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.

Air France-KLM, China Eastern Expand JV 
Air France-KLM and China Eastern Airlines said they had broadened their cooperation and extended their joint venture (JV) with new destinations on the passenger side and China Eastern selecting Air France-KLM’s MRO arm for the component support of its Boeing 787 fleet.
Local Authorities In UK To Challenge Heathrow’s Third Runway 
A group of local authorities in the London area has notified the UK secretary of state for transport it will seek a judicial review of the government’s decision to support a third runway at London Heathrow Airport.
Airbus BelugaXL Achieves First Flight 
Airbus’ first BelugaXL took its first flight, paving the way for a 10-month flight-test certification campaign and a planned entry into service next year.
Ryanair Signs Cabin Crew Deal With Ver.di In Germany 
Ryanair said it has signed its third cabin crew union recognition agreement, this one with the Ver.di union to represent directly employed flight attendants based in Germany.
Ryanair To Cancel More Flights Over Cabin Crew Strikes 
Ryanair said it would cancel up to 300 flights on July 25 and 26 because of planned strikes by cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain, adding to its labor woes during the peak European summer vacation period as a conflict with pilots based in Ireland also continues.
EasyJet Ups Profit Forecast As Passenger Numbers Rise 
UK LCC easyJet raised its full-year profit forecast as it reported a rise in revenue and passenger numbers in the June quarter, helped by competitor woes and in spite of the impact of disruption in Europe.
Finnair Warns Of High Fuel Price Impact 
Finnair warned of the impact of higher fuel prices as it presented its first-half 2018 results.
Ryanair Cancels 24 Flights Over Pilot Strike 
Ryanair said it would cancel 24 flights on July 20 as pilots in Ireland go ahead with a second one-day strike over an ongoing conflict with management about working conditions.
Air France-KLM, China Southern, Xiamen Form Single JV 
PARIS–Air France-KLM, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines said they were streamlining their two existing agreements into a single joint venture (JV) carrying some 1.25 million passengers per year between Europe and China.
EU Calls For Action To Reduce Flight Delays 
The European Union (EU) has called for greater cooperation and progress the Single European Sky framework to help reduce to flight delays, as the busy European summer vacation period highlights the disruption travelers regularly face.
Ryanair’s Ireland-Based Pilots Announce More Strikes 
Ryanair’s Ireland-based pilots have called two more one-day strikes on July 20 and July 24, as a conflict with the LCC’s management continues despite ongoing talks between the two sides.
Lower Unit Costs Help Norwegian Return To Profit 
Norwegian said lower unit costs helped achieve a NOK300 million ($37 million) net profit for the second quarter, reversed from a net loss of NOK691 million in the same period a year earlier.
Air France-KLM Nears Two Months With No CEO 
Air France-KLM is nearing two months without a CEO as a replacement for Jean-Marc Janaillac, who left on May 15 following a bitter dispute with unions over pay, still has yet to be found.
Ryanair’s Ireland-Based Pilots To Strike 
Ryanair expects to cancel around 30 flights between Ireland and the UK on July 12, with pilots in Ireland expected to maintain a planned strike over concerns about base transfers and pilot seniority agreements, despite plans for the airline to meet the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) union.
Turkish Airlines Reports Record Load Factor 
Turkish Airlines said its first-half 2018 load factor reached the highest level in its history, with a 4.3-point year-over-year (YOY) increase to 80.4%, helped by a 17.8% YOY increase in passenger traffic during the January-June period to 35.6 million passengers.
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