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    Stobart Group still plans airline exit despite Aer Lingus franchise setback


    Stobart Group still intends to divest its regional operator Stobart Air by the end of the financial year, despite Irish carrier Aer Lingus’s deciding not to renew a franchise agreement with the company. Aer Lingus has been using Stobart Air for regional connections for several years and Stobart Group ...

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    Croatia Airlines to shore up liquidity with HRK350m government injection


    Croatia Airlines is to hold an extraordinary general assembly to approve a recapitalisation scheme which involves raising HRK350 million ($54.7 million) through a share issue. Under the proposal, to be discussed at the 14 December assembly, the share capital of the airline would increase from HRK277.8 million to HRK627.8 ...

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    Sunweb drops plans to buy Corendon Dutch Airlines


    Triton-owned online holiday provider Sunweb Group has pulled out of plans to acquire Corendon’s tour-operating business, including Corendon Dutch Airlines.

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    Volga-Dnepr An-124 damaged in departure accident at Novosibirsk


    One of Russian outsize freight operator Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ Antonov An-124s has suffered substantial damage after a departure accident apparently involving engine failure. Images of the aircraft (RA-82042) at Novosibirsk show it came to rest on rough snowy ground, on its fuselage underside, with extensive damage to its inboard left-hand ...

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    Airlines have ample capacity for vaccine transport: Cargolux chief


    Concerns about a lack of air cargo capacity for the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines – even those requiring the maintenance of extremely cold temperatures during transit – are unfounded, in the view of Cargolux chief executive Richard Forson.

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    Post-storage A321 aborted take-off over pitot blockage


    Wizz Air UK has revised its return-to-service processes after an Airbus A321, whose crew aborted take-off at high speed, was found to have a pitot probe blocked by insect activity. The aircraft (G-WUKJ) had reached 120kt – the V1 decision speed – during its departure roll from runway 20 ...

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    Cargolux looking ‘very closely’ at 777-300ER freighter conversion


    Cargolux is examining the Boeing 777-300ER freighter conversion as a potential candidate to meet its future fleet requirements, according to the airline’s chief executive Richard Forson.

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    KLM keeps focus on retaining destinations despite capacity cuts


    Dutch carrier KLM now expects to operate around 40% of its pre-crisis levels of capacity on European routes over the coming months as a result of fresh travel restrictions imposed to counter the coronavirus. It expects to serve around 90-95% of the European destinations it flew to pre-crisis. The ...

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    Rolls-Royce to test wholly-sustainable fuel for UltraFan development


    Rolls-Royce is to test a Trent engine with a fully-sustainable aviation fuel as part of its development of the advanced UltraFan powerplant. The Trent 1000 engine will feature a lean-burn low-emissions system known as ALECSys, says the manufacturer. UltraFan is intended to provide a 25% fuel-burn saving over ...

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    UK leisure carrier Jet2 to open Bristol base


    UK leisure carrier Jet2 is to launch a base at Bristol airport and will offer 29 destinations next summer.

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    ​Heathrow blames UK government for ‘catastrophic decline’


    London Heathrow has warned that the lack of a Covid-19 airport testing regime in the UK has left it “unable to compete” with rival European gateways, after reporting that passenger numbers in October had declined by 82% year on year. October’s figures represent the “eighth consecutive month of ...

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    Covid testing at airports ‘a waste of time’: Ryanair chief


    Pre-flight testing for coronavirus only makes sense if it is delivered before passengers arrive at airports, in the view of Ryanair group chief executive Michael O’Leary.

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    Swiss removes 28 A320s from service for winter


    Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss is temporarily withdrawing 28 older Airbus A320-family aircraft from service for the winter timetable to save costs, and instead deploying “more efficient” Airbus A220s, A320neos and A321neos across its short- and medium-haul network.

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    Lufthansa Group names new chief financial officer


    Lufthansa Group has appointed Remco Steenbergen to serve as chief finance officer from 1 January. He currently holds the same position at Swiss chocolate and cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut Group. Lufthansa says its finance department will be “re-established” with Steenbergen’s appointment. The airline’s previous finance chief, Ulrik ...

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    Russia’s S7 introduces premium A319s with low-density layout


    Russian carrier S7 Airlines has reconfigured a pair of Airbus A319s to increase premium accommodation on the type for high-demand business routes. The carrier has fitted just 96 seats to the aircraft, including 24 in the business-class cabin. S7’s A319s have featured a single-class arrangement with 144 seats, ...

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    Lufthansa lifts liquidity with €600m bond issue


    Lufthansa has bolstered its liquidity by placing a €600 million ($712 million) convertible bond. The German airline group says the transaction was more than six times oversubscribed. The bonds, which have an annual coupon of 2%, are redeemable in November 2025. Source: Lufthansa Lufthansa ...

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    Aeroflot chief Saveliev to become Russian transport minister


    Long-serving Aeroflot Group chief executive Vitaly Saveliev is set to become Russian transport minister after he was nominated for the role by prime minister Mikhail Mishustin. The transport ministry says that Saveliev will take over, following a Russian presidential decree dated 10 November. Saveliev has led the Russian ...

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    Irkut rolls out first MC-21 with Russian PD-14 engines


    Russian airframer Irkut has rolled out the first MC-21 equipped with domestically-built Aviadvigatel PD-14 powerplants. The variant, designated the MC-21-310, is the alternative to the -300 which features Pratt Whitney PW1400G engines. Irkut has yet to fix a date for the maiden flight of the -310 ...

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    Union conflict erupts at TUIfly over restructuring plan


    Management at German leisure carrier TUIfly and pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit are blaming each other for a breakdown in talks about restructuring measures amid the air transport crisis.

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    ​Wizz signs ‘indefinite’ contract with chief Varadi


    Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi has agreed to lead the central European budget operator indefinitely. In a 10 November stock-exchange notice, Wizz says it has agreed a new service contract with Varadi. Source: BillyPix “The contract term is indefinite and the terms ...