US and European delegations met in Brussels on 09-Nov-2009 for a fifth round of negotiations on a second stage air transport agreement. Both delegations expressed their satisfaction at the progress made across a range of important issues, including security, regulatory cooperation and the role of the Joint Committee. Both delegations also noted the in-depth discussions held on other elements of a second stage agreement, such as market access, cooperation on environmental issues and the social dimension of the agreement. A further round of negotiations will be held on 11-Jan-2010.[more]
US and Europe conduct fifth round of aviation talks: "satisfaction at progress"
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Jointly owned by Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, SunExpress and its German counterpart brought about a consolidated result that fell into loss in 2016 as passenger numbers and revenue both declined. When the observer scratches beneath the surface of the headline figures, a picture of significant strategic change at SunExpress Germany starts to emerge.
The larger Turkish SunExpress has maintained its focus on Turkey-Germany routes, whereas SunExpress Germany has abandoned this country pair. It has instead developed leisure routes from Germany to elsewhere in Europe and in North Africa, in spite of not having an obvious competitive advantage in those markets. Within these new market areas, SunExpress Germany has undergone substantial changes in its route portfolio. Lufthansa wetleases capacity from SunExpress Germany for its Eurowings low cost operation and this may help to make some sense of these outwardly random network changes.