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China Airlines closes chapter on 747 passenger operations

China Airlines will phase out the last of its passenger Boeing 747-400s by early 2021, becoming the latest carrier in the region to retire the type, which it has operated for more than 30 years. The airline disclosed its move through an announcement for a 747 farewell event, to be held on 6 February, which […]

WFS INVESTMENT IN MILAN EARNS ASIANA AIRLINES’ CARGO CONTRACT

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has won the handling contract for Asiana Airlines’ freighter services at Milan-Malpensa Airport. The airline operates three Boeing 747 freighter flights a week from the Italian airport to Seoul. WFS expects to handle some 15,000 tonnes of cargo annually for Asiana. The new contract is a further justification of WFS’ decision […]

Routes and ACI World announce exclusive partnership to support the industry in rebuilding air connectivity

An exclusive partnership designed to help airports recover from the most challenging period the aviation industry has ever faced has been signed by Routes and Airports Council International (ACI) World. The formal agreement between the two organisations will provide platforms and guidance for airports at a world level, recognising the vital role they will play […]

New Swedish technology to support a greener aviation recovery

Flying is like competition sailing: it is all about using good winds and avoiding unfavorable air currents. To allow airlines to fully use the favorable winds there is a new weather optimization service available that shows exactly how the wind blows and where there is bad weather in the atmosphere. With this knowledge airlines can […]

Austrian Airlines expands ÖBB rail partnership

Austrian Airlines and the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are expanding their AIRail train-to-plane offer with an additional route. From December 13th, four trains with an Austrian flight number will run daily between Graz Central Station and Vienna Airport. The train journey takes just over three hours. Part of the Lufthansa Group, Austrian Airlines existing AIRail […]

Delta keeping you safe with blocked middle seats, hospital-grade air filters and more

From providing more space to extensive cleaning, Delta has put in place more than 100 measures to ensure a safe experience for our customers and employees, known collectively as the Delta CareStandard. Your safety is our highest priority from the moment you check in for your flight until you collect your bag at your destination, […]

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines urges governments to do more for air travel

While there have been “positive” steps taken to establish travel bubbles and essential travel ‘green lanes’ in the Asia-Pacific region, more can be done to better coordinate an air travel recovery amid the coronavirus crisis. Releasing its traffic data for September, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) doubled down on its call for governments […]

Airlines Unable to Cut Costs Deep Enough to Save Jobs

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) presented new analysis showing that the airline industry cannot slash costs sufficiently to neutralize severe cash burn to avoid bankruptcies and preserve jobs in 2021. IATA reiterated its call for government relief measures to sustain airlines financially and avoid massive employment terminations. IATA also called for pre-flight COVID-19 testing […]

Qatar Airways welcomes three Airbus A350-1000 planes to fleet

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of three more Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The development reaffirms its position as the largest operator of Airbus A350 aircraft in the world, with 52 in its fleet. The new planes will operate on strategic long-haul routes to Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al […]