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    Coronavirus restrictions confuse travellers

    2020-05-23T02:15:00Z

    As the global coronavirus pandemic drags on, travellers and crew on intercontinental flights are getting used to wearing face coverings in public spaces and adhering to other measures such as social distancing, imposed by airlines, airports and authorities to stop the spread of infection.

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    Opinion

    Why things are looking grim for the A380

    2020-05-22T14:51:00Z

    Doubts about size and shape of many fleets as operators plan their coronavirus crisis recovery strategies

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    What’s next for airline pilots?

    2020-05-22T14:35:00Z

    Being an airline pilot in May 2020 is an unnerving experience. A workforce that thrives on mobility is largely furloughed, with many also awaiting redundancy; a small minority, meanwhile, are still operating what few flights remain.

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    Return-to-line training must be tailored for individual pilots: federation

    2020-05-22T10:12:00Z

    Cockpit crew representatives are cautioning that resumption of flight operations as the coronavirus crisis recedes will require careful consideration of varying training levels for returning pilots. There will be a range of situations that operators will need to take into account, says international airline pilot federation IFALPA. Some ...

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    Zipair Tokyo applies to launch with cargo-only flights

    2020-05-21T09:34:00Z

    Start-up carrier Zipair Tokyo has applied to authorities to launch with cargo-only flights between Tokyo Narita and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi from 3 June.

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    Analysis

    Air France latest to act as coronavirus speeds wave of fleet retirements

    2020-05-21T08:10:00Z

    News that the Air France Airbus A380 fleet has become an immediate victim of the coronavirus pandemic is a stark reminder that the collateral damage of this crisis will reach far and wide across the airline industry.

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    EasyJet to start restoring flights in mid-June

    2020-05-21T07:28:00Z

    UK budget carrier EasyJet is to restore flights from 15 June, on a limited number of routes on which the airline believes it can maintain profitable operations. These services will primarily comprise domestic flights in the UK and France, the airline states. “Further routes will be announced over ...

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    India to restart domestic flights from 25 May

    2020-05-21T06:12:00Z

    India plans to restart domestic civil aviation in a “calibrated manner” from 25 May. Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in a 20 May Twitter post that all airports and airlines are being informed to be ready for operations from that date. He added that standard operating ...

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    Cambodia lifts entry ban on six nationalities as Covid-19 ebbs

    2020-05-21T05:47:00Z

    Cambodia has removed its ban on visitors from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain and the United States, which was first imposed in mid-March amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP) national news agency reported on 20 May that visitors from these countries are now allowed to enter ...

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    EASA flight-resumption protocol warns of increased risk from unruly passengers

    2020-05-20T21:12:00Z

    Europe’s safety regulator is warning of the potential for increased unruly behaviour from passengers after it drew up a safety protocol of measures intended to ensure safety during restoration of airline services. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published the documentation jointly with the European Centre ...

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    United plans to remove seats from regional jets, CEO seeks union concessions

    2020-05-20T17:35:00Z

    United Airlines says it is working on drawing up plans to remove middle seats on some regional aircraft if it is forced to furlough pilots due to the slow recovery following the global coronavirus pandemic. 

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    Analysis

    Coronavirus clouds outlook for iconic 777-200/200ER

    2020-05-20T13:37:00Z

    While the Boeing 777-200 series has been an airline icon for the last 25 years, the coronavirus pandemic is likely to accelerate its disappearance from the skies.

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    Rolls-Royce overhaul primarily to affect UK civil aerospace

    2020-05-20T11:13:00Z

    Rolls-Royce has increased its civil aerospace workforce by about one-third over the last 10 years, but admits that deep cuts in the sector will be necessary during its newly-unveiled restructuring. The company employs 26,100 personnel in the civil aerospace sector – accounting for about half its global workforce – ...

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    Malaysia Airlines details maintenance plan amid pandemic grounding

    2020-05-20T06:51:00Z

    As Malaysia Airlines parks nearly half of its fleet in long-term storage amid the coronavirus outbreak, its engineering unit has switched up its usual operations. For instance, various representatives from divisions within the unit — such as technical services, quality assurance, and maintenance control — have come together to ...

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    Rolls-Royce to cut 9,000 jobs largely in civil aerospace

    2020-05-20T06:25:00Z

    Rolls-Royce is expecting to have to axe around 9,000 personnel – about 17% of its global workforce – in the aftermath of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Its civil aerospace division will be “predominantly” affected, it says, following the severe deterioration of the air transport market. ...

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    Hawaiian Airlines hopes for speedy end to quarantine

    2020-05-19T20:37:00Z

    Hawaiian Airlines chief executive Peter Ingram says the lifting of Hawaii’s blanket coronavirus quarantine order for all inbound travelers will be integral to returning to normalcy for the airline, and the state, for which tourism is an essential industry.

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    ​Delta aims to reduce cash burn to zero by year-end

    2020-05-19T17:02:00Z

    Delta Air Lines says it aims to reduce its daily cash burn to zero by the end of the year as it begins to ramp up its schedule to accommodate a small uptick in demand after the global coronavirus pandemic decimated air travel several weeks ago.

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    Pressured Utair cuts losses but coronavirus impact looms

    2020-05-19T09:35:00Z

    Russian carrier Utair halved its pre-tax losses in the first quarter, despite initial effects from the coronavirus crisis, but the impact on the second quarter has yet to become clear. The financially-pressured carrier’s passenger numbers in April were down by nearly 90%. Utair disclosed in early March that ...

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    Thai Airways approved for bankruptcy court-supervised restructuring

    2020-05-19T09:03:00Z

    The Thai government has given its approval for Thai Airways International to reorganise under the supervision of the local bankruptcy court. “The Thai Cabinet approved the reform plan for [Thai Airways] which will be implemented through the business reorganisation chapter under the auspices of the Central Bankruptcy Court of ...

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    Cebu Pacific reviews long-term fleet plans

    2020-05-19T07:20:00Z

    Cebu Air, the parent company of Cebu Pacific, is reviewing its long-term fleet plans, and has begun discussions with suppliers “to establish flexibility to adapt to current events”. In line with anticpated lower aircraft utilisation in future, the company will also defer previously planned aircraft capital expenditures, it said ...