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Albania Launches New, Turkey-Backed National Airline 
The small southern European nation of Albania has launched a new national airline, having been without one for the past seven years.
Qatar Airways Defiant As Row With Neighbors Linked To Loss 
Qatar Airways slumped into the red in its last financial year which ended March 31, recording a net loss of QR251.6 million ($69.1 million) after what the airline described as “the most challenging year in its 20-year history.”
Gulf Air May Change Its Mind And Keep A330s For Long-Haul 
Gulf Air is apparently reevaluating its plan to phase out its Airbus A330s in favor of incoming Boeing 787s.
Brussels Airlines Looks For Mature Alternatives To SSJs 
Brussels Airlines is mulling whether to move its wet-lease arrangement from Ireland’s CityJet, following longer-than-anticipated delays in solving technical problems with its Russian-built regional jets.
Italian Cabin Crew Unions Inch Closer To Ryanair Deal 
Ireland-based LCC Ryanair has reached an agreement on the basics of a new collective labor agreement (CLA) with some of its Italian cabin crews.
Research Shows Airline Spread In Transatlantic Fuel Efficiency 
Norwegian Air Shuttle was the most fuel-efficient airline on North Atlantic routes in 2017, according to a new study. The LCC posted a 63% better fuel-burn figure than the worst operator, British Airways (BA).
UK Lifts More Onboard Restrictions On Electronics 
The UK government has continued its gradual relaxation of the ban on carrying large personal electronic devices (PEDs) in the cabins of UK-bound aircraft by exempting two more Turkish airports from the restrictions.
Kuwaiti Regulator Suspends Wataniya For Three Months 
Kuwait’s aviation regulator has suspended the air operator’s certificate (AOC) of Wataniya Airways for three months.
UK Information Security Office Probes Major BA Cyber Attack 
The UK government office responsible for internet security is investigating a major data breach at British Airways (BA) that resulted in the theft of details of 380,000 passenger financial transactions.
Flydubai’s 1H Loss Grows As Oil Prices Rise 
LCC flydubai saw its first-half loss more than double compared to the same period in 2017, caused by a combination of sharply higher fuel prices and a “challenging” economic and geopolitical climate.
Aircraft Problems Cause Wataniya To Limit Operations 
Kuwaiti carrier Wataniya Airways has limited its operations, citing technical problems with its aircraft and blaming a Greek lessor for difficulties that led to a sharp reprimand from the Kuwaiti regulator on Aug. 25.
Finnair Names Financier As Its New CEO 
Finland’s national carrier, Finnair, has appointed financial specialist Topi Manner as CEO, effective Jan. 1.
Aer Lingus Boosts London Flights With CityJet Wet Lease 
Irish regional carrier CityJet has taken a further major step away from being a scheduled carrier toward becoming a capacity provider for others.
UK Regulator Calls For Tougher Action Against Disruptive Passengers 
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has called for more prosecutions to deter drunken and violent airline passengers.
Report: Authorities Threatened To Revoke Kuwaiti Carrier’s Permit 
Kuwait’s civil aviation regulator has told hybrid carrier Wataniya Airways to improve its service standards or potentially face closure, according to a report from state-run news agency KUNA.
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