Category: Airlines & Airports

Big Wizz Air Expansion at Warsaw Chopin

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe announced that it will base a seventh aircraft at its Warsaw base. From June 2017 the airline will start operating seven new services connecting Warsaw with four Central and Eastern European capitals, Bratislava, Bucharest, Kiev and Vilnius and three popular leisure destinations, Lyon and […]

UK Government Supports a New Runway at Heathrow

In a major boost for the UK economy the government announced (25 October 2016) its support for a new runway at Heathrow – the first full length runway in the south-east since the second world war. The scheme will now be taken forward in the form of a draft ‘National policy statement’ (NPS) for consultation. […]

Oman Air Wins Best Airline in Middle East, Africa and Europe

Oman Air has been awarded the Signum Virtutis, the seal of excellence, from the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards 2016. The airline was voted winner for the best airline in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. The competitors included leading international airlines from around the world. The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle […]

Singapore Airlines Launches its Nonstop Singapore – San Francisco Route

Singapore Airlines has launched its new Singapore-San Francisco service, linking Singapore with the US West Coast on a nonstop basis. The new flights will be operated daily using Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The inaugural flight, SQ32, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 0925 hrs local time on October 23, 2016 and arrived at San Francisco Airport at […]

Air Traffic Regulator Sets Out Five-Year Strategy for Airports

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is working on improvements to the airspace over the UAE to allow for smoother flow of air traffic. The GCAA said it would bring aircraft closer to improve their flow, reducing air corridor space while maintaining safety. Laila Ali bin Hareb Al Mu­hairi, the GCAA’s assistant director general for […]

Russia’s Pobeda Airlines Opens Operations Control Center

Aeroflot low-cost subsidiary Pobeda Airlines has opened an operations control center at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, which will allow flights to maintain a 30-minute turnaround time. Visual observations enable flight operations to decrease delays caused by ground handling services, improving punctuality by 10%-15%, the carrier said in a statement. Pobeda operates up to daily 70 […]

AirBaltic Joins Airlines for Europe

Latvian carrier airBaltic has joined Airlines for Europe (A4E), adding to the lobbying group’s growing number of carriers. A4E has been steadily gaining members since its creation in January 2016 and has been campaigning on a variety of issues affecting the airline industry, notably air traffic control (ATC) strikes, removing what it regards as unreasonable […]

EgyptAir Agrees to Buy Eight Boeing 737NGs

Cairo-based EgyptAir has inked a deal to purchase eight new Boeing 737NGs, with first delivery expected in February 2017, according to an EgyptAir statement. The aircraft will be financed by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise. “This new agreement, which implies adding new eight Boeing Next-Generation 737s to our fleet, will commemorate the mutual effort gathering both Boeing […]

Heathrow Plans 25,000 More Flights a Year as Revenue Increases

Heathrow Airport is planning an extra 25,000 flights per year from 2021 on its existing runways to give the UK a ‘Brexit Boost’ as nine month revenues rise. Revenue rose by 1.2 per cent to just under £2.1 billion ($2.6 billion) with adjusted profit before tax rising 11 per cent to £202 million. Heathrow made […]

Coles and Virgin Team Up to Rival Qantas and Woolworths

From the sky to the grocery aisle, two of Australia’s biggest loyalty programs, flybuys and Velocity Frequent Flyer, are teaming up. Under a new partnership launched today, Coles customers will earn frequent flyer points with Virgin Australia. As well as points, the airline-retailer deal will also include status credits, meaning shoppers will be able to […]