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ROUND THE WORLD THIS WEEK - IN BRIEF:
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Taking note of the results of yesterday's UK referendum on EU membership, European airport trade body, ACI Europe, calls for the EU and UK aviation markets to remain fully integrated in the future - to safeguard and promote vital air connectivity for consumers as well as continued economic development. full story...

Aer Lingus is proud to bring you the smarter way to check in your bags this summer with its brand new express bag drop service in Dublin Airport Terminal 2. full story...

In the first five months of 2016, Aeroflot Group carried 15.8 million passengers, up 11.5% year-on-year. Aeroflot airline carried 10.9 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 13.6%. full story...

Air Baltic - Posted Jun 29, 2016
airBaltic to improve green flying

Latvian airline airBaltic has launched a new initiative "E-GEN" to further improve its green flying, as it sets out to reduce emissions and cost. full story...

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Air Canada announced today that they have finalized a firm purchase agreement consistent with the Letter of Intent announced in February 2016. The purchase agreement includes a firm order for 45 CS300 aircraft and options for an additional 30 CS300 aircraft. full story...
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...Air Canada's 2015 corporate sustainability report demonstrates market leadership
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...Air Canada resumes only non-stop flights between Abbotsford and Toronto

Air New Zealand - Posted Jun 29, 2016
Air New Zealand scoops Airline of the Year awards

Air New Zealand has been named both International Airline of the Year and Domestic Airline of the Year at the fifth annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards. full story...

Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft, opening a new chapter for the East African carrier, which also becomes the first African A350 XWB operator. The airline's first aircraft, on lease from AerCap, arrived in Addis Ababa on June 29th, 2016. full story...
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...AWAS orders 15 A320 Family aircraft

Alaska Airlines will launch daily, nonstop service between Seattle and San Luis Obispo , California, on April 13, 2017. Located just south of the city of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport serves travelers from as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County. full story...

Alitalia is one of Italy's 'Superbrands', according to industry experts who monitor and measure the performance of international brands. The award was presented for the second year running to the Italian airline. full story...

ANA Holdings would like to announce the conclusion of contract based on the resolution passed at the meeting of the Board of Directors held on March 29, 2016. Details of Assets to be acquired - 3 Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 aircraft. full story...
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...ANA finalizes timetable for new Haneda - US routes

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Posted Jun 29, 2016
Condor launches Austin-Frankfurt nonstop

Condor Airlines inaugurated service in Texas today with the launch of new, nonstop service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Frankfurt International Airport. full story...

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today announced the delivery of the first C Series aircraft. The historic handover to launch operator Swiss International Air Lines will be celebrated during a special event with Swiss and Bombardier's employees alongside government representatives, suppliers and media. full story...

Cargolux - Posted Jun 29, 2016
Cargolux first to be Lean & Green

True to its pioneering spirit, Cargolux Airlines became the first airline worldwide to be honored with the Lean & Green award. The airline was recognized for its commitment to improve its carbon efficiency by 10% within five years. full story...

Cessna Aircraft Company today announced it has delivered the first Cessna Citation Latitude midsize business jet registered in Mexico to a customer who plans to utilize the aircraft for business travel within Mexico and throughout North America. full story...

Azul Brazilian Airlines and Condor now offer more travel options with connecting flights within Brazil. Thanks to the partnership, flight guests traveling from Germany to Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro can book a connecting flight with Azul to 22 additional destinations. full story...
Posted Jun 28, 2016 full story...Condor to Austin, Texas from Frankfurt

Copenhagen Airports - Posted Jun 24, 2016
AtlasGlobal opens new service from Copenhagen to Istanbul

AtlasGlobal is to open a new route from the Turkish city of Istanbul to Copenhagen starting Friday 24 June 2016. Turkey is one of the favourite destinations of Danish holidaymakers. full story...

Delta Air Lines - Posted Jun 29, 2016
Delta named best domestic airline, best first class

Earlier this month, Delta was honored with the 2016 WAVE Award in the categories of Best Business/First Class, Domestic and Best Airline, Domestic as part of the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents' Votes of Excellence) Awards. full story...
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...Delta celebrates quarter of a century in Manchester

EasyJet - Posted Jun 29, 2016
easyJet's CEO Airlines for Europe speech

"We have of course been reflecting on what the outcome of the UK EU referendum vote last week means for Europe, and for airlines and passengers in particular." full story...
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...easyJet updates on the impact of disruption in the 3rd quarter

Emirates has announced that its service between Dubai and Dakar, currently operated by an Airbus A340-300, will be replaced with a Boeing 777-300ER from 2nd September 2016. full story...
Posted Jun 23, 2016 full story...Emirates to expand capacity on non-stop Dubai-Auckland route

Etihad Airways - Posted Jun 29, 2016
Etihad Airways partners together to New York

Etihad Airways' equity partner Air Serbia today launched flights to the United States, a milestone achieved with the support of, and in collaboration with, several of Etihad Airways equity partner airlines. full story...

On 22 June 2016, Finnair Plc signed a binding EUR 175 million syndicated revolving credit facility for general corporate purposes. The coordinator and bookrunner for the facility is Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ). full story...

GKN Aerospaces Fokker Technologies business unit recently delivered the 750th Electronic Flight Bag solution to A320 charter and ACMI operator SmartLynx Airlines. full story...

Preliminary estimates suggest that the number of UK air passengers could be 3-5% lower by 2020, driven by the expected downturn in economic activity and the fall in the sterling exchange rate. full story...

Iberia today flies to China for the first time, and will make three weekly Madrid-Shanghai flights every Tuesday, Friday, and Monday, with flights to Madrid from Shanghai on every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays. It is Iberia's first Asian destination, making the Spanish carrier a truly global airline. full story...

International Airlines Group - Posted Jun 29, 2016
IAG response to result of EU referendum

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. (IAG) believes that the vote to leave the European Union will not have a long term material impact on its business. In the short term, however, in the run up to the UK referendum during June, IAG experienced a weaker than expected trading environment. full story...

Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, has been adjudged the 'International Cargo Airline of the Year' at the fourth GMR - IGI Airport Awards 2016 held in New Delhi to recognise airline's excellence in cargo sales. full story...
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...Jet Airways announces attractive return fares for travel from India to Europe

Jet2.com has today announced its biggest ever winter programme, with more than 1.5 million seats available between 30th October 2016 and 25th March 2017. full story...

Lufthansa - Posted Jun 29, 2016
Lufthansa's first A350-900 is in Toulouse

The A350-900 is regarded as the world's most modern and eco-friendly long-haul passenger aircraft. It consumes 25 percent less fuel and produces an up to 50 percent smaller 'noise footprint' than comparable aircraft types full story...
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...Lufthansa launches internet connectivity on short- and medium-haul
Posted Jun 28, 2016 full story...Lufthansa Cargo and ANA extend joint venture

Thai AirAsia X, a Thai long-haul budget airline, has begun flights to Bangkok from Muscat. The inaugural flight arrived Muscat International Airport yesterday from Bangkok, marking the official launch of the new route and destination for Thai AirAsia X. full story...

American Airlines' inaugural Auckland-Los Angeles service started today opening up more choice for New Zealanders travelling to the United States. The new daily non-stop service, operated by American's state-of-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, adds almost 1,600 seats a week on the Auckland-Los Angeles route. full story...

Effective 01 July 2016, Solomon Airlines, Air Niugini and Air Vanuatu will commence operation of a long awaited codeshare service linking all three destinations. full story...

Southwest Airlines Co. Cargo is flying high after recently being named the nation's best carrier for air cargo. For the seventh straight year, Southwest earned the Airforwarders Association's "Domestic Carrier of the Year," award. full story...

Spirit Airlines - Posted Jun 24, 2016
Spirit Airlines and IAM ratify agreement

Spirit Airlines is pleased to announce that its ramp service team members located at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport ratified a tentative agreement, completing negotiation of their first collective bargaining agreement. full story...

SR Technics, a world leading MRO service provider, is pleased to announce that it has signed a five year extension on its maintenance cooperation agreement in Malta with easyJet. full story...

Mediterranean leisure airline SunExpress is offering a 10% discount for flights from London Luton Airport to Izmir for short-term bookings. Offer available from now until to late autumn. full story...

Thomson Airways' tenth Dreamliner touched down at Manchester Airport today. In preparation for Thomson's rebrand to TUI in the Autumn 2017, the aircraft arrived in the new TUI livery. full story...

Turkish Airlines and Malindo Air today jointly announced the start of interline and SPA partnership that enables both carriers to tap into new markets and making travel even more convenient for their guests. full story...
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...Turkish Airlines adds Hanoi to network

United and the Association of Flight Attendants announced today that they have reached an agreement on terms of a joint contract that would bring the airline's more than 25,000 flight attendants together into a single work group. full story...

VLM Airlines - Posted Jun 23, 2016
VLM files for bankruptcy

VLM Airlines has ceased operations after filing for bankruptcy. VLM had in May applied to an Antwerp court for bankruptcy protection, presenting a turnaround plan that envisaged a return to profit in mid-2017. full story...

Today, WestJet becomes the only Canadian carrier to serve Halifax non-stop from Vancouver and Winnipeg. The inaugural flight from Vancouver to Halifax launches today and flights from Winnipeg to Halifax begin July 2, 2016. full story...
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...WestJet announces new routes
Posted Jun 29, 2016 full story...WestJet Encore celebrates three years

WOW air, Iceland's low-cost airline, today announced fares from Dublin Airport to New York, via Reykjavik Iceland, for as low as EUR129 one way for Irish passengers. The airline will begin flying to New York this winter beginning 25 November. full story...

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