Etihad targets Abu Dhabi expansion with new low-cost carrier

Daily Newsletter | October 16, 2019
Starting from 2020, Flybe will now officially be known as Virgin Connect. The rebranding, which was hinted since the Connect Airways consortium purchased the regional airline, and the partnership, secured crucial growth opportunities for Virgin Atlantic.
Korean Air announced that its fleet of ten Airbus A220s would undergo inspection as requested by U.S. engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. A day before, Swiss Air Lines temporarily grounded its aircraft after the third engine incident in less than six months.
Brazil’s Azul Linhas Aéreas is reportedly in talks to join United, along with Avianca Holdings and Copa Holdings, in a partnership for flights between the U.S. and Latin America. With Delta’s newly acquired 20% stake in Chilean carrier LATAM and American Airlines’ alleged negotiations with Brazil’s GOL, pursuing a deal with Azul may be the best step for United in this forming web of to-be alliances. But is Azul a good fit for United to compete with Delta’s new partnership?
UAE’s Etihad and Air Arabia are launching Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost airline, the company announced on October 16, 2019. 
Bombardier announced that its two latest entries in the Global family, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets, have been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This certification follows the one granted by Transport Canada and the official entry into service on September 30, 2019.
FL Technics, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services provider, and MAAS Aviation, aircraft painting services provider, are forming a partnership under which the two companies are to offer one-stop-shop base maintenance and aircraft painting solution in Kaunas (Lithuania).
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