Alan Dron

Fastjet Gains Funding; Suspends Tanzania Operations 
African LCC fastjet has secured a major financial boost that should ensure the continuation of its services.
South Africa’s CemAir Grounded; Regulator Wants AOC Revoked 
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has suspended regional carrier CemAir from operating, following what it called “unacceptable and intolerable behavior” that posed a threat to safety.
WOW Reduces Fleet, Cuts Staff As Indigo Talks Continue 
Icelandic LCC WOW air is reducing its fleet by nearly a half and is letting 10% of its staff go.
Lessor TrueNoord Delivers ATRs To Indonesia’s Wings Air 
Amsterdam-based specialist regional aircraft lessor TrueNoord has completed the delivery of four ATR 72-600s to Indonesian regional carrier PT Wings Abadi.
Fastjet Nears Latest Deadline For Funding 
Cash-strapped African LCC fastjet has until Dec. 14 to solve its financial problems or face the prospect of going out of business.
Kuwait Regulator Cancels Wataniya Airways Operating License 
Kuwaiti LCC Wataniya Airways’ Air Operators Certificate (AOC) has been revoked by Kuwait’s aviation regulator, effectively rendering Wataniya as out of business.
Virgin Atlantic Pilots Threaten Holiday Period Strikes 
Hundreds of Virgin Atlantic pilots threatened to strike Dec. 22-25, with further stoppages planned, to protest the airline’s refusal to recognize the union representing them.
Lessor Avolon Firms Order For 100 A320neo Family Aircraft 
Irish Lessor Avolon has confirmed an order for 75 Airbus A320neos and 25 A321neos in the single largest order for aircraft from the European manufacturer ever placed by the Dublin-headquartered company.
South African Airways Details Recovery Plan Funding 
South African Airways (SAA) has clarified its financial position following a series of media reports in its home country that SAA was seeking more financial bailouts from the South African government.
SAS Posts 38% Rise In Fiscal 2018 Profit, Sees Challenging 2019 
A combination of strong passenger demand, nimble capacity allocation and increased internal efficiencies steered Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) to an increased net profit for fiscal 2018.
French Carriers Aigle Azur, Air Caraïbes To Codeshare 
Two French airlines, Aigle Azur and Air Caraïbes, have signed a codesharing arrangement.
UK, Canada Secure Post-Brexit Air Services Agreement 
A new agreement reached between the UK and Canada means air services between the two nations will remain intact following Brexit, the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
Small Planet Joins List Of European Airline Closings 
In the latest in a series of recent European airline failures, Lithuania-based leisure operator Small Planet Airlines has ceased operating.
Qatar Airways Expands Iran Routes, Frequencies 
Doha-based Qatar Airways will launch a new 2X-weekly direct service to Isfahan, Iran from Feb. 4, 2019, as well as introduce increased services to Shiraz and Tehran in early January 2019.
Icelandair Calls Off WOW Air Takeover 
Icelandair has abandoned plans to take over its LCC Icelandic competitor WOW Air.
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