Monthly Archives: November 2017

South African Safair and Airlink apply for merger permission

Airlink and Safair, two South African aviation groups, are planning a merger under an umbrella of the Airlink group. The move is anticipated to create economy of scale for the Airlink group, by sharing costs, optimizing assets, offering more flight destinations using shared networks, and removing system duplications. Under the agreement, Safair group, including its […]

Another European airline grounded for insolvency

Darwin Airline, a Swiss regional airline under the brand name of Adria Airways Switzerland, has its planes grounded following the temporary operating license suspension by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation for economic reasons. On November 28, 2017 the airline made a brief statement saying “Darwin Airline SA has its operating licence temporarily suspended by […]

IAG buys Monarch’s slots, increases presence at Gatwick by third

International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, is purchasing the London Gatwick airport slots from the administrator of the recently-bankrupt UK carrier Monarch Airlines. British Airways, the largest airline in UK by the fleet size, is seen as the biggest beneficiary of the move as it allows expanding its presence at Gatwick. The […]

EasyJet admits 50% pay gap between male and female employees

On November 27, 2018, British low-cost airline EasyJet presented its report on gender pay gap, which shows that men at the company earn on average 51.7 % more than women. In total, the carrier has 1,407 male pilots and only 86 female pilots. The situation is different for EasyJet’s cabin crew, where women account for […]

IATA DGR for Electronic Flight Bags Takes Off

Emirates Airline Signs Multi-Year Subscription The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Emirates Airline is the launch customer for the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for Electronic Flight Bags (eFB). This important innovation brings the IATA DGR into the cockpit where flight crew make important pre- and in-flight safety decisions. “For almost 60 years […]

AirBridgeCargo continues its momentum with 15% tonnage uptick for the first 10 months of 2017

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), one of the fastest-growing carriers in the world, is continuing to solidify its tonnage growth with more than 575,000 tonnes of cargo carried in the first 10 months of 2017 – 15% up year-on-year. The company reported an upsurge in all major markets and a positive outlook through the end of the […]

It’s official: Eric Schulz to replace retiring Airbus’ John Leahy

Airbus appointed Eric Schulz as the Chief of Sales, Marketing & Contracts for the company’s Commercial Aircraft business. Schulz will join the company at the end of January 2018 to replace the legendary John Leahy, who is responsible for 90% of all Airbus aircraft ever sold, the company notes. “We are glad to have Eric […]

Chinese airlines open hunting season for Cathay pilots

Chinese airlines are reported luring pilots from financially pressured Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific, at the backdrop of a possible reshuffle of alliances. As the industry is facing a shortage of experienced pilots, recruiters are reportedly going to Hong Kong to hunt for Cathay pilots on behalf of Chinese carriers. March 2017, Cathay Pacific reported a […]

VIM-Avia faces $20.6 million debt claims after flight termination

VIM-Avia’s lenders and counterparties filed a total of 65 claims against the airline estimated to be worth $20.6 million since the bankrupted carrier suspended its flights on September 25, 2017, RNS news agency informs. Among the main plaintiffs are Domodedovo Commercial Services, which filed $9 million claim against the airline and Russian Avangard Bank, which […]

Gulf airlines furious about proposed US tax reform

The United States Senate will begin considerations of a new tax bill after Thanksgiving. The controversial bill received mixed opinions at home, but foreign carriers with Gulf airlines at the forefront have become the most vocal opponents as they fear the bill will compromise the competition conditions. “America first”, the US Presidential election slogan, appears […]