Monthly Archives: March 2017

Bombardier faces public backlash over executive pay raises

Bombardier is facing public anger over the significant pay raise provided to top-level executives, which coincided with layoffs affecting thousands of the company’s workers worldwide. The total pay of Canadian aircraft and train manufacturer’s top 5 executives and CEO rose to $32.7 million in 2016, compared to $21.9 million in 2015, according to a proxy […]

Embraer flies the E195-E2 ahead of schedule

On the 29th of March 2017, Embraer performed the inaugural flight of another member of the E2 family, ten months after the first flight of the E190-E2 and, according to Embraer, it is ahead of schedule. The fist flight of E195-E2, the largest aircraft of the family, originally scheduled for the second half of the […]

Ryanair: Post-Brexit UK could lose air links with EU

Great Britain could potentially see a disruption of air ties with European Union members in the post-Brexit world of 2019, unless commercial aviation gets priority status when discussing the particularities of the divorce, according to Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer. On the extreme end of the possible outcomes is the looming danger of losing […]

US airlines stand against TSA fee increase

On 20th of March, Airlines for America representatives disapproved of the Trump administration’s proposal to increase TSA (Transportation Security Administration) fees for travelers. The major U.S. airline lobby group also maintains that uplifting the fee is meaningless since the Congress prohibits the TSA to use the collected funds. Airlines for America has already complained about […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo reports revenues of £174 million as volumes rise 1.8% in 2016

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has reported revenues of £174 million for 2016 as its freight volumes rose 1.8% in a challenging market environment. Overall, the airline carried 218,000 tonnes of cargo across its international network offering customers direct services to major cities in the United States, Dubai, Hong Kong and China, India, Nigeria and South Africa […]

Bombardier C Series completes non-stop trans-Atlantic flight

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that a C Series aircraft with a representative payload successfully flew non-stop from London City Airport (LCY) to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York City. The company said that the direct intercontinental flight followed a series of successful flights to demonstrate the CS100 aircraft’s capabilities for operations to and […]

Trans-Atlantic LCCs: A gathering storm

During the last decade, Michael O’Leary, the charismatic CEO of Ryanair, an airline that has become synonymous with the term “low-cost”, was regularly reminding everyone about the Napoleonic plans to bridge the New and the Old worlds with affordable flights. Come 2017, and the idea has been scrapped, perhaps forever, while others have chosen to […]

ECA: How safe is Europe’s ultra-safe aviation industry?

Members of the European Parliament, researchers and pilots gathered on the 22nd of March for a breakfast debate in the Parliament. Hosted by MEPs Agnes Jongerius (S&D) and Georges Bach (EPP) – they examined the key findings of the recent ‘Safety Culture in European Aviation’ study by the London School of Economics (LSE) and EUROCONTROL. Pilots […]

UK follows US in limiting Middle Eastern cabin baggage

The United Kingdom has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops on passenger flights from six Middle East and North African countries. Following the lead of the United States, passengers from these countries will no longer be able to carry tablets, DVD players or phones over a certain size. Eight UK airlines and six foreign […]

US to ban electronics on routes from Muslim-majority countries

On the 21st of March, an announcement came about a new US ban on large electronic devices, such as laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, from cabin baggage on routes from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries. The ban will include all large electronic devices except phones, affecting nine airlines operating from […]