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Jun 15, 2015

Planemakers’ order books bulge on Asia, MidEast demand

PARIS, June 15 (Reuters) – Airbus and Boeing
opened the Paris air show with a flurry of multi-billion-dollar
plane deals on Monday as demand from Middle Eastern and Asian
airlines swelled their already bulging order books.

Airbus signed up Saudi Arabian Airlines to be the launch
customer of its new A330-300 Regional aircraft, with the carrier
taking 20 of the planes as well as 30 A320neo jets in a deal
worth about $8.2 billion at list prices.

Jun 9, 2015

Airlines grapple with rich, poor divide in global emissions scheme

MIAMI (Reuters) – Diplomats working to reduce carbon emissions from passenger planes globally may give some developing countries more leeway to meet new rules, a key official with the world’s main airline industry group said on Tuesday.

Paul Steele, senior vice president at the International Air Transport Association, emphasized that nothing has been decided, but outlined some options being discussed at the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Jun 9, 2015

Airlines may struggle to meet jetliner tracking deadline

MIAMI (Reuters) – The world’s airline trade association said on Tuesday it is pressing for better tracking of commercial jetliners flying over remote areas, but that some of its members may struggle to meet a 2016 deadline for technology improvements.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said a November 2016 implementation deadline set by a United Nations aviation agency remains difficult for some members.

Jun 9, 2015

Airline industry battles with pilot mental health options after Germanwings

MIAMI (Reuters) – Pilot screening and mental health measures aimed at preventing a recurrence of the Germanwings crash are rife with complications that will make them tough to implement, airline industry executives said this week.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Tony Tyler called the crash, in which the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered the plane into the French Alps, a “deliberate and horrible act by one of our own.”

Jun 9, 2015

Emirates airline says to submit response soon in Open Skies row

By Victoria Bryan

(Reuters) – The president of carrier Emirates said it will
soon submit to the U.S. government a response to American
rivals’ allegations that it has received illegal subsidies,
which the Gulf airline calls unfounded.

The U.S. airlines want the government to alter its “Open
Skies” agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar,
accusing them of lavishing their airlines with over $40 billion
in subsidies and distorting competition. Emirates, Etihad
Airways and Qatar Airways deny the subsidy claims.

Jun 9, 2015

Airlines weigh up Lufthansa ticket distribution charge

MIAMI, June 9 (Reuters) – Global airlines are considering
whether to copy a move by Lufthansa to slap a 16 euro surcharge
on tickets booked via third-party systems as they try to improve
the amount they earn on ticket sales, executives said at a
meeting in Miami this week.

Lufthansa said last week it was implementing the
surcharge for tickets booked via third-parties on global
distribution systems (GDS), a decision that prompted ire from
providers like Amadeus and Sabre as well as from travel agents.

Jun 9, 2015

U.S. and Middle East airlines trade accusations on subsidy claim

MIAMI, June 8 (Reuters) – U.S. and Middle East airline
chiefs traded accusations on Monday over a campaign by major
U.S. carriers to restrict what they say is heavily subsidized
competition from Gulf counterparts.

In the United States, airlines are trying to persuade the
U.S. government to alter the “Open Skies” agreements with the
United Arab Emirates and Qatar, accusing them of lavishing their
airlines with more than $40 billion in subsidies and distorting
competition. Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar
Airways deny the subsidy claims.

Jun 8, 2015

Air France-KLM mulls following Lufthansa’s ticket charge move

MIAMI, June 8 (Reuters) – Air France-KLM is
considering following a move by Lufthansa to levy a charge on
tickets booked via third parties as a way of increasing its
per-ticket earnings, the airline’s chief executive said on
Monday.

Lufthansa said last week it was implementing a 16
euro surcharge for tickets booked via third-parties on global
distribution systems (GDS), a decision that prompted ire from
providers such as Amadeus and Sabre plus travel agents, which
will now have to use a different system to avoid the charge.

Jun 8, 2015

Airlines hit headwinds from investors as they try to capture growth

By Jeffrey Dastin and Victoria Bryan

(Reuters) – Major U.S. airlines’ shares tumbled on Monday amid fears that the carriers are grabbing for market share at the expense of profits.

Shares in Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) , Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) all fell sharply despite a bullish outlook on industry profitability issued Monday by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at its general meeting in Miami.

Jun 8, 2015

Some airlines taking closer look at A380 than before: Airbus CEO Bregier

MIAMI (Reuters) – Planemaker Airbus’s (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) chief executive said some potential customers were studying its A380 super jumbo more seriously than before, although orders for other widebodies were more likely at this month’s Paris Airshow.

“After some years where people were considering the A380 would not find its place in fleet planning, they are now studying it much more seriously,” Fabrice Bregier told Reuters in Miami on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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