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The Air France-KLM Group and Air France secure funding of €7 billion

In its communication of 9 April 2020, the Air France-KLM Group stated that, given the major impact of the Covid-19 crisis, which will weigh heavily on its EBITDA, and despite the significant measures taken to preserve its liquidity, it predicted that in the absence of additional funding, a liquidity...

Jazz Aviation to be first operator of Dash 8-400 simplified package freighter by De Havilland Canada

De Havilland Canada and Jazz Aviation announced that Jazz will be the first operator for the recently approved Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter. Under the agreement, Jazz has ordered the Service Bulletin and conversion kits for up to 13 Dash 8-400 aircraft. De Havilland Canada...


airBaltic Schedules Additional Flights from Vienna, Frankfurt and Amsterdam

After a request from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and with permit from the Ministry of Transport, Latvian airline airBaltic has scheduled additional special flights from Vienna, Frankfurt and Amsterdam to Riga and vice versa. These flights one way will be able to transport up to 140 passengers. Flight to and from Vienna will take place on April 29. Flights to...

The plan for a new Austrian Airlines start after corona crisis presented

Flight operations of Austrian Airlines have been temporarily at a standstill since March 18, 2020 as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis. The employees of the country’s national airline continue to be on short-time work. At the present time, it is not yet possible to precisely forecast when the complete freedom to travel will be restored. This year Austria’s flag carrier predicts a...

Lufthansa Airbus A350s landing twice daily with protective equipment from China

To do its part in addressing the covid-19 crisis, Lufthansa is currently operating two daily flights carrying protective equipment from China to Munich Airport with Airbus A350 long-range jetliners. Under normal circumstances, Lufthansa's A350 fleet carries passengers to intercontinental destinations in North and South America and in Asia. The special daily cargo flights from Beijing a...

Virgin Australia enters voluntary administration

Virgin Australia has entered voluntary administration to recapitalise the business and help ensure it emerges in a stronger financial position on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis.  The Group’s Board of Directors has appointed Vaughan Strawbridge, John Greig, Sal Algeri and Richard Hughes of Deloitte as voluntary administrators of the company and a number of its subsidiaries. Veloci...

Norwegian pilot and cabin crew companies in Sweden and Denmark file for bankruptcy

Due to the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) most countries have advised against or have banned non-essential travel. The closure of borders and quarantine restrictions has effectively brought the entire airline industry to a halt. Consequently, almost all of Norwegian’s flight operations have been cancelled, while the costs for air crew remain. The pilots and cabin crew in Scandi...

The first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers: Emirates

Emirates in coordination with Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will be introducing additional precautions. Passengers on today’s flight to Tunisia were all tested for COVID-19 before departing from Dubai. Emirates is the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers. The quick blood test was conducted by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and results were available with...

Lufthansa temporarily decommissions A340-600 fleet and almost completes repatriation flight program

Around 90,000 travellers were flown home by the airlines. The rapidly spreading Coronavirus pandemic and the travel restrictions imposed worldwide as a result have triggered the return of an unprecedented number of holidaymakers and travellers since mid-March. After just over a month, the repatriation programmes of various European governments and numerous tourism providers have almost been f...

During global crisis an online broadcast event by Inmarsat and APEX

Inmarsat has joined forces with APEX to connect the global aviation industry during the most challenging time in its history. A unique online broadcast event, to be held on 29th April, will bring together aviation leaders, experts and analysts to debate the critical questions facing the industry today and looking ahead to the challenges the entire aviation sector will face. ...

Significant cost reduction achieved by airBaltic

Since the beginning of the crisis caused by the spread of the Coronavirus, Latvian airline airBaltic has taken severe steps to ensure sufficient liquidity of the company enabling airBaltic to operate during a longer period with lower demand. airBaltic took a decision to decrease its overall capacity between April 15 and October 31, 2020, cancelling approximately 50% of...

Etihad Airways advises on operational status and outlines re-start plans

Etihad Airways has provided an update on its current and planned operations as COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place around the world. Subject to UAE government imposed travel restrictions being lifted on passenger travel, Etihad plans to operate a reduced network of scheduled passenger services from 1 May to 30 June, with the aim of gradually returning to a fuller schedule as and when...

Over half of 2020 passenger revenues at risk due to Covid19 crisis

IATA released updated analysis showing that the COVID-19 crisis will see airline passenger revenues drop by $314 billion in 2020, a 55% decline compared to 2019. On 24 March IATA estimated $252 billion in lost revenues (-44% vs. 2019) in a scenario with severe travel restrictions lasting three months. The updated figures reflect a significant deepening of the crisis since then, and re...

Emirates announces limited passenger flights to more cities

Emirates is planning to operate passenger services to Jakarta, Manila, Taipei, Chicago, Tunis, Algiers and Kabul in addition to the already commenced operation to London and Frankfurt. These services will facilitate residents and visitors wishing to return home. Passengers will be able to book directly on emirates.com or via their travel agent. Only citizens of the destination co...

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Mr. Tālis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia on restart of national aviation industry

If we say Latvia, what will be you first association? If you are aviation professional or related to aviation industry, we bet the first thing you will say - airBaltic, Riga. 50skyshades was closely m...

Condor boosts fuel economy with SITA eWAS

German leisure airline Condor is making significant enhancements to fuel optimization through the deployment of eWAS to more than 700 pilots and dispatchers. The signing with SITA’s aircraf...

To meet cargo demands during covid19 crisis Hi Fly converts A380

Hi Fly has created extra cargo capacity by temporarily removing economy seats of some of its aircraft, including the iconic A380 “Save the Coral Reefs”, to meet the high cargo demands duri...

Austrian Airlines increases offer to 40 percent until the end of October

Austrian Airlines has published the remaining summer flight schedule 2020, which will run until the end of October. By then, Austria's home carrier will double its offer from the current 20 percen...

Second set of measures for Lufthansa restructuring program

The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has approved a second set of measures as part of its overall restructuring program in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. With the first set of measures la...

Summer 2021- airBaltic to offer 21% more routes - 82

airBaltic has announced the new network of the summer 2021 with the first 15 seasonal destinations from Riga that in 2020 were postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak. In total airBaltic wil...

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Against all odds, a new airline called OWG will soon take off in Quebec, offering flights to Southern destinations. This new initiative is the fruit of Nolinor Aviation's continued expansion...