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Airline Business Index shows industry recovery stalling in Covid-hit start to 2022

The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry’s progress towards its pre-Covid size stalled during the first quarter of 2022, as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 weighed on the performance of most markets.

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Avianca Cargo to lease A321 freighters from US operator Global Crossing

Latin American operator Avianca is to capitalise on Airbus A321 converted freighter capability with an agreement to lease or charter up to five aircraft from Global Crossing Airlines Group.

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Interview

How Western Air’s Sherrexcia Rolle helps the family business fly

For Sherrexcia Rolle, the path to the airline C-suite began as a child on Andros Island, helping out at the airport where her parents established the Bahamas’ now thriving Western Air.

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IATA urges Latin American governments to dump Covid travel restrictions

Airline and aviation groups are calling on Latin American and Caribbean governments to ditch Covid-19-related travel restrictions, saying the region’s aviation industry cannot recover with restrictions in place.

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Gol CEO Kakinoff to step down, Ferrer to take helm

Longtime Gol chief executive Paolo Kakinoff will step down from his post in July, with current chief operating officer Celso Ferrer to succeed him as CEO.

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Airline Business Index shows industry recovery stalling in Covid-hit start to 2022

The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry’s progress towards its pre-Covid size stalled during the first quarter of 2022, as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 weighed on the performance of most markets.

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MQ-8C gets under way in first Indo-Pacific deployment

Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout autonomous helicopter system is making its first deployment to the Pacific region aboard a US Navy littoral combat ship.

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Boeing starts next round of deliveries for new A-10 wings

The latest sets of new wings for the A-10 Thunderbolt II fleet arrived earlier this month to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, where the US Air Force has started aircraft integration.

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Boeing safety chief warns against new cockpit alert system for 737 Max 10

Boeing’s head of safety has warned of potential negative safety consequences if the company were to equip its 737 Max 10 with an modernised crew alerting system – technology expected to be required before that jet achieves certification.

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Boeing’s safety overhaul ‘working’ as Max recovery advances

Nearly three-and-a-half years after the first 737 Max crash, Boeing says it is progressing steadily through an organisation-wide safety overhaul aimed at preventing the type of issues that contributed to the re-engined narrowbody’s crisis.

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Airline Business Index shows industry recovery stalling in Covid-hit start to 2022

The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry’s progress towards its pre-Covid size stalled during the first quarter of 2022, as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 weighed on the performance of most markets.

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Saudi’s Flyadeal claims kingdom’s first all-female crewed flight

Saudi Arabian flag-carrier Saudia’s budget division Flyadeal is claiming to have operated the first all-female crewed flight by an airline of the kingdom.

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El Al tries to stem pilot disruption as it copes with recovery demand surge

Israeli carrier El Al is urging pilots to ensure flight schedules are met, after multiple cancellations over a dispute with the company.

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El Al prepares for share issue and finalisation of loyalty loan

Israeli flag-carrier El Al is preparing for a share offering valued at around $62 million, as part of its effort to solidify its financial position.

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Recovering El Al looks towards profitability next year

Israeli flag-carrier El Al is working to restore its operation to pre-crisis levels with the intention of shifting to profitability from the second half of 2023.

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Airline Business Index shows industry recovery stalling in Covid-hit start to 2022

The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry’s progress towards its pre-Covid size stalled during the first quarter of 2022, as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 weighed on the performance of most markets.

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GTLK assists Azimuth and other Russian carriers with debt restructuring

Russian carriers have been restructuring debts owed to state leasing firm GTLK in response to the economic problems emerging from sanctions on the air transport industry.

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EASA lays out preliminary framework for supersonic aircraft noise and emissions

European regulators are preparing an initial environmental-protection certification framework aimed at addressing the emergence of new supersonic transport aircraft designs towards the end of this decade.

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Airbus to set up UK hydrogen technology centre for zero-emission aircraft

Airbus is to establish a specialist hydrogen technology centre in the UK to advance its efforts to put a zero-emission aircraft into service by the middle of next decade.

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Lufthansa confirms joint bid submitted for Italian carrier ITA

Lufthansa has confirmed it has submitted a joint bid with Swiss shipping firm MSC Group for a stake in ITA Airways, though will not be drawn on reports the partners are looking to take a combined 80% holding in the new Italian carrier.

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Airline Business Index shows industry recovery stalling in Covid-hit start to 2022

The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry’s progress towards its pre-Covid size stalled during the first quarter of 2022, as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 weighed on the performance of most markets.

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IndiGo chief expects Indian market to stay ‘rational’ on fares

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo is not worried that new entrants into India’s domestic market will have a major impact on yields.

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MQ-8C gets under way in first Indo-Pacific deployment

Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout autonomous helicopter system is making its first deployment to the Pacific region aboard a US Navy littoral combat ship.

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Omicron-hit drags IndiGo to deeper full-year loss

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo lost Rs61.6 billion ($795 million) for the year ending 31 March 2022 after a wave of Omicron-variant Covid-19 infections hit its fiscal fourth-quarter performance.

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Thai AirAsia to raise Bt2 billion; eyes international recovery

Thai AirAsia is to raise up to Bt 2billion ($58.5 million) for “financial stability”, as well as future expansion into international markets. 

Airline Business Index Logo for web

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Airline Business Index shows industry recovery stalling in Covid-hit start to 2022

The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry’s progress towards its pre-Covid size stalled during the first quarter of 2022, as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 weighed on the performance of most markets.

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Ethiopian Airlines emerges as customer for more 777Fs

Ethiopian Airlines has emerged as the customer behind an order for five Boeing 777 freighters previously attributed to an unidentified operator.

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Airline Business Podcast: Reining in the recovery and Chinese market reversal

Graham and Lewis discuss big airline expectations from the recent results season, alongside the operational challenges that threaten to limit the recovery and the uncertainty regarding what might follow.

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Royal Air Maroc to enter Emirates codeshare pact

Royal Air Maroc has entered a codeshare agreement with Middle Eastern operator Emirates, intended to lift connections between Dubai and Casablanca.

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Nigeria’s GIG Aviation to acquire two ATR 72 freighters

Lagos-based GIG Aviation is to acquire two ATR 72-500 freighters as part of plans to expand its logistics network in Africa.