Category: Europe

European Parliament Urges Measures to Boost EU Aviation Sector

Reading Time: 2 minutes European Union (EU) lawmakers have called for a series of measures to improve the position of the EU air transport economy. The European Parliament in Brussels passed a resolution—428-149 (with 53 abstentions)—calling for a level playing field between airlines, while upholding high safety and social standards. The motion is intended to feed into the forthcoming […]

Etihad and Air France-KLM Expand MRO Cooperation

Reading Time: 1 minute Etihad Airways has expanded its cooperation with Air France-KLM through a component maintenance agreement for its Boeing 777 fleet. The precise value of the 10-year deal was not given, although Etihad said it was worth several hundred million dollars and would start February 2016. It will give Etihad and its equity partners access to a […]

Portuguese Government Approves TAP Sale

Reading Time: 2 minutes The deal agreed back in June to sell a 61% stake in the country’s airline, TAP, to the American-Brazilian aviation tycoon David Neeleman and Portuguese bus company owner Humberto Pedrosa has been approved by the outgoing caretaker government, despite strong objections from the Socialist party. On Wednesday, just one day after the ousting of the […]

TAP Portugal Signs Major Airbus Order

Reading Time: 1 minute Portuguese national carrier TAP Portugal has signed a firm order with Airbus for 53 aircraft from the European manufacturer, it announced Nov. 13. The deal will see TAP Portugal taking 14 A330-900neo plus 39 A320neo family models, consisting of 15 A320neos and 24 A321neos. The carrier is already an all-Airbus customer, with a current fleet […]

Lufthansa Fails to Halt Week-Long Cabin Crew Strike

Reading Time: 2 minutes Despite having successfully obtained one-day injunctions through Düsseldorf and Darmstadt labor courts on Tuesday 10th November against striking cabin crew who began a 7-day walk-out on Friday 6th, Lufthansa have failed to see the strike stopped completely after both labor courts ruled against the airline and allowed the cabin crew to continue their strike. 19,000 […]

Turkish Airlines Is Russia’s Top Foreign Carrier as Lufthansa Recedes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Turkish Airlines has become the biggest foreign carrier serving Russia as competitors including former market leader Deutsche Lufthansa AG drop flights amid a slump in demand. The Turkish operator has increased Russian flights by more than 16 percent in 2015 as international rivals cut services as much as 43 percent, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analysis […]

European Parliament Resolution on Aviation Package a Step in the Right Direction

Reading Time: 1 minute Yesterday evening, the European Parliament (EP) adopted its Resolution on the “Future Aviation Package”. The Association of European Airlines (AEA) welcomes the fact that the Parliament set out its expectations prior to the publication by the European Commission of the much awaited and much needed Aviation Package, thereby underlining the importance of aviation as a […]

New Self-Declared Aircraft Maintenance Programme

Reading Time: 2 minutes As part of an EASA initiative to reduce the burden on the General Aviation Community, EASA have removed the requirement for owners of privately used light aircraft, known as ELA1*, to have their Aircraft Maintenance Programme (AMP) approved by the National Aviation Authority. Owners of ELA1 aircraft can now decide on what maintenance is required […]

EU Parliament Allocates Spectrum for Global Flight Tracking

Reading Time: 1 minute The European Parliament has adopted a resolution to enhance aviation safety and efficiency through global flight tracking systems. The resolution supports the assignment of primary radio spectrum allocation for satellite-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). European Parliament’s Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, called on all EU member states to welcome this resolution in order to ensure […]

Austrian Airlines Expands Flight Offering to Ukraine and Romania

Reading Time: 1 minute Austrian Airlines is expanding its flight offering to Ukraine and Romania. Austria’s national carrier will offer passengers two additional flights to Lviv each week and three additional weekly flights to Odessa in the summer flight schedule for 2016. In addition, one additional flight per week will be operated to Iasi in Romania. Accordingly, the country’s […]