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Ryanair sees another win against EU bailouts, as competition watchdog launches probe

Ryanair has seen another win in its fight against EU government’s bailing out their national airlines, while the carrier itself faces a competition watchdog probe for its policies on refunds during the pandemic. On Wednesday, Ryanair won its challenge against the European Commission’s decision to approve a German €550 million state-guaranteed loan to local charter […]

Branson races Bezos to space

British aviation entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson appears to have set his sights on beating fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos to space, just days after his rival announced his intentions to blast off in July. Both Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Bezos’ Blue Origin ventures are working hard to create a new trend of ‘space tourism’, in which […]

Southwest bolsters MAX order to more than 650 jets in total

Southwest Airlines has announced it has increased its Boeing 737 MAX 7 order, the smallest variant in the MAX family, by an additional 34 jets. The US airline said it will exercise options to increase its firm orders on the jet, bringing its total MAX 7 firm orders to 234 aircraft. Southwest intends to take […]

Global airlines again lobby to ease trans-Atlantic travel restrictions

Airlines bosses from across both sides of the pond have again urged governments to ease travel restrictions and allow for quarantine-free travel between the US and UK, in a joint virtual press conference. The chief executives of American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways joined together in a rare feat […]

Comment: How the new era of supersonic flight can succeed where Concorde failed

In this cross-posting with The Conversation, aerospace engineering senior lecturer Peter Thomas discusses United’s groundbreaking decision to invest in Boom Supersonic’s upcoming supersonic passenger jet, and what needs to be done to see Boom succeed. United Airlines has announced it will purchase up to 50 Boom Overture supersonic jets for commercial use by 2029, heralding […]

Ryanair readies for battle as Italy nears EU deal on newest state-owned carrier

Ryanair has promised to appeal against a €3 billion injection by the Italian government into its newest airline, Italia Trasporto Aereo, set to replace its unprofitable predecessor Alitalia. Speaking with an Italian news publication on Saturday, Ryanair DAC chief executive Eddie Wilson said that Ryanair would not hesitate to launch an appeal against the Italian […]

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