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TAP Air Portugal's newly delivered Airbus A330-900neo. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Tom Pallini)

Lufthansa and United Alleged to Partner for TAP Air Portugal Acquisition

American serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman is close to selling his share of Atlantic Gateway, the holding controller of Portuguese flag carrier TAP Air Portugal, to the Lufthansa Group, Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Negocios reported on Sunday. Neeleman controls 50 percent of Atlantic Gateway, which in turn owns 45 percent of TAP, with the Portuguese Government controlling 50 percent of the company and airline employees owning the remaining 5 percent. A former leader of the opposition liberal-conservative Social Democratic Party,…

Major Computer Outage Stirs Chaos at London Heathrow Airport

Cancelations and delays marred the travel plans of thousands of passengers last Sunday at Heathrow Airport as an IT glitch affected the airport’s check-in systems at all four terminals. According to British website independent.co.uk, more than 100 flights have been canceled during the day, and it was resident carrier British…

Air Italy Reportedly on the Brink of Bankruptcy

Italian airline Air Italy could be fighting for its survival and to avoid an imminent grounding, according to reports by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The carrier, 49 percent of which is owned by Qatar Airways, is expected to report a loss for 2019 superior to the 160 million euros…

The Mayor of Barcelona Proposes Ending All Flights to Madrid

The aviation world is in turmoil in Spain after the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, announced a few days ago that she will request Barcelona-El Prat Airport, the main airport of the Catalonian city, to terminate all flights to destinations that can be reached by train, thereby included the famous…

Boeing, FAA Find New Issues With the 737 MAX

After closing one of the worst years in its history, Boeing Corporation is not starting this 2020 under the best auspices. According to the New York Times, citing multiple anonymous sources inside the company, more problems related to the Boeing 737 MAX have surfaced during the past few weeks and…

Italian Carrier Ernest Airlines Suspends Operations

Italian low-cost airline Ernest Airlines has announced it will be suspending operations as of Jan. 13, 2020. According to a statement published on the airlines’ website, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) will be suspending Ernst’s Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on that date and it will only be restored “following…

Boeing Set to Halt 737 MAX Production in January

After several rumors suggesting further interventions on the 737 MAX production line were imminent, with a press release on Monday, Boeing announced that production of 737 MAX aircraft will be temporarily suspended for an unspecified period of time. The measure comes after the aircraft type was grounded worldwide last March…

Alitalia Needs to Downsize Before Lufthansa Is Ready To Invest

After the November 21 deadline, the eighth deadline during the past two and a half years of special administration, went by without any offer being presented to the bankruptcy administrators, it is back to the drawing board for Alitalia, the struggling Italian flag carrier looking for a way out of…

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Sets New Opening Date For Next Year

After almost fourteen years of construction and delays, the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport is on track to open its gates ten years late on Oct. 31, 2020, the beginning of the 2020 IATA Winter season, The Supervisory Board last week approved the final timetable that should see the first arrivals…

Alitalia’s Rescue To Enter A New Phase

The struggle for survival Alitalia has been going through for the last two-and-a-half years has just got considerably longer. The November 21 deadline for a rescue plan, the eighth deadline that had been set by the special administrators running the company, passed by without any proposal being put forward by…