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NEWS IN BRIEF
ROUND THE WORLD THIS WEEK - IN BRIEF:
Asia/Pacific

Europe/Africa

The Americas


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Here are the summaries of press releases from airline and airline related companies and organizations received in the last week.

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Revenue reached RUB 381,306 million, up 23.2% year-on-year; EBITDAR reached RUB 120,330 million, up 52.0% year-on-year. EBITDA reached RUB 77,160 million and increased by 61.3% year-on-year. Operating profit increased by 81.8%. full story...

Air Asia - Posted Nov 25, 2016
AirAsia Group reports revenue up 6% for 3Q16

The AirAsia Group, consisting of AirAsia Berhad and associate airlines in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Japan, posted combined revenue of RM2.97 billion for the quarter, up 6% from RM2.80 billion in the same quarter last year. full story...

Today, on November 30, 2016, the Latvian airline airBaltic welcomed the world's first Bombardier CS300 aircraft in Riga. The new CS300 aircraft with a total of 145 seats, offers excellent flying experience. full story...

Air Berlin - Posted Nov 30, 2016
airberlin adds more flights to Prague

Starting end of March 2017, airberlin will offer four flights daily (28 per week) from Berlin-Tegel to Prague. In so doing the airline will double the frequency of its services compared to the previous summer from two to four flights per day. full story...

On May 1st 2017, Air France will fly between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Montreal with its second Boeing 787. Montreal will be the first transatlantic destination served by this new generation aircraft. full story...

Aircalin, the Noumea based carrier in the French territory of New Caledonia has signed an agreement for two A320neo single-aisle and two A330-900 wide-body aircraft. The agreement was finalised and signed at a ceremony in the capital Noumea attended by airline officials and Airbus executives. full story...

Alitalia today strengthened its position in the air travel market between Italy and Latin America with the launch today of flights to Cuba. Out of respect for the national mourning decreed in Cuba, the Italian Company chose not to perform the usual opening ceremony for the new route. full story...

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and LOT Polish Airlines are pleased to announce that from December 1, 2016, they will expand their range of code share flights to cover certain domestic Japanese routes operated by ANA. full story...

Asiana - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Asiana Airlines Preferred Seating service

From December 1, 2016, Asiana Airlines will start the "Preferred Seating Service." 'Preferred Seating Charged Service' is a service in which passengers traveling on international flights operated by Asiana Airlines can pre-select and purchase seating with additional legroom. full story...

Air Caledonie today took delivery of its first of 4 ATR 72-600 aircraft at a ceremony at ATR facilities in Toulouse, France. Air Caledonie's ATR 72-600 will seat 68 passengers in all-economy configuration and will be used on the New Caledonia domestic network. full story...

Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Nov 28, 2016
Austrian Airlines' new A320 on maiden flight to Bucharest

The Airbus A320 with the registration number OE-LBZ took off on its first flight OS 789 from Vienna to Bucharest. The aircraft named "Obertauern" offers sufficient space to seat 168 passengers. The medium-haul jet will be primarily deployed for bilateral flight traffic between Austria and Germany. full story...
Posted Nov 25, 2016 full story...Austrian Cyber Monday: 15% discount on long-haul flights

Pilots have long been calling on the government scrap air passenger duty and have expressed disappointment that a decision has been pushed until after Britain's exit from the EU. full story...

Boeing and Vietnam Airlines celebrated the delivery of the flag carrier's 10th 787-9 Dreamliner today. The airline took delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner in July 2015 and has nine more 787s on order. full story...

Bombardier Aerospace - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Bombardier delivers first CS300 aircraft to airBaltic

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today announced the delivery of the first CS300 aircraft to launch operator Air Baltic Corporation AS , the flag carrier of Latvia. The CS300 is the larger variant of Bombardier's all new C Series aircraft, which is designed to carry between 130 and 150 passengers. full story...

Brussels Airlines - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Brussels Airlines offers 24/7 social media service

More than ever, the Belgian airline wants to offer the most personal service to its customers and therefore extends its customer service via social media to a full-fledged 24/7 service, promising a reply within 30 minutes in French, Dutch and English. full story...

Budapest Airport - Posted Nov 28, 2016
Iberia growth at Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport has announced further development in its continuous growth and progression with the welcome return of Iberia next summer, with an expanded flying programme. full story...

Cathay Pacific - Posted Nov 29, 2016
Cathay Pacific reopens Heathrow lounge

Designed by Studioilse, the renowned London-based design studio led by Ilse Crawford, the Heathrow lounge echoes the contemporary Asian aesthetics of Cathay Pacific's widely-acclaimed and award-winning lounges at Hong Kong International Airport. full story...

Condor short- and medium-haul flight destinations for Winter 2017/18 are available now on all booking channels. Early bookers can benefit from especially favorable prices. full story...

Copenhagen Airports - Posted Nov 25, 2016
Copenhagen Airport - new route to Turin from next spring

Next spring Blue Air will be opening a new route to northern Italy from Copenhagen Airport. From March 2017, it will fly three times a week to Turin, which offers history, sun and good skiing opportunities. full story...

Delta Air Lines - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Delta's restart of Cuba service took

Ever since Delta announced it would again fly to Havana after the U.S.'s 2014 normalization of relations with the island nation, Delta has been in overdrive, making sure all goes well when three jets emblazoned with the Delta widget touch down at Jose Marti International Airport on Dec. 1. full story...
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...Delta adds L.A.-London service with new Virgin Atlantic route

Embraer announced today that Eastern Airways, the most recent operator to join the E-Jet family, has signed a Flight Hour Pool Program contract. The pool agreement, for up to six years, covers more than 300 part numbers for Eastern Airways' two recently acquired E170 jets. full story...

Emirates - Posted Nov 29, 2016
Emirates offers special fares

On the occasion of National Day, Emirates is offering travellers in the UAE excellent fares to some of its most popular destinations in Europe, the US, Far East and South Asia in Economy Class and Business Class. full story...

Ethiopian Airlines - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Ethiopian to resume services to Conakry

Africa's largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, has finalized preparations to resume services to Conakry on February 01st, 2017. With this flight, Ethiopian joins partner ASKY Airlines at Conakry. full story...
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...Ethiopian to stretch its wings to Oslo

Etihad Airways - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Etihad Cargo records biggest monthly uplift

It has been a month of milestones for Etihad Cargo. The freight division of Etihad Airways recorded its busiest month ever in October, uplifting 53,785 tonnes of cargo and surpassing its previous best, achieved in November 2014, by 501 tonnes. full story...

EVA Air and Air India will initiate a new code-sharing schedule, starting 1 December, 2016. The carriers will use both airlines' flight numbers on EVA-operated Taipei-Bangkok and Taipei-Singapore service and on Bangkok/Singapore to Mumbai connections flown by Air India. full story...

Finnair will speed up its digital transformation and hire approximately 70 software developers, project managers, service designers and other digital professionals into its new digital team. full story...
Posted Nov 29, 2016 full story...Finnair adopts iOS Enterprise Apps from IBM

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has today added more routes for sale as part of its expanding 2017 Summer schedule that currently offers a choice of up to 3,242 flights week across 157 routes. full story...
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...Flybe & Singapore Airlines announce new codeshare partnership

Hahn Air's partner airline, Cambodia Bayon Airlines, has been added to the network of H1-Air partners that take advantage of Hahn Air Systems' consolidation services. full story...

Hong Kong Airlines - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Hong Kong Airlines 10th anniversary

To commemorate its first decade of business, Hong Kong Airlines held its 10th Anniversary Grand Celebration to highlight the Company's corporate achievements and its contribution to Hong Kong aviation since its establishment. full story...

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the European Commission's revision of the Renewable Energy Directive to incentivize sustainable fuels, and urged policy-makers to go even further in prioritizing their use for air transport. full story...
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...IATA highlights 4 priorities in the Middle East and North Africa

At the beginning of the summer season of 2017, the Iberia Group is adding new destinations, as well as more capacity on some long-haul routes, while changing the operational model on others. full story...

International Airlines Group - Posted Nov 30, 2016
IAG welcomes Government's biofuels consultation

International Airlines Group (IAG) welcomes the Government's proposal to provide the same economic incentives for sustainable jet fuel production as it currently does for road vehicles. full story...

Japan Airlines, one of the world's leading airlines, and Kaligo Travel Solutions, the leading innovator in loyalty commerce, have launched a partnership allowing JAL Mileage Bank members to earn Mileage Bank miles on every hotel stay booked on Kaligo.com. full story...

Jet Airways - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Jet Airways end of year sale

Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, today announced an exciting End of Year Sale for guests planning their domestic travel during the incoming Holiday season. full story...

Jet2 - Posted Nov 25, 2016
Jet2's new Berlin route

Launching today, Jet2.com will now operate twice weekly flights (Monday and Friday) all year round to Berlin from Leeds Bradford Airport. full story...

JetBlue Airways - Posted Nov 29, 2016
JetBlue launches in Havana - its 100th destination

JetBlue today announced the historic launch of service to Havana's Jose Marti International Airport from three of the airline's focus cities, with the first flight taking off this morning shortly after 9 a.m. from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. full story...

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and China Airlines of Taiwan will expand cooperation effective 2017. From 9 January, China Airlines will begin operating four weekly direct services between Taipei and Amsterdam with a new Airbus A350. full story...
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...KLM announces LoI between Air France-KLM and Groupe CRIT
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...KLM adjusts schedule to Gulf States

Korean Air, America's largest Asian airline, is aggressively expanding on the U.S West Coast and strengthening its relationship with SkyTeam partner, Delta, to ensure the airline's continued leadership in 2017 and beyond. full story...
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...Korean Air announces new route & network enhancements

LOT - Posted Nov 30, 2016
LOT offers more Japanese cities

LOT has extended the code-share contract with Japanese airline ANA. As a result, as of 1 December LOT's passengers can fly, with a layover in Tokyo, to three additional cities in Japan: Sapporo, Sendai, and Fukuoka. full story...
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...LOT carries 5 million passengers from the beginning of 2016

Lufthansa - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Lufthansa makes new offer to VC pilots' union

Deutsche Lufthansa AG has made the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots' union (VC) a new offer to resolve the present industrial dispute. The company is now offering a two-step 4.4% increase in remuneration plus a one-off payment. full story...
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...Lufthansa A350-900 successfully takes off on maiden flight
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...Lufthansa now flying from Frankfurt to Tromso

Malaysia Airlines - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Malaysia Airlines Berhad for Q3 2016 shows steady progress

MAB showed steady progress in the period July to September 2016 (Q3), with cost control continuing to be the central focus and the airline on target to deliver ahead of budget. full story...
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...Malaysia Airlines appoints new Head of Sales

Oslo Airport - Posted Nov 25, 2016
Ethiopian Airlines to arrive at Avinor Oslo Airport

As of 26 March 2017, Ethiopian Airlines will be the first African airline to carry passengers between Norway and continental Africa. The route between Oslo Airport and the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa will be serviced five times a week using a 787-8 Dreamliner. full story...

Prague Airport - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Prague Airport network expansion

Ryanair, an Irish low-cost carrier, officially opened its new Prague base on 2 November 2016. Norwegian Air Shuttle launched its direct scheduled connection between Vaclav Havel Airport Prague and Stavanger. full story...

Qatar Airways - Posted Nov 30, 2016
Qatar Airways celebrates expansion in Morocco

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker today welcomed national and international media at a press briefing in Casablanca, celebrating a remarkable first year of the airline's joint business agreement with Royal Air Maroc. full story...
Posted Nov 30, 2016 full story...Qatar Airways announces 8 new destinations

Rolls-Royce has won an order from New Caledonian airline Aircalin for Trent 7000 engines to power two Airbus A330neo aircrafts, supported by Rolls-Royce's flagship engine service, TotalCare. full story...

Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Nov 30, 2016
SAS finances five Airbus A320neo

SAS has today secured financing of five Airbus A320neo through the signing of a Sale and leaseback agreement with Jackson Square Aviation LLC. full story...

This week United Airlines begins the roll-out of its all-new United Polaris business class, the airline's most significant product transformation in more than a decade, featuring a reimagined, sleep- enhancing experience for intercontinental travelers. full story...
Posted Nov 29, 2016 full story...United Club unveiled at LAX

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