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United, Avianca and Copa consider joint business agreement
Chicago-based United Airlines, Colombia’s Avianca and Panamanian flag carrier Copa Airlines may form a three-way joint business agreement, according to statements released by the two Latin American airlines’ holding companies Aug. 8. Both Copa Holdings and Avianca Holdings said their respective companies have “been in discussions with United Airlines … regarding the possibility of establishing a three-way joint business agreement that would cover the combined networks between the United States and Latin America.”
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Air Canada prepares rouge subsidiary for ULCC competition
As the Canadian ULCC market heats up, Air Canada said it is prepared to leverage the significant flexibility of its rouge subsidiary to ward off competition, from adding flights in major domestic markets to re-configuring aircraft to match rivals’ all-economy offerings. “We have been preparing to ensure that we have all the tools necessary to offset [low-cost competition] and ensure that we are not negatively impacted,” Air Canada passenger airlines president Ben Smith said.
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Italy seeks state-controlled shareholder consortium for Alitalia
The Italian government is considering involving national railway company Ferrovie dello Stato and public investment bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti in plans to keep the bankrupt Alitalia in Italian hands, local media has reported. Squeezed by fast-growing LCCs, Italy’s flag carrier Alitalia filed for bankruptcy in May 2017, kicking off a long process of finding a suitable investor to take on the troubled carrier that has been further delayed by the months the country spent without a government after an inconclusive general election in March.
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Cathay Pacific to boost A350-1000 deliveries
Cathay Pacific Airways plans to ramp up its fleet with 17 more widebody deliveries by the end of next year, primarily consisting of Airbus A350-1000s. Cathay revealed in its latest fleet update that it expects to receive another six -1000s this year, adding to the two already delivered.
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Air China, Sichuan Airlines take first A350s
Two Chinese airlines, Air China and Sichuan Airlines, have taken delivery of their first Airbus A350-900s. Flag carrier Air China is the first Chinese mainland customer to take ownership of the type, having ordered 10 in 2010.
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Russia’s Rostec to sell 75% of MC-21 component manufacturer
Russia’s state-owned Rostec said it will sell 75% minus one share in Technodinamika holding company, the leading developer and manufacturer of components and systems for the MC-21, including the neutral gas, electrical power, oxygen and fire protection systems, as well as landing gear components. Rostec expects to get state approval by year-end. Technodinamika also develops systems and units for the new PD-14 engine, one of the options for MC-21-300. It won the tender for logistics and maintenance for the Irkut Corp.-produced MC-21 after-sales service in December 2017.
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Air freight market growth slows in June
The predicted slowdown of the global air freight market became a clear trend in June, as year-over-year (YOY) growth in the total air cargo market slowed to 2.7%, about half the five-year average growth rate (5.1%), according to IATA’s June Air Freight Market Analysis.
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Singapore Airlines introduces upgraded A380 on Zurich route
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has replaced its Airbus A380 on the Zurich-Singapore route with an A380 version fitted with the latest onboard cabin productions and innovations. ATW understands this also marks the delivery completion of five new A380s. The old A380s were returned to the lessor. The new A380s launched services in December 2017 from Singapore Changi to Sydney, Australia. The five aircraft also operate to Hong Kong, Shanghai Pudong (China) and London Heathrow (UK).
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EasyJet expands Switzerland operations
UK-based easyJet plans to further expand its Switzerland operations by adding new services, including up to 3X-weekly Basel-Warsaw (Poland) and 4X-weekly Geneva-Warsaw flights beginning Oct 28. The LCC also plans to launch 3X-weekly Geneva-Rennes (France) services from Oct. 29. These destinations are in addition to the previously announced new winter routes of Basel-Berlin-Tegel (Germany) and Basel-La Palma (Canary Island).
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Ryanair claims Dutch services unaffected despite pilot strike
Ryanair is insisting that its Dutch operations will not be disrupted by a sudden decision by local pilots to join a strike against the airline. The budget airline says there will be “no cancellations” to or from the Netherlands on 10 August, despite the 24h industrial action which had already included German, Swedish, Belgian and Irish pilots.
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Investigators consult on findings from Emirates 777 crash
United Arab Emirates investigators have embarked on reviewing a draft final report into the Emirates Boeing 777-300 landing accident at Dubai two years ago. The aircraft was destroyed after a gear-up landing on runway 12L, after failing to climb away during an attempted go-around.
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Jet Airways postpones Q1 results release
India's Jet Airways has postponed the release of its first quarter financial results on the recommendation of its audit committee. In a release on the Indian stock exchange dated 9 August, the carrier says that "the audit committee did not recommend the said financial results to the Board for its approval, pending closure of certain matters."
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Wings Air ATR 72 landed at closed airport in June incident
A Wings Air ATR 72-600 inadvertently landed at an airport that had been closed for nearly three months on 19 June while operating a flight from Pontianak to Sintang. The flight, operated by an aircraft registered PK-WHF, was the first of the day for the two flight crew, and carried two cabin crew and 32 passengers, Indonesia's National Transport Safety Committee states in its preliminary report on the incident.
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ATC strikes and competition hit TUI quarterly profit
TUI has highlighted the cost of disruption to its airline operations from air traffic control strikes this summer as well as greater competition on routes to Spain, after operating profit dipped 7.5% to €293 million ($340 million) in its third quarter ended 30 June. Revenue rose 5% to exceed €5 billion.
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Storms led 737 overrun captain to opt against go-around
Pilots of a Boeing 737-400 freighter lost situational awareness and failed to realize how much runway had passed beneath the aircraft before a late touchdown which resulted in a high-speed overrun at Milan Bergamo. The Hungarian-registered ASL Airlines aircraft had been conducting an ILS approach to runway 28 in poor weather and darkness on 5 August 2016.
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Air NZ explores 3D printing for metal aircraft parts
Air New Zealand has teamed up with local company Zenith Technica to explore using 3D printing to produce metal aircraft parts and tools. Based in Auckland’s North Shore, Zenith focuses on designing and manufacturing printed titanium and other metals using electron beam melting technology using equipment made by GE Additive.
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Certification nears for Bombardier Global 7500
Bombardier has almost wrapped up certification flight testing on its ultra-long-range Global 7500 and expects to secure approval for the twinjet "shortly", ahead a first delivery later this year. Nearly 20 examples of the GE Aviation Passport-powered business jet are in production, said Alain Bellemare, Bombardier chief executive, on a 2 August earnings call.
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USAF analyst suggests ways to avoid cost overruns on 6th-gen fighter
The Aircraft and Weapons division chief with the US Air Force Cost Analysis Agency has made a series of suggestions in a research paper for keeping the price of a sixth generation fighter down after analyzing a myriad of cost-overruns by the B-2, F-22 and F-35 program. A reoccurring theme throughout many of the suggested measures is a need for the USAF to maintain a disciplined focus on a narrow set of unchanging priorities for their next generation fighter. The research paper was presented at an International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association workshop in June 2018.
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Aviation Quote

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

- Prime Minster Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 20 August 1940. The Royal Air Force has been known as 'the few' ever since. M. Hastings (2009) Winston's War states that Churchill came up with the phrase a few days earlier on 16 August, after visiting Fighter Command's 11 Group operation room. His chief of staff 'Pug' Ismay made some remark in the car riding back to Chequers, and Churchill said, "Don't speak to me. I have never been so moved." After a few minutes he spoke the classic line.

This quote is often changed by writers and speakers, giving us material such as 'Never . . . was so much owed by so few to so many,' seen after the Falklands War. Other folks have wondered if Churchill was referring to the RAF's bar tab.


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