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TAP Air Portugal furloughs most of its staff

TAP Air Portugal furloughs most of its staffLISBON - Portugal`s flag carrier TAP Air Portugal will temporarily lay off around 90% of its employees because of the coronavirus crisis that led to a collapse in demand for travel, according to an email sent by the airline to staff on Tuesday and seen by Reuters.
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UK cabin crews swap aircraft aisles for hospitals

UK cabin crews swap aircraft aisles for hospitalsLONDON - Britain`s temporary hospitals are seeking volunteers from airlines, calling on cabin crew members who are currently grounded to use their first-aid skills and calm manner to help get the new Nightingale hospitals up and running. Britain is developing three hospitals from the scratch.
COVID-19
Yesterday, 06:59

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.
COVID-19
2 days ago

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.
COVID-19
2 days ago

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.
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3 days ago

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.
COVID-19
4 days ago

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.
Airlines
5 days ago

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.
COVID-19
5 days ago

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.
COVID-19
6 days ago

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.
COVID-19
6 days ago

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.
COVID-19
7 days ago

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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Older than 7 days

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.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Alitalia to relaunch with much smaller fleet

Alitalia to relaunch with much smaller fleetMILAN - The Italian government plans to take control of loss-making carrier Alitalia in a month or so, creating a new company that will start off with a much smaller fleet, union sources said on Monday. The coronavirus effects see Alitalia`s cash reserves erode at an ever faster pace.
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Older than 7 days

U.S. lawmakers offer airlines bail out

U.S. lawmakers offer airlines bail outWASHINGTON - This money comes with strings attached: Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Monday proposed giving struggling U.S. airlines and contractors $40 billion in cash grants that would not have to be paid back but require significant new environmental, labor and other conditions.
Parking pain
Older than 7 days

Airlines and airports hunt for storage space

Airlines and airports hunt for storage spaceATLANTA - As airlines idle thousands of aircraft for which there are no passengers, they are hitting an unprecedented problem: finding a place to park them. Taxiways, maintenance hangars and even runways at major airports are being transformed into giant parking lots for more than 2,500 airliners.
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

British pilots urge government to rescue airlines

British pilots urge government to rescue airlinesLONDON - The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) has warned that UK airlines will be winding down this week and staff will be laid off before the Government support scheme is ready. Pilots suggest direct "state investment" for airlines to avoid a "collapse" of the industry in the UK.
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Older than 7 days

UAE closes airports for passenger operations

UAE closes airports for passenger operationsABU DHABI - The UAE close their airports for nearly all passenger operations. Abu Dhabi`s Etihad Airways will survive the "unprecedented times" of the coronavirus epidemic, it`s chief executive said in a video released, a day after the industry`s largest body warned that Middle East airlines were in crisis.
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Older than 7 days

Emirates suspends all passenger flights

Emirates suspends all passenger flightsDUBAI - Emirates, one of the world's biggest international airlines, will ground its entire passenger fleet this week and cut staff wages by as much as half because of the coronavirus and its impact on travel demand. The state-owned Dubai carrier had already announced the suspension of nearly 70% of its network.
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BA pilots face unpaid leave

BA pilots face unpaid leaveLONDON - British Airways pilots will be required to take two weeks' unpaid leave in both April and May while rival easyJet is reported to have asked staff to take three months' unpaid leave as the battered aviation sector frantically seeks to cut costs.

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