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News of January 2013


Air France unveils Hop regional branding

29 January 2013

Air France has announced a revamp of its regional services, operating under the branding Hop.

Officially branded HOP! the new carrier will integrate the Air France group’s three existing regional airlines under the one brand, namely Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair.

From March 31 Hop will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations in France and Europe using a fleet of 98 aircraft with between 48 and 100 seats. Fares will start at €55 one way.


USA: TSA removes full-body scanners for increased privacy

28 January 2013

Airport body scanners that produce graphic images of travelers’ bodies will be removed from checkpoints by June, the Transportation Security Administration says, ending what critics called “virtual strip searches.

Passengers will continue to pass through machines that display a generic outline of the human body, raising fewer privacy concerns.

The TSA move came after Rapiscan, the manufacturer of the 174 so-called “backscatter” machines, acknowledged it could not meet a congressional-ordered deadline to install privacy software on the machines.


IAG expected to stay firm on Iberia restructuring

27 January 2013

International Consolidated Airlines Group (known as IAG) may ask its Spanish airline Iberia to stay firm on a tough cost-cutting programme.

It is speculated that the group may be concerned by a new ‘Plan B‘ presented by Iberia to its labour trade unions. The plan consists of reducing lay-offs from the initial 4,500 to 3,800.

When the initial restructuring plan was announced on November 9th, there was an initial deadline of January 31st. Although Iberia has stated that the deadline is not strict, an upcoming board meeting is expected to be the last before an official restructuring announcement.


Ryanair insists one bag rule is safety driven

27 January 2013

Ryanair has sought to explain its controversial one carry-on bag rule, insisting it is necessary for safety reasons.

The move was prompted “false claims” made by a number of “poorly briefed” members in the European Parliament, Ryanair said.

Ryanair argues because it operates with very high load factors and because it encourages its passengers to travel with free of charge carry-on bags in order to avoid checked in bag fees, most passengers carry ten kilograms of luggage onto the plane.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner probe far from complete

27 January 2013

US safety regulators are nowhere near finishing an investigation into a battery fire on the Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner, a top official said on Thursday, raising the prospect of a prolonged grounding for the aircraft.

Deborah Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, made clear that investigators have found a series of “symptoms” in the battery damaged in a January 7 fire in Boston, but not the underlying cause of the problem. She also said the agency would be looking at the design of the battery compartment area of the plane and whether the certification standards had been strong enough.