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Clement Charpentreau
MBDA Twister missile interceptor receives European green light

The Council of the European Union approved the Twister multi-role interceptor project that should be implemented within the framework of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). The program, regrouping five European countries, aims at countering the emerging threat of hypersonic weapons....


Clement Charpentreau
Airbus-Boeing row: WTO authorizes US to impose sanctions on EU

In a new development of a decade long dispute, the World Trade Organization (WTO) officially authorized the United States to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion of imports from the European Union because of subsidies granted to Airbus. The European Commission urges Washington to start negotiations and reach a settlement instead....


AeroTime Team
US, EU authorities remove wet leasing time limits

The United States, European Union, Iceland, and Norway sign an agreement, removing time constraints on aircraft wet leasing. ...


Clement Charpentreau
EC updates blacklist, 120 airlines now banned from EU

The European Commission published an update of its list of banned airlines within the European Union airspace on April 16, 2019. The main changes concern Moldova and Angola....


AeroTime Team
US, EU threaten tariffs amid Airbus, Boeing dispute

U.S. Trade Representative is proposing additional duties to be imposed on a list of EU-made products, including Airbus aircraft, to compensate $11.2 billion the U.S. allegedly loses annually. European Union is expected to respond in the same manner....


AeroTime Team
Brexit uncertainty puts more pressure on EasyJet

EasyJet is expecting to report approximately £275 million ($361 million) loss before tax for the first half of 2019, “in line” with previous prediction. Disclosing finances the previous time, the carrier described passenger demand as “robust”. But now, situation has become more grim due to Brexit uncertainty, it claims....


Rytis Beresnevicius
Brexit Crisis Averted? EU Agrees On Continuing Air Service

As the possibility of a no-deal Brexit looms, the European Commission moves rapidly to protect airlines operating in the European Union from any damage caused by it....


Zivile Zalagenaite
With 130-strong Austrian fleet, EasyJet feels prepared for Brexit

EasyJet already sees the light at the end of Brexit. UK’s low cost giant claims its bookings for post-Brexit are “robust”, despite looming “consumer and economic uncertainty” of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union....


Zivile Zalagenaite
What does Ryanair profit drop say about industry mood in Europe?

Ryanair, the biggest low cost carrier in Europe by passenger numbers, released the first half of the year financial results on October 22, 2018, revealing a 7% profit drop. The carrier’s detailed explanation not only reflects  Ryanair’s recent woes with unions, dissatisfaction with European ATC strikes and, consequently, EU261 costs, but also points to deeper aviation industry problems like rising fuel prices and excess capacity...


Ruta Burbaite
The many casualties of European airline industry

October has certainly not been a kind month for European aviation in the past few years. Nordic budget carrier Primera Air failed on the one-year anniversary of the collapse of British holiday airline Monarch, which occurred on October 2, 2017. Just recently, on October 17, 2018, Cyprus-based low-cost carrier Cobalt Air announced its closure. And now, Air Belgium might be considering shutting down as well.  ...