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British Airways retires it’s 31 B747’s with immediate effect :(

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sean1982 wrote:
17 Jul 2020, 11:43
British Airways retires it’s 31 B747’s with immediate effect :(
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/inte ... 747-fleet/
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Air Malta is currently only using three of its 10 aircraft to service 22 destinations in summer 2020, as the airline was struggling to fill seats, with passenger bookings standing at around 63% in July 2020.

Jazeera Airways closes reservation for its planned resumption of its Kuwait City – London Gatwick route on 01 August 2020.

Moody’s says the airline sector unlikely to see a fully recover before 2023, as it faces deep structural change. Most airlines will carry substantially more debt in 2023.

Spirit Airlines will operate an average of 380 daily flights in August 2020, 64% of what it flew in August 2019. If demand does not return, the carrier could reduce its workforce.

SR Technics to cut a range of services, including design engineering solutions and component services, with job cuts on the line. The company also secured a new €110 million bank loan to cope with the impact from the pandemic.

TUI Airways has been able to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and resulting travel restrictions by dropping its wet lease agreements and negotiating on its orders of the grounded B737 MAX.

United Airlines and its pilots’ union said they had reached an agreement on two different packages aimed at reducing involuntary furloughs in the fall and keeping pilots at the ready once demand starts to pick up.

Volaris says the seven aircraft already in manufacturing as of the beginning of the pandemic will be delivered in 2020. The current intention going forward is to freeze net fleet growth in 2021-23.
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Icelandair fires all flights attendants, Replaced By Pilots, aftet talks with unions failed

FAs will be temporarily replaced by Pilots, from 20 July 2020

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Aer Lingus to place a new A330 in storage in Spain due to the downturn. It will join two other A330s in long-term storage.

BNDES may now provide the financial aid promised by the government of Brazil to airlines in September 2020. Negotiations with GOL and Azul are ongoing.

IndiGo will lay off 10% of its staff as the pandemic has forced it to re-evaluate its plans.

Israir will be laying 245 of its 420 employees on leave until the end of February 2021. The carrier has also taken out a US$40.6 million loan from two banks to help him get through the crisis.

Kenya Airways has resumed domestic flights on 15 July 2020. International flights will resume pending the performance of the domestic routes.

Rolls-Royce Holdings has reached an agreement with unions on up to 700 UK job cuts in 2020, with the rest of its planned downsizing made up by employees taking voluntary buyouts.

India has agreed to allow US air carriers to resume passenger services in the US-India market starting 23 July 2020.
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Air Algerie Incurs USD130 Million Loss Due to COVID-19

Algerian Finance Minister Ayman bin Abdul Rahman said that Air Algerie has incurred losses estimated at USD130 million due to the suspension of flights during the coronavirus pandemic.

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AerCap reports it continues to see strong traffic recovery in Europe, a steady rise in daily flights in China, and a levelling of activity in the US in the last two weeks.

Azul is close to finding a market solution to overcome the crisis brought about by the new pandemic. The airline is still waiting for the promised bailout from the government through BNDES.

Etihad drops another 400 pilots as another round of job cuts was announced.

Korean Air
is seeking to convert some of its passenger jets into cargo planes to keep the business afloat. The carrier will remove seats from next month on some of its 26 B777-300ER passenger jets and fill them with cargo.

Southwest Airlines says close to 17,000 employees or about 28% of the workforce has signed up for partially paid extended leaves of absence or outright buyouts.

Volaris plans to operate at 70% of capacity since August 2020 after a gradual recovery in demand.

Panama decided to extend the deadline for reopening its borders for another 30 days until 22 August 2020. The measure directly affects the resumption of operations by Copa Airlines and other companies.
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TAAG Angola lowers its share capital by more than 80%

TAAG Linhas Aéreas de Angola's share capital will undergo a real slimming cure. According to Novo Jornal , the Angolan president signed on July 17, 2020, a decree reducing the capital of the Angolan national company. João Lourenço's administrative act provides for it to increase from 700 billion kwanzas ($ 1.2 billion) to 127 billion kwanzas ($ 227 million).

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Aerolineas Argentinas plans to resume domestic operations in August 2020 out of Cordoba with five Embraer aircraft. Aerolineas Argentinas will continued to be supported by the government, who is making “an enormous effort” to keep the company running due to the need for the country to have a flag carrier.

Cathay Pacific had reached agreement with Airbus to delay the delivery of A350s and A321neos and was in advanced talks with Boeing about deferring its B777-9 orders. The A350s are now scheduled for 2020-2023 and A321neos to now arrive from 2020-2025.

Cebu Pacific Air is relocating nine Airbus aircraft to Alice Springs, Australia, for what seems to be long-term storage. The carrier sent off all of its seven A321s and two A330-300s.

LOT Polish Airlines is taking steps to implement long-term solutions rationalising the cost of remuneration, as well as including the mechanisms offered by the anti-crisis shield.

Royal Air Maroc may sell 50% of its assets, including aircraft and land, to restore itself to financial health amid the industry crisis.

TAROM suspends routes between Romania and Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Moldova, Serbia, Turkey, Sweden, Portugal, Israel and the UAE until 15 August 2020, due to travel restrictions.

Congo DR to resume domestic and international flights from 15 August 2020.

Nigeria may reopen its airports for international flights in, or before, October 2020 after being forced to shut as a result of the pandemic.

US and European airlines wrote to the White House and EU, urging co-ordinated coronavirus testing to restore transatlantic flights.
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Air Senegal plans to resume additional International service as of 22 July 2020, from Dakar to Abidjan, Bamako, Conakry, and Nouakchott.

Air Transat will resume flights from Toronto to London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow on 24 July 2020 with A321LRs.

KLM European network will grow in the coming months from 72 destinations in July to 91 destinations in August, September and October 2020. The number of intercontinental destinations will increase from 51 in July, to 59 in August and 61 in September and October.

Neos resumed Milan Malpensa – Nanjing route from 09 July 2020, with B787-9.

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resumed all domestic flights on 22 July 2020. The resumption of international flights will take place after October 2020.

Qatar Airways to resume services to Cebu and Guangzhou. By the end of July 2020, the airline’s network will expand to over 450 weekly flights to more than 70 destinations with the additions.

Royal Air Maroc will lay off around 750 people, in addition to the 150 who responded favourably to the voluntary departure plan proposed by the airline.

Spirit Airlines confirms it entered into an agreement with Airbus to defer certain aircraft deliveries originally scheduled in 2020 and 2021. Twelve aircraft deliveries are now planned for 2020 and a total of 16 in 2021.
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Air Serbia is forced to further adjust its destination network in the coming period. A certain number of destinations will be postponed for a few weeks, while the traffic to certain destinations will be performed with a reduced number of weekly frequencies.

GOL fires KPMG as its external auditor, weeks after it raised red flags about the airline’s internal controls and ability to survive the crisis.
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Based on the first job cuts, there are 400,000 job cuts in airlines around the world since the start of the covid19 epidemic. Subcontractor companies are not taken into account. And we are not yet at the beginning of September .....

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ne ... 140124.cms

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The Netherlands has issued a code orange for Barcelona, number 2 destination for AMS Schiphol Airport (after LHR).
For Brussels Airport, Barcelona and Madrid are almost equally the number 1 destination.

Code orange in the Netherlands means: do not travel for leisure (NL has green-yellow-orange-red).

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AirBaltic must return the state aid of €250 million within 5-7 years, says the European Commission. As a result of the capital injection, the state increased its stake to 91% in the airline.

Copa Airlines was forced again to change the date of resumption of regular operations, this time to 05 September 2020.

Croatia Airlines may be merged with a number of state-owned airports into a holding company, after the pandemic halted the carrier’s privatisation process. The carrier cannot survive in its current form in the long-term, says the government.

EasyJet and British Airways told customers they did not plan to cancel flights over the coming days, after Britain’s government advised against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain due to the pandemic.

HNA Group airlines have opened 95 round-trip routes to tourist destinations across the country to meet summer holiday travel demand.

Star Peru resumed its regular operations on 21 July 2020, after remaining on the ground for almost four months due to the restrictions imposed by the Peruvian government.

Sunwing has pushed back the date for its suspension of operations for all southbound flights to 31 August 2020.

TAP Air Portugal to resume 40% of its pre-crisis operations in September 2020, in a gradual process of resuming flights after passenger demand fell by the pandemic.

Volaris will dispense with 112 pilots, at least for the remainder of 2020, as a result of the crisis experienced by the industry. The carrier will only retain 62 aircraft instead of the 88 that it had planned for the 4Q.

Vueling is preparing to restructure its base and route network to be smaller for several years. The carrier to close four bases in Spain, eliminate some routes and reduce its fleet.

Costa Rica confirmed the opening of international flights from 01 August 2020.

India has amended the accounting standards to provide relief to companies that received concessions on their rentals after the outbreak.The move comes as a huge relief for airlines.

New Caledonia has extended its ban on most commercial international flights for another three months to October 2020 because of the pandemic.

Oman extends its ban on all international and domestic flights until September 2020 at the earliest.

Russia will resume international flights starting 01 August 2020, says Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
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British Airways will resume Pakistan flights from September with a mix of 787 variants, thrice weekly.

Hifly A330-900neo operated Paris-Islamabad repatriation charter for PIA.

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Etihad Airways: Mandatory COVID-19 PCR testing.
"...From 1 August 2020, it will be mandatory to have a COVID-19 PCR test before you fly with Etihad Airways from any worldwide airport outside of Abu Dhabi. Your test must be carried out at an approved medical facility within 96 hours of arriving in Abu Dhabi. You will also need a COVID-19 PCR test if you are travelling from Abu Dhabi to any European Union country, as well as Switzerland and the UK. Your test must be carried out at an approved medical facility in the UAE within 96 hours of your flight. Children under 12 and people with mild and severe disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing..."

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British Airways may face industrial action “with immediate effect”, warns the trade union Unite over a job cut dispute.

EFW has launched a lightweight, robust Cabin Cargo Box for flexible storage concepts. The solution is allowing airlines to boost the cargo capacity in the main cabin to its maximum.

InterCaribbean Airways to resume international flights from 01 August 2020 with limited services already in effect. Cities in Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines will join the network as well.

Jet2 to be cancelling flights from Britain to 10 destinations in Spain on 28 July 2020, after earlier cancelling flights to four destinations.

Wizz Air to restart its Russian routes, with flights from Luton to Moscow and St Petersburg taking off from 15 August 2020.
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Boeing took several decisions with regard to reducing its production:
  • Boeing confirms end of 747 production in 2022,
  • It will reduce 787 rate to 6 per month in 2021 and will study consolidation to a single Everett or North Charleston line,
  • 737 MAX output scales back to 31/mo in 2022, and
  • 777/777X output scales back to 2/mo in 2021 and first delivery postponed to 2022.
British Airways has confirmed that no short-haul flights will operate at London Gatwick until early November. Selected Gatwick short-haul routes will continue to operate from London Heathrow.
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Covid-19 contaminated couple boards Ryanair flight in Manchester
On 16th July 2020, a Türkish couple boarded Ryanair flight FR-1145, operated by Malta Air Boeing 737-800 9H-QAI. During boarding, the 50-year old man and the 45-year old woman already showed first symptoms of the virus: soar throat and coughing. After landing at Berlin Schönefeld, the couple simply drove home to their four children (9-21) and mother-in-law. Only after six days, the went to visit a doctor. The same day, the Berlin Health Service “Gesundheidamt Berlin Spandau” asked Ryanair for the contact details of the other passengers, in order to do the tracking & tracing. Ryanair only replied with a GDPR filtered (thus useless) list of surnames and first names. “There was no feedback”, Gudrun Widders, medical doctor of the Gesundheitsamt Berlin, reported to Bild Zeiting (“Es gab keine Rückmeldung”). Only on 27th July, Ryanair finally provided the full contact details.

A Ryanair spokeswoman said to Aviation24.be: “... We received the request from the Health Department of the Berlin-Spandau District Office on July 22nd and Ryanair responded the same day with the appropriate documentation to release the flight manifest under GDPR regulations. The German health authorities only followed up 5 days later (July 27th) and we supplied the requested passenger details”.

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https://www.bz-berlin.de/berlin/nach-ur ... -alarm-aus

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... ster-visit


Maybe EASA can explain to Ryanair that the EASA Covid-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol (N°2, 30/06/2020), which Ryanair claims it respects, is already in favour of airlines? There is no social distancing required during boarding/deboarding, there is no social distancing required onboard, there is no compulsary deep cleaning required between two flights or after the use of a toilet, the sale of drinks & meals is allowed, …

For the above contamination case, EASA’s Covid 19 protocol clearly overrules the pre-corona GDPR legislation on passengers-ID-protection. Quote from the EASA protocol: “…The purpose of identifying and managing the contacts of probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases is to rapidly identify secondary cases and prevent further spread. Contact tracing is an essential measure to fight the ongoing epidemic of COVID-19, in conjunction with active case finding and testing and the application of other measures such as physical distancing… The rigorous application of contact tracing measures can reduce further transmission and have a major impact on the spread of the outbreak. Contact tracing is crucial during the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic when countries are adjusting their control measures. Passenger locator data should be made available to the public health authorities as soon as possible so that they can initiate contact with exposed passengers. The prompt availability of accurate passenger locator data is extremely important for the success and effectiveness of contact tracing operations. This enables public health authorities to identify and notify contacts of an infected case for active follow-up and the provision of relevant advice…"

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We can’t blame Manchester Airport and Ryanair for not having observed that the passengers were coughing. But it was malicious from Ryanair, not to provide the contact & tracing details upon first request. Airlines should avoid such incidents to avoid a full flight ban.

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After Spain and Portugal, Jet2 cancels all flights between UK and Cyprus (Larnaca and Paphos), till 16 August 2020, included. Cyrprus has just put more restrictions, for people arriving, from UK

https://www.facebook.com/jet2/posts/10157602243315098

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