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.
On the 29th of July, a Cavok Air Antonov An-74 was damaged beyond repair after the aircraft suffered a serious runway excursion at São Tomé Island Airport (TMS / FPST), São Tomé and Príncipe. Five of the six crew members onboard were injured, with one requiring surgical treatment.
On the 27th of July, there were four incidents of minor damage to aircraft in and around the Turkish capital of Istanbul, caused by a heavy hail storm. The hail storm was part of a weather supercell, formed by a 10°C drop in temperature.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has told Forbes India that he would like to unify all of the group’s operations into a single airline entity.
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.
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has delivered the 100th Airbus A350 XWB aircraft to Taiwanese carrier China Airlines. Airbus A350-941 B-19089 (MSN 121) was handed over to the airline on 25th July, at Airbus’ Toulouse-Blagnac facility in France.
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.