Gol May Trim Capacity This Year – CEO

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Published: March 24, 2015

Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas may revise down its outlook for stable seat capacity this year, chief executive Paulo Kakinoff told journalists at an industry event on Tuesday. The chief executive of rival Azul, Antonoaldo Neves, also said at the event that the carrier had cancelled plans to add extra flights to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, […]

RwandAir Signs MOU For Two Airbus A330s

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Published: March 24, 2015

RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has signed a memorandum of understanding for two Airbus A330 aircraft, in a deal worth around USD$ 500 million based on list prices. RwandAir’s A330s will be delivered in the second half of 2016 and will be equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines, Airbus said. […]

Tunisia Closes Airspace To Western Libya

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Published: March 24, 2015

Tunisia has again closed its airspace for flights from western Libya, an official said on Tuesday, just days after allowing Libyan planes from Tripoli back for the first time in around six months. “We’ve suspended temporarily again Libya flights for security reasons,” the transport ministry official said, without elaborating. The moves come after militants killed […]

Australia May Reject Qantas, China Eastern Tie-Up

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Published: March 24, 2015

The Australian competition watchdog may reject a tie-up between Qantas and China Eastern, saying it would harm competition, in a potential embarrassment for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s efforts to boost trade with Beijing. In a draft decision, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it may refuse to approve the Qantas plan for a […]

Germanwings Plane Crashes, 150 Feared Dead

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Published: March 24, 2015

An Airbus operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps on Tuesday, with all 150 on board feared dead. Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed in the French Alps with 144 passengers and six crew members on board. French President Francois Hollande said […]

Turkey Expects Further Airbus A400M Delays

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Published: March 24, 2015

Turkey is preparing for further delays in the delivery of two A400M military transport aircraft it ordered from Airbus, according to military officials in Ankara. It signed a deal for 10 of the heavy cargo and troop carriers in 2003 as part of a group of seven European NATO nations, expecting its part of the […]

Qatar’s QIA To Join Dufry In Bid For WDF

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Published: March 24, 2015

Qatar Investment Authority and Swiss travel retailer Dufry are joining in a bid for Italian travel retailer World Duty Free (WDF), two people familiar with the matter said. “QIA and Dufry have a joint bid for WDF,” a senior banker in Doha told Reuters. He declined to give details but said the tie-up was a […]

Azul Cuts April Flight Plans By 10 Pct – Report

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Published: March 24, 2015

Azul is cutting planned flights in April by nearly 10 percent from earlier forecasts, according to a person with knowledge of the decision, as the Brazilian company feels the impact of the stronger US dollar. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Azul is also unlikely to add flights to Orlando in […]

Aer Lingus Bid Resolution Within Weeks

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Published: March 23, 2015

Ireland’s transport minister said talks with IAG on a bid for Aer Lingus were “workmanlike and constructive” and that he expected the cabinet to decide whether to back the bid within weeks. British Airways owner IAG made a EUR€1.36 billion (USD$ 1.5 billion) bid for Aer Lingus in January and the Irish carrier’s board recommended […]

Ethiopian Pilot Who Hijacked Plane Gets 20 Year Sentence

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Published: March 21, 2015

An Ethiopian court has sentenced an Ethiopian Airlines pilot to 19 years and six months in prison for hijacking his own plane and flying it to Geneva. The high court in Addis Ababa issued its ruling on Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn in his absence. He had been convicted in absentia on Monday. “The court sentenced him […]

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