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    IATA flags up to $113 billion revenue hit from coronavirus ‘crisis’


    Airlines globally could see lost revenues of between $63 billion to $113 billion in 2020, depending on the extent of the coronavirus outbreak, says IATA, as it labels the impact “a crisis”. 

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    Canberra to sell remaining “Classic" Hornets to US training firm


    Canberra plans to sell 46 Boeing F/A-18 A/B “Classic” Hornets to Air USA, a firm that provides tactical airpower training services to the US military and international customers. The aircraft are being retired as Canberra takes delivery of up to 72 Lockheed Martin F-35As, which are replacing the Hornet ...

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    Coronavirus fears to shut down Lockheed Martin F-35 production in Japan


    Lockheed Martin and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plan to shut down production at the F-35’s Final Assembly and Check-Out (FACO) facility in Nagoya, Japan the week of 9-13 March due to fears of coronavirus contagion.

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    Impeded descent preceded 747’s false glideslope crash


    Investigators have given greater insight into the initial altitude deviation by a descending Boeing 747-400 freighter which preceded the aircraft’s capturing a false glideslope and fatally crashing at Bishkek. The inquiry into the accident, at night on 16 January 2017, had already established that the aircraft had been too ...

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    China launches funding scheme to keep services flying through coronavirus


    China has detailed plans for a funding scheme aimed at incentivising airlines to continue or restore services in the light of heavy network cuts amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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    Asian carriers cut operations as coronavirus outbreak persists


    Asian carriers have announced further reductions as the coronavirus outbreak persists. Starting this week, Korea Air is suspending most European and US flights through April, while changes to Japan service remain in place until the end of May. It is also reducing operations to major cities such as Chicago, ...

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    Thai Airways sold six widebodies last year


    Thai Airways International sold six widebodies last year as part of its strategy to “continuingly sell decommissioned aircraft”. The flag carrier says in a stock exchange filing that it disposed of five Airbus A330-300s and one Boeing 747-400 in 2019. It did not disclose the names of the buyers. ...

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    Singapore extends entry restrictions to stem coronavirus outbreak


    New travel restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus take effect in Singapore today, barring the entry of new visitors who visited South Korea, Iran, or northern Italy in the past 14 days. Citizens and permanent residents returning from these regions will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. ...

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    Lockheed delivers 500th F-35


    Lockheed Martin has delivered the 500th F-35 fighter, with the fleet also surpassing the 250,000 flight hour mark. The 500th example delivered is an F-35A that will serve with the Vermont Air National Guard, says Lockheed. An image of the jet shows it bears the registration number AF5343. ...

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    Why the US Air Force might use ‘deception’ and UAVs hidden in shipping containers to fight China


    The US Air Force is rethinking the way it plans for war in the Pacific Ocean. It is eyeing a new class of unmanned air vehicle that could be hidden inside shipping containers and spread across small islands in the western Pacific. Should war ever come, the UAVs could be rocket launched within a matter of hours in massive volleys from dozens or even thousands of secret sites.

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    Airline failures loom as outbreak spreads: ISTAT panelists


    Global airline capacity in 2020 has declined by nearly 3% as of 2 March compared to the same period in 2019, Rob Morris, global head of Ascend by Cirium, disclosed at an ISTAT event today. Through the week ended 1 March, global capacity had declined by 2% year-over-year, Cirium ...

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    Vistara receives first Boeing 787


    India’s Vistara has taken delivery of the first widebody aircraft in its fleet, a Boeing 787-9. The GEnx-1B powered aircraft, registered VT-TSD, is the first of six 787s that Vistara has on order. Vistara takes first Boeing 787-9 The carrier, ...

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    Jeju Air closes Eastar Jet acquisition for $46 million cash


    South Korea’s Jeju Air will acquire a majority stake in compatriot Eastar Jet as planned for a W54.5 billion ($45.8 million) cash consideration. The amount is lower than the W69.5 billion previously announced. W11.95 billion of the acquisition price has already been paid as down payment for the ...

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    Thai Airways 2019 losses widen despite increased traffic


    Thai Airways International’s losses widened by Bt3.4 billion ($109 million) to Bt12.4 billion in 2019, as revenues fell despite increased passenger numbers. Operating revenue declined by 7.7% to Bt184 billion, as passenger revenue fell 7% to Bt149 billion while the cargo segment plunged 20.4% to Bt17.8 billion. Among ...

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    Air Macau exercises option for A320neo from CALC


    Air Macau has exercised the option to purchase one Airbus A320neo from Hong Kong-based lessor China Aircraft Leasing (CALC). The flag carrier was granted the option on 11 March 2019 to buy one A320neo that it was set to take on operating lease from CALC by the end ...

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    Lion Air delaying decision on IPO


    Indonesia’s Lion Air Group has put on hold plans for an initial public offering, a source tells Cirium. The company was expected to make the call at the end of February, but the person says some investors have been reluctant to hold face-to-face meetings amid the coronavirus outbreak. ...

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    United’s capacity reduction in Asia extends beyond China


    United Airlines has suspended some of its flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore and Seoul and extended its flight cancellations to mainland China and Hong Kong through 30 April. The Chicago-based airline has cancelled flights from Los Angeles and Houston to Tokyo Narita between 8 March and 24 April, and ...

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    Bangkok Airways consortium ‘best’ bidder for U-Tapao hub project


    A three-party consortium that includes Bangkok Airways has emerged as the bidder that made “the best offer” to develop an aviation hub at Thai airport U-Tapao International. Along with with BTS Group and Sino-Thai Engineering Construction, the carrier submitted a joint bid for the “U-Tapao International Airport ...

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    Bangkok Airways’ 2019 profit up despite dip in passenger revenue


    Bangkok Airways boosted operating profit 18% to Bt1.68 billion ($53.2 million) last year, despite a decline in revenue from the passenger segment. Revenue rose 2.4% to Bt28.6 billion. However, passenger revenue fell 6.9% to nearly Bt18.9 billion, which the carrier attributed to a strengthening of the Thai baht against ...

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    AirAsia X to renegotiate aircraft leases, defer A330neos


    AirAsia X will ask lessors for lease reductions across its entire fleet as the coronavirus crisis puts a strain on its business. The Malaysian low-cost long-haul carrier has targeted a 30% lease reduction and plans to renegotiate maintenance reserves. It is also seeking the early return of ...