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    Adient Aerospace upbeat as it unveils new single-aisle business-class seat


    Despite the immediate impact of the coronavirus on air transport, seating manufacturer Adient Aerospace – part owned by Boeing – is pressing ahead with the launch of a new lie-flat business-class seat for single-aisle jets.

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    SAA rescuers request time to consult on government proposals


    South African Airways’ rescue practitioners are seeking an extension to the deadline for publishing a business plan for the troubled flag-carrier. Under South African legislation a business plan is normally required within 25 days of a company entering business rescue, but extensions can be granted if necessary. SAA, ...

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    Norway to extend airline loan guarantee scheme


    Norway’s government plans to extend its state loan guarantee scheme for airlines until the end of October saying the crisis is lasting longer than envisaged when the programme was intially launched.

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    ANA Holdings undertakes $3.3 billion debt financing


    All Nippon Airways’ parent company has decided to undertake a fresh round of debt financing from the Development Bank of Japan, amounting to Y350 billion ($3.3 billion). The agreement is subject to a 29 June borrowing deadline and the debt financing will be repaid over the long term, ...

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    All-electric Grand Caravan makes maiden flight


    An electric-powered Cessna 208B Grand Caravan lifted off a Moses Lake runway on 28 May, marking another milestone in a project that aims to bring all-electric flight to consumer air travel.

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    US Air Force tests dropping cruise missiles from ramp of cargo aircraft


    The US Air Force (USAF) is moving forward with an experiment to drop cruise missiles from the back ramp of cargo aircraft.

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    Kuwait Airways to lay off 1,500 staff


    Kuwait Airways is to shed 1,500 foreign personnel in response to the problems presented by the coronavirus crisis. The flag-carrier states that the “difficult decision” follows the “great hardships that the company is facing” as a result of the impact on the air transport sector. As a result ...

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    A330neo approved with intermediate take-off weight hike


    Airbus appears to have secured regulatory approval for an intermediate maximum take-off weight increase on the A330-900. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has listed two weight variants of a 245t version – designated WV910 and WV911 – on the aircraft’s type certificate. Airbus has been developing higher-weight ...

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    UIA expects to restore long-haul hub services next year


    Ukraine International Airlines is to put 14 aircraft into operation once it starts restoring services, as it expects government restrictions to lift on 15 June. But chief executive Yevhenii Dykhne says it has “stopped employing” around 900 personnel following a “substantial decline” in the airline’s operations. “We aim ...

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    French investigators to download crashed PIA A320 recorders


    French investigators are to handle the downloading of flight-recorder data from the Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 which crashed in Karachi on 22 May. The cockpit-voice recorder has been located, days after the flight-data recorder was retrieved, French investigation authority BEA states. BEA says it has received a ...

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    SAS pushes A320neo deliveries to 2024


    SAS has agreed with Airbus to delay delivery of four A320neos and is in talks with the airframer on further deferrals as the Scandinavian carrier prepares for a slow recovery in traffic after the coronavirus crisis.

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    Bullish Wizz to open Milan and Larnaca bases in July


    Central European budget carrier Wizz Air has given a further indication of its expansive approach to the post-crisis environment by detailing plans to open bases at Milan Malpensa and the Cypriot resort of Larnaca.

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    European carriers take tentative steps to restoring networks


    Several European operators have announced more tentative steps to restoring their networks, including the resumption of services by Lufthansa Group operators Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines in June. Austrian Airlines, which suspended flights on 19 March, has today announced it will resume scheduled flights to mostly European ...

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    For Virgin Orbit, partial success is major milestone


    First attempt to fly Virgin Group’s satellite launch system ends after 9s with engine shutdown, but wealth of data and smooth run through ground operations routine offers encouragement

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    ​Norwegian clings to restructuring hopes as Q1 losses widen


    Norwegian’s first-quarter losses have widened significantly to NKr3.28 billion ($331 million) and the company remains in “hibernation mode”, in the hope that its recent financial restructuring and state-aid lifeline will enable it to have a future.

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    EasyJet to axe up to 30% of jobs as it cuts fleet


    EasyJet is to begin consultations on proposals to cut staff levels by up to 30% as it expects to reduce its fleet by 51 through a mix of deferrals and returning leased aircraft by the end of 2021. In a trading update released today the UK budget carrier says ...

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    SAS to defer Airbus deliveries as it overhauls business plan


    Scandinavia’s SAS is to defer and review future Airbus deliveries and those from lessors, as part of its response to the coronavirus crisis, as it continues to pursue additional funding. The airline is drawing up a revised business plan which aims to bring SKr4 billion ($417 million) in improvements ...

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    A400M wins certification for automatic low-level flight


    The Airbus A400M tactical airlifter has received certification for its automatic low flight capability.

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    ​Thai Airways appoints planners for business rehabilitation


    Thai Airways International has appointed five people, including one of its former presidents, to jointly hold the position of plan preparer during its business rehabilitation process. The carrier’s chairman Chaiyapruk Didyasarin and acting president Chakkrit Parapuntakul have been appointed, along with three newly appointed board members: former president ...

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    Babcock selects Bell 429 for Australian special forces bid


    Babcock Australia has down selected the Bell 429 as its bidding platform in Australia’s bid to obtain a new special forces helicopter.