Category: Airlines & Airports

Qantas Grounds 10 Q400s Over Missed Inspections

Qantas has had to temporarily ground 10 of its Bombardier Q400s after it discovered that they had missed an inspection required by the manufacturer. Sources tell FlightGlobal that the affected aircraft required inspections on some fasteners that were replaced under an earlier airworthiness directive issued by Transport Canada. The airline subsequently discovered that follow-up inspections […]

Flynas Orders 60 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft

Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s leading low-cost carrier, has signed an agreement with Airbus for 60 A320neo Family aircraft. In addition to the 60 aircraft, Flynas has converted 20 A320ceo from a previous order to A320neo bringing the airline’s total firm order to 80 A320neo. The deliveries are scheduled to take place during 2018-2026. The agreement was […]

Cathay Pacific Reportedly Set For Overhaul

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific is reportedly preparing for a business overhaul that could include job cuts, cost savings and shifting flights to its short-haul unit Cathay Dragon. Details of a major business review and a plan to stand up to increasing competition from Chinese and Gulf airlines as well as low-cost carriers will […]

Boeing, SpiceJet Announce Deal for up to 205 Airplanes

Boeing and SpiceJet announced today a commitment for up to 205 airplanes during an event in New Delhi. Booked at the end of 2016, the announcement includes 100 new 737 MAX 8s, SpiceJet’s current order for 42 MAXs, 13 additional 737 MAXs which were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries […]

United Moves Up 747 Fleet Retirement to 4Q 2017

United Airlines has decided to retire its remaining 20 Boeing 747-400s by the end of 2017, moving up the fleet’s retirement by a year. United had previously said it would retire its 747 fleet by the end 2018. But president Scott Kirby said in a Jan. 11 message posted online that “the time has come […]

Aeroflot Cancels Eight A350-800s

Aeroflot Airline has canceled an order for eight Airbus A350-800s, Airbus revealed in a presentation at an annual press briefing. Airbus confirmed to ATW the Russian flag carrier has 14 A350-800s on order. The order change was made in November 2016. In 2007, Aeroflot ordered 22 A350s, comprising eight -800s and 14 -900s. Because the […]

Iran Air Takes Delivery of Its First of 100 Airbus Aircraft

Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new aircraft, an A321, in a handover ceremony in Toulouse with Mr. Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air Chairman and CEO, and Mr. Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft and Chief Operating Officer Airbus, in the presence of Gael Meheust, SVP Sales and Marketing CFM, Tom Enders, Airbus Chief […]

British Airways Braces For Two-Day Cabin Crew Strike

British Airways (BA) said it canceled 11 flights out of London Heathrow as a two-day strike by some cabin crew began. The dispute is over what the Unite trade union describes as “poverty-level pay” for members of BA’s “mixed fleet” cabin crew. Mixed fleet staff serve both short- and long-haul services out of Heathrow. The […]

Around 11.4 Million Passengers Flew with Austrian Airlines in 2016

Austrian Airlines carried round 11.4 million passengers in the period January to December 2016, corresponding to a year-on-year increase of 5.1 percent or 547,000 passengers. This increase is mainly due to the expanded bilateral flight traffic between Austria and Germany. The flight offering, measured in available seat kilometers (ASK), was increased by 4.9 percent to […]

KLM Carried More Than 30 Million Passengers in 2016

KLM has carried 30.4 million passengers last year – a new record. This is an increase of 6.4% compared to 2015. The increase was highest on European routes (7.8%), where we carried more than 20 million passengers for the first time. Load factor rose slightly by 0.8 of a percentage point compared to 2015. “The […]