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  • Air Austral A220-c-Airbus
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    Air Austral’s first A220 rolls out in full livery

    2021-01-21T16:35:00Z

    Reunion-based carrier Air Austral’s first Airbus A220-300 has rolled out of the paintshop sporting the airline’s distinctive livery. The airline ordered three of the twinjet type in October 2019. Airbus has shown off the first of the Pratt Whitney PW1500G-powered aircraft to be painted, with a ...

  • Congo E195-E2 title-c-Embraer
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    Congo Airways enhances Embraer order with a pair of E195-E2s

    2021-01-13T09:36:00Z

    African carrier Congo Airways has ordered another pair of Embraer E2 regional jets, with an agreement to take two E195-E2s. Congo Airways had previously ordered two of the smaller E190-E2. Embraer values the overall package of four aircraft at $272 million, at catalogue prices. The Congo Airways ...

  • IATA
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    Airline bookings weaken as IATA warns recovery ‘some way away’

    2021-01-12T16:40:00Z

    Forward airline bookings have weakened going into the first quarter of 2021, as IATA warns that the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.

  • Airline-data
    In depth

    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: January 2021 update

    2021-01-12T09:50:00Z

    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including international and domestic travel restrictions, traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

  • Covid testing
    Analysis

    Does shift towards pre-flight Covid-19 testing spell disaster for airlines?

    2021-01-08T13:10:00Z

    The tightening of border controls is an emerging theme in the early days of 2021, as governments react to concerns about new variants of Covid-19 and soaring infection rates in many regions.

  • Istanbul airport
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    Air travel demand flatlined in November: IATA

    2021-01-07T16:58:00Z

    Air travel demand remained sharply down in November, IATA’s latest industry statistics show, as resurgent Covid-19 cases and renewed travel restrictions battered passenger confidence.

  • Tunisair
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    Tunisair names Hamdi as new chief executive

    2021-01-07T13:34:00Z

    North African carrier Tunisair has appointed Olfa Hamdi as its new chief executive, replacing Elyes Mnakbi, who left the state-owned airline in July 2020.

  • SAA tail
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    Government urged to direct SAA rescue funds to vaccine resource

    2020-12-30T07:57:00Z

    South Africa’s political opposition is urging the country’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, to abandon the R10 billion ($680 million) funding plan to restructure South African Airways and plough the capital into a vaccination programme. The Democratic Alliance has written to Mboweni claiming that the government should “divert” the SAA ...

  • Uganda A330neo-c-Airbus
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    Uganda Airlines takes delivery of its first A330-800

    2020-12-22T07:03:00Z

    Airbus has delivered to Uganda Airlines the operator’s first A330-800, which subsequently departed Toulouse and is due to arrive at Entebbe on 22 December. The aircraft (5X-NIL) is the first Airbus to be introduced by the African carrier, and the third -800 to be handed over after Kuwait Airways ...

  • Cancelled flights
    Opinion

    How might new Covid-19 strains affect the airline industry’s outlook?

    2020-12-21T15:53:00Z

    The emergence of more infectious strains of Covid-19 and the consequent restrictions placed on travel to and from the UK, Denmark and South Africa could have significant implications for the airline industry’s recovery path.

  • Grounded AA jets
    In depth

    In pictures: The airline industry’s crisis year

    2020-12-18T12:23:00Z

    A year that began with plenty of reasons for optimism about the industry’s prospects quickly turned into 12 months of unprecedented challenges, dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Airline-data
    In depth

    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: December 2020 update

    2020-12-14T11:56:00Z

    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, airport passenger throughput, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

  • Traveller-mask-c-Shutterstock
    Opinion

    Bubbles, testing, vaccines, quarantines: airlines brace for complicated 2021

    2020-12-04T16:58:00Z

    There is a high risk that a reduction in the threat posed by Covid-19 might only further expose a messy operating environment for international travel, stymieing the sector’s ability to take advantage of the virus’s reduced prevalence. 

  • Mali air force Airbus Defence & Space C295
    News

    Mali orders second C295 transport, for 2021 delivery

    2020-12-02T13:47:00Z

    Mali will introduce a second C295 transport to operational use in 2021, after signing a repeat order for the type with Airbus Defence & Space.

  • Air Djibouti 737 accident-c-via Twitter
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    Air Djibouti 737-500 suffers landing accident at Somali airport

    2020-12-02T09:41:00Z

    Air Djibouti has disclosed that a Boeing 737-500 has suffered an accident upon landing in north-eastern Somalia. The aircraft (EY-560) experienced a “tyre problem” during the landing at Garowe Puntland airport on 2 December, the airline states. As a result the twinjet “left the runway”, it adds, although ...

  • Airlink Embraer-c-Airlink
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    Airlink loses case to retrieve revenues held by former partner SAA

    2020-12-01T10:20:00Z

    South African carrier Airlink has failed to convince the country’s Supreme Court of Appeal that it is owed R510 million ($33 million) in ticket funds held by South African Airways. The court has upheld a Gauteng high court decision rejecting Airlink’s claim to the ticket revenues collected by SAA ...

  • decadeofairlineexcellenc-withborder
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    Ethiopian Airlines wins Decade of Airline Excellence Award for Africa region

    2020-12-01T09:59:00Z

    Recipient of the Decade of Airline Excellence Award for the Africa region, sponsored by Eways Aviation.

  • Kulula Boeing 737-800 (c) Bob Adams
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    Comair chief Stander steps down ahead of restart

    2020-11-30T15:40:00Z

    Comair chief executive Wrenelle Stander has stepped down ahead of the South African carrier’s resumption of services tomorrow after its grounding because of the global pandemic and a subsequent formal restructuring.

  • Aero Contractors incident title-c-Nigeria AIB
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    Nigerian operators warned to preserve cockpit-voice recordings

    2020-11-27T09:07:00Z

    Nigerian regulators have disclosed that they had to warn airlines against overwriting of cockpit-voice recorders, after being hampered during inquiries by absence of data. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority sent an all-operators letter to carriers in July last year alerting them to the issue. “[We have] noticed that ...

  • Embraer_ERJ-145
    News

    Embraer to allow ERJ-145 operators to install HEPA filters

    2020-11-27T02:30:00Z

    Embraer has issued a service bulletin allowing operators of its 50-seat ERJ-145 regional jet to install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, with the first kits to be delivered by next month. The Brazilian airframer, which took five and a half months to develop the kit, adds that it is ...