an improved onboard experience for international economy class passengers, the Atlanta-based carrier continues with its roll-out plan to equip more and more aircraft with seatback screens to deliver its Delta Studio in-flight entertainment.…

Milan’s Linate Airport Temporarily Shuts Down, Flights Relocated to Malpensa

The city of Milan this weekend will lose one of its airports for the next three months. Airport “Enrico Forlanini” in Milan-Linate will suspend all commercial operation in the evening of Friday, July 26, when flight AZ1771 to Palermo, Sicily, scheduled to depart at 10.25 p.m., will be the last…

Atlantia to Become Alitalia’s Majority Stakeholder

The never-ending saga of ailing carrier Alitalia seems to be close to a new chapter. On Monday, the now-majority stakeholder Ferrovie dello Stato (the Italian state railway company) held a Board of Directors meeting to choose among the four non-binding offers that were received for a 40 percent stake in…

Lufthansa’s Eurowings to Focus on Short-Haul, Brussels Airlines Remains Independent

As part of its Capital Market Day in Frankfurt on Monday, the Lufthansa Group provided an update on its financial health, as well as announced several major changes to its corporate strategy. The German flag carrier began by reporting a very healthy improvement of its financial results during the last…

The Implications of Alaska’s Newly-Inked Agreement with Air Italy

In a development that is likely to stir some controversy in the U.S. airline business, Italian carrier Air Italy signed a Special Prorate Agreement with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines adding ten more destinations in the United States to its network. These new destinations include Portland, Oregon, San Diego and Seattle and…

British Airways’ Alex Cruz Outlines Tough Decisions in Recent Interview

Last February, British Airways announced some of its best financial results on record Generating more than £2 billion ($2.53 billion) in profits for the year 2018, with an operating margin 15 percent higher than in 2017, the flag carrier stood firm amidst rising oil prices and widespread uncertainties due to…

Virgin Australia Adjusts Capacity as Low Demand Hampers Profits

Softening demand in both business and leisure markets is projected to send Virgin Australia’s accounts into the red. In an investor update delivered to the markets on May 17, the Australian carrier announced estimated earnings in 2019 at least A$100 million lower (69 million U.S. dollars) than the A$64.4 million…