Etihad brings Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Lebanon route
Etihad Airways today introduced the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Beirut, Lebanon. The new 787 Dreamliner service replaces the Airbus A321 aircraft previously operating the airline’s EY535/EY538 flights to and from the Lebanese capital.
South Africa Airlink to finally establish flights to St Helena
South Africa Airlink will offer scheduled commercial air services to St Helena when it starts flights between South Africa and the island later this year. This follows a period of contractual negotiations between St Helena government and the airline.
Ryanair among non-binding bidders for Alitalia
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is among around a dozen bidders to have made a non-binding offer for ailing carrier Alitalia. The Italian flag-carrier filed for special administration earlier this year as debts continued to mount.
easyJet to recruit 1,200 cabin crew as expansion continues
Already on the lookout for a new chief executive, easyJet has revealed it is to recruit more than 1,200 new cabin crew. The staff will be recruited to permanent and fixed term cabin crew positions as the airline continues its growth.
Blanco takes up Latam commercial manger role in London
Latam Airlines has appointed Guido Blanco as the new commercial manager for the UK, Africa and Nordic Countries. Blanco will be taking over from Martin Modarelli, who has assumed a new role as commercial manager for Latam in Santiago de Chile, Chile.
Ryanair adds Apple Pay to iOS app
Ryanair has announced that its iOS app now supports Apple Pay, providing customers, families and business travellers with even more ways to book and pay. To date the app is been downloaded over 12 million times.
IAG orders new aircraft for Level
International Airlines Group is converting three Airbus A330-200 long-haul aircraft options into firm orders for Level, its new low cost long-haul airline brand which started operations in early June.
S7 Airlines takes delivery of first A320neo
S7 Airlines has taken delivery of its’ first A320neo, on lease from BOC Aviation. The aircraft is the first Airbus to feature the airline’s new livery and is also the first neo to be operated in Russia.
Manchester Airport begins £1bn transformation programme
The secretary of state for transport, Chris Grayling, has visited Manchester Airport to see work begin on its ten year, £1 billion transformation programme. The programme is designed to deliver a major boost to the UK’s growth prospects and international competitiveness.
Early Easter drives up profits at Ryanair
Ryanair has reported a 55 per cent rise in quarter one profit, to €397 million. Traffic at the low-cost carrier grew 12 per cent to 35 million, while Ryanair also delivered a record 96 per cent load factor.