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globetrotter wrote:
23 Mar 2020, 12:17
Please stop labelling people as trump haters, for a moment I thought it was airliners.net forums reading that comment.
No double standards please. When people are allowed to post nonsense about Trump's travel restrictions, others are allowed to post the real facts. By the way, I forgot the link about the travel restrictions for China, Iran and Europe/Schengen:
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/17/fac ... ies-europe

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Back to topic please. And a lot of (non-)activity because of CoViD-19. In addition to the articles on the homepage:

Aegean to proceed with the temporary suspension of nearly all its international flights (except to Brussels!), as of 26 March until 30 April 2020.

Air Belgium halts flights to the Caribbean until early May 2020 and temporarily lays off almost all its 350 employees as it awaits state aid.

Air France to reduce working hours for almost all of its 45,000 employees from 23 March 2020, for a maximum of six months.

Air Greenland has cancelled all scheduled services on 20 March until 04 April 2020.

Air Nostrum to layoff 1,400 employees for three months due to the economic situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Austrian Airlines will cease all regular flight operations until 19 April 2020, thus extending its previous term as demand is still low.

Bangkok Airways says it is temporarily suspending all international flights from 22 March 2020 until further notice.

Cargojet is appealing to the federal government of Canada for financial support, regulatory breaks and protective supplies as the company faces surging demand for its services.

Caribbean Airlines must restrict its international flights from 23 March 2020, however domestic operations will continue.

Copa Airlines to suspend all operations from 22 March until 31 April 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Delta Air Lines is now projecting 2Q 2020 revenues will be down by US$10 billion yoy – an 80% drop. Demand recovery will take an extended period once the virus is contained. Delta is currently burning roughly $50 million in cash each day.

Eastar Jet to suspend all routes in April 2020 as effects of the pandemic take their toll.

Embraer informs the market that it has decided to place its employees that cannot perform their job activities remotely on temporary paid leave until 31 March 2020.

Ethiopian Airlines has suspended flights to 30 countries to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Etihad fires around 60 cabin crew members as part of cost-cutting measures. Up to 400 more members of cabin crew could face being made redundant in the coming days and weeks after the pandemic caused passenger demand to plummet.

Etihad is also negotiating significant cost reductions across its supply chain, discussing material payment deferrals with manufacturers or lessors as it aims to conserve cash.

Etihad will temporarily suspend all flights to, from, and via Abu Dhabi following a decision by the government to suspend all inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights in the UAE.

Flydubai will suspend its operations with effect from 26 March until 09 April 2020 as part of the precautionary measures being implemented in response to the coronavirus.

GE Aviation is planning to reduce approximately 10% of its total US workforce, with a temporary lack of work impacting approximately 50% of its US MRO employees for 90 days. The cost and cash actions will preserve US$500 million to $1 billion in 2020.

Hawaiian Airlines to suspend most long-haul passenger service due to new State of Hawai‘i quarantine order.

Hong Kong Airport Authority launched relief measures US$128 million to help the aviation industry during the pandemic.

Icelandair is operating only 14% of its planned flight schedule, and, in the coming weeks, the capacity is expected to decline even further. Due to cost-cutting, 92% of employees move to part-time employment temporarily and salary will be cut, while the employment of around 240 employees will be terminated.

IndiGo has been forced to ground 30 planes in its fleet of 258 aircraft following the government’s decision to bar international flights for a week.Indi Go is trimming domestic India operations by approximately 25% for now as it matches capacity to demand.

Interjet will suspend international flights beginning 24 March 2020 due to falling demand and the closure of borders and restrictions.

Jazeera Airways to suspend the 2019 dividend payment and activate the drawdown of bank facilities to support Jazeera’s ongoing liquidity through the coming months.

JetBlue plans to cancel hundreds of flights and operate less than half of its normal schedule this week, as it shrinks its operation to match diminished demand.

Kenya Airways has temporarily suspended all international services effective midnight 25 March 2020, until further notice.

MAP will suspend all flights indefinitely due to the coronavirus. The carrier keep only a charter contract in a nearby region.

Moody’s Investors Service says global airlines are likely to cut capacity by 40-60% year-on-year for 2Q 2020 and more than 75% in some cases as the aviation sector takes a big hit due to the coronavirus outbreak. On a full-year basis, global industry capacity expected to fall 25% to 35%.

MTU Aero Engines will temporarily suspend a large proportion of operations across several facilities in Europe, effective 30 March 2020 for three weeks. The Munich and Rzeszow manufacturing facilities will be shut down first, followed by MRO in Hannover and Ludwigsfelde.

Oman Air plans to cut jobs as the coronavirus pandemic took its toll on the Gulf carrier’s flight schedule. The state-owned carrier had to reduce flights, suspend routes and park planes.

Pacific Coastal Airlines is temporarily suspending operations from 24 March 2020 until 03 May 2020, due to the coronavirus. WestJet Link (Canada) operations will continue under the guidance and direction of WestJet until further notice.

Pakistan International Airlines suspends all international flights as Pakistan implemented the halt through 04 April 2020.

Qatar Airways will operate a 75% reduced schedule, grounding a significant portion of our fleet as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Qatar Airways will trim its flights to Australia, and the rest of the world, across April and May 2020, while also grounding most of its ten A380s in response to a global downturn in air travel.

Rex Regional Express warns of bankruptcy if passenger numbers are reduced too far as a result of travel restrictions.

Ryanair has the cash to survive for “maybe even 12 months” with no flights or revenue as the coronavirus shuts the air travel industry down, says CEO Michael O’Leary.

Sabre has identified and are in the process of removing over US$200 million in cash costs from the business in 2020 to strengthen its financial position in response to the current industry conditions.

South African Airways is suspending all international flights with immediate effect until 31 May 2020, to support the government travel ban. SAA will only continue to render services on its domestic route between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Southwest implemented a plan to reduce capacity by at least 20% from 14 April through 05 June 2020 in the wake of the ongoing outbreak. All international destinations to be suspended from 22 March to 04 May 2020.

Stobart Air to temporarily suspend all international flight operations with effect from 28 March 2020 until further notice. PSO routes will continue.

SunExpress of Turkey has suspended its flights to Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Austria, England, Switzerland and Ireland until 17 April 2020 in accordance with government decisions.

Thai Smile to stop all international flights, effective immediately due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. The carrier will continue providing domestic flights.

Transat AT announces that it has temporarily laid off about 70% of its workforce in Canada. The final Air Transat flight prior to the full suspension of its operations is scheduled for 91 April 2020.

Turkish Airlines will ground all its international flights as of 27 March 2020, except those to Hong Kong, Moscow, Addis Ababa, New York and Washington, DC., amid changing dynamics in the sector. The carrier is unable to use 85% of its capacity.

Uganda Airlines announces the temporary suspension of operations from 23 March 2020.

United Airlines
is reducing its international schedule by 95% for April 2020.

United says if the US Congress doesn’t act on sufficient government support by the end of March 2020, it will begin to take the necessary steps to reduce payroll in line with the 60% schedule reduction announced for April. May’s schedule is likely to be cut even further.

VoePass will suspend all its operations in the country for a period of three months from 23 March 2020.

Vueling to layoff more than 3,800 workers until 30 June 2020, due to drastic fall in demand.

Wizz Air Holdings has grounded around 85% of its fleet and continues to operate 15% of its capacity and remains operational in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria, but the grounding of the entire fleet remains a distinct possibility over the next period.

Wizz Air has implemented additional cost-reduction measures in third-party spending, overhead spending, discretionary spending and non-essential capital expenditure. In addition, it has implemented measures to secure its cash position working with vendors, suppliers and authorities.

Wizz Air suspends all routes between UAE and Romania until the 03 April 2020 inclusive due to the restrictions imposed by UAE authorities on all flights to and from the UAE.

China civil aviation authorities will cap the number of inbound flights to the country in a bid to tighten the control of imported cases of novel coronavirus.

India will stop domestic flight operations from 24 March 2020 for an undisclosed amount of time. The ban does not extend to cargo flights.

Portugal instructed the civil aviation regulator ANAC to outline the needs of airlines, which favors TAP Air Portugal

Taiwan is suspending the transit of airline passengers through Taiwan from 24 March until 07 April 2020.

UAE suspended all passenger and transit flights to and from the country for two weeks over coronavirus fears.
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Any pictures of BRU with all planes parked at the airport?

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Bad days for companies serving Africa

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), airlines have lost 4.4 billion FCFA since the start of the coronavirus epidemic on this continent.

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In South Africa, the pandemic could result in a reduction of 6 million passengers, losses of $ 1.2 billion, and more than 102,000 jobs are at risk.

In Kenya, IATA predicts losses of 622,000 passengers, $ 125 million and 36,800 jobs.

In Ethiopia, coronavirus disruptions could result in the loss of 479,000 passengers, $ 79 million in revenue, and more than 98,400 jobs. And if the situation continues, approximately 1.2 million passengers and $ 202 million in revenue could be lost.

In Nigeria, loss projections are 853,000 passengers, $ 170 million in base revenue, and more than 22,200 jobs. In the worst case, the country would lose around 2.2 million passengers, and $ 434 million in revenue.

Rwanda could lose 79,000 passengers, $ 20.4 million in revenue, and about 3,000 jobs. If the disease continues to spread further, approximately 201,000 passengers and $ 52 million in revenue will be lost. In total, notes IATA, international bookings will see a drop of about 20% in March and April, compared to about 15% in March and 25% in April domestically. Airline refunds increased by 75% in 2020, compared to the same period in 2019 (February 1 - March 11).

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Finally: on Thursday, the plenary session of the European Parliament will discuss/vote a proposal from the European Commission to stop "ghost flights" (= flights that are operated empty to avoid a loss of slots).
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/ ... n-26-march

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It seems that Poland had closed yesterday its airspace to the Russians planes that were heading to Italy with medical supplies.
A detour of 1000 kms had to be done with a refuel in Sotchi.

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On BRU's facebookpage it is mentioned that BRU now 'uses passengerplanes' to relieve cargo operators, transporting a.o. medical supplies.

SN equipment?

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Several 737-800s belonging to Correndon Airlines are flying out of Delhi on FR24 to undisclosed destination westwards, leased aircraft being returned by Spicejet.

Pakistan has shut all airports for a week.

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Daily review (in addition to the articles posted on the homepage):

Aeroflot has started to gradually ground one fourth of its fleet after its international flight program was substantially reduced in the wake of the outbreak.

Air Guyane was forced to cancel its flight schedule from 23 March 2020 until further notice due to the outbreak.

Air Tahiti Nui to halt flights from 28 March to 30 April 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Air Tanzania has announced the suspension of all its international flights in response to the outbreak with effect from 25 March 2020.

AirAsia Group may be looking to ground its airline business in light of the pandemic, as the carrier to focus on deferring variable costs and minimizing fixed costs.

Airbus says that customers could seek to cancel or postpone delivery of airliners as the coronavirus crisis continues to escalate.

Avianca will suspend, as of 25 March and until 12 April 2020, all flights in the country, in addition to the suspension of the international operation in force as of 23 March until 01 May. As a result, 100% of the aircraft will be grounded.

Azul expects to operate 70 non-stop flights per day to 25 cities from 25 March to 30 April 2020, representing a 90% reduction of total capacity compared to plan.

Azul is working to strengthen its liquidity position by preserving cash, including negotiating new payment terms with its partners and discussing new credit facilities with financial institutions.

Blue Islands announced all scheduled flights to and from Guernsey will cease and resume at a future date to be confirmed.

Bombardier will suspend Canadian production of its corporate jets to comply with restrictions imposed by provincial governments aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines have said the US$335 million in financial aid promised by the Hong Kong government and the city’s airport for the ailing aviation industry was not enough.

Comair has announced it will suspend its British Airways and kulula flights from 26 March until 19 April 2020.

easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou urged the airline to slash costs by cancelling orders for planes and sacking staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

Fiji Airways will no longer operate any further Singapore and Hong Kong flights due to border restrictions.

GOL announces a further readjustment of its domestic flight network, effective 28 March through to 03 May 2020. GOL will maintain an essential network of 50 daily flights, as all international flights are cancelled.

Originair flights have been suspended until further notice effective 24 March 2020.

Ryanair is grounding most of its flights from 24 March 2020 and does not expect to operate any flights during April and May.

SKY Airline announced the suspension of its flights until 30 April 2020 and made available its aircraft for humanitarian operations due to the coronavirus in Chile.

Southwest Airlines plans to cancel 1,500 daily flights beginning 27 March 2020 as the airline takes increasingly dramatic steps to offset historic declines in travel demand from the coronavirus crisis.

Spirit AeroSystems
will suspend Boeing work performed at facilities in Wichita, and in Tulsa and McAlester until 08 April 2020. Spirit will continue to support B787 work for Boeing’s Charleston, South Carolina, facility as needed.

Ural Airlines is in talks with lessors to reduce the rates of lease payments due to the effects of travel restrictions and low demand.

Uzbekistan Airways is temporary suspending domestic scheduled service, a week after the airline cancelled all international scheduled flights, effective 24 March 2020.

Virgin Group owner Richard Branson has moved to protect the futures of his 70,000 employees, including the airline, after announcing a US$250 million rescue package for them.

Britain has told airlines that state investment to help them survive the coronavirus crisis will only be considered once they have looked at the possibility of raising capital from existing investors.
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US airlines are drafting plans for a potential voluntary shutdown of virtually all passenger flights across the US, as government agencies also consider ordering such a move and the nation’s air-traffic control system continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus contagion.

US lawmakers are considering shifting some of about US$58 billion in proposed emergency loans to the airline industry to cash grants to cover payroll cost.

US lawmakers proposed giving struggling US airlines and contractors US$40 billion in cash grants that would not have to be paid back but require significant new environmental, labour and other conditions.
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A little side discussion maybe...

Seeing the global impact Covid-19 has, wouldn't it be a good idea to freeze the global monetary situation from right before the Covid-19-crisis?

Belgium is now paying about a million people for a partial unemployment, supporting businesses and giving bank guarantees for loans to individuals and companies, the US is pumping 2 trillion dollars into the economy, and many other countries around the world are taking huge measures against Covid-19. This will lead to more deficits, higher national debts,... Since this crisis is hitting everybody in every country around the world and given its unprecedented impact, I think the world should act on it. When the crisis is over, just return to the monetary situation right before Covid-19 and restart from there.

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Saw this morning at FR24 two Brussels airlines special repatriation flights (9XXX) to Tenerife

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Any pictures with overview of parked planes taken at Brussels Airport?

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shockcooling wrote:
25 Mar 2020, 13:55
Any pictures with overview of parked planes taken at Brussels Airport?
A have seen one in the media.

For the rest, I don't know if it's against BAC policy to take and share pictures from the tarmac?

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Conti764 wrote:
25 Mar 2020, 14:38

For the rest, I don't know if it's against BAC policy to take and share pictures from the tarmac?
I would be highly surprised if this were the case.
Except maybe for pictures of military buildings, planes and installations, I'm not aware of a law forbidding the use of pictures of commercial planes and airline installations, even whe<n they are made at an airport?

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HQ_BRU_Lover wrote:
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Any pictures of BRU with all planes parked at the airport?
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Daily review:

Air Century has temporarily suspended scheduled operations from 21 March to 03 April 2020.

Asiana Airlines will have all of its 10,500 employees take unpaid leave for 15 days in April 2020 and executives return 60% of their wages.

British Airways is pausing all its operations at London City Airport from 23 March and 04 April 2020.

Fastjet to suspend all of fastjet Zimbabwe flight operations from 27 March until 16 April 2020, while the majority of the company’s employees will be working from home or on leave. In addition, the company’s FedAir business is seeing significant deferrals of existing bookings to late 2020.

GoAir will cut the salary of all its employees for the month of March 2020 following grounding of all domestic flights in the country.

Helvetic Airways has grounded its entire fleet due to the lack of demand caused by the coronavirus. The E2 jets on order were also delayed.

Philippine Airlines is suspending all flight operations from 26 March to 15 April 2020 due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Somon Air has cancelled all International scheduled service since 20 March 2020, per Tajikistan government order.

South African Airways announced its decision to suspend all its domestic flights with effect from 27 March until 16 April 2020 due to nation-wide lockdown.

Sunrise Airways suspends all its international flights from 24 March until 03 April 2020.

Thai Airways International to cancel nearly all of its international flights from 25 March 2020 onwards as demand for travel slumps amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Virgin Australia Holdings is cutting 90% of its domestic capacity, temporarily grounding 125 aircraft, and putting 80% of its employees on leave until at least the end of May 2020 as demand plummets. It will affect 8,000 workers and all operations of subsidiary Tigerair Australia will be suspended.

Volaris will decrease ASMs for the rest of the month of March and April 2020 by approximately 50% of total operation versus the originally published schedule. Volaris will also undertake several actions to reduce costs and maintain liquidity.

WestJet is eliminating 6,900 employees, nearly half of its workforce as a result of the coronavirus.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority to implement a series of certificate and licence exemptions due to the coronavirus crisis.

Malaysia is exploring the possibility of bailing out domestic airlines that have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. The government is also considering encouraging mergers between some of the carriers. Malaysia Airlines has separately been in talks with lenders about modifying its borrowings.

Nigerian airlines Dana Air, Aero Contractors and Air Peace have all suspended operations, with further competitors Arik Air, Azman Air and Max Air awaiting action.
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What??? Qatar Airways will be flying daily scheduled service to Islamabad while there is a total ban on commercial passenger flights even for local airlines in Pakistan, look at some of the destinations on offer Phuket, Bali, Maldives all holiday places,flight will operate as ferry from Doha but this is not a repatriation mission for stranded pre-booked passengers https://ibb.co/RbLS8QV

Surprised Emirates who will maintain 13 destinations in their shrunk global network is not offering the same, maybe they have a bit of a conscience.

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Daily review:

Air Namibia said that all domestic and inter-African flights will be suspended effective 27 March until 20 April 2020. Long-haul international flights remain suspended since 14 March.

Airbus has decided to reduce the production activity in the wing plants in Bremen, Filton and Broughton for the next three weeks.

Elsewhere, Airbus labour union in Spain is calling for an indefinite strike to protest restarting production operations amid the coronavirus crisis.

Alaska Airlines announced plans to reduce its flight schedule for April and May 2020 by approximately 70% following the falloff in demand.

Cayman Airways operations will be temporarily suspended from 25-28 March 2020 due to government restrictions.

Flybondi announces the suspension of all flights until 30 April 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Mango to suspend flights from 26 March to 20 April 2020 due to a South African government lockdown.

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said many airlines will go bust as the coronavirus outbreak ravages demand for travel, limiting the scope for takeovers.

Qazaq Air announced the suspension of its all scheduled service from 22 March to 31 March 2020.

Virgin Australia to make redundant the more than 1000 of the workers it stood down this week as the airline grounds almost its entire fleet during the coronavirus pandemic.

Britain is continuing talks with the aviation industry about how best to support the sector, with the prospect of a sector-specific support package that had seemed to be on hold.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicated that the government would take stakes in airline carriers in exchange for billions in direct grants to the companies, part of a US$2 trillion economic rescue package.
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rwandan-flyer wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 20:29
Rwanda closes its boarders, on 20 March, from midnight. RwandAir suspends all its flights, for 30 days: https://twitter.com/RwandaHealth/status ... 2810609664
Although the borders are closed, KLM made some flights between Amsterdam- Kigali, for repatriation: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/kl535

People stranded in Rwanda, and Rwandans stranded abroad.

Qatar Airways which serves Rwanda every day, but which stopped its flights a few days ago, operated a flight, between Kigali and Doha, in B777-300ER, instead of a 787-8. Same reasons as for KLM flights. I suppose that Qatar Airways Cargo still serving Kigali https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flig ... 7#244563ce

Flights are tagged via Entebbe (as usual)

High season wil soon start in Rwanda, but i guess that Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2020 (8,000 delegates including Heads of States from 53 countries.) which will be take place at Kigali, will be probably canceled (late June 2020). Kigali city was in 2019, ranked Africa’s 2nd most popular conference destination by International Congress and Convention Association, in Africa. This is a major blow up for the Rwanda Economy.

Works on the new Buguesera Airport are probably stopped. And proably no commemoration about the 1994 Genocide against Tusti, for the 1st time, at least for the weeks of April. (the only off topic part)

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