Airbus Cancels Remainder of Qatar A350 Order as Dispute Continues

 French aircraft manufacturer Airbus has canceled the remainder of Qatar Airways A350 orders following a dispute over what Qatari regulators claim is premature surface damage.  Qatari regulators grounded nearly half of Qatar’s A350 fleet consisting of both the -900 and -1000 variants. The airline was the first to fly the…

Lufthansa Pilots Union Ready to Strike Over Pay Negotiations

After a week of operational chaos for the Lufthansa Group due to a ground crew strike that on 27 July led to the cancelation of over 1,000 flights affecting over 130,000 passengers all around Europe, more trouble may be on the horizon for the German company. A consultation among all…

Beijing Reopens Its Doors to International Flights

On July 27, Lufthansa resumed its first Beijing flight, LH722, service from Frankfurt. The flight has been suspended for 907 days due to the pandemic. Lufthansa previously served the one-way flight from Beijing to Frankfurt, with the plane entering China in Shenyang, and then repositioning to Beijing. The resumed direct…

Lufthansa Group Cites ‘Operational Challenges’ As More Flights Suspended

The European summer season ramps up further next week with the beginning of school holidays in a number of countries. It has been well documented that aviation has been facing significant challenges in recommencing services with operational pressures on staff numbers and the continuation of degrees of travel restrictions in…

A380 Superjumbo Makes Return as Travel Demand Skyrockets

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the aviation industry in March of 2020, many carriers scrambled to send as many aircraft as they could to storage sites around the world in an effort to cut costs. Airlines looked first to the aircraft that they felt provided little value to them in…

ITA Airways Privatization Hits Road Bumps

Potential buyers for Italian flag carrier ITA Airways want more information about the carrier's business plan and have sent the company more than 200 questions about the airline's future as it continues to look toward a future away from government ownership. However, the airline's president, Alfredo Altavilla, remains confident that…

IAG Finalizes Agreement For Up To 150 Boeing 737 Aircraft

International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced on Thursday that they have reached an agreement with Boeing to order 25 737-8200 and 25 737-10 aircraft. The announcement also advises that the parent group of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus and LEVEL have the option for a further 100 aircraft in…

Lufthansa Adds More Long Haul Aircraft as 777-9 Delivery Woes…

The Lufthansa Group on Monday decided to move forward with the decision to purchase over a dozen more long-haul widebody aircraft with both passenger and cargo additions to its already extensive fleet.  Prompted by continued delays in the delivery of the group’s expected Boeing 777-9s, Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board approved the…

ITA Airways Participates In SkyTeam Sustainable Flight Challenge

ITA Airways, the Italian national airline, will participate in the Sustainable Flight Challenge organized by the SkyTeam alliance. ITA Airways, joined SkyTeam on Oct. 29, 2021, continuing the tradition of the former Italian flag carrier, Alitalia (which joined in 2001 as one of the first members). SkyTeam, founded on June…