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  • ANALYSIS: Italian airline consolidation enters end-game

    News | 02 Feb 2012 15:53 | Graham Dunn

    Alitalia's planned acquisition of local carriers Wind Jet and Blue Panorama, together with Meridiana Fly's previously announced merger with Air Italy, caps...
  • Italy clamps down on small regionals

    News | 01 Feb 2000 00:00

    <p>Italy's civil aviation authority, Enac, has clamped down on several of the country's small regional airlines in its first moves to tighten regulatory inspections following its reorganisation in 1997. </p> <p>Air Sicilia is back in operation following the grounding of the chief pilot for failing to comply with numerous procedural requirements, effectively grounding the Palermo-based carrier's two Boeing 737s and one ATR 42. A new chief pilot has been approved by Enac. </p> <p>Another new entrant on the Italian regional market, SiFly, was briefly grounded after Enac suspended its operator's licence. The carrier had failed to complete fully the required flight and maintenance log books for the ATR 42 which crashed in Kosovo on charter to the United Nations in November, killing all 24 people on board. </p> <p>The civil aviation authority has also taken action over Italair, a carrier based in Rome that operates a network including Pisa and Alghero, in Sardinia, with three ATR 42s. The
  • Routes

    News | 21 Apr 1998 23:00

    <p>-Sabena inaugurated a new service between Brussels and Birmingham on 5 April, and will fly the route four times daily with an Avro RJ85.</p> <p>-Australia and the Solomon Islands have lifted capacity entitlements between Honiara and Australian gateways from three to five weekly services, shared between Solomon Airlines and Qantas. The new agreement also provides the opportunity for niche services from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns.</p> <p>-Iberia is to fly three times a week to Johannesburg from 19 May using an Airbus A340. The Spanish flag carrier is exploring links with other African carriers serving countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.</p> <p>-AirTran is to begin operating three daily flights between Hartford, Connecticut and Atlanta from 18 May.</p> <p>-Sky-Trek Airlines has started a scheduled service to Le Touquet, France, from Lydd in the UK, using a PBN Trislander.</p> <p>-Sicily's Med Airlines has begun operating its first of two Saab 2000s alongs
  • Marketplace

    News | 04 Feb 1998 00:00

    <p> -Egyptair has signed a firm contract with Airbus Industrie for four A340-600s, including two orders and two options. It will introduce the 400-seat, Rolls-Royce Trent 500-powered A340 in 2003. </p> <p> -Southern Air Transport has taken delivery of a Boeing 747-200F, acquired from Northwest Airlines, which is being operated for South African Airways. SAT plans to add further 747 freighters by year-end.</p> <p>-Egyptian charter carrier Lotus Air, has selected International Aero Engines' V2500 to power its two Airbus A320s on order (one firm and one option). Deliveries will begin in January 1999.</p> <p>-International Lease Finance has sold five aircraft to a special-purpose company set up by Metlife Capital, with First Security Bank operating as a trustee. They include a Boeing 737-300 leased to Varig, a 737-400 leased to Alaska Airlines, a Boeing 757-200 leased to Mexicana, a Boeing 767-300ER leased to Asiana and an Airbus A319 leased to Swissair. ILFC continues to manage the le
  • Aircraft news

    News | 01 Aug 1997 15:40

    <p>American Eagle has ordered 42 Embraer 145s, plus 25 options, with deliveries starting in February 1998. Continental Express has converted 25 of its options for EMB.145s into firm orders. </p> <p>Northwest Airlines has ordered 50 Airbus A319s, with 100 options, with deliveries between 1999 and 2003. Finnair has ordered two A321s, plus 10 further aircraft to be selected from A319s, A320s and A321s, with options on 24 more, for delivery between 1998 and 2001. TAMhas ordered five A330-200s, plus five options, with deliveries starting in the second half of 1998. Monarch Airlines has ordered two A330-200s and two A321s; deliveries start in March 1999. </p> <p>American Airlines has ordered seven Boeing B777-200IGWs, for delivery in 1999 and 2000. Atlas Air has ordered 10 B747-400 freighters, with options on 10 more, for delivery between 1998 and 2001. British Airways has converted five options for B777s and ordered three B767s, with deliveries between April 1998 and April 1999. Icelandai
  • Saab shapes up for the future

    News | 24 Jun 1997 23:00

    <p>Saab Aircraft hopes to complete a study by the end of the year aimed at mapping out its future strategy. </p> <p>Gert Schyborger, who took over the reins as president at the Swedish civil-aircraft manufacturer earlier this year, says that until the study is complete he will not be entering discussions with anyone over possible alliances. </p> <p>Despite keeping his options open, Schyborger has signalled his ultimate intentions. "We want Saab in better shape to come to the market in a position of strength rather than weakness. Nevertheless, we need to make sure of what we want before we start talking about future co-operation," he says. </p> <p>On the wider question of industry restructuring, the Saab boss believes that the shake-out probably started when the Jetstream 41 turboprop was dropped from the Aero International (Regional) (AI(R)) range in May. </p> <p>Saab's future has frequently been linked to that of AI(R), and, while the Swedish company denies that there are any talk