Monthly Archives: February 2017

Will the world’s largest ATC system ever be the most advanced?

Despite the US air traffic control (ATC) system being the largest and most complex in the world, it is still highly dependent on WWII-era technology, with even developing countries as Mongolia using satellites more extensively. Recently, several jabs from President Donald Trump have spurred discussion about the urgent need to modernize the government-run system by possibly […]

Virgin gives customers more choice to the U.S. in 2017

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is giving customers in the UK a wider choice of services in 2017 with the launch of a new daily service from London to Seattle and extra flights from Manchester to the U.S. Seattle joins the airline’s network on 26 March ex Heathrow and Virgin has high hopes for the route. “Seattle […]

Delta and Korean Air discuss joint venture possibility

Delta Air Lines, currently the second largest carrier in the US, seeks to expand its presence in the Asian market, where a growing middle class spurs an increase in air travel. For this, it might partner up with South Korea’s flag carrier Korean Air Lines, according to Bloomberg. The details of the prospective joint venture […]

Malaysia Airlines secures IATA Fast Travel Green certification

Malaysia Airlines has become the first Malaysian carrier to receive the International Air Transport Association Fast Travel Green certificate in recognition of the airline’s efforts in making passengers’ travel more flexible and convenient via its self-service facilities. IATA’s Fast Travel Programme covers six areas of passenger travel which includes check-in, bags ready-to-go, document check, flight […]

Warren Buffet invested $10B into Big Four airlines

Warren Buffet‘s Berkshire Hathaway invested nearly $10 billion into American, Delta, United, and Southwest Airlines. Surprisingly enough, in 2013, Buffet referred to the country‘s airline industry as a “deathtrap for investors”, according to Business Insider. Over the past two years, the chosen airlines have reported record profits, positive post-financial crisis capacity discipline and lower labor […]

Flybe plane crash lands on runway at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

A Flybe passenger plane crash landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport after part of the aircraft’s undercarriage “collapsed” as it touched down in bad weather.  Flight 1284 from Edinburgh to Amsterdam had already been affected by the poor weather created by Storm Doris and had suffered a delay of 90 minutes to its scheduled take off time. […]

Qantas beats financial guidance for second half of 2016

Qantas has reported an underlying profit before tax of $852 million and a statutory profit before tax of $715 million for the six months ended December 31st, 2016. The underlying result was down 7.5 per cent compared with the prior corresponding period, but above the guidance range provided in October last year. It reflects a […]

Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines to establish MRO joint venture

Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines are planning to set up a joint venture company for the MRO of geared turbofan (GTF) engines, with each of the partners holding a 50-percent stake. An agreement to this effect was signed by the two companies in Berlin (Germany) on the 20th of February 2017 after the feasibility […]

Hertz Global extends partnership with Air France-KLM

Hertz Global Holdings has confirmed that Hertz, Thrifty and Firefly will serve as Air France’s exclusive car rental providers for four years. The news follows the renewal of the 28 year partnership between Hertz and Air France–KLM Group. In addition, the three car rental brands, from The Hertz Corporation, will also become the exclusive car […]

Sharp increase in airBaltic passengers for January 2017

In January 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic carried 187,996 passengers or 18 per cent more than in the same period of 2016 throughout its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. In January the airline operated 3,463 flights, or 14 per cent more than in the same period of 2016, when airBaltic […]