New layoffs at Air Transat

Faced with the major Air Transat layoffs announced for November, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is calling on the federal government to immediately deploy rapid COVID-19 screening at Canadian airports. The Air Transat component of CUPE has just learned that the number of its flight attendant members will drop to less than 160 […]
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Uganda Airlines Rolls Out Brand New A330neo

Ugandans got a glimpse of the first of the two Uganda Airlines A330neo aircraft – the A330-800 – being rolled out of the yard after branding in national colors. This was posted on the AirbusNeo330 facebook page prompting euphoric response on social media. A tweet on the official Uganda airlines page stated, “Soon General Wamala […]
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Ethiopian Airlines partners with USAID on in-flight meals

Today, Ethiopian Airlines and the United States announced a new partnership agreement that will enable the nation’s flagship carrier to source locally grown produce and ingredients for preparing in-flight meals for global passengers. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam and U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor signed a memorandum of understanding in which the U.S. Agency […]
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IATA: US Military confirms low risk of catching COVID-19 on flight

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the release of the results of testing by the United States Transportation Command (US Transcom) confirming the low risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard an aircraft. The US Transcom testing, which was conducted in August, found that “the overall exposure risk from aerosolized pathogens, like coronavirus, is very low” […]
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Hong Kong Airlines announces Embrace “Home” Kong flight

Hong Kong Airlines will operate a special Embrace “Home” Kong sunset flight on Saturday, October 24, 2020. HX852 will depart Hong Kong International Airport at 4:30pm, flying within 200 nautical miles from Hong Kong over the South China seas. During the 90-minute flight, passengers will get to experience a spectacular sunset from the skies, as […]
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COVID-19 testing at San Francisco International Airport

Today, customers traveling on United Airlines from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii were the first to experience the airline’s COVID-19 pilot testing program, allowing customers who return a negative result to bypass the state’s mandatory quarantine requirements and enjoy their time on the islands sooner. In collaboration with San Francisco International Airport, customers now […]
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Hong Kong and Singapore establish quarantine-free air travel bubble

Singapore and Hong Kong have agreed in principle to create an air travel bubble between them that will not require quarantine upon arrival, the Singapore government said Thursday. The agreement to revive air travel between the regional hubs amid the coronavirus pandemic was reached the previous day between Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung and […]
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Fly Leasing closes new $180 million Term Loan

Fly Leasing Limited today announced it has closed a new $180 million Term Loan. The interest rate on the five-year term loan is LIBOR plus 6.00% with a 1.00% LIBOR floor. The financing was issued at an original issue discount of 4.5%. The 2020 Term Loan will be secured by 11 narrow-body aircraft owned by […]
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US Transportation Secretary announces commercial space transportation reforms

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the publication of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements Final Rule for commercial space transportation launches and reentries. “This historic, comprehensive update to commercial space launch and reentry licensing requirements facilitates greater growth in this industry and helps America to maintain […]
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SAS takes delivery of its first sustainable fuel Airbus A321LR jet

Scandinavian carrier SAS has taken delivery of its first of three Airbus A321LR on lease from Air Lease Corporation, becoming the newest operator of the most efficient long-haul single aisle aircraft. The A321LR is powered by CFM Leap-1A engines. The delivery flight from Airbus Hamburg to its home base in Copenhagen uses a 10 percent […]
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United Airlines launches rapid COVID-19 testing for Hawaii-bound passengers at San Francisco airport

Today, customers traveling on United Airlines from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii were the first to experience the airline’s COVID-19 pilot testing program, allowing customers who return a negative result to bypass the state’s mandatory quarantine requirements and enjoy their time on the islands sooner. In collaboration with San Francisco International Airport, customers now […]
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Air Canada reopens Calgary Maple Leaf Lounge with biosafety measures

Air Canada today announced the re-opening of its Maple Leaf Lounge at YYC Calgary International Airport on October 15, 2020 with leading biosafety measures featuring enhanced new protocols for the well-being of customers and employees. With the aim to support local business, the Maple Leaf Lounge, open daily to eligible customers travelling on domestic flights, […]
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WestJet suspends service to four cities in Atlantic Canada

Today, WestJet announced it will be indefinitely suspending  operations  to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney and Charlottetown while significantly reducing service to Halifax and St. John’s. The suspension eliminates more than 100 flights weekly or almost 80 percent of seat capacity from the Atlantic region starting November 2. Details can be found at bottom of release. “It has become unviable […]
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United Airlines: Shifting from surviving COVID-19 crisis to leading the rebound

United Airlines today announced third-quarter 2020 financial results. Since the beginning of the crisis, the company has been at the forefront of the industry in delivering on its three-pillar strategy of building and maintaining liquidity, minimizing cash burn and variabilizing its cost structure. Achieving these objectives has supported the airline’s ability to manage the crisis […]
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Hawaii airports laying off 662 workers on tourism reopening day

Over 660 Hawaii airport workers will be permanently laid off on October 15, the same day that the state is reopening tourism. They work for HMSHost, an airport subcontractor that manages concessions, restaurants, Starbucks, bars, pantry, maintenance, etc. at Honolulu International Airport, Kahului Airport, and Lihue Airport. The State of Hawaii is allowing this subcontractor […]
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Kazakhstan cuts down UAE, Germany, Ukraine, and Belarus flights

Kazakhstan’s Chief Sanitary Officer announced that the country plans to cut down down air service with the UAE, Germany, Ukraine, and Belarus. During an online press briefing, the official revealed that the restrictions will come in effect in the nearest future and that they were forced by the worsening COVID-19 situation in those countries. The […]
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Russia resumes Japan, Serbia and Cuba flights

Russia announced that it is resuming flights with three more countries: Serbia, Japan and Cuba. According to the order of the head of Russia’s government, flights will be operated twice a week on the routes Moscow – Belgrade, Moscow – Cayo Coco and Moscow – Santa Clara. Also, from November 1, flights to Tokyo will […]
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Airbus gains new customer as SKY express orders four A320neo jets

Athens-based airline, SKY express, has placed a firm order for four A320neo aircraft, becoming a new Airbus customer. In addition, the Greek airline recently leased two A320neos from ACG Aviation Capital Group and on that occasion joined the global list of 430 Airbus operators. The airline has selected CFM-International’s Leap-1A engines to power its aircraft. […]
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Delta Air Lines: A path of progressive improvement in revenues

Delta Air Lines today reported financial results for the September quarter 2020. Detailed results, including both GAAP and adjusted metrics, are on page four and are incorporated here. “While our September quarter results demonstrate the magnitude of the pandemic on our business, we have been  encouraged as more customers travel and we are seeing a […]
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ACI and IATA urge airline industry-wide support to underpin recovery

Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reinforced the urgent call for governments to use testing as a means to safely re-open borders and re-establish global connectivity and to prevent the systemic collapse of the aviation industry with non-debt generating financial support. The dual measures would protect countries from the […]
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Passenger Levels Still Low at Frankfurt Airport

In September 2020, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) served some 1.1 million passengers – an 82.9 percent decline compared to the same month last year. Cumulative traffic at FRA during the January-to-September 2020 period fell by 70.2 percent. The low passenger demand resulted from persisting travel restrictions and the uncertainties for travel planning in the wake of […]
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Farewell Alitalia Airline: Hello Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA (ITA)

According to the Italian government decree signed on the evening of October 9 by the four ministers of Economy, Transport, Economic Development, and Labor, the company statute, annexed to the decree, confirms that the Alitalia name will no longer exist. The new company, Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA, will be based “in the Municipality of Rome,” […]
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Southwest Airlines adds service at Chicago O’Hare and Houston Intercontinental airports

Southwest Airlines Co. today announced plans to expand its footprint in Chicago and Houston. Chicago O’Hare International Airport Work is underway to add new service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), alongside existing service from the carrier’s longtime Chicago home, Midway International Airport (MDW). Midway remains one of the busiest airports in Southwest’s network. Since […]
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Budapest, Lyon, Bologna, Hamburg, Dusseldorf to Dubai on Emirates

Emirates, the largest airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced that it will to resume its flights to Budapest, Hungary on October 21, Bologna, Italy on November 1, Dusseldorf and Hamburg, Germany on November 1, and Lyon, France on November 4, expanding its European network to 31 destinations, and offering customers around the world convenient […]
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Iran would not allow its airlines to hike fares to offset COVID-19 losses

The Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran announced today in a statement that airline ticket price hikes announced last week by the Association of Iranian Airlines (AIA) would be halted until at least early December. Iran’s chief civil aviation regulator said that the country’s air carriers would not be allowed to raise airfare […]
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COVID-19 slashes global tourism revenue by $316 billion

The global tourism industry had a rosy outlook for 2020 continuing a historic rise in the industry in recent times. However, at the beginning of the year, it became apparent that COVID-19 had turned the world upside down and global tourism effectively came to a collective halt. According to latest data, the projected tourism revenue […]
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UK Global Travel Taskforce given November 1 deadline

Traffic fell in September, with a loss of 5.5 million passengers over the course of the month. Just over 1.2 million passengers traveled through Heathrow in September, down 82% compared to 2019. Most travel is to the remaining European destinations on the UK’s travel corridors list. However, the number of countries on this list has […]
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Emirates resumes flights to Budapest, Lyon, Bologna, Hamburg and Dusseldorf

Emirates, the largest airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced that it will to resume its flights to Budapest, Hungary on October 21, Bologna, Italy on November 1, Dusseldorf and Hamburg, Germany on November 1, and Lyon, France on November 4, expanding its European network to 31 destinations, and offering customers around the world convenient […]
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Passengers flock to private jet flights to lower COVID-19 risks

The private jet industry felt similar shockwaves to the rest of the aviation sector at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a promising rebound in recent months looks set to recover some of those losses as wealthy leisure passengers switch to private flights to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. According to the latest […]
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Airbus successfully tests automated aviation security technology with US Authorities

Airbus and Koniku Inc. have made a significant step forward in the automated and contactless detection of chemical, biological and explosive threats for the aviation industry. In partnership with the Mobile, Ala. Police Department, the canine squad from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and FBI bomb technicians, Airbus led a series of field tests evaluating […]
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Lufthansa: Over €3 billion paid in ticket refunds

In the current year, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group have so far reimbursed over three billion euros to a total of over seven million customers (as of 30 September 2020). The number of ticket refunds still open fell to around 700,000 transactions worth around 350 million euros. Constantly changing travel restrictions and current political […]
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United Airlines increases service on over 40 Caribbean and Mexican routes

United Airlines today announced it plans to resume service on nearly 30 international routes in November, including flights to cities in Asia, Europe, and South America. Additionally, the airline continues to strategically rebuild its domestic and international network by offering customers service to popular leisure destinations in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Central America and Mexico. Even […]
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European aviation wants quarantine replaced with passenger testing

With less than 90 days to go before the year-end holiday season, European aviation bodies have intensified their call to replace quarantine measures with passenger testing. This will provide far greater assurance and ability for cross-border travelers to plan family reunions or vacations during this important holiday period. It will also serve as a lifeline […]
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American Airlines increases service to Key West from Charlotte-Douglas and Dallas–Fort Worth

Beginning October 8 American Airlines is to increase nonstop service to Key West International Airport (EYW) from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) on 76-seat Embraer E175 regional jets and from Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on 128-seat Airbus A319 planes. American’s increased service is to include 19 weekly flights from CLT, with three daily flights to […]
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Ukraine International Airlines to resume flights between New York and Kyiv in Spring 2021

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has updated its plans and schedule for non-stop wide-body flights between Kyiv & New York. UIA is planning to resume flights as the Spring season takes hold in both cities. Plans include flights in time for the Easter holidays in 2021. Numerous factors have to be considered when planning these flights, […]
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TAP Air Portugal returns to San Francisco and Chicago

TAP Air Portugal is returning to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and San Francisco International (SFO) airports this weekend, on October 2 and 3 respectively, with nonstop service to Lisbon from each.   To begin, each market will start with one round-trip weekly. TAP’s first flight to Chicago arrives today, Friday, October 2, and returns to Portugal on […]
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Uganda Civil Aviation Authority Directives for Resumption of international flights

Ahead of the resumption of all scheduled and non-scheduled passenger flights in and out of Entebbe on 1st October, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Government of the Republic of Uganda issued directives regarding the resumption of international flights. They were contained in a letter signed off by Fred Bamwesigye Ag. Director-General, the Uganda […]
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San Francisco to Shanghai again flying nonstop

US-China relations are at an all-time low. US President Trump blames China to be responsible for the spread of COVID-19, while he himself was diagnosed with the virus. On the other side, a US Airline is restarting flights between the United States and the Peoples Republic China launching its non-stop from San Francisco to Shanghai. […]
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Dubai flights from and to Bologna, Duesseldorf, Hamburg and Lyon

Dubai based Emirates Airlines has announced it will resume flights to Budapest (from 21 October), Bologna (1st November), Dusseldorf (1st November), Hamburg (1st November) and Lyon (4th November), expanding its European network to 31 destinations, and offering customers around the world convenient connections via Dubai. The addition of these five destinations takes Emirates’ global network to 99 destinations, as […]
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WestJet introduces its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Vancouver

Today, WestJet and the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) announced WestJet’s newest aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner, is now operating five-times weekly between Vancouver and Toronto. Vancouver joins Calgary and Toronto as another domestic destination served by the airline’s award-winning aircraft. “The Dreamliner offers our guests the highest safety and health standards as well as an extremely […]
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Brazil’s GOL: Domestic market demand up in September

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A., Brazil’s largest domestic airline, announces today preliminary air traffic figures for the month of September 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. During September, GOL operated an average of 270 flights per day, reopened three bases (Juiz de Fora, Londrina and Presidente Prudente) and added 1,383 frequencies at the Guarulhos […]
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Seychelles draws nearer to its European visitors

The Seychelles Islands is now more accessible to European visitors since Sunday, September 27, 2020, with the return of direct flights from Europe to Seychelles. The Swiss airline, Edelweiss Air, the first European direct commercial flight to land at the Seychelles International airport of Pointe Larue since the destination has reopened for tourism in August […]
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Russian airlines receive permission to resume flights to 24 countries

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency announced that Russian airlines received permits for regular flights to 24 countries, as well as for charter flights to six more countries. “Russian airlines received admission to open countries: Belarus, Great Britain, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, UAE, Turkey and Tanzania. Among the closed countries, the admission to which has already […]
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Singapore Airlines to resume Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Milan, Paris and Frankfurt flights

Singapore’s flag carrier, Singapore Airlines, announced that it will resume and increase the frequency of flights on a number of destinations by the end of the year. “It is expected that by the end of the year the company will bring the volume of flights to 15% of the usual,” Singapore Airlines’ statement said. According […]
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No mask required on planes in the United States: DOT Ruling is horrible

Flyers Rights President Paul Hudson issued the following response to the DOT’s refusal to promulgate a mask rule after DOT General Counsel Steven Bradbury issued a letter denying Flyers Rights’ rulemaking petition: eTurboNews published the full letter two days ago Mr. Bradbury, This horrible decision will no doubt encourage bad actor airlines and airports to […]
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UNWTO and IATA sign agreement to restore confidence in international aviation

Ahead of the G20 summit of the world’s largest economies, which includes a dedicated tourism segment, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as the two parties work together to restart global tourism. Highlighting UNWTO’s unique status as a bridge between the UN system […]
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IATA: Looming cash crisis threatens airlines

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the airline industry will burn through $77 billion in cash during the second half of 2020 (almost $13 billion/month or $300,000 per minute), despite the restart of operations. The slow recovery in air travel will see the airline industry continuing to burn through cash at an average […]
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Airbus Corporate Jets announces first six ACJ TwoTwenty orders

Airbus Corporate Jets has won its first orders for the ACJ TwoTwenty totalling six aircraft following its launch. While Comlux has revealed an order for two aircraft, four further jets were ordered by undisclosed customers. Entry into service of the first ACJ TwoTwenty by Comlux Aviation is targeted for early 2023. The new ACJ TwoTwenty […]
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Czech Airlines Technics expands aircraft service range

Considering the current situation across the aviation industry, Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT) has decided to join forces with FlyTech Aviation Services and expand the range of aircraft maintenance and parking services at several international airports in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The new business initiative targets a very interesting market segment, currently most intensively demanded […]
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