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Interview: Lufthansa Technik’s Eastward Expansion

Lufthansa Technik (LHT) was originally founded in 1995, as parent company Lufthansa Group split different facets of the business into separate corporations. As a new business, LHT needed to find new ways to increase revenue and reach profitability, as maintenance solely for Lufthansa Group airlines would not provide the figures the newly-minted executives were hoping to hit. LHT Expanding in Asia As the maintenance and repair organization (MRO) began to take on other airlines as clients, maintenance facilities across Europe…

Looking to Istanbul’s New Airport

The opening of Istanbul's new mega-airport, meant to help alleviate the difficulties that have arisen from operating the current Ataturk Airport at full capacity, has been plagued with difficulties and delays as the initial stage passes three and a half years of construction. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially opened…

Struggling South African Airways ‘Should be Shut Down’

Just over a week after the nation's troubled flag-carrier received yet another government bailout, South Africa's new finance minister, Tito Mboweni, has suggested that the best course of action is to simply shut the airline down as "we are unlikely to sort out the situation." The financial performance of South African…

Scotland’s Loganair Signs Partnership Deal with Qatar Airways

Scottish regional airline Loganair has taken a massive step in expanding its international footprint by signing a partnership agreement with Middle Eastern titan Qatar Airways. The interline agreement allows Loganair customers from around Scotland to connect to any of Qatar Airways' international destinations through Edinburgh Airport on a single ticket,…

Air France Agrees on Landmark Union Pay Deal to End…

A costly and long-standing pay dispute has finally been resolved after Air France struck a new pay deal with five of the seven unions with whom it had been at loggerheads. The unions, representing 76 percent of Air France's workers, have accepted a four percent pay rise, two percent of…

Analysis: Qatar’s Aircraft Shortage is Causing Growing Pains

Qatar Airways continues to face struggles hampering their ambitious growth plans. In mid-2017, four countries suddenly cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, announcing all travel into and out of Qatar would be shut down indefinitely. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates took those drastic measures as Libya, the Maldives, and…

Opening of Istanbul’s New Mega-Airport Delayed to Year’s End

The opening of Istanbul's massive new landmark airport looks likely to be delayed until the end of 2018 'at the earliest.' The news comes after the airport's general manager, Kadri Samsunlu, told local reporters that instead of fully opening on Oct. 29 as scheduled, the inauguration would take place on Dec.…

Clock Ticking for OneJet After Missing Service Resumption Date

Almost a week after it was supposed to resume scheduled services, charter airline OneJet seems to be no closer to returning to the skies over the U.S. According to the company's website, flights were due to restart on Oct 1 upon the acquisition of a 'full' 135 operating certificate, part…

The Battle for Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific vs. Hong Kong…

In 1946, Cathay Pacific Airways was founded by a small group of Australian and British pilots and investors looking to bring air service to the territory then leased to the United Kingdom. After one of the men purchased an American-made Douglas DC-3, the airline was ready for take off. Cathay…

Air Albania: Europe’s Mysterious New Airline

While it remains a rare occurrence in Europe when a new flag-carrier emerges, on Friday, Sept. 14 Air Albania took its first steps towards entering regular service with the delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A319. The airline, which will operate out of Albanian capital Tirana's Nënë Tereza International Airport,…