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Ryanair sees passenger increases during August

Ryanair sees passenger increases during August

Ryanair has released August traffic statistics showing traffic at the low-cost carrier grew 11 per cent to 11.5 million passengers. At the same time load factors rose one per cent to 96 per cent. Ryanair spokesman Kenny Jacobs said: “Lower fares post-Brexit and the continuing success of our “Always Getting Better” customer experience programme continue to deliver even more great value for our rapidly growing customer base.”

Köster takes over UK sales leadership with Lufthansa

Köster takes over UK sales leadership with Lufthansa

Andreas Köster is the newly appointed senior director sales UK, Ireland & Iceland at Lufthansa Group. From today he will be responsible for the sales activities and representation of the Lufthansa Group in UK, Ireland and Iceland. Köster will be based in London and reports to Heike Birlenbach, vice president sales Europe Lufthansa Group.

Uzbekistan Airways takes delivery of first Boeing Dreamliner

Uzbekistan Airways takes delivery of first Boeing Dreamliner

Boeing and Uzbekistan Airways, the flag carrier of the Republic of Uzbekistan, have celebrated the delivery of the airline's first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. "The delivery of our first Dreamliner marks a new and exciting chapter in our long-standing relationship with Boeing that began back in 1996," said Valeriy Tyan, director general, Uzbekistan Airways. "We are delighted that as early as in September, passengers of Uzbekistan Airways will be offered a new flight experience and an unmatched level of comfort on-board our Boeing 787 Dreamliner."

British Airways returns to Tehran

British Airways returns to Tehran

British Airways has confirmed it will resume direct flights to Tehran. The first flight will take off from London today, after the flag-carrier initially suspended the route four years ago.

oneworld appoints Gurney to chief executive role

oneworld appoints Gurney to chief executive role

oneworld has today named industry veteran Rob Gurney as its new chief executive. He succeeds Bruce Ashby, who announced in January that he would be stepping down from the role this summer after more than five years in the position. Gurney will join oneworld in October after leaving Gulf carrier Emirates, where he served as senior vice president commercial operations, Americas.

British Airways goes live with new website

British Airways goes live with new website

A brand new British Airways homepage and flight booking process for customers has gone live as part of a beta test to upgrade the airline’s hugely popular website and make it even easier to use. ba.com is viewed by over half a million unique users every day, using it to inspire, plan, and manage their trips around the world.

LATAM takes delivery of first A320neo from Airbus

LATAM takes delivery of first A320neo from Airbus

LATAM Airlines Group has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo at Airbus’s headquarters in Toulouse, France. The ultra-fuel efficient aircraft – showcasing LATAM’s white, indigo and coral livery and fitted with Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines – was presented to LATAM Airlines Group chief executive, Enrique Cueto.

Thai Airways takes delivery of first A350 XWB

Thai Airways takes delivery of first A350 XWB

Thai Airways International has become the eighth operator of the A350 XWB, following the delivery today of the first of 12 aircraft set to join the carrier’s fleet. Thai has configured its A350-900 with a premium two class layout with a total of 321 seats, comprising 32 Thai’s Royal Silk Class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, and 289 in the main cabin.

Cooper takes up leadership role with Jet2holidays

Cooper takes up leadership role with Jet2holidays

Jet2holidays has announced the appointment of Andy Cooper as head of regulation, compliance and resilience. Cooper has been supporting the business as a consultant since May 2015, making a significant contribution to the optimisation of its health and safety programme and crisis management arrangements.

Ethiopian Airlines to launch Moroni, Comoros, route in October

Ethiopian Airlines to launch Moroni, Comoros, route in October

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has finalised preparations to launch flights to Moroni, Comoros, on October 30th. The carrier will use the latest B737-800 New Generation with Sky Interior on the route. Moroni is the largest city, the federal capital and seat of the government of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean.

Kirby takes up role of United Airlines president

Kirby takes up role of United Airlines president

United Continental Holdings has announced that Scott Kirby has been named president of United Airlines. In this newly created role, Kirby will assume responsibility for United's operations, marketing, sales, alliances, network planning and revenue management.