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Boeing 737 MAX groundings plague U.S. airlines even as bookings grow

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July 25, 2019 American Airlines Group Inc and Southwest Airlines warned on Thursday of an increasing financial toll from the prolonged Boeing 737 MAX grounding this year even as strong bookings and higher fares helped drive quarterly revenue growth. The two airlines are the largest U.S. users of Boeing Co’s top-selling jet, which was grounded […]

Strong set of results for American despite ongoing impact from Max grounding

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July 25, 2019 American Airlines has reported a strong profit rise of more than 20 per cent to $662 million (2018: $556 million) in the second quarter of 2019 but said the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft is hitting results. The US carrier had 24 Max aircraft grounded in March and has an additional […]

British Airways fails with bid at High Court to prevent pilot strikes

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July 24, 2019 British Airways (BA) has failed in its attemps to prevent a strike by pilots after it lost a legal challenge in the High Court. The airline had sought a temporary injunction at the High Court to stop potential walkouts following the breakdown of talks in a row over pay. Yesterday, the judge […]

Panalpina stands firm as rivals chase business

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July 18, 2019 Panalpina is standing firm as competitors pursue its business, with half year profits almost reaching the highs of 2018. Consolidated profits were down 5.7% to 34 million Swiss francs, driven by the airfreight sector seeing a fall in the automotive sector. Airfreight volumes were up 5% to 511,700 tonnes, primarily due to […]

Cathay Pacific sees pressure on yields due to intense competition

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July 18, 2019 Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd (0293.HK) said on Thursday it expected yields, a proxy for airfares, to be under pressure in the coming months as performance in North America and Europe lags expectations due to intense competition. Long-haul destinations have performed below expectations, especially on the yield front, the airline said […]

Dutch airline KLM under fire after breastfeeding mother told to cover up

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July 17, 2019 Dutch airline KLM faced sharp criticism on Wednesday for its “antiquated values” after cabin crew told a breastfeeding woman to cover herself up to spare the blushes of other passengers. Women’s rights campaigners reacted angrily when KLM confirmed the policy on social media, saying the company was playing into stigma and mothers […]

Finnair reports revenue rise but operating result fall in 1H2019

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July 17, 2019 The Finnair Group has reported that in the first six months of the year revenue was up, but its operating result was down while fuel costs spiraled. For the period from 1 January to 30 June, the Helsinki-based carrier’s revenue increased by 7.8 per cent to €1,466.0 million (2018: €1,359.3). Finnair reported […]

Qatar Airways launches a new route to Gaborone, Botswana

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July 17, 2019 Qatar Airways has grown its African route network after adding a new service to the capital of Botswana – Gaborone. Starting 27 October 2019, the airline will operate three times a week utilizing an Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said: “We are excited to be launching […]

Emirates to launch new route to Mexico City via Barcelona

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July 16, 2019 Emirates is to start a new daily service from Dubai International Airport to Mexico City International Airport via Barcelona – starting on 9 December 2019. The new route will be operated with a two-class Boeing 777-200LR. Emirates Airline president, Sir Tim Clark said: “We are excited to be able to introduce new […]

Qatar Airways adds Changi to freighter network

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July 16, 2019 Qatar Airways Cargo has added Singapore as the newest freighter destination on its transpacific freighter route, with two Boeing 777 Freighter flights a week. The flights arrive into Singapore from Chicago, and from Singapore depart for Macau on Tuesdays and Saturdays onward to Los Angeles, Mexico City and Guadalajara before arriving in […]