Delta Air Lines and easyJet have confirmed they are in talks over the future of Alitalia. The American carrier and UK-based low-cost airline confirmed they have linked with Italy’s state-backed railway company Ferrovie dello Stato to examine a bid for the flag-carrier.
The commission concluded the transaction would raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area.
Embraer and SkyWest have signed a firm order for nine E175 jets, with deliveries expected to begin in 2019. The order has a value of US$422 million, based on current list prices, and was already included in Embraer’s 2018 fourth-quarter backlog.
Delta Air Lines has reported adjusted pre-tax income of $5.1 billion for financial 2018, a $137 million decrease relative to 2017 as the company overcame approximately 90 per cent of the $2 billion increase in fuel expenses.
Airbus will produce the A220-300s at a new US assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of the plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later in January.
Delta Air Lines has seen its share price fall by nearly nine per cent after issuing a profit warning for the final three months of 2018.
Delta Air Lines has ordered ten additional Airbus A330-900 widebody aircraft, expanding the A330neo order book from 25 to 35 aircraft. Simultaneously, Delta and Airbus have agreed to defer ten previously ordered A350 XWBs to 2025-26 in order to accommodate the airline’s long-term growth strategy.
On hand for the delivery ceremony at the aircraft’s assembly line in Mirabel were members of the A220 team as well as government officials and executives from Delta, Airbus, Bombardier and Investissement Quebec.
Complementing the airline’s existing daily service to New York-JFK, the seasonal Boston route will offer customers more travel options from Edinburgh to the United States, with two flights every day during the peak summer months.
Delta Air Lines has reported adjusted pre-tax income of $1.6 billion for the September quarter. Adjusted earnings per share were $1.80, at the high end of guidance and up 16 per cent compared to the prior year quarter.