Tag: Europe

Joon Celebrates Its One Millionth Customer

Joon is proud to be celebrating its one millionth customer on board since its first commercial flight on 1st December 2017. This customer, who was travelling on the flight from Rome to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, was greeted on arrival in Paris by Jean-Michel Mathieu, Joon’s CEO, together with the crew and was presented with: A […]

First A330neo for TAP Air Portugal Completes Maiden Flight

The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal – MSN1819 – completed its 4:32 hours maiden flight. The aircraft now joins the fleet of two A330-900 test aircraft already performing flight tests since 19 October 2017. MSN1819 is the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace cabin by Airbus. It is equipped with light Flight […]

Polish Government Approves Plans for a New Airport

Polish lawmakers have approved divisive legislation to build one of Europe’s largest airports that would begin operations in about a decade and would be located between Warsaw and the city of Lodz. Estimated costs of the future airport reach up to 7 billion euros.  It is initially to serve some 45 million passengers a year, along with huge […]

Small Planet Airlines to Become the Largest Carrier in the Baltics

Leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines has announced financial results for the year 2017, reporting a profit of €5.1 million and full recovery from a loss incurred in 2016. The company grew its yearly revenue to €323.1 million, a 45% increase from the year 2016, and transported 2.7 million passengers – 35% more as compared to […]

Finnair as the Most Profitable Nordic Airline in 2017

Finnair made a new high operating margin in 2017, when it also became the most profitable major airline in the Nordic region, beating SAS, Icelandair and the loss-making Norwegian with its margin. This marks a strong recovery from the years following the global financial crisis, when Finnair struggled to make a profit and was the […]

Wet Lease to Grow 10% by 2022

In recent years, the aviation industry has developed rapidly and this is unlikely to end any time soon. The strong expansion can be seen across aviation, and particularly in passenger traffic. Growth is accelerating too: according to Eurostat, EU-28 passenger traffic rose by around 4% in 2012 and this increased to 5.8% in 2016. Factors […]

Ryanair Renews Interest in NIKI Takeover

Ryanair has confirmed the Irish LCC has contacted the Austrian administrators of bankrupt airberlin subsidiary NIKI, expressing interest in participating in the insolvency process and potential purchase of remaining NIKI assets, head of communications Robin Kiely told ATW. Ryanair was one of the earlier bidders for NIKI, which filed for bankruptcy Dec. 13, 2017, immediately […]

Lufthansa Group to Hire More than 8000 New Employees in 2018

In 2018, Deutsche Lufthansa AG will hire more than 8,000 new employees. The majority of them will be flight attendants who will work for various Lufthansa Group airlines in 2018. Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, will be hiring around 2,500 flight attendants alone at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich; overall, the Lufthansa Group airlines will […]

Ryanair Pilots to Cost Carrier an Extra €100m Per Annum

Following on from the rostering debacle, Ryanair has addressed the competitiveness of the low-cost carrier’s pilots’ pay, together with communication, career progression and basing. Michael O’Leary, the company’s CEO has claimed that the pay offered was “already slightly higher” that competitor airlines, but he admitted that response to a tightening market for experienced first officers […]

easyJet to Take Over Planes from Bankrupt airberlin

The final flight of bankrupt german airline airberlin landed in the German capital on Friday evening, as the fate of thousands of employees of the stricken carrier remains unclear. airberlin, which employs some 8,000 people, triggered bankruptcy proceedings in August after its biggest shareholder Etihad Airways pulled the plug on a cash lifeline following years […]