News that the Air France Airbus A380 fleet has become an immediate victim of the coronavirus pandemic is a stark reminder that the collateral damage of this crisis will reach far and wide across the airline industry.
Amedeo has agreed in principle to grant lease rental deferrals to beleaguered Thai Airways, though the lessor says the agreement has not yet been signed due to the Thai government setting up a special committee to handle a new business improvement plan for the airline.
Singapore Airlines will fully phase out the older aircraft types in its fleet - such as the Boeing 777-200ER and Airbus A330-300 - within a year, but declines to say whether the retirement of the widebodies has been accelrated by the coronavirus outbreak.
Delta Air Lines says it will be retiring its Boeing 777 fleet by the end of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt global travel, creating openings for airlines to permanently streamline their fleets and save money by shifting to more efficient aircraft.
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