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Two ex-Norwegian Air Boeing 787 finds new home at Italian airline
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Two ex-Norwegian Air Boeing 787 finds new home at Italian airline

Neos Air (NO), an Italian leisure airline, reached an agreement with Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY) consisting of the purchase of two Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which are previously stored in Oslo, Norway. According to the latest Planespotters.com data update, two Boeing 787-9 jets involved in the agreement seems to be registered as LN-LNT and LN-LNX. The source has already listed these two Dreamliners as on their way to the new Italian owner. With the delivery of these two ex-Norwegian planes, Neos Air will fill up its fleet gap left after returning three of its Boeing 767-ERs to the company’s lessors on March 13, 2020. One of the Dreamliners, registered as LN-LNT, is a little more than 3 years old and is painted in a special UNICEF livery as it used to fly humanitarian missions. The unique live...
Government denies approving $242 million loan to AirAsia Group
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Government denies approving $242 million loan to AirAsia Group

The Malaysian Ministry of Finance denied a media report claiming that the government of the country has granted a $242 million (RM 1 billion) loan as a lifeline to AirAsia Group. The Ministry of Finance stated that none of the airlines has received any of state-owned loan guarantees yet. On October 13, 2020, Nikkei Asia, a local Malaysian news media, reported that AirAsia Group had allegedly secured a state-guaranteed loan of $242 million (RM 1 billion) in order to help the struggling company to deal with financial consequences related to COVID-19 travel restrictions. However, the sources of the report were unidentified. The report claimed that the government-backed loan for AirAsia Group would be 80% guaranteed by the Ministry of finance and paid out by a group of local banks under a spe...
Russia to set up new airline
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Russia to set up new airline

The new regional airline, called Taiga, is going to be set up by reorganizing several existing Russian airlines and consolidating all Russian Far East air services under one company. “The regions of Russian Far East have agreed on the organizational and legal form of the united air carrier company – The Union of Regional Carriers. All carriers, belonging to the union, will fly under a single brand – Taiga. A map of destinations is already confirmed, and we are preparing to sign the main agreement,” a press release by the government of Sakhalin region states. Taiga is going to serve over 500 destinations deemed socially important. According to Sakhalin media, the new company is going to be created by renaming helicopter company Aviashelf, which sunk into debt after losing its primary custo...
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Etihad Airways’ Airbus A380s on their way out?

The fleet of ten Airbus A380 aircraft of Etihad Airways disappeared from the airline’s booking site until at least September 2021.  The superjumbos have been grounded since March 2020, due to the drop in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike Air France, which announced the definitive retirement of its A380 fleet in May 2020, no final decision has been made yet at Etihad, according to the CEO of the Gulf airline Tony Douglas.  However, it appears that the aircraft will not fly from Abu Dhabi until at least the winter season of 2021. "During this period, Etihad’s 10 Airbus A380s will remain grounded, until demand grows and there is sufficient appetite to reassess their viability," a spokesman for Etihad Airways told the Executive Traveller. Prior to the crisis, the Airbus giants we...
airBaltic launches flights to nowhere from Riga
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airBaltic launches flights to nowhere from Riga

The flag carrier of Latvia, airBaltic announced its own joy-ride flights to nowhere out of Riga Airport (RIX), landing at RIX after a one and a half hour flight. The flight, to be carried out by the airline’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft, is planned to depart on October 25, 2020. Organized together with a local tour agency, tickets start at €159 ($187). However, as of 17:11 local time (UTC +3), the flight is mostly sold out. airBaltic, which is celebrating its 25th birthday, will also bring traditional four rounds of traditional Latvian dishes onboard, including soft drinks to enjoy throughout the meal. If the weather conditions permit, the aircraft will fly as low as 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) in order to provide the best view to passengers on the A220. As a finishing touch, travelers will be...
Canarias ATR 72 turbine disintegrates during takeoff
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Canarias ATR 72 turbine disintegrates during takeoff

On October 15, 2019, ATR 72-212A regional turboprop belonging to Canarias Airlines (operating as Binter Canarias) was taking off from Tenerife North Airport (TFN). While still on the runway, but near the rotation speed, the crew heard a strange noise. Abnormal readings on parameters of right engines followed.  The crew managed to abort the takeoff and vacate the runway. Upon inspection, it turned out that blades of the second stage of the power turbine of the right-hand Pratt & Whitney Canada PW 127M engine got detached, damaging the engine from inside, peppering the fuselage and the runway. The report on the incident was released by the Spanish Civil Aviation Accident and Incident Investigation Commission (CIAIAC) in October 2020. According to it, the problem was caused by a single t...
Italy to create Alitalia vol.2
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Italy to create Alitalia vol.2

The transport minister of Italy signed the decree under which the government approved the establishment of a new state-owned air carrier which will take over the assets of Alitalia. The new airline is set to be renamed as Alitalia ITA (Italia Transporto Aero) and enter service by 2022. Ministers of Transport, Economy, Labour and Economic Development signed for the creation of the new Italian flag carrier on October 10, 2020. The launch is a further governmental step into Alitalia’s nationalization. Earlier in October, Giuseppe Leogrande, a state-appointed administrator of Alitalia, told the Parliament that a proper measure to keep the struggling airline operational could be a new state-controlled company, the  launch of which would allow saving the air carrier’s assets. Before starting op...
Airbus to modernize Australian A330 MRTT fleet
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Airbus to modernize Australian A330 MRTT fleet

Airbus announced that it was awarded two contracts to develop and modernize the communication systems for the A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) fleet of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The upgrade is to give “new and additional Communications Capabilities and Enhanced Mission Systems” to the aircraft, as the manufacturer explains. The first phase will focus on the design and development of new systems for the integration of the aircraft. Then, a prototype of the KC-30 aircraft (the name used by the RAAF to the A330 MRTT) will be delivered for testing and certification. If approved, the modifications will then be extended to the rest of the fleet. Airbus will also provide the data packs and the support necessary for these updates to be taken into account in the flight simulato...
How the F-35 became the most expensive fighter jet ever built
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How the F-35 became the most expensive fighter jet ever built

The F-35 stealth fighter jet was supposed to be a groundbreaking aircraft that would replace a multitude of already existing fighter jets in their role and thus help rationalize supply chains and costs. However, the fifth-generation fighter jet cost has since exploded to become the most expensive weapon program in military history. The budget is now estimated to reach $1.5 trillion over the operational life of the aircraft. The initial requirements were for the F-35 to be an economical aircraft. In 2001, the Pentagon entrusted Lockheed Martin with the development of a fifth-generation fighter jet that could serve three of its corps: the U.S. Navy, the Air Force, and the Marines. The three versions (F-35A, F-35B, and F-35C) were required to have at least 80% of parts and avionics in commo...
Wizz Air grim-looking war with employees
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Wizz Air grim-looking war with employees

Wizz Air, a low-cost carrier from Hungary, can definitely boast about the way their company has handled the crisis so far. Its base portfolio has expanded massively by 11 bases throughout Europe, expanding from its Central and Eastern European shell into a trans-European low-cost carrier. A new subsidiary in Abu Dhabi, despite being delayed, will go ahead. In a gloomy sky, Wizz Air became a shining star of the industry – yet not everyone is bright about the airline’s adventures throughout the pandemic. In particular, its unions. The company was not previously known for overly friendly ties with its employees’ representatives, but the way it has handled the relationship with the backdrop of the continuing expansion has resulted in a relationship with a strain that is as big as the San Andr...