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_Jens Flottau

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IATA Rearranges Structure 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is reducing the number of its regional structures from seven to five by merging its North and Latin American divisions into a single entity based in Miami and basing its Africa and the Middle East office in Amman, Jordan.

Lufthansa Expedites Fleet Phase Out

Lufthansa is speeding up the retirement of its Boeing 737, 747-400 and Bombardier CRJ700 fleets to keep capacity flat during a period of increased new aircraft deliveries.

Carsten Spohr, CEO of the group’s passenger airline division, tells Aviation Week that the airline will phase out all remaining Boeing 737-300s, 737-500s and Bombardier CRJ700s by the summer of 2015. Lufthansa currently operates 17 737-300s, 22 737-500s and 20 CRJ700s at Lufthansa CityLine.

Lufthansa Begins Transition To Germanwings 

Lufthansa this fall will start the transfer of 25 Airbus A320s to its Germanwings affiliate under a plan to restructure the mainline carrier;s non-hub operations.

The transfer will increase Germanwings’ fleet to 84 aircraft consisting of 61 Airbus narrowbodies and 23 Bombardier CRJ900s.

Avianca Looks At Larger Widebody Fleet 

Avianca is considering extending the leases on its fleet of Airbus A330-200s for several more years to grow its long-haul operation. The airline originally intended to replace the A330 fleet with the Boeing 787-8, of which it has 10 on order. But CEO Fabio Villegas tells Aviation Week that the carrier is now looking at ways to secure a stronger widebody presence in its key markets.

TAME Introduces A330s And Long-Haul Flying 
Ecuadorian airline TAME will enter the widebody and long-haul market with the introduction of its first Airbus A330-200 in July. TAME plans to operate the aircraft on the Quito-New York route exclusively, TAME CEO Rafael Farias told Aviation Week. The aircraft is on a six-year lease. (Photo:
MTU Names New CEO After Behle Announces Departure 

MTU Aero Engines CFO Rainer Winkler will replace CEO Egon Behle by the end of the year. MTU said Behle, 57, decided not to extend his contract, which is expiring at the end of the year. Behle and MTU both cited personal reasons for the decision.

Turkish Places Major 737 Order 

Turkish Airlines is adding to its substantial order book for narrowbodies with another major purchase. The fast-growing carrier revealed in a note to the Istanbul stock exchange that it will order 95 Boeing 737s--20 737-800s, 65 737-8 MAX and 10 737-9 MAX. The order complements a previous one for 82 Airbus A320-family aircraft, among them 53 A321NEOs, four A320NEOs and 25 A321s.

Quito Explores Quick Airport Expansion 

Quito’s new international airport plans to start the next phase of its expansion in October to accommodate the expected growth in passenger volume. Freddy Eguez, CEO of airport regulator Empresa Publica Metropolitana de Servicios Aeroportuarios (EPMSA), says a two-month study on how well the existing terminal fits capacity needs is underway. But the city within a few weeks is likely to ask airport operator Quiport to start working on an extension to make room for more gates and lounges.

Airbus Reaches Rate 10 For A330 

Airbus says it has no immediate plans to go up to a monthly production rate of 11 Airbus A330 widebodies after reaching rate 10 at the beginning of the month. The company still is considering a further increase, but that depends on a broad range of issues to be resolved, among them supply chain readiness and market response, a spokesman says.

Airbus Boosts Output 10% For Year To Date 

Airbus last month recorded orders for 250 new aircraft and delivered 64. The company’s entire new business in March was for the A320 family, both the NEO and the current engine option versions. It consisted of the Lion Air commitment for 234 aircraft–a mix of 109 A320NEOs, 65 A321NEOs and 60 A320s–and a Hawaiian Airlines order for 16 A321NEOs.

CSeries' Future Rests With Supply Chain 
Three months before the planned first flight of its CSeries, Bombardier is grappling with supplier issues crucial to meeting its production cost targets for the 110-/135-seat aircraft. And with shareholders concerned as the Canadian airframer burns through cash at an unprecedented rate to develop the next-generation narrowbody jet, achieving early profitability is essential. (Photo: Bombardier)
Air Berlin Cuts More Fleet, Reaffirms Strategy

Air Berlin this year will further reduce its fleet, with plans to phase out 20 aircraft while taking delivery of eight new aircraft.

The retirements will reduce Air Berlin’s Airbus narrowbody fleet from 67 aircraft to 61 and the Boeing 737NG fleet from 57 to 51. No long-haul or regional aircraft are affected.

Lufthansa Fires Executive Board Member Lauer 

Lufthansa’s transformation process has now reached the executive board, as the airline has decided to fire one of its four members, Stefan Lauer, according to industry sources.

Lauer has been in charge of human resources and affiliate carriers such as Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines and Brussels Airlines. Lufthansa had no comment.

The move highlights the fundamental changes that the company is undertaking.

Air Berlin Cuts More Fleet, Reaffirms Strategy 

Air Berlin cuts fleet further, but reaffirms strategy

Air Berlin this year will further reduce its fleet, with plans to phase out 20 aircraft while taking delivery of eight new aircraft.

The retirements will reduce Air Berlin’s Airbus narrowbody fleet from 67 aircraft to 61 and the Boeing 737NG fleet from 57 to 51. No long-haul or regional aircraft are affected.

IATA Forecasts Higher Profits For 2013
The airline industry is now expected to achieve a $10.6 billion net profit, compared to earlier guidance of $8.4 billion.

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