• Europe/CIS: “No way BA-AA!” says Virgin’s Branson

    Virgin Atlantic president Richard Branson said he was prepared to spend heavily to try to prevent a planned tieup between British Airways, American Airlines and Spain’s Iberia. “If it is approved we believe Virgin Atlantic will be damaged (along...... Read More
  • Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific boosts Oz freighter capacity

    Cathay Pacific will add a third B747- 400 freighter service on its Australia route effective 27 September. The airline will operate a B747-400F Sundays on a Sydney-Melbourne rotation. Cathay said the additional freighter was required tomeet strengthening seasonal demand.... Read More
  • Air China and China Southern Airlines

    Air China and China Southern Airlines both endured double-digit yearover- year traffic declines in August, and while some of the drop can be attributed to heightened security related to the Beijing Olympics, slowing domestic economic growth likely means a...... Read More
  • Europe/CIS: Finnair grapples to find cost-savings

    Finnair said recently that it has given its employee groups two weeks to examine three possible cost-saving alternatives. A spokesperson told Reuters that one option is a salary cut of 5 per cent across the company, the second a...... Read More
  • Taiwan: Evergreen gets US green light for China

    Evergreen International Airlines has won preliminary US approval for a new air cargo route to China. Evergreen plans to acquire two Boeing 747-400F freighters to operate six round-trip flights a week to Shanghai from New York’s John F. Kennedy...... Read More
  • Dragonair

    Hong Kong-based carrier Dragonair is to launch services from its base toHanoi, Vietnam from 26 October.... Read More
  • Europe/ CIS: Cargolux adds second Miami frequency

    Following the start of weekly services to Miami in April of this year, Cargolux Airlines International S.A., Europe’s largest all-cargo airline, added a second weekly frequency to Miami, with continuation to Houston, operational since 24 July. On board Cargolux’s...... Read More
  • China: Air China sees volumes slide in August

    Air China says it carried 68,000 tonnes of cargo in August, down 4.1 per cent on August 2007. Its eight month rolling comparison for the year was 552,384 tonnes, little changed from the same period of 2007. The cargo...... Read More
  • Japan Airlines

    Japan Airlines has said it is canceling cargo flights between Tokyo Narita and New York JFK from 1 October, part of a reduction in freighter services for the second half of its fiscal year ending 31 March. “The airline...... Read More
  • Europe/ CIS: Lufthansa to take over Brussels Airlines

    Lufthansa will take over Brussels Airlines, the carriers announced recently, in a deal that potentially values the Belgian carrier at €250 million (US$355.6 million) and could pave the way for its entry into Star Alliance. In a first step,...... Read More