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Avianca emerges from bankruptcy protection

Colombian carrier Avianca is the first of three Latin American airlines to complete its financial restructuring process and emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

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Allegiant and Viva Aerobus apply to DOT for joint venture

Allegiant Air and Mexico’s Viva Aerobus have applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for approval of a commercial alliance that would expand low-cost flying between the USA and Mexico, and give the Las Vegas-based carrier an equity stake in the Mexican carrier.

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Aeromexico files amended restructuring plan

Mexican carrier Aeromexico has filed an amended reorganisation plan with a US bankruptcy court that includes a proposal to give lead lender Apollo Global Management an equity stake.

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LATAM details $8.19bn financing plan to support Chapter 11 exit

Latin American operator LATAM Airlines Group has submitted its re-organisation plan to support the company’s exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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How Afghanistan’s fall reshaped World Air Forces inventory

Afghanistan returning to Taliban control saw its military aircraft inventory drop to zero and tested the international community’s ability to rescue at-risk civilians, during another busy year for defence.

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American president Isom to succeed Parker as CEO in March 2022

American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker will retire effective 31 March 2022 and be succeeded by American president Robert Isom.

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Finnair to open new US route in mid-2022

Oneworld alliance carrier Finnair is to open a new US gateway by operating services to Seattle from next year.

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Honeywell starts upgraded T55 turboshaft tests on CH-47 Chinook

Honeywell started testing an upgraded version of its T55 turboshaft on a Boeing CH-47 Chinook in November at its Phoenix facilities.

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United Airlines names Nike CFO Matthew Friend to its board

United Airlines has named Nike chief financial officer Matthew Friend to its board of directors.

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A220 dual-engine shutdown probe cautions against ‘abrupt’ thrust-lever movement

New Airbus A220 crew procedures for landing are being introduced after investigation into a dual-engine shutdown found that abrupt throttle movement can trigger erroneous detection of uncontrolled high thrust.

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Saudia seals $8.5bn agreement for nearly 150 Leap-1A engines

Middle Eastern carrier Saudia has formally reached an agreement to take CFM International Leap-1A engines for the Airbus A320neo-family fleet it ordered in 2019.

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Oman reaches agreement with EU on liberalising air transport

Oman’s government has initialed a comprehensive air transport pact with the European Union, aiming for a five-year implementation which will eventually lead to a full ‘open skies’ arrangement.

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Qatar Airways chief keeps pressure on Airbus over A350 fuselage issue

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker is keeping pressure on Airbus over a fuselage-degradation issue that grounded 20 of its A350s, while continuing to mull widebody freighter orders.

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El Al arm shows off automated monitor to speed turnaround times

Israeli carrier El Al’s technological investment division Cockpit Innovation is showing off an artificial intelligence tool intended to increase turnaround efficiency at airports.

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How Afghanistan’s fall reshaped World Air Forces inventory

Afghanistan returning to Taliban control saw its military aircraft inventory drop to zero and tested the international community’s ability to rescue at-risk civilians, during another busy year for defence.

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Airbus trebles net orders after Indigo Partners’ air show deal for A321neos

Airbus nearly trebled its net order figure in November, largely as a result of the firm agreement for 255 A321neos from Indigo Partners.

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Inmarsat repurposing satellite in UK bid to replace navigation service lost to Brexit

Space-based communications specialist Inmarsat is to test the use of a transponder on one of its satellites to refine GPS navigation for the UK, after its ‘Brexit’ withdrawal from the European Union forced the UK to give up access to the previous service.

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Finnair to open new US route in mid-2022

Oneworld alliance carrier Finnair is to open a new US gateway by operating services to Seattle from next year.

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PA-46 accident passengers wrongly believed they were flying with airline

Inquiries into a Piper PA-46 landing accident in eastern France have underlined how companies facilitating private flights can easily be mistaken for commercial airlines by unwary and uninformed passengers.

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How low-cost carrier share is evolving in European short-haul markets

Airline positions in the European short-haul market going into next summer vary widely. Most operators, particularly network carriers, have opted for a more cautious approach to capacity within Europe in a bid to secure some kind of profitability – or at the very lest to limit losses. But others, notably in the low-cost segment, have made a push for market share.

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STAECO expands Boeing 737-800 converted freighter capacity

Chinese aerospace firm Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company (STAECO) will add two more Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) production lines to its existing conversion capacity, amid strong market demand.

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Embraer’s Eve nets order for 50 eVTOLs from Sydney Seaplanes

Embraer’s urban air mobility unit Eve has clinched an order for 50 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Australian commuter airline Sydney Seaplanes — its second commitment from Australia in two days.

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Qantas to convert two A330s to freighters amid cargo boom

Qantas will convert two Airbus A330-200s into freighters in 2022 amid a boom in the cargo market driven by a “significant shift” towards e-commerce.

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Jet Airways says 'advanced discussions’ ongoing with Airbus, Boeing; ‘no fixed value’ yet

India’s Jet Airways has confirmed that it is in “advanced discussions” with Airbus and Boeing over the acquisition of aircraft, but stopped short of stating how much the order would be worth.

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Australia-based Nautilus orders Eve eVTOLs as it eyes Great Barrier Reef flights

Embraer’s urban air mobility unit Eve has clinched an order for 10 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Australian helicopter operator Nautilus Aviation. 

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Ethiopian A350 wing-tip strike left 110m scar on Johannesburg runway

South African investigators have disclosed that an Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-900 crew was attempting a go-around in gusty conditions at Johannesburg when the twinjet’s right wing-tip struck the runway.

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Zambia Airways set to open domestic services from December

African start-up carrier Zambia Airways is set to commence domestic services on 1 December, operating from the capital Lusaka to the city of Ndola.

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South Sudan’s regulator under EU pressure on air safety oversight

South Sudanese authorities are under pressure from European regulators after a string of accidents and evidence of incorrect registration of aircraft involved.

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US bans travel from eight southern African countries amid Covid-19 variant fears

The US government has imposed a travel ban on non-citizens and permanent residents coming from eight countries in southern Africa, where a new variant of the coronavirus, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has called “Omicron”, is causing concern.

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Airline share prices fall as governments restrict flights in response to Covid variant

Airline share prices fell on 26 November as governments around the world imposed restrictions on travel from several countries in southern Africa in response to a new variant of Covid-19.