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Ryanair Continues Strong Financial Performance with 32% Rise In Half Year Profits

  • 6 min read

Ryanair has announced an H1 Net Profit increase of 32% to €795m.  Traffic grew by 4% to 51.3 million passengers, average air fares increased by 5% and total revenues rose by 9% to €3,537 million.  Unit costs also fell by 2% (excluding fuel which rose by 3%).  The airline’s load… 

Etihad and Alitalia Reinforce Their Partnership With Liveries Made to Match

  • 5 min read

Based on the theory that nothing says partnership quite like matching outfits, Etihad and Alitalia have revealed a joint livery to celebrate their partnership in promoting EXPO Milan 2015. In a surprise announcement, Alitalia and Etihad debuted two matching multicoloured A330-200 planes which feature elements of both carriers’ liveries and the… 

Sogerma’s Celestial Bodies Feature In Airbus A350XWB Seating

  • 7 min read

Two celestial bodies featured at Aircraft Interiors Expo, Americas which show promise for low-footprint cabin comfort. One has already found its place in the A350XWB catalogue. The COMET® by Sogerma takes up very little space when upright, but can fold out to make a full flat horizontal bed with, what the manufacturer… 

IndiGo Remains True-Blue to Airbus Green: Signs MoU for 250 A320neo Aircraft 

  • 2 min read

Airbus announces that India’s largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo and its Co-Founders, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 250 firm A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement will become Airbus’ single largest order by number of aircraft. Aditya Ghosh,… 

Boeing Low-Profile In-Flight Broadband Antenna Clears Key Test Hurdles

  • 2 min read

Boeing has completed environmental and performance qualification testing on the aircraft satellite communications low-profile phased array antenna system it is developing for multipurpose satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Company (Yahsat) of the United Arab Emirates. The aircraft manufacturer indicates that this antenna system has passed customer-witnessed acceptance testing, and that… 

As the Air France Pilot Strike Ends, There’s Nothing to Count but the Losses

  • 8 min read

The longest strike in the history of Air France has finally come to an end, with the pilot’s union SNPL, sending out a quick notice to members that they should return to work, after verifying their flights, with no additional information on gains, and a promise of further information to follow.… 

As Airbus Looks Forward to $4.6 Trillion Future, Boeing says more like $5.2 Trillion

  • 11 min read

Airbus predicts that commercial aviation will need 31,000 new aircraft with 100-seat or greater capacity, a market worth $4.6 Trillion over the next twenty years. It attributes this demand to growing passenger traffic.

Boeing projects new commercial aircraft demand to be worth $5.2 Trillion over the next twenty years, consisting of 36,770 new aircraft.

Could Brands Turn In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity Into Financial Security For Airlines?

  • 3 min read

We want more onboard.  If we can’t have more room, we’ll take more entertainment.  You can read more about the potential growth of In-Flight Connectivity and In-Flight Entertainment, highly prized features of the cabin experience, in my special article for Sparksheet this week. The question for airlines, just like anything else, is… 

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