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An analyst explains the greatest risks to UK airlines if a Brexit deal falls apart

“The fourth risk for airlines is the loss of safety certifications for UK airlines and their staff” writes Benjamin Zhang for businessinsider.com. Should there be a no-deal Brexit, Moody’s has identified five main risks for airlines.The first risk for UK airlines is the immediate loss of flying privileges to and within Europe.Considering the fact the UK airlines already conform to EU standards, getting approval should not be a problem. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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With stock riding tailwind, United Airlines CEO doubles down on growth strategy

“The growth plan has allowed United to claw back market share in a competitive U.S. airline sector and boost its profitability” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. CHICAGO (Reuters) – With many rival airlines scaling back plans to add travel routes and seats in a bid to protect margins, Oscar Munoz is taking United Airlines in a different direction.Traditionally capacity growth in the airline business has come at a cost to yields because it can drive down fares.Munoz offered new details to his growth strategy on Wednesday, saying United will…

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A wintry storm hammering the Southeast grounds more than 1,400 flights, as airlines waive change fees

“Airlines canceled more than 1,400 flights over the weekend, as a wintry storm from Virginia to Florida snarled air travel, with disruptions likely to spill over into the work week” writes Leslie Josephs for cnbc.com. American waived date-change fees for travelers affected by the storm if they can fly through next Saturday, and Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways also waived date change fees.The storm dumped snow and sleet across the Carolinas and Virginia, causing treacherous travel conditions. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Storm could snarl weekend flights; airlines waive fees

“But it seemed likely that most big airlines would be waiving fees for airports in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic as the storm forecast solidified” writes Ben Mutzabaugh for usatoday.com. TODAY IN THE SKY: List: Airlines waive change fees for big winter storm in South One big exception: Charlotte, North Carolina, where icy weather and up to a half-foot of snow was possible Sunday.A strengthening winter storm threatened to make a mess for air travelers as it moved across the country into the weekend.The storm was forecast to spread heavy rain,…

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Lion Air CEO says possible will cancel Boeing 737 MAX orders

“FILE PHOTO:A Boeing 737 MAX takes off during a flight test in Renton, Washington Thomson Reuters JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Lion Air is considering cancelling orders for Boeing Co 737 MAX jets following a crash that killed 189 people in October but has not yet made a decision, the airline’s CEO Edward Sirait said on Thursday” reports businessinsider.com. Reuters on Tuesday reported Lion Air was reviewing Boeing airplane purchases and had not ruled out cancelling orders as relations worsen in a spat over responsibility for the crash, according to sources. Source:…

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Scientists say United, other airlines illegally refuse to fly lab monkeys, fearing animal rights protesters

“Novartis and AbbVie said in a separate letter that refusal to transport the lab animals undermines biomedical research” writes Bruce Einhorn for sun-sentinel.com. The association says many other airlines also refuse to carry animals used in biomedical research even though the carriers will fly those same species if they’re pets or destined for zoos and sanctuaries.”Airlines that transport animals to and from laboratory testing facilities have been targeted by animal rights groups with protests and other activities that have caused service disruptions to the travelling public,” the airlines said in…

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China Development Bank to finance eight Airbus aircraft purchases for HNA

“BEIJING (Reuters) – The aviation leasing arm of China Development Bank said it will finance eight Airbus A330 purchases for airlines affiliated to debt-laden HNA Group and that the jets will be delivered by the end of 2018” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. It added that this was in accordance with the original purchase contract between the airlines and Airbus.Airbus declined to comment on Tuesday whether these were the eight planes that CDB’s aviation leasing arm had agreed to finance, saying that talks and contractual terms with customers are…

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Brazil’s Azul could join Avianca-United Airlines alliance

“An Azul Brazilian Airlines plane prepares to take off at International Airport in Guarulhos Thomson Reuters By Marcelo Rochabrun SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Two Brazilian airlines, Azul SA and Avianca Brasil, are targets for expansion in the new alliance between United Continental Holdings Inc , Avianca Holdings and Copa Airlines on U.S.-Latin America routes, an Avianca executive said” reports businessinsider.com. The airline agreement mimics a partnership between American Airlines and Chile’s Latam Airlines which has been mired in regulatory scrutiny.United already owns an 8 percent stake in Azul, and has…

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Lufthansa CEO still sees too many airlines in Europe

“German airline Lufthansa CEO Spohr holds speech next to Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 before baptism of the 10th Lufthansa A350 to the name “Erfurt”, at Munich airport Thomson Reuters BERLIN (Reuters) – The chief executive of Germany’s Lufthansa said there are still too many airlines in Europe and he expects the company to be involved in more consolidation in the industry that will eventually leave three global carriers in the continent” reports businessinsider.com. “There are way too many players in Europe,” Carsten Spohr told a meeting of the Centre for Aviation…

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Southwest Airlines employees discover a noose at a Houston airport — and this isn’t the first time it’s happened, one lawsuit claims

“According to The Houston Chronicle, Houston police investigated the discovery of a noose by Southwest Airlines employees at Hobby Airport in July, but no arrests were made and no suspects were identified because video cameras were not present in the area” writes Brian Pascus for businessinsider.com. Parker also claimed black employees found a noose made of bungee cords in December 2017. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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