Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic are moving to create a new transatlantic joint venture (JV) triad that includes Air France-KLM acquiring a 31% stake in Virgin and Delta taking a 10% stake in Air France-KLM.
Airbus delivers 100th A350 XWB
Airbus delivered its 100th A350 XWB, an A350-900 for China Airlines.
UK tightens drone rules
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) and UK CAA are tightening their unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) rules, just as research was released on the potential collision damage to commercial aircraft. Photo: The picture, taken during the testing, shows a larger hobbyist-class drone penetrating an aircraft windscreen.
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working with US intelligence experts, built a large personal electronic device (PED) laden with explosives and tested it “on a real airplane, on the ground [and] pressurized,” US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary John Kelly said last week at a security forum event in Aspen, Colorado. “To say the least, it destroyed the airplane,” Kelly said.
Tigerair, Scoot complete merger
Singapore Airlines has dropped its short-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) brand Tigerair, merging the airline into mid- to long-haul LCC Scoot.
S7 Airlines unveils new livery on first A320neo
Russia’s S7 Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, on lease from BOC Aviation. The aircraft, which features the airline’s new livery, is also the first neo to be operated in Russia.
IAG firms three A330s for Level
International Airlines Group has firmed three options for Airbus A330-200 widebodies for its new Level long-haul, low-cost carrier after a strong start for bookings.
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