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French Carrier Aigle Azur Files for Bankruptcy

French carrier Aigle Azur has filed for bankruptcy following some turbulent months of financial difficulties and problems at the corporate level. The airline will continue flying under a period of observation, which the airline says shouldn’t affect its short term operations. Problems at the Paris-based carrier's boardroom arose after its president Frantz Yvelin was evicted on August 26 by French businessman Gerard Houard who owns 20 percent of the airline, citing a need for strategic realignment. The move was blocked…

France Decides on More Taxes for Aviation Sector

Following a less than successful attempt last year by the French government to increase tax revenues by proposing an increase in fuel taxes, particularly diesel fuel, the government is back at it doing what governments do best. France next year plans on introducing an “eco tax” ranging from 1.5 to…

French Bee Becomes First All-A350 Airline

French Bee has become the first airline to operate a fleet comprised entirely of Airbus A350s having taken delivery of its third and final Airbus A350-900 XWB. The airline took delivery of its latest aircraft, registration F-HREY, last week and plans to transfer its sole Airbus A330-300 to sister airline…

Unite and Conquer: Celebrating 50 Years of Airbus

When WWII was coming to an end, the aeronautical industry had one certainty: It would be easier for the U.S. to convert its production capability into civilian products. Long range bombers were quickly transformed into airliners and that posed a threat to European builders that had been mostly focused on…

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…

Same Birthday, 14 Years Apart: Air France and KLM Celebrate…

On Oct, 7, 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded by eight Dutch businessmen and became one of the first commercial airline companies. The first flight took place just over seven months later on May 17, 1920, between Croydon, U.K. and Amsterdam, Netherlands on a leased De Haviland DH-16 registered…

Air Canada to Operate 737 MAX Between Montreal and Bordeaux,…

Air Canada announced the introduction of new seasonal service to Bordeaux, France, the world’s wine capital, from their hub in Montreal Friday. The service commences on June 15, 2019, and will operate four days a week until Sept. 15, 2019. The flights to and from Bordeaux will also be timed…

European Airlines Submit Formal Complaint to EU over French ATC…

International Airlines Group (IAG), Ryanair, Wizz Air, and easyJet have together formally submitted an official complaint to the European Commission over France's recent air traffic control strikes. This follows after hundreds of cancellations occurring and thousands more delayed flights thanks to the reduction of controllers carrying out industrial action. This year…

Cathay Pacific Takes Delivery of its First Airbus A350-1000

Cathay Pacific took delivery this morning of its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The Hong Kong-based airline is just the second airline to receive the new fuel-efficient airliner, Airbus’ newest widebody aircraft, following Qatar Airways, which took delivery of the aircraft in February…

Planned French ATC Strikes Will Affect Tuesday Flights

Travelers set to fly through French airspace on Tuesday may be greeted with a shock after numerous flights have been left as cancelled due to planned strikes by French air traffic controllers. A variety of airlines have had to put plans in place to accommodate passengers, such as with refunds…