The Embraer E175-E2 has made its inaugural flight, taking off from a facility in São José dos Campos. The E175-E2 is the third member of the E-Jets E2 family, with the maiden flight kicking off a rigorous 24-month test campaign.
Air France-KLM has placed a firm order for ten additional widebody A350-900s with Airbus. Also today, Airbus has acquired industrial automation company, MTM Robotics, for an undisclosed sum.
After detailed evaluation of the Boeing 777X and Airbus A350, Qantas has selected the A350-1000 as the preferred aircraft for the ultra-long-haul project Sunrise.
The new venture will be Wizz Air’s first airline established outside of Europe and is likely to compete with the recently announced low-cost offering from flag-carrier Etihad Airways and Air Arabia.
British Airways has revealed it will launch six new European routes from Heathrow for 2020. With destinations in Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro and Turkey, seats are now available to book.
easyJet has announced it will operate 25 new routes next summer, including two new destinations from the UK. New services to Enfidia, Tunisia, and Tirana in Albania are among the collection of new routes which are now on sale.
Heathrow has recorded its busiest ever November, with over 6.2 million passengers travelling through the airport. Passengers heading to the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving helped push up traffic figures on the back of new services.
Departing from Quito International Airport earlier, Air Canada Rouge has launched a thrice weekly non-stop flight to Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Embraer and Congo Airways have signed a firm order for two E175 aircraft, with purchase rights for a further two. The deal has a total value of US$194.4 million at current list prices, with all purchase rights exercised.
airBaltic has revealed plans to continue its expansion in the region. The Latvia-based airline will launch of four new direct destinations from Tallinn, capital of Estonia, next summer, as well as five new destinations from Vilnius in Lithuania.
The agreement, which will come into force in January, will enable Air Europa passengers flying to its four Brazilian destinations - Sao Paulo, Recife, Fortaleza and Salvador - to connect on with 20 Brazilian cities on the Gol network.
Andrew Crawley is currently chairman and chief executive of the Avios Group, the loyalty company owned by International Airlines Group, and a member of the IAG management committee.