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    Hawaiian Airlines suspends flights to South Korea


    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


    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. While the airline group says it is too early to estimate the earnings impact of the coronavirus outbreak, its network operators ...

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    ​Korean Air flight attendant tests positive for coronavirus


    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. Citing information from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), the carrier states that ...

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    Airlines cut back Iran services on coronavirus fears


    Several carriers are suspending their operations to Iran in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country. The United Arab Emirates has become the latest nation to ban flights to Iran. “All passenger and cargo aircraft traveling to and from Iran will be suspended for a period of ...

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    United withdraws 2020 guidance ahead of its investor day


    United Airlines has withdrawn the full-year 2020 guidance it disclosed on 21 January as part of its fourth-quarter 2019 earnings report because of unexpected business losses from the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. The Chicago-based airline had previously expected its full-year 2020 adjusted earnings per share to ...

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    Coronavirus outbreak puts new China-Europe routes at risk


    New routes between mainland China and Europe are at risk as the coronavirus outbreak batters air traffic. Privately owned Juneyao Air has opted to postpone the launch of three new services from Shanghai Pudong to Dublin, Manchester and Reykjavik. These are to be operated as multi-leg, fifth-freedom routes, via ...

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    Kuwait suspends flights to and from Singapore and Japan


    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


    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. While major European stock indices – including those in Germany, France, the Benelux states and the UK – slipped by around ...

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    Lufthansa effectively grounds 13 widebodies amid China suspension


    Lufthansa has made a network capacity cut equivalent to 13 widebodies, after suspending services to mainland China amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Star Alliance group says it is taking the opportunity to carry out maintenance work and add reserve capacity in Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Zurich. “The 13 aircraft ...

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


    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


    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


    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. In traffic figures released for January, Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines all carried fewer passengers, and recorded drops in ...

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    AVIC restarts MA700 production amid Covid-19 outbreak


    AVIC says that its MA700 turboprop production is still on schedule, despite the Covid-19 outbreak in China. The Chinese airframer says it restarted production of the MA700 on 10 February, after production was halted for an undisclosed period. The MA700 final assembly team lead Han Jiawei says that ...

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


    Preliminary estimates by ICAO indicate that the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak could wipe out $4-5 billion in airline revenues for the current quarter. This is based on assumptions that overall passenger capacity will decline by 39-41%, equivalent to a reduction of 16.4 to 19.6 million passengers. The estimated financial ...

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    ​Cathay details flight suspensions caused by coronavirus


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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. The airline says the direct impact is “relatively limited” but it has refrained from forecasting ...

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    Airbus shuts Tianjin A320 final assembly amid coronavirus outbreak


    Airbus has closed its sole final assembly line in China, as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues its spread in and out of the country. The airframer says the Tianjin final assembly line, which produces A320-family aircraft, is currently closed. Airbus did not say when it intended to reopen the ...