Cathy Buyck
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Airlines

EU Seeks To Relax Restrictions for Travel into the Bloc

The European Commission has recommended easing border restrictions on non-essential travel for fully vaccinated individuals.
Aircraft

Airbus Signals Intention To Build a Widebody Freighter Aircraft

The European airframer expresses the need to change the “unhealthy” market balance between itself and Boeing in the all-cargo aircraft market.
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Aircraft

Emirates' Clark Seeks Clarity on 777X Delivery, Performance

Further integration of Emirates and short-haul sister airline Flydubai could elevate Dubai into an even bigger global hub, asserts Tim Clark.
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Airlines

Air France Gets $4.7 billion More in Aid from French State

The European Commission has approved the French bailout of Air France subject to conditions, including surrender of 18 daily slots at Paris Orly Airport.
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Aircraft

Ryanair CEO Expects FAA Certification of 737 Max 200 This Week

Europe’s largest LCC expects to take delivery of its first high-seat density Max 8 in April and operate just 16 of them across its network this summer.
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Airlines

EasyJet CEO Questions Short-haul SAF Benefits

The chief executive of European LCC EasyJet sees hydrogen and electric propulsion as the best solution for short-haul flights.
Aircraft

ATR Deliveries Topple to 10 Aircraft in 2020

Along with a paltry delivery total, ATR ended last year with net orders for three airplanes.
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Airlines

Norwegian Air Founder Bjørn Kjos Launches New Long-Haul LCC

Norse Atlantic Airways plans to launch flights between Europe and the U.S. in December using Boeing 787s.
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Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Lufthansa Technik Suffers Steep Losses on Pandemic Woes

The MRO arm of the Lufthansa Group attributes its product and customer diversity and investments in digital platforms for its ability to counter Covid-19.
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Aircraft

Lufthansa Group Plans for Long-haul Fleet Cuts, Modernization

The Lufthansa Group intends to permanently ground all aircraft older than 25 years and decommission all its A380s.
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Aircraft

IAG Still Considering Boeing 737 Max for Fleet Renewal

The parent company of BA, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and Vueling continues to evaluate routes for the 737 Max as it sinks to a €7.4 billion operating loss.
Aircraft

TUI Fly Belgium First To Resume 737 Max Operations in EU

The Belgian arm of TUI Fly performed the first Max revenue flight in the EU since March 2019 with a service from Brussels to Alicante, Spain.
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Aircraft

European Airlines Signal Support for SAF Blending Quota

The European Commission plans to announce plans for an EU-wide blending obligation as part of its wider ReFuelEU proposal to boost supply and demand.
Airlines

EU Legacy Carriers Press for Delay of Open Skies with Qatar

Air France-KLM and Lufthansa Group assert that granting more traffic rights to Qatar Airways is untimely due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Aircraft

EASA To Strengthen Safety Reviews of U.S.-certified Aircraft

The EU aviation safety regulator expects to clear the Boeing 737 Max to fly again in Europe shortly.
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Airlines

IAG Moves on Purchase of Air Europa at Discounted Price

The group will pay only half of the price upon which it initially agreed and will defer payment for six years.
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Aircraft

EU Aerospace Set To Benefit from Post-Brexit Deal with UK

A European Commission official applauds “asymmetries" between UK and EASA design certificate approvals.
Aircraft

European Flight Volume Collapsed to Mid-1980s Level in 2020

Ryanair remained the region’s largest operator last year while Eurowings and Norwegian dropped out of the top 10 of airlines performing the most flights.
Airlines

UK-EU Deal Preserves All Third- and Fourth-freedom Rights

The UK’s CAA will become responsible for aircraft certification and regulation in the country when it leaves EASA on January 1.
Airlines

Countries Restrict UK Flights on New Covid-19 Variant Concerns

Several governments have suspended direct air traffic rights to their country for all passenger flights from any UK airports.
Aircraft

ATR Hands Over First New-built ATR 72-600F to FedEx

U.S. express transportation company FedEx will take delivery of 30 ATR 72-600Fs over the next five years and deploy them in Europe and the Americas.
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Safety

Airline and Pilot Groups Urge Covid Testing Exemptions for Crew

Given airlines' role in Covid-19 vaccine transport, flight crew should get priority for the coronavirus vaccine.
Airlines

IATA Predicts Massive $118 Billion Loss for Airlines This Year

Former IAG boss Willie Walsh will succeed IATA DG Alexandre de Juniac to steer the industry through the Covid crisis with renewed focus on the environment.
Accidents

Boeing Readies Return to Delivery of 737 Max

Boeing has established a dedicated 24/7 operations center for rapid issue resolution and will install expanded onsite specialized teams in five regions.
Airlines

Norwegian Air Shuttle Warns of ‘Very Uncertain Future’

LCC Norwegian fights for its survival after the Norwegian government rejected a second Covid-19 bailout.
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Aircraft

Lufthansa's Hub Strategy Meant to Cope with Covid-19 Slump

The European airline group predicts the winter will be immensely challenging and trims capacity to 25 percent of last year’s level.
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Aircraft

Ryanair Remains Committed to Boeing 737 Max

Europe’s largest low-cost carrier group hopes to operate at least 30 Max 200 jets in summer 2021, hints at new Max order.
Airlines

Paris CDG Overtakes London Heathrow as Europe's Busiest Airport

Heathrow urges the swift introduction of Covid-19 passenger testing to replace the quarantine rule and reverse a fall in traffic.
Airlines

IATA Points to Labor as Big Item for Possible Cost Reductions

The trade body warns that unit costs will have to be cut by 30 percent to match expected decline in unit revenue and reach break-even in 2021.
Airlines

New British Airways Boss Pleads for Pre-departure Covid Tests

The UK government is considering introducing a test days after arriving in the country with a shorter self-isolation period of seven days.