China Airlines launches first A350 XWB flights to the US

By
Published: May 16, 2017

Taipei-based China Airlines launched its first Airbus A350 XWB route to the US May 14, from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport to San Francisco, California. The 2X-weekly service will be increased to 4X-weekly from June 28, supplementing the existing daily Taipei-San Francisco flights to 11X-weekly services. The Taiwanese SkyTeam member has 14 A350-900s on order with […]

China Airlines launches first A350 XWB flights to the US

By
Published: May 16, 2017

Taipei-based China Airlines launched its first Airbus A350 XWB route to the US May 14, from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport to San Francisco, California. The 2X-weekly service will be increased to 4X-weekly from June 28, supplementing the existing daily Taipei-San Francisco flights to 11X-weekly services. The Taiwanese SkyTeam member has 14 A350-900s on order with […]

Delta tests first biometric-based self-service bag drop

By
Published: May 15, 2017

Delta Air Lines is introducing four self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this summer. Delta said the $ 600,000 investment allows customers to “quickly, securely and easily” check their own bags. One machine will be equipped to test facial recognition technology to match customers with their passport photos through identification verification, a first […]

Cyprus Airways to start services June 23

By
Published: May 15, 2017

Startup carrier Cyprus Airways will launch weekly Larnaca-Rhodes service on June 23 and 2X-weekly Larnaca-Heraklion services June 24. The Larnaca-based carrier—which initially will use a one-class, 144-seat Airbus A319 on the routes—opened tickets sales May 15. Tickets to Tel Aviv and two additional destinations will be available in the next few weeks, the airline said […]

Ethiopian Airlines seeks ‘heavy’ cost cuts

By
Published: May 15, 2017

Ethiopian Airlines plans to implement a “very heavy cost-cutting program,” targeting an annual cost savings of 10%-20% that the airline aims to reach as soon as possible without having to reduce jobs, CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told ATW. “Our biggest challenge is cash because our money is stuck in countries like Angola, Nigeria or Sudan,” he […]

UK pilot union speaks out on laptop ban risk

By
Published: May 15, 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), which represents UK flight crew, has warned that banning laptops in the cabin creates “catastrophic fire” potential. In a statement issued May 14, BALPA said increasing restrictions on laptops and tablets may have a dangerous knock-on effect, compromising safety. “Given the risk of fire from these devices when they […]

AirAsia to launch Zhengzhou-based LCC

By
Published: May 15, 2017

Malaysia-based low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia plans to launch a new LCC in Zhengzhou, China in an effort to explore the fast-growing Chinese low-cost market. AirAsia (China) is a joint venture (JV) between AirAsia, state-backed financial firm Everbright Group and Henan Government Working Group, the airline said in a statement. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who […]

Boeing resumes 737 MAX flying with unaffected engines

By
Published: May 15, 2017

Boeing is operating 737 MAX flights using CFM International LEAP-1B engines unaffected by the issue that prompted a May 10 suspension of all MAX flying. “We have resumed some 737 MAX flight activities,” a Boeing spokesperson said. “Regulatory agencies support this action.” Malaysia’s Malindo Air and Norwegian are slated to receive the first deliveries of […]

EDITORIAL: Europe must stand up to US on laptop ban

By
Published: May 15, 2017

Even the possibility, as now widely rumored, of the US extending its ban on laptops in cabins to include all flights from Europe to the US is a disturbing development in an already bad situation. The original ban, affecting flights from mostly Middle East countries, was enforced with little notice and no dialogue with the […]

Star Alliance focuses on digital transformation

By
Published: May 15, 2017

The Star Alliance, which marked its 20th anniversary in ceremonies in Frankfurt this weekend, is focused on initiatives that will better serve the almost 690 million passengers who fly each year on one or more of its carriers. Pedro Heilbron, CEO at Copa Airlines and Star Alliance chairman, said during media briefings in Frankfurt May […]

Next Page »