The largest member of the Airbus A350XWB Family – the A350-1000 – has been given the green light from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for an increase in its maximum seating capacity by 40 additional seats. The higher seat count, enabled through the installation of modified emergency exits, would potentially boost the competitiveness of the A350-1000 against the Boeing 777X.
Signing papers to grant another loan, pending the approval of the European Commission (EC), to the tune of the classic Bee Gees’ song, the Italian Council of Ministers granted the airline a whopping $443 million (€400 million).
A Delta Air Lines flight from Paris (France) experienced an unusual incident on December 1, 2019, when it lost an aircraft part on approach to Boston (U.S.). The incident was perhaps more unusual for those who found the plane’s massive evacuation slide dropped in the front yard.
The supreme court of Nigeria has reportedly ordered to seize Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft, worth over $375 million in list prices, over a $22 thousand “judgment debt” in a ruling in a twelve-year-old case of a canceled flight.
HNA Group has been granted a $568 million (HK4.4 billion yuan) loan by state-owned banks. The conglomerate now plans to use the money raised for salaries and financing costs of HNA Holding and affiliate airlines. However, as the conglomerate has multiple ailing carriers under its umbrella, it remains unclear whether the financial infusion will help save troubled Hong Kong Airlines.