Nordic budget airline Primera Air has agreed to buy eight of Boeing’s new 737 MAX aircraft for more than $950 million at list prices, and has an option to buy an additional four planes. Primera has said that it wants the new planes because it plans to start offering transatlantic flights. Primera will be ‘the latest […]
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An All Nippon Airways 787-9 made an unscheduled landing in Bratsk, Russia, after cockpit instruments warned pilots of an engine problem. The aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, operated as flight NH209. It was en route from Tokyo Narita to Dusseldorf when the aircraft’s left engine shut down. The aircraft landed safely.
In the Financial Times Online this week they discuss IAG’s new brand, LEVEL, in a piece analysing the low-cost long-haul market. The journalist notes that since Norwegian started offering services across the Atlantic in 2013, legacy airlines have ‘rushed to protect their large market share’. Lufthansa is expanding its Eurowings subsiduary and Air France-KLM is launching a new airline called Boost. Analysis by Barclays estimates that […]
easyJet’s stock has dropped more than five per cent this morning after the airline reported a higher than expected loss for the first six months of last year. CEO Carolyn McCall said the first half loss was in line with the market, noting the movement of Easter into the second half. Alex Paterson at Investec noted the results […]
United Airlines sent an alert to pilots after a member of cabin crew mistakenly posted information that included flight deck door access codes on a public website. Flight crew were asked to visually confirm the identity of anyone trying to access the cockpit until the issue was resolved. The codes have now been changed. A spokesperson […]
Flight cancellations that sparked a brawl in Spirit Airlines’ Florida terminal have their roots in a dispute between the budget airline and its pilot union. Nine flights out of Fort Lauderdale International Airport were cancelled when pilots failed to show up to fly the planes on May 9. Some pilots called in sick, while others […]
Emirates Group has posted its annual report, with profits down 70 per cent to $670 million. The group said that its 29th consecutive year of profit was achieved ‘despite a turbulent year for aviation and travel’. Emirates reported a record 56.1 million passengers over the year (up eight per cent) – load factor was 75.1 per cent (down […]
Boeing has suspended flight tests of its new 737 Max jetliner because of engine problems, but it still planned to deliver the first plane to its launch customer this month. The company announced a temporary suspension of flights, just days before the first of the single-aisle jets was due to be flown to Malaysia where it will be operated by a unit of Lion Air, the launch operator. Boeing […]
United Airlines’ shares have reached a record high – just weeks after the US carrier had to apologise for dragging a passenger off one of its flights. Oscar Munoz, United’s CEO, apologised last month in the aftermath of passenger Dr David Dao being forcibly removed by security staff from an overbooked domestic flight with videos of the incident published around the […]
Air India has reportedly delayed the launch of its Delhi to Tel Aviv service as several countries, including the UAE, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan, denied overflight permission for the service. The route was scheduled to start this month.