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.

Wizz Air Adds More Aircraft To London Luton Base 
Fast-growing Budapest-based LCC Wizz Air is allocating two new Airbus A320s to its London Luton Airport-based fleet, accompanying the launch of two routes to Larnaca, Cyprus and Lviv, Ukraine.
SAS Offers Wi-Fi On Short- And Medium-Haul Routes 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has launched high-speed Wi-Fi on its short- and medium-haul routes between Scandinavia and Europe, allowing passengers to start streaming and browse the internet once aircraft are airborne.
EU, U.S. Move Closer To Removing Time Limits From Wet-Lease Rules 
The European Union (EU) and the U.S. are moving closer to a long-awaited agreement to remove time limits from wet-leasing contracts after the European Council gave the European Commission the green light to negotiate with its U.S. counterpart.
EASA Warns A-VDGS Systems May Not Recognize Dark-Colored Aircraft 
PARIS–The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published a safety information bulletin highlighting the issue of dark-colored aircraft not being recognized by advanced visual docking guidance systems (A-VDGS).
Air France-KLM Names Interim CEO 
Air France-KLM said CFO Frederic Gagey would take over as interim CEO after Jean-Marc Janaillac stepped down because of a labor relations crisis.
Lost Sales, New Opportunities Ripple After U.S.-Iran Deal Nixed  10
Industry is still working to understand the new U.S.-Iranian paradigm, while analysts suggest a mix of upside and downside.
Air-France-KLM Faces Challenges As CEO Quits 
Jean-Marc Janaillac’s shock departure leaves the airline group without a pilot as it struggles to boost its competitiveness against peers.
Air France To Operate 80% Of Flights On May 8 
Air France said it expected to operate 80% of its flights on May 8, the 15th in a series of day-long strikes over pay that have rocked the carrier and led to the resignation of Air France-KLM group CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac after employees voted against his pay proposal plan.
Air France-KLM: Strikes, Fuel To Sink 2018 Profit 
Air France-KLM warned its 2018 operating profit would be “notably below” 2017’s operating profit because of the financial impact of ongoing Air France strikes, currency fluctuations and a fuel bill expected to be €350 million ($419 million) higher than last year’s.
Air France Expects To Operate 75% Of Flights On May 4 
Air France said 75% of its flights should continue May 4, the latest in a series of one-day strikes organized by unions in protest of the company’s pay proposal for staff.
Alitalia Sale Deadline Pushed To October 
Italy formally pushed back the deadline for selecting a buyer for ailing airline Alitalia by six months to Oct. 31, with the repayment of a controversial government bridge loan that is keeping it flying now set for Dec. 15.
Air France To Ground Boeing 787 Over Pilot Training 
Air France said it would be forced to ground one of its new Boeing 787 aircraft and reduce its flight frequency from Paris to Guangzhou, China, over a disagreement with its main pilots union, the SNPL, about pilot training.
Norwegian Fielding Inquiries About IAG 
Norwegian said it has received further inquiries after International Airlines Group (IAG) acquired 4.6% of the low-cost, long-haul carrier’s shares.
Air Belgium Delays First Flight 
Air Belgium said it would delay its first flight to Hong Kong to June 3 from April 30 because it has not yet received permission to fly through Russian airspace.
Ryanair Exercises 25 Boeing 737 MAX Options 
Irish LCC Ryanair said it was exercising options on 25 Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft, bringing its total firm orders for the MAX to 135, the first of which are due to arrive in the first half of 2019.
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