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WTO rules EU failed to stop A350, A380 subsidies
The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body handed down a decision in the 14-year-old Airbus subsidy case that upheld previous rulings that launch aid on the A350 and A380 programs was improper, but also took enough alleged subsidies off the table to allow Airbus to claim a measure of victory.

White House trade director says UAE agreement includes routes freeze
In what appears to be a divergence from the terms of the US and United Arab Emirates (UAE) new Open Skies side agreement, a top White House official told industry stakeholders that there is a freeze on adding routes to the US. Peter Navarro, assistant to US President Donald Trump and director of the White House Trade Council, told aviation industry stakeholders during a briefing May 14 that the UAE had committed to a freeze on fifth freedom routes to the US as part of their agreement to continue the two governments’ Open Skies pact, signed in 2002.

Sichuan Airlines A319 safely diverts to Chengdu after windscreen burst
A Sichuan Airlines A319-100, en route from Chongqing to Lhasa, experienced a windscreen burst in the cockpit May 14 and diverted to Chengdu, where it landed safely. No passengers were injured although one first officer and one cabin attendant suffered minor injuries, according to the Chinese carrier. Sichuan Airlines said the windscreen blowout began with a crack appearing while the aircraft was flying at 9,800 m (32,000 ft.) at Mach 0.74–0.75.

Virgin Atlantic, Air France-KLM and Delta finalize JV terms
Air France-KLM, UK long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic and US major Delta Air Lines said they signed “definitive agreements” for their transatlantic joint venture (JV) on May 15. In July 2017, Air France-KLM, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic announced plans for Air France-KLM to acquire 31% of Virgin and for Delta to take a 10% stake in Air France-KLM.

Avianca looks to defer new aircraft deliveries by three years
Bogota-based Avianca is in advanced negotiations with aircraft vendors to “re-accommodate its existing aircraft open orders, especially those scheduled for delivery in 2020, 2021 and 2022,” according to CEO Hernán Rincón, indicating deliveries may be deferred three years.

Pilot strike forces Brussels Airlines to cancel 75% of flights
A Brussels Airlines pilot strike on May 14 and May 16 has limited the Belgium carrier to just 25% of its normal schedule, disrupting flights for 50,000 passengers at an estimated cost of €4.7 million ($5.6 million) per day. “Negotiations were suspended yesterday after an entire day of discussions,” A Brussels Airlines spokeswoman told ATW. “Brussels Airlines management has put a new proposal on the table, which is now being deliberated. Negotiation meetings will be resumed tomorrow morning [May 16]. We hope to come to an agreement soon.”

Azul considers capacity plan as fuel prices increase
Azul Brazilian Airlines is upbeat about long-term growth trends in Brazil and the positive contributions of its new Airbus A320neos, but rising fuel prices have it looking carefully at near-term capacity plans.

United Airlines makes network adjustments at Newark, Dulles
United Airlines is adding flights on 17 routes out of Newark Liberty International (EWR) and shifting some regional-jet routes to its Washington/Dulles International gateway as part of its winter schedule. The moves add frequency on 15 routes out of EWR; new seasonal nonstop services to Palm Springs, California; and upgrade Key West, Florida, services to year-round. The changes are effective Oct. 4 except for the Palm Springs service, which starts Dec. 19.

LaudaMotion postpones Zurich operations, gives up slots
New Austrian carrier LaudaMotion must postpone its plan to operate from Zurich, Switzerland, as the carrier will have not enough aircraft available, a spokesperson confirmed.

WOW Air confirms India in new eastern push
Rapidly expanding Icelandic LCC WOW Air has started its strategic shift toward Asia, firming plans to launch flights between Reykjavik in Iceland and Delhi in India. As anticipated by ATW, WOW Air announced its first destination in South Asia on May 15. The 3X-weekly Airbus A330neo route will launch in December, increasing to 5X-weekly from January 2019.

Finnair deepens cooperation with Widerøe
Oneworld member Finnair will add nine new destinations to its codeshare agreement with Norwegian regional airline Widerøe, strengthening the airlines’ existing partnership. Announcing the changes on May 15, Finnair said its AY code will be added to a series of Widerøe-operated routes from Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø in Norway.

TAP Air Portugal A330neo completes first flight
The first Airbus A330-900 for launch operator TAP Air Portugal made its first flight May 15. The aircraft, MSN 1819, completed the maiden flight in just over four-and-a-half hours and will be put into revenue service by TAP later this summer.

WestJet releases pictures of 737 in Swoop livery
WestJet has Tweeted photographs of a Boeing 737-800 painted in the new livery of the company's soon-to-launch ultra-low-cost subsidiary Swoop. The Calgary-based airline had previously released only digitally-rendered images of Swoop-branded aircraft.

WestJet 737 crew aborts take-off over mis-set flaps
Canadian investigators have disclosed that a Boeing 737-700 aborted its take-off roll at low speed after the crew discovered an incorrect flap configuration. The WestJet aircraft (C-GWJT) had been departing Saskatoon airport's runway 15 for a service to Calgary on 19 April.

Avianca will begin 5X-weekly Bogota-Munich (Germany) Boeing 787 services, from Nov. 16.

Silk Way West Airlines began twice-weekly Liege-Baku flights.

Volaris Costa Rica will begin San Salvador-Washington Dulles service May 17.

Delta Air Lines will launch 4X-daily Boston-Philadelphia Bombardier CRJ900 (Delta Connection’s Endeavor Air) service from Oct. 1.

Russia’s Red Wings Airlines starts 3X-weekly Moscow Domodedovo-Belgrade Airbus A320 service June 12.

Saratov Airlines launched weekly Krasnoyarsk-Blagoveshchensk-Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Yakovlev Yak-42 service May 14.

S7 Airlines starts 2X-weekly Novosibirsk-Kazan Embraer E-170 service June 3.

Aeroflot subsidiary Aurora Airline launches daily Khabarovsk-Nikolayevsk-on-Amur DHC-8 service June 1.

Netherlands targets Apache remanufacturing deal
The Netherlands' defense ministry has outlined its plans to remanufacture the nation's current fleet of 28 Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, with the goal of operating the updated type until 2050.

USAF prepares for rapid demo of high-energy laser weapon
The US Air Force has started preparing to rapidly stage a demonstration of a highly mature laser weapon system (LWS) for an unspecified “airborne vehicle”, with the potential for a follow-on production program.

UK Gazelle helicopters to soldier on until at least 2022
Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a three-year contract to support the British Army's fleet of Aérospatiale Gazelle AH1 rotorcraft under a single-source deal. Worth £15 million ($20.3 million), the sustainment program will see the venerable type supported until 2022 by Airbus Helicopters UK.

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