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Grounded fleet size of China Eastern Airlines reduced to zero at Shanghai base

The grounded fleet size of China Eastern Airlines has fallen to zero at its Shanghai base, the carrier said in a note sent to the Global Times on March 12, 2021, another sign that the aviation market is recovering.  At present, China Eastern's average daily passe...

airBaltic resumes flights outside EU

airBaltic announces that starting from March 17 it plans to resume flights from Riga to Kyiv for those passengers that are travelling for essential reasons. airBaltic will resume additional flights outside the European Union starting from March 28.​ Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Of...


First airline in the Middle East to trial the IATA Travel Pass - Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is proud to become the first airline in the Middle East to begin trials of the innovative new IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ mobile app, in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Qatar Ministry of Public Health, Primary Health Care Corporation and Hamad Medical Corporation, starting 11 March 2021. Passengers on the award-winning air...

Rolls-Royce and Tecnam join forces with Widerøe to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft ready for service in 2026

Rolls-Royce and airframer Tecnam are joining forces with Widerøe – the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market, ready for revenue service in 2026. The project expands on the successful research programme between Rolls-Royce and Widerøe on sustainable aviation and the existing partnership between Rolls-Royce...

NGOs and aviation sector call for long-haul emissions to be covered by EU Sustainable Aviation Fuels mandate

In a letter, sent to Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean, the coalition point out that long-haul operations are the primary source of the sector’s climate impact. According to recent Eurocontrol figures, just 6% of flights, those over 4000km in length, create half of aviation’s CO2 emissions. Eurocontrol concludes: “Increasing the supply o...

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai and Sichuan Airlines sign narrowbody engine agreement

 MTU Maintenance and long-standing partner Sichuan Airlines have strengthened their existing relationship with an engine MRO contract for the airline’s V2500 and CFM56-5B engines. The agreement covers 259 engines including spares for a five-year period and services will be carried out at MTU Maintenance’s facilities in Zhuhai, Hannover and Vancouver. Sichuan Airlines operates...

Safe travel is possible this summer

While the situation is not much different from a year ago, where nearly all travel and tourism has been suspended, today we hold the cards to turn the situation around. Vaccinations programmes are being rolled out, ensuring that the most vulnerable people are protected and alleviating the strain on our health systems. Tests are becoming increasingly performant and in sufficient capacity to be depl...

American Airlines builds on commitment to sustainable fuels with Kuehne+Nagel

American Airlines has reached an agreement in principle with Kuehne+Nagel to allocate a portion of the carbon reduction benefit the airline generates through its use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the logistics company, one of American’s leading cargo customers. The agreement in principle is believed to be the largest SAF collaboration between a freight logistics company and an air...

Celebrating women in aviation and redressing gender imbalance on International Women’s Day

A global air charter specialist has begun a campaign to highlight the wide range of job roles in aviation, in a bid to help address gender imbalance in the industry. As the world prepares to mark International Women’s Day, the work of women at Chapman Freeborn is being celebrated – and their stories used to inspire others. Aviation has always been an attractive career, offeri...

Investigation into airline cancellation practices should be accelerated

eu travel tech, the industry association for technology travel services and ECTAA, the European travel agents’ and tour operators’ association, welcomed the European Commission decision to launch an investigation, together with the Consumer Protection Cooperation Network, on airline cancellation practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. As it is well noted by the Comm...

easyJet launches Virtual Pilot School Visits programme on International Women’s Day

easyJet has launched a virtual pilot school visits programme as part of its Amy Johnson Initiative to encourage more girls to become an airline pilot. Teachers, schools and parents can request a virtual visit from an easyJet pilot, who will join classrooms and assemblies via video link, providing young people across the UK with the opportunity to find out what the job of a pilot is really lik...

Eurowings enters British leisure travel market

Dreariness in Germany, holiday fever in the UK: Eurowings is entering the British travel market in response to the surge in demand for flights between the UK and Mallorca. Germany’s number one holiday airline has an international base on Majorca and, for the first time in its history, will connect Manchester and Birmingham with Europe's most popular Mediterranean island from the end of M...

Etihad Airways accelerates transformation plan to mitigate impact of pandemic

 Etihad Airways has announced its financial and operating results for 2020, recording a 76% fall in passengers carried throughout the year (4.2 million, compared to 17.5 million in 2019) as a result of lower demand and reduced flight capacity caused by the unparalleled global downturn in commercial aviation. As a consequence of the Covid pandemic and ensuing flight and travel restrictions,...

4AIR becomes first private aviation participant in the IATA Aviation Carbon Exchange

4AIR has become the first private aviation stakeholder to make a trade on the IATA Aviation Carbon Exchange ACE, a centralized platform where airlines and other aviation stakeholders can trade carbon offsets to reduce their climate impact. 4AIR has conducted its first transaction on the exchange with ClimeCo Corp., purchasing offsets from the environmental commodity products advisor on b...

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One week - 3 announced destinations from Riga by airBaltic - Heraklion, Santorini and Naples

airBaltic announced it plans to launch new scheduled flights between Riga and Heraklion, Santorini and Naples. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are...

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The future of In-Flight entertainment

by  Kate Richards One of the main trademarks of the human condition is the incessant need for stimulation. We are incapable of being at rest. If not consumed by work, we seek stimuli from ente...

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SmartLynx focuses on growth in Germany - full charters for TUI Deutschland and Involatus

SmartLynx Airlines will be operating full charters for TUI Deutschland and Involatus. From summer 2021, it will fly to tourist destinations around the Mediterranean and Canary Islands for TUI Deutschl...

flypop signs multiple aircraft A330-300 lease deal with Avolon

flypop announced that is has signed a multiple aircraft A330-300 lease deal with Avolon, the world’s third largest aircraft lessor. Based in Ireland, Avolon provides lease and lease managem...