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.

ANA, Bankrupt Alitalia Sign Codeshare Deal 
All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Alitalia signed a commercial partnership agreement that will include codeshare flights between Japan and Italy and on domestic routes within the two countries from Oct. 28.
Norwegian Raises Funds Via Share Placement; Expects Q1 Loss 
Norwegian raised NOK1.3 billion ($168 million) in a private share placement as it pushes ahead with expansion amid rising fuel prices and currency effects, which the LCC said is leading to a “challenging” first quarter.
EU Lawmakers Propose ‘Aviation Defense Instrument’ Against ‘Market Distortions’ 
The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has voted to approve new rules aimed at better protecting European Union (EU) airlines in the face of alleged unfair practices by non-EU competitors.
Ryanair To Offer Pilots In Germany Direct Employment 
Ryanair said it would offer all its pilots in Germany direct employment contracts after the agency supplying pilots to the LCC in Germany said it would stop providing them.
Small Planet Targets Growth In Germany As Fleet Increases 
Lithuanian leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines said it would add six Airbus aircraft to its fleet in 2018, bringing the total up to 28, and is poised to become the largest carrier in the Baltic States in terms of passengers, fleet and revenue this year.
Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s Strong 2017 Another Positive Freight Indicator 
Virgin Atlantic Cargo said its 2017 volumes reached a five-year high and revenue rose 9% year-over-year (YOY) to £199.6 million ($279 million), driven by strong growth in shipments of pharmaceuticals and e-commerce goods—a further indication of the strengthening air cargo market.
Air Belgium, Backed By Chinese Travel Agency, Gains AOC 
A new Belgian airline with backing from a huge Chinese travel agency received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) and plans to begin flying to China in April, starting with a service to Hong Kong.
Brexit Progress Still Leaves Questions For Airlines 
Airlines are sounding more optimistic about what will happen after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019, but much uncertainty still remains.
Ryanair Signs Union Recognition Deal With Italian Pilots 
Ryanair said it had signed a union recognition agreement with Italian pilots’ union ANPAC as the process of formalizing its decision to recognize unions across Europe continues.
Ryanair, Aer Lingus Reach Connecting Flights Deal 
Ryanair and Aer Lingus plan to launch connecting flights this year, a spokesperson for Ryanair confirmed after Irish media reports said the two Dublin-based carriers had signed a deal that would help boost passenger numbers through Dublin.
Meridiana’s Air Italy Rebrand Marks New Ambition  1
Italian carrier Meridiana is rebranding as Air Italy, aiming to compete with growing LCCs and insolvent Alitalia, whose ongoing woes highlight the challenge.
Air France’s Joon To Fly Paris-Mumbai 
PARIS—Air France’s new sister airline Joon will take over the carrier’s daily flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Mumbai, India, from June.
Are Europe’s Airlines Overstretching Themselves?  6
After a good 2017, major European airlines are planning capacity increases­—but are they biting off more than they can chew?
Paris Traffic Growth To Slow This Year, ADP Says 
Traffic at Paris airports rose 4.5% in 2017, and the group predicted it would grow 2.5–3.5% in 2018.
EASA Takes Step Forward In Drone Regulation 

PARIS—The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has taken an important step towards building a regulatory framework to govern the use of drones in the region’s airspace.

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