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Norwegian flags transatlantic flights from December

LONDON - Norwegian will resume long-haul flights out of Gatwick this winter. The airline flags seven U.S. destinations for the season.

Heathrow to close its southern runway

LONDON - Heathrow closed its southern runway for maintenance Monday as passenger traffic does not flag strong rates of recovery.
Other U.S. airlines sound alarm

Delta may avoid furloughs after demand for buyouts

BildCHICAGO - Delta Air Lines may be able to avoid involuntary furloughs in the fall after receiving interest from more than 15,000 employees for early buyout packages, one person with knowledge of the matter said, even as other U.S. airlines are sounding the alarm on jobs.

France reduces Chinese flights to Paris in tit-for-tat row

PARIS - France on Monday started restricting Chinese airlines to one passenger flight per week, saying it was acting in response to curbs imposed by Beijing on French carriers.
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Ireland may strengthen measures at airports after

DUBLIN - Ireland will consider strengthening measures at airports to implement 14-day quarantine restrictions on people travelling from abroad, its tourism minister said on Monday, following criticism.
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Iran says chain of errors caused Ukrainian plane crash

BildDUBAI - Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation blamed a misalignment of a radar system and lack of communication between the air defence operator and his commanders for the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January that killed 176 people aboard.
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Furloughs at U.S. legacy airlines could help low-cost carriers

BildCHICAGO - U.S. legacy airlines with lackluster employee demand for early exit packages face large furloughs in the fall, signaling higher post-pandemic labor costs because union contracts require airlines to furlough in reverse order of seniority.
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Britain rockets into unknown with OneWeb

BildTOKYO - Internet for remote regions: Britain is betting that Airbus co-sponsored satellite operator OneWeb will help it boldly go into a post-Brexit era. But it faces formidable challenges to complete a working constellation and rebuild a collapsed venture that has proved a money pit for investors.
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U.S. bans Pakistan International Airlines

SYDNEY  - The U.S. Department of Transportation said it has revoked permission for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to conduct charter flights to the United States, citing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concerns over Pakistani pilot certifications.
Licence cancellation suspended
5 days ago

Air Namibia allowed to fly again

WINDHOEK - Air Namibia will be allowed to temporarily operate commercial flights after a court suspended the cancellation of its air licence, the airline said on Thursday.
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Lufthansa keeps flight students grounded through 2020

BildPHOENIX - Lufthansa flight school EFA suspends all training operations "at least" until 2021 citing a second spike of Covid-19 cases in the U.S. and dire mid-term career prospects for cadet pilots. Yet, EFA remains "convinced" that job market perspectives for pilots will eventually improve along with industry recovery.
Latest round of job cuts
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Emirates lays off more pilots and crew

DUBAI - Emirates laid off more pilots and cabin crew this week in another round of job cuts as the Gulf airline shrinks its workforce due to the coronavirus pandemic, four sources said.
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EY waving "a red flag" on AirAsia

KUALA LUMPUR - Shares in Malaysia's AirAsia Group Bhd tumbled more than 17% on Wednesday in their biggest daily fall after the auditor cast doubt on the budget carrier's ability to continue as a going concern due.
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United flags massive jobs cuts

BildCHICAGO - United Airlines said on Wednesday it was preparing to send notices of potential furloughs to 36,000 U.S.-based frontline employees, or about 45% of staff, as travel demand hit by the coronavirus pandemic struggles to recover. United shares lost 3.3% in midday trading.
Easing Coronavirus restrictions
6 days ago

Nigeria restarts domestic flights

ABUJA - Nigeria resumed domestic flights after a hiatus of around three months as Africa's most populous country relaxes restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.
6 days ago

Airbus workers stage protest over job cuts

TOULOUSE - Airbus workers began a brief strike over plans to cut up to 15,000 jobs in response to the coronavirus crisis. Unions said up to 8,000 workers were expected to join the action in Toulouse, France.
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6 days ago

Boeing settles with families of Lion Air crash victims

SEATTLE - Boeing has reached settlement agreements in more than 90% of the wrongful death claims filed in federal court after the 2018 crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX in Indonesia that killed all 189 people on board.
6 days ago

Lufthansa to curb management team

FRANKFURT - Lufthansa will cut 20% of its leadership positions and 1,000 administrative jobs in a restructuring plan that it announced on Tuesday to cope with fallout from the coronavirus crisis.
6 days ago

Avolon cancels 737 MAX orders

DUBLIN - Aircraft lessor Avolon on Tuesday announced the cancellation of an additional 27 Boeing 737 MAX planes after cancelling 75 of the jets in April as it grapples with the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Low demand
6 days ago

U.S. airlines move toward federal loans

BildCHICAGO - The largest U.S. air carriers have all signed letters of intent on federal loans to help them weather the novel coronavirus, with United Airlines warning employees on Tuesday that a surge in outbreaks was hitting bookings, threatening a travel rebound and jobs.
7 days ago

Luton flags 250 job cuts

BildLONDON - Even as traffic recovers from months of coronavirus lockdown, Luton airport braces for a lenghty return to pre-crisis levels. The Easyjet base plans cut 250 jobs as "short-term passenger numbers will be much lower than pre-pandemic levels" citing a "difficult but necessary decision".
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British Airways concludes repatriation flights

BildLONDON - Over the last three months, while the majority of the British Airways fleet has been grounded due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the airline has been keeping vital air links open to repatriate UK residents and fly much needed PPE equipment to the UK for the NHS.
Etihad Airways
7 days ago

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi to commence operations

DUBAI - Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will start operations on July 14, with direct flights connecting the capital of the United Arab Emirates to Alexandria and Sohag, in Egypt, the company said on Monday on Twitter.
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British Airways adds international flights

LONDON - Throughout July, British Airways will resume flying to more destinations across its network, albeit offering fewer frequencies due to reduced demand and the impact of the global quarantine restrictions.
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UK wants to be first with carbon zero Atlantic plane

BildLONDON - The United Kingdom wants to be the first to develop a commercial jet plane to fly across the Atlantic Ocean without any carbon emissions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson surprised some in the aviation sector on Tuesday when he promised the United Kingdom would produce the world’s first zero emission long haul passenger plane.
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Finnair taps investor for cash

HELSINKI - Finnair said it would raise around 512 million euros ($575 million) from an oversubscribed rights issue, aimed at strengthening its finances to cope with the coronavirus crisis.
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El Al hinges on government support

BildJERUSALEM - El Al's fate is expected to be decided in the coming days, with the Israeli airline looking to reach a deal with workers on job and spending cuts to get government aid. An official at El Al, which has suspended passenger service, told Reuters that its board will choose between two proposals.
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Strong bookings boost hopes of return to normal

BildDUBLIN - Ryanair reported "very strong" bookings from holidaymakers and "a good start" as it relaunched its network with 1,000 flights on Wednesday, the start of a summer that Group Chief Executive Michael O'Leary hopes will restore Europe's confidence in air travel.
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Air France unions bristle as job cuts loom

PARIS - Air France executives met labour representatives on Friday as union members and staff protested over the airline's plans for around 7,500 job cuts to cope with a collapse in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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1,022 jobs to be cut at HOP! airline

NANTES - Some 1,022 jobs will be cut at France's HOP! airline as parent Air France prepares to shed jobs to grapple with the coronavirus crisis, CGT union representative Joel Rondel said on Friday.
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Malaysia suspends Pakistan pilots after licence fraud

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's aviation regulator has temporarily suspended pilots employed by domestic airlines who hold Pakistani licences, after the government of the South Asian nation revealed that many pilots had dubious qualifications.
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Portugal seals final deal with TAP`s private shareholders

BildLISBON - Portugal's government announced on Thursday it sealed a final deal with private shareholders of ailing flag carrier TAP to take a controlling stake in the airline while avoiding nationalisation. The employees of the airline will retain their shareholding in TAP Air Portugal.
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Lockdown easing pits Irish health officials against airline bosses

BildDUBLIN - Ryanair used its return to a more regular schedule on Wednesday to pile pressure on its home market of Ireland to ease travel restrictions in a debate that has pitted airline bosses against increasingly cautious health officials.
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UAE to verify credentials of Pakistani pilots in its airlines

BildDUBAI - The United Arab Emirates is seeking to verify the credentials of Pakistani pilots and engineers employed in its airlines, as global concern mounts after the South Asian government grounded 262 pilots for holding "dubious" qualifications.
737 MAX
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Boeing completes FAA certification flights

BildWASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co have completed certification test flights on the 737 MAX, a key milestone toward the plane's return to service, the U.S. regulator said on Wednesday. The MAX has been grounded since March 2019 after two fatal crashes in five months killed 346 people.
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Ryanair UK pilots vote to accept pay cuts to limit job losses

LONDON - Ryanair's British pilot union on Wednesday said that its members had voted by 96% to accept temporary pay cuts in order to avoid jobs losses.
Prime Minister
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"Stable solution" for Portugal's TAP expected soon

LISBON - Portugal expects to announce a "stable solution" for flag carrier TAP soon, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said a day after another government minister did not rule out nationalisation of the airline.
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KLM resumes services to London City

LONDON - Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis, KLM has been adapting its network and flight schedule in line with travel restrictions and demand - and will return to London City Airport this month.
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Easyjet to reduce aircraft and workforce in Berlin

BildLONDON - British low cost carrier Easyjet plans to cut jobs and the number of aircraft it has in Berlin to 18 from 34. Furthermore it is proposing scrapping domestic German flights as part of its retrenchment over COVID-19, a German union and source familiar with the plan said.
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Ryanair: 3,500 jobs at risks without pay cuts

DUBLIN - Ryanair is planning around 3,500 job losses if it cannot agree pay cuts with its staff, the airline's boss Michael O'Leary said on Wednesday.
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EU blacklists Pakistan International Airlines

ISLAMABAD - The European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airlines' (PIA) authorisation to fly to the bloc for six months, the airline said on Tuesday, a blow to the carrier's operations.
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UN backs changes to aviation emissions scheme

MONTREAL - A UN agency agreed to change a landmark aviation emissions scheme, in a boost for airlines that said they could face billions of dollars in costs under the current deal when air travel recovers from coronavirus.
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Boeing kept FAA in the dark about MCAS

BildWASHINGTON - Boeing failed to submit certification documents to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) detailing changes to a key flight control system faulted in two fatal crashes, a long-awaited government report seen by Reuters has found. The FAA currently evaluates an update to the system.
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EU excludes United States from safe travel list

BRUSSELS - The European Union has excluded the United States from its initial "safe list" of countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel from Wednesday.
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Air France to cut 6,500 jobs

PARIS - Air France aims to present a plan to trade unions to cut just over 6,500 jobs over the next two years, three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, as the airline grapples with the coronavirus crisis.
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Easyjet to close Stansted base

LONDON - British low cost airline easyJet has said that 727 of its UK-based pilots are at risk of redundancy, equivalent to about one-third of its pilots in the country, union BALPA said in a statement.
Aerospace crisis
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Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs

BildPARIS - Airbus on Tuesday unveiled plans to shed around 15,000 jobs including 900 already earmarked in Germany, saying its future was at stake after the coronavirus pandemic rocked the air travel industry. An additional 900 jobs are at stake at Airbus tier 1 supplier Premium Aerotec.
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Airbus slows services push amid coronavirus crisis

BildPARIS - Airbus has postponed its target of building a $10 billion services business amid the coronavirus crisis, but is sticking with a strategy of supporting airline operations, a senior executive said as the company heads for a broader shake-up.
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Latin America's airlines are facing an apocalypse

BildSAO PAULO - Bankrupt LATAM Airlines and Avianca Holdings are dramatically retrenching their once grand ambitions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing competition in Latin America as they mull once-unthinkable cooperation with rivals.
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Portugal to submit decree to president to nationalise TAP

LISBON - Portugal's government will submit a decree to the country's president to nationalise flag carrier TAP, weekly newspaper Expresso reported on Tuesday on its website.



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