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Alif

Saudia faces claims over aircraft rentals

Saudia faces claims over aircraft rentalsDUBAI - State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines is facing a claim in London's High Court filed last month by a Dubai-based financial services firm over an alleged breach of lease agreements of 50 Airbus aircraft, court documents showed. The case affects 30 Airbus A320neo and 20 A330-300 aircraft.»
06:22
Harvard

Airplane Covid-19 risk "very low" with masks

Airplane Covid-19 risk WASHINGTON - Transmission risks of Covid-19 during airline flights are very low and below other routine activities during the pandemic such as grocery shopping or going out to dinner, when using face coverings and taking other steps, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health said Tuesday.»
Yesterday, 06:39
Crisis deepens

Dubai airport passenger traffic may fall 70% this year

Dubai airport passenger traffic may fall 70% this yearDUBAI - Dubai airport, the world's busiest for international travel before the coronavirus crisis, could see passenger traffic fall by as much 70% this year. A wave of new infections ahead of the typically busy Christmas and year-end travel season has brought further uncertainty to an industry already decimated by the pandemic.»
2 days ago
Share issue

Make-or-break moment for Rolls-Royce

Make-or-break moment for Rolls-RoyceLONDON - Aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce will ask shareholders on Tuesday for 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) in a make-or-break attempt to survive the Covid-19 pandemic, which has stopped planes flying and hammered its finances. Investors are expected to back the recent rights issue.»
2 days ago
Covid-19

Paris airports cut traffic outlook on second wave

Paris airports cut traffic outlook on second wavePARIS  - Aeroports de Paris, operator of the French capital's main airports, cut its full-year passenger traffic outlook on Friday as a second wave of Covid-19 infections gathers pace. The airport group will be increasing testing capacities at its airports but will not provide any guidance on future passenger target.»
3 days ago
Airlines

"Nationalising ANA could become a real possibility"

TOKYO - Japan's government is in no mood for a huge bailout plan for ailing airline ANA, sources say, preferring a piecemeal approach to direct capital injections - a stark contrast to the bold moves other countries have made to protect flagship carriers. Still, all options remain on the table for ANA.»
5 days ago
Union

Cathay Pacific's permanent pilot pay cuts "draconian"

Cathay Pacific's permanent pilot pay cuts SYDNEY - Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways decision to force pilots permanently onto lower-paid contracts or risk losing their jobs is "draconian" and "short-sighted", the head of the union representing them said on Friday. The carrier on Wednesday announced plans to cut 5,900 jobs to help it weather the pandemic.»
5 days ago
Boeing 747-400

British Airways jumbo saved from scrap by film deal

British Airways jumbo saved from scrap by film dealLONDON - A British Airways jumbo jet has found a new role as a film set, saving it from the scrap heap where dozens of other retired jumbos have ended up. BA said that "Whisky Victor" will fly to Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, southern England, later on Thursday, where the airport will preserve it as a commercial TV and film set.»
5 days ago
Airlines

Qantas sours on Australia virus travel curbs

Qantas sours on Australia virus travel curbsSYDNEY - Qantas said that Australian state border closures due to the coronavirus pandemic had cost it A$100 million ($71 million) in earnings in the first quarter and would have a negative impact in the second quarter as well. The airline is running less than 30% of its normal domestic capacity.»
6 days ago
Third quarter

IAG reports 1.3 billion euro loss

IAG reports 1.3 billion euro lossLONDON - British Airways-owner IAG reported a 1.3 billion euro (1.2 billion pounds) loss in the third quarter as coronavirus restrictions continue to depress travel, forcing it to further downgrade its capacity outlook for the rest of the year - the airline group will hold short at 30 percent of normal capacity.»
6 days ago
Airlines

Easyjet to open third base in Portugal

Easyjet to open third base in PortugalLISBON - British airline Easyjet confirmend plans to open a new base in Faro, the main city in Portugal's popular Algarve tourist region, which has been hammered by the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The airline hopes 2021 will be its "first year of recovery" from a steep 2020 loss.»
7 days ago
Covid-19

Outbound testing launched at Heathrow to unlock routes

Outbound testing launched at Heathrow to unlock routesLONDON - Rapid outbound Covid-19 testing for passengers has been launched at London's Heathrow Airport, designed to return results in an hour, in an effort to re-open restricted routes and boost traffic for beleaguered airlines. Inbound testing is pending government approval.»

Short News

Finnair flags third straight quarter of virus-induced loss

HELSINKI - Finnair reported a second consecutive quarterly loss on Wednesday and said the final quarter is likely to yield a similar result because of restrictions on movement imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.»

Seeking for a deal on Boeing-Airbus row

GENEVA - The United States on Monday told the WTO that it regretted the European Union's decision to pursue retaliatory tariffs for Boeing subsidies.»

Virgin Atlantic looks to India for recovery

MANCHESTER - Virgin Atlantic will launch services to Delhi and Mumbai from Manchester as the airline ramps up flying from its home in the north. »

AirAsia taps new loans

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's AirAsia Group has approved and disbursed a 300 million ringgit ($72 million) loan from Sabah Development Bank Berhad to its units as part of the group's fundraising efforts, the budget airline said in a bourse filing on Friday.»

Lufthansa to ground more planes over winter

FRANKFURT - Deutsche Lufthansa is preparing to ground more planes than planned and cut working hours during the winter as a surge in coronavirus infections is putting people off travelling.»

Iran Air relaunches European flights

DUBAI - Flag-carrier Iran Air is resuming its European flights which had been suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, an airline spokesman told the state news agency IRNA on Friday.»

Malaysia Airlines offers early retirement

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines has offered employees early retirement as the company continues negotiations with creditors and lessors, state news agency Bernama reported on Thursday.»

Japan's ANA to add budget carrier to loyalty programme

TOKYO - ANA will allow customers to redeem frequent flyer miles on its budget carrier Peach as it weighs boosting the proportion of domestic flights flown by the low-cost airline, three sources familiar with the matter said.»

British Airways A320 returns to Heathrow

LONDON - British Airways flight 2596 to Verona returned to Heathrow minutes after departure when passengers and crew smelled a burning odour in the cabin.»

United Airlines trials global health app on Heathrow flight

CHICAGO - United Airlines is set to test a digital health pass under a global pilot program seeking to establish a common international standard for Covid-19 test results and eventually vaccine records that could help reopen borders.»

Panama offers COVID-19 tests to international travelers

PANAMA CITY - Panama is the latest country to offer travelers a COVID-19 test when they arrive at its main airport.»

Qatar Airways keeps A380s out of service

DUBAI - Qatar Airways does not expect to use its Airbus A380s for at least the next two years, its chief executive said on Monday, longer than a previous projection for the superjumbos to possibly return to service in 2021.»

American Airlines returns 737 MAX by year-end

HOUSTON - American Airlines plans to return Boeing 737 MAX jets to service for passenger flights by the end of this year depending on certifictaion of the aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it said on Sunday.»

Philippines COVID-19 task force lifts overseas travel ban

MANILA - The Philippines' coronavirus task force has lifted a ban on overseas travel for Filipino tourists, the presidential office said on Friday.»

Ryanair to close Shannon and Cork bases

DUBLIN - Ryanair is to cut its planned winter capacity by a third due to a wave of travel restrictions imposed by European governments, the airline said on Thursday.»

Firefly to start jet flights by early 2021

KUALA LUMPUR - Firefly Airlines will start flying jet planes in the first quarter of next year, its parent Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) said on Thursday, in a sign MAG is shifting its focus as core brand Malaysia Airlines struggles to survive.»

Hong Kong and Singapore announce plans for a travel bubble

HONG KONG - Hong Kong and Singapore will set up a travel bubble, the two cities announced on Thursday, as they moved to re-establish overseas travel links and lift the hurdle of quarantine for visiting foreigners. Further details, including the launch date, will be fleshed out in coming weeks.»

Air cargo industry not yet ready for vaccine distribution

SYDNEY - Only 28% of participants in the air cargo industry feel they are well prepared to distribute a Covid-19 vaccine once available, according to a survey, as the industry begins to gear up for a major logistical challenge.»

Virgin Australia picks new CEO with budget ties

SYDNEY - Virgin Australia Holdings CEO Paul Scurrah will be replaced within weeks by Jayne Hrdlicka, the former head of Qantas' budget offshoot Jetstar, as new owner Bain looks to draw in more travellers with a "hybrid" strategy.»

Gatwick looks at "drop off" revenue for its recovery

LONDON - Gatwick airport will introduce a charge for vehicles using the forecourt to drop off passengers directly outside its terminals.»

Virgin Australia union suspends talks

SYDNEY - A major employee union said on Wednesday it had suspended bargaining talks with Virgin Australia Holdings, pending clarification from new owner Bain Capital about the status of Chief Executive Paul Scurrah.»

Singapore and Indonesia agree to open their borders

SINGAPORE - Singapore and Indonesia have agreed to reopen borders between the two countries for essential business and official travel after they were shut to curb the spread of COVID-19.»

Ryanair sees 737 MAX return in U.S. in "next month or so"

DUBLIN - Ryanair expects Boeing's troubled 737 MAX aircraft to return to service in the United States in the next month or so, paving the way for the Irish low-cost carrier to start receiving planes in early 2021, a senior executive said.»

London City reopens route to Zurich

LONDON - London City Airport welcomed the return of flights to Swiss financial center Zurich (ZRH) this week.»

Easyjet expects first ever annual loss

LONDON - Easyjet warned it would report an annual loss of as much as 845 million pounds, its first ever, and said it kept its finances under review as the pandemic meant it was only flying 25% of planned capacity.»

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