Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines
and Calgary’s WestJet signed a
preliminary MOU to form a joint
venture (JV) that will include
coordinated schedules and pricing on US-Canada transborder
flights. The two carriers expect to
finalize the terms of the JV agreement in the first half of 2018 and
aim to launch the JV in the first
half of 2019. The JV requires the
approval of both airlines’ boards
and regulatory clearance from the
US and Canada, including antitrust immunity.
Delta Air Lines placed a firm
order for 100 Airbus A321neo
aircraft, ending speculation on
what was perhaps the most
heated aircraft order campaign
waged between Airbus and
Boeing in recent months. The
order, which is valued at around
$12.7 billion at list prices, also
marked a major win for Pratt &
Whitney, selected by Delta to
provide PW1100G geared turbo-
fan engines to power the aircraft.
Delta said A321neo deliveries
will begin in the 2020 first quar-
ter and continue through 2023.
It will configure the A321neo
with 197 seats, including 20 in
business class, 30 in premium
economy and 147 in economy.
American Airlines, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and
Delta Air Lines have all issued
restrictions on the transport of
smart bags with non-removable
batteries. The restrictions, set to
take effect Jan. 15, 2018, adhere
to FAA guidelines regarding
lithium ion batteries, which are
restricted from airline cargo
holds because of fears the batteries may ignite.
Japan Airlines (JAL) invested
$10 million in Colorado-based
Boom Technology, which is
developing an aircraft able to
seat up to 55 passengers and fly
at a speed of Mach 2. 2. It is aiming for a 2023 FAA certification.
In addition, JAL will take options
on 20 supersonic aircraft.
Reunion-based Air Austral
closed its acquisition of 49% of
Air Madagascar, cementing a
strategic partnership between
the two airlines and kicking off
Air Madagascar’s turnaround.
Japan Airlines and Russia’s
Aeroflot signed a strategic
cooperation agreement they
say will bring significant customer benefits and increase
travel options between the
two nations since visa requirements have been eased.
Ryanair ended its partnership
with global distribution system
provider Amadeus in December
2017, after both parties were
unable to reach a renewed com-
Germany-based regional carrier
LGW began wet-lease Airbus
A320 operations for Lufthansa
LCC subsidiary Eurowings as
part of Lufthansa Group’s bid to
take over a large part of bankrupt airberlin assets.
regional Darwin Airline entered
reorganization under Swiss
insolvency regulations and had
its air operator’s certificate
suspended by Swiss regulators
Austrian Airlines phased out its
final Fokker aircraft—an F100—
in December, marking the end
of the Lufthansa subsidiary’s
Fokker operations. Austrian
replaced the Fokker fleet with
Embraer E195s from Lufthansa’s
former CityLine fleet.
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