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Passenger wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 17:03
Airlines should avoid such incidents to avoid a full flight ban.
Absolutely correct, last week I flew with Brussels Airlines: no APU during boarding and packs off so no air conditioning for take off. :roll:
It looks like airlines don’t care about their passengers health.

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Poiu wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 17:49
Passenger wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 17:03
Airlines should avoid such incidents to avoid a full flight ban.
Absolutely correct, last week I flew with Brussels Airlines: no APU during boarding and packs off so no air conditioning for take off. :roll:
It looks like airlines don’t care about their passengers health.
Not all airlines. One of our customer received complains, because no food were served during the flights** (the airline operates only short flights) and because the airline accepts only surgical mask. So ok, some airlines are doing bad things, but others respect rules, but some passengers are not happy :roll:

**Anyway the company which provides them catering at Paris CDG has suspended operations, since the lockdown, because, they don't have enough flights.

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rwandan-flyer wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 21:16
Not all airlines.
Indeed, I meant some airlines.

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Airbus says the current market situation has led to a slight adjustment in the A350 rate from six to five aircraft a month for now. On the A220, the FAL in Mirabel is expected to progressively return to pre-COVID levels at rate four. At the end of June 2020, around 145 commercial aircraft could not be delivered due to COVID-19.

Blue Islands has announced the restart of its UK inter-island services from 06 August 2020.

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said he was “hopeful” that demand for new aircraft, devastated by the pandemic, would start rebounding in 2H 2021.

British Airways further delays planned short-haul service resumption out of London Gatwick to 09 November 2020.

Cebu Pacific has confirmed service resumption for Osaka, Seoul, and Tokyo in early August 2020, with Dubai to follow.

GoAir may retire 12 A320s earlier than scheduled as part of its cost-cutting measure. Lessors of at least seven of these aircraft are demanded a balloon payment as a result, despite the carrier asking to swap to A320neos.

Turkish Airlines is planning to cut pilots’ wages in half, lowering other paychecks and possibly restructure their payment scheme.

Cape Verde and Portugal resume essential weekly flights from 01 August 2020, following the announcement of the creation of the air corridor between the two countries.

Romania’s government plans about €125 million in state aid to Tarom and Blue Air. In turn, the state may opt to become a shareholder in Blue Air, who will restructure €100 million worth of debt. Also, Tarom drafted a restructuring plan, which needs EU approval.
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Irish lessor AerCap expects that Boeing and Airbus will announce further production cuts in the coming months as the supply/demand equilibrium balances out with the return of demand.

AerCap has seen 950 aircraft retirements announced so far in 2020, equivalent to 4.5% of the world’s fleet, but over 5% of global seats, AerCap has rescheduled the delivery of over 100 aircraft that were originally expected to deliver in 2020-2022, which has reduced cash CapEx in 2020 and 2021 by a total of US$5.3 billion.

Austrian Airlines removed flights to Shanghai and Tel Aviv from its program for August 2020 due to entry regulations. The carrier will resume flights to Bucharest, Chicago, Pristina, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Cairo, Kiev, London, Podgorica, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Tirana, and Varna.

Blue Islands is restarting flights from Bristol Airport to Jersey from 03 August 2020.

IAG will see total fleet deliveries reduced by 68-75 aircraft between 2020 and 2022 through deferrals and cancellations, and further fleet retirement has been implemented, including the retirement of 53 long haul aircraft by the end of 202. IAG maintains the flexibility to return additional leased aircraft in 2021 (42 aircraft) and 2022 (54 aircraft).

French government will continue to support Air France without “any ambiguity”, not excluding if necessary an increase in capital.
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Kuwait bans travel from high risk countries https://www.arabnews.com/node/1713126/middle-east

The back and forth game corona is playing with society is becoming hilarious.

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Delta statement to CNN: “Flight 1227 from Detroit to Atlanta returned to the gate following two customers who were non-compliant with crew instructions. After a short delay, the aircraft departed to Atlanta.”
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Kigali airport reopens and RwandAir takes off again on 1 August
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/rwan ... -1-august/
After stopping the flights for 4 months, RwandAir resumed its flights from Kigali. The first flight performed is Kigali-Dubai, which is surely their most profitable line in the network and which should celebrate its 10th anniversary at the end of 2020. Subsequently, Douala, Libreville, Brazzaville, Lusaka, Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam and Kilimanjaro should be relaunched. . On hold, Accra, Dakar, Guangzhou and Abidjan. Flights to Burundi, Uganda, South Sudan, Nigeria, DR Congo, South Africa, India, Zimbabwe, Israel, Brussels, are suspended. For London, the company operates on Heathrow, despite the reopening of Gatwick. Heathrow and Brussels, it's cargo and repatriation

RwandAir returns to the skies

https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/rwandair-returns-skies

Rwanda has given a list of hotels in Kigali, where people must isolate themselves, on arrival, while awaiting test results. The conditions are strict https://www.rbc.gov.rw/fileadmin/user_u ... Rwanda.pdf

The first foreign company to land in Rwanda is Kenya Airways. Chance, as in 1994, after the Genocide, it was Kenya Airways which was the first company to land in Kigali, in September 1994. For the other companies, all the companies which serve Kigali, will return: Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Brussels Airlines, Turkish Airlines will return this month. Egytpair should return, in September 2020 (not bad for an open line, a little over a year ago). JamboJet (the low cost of Kenya Airways), will delay the resumption of its flights to Kigali (again, it is an open line, a few months ago)

Project question. Work at Kigali airport continues (they had started long before the Covid19), surely to compensate for the delay of New Bugesera International Airport, whose project has been modified

Kigali International Airport expansion underway

https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/kigali- ... n-underway

It's hard to know, the consequences of the aviation crisis in Rwanda. Although the airline was growing, RwandAir did not post profits, but the Rwanda Gov was behind. For Rwanda, the objective was above all to have an airline that would open up the country. Profits come later. He also injected 150M USD during the crisis. RwandAir has 2 A33Neo on order, but delivery has been delayed several times (well before covid19), while the 2 B737Max8 will have to wait. The 4 planes are painted and are stored in Toulouse, Châteauroux, for the A330s and San Antonio, for the 737Max. She also had to order an A321LR. I don't know if the government is going to put conditions on RwandAir. In my opinion, the company will have to restructure

Qatar Airways has confirmed that it will take 49% of RwandAir's capital and co-manage the new Kigali airport.

European (Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Air France, KLM, Turkish Airlines, TAP), African (Ethiopian, Kenya Airways or SAA) and Middle Eastern (Emirates, Ethiad) airlines are restructuring. To see if some companies will suspend lines of little or no profit in Africa. Qatar Airways will suddenly have the opportunity to land at milestones, in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, as soon as things start to move again (a little)

Qatar Airways ’RwandAir Stake - Everything You Need To Know

https://simpleflying.com/qatar-airways-rwandair-stake/

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sn26567 wrote:
31 Jul 2020, 16:32
Daily review:

French government will continue to support Air France without “any ambiguity”, not excluding if necessary an increase in capital.
More and more people in France, are thinking, that Air France won't be able to pay its loan. Furthemore, B Smith said last Friday, that will be cut more capacity, if the recovery is too low.

For Septembre and October 2020, the airline has already reduced capacity on domestic flights, from Orly. From Orly, AF won't resume Bordeaux, Lyon, Basel and Clermont Ferrand services . About Clermont Ferrand, Amelia will replace Air France, the ORY-CFE service. Air France will also end Lyon-Metz Nancy service (replaced by Twinjet) and Lyon-Lorient.

On saturday, on some destinations, from Orly, Air France will operate only 2 flights a day to Brest or Perpignan. 3 flights a day to Montpellier, 6 to Marseille. From Lyon, many domestic flights won't be operated on Saturday. Saturday is not the busiest days in the week, but capacity provided by Air France are very low.

"In July, the fill rate of Air France planes was 76% on domestic flights but only 47% on long-haul. Sorry i don't have subscription, for Le Figaro

These small regional airports that will no longer be served by Air France https://translate.google.fr/translate?h ... e-20200731

UPDATE 1-Air France-KLM ready for more network cuts if recovery lags

PARIS, July 31 (Reuters) - Air France-KLM is ready to cut capacity by more than the previously announced 20% if the coronavirus recovery falls short of expectations, Chief Executive Ben Smith said on Friday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/air-fra ... SL5N2F22IN
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Not surprisingly, as recovery is slow indeed.

Confidence remains low. From IATA's last survey (June 2020):
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Top concerns around contracting COVID
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On board the aircraft:
65% Sitting next to someone who might be infected
42% Using restroom /toilet facilities
37% Breathing the air in the plane

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Aer Lingus
is considering compulsory redundancies and is reviewing its operations in Cork and Shannon. Job cuts “will be implemented on a voluntary basis if possible, but on a compulsory basis if necessary.” Aer Lingus workers who fear for their jobs called on the government to aid the airline in the face of travel restrictions and the pandemic.

Air Canada is fed up with the Canadian government’s travel restrictions and is threatening to cancel its order for the made-in-Canada A220 to get them eased.

Air Mauritius let go of 137 employees as part of its restructuring amid the pandemic.

Arkia is considering keeping its fleet grounded until April 2021. The carrier has already returned one A321neo, serial 8830, back to the lessor.

ASKY of Togo announced the resumption of its flights this week to 20 African capitals, including Abidjan, Bamako, Bangui, Bissau, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar, Douala, Freetown, Libreville, Lome, Monrovia, N’Djamena, Niamey, Ouagadougou, and Yaounde.

Cathay Pacific said it will offer a voluntary scheme to its Hong Kong-based pilots who are approaching retirement age to leave the group early, in a continued effort to cut costs amid the pandemic.

Kuwait Airways has shelved plans to resume flights to Sarajevo due to new travel restrictions.

LATAM is laying off at least 2,700 crew to cope with the effects of the pandemic, after failing to reach a deal with the aviation workers’ union on reducing pay.

Republic Airways is set to furlough 300 employees in Indianapolis beginning in October 2020.

Ryanair has initiated legal proceedings against Ireland, questioning the legality of travel restrictions that have kept a quarantine policy in place for all but 15 countries.

Spirit AeroSystems will further reduce employment at its facility in Wichita, as a result of the most recent rate reduction on the B737 MAX and the ongoing global pandemic.

Thai Airways International postponed planned service resumption for scheduled flights until 01 October 2020.

United Airlines plans to resume service on nearly 30 international routes in September 2020, including flights to Asia, India, Australia, Israel, Latin America, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico. The airline intends to fly 37% of its overall schedule in September, year-on-year.

US
has turned down a request by China-based airlines to increase the number of flights between the two countries on the grounds that Beijing refuses to allow American flights to the capital.
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