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Air New Zealand expects to downsize

Air New Zealand expects to downsizeSYDNEY - Major global airlines projected layoffs, furloughs and capacity cuts over the next few months, with Air New Zealand on Tuesday warning it expected staffing levels to be 30 percent lower than it is now, due to the coronavirus pandemic - and others applying for state aid.»
2 days ago
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Easyjet might reconsider Airbus orders

Easyjet might reconsider Airbus ordersLONDON - British budget airline Easyjet has grounded its fleet of 344 planes and has no clear idea when it might resume flights, it said on Monday, highlighting the strain on airlines trying to survive the coronavirus pandemic. The airline might cut back on its tally of outstanding plane orders.»
2 days ago
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U.S. Senate approves big rescue for struggling aviation sector

U.S. Senate approves big rescue for struggling aviation sectorWASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted to give the U.S. aviation industry $58 billion in a coronavirus-rescue package, half in the form of grants to cover some 750,000 employees' paychecks, in a badly needed lifeline for an industry facing the worst travel downturn in history.»
2 days ago
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Qatar Airways needs government support

Qatar Airways needs government supportDUBAI - IAG investor Qatar Airways will have to seek government support eventually, Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker told Reuters on Sunday, warning that the Middle East carrier could soon run out of the cash needed to continue flying. The airline maintained operations throughout the crisis.»
3 days ago
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Japan Airlines lets female crew ditch high heels

Japan Airlines lets female crew ditch high heelsKUALA LUMPUR - Female flight attendants working for Japan Airlines will be allowed to wear trousers and abandon high heels next month, the company said on Thursday, after a feminist campaign took off. Japan Airlines is the the first to change its policy on dress code and footwear requirements.»
4 days ago
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Johnson says talks continue over support for airlines

Johnson says talks continue over support for airlinesLONDON - Britain is continuing talks with the aviation industry about how best to support the sector, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and pilots union Balpa said this week, reviving the prospect of a sector-specific support package that had seemed to be on hold only a few days earlier.»
5 days ago
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Singapore Airlines bolsters its cash beyond Covid-19

Singapore Airlines bolsters its cash beyond Covid-19SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines said it had secured up to S$19 billion ($13 billion) of funding to help see it through the coronavirus crisis and expand afterward, in a sign of confidence travel demand will eventually return. It is the single biggest Covid-19 financing package announced by an airline.»
5 days ago
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U.S. may take stakes in struggeling airlines

U.S. may take stakes in struggeling airlinesWASHINGTON - U.S. airlines are preparing to tap the government for up to $25 billion in grants to cover payroll in a sharp travel downturn triggered by the coronavirus, even after the government warned it may take stakes in exchange for bailout funds, people familiar with the matter said.»
6 days ago
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China orders sharp cuts in international flights

China orders sharp cuts in international flightsBEIJING - China has ordered airlines to sharply cut the number of flights in and out of the country out of concern that travellers from overseas could reignite the coronavirus outbreak that paralysed the country for two months. Arriving passengers will be subjected to a strict quarantine regime of 14 days.»
6 days ago
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Airlines cling on freight to earn some cash

Airlines cling on freight to earn some cashLONDON - Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand and Lufthansa are the latest passenger airlines to say they would offer cargo charter services on passenger planes to boost revenue as the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill to give its carriers $58 billion in aid, including payroll support.»
7 days ago
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Britain to airlines: raise your own money first

Britain to airlines: raise your own money firstLONDON - Britain has told airlines it will only consider stepping in to help them survive the coronavirus crisis once they have explored the possibility of raising capital from other sources including existing investors. Airlines shall tap "shareholders, lenders and the markets" before a possible bail out.»
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Ryanair suspends flights through May

Ryanair suspends flights through MayDUBLIN - Ryanair on Tuesday said it does not expect to operate flights in April or May and has offered its aircraft to European governments for rescue or the essential movement of medicines and personal protective equipment. The airline will ground almost its entire fleet amid coronavirus outbreak.»

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Mexican Volaris reduces capacity further amid coronavirus

MEXICO CITY- Mexican airline Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion (Volaris) said on Tuesday that it will reduce its capacity for April by another 80%.»

JetBlue slashes New York schedule

NEW YORK - JetBlue Airways Corp plans to reduce daily flights from the four New York City-area airports where it operates to 60 from 205, and with likely further daily reductions to as few as 40, a spokesman said on Tuesday.»

British Airways suspends Gatwick operations

LONDON - British Airways said it is temporarily suspending flights from Gatwick Airport in southern England, Britain's second busiest airport, due to the coronavirus.»

Heathrow gets tougher on night-time flights

LONDON - Heathrow has announced that this year, tougher charges will be applied to all flights that arrive and depart within the Night Quota Period from 23:30 to 06:00. The charges will disincentivise activity between the identified hours. »

Britain to spend 75 million getting citizens home

LONDON - Britain will spend up to 75 million pounds ($93 million) to get stranded passengers home, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Monday.»

Virgin Atlantic to ask for state aid

LONDON - UK-based airline Virgin Atlantic will ask the British government for a package of commercial loans and guarantees worth hundreds of millions of pounds, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.»

Saudia to offer UK repatriation flights

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian Airlines has agreed to operate exceptional commercial flights to allow British nationals and their families to return to the United Kingdom, according to a British embassy message sent by e-mail late on Friday.»

Balpa criticises UK coronavirus job retention scheme

LONDON - The union representing British pilots has described the government`s scheme to retain jobs through the coronavirus outbreak as confusing, lacking detail and taking too long to help those who are being laid off now.»

Airbus reduces wing production for three weeks

BROUGHTON - Airbus is reducing the production of aircraft wings for three weeks as it slows operations to put in place extra health and safety measures due to the coronavirus pandemic, the planemaker said on Thursday.»

London City airport to suspend operation

LONDON - Following a government announcement Monday night, London City airport will temporarily suspend all commercial and private flights.»

Boeing mulls producing new 737 MAX by May

SEATTLE - Boeing plans to restart 737 MAX production by May, ending a months-long halt triggered by a safety ban on its best-selling jet after fatal crashes, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.»

SAA suspends domestic operations

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) said on Tuesday it will suspend all its domestic flights from Friday to April 16 in support of the national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.»

Airlines set to lose 250 billion dollars in revenue

PARIS - Global airlines urged governments on Tuesday to speed up bailouts to rescue the air transport industry as they doubled their estimate of 2020 revenue losses from the coronavirus crisis to more than $250 billion.»

Singapore Airlines suspends nearly all flying

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines will cut capacity by 96%, ground almost its entire fleet and impose cost cuts affecting about 10,000 staff because of coronavirus travel curbs it described as the "greatest challenge" it ever faced.»

Britain still working on airlines support package

LONDON - Britain is still working to develop a package of government support for its airlines, with the most likely outcome a range of measures to suit the carriers' different needs, the head of pilot union Balpa said on Monday.»

Airbus resumes production in Spain and France

HAMBURG - Airbus confirmed on Sunday it would resume only partial aircraft production when its French and Spanish factories reopen on Monday after a four-day shutdown to tackle health concerns over the coronavirus.»

Easyjet to ground its fleet

LONDON - British low-cost airline easyJet said it would ground most of its aircraft from Tuesday in response to travel restrictions aimed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.»

Farnborough Airshow cancelled

PARIS - July's Farnborough Airshow has been cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis, two sources familiar with the plans said.»

Connect Airways falls into liquidation

DUBLIN - Connect Airways is under administration following the collapse of Flybe, the "Irish Independent" reports.»

Hong Kong Express suspends flights

HONG KONG - Airline HK Express, which Cathay Pacific Airways bought last year from Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, said on Friday it will suspend all flight operations from March 23 until April 30 because of the coronavirus outbreak.»

Ryanair to suspend flight operation

DUBLIN - Ryanair suspends operation amid current travel restrictions. The airline will ground "most if not all" flights by midnight, March 24th.»

British Airways due to make pilot redundancies - union

LONDON - British Airways is due to make an unspecified number of pilots redundant according to UK pilot union BALPA, as the airline seeks to reduce its costs to try survive the coronavirus crisis.»

Norwegian suspends 85 percent of its flights

OSLO - Norwegian Air will cancel 85% of its flights and temporarily lay off 7,300 employees as a result of the growing coronavirus crisis that has strangled demand for air travel, the carrier said on Monday.»

Virgin Atlantic to ground up to 85% of fleet in coronavirus crisis

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic, the UK-based airline, said it would ground 75% of its fleet by 26 March and by up to 85% at points in April, as it cancelled more flights due to coronavirus.»

Jet2 cancels flights to Spain

LONDON - British budget airline Jet2.com cancelled all of its flights to Spain after the country declared a state of emergency due to the spread of coronavirus.»

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