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A Qatar Airways-painted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on a test flight. This aircraft regularly operates Qatar's flight from Doha to Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Qatar Airways Increases Stake in IAG to Over 25 Percent

Qatar Airways has increased its stake in International Airlines Group (IAG) from 21.4 percent to 25.1 percent with a $600m buy-up. The move comes a little over a week after Air Italy which Qatar Airways had a 49 percent stake in ceased operations. In announcing the increased shareholding Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Our investment to date has been highly successful and the announced increase in our shareholding is evidence of our continued support of IAG…

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…

Airlines Continue to Cancel China Flights

Following a change in advice from the United Kingdom's Foreign Office regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus, British Airways has canceled all flights to China. The Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to the country which resulted in BA suspending the daily flights from London to Beijing (PKX) and…

Heathrow Airport Records a Remarkable Year

London’s Heathrow Airport has announced its passenger numbers reached 80.9 million in 2019, marking the ninth consecutive year of growth. However, cargo service dropped by 6.6 percent compared to last year. Heathrow stayed in the top 10 busiest airports and it attributes this to “larger and fuller aircraft.” Also, the…

IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh to Retire in June

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced Thursday that chief executive officer Willie Walsh will step down from his current role and the board of IAG on March 26 and will formally retire on June 30. The chairman of IAG Antonio Vázquez praised Walsh’s achievements at the multi-national airline holding company which…

Star Alliance and Oneworld Carriers Announce New, Extended Transatlantic Service

Passengers loyal to both Star Alliance and oneworld will have even more transatlantic options after a pair of airlines announced on Wednesday two new flights from the U.S. to the United Kingdom while another revealed popular seasonal routes would be available past their original set end dates. British Airways revealed…

British Airways Reaches Long-Awaited Deal with Pilot Union

After a long dispute over pay and working conditions, British Airways has reached a deal with BALPA, the British Airline Pilots Association. The new agreement was proposed by the British carrier in November and accepted yesterday after it was given the green light by almost 90 percent of the union’s…

Undisclosed Number of British Airways Flights Disrupted By IT Issue

British Airways was affected on Wednesday night by an undisclosed ‘technical issue’ which resulted in a disruption to the airline’s schedule with flight delays and cancellations. A statement from the airline said: "Our teams are working hard to resolve a technical issue which is affecting some of our flights, and…

Virgin Atlantic Aims to Bring Style to Israel Travel, Celebrates…

Virgin Atlantic became the latest European airline to enter the Israeli market last month when it launched flights between London and Tel Aviv. Going up against Israeli and British airline giants El Al and British Airways, respectively, the airline began service to the Holy Land on Sept. 25 with once-daily…

Pilot Union Tests British Airways By Canceling Planned Strike

The union representing the majority of British Airways pilots, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), has announced the decision to pull the planned strike action for September 27. BALPA announced back in August the strike dates following months of negotiations with the airline falling through over a pay and benefits…