Category: Airlines & Airports

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 […]

United to Retire 747 in October

United Airlines will retire its last Boeing 747-400 in “late October” after nearly half a century with the carrier. The Chicago-based carrier will “displace” its last 747 pilots on 30 October, it said in a crew resources update to pilots on 17 March. However, it does not set a date for the venerable jumbo jet’s […]

BOC Aviation Orders 13 New Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft

BOC Aviation Limited (“BOC Aviation”) announced that it has ordered 13 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. “Airlines are attracted by the 737 MAX 8’s lower operating costs and fuel efficiency, and we are delighted to announce the inclusion of these additional aircraft as we build our future delivery pipeline,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and […]

Boeing Delivers 450th Next-Generation 737-800 to Ryanair

Boeing and Ryanair celebrated the delivery of the airline’s 450th Next-Generation 737-800. This significant milestone has been reached in less than two decades, with the Irish low-cost carrier taking an average delivery of 25 737-800s per year since 1999. “Ryanair is proud to partner with Boeing and has operated an all-Boeing fleet since 1994, said […]

Alitalia CEO Confirms 2,000 Jobs to Go

Alitalia CEO Cramer Ball has confirmed that 2,000 jobs are to be cut, representing 51% of the airline’s office staff and 20% of nonflying operational roles, under a recently announced restructuring strategy. Ball said the cuts were “painful but necessary,” forming part of Alitalia’s plan to trim costs by €1 billion ($1.1 billion) by 2019. […]

Qatar Airways Cargo Takes Delivery Of Its Twelfth B777 Freighter

Qatar Airways Cargo received its latest Boeing 777 freighter in Doha recently, taking its total freighter fleet count to 21. The addition marks the cargo carrier’s unwavering commitment to building its young and modern air cargo fleet to strengthen its growth trajectory. Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways’ Chief Officer Cargo said, “The arrival of our […]

Twelfth Austrian Embraer OE-LWQ Took Off on Maiden Flight

Another Embraer aircraft took off on its initial flight OS 331 from Vienna to Oslo. The Embraer featuring the registration number OE-LWQ is already the twelfth of a total of 17 of this type of aircraft which Austrian Airlines will integrate into its fleet by the end of 2017, thus successively replacing 21 Fokker jets. […]

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 […]

Finnair Hit by Strike at Helsinki Airport

Finnair has confirmed that it will have to cancel more than 90 of its flights through its home hub of Helsinki Airport 17 March because of a strike at Finland’s biggest air gateway. The strike, to be held between 3pm and 7pm Eastern European Time (EET, two hours ahead of UTC), does not involve Finnair […]

Etihad Airways To Launch Airbus A380 Flights To Paris

Etihad Airways will deploy its Airbus A380s on the Abu Dhabi – Paris route this summer as part of seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet plan. Between July 1 and October 28, the A380 will replace one of the two Boeing 777-300ER services to Charles de Gaulle Airport, and it will feature the carrier’s acclaimed […]