Alan Dron

EU, UK Offer Plans For No-Deal Brexit Air Transport Connections 
Both the EU and UK have developed measures designed to smooth air transport connections in case the UK leaves the bloc in six weeks (Mar. 29) without a deal.
Finnair Expects Rate Of Growth To Ease In 2019 
Finnair foresees its expansion slowing in 2019 but will continue to aim for sustainable profit growth, the company’s CEO said Feb. 15.
Norwegian Air Sweden Gains DOT Approval For U.S. Flights 
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted Norwegian Air Sweden (NSE) permission to operate flights to and from the U.S.
Qatar Airways CEO Supports Reevalution Of Chicago Convention 
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has welcomed a call for a re-evaluation of the regulations that have underpinned the global civil aviation sector since 1944.
IAG Sets Limit On Non-EU Shareholding 
International Airlines Group (IAG) has placed a limit on the number of its shares that can be held by non-European Union (EU) citizens.
Ryanair Share Option Incentive Plan May Earn CEO €100 million 
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary stands to make almost €100 million ($113 million) in bonuses if he can either double the LCC’s profit figures or its share price within five years.
Air Italy To Drop Asian Routes, Cites ‘Market Dynamics’ 
Air Italy plans to end or modify three intercontinental routes, just months after starting to fly them.
Icelandair Posts 2018 $56 Million Loss, Implements Streamlining 
Icelandair Group—which includes domestic operator Air Iceland Connect, capacity provider Loftleidir and several tourism-related subsidiaries—recorded a 2018 net loss of $55.6 million, reversed from a net profit of $37.5 million in 2017.
London City CEO Warns Further Drone Incidents Are Inevitable 
Further unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) incidents at major airports are inevitable and the civil aviation sector must be prepared to deal with them, London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair said Feb. 7.
EU, Qatar Reach Agreement On Air Transport Cooperation, Competition 
The European Union and Qatar have finalized negotiations on a “comprehensive air transport agreement” aimed at ensuring transparency and fair competition between the Gulf nation and the 28-country bloc.
Air France Rebrands Regional Operator HOP! 
New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith has taken the next move in simplifying the organization’s brand structure, with Air France’s regional operator HOP! being brought closer to the parent company.
Oneworld Anticipates Multiple Candidates For Associate Alliance Status 
The oneworld alliance has “a pipeline of candidates” lining up for its oneworld connect status, alliance CEO Rob Gurney said Feb.1.
Qatar Retains Oneworld Membership, Looks To ‘Resolve Differences’ 
Qatar Airways is prepared to stay in the oneworld alliance as long as there is a chance of resolving its differences with fellow alliance members.
ATR Looking To Capitalize On Bombardier’s Q400 Sale 
Regional turboprop manufacturer ATR plans to capitalize on the turmoil affecting its main competitor, Bombardier, by positioning itself as the only company in the sector that can guarantee its products’ longevity.
U.S. Sanctions Iran Cargo Carrier 
The U.S. has placed another Iranian airline on its sanctions list, alleging the cargo carrier supports Iran’s foreign military ambitions.
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