Europe

  • Rossiya-c-Rossiya
    News

    Rossiya sets up pilot corps to prepare for Superjet 100 operations

    2020-10-29T15:57:00Z

    Russian carrier Rossiya has established a new flight unit which will second pilots from parent Aeroflot Group to operate Sukhoi Superjet 100s on its network. Rossiya uses a mix of Boeing 747s and 777s for its long-haul services, as well as Boeing 737s and Airbus A320-family jets for short-haul ...

  • Ursula von der Leyen
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    EU targets common protocol for Covid testing of travellers

    2020-10-29T12:21:00Z

    The European Commission is preparing common passenger testing, quarantine and tracking practices for member states to help ensure safe travel as it battles the Covid-19 pandemic. “Free movement within the EU and the border-free Schengen area are prized achievements of European integration – the Commission is working to ensure ...

  • A321neo-c-Airbus
    News

    Airbus acknowledges ‘white-tails’ among inventory of stored aircraft

    2020-10-29T11:45:00Z

    Airbus has acknowledged that its inventory of undelivered aircraft includes a number of ‘white-tails’, but stresses that the proportion is relatively small. The airframer put the undelivered total at 135 by the end of September, down from 145 at the end of June, although it has not specified the ...

  • Japan Future Fighter
    Analysis

    Tokyo weighs options for overseas participation in ambitious F-X future fighter programme

    2020-10-29T11:17:00Z

    As Tokyo advances its ambitious F-X future fighter programme, it must weigh a number of factors – including concerns around intellectual property (IP) and ease of upgrade – as it decides which nations to partner with for the effort, according to two leading airpower experts.

  • A320neo-c-Airbus
    News

    Airbus shifts timeline for potential A320neo ramp-up to third quarter 2021

    2020-10-29T08:00:00Z

    Airbus has shifted the timeframe for a potential ramp-up of single-aisle production to the beginning of the third quarter of 2021. Speaking during a third-quarter briefing, Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury said the airframer had “pushed to the right” the possible starting point to raise production – from the ...

  • A350 climb
    News

    Airbus cuts undelivered aircraft to 135 as production converges

    2020-10-29T06:08:00Z

    Airbus has reduced to about 135 the number of aircraft it has been unable to deliver as a result of the air transport crisis. The airframer insists it has managed, over the third quarter, to achieve convergence between production and deliveries. Airbus recorded €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion) in ...

  • Cityhopper VR training
    News

    KLM Cityhopper seeks EASA backing for virtual-reality pilot training

    2020-10-28T22:28:00Z

    KLM’s regional Cityhopper division is exploring whether it can obtain European safety authority certification for virtual-reality pilot training. The regional operator is interested in pursuing European Union Aviation Safety Agency approval for the training, which will initially complement its regular training programmes. Cityhopper says the virtual-reality scheme could ...

  • Ryanair-Cork-c-Shutterstock
    News

    Ryanair to suspend service from all Irish airports except Dublin

    2020-10-28T18:59:00Z

    Ryanair will temporarily cease operations from all Irish airports except Dublin for a one-month period, blaming government “mismanagement” and a “complete collapse in travel demand”. 

  • Finnair staircase incident-c-Swissport Finland
    News

    Poor communication led Finnair flight attendant to fall from mobile stairs

    2020-10-28T18:48:00Z

    Finnish investigators have determined that poor communication regarding signals to ground vehicles led a flight attendant to fall from a mobile staircase as it pulled away from a Finnair Airbus A320. The flight attendant was seriously injured in the 3.5m fall at Helsinki Vantaa airport on 13 January. ...

  • LOT-Polish-E190-c-Shutterstock
    News

    ‘Risk must be rebalanced’ across industry: LOT operations chief

    2020-10-28T15:57:00Z

    Suppliers such as aircraft manufacturers, lessors and MRO providers must make a greater contribution to shouldering the financial risk borne by airlines amid the air transport crisis, in the view of LOT chief operating officer Maciej Wilk.

  • Paris CDG-c-Paris Aeroports
    News

    Paris CDG passenger numbers sneak ahead of London Heathrow’s

    2020-10-28T08:42:00Z

    Under the exceptional circumstances of the air transport crisis, Paris Charles de Gaulle airport has overtaken London Heathrow as the primary European hub. Charles de Gaulle handled almost 19.3 million passengers in the first nine months of 2020, according to figures from operator Groupe ADP, down 66.8%. London ...

  • Finnair A350-c-Finnair
    News

    Finnair ratchets up long-term savings as nine-month loss reaches €450m

    2020-10-28T07:48:00Z

    Finnair is again hiking its target for permanent cost savings from 2022, raising it to €140 million ($165 million) from the previous level of €100 million. It had already increased the target in August, lifting it from the original figure of €80 million. The Nordic carrier disclosed the ...

  • Turkish A320-c-Turkish Airlines
    News

    Turkish Airlines agrees amended delivery schedule for Airbus orders

    2020-10-27T15:54:00Z

    Turkish Airlines has undertaken a restructuring of its fleet plans, agreeing with Airbus to reschedule a number of deliveries. The carrier adds that it has “adapted the overall outstanding orders”, taking into account operational and financial positions, to ensure a “solid basis” for the airline’s future. Turkish Airlines ...

  • Brian Pearce, IATA
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    Airline cash burn to continue throughout 2021: IATA

    2020-10-27T14:57:00Z

    Airlines will struggle to cut unit costs sufficiently to prevent cash burn continuing throughout 2021, based on current demand assumptions, according to IATA.

  • Empty-airport
    News

    ACI Europe claims nearly 200 of region’s airports ‘face insolvency’

    2020-10-27T12:43:00Z

    ACI Europe has warned of the “collapse of significant parts of the air transport system” because of a worsening outlook for passenger demand.

  • Icelandair Boeing 757-200
    News

    Icelandair to withdraw and part-out batch of 757-200s

    2020-10-27T08:33:00Z

    Icelandair Group is planning to retire four Boeing 757-200s over the next few weeks, which will be placed with part-out schemes. The company says some of the components will be cannibalised for its remaining 757s while others will be sold. Icelandair Group says the retirement is part of ...

  • EasyJet Airbus
    News

    EasyJet enters leaseback agreements for nine more A320s

    2020-10-27T07:21:00Z

    UK budget carrier EasyJet has agreed several sale-and-leaseback arrangements, covering nine aircraft and generating nearly $400 million to enhance its liquidity. The airline has sealed a transaction involving five Airbus A320s with Irish-based Wilmington Trust SP Services. EasyJet says this agreement, centred on leases averaging 117 months, will ...

  • Icelandair Boeing 737 Max
    News

    Icelandair uses Boeing compensation to offset new 737 Max expenditure

    2020-10-26T22:58:00Z

    Icelandair Group is expecting to take delivery of three more Boeing 737 Max jets in the first half of 2021, and has reclassified part of the compensation received for the Max grounding as reduced capital expenditure on them. The company has not disclosed the scale of the compensation settlement ...

  • CR929 title-c-United Aircraft
    News

    Russian budget proposal cuts near-term subsidy for CR929

    2020-10-26T19:02:00Z

    Russia’s government is proposing heavily reduced near-term budget allocations for the joint Russian-Chinese long-haul aircraft project, as part of a broad review of state aviation strategy funding. United Aircraft and Chinese aerospace firm Comac have been working to develop the CRAIC CR929, a 280-seat twin-engined widebody jet. The ...

  • Norwegian 737-800 at Gatwick
    News

    Norwegian converts more debt into equity

    2020-10-26T17:35:00Z

    Scandinavian budget carrier Norwegian has converted another SKr231 million ($26 million) of debt into equity by issuing 56.3 million new shares.