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30 Apr 2020, 10:17
Open letter from the Belgian aviation society (at BRU): SOS !

https://www.tijd.be/opinie/algemeen/SOS ... t/10224033

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Why didn't the CEOs of Air Antwerp and Air Belgium, and those of ANR, CRL, LGG, OST sign this letter? Then it would really be representing the whole Belgian aviation industry.

It's not only BRU that needs to be saved, but the entire Belgian aviation industry.
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sn26567 wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 11:02
Passenger wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 10:17
Open letter from the Belgian aviation society (at BRU): SOS !
https://www.tijd.be/opinie/algemeen/SOS ... t/10224033
(update with content: soon...)
Why didn't the CEOs of Air Antwerp and Air Belgium, and those of ANR, CRL, LGG, OST sign this letter? Then it would really be representing the whole Belgian aviation industry.

It's not only BRU that needs to be saved, but the entire Belgian aviation industry.
Maybe because the regional airports are state-owned airports? ("state-owned": by the regional governments).
Maybe because CRL and LGG have already been served by the Walloon government? See:
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/pressco ... /IP_20_645

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Passenger wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 13:40
sn26567 wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 11:02
Passenger wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 10:17
Open letter from the Belgian aviation society (at BRU): SOS !
https://www.tijd.be/opinie/algemeen/SOS ... t/10224033
(update with content: soon...)
Why didn't the CEOs of Air Antwerp and Air Belgium, and those of ANR, CRL, LGG, OST sign this letter? Then it would really be representing the whole Belgian aviation industry.

It's not only BRU that needs to be saved, but the entire Belgian aviation industry.
Maybe because the regional airports are state-owned airports? ("state-owned": by the regional governments).
Maybe because CRL and LGG have already been served by the Walloon government? See:
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/pressco ... /IP_20_645
Air Antwerp is not a Belgian company!
Ryanair could also be there then.
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lumumba wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 14:33
Passenger wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 13:40
sn26567 wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 11:02


Why didn't the CEOs of Air Antwerp and Air Belgium, and those of ANR, CRL, LGG, OST sign this letter? Then it would really be representing the whole Belgian aviation industry.

It's not only BRU that needs to be saved, but the entire Belgian aviation industry.
Maybe because the regional airports are state-owned airports? ("state-owned": by the regional governments).
Maybe because CRL and LGG have already been served by the Walloon government? See:
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/pressco ... /IP_20_645
Air Antwerp is not a Belgian company!
Ryanair could also be there then.
Following your criteria SN isn't more of a Belgian company. You can consider an airline Belgian when most of its activity are in Belgium, AOC & aircraft registration are in Belgium, most jobs in Belgium, enz.

Who cares if it is owned by a foreign group? At least I don't. As long as the state aid isn't spread within the group, but stays within the Belgian branch.

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Ge203 wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 14:45
lumumba wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 14:33
Passenger wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 13:40

Maybe because the regional airports are state-owned airports? ("state-owned": by the regional governments).
Maybe because CRL and LGG have already been served by the Walloon government? See:
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/pressco ... /IP_20_645
Air Antwerp is not a Belgian company!
Ryanair could also be there then.
Following your criteria SN isn't more of a Belgian company. You can consider an airline Belgian when most of its activity are in Belgium, AOC & aircraft registration are in Belgium, most jobs in Belgium, enz.

Who cares if it is owned by a foreign group? At least I don't. As long as the state aid isn't spread within the group, but stays within the Belgian branch.
You make a point.
But I'm not sure that it's considered strategic.
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Daily review:

Aeromexico plans to progressively resume its international operations from 01 May 2020, with the reopening of routes to Madrid, Vancouver and Sao Paulo, while flights to the US will have to wait until June 2020.

Air Europa is preparing to resume operations from 01 June 2020, as long as travel restrictions are eased.

Air France will only receive €7 billion in state aid on condition that it maps out a path to profitability and sets the goal of becoming the most environmentally friendly carrier in the world. Domestic flights will also have to be cut if a train alternative lasting less than 2.5 hours exists.

Air Seychelles to resume its domestic operations between Mahe and Praslin, effective 04 May 2020, following the removal of all restrictions on the movement of Seychellois citizens due to the pandemic.

AirAsia resumed its scheduled domestic flights in Malaysia, and will be followed by Thailand on 01 May, the Philippines 16 May 2020, and Indonesia 07 May 2020 subject to approval from the authorities.

Airbus is in talks with the French state regarding possible support for aircraft deliveries, even though it has no liquidity problems at present.

ANA All Nippon Airways is open to supporting Skymark (Japan) and Air Do (Japan) through the pandemic.

ANA will delay the delivery of aircraft to help soften the financial blow from the coronavirus. ANA plans to receive 13 aircraft in the current fiscal year, but is shifting receipt of the A380 and the B787 from the 1H to 2H. Aircraft due in 2H will be shifted into the next fiscal year, with the B777X delayed as well.

ANA will embark on US$935 million worth of cost-cutting in April and May 2020, and will seek to keep jobs off the chopping block. A complete recovery will likely be pushed back into fiscal 2021. ANA had $2.33 billion in ready liquidity at the end of March and anticipate $8.9 billion in short-term funds. There will be no government guarantees in its cash flow.

Avianca Holdings has been negotiating with the Colombian government for US$50 million in financial aid to save the airline. The company is open to the transfer of shares.

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun told employees that the largest US planemaker is reducing the size of its workforce by about 10% amid a steep fall in travel demand due to the pandemic.

Bulgaria Air to resume its flights from Sofia to London from 01 May 2020.

Comair is now expecting to only resume operations in either October or November 2020. Comair is lobbying the state for aid.

Etihad won’t now resume normal scheduled passenger services until 16 June 2020 at the earliest after the airline closed all online bookings for May and early June.

GECAS says it’s better positioned today versus prior downturns in asset quality, customer concentration, geographic diversity. The lessor is managing deferrals and preparing for lease restructurings, repossessions, & redeployments, with 75-80% of its customer base seeking short-term deferrals.

IAG aims to steer clear of state bailouts, hoping it will leave it in a better position when the crisis is over.

Jazeera Airways has laid off over a third of its staff and can dip into its cash reserves to get through the crisis. The carrier is not seeking state aid.

Malaysia Airlines is working closely with sole shareholder Khazanah Nasional for financial support while also taking steps to defend its cash position to sustain business during the crisis.

Philippine Airlines revised planned service resumption on Cebu – Los Angeles route until 02 June 2020, with B777-300ER.

Thai Airways International plans to seek a US$1.8 billion emergency loan to maintain liquidity and see it through a drop in demand. After the loan, the carrier plans to raise $2.3 billion baht in capital by issuing new shares around November, and use the proceeds to pay off the loan plus interest as well as to maintain liquidity.

Tunisair confirmed it is preparing a restructuring plan to face the effects of the pandemic, but also the withholding of 50% of salaries.

Viva Air Colombia is seeking a bridge loan from the government to overcome the crisis, as liquidity is low.

Wingo is seeking support from the Colombia government to guarantee loans to ensure smooth operations amid the crisis.

Austria (like Belgium) might demand a stake in Lufthansa in exchange for granting emergency aid to Austrian Airlines.

Philippine airlines are asking Congress to pass a law that would provide the industry financial support and wage subsidies as losses due to the pandemic reach US$376 million. Banks have cut off access to unused credit lines.

Singapore’s government would ensure that national carrier Singapore Airlines survives the crisis, but warned that the economy would have to open up slowly and some jobs would disappear forever.

South Korea is considering further financial support for airlines hit by the outbreak on the condition that they push for self-help measures and keep their workforce.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he isn’t considering providing additional money to help airlines reeling from the impact of the pandemic.

Zambia government says the pandemic will affect the launch and operationalisation of Zambian Airways. No new launch date was set
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If I understood well Lufthansa will not fly before October!!!!!
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Azul has received default notices on some of its leased aircraft, after failing to renegotiate lease terms due to the crisis. The carrier was working on a deal and believes it will be able to reach “satisfactory agreements” on them.

Boeing announces bond offering which includes debt instruments with a staggering aggregate principal amount of US$25 billion (!) across seven tranches with maturities ranging from three to 40 years. Boeing does not plan to seek additional funding through the capital markets or the US government options at this time.

Boliviana de Aviation has managed to postpone lease payments for three months and is now negotiating with each of the lessors to reduce the cost or suspend payment for as long as the aircraft are not operating.

Czech Airlines plans to return its leased A330-300, serial 425, in October 2020. The carrier’s Seoul flights not expected to resume until the end of 2020

EasyJet Switzerland should be able to cover its liquidity needs via its parent company, says the Swiss government which at the same time provided an important loan to Swiss and Edelweiss.

Iberia and Vueling have signed syndicated financing agreements for €800 million and €275 million respectively, pending government guarantees for these loans. The financing arrangements have a five-year term, amortising from 30 April 2023. They contain a number of non-financial covenants.

Jetstar Asia will further suspend scheduled services until 31 May 2020 due to travel restrictions.

LOT Polish Airlines extended the suspension of flights until 31 May 2020, following the Polish government’s decision.

Lufthansa pilots are ready to sacrifice up to 45% of their salaries for more than two years to help cut costs. The concessions amount to more than €350 million and make a significant contribution to the viability of the company.

Sun Country Airlines CEO Jude Bricker confirms the airline is negotiating lease payment deferrals for its B737s.

TransNusa has decided to extend the temporary suspension of services until 31 May 2020.

Tus Airways suspended all operations on 23 March 2020 following government travel restrictions.

WestJet has reached an agreement with the ALPA union, to save more than 1,000 pilot jobs at WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop amidst the crisis.

Wizz Air announced that several routes to and from Romania remain suspended due to the prolonging of existing travel restrictions until mid-May 2020.

Germany’s government has set out a unified position on a bailout for Lufthansa, with the airline group expected to accept a significant state stake and veto rights in exchange for a multibillion-euro package of assistance. Germany may seek a 25% stake in the carrier.

Kazakh airlines made their first regular domestic flights in more than a month on 01 May 2020, with rows of passengers seated alongside empty middle seats.

Serbia will consider buying new aircraft for Air Serbia and purchasing back the 49% stake held by Etihad.
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01 May 2020, 20:57

EasyJet Switzerland should be able to cover its liquidity needs via its parent company, says the Swiss government which at the same time provided an important loan to Swiss and Edelweiss.

Very strange discrimination, if true!
Level playing fields anyone?

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Poiu wrote:
01 May 2020, 22:00
sn26567 wrote:
01 May 2020, 20:57

EasyJet Switzerland should be able to cover its liquidity needs via its parent company, says the Swiss government which at the same time provided an important loan to Swiss and Edelweiss.
Very strange discrimination, if true!
Level playing fields anyone?
The explanations of the Swiss Government:
  • The liquidity needs of Swiss and Edelweiss are estimated to be around CHF 1.5 billion up to the end of 2020. This liquidity shortfall is to be made up by a consortium of banks with the help of COVID plus credits. 85% of the funds drawn down, but no more than CHF 1.275 billion, should be secured by federal guarantees. The conditions for the granting of federal assistance announced on 8 April 2020 can be met. A holding in Swiss or Edelweiss is not envisaged, as the success of Swiss and Edelweiss is essentially linked to their significant integration into Lufthansa Group. However, the loans will be secured by Swiss and Edelweiss shares.
  • easyJet Switzerland should be able to cover its liquidity needs via its parent company. Therefore, the conditions for a subsidiary federal commitment are not met at the moment. As its turnover is less than CHF 500 million, easyJet Switzerland also has the option of applying for a COVID bridging credit.
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/easy ... itzerland/

But yes, indeed, the 500 million CHF turnover limit seems to have been selected so as to include SWISS and Edelweiss and to exclude easyJet Switzerland.
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The titel about Lufthansa should be we will fly with a part of our fleet this summer.
They will not keep all there planes on the ground till October I had a contact with my travel agent and normally Africa and South America will be served that's good news.
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3,200 employees in long term unemployment at Broughton factory of Airbus.
Frankfurt - Bristol route, which was to be launched by Lufthansa in March is postponed.

Aer Lingus extends its free rebooking until end July.

Corsair to fly from Chennai to Paris CDG on 6 May.

CityJet lost its contract with Aer Lingus on the DUB-LCY route..
Air Caraibes A333 transfered from Orly to Châteauroux.

Antonov 225 landed at Montréal-Mirabel.

Embraer 145 HOP! retired.

Lufthansa pilots agree to decrease their salaries by 45% during 2 years to help the airline.

ASL Airlines France flew with a B737-700 to El Calafete, Argentina, and back to Paris CDG, via Iguazú and Cabo Verde.
Maleth Aero A346 with "Thank you NHS" livery flew from Kuala Lumpur to Budapest.

Paris Orly should be closed until fall 2020 (and worse for CRL?)
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As mentioned before there are still a few PAX-flights operating to/from BRU; (e.g; FCO,FRA,DUB,TUN,ATH,HEL,DXB,DOH,..)
Is there any info on :
- 'loadfactor' on these flights during the past weeks?
- any specific procedure passengers have to follow upon departure/arrival? (gov./airport and/or airline imposed)
- what kind of passengers are on board after all..? government-related, staff of NGO's,IO's, crew of other airlines, some stranded belgian tourists who finally reach back their home country,...?
Just wondering. :?

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FLYAIR10 wrote:
04 May 2020, 12:54
As mentioned before there are still a few PAX-flights operating to/from BRU; (e.g; FCO,FRA,DUB,TUN,ATH,HEL,DXB,DOH,..)
Is there any info on :
- 'loadfactor' on these flights during the past weeks?
- any specific procedure passengers have to follow upon departure/arrival? (gov./airport and/or airline imposed)
- what kind of passengers are on board after all..? government-related, staff of NGO's,IO's, crew of other airlines, some stranded belgian tourists who finally reach back their home country,...?
Just wondering. :?
DXB by EK is most of the time a cargo charter flight although it is using the pax flight number.

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FLYAIR10 wrote:
04 May 2020, 12:54
As mentioned before there are still a few PAX-flights operating to/from BRU; (e.g; FCO,FRA,DUB,TUN,ATH,HEL,DXB,DOH,..)
Is there any info on :
- 'loadfactor' on these flights during the past weeks?
- any specific procedure passengers have to follow upon departure/arrival? (gov./airport and/or airline imposed)
- what kind of passengers are on board after all..? government-related, staff of NGO's,IO's, crew of other airlines, some stranded belgian tourists who finally reach back their home country,...?
Just wondering. :?
For departures, it's simple: all departures are from Pier B, with a police control. Police will ask passengers to show that their flight is essential. Belgians are not allowed to leave the country, but for exceptional reasons (international organisations, government, etc.). Foreigners are allowed to return to their country.

Daily review:

Aer Lingus has told unions it is seeking staff cuts of around 20% due to the pandemic. The cut represents around 800-900 staff, with management promising to offer a voluntary redundancy program.

Air Canada expects to reduce 2Q 2020 capacity by 85 to 90% yoy, with 3Q capacity expected to be reduced by approximately 75% yoy.

Air Canada is accelerating the retirement of 79 older aircraft from its fleet – B767, A319 and E190 aircraft, with the Embraer aircraft exiting the fleet immediately.

Air Canada's US$517 million purchase of Transat AT is fueling jitters among some investors who would like to see the deal renegotiated with the aviation industry in turmoil.

Air India may partially resume its operations by mid-May 2020 as the carrier asks pilots and cabin crew to prepare to resume operations once lockdown ends.

Air Namibia will start flying again locally effective 06 May 2020. International flights remain suspended until further notice.

Airbus Canada Limited Partnership and Pratt & Whitney Canada to lay off a total of nearly 700 workers in Quebec, in separate instances.

Copa Airlines workers received their termination letter due to the crisis, with more likely to take various options, including retirement or contracts.

Croatia Airlines plans to resume domestic service on 11 May 2020 beginning with flights from Zagreb to Dubrovnik and Split.

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada has started a phased return to work of employees and a measured resumption of activities. In the first phase, approximately 100 employees have returned to work and DHC is focused on resuming pre-flight activities and delivery of DHC8-400 aircraft.

Embraer may obtain credit lines between US$1 billion and $1.5 billion from BNDES, and other lenders after a deal to sell its commercial aircraft division fell through. Proceeds from the loan would be used as working capital and export finance. Embraer may also be included in a relief program for national airlines.

Engine manufacturer GE Aviation is cutting roughly 13,000 jobs, or 25% of the workforce, as the parent company expands its planned cost-cutting efforts as the pandemic cripples the aviation industry.

GOL says it has enough cash to keep the airline afloat until the end of 2020 and still have significant reserves leftover, despite the crisis.

Icelandair Group says preliminary 1Q 2020 results indicate revenues fell by 16% between years to US$209 million. The carrier expects a goodwill pandemic-related impairment of approximately $115 million, while fuel hedges hit of $51 million on the EBIT results estimated at negative $208 million.

Lufthansa executive Kemal Gecer says the global airline industry will not be able to fully recover from the coronavirus crisis until 2022, as no major country would dare to open its international borders amid the pandemic.

Lufthansa pilots agreed to take a 45% pay cut over the next two years, a decision that will help the carrier save about US$374 million over the next two years.

Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Holdings is planning to slash up to 8,000 jobs as part of a restructuring plan, which would shrink the company’s workforce of 52,000 by up to 15%.

Spirit AeroSystems will reduce employment by 1,450 at sites supporting commercial programs a result of lower demand for commercial aeroplanes. Spirit is also taking other initiatives to lower costs and preserve liquidity, which included raising US$1.2 billion in high yield secured second lien bonds in April 2020.

TAP Air Portugal is expected to receive up to €1 billion in state aid.

United Airlines
began the process by which it could eliminate the jobs of more than a third of its 12,250 pilots as soon as 01 October 2020.

United Airlines confirms its May 2020 schedule is down 90% and expects the same in June.

United Airlines to now take 40 B737 MAX by end of 2021, less than half of previous plans. For 2020, eight B787-9s will still deliver, with eight -10s in 2021. The carrier will decide on any retirements of its fleet when it has a better view of the recovery process.

Colombia’s government opened the door to a purchase of shares in Avianca, who is having difficulties staying afloat in the face of the pandemic. Nothing has yet been decided yet.

Portugal’s plan to fly aircraft at two-thirds capacity as a measure during the pandemic was rejected by the European Commission, as Portugal needs a European decision on plane occupancy and it has to balance the need for passenger protection against ‘economic balance’.
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News from South Africa: Comair (= a British Airways franchisee in SA) and its lowcost carrier Kulula.com ask protection against creditors via the South African Business Rescue program.

https://www.fin24.com/Companies/Industr ... e-20200505

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Daily review:

Africa World Airlines is calling for additional support measures from the government of Ghana. The carrier wants the state to abolish taxes on the importation of aircraft and its spare parts.

Air Austral reports the continued suspension of Mayotte – Paris commercial flights until 31 May 2020 due to travel restrictions.

Corsair International may obtain financial assistance from the state, provided that its shareholders participate in the effort.

Croatia Airlines has suspended plans to launch seasonal flights from Zagreb to Sofia and Podgorica in 2020. The full domestic network is expected to restart by 18 May 2020.

IndiGo has further suspended the operation of all its scheduled commercial international and domestic flights until 17 May 2020, due to government travel restrictions.

LATAM Colombia asks the government to grant it loans with a grace period, as 100% of its aircraft in the country are grounded.

Qantas Group will now extend existing domestic and Trans-Tasman flight cancellations beyond end-May 2020 through to the end of June 2020. International flight cancellations will be extended through to end-July 2020.

Qantas has halted its plans for non-stop flights to London, Paris and New York due to uncertainty over demand in a post-coronavirus world.

Ryanair Holdings asked EU judges to cancel its approval of Sweden’s €450 million loan guarantees for airlines, the first of several potential lawsuits targeting European governments’ efforts to rescue selected airlines hit by a collapse in air traffic.

United Airlines plans to cut at least 3,400 management and administrative positions in October 2020 as the pandemic crushes air travel demand, and has told pilots to brace for changes as well.

United Airlines labour union says it is moving towards a suit charging that management illegally plans to furlough workers on 24 May 2020 after accepting a CARES Act grant that forbids furloughs before 01 October 2020.

United Airlines will stop operating all B757s and B767-400 and only operate some B767-300s, while the B787 becomes the “workhorse” of the international fleet.

Croatian
government plans to assist Croatia Airlines in overcoming the financial fallout of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. After that, we will resume the process of seeking out a strategic partner.

Spain’s transport ministry is seeking to help airlines tap bank state-backed loans but more help may be needed.

Thailand’s government is ready to back a rescue package for Thai Airways International, but it will entail a full restructuring and there will be no second chances, says the prime minister.
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Lessor AerCap said it had boosted liquidity and reduced capital spending for 2020 by postponing jet deliveries, while withdrawing its full-year outlook. The lessor announced it had US$11 billion in liquidity to help ride out the crisis.

Aerolineas Argentinas and subsidiary Austral to begin the process of merging, to benefit from synergies in the wake of the pandemic. The merger aims to be concluded by end of 2020.

Air Greenland to cut 20% of its staff as part of a savings plan to get the airline safe through the crisis. The carrier is looking to save $32.7 million.

Airlines for America (A4A) says US airlines are collectively burning more than US$10 billion in cash per month and averaging fewer than two dozen passengers per domestic flight in the wake of the pandemic.

Alaska Airlines has determined that at least 12 mainline aircraft would be permanently parked, including 10 A319s and two leased A320s.

Lessor Avolon received requests for payment relief from more than 80% of its current owned and managed customer base. These lessees account for more than 90% of annualized contracted rental cash flow of the current owned and managed fleet. Avolon agreed to a number of rent deferral arrangements for an average of three months.

Ethiopian Airlines Group is prepared to come to the rescue of stricken carriers around Africa, with talks underway with Mauritius and South Africa.

JetBlue and Spirit Airlines allowed to halt some flights through 30 September 2020 amid the massive travel fall-off due to the pandemic.

Turkish Airlines has drafted a flight plan for June, July, and August 2020. The carrier will resume domestic flights in June and reintroduce international flights gradually.

Uzbekistan Airways to close down its ticket sales across its entire service offering for both domestic and international travel, until 30 June 2020 due to travel restrictions.
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My messages reflect my personal opinion which may be different than yours. I beleive a forum is made to create a debate so I encourage people to express themselves, the way they want, with the ideas they want. I expect the same understanding in return.

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IAG CEO Willie Walsh (like Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary a few days ago) says it's not possible to do social distancing on an aircraft. Measures will have to involve face masks and disinfection. IAG won't fly with an empty middle seat.
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