Alan Dron

Greece’s Aegean Firms Order For 30 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft 
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines firmed an order for 30 A320neo family aircraft. The purchase agreement, announced June 22, follows an MOU signed in March.
KLM Adjusts Meal Service Following Labor Accord 
Dutch flag-carrier KLM will phase in a new meal service concept in its economy-class cabins for intercontinental flights, as it cuts the number of cabin crew on many routes.
Delta Orders 20 Bombardier CRJ900s 
Delta Air Lines signed a firm purchase order for 20 Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets, with deliveries scheduled to start late this year and continue until 2020.
Turkey’s Pegasus Grows Gulf Network 
Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines is expanding its Middle East presence with two new routes to the Gulf.
Oslo Airport Warns Drone Operators 
Recent incidents involving unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) near Oslo Gardermoen Airport led to a stiff warning from Norwegian airports authority Avinor.
Flybe Narrows Full-Year Net Loss 
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, recorded a reduced net loss for its 2017-18 financial year ended March 31, with the company CEO reporting most parameters improving.
Pegasus, Nile Air To Codeshare 
Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines signed a codeshare agreement with Nile Air, Egypt’s largest private airline.
Italy Levies Fine On Ryanair 
Irish LCC Ryanair’s mass cancellations of flights because of personnel rostering problems in autumn 2017 and early 2018 has led to a €1.85 million ($2.1 million) fine from the Italian Competition Authority.
SAS Switches Hong Kong Route To Copenhagen 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will switch its current Stockholm Arlanda-Hong Kong route to Copenhagen from Oct 28.
LOT To Put Embraer E190s On London City Route 
Polish national carrier LOT plans to start services from its Warsaw hub to London City Airport (LCY) and acquire four Embraer E190s specifically for the route.
Etihad’s Annual Loss Widens In 2017 
The respective collapse and entry into administration of Etihad Airways’ equity partner airlines airberlin and Alitalia, a subsequent restructuring and rising fuel costs led to another heavy loss for the Abu Dhabi-based carrier in 2017.
UK Aerospace Industry Urges Pre-Brexit Safety Pact 
ADS, the UK aerospace industry trade body, has urged talks to ensure aviation safety arrangements between EASA and the UK’s CAA are resolved before the UK leaves the EU.
Flybe CEO Challenges Industry Gender Inequality 
The scale of inequality facing women in the airline industry was outlined by Flybe CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener in London June 7.
LOT Boosts 737 MAX Fleet 
Polish national carrier LOT is acquiring six more Boeing 737 MAX 8s as part of its fleet modernization plans.
BOC Aviation To Purchase Three Boeing 787-9s 
Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation agreed to purchase three new Boeing 787-9s from Boeing, boosting the number of its 787-9 commitments to 14.
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