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  • South African Airways acting chief executive Zuks Ramasia

    South African Airways acting chief takes early retirement


    South African Airways acting chief executive Zuks Ramasia will retire on 14 April, less than a year after assuming the position.

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    Airbus temporarily cuts wing production at UK and German sites


    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. Production at its UK wing sites at Broughton and Filton, as well as its high-lift operation in Bremen, will be reduced for three ...


    HAECO acquires Dallas-based commercial engine shop


    HAECO has announced the acquisition of US-based engine MRO firm Jet Engine Solutions (JES). “JES has a strong reputation within the engine maintenance business for quality and delivery in the United States, which will complement the HAECO Global Engine Support business,” says Christopher Gibbs, HAECO group director for components ...

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    Tigerair Australia grounded as parent Virgin cuts more capacity


    Tigerair Australia has suspended all operations from 25 March, as part of deeper capacity cuts by its parent Virgin Australia. On its website, the low-cost carrier cited “expanded travel restrictions imposed by the federal and state governments and territories” as the reason behind its grounding. Virgin Australia says ...

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    Australian firm to produce F-35 cannon ammo


    Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) plans to produce 25mm cannon ammunition for use by the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter. A new production line will be set up at a government-owned factory in the first half of 2021 to produce 25mm Frangible Armored Piercing (FAP) projectiles. The ammunition will be ...

  • Air New Zealand 787-9

    Air New Zealand focuses on cargo


    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. General manager cargo, Rick Nelson, says: “With our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for example, we have the ability to uplift 11 cargo pallets ...

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    Singapore Airlines and SilkAir pilots put on leave without pay


    Singapore Airlines has asked its pilots to take unpaid leave for up to seven days each month, starting 1 April. The airline tells Cirium this applies to pilots with the mainline carrier and regional carrier SilkAir, and the measures will be in place “until the business recovers”. It ...

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    Americas 25 March in review: US Congress debates aid bill


    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


    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.

  • Sikorsky Raider X

    US Army selects Bell and Sikorsky to build FARA prototypes


    The US Army has selected Bell and Sikorsky to design and test Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototypes.

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


    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.

  • Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

    Pentagon prepares for possibility of global coronavirus ‘chaos’


    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is preparing for geopolitical instability as the hospitals of poorer countries become swamped by victims of the coronavirus and as foes, such as China and Russia, try to take advantage of the situation.

  • British Airways at London City airport

    London City airport to close until end of April


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

  • Indigo Airbus A320neo

    IndiGo has most new aircraft at risk among Indian carriers


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

  • Etihad 787-10

    Etihad to deploy 787 passenger aircraft on cargo network


    Gulf carrier Etihad Airways is to redeploy some of its Boeing 787-10s as passenger freighters following the temporary suspension of scheduled services in the United Arab Emirates, as it seeks to meet a related spike in air cargo demand.

  • VistaJet Global 6000

    VistaJet changes business model to help tackle coronavirus crisis


    Luxury business jet operator VistaJet says it is adapting its business model on the back of the coronavirus outbreak, to ensure that those with “critical travel requirements are able to keep moving during this time of uncertainty”.

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


    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.

  • Korean Air A330 being loaded with air cargo

    Cargo carriers see surging freighter demand as bellyhold capacity falls


    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


    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. Chief executive Guillaume Faury says the single-aisle backlog, over 6,200 A320-family jets, includes a “significant level” of overbooking which is ...

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    Gama Aviation prepares for impact from Covid-19 outbreak


    UK aircraft services provider Gama Aviation says it is “strongly focussed” on maintaining business continuity through the Covid-19 crisis, but the uncertain trading environment triggered by the pandemic is expected to “severely impact” its performance in 2020.