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    Air Canada temporarily lays off 5,100 cabin crew: union


    Air Canada is reportedly temporarily laying off 5,100 cabin crew as the coronavirus hits its business, forcing it to ground aircraft and take significant capacity out of its network.

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    Longview halts production of Q400s and Twin Otters


    Longview Aviation Capital’s subsidiaries will suspend production of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada’s Dash 8-400 turboprop and Viking Air’s DHC-6-400 Twin Otter turboprop in response to the coronavirus crisis.

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    European flight activity halves under coronavirus onslaught


    Flight activity in European airspace has deteriorated by more than 50% compared with the same point last year, the latest data from air navigation organisation Eurocontrol reveals. The average daily number of flights for March 2019 reached 27,362. But the daily figure sank below the halfway point on ...

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    Latest modernised Tu-22 strategic bomber takes flight


    Russia will shortly launch test flights with a second modernised Tupolev Tu-22M3M long-range strategic bomber, following the aircraft’s maiden sortie on 20 March.

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    Farnborough, RIAT shows axed as coronavirus crisis deepens


    Two stalwarts of the European summer aerospace event calendar – the Farnborough air show and Royal International Air Tattoo – have become the latest to confirm their cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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    FAA staff at JFK and Indianapolis test positive for coronavirus, prompting contingency operations


    Federal Aviation Administration employees who work at an Indianapolis air traffic control center and the tower at John F Kennedy airport in New York have tested positive for coronavirus.

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    European Council approves plan to waive slot rule until October


    The European Council has approved a plan to suspend rules that force airlines to continue operating 80% of flights at certain EU airports in order to maintain slots.

  • Volotea

    ​Spain’s Volotea grounds fleet until 8 April


    Volotea has announced the temporary grounding of its entire fleet until at least 8 April, sending home 1,100 of its employees in Spain, France and Italy over this period.

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    South African Airways suspends all international services


    South African Airways is immediately cancelling all international services until the end of May.

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    Governments could offer certainty by taking Airbus deliveries: research note


    Governments should buy up to 600 aircraft from Airbus over the next three years, as a measure to sustain the airline and aerospace industries, according to a research note from US financial services firm Jeffries Group. Airbus deliveries might fall to some 600 aircraft per year – compared with ...

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    London Heathrow operations to ‘shrink’ during outbreak


    London Heathrow is to restructure and “shrink” the hub’s operations while the coronavirus situation persists, the airport’s operator has advised. The airport will remain open, enabling vital freight services – as well as a limited number of passenger services – to continue. But the operator warns that its ...

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    Luxair to suspend flights from 23 March


    Luxair has become the latest European carrier to announce it will temporarily suspend flights, calling a halt to its operations from 23 March.

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    SAS in line to benefit as Sweden approves credit guarantees


    Sweden’s national legislature has rapidly approved a proposal to issue credit guarantees of up to SKr5 billion ($488 million) to airlines, of which SKr1.5 billion will be allocated to SAS. Under the agreement the state will guarantee commercial loans to airlines affected by the coronavirus crisis. “The matter ...

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    Finnish government agrees to guarantee €600m loan to Finnair


    Finland’s government has provisionally agreed to provide a state guarantee of up to €600 million to assist flag-carrier Finnair, although the measure still needs parliamentary consent. Its economic policy committee met to consider the guarantee on 19 March. Finnair is state-controlled, with nearly 56% of the carrier owned ...

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    Cathay reduces flying to ‘bare skeleton’ network of 15 points


    Cathay Pacific has extended its deep capacity cuts for another month, reducing capacity by 96% for April and May, operating a “bare skeleton” passenger flight schedule of just 15 cities. With the latest cuts, Cathay will fly three-times-weekly to 12 points in its network to cities such as Singapore, ...

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    ​VietJet suspends Southeast Asia flights


    Low-cost carrier VietJet Air will temporarily suspend services on its Southeast Asian network. The suspension will commence from 20 March and affect services to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia. The decision comes amid the global coronavirus outbreak, and follows Vietnam’s decision to grant no visas for ...

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    ​Coronavirus rebound will take time: Air NZ chief


    Air New Zealand’s chief executive believes the airline will emerge from the coronavirus crisis after agreeing to government backing on Friday, but a rebound will take time. “I’m pretty sure the airline’s going to be a little bit smaller than what it was, because it will be a bit ...

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    AAPA calls on governments to help struggling airline sector


    The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has called on the region’s governments to “take immediate action” to help airlines amid the coronavirus pandemic. It notes that travel bans, border closures, lockdowns, quarantines, and other measures will see Asian airlines suffer revenue shortfalls of $60 billion in 2020. ...

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    Wellington throws financial lifeline to Air NZ


    Air New Zealand has secured standby funding of up to NZ$900 million ($511 million) from the government to support the airline as it battles the coronavirus outbreak. The government, which owns 52% of the airline, said on 20 March that the deal allows the carrier to keep operating and ...

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    Hawaiian to cut flights by 40% during April


    Hawaiian Airlines plans to cut 40% of its flights in April, including international routes and those to the continental USA, as the carrier prepares for a prolonged lack of demand and additional government travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The carrier on 18 March announced it will ...