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New CEO Decides Fate of Air France’s A380 Fleet

Benjamin Smith was recently appointed as the new Air France-KLM CEO following the departure of Jean-Marc Janaillac. He assumed the CEO role on Sept. 30, 2018. Just over two weeks into the job, Smith and employee representative unions successfully signed an agreement regarding employee compensation. The unions in the accord represent over 76 percent of Air France employees. Prior to Smith’s arrival, strikes had plagued the airline’s schedules causing an 81.6 percent drop in profits during the first quarter of…

Emirates Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Los Angeles

Friday marked an important milestone for Emirates Airline as it celebrated its 10 years of flying between Dubai and Los Angeles. Launching the route on Oct. 26, 2008, Los Angeles was Emirates’ third route to the United States behind New York and Houston, with three weekly flights serving the city…

HiFly A380 Grounded Following Collision at Paris-CDG

HiFly’s flagship A380 is making headlines again after it was damaged as it collided with a jet bridge as it was being towed forward at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) last night whilst operating services for Air Austral. The flight UU978 was supposed to take off from Charles de Gaulle…

Emerging Markets, Pilot Shortages, A380s and Tennis: Visiting Emirates’ US…

The US Open has returned to Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York and so has Emirates Airline, a 6-year sponsor of the matches. As one of the main sponsors of the multi-week event stretching from late August into September, the Emirates name can be seen throughout the Billie Jean…

Emirates A380 Quarantined at JFK as Several Passengers Become Sick

An Emirates A380 is being held on the ramp at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport after several passengers became sick. The airline confirmed that 10 passengers were ill with fevers over 102 degrees and coughing. The A380 flying as EK203 landed at 9 in the morning at JFK, with…

Photos: The Emirates Lounge Returns to JFK Airport

After a year of renovations, Emirates Airline reopened its first and business class lounge at New York’s JFK Airport last month. The lounge, which caters to the airline’s most premium passengers, is one out of 23 Emirates lounges worldwide and is one of the largest outside of the airline’s hub…

Norwegian Turns to Hi Fly’s A380 to Meet Demands on…

Passengers traveling on low-cost transatlantic airline Norwegian Long Haul on select flights between New York and London will be getting an upgrade to the Boeing 787 Dreamliners currently operating the route. Due to continued problems with the Trent 1000 engines that power the Dreamliners, Norwegian has opted to wet-lease an…

HiFly’s Strategy Creates a New Game for Second-Hand A380s

While Boeing and Embraer have clearly stolen the show regarding orders, Airbus was determined to close Farnborough with a bang. After frantic negotiations, the European consortium was able to close an order from VietJet for 50 additional A321s, Air Asia's 34 additional A330neo aircraft and the presentation of the first second-hand…

Airbus Adjusts Its Forecast Methodology and Expects a $5.8 Trillion…

Airbus presented its aircraft demand forecast for the next 20 years and changed the segmentation methodology, dividing segments into categories ranging from 'Small' to 'Extra Large' and blurring the traditional boundaries between aircraft types. The European consortium increased its forecast for the next 20 years by more than seven percent…

Hi Fly Becomes First Second-Hand A380 Operator

Hi Fly has received the first second-hand Airbus A380, inaugurating a new era for the aircraft, as it had never been operated by a second company after the first leasing contract has ended. The announcement gives the A380 a new hope, as it comes weeks after German company Dr. Peters said it…