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Chinese LCC Spring Airlines has opened a hub at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport to capitalize on the growth of the China Greater Bay Area (GBA), which comprises Hong Kong, Macau and the Guangdong province.

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Hong Kong’s largest carrier Cathay Pacific Airways reported a 6% year-over-year (YOY) increase in passengers carried for June, to 3.1 million, despite the ongoing protests and civil unrest in Hong Kong that deterred potential Asian travelers from flying into the territory.

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Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom on July 18 formally announced the “soft launch” of the European Aviation Network (EAN), an inflight broadband connectivity system combining satellite and air-to-ground cellular communications.

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FAA and Boeing are still developing new minimum training standards for the grounded Boeing 737 MAX, but simulator maker TRU Simulation is not anticipating mandatory simulator sessions before pilots are cleared to return to line flying, Textron president and CEO Scott Donnelly said.

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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. (MITAC) and engineering partner Triumph Group have identified design changes that should allow them to exceed weight-savings targets established to morph the MRJ70 into a fully US scope clause-compliant, 76-seat-dual-class regional jet (RJ).

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Southwest Airlines will keep the Boeing 737 MAX off its flight schedule through Nov. 2, joining fellow US-based MAX operators American Airlines and United Airlines in making another adjustment in the wake of uncertainty over when the aircraft will return to revenue service.

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Irish LCC Ryanair really isn’t having a good week, after losing its COO to easyJet, cutting its growth because of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding and facing industrial unrest among its UK pilots.

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UK LCC easyJet reported a 11.4% revenue increase to £1.8 billion ($2.2 billion) in a trading update for the third quarter ended June 30.

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The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) union plans to ballot Ryanair’s UK pilots on possible industrial action, after failing to reach an agreement on pay structures and benefits.

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Ryanair COO Peter Bellew, who recently resigned from the position at the Irish LCC, has joined easyJet as COO, a development that was revealed as part of the UK LCC’s third-quarter trading update.

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