Helen Massy-Beresford

Helen Massy-Beresford
Paris Bureau Chief

Based in Paris, Helen Massy-Beresford covers European and Middle Eastern airlines, the European Commission’s air transport policy and the air cargo industry for Aviation Week & Space Technology and Aviation Daily.

Helen combines a deep knowledge of the aviation industry with years of experience in journalism. She was a business reporter at Flight International in London before moving to Paris to work for Reuters as European Automotive Correspondent. She has written for a variety of publications including the Guardian, the Observer, the Telegraph, Airline Business and Aircraft Cabin Management.

Ryanair Shareholders Back Resolutions, Warn Chairman 
Ryanair’s shareholders backed all resolutions at their annual general meeting (AGM), easing some pressure on the budget carrier, but reelected its chairman with a much smaller majority than before to send a signal of discontent about how management has been handling a labor relations crisis.
Ryanair Shareholders To Hear Calls For Management Shifts 
European pilots are calling for management changes at Ryanair, ahead of its annual shareholders’ meeting on Sept. 20, the European Cockpit Association (ECA) said in a Sept. 19 statement in which it described the situation at the budget carrier as “more chaotic and unpredictable than ever.”
Brussels To End Mumbai Flights, Boost Africa Network 
Brussels Airlines said it is changing its long-haul network as it ends flights to Mumbai, India, for economic reasons and refocuses that capacity on its core region of Africa.
Air France Pilots Optimistic About Solving Pay Crisis 
Air France’s main pilots’ union has confidence in new Air France-KLM group CEO Ben Smith’s ability to solve the pay crisis that cost his predecessor his job, its president told France’s RTL Radio.
Ongoing Labor Strife To Greet New Air France-KLM CEO 
PARIS–Air France-KLM’s new CEO starts work Sept. 17, ending a four month-period in which the airline group was without a permanent boss after an escalating labor conflict at Air France led to the departure of his predecessor.
French Mull New Greenland Search In A380 Engine Probe 
The French air accident investigation agency BEA is evaluating whether to launch a new radar search for parts buried beneath the Greenland ice cap that could provide clues as to why an Air France Airbus A380 suffered an uncontained engine failure in September 2017.
Is There An Italian Future For Alitalia?  1
Italy’s government wants Alitalia to remain at least partly in Italian hands—but European airlines might still have a role to play.
Unions In Five Countries Set New Ryanair Strike Date 
Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in five countries announced a 24-hour strike starting at midnight on Sept. 28—part of ongoing calls for the airline to adhere to local labor laws and contracts.
Ryanair Renews Brexit Warning As It Adds UK Summer Routes 
Ryanair plans to add 23 routes to its London summer schedule, making it the biggest ever, but repeated its warning that a “no-deal” Brexit could cause flight disruptions.
Ryanair To Launch Service From England’s Exeter Airport 
Ryanair said it would start flying from Exeter Airport in Devon, in southwest England, to three European destinations beginning in April.
After Union Deal, Ryanair Drops Plan To Cut Dublin Fleet 
Ryanair said it would not reduce its Dublin-based fleet this winter, after the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) voted to accept a collective operations agreement, ending weeks of tense negotiations and a series of strikes.
British Airways And India’s Vistara Sign Codeshare Deal 
British Airways said it has signed a codeshare agreement with Indian domestic carrier Vistara that will allow the introduction of more routes between London and Indian destinations.
Italy’s State Railway Sees Synergies With Alitalia 
The CEO of Italy’s state railway company, Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), sees synergies with Alitalia that are worth reviewing, he told an Italian newspaper, as the country’s government pondered what to do with the bankrupt carrier.
Ryanair Pilots In Ireland Vote For Collective Operations Pact 
Ryanair pilots who belong to the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) have voted unanimously in favor of a collective agreement, marking a step forward in talks between the LCC and its Irish pilots and introducing the possibility that the airline may not reduce its Dublin-based fleet as threatened.
Nantes To Become EasyJet’s Seventh Base In France 
EasyJet said it would open its seventh base in France, at Nantes Atlantique Airport in the west of the country, basing three Airbus A320 aircraft there beginning next spring.
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