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Lufthansa to be active in consolidation, no comment on Condor: CEO

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March 6, 2019 Lufthansa will be an active player in consolidation among European airlines, Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said on Wednesday, declining to comment on whether the German airline group was interested in Thomas Cook’s Condor. “We don’t comment on M&A speculation,” he said when asked about Lufthansa’s reported interest in Condor. Source: (Reuters)

EU and Qatar to have complete open skies by 2024: Qatar Airways CEO

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March 6, 2019 The number of flights permitted between the European Union and Qatar will gradually increase following the signing of an agreement this week and result in unlimited access by 2024, the CEO of Qatar Airways said on Wednesday. Qatar and the EU signed a broad air services pact on Monday allowing Qatari and […]

Air traffic control issues cost EU economy $20 billion in 2018: airline body

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March 6, 2019 Air traffic control (ATC) strikes and staff shortages cost the EU economy 17.6 billion euros ($19.88 billion) in 2018 in the worst year of delays for air passengers in nearly a decade, industry association Airlines for Europe (A4E) said on Wednesday ATC industrial action, a lack of controllers or other structural issues […]

Airlines lack clear flight path to lower carbon emissions: researchers

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March 6, 2019 Some of the world’s largest airlines have yet to set long-term targets to reduce their climate-changing emissions, climate and economic researchers warned Tuesday. Top publicly listed airlines have cut their “emissions intensity” – how much pollution they produce for the same amount of activity – significantly in recent years, said researchers from […]

Major European airline executives believe there will be more airline failures in 2019

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March 6, 2019 The chiefs of major European airlines believe there will more failures in the industry this year after the collapse of the likes of Germania and Britain’s flybmi. Asked in a panel discussion at the Airlines for Europe summit in Brussels, the chief executives of airline groups IAG, easyJet, Ryanair, Lufthansa and KLM […]

Cargolux bans shipments of lion bones

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February 6, 2019 Cargolux Airlines International has banned the transport of lion bones to tackle poaching and breeding for trophy hunts. The cargo airline is among the first major carrier to ban these shipments, and though Cargolux has not yet been approached to handle such commodities, it says it is crucial to take the stance […]

UPS increases Hong Kong – Europe capacity

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March 4, 2019 UPS is increasing capacity on major trading routes between Hong Kong and Europe by deploying Boeing 747-8s on services via Cologne, Germany. Deploying three 747-8s through August 2019 replaces existing 747-400s, and increase capacity by 19% on four weekly direct flights. The upgraded flights are a result of strategic investments to expand […]

First 737-800 freighter joins Ethiopian Cargo fleet

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March 4, 2019 Ethiopian Cargo took delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 Freighter on 1 March, to be used on short haul services in Africa and the Middle East. The 737-800 has a capacity of 23 tonnes, and joins the fleet of Boeing 777-200 Freighters, and passenger aircraft consisting of Airbus A350s, Boeing 787-8s and […]

British Airways commits to 42 Boeing 777Xs

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March 1, 2019 British Airways parent company International Airlines Group has committed to 42 Boeing 777Xs, including 18 orders and 24 options, in a deal worth $18.6 billion. The airline is modernising its fleet with the introduction of aircraft including 787 Dreamliners, and the new 777-9s will primarily replace older 747s. The 777-9 is larger […]

Lufthansa Cargo adds summer freighter connections

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March 1, 2019 Lufthansa Cargo will be adding freighter connections for the summer, putting the two new Boeing 777 Freighters into service. Capacity will increase 10% with increased flights across Asia, the Americas Africa utilising Lufthansa Cargo and AeroLogic’s freighter capacity on the summer schedule starting on 31 March. In Asia, two flights a week […]