flydubai take delivery of their first Boeing 737 MAX

Today, July 31st, flydubai celebrated the delivery of their first Boeing 737 MAX 8, registered A6-MAX (MSN 60966). The delivery makes the airline the first operator of the type in the Middle East.

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flydubai’s first 737 MAX wearing its test registration. ©Boeing

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Delta, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM create a new trans-atlantic joint-venture

Yesterday, Thursday 27th July 2017, Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic unveiled plans to combine two overlapping transatlantic joint-ventures, supported by equity deals worth $1 billion, as airlines brace for more competition.

The strategic move is designed to strengthen carriers on the North Atlantic market, where LCCs (Norwegian in particular) have shaken up the market, and to create a tangle over Heathrow access, as the UK is in the process of leaving the EU.

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Singaporean carriers Scoot and Tigerair finalise merger deal

On the 25th of July, Singaporean carrier Tigerair merged into Singapore Airlines wholly owned low cost subsidiary Scoot. The merger, which was announced on the 4th of November 2016, is part of Scoot’s long-term growth strategy, to enable a more seamless travel experience.

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Airbus A320 9V-TAZ is the first aircraft to be painted in the post merger livery ©Lukas Koo Man Ho

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Qatar Airways announces flights to Canberra flights for February 2018

Doha based carrier Qatar Airways has confirmed the launch of flights between Doha and Canberra via Sydney, starting in February 2018. The new route will be operated by the airline’s fleet of Boeing 777-300(ER) aircraft.

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Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300(ER) ©Oliver Balderia

The new connection will allow passengers to travel from the Australian capital to the Middle East with a brief, 1 hour stop over at Sydney Airport.

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