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Airlines

Air New Zealand plans economy sleeping booths

Air New Zealand plans economy sleeping boothsAUCKLAND - Some economy-class travellers envying those at the front of the plane with lie-flat beds may soon have another option: Air New Zealand has developed a sleeping pod prototype to help passengers cope with near-18 hour flights. The idea is beyond a solely conceptual stage.»
Yesterday, 06:42
FAA

Airlines need to complete inspections on 737 MAX panels

Airlines need to complete inspections on 737 MAX panelsWASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday proposed that airlines complete inspections on a key component that could make Boeing 737 MAX airplanes vulnerable to lightning strikes and interference from high-power radio frequency transmitters before returning to service.»
2 days ago
Coronavirus

United suspends its 2020 guidance

United suspends its 2020 guidanceCHICAGO - Corona starts of affect balance sheets of carriers beyond Asia-Pacific: United Airlines on Monday withdrew its full-year 2020 guidance, citing heightened uncertainty over how the duration and spread of the coronavirus to other regions could impact overall air travel demand.»
3 days ago
ET302

Ethiopia plans to release interim jet crash report

Ethiopia plans to release interim jet crash reportADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia plans to release an interim report into a deadly Boeing 737 MAX crash, which killed 157 passengers and crew, ahead of the first anniversary of the accident next month, according to an official speaking on Saturday. A final draft of the report is "far from completion".»
4 days ago
Troubled airliner

Superjet fate depends on Aeroflot

Superjet fate depends on AeroflotMOSCOW - Russia`s main home-grown passenger jet, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, conceived as a rival to Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer, has no confirmed orders this year beyond a long-standing deal with state carrier Aeroflot , two sources told Reuters. Other airlines report no intention to order.»
5 days ago
Airports

Heathrow warns it might fall behind Paris

Heathrow warns it might fall behind ParisLONDON - Heathrow airport pushes for its expansion. Despite record breaking start to the year at Heathrow, latest figures show that its EU competitor, Paris Charles de Gaulle, is growing at twice the rate and is set to overtake as Europe`s leading hub airport within the next two years, the airport warned.»
6 days ago
Investigation

Probe reveals no collusion among Indian airlines

Probe reveals no collusion among Indian airlinesMUMBAI - Investigators with India`s antitrust watchdog have found no evidence that the country`s biggest airline, IndiGo, and four rival carriers colluded to fix ticket prices, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.»
7 days ago
Defense

BAE Systems predicts 2020 growth

BAE Systems predicts 2020 growthLONDON - Britain`s BAE Systems forecast another year of growth in 2020, saying the company was well-placed to take advantage of increased defence spending that could help to offset any future impact from a German ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia.»
7 days ago
EU tariffs

Washington state acts to drop Boeing tax break

Washington state acts to drop Boeing tax breakSEATTLE - Washington state lawmakers moved on Wednesday to remove a key tax break for Boeing and other aerospace firms in a bid to head off possible European tariffs on U.S. goods and ease a transatlantic trade dispute over aircraft subsidies - days after the Trump admin raised the stakes.»
7 days ago
Coronavirus outbreak

China takes the controls at HNA

China takes the controls at HNABEIJING - China plans to take over HNA Group Co and sell off its airline assets, as the coronavirus outbreak has hit the Chinese conglomerate`s ability to meet financial obligations, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The list of potential HNA airline buyers is short.»
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Coronavirus

Foreign pilots at Chinese airlines return home

Foreign pilots at Chinese airlines return homeBEIJING - Foreign pilots at some Chinese airlines have returned to their home countries and are considering other jobs after being placed on unpaid leave as demand falls because of the coronavirus.Meanwhile, Chinese pilots with greater job security said their income has been sharply reduced.»
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Airlines

Qatar Airways increases stake in IAG

Qatar Airways increases stake in IAGLONDON - Qatar Airways has bought a $600 million stake in British Airways-owner IAG to increase its holding to 25.1%, advancing its strategy of building a global portfolio of international carriers. The new treshold increases the influence of Qatar Airways before a new IAG CEO takes helm.»

Short News

Reports: Stansted freight operator goes into liquidation

LONDON - Stansted-based airfreight operator Cargologicair is expected to enter business liquidation, according to media reports.»

Lufthansa may suspend hiring

FRANKFURT - German airline Lufthansa is considering suspending new hiring and enacting other savings measures as it grapples with the coronavirus, a German newspaper reported on Tuesday.»

Trainee pilot failed to admit health problems

LONDON - A 20-year-old trainee pilot has pleaded guilty to not disclosing his medical history when trying to obtain the medical certificate he needed to fly passenger aircraft.»

AirAsia X ask for lease rate deferrals

KUALA LUMPUR - AirAsia X is having problems to make lease payments for its Airbus widebody fleet on time due to Corona.»

New U.S. pilot training rules seek to reduce errors

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday issued new rules aimed at improving pilot performance and preventing errors in the cockpit that could lead to crashes.»

Air New Zealand axes 2020 outlook

AUCKLAND - Air New Zealand on Monday cut its full-year outlook, as the impact from the coronavirus and subsequent capacity reductions appear set to outweigh benefits from lower jet fuel prices.»

British Airways extends China route cancellations

LONDON - British Airways suspends its operations to mainland China destinations Beijing and Shanghai until at least April 17th 2020.»

Boeing finds debris in 737 MAX jetliners

SEATTLE - Boeing found debris that could pose potential safety risks in the fuel tanks of several 737 MAX aircraft that are in storage and waiting to be delivered to airlines, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Tuesday.»

El Al revives Stansted service

LONDON - EL AL is to return to London Stansted when the carrier launches a new five-times a week service to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport.»

Airbus defence division to start talks on job cuts

SEVILLA - The head of the defence business of Airbus said he would start talks with labour representatives next week on job cuts, as the German-based group retrenches following setbacks with its A400M military transporter.»

U.K. might take a stake in Flybe

LONDON - Rescue loans for troubled regional airline Flybe may result in the British government taking a stake in carrier.»

Norwegian plans further capacity cuts

OSLO - Norwegian Air will make deeper capacity cuts in 2020 than previously announced as part of its plan to return to profits after three consecutive years of deficit, the budget carrier said on Thursday.»

Norwegian returns Heathrow slots

LONDON - Norwegian will not start a London-Heathrow operation after the airline won three summer 2020 slot pairs for the congested airport.»

No new Boeing orders through January

SEATTLE - Boeing booked no new orders for airplanes last month, the first time it has come up empty-handed in January since 1962, as the U.S. planemaker's once best-selling jet, the 737 MAX, remained grounded.»

U.S. to audit FAA pilot training requirements

WASHINGTON - The U.S. DoT Inspector General said on Monday it will audit Federal Aviation Administration pilot training requirements for U.S. and foreign air carriers after two deadly crashes of Boeing's 737 MAX.»

British Airways sets new subsonic route record

LONDON - Strong North Atlantic jet stream pushed British Airways Boeing 747-400 to a route record. An Airbus A350 from Virgin was almost as fast.»

Cuts intended to make South African Airways sustainable

JOHANNESBURG - Plans to cut some of South African Airways' (SAA) domestic and international routes are aimed at making the airline sustainable and free from government funding after restructuring, experts said on Sunday.»

Virgin to suspend Shanghai route until April

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic has extended its suspension of daily operations to Shanghai until March 28 due to the outbreak of coronavirus and increased travel restrictions to mainland China.»

Airbus halts output at Tianjin assembly plant

TIANJIN - Airbus has prolonged a planned closure of its final assembly plant in Tianjin, China, as a result of the coronavirus emergency, the planemaker said on Wednesday, adding it was monitoring for any signs of impact on deliveries.»

United Airlines buys flight school Westwind

PHOENIX - United Airlines expects to hire more than 10,000 pilots throughout the 2020s. The U.S. industry behemoth ventures into flight training to hedge its cockpit staffing needs.»

Ryanair ordered to drop low-emissions ad claims

DUBLIN - Ryanair publicity describing the budget carrier as a "low-CO2 emissions airline" has been deemed misleading by Britain's main advertising watchdog, which ordered its withdrawal on Wednesday.»

Passenger lies about having coronavirus

TORONTO - A Canadian man on a flight from Toronto to Jamaica falsely announced to passengers that he had the coronavirus, forcing the plane to return to the airport where he was arrested, police said on Tuesday.»

Emirates and Etihad suspend Chna flights

DUBAI - Emirates and Etihad Airways will have to suspend flights to mainland China, except Beijing, from Wednesday after the United Arab Emirates halted most flights between the two countries due to the coronavirus outbreak in China.»

Singapore Airshow to go ahead

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Airshow, Asia's biggest gathering of aerospace and defence industry executives, will go ahead as planned but a meeting of international aviation officials has been cancelled, the organisers said.»

Ryanair postpones 200m passenger target

DUBLIN  - Ryanair will take longer than expected to reach its long-term target of flying 200 million passengers per year due to delays in the delivery of Boeing’s 737 MAX jet, the Irish airline announced on Monday.»

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