Monthly Archives: December 2017

Azores Airlines takes delivery of its first A321neo

Azores Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft. The airline, fully owned by SATA (Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos) becomes the first Portuguese operator of Airbus’ 320neo Family.  The aircraft, on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), was delivered during a ceremony held at the Airbus Hamburg site. This aircraft is the […]

Airbus delivers 50th A320 Family aircraft assembled in the US

Airbus announced the delivery of a new A321 (MSN 7943) to Delta Airlines, making it the  50th delivery of A320 family aircraft made and delivered from the French company’s Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, United States. “The 50th delivery is a real point of pride not only for our team here in Mobile, but also […]

Tom Enders to step down from Airbus

On December 15, Airbus announced that its CEO Tom Enders will be leaving the company in April 2019. Enders has been an inseparable part of the company for the last 14 years. Enders has been quoted of saying that Airbus needs more “fresh minds for the 2020s”. The CEO is leaving, as corruption investigations in […]

Niki grounded after Lufthansa drops plans to purchase it

Lufthansa announced quitting the pursue of Niki as part of the latest concessions made on December 13, 2017 in the course of the intended acquisition of parts of the Air Berlin Group. Consequently, Niki ceased operations. In the so-called Phase One assessment, Lufthansa had already offered commitments such as giving up slots. However, the Commission […]

Singapore Airlines receives first of five new A380s

Singapore Airlines took the delivery of the first of five new A380 aircraft scheduled to join the carrier’s fleet over the coming year. The plane is equipped with widely advertised newly launched on-board cabin products and innovations. “We are proud to deliver the first of five new A380s to Singapore Airlines featuring the carrier’s beautiful […]

Air Serbia in-flight incident is under investigation

The Bulgarian Aircraft Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) is investigating an incident involving Air Serbia passenger aircraft, which allegedly lost several structural parts mid-flight. The incident in question occurred on November 26, 2017, when Air Serbia ATR 72-200 lost “several elements of the structure during its 20 minute flight prior being returned to the take-off airport.” […]

Massive strike might await Ryanair

Ryanair pilots have voted in favor of a strike due to an ongoing dispute between the company and its employees about the right to collective bargaining, according to IMPACT trade union. According to the agency, several trade unions across Europe are preparing for strikes in connection with the demand for negotiations on the conclusion of […]

Passenger organization slams the US Department of Transportation

Passenger rights organization FlyersRights.org criticize the US Government decision not to impose the requirement for US carriers to disclose ‘extra’ fees to online travel booking sites. The association believes the lack of requirement is “making comparison price shopping more difficult for consumers”. In a statement released on December 8, 2017, airline passenger organization is arguing […]

Belavia orders another one Embraer E195

Embraer and Belavia, Belarusian Airlines, the national carrier of Belarus, announced a firm order for one current generation E195 jet for delivery in 2018. The firm order, with a list price value of $53.5 million, will be included in Embraer’s 2017 fourth-quarter backlog. “To receive a further order so soon after announcing their last order […]

Air Astana receives big boost from Lufthansa

This article was written by Andreas Spaeth and first published on Airline Ratings. Air Astana boss Peter Foster is beaming. The 57-year-old Englishman and industry veteran has seen the national airline of Kazakhstan develop into Central Asia’s most successful carrier since taking office in 2005. During that time, he has relentlessly worked to establish a […]