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IATA takes on NDC critics as it seeks DOT approval

13 March, 2013
IATA filed an application with the US Transportation Dept. for approval of Resolution 787, the agreement that establishes the framework for its New Distribution Capability (NDC). IATA said that under the “Provisions for Conduct of IATA Traffic Conferences,” it is ...

Air France-KLM net loss widens to €1.2 billion

22 February, 2013
Air France-KLM Group reported a full year net loss of €1.2 billion ($1.9 billion), widening from a €809 million loss in the year-ago period. The airline said the result was due to exceptional items, including a €471 million restructuring provision. “We ha...

Air Berlin swings to 2012 net profit

22 February, 2013
Air Berlin reported 2012 net profit of €6.8 million ($9 million), reversed from a €271.8 million loss in the year-ago period. This marks thecompany’s first profitable year since 2007. Revenue increased to €4.31 billion, up slightly from €4.23 billion...

United Airlines removes 787 from schedule through June 5

22 February, 2013
United Airlines has removed the Boeing 787 from its flight schedule through June 5, though it is still hopeful it can launch Denver-Tokyo Narita 787 service in May. United had six 787s in its fleet when FAA ordered thegrounding of Dreamliners on Jan. 16. United, the...

ICAO calls for fundamental re-think on sovereignty in ATM

21 February, 2013
ICAO Council president Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez has called for “a fundamental shift in perspective” if a more efficient and globally harmonized air navigation system is to be achieved that will support the long-term sustainability of air transport. He told the World...

Lufthansa deepens cuts; to close head office in Cologne

21 February, 2013
Lufthansa Group has announced more changes and cuts as its cost-savings program SCORE goes into the second year. The Group is planning to close Lufthansa AG’s Cologne head office by 2017, affecting 365 staff. It will also close the Norderstedt location of Luft...

AirAsia, Tata Group plan new Indian LCC

21 February, 2013
Southeast Asia’s biggest budget airline, AirAsia Berhad, has tied up with Indian business conglomerate Tata Group to launch a new airline in India. AirAsia has applied to India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board to take 49% in the venture with Tata Sons and a thi...

TNT may sell aircraft, cut jobs after UPS deal failure

19 February, 2013
TNT is considering cutting its headcount and selling some of its long-haul fleet after the European Commission blocked its planned tie-up with United Parcel Service (UPS). Speaking at the release of the company’s full-year results, interim CEO Bernard Bot said TNT ...

Korean Airlines mulls CSA Czech stake

19 February, 2013
Korean Airlines is reportedly in talks with CSA Czech Airlines to acquire up to a 44% stake in the Czech flag carrier. If the deal is completed, the CSA stake would be Korean Air’s first attempt to invest in a foreign carrier as it seeks to increase its European pres...

Etihad, Jet Airways deal delayed

19 February, 2013
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, which was close to sealing a deal to acquire a 24% stake in India’s Jet Airways, is reportedly revising the planned agreement. A Reuters report on Sunday quoted Etihad chairman Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan as saying there is a ne...

Dreamliner grounding prompts JAL route cancellation

04 February, 2013
Japan Airlines has decided to postpone the launch of its non-stop service between Tokyo (Narita) and Helsinki originally scheduled on February 25th. The decision has been taken in view of necessary adjustments to international routes at the airline which utilise the Boeing 78...

Qatar Airways goes mobile with new BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone apps

04 February, 2013
With such busy lives, customers need to be connected to Qatar Airways’ services as well as the latest travel information from anywhere around the world. To meet this growing customer need, the airline has launched a new mobile application for BlackBerry, Android, and iP...

Etihad soars into profit for second consecutive year

04 February, 2013
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has reported net profit of US$42 million for 2012, up 200 per cent on 2011. The report follows a year which saw strong improvements in revenues, passengers numbers and cost control. Revenue increased 17 per ce...

No problems discovered with Boeing Dreamliner battery

29 January, 2013
Investigators examining the battery used onboard the Boeing Dreamliner 787 have discovered no faults with the component. Officials at the transport ministry in Japan said attention had now shifted to the electrical system that monitors battery voltage, charging and temperatur...

Scandinavian Airlines launches Newcastle-Copenhagen flight

29 January, 2013
Scandinavian Airlines is expanding its regional network and launching a new direct route from Newcastle International Airport to Copenhagen with operations starting on February 4th 2013. SAS will be offering a daily flight to Copenhagen from Newcastle, from Monday to Friday u...

Davies to head Virgin Atlantic UK sales

29 January, 2013
Virgin Atlantic is pleased to announce that Scott Davies will be joining the airline as general manager UK Sales from March 04th 2013. In his new role at Virgin Atlantic, Scott will report in to Maria Sebastian, director of worldwide sales, and will be responsible for the air...

Air Seychelles redesigns livery

29 January, 2013
Air Seychelles has unveiled an exciting new addition to its distinctive, brightly-coloured livery, with the delivery of its second Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The Air Seychelles name now adorns the underbelly, for brand visibility from the ground while the aircraft is in flight...

Japan Airlines and S7 Airlines launch latest oneworld codeshare

28 January, 2013
Japan Airlines and S7 Airlines, both members of the oneworld airline alliance, have entered a codeshare agreement with each other for the first time and will commence codeshare flights from January 30th, 2013. JAL operates a non-stop service three times a week between Tokyo (...

Qatar Airways expands Iraq flights

28 January, 2013
Qatar Airways has introduced its latest gateway in Iraq with the launch of scheduled flights to the central city of Najaf. Following its move into Iraq six months ago with the start of flights to both the capital Baghdad and Erbil, the Doha-based airline has inaugurated new s...

fastjet looks for Kenyan expansion with Jetlink deal

28 January, 2013
fastjet has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kenyan airline, Jetlink.  Under the terms of the MOU, fastjet and Jetlink are working together to create a joint venture which will give a platform for the launch of the fastjet brand in Kenya. The MOU is subject to ...

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