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2 days ago
Inauguration

U.S. airlines boost security on Washington flights

U.S. airlines boost security on Washington flightsWASHINGTON - Major U.S. airlines are adopting heightened security measures ahead of next week's presidential inauguration with several temporarily banning passengers from checking firearms to flights to Washington-area airports. Airlines and law enforcement agencies have bolstered security at Washington-area airports.»
3 days ago
Airlines

Delta expects 2021 to be "year of recovery"

Delta expects 2021 to be ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian expects 2021 to be "the year of recovery" for the airline after the coronavirus pandemic cut operating revenue by 64 percent and prompted its first annual loss in 11 years. The airline predicts business travel to pick up in the second half of this year.»
3 days ago
Crisis

Airlines face more turbulence before vaccine relief

Airlines face more turbulence before vaccine reliefPARIS - For a year expected to mark a turning point for pandemic-stricken European airlines, 2021 is off to a rough start. A resurgence of COVID-19 lockdowns has killed off a fragile bookings upturn, executives and analysts said, as insolvent Norwegian Air finally axed its long-haul operations on Thursday.»
3 days ago
Restructuring

Norwegian Air to close long-haul service

Norwegian Air to close long-haul serviceOSLO - Norwegian Air, which less than a decade ago challenged British Airways and other long-established rivals by launching transatlantic flights, said on Thursday it will end those services, with 2,000 job losses, and seek government help.»
3 days ago
Hope on vaccine rollouts

VietJet eyes aircraft purchases

VietJet eyes aircraft purchasesHANOI - Vietnamese budget carrier VietJet Aviation plans to expand its investment in new aircraft and technical facilities this year after reporting a small profit in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic, its chief executive officer said.»
3 days ago
Airlines

AirAsia X shows court creditors support for restructuring plan

AirAsia X shows court creditors support for restructuring planKUALA LUMPUR - Most of AirAsia X's lessors support a restructuring plan, and the airline has received interest from potential investors for fundraising after reorganization, court documents filed this month show. In emails attached to the court filings, supportive lessors said they wanted to continue discussions with the budget airline and potential new investors.»
3 days ago
"Ideal skill set"

Flight crews help in vaccination centres

Flight crews help in vaccination centresLONDON - Virgin Atlantic and Easyjet teams - spanning cabin crew, pilots, ground and office-based teams - are set to work with the NHS over the coming months to assist with rollout the Covid-19 vaccine. Cabin crew with medical training will become "fully qualified to in administering the vaccine".»
3 days ago
Tim Clark

Boeing must recognize top-down role in 737 flaws

Boeing must recognize top-down role in 737 flawsDUBAI - "A good hard look at themselves": The head of one of Boeing's biggest customers, Emirates, wants the planemaker to demonstrate fundamental changes after producing a flawed 737 MAX jet and has urged it to recognize "culpability and accountability" from the very top.»
4 days ago
Airports

Heathrow curbs 2021 recovery expectations

Heathrow curbs 2021 recovery expectationsLONDON - Once among the most vibrant airports in the world, London Heathrow will not make it into the top 10 of global aviation hubs in 2020. Corona fallouts on traffic keep denting recovery expectations. Heathrow Airport already curbed its 2021 passenger forecast by more than 40 percent to just over 37m travellers.»
4 days ago
Airlines

Qantas lowers domestic capacity forecast for March quarter

Qantas lowers domestic capacity forecast for March quarterSYDNEY - Qantas Airways Ltd expects to run at 60% of pre-pandemic domestic capacity in the March quarter, below its previous forecast rate of nearly 80%, because of pandemic-related state border closings, its CEO said. Qantas expects to post a substantial bottom-line loss for the financial year ending June 30.»
4 days ago
Aerospace

Boeing deliveries drop in 2020

Boeing deliveries drop in 2020SEATTLE - Boeing delivered about 60 percent fewer aircraft to customers in 2020 than 2019 and less than one-third the deliveries of rival Airbus, the lowest in 43 years, company data showed on Tuesday. Jet deliveries are closely scutinized by investors as they generate much needed cash during the crisis.»
5 days ago
Airbus

New U.S. tariffs on European aircraft parts to start Tuesday

New U.S. tariffs on European aircraft parts to start TuesdayWASHINGTON - The U.S. government on Monday said it would begin collecting new duties on aircraft parts and other products from France and Germany from Tuesday after failing to resolve a 16-year dispute over aircraft subsidies with the European Union.»

Short News

Indonesia divers find casing of crashed jet's "black box"

JAKARTA - Indonesian divers have found the casing of the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from a Sriwijaya Air plane that crashed into the Java Sea last week, but are still searching for its memory unit, a navy officer said on Friday.»

Virgin Atlantic completes sale and leaseback of two Boeing 787s

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic said on Friday it had completed the sale and leaseback of two Boeing 787s as part of a plan to strengthen its balance sheet.»

France toughens COVID-19 testing rules for non-EU travellers

PARIS - France has announced that people travelling from non-EU countries will no longer be able to get into the country by presenting a negative result from a quick, readily-available COVID-19 test.»

Philippines extends travel ban amid coronavirus variant

MANILA - The Philippines extended by two weeks a ban on travellers from more than 30 territories and countries where a more transmissible Coronavirus variant has been detected.»

White House still considering lifting European travel restrictions

WASHINGTON - The White House is still considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil and much of Europe. »

Jet2 extends flights suspension through March

MANCHESTER - Due to the ongoing uncertainty and
travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Jet2 has taken the decision
to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 25th of March.»

AirAsia's digital platform eyes more airline partnerships

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Group's travel, e-commerce and fintech unit airasia.com is in partnership talks with several Middle Eastern and European airlines, its chief executive said on Wednesday.»

Indonesia suspends dive search for crashed jet's cockpit recorder

JAKARTA - Indonesia on Wednesday temporarily suspended a search by divers for the cockpit voice recorder of a Sriwijaya Air that crashed with 62 people on board shortly after takeoff.»

CDC to require negative tests for international air travelers

WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved an order Tuesday expanding coronavirus testing requirements for nearly all international air travelers starting Jan. 26, sources told Reuters.»

Airline bookings dry up

PARIS - Airlines face a challenging wait for Covid-19 vaccines to end travel lockdowns, global industry body IATA said, as a recovery in traffic stalls and bookings dry up amid a resurgence of virus outbreaks and restrictions.»

Egypt reopens airspace to Qatar

CAIRO - Egypt reopened its airspace to Qatari flights on Tuesday and will allow the resumption of flights between the two countries, aviation sources and state media said.»

New Zealand to ask travellers for negative virus test

WELLINGTON - New Zealand will ask international travelers from most countries to show negative COVID-19 test results before boarding flights to the country as new contagious variants of COVID-19 spread across globally.»

British pilots demand "decisive" action

LONDON - British pilots say the Government should urgently produce an action plan to clear confusion about measures to mitigate the Covid-19 crisis and to rebuild passenger confidence.»

Virgin Atlantic taps fleet for financing

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic, Richard Branson's airline which has been hammered by the pandemic, is close to finalising a deal to raise just over $230 million from two planes, enabling it to repay a loan taken on as part of its rescue deal last year.»

Crashed jet possibly ruptured when hitting waters

JAKARTA - An investigator with Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea possibly broke apart when it hit waters based on debris found so far.»

Greece extends international travel restrictions to Jan. 21

ATHENS - Greece has extended restrictions on international flights by two weeks to help rein in the spread of COVID-19, its civil aviation authority said on Friday.»

Germany mulls suspending Ireland flights over virus mutation

BERLIN - Germany is considering suspending flights from more countries, including Ireland, over concerns of a more transmissible COVID-19 variant, German broadcaster n-tv reported on Friday, citing government sources.»

FAA says five political appointees resigning after Capitol attack

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said late Thursday that five non-career staff members at the agency will resign effective Monday in the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol, including the acting No. 2 official.»

Heathrow boss says UK pre-arrival testing must be temporary

LONDON - Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye said that new rules requiring people arriving in England to present a negative COVID-19 test result must only be temporary and the government must plan for how to end it.»

Wizz Air to cut January flights due to UK lockdowns

LONDON - Hungarian airline Wizz Air has cancelled flights as a result of the UK's new lockdown, with its chief executive forecasting January capacity will fall to 25% of 2020 levels from the 35% level it flew in December.»

U.S airlines step up safety measures at DC-area

WASHINGTON - American and Delta are working with law enforcement and airport agencies in the Washington area to ensure the safety of travelers and workers after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.»

UK to require pre-boarding testing

LONDON - Airlines flying into the UK will be required to bar passengers from boarding if they do not have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure, the Telegraph reported late on Tuesday.»

Britain looking at options to restrict international travel

LONDON - Britain is considering options to restrict international travel to help limit the spread of COVID-19, Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove said on Tuesday.»

Number of foreign tourists visiting Spain in November fell 90%

MADRID - International tourist arrivals to Spain fell 90% year-on-year in November, official data showed on Tuesday, after authorities imposed new travel restrictions to curb an increase in coronavirus infections.»

Dubai and GMR Hyderabad agree deal for vaccine distribution

DUBAI - Dubai Airports and the operator of Hyderabad airport, GMR Hyderabad, have agreed a logistics deal for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to handle up to 300 tonnes of vaccines per day, the companies said on Monday.»

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