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EUROCONTROL reported (13-Jun-2024) the following European aircraft operator rankings, based on the average number of daily flights for the period between 03-Jun-2024 and 09-Jun-2024:

The top 10 aircraft operators posted a 1.2% week-on-week increase. Of the top 10, Ryanair (+36%), Wizz Air (+36%) and Turkish Airlines (+6%) recorded figures above 2019 levels. SAS and Lufthansa (-20%) recorded the largest decreases compared to 2019, followed by Air France (-14%) and British Airways (-12%). [more - original PR]

Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport, via its official LinkedIn account, announced (08-Jun-2024) Air India plans to launch five times weekly Bengaluru-London Gatwick service on 18-Aug-2024. The service will be operated with 256 seat Boeing 787 aircraft.

Cathay Pacific returned (06-Jun-2024) the last of 85 aircraft that it placed in storage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The A330 (B-HLV) departed from Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage at Alice Springs Airport on 06-Jun-2024. The aircraft was the first of 76 from Cathay Pacific to enter the storage facility on 28-Jul-2020. The airline confirmed plans to return to 100% of pre-pandemic passenger flight levels in 1Q2025. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Polar Air Cargo SVP and chief management officer Kersti Krepp, speaking at the IATA AGM, stated (04-Jun-2024) the company does a "substantial" amount of trans-Pacific trade, adding government regulations have "tested our company's agility in terms of how to operate and how to schedule". Ms Krepp said during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was "extraordinarily gratifying because we knew we were saving lives by moving the goods that we were moving during that time". She noted: "Agility is the new stability in air cargo".

UN Tourism reported (04-Jun-2024) the following country rankings for 2023:

Riyadh Air and Singapore Airlines signed (04-Jun-2024) a MoU to establish a new partnership. Under the MoU, the carriers will explore opportunities for interline connectivity on each other's services, subject to regulatory approval. They will also work on other potential areas of commercial cooperation, including codeshare arrangements, reciprocal benefits for their frequent flyer programme members, cargo services, customer experience and digital innovation as a precursor to a deeper, long-term, strategic partnership. These will potentially offer Riyadh Air's passengers access to Singapore Airlines' network in South East Asia and the South West Pacific region, and Singapore Airlines' customers greater access to the Middle East region through Riyadh Air's network. [more - original PR]

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Malaysia Airlines reportedly placed orders for 20 A330-900neo aircraft, with the first A330-900neo scheduled to be delivered in 3Q2024 (Malay Mail, 09-Jun-2024). The A330neos will include newly designed Collins Aerospace Elevation business class seats, featuring an all suite cabin with individual privacy doors. Additional features include in-flight WiFi connectivity and 4K resolution screens of 13.3 inches for economy class passengers. The new A330neos will gradually replace Malaysia Airlines' existing A330 fleet until 2028.

Pivot Airlines received (10-Jun-2024) Canadian Transportation Agency advanced status Canadian determination, authorising the transfer of 100% of Pivot shares from Binder Capital Corporation to new ownership consortium Pivot Holding Company Canada. The consortium includes Canadian investors, aviation experts and existing Pivot management holding 75.1% and Boston based aviation company Smart Green Aviation Group, holding 24.9%. Pivot's existing Dash 8-100 and Bombardier CRJ200 ACMI and charter operations will scale up with the addition of three aircraft provided by Alberta Aviation Capital Corporation. Pivot is also in the process of adding the Dash 8-400 aircraft to its Transport Canada certificate, which will position the company for a return to the scheduled airline sector. Pivot is also plans to establish a new maintenance and charter crew base in Kitchener with Fliteline Services. [more - original PR]

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