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CAA

Pilots can hold both UK and EASA license

Pilots can hold both UK and EASA licenseLONDON - Return path to a British license: the UK Civil Aviation Authority has launched a "simplified process" to allow pilots who transferred their licence and medical certificate to an EU member state in preparation for the end of the transition period to get their UK licence back.»
7 days ago
Travel restart

Jet2 cancels all holiday operations through June

Jet2 cancels all holiday operations through JuneMANCHESTER - Jet2 cancels holidays until June 24 citing planning uncertainties as the British travel restart plan fails to convince airlines and tour operators. Easyjet and Jet2 see a financial burden for families as mandatory PCR tests after holidays might inflate travel costs.»
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BA und Loganair

London City to restore key regional routes

London City to restore key regional routesLONDON - London City Airport (LCY) has welcomed the restoration of key regional routes, with flights to resume shortly to Edinburgh, Glasgow - both with British Airways -and Dundee with Loganair, re-establishing important domestic connectivity and tourism links between Scotland and the heart of London.»
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Airlines

United admits 100 students to its flight school in 2021

United admits 100 students to its flight school in 2021CHICAGO - United Airlines started to accept applications for its "Aviate" flight school program after a Covid-19 delay this week. The airline embarks on an ambitious plan to train 5,000 new pilots for its cockpits by the year 2030 and will enroll the first 100 students in 2021.»
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Willie Walsh

Airline leader blasts monopoly fee hikes

Airline leader blasts monopoly fee hikesLONDON - Airlines will fight attempts by suppliers and airports, including Heathrow Airport, to cover pandemic losses by raising charges, the new head of industry body IATA Willie Walsh said on Wednesday, as he promised "strong and aggressive" resistance to such moves.»
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Airlines

Qatar Airways calls for borders to reopen

Qatar Airways calls for borders to reopenDUBAI - Qatar Airways called for countries to safely reopen borders on Tuesday, with its chief executive warning that more airlines would need state aid this year to avoid going bust. Akbar al-Baker said that Qatar Airways, one of the Gulf's biggest carriers, would emerge from the coronavirus crisis as a top global airline.»
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UK

Airlines hope for May 17 travel restart

Airlines hope for May 17 travel restartLONDON - British Airways and Virgin Atlantic expect international travel from Britain to resume on May 17 despite the government warning it is too soon to say whether holidays can go ahead this year. The UK government has said it will provide more details on restarting foreign travel this week.»
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UK

Easyjet criticises testing requirements in travel restart plan

Easyjet criticises testing requirements in travel restart planLONDON  - The chief executive Easyjet criticised some of the government's plans to restart travel, saying Covid-19 tests should not be required for passengers travelling to low-risk destinations. According to Johan Lundgren, costs of tests in some cases exceed ticket prices of the LCC.»
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Vaccination progress

Johnson to set out travel plans

Johnson to set out travel plansLONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out plans to reopen the economy and eventually relaunch international travel on Monday when he updates the coronavirus roadmap, aided by one of the fastest vaccine rollouts in the world. Astra and Pfizer shots might fuel airline recovery in the summer.»
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China

Boeing urges Biden to separate trade and human rights

Boeing urges Biden to separate trade and human rightsSEATTLE - Boeing urged the United States on Wednesday to keep human rights and other disputes separate from trade relations with Beijing, and warned European rival Airbus would gain if the U.S. planemaker were locked out of China. The 737 MAX review by China remains pending.»
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Ryanair

FAA approves design of 737 MAX 8200 variant

FAA approves design of 737 MAX 8200 variantWASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it had approved the design for the Boeing 737-8200, part of the Boeing 737 MAX series, a necessary step before the U.S. planemaker can begin delivering the higher-capacity airplanes to Ryanair.»
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Airlines

Delta to stop blocking middle seats

Delta to stop blocking middle seatsATLANTA - Delta Air Lines said on Wednesday it will stop blocking middle seats as of May 1, a move that will allow it to start selling more tickets on each flight at a time when travel demand is picking up as more Americans receive Covid-19 vaccines. The airline got in hot water in its home state.»

Short News

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. »

Taiwan opens first travel bubble

TAOYUAN - Taiwan opened its first travel bubble during the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, with the small, tourism-dependent Pacific state of Palau.»

IATA says travel pass app to launch on Apple mid-April

DUBAI - Global airline industry body IATA said on Wednesday a digital travel pass for COVID-19 test results and vaccine certificates would be launched on the Apple platform in mid-April.»

Spain says digital vaccine certificates to be ready in June

MADRID - Spain expects digital vaccine certificates that would ease travels within the European Union would be ready in June at the latest, foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said on Wednesday in a radio interview.»

Seats filled for first all-civilian spaceflight crew

A college science professor and an aerospace data analyst were named on Tuesday to round out a four-member crew for a SpaceX launch into orbit planned later this year billed as the first all-civilian spaceflight in history. The two latest citizen astronauts were introduced at a news briefing at the Kennedy Space Center. »

JetBlue mulls Heathrow flights by August

LONDON - JetBlue Airways is turning the Airbus A321LR into an "A321LHR" - the airline secured slot ar London Heathrow Airport.»

Alaska Air to order 23 additional 737 MAX

SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group said on Tuesday it would buy an additional 23 737 MAX 9 jets, in a move that highlights growing confidence in Boeing Co’s aircraft following a 20-month safety ban triggered by two fatal crashes.»

American Airlines readies jets to meet rising demand

DALLAS - American Airlines said on Monday it expects to fly most of its fleet in the coming months thanks to strong domestic and short-haul international bookings as infection rates and hospitalizations decline and more people receive vaccines.»

Portugal extends Britain, Brazil flights suspension

LISBON - Portugal on Monday extended a suspension of flights to and from Britain and Brazil until April 15, with only humanitarian and repatriation flights allowed, the interior ministry said in a statement.»

Malaysia's AirAsia Group posts record quarterly loss

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's budget airline AirAsia Group Bhd reported a record quarterly loss on Monday, as depreciation and impairments added to the impact of domestic lockdowns.»

Virgin Atlantic starts digital health pass trials

LONDON - UK-based carrier Virgin Atlantic said it had started digital health pass trials in a bid to show governments around the world that apps displaying Covid-19 test results and vaccine certificates can launch a travel recovery.»

Air crews, seafarers should be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccines

GENEVA - Seafarers and air crew should be prioritised for vaccination as "essential workers", the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.»

Thailand approves quarantine waiver for tourists

BANGKOK - Thai authorities on Friday agreed to allow foreigners inoculated against the coronavirus to travel to its biggest holiday island without undergoing quarantine.»

Britain approves 20-second COVID-19 test

LONDON - Britain's medicine regulator has approved a 20-second COVID-19 test, the product's distributor said on Friday as it launched a testing system it said could be used in airports, sports venues and businesses.»

Two pilots survive military jet crash in England

LONDON - Two pilots are alive and undergoing medical checks after ejecting from a British military jet in south-west England, which later crashed into a field.»

Germany to require negative COVID test from all air travellers

BERLIN - Germany plans to introduce a requirement for all airline passengers entering the country to provide a negative coronavirus test result before departure, German daily Bild reported, citing government sources.»

WestJet to restore domestic capacity

MONTREAL - WestJet Airlines is restoring some suspended domestic routes beginning in June, as executives hope that a pickup in Covid-19 vaccinations can salvage summer travel, Canada's second-largest carrier said on Wednesday.»

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