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.

France’s Aigle Azur Launches New Direct Service To Kiev 
French airline Aigle Azur has launched a direct flight to Ukraine capital Kiev’s Boryspil airport from Paris Orly, as part of the carrier’s ongoing drive to expand its network.
Hong Kong Airlines Power Struggle Goes Public 
Hong Kong Airlines said it had to hire external security personnel and lawyers because of an unfolding spat between the airline’s shareholders, but insisted it was business as usual for the airline’s customers.
French Court Annuls Privatization Of Toulouse Airport 
A French court has ruled to annul the controversial 2015 privatization of Toulouse Airport, in the latest step in a long legal process that could eventually see the airport sale being canceled.
European Airlines Contend With Ongoing Uncertainty Over Brexit 
With worries over flying rights eliminated, the effect of uncertainty on consumer confidence is causing headaches for carriers.
Lufthansa Posts Loss On Fuel Prices, Overcapacity 
Lufthansa Group reported a loss for the first quarter of 2019, hit by a rise in fuel costs as well as overcapacity, making it the latest in a series of European airlines to warn of a difficult operating environment.
Alitalia Unions Sound Alarm Despite Government Assurances 
Alitalia unions said they were ready to take action to protest the delay in presenting a new business strategy for Alitalia even as the Italian government said there would be good news soon about the ailing airline.
British Airways CFO To Become IAG Group Finance Chief 
British Airways’ CFO is to step into the same role for parent company International Airlines Group (IAG), replacing Enrique Dupuy de Lome who is stepping down in June.
Air Caraibes To Receive Third Airbus A350-900 In July 
Air Caraibes said it would take delivery of its third Airbus A350-900 on Jul. 26 as it continues to grow after recording a 7% increase in passenger numbers in 2018.
Norwegian To Postpone Additional Airbus Deliveries 
Norwegian Air Shuttle’s leasing arm has reached an agreement with Airbus to postpone deliveries of Airbus A320neo and A321LR aircraft as part of an ongoing drive to reduce costs and boost profitability, cutting capital expenditure by $570 million over two years.
Norwegian Appoints Deputy CEO 
Scandinavian LCC Norwegian Air Shuttle has promoted its CFO Geir Karlsen to the post of deputy CEO, just a year after he joined the airline.
Alitalia Offer Deadline Extended To Apr. 30 
Italian railway company Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) has until Apr. 30 to present a binding offer for Alitalia, after the Italian government and the commissioners managing the carrier since it declared bankruptcy extended a deadline, Italian media reported.
Groupe ADP To Invest €6 Billion In Airport Infrastructure 
Paris airports operator Groupe ADP said it will make €6 billion ($6.7 billion) of regulated investments in infrastructure in 2021-25 to prepare for the expected doubling of air traffic in the next 20 years.
Flybe To Close Some UK Bases As It Cuts Jet Operations 
UK regional airline Flybe said it was ending jet operations at several UK airports as part of a previously announced fleet reduction plan, on the same day that it was forced to cancel dozens of flights in what it said was an unrelated issue.
Wizz Air Expects Profit At High End Of Guidance 
Low-cost airline Wizz Air anticipates its profit for the year will be at the high end of its estimate, thanks to robust demand; its operational performance in March was good as well, with a decrease in cancellations.
Searchlight Capital To Buy 26% Of Latecoere 
Investment company Searchlight Capital Partners is buying 26% of French aerostructures and electrical systems manufacturer Latecoere, the Toulouse-based company said Apr. 2.
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