Entries by Barry

Air Berlin continues talks with easyJet and Lufthansa 

Insolvent airline Air Berlin is pushing ahead with talks with Lufthansa and easyJet about a possible sale. Air Berlin, which has around 8,000 employees, filed for insolvency last month after major shareholder Etihad said it would stop providing funding.  However, the company is still flying after a £130 million rescue loan from Germany’s government. Air Berlin said that […]

Flybe losses treble 

Regional carrier Flybe has recorded an adjusted loss of £19.2 million for the year to March 31 – nearly triple its result in 2016/17.  However, the loss before tax improved to £9.4 million and group revenue was up 6.4 per cent to £752.6 million.  The results come as the airline continues a restructuring plan aimed at improving its financial performance, […]

Virgin update interiors 

Virgin Atlantic is giving its new fleet of planes a style revamp, and has unveiled the latest interiors for its A330-200 aircraft, due to be rolled out from November. The update includes a new ‘Love Suite‘ in Upper Class that includes side-by-side seats that convert to a fully-flat double bed in the sky. Customers can also pick a Corner Suite or Freedom Suite, giving them […]

Etihad cuts losses despite failure of European partnerships 

Etihad Airways managed to reduce its loss by $432 million to $1.52 billion last year despite its European equity partners Alitalia and airberlin entering administration.  The airline said other challenges during 2017 included ‘significant’ fuel price increases.  Revenues from core operations were up 1.9 per cent to $6.1 billion. Both passenger and cargo yields improved following an increased focus […]

easyJet Heathrow fares ‘to be 30 per cent less’  

easyJet has said customers should expect a 30 per cent fall in fares on UK and European routes when the carrier launches from Heathrow. easyJet expects to begin serving UK and European cities from Heathrow from 2026, if the third runway is built. The airline says this will allow it to serve destinations such as Belfast International, Jersey, Naples and Bordeaux which are not currently served from Heathrow.  According to easyJet UK […]

Latest Ryanair news

Ryanair to fly from London Southend Airport in 2019.  Ryanair will begin operating flights from Southend next year. The airline said it will base three planes at the airport from April and fly 13 routes to eight countries, including Spain and Greece. More than 55 flights a week will see Ryanair carry an estimated one million passengers per year. Southend will be the fourteenth […]

Airbus may finally crack Ryanair as O’Leary touts order prospect 

Airbus may end up with a significant new customer as Ryanair looks to beef up a newly acquired airline unit that uses planes from the European manufacturer.  Ryanair, which previously operated only Boeing aircraft, will expand the fleet at Austria’s LaudaMotion to as many as 50 A320s over four years. The narrow-body model could eventually account for 20 per cent of […]

Ryanair COO says pilot staffing situation has stabilised

Ryanair has said its issues with pilot staffing have stabilised, with would-be Ryanair pilots ‘queueing up’ to join after the company decided to recognise unions and offer direct contracts.  Along with direct employment contracts for new joiners, plus agreements to recognise unions in some countries, Ryanair has also dropped the cost of some training, known as a type rating, ordered […]

easyJet to help small number of pilots with cost of training 

easyJet has said it will cut the cost of training for a small number of pilots as part of a drive to attract a more diverse range of people to fly its planes. The article suggests that flight schools and airlines are moving to sponsor more courses, or cut the cost of training, amidst a global shortage […]

Norwegian Air to press ahead with Dublin Airport base 

Norwegian Air International is continuing with its plans for a Dublin Airport base despite announcing that it would cut services from Cork and Shannon later this year.  The carrier confirmed earlier this week that low demand prompted it to cut its services from Cork and Shannon airports to Providence, Rhode Island, from October to March 2019.  […]