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  • Volga-Dnepr Il-76

    Volga-Dnepr Group overhaul to bring three freight airlines together


    Russian outsize freight specialist Volga-Dnepr Group is preparing to undergo a restructuring to improve management efficiency across its business divisions. Volga-Dnepr has revamped its board of directors and discussed a new strategy to transform the business into a “monocompany”, it states. This would “optimise” the group’s operating divisions, ...

  • Astral 747

    Doncaster Sheffield runway shuts after cargo 747 excursion


    Doncaster Sheffield airport in the UK has been forced to close its runway after a Boeing 747-400F ran onto rough ground. The aircraft – bearing the Icelandic registration TF-AMU – is pictured on social media with its nose-gear and main landing-gear in the grass. It bears the logo ...

  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Icons A350-1000

    Virgin Atlantic eyes profit from 2022 after sealing vital £1.2bn refinancing


    Virgin Atlantic has finalised a £1.2 billion refinancing package over the next 18 months.

  • Aircraft taxiing

    Airline Business podcast: Challenges as airlines return to skies


    As airlines begin to ramp up operations, Graham and Lewis discuss the demand situation and the possible pitfalls ahead.

  • Slon

    Stability tests conducted on proposed An-124 successor


    Researchers have analysed low-speed behaviour of a proposed successor to the Antonov An-124 heavy freighter, and are set to assess its aerodynamics in cruise. The proposed aircraft, dubbed ‘Slon’, would be powered by Aviadvigatel PD-35 engines, and have a payload capability of 180t and a range of 3,800nm. ...

  • Wizz A321neo

    Wizz Air’s Abu Dhabi division sets out initial route network


    Wizz Air’s new Middle Eastern operation is to focus initially on the eastern Mediterranean and Caucasus when it commences services in October. The new venture, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, will station two Airbus A321neo in the United Arab Emirates capital. But this fleet will be expanded to six ...

  • Lufthansa parked aircraft

    Lufthansa prepares launch of new leisure unit Ocean


    Lufthansa has incorporated a new entity named Ocean to operate long-haul flights to tourist destinations and reduce the “complexity” of the group’s current presence in that segment.

  • KLM

    ​European Commission gives KLM state financing the go-ahead


    KLM’s €3.4 billion ($3.8 billion) state-support package has been approved by the European Commission.

  • CR929 cockpit + cabin mock-up Zhuhai air show 2018

    CR929 faces delays amid Beijing, Moscow differences


    Russia has disclosed that the Sino-Russian CR929 widebody programme will make its first delivery in 2028-2029, in what appears to be another round of delays in the programme’s production timeline. Russian media reports cite Irkut chief Ravil Khakimov as saying that the delivery timeline will move to the right, ...

  • UIA 737 cockpit PS752

    UIA 737 shot down as command chain broke after defence system blunder


    Two missiles were fired at a Boeing 737-800 over Tehran after a misaligned defence system, and a breakdown of communications and procedures, led the aircraft to be misidentified as a hostile intruder. Evidence from Iranian investigators indicates that only the first missile hit the Ukraine International Airlines aircraft, although ...

  • Luftwaffe A321LR

    German air force to use A321LRs for troop and medevac roles


    Two Airbus A321LR twinjets are to be modified for troop transport and medical evacuation roles on behalf of the German air force. The aircraft are to be delivered to maintenance and modification specialist Lufthansa Technik’s facilities in Hamburg in August and October next year. Lufthansa Technik says its ...

  • Ryanair and Wizz Air aircraft at Dortmund airport

    How Ryanair is increasingly locking horns with Wizz


    While most of Ryanair’s fire is aimed in the direction of highlighting potential competition concerns resulting from the state bailouts, it has increasingly been squaring up with central European budget carrier Wizz Air.

  • PD-35 nacelle

    Laminar-flow nacelle being explored for PD-35 engine


    Russian researchers are exploring the use of laminar flow to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of nacelles for the planned Aviadvigatel PD-35 engine. The PD-35 is a higher-thrust evolution of the PD-14 – the powerplant for the Irkut MC-21 – and intended for the proposed Russian-Chinese long-haul CRAIC CR929 twinjet. ...

  • Level France aircraft at Orly June 2020

    ​Level France becomes latest coronavirus crisis airline casualty


    IAG’s Paris Orly-based long-haul budget unit, Level France, is to cease operations after seeing demand for its transatlantic services plummet.

  • Sky Gates 747 Zhukovsky

    Sky Gates 747 inaugurates new Moscow Zhukovsky freight complex


    Russian freight operator Sky Gates is to be the base carrier for a newly-commissioned cargo complex at Moscow Zhukovsky airport. Transport minster Yevgeny Ditrikh and federal transport regulator Rosaviatsia’s chief, Alexander Neradko, attended the opening of the logistics centre which will be able to accommodate four widebody or six ...

  • Manston plan

    UK government clears Manston to re-open as air freight hub


    UK transport secretary Grant Shapps’s office has given crucial government approval for re-opening and developing Manston airport – located some 100km east of London – as an air freight facility. The development consent order for the project was granted on 9 July. Under the proposal, put forward by ...

  • Icelandair Boeing 737 Max

    Tentative Icelandair cabin crew deal falls through


    Cabin crew members at Icelandair Group have voted against a provisional collective bargaining agreement that was struck between the airline and flight attendant union FFI in June. The carrier says it will “evaluate its options” after union members “declined” the pact, an important part of its restructuring plan. ...

  • Jet2 shutterstock_1576049350

    Jet2 ‘confident’ demand will return as full-year profit slides


    UK leisure carrier Jet2’s parent company, Dart Group, has reported a 10% decline in full-year pre-tax profit but is “confident” demand will return and “encouraged” by bookings for next summer.

  • Corsair 747-400

    US investment firm picks up Corsair’s 747-400 fleet


    Three Boeing 747-400s formerly part of the fleet of French leisure airline Corsair have been sold to the aviation division of a US-based transport and energy sector investor. Fortress Transportation Infrastructure Investors, located in New York, is picking up the 747-400s – identified as bearing serial numbers ...

  • R-R 787 close-up

    Rolls-Royce clears parked 787 backlog after Trent 1000 blade progress


    Rolls-Royce has eliminated the backlog of Boeing 787s grounded while they await maintenance in relation to Trent 1000 blade-durability issues. The powerplant manufacturer had expected to reduce the number of 787s awaiting work to single digits by the end of the second quarter of this year. Rolls-Royce says ...