Airline Industry News – May 2018 in Review

It's time to review the major headlines for airlines from May, including the latest news from Yieldr.

Yieldr News

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Industry News


The Telegraph revealed the cheapest airlines in the world based on cost per mile. Four of the top five are Asian airlines, with Air Asia X proving to be the cheapest of them all. The study, conducted by Rome2Rio, found that you get more for your money the further you fly.

When Meridiana rebranded as Air Italy this year, it highlighted the importance of filling the "flagship carrier" brand gap. The airline leads the trend of nationally named airlines in Europe. Condé Nast has also named Air Italy as one of 5 new airlines to watch in 2018 - watch this space.

Business Deals

Lufthansa Group is currently going through a big renewal of its fleet, and has extended its Airbus A320 order to 122 neo and 273 ceo aircraft. The group is Airbus’ biggest A320 operator - it has nearly 400 A320s in service. The new aircraft will go to Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines.

Last month we reported that IAG, the owner of British Airways, was considering making a bid for its rival Norwegian Air. The low-cost airline has since unanimously rejected two bid offers, saying the proposals undervalued the firm and its prospects. This may lead to a bidding war for Norwegian.


Speaking of IAG, the group has kicked off a search for the next big thing in aviation tech. Hangar 51, its accelerator program, mentors up to 10 startups for 10 weeks. At the end of this period, each startup can pitch their ideas to senior management and investors. Welcome to the future!

Gatwick Airport has launched an end-to-end biometric technology trial for easyJet passengers. The new tech will speed up the boarding process and potentially improve flight departure times. It will be the first and most extensive trial of its kind in the UK.


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