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India Wants to Make It Easier For Foreigners to Invest in Its Airlines

India Wants to Make It Easier For Foreigners to Invest in Its Airlines

Shruti Srivastava, Bloomberg

Like so many other flag carriers around the world, Air India seems to exist in a perpetual state of limbo. Nobody wants to buy it, but the government doesn't want to pull the plug.

5 days ago

Norwegian Air Wins Coveted London Heathrow Slots

Norwegian Air Wins Coveted London Heathrow Slots

Siddharth Philip, Bloomberg

Norwegian may not seem like an obvious fit for Heathrow slots. But these things are valuable, and if an airline can get them without paying a fortune, it is going to want them. Now the big question: What will Norwegian do with its three flights per week?

6 days ago

Italy Ready to Hand Alitalia a $442 Million Loan to Keep It Flying

Italy Ready to Hand Alitalia a $442 Million Loan to Keep It Flying

Chiara Albanese and Alberto Brambilla, Bloomberg

Alitalia has been on life support for more than two years and the government shows no sign of wanting to pull the plug. Is it ever going to be fit enough to attract a takeover?

6 days ago

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Blockchain Technology Finds New Purpose in Transforming Airline Retailing

Blockchain Technology Finds New Purpose in Transforming Airline Retailing

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) + Skift

New kinds of partnerships and connections are changing how the airline industry retails. Stakeholders are increasingly turning to new technology like blockchain to facilitate these changes without disrupting their ability to provide travelers a frictionless experience and giving travel managers the control they need.

2 weeks ago

Richard Branson Changes Mind on Selling Virgin Atlantic Stake

Richard Branson Changes Mind on Selling Virgin Atlantic Stake

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

This might be a win-win for all sides involved, especially given the expanded joint venture already in the works. Richard Branson gets to keep control of his beloved airline and Air France-KLM Group can use the money elsewhere.

6 days ago

AirAsia Wants to Beat U.S. Fast Food Chains by Opening First Airline Food Restaurant

AirAsia Wants to Beat U.S. Fast Food Chains by Opening First Airline Food Restaurant

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The world's first attempt to bring airline cuisine to the ground — not the other way round — is here, and in a few years AirAsia figures there will be a chain of 1,000 franchised restaurants. It's becoming a serious matter.

6 days ago

Lufthansa’s Potential $6.4 Million Fine Is One More Reason Euro Airlines Want to Forget 2019

Lufthansa’s Potential $6.4 Million Fine Is One More Reason Euro Airlines Want to Forget 2019

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Like many other European airlines, it's been a pretty tough year for Lufthansa. The airline could probably do without a potential FAA fine hanging over it as it tries to start fresh in 2020.

6 days ago

Sabre Plays Hardball With Finnair and 5 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Sabre Plays Hardball With Finnair and 5 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week, Sabre stopping selling Finnair tickets as talks over a new contract broke down while European airlines will most likely have to pay a new EU tax on jet fuel. Meanwhile, India is so desperate to sell its national airline, it has agreed to take over $7 billion in debt to make Air India seem more attractive to a buyer.

1 week ago

Embattled Hong Kong Airlines Delay Staff Salaries

Embattled Hong Kong Airlines Delay Staff Salaries

Will Davies, Bloomberg

Hong Kong Airlines has been struggling even before the pro-democracy protests. Now it's clutching at the straws. Staff morale will plunge as salaries are delayed despite the airline saying otherwise.

1 week ago

European Airlines Face Prospect of Finally Having to Pay Tax on Jet Fuel

European Airlines Face Prospect of Finally Having to Pay Tax on Jet Fuel

Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg

Airlines obviously won't like it, but the prospect of new or higher taxes now seems inevitable. The problem that the European Union will have is getting other countries across the world involved.

1 week ago

Norwegian Air Scales Back Long-Haul Routes Citing Engine Problems

Norwegian Air Scales Back Long-Haul Routes Citing Engine Problems

Associated Press, Associated Press

Norwegian Air still appears to be in scale-back mode. The idea remains that reining in ambitions will allow the carrier to find a sustainable future.

1 week ago

India Warns It Will Shut Down National Airline If Sale Offer Flops

India Warns It Will Shut Down National Airline If Sale Offer Flops

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

Malaysia Airlines has company. Another Asian national carrier, Air India, faces the prospect of being shut down if a sale does not go through.

1 week ago