Entries by Barry

Finnair launches Wi-Fi on European flights

Business Traveller Online writes that Finnair has launched Wi-Fi connectivity on its European flights, with six of the carrier’s narrow body Airbus fleet now fitted with the Viasat technology. The airline said that 20 of its short-haul aircraft will be fitted by the end of this summer, with the rest of its narrow body Airbus fleet expected to be connected […]

British Airways’ billion-dollar New York route  

In The Independent (Sunday) Simon Calder analysed the only billion dollar route in the world: British Airways‘ flights between Heathrow and New York JFK.  Last year, according to flight schedule specialist OAG, BA earned £1.04 billion (six per cent of its total revenue) on the link and the company also earned additional revenue on other routes to New York from London City and Gatwick, as well as its […]

Mixed Q1 for Wizz Air as profits take a hit 

Insider Media writes that Wizz Air has increased Q1 revenue past the €550m mark after enjoying a “very solid performance”. However, profits took a hit and it has taken the decision to trim its full-year growth target. The company operates a fleet of 104 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, offering more than 600 routes from 25 bases, connecting 142 destinations […]

Norwegian to hire 40 pilots  

Norwegian is planning to hire 40 more pilots to be based in Dublin to serve its increasing number of transatlantic flights, including a new route between Ireland and Canada. The low-cost carrier’s recruitment push coincides with strikes by staff at Ryanair, its budget rival on short haul flights. Last year Norwegian hired more than 140 pilots […]

easyJet seeks 1,200 cabin crew as airport expands 

 Expansion at Southend Airport has prompted easyJet to begin recruitment for 1,200 new cabin crew.  The airport, owned by Stobart Group, has long-term plans to grow from one million passengers to 10 million. easyJet has ‘long eyed’ expansion at the airport and its latest plans may have been prompted by Ryanair announcing that it is to start operations there. 

New Nigerian airline? 

The Nigerian government is inviting investors to fund another attempt to bring order to aviation chaos. Prospective backers of a new “paper airline” have been assured that the government “will not be involved in management decisions and control of the airline”.  But the key decisions that any airline management would wish to make have already been taken […]

Ryanair’s summer of strikes spreads across Europe  

  Ryanair’s summer of strikes has worsened with pilots in Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands voting for industrial action. They have joined the pilots’ union in Ireland, which has had four days of strikes and another planned for August 10, and Germany, which has not yet announced the date of its strike. Cabin crew unions in Spain, […]

Vienna becomes magnet for low-cost airlines  

Vienna is becoming a magnet for low-cost airlines in part due to the airport’s management becoming ‘far more commercial’ according to Wizz Air’s CEO Julian Jager. The articles noted that last month, LEVEL announced it would start flying from Vienna. Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of IAG which owns LEVEL, said it would be increasing the number of […]

Carney blamed for slump in pound   

The UK press wrote that Mark Carney, The Governor of the Bank of England, gloomy predictions about Brexit were yesterday held responsible for a drop in the pound that has upped the cost of foreign holidays. He warned that Britain faced an ‘uncomfortably high’ risk of a no-deal Brexit, which he said would lead to […]

IAG signals end to Norwegian Air take over move + Q2 results

IAG is still interested in acquiring Norwegian but will sell its shares if no deal can be agreed. IAG bought a 4.6 per cent stake in Norwegian this year to initiate takeover talks. Willie Walsh said that it continued to look at Norwegian, but added: “If that conversation doesn’t go anywhere, and it’s clearly not going anywhere […]