Boeing and SpiceJet have announced a commitment for up to 205 airplanes during an event in New Delhi. Booked at the end of 2016, the announcement includes 100 new 737 MAX 8s, SpiceJet's current order for 42 MAXs, 13 additional 737 MAXs which were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website, as well as purchase rights for 50 additional airplanes.
In line with its growth strategy, Finnair has announced that it will be adding capacity between and Ireland and Finland across the 2017 winter and summer seasons. Due to high demand, Finnair will add an additional weekly frequency between Dublin and Helsinki for the winter 2017 season.
United Airlines and Saks Fifth Avenue have unveiled a United Polaris-themed takeover of the windows in the luxury retailer’s flagship store in New York City. Entitled Now Arriving, the 14 storefront windows display a replica of a United Airlines plane.
Qatar Airways has announced it will commence four times weekly, non-stop service to Las Vegas, Nevada, starting January next year. The new route will be the airline’s eleventh to the United States, connecting McCarran International Airport to Hamad International Airport in Doha, making Qatar Airways the first Gulf carrier to provide regular scheduled service to Las Vegas.
Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by one percent across the product line, effective from January. This price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2016 to January 2017 period and takes into account the materials and commodities prices.
Some 14.5 million passengers travelled through London Luton Airport last year, making 2016 the busiest year ever in the airport’s history. The record figure represents annual growth of 18.5 per cent compared to 2015.
London Stansted Airport completed a record breaking 2016 with its busiest ever December as the great Christmas getaway and record high aircraft load factors boosted passenger numbers during the month. A total of over 1.85 million passengers passed through Stansted during the period, up by 146,000 or 8.5 per cent on last year, and surpassing the previous record for December of 1.76 million passengers set in 2006.
Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new aircraft, an A321, in a handover ceremony in Toulouse with Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air chairman, and Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Bregier. The delivery is the first from a firm order placed by Iran Air in December 2016 for 100 Airbus aircraft (46 single aisle and 54 wide-body jets) to renew and expand its fleet.
The opening of international flights to Gan airport, adjacent to Addu township in the south of the Maldives, has opened a new era for the region - providing an alternative transportation offering that can save travellers valuable vacation time. In December, SriLankan Airlines started flying from Colombo to the upgraded Gan airport, formerly a UK Royal Air Force refilling base until 1976 when it became a domestic airport.
Air Malta has appointed Paul Sies as chief commercial officer. Sies takes his position with immediate effect and will be responsible for leading all commercial activity on a day-to-day basis.
Finnair has announced its new general manager for UK, Ireland and Benelux, reinforcing the airline’s management team in the countries. Based in London, Andrew Fish oversees sales and marketing teams across the region, including the strategically important gateways of London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh, Dublin, Brussels and Amsterdam.
GoAir has penned a firm contract for 72 A320neo aircraft following its memorandum of understanding signed during the Farnborough International Airshow. The agreement doubles GoAir’s firm order book for the aircraft type to 144.