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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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31 Jul 2020, 16:32
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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.

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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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Aer Lingus closed reservation for Dublin – Miami route, scheduled to resume on 25 October 2020.

Air Madagascar extends the suspension of international flights until 31 August 2020.

Air Serbia operated its first charter flight of this summer season to Hurghada. The airline is working intensively on normalizing charter flights.

easyJet now expects to fly 40% of planned capacity for 4Q, peaking in August 2020, compared to the 30% highlighted at its 1H results.

IAG aims to close the deal with Air Europa by 2020 end, should ongoing talks end on agreeable terms, including the price. IAG expects Air Europa to continue operating in the meantime, despite the impact of the pandemic.

IAG says Aer Lingus expects to have nine aircraft on the ground come 2020 end, while Iberia grounds 19 aircraft and all its A340-600s, and Vueling plans to keep 48 aircraft grounded until the end of the year.

Lufthansa to provide SWISS with an emergency loan of €200 million as the German government has still not approved a Swiss rescue package.

OAG reports that airlines have 60 million seats scheduled this week, an increase of 4% compared with last week and representing 50.4% of the capacity scheduled year-on-year.

Wizz Air calls on the European Commission and all other stakeholders to end the current waiver from the 80-20 use-it-or-lose-it rule for airport slots.

Malaysia and Singapore to open up cross border travel for essential business and official purposes between both countries through the Reciprocal Green Lane scheme.
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Air Europa warned that Paraguay, in a first phase, could be excluded from the airline’s route network and thus lose the only direct connection to Europe, after receiving no response from the government for the reopening of operations in the country.

Air Peace sacked 75 pilots, citing financial difficulties posed by the pandemic.

Evelop has decided to postpone the end of 2020 the restart of flights to the Caribbean, which has been gradually delayed in recent weeks due to mobility restrictions.

Philippine Airlines has cancelled all scheduled domestic flights to and from Manila until 18 August 2020 after new travel restrictions.

Porter Airlines says it is pushing back its restart date amid ongoing travel restrictions. The new date is 07 October 2020.

Pratt & Whitney will cut around 400 jobs of its 2,000 employees in Singapore as engine MRO demand has dropped amid the pandemic.

Royal Jordanian announced the cancellation of planned International service resumption in August 2020.
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Aeroflot will extend until 31 August 2020 the cancellation of flights to more than 80 foreign cities due to the pandemic.

Air Europa plans to reduce its fleet by 20% to adapt to the market conditions, permanently grounding or returning between 12 and 14 aircraft, as the parent company foresees €400 million in losses for 2020. The carrier may renegotiate deals for five B787-9s and 20 B737 MAX.

Air India pilots, who are protesting the massive cut in their flying allowance in the wake of increasing cash crunch at the airline amid the pandemic, got the backing from an international pilots body which urged the government to intervene in the matter.

Azul expects to operate 407 peak daily departures in September 2020. Domestic capacity in total for the month will represent approximately 55% of the Company’s domestic capacity and 45% of total capacity for the same period last year.

Boeing does not see the need to add to liquidity through additional debt offerings to manage the downturn in global aviation caused by the pandemic. Priority to be paying down its debt and getting its balance sheet back in order when the industry recovers.

Fiji Airways plans to resume international service from 01 September 2020 out of Nadi and Suva.

Lufthansa Group currently expects demand for air travel to return to pre-crisis levels in 2024 at the earliest. Lufthansa Group has therefore decided on a comprehensive restructuring program entitled “ReNew”, which also includes the restructuring program already underway at the airlines and service companies. The program includes the reduction of 22,000 full-time jobs, and AOCs limited to ten.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro signed the conversion bill that provides for emergency measures and measures for the civil aviation sector due to the crisis resulting from the pandemic.

US Senate Republicans backed extending a US$25 billion payroll assistance program for US airlines after warnings that carriers may be forced to cut tens of thousands of jobs without government action.
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ACI Europe: "Latest traffic data shows disastrous COVID-19 impact on airport industry".
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Press release Council of the European Union, 7th August 2020:
Lifting of travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries


Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated. Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 8 August member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:
• Australia
• Canada
• Georgia
• Japan
• New Zealand
• Rwanda
• South Korea
• Thailand
• Tunisia
• Uruguay
• China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.

The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted cover in particular the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations. They are applied cumulatively.

Regarding the epidemiological situation, third countries listed should meet the following criteria, in particular:
• number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on 15 June 2020);
• stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days;
• overall response to COVID-19 taking into account available information, including on aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information and, if needed, the total average score for International Health Regulations (IHR). Information provided by EU delegations on these aspects should also be taken into account.
Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.

For countries where travel restrictions continue to apply, the following categories of people should be exempted from the restrictions:
• EU citizens and their family members;
• long-term EU residents and their family members;
• travellers with an essential function or need, as listed in the Recommendation.
Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.

Next steps
The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument.
The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.
A Member State should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non-listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner. This list of third countries should continue to be reviewed regularly and may be further updated by the Council, as the case may be, after close consultations with the Commission and the relevant EU agencies and services following an overall assessment based on the criteria above.
Travel restrictions may be totally or partially lifted or reintroduced for a specific third country already listed according to changes in some of the conditions and, as a consequence, in the assessment of the epidemiological situation. If the situation in a listed third country worsens quickly, rapid decision-making should be applied.

Background
On 16 March 2020, the Commission adopted a communication recommending a temporary restriction of all non-essential travel from third countries into the EU for one month. EU heads of state or government agreed to implement this restriction on 17 March. The travel restriction was extended for a further month respectively on 8 April 2020 and 8 May 2020.
On 11 June the Commission adopted a communication recommending the further extension of the restriction until 30 June 2020 and setting out an approach for a gradual lifting of the restriction on non-essential travel into the EU as of 1 July 2020.
On 30 June the Council adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, including an initial list of countries for which member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders. This list was updated on 16 July and 30 July.

Source:
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/pres ... countries/

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Please note: the above EU proposal for travel restrictions is for non-essential travel only.

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Vietnam Airlines plans to cut the salaries of pilots and flight attendants by around half as part of its efforts to reduce costs.

Viva Air of Colombia to resume domestic flights on 01 September 2020.
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