Category: Top Stories

The (Avoidable) Cost of Leasing

New research suggests that many airlines would improve profitability by leasing more aircraft. Sylvain Bourjade and Catherine Muller-Vibes of Toulouse Business School analysed 16 years of data from different types of carrier, and found that “the optimal leasing level… is significantly higher than the proportion of leased aircraft in the worldwide global fleets”. One area […]

EU Warns Airlines About Post-Brexit Access

Senior EU officials fear that the airline industry is “in denial” about the potential implications of Brexit, reports The Guardian today. Of chief concern is certain airlines’ continued ability to operate flights between member states once Britain leaves the EU. To do so, carriers must have a “significant” base within the EU and be majority-owned […]

Boeing Sets Date for First 787-10 Flight

Boeing has set a date for taking its first 787-10 on its maiden sortie. The airframer announced that it has plans to fly the jetliner on March 31, subject to weather conditions and further operational factors. The aircraft was rolled out of the production line last month, the same day President Donald Trump visited Boeing […]

Seven Nations to Join Israel in Biggest Air Drill in Country’s History

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is set to host one of the most complex air exercises ever later this year, featuring 100 aircraft and hundreds of airmen. India, Greece, Poland, France, Italy, the US and Germany will participate in the two-week Blue Flag air exercises, held every other year. “It will be a massive exercise; […]

US Electronics Ban To Affect 18,000 Daily Passengers

The US government’s latest air travel security measures could impact nearly 18,000 daily passengers travelling on some 50 routes to the USA from 10 foreign airports. In addition, flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia will also be subjected to similar new security provisions, says UK authorities. The US […]

US Forbids Any Device Larger Than Cellphone On Airlines From 13 Countries

US authorities have secretly required airlines from 13 nations to forbid passengers from carrying any electronic or electrical device larger than a cellphone. The new edict was distributed in an email described as “confidential” from the US transportation safety administration (TSA) on Monday. The requirement forbids passengers from bringing laptops, iPads, Kindles and even cameras […]

South Supreme AN-26 Crashes at Wau, South Sudan

As many as 44 people are feared dead after a plane crash landed and split into pieces at an airport in South Sudan. UPDATE: All 45 occupants were rescued alive, 17 or 18 have been taken to local hospitals with injuries. Passengers were pulled from the burning wreckage after the plane belonging to South Supreme Airlines […]

REX Regional Express Saab 340B Propeller Detached In Flight

A REX Regional Express Saab 340B performing flight from Albury to Sydney with 16 passengers and 3 crew was descending  towards Sydney when the right hand propeller had sheared off. They still were able to fly with normal handling of the aircraft. Air Traffic Control stopped departures and sent arriving traffic into holds advising a runway […]

Paris Orly Airport Evacuated After Shooting

A man has been shot dead after attempting to seize a gun from a soldier at Paris Orly airport, sparking an evacuation and severe flight disruption. UPDATED: A police source says the man shot dead after stealing a soldier’s gun at Paris Orly Airport was a “radicalised Muslim” known to security services. The suspect is […]

Budget Airline Ryanair to Launch Flights to New York

Budget airline Ryanair is launching transatlantic flights to the US. The low-cost airline is teaming up with budget rival Norwegian to offer long-distance trips to customers from this summer. Air passengers will be able to book cheap flights from a range of UK airports to destinations including New York, New Jersey and Boston. They will […]