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    Logistics entrepreneur Kuehne overtakes state as largest Lufthansa shareholder


    Logistics entrepreneur Klaus-Michael Kuehne has increased his stake in German flag-carrier Lufthansa, becoming the largest single shareholder in the company. Lufthansa Group filings show that Kuehne raised his stake on 5 July from just over 10% to a little more than 15%. The company states that its shareholder structure, as ...

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    FBI, MI5 cite aerospace sector in warning about CCP espionage


    The counterintelligence agencies of the United Kingdom and USA have issued a stark warning about the espionage risk the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) presents for western businesses, citing examples in the aerospace industry.

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    Vertical Aerospace picks battery cell supplier for VX4 eVTOL


    Vertical Aerospace has selected the Taiwanese firm Molicel to supply high-power battery cells for the company’s VX4 electric vertical take-off aircraft. The two sides have entered a partnership which will result in Molicel providing its cell technology for integration with Vertical Aerospace’s battery-pack design. Vertical Aerospace says the agreement will ...

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    British Airways recruits KLM operating chief de Groot


    KLM chief operating officer Rene de Groot is to step down from his role to take up the same position at British Airways.

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    Virgin continues Florida push with Heathrow-Tampa service


    Virgin Atlantic is to launch year-round flights from London Heathrow to Tampa from this November, marking the first service to the Florida city from the London airport.

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    US support for Ukraine includes 20 Mi-17s, 700 Switchblades


    The US Department of Defense has provided over 20 Mil Mi-17 helicopters in addition to other airpower support to Ukraine.

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    Aeroflot Group to consolidate MRO capabilities within A-Technics subsidiary


    Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot is to reinforce its maintenance capabilities by transferring infrastructure and personnel to its specialised technical subsidiary A-Technics. It intends to complete the transfer of production facilities – including hangar complexes at Moscow Sheremetyevo – and re-assignment of qualified staff by the end of this year. As a ...

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    SAS’s largest creditors include state bondholders and loan providers


    Initial US Chapter 11 filings from Scandinavian carrier SAS show that government loans and hybrid bonds make up the most significant unsecured creditor claims against the company. Just under $600 million in state hybrid bonds, plus another $161 million in commercial hybrid bonds, are listed with Intertrust Group which acts ...

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    SAS Chapter 11 filing 'accelerated' to protect company: chief executive


    SAS chief executive Anko van der Werff insists the pilot strike affecting the company did not directly trigger its US Chapter 11 filing, but has accelerated the decision to seek court protection. The board made the decision on 5 July to proceed with the filing, the day after SAS pilots ...

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    SAS files for US Chapter 11 protection to push through restructuring


    Scandinavian operator SAS has voluntarily filed for US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as part of its efforts to push through a comprehensive restructuring of its business. Through the court-supervised process it aims to reach agreements with its main stakeholders, restructure its debts and reconfigure its aircraft fleet. It expects the ...

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    Star Alliance ties up with Deutsche Bahn to offer air-rail interchange


    German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is to become a non-airline partner of Star Alliance, offering surface connections to passengers of the carrier group later this year. Deutsche Bahn will be the alliance’s first intermodal partner from 1 August. It states that the tie-up will “intelligently connect” air and rail, and ...

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    TAP A330neo threw up dust during near-overrun take-off from Angola


    Investigators believe a take-off performance miscalculation at Luanda meant a TAP Air Portugal Airbus A330neo became airborne at the far end of the runway after a late increase in thrust. The A330-900 (CS-TUL), with a take-off weight of 191.3t, was bound for Lisbon on 12 April. Although the twinjet had ...

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    Airline Business Podcast: IATA AGM talking points and A380 return


    Graham and Lewis consider the main talking points from the recent IATA AGM in Doha, at which the association outlined an improved economic outlook for the industry. At the same time as better news on Covid restrictions being dropped, however, executives also acknowledged a new set of headwinds. They also ...

  • Peter Bellew

    EasyJet operating chief resigns


    Peter Bellew has resigned from his position as EasyJet’s chief operating officer to “pursue other business opportunities”, the UK-based low-cost carrier announced on 4 July. EasyJet’s statement to the London Stock Exchange does not suggest the decision relates to the operating challenges faced by the carrier in recent months. Bellew ...

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    SAS warns 'reckless' pilots' strike threatens carrier's survival


    SAS is warning that industrial action by pilots is reckless and threatens the survival of the company, after it failed to avert a strike by cockpit crews. Efforts at mediation had twice deferred a strike notice, pushing it back from 29 June until 4 July. But SAS says the members ...

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    Vallair prepares to convert A330s under new Class-E freighter programme


    French engineering specialist Vallair has unveiled a Class-E cargo modification for Airbus A330-300s, which is intended to offer a quick low-cost alternative to full freighter conversion. The upper-deck modification – which will offer a 60t payload and range of some 4,200nm – is designed to “bridge the gap” for operations ...

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    Ryanair and Wizz record highest traffic months in June


    Expanding European low-cost carriers Ryanair and Wizz Air both saw traffic levels soar in June, underlining their return to growth since the pandemic.

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    SAS gains more negotiating time as pilots push back strike again


    Mediators have obtained a further postponement of threatened industrial action by SAS pilots, at least until 4 July. The planned strike by cockpit crew for the Scandinavian carrier was originally scheduled to commence on 29 June. It was deferred by three days, to 2 July, after the two sides agreed ...

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    Poland signs $1.8bn contract for 32 AW149 multirole helicopters


    Poland has finalised a deal with prime contractor PZL-Swidnik for the supply of 32 Leonardo Helicopters AW149 medium twins. Signed on 1 July, the “Perkoz” programme acquisition is worth €1.76 billion ($1.8 billion), Leonardo says. Source: Polish Ministry of National Defence PZL-Swidnik will deliver 32 of the medium ...

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    EASA spearheads rulemaking for VTOL-capable operations and licensing


    Europe’s air transport safety authority has laid out pioneering proposals for integrating operation of air taxis within cities, using innovative vertical take-off aircraft, with rules complementing those previously drawn up for unmanned aircraft systems. The proposals cover airworthiness and flight-crew licensing, as well as air operations, and the European Union ...