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    Volga-Dnepr starts restoring An-124 fleet to operation


    Russian outsize freight specialist Volga-Dnepr is resuming commercial operations with its Antonov An-124 fleet, a month after suspending use of the type. The operator temporarily withdrew the cargo transporter from service after the 13 November accident at Novosibirsk in which one of its An-124-100s suffered an uncontained engine failure ...

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    Second Alitalia Covid package cleared as earlier state aid probes continue


    European competition regulators have cleared a second tranche of Italian aid to national carrier Alitaila as compensation for disruption to travel caused by the pandemic, though its existing state aid probes into Italy’s earlier support for the carrier continue.

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    Ryanair restricts voting rights to meet EU ownership after Brexit


    Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is implementing voting-right restrictions on all shares in the company owned by non-European Union nationals from 1 January 2021 to ensure the airline complies with ownership rules once the UK leaves the EU. The measures date back to resolutions put in place in March 2019 ...

  • Wizz A321-c-Airbus

    Wizz Air imposes post-Brexit share restrictions to slash non-EU ownership


    Central European budget airline operator Wizz Air Holdings is to implement a plan to align its ownership structure to ensure it continues to meet European Union requirements once the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is finalised on 1 January. Wizz Air Holdings says that, if it does not take ...

  • Icelandair 737 MAX 9-640

    Icelandair agrees sale-and-lease of two more 737 Max jets


    Icelandair Group is selling a pair of Boeing 737 Max jets under a leaseback scheme, ahead their delivery next year. The two Max 9s are due to be introduced to the Icelandair fleet in the second quarter of 2021. Icelandair Group says it has entered an agreement with ...

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    UK-EU agreement features review of airline ownership and control rules


    Rules governing ownership and control of UK and European Union airlines will be reviewed within 12 months of the entry into force of the new future UK-EU relationship agreement, according to the text of the provisional deal. Under the current situation, EU airlines must be majority-owned by EU interests. ...

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    Struggling Montenegro Airlines to cease operations


    Montenegro Airlines is to cease all operations, attributing the decision to the refusal of the country’s government to continue supporting the carrier. It states that it will “completely suspend” its services from 26 December. Montenegro Airlines has apologised to passengers for the problems this will cause over the ...

  • United Dreamliner

    United to require negative covid test for US-bound passengers from the UK


    United Airlines will begin requiring US-bound passengers from the UK to show proof of a negative coronavirus test result as a more virulent strain of the virus continues to tear across southern England.

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    Airbus relieved over post-Brexit deal but yet to analyse details


    Airbus is yet to assess the consequences of the newly-agreed future relationship between the UK and the European Union. But it believes the “potential disruption” which would have arisen from failure to reach a post-Brexit agreement “has been avoided”. Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury says he “welcomes” the ...

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    In depth

    How many jobs have Europe’s airlines cut in 2020?


    Tens of thousands of jobs have been lost in Europe’s airline sector since the crisis began, as carriers seek to reduce cash burn and ‘right-size’ for the eventual recovery in demand.

  • Lufthansa Airbus A321neo wing

    Lufthansa agrees savings deal with pilots until March 2022


    Lufthansa has struck a cost savings deal with its pilots which will avert layoffs until March 2022.

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    Yak-40 fitted with propeller for superconducting motor test


    Russian researchers are planning to test-fly a Yakovlev Yak-40 modified with a superconducting electric motor and propeller mounted on the trijet’s nose. The Moscow-based Central Institute of Aviation Motors expects the first flights to be carried out in 2021. Siberian aeronautical research centre SibNIA, located in Novosibirsk, installed ...

  • Aegean airlines Airbus A320

    Greece cleared for €120m state contribution to Aegean


    European regulators have approved Greek plans to contribute €120 million ($146 million) as part of recapitalisation plans for Aegean Airlines. Greece notified the European Commission of plans for an aid measure to compensate Aegean for damage suffered from travel restrictions imposed between 23 March 2020 to 30 June 2020. ...

  • Alitalia aircraft

    Alitalia replacement ITA plans 2021 start with 52 aircraft: reports


    The new Italian airline being established to replace Alitalia has outlined plans to commence operations in April 2021 with an operation about half the size of its predecessor’s, according to media reports in Italy. 

  • EasyJet-Basel

    EasyJet readies Brexit ownership contingency plan


    Low-cost carrier EasyJet has confirmed it will activate a contingency plan if non-EU nationals’ ownership of the carrier remains above 49.5% when the UK’s Brexit transition period expires at the end of the month.

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    In depth

    How European states stepped in to support grounded airlines in 2020


    European governments have stepped in with an unprecedented level of financial support to keep airlines in the region afloat during the pandemic, with the likelihood of further funding required in the year to come.

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    Initial Rossiya Superjets to be stationed at Sheremetyevo


    Russian operator Rossiya is to base its initial Sukhoi Superjet 100s at Moscow Sheremetyevo, as it prepares to start receiving the type under an agreement with parent Aeroflot Group. Rossiya says the agreement to transfer the aircraft from the Aeroflot fleet was signed on 21 December, and that it ...

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    EASA embarks on comprehensive project to examine cabin-air toxicity risk


    Europe’s air safety authority is initiating a project intended to address concerns about cabin air contamination, which will characterise chemical compounds entering the environmental control system from engine oil leakage or dislodged deposits. The three-year project – being put out to tender by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency ...

  • Ryanair-Dublin

    Ryanair to restore Shannon base next summer


    Ryanair has confirmed it will reopen its base at Shannon airport this summer and called on the Irish government to act to incentivise travel to secure at capacity at Cork and Dublin.

  • LOT

    Poland secures EC approval for LOT rescue package


    European regulators have cleared the Polish government’s request to provide national carrier LOT Polish Airlines with around PLN2.9 billion ($787 million) in financial support under the temporary easing of state aid rules.