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Air China warns of 'short term' loss from outbreak

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Air China has joined a growing list of airlines in warning of an operating loss “in the short term”, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc.

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Garuda returns to profitability in 2019

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Garuda Indonesia posted an operating profit of $147 million for 2019, a turnaround from the $199 million operating loss in 2018.

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Minimum number of flights required for airlines taking bailout money: US DOT

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has published rules that US carriers must follow if they decide to accept government aid as a result of financial difficulties resulting from the global coronavirus crisis.

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Airline traffic unlikely to return to pre-crisis levels before start of 2021

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Airlines are unlikely to see a return to pre-crisis traffic levels before the start of 2021 at the earliest IATA expects - and even that projection assumes the coronavirus issues are largely tackled over the next three months.

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Dassault aims to begin gradual restart of production at French sites after coronavirus shutdown

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Dassault hopes to begin gradually recommencing production at its French facilities in the coming days following an agreement with workforce unions

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Tegel airport operator plans temporary closure to cut costs

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Berlin’s airports operator is preparing a temporary closure of the Tegel airport, and requires fresh capital to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis

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Ticket refund burden to compound airline Q2 losses: IATA

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A requirement to refund an estimated $35 billion in airline tickets during the second quarter will deepen the impact on their cash reserves on top of a projected industry loss of $39 billion for the quarter.

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North Sea helicopter operators provide dedicated coronavirus response fleet

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Oil and gas operators working from Aberdeen in the north of Scotland have assembled a fleet of helicopters for emergency repatriation flights of offshore staff as a response to the coronavirus crisis.

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Emirates to receive capital injection from Dubai government

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Emirates is to be given a capital injection by the Dubai government, to support the Middle Eastern airline in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.

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British Airways suspends flights from Gatwick

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British Airways has suspended operations at its London Gatwick hub, citing “challenging” market conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Smaller Southeast Asian carriers operate reduced schedules

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Smaller Southeast Asian carriers are operating on reduced schedules, alongside significant cuts by the region’s major operators.

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Virgin Australia seeks $865m financial support from government

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Virgin Australia is seeking A$1.4 billion ($865 million) in financial support from the Australian government to battle the downturn caused by the coronavirus crisis.

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Thai Airways to ground most of its fleet, seeks liquidity boost

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Thai Airways International will ground 69 of 82 aircraft in its fleet and is looking for ways to boost finances as it battles the coronavirus crisis.

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Jin Air uses 777 aircraft for cargo-only flights

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South Korea’s Jin Air is the latest to deploy passenger planes on pure cargo operations as the coronavirus crisis wipes out business and leisure travel worldwide.

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Air NZ braces for $3 billion revenue plummet, starts layoffs

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Air New Zealand has detailed how the coronavirus pandemic has all but wiped out its revenue this year and says it will start the process of laying off up to 3,500 workers this week

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Short-time work begins for Lufthansa cabin crew and ground staff

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Lufthansa has agreed short-time working arrangements with flight attendants and ground staff after suspending much of its operation amid the coronavirus crisis.

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Air New Zealand operates first Shanghai cargo flight

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Air New Zealand is operating a cargo flight to Shanghai for the first time, as freight operations become “a really important part of what we do in the next quarter”.

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Eurocontrol: All-cargo flights stay level as passenger traffic collapses

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Efforts to maintain supply lines during the coronavirus crisis has meant all-cargo flights have barely declined in Europe despite the wipe-out of passenger operations across the continent.

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Air Canada to cut 16,500 workers

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Air Canada says it is cutting 16,500 employees and slashing its network by up to 90% in April and May, confirming earlier reports in Canadian media.

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Passenger sues five Canadian carriers

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Canadian airlines Air Canada, WestJet, Swoop, Air Transat and Sunwing have been accused of breach of contract in a class action lawsuit filed in the province of British Colombia for refusing to give passengers refunds to purchased tickets after the coronavirus severely impacted both domestic and international air travel.

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FAA eases some flight crew requirements in response to pandemic

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The Federal Aviation Administration has eased some flight crew training and medical requirements in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

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EasyJet founder threatens board over Airbus fleet expansion

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UK budget carrier EasyJet’s founder, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, is threatening methodically to dismantle the company’s board if it fails to take action to reduce the airline’s commitment to additional Airbus jets.

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Russian low-cost carrier Pobeda halts flights until end of May

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Aeroflot low-cost unit Pobeda has suspended all flights until the end of May following the introduction of travel restrictions by the Russian government.

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Airbus suspends Spanish production as outbreak restrictions tighten

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Airbus is suspending most of its production in Spain for more than a week, as it continues its efforts to address the coronavirus situation.

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Aerospace and automotive firms channel expertise into medical ventilators

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Airbus, Rolls-Royce and other aerospace and automotive engineering firms are participating in a consortium to respond to a UK demand for medical ventilators, as part of the effort to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

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EasyJet parks entirety of fleet after completing rescue services

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UK budget carrier EasyJet has opted to ground the remainder of its aircraft fleet, after completing hundreds of repatriation flights in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Two more AirAsia carriers suspend operations from April

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Indonesia AirAsia and Thai AirAsia are the latest among the AirAsia Group carriers to suspend operations, leaving just AirAsia Japan in service.

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Japanese and South Korean carriers further cut April schedules

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Japanese and South Korean carriers have made further reductions to their summer schedules in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Tough decisions loom for fleets grounded due to coronavirus crisis

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With aircraft piling up at Asia-Pacific airports amid the coronavirus crisis, airline engineering teams will play a key role in keeping grounded jets ready for the day when demand for air travel returns.

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Airbus uses A330 tanker to fly coronavirus air bridge

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Airbus is deploying additional aircraft including an A330 tanker conversion airframe to provide flight support for medical supplies from China to Europe.

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US aerospace industry reviewing aid options in 880-page coronavirus relief bill

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The coronavirus relief law signed by President Donald Trump on 27 March sets aside billions of dollars in available loans to distressed and national-security-critical companies – categories into which aerospace manufacturers like Boeing and its suppliers may fall.

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UK airspace visualisation illustrates coronavirus impact on traffic

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UK air navigation service NATS has illustrated the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the country’s air traffic through a comparison with airspace activity a year ago.

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Trump signs economic aid bill

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US President Donald Trump has signed a $2 trillion aid package designed to support distressed companies and employees after the coronavirus pandemic massively disrupted the US economy in the past weeks. 

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Harbour Air suspends scheduled flights

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Canadian commuter airline Harbour Air has suspended its scheduled passenger operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, and says it expects to spend the entire month of April grounded.

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UK ground-handlers urge help to preserve cash-flow and staff

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UK ground-handling firms have collectively urged the government to take measures to help them preserve cash and maintain their workforce, warning that they will otherwise be unlikely to maintain operations through the coronavirus crisis period.

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Tracking how European airlines have cut capacity during crisis

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Over the course of the last week the further spread of aircraft groundings means the European airline scheduled passenger market is approaching a standstill amid national lock-downs and the closing of borders to international visitors.

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Rolls-Royce cools UK civil aerospace activity for a week

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Rolls-Royce is to shut down its UK civil aerospace operations for a week, from 27 March, as part of its response to the coronavirus crisis.

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Ground-handler Menzies halves active workforce as airline operations evaporate

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Ground services firm Menzies has temporarily halved its active global workforce, as it assesses the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on its operations.

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APAC airports could lose $23.9 billion revenue: trade association

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The coronavirus crisis could have a $23.9 billion impact on revenue for Asia-Pacific airports this year, according to estimates by the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific.

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United agrees $500 million term loan with Goldman Sachs

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United Airlines has agreed to borrow $500 million from Goldman Sachs Bank USA in the form of a one-year secured term loan.

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China cuts overseas flights to stem imported coronavirus cases

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The Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) is further cutting the number of international flights allowed by both local and foreign carriers, in a bid to contain the “increasing risks” of imported coronavirus cases.

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Asia-Pacific carriers had dismal month in February: AAPA

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Preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines show that regional air traffic plunged in February.

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​ICAO welcomes government support for aviation sector

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UN aviation body ICAO welcomed a statement from G20 countries to aid in the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting that aviation is one of the worst-hit sectors.

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Qatar Airways opens Brisbane service amid Coronavirus

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The coronavirus pandemic has opened a new route for Qatar Airways, which will operate flights to Brisbane for the first time and increase services to Australia to help people get home.

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Singapore Airlines boosts liquidity amid coronavirus crisis

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Singapore Airlines is planning to issue S$5.3 billion ($3.7 billion) in equity and S$3.5 billion in 10-year mandatory convertible bonds in order to raise liquidity as demand for air travel slumps globally.

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Americas 26 March recap: US Senate passes bill, Embraer sees deferments

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The US Senate passed an economic stimulus bill designed to support workers and industries, including the airline sector, after the global coronavirus crisis ravaged the economy in past weeks.

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Aerospace defence firms try stopping coronavirus from spreading in their factories

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While the rest of the world shuts down, aerospace defence manufacturers are expected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to keep turning out aircraft.

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US government aid to aerospace could mean oversupply in future, but avert ‘catastrophe’ now: analyst

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While government support would provide vital relief to US aerospace manufacturing at a time of impending crisis, such aid could create a “synthetic” aircraft market to the detriment of the industry in future years.

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US Senate approves economic aid, bill moves to House

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The US Senate passed an economic stimulus bill that is designed to support industry and workers after the global coronavirus crisis exploded, and ravaged the economy in the past three weeks.

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Safran reinforces finances as outbreak exacerbates Max misery

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French aerospace firm Safran has enhanced, in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, measures it had already been implementing in response to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max.

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El Al awaits state funding decision after halting passenger flights

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Israeli flag-carrier El Al has opted to suspend all remaining passenger flights, as it awaits potential government financial support.

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Spirit AeroSystems targets year-end opening of Scotland wing development site

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Spirit AeroSystems expects by year-end to open a new facility in Prestwick, Scotland where it will research and develop manufacturing and production technologies aimed at helping the company land contracts to supply Airbus’ next single-aisle aircraft programme.

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Cash reserves give Boeing 10 months of breathing room, analysts suggest

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Boeing should have sufficient liquidity to keep operating for eight to 10 months, possibly longer, according to analysts, despite speculation about its financial condition based on recent calls for $60 billion in government aid for the US aerospace industry.

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IATA is not crying wolf with airline ‘apocalypse’ warning

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It is a mark of how quickly the global coronavirus crisis has escalated that when IATA describes the airline sector as being in an “apocalypse now” scenario, no-one is accusing the industry association of hyperbole.

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Paris Orly to shut as European airports gradually quieten

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European air traffic data shows that the coronavirus outbreak has effectively set the continent’s airspace back by more than a quarter of a century, to flight levels not experienced since the early 1990s.

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Airbus temporarily cuts wing production at UK and German sites

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Airbus is to roll back wing production at its UK and German plants, to bring wing supply into line with demand at its final assembly lines.

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Tigerair Australia grounded as parent Virgin cuts more capacity

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Tigerair Australia has suspended all operations from 25 March, as part of deeper capacity cuts by its parent Virgin Australia.

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Air New Zealand focuses on cargo

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Air New Zealand is ramping up cargo operations to “keep Kiwi businesses connected to the world” while working with the government to maintain critical cargo flow.

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Singapore Airlines and SilkAir pilots put on leave without pay

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Singapore Airlines has asked its pilots to take unpaid leave for up to seven days each month, starting 1 April.

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Americas 25 March in review: US Congress debates aid bill

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As the US Congress debated a government assistance bill that would help the aviation and aerospace industry weather the financial storm of the coronavirus crisis, the Pentagon warned that the current pandemic could lead to geopolitical instability.

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Embraer manufactures ventilator parts

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Brazilian aircraft-maker Embraer has begun manufacturing parts for ventilators in an effort to support the country’s medical industry as the coronavirus pandemic grips all corners of the globe.

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US Senate bill would offer $78b in aid to airlines, workers, contractors

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A government aid package currently making its way through the US Congress calls for loans and payroll support for airlines and aviation industry workers of $78 billion altogether, but links the assistance to strict conditions regarding executive pay, stock buybacks, dividends and requirements to maintain employee levels through the third quarter of the year.

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London City airport to close until end of April

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London City airport is to close for all flights from this evening until the end of April.

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IndiGo has most new aircraft at risk among Indian carriers

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IndiGo has, among compatriot airlines, the highest number of new aircraft deliveries at risk as India began a three-week lockdown today.

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Airline Business podcast: Latest IATA impact assessment plus Asia-Pacific focus

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Graham and Lewis talk through the latest figures and thoughts from IATA as airlines across the world ground their fleets in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Cargo carriers see surging freighter demand as bellyhold capacity falls

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IATA has highlighted “record levels” of freighter demand amid a fall in passenger flights that has reduced global air cargo capacity by around 30%.

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A320neo overbooking will help steer Airbus through crisis: Faury

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Airbus believes its policy of overbooking orders will give the airframer a degree of flexibility to manage the impact of the coronavirus crisis on its production and delivery processes.

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Airline coronavirus story could go from ‘Apocalypse Now’ to ‘The Big Short’

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When IATA outled its latest estimates for the impact of coronavirus on the airline industry on 24 March, the urgency of the situation was front and centre of its messaging.

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UK air transport representatives try to calm concerns over government aid

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UK airline and crew interest groups are trying to allay concerns over planned government support to the industry after confusion emerged over the nature and extent of financial measures for the sector.

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South African shutdown heaps pressure on bedevilled Fastjet

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African budget carrier Fastjet, already under substantial financial pressure, is having to cope with the additional burden of the coronavirus outbreak after the South African and Zimbabwean governments imposed travel restrictions.

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Air New Zealand limits service to essential travel and cargo

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Air New Zealand will operate limited services to enable essential travel and maintain cargo flow, even as it cuts international schedules by 95% from 30 March to 31 May.

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Thai Airways suspends overseas flights

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Thai Airways International is moving to suspend international flights, as Thailand prepares to implement a state of emergency on 26 March to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

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Cebu Pacific feels pinch from Philippines quarantine

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Cebu Pacific says the month-long “community quarantine” imposed on metropolitan Manila and the main Luzon island group recently will free up 90% of its total seat capacity, even as it maintains services from its hubs outside of Manila and the region.

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Beijing moves to beef up air cargo capacity

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Beijing will take steps to bolster domestic and international air cargo capacity amid the global coronavirus pandemic, including support for air freight companies and logistics firms.

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Qantas Group secures $625 million against 787-9s

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The Qantas Group has secured A$1.05 billion ($625 million) in a new round of debt funding to “strengthen its position as it manages through the coronavirus outbreak”.

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Americas 24 March in review: Congress negotiates aid; Manufacturers and airlines make deep cuts

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Politicians from both houses of the US Congress continued negotiating a bill that would offer the air transport industry financial support in order to secure jobs and keep airlines afloat as the coronavirus crisis ravages the industry.

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Boeing tells some suppliers to ‘halt shipments’ amid temporary shutdown

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Boeing has instructed suppliers to stop shipments to its Seattle-area production sites during the company’s temporary production shutdown, which takes effect on 25 March.

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Boeing’s Calhoun defends Boeing’s financial health, pushes back against equity-for-aid government support

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Boeing chief executive David Calhoun insists government aid to the struggling airline and aerospace sectors should not be contingent upon the government taking equity in US companies.

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WestJet cuts 50% of staff

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WestJet’s chief executive Ed Sims says the airline has eliminated half of its workforce as it tries to preserve itself while the coronavirus continues to ravage the air transport industry.

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Avianca ceases domestic flights through mid-April

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Avianca has suspended domestic flights through at least 12 April, citing the Colombian federal government’s closing of the country’s airspace, which commences 25 March.

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Azul expands April capacity cuts to 90%

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Brazilian low-cost carrier Azul has cut its planned capacity through 30 April by 90%.

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Brazil’s Gol down to 50 daily domestic flights

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Gol has dropped its domestic capacity in Brazil by 92% and its international capacity by 100% through early May in response to falling demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

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US House aid bill sets strict labour, consumer, environmental protections

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The US House of Representatives says it is willing to support the transportation industry as it works through its losses due to the coronavirus, including offering infrastructure grants to airports and tangible relief for aviation workers. However, it wants airlines to protect their employees and consumers before protecting their own bottom lines.

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Spirit AeroSystems halts Boeing work, Triumph lays off staff

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Airframe manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems will halt much of its Boeing-related work and Triumph Group will lay off several hundred staffers in response to the rapid coronavirus-led downturn in the aviation industry.

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Airline passenger revenues to fall $252 billion in 2020 amid coronavirus: IATA

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IATA now expects the coronavirus outbreak to reduce airline revenues from passenger operations by $252 billion in 2020 – more than double its earlier worst-case-scenario estimate.

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​Norwegian receives first financing under sector’s rescue package

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Low-cost carrier Norwegian has obtained the first 10% of the funding that Norway’s government is guaranteeing for it under a rescue plan for the national airline industry.

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Leonardo continues building 787 fuselages despite Boeing production pause

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Italian aerospace champion Leonardo will continue to build and ship fuselage sections and other aerostructures for the Boeing 787 programme, despite the US airframer’s planned 14-day suspension of production in the Puget Sound region.

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Thai low-cost carriers suspend international services

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Thai low-cost carriers have announced temporary suspensions of international services.

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KLM summer schedule just 10% of normal

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KLM will begin its summer season flying only a small fraction of its normal capacity, as a result of the coronavirus and travel restrictions.

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Americas 23 March in review: Boeing shuts Seattle factories; Airlines repatriate citizens

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US aerospace companies continue to take radical measures to try to reduce the impact of the coronavirus as politicians negotiate a federal aid package designed to assist the companies through the crisis. 

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United reinstates some flights to Europe, Asia

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United has stepped back from its plans to cut 95% of its capacity and leave just a skeleton network in place through the coronavirus crisis, now reinstating some daily international routes to Europe, Asia and Australia, while running a few additional flights between now and the end of March to repatriate displaced travelers.

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Air Canada to reinstate some international routes to repatriate citizens

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Air Canada will reinstate some international connections in an effort to repatriate citizens who have become stranded overseas as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Trading of Boeing shares halted, company suspends Washington production after employee dies

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Trading of Boeing’s shares has been halted as the company announces it will suspend production in the Puget Sound region of Washington state for at least two weeks.

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Wizz warns full grounding a ‘distinct possibility’ as low-cost carriers pare back

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Central European budget carrier Wizz Air has warned the grounding of its full fleet remains “a distinct possibility” as it has now reduced its operations to around 15% of its planned capacity.

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MTU to suspend production for three weeks

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Propulsion specialist MTU Aero Engines is to suspend production at a number of its European facilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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GE Aviation plans 10% US workforce cuts, implements broad furloughs

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GE Aviation intends to reduce its US workforce by 10% and to furlough 50% of maintenance, repair and overhaul workers for 90 days in response to collapse of air travel demand caused by the coronavirus.

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​India to halt all domestic passenger flights from 25 March

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India will suspend all domestic passenger flights from 25 March in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

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Airbus sees indications of gradual Chinese traffic recovery

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Airbus believes there are initial signs of air transport recovery from the coronavirus outbreak in China, from where the first contagion wave spread.

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Airbus assessing production impact as outbreak pressure intensifies

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Airbus is evaluating potential impact of the coronavirus outbreak on production, particularly for twin-aisle aircraft, and acknowledges that it might have to store aircraft as tightening restrictions obstruct deliveries.

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​UAE halts all passenger flights for two weeks

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All inbound, outbound and transit passenger flights to and from the United Arab Emirates – home to one of the world’s busiest hubs – are to be suspended for two weeks.

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Icelandair Group shifts nearly all staff to temporary working

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Icelandair Group has disclosed that it is operating only 14% of its flight schedule and expects this to reduce further, and that it is taking steps to move 92% of employees to temporary part-time working.

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Airbus beefs up finances to weather coronavirus

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Airbus has announced measures to support its financial position in light of the economic challenges presented by coronavirus.

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SIA grounds almost entire fleet in ‘greatest challenge’ ever

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Singapore Airlines will slash schedules and ground almost all aircraft, as the coronavirus pandemic presents “the greatest challenge that the SIA Group has faced in its existence”.

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New Zealand implements four-week lockdown

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New Zealand will go into lockdown for four weeks starting 25 March to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

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Australian carriers plan capacity cut on domestic travel curb

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Virgin Australia and Qantas expect further changes to their schedules after the Australian government advised against domestic travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Outbreak brings mixed fortunes for Asia MROs

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While much has been said about how the coronavirus outbreak has affected the airline industry, what is less-known is its effect on MROs. Are MROs in Asia seeing the silver lining of the crisis, or is it also a picture of gloom for many of them? 

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EasyJet cancels 90% of flights from 24 March

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EasyJet will ground the majority of its aircraft from 24 March because of the coronavirus-related travel restrictions in force across its network.

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S&P cuts European airlines’ credit ratings

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S&P Global has lowered its ratings for EasyJet, Ryanair, Lufthansa, IAG, British Airways, Air Baltic, Turkish Airlines and SAS, and placed them on alert for further downgrades as the coronavirus hurts their liquidity positions.

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Coronavirus prompts overnight closures of New York air traffic control sites

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The coronavirus pandemic continues disrupting US air traffic control, with the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily shutting the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center and New York LaGuardia airport’s control tower, citing infections.

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A330-800 test aircraft deployed to transport coronavirus supplies

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Airbus has been deploying an A330-800 test aircraft to assist with coronavirus protection measures, using it to transport some 2 million masks from Tianjin in China to Europe, where they will be distributed to French and Spanish authorities.

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Largest A380 operator Emirates suspends most passenger services

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Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is suspending most of its passenger operations from 25 March, but intends to continue freight services.

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Airline CEOs promise no furloughs if aid flows quickly

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US airline chief executives have told Congress that government aid must flow quickly to avoid mass layoffs and furloughs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while promising to limit executive pay and stop share buyback programs.

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Week of 16 March in review: North American carriers reel from coronavirus fallout

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The aviation and aerospace industry in North America experienced the most dramatic week since the days and weeks following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

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Boeing executives to give up all pay

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Boeing announced several extraordinary measures to help the company through the coronavirus crisis which has left the entire aerospace industry reeling.

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Trump suggests airline aid package could restrict stock buybacks

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President Donald Trump supports imposing stock buyback restrictions on companies that receive financial aid as part of the federal government’s coronavirus recovery package.

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Brandenburg operator discusses financial aid but opening stays firm

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Berlin airports operator FBB is insisting that the new Brandenburg hub will open on time, even if the coronavirus crisis disrupts trial runs prior to the inauguration.

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Air Canada temporarily lays off 5,100 cabin crew: union

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Air Canada is reportedly temporarily laying off 5,100 cabin crew as the coronavirus hits its business, forcing it to ground aircraft and take significant capacity out of its network.

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Longview halts production of Q400s and Twin Otters

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Longview Aviation Capital’s subsidiaries will suspend production of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada’s Dash 8-400 turboprop and Viking Air’s DHC-6-400 Twin Otter turboprop in response to the coronavirus crisis.

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European flight activity halves under coronavirus onslaught

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Flight activity in European airspace has deteriorated by more than 50% compared with the same point last year, the latest data from air navigation organisation Eurocontrol reveals.

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FAA staff at JFK and Indianapolis test positive for coronavirus, prompting contingency operations

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Federal Aviation Administration employees who work at an Indianapolis air traffic control center and the tower at John F Kennedy airport in New York have tested positive for coronavirus.

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​Spain’s Volotea grounds fleet until 8 April

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Volotea has announced the temporary grounding of its entire fleet until at least 8 April, sending home 1,100 of its employees in Spain, France and Italy over this period.

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South African Airways suspends all international services

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South African Airways is immediately cancelling all international services until the end of May.

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Which European carriers are suspending all flights because of coronavirus

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European carriers have over the past week been announcing increasingly large cuts to their services, as country’s tighten their border controls. A number have called a halt to flights altogether for the coming weeks - or will just operate a few flights to accomodate returning nationals

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Boeing is too big to fail, but any rescue will be conditional

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Eleven years after the end of the 2007-2009 Great Recession, the USA is again having “too big to fail” discussions, with the airframer at their centre.

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Governments could offer certainty by taking Airbus deliveries: research note

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Governments should buy up to 600 aircraft from Airbus over the next three years, as a measure to sustain the airline and aerospace industries, according to a research note from US financial services firm Jeffries Group.

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London Heathrow operations to ‘shrink’ during outbreak

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London Heathrow is to restructure and “shrink” the hub’s operations while the coronavirus situation persists, the airport’s operator has advised.

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Luxair to suspend flights from 23 March

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Luxair has become the latest European carrier to announce it will temporarily suspend flights, calling a halt to its operations from 23 March.

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SAS in line to benefit as Sweden approves credit guarantees

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Sweden’s national legislature has rapidly approved a proposal to issue credit guarantees of up to SKr5 billion ($488 million) to airlines, of which SKr1.5 billion will be allocated to SAS.

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Finnish government agrees to guarantee €600m loan to Finnair

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Finland’s government has provisionally agreed to provide a state guarantee of up to €600 million to assist flag-carrier Finnair, although the measure still needs parliamentary consent.

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Cathay reduces flying to ‘bare skeleton’ network of 15 points

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Cathay Pacific has extended its deep capacity cuts for another month, reducing capacity by 96% for April and May, operating a “bare skeleton” passenger flight schedule of just 15 cities.

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​VietJet suspends Southeast Asia flights

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Low-cost carrier VietJet Air will temporarily suspend services on its Southeast Asian network.

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AAPA calls on governments to help struggling airline sector

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The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has called on the region’s governments to “take immediate action” to help airlines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wellington throws financial lifeline to Air NZ

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Air New Zealand has secured standby funding of up to NZ$900 million ($511 million) from the government to support the airline as it battles the coronavirus outbreak.

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Hawaiian to cut flights by 40% during April

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Hawaiian Airlines plans to cut 40% of its flights in April, including international routes and those to the continental USA, as the carrier prepares for a prolonged lack of demand and additional government travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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​Air Baltic joins calls for sector-wide support

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Air Baltic is urging government assistance for the airline industry amid the coronavirus crisis.

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RwandAir to suspend operations for 30 days

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RwandAir will temporarily halt all services from 21 March to 21 April, as its looks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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‘This is really about industry survival’: EasyJet chief

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EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren has warned that the aviation industry is facing its worst crisis in history – one that is threatening many carriers with bankruptcy.

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Nikki Haley leaves Boeing’s board in protest of coronavirus aid package

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Former governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley resigned from her position on Boeing’s board of directors in protest of a coronavirus aid package 

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Senate bill would make $150b available to struggling sectors, including aerospace manufacturing

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The US Senate’s proposed financial aid package to businesses affected by the coronavirus would make $150 billion in loans available to “distressed” US companies, including those in the aerospace manufacturing sector.

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American Airlines to fly cargo-only flights for first time since 1984

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Due to lack of demand for passenger transportation, American Airlines plans to start flying scheduled cargo-only flights.

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Senate aims to provide $58b in aid to airlines

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The US government has offered its airline industry a package worth $58 billion to assist in supporting the sector as it manages through the coronavirus pandemic that has forced many to reduce schedules, ground aircraft and furlough staff.

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CargoJet redeploys capacity to support Canada's remote northern communities

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Canadian cargo carrier CargoJet is redeploying some of its international capacity to domestic overnight routes, in order to bolster the supply chain to the country’s far north, largely indigenous communities which are only accessible by air. 

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Aviation industry coalition asks for coordinated government help

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A coalition of 30 aviation industry groups, lobby organisations and professional associations signed a joint letter to the US government insisting it implement urgent and coordinated measures to secure the sector and protect 11 million aviation-related jobs.

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Norwegian offered largest share of airline state guarantee package

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Norway’s government is providing a conditional state loan guarantee for its aviation industry amounting to NKr6 billion ($533 million), and is securing a minimum level of flight operations in the country.

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Canada’s Sunwing to suspend flights and layoff pilots: union

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Canadian leisure carrier Sunwing Airlines will suspend operations on 24 March and layoff all its roughly 470 pilots on 8 April, according the union representing Sunwing’s pilots.

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Compass Airlines to shut down operations

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Compass Airlines, which flies regional routes for American Airlines as American Eagle, will shut down completely on 7 April, the second US regional carrier to fall victim to the coronavirus.

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US government warns against international travel with ‘Level 4’ advisory

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The US Department of State has issued a “Level 4” international travel advisory, upping the government’s travel warning to the highest level as part of an effort to urge Americans not to fly overseas.

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The air traffic control tower at Las Vegas McCarran International airport has been closed for a deep cleaning after one controller has “presumptively tested positive” for the coronavirus.

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Swiss ponders full operational stop amid ‘draconian’ restrictions

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Swiss International Air Lines is considering a full suspension of flights, following the lead of other carriers within Lufthansa Group, which as a whole has shed 95% of its planned capacity.

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IATA blasts new EU passenger rights guidance during pandemic

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Airline passengers whose flights are cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak will be able to choose between having the cost of their ticket reimbursed or rebooking on to a later flight under new European Union guidelines, a move that has prompted “dismay” at IATA.

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Three runways to close at main Paris airports

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Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is set to close two runways within days, providing additional space on which to park aircraft grounded by the coronavirus crisis.

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Jet2 parent pulls profits guidance as carrier suspends flights until May

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Parent of UK leisure carrier Jet2 has pulled its full-year financial guidance after the operator was forced to cancel all flying until 1 May following the widespread introduction of travel restrictions across Europe.

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Lufthansa Group parks 700 aircraft in crisis response

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Lufthansa Group is unable to predict how much its profit will fall this year as it confirmed a 95% capacity reduction to battle the coronavirus outbreak.

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All tunnel, no light for Asia-Pacific airlines

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The Asia-Pacific is seen as the engine of future aviation growth, but the coronavirus pandemic has brought its airline sector to its knees.

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Chinese carriers’ February traffic collapse amid pandemic hit

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February was a difficult month for China’s three largest carriers as the country battled the coronavirus outbreak and was the subject of travel restrictions globally.

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Qantas and Jetstar suspend all international flights

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Qantas and Jetstar are suspending scheduled international flights from late March, in accordance with the Australian government’s advice.

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Taiwan closes borders to foreigner arrivals

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Taiwan has joined a growing list of governments around the world to close off its borders to foreign arrivals, in a bid to stem the tide of imported coronavirus cases.

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Spirit reduces April and May capacity by 20%

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Spirit Airlines will cut its April capacity by 20% and its May capacity by 25% and reduce executive salaries as the ultra-low-cost carrier seeks to reduce costs in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Air Canada to scale back international routes through April

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Air Canada today says it will gradually suspend most international flights by 31 March in response to the coronavirus pandemic while maintaining a few routes to help Canadian citizens repatriate and continue essential cargo deliveries.

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Allegiant cuts capacity and halts non-airline projects

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Allegiant Travel Company, the parent company of Allegiant Air, announced today it will immediately cease activity on non-airline projects including construction of its Sunseeker Resort in Florida as it anticipates capacity cuts to rise to 35% during April and May.

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US Air Force C-17 moves 500,000 swabs from Italy to USA, and activates ‘24/7 Crisis Battle Staff’

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As part of a growing effort to support the US government’s response to coronavirus, the US Air Force moved 500,000 swabs aboard a C-17 Globemaster III from an airbase in Italy to the USA.

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Transat gradually suspends service until 30 April

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Canada’s Air Transat says it is halting sales for departures to most of its destinations in light of the global coronavirus which is massively disrupting travel around the world.

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Canada’s Porter shutters until June

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Canadian regional carrier Porter Airlines says it is ceasing all operations until June, according to a notice on the airline’s website.

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Textron Aviation plans four weeks of furloughs for US staff

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Business aircraft maker Textron Aviation is furloughing “most” US staff for four weeks and  “adjusting” production as an initial response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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El Al puts most personnel on two months' leave

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Israeli flag-carrier El Al has put 5,500 personnel on unpaid leave until the end of May, following the cuts to its network in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

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​Ryanair may shut down all operations from 24 March

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Ryanair is cutting 80% of its scheduled flights and could ground its entire fleet in response to the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus crisis to bring airline profits run to abrupt halt

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While IATA stopped short of issuing any fresh forecasts for the year in its latest media briefing, the airline trade association left little doubt regarding the extent to which the coronavirus crisis will drive the industry’s unprecedented run of profits to an abrupt end.

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Air Malta to suspend all flights as government imposes travel ban

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Air Malta is suspending operations, following a decision by the Maltese government to ban all commercial air travel to the country because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Copenhagen converts two runways to aircraft parking zones

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Copenhagen airport’s operator is allocating two of its three runways to aircraft parking while the coronavirus crisis persists, as airlines seek to ground large proportions of their fleet.

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Air NZ targets 30% reduction in workforce: CEO

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Air New Zealand could reduce its workforce of 12,500 by up to 30%, as it works through the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak

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Pressured SA Express suspends services until further notice

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South African regional carrier SA Express is suspending operations until further notice, in response to various pressures on the airline.

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Domestic air travel ban hits Philippine carriers

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Philippine carriers will bear the brunt of a short-term suspension of domestic air travel from the country’s main Luzon island group, as a “community quarantine” that was first imposed on the metropolitan Manila area has been expanded to include the entire region.

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Taiwan extends financial lifeline to its airlines

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The Taiwanese government will offer financial aid to its carriers – in the form of subsidies and loans – to help cushion the financial blow from the coronavirus.

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Australia rolls out aid package for aviation industry

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The Australian government has unveiled a A$715 million ($430 million) relief package for its aviation industry, which has been hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Virgin Australia cuts entire international network, halves domestic capacity

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Virgin Australia will suspend all international flights until June, and ground its entire widebody fleet, as it continues to reel from the impact of coronavirus outbreak.

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Hawaiian suspends Sapporo service into July

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Hawaiian Airlines will suspend its three weekly nonstop flights between Honolulu International airport (HNL) and New Chitose Airport (CTS) in Sapporo from 2 April through 18 July due to coronavirus risks, cutting into its revenue hopes for its Japan network.

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Singapore Airlines halves capacity, seeks liquidity boost

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Singapore Airlines will operate at 50% capacity until end-April and is looking to shore up liquidity.

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Vietnam to cease visa issuance for one month

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Vietnam will cease issuing visas for incoming visitors over the next 30 days as the country seeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Boeing seeks $60bn in aid for aerospace manufacturing

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Boeing is requesting at least $60 billion in government aid to support US aerospace manufacturing – funds the company says will help the industry weather the coronavirus downturn and protect 2.5 million jobs.

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Chicago Midway airport control tower closes due to coronavirus infection

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The air traffic control tower at Chicago Midway International airport has temporarily closed after three members of the staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Trans States Airlines to fold in April

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Trans States Airlines, which announced last month that it would be shuttering at the end of the year due to consolidation and a pilot shortage, has told its employees that it will go out of business nine months earlier, on 1 April. It could be the first US airline to fall victim to the coronavirus that has decimated the industry.

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US general aviation braces for coronavirus hit

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Flight instructors, flight schools, aviation museums, small airports and businesses associated with them are in for a rough ride as the coronavirus brings all US aviation- and travel-related commerce to a grinding halt in a short period of time.

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President Trump: US will ‘protect’ Boeing from coronavirus fallout

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President Donald Trump says the US government will “protect” Boeing from the adverse effects of the coronavirus downturn, suggesting financial aid to Boeing and other aerospace companies may be part of a pending economic relief plan.

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WestJet suspends international operations

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Canada’s WestJet will shut down international operations as the coronavirus prompts governments to close borders and impose other measures to stop the spread of the virus.

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Trump administration proposing aid package that would leave US carriers ‘in good shape’

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The US government is working with Congress to pass legislation that would provide financial support a broad swath of US industry, including to the country’s airlines, which have been hammered in recent days by a collapse in demand.

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US airline group details $58bn government aid request

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The group, as previously reported, has asked for $50 billion in support of passenger airlines. But it also requests $8 billion for cargo carriers, and tax breaks from a fund that generated almost $16 billion in fiscal year 2018 revenue. It is receiving criticism after many airlines spent free cash flow on stock repurchases recently.

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Brussels Airlines to shut down for a month

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Brussels Airlines has become the latest carrier to shut down services in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, suspending all scheduled flights for a month.

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Swiss bolsters senior management to face coronavirus fallout

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Swiss has shored up its management teams in order to provide greater corporate stability as the Lufthansa Group carrier deals with the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Alitalia to be renationalised under broad emergency decree

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Italy’s government has indicated that it will renationalise struggling flag-carrier Alitalia as part of a broad set of emergency measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Lauda halts all flights until 8 April

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Ryanair’s Austrian subsidiary Lauda has suspended all flights until 8 April.

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Outbreak halts talks on London Southend stake sale

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London Southend airport operator Stobart Group has disclosed that it has been negotiating sale of a minority share in the airport, but that discussions have been suspended as a result of the coronavirus uncertainty.

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Airbus halting French and Spanish production for four days

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Airbus is to halt production across its French and Spanish facilities for four days to give the company time to implement strict hygiene measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Malaysia lockdown curtails regional air travel

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Travel restrictions are closing in on Southeast Asia, as Malaysia imposes a partial lockdown after seeing a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

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Air NZ cuts trans-Tasman capacity by 80%

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Air New Zealand is making cuts to its trans-Tasman network that will reduce capacity by 80%, starting from 30 March to 30 June.

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Coronavirus costs Cathay HK$2 billion in February

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Cathay Pacific made an unaudited loss of more than HK$2 billion ($257 million) in February, as it takes a hit from the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines saw falling passenger numbers for the month, and warns of weakened travel demand in the near term. 

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Qantas to ground nearly entire widebody fleet, cut capacity further

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Australia’s Qantas Group will ground 150 aircraft — including “almost all” of its widebody fleet —amid deeper capacity cuts across both its international and domestic networks. 

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Pandemic heaps fresh pressure on Boeing as 737 Max grounding continues

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The coronavirus pandemic, combined with the 737 Max grounding, could leave Boeing facing challenges more significant than it has experienced in perhaps 50 years, say some aerospace analysts.

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IATA: ‘urgent measures’ needed to support air cargo

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appealed to governments to take “urgent measures” to support cargo operations, which is instrumental to transport essential medical supplies and keep the economy functioning as airlines cut passenger service up to 75%.

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Trump promises to ‘help’ US airlines

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US president Donald Trump says the government will back airlines as they struggle to manage the fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic. 

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US airlines ask for $50 billion in government aid

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US airlines are seeking at least $50 billion in aid to support them as they manage through the coronavirus crisis that has caused a sharp drop in demand, leading to mounting losses for an industry accustomed to years of progressive profit growth.

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Air Canada to request government help

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Air Canada says it is retracting its financial guidance and cutting its operations as the global coronavirus pandemic hits the airlines, while asking the Canadian government to help with the financial losses it expects to suffer in the coming months.

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How coronavirus could impact airliner fleets across the globe

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Worldwide fleet comprises over 25,000 aircraft, but what could effect be across regions?

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Pilots and United to ask for ‘government assistance’: Pilots union

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United Airlines will ask the US government to help airlines as they suffer deep losses following the drop-off in demand as the coronavirus engulfs the industry.

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EU plans 30-day travel ban and state aid framework

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European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled proposals for a 30-day restriction of travel to the European Union, as well as development of a framework for state aid to affected businesses.

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​Norwegian to cancel 85% of flights and temporarily lay-off 90% of staff

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Norwegian is suspending a big majority of its services and laying off 7,300 employees as it seeks to weather the coronavirus outbreak.

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Europe’s carriers lurch into full crisis-mode as capacity slashed

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From the moment the World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on 13 March stated that Europe was now the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, further drastic cuts to air travel in the region seemed an inevitability.

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IAG not seeking state aid as Virgin appeals for government credit

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IAG has not approached governments for state aid to assist the company through the coronavirus crisis, chief executive Willie Walsh has disclosed.

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IAG looks at recruiting passenger jets to serve critical freight lines

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IAG is considering recruiting some of its passenger aircraft for air freight operations, to ensure that essential cargo supplies are maintained as the coronavirus crisis persists.

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IAG to accelerate retirement of older BA and Iberia aircraft

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British Airways and Iberia parent IAG is considering accelerating the retirement of older aircraft in the fleet – including some Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A340-600s – as part of the capacity-reduction measures being introduced to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

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TUI seeks state guarantees as travel market collapses

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Leisure group TUI is applying for state-aid guarantees to support its business until it can restore normal operations, after suspending most of its travel operations.

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Air France A380s and KLM 747s grounded amid major capacity cuts

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Air France is to ground its Airbus A380s and its Dutch sibling carrier KLM its full Boeing 747 fleet as part of wider capacity cuts the group expects will result in in potential cuts in its ASK capacity of between 70% and 90%.

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IAG delays management changes as it braces for 75% capacity cut

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British Airways and Iberia parent IAG’s management team is to remain in place for the time being, to help steer the company through the coronavirus crisis, as it prepares to cut capacity by 75% for April and May.

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Finnair to slash 90% of capacity as it warns of heavy losses

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Finnair has followed neighbouring Nordic carrier SAS in making dramatic operational cuts, slashing 90% of its normal capacity from the beginning of April.

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Icelandair expects 25% cut in summer capacity

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Icelandair Group is expecting a summer season capacity cut of at least 25% on the previous forecasts, and is working with unions to secure salary reductions.

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Korean Air utilises passenger aircraft and routes for cargo

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Korean Air is using passenger aircraft as freighters on suspended routes, as it seeks “new opportunities in the market amid unpredictable changes such as suspensions of flights and the US’ restrictions on European countries”.

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Vietnam Airlines to take major precautions on European services

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Vietnam Airlines has decided it will carry passengers from Europe, but will take significant precautions amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

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Air NZ triggers trading halt, readies for redundancies

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Air New Zealand has triggered a self-imposed trading halt from Monday to allow itself “more time to more fully assess the operational and financial impacts of global travel restrictions”.

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​Asia-Pacific carriers prioritise urgent customer queries

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Carriers inundated with queries in recent days are appealing for customers to reach out only for urgent flight changes.

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United grounds half its total capacity in response to coronavirus

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United Airlines will reduce capacity by half in April and May and has cut executive officers’ salaries 50% in response to a pandemic United’s executives say makes operating an airline “nearly impossible”.

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American slashes 75% of its international capacity

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American Airlines has slashed 75% of its international capacity in response to the drop-off in demand as the global coronavirus crisis continues.

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EBACE business aviation show axed over Swiss restrictions

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Business aviation exhibition EBACE 2020 has been cancelled as a consequence of the coronavirus situation, more than two months ahead of its scheduled opening date.

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SAS halts most services over 'non-existent' air market

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Scandinavian operator SAS is to suspend most of its operations, after declaring the demand for international air travel to be “essentially non-existent”.

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United scales back London and Dublin flights as US travel ban widens

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United Airlines has nixed some flights to London and Dublin following the US government’s expansion of its travel ban to include passengers arriving from the UK and Ireland.

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Air Baltic to suspend flights until 14 April as Latvia tightens restrictions

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Air Baltic is to temporarily suspend flights from 17 March until 14 April following the Latvian government’s decision to suspend international air traffic as part of measures to counter the coronavirus crisis.

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Norway to temporarily shut its airports

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Norway is to temporarily close its airports from 16 March as part of wide-ranging restrictions aimed tackling the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Alitalia orders passengers to wear masks on busy flights

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Alitalia is to enforce the wearing of protective masks on board flights if load factors mean passengers cannot be adequately spaced.

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US government extends travel restrictions to UK and Ireland

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US travel restrictions will be expanded to individuals coming from the UK and Ireland as the coronavirus continues to disrupt the industry in ways that seemed unimaginable just days ago.

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Jet2 suspends services to Spanish market

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UK leisure carrier Jet2 has cancelled all services to mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands with immediate effect.

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LOT and Wizz hit hard as Poland shuts air routes to foreigners

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Polish flag-carrier LOT is suspending all international flights from both Poland and Hungary after the Polish government imposed border restrictions on foreign travellers.

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ANZ reviews schedules as government clamps down on travel

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Air New Zealand is reviewing the impact of new measures from the country’s government intended to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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Business jet industry faces uncertain future after several days of booming demand

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The business aviation industry might be more insulated from coronavirus fallout than the commercial sector but likewise faces an unknown future as corporations globally restrict or outright prohibit business travel

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US airports grapple with coronavirus travel disruption

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As the coronavirus crisis creates increased panic across Europe and North America, airports across the US are struggling to assist passengers affected by canceled flights as they grapple with the financial effects of the virus on their industry in the coming months.

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Consolidation and record profits give US carriers some coronavirus defence

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Industry consolidation and years of profits have left US airlines more prepared than ever to weather the falloff in demand created by the coronavirus outbreak, say industry analysts.

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Delta to ground 300 aircraft and cut all flights to mainland Europe

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Delta Air Lines has told employees that it is grounding 300 aircraft, representing 30% of its total aircraft fleet, and cutting all flights to mainland Europe as the coronavirus cripples travel and grips the world.

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EASA to recommend spacing passengers to cut contagion risk

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European regulators are preparing to advise airlines to space passengers throughout the cabin on flights which are not full, having formally directed carriers to ensure aircraft are fully disinfected after each flight from high-risk coronavirus areas.

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Premium operator La Compagnie forced to halt all flights for weeks

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Premium long-haul operator La Compagnie is suspending all its scheduled flights for nearly a month, following the transatlantic travel ban imposed by the US government.

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Coronavirus prompts American to retire 767s and 757s early

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American Airlines has accelerated the retirement of its 767s and 757s. It now plans to ground 767s in May and 757s by the second half of 2021.

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Frankfurt Main passenger numbers down 30%: operator

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Frankfurt Main airport’s operator, Fraport, says passenger numbers in the first week of March dropped by 30% in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Slovakian international airports shut down to counter outbreak

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Bratislava and two other Slovakian international airports – Kosice and Poprad – have closed to all operations at least for two weeks, in response to the coronavirus situation.

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American cuts international capacity by 34%

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American Airlines has further slashed international capacity following increased US travel restrictions for foreign nationals, as the US government attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus within the country.

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Virgin Australia cuts flights and suspends earnings guidance

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Virgin Australia, which describes itself as a “[predominantly] domestic airline”, has made further cuts to its international network.

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LATAM slashes international flights by 30%

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LATAM Airlines Group is cutting its international flights by 30% for the months of April and May, as countries close borders to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

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US airlines cap fares from Europe

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As the coronavirus crisis rapidly disrupts airline operations worldwide, major US carriers are taking measures to prevent price gouging for passengers desperate to return to the United States before travel restrictions between Europe and the US take effect on Friday.

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Europe’s airlines brace for survival battle

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The shutdown of transatlantic markets to European airlines is plunging the continent’s airlines into crisis and could threaten a wave of bankruptcies across the sector, analysts warn.

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IATA spells out financial danger for airline industry of travel bans

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IATA has warned governments must be ready to provide support to counter the impact of travel bans implemented to counter the coronavirus outbreak, warning measures such as the ban imposed by the USA were not included in its recent worse-case scenario for the financial hit to the industry.

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Azul sees drop in international demand, but domestic flights less impacted

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Brazilian carrier Azul has cut its international flight network as a result of lower demand due to the global coronavirus crisis, and is closely monitoring its liquidity and expenditures as the crisis drags on.

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Rome airports operator to close Ciampino to scheduled flights during crisis

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Italian airports operator Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) is to temporarily close the scheduled passenger terminal at Rome Ciampino airport from midnight on 13 March and one of the terminals at the city’s primary Fiumicino gateway.

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EU leaders condemn Trump’s transatlantic travel ban

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European Union leaders have condemned the US government’s sudden 30-day transatlantic travel ban, set to be introduced on 13 March.

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Airline Business podcast: Airlines reel from coronavirus impact, plus latest on Boeing 737 Max

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Join executive editor Graham Dunn and managing editor Lewis Harper as they discuss the spiralling impact of the coronavirus, which has been described by IATA as a “crisis” for the airline industry.

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China aviation sector takes CNY24.6 billion coronavirus hit

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The Chinese civil aviation sector lost about CNY24.6 billion ($3.52 billion) in February because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Korean Air raises alert on coronavirus impact

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Korean Air’s president, Woo Kee-hong, has painted a dire picture for the carrier in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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US travel ban from Europe leaves airlines and passengers scrambling

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After President Donald Trump announced a travel ban from Europe to the United States from the end of this week, there was some confusion as to what exactly the measure would mean for US carriers and their guests.

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Asia-Pacific February deliveries collapse amid coronavirus

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Deliveries of new aircraft to Asia-Pacific collapsed in February, with only 11 aircraft delivered to the region out of the global total of 77.

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US bans travel from Europe

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The United States will ban all travel from Europe to the United States from later this week, US President Donald J Trump says in an address to the nation.

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FAA grants slot waivers to help airlines hurt by coronavirus

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The US Department of Transportation has granted airlines slot relief after carriers and industry group IATA complained it was unfair to maintain those rigid rules as fear of the coronavirus decimates passenger demand across the industry.

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Kuwait’s government to halt all air services indefinitely

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Kuwait’s government has disclosed that all flights to and from the emirate will be suspended from 13 March.

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Two more Boeing staffers at Everett test positive for coronavirus

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Another two Boeing employees who work at the company’s Everett site have tested positive for the disease caused by coronavirus, bringing to three the number of employees who have tested positive.

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Cathay Pacific in talks to defer aircraft deliveries

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Cathay Pacific is in talks with Boeing and Airbus over possible deferral of aircraft deliveries this year, as the coronavirus outbreak leaves an impact on its fiscal performance.

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Air Baltic to cut staff as coronavirus ends positive run

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Latvia’s Air Baltic is to cut its workforce by up to 250 personnel in a measure to stave off the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Korean Air grounds A380 fleet until 25 April

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Korean Air has grounded its entire fleet of 10 Airbus A380s amid the traffic slump caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Southwest uncertain over growth once 737 Max deliveries resume

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Almost one year after the Boeing 737 Max was grounded, Southwest Airlines chief Gary Kelly has alluded to a fringe financial benefit from the Max situation as the budget carrier braces for the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus to keep M90 FTV10 first flight a quiet affair

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Mitsubishi Aircraft is planning for a low-key first flight of the SpaceJet M90 Flight Test Vehicle 10 (FTV10), owing to government policy to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Malindo Air transferring 15 Boeing 737s to Batik Air

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Malindo Air will begin transferring 15 Boeing 737s to its Lion Air Group sister carrier Batik Air this month, as part of measures taken to overcome challenges from the coronavirus outbreak.

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Cathay flags ‘substantial loss’ for first half of 2020

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The ongoing coronavirus outbreak is taking its toll on the Cathay Pacific group’s financial performance, with the group warning that it expects to incur a “substantial loss” for the first-half of this year.

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China announces measures to give aviation industry fillip

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China has rolled out a raft of measures – from financial support to infrastructure investments – for the country’s aviation industry, which has been hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Virgin’s Richard Branson urges faith in airlines

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Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says that the airline industry has endured past crises but could “come to a grinding halt fairly quickly” amid coronavirus outbreak risks.

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Malaysia Airlines cutting capacity 7% in first quarter

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Malaysia Airlines is scaling down first-quarter capacity 7.1% amid the coronavirus outbreak, as it halves Chinese operations and makes a double-digit cut to North Asian services.

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American suspends numerous flights to Europe and Latin America

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American Airlines has extended the suspension and cancellation of numerous international flights, including to regions that have not yet been severely impacted by the coronavirus, such as Latin America.

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Carriers not necessarily exempt from coronavirus payouts: UK CAA

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UK regulators are warning that European airlines might not be completely exempt from passenger compensation payments relating to the coronavirus outbreak, although much of the disruption is likely to fall under ‘extraordinary circumstance’ immunity.

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United Airlines paints dire coronavirus scenario for 2020

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United Airlines is preparing for a dark scenario for the aviation industry in the coming months as the coronavirus decimates demand and customers stay away from travel in order to protect themselves from becoming infected with the fast-moving flu-like disease.

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European Commission plans moratorium on 'use it or lose it' slot rule

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European regulators are set to release airlines from slot-use obligations to ease pressure on carriers as they cut capacity to cope with coronavirus outbreak effects.

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Alaska Airlines not yet cutting capacity due to coronavirus

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Alaska Airlines doesn’t plan to cut capacity for March and April, unlike many other airlines. It is still considering options to respond to the coronavirus epidemic that has hit the travel industry hard in the past month.

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Delta plans to cut flights, ground aircraft and hoard cash as virus hammers demand

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Delta Air Lines has cut near-term capacity at least 15% and has started hoarding cash in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which has pushed Delta’s bookings down as much as 30%.

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Air France-KLM traffic fall in February shows first signs of impact

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Air France-KLM figures showing traffic on Asia-Pacific routes down a quarter in February provide the first clear passenger data illustrating the impact on European carriers of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Qantas executives and board take pay cut

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Qantas’ Alan Joyce has joined the growing list of airline chiefs taking pay cuts to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

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Qantas grounds eight A380s for six months

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Australia’s Qantas Group is to ground eight Airbus A380s for six months, as it cuts capacity by nearly a quarter over the period to September 2020.

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Hawaiian struggles with managing coronavirus crisis

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Hawaiian Airlines is struggling with a dramatic decline in business due to the global COVID-19 epidemic, as passengers cancel both international and, increasingly, domestic travel in an effort to protect themselves from becoming infected.

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AERO Friedrichshafen postponed

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The organisers of the annual AERO Friedrichshafen aviation trade fair have postponed this year’s show to an undetermined date in the future due to fears about the global spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

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European Commission reviewing slot rules in response to coronavirus

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The European Commission is examining whether to relax airport slot rules to enable airlines to suspend routes impacted by the coronavirus without losing their landing and take-off rights.

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Cathay mulls cargo-only service on passenger jets to Japan

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Following cuts made to its Japan passenger network, Cathay Pacific is considering operating cargo-only services on its passenger aircraft.

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Covid-19’s full impact on global aviation still unknown

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More than eight weeks after the world first learnt the term “coronavirus”, the outbreak has spread beyond Asia, with Europe, the Middle East, and even North America now on high alert.

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Garuda working to mitigate coronavirus impact

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Garuda Indonesia is seeking to deploy capacity on cargo routes and to renegotiate leases as it seeks to contain the hit of the coronavirus outbreak,

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Boeing, Collins vow to continue tech investments

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The downturn in aerospace stocks won’t halt Boeing and Collins Aerospace from investing in new commercial aircraft technologies, executives from those manufacturers said on 5 March during discussions at the US Chamber of Commerce aviation summit in Washington, DC.

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Hawaiian suspends flights to Tokyo Haneda

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After suspending its flights to South Korea in late February, Hawaiian Airlines now has halted flights from Hawaii to Tokyo’s Haneda International airport following declining demand for capacity to Asia amid the spiraling coronavirus scare.

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Coronavirus overtakes 737 Max as airline industry’s biggest concern

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Covid-19 has seen airlines slash schedules and supplanted Boeing’s 737 Max as the industry’s big story. But what happens when the jet is cleared to fly again?

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IATA sees ‘partial success’ in call for easing slot rules

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IATA has reiterated its call to governments and slot co-ordinators – including those in the European Commission – to ease slot rules, in light of the escalating coronavirus outbreak globally.

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Indigo Partners: Coronavirus may drive consolidation

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Airlines with limited cash reserves face the greatest challenge in 2020 as businesses cancel travel plans and consumers reevaluate vacations due to the coronavirus, executives say 5 March during discussions at the US Chamber of Commerce aviation summit in Washington, DC.

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​GE Aviation plans hiring freeze and preps for up to $300m Q1 virus hit

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GE Aviation will implement a hiring freeze and reduce 2020 spending in response to a new 737 Max agreement with Boeing, while contending with an expected $200-$300 million first-quarter hit from the coronavirus outbreak.

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Norwegian slashes transatlantic capacity as coronavirus hits demand

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Norwegian is cutting 22 long-haul flights between Europe and the USA between 28 March and 5 May, as passenger numbers dive as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

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

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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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Coronavirus hit to January traffic the ‘tip of the iceberg’: IATA

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IATA data shows that passenger traffic growth slowed to 2.4% in January – the weakest monthly increase since April 2010, and a sharp decrease from December 2019’s 4.6% rise in revenue passenger-kilometres.

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

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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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US airlines ask President Trump to reassure virus-weary travellers

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US airline chief executives met with President Donald Trump and other officials in Washington, DC on 4 March to discuss their industry’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. They also urged Trump to assure the American public that air travel remains safe – a request coming as the industry reels from sagging demand and virus-spooked travellers.

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Coronavirus hits US airlines as United slashes 10% of US flight schedules

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United Airlines has slashed North American flight schedules 10% starting this spring, implemented a hiring freeze, offered staff unpaid leave and postponed some salary increases – all in response to sagging demand from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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China launches funding scheme to keep services flying through coronavirus

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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

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Asian carriers have announced further reductions as the coronavirus outbreak persists.

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Singapore extends entry restrictions to stem coronavirus outbreak

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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.

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​Airline chiefs sanguine on coronavirus impact

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Leaders of some the largest airlines in Europe believe that the coronavirus will only have a limited impact on demand for air travel on the continent.

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Coronavirus ‘no excuse’ for state aid to failing carriers: Walsh

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IAG chief Willie Walsh is firmly rejecting any notion that airlines which were struggling before the coronavirus outbreak should be granted state aid to help cope with its impact.

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Why strong Ryanair and Wizz February traffic offers few clues to coronavirus impact

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Monthly traffic figures for February released by Ryanair and Wizz Air today offer little indication of the impact on air travel demand of the spread of the coronavirus into Europe.

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SAS pulls full-year financial guidance amid coronavirus uncertainty

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Scandinavian carrier SAS has withdrawn its full-year financial guidance amid uncertainty around the impact on air travel demand of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Airline failures loom as outbreak spreads: ISTAT panelists

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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.

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HNA Group appeals for government help amid heightened liquidity risk

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Hainan Airlines’ parent company, the HNA Group, has requested the Hainan provincial government to set up a working group to look into its risk management efforts.

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IATA seeks freezing of slot rules to aid coronavirus capacity cuts

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IATA is contacting aviation regulators to request the suspension of rules governing airport slots for the remainder of the winter season and for the upcoming summer timetable as airline pull back capacity in the light of the spread of the coronavirus.

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Lufthansa to cut short-haul operations by up to a quarter to counter coronavirus

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Lufthansa Group is to cut its short and medium-haul operations by up to 25% in the coming weeks as it moves to counteract the air travel impact of the coronavirus.

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United’s capacity reduction in Asia extends beyond China

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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.

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American, Delta suspend flights to Italy

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American Airlines and Delta Air Lines cancelled their flights to northern Italy as passengers become increasingly skittish about traveling to areas where the coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, has rapidly spread in the past few days.

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European carriers hunker down for tough times from coronavirus outbreak

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Any doubts as to whether the impact of the coronavirus outbreak would spread beyond Asia to European airlines has been answered by a slew of cost-savings measures, capacity cuts and warnings of potential earnings hits in the past few days.

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Finnair seeks savings as it rapidly rethinks coronavirus impact

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Finnair is taking a more pessimistic view of the potential impact from the coronavirus outbreak, expecting it to result in significantly lower operating profits for the first half.

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Strong IAG full-year profits dip but coronavirus clouds 2020 outlook

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British Airways and Iberia parent IAG’s operating profit before exceptional items slipped 5.7% for the full year in 2019 to €3.29 billion as its fuel costs rose.

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US airlines could experience short-term hit from coronavirus

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While Asian airlines have borne the brunt of the coronavirus crisis so far, US carriers are closely monitoring the situation, and will likely take a short-term loss as the US government sends mixed messages and bookings begin to decline.

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Hawaiian Airlines suspends flights to South Korea

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Hawaiian Airlines says it is suspending flights to Seoul Incheon International airport in South Korea, becoming the second US carrier to stop flying to the country since the outbreak of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, several weeks ago.

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Lufthansa puts in hiring freeze and unpaid leave offer to counter coronavirus hit

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Lufthansa Group is implementing a hiring freeze and offering staff unpaid leave as part of cost-cutting measures amid the impact on air travel demand from the coronavirus outbreak.

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​Korean Air flight attendant tests positive for coronavirus

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A Korean Air flight attendant has emerged as the first instance of a cabin crew member testing positive for the coronavirus since it first broke out of the Wuhan city epicentre in January.

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Airlines cut back Iran services on coronavirus fears

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Several carriers are suspending their operations to Iran in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country.

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United withdraws 2020 guidance ahead of its investor day

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United Airlines has withdrawn the full-year 2020 guidance it disclosed on 21 January as part of its fourth-quarter 2019 earnings report because of unexpected business losses from the coronavirus outbreak in the Asia Pacific region.

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Coronavirus outbreak puts new China-Europe routes at risk

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New routes between mainland China and Europe are at risk as the coronavirus outbreak batters air traffic.

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Kuwait suspends flights to and from Singapore and Japan

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The civil aviation authority of Kuwait has suspended all air travel to and from Singapore and Japan, the first country to do so after the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) several weeks ago, the Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA reports.

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Major European airline stocks drop on coronavirus concerns

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Share prices in the three main European alliance carriers have fallen sharply in early trading, apparently in response to increasing concerns over the international spread of the coronavirus.

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Lufthansa effectively grounds 13 widebodies amid China suspension

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Lufthansa has made a network capacity cut equivalent to 13 widebodies, after suspending services to mainland China amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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​Air France-KLM studies fleet options if coronavirus impact lasts

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Air France-KLM is considering how it could redeploy summer capacity to other markets where demand is stronger in the event of an extended coronavirus impact on its Chinese and broader Asian networks.

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Finnair explores pilot furloughs amid China pullback

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Finnair has begun talks about temporary layoffs with its long-haul pilots following a reduction in its services to China because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus outbreak dents Chinese majors’ January traffic

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China’s three largest airlines began the year with falling traffic, amid the growing spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country and around the world.

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AVIC restarts MA700 production amid Covid-19 outbreak

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AVIC says that its MA700 turboprop production is still on schedule, despite the Covid-19 outbreak in China.

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ICAO flags $4-5 billion loss from Covid-19 outbreak

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Preliminary estimates by ICAO indicate that the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak could wipe out $4-5 billion in airline revenues for the current quarter.

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​Cathay details flight suspensions caused by coronavirus

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London Gatwick, Rome and Washington Dulles are among a raft of international routes that are being suspended until the end of March by Cathay Pacific as it seeks to conserve cash during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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American Airlines extends flight cancellations to Asia

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Just five days after it extended the cancellation of flights between the United States and Hong Kong, American Airlines was once again forced to revise its schedule in light of coronavirus fears and subsequent customer cancellations.

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Coronavirus to hit harder than SARS

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The coronavirus outbreak may be costing the aviation sector more than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) did in 2003, even as the world is just coming to terms with the new strain.

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Outgoing AAPA chief cautions on coronavirus impact

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Cash conservation will the priority of airline chiefs hit by the outbreak of novel coronvirus, although the longer term impact of the pandemic is harder to quantify, according to Andrew Herdman, the outgoing director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.

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Finnair relaxed over coronavirus financial impact

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Finnair is optimistic that the coronavirus outbreak in China is likely to have only a small impact on its first-quarter financial performance, even if mainland China flight cancellations continue until the end of March.

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Airbus shuts Tianjin A320 final assembly amid coronavirus outbreak

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Airbus has closed its sole final assembly line in China, as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues its spread in and out of the country.

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Nervous uncertainty seeps into the aerospace industry

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A potential global recesssion, political instability, trade conflicts, the ongoing crisis at Boeing and a pandemic in Asia are all contributing to nervous uncertainty in the aerospace industry.

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United to halt Hong Kong flights, amid impact of coronavirus on traffic

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United Airlines will suspend its remaining flights to Hong Kong on 8 February in response to declining traffic, with the expectation of resuming service to the city on 20 February. The move comes amid ongoing concern about the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus outbreak forces Cathay to slash capacity by 30%

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Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will cut 90% of its mainland China flights over the next two months, citing a “consequential significant drop” in market demand owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Cebu Pacific expects up to $79 million hit from coronavirus

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Cebu Pacific expects the coronavirus outbreak to impact its bottom line by up to Ps4 billion ($79 million).

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Singapore air show remains on track, says organiser

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The organiser of the Singapore air show has reaffirmed that the show will proceed as planned, amid concerns about the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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Royal Jordanian 787 undergoes extensive coronavirus decontamination

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Royal Jordanian has illustrated the extent of decontamination and sterilisation measures being undertaken on board aircraft aimed at preventing further spread of the coronavirus which has badly disrupted services to China.

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Chinese carriers cut capacity over global travel restrictions

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Airlines in China have begun cancelling flights to a growing list of international destinations, in light of travel restrictions imposed following a novel coronavirus outbreak.

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American suspends all flights to China

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American Airlines says it is suspending all flights to China as the coronavirus spreads, sickening more than a thousand and killing almost 200 people. The decision comes a day after the carrier’s pilots sued to stop the carrier’s flights to the country.

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Which airlines are most exposed to mainland China amid the coronavirus?

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Airlines are continuing to suspend international capacity to mainland China in the wake of the coronavirus – but the significance of such decisions to their overall networks varies wildly.

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American pilots file lawsuit for immediate halt to China flights

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American Airlines pilots, represented by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), have filed a lawsuit seeking an immediate halt to the carrier’s flights to mainland China.

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SIA Group slashes capacity to China over coronavirus outbreak

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Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have cut a number of flights to China for February, as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus continues its unabated spread.

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Airlines cut back China flights as WHO declares coronavirus a global emergency

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Airlines continue to suspend international flight capacity to mainland China in the wake of the outbreak of the new coronavirus as the World Health Organisation (WHO) declares it an international public health emergency.

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Air Canada suspends Beijing and Shanghai amid coronavirus

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Air Canada says it will suspend all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai through February, following a notice from Canada’s government advising against non-essential travel to mainland China on fears about the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.

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Lufthansa carriers suspend mainland China services

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Lufthansa Group has joined British Airways in its precautions against the Chinese coronavirus outbreak and similarly suspended flights to mainland China.

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British Airways suspends mainland Chinese services

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British Airways is temporarily suspending all mainland Chinese services in the wake of government advice to avoid all but essential travel to the area.

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United suspends some flights to China

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Citing a significant drop in load factors, United Airlines has suspended some of its flights to China, which is reeling from the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV).

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Hong Kong carriers to halve capacity into China

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Hong Kong’s four main carriers will halve their services into Mainland China, as part of special arrangements made in light of a novel coronavirus outbreak in China.

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EASA issues safety bulletin on Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

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As the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV) continues both in China and across the world, Europe’s safety regulator has issued a safety information bulletin with recommended measures for airlines and airports to take in dealing with the outbreak.

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Asian carriers suspend Wuhan flights in wake of virus outbreak

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Several Asian carriers have suspended flights to Wuhan, as the Chinese city is put on lockdown to contain a respiratory virus outbreak.

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Coronavirus outbreak follows years of strong airline traffic growth at Wuhan airport

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The Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak in China comes after years of strong traffic growth from Wuhan Tianhe International airport, which serves dozens of domestic and international destinations.