ANA, Singapore Airlines deepen existing partnership

Star Alliance carriers All Nippon Airways and Singapore Airlines have signed a joint venture agreement to deepen their existing partnership. The agreement, subject to regulatory approval, would allow both carriers to widen their partnership beyond Singapore and Japan, to ‘key markets’ such as Australia, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. It will go beyond the existing partnershipRead More

Wizz Air eyes Middle East for further expansion

Wizz Air is looking east rather than west for further expansion in the wake of an ambitious move to establish a Middle East subsidiary. The airline is partnering with the state-owned Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company to create a joint venture that will start operating sometime in the second half of 2020. The announcement wasRead More

Emirates to launch daily service from DXB to Penang via Singapore

Emirates announced recently its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to Penang International Airport (PEN), via Singapore (SIN), from 9 April 2020. Emirates’ flight to Penang will be a linked service with Singapore, allowing passengers to travel easily between the two cities while enjoying the airline’s award-winning service. Penang will becomeRead More

Commercial airplane deaths down by 50% in 2019

The number of people killed in large commercial airplane crashes fell by more than 50% in 2019 despite a high-profile Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia in March, a Dutch consulting firm said on Wednesday. Aviation consulting firm To70 said there were 86 accidents involving large commercial planes – including eight fatal incidents – resultingRead More

AerCap to provide AirSial with 3 used A320s

Pakistani start-up carrier AirSial will lease three used A320s from AerCap. AerCap is described by its chief executive Aengus Kelly as “the biggest aircraft lessor in the fast-growing Pakistani aviation sector”. Cirium fleets data shows that AerCap manages two Boeing 777-200s operated by flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines and leased several aircraft to Shaheen AirRead More

Wizz Air to establish venture in Abu Dhabi

Central European budget carrier Wizz Air has provisionally agreed to establish a low-cost carrier venture in Abu Dhabi, the second such budget airline plan to emerge in the emirate in recent weeks. The Abu Dhabi government says a preliminary agreement has been reached with Wizz to launch the venture in the second half of 2020,Read More

Norwegian and JetBlue sign interline agreement for traveling under single booking

Norwegian Air and JetBlue have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for an interline agreement, in a partnership that would enable passengers to travel in a single booking for connecting flights between the Americas and Europe. The partnership is anticipated to launch in early summer 2020 connecting more than 60 US and nearly 40 CaribbeanRead More

Airlines to triple fleets by 2038 due to high passenger demand

UAE passenger traffic is forecast to grow 5.8 percent per annum over the next 20 years. The fleet size of operators from all regions serving the UAE is forecast to nearly treble to some 1,730 aircraft by 2038 from around 630, according to new research. The 2019 Airbus Global Market Forecast said the 2038 figureRead More

Emirates makes firm orders 50 Airbus A350s

The Dubai-based airline, Emirates, announced that it has committed to a firm order of 50 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. At list prices, the deal is worth more than $16 billion (AED58.7 million). Its newest order replaces the previous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 30 A350 and 40 A330neo aircraft, signed on February 14, 2019, afterRead More

Qantas successfully launches longest flight to New York

The first non-stop commercial airline flight from New York to Sydney has landed after 19 hours 16 minutes in the air. A total of 49 passengers and crew were on the flight, which was used to run a series of experiments to assess health and well-being onboard. Data from these experiments will be used helpRead More