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    Germany’s Lilium nets another $240 million from existing investors


    German start-up Lilium has secured an additional $240 million in funding from four existing backers as it works to bring its electric-powered short-range aircraft to market.

  • Emirates A380 on Dubai taxiway

    ​UAE halts all passenger flights for two weeks


    All inbound, outbound and transit passenger flights to and from the United Arab Emirates – home to one of the world’s busiest hubs – are to be suspended for two weeks.

  • Icelandair

    Icelandair Group shifts nearly all staff to temporary working


    Icelandair Group has disclosed that it is operating only 14% of its flight schedule and expects this to reduce further, and that it is taking steps to move 92% of employees to temporary part-time working. But it is also cutting 240 personnel across its divisions. The group employs just ...

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    Airbus beefs up finances to weather coronavirus


    Airbus has announced measures to support its financial position in light of the economic challenges presented by coronavirus. The measures comprise a new €15 billion ($16.1 billion) credit facility, withdrawal of its 2019 dividend proposal, and suspension of top-up pension funding, says Airbus in a 23 March statement. ...

  • A380 Singapore Airlines SIA

    SIA grounds almost entire fleet in ‘greatest challenge’ ever


    Singapore Airlines will slash schedules and ground almost all aircraft, as the coronavirus pandemic presents “the greatest challenge that the SIA Group has faced in its existence”. Due to the further tightening of border controls globally, SIA will cut 96% of scheduled capacity until end-April and ground 138 of ...

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    New Zealand implements four-week lockdown


    New Zealand will go into lockdown for four weeks starting 25 March to halt the spread of the coronavirus. “These decisions will place the most significant restriction on New Zealanders’ movements in modern history,” prime minister Jacinda Ardern stated in a public address today. “This is not a ...

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    Australian carriers plan capacity cut on domestic travel curb


    Virgin Australia and Qantas expect further changes to their schedules after the Australian government advised against domestic travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Virgin Australia said in statement to the stock exchange today: “The Virgin Australia Group acknowledges the additional Covid-19 related travel restrictions announced by ...

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    EasyJet cancels 90% of flights from 24 March


    EasyJet will ground the majority of its aircraft from 24 March because of the coronavirus-related travel restrictions in force across its network. The carrier will continue to operate rescue flights to repatriate customers, but anticipates this will mostly be complete by 23 March. “These are unprecedented times for ...

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    S&P cuts European airlines’ credit ratings


    S P Global has lowered its ratings for EasyJet, Ryanair, Lufthansa, IAG, British Airways, Air Baltic, Turkish Airlines and SAS, and placed them on alert for further downgrades as the coronavirus hurts their liquidity positions. “The pandemic materially threatens the credit quality of European airlines and poses serious challenges ...

  • AirAsia A320

    AirAsia reinstates Fernandes, Meranun citing independent probe


    AirAsia Group reinstated Kamarudin Meranun and Tony Fernandes to their previously vacated positions on 20 March, after the low-cost carrier and its long-haul sister AirAsia X completed an independent probe into Airbus bribery allegations. The was conducted following an investigation into Airbus over corruption allegations. UK court documents list ...

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    Coronavirus prompts overnight closures of New York air traffic control sites


    The coronavirus pandemic continues disrupting US air traffic control, with the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily shutting the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center and New York LaGuardia airport’s control tower, citing infections.

  • A330-800 Airbus

    A330-800 test aircraft deployed to transport coronavirus supplies


    Airbus has been deploying an A330-800 test aircraft to assist with coronavirus protection measures, using it to transport some 2 million masks from Tianjin in China to Europe, where they will be distributed to French and Spanish authorities. The airframer disclosed the measure as it prepares to restart – ...

  • EK A380

    Largest A380 operator Emirates suspends most passenger services


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is suspending most of its passenger operations from 25 March, but intends to continue freight services. Emirates has the world’s largest Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleets, and has been trying to maintain passenger flights for as long as it could, in order to ease ...

  • V2500 A321

    A321 uncontained failure spurs urgent V2500 disk measures


    Operators of Airbus A320-family jets are being ordered to remove disks from certain International Aero Engines V2500 powerplants after an uncontained failure resulted in an aborted A321 take-off. The incident occurred on 18 March, says the US FAA, and involved a high-pressure turbine first-stage disk failure. While the ...

  • Delta Boeing 777

    Airline CEOs promise no furloughs if aid flows quickly


    US airline chief executives have told Congress that government aid must flow quickly to avoid mass layoffs and furloughs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while promising to limit executive pay and stop share buyback programs.

  • An-124

    An-124 disk inspection ordered after uncontained failure


    Ukrainian authorities have ordered Antonov An-124 operators to inspect engines on the type after an uncontained powerplant failure. An-124s are fitted with Ivchenko-Progress D-18T engines, as is the sole example of the An-225. The Ukrainian state aviation administration says an investigation into the “serious incident”, which occurred to ...

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    Boeing executives to give up all pay


    Boeing announced several extraordinary measures to help the company through the coronavirus crisis which has left the entire aerospace industry reeling.

  • American Airlines Boeing 787

    Trump suggests airline aid package could restrict stock buybacks


    President Donald Trump supports imposing stock buyback restrictions on companies that receive financial aid as part of the federal government’s coronavirus recovery package.

  • Gray Wolf cruise missile

    USAF Research Laboratory tests Gray Wolf low-cost turbojet for swarming cruise missiles


    The laboratory aims to create a cheap and easily manufacturable jet engine which it can built in large numbers for swarms of low-cost cruise missiles. It claims the TDI-J85 is the first in “its class and price point to successfully operate at altitude”.

  • Berlin

    Brandenburg operator discusses financial aid but opening stays firm


    Berlin airports operator FBB is insisting that the new Brandenburg hub will open on time, even if the coronavirus crisis disrupts trial runs prior to the inauguration. The operator says the 31 October opening date will be “strictly adhered to”, but it acknowledges that there are aspects of the ...