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2 days ago
Crisis relief

U.S. moves to extend airline payroll support

U.S. moves to extend airline payroll supportWASHINGTON - A group of Senate Republicans on Wednesday and President Donald Trump backed extending a 25 billion Dollar payroll assistance program for U.S. airlines, after warnings that carriers may be forced to cut tens of thousands of jobs this fall without further government action.»
2 days ago

Boeing fined for pressuring safety oversight workers

Boeing fined for pressuring safety oversight workersCHARLESTON - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it was proposing to fine Boeing Co 1.25 million Dollars after the agency alleged Boeing managers at its South Carolina plant exerted undue pressure on workers who handle safety oversight work on behalf of the agency.»
3 days ago
Chapter 15

Virgin Atlantic seeks U.S. bankruptcy protection

Virgin Atlantic seeks U.S. bankruptcy protectionWASHINGTON - Virgin Atlantic Airways is seeking protection from creditors in the United States under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which allows a foreign debtor to shield assets in this country, according to a court filing on Tuesday.»
4 days ago

Easyjet expands limited schedule as bookings rise

Easyjet expands limited schedule as bookings riseLONDON - British low cost airline Easyjet said it planned to fly about 40 percent of its capacity over the rest of the summer, more than originally scheduled as bookings were stronger than expected despite ongoing restrictions due to the pandemic. The airline also expects an improving financial performance.»
4 days ago
Hurdles remain

FAA lays plan for Boeing 737 MAX's return

FAA lays plan for Boeing 737 MAX's returnSEATTLE - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAA said it is proposing requiring four key Boeing 737 MAX design and operating changes to address safety issues seen in two fatal crashes that led to the plane's grounding in March 2019.»
4 days ago
Road to recovery

Lufthansa reignites business travel at London City Airport

Lufthansa reignites business travel at London City AirportLONDON - London City Airport and Lufthansa have announced that flights between central London and Frankfurt will resume at the start of September. The German airline will commence two flights a day between the two global financial centres from Monday 7th September in a bid to restore business travel.»
5 days ago

British Airways pilots accept pay cuts

British Airways pilots accept pay cutsLONDON - British Airways pilots accepted a 20 percent pay cut in an effort to save their jobs - the airline will now limit redundancies to one fifth of the 1,255 pilots it initally had put on notice. At the same time, Britain curbed rules for a rehiring bonus for furloughed staff at large companies.»
7 days ago
New routes

Newquay rebuilds connectivity after Flybe demise

Newquay rebuilds connectivity after Flybe demiseNEWQUAY - British Airways fills the Flybe gap on the route from London-Heathrow to Newquay in return for PSO subsidies - restoring a vital airlink between Cornwell and the capital through March 2021. Newquay airport also attracted a new regional airline that started to offer new services.»
7 days ago

Qatar Airways leads IAG capital increase

Qatar Airways leads IAG capital increaseLONDON - British Airways owner IAG plans to raise 2.75 billion euros from shareholders to repair the coronavirus-sized hole in its finances and brace for a more chaotic future. CEO Willie Walsh said the plan, backed by biggest shareholder Qatar Airways, was needed to survive the most severe crisis in aviation history.»
Older than 7 days

AirAsia X seeks new liquidity

AirAsia X seeks new liquidityKUALA LUMPU - Malaysia's AirAsia X fell to a net loss in its first quarter as the pandemic slowed air travel demand and continues to face severe liquidity constraints, it said in a bourse filing late Thursday. It was the airline's fourth straight quarterly loss.»
Older than 7 days

Airbus to cut A350 rates after loss

Airbus to cut A350 rates after lossPARIS - Airbus announced a new cut in production of its marquee A350 jet on Thursday as it swung to a larger-than-expected second-quarter loss in the face of global pandemic. The planemaker also said it hoped to avoid consuming cash before M&A and customer financing in the second half of the year.»
Older than 7 days

Boeing winds down 747 production by 2022

Boeing winds down 747 production by 2022SEATTLE - Boeing said on Wednesday it would cut production on its marquee 787 and 777 jet programs, delay ramp-up plans on the 737 MAX, and confirmed the demise of the 747 jumbo, as it reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss due to the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.»

Short News

Italy threatens to ban Ryanair

MILAN - Italy's air transport regulator has written to Ryanair over what it says were repeated violations of measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and said it could suspend the budget carrier from flying to Italy.»

Copenhagen Airports may lay off 650 staff

COPENHAGEN - Denmark's Copenhagen Airports is considering laying off 650 staff to cope with a global aviation sector standstill as a result of the coronavirus crisis.»

Trained dogs might sniff coronavirus at airports

SANTIAGO - Chilean police are training sniffer dogs to detect the coronavirus in people's sweat at an early stage, after a similar trial in the UK showed encouraging results.»

Qatar Airways to increase its influence on IAG

LONDON - Qatar Airways has proposed two directors for the board of British Airways owner IAG, seeking to strengthen its position after backing the group's planned 2.75 billion euro ($3.27 billion) cash call.»

Ryanair to fight Irish travel restrictions in court

DUBLIN - Ryanair has initiated legal proceedings against Ireland, questioning the legality of travel restrictions that have kept a quarantine policy in place for all but 15 countries, the airline said on Friday.»

Ukraine welcomes "constructive" first talks with Iran

KYIV - Ukraine said that its first round of talks with Iran about the downing of a Ukrainian airliner shortly after takeoff in Tehran in January had been constructive, and that it was determined "to bring Iran to justice".»

Embraer announces more buyouts

SÃO PAULO - Brazil's Embraer said on Thursday it will implement a new staff buyout program.»

KLM says 1,500 new layoffs to bring total job cuts to 20%

AMSTERDAM - KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, said it would cut 1,500 additional jobs as part of a restructuring.»

Minister: UK has no alternative to quarantine yet

LONDON - Britain does not yet have a viable alternative to imposing a 14-day quarantine on travelers returning from countries deemed to have a high risk of coronavirus, culture minister Oliver Dowden said on Wednesday.»

Poland may quarantine returnees from some states

WARSAW - Poland may reinstate quarantine measures for people returning home from some countries, a government spokesman said on Thursday, after recent data showing a spike in coronavirus infections.»

TUI UK cancels holidays to Balearics and Canary Islands

LONDON - TUI UK said it had cancelled holidays to the Balearics and Canary Islands until August 4 after Britain advised against all non-essential travel to the islands due to its assessment of COVID-19 risks in Spain.»

France to reconsider fourth terminal at CDG airport

PARIS - The French government will reconsider plans to build a fourth terminal at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport because of the the coronavirus crisis, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said.»

UK advises against travel to Balearic and Canary Islands

LONDON - Britain`s Foreign Office is extending its advice against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain to include the Balearic and Canary Islands from July 27 "based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks in the country", it said.»

Ryanair has "no plans" to cut Spain flights

DUBLIN - Ryanair has no plans to reduce capacity to Spain after the British government advised against non-essential travel to the country due to Covid-19, a move Group CEO Michael O'Leary called a "badly managed over-reaction".»

Portugal's TAP to resume 40% of pre-COVID flights

LISBON - Portuguese airline TAP said on Monday it would resume 40% of its pre-coronavirus crisis operations in September, gradually restoring flights after travel demand collapsed in the pandemic.»

Easyjet and British Airways to continue Spain flights

LONDON  - Easyjet and British Airways told customers on Saturday they did not plan to cancel flights over the coming days, after Britain's government advised against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain due to COVID-19.»

Boeing to delay 777-9 deliveries

SEATTLE - Boeing is preparing to delay its all-new 777X jet by several months or up to a year, three people familiar with the matter said, as the COVID-19 crisis exacerbates a drop in demand for the industry's largest jetliners.»

First analysis of data from downed Ukraine jet done

OTTAWA - An international team examining the black boxes from a Ukrainian jet accidentally shot down by Iran has completed preliminary analysis of the data in France, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.»

EU states agree on hygiene standards

BERLIN - European Union states have agreed on common hygiene standards such as social distancing and wearing face masks on planes and at airports to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said.»

Emirates offers flight crews unpaid leave

DUBAI - Emirates airline is offering some pilots and cabin crew up to four months of unpaid leave, as it strives to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, an internal email said.»

Airlines tighten mask wearing policies

LONDON - American Airlines Group said on Wednesday it would require all its customers over two-years old to wear face coverings at airports and on board, starting July 29.»

Boeing 777F goes up in flames

SHANGHAI - Shanghai-Pudong airport temporarily suspended operations after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777F caught fire in parking position on Tuesday.»

UK working on "a range of measures" for aviation

LONDON - Britain is working on additional measures to help an aviation sector battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Wednesday when he was asked if air passenger duty tax could be lowered.»

Virgin Atlantic returns to the skies

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic resumes passengers flights out of Heathrow terminal 2 but expects "relatively low" load factors.»

United reduces cash burn

CHICAGO - United Airlines said on Tuesday it burned through about $40 million per day in the second quarter but sees that amount slowing to roughly $25 million in the third quarter as it matches its flight schedule to demand.»



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