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Snow? What Snow? Feel the Heat Of the Stories Behind These 4 Aviation Stories You Might Have Missed

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Every week, besides the articles I write here on Flight Chic and on VolandoAndo, I prepare Flight Chic Special Reports for leading industry publications. While I’m assigned certain topics and recommend others, hot news will hit the wires each week–it’s up to the fates of aviation to decide which ones–and… 

New Canadian ULCC, Jetlines, Gets Equipped to Compete with up to 21 737 MAX Aircraft

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Jetlines, the new Canadian Ultra-Low Cost airline, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, has announced an order for five 737 MAX 7s which will form the basis for its future fleet. The order, valued at $438 million, includes purchase rights for 16 additional 737 MAXs and conversion rights to the 737-8 MAX aircraft, according announcements from Boeing and the airline.

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

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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… 

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

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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.… 

New Competition for Norwegian from the East: Prize-Winning Long-Haul Low-Cost AirAsia X Orders 50 A330neo To Reach Europe

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AirAsia X, the long-haul affiliate of the Skytrax Winning AirAsia (World’s Best and Asia’s Best Low-Cost Carrier as announced today) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 50 A330-900neo at Farnborough.   This purchase will make Air Asia X the launch airline customer for this aircraft. “We have been… 

How Southwest Airlines Works to Take Its Passengers to Even Better Destinations

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Airlines serve many destinations, but Southwest Airlines is working to make sure the destinations it serves are better places for their passengers to visit.   Working with Project for Public Spaces(PPS), the airline has already helped improve a number of venues, since its Placemaking Heart of the Community initiative began… 

The Norwegian Air Saga Continues: New Route Between Copenhagen and Bangkok Is Only Small Piece of the Big Puzzle

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Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, the Oslo-based Low-Cost Carrier has announced that it will launch a new route between Copenhagen and Bangkok, as part of the airline’s global strategy. While Norwegian’s polemic attempts to penetrate the Trans-Atlantic Long-Haul market continue, Norwegian Air Shuttle has not lost its focus on popular East-Bound destinations.… 

WestJet’s Peanuts Are Honey-Roasted–And That’s A Very Good Thing

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As far as I know, WestJet have yet to serve honey-roasted peanuts on their flights.  I’m not talking about the snack, though.  I’m talking about their product strategy. Flight Chic readers will know than when I talk peanuts, I mean the Peanuts–those sometimes-feisty, always-interesting rebels: the Low-Cost Carriers. I have… 

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