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Crisis

Government moves to protect airline slots

Government moves to protect airline slotsLONDON - Britain plans to relax slot use regulation through the winter to protect airline assets. London Gatwick Airport warned the Governement that the step will eventually backfire. The airline landscape is in a split mood: British Airways and Easyjet favor an extended slot relief, while Ryanair and Wizz Air push for a return to normal rules.»
6 days ago
Airbus

First A350 completed in China

First A350 completed in China TIANJIN - Airbus has delivered the first A350 from its widebody completion & delivery centre in Tianjin (C&DC), China. It is located at the same site as the A320 Family Final Assembly Line. The A350-900 aircraft was delivered to China Eastern Airlines, the largest Airbus operator in Asia and second largest in the world. »
7 days ago
Airlines

Easyjet on the upswing as restrictions are eased

Easyjet on the upswing as restrictions are easedLUTON - With easing travel restrictions, Easyjet has reduced total cash burn during the third quarter to £55million. The airline's capacity in Q4 will be up to 60% of 2019 levels, up from 17% in Q3/2021. In autumn, Easyjet will continue to take delivery of Airbus A320.»
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Fleets

Delta to lease seven used Airbus A350-900

Delta to lease seven used Airbus A350-900ATLANTA - Delta has entered into agreements to add 29 used Boeing 737-900ERs and lease seven used Airbus A350-900s as it continues to streamline and modernize its fleet. The 36 additional aircraft will support Delta's fleet renewal strategy focused on simplification, scale, size and sustainability.»
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Pandemic

CAA hands airlines fines for Covid-19 violations

CAA hands airlines fines for Covid-19 violationsLONDON - In the first three months of 2021 alone, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a staggering 485 Fixed Penalty Notices - financial fines - to airlines for carrying passengers who had not complied with Covid-19 requirements for international passengers travelling into the UK.»
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Manufacturers

Airbus starts the assembly of its first A321XLR front fuselage

Airbus starts the assembly of its first A321XLR front fuselageSAINT NAZAIRE - The nose and front fuselage assembly for the A321XLR has started in France, following the earlier accomplishment of the centre wing box - less than two months after the start of structural assembly of the rear & centre fuselages in Germany.»
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Fully vaccinated passengers

British Airways to lead travel "proving trials"

British Airways to lead travel LONDON - British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow have joined forces to prove it is possible to quickly and easily verify those arriving into the UK who are fully vaccinated - an identification process already in place for outbound travel to several countries.»
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NATS

Luton Airport modifies new arrival routes

Luton Airport modifies new arrival routesLONDON - Proposed new arrival routes into London Luton Airport (LLA) have been modified in direct response to feedback from residents and other stakeholders received in a public consultation held from October 2020 to February 2021. The updates will limit noise impact on residential neigborhoods.»
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Airlines

Ryanair snaps Easyjet slots at Stansted

Ryanair snaps Easyjet slots at StanstedLONDON - Ryanair expands its Standsted base this winter season with the acquisition of nearly 300 weekly slots from rival Easyjet. The airlines already swapped STN summer slots as Easyjet closes its Stansted post to focus on its London Luton and London Gatwick bases after the crisis.»
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Opening

Pilots call for action on UK travel

Pilots call for action on UK travelLONDON - British pilots are urging politicians across the UK to pressure the Government to save the summer and secure the future for the national aviation and travel industry. According to pilot union Balpa and Eurocontrol data inbound and outbound UK travel collapsed by three-quarters through the crisis.»
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Wizz Air-CEO Jozsef Varadi

"There is no worse owner than the state"

SEATTLE - His airline could be grounded for three years and still have financial resources for a restart: Wizz Air-CEO Jozsef Varadi shows confidence in his position as European air travel starts to recover. Wizz Air will will keep focusing on short haul cost travellers - and expects more capacity this summer than two years ago.»
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BALPA

British aviation "hardest hit" by travel restrictions

British aviation LONDON - UK aviation industry is the "hardest hit" in Europe by restrictions on international travel, an analysis of official European air traffic data for June 2021 by The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has revealed. The pilots call for a quick opening of international air travel to spur recovery.»

Short News

Court confirms end for PPF cap

LONDON - A legal victory by British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), potentially worth a total of more than 35 million pounds for 170 union members, spells the end for the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) compensation cap.»

British holiday bookings to Spain soar

MADRID - British holiday bookings to Spain have increased 400 percent since the government has lifted mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers.»

British Airways 787 landing gear retracts on ground

LONDON - A British Airways Boeing 787-8 aircraft is undergoing repairs after its landing gear retracted on ground. The incident seemed highly avoidable.»

Emerald Airlines speeds launch date for Aer Lingus

DUBLIN - Aer Lingus fills the Stobart Air void: Emerald Airlines is stepping in earlier than expected on regional hub-feed services.»

Flypop confirms Stansted base plans

LONDON - Airline startup Flypop confirm that London Stansted Airport will be its first UK airport base.»

Play starts flight operation with London service

LONDON - Iceland is back on the destination boards at London Stansted as new airline Play launched its first flight from the airport to Reykjavik last week.»

Delta to hire 1,000 new pilots

ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines returns to the recruitment market. The airline intends to hire more than 1,000 pilots by next summer, a Delta memo seen by Reuters said.»

Ryanair 737 MAX deliveries may slip to September

LONDON - Ryanair mulls to defer introduction of its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from summer to autumn 2021.»

Heathrow appoints sustainability expert to its board

LONDON - Heathrow Airport has appointed Joan MacNaughton to its Board as a Non-Executive Director.»

Aeromexico receives its first Boeing 737 MAX 9

MEXICO CITY - As part of their fleet plan, Aeromexico has received new Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. The first two aircraft landed in Mexico City in the early hours of May 29.»

United heads pre-pandemic levels

CHICAGO - United Airlines adds more than 400 daily flights to its July schedule and increases service to reopened European destinations. »

Stansted becomes Covid-secure airport

LONDON - London Stansted has become one of the first airports in the UK to receive CAA recognition for the measures implemented across the airport to make it Covid-secure as it prepares for the return of passengers in the coming weeks.»

Heathrow reports low March volumes

LONDON - Heathrow Airport passenger numbers were down 83% in March year over year as passenger travel remained mostly idle.»

Virgin Atlantic to fly all planes by November

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic will return its full fleet back to service before the end of the year.»

JetBlue Airways secures CAA approval

LONDON - JetBlue Airways is cleared to start operations from the United States to the UK.»

Pilots wary of British travel plan

LONDON - British airline pilots are worried that a lack of concrete opening dates, the cost of required Covid tests means that not enough people will want to travel this summer to help the industry recover.»

Qantas expects Sunrise freeze by 2022

SYDNEY - Qantas expects to freeze its strategy for Sydney - London nonstop flights "within the next 12 months".»

More EU countries to be added to Ireland's hotel quarantine list

DUBLIN - Travellers to Ireland from more European Union countries will be subjected to mandatory hotel quarantine in the coming days.»

Air France-KLM wins EU okay for recapitalisation

BRUSSELS - The European Commission approved on Tuesday a French proposal to grant up to 4 billion euros ($4.72 billion) to recapitalise virus-hit Air France KLM in return for giving up to 18 slots per day at Paris Orly airport to a rival carrier.»

Kenya Airways suspends UK flights

NAIROBI  - Kenya Airways will suspend flights to the United Kingdom effective April 9, the airline said in a statement.»

UK will give airlines "as much notice as it can"

LONDON - British PM Boris Johnson said on Monday his government wanted to get the aviation industry flying again and would offer airlines "as much notice" as it could so they can prepare for the resumption of non-essential foreign travel.»

France and Brussels agree on Air France-KLM refinancing

PARIS - The French government has reached the outline of a deal with the European Commission on a state-backed refinancing package to help strengthen Air France-KLM's balance sheet, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.»

Air Canada concessions insufficient for Transat buy

BRUSSELS - Air Canada offered insufficient concessions to address competition concerns about its planned acquisition of Montreal-based tour operator Transat, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Friday.»

Lufthansa to resume flights to Tehran

FRANKFURT - German airline Lufthansa said on Friday that it would resume flights from Frankfurt to Tehran from April 16.»

Robots use UV light to zap viruses aboard passenger planes

ZURICH - A robot armed with virus-killing ultraviolet light is being tested on Swiss airplanes, yet another idea aiming to restore passenger confidence and spare the travel industry more pandemic pain. »

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