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Avianca Crises in Brazil Urge Government to Allow 100 Percent Foreign Ownership of Airlines

After a series of events, Avianca Brazil, a subsidiary of Colombia's Avianca and known in Brazil as former OceanAir, filed for the Brazilian equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 10, 2018. The crises in the airline intensified after two aircraft leasing companies, BOC Aviation Limited and Constitution Aircraft Leasing, demanded in court the repossession of some aircraft for lack of payment. Situations like that create a lack of credibility with clients who perceive the airline as unstable and migrate…

U.S. Airlines Reignite Concerns with Qatar Airways over Air Italy…

Qatar Airways is hitting back at allegations that they are subsidizing Air Italy by providing ‘free’ aircraft and engaging in anti-competitive practices. The Financial Times reported the allegations by incoming U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee chairman Peter DeFazio and his concerns that the Qatari airline was undertaking strategies to…

Indian Government Seeks Approval for Cash Injection Into Air India

The Indian government is currently seeking approval from its parliament for an equity injection of 23 billion rupees ($330 million USD) into fledgling flag carrier Air India. The proposed cash injection essentially rules out the plans to sell the carrier. India's last move was to sell 76 percent of the…

Japanese Carriers Strengthen Alcohol Rules

Two mainstream Japan-based carriers, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, have introduced new methods to prevent pilot drinking incidents. According to Mainichi Shimbun, Japan Airlines pilots have failed breathalyzer alcohol tests on 19 occasions since last August. The failed tests have caused 12 domestic delays due to pilot switches and…

It’s Official: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Signed Into Law

Over the next few years, the airline industry can look forward to new changes both big and small as President Trump quietly signed into law the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 on Oct. 5. The law makes official some of the most sweeping changes to hit airlines, passengers…

Alitalia Faces Further Challenges as Sale Deadline Looms

Italy’s national carrier Alitalia is facing new challenges as the Oct. 31 deadline approaches for the end of the sale process for the airline, which declared bankruptcy in 2017. The deadline for offers was delayed from earlier this year after the Italian general election failed to produce a clear winner…

What to Expect After the UAE-U.S. Open Skies Deal

On Friday, American and Emirati officials quietly signed a deal that should help end the battle that has been going on for years between airlines over the freedom of the skies. In a private meeting at the State Department on Friday, Emirati Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba and Assistant Secretary of State Manisha…

U.S. Condemns China Over Letter to Airlines

The United States government has condemned a letter from the Chinese government. The letter was sent last week to 36 airlines around the world, including American carriers, such as American Airlines and United Airlines. The letter called for the airlines to stop referring Hong Kong, Macau, and most importantly Taiwan…

Alitalia Sale Process Speeds Up Definition After Italian Election

After the excitement of the Italian general elections was over, the future of Alitalia entered a stage of definitions. The commissioners of the extraordinary administration process decided a few months ago to postpone any ruling about Alitalia's future until the elections passed. The measure was logical and necessary, since moving…

Air India to Be Sold as Four Entities as Part…

The government of India has announced a plan for the sale of Air India, after an earlier decision to privatize the company. The Indian government announced that will be dividing state-owned Air India into four separate companies, offering at least 51 percent of each entity, as part of a proposed…