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easyJet delays delivery of 24 aircraft as demand collapses

easyJet has reached agreement with Airbus for the net deferral of 24 aircraft deliveries from financial years 2020-2022. The move comes as the low-cost carrier seeks to maximise its liquidity position in the event of an extended grounding period in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The airline also hopes to ensure it is ready […]

LOT Polish Airlines pulls out of Condor deal

Polish Aviation Group is withdrawing from its proposed takeover of the German airline Condor. The parent company of Polish flag-carrier LOT revealed the decision earlier in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “I confirm that, today, the Polish Aviation Group informed Condor about the withdrawal from the acquisition of this company. “At this stage, we […]

Air Canada boosts cargo capacity with aircraft overhaul

Air Canada is reconfiguring the cabins of three of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to give them additional cargo capacity. The first aircraft conversion is complete and is now in service, with the second and third aircraft to be completed shortly. “Bringing critical medical and other vital supplies rapidly to Canada and helping distribute them across […]

IATA warns 25 million jobs could be lost in aviation collapse

The International Air Transport Association has released new analysis showing that some 25 million jobs are at risk of disappearing with plummeting demand for air travel amid the Covid-19 crisis. Globally, the livelihoods of some 65.5 million people are dependent on the aviation industry, including sectors such as travel and tourism. Among these are 2.7 […]

Lufthansa decommissions A380s in company-wide overhaul

Lufthansa has made permanent changes to its structure in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. According to an assessment from the German flag-carrier, it will take several months until the global travel restrictions are completely lifted and years until the worldwide demand for air travel returns to pre-crisis levels. Based on this evaluation, the executive […]

Norwegian seeks to reconfigure debts to access government support

Norwegian has unveiled plans to strengthen its balance sheet by converting debt to equity in order to meet the requirements of the Norwegian state guarantee program. The low-cost airline hopes to create a sustainable platform taking into account current shareholders and creditors alike. The company reported in February that it was targeting a net profit […]

Etihad adds new departures to Melbourne and Amsterdam

Further to the previously announced schedule of special passenger flights, Etihad Airways will add additional flights from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne and Amsterdam. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier has been operating special flights which have allowed passengers stranded in the UAE due to Covid-19 restrictions, the opportunity to return home. The flights also support the local […]

Calls to block aviation bailouts on environmental grounds

More than 250 organisations from 25 countries have published an open letter directed to governments, urging them to refrain from “unfair” bailouts of the aviation industry on environmental grounds. Instead, governments are implored to use this moment to embed social and environmental conditions, with enhanced protection for workers and a planned transition towards what the […]

Etihad Airways to test airport technology for Covid detection

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will partner with Australian company Elenium Automation to trial new technology which allows self-service devices at airports to be used to help identify travelers with medical conditions, potentially including the early stages of COVID-19.  Etihad will be the first airline to trial the technology, which can monitor the temperature, heart rate […]