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    European Commission agrees to waive 80:20 airline slot rule for winter


    The waiver conditions agreed between airlines, airports and slot coordinators earlier in September will be applied immediately, “pending the adoption of fully enforceable conditions”, says European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Valean.

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    London City outlines plans to cut nearly 240 jobs


    London City airport’s operator has outlined plans to cut nearly 240 jobs as part of its response to the air transport crisis. It has opened a formal consultation with staff on the restructuring measure which, it says, will affect 35% of roles. Commercial services were halted on 25 ...

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    Greenpeace to launch legal challenge over KLM state aid


    Environmental group Greenpeace is to launch a legal challenge to block the Dutch government’s planned €3.4 billion ($4 billion) rescue support for national carrier KLM arguing green conditions tied to the bailout are not strong enough.

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    Eurocontrol laments ‘backwards’ progress as recovery track diverges


    Eurocontrol is blaming a lack of crisis co-ordination among countries for handling air travel, after it revised downwards its expectations for traffic recovery to early 2021. Director general Eamonn Brennan says the situation is “going backwards” and that the development is “really worrying” for the airline industry. Eurocontrol ...

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    Thai Airways aims to hold creditors’ meeting in early 2021


    Thai Airways International has received the Central Bankruptcy Court’s approval for business rehabilitation and targets to hold a creditors’ meeting early next year. The court has also accepted and appointed the airline’s nominations for rehabilitation planners, Thai says in a statement today. Source: Shutterstock Thai ...

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    French Bee eyes arrival of A350-1000s, as pandemic fails to dent optimism


    Paris Orly-based long-haul, low-cost carrier French Bee remains in upbeat mood despite the coronavirus crisis and will next year significantly expand its fleet with the addition of two leased Airbus A350-1000s.

  • Cathay Pacific

    Cathay to park 40% of fleet in long-term storage overseas


    Beleaguered Cathay Pacific will move about 40% of its fleet to long-term storage locations overseas, as it adjusts downwards its forecasted capacity for the coming months. In its monthly traffic results for August, Cathay confirms that it is parking a significant number of aircraft overseas, given that it “will ...

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    Greece orders 18 Rafale fighters


    Greece plans to obtain 18 Dassault Rafale fighters and upgrade 10 of its Mirage 2000s. “I am delighted with this announcement, which reinforces the exceptional relationship we have had with Greece for nearly half a century, and I thank the Greek authorities for their confidence in us once again,” ...

  • El Al Abu Dhabi

    Arab-Israeli flight prospects broaden as Oman backs Bahraini diplomatic move


    Oman’s government has welcomed the decision by Bahrain’s leadership to establish full normalisation of diplomatic relations with the state of Israel – potentially allowing a further expansion of Israeli-Arab air services. Bahrain is the second Arab nation within a month to reach such a decision, and the support of ...

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    El Al prepares to embark on crucial funding exercise


    El Al has outlined its operational position to potential investors ahead of publishing a formal offer to acquire shares in the Israeli airline as part of a 505 million shekel ($145 million) issue. The airline is planning to commence the offering on 16 September, part of a recapitalisation which ...

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    Taiwan’s Starlux orders eight A330neos


    Starlux Airlines is set to become Taiwan’s first Airbus A330neo operator, after the carrier ordered eight examples of the widebody. Airbus, announcing the order on its social media channels, states that the eight widebodies will be leased from Air Lease Corporation. Source: Airbus Starlux Airlines ...

  • MQ-9B SeaGaurdian with Leonardo Sage 750 electronic emission sensor pod

    MQ-9B SeaGuardian integrated with Leonardo’s radar sniffing Sage 750


    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has integrated the Leonardo Sage 750 electronic emission sensor pod onto its MQ-9B SeaGuardian unmanned air vehicle.

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    EASA completes 737 Max test flights


    The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has completed its test flights of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft ahead of its possible recertification and return to service later this year.

  • LATAM aircraft parked at Sao Paulo Guarulhos airport during pandemic grounding

    ​LATAM request for DIP financing rejected by bankruptcy court


    LATAM Airlines’ proposal to secure $2.2 billion in debtor-in-possession financing has been rejected by a bankruptcy court in New York. The Chile-based airline group, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the USA on 26 May, says in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that a judge at ...

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    Ryanair closes Dusseldorf base


    Ryanair will close its Dusseldorf base in October after the German airport’s operator and a ground handling provider refused to lower their fees.

  • Wizz Abu Dhabi

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi postpones launch to 16 October


    Wizz Air has delayed the launch date of its new Abu Dhabi operation by two weeks, citing ongoing Covid-19-related travel restrictions.

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    US helicopter manufacturers eye further military sales in Eastern Europe


    US helicopter manufacturers Bell and Sikorsky are continuing their push into Eastern Europe as they eye new opportunities in the region.

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    Crew’s late escape from icing preceded serious ATR 72 upset


    Norwegian investigators have disclosed that an ATR 72-600 suffered a serious loss of control, with excessive wing bank, as its crew belatedly attempted to escape from icing conditions during a domestic Bergen-Alesund service. The inquiry into the incident – involving a Jet Time flight for SAS on 14 November ...

  • Asiana Airlines 777-200ER

    Kumho’s effort to sell Asiana stake collapses


    A deal that would have seen HDC Hyundai Development (HDC) obtain control of Asiana Airlines has fallen through. Kumho Industrial, which owns a controlling stake in the carrier, informed the airline’s main creditor, Korea Development Bank (KDB), of the deal’s collapse, according to a report by the official Yonhap ...

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    RAM 737 carried out long, high-speed take-off after call-out hitch


    UK investigators have found that a Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800 lifted off from London Gatwick at nearly 200kt, and close to the end of the runway, after the crew did not receive automatic speed call-outs during the take-off roll. The crew of the aircraft (CN-RGJ), bound for Casablanca ...