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New Icelandic LCC PLAY To Fly By Summer 2020 
Eight months after the collapse of WOW Air, a new Icelandic LCC has emerged with plans for services to Europe and North America.
London Conference Showcases ‘Green’ Problems, Opportunities 
Travelers are increasingly considering airlines’ sustainability efforts when they select a carrier, attendees at a conference on aviation’s environmental impact were warned.
South African Airways Adding A350s In Long Haul Overhaul 
South African Airways (SAA) has taken delivery of the first of four new Airbus A350-900s, which the airline said will improve both its customer offering and its commercial prospects.
London Gatwick Experiment Targets New Boarding Tactics 
London Gatwick Airport has embarked on an experiment geared to finding ways of boarding passengers more quickly and efficiently.
Hamad International To Double Capacity With New Expansion 
Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar has revealed plans for its second phase of expansion.
Norwegian Links With Chinese Lessor For Aircraft Financing 
In a further move marking LCC Norwegian’s move away from rapid expansion to prioritizing profitability, the airline plans to establish a joint venture (JV) with China Leasing International Corporation (CCBLI) that will finance, own and lease aircraft that the carrier has on order.
Turkmenistan Airlines Cleared, Reinstated For EU Flights 
Turkmenistan Airlines has been granted permission to resume services to and from the EU, following an eight-month ban.
German-Russian-Saudi Investors Establish New Lessor Company 
A new entrant in the booming aircraft leasing sector has been announced, with the emergence of a tri-national consortium that aims to becoming a leading lessor in the Russian market.
Air Arabia, Etihad To Form LCC Joint Venture 
Etihad Aviation Group and LCC Air Arabia will form a new Abu Dhabi-based joint venture LCC—called Air Arabia Abu Dhabi—to tap into the growing demand for low-cost air travel in the Gulf.
UK Regional Flybe To Be Rebranded As Virgin Connect 
The 40-year-old Exeter-based carrier was bought earlier in 2019 by Connect Airways, an acquisition vehicle made up of Cyrus Capital (40%), fellow UK regional airline Stobart Group (30%) and long-haul specialist Virgin Atlantic (30%).
EasyGroup Wins Legal Cases To Protect Brand 
UK LCC easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou has won legal actions against two airlines he alleged were infringing on his company’s use of the “Easy” brand.
Repatriation Of Thomas Cook Passengers Nears End 
Efforts to return some 150,000 customers of failed leisure operator Thomas Cook Airlines are scheduled to conclude this weekend.
LCC Volotea To Create Sixth Italian Base In 2020 
Spain-based LCC Volotea, which specializes in linking secondary and tertiary European cities, is to open a new base at Naples in 2020.
Oman Air, And Kenya Airways Add Destinations To Codeshare 
Oman Air and Kenya Airways have expanded their codeshare cooperation, increasing destinations covered by the agreement.
UK Regional Loganair Expands Rapid Growth 
Scotland-based regional Loganair is continuing its rapid expansion with the announcement of two further groups of new routes.

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