Air Transport and Cargo

News and issues relating to international air transport and cargo carriers, national airlines and regional airlines, including aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.

September 3, 2014 - 8:16am
Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 787

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) dismissed an exemption Norwegian Air Shuttle sought for its Ireland subsidiary to operate to the United States, saying it needs more time to consider the airline’s application for a foreign air carrier permit.

September 2, 2014 - 2:53pm

Two manufacturers shared the spoils of Japan Airlines’ major commitment announced last week covering a total of 47 regional jets. But the potentially bigger and undoubtedly more desperate winner proved to be Mitsubishi, the upstart regional jet manufacturer whose orderbook now shows memoranda of understanding, tentative agreements and firm orders from six customers.

August 29, 2014 - 10:36am
Walkout for Safety

Unionized pilots with Lufthansa-owned low-fare carrier Germanwings staged a six-hour strike on Friday after negotiations between the airline and pilots over early retirement benefits broke down. The Vereinigung Cockpit union representing pilots with Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings said it would continue planning industrial actions “until the point of agreement.”

August 29, 2014 - 7:54am

Malaysian Airlines (MAS) is to lay off just over 30 percent of its workforce in a restructuring that will see it brought under the full ownership of state-backed sovereign wealth fund Kazanah Nasional Berhad.

August 28, 2014 - 11:45am

Announcing a record statutory after-tax loss of A$2.8 billion ($2.6 billion) on August 28, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said that the Australian flag carrier has “come through the worst” as it navigates an aggressive cost-cutting program announced in February 2014.

August 27, 2014 - 10:11am
First Qatar Airways A350-900

Launch customer Qatar Airways released photos of the first Airbus A350-900 it expects to receive this year, freshly painted at the manufacturer’s assembly plant in Toulouse, France. The airline has ordered 80 of the new widebodies: 43 A350-900s and 37 -1000s.

August 26, 2014 - 11:53am
BOC Aviation order with Boeing

Singapore-based aircraft leasing company BOC Aviation said it was responding to Asian airline customers that are expanding or replacing their older aircraft by placing its largest-ever order with Boeing.

August 21, 2014 - 12:40pm
Airlines for America graphic

Major U.S. airlines reported $3.8 billion in net profit for the first half of the year, up from the $1.6 billion they reported during the same period last year, according to Airlines for America (A4A). A 6-percent increase in operating revenues drove the year-over-year improvement, the trade group said.

August 21, 2014 - 10:38am

Almost eight years have passed since the Airbus A380 widebody completed certification and entered service. Airbus engineers continue to handle multiple product development tasks for in-service types, and the very first A380 prototype continues to support their efforts with frequent flight testing.

August 20, 2014 - 8:49am

Change is afoot in the European regional airline sector, it would seem. Gone are the days of the “us and them,” with the regionals on one side, the major airlines on another and the low-cost carriers playing the role of bad-boy upstarts.

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