Industry News

  • The FAA’s top official remains confident in the agency’s certification methodology and processes for evaluating safety-critical issues, pushing back on lawmakers’ assertions that the system is “broken” and in need of a major overhaul. read more
  • Air France-KLM has placed a firm order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900s, which will replace the A380s scheduled to leave the fleet by 2022. read more
  • Vietnam startup Bamboo Airways has received its first Boeing 787-9 at the US manufacturer’s South Carolina delivery center Dec. 9. read more
  • Public and employee confidence in the Boeing 737 MAX is critical to the aircraft’s successful return to service, IATA SVP-safety and flight operations Gilberto López Meyer said at IATA’s annual global media day in Geneva. read more
  • Starting April 1, 2020, Cathay Pacific will offer a HK$0.30 ($0.04) concession for every kilogram off its terminal charge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for general and special export cargo carried on the group’s four carriers—Cathay Pacific Airways, Cathay Dragon, AHK Air Hong Kong and HK Express. read more
  • Lufthansa Group subsidiary Brussels Airlines has appointed Dieter Vranckx as CEO and CCO, succeeding Christina Foerster, from Jan. 1, 2020, as the company continues to significantly change the group structure. read more
  • In 2020, easyJet will base two more aircraft in France and open up seven new routes—four from Bordeaux, two from Toulouse and one from Nice—as the UK LCC continues expansion plans in the French market. read more
  • Avianca Holdings has completed a major debt restructuring and landed up to $125 million in new financing from a group of investors, giving it additional flexibility to execute its turnaround plan. read more
  • Jetstar has announced flight changes and cancelations in preparation for limited strikes by most of its pilots this weekend. read more
  • Qantas has removed four of its Boeing 737 freighters from service because of a potential defect on parts fitted during their conversion from passenger aircraft. read more