Management changes at Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has announced senior leadership changes as it seeks new transformation initiatives to turn around the ailing business. It named Bryan Foong Chee Yeong as group chief strategy officer, effective August 1.

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Star Alliance signs biometrics deal

Star Alliance has signed an agreement to develop a biometric data-based identification platform. Working with NEC Corporation, the airline alliance aims to introduce the first biometric solution at a Star Alliance airport hub by the first quarter of 2020.

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WIZZ Air unveils new route from Doncaster Sheffield

WIZZ Air today has unveiled a new twice-weekly flight to Chisinau, Moldova, from Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Starting on December 20, it will be the airline’s 14th route from Doncaster Sheffield and the only route between the north of England and Moldova.

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Fun picture competition launched to mark Ryanair’s 25 years at Manchester

Manchester Airport and Ryanair have launched a picture competition to win free flights. The competition marks 25 years of the no-frills airline operating from Manchester.

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Ryanair reports double digit passenger growth

Ryanair passenger numbers grew 13% in June to 14.2 million people. Average load factors for the group, which includes Ryanair and Lauda, were 97%. Ryanair operated almost 78,000 scheduled flights in the month.

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Beijing sets opening date for new airport

Beijing’s new huge multi-billion dollar airport is set to be inaugurated as China celebrates its 70th birthday. Work was officially completed at the weekend, and is ready for a September 30 opening ahead of the anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic on October 1.

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Jet2 adds Twilight Check-In service at two more airports

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have rolled out their Twilight Check-In service at two more airports. Edinburgh and Newcastle have been added to the list, so the service is now available at seven UK bases.

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Ryanair to expand services beyond EU after buying Maltese start-up

Ryanair is planning to expand its services to non-EU destinations after buying start-up Maltese airline Malta Air. The Irish carrier said the investment would give it greater access to markets in North Africa.

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Virgin America brand flies off into the sunset

The final trace of Virgin America branding has disappeared underneath a new Alaska Airlines paint job. The last Virgin branded plane, an Airbus A321neo, rolled out of the painting facility this week with its new livery, formally consigning the Virgin America brand to history.

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Passenger pleads guilty to smuggling live leeches onto flight

A passenger has been fined US$11,000 for attempting to smuggle nearly 5,000 live leeches onto a flight. The man arrived at Toronto Airport with the leeches in his hand luggage, said prosecutors.

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