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Start-Ups VLM Airlines plans to connect London with Antwerp

The Slovenian start-up VLM Airlines has announced plans to connect the Belgium city Antwerp with London City Airport from October 30, 2017. The carrier plans to connect the two cities with three or four flights on weekdays and two flights on Sundays.

Freight Cargolux and Emirates SkyCargo to commence a codeshare partnership

On October 10, 2017, the freight carriers Cargolux and Emirates SkyCargo have announced plans to work together within a codesharing partnership for air cargo transportation. According to the official press release of Emirates SkyCargo “The agreement was signed in Dubai by Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo and Richard Forson, President & CEO Cargolux Airlines in the presence of François Bausch, Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Luxembourg”.

Airlines Lufthansa is interested in establishing a “New Alitalia”

Lufthansa has announced an interest in parts of insolvent Alitalia. The German carrier that bought parts of Air Berlin days ago would like to create a “new Alitalia”.

Industry Airbus takes majority in Bombardier's CSeries

Airbus and Bombardier are to become partners on the CSeries aircraft programme. A corresponding agreement was signed on Monday. The European multinational aircraft manufacturer acquires a 50,01% stake in CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP). Bombardier and Investissement Québec (IQ) will own approximately 31% and 19% respectively.

Airlines Lufthansa has signed contract for parts of Air Berlin

Germany's largest carrier Lufthansa has signed a contract to buy parts of Air Berlin. The carrier confirmed the signature on Twitter. Lufthansa will take more than half of the fleet of 144 aircraft and 3000 of Air Berlin's 8500 staff.

Industry Indian Jet Airways to order 75 Boeing 737 Max 10

Jet Airways has announced to order 75 new aircraft of the type Boeing 737 MAX 10, with an option for additional 74 aircraft. This order is a follow up for an already existing order of 75 smaller 737 Max 8s. The deal has a value of approximately 9 billion USD, according to current list prices. Significant rebates are, however, common when facing orders of this size.

General Aviation Airbus announces new ACJ319Neo order

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has announced a new A319Neo order from an unnamed Asian customer.

Airlines Small Planet Airlines obtains Cambodian AOC

Lithuanian leisure charter operator Small Planet Airlines has announced it has obtained the Cambodian Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and will now operate flights under LKH callsign, assigned by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Airlines Airline Portrait: Oman Air

If people are asked to name airlines in the Middle East region, probably only some might say Oman Air. During a meeting with the German Luftfahrt Presse Club in Hamburg, AVIPEO.COM had the chance to chat with Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO of the carrier.

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Start-Ups Air Frances announces details for Joon Airlines

Air France has launched its new low cost carrier Joon, which aims at attracting younger travelers. The new airline will be based at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and start operations in December

Start-Ups German airline start-up Sundair receives AOC and commences own operations

The German airline start-up Sundair has started own operations after receiving its AOC by the German German Federal Aviation Authority (Luftfahrtbundesamt).

Start-Ups Canadian WestJet brands new ultra-low-cost airline Swoop Airlines

WestJet has announced the name and logo for its ultra-low-cost airline (ULCC) in Canada. Named Swoop, the ULCC will begin selling flights in early 2018.

Airlines Lufthansa board approves plans to grow Eurowings

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has approved an investment framework of around EUR 1 billion for the purchase and leasing of p to 61 aircraft, including 41 Airbus A320 Family aircraft and 20 Dash 8 Q400.

Airlines Air Berlin begins negotiations with Lufthansa and Easyjet and ends long-haul operations

Air Berlin' Supervisory Board has given information about the current status of the bidding negotiations for the sale of the company. The airline will focus on negotiations with Lufthansa and Easyjet. The aim of the talks that will continue until 12 October 2017 is to take over parts of Air Berlin. 

Industry Turkish Airlines announces intent to order 40 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced the airline's intention to order 40 787-9 Dreamliner. When finalized, the order would be valued at almost $11 billion before the customary discounts for large aircraft purchases.

Industry China's Comac signs 130 orders for C919

China Daily reports the state-owned aerospace manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) has signed 130 new orders for its C919 passenger jet.

Industry Airbus inaugurates its A330 Completion & Delivery Centre in China

Airbus has inaugurated its A330 Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin, China.

Airlines Condor and Eurowings may operate long-haul flights from Düsseldorf

Some days after struggling Air Berlin has announced the end of its long haul flights to the Caribbean, two major German carriers plan to fill the gap at Düsseldorf Airport.

Airlines Wizz Air launches nameless booking process

The Hungarian low cost carrier Wizz Air has introduced its new “Flexible Travel Partner” service, allowing customers to create a new reservation without including all passengers’ names at the time of booking. This new product has been designed for customers who want to book their trip securing low cost fares in advance, yet are uncertain who their travel partners will be.

Helicopters Luxaviation Helicopters acquires Starspeed

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, has announced the acquisition of Starspeed, the global helicopter management, charter and training company. The deal, Luxaviation Helicopters’ first acquisition since launching in February 2017, positions the company as the world’s largest VIP and VVIP helicopter operator, according to its press statement.

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